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Recruiting Thread - Lady Blackbird (Need one replacement)

We will hopefully get started in the next few days.

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Check in when you get to this thread. Also, confirm that you've downloaded the game.

Also, since it's a free game, I have no issues with this: I have the game uploaded to Google docs. If anyone else here uses Google docs, I will gladly share it with you. Just send me a GeekMail with your e-mail address.

How do you want to handle character selection? Few things that came to mind:

A. Completely random
B. First come, first serve
C. Semi-random. People roll dice. Highest roll gets first pick, etc.
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I'm ok with any of the characters myself so random is good, but I don't mind if others want to pick theirs.
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All characters seems pretty cool, so I'm happy with any of them
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The characters all sound great... I'm for Random as well!

Edit: And just to confirm, yes, I've downloaded and read it
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Any method of character selection is fine with me. I have the game, but haven't read it for fear of spoiling it.
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jkottler wrote:
Any method of character selection is fine with me. I have the game, but haven't read it for fear of spoiling it.

In that case, the only thing that you should avoid is the GM page on Page 9, if you don't want spoilers. I'm not necessarily going to use anything there, but I might. It's not an adventure, per se. While the opening is scripted, the game is pretty free-form after that. So I wouldn't worry about it too much.

The game is mostly just background, setting and rules.
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Rishi wrote:
jkottler wrote:
Any method of character selection is fine with me. I have the game, but haven't read it for fear of spoiling it.

In that case, the only thing that you should avoid is the GM page on Page 9, if you don't want spoilers. I'm not necessarily going to use anything there, but I might. It's not an adventure, per se. While the opening is scripted, the game is pretty free-form after that. So I wouldn't worry about it too much.

The game is mostly just background, setting and rules.

Great - I can go ahead and read it then!
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Checking in... random is fine with me.
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All right. Random it is.

Lady Blackbird 1custom5{Jose-san;jkottler;Scrowe;ThatFedoraGuy;sbszine} -> ( sbszine) -> sbszine
Naomi Bishop 1custom4{Jose-san;jkottler;Scrowe;ThatFedoraGuy} -> ( Scrowe) -> Scrowe
Cyrus Vance 1custom3{Jose-san;jkottler;ThatFedoraGuy} -> ( jkottler) -> jkottler
Kale Arkam 1custom2{Jose-san;ThatFedoraGuy} -> ( Jose-san) -> Jose-san

And that leaves Snargle for ThatFedoraGuy.

Start thinking about your characters and feel free to ask questions about your keys, traits, etc. I need to do a little more prep before starting the IC thread, but we'll get rolling this weekend at the very latest.
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  • 1custom5{Jose-san;jkottler;Scrowