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Jay 2K Winger 09-29-2013 11:25 PM

[Game] [OOC] Into the Black (Firefly-verse)
 
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Ain't too hard to figure life out. You get a job. You get paid. You keep flyin'. People don't rightly want a lot of complications to their life. They just want to get paid, get a roof over their heads, and to get through the day.

'Course, where it get tricky s'when there's disagreements. You land on the wrong moon, fly past the wrong mountain, look at the wrong guy cross-eyed... maybe you got a difference of opinion. Sometimes it's just a matter of disagreeing over whether you should get paid. Maybe it's a disagreement over whether that girl was married or not. Or maybe you disagree over Unification. (But t'ain't the time now to get into that barrel of cats.) Sometimes certain words get exchanged. Or certain bullets.

Things're gettin' a mite strange as of late. Rumors goin' about on the Cortex, rumors about some bad
go se the Alliance is up to. Don't rightly see how it affects most folk. Like I said, they don't rightly want a lot of complications.

Nor do you, right? Let's go find ourselves a job.


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GM STUFF

This game is set in the Verse of the TV show Firefly, and is set after the Big Damn Movie, Serenity. You, the players, will be the crew of a small ship, roughly the size of the crew's ship from the show. It won't be a Firefly-class ship like the Serenity, because we don't want to copy things too much.

Player-characters can come from just about anywhere they want to come from within the Verse. There's dozens of worlds and moons that folks call home. PCs should work a little bit well together-- they'll have been running together for a few months at least when the game kicks off. (Not to say there can't be differences of opinion, but for the most part, they're a team.)

Limitations-- Psychic powers are very rare, and every single one of them is accounted for by the Alliance, often sent off to "The Academy," a laboratory complex where they're studied, experimented on, and where they try to make the psychics into weapons. Only one psychic ever escaped from The Academy, and that was River Tam. This means you don't get to play a psychic of that caliber. No telepathy, no psychokinetics, no throwing fireballs and so on around. Sorry, folks.

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THE SHIP & CREW

Ship Name: Deucalion
Ship Class: DC-88
Ship Capabilities: TBA

Captain: Zhānmǔsī "Zhan" Cook (Exile)
First Mate: Rowan Li (Ellain)
Pilot: Tucker "Spider" Webb (Chanlin)
Engineer: Sama Alborne (Sarlon)
Medic: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lock (Ghel)
Public Relations: Mando Alvarez (Jay 2K Winger)
Hacker: Aiden "Wolf" McCuan (Tyg3rw01f)

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CHARACTER BIO

Name:
Homeworld:
Possible Crew Roles:

Description:
(You know the basics here. Age, build, appearance, personality, preferred style of clothing...)

Backstory:
(What kind of background does your character come from? What were your ambitions or plans growing up? What were they doing before they signed up with the crew? During the Unification War, what were they doing? [Note-- not everyone necessarily fought in it, but everyone has an opinion about it.])

Five Facts:
(These are other facts about your character that add flavor and color about them, and may supply possible plot hooks.)

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SAMPLE BIO

Name: Allan Seabairne
Homeworld: Dyton
Possible Crew Roles: n/a

Description:
A man of middle age (40s-50s) with a full salt-and-pepper beard and close-cropped hair, Seabairne is unassuming in appearance until one looks in his eyes, and sees the razor-sharp mind underneath. He can be equal parts charming and equal parts stoic and cold. He is intelligent but ruthless. He has a tendency to wear a dark trench-coat, often fastened close, and suits slightly out of date from Core World fashion underneath. He also owns a black bowler hat, of course.

Backstory:
Born on Dyton in the city of Pellinore, Allan Seabairne fell in among the gangs and knew he was wanted to be the guy in charge. So he fought his way up the ranks. He's worn many hats over the years-- the bucket hat of a rank-and-file hood, the flat cap of a thief, the fedora of an underboss-- but the one he wears now is the bowler hat of a kingpin. From his home turf along Pellinore's Whalebone Avenue, there is little in that city-- or on that moon-- that Seabairne doesn't know about, or have a finger in. During the Unification War, Seabairne's syndicate had a tight hold on contraband smuggling off of Greenleaf, most of which was sold to the Independents, since the Alliance had their own legitimate sources.

Five Facts:
- Seabairne is a fan of the music scene on Paquin, in particular the musical stylings of Johnny Marc.
- He is known to be banned (with "shoot on sight" orders) from the city of Esparto on Lazarus, for reasons unknown.
- Conversely, he is well-loved on St. Albans, particularly among the "doxies" of Eldersden.
- He is known to have fathered a child, whom has been secreted away on Jiangyin somewhere.
- He is stereoblind, giving him some trouble with depth perception.

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MORE GM STUFF

As bios are posted, I may ask further questions, to try to develop a deeper backstory among the crew, and to set up hooks and more possible contacts/side characters to work into the overall story. And this will be more of a story, rather than a game, since we're not going to bother with dice rolls and so on.

Any questions may be put in the thread. The OP will be updated with further info, and once we've got a few crew members down, we can discuss amongst ourselves what the ship will be like and what it will be named, etc.

If you need a good resource for information on the Verse in general, there is a wikia.

Sarlon 09-30-2013 04:06 AM

CHARACTER BIO

Name: Sama Alborne
Homeworld: born and rasied on a freighter
Possible Crew Roles: Mechanic, Cook

Description: Young, early 20s, tends to be barefoot whenever possible, claims it helps feel when engines are "off". Long black hair in a continual state of messy pile out of face. distant Asian ancestor in cast of the light green eyes. Short too...5 foot even, has the temper to make up for her...ahem...shortcomings.


Backstory:
Parents were supply runners to the highest bidder during the unification war, though most "runs" tended to be "rerouted" through the brown coats areas. She has rarely set foot on any planet for longer then a few days, and lived most her life aboard her parents freighter. She learned engine repair and maintance through the ships mechanic and was told she has a natural gift. She currently wants to learn about other ships so has been on the look out for a ship needing an experienced mechanic despite her age.

Five Facts:
Short and hot tempered, but fiercely loyal.
terrified of using guns, and tends to freeze up when guns start blazing.
seems to have a natural instinct for whats wrong with an engine, both by sound and feel.
has been known to patch things with spit and bailing twine....and has pictures to prove it.
excellent cook, known to make interesting dishes from little more then protein packs.

Chanlin 09-30-2013 05:46 AM

Name: Tucker "Spider" Webb
Homeworld: Londinum
Possible Crew Roles: Pilot, Medic's/Engineer's Assistant

Description:

Early 30's not overly tall, but above average. Lean build that some might describe as wiry. Sandy brown hair, kept neat and cut close. Blue eyes. Black combat boots, dark green pants,
usually seen wearing a brown or red t-shirt bearing the Blue Sun logo. Tends to be hard nosed, very disciplined lifestyle, but laid back when it's just the crew and they aren't on a job.

Backstory:
Comes from a long line of proud Alliance Navy Men. His father, his father before him, and so on were proud warship pilots that served with honor and distinction and Tucker grew up hearing about it every day. It was no surprise that he grew up to become a navy pilot then. It just so happens he had the unfortunate distincton of graduating from the training academy right before the start of the Unification War. Tucker was present for two of the three famous battles in the war, namely the Batle of Sturges and the Battle of Du-Khang. He received a retroactive dishonorable discharge from the Navy after he deserted following an incident in which a superior officer ordered him to open fire on an unarmed civilian freighter that was believed to be carrying enemy troops. His father has since disowned him.

Tucker ran as far as he could and took whatever work he could to keep himself clothed, fed, and with a semi-decent place to sleep. This is how he eventually ended up with the current crew.

Five Facts:
- Has nightmares about firing on the civilian freighter.
- Is a wanted deserter from the Alliance Navy (a fact he tries to keep hidden)
- Has Alliance Military Training (basic field medicine, trained pilot of light ships and interceptor craft, has enough mechanical training to fix minor problems)
- Second in his class at the Academy, earned recognition and awards as an expert light craft pilot. Though his name is now used as a warning to new recruits.
- Youngest of 5 children - Siblings all served in various military roles (Medic, Grunt, Engineer and SAS)

Jay 2K Winger 09-30-2013 06:18 PM

Both Sama and Spider look good. That's Pilot and Engineer set.

Questions for Sama:
- What was the freighter's name? What was its home port? (Most freighters have a home port where they make berth.)
- What are her parents' names?

Questions for Spider:
- What was the officer's name that ordered him to fire on the civilian freighter?
- What was the civilian freighter's name? How many souls on board when it was shot down?
- What is his father's name?

Chanlin 09-30-2013 07:29 PM

Father: Francis Webb

Officer that gave the order: Irwin Strauss

Civilian Ship: Santo Star
Number Dead: 23. 6 crew and 17 Civilian Passengers. None of them were Brown Coats.

Sarlon 09-30-2013 08:34 PM

Father: Thomas (born and raised mostly on Paquin)

Mother: Deceased (died natural causes 1 year ago) Amira (born on Bellerophon, disowned by family for marrying a "vagabond")

Siblings : 2 sisters (both older, both registered companions) Shalandra 40, Mina 35; 3 brothers Peter 32 (fought as brown coat), Eric 20 (deceased, fought for the alliance), Harry 15.

Ship : An Alst style ship similar to the cantankerous profiled in six shooters and space ships page 52

Name of ship : Charis

Ships "home port": Beaumonde

Chanlin 10-01-2013 04:35 AM

Cool :)

I like the concept Exile. Since the crew starts together I figure we ought to decide if Cook and Webb know each other or had crossed paths before this. Cook is in a position to be more famous I think.

I'm good with either way. The Alliance is fairly large.

Sarlon 10-01-2013 12:34 PM

oh this crew will be interesting...

2 military stiffs, with a free spirit with a temper.....

Jay 2K Winger 10-01-2013 06:06 PM

I like what I see in Sam Cook. Although perhaps a different first name, because otherwise we'll undoubtedly get into some confusion between Sam (the captain) and Sama (the engineer)...

Also, and this goes out to everyone-- the climactic transmission in the Big Damn Movie would not be from the Serenity, it would have come from Mr. Universe's planet, but by and large the public would probably refer to it as "The Miranda Broadcast."

Questions for Captain Cook:
- What was the name of Cook's first posting? (i.e. what ship was he first an officer on)
- What was the name of Cook's first command? (i.e. what ship was he first CO of)
- What is the make/model of Cook's laser pistol? (e.g. Rance Burgess' was a Silk trigger-active return-bolt laser pistol, Durran Haymer owned the Lassiter) How does Cook manage to acquire/purchase high-density batteries to power it?

Ghel 10-01-2013 07:16 PM

I hope you will all bear with me. I really want to be part of this, but I've only watched a few episodes of Firefly. I haven't watched Serenity, either, though I intend to remedy that tomorrow. (I have read enough spoilers to get the gist of it.)

Name: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lock
Homeworld: Londonium
Possible Crew Role: Medic
Description: early 30s, 5'8", lithe, agile, ginger hair, hazel eyes, practical but close-fitting clothing (usually gray or tan with a splash of color)

Backstory: Lizzie discovered her sensuality at an early age, and it has motivated all her decisions in life. She chose to study medicine primarily to learn human anatomy - to improve her pleasure and the pleasure of her partners. (Note: Lizzie is not a companion, has never had any companion training) She is unabashedly hedonistic, wanting to make sure that everyone around her enjoys themselves as much as possible without harming themselves or others. Lizzie put herself through medical school by dancing at an upscale club near the school. She excelled in school and was accused of sleeping with her teachers to get her grades. But she retook any test she was asked to and proved that she knew her stuff. After graduating, she hopped from job to job, being let go from each one because of her behavior. She's no-nonsense when lives are in the balance, but she just couldn't help making passes at fellow staff and sometimes even patients. Working aboard the ship may be a "last chance" type job for her. She's trying to be on her best behavior, but given her past, it probably won't be long before she's propositioning crew members.

Five facts:
-Middle child, older brother (Andrew) died in the Unification War, younger brother (Nathaniel) is an accountant (he cites her "addiction" as the reason they don't talk), parents (Rebecca and Dale) died of natural causes
-She took some martial arts training (initially for the exercise), but her firearms training is limited to "point and squeeze."
-Is allergic to chocolate (there is chocolate in the Firefly-verse, right?). It gives her migraines.
-Avoids having more than one alcoholic drink in a 24-hour period, saying she "wants to remember."
-Reads every book she can get her hands on, no matter the subject or other people's opinion of it. Will beg, borrow, and steal to get books she hasn't read before.

Sarlon 10-01-2013 07:32 PM

question for the story teller...

you say we'll be starting off already knowing each other...so where were we all when the "transmission" hit? did we know each other at that point?

exile....really you went with cook....cause that sounds *nothing* like the concept you told me >.>

Chanlin 10-02-2013 12:01 AM

I would imagine Chocolate is a rare commodity like fresh fruit.

Ghel 10-02-2013 03:16 PM

Yeah, I can imagine chocolate being seen as a rare delicacy, with people raving over it, and Lizzie getting left out because the couple of times she's tried it, she's gotten terrible migraines. That would totally suck.

Jay 2K Winger 10-02-2013 06:02 PM

Quote:

Quoth Exile (Post 1173684)
How's Zhānmǔsī? Or "Zhan" for short. I think it lends an air of how the cultures mixed in the arcs to form the Anglo-Sino Alliance, reflecting that one can end up with clearly oriental elements to a person's name despite being clearly caucasian.

I think that's a good name, and it makes me think of Simon & River Tam. Given names that sound more Western, but a surname that sounds more Eastern. Zhānmǔsī "Zhan" Cook it is.

Quote:

Quoth Exile (Post 1173684)
- I'll have to get back to you with more detail.

You don't have to think on it too hard. There may not be much information on other laser pistol makes/models in the source material (either the show or the RPG books), so feel free to fabricate one.

Quote:

Quoth Ghel (Post 1173685)
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lock

Nice, I think we have our medic.

Questions for Lizzie Lock:
- Presuming that Lizzie's brother fought for the Alliance in the war, but regardless, what planet/battle did he die on/in? And please, don't make it one of the "known" battles listed in the source material. Let's try to diversify and come up with new "canon" stuff for our story.
- What firm/company does Nathaniel work for?
- Tell us the story of Lizzie's last great bender. The one that prompted her to limit herself to one drink and that perhaps she's most embarrassed about.

Quote:

Quoth Sarlon (Post 1173689)
question for the story teller...

you say we'll be starting off already knowing each other...so where were we all when the "transmission" hit? did we know each other at that point?

Our story will begin about three months after the Miranda Broadcast. The crew will have been working together at least three months prior to that.

Now that we have the majority of the crew (at least one more crew member), let's start figuring that out. Feel free to discuss it here in the thread, in PMs with each other, whatever, but let's start putting the pieces together.

Thus you'll now need to figure out what kind of ship you're all crew on, what it's called, and perhaps just some brief blurbs about how the crew came together. It could be a case of one crew member brought another one on board (a sort of "I know a guy who needs the job") or someone answered a Cortex ad, or whatever.


Can I also just say that I like that we seem to have gotten a bunch of Core-worlders on the crew, ones who happen to know the Alliance is not nearly as "evil" as the series made them out to be. Joss Whedon did say in interviews that the Alliance only comes across as the villains in the show because it's being told more or less from Mal's point of view (and he's not exactly unbiased) and was set more in the Border and Rim planets. He's said if the story had been from the POV of someone from a Core world, it might have focused more on all the good the Alliance genuinely does for folks, and the Browncoats might not have seemed so sympathetic.

Chanlin 10-02-2013 06:44 PM

Quote:

Quoth Jay 2K Winger (Post 1173922)
Can I also just say that I like that we seem to have gotten a bunch of Core-worlders on the crew, ones who happen to know the Alliance is not nearly as "evil" as the series made them out to be.

This is actually the main reason I decided to be a Core Worlder and former Navy. Figured it would be an interesting side of the story to explore.


I think the important decisions as far as a ship are concerned are this:

1: Weapons: Do we want them
2: How many passengers do we want to carry
3: How cramped/spacious do we want it

I'm using some of the Serenity RPG source books for this, but if I had to choose I would say we go with an ALST or a Cargo Lifter.

The ALST is slightly larger with more room for crew and passengers which means it also costs slightly more to maintain.

The Cargo Lifter is an extremely common ship according to the books and is far more easy/common to modify for various uses.

Both ships are fairly reliable and low maintenance cost.

Ship Names are always fun, but I think that one should be up to the Captain. It's his ship after all.

Sarlon 10-02-2013 07:27 PM

Sama has grown up on a alst style ship most of her life (they had a smaller one till they got some government contracts that allowed them to afford a larger ship.)

I think sama would of just answered a "help wanted" ad while in port, looking for a new ship, most turned off by her age.....and her temper.

Ghel 10-02-2013 07:50 PM

Quote:

Quoth Jay 2K Winger (Post 1173922)
Questions for Lizzie Lock:
- Presuming that Lizzie's brother fought for the Alliance in the war, but regardless, what planet/battle did he die on/in? And please, don't make it one of the "known" battles listed in the source material. Let's try to diversify and come up with new "canon" stuff for our story.
- What firm/company does Nathaniel work for?
- Tell us the story of Lizzie's last great bender. The one that prompted her to limit herself to one drink and that perhaps she's most embarrassed about.

Yes, Andrew Lock fought for the Alliance. (Making up a battle here: ) When the Independents tried to free the planet Greenleaf in order to have access to its medicinal plants, Andrew was among the troops sent by the Alliance to reclaim it. He was struck down in the initial battle.

Nathaniel Lock works as an accountant for the Museum of Art at the Londonium Museum.

After seeing their final grades, a group of Lizzie's classmates decided to go out and celebrate their imminent graduation. Lizzie remembers little of that night except waking up, with a tremendous hangover, among a pile of passed out and snoring people. During the next few days, up to graduation day, Lizzie was approached by about half a dozen of her classmates as well as two people they must have picked up at one bar or another. All of them thanked her for the amazing time they had. One even asked where she learned "that thing." Lizzie tried to play it cool, but she regretted getting so drunk that she couldn't remember the great time she must have had. Lizzie already had a reputation at the school for being easy, so little changed in that regard. She still wonders if there wasn't more that happened that night that she doesn't remember/know.

Chanlin 10-02-2013 08:12 PM

I figure Webb is on the ship for one of a few reasons:

1: Saw Cook was in need of a pilot, recognized the name as someone who had a reputation in the Alliance for being a "good man."

2: Cook being in need of a Pilot heard about Webb and recognized Webb's name and sought him out.

3: Webb being in need of work saw Cook advertising for need of a Pilot and won out the job by impressing cook with his skills. Neither really recognizes the other, but they recognize the demeanor of a former alliance military man in one another.

Ghel 10-03-2013 03:10 PM

Exile and I discussed how Lizzie joined the crew, and this is what we came up with:

Lizzie is fired from her last job on Londonium and can no longer find work. She tries looking for work on Londonium, but her reputation precedes her, until she runs out of money and is about to be evicted. While doing so, she spends time in a club near her apartment and meets a handsome patron of the club she'd never met before, mutual seduction between Lizzie and the patron occurs. Afterwards she mentions she's about to lose her place and laments that despite medical degree she cannot find work. Patron mentions sometimes transport vessels need medics to patch up wounded in space where accidents have been known to occur with no other medical personnel within days of travel. After the patron leaves, she takes the idea and searches codex for possible job postings on travelling ships. Though she wants to stay on Londonium because of friends and lovers there, she feels she must do whatever it takes to not end up destitute. Replies to cortex post, meets crew member Mando Alvarez who has been authorized to handle hiring of medic. Mando accepts Lizzie after trying to arrange vidconference with captain and being told to "handle it". (Wouldn't even read the resume.) Lizzie quickly grabs up belongings with help of crew. Later after having left atmo, set course, and contacted next port destination captain finally emerges to meet the crew's new medic. Lizzie "officially" meets Captain Zhan Cook, recognizing him as the patron that suggested she find work on a transport vessel.

Sarlon 10-05-2013 05:17 PM

*bump*

So when are we getting this party started?

Chanlin 10-05-2013 08:17 PM

Unless Exile has an objection I'ma go with option 3 for Webb. As in: Webb got the job as Pilot by answering a help wanted ad. Webb and Cook recognize the military bearing/lifestyle in one another but don't really recognize the other.

With that being the case we still need to settle on ship type and name, unless that has been decided and I just missed it :)

Exile 10-05-2013 08:33 PM

Ok, I'm apparently back. Thank you everyone who spoke out for me. I wish the mods would return my posts because I don't remember them word for word but at least I can get back on. Sorry I haven't been following the thread for a few days but I should be able to catch up soon. Currently though I have a barbeque, so I'll get back to you. Thanks again and see you all soon.

Exile 10-06-2013 04:23 PM

Ok. I'm going to be spending what spare time I have today to reply to what I have left unanswered and repost what I can remember of what had been posted before. If all goes according to plan you all will probably be tired of reading my posts by the end of the day, but at least I'll have caught back up.

First thing is one I had posted but never made it onto the page; the laser pistol. This was all made up by me as there is very little official material on lasers. (Really just Rance Burgess' and The Lassiter.)

Cbēi jīguāng MSMPL-X1 was a design brought to the Alliance that was supposed to meet every need the government could have for a weapon. It had four settings; a standard laser pulse that delivered a dealy laser but would only stay on for a fraction of a second, designed to kill targets and conserve energy, a cutting setting that delivered the same laser blast but would stay on as long as the trigger was held, it could be used to cut through armor but drained battery quickly, and a heat setting that diffused the laser into a slightly wider beam that could cause heat flashes and sudden dehydration or even unconciousness in living targets or heat metal causing it to cause burns to flesh touching it or melt plastic. Due to expense of the creation only one was made.

The manual was considered too much to introduce to veteran soldiers when adequate weapons already existed with which they were already proficient and the top brass didn't want to add it to basic training for similar reasons. The cutting setting was considered a potential unneeded expense due to the battery drain and once again the brass didn't like it due to the added danger of giving a potential anti-armor weapon to the every rank and file soldier. Finally the heat setting's affects in field tests was considered too unreliable as many effects could be stalled by overhydrating before an attack and prolonged exposure could cause death similar to fire burns which had long been banned since the Geneva Convention of Earth-That-Was. As such it was not considered for further reevaluation and never put into any further production. (Which is a shame because making it a pulse-only weapon could have solved all of those problems and in the long run made it the most energy-efficient laser weapon to date.)

High density batteries are not prohibitively expensive from what I have read also, and considering their potential use in other technologies would likely not even be a controlled product. It would make more sense for the government to control the flow of the weapons themselves and the weapon specific circuitry rather than the versatile power supplies. Also, if anyone's interested Cbēi jīguāng means "Mercy Laser" according to the all-knowing oracle Google. MSMPL-X1 means Multi-Setting Military and Police Laser-Experimental design 1.

Exile 10-06-2013 04:44 PM

Quote:

Quoth Chanlin (Post 1173958)
I figure Webb is on the ship for one of a few reasons:

1: Saw Cook was in need of a pilot, recognized the name as someone who had a reputation in the Alliance for being a "good man."

2: Cook being in need of a Pilot heard about Webb and recognized Webb's name and sought him out.

3: Webb being in need of work saw Cook advertising for need of a Pilot and won out the job by impressing cook with his skills. Neither really recognizes the other, but they recognize the demeanor of a former alliance military man in one another.

Quote:

Quoth Chanlin (Post 1173958)
Unless Exile has an objection I'ma go with option 3 for Webb. As in: Webb got the job as Pilot by answering a help wanted ad. Webb and Cook recognize the military bearing/lifestyle in one another but don't really recognize the other.

With that being the case we still need to settle on ship type and name, unless that has been decided and I just missed it

While I wouldn't normally have a problem with option three, there is one problem. Being former military, and an officer no less, Zhan would likely do a background check, spotting him as military and the likelihood of the CO leaving out that no Independent soldiers were killed on the ship Captain Cook would only see an insubordinate unless he had a reason to dig further after the initial report. As a result it seems more likely that Zhānmǔsī would have known of Tucker being a pilot who came from a long like of military men who uncharacteristically deserted. Having heard he was now looking for work he would check into his background and the circumstances involved. Finding he was dishonorably discharged and finding it suspect he would look more into the exact nature of his insubordination. Finding that it was based on an unwillingness to fire on a civilian vessel and Cook's background in disaster relief and reconstruction beliefs would find him an optimal pilot to suit his needs. He would then place an ad on the planet where "Spider" was currently residing and wait for him to answer. In order to keep him at ease he would never admit that he knows about his discharge or desertion and never mention it, feigning ignorance if Webber ever came clean about it.

Jay 2K Winger 10-06-2013 06:18 PM

We'll probably begin later this week. Still waiting to see if we'll pick up at least one other player, preferably a gun-hand or something. We can skip an official 'first mate' role, for now, perhaps. Figure that out later.

Exile-- I like the Mercy Laser. (And yeah, I'll probably simplify things for me and just call it by that name.) Good choice, and well thought out, its settings and drawbacks.

Something to bear in mind-- personnel records and archives and whatnot are not going to be so easy to get into for ex-military guys like Zhan. Even if he left on his own terms, his access to records would have been terminated. Calling in favors with people who still have that access only goes so far.

I'll need to reacquire my Firefly sourcebooks to refresh on the ship types, I seem to have misplaced my PDFs for them.

If we haven't gotten any other bites from interested parties by next Sunday, I'll throw up a quick gun-hand type to fill the role.

Sarlon 10-06-2013 06:22 PM

if you send me an email I have copies of the PDFs of the source books, and a few extras...exile and I were in a game here in town few years ago.

Sarlon 10-06-2013 06:23 PM

oh...any kinda background check on Sama, will reveal just a few minor warnings, mostly bored mischief while in port with parents. nothing more serious then being in the wrong place/off limits.

Jay 2K Winger 10-06-2013 07:12 PM

Quote:

Quoth Sarlon (Post 1174859)
if you send me an email I have copies of the PDFs of the source books, and a few extras...exile and I were in a game here in town few years ago.

I have copies of them, too, I just don't have access to them easily here at work. I have to find a way to get them somewhere I can d/l them on the network here. (Google Drive and most other file-sharing sites like that are blocked here at work.)

Exile 10-06-2013 10:16 PM

Quote:

Quoth Jay 2K Winger (Post 1174856)
Something to bear in mind-- personnel records and archives and whatnot are not going to be so easy to get into for ex-military guys like Zhan. Even if he left on his own terms, his access to records would have been terminated. Calling in favors with people who still have that access only goes so far.

I'd argue that's half true. The information as to why he was discharged would be available. The rest however wouldn't be readily available, however some information that would give leads to follow would. Who his CO, next of kin could easily be found, and not everything is classified, and eventually things deemed unimportant become declassified. Yes it would take a lot of legwork, but in an age with an interplanetary internet and illegal broadcast points like Mr. Universe's it's not impossible to get that information, just depends on how bad you want it. In the end it is up to you how much Zhan could find out, but I ask that you not dismiss it out of hand. After all, it could add an interesting layer to interelations between our characters.

Exile 10-06-2013 10:37 PM

I think we should all look into possibilites for what ship to use, I have myself an will later post some suggestions once I am done compiling all of them.
As to the ship's name I have a couple of suggestions;
Dān l, (translated from Endeavour, Captain James Cook's first command http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cook)
Astroner (or some variation adding an adjective) (sci-fi update to one of the most common ship names of Earth-That-Was)
The Ally (a reference to Alliance origins and also a friendly name to put people at ease)
Deucalion (the name of Prometheus' son, Prometheus here refering to the ark ship that settled Burnadette my character's homeworld)
The Illustrious (ok I might be spitballing here)
Josselyn (feminisation of the series creator's name, definitely spitballing now)

Anyone else got any ideas post them.

Chanlin 10-07-2013 02:45 AM

Exile, your version of how Tucker came to be on the ship works for me :)

As to ship names I like:

Dan Li
Deucalion
The Ally

Exile 10-07-2013 04:43 AM

Note on the ship, I didn't find anything that I liked that worked with our current crew count. Even then I started to come up with a design. I'm trying to get it on paper but I am having problems. If only I'd paid more attention in that Auto-CADD class... Unless you all want a detailed description until the I'd suggest someone else decide on a ship honestly.

Exile 10-07-2013 05:17 AM

Another possibility is the ship from "Freedom's Flight" chapter 2 of Serenity Adventures from the table top RPG. I don't know if you've read that Jay but Xi Wang Black and his "Sift Justice Bounty Hunters" were double crossed by Corporal Rejovic on Perdition when a crew (the PCs if one runs it) causes a prison break and steal the ship. Who's to say afterwards that afterwards they didn't decide that a flashy looking one-of-a-kind hot vehicle was too much trouble and turned it in for a reward or sold it and it didn't end up in our crew's possession? Maybe through government auction or once again altered to resell it buy a less than reputable dealer? It's a nice ship, pricey to upkeep forcing us to stay busy and has a floor plan. It also resembles a backwards Bird of Prey based on the floorplan funnily enough.

Another possibility that could get us into plenty of trouble is an Alliance confiscated and refitted "Lady Pirate" which one might know from the Serenity RPG main rulebook as being former Independent blockade runners. Plenty of hijinks to ensue when diehard Browncoats see us "Purple Bellies" running around in what was once a proud Independent military ship.

Keep in mind that while these ships mentioned currently have weapons that doesn't mean that they would by the time we get them. (Especially if the go through Alliance military first.)

Also decommisioned Alliance military vehicles refitted for civilian use are also possibilities.

Food for thought.

Chanlin 10-07-2013 06:03 AM

You also have to account for passenger capacity on ships too. Not everyone has to stay in crew quarters. Also keep in mind the Crew number in the stats is the minimum number of crew needed to run the ship, not the max. The number of crew quarters listed are also all double cabins unless otherwise stated.

So any of the ships with a Crew of 3 and at least 3 crew cabins would work.

Exile 10-07-2013 06:42 AM

This is as best I remember it... (With some minor additions.)
Name: Zhānmǔsī "Zhan" Cook
Homeworld: Burnadette, City: New Tombstone
Possible Crew Roles: Captain

Description: Late 30's (but could pass for mid-late 20's), medium muscular build, short brown hair, 5'11", dressed in current Core World semi-formal and casual fashions, pressed clean and ironed to razor creases and mirror shined. Charming and affable demeanor, with blue eyes that belie the fact that he is always scrutinizing to gain the best advantage possible and a keen analyzing mind to go with it. Zhan is a truly masterful mountebank, able to bluff through almost any situation, but has a strong weakness for the ladies and always to help people whenever it is feasible. Truly does believe in a greater good, and works towards it above all else, often to a point of breaking rules to do so he otherwise would never consider. Doesn't relish in killing, in fact avoids it when possible, but not unwilling to when necessary.

Backstory: Zhānmǔsī Cook grew up in New Tombstone, a town known as the starting point for settlers heading Rimwards. It was the good that he saw done in helping families settle the untamed planets and moons to give them the ability to strike out on their own that first inspired Cook's desire to join the Anglo-Sino Alliance in order to provide further support for those settlers. But soon after he joined the Unification War began. He had already made it into officer's training and soon after graduating began rising in the ranks due to the war. He soon became Captain and gained his first command. He could have risen further in the ranks but refused further promotions feeling that commanding a ship is where he could make the most difference. After the war Captain Cook requested transfer to aid, transport and relief missions to help the reconstruction following the war. There he did his most gratifying work and when the Alliance reconstruction missions (too early in Cook's oppinion) he mustered out. Retiring his command within the Alliance he soon sought out a ship and a crew in order to continue his aid and relief work as well as serve as a transport ship in order to deliver needed supplies to Border and Rim Worlds, where he feels he is still able to make a big difference. After the Miranda transmission Cook started to become dissillusioned with the Alliance, wondering if he had accepted a High Command position could he have done something to prevent it. He still believes in the foundations of the Anglo-Sino Alliance but knows that some of the higher-ups are not fit to govern if they will risk innocent civilians in an attempt to force peaceful behavior upon the populace. Cook believes that people are inherently peaceful when their needs are met and are free and able to pursue happiness without hurting others, not forced.

Five Facts:
-Captain Cook has a one-of-a-kind Cbēi jīguāng MSMPL-X1 "Mercy Laser" that was once a proposed weapon for the Alliance military. No one knows how he got it or the liscense to carry it legally, but he has been Bound-by-Law for carrying it more than once and has always been released without being charged and the authorities have always returned it to him. He never speaks as to how he got it or why the Alliance allows him to have it.
-Zhan cheats, without mercy, at any chance he can get. (With the rare exception of commited relationships and the far more common strategy games...) He even cheated in military training, so well in fact that on the rare occassion he was caught he managed to cheat the system forcing them to either let it pass or even give him awards for "creative thought".
-Captain Zhānmǔsī Cook was the youngest man to recieve the rank and refused further promotions. Despite this he is still, even now, in high regard by the Alliance military.
-During officer's training Zhan was often referred to as a "Sourcebox with legs" amongst instructors and fellow cadets alike, studying constantly and retaining a great deal of information. After the war he even spent a short ammount of time as an instructor and developed a "think or sink" reputation amongst the cadets.
-Zhan is a masterful beguiler/deciever, yet he doesn't enjoy card games,or most other games that one ganbles over. Finding them to be tasteless. He instead prefers strategy games such as chess and go.

Notes: First ship Cook was stationed on was Gnghgu, his first command was Shy.

Exile 10-07-2013 05:29 PM

Ok, I forgot about all the various ships in Cortex Shipyards Volume I & II. Didn't like anything in Six-Guns & Starships but there's a lot of possibilities in the afformentioned fan books. Anyone who doesn't have them let me know and I can e-mail them to you.
For those who have them (or when you get them from me) I personally like the following vessels;
Volume I:
DC-88 Drake (p.39, probably paint over the Lady Liberty)
Type 413 Class Midbulk Transport (p. 130)
Type 593 Class Cargo Sledge (p. 131)
Volume II:
Narwahl (p.33, but only if we call it the Midnight Bacon Express!:lol:)
Raptor/Ripper Class (p.34)

Note: I forgot how big the crew is on an Independent Blockade Runner, nix that idea.

Chanlin 10-07-2013 06:54 PM

If I had to choose out of those I'd say the DC-88 or the 413. Though the DC-88 almost feels like we would be cheating... just a little...

Exile 10-08-2013 03:16 AM

Really? Out of those suggestions I'd go Freedom's Flight, 593, Raptor, or maybe DC-88...

Chanlin 10-08-2013 03:22 AM

The Raptor could be made to work, but it would need to be modified for extra crew space :)

Exile 10-08-2013 07:17 PM

Quote:

Quoth Jay 2K Winger (Post 1174856)
If we haven't gotten any other bites from interested parties by next Sunday, I'll throw up a quick gun-hand type to fill the role.

Have you tried posting on other forums, I know there were once some good Firefly/Serenity rpg forums. (Having a hard time finding a good one anymore, but http://stillflying20216.yuku.com/ and http://browncoatsafireflyandserenityrpg.yuku.com/ seem fairly promising thus far.)

Chanlin 10-14-2013 02:51 AM

So? Is anything happening with this?

Jay 2K Winger 10-14-2013 05:08 AM

Despite the fact that I theoretically should have more free time with my being furloughed, I haven't had the time to sit down and plan out the opening post to the adventure. I have a general idea, but it's still a matter of sitting down and writing it.

Hopefully I should have that time later this week.

Chanlin 10-14-2013 05:28 AM

No worries, just was more curious if we were still going forward or not. Don't rush on my account.

I just started a new job myself, so I have a lot less free time than I have had these last couple months.

Sarlon 10-14-2013 05:31 AM

for a 3 day week I've got a lot crammed in as well, so no rush.

Jay 2K Winger 10-20-2013 06:51 PM

Okay! Sorry this game got stalled by furloughs and whatnot, but let's have a show of hands to confirm who's still up for this game?

Post a sign that you're ready to continue, and refresh my memory on what ship you guys settled on, and I'll get to work writing up our introductory post for an IC thread, which should go up as soon as I hear back from you guys.

Sarlon 10-20-2013 09:51 PM

:yourock::cs:

Are those the kinda signs you mean?

I'm still game for this game. And talk with exile, hes the tech expert

Ghel 10-20-2013 11:18 PM

I'm still ready for this game. As for the ship, I have not a clue, nor would my character. :lol:

Chanlin 10-21-2013 01:28 AM

I'm still ready. Last I recall we had the ship model and name down to a few choices, but not really chosen yet.

Exile 10-21-2013 02:10 AM

Quote:

Quoth Chanlin (Post 1177618)
I'm still ready. Last I recall we had the ship model and name down to a few choices, but not really chosen yet.

Pretty much sums it up.

Jay 2K Winger 10-21-2013 05:48 PM

All right, well, we need to nail down what the ship is and what it's called, so we at least have those figured out.

I'll work on having the opening IC post up later today/tonight.

Exile 10-21-2013 10:33 PM

Well, I'd like Ghel and Sarlon to weigh in on the ship model if at all possible.
Here's the possibilities that have been mentioned thus far:
Quote:

Quoth Exile (Post 1174924)
As to the ship's name I have a couple of suggestions;
Dān l, (translated from Endeavour, Captain James Cook's first command http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cook)
Astroner (or some variation adding an adjective) (sci-fi update to one of the most common ship names of Earth-That-Was)
The Ally (a reference to Alliance origins and also a friendly name to put people at ease)
Deucalion (the name of Prometheus' son, Prometheus here refering to the ark ship that settled Burnadette my character's homeworld)
The Illustrious (ok I might be spitballing here)
Josselyn (feminisation of the series creator's name, definitely spitballing now)

Quote:

Quoth Exile (Post 1175086)
Ok, I forgot about all the various ships in Cortex Shipyards Volume I & II. Didn't like anything in Six-Guns & Starships but there's a lot of possibilities in the afformentioned fan books. Anyone who doesn't have them let me know and I can e-mail them to you.
For those who have them (or when you get them from me) I personally like the following vessels;
Volume I:
DC-88 Drake (p.39, probably paint over the Lady Liberty)
Type 413 Class Midbulk Transport (p. 130)
Type 593 Class Cargo Sledge (p. 131)
Volume II:
Narwahl (p.33, but only if we call it the Midnight Bacon Express!:lol:)
Raptor/Ripper Class (p.34)

Quote:

Quoth Exile (Post 1174993)
Another possibility is the ship from "Freedom's Flight" chapter 2 of Serenity Adventures from the table top RPG.

...Am I really the only one who came up with suggestions or did I just arrogantly overlook someone else's suggestion?

Chanlin 10-22-2013 01:10 AM

Quote:

Quoth Chanlin (Post 1174970)
As to ship names I like:

Dan Li
Deucalion
The Ally

Quote:

Quoth Chanlin (Post 1175107)
If I had to choose out of those I'd say the DC-88 or the 413. Though the DC-88 almost feels like we would be cheating... just a little...

Seems we have it down to the DC-88 or Freedom's Flight. I'd be fine with either, but I'd like the input of Sarlon and Ghel as well.

Sarlon 10-22-2013 01:29 AM

I like the DC-88

Exile 10-22-2013 02:16 AM

Dān l, DC-88
How's that Jay?

Ghel 10-22-2013 02:22 PM

Quote:

Quoth Exile (Post 1177804)
Dān l, DC-88

Not that Lizzie would rightly have any input on it, but that sounds good to me.

Exile 10-22-2013 03:21 PM

Well Ghel, if I spoke to soon do you have an other input?

Ghel 10-22-2013 03:45 PM

I rather like the name Deucalion. A great reference to Greek mythology. :)

Exile 10-22-2013 03:52 PM

Quote:

Quoth Ghel (Post 1177896)
I rather like the name Deucalion. A great reference to Greek mythology. :)

Alright, a DC-88 "Lady Liberty" named Deucalion. I think that's the full consensus. Sounds good to me!

Jay 2K Winger 10-22-2013 05:55 PM

Excellent. I'll have that introductory IC post up later today!

Jay 2K Winger 10-23-2013 01:18 AM

Just to add one more character to the crew to serve as a gun-hand, here's Mando Alvarez.

Name: Mando Alvarez
Homeworld: Bernadette
Possible Crew Roles: Gun-hand

Description:
Late 30s, Mando is tall (6'3") and broad-shouldered, with a very solid build. He has dark hair and perpetual stubble, with some battle scars to his brow and nose. He carries himself like a man that should not be messed with, and compounds this by often openly carrying at least two visible weapons, one of which is a large knife. He tends to wear functional clothes-- almost always military-stock pants and a combat vest-- with a variety of usually colorful t-shirts. He also owns a well-worn slouch hat, which he wears constantly.

In terms of personality, Mando is laconic to the extreme, rarely using two words when one will do, and rarely emotes either. Despite this, he does have a dry sense of humor.

Backstory:
The Alvarez family lived and worked in New Tombstone on Bernadette, where they frequently worked in law enforcement or planetary militia/defense. Mando was no different, going through police training when the Unification War broke out. Mando ended up in the Alliance military soon after, like his father and brothers.

He distinguished himself well enough during the war, attaining the rank of Sergeant, but he was witness to several incidents that might later be termed 'war crimes.' ...Incidents perpetrated by both sides during the war, which left him rather jaded on the military and law enforcement.

After the war was over, Mando picked up work as a gun-hand on a few different ships along the way before eventually ending up on the crew's ship.

Five Facts:
- Mando likes his food spicy. He has a collection of hot sauces in his belongings to this end. (His chili will burn your tongue.)
- Mando's father died in combat on Ares. His uncle Josef is in charge of the family now, and is a Police Captain in New Tombstone.
- He knows how to play a guqin (Chinese harp), but hasn't owned one in years.
- He was disciplined multiple times while in the military for staging fight clubs. He claims it was "the best way to keep sharp."
- He has an intense hatred for slavers.

Oh, and... awaaaaay we goooo--!!

Exile 10-23-2013 12:31 PM

Is it bad that I picture Mando having a strong resemblance to Danny Trejo?

Sarlon 10-23-2013 12:36 PM

who?

And your up early!

Exile 10-23-2013 12:53 PM

Quote:

Quoth Exile (Post 1178043)
Is it bad that I picture Mando having a strong resemblance to Danny Trejo?

Quote:

Quoth Sarlon (Post 1178044)
who?

This guy:
http://thesecondtake.com/wp-content/...ny-trejo11.jpg

Exile 10-23-2013 02:12 PM

Quote:

Quoth Ghel (Post 1174157)
Exile and I discussed how Lizzie joined the crew, and this is what we came up with:

Lizzie is fired from her last job on Londonium and can no longer find work. She tries looking for work on Londonium, but her reputation precedes her, until she runs out of money and is about to be evicted. While doing so, she spends time in a club near her apartment and meets a handsome patron of the club she'd never met before, mutual seduction between Lizzie and the patron occurs. Afterwards she mentions she's about to lose her place and laments that despite medical degree she cannot find work. Patron mentions sometimes transport vessels need medics to patch up wounded in space where accidents have been known to occur with no other medical personnel within days of travel. After the patron leaves, she takes the idea and searches codex for possible job postings on travelling ships. Though she wants to stay on Londonium because of friends and lovers there, she feels she must do whatever it takes to not end up destitute. Replies to cortex post, meets crew member X (TBD, not captain) who has been authorized to handle hiring of medic. Crew member accepts Lizzie after trying to arrange vidconference with captain and being told to "handle it". (Wouldn't even read the resume.) Lizzie quickly grabs up belongings with help of crew. Later after having left atmo, set course, and contacted next port destination captain finally emerges to meet the crew's new medic. Lizzie "officially" meets Captain Zhan Cook, recognizing him as the patron that suggested she find work on a transport vessel.

I was looking back over this and remembering we hadn't decided who the crew member was that interviewed her. I'd suggest our public relations expert Mando all things considered.

Ghel 10-23-2013 02:14 PM

Quote:

Quoth Exile (Post 1178061)
I was looking back over this and remembering we hadn't decided who the crew member was that interviewed her. I'd suggest our public relations expert Mando all things considered.

That works for me. I'll go back and edit the post.

Jay 2K Winger 10-23-2013 06:08 PM

Quote:

Quoth Exile (Post 1178043)
Is it bad that I picture Mando having a strong resemblance to Danny Trejo?

Hahaha, Trejo's not Mando. Trejo would probably be Mando's uncle.

I don't have a visual aid for Mando yet.

Chanlin 10-23-2013 07:32 PM

This will probably be my usual posting time. I don't get regular internet access at work during the week.

:)

Ellain 10-24-2013 03:56 AM

I hope you guy won't mind if I stalk your game- I love Firefly, but I suck at RPGS.

Exile 10-24-2013 04:11 AM

Quote:

Quoth Ellain (Post 1178226)
I hope you guy won't mind if I stalk your game- I love Firefly, but I suck at RPGS.

You sure you don't want to join? I can't speak for our storyteller but I'm sure he won't mind one more player. After all we are a bit short and the best way to learn is just to do it.

Jay 2K Winger 10-24-2013 04:35 AM

Quote:

Quoth Ellain (Post 1178226)
I hope you guy won't mind if I stalk your game- I love Firefly, but I suck at RPGS.

Quote:

Quoth Exile (Post 1178228)
You sure you don't want to join? I can't speak for our storyteller but I'm sure he won't mind one more player. After all we are a bit short and the best way to learn is just to do it.

Yes, this isn't so much an RPG as an Interactive Story. No fussing around with dice-rolling and that kind of thing.

And the crew could always use a fifth person of some kind. Just bear in mind that most of the crew are Core-worlders or Alliance-friendly. The game is set post-Big Damn Movie as well.

Exile 10-24-2013 05:12 AM

Quote:

Quoth Jay 2K Winger (Post 1178237)
And the crew could always use a fifth person of some kind. Just bear in mind that most of the crew are Core-worlders or Alliance-friendly. The game is set post-Big Damn Movie as well.

That having been said I think we could use a Browncoat or two to spice things up.

Ellain 10-25-2013 01:11 AM

Any preference on character type? I'm leaning toward a fighter type, but could try for a hacker type instead. I've got a basic idea outlined and can tweak it either direction.

Chanlin 10-25-2013 10:32 AM

Do what you think you will have fun with. That is always the first rule with these games :)

Ellain 10-25-2013 06:36 PM

Let's try this again- my cat erased this the first time I typed it out! Let me know what you think, please?

Name: Rowan Li
Planet of Origin: Osiris
Role: Security

Appearance: 5' 5", wiry, short blond hair, blue eyes, attractive in a forgettable way.

Personality: Quiet around new people, not shy, but cautious. Tomboy, loves anything physical. Even tempered, tends to see both sides in an argument. Usually dresses in tank tops and faded black cargo pants with combat boots.

Background: Rowan was raised in a middle class family with disinterested parents and an older brother, Marcus, who she adored. To get her out from underfoot, her parents enrolled her (and Marcus) in as many classes and activities as they could. Rowan naturally gravitated to the more physically oriented classes, and did particularly well in the martial arts classes.

When she was 11 and Marcus was 17, the war started. Their parents were staunch supporters of Unification, but Marcus rebelled and ran off to join the Browncoats. Without her brother there, Rowan got caught up in a bunch of delinquents and started to get into trouble. She was bound by law several times for minor infractions such as breaking curfew and fist fighting, but as a minor, she got off lightly. During this time, she learned street fighting.

When her brother returned and discovered he had been disowned, Rowan had to sneak around to see him. She managed to stay out of trouble with the law for almost a year; until Marcus didn't show up for one of their visits. She discovered he had been using drugs, and thanks to some friends, found out he had been going to a blackout zone. She searched for him, and found him dead of an overdose just before a patrol arrived. Due to her minor status and the situation, she was only sentenced to community service.

Her supervisor, Allan Ricket took a liking to her, and at the end of her sentence, got her a job at the private security firm he worked for. She did well in the training, and held that job (even qualifying for bodyguard work) until the company went under due to a string of misfortunes, including the theft of its own payroll.

Five Facts:
1) Hates recreational drugs with a passion.
2) Can't swim, and is mildly phobic.
3) Doesn't do well with extreme temperatures.
4) Is competent with handguns, but prefers hand to hand combat. Is good with knives, but hides this fact.
5) Can pass as a boy with little effort.

Chanlin 10-25-2013 07:03 PM

Looks cool to me :)

Even a possibility for tension. I figure Tucker wouldn't get along with her since she "lacks discipline" in his eyes.


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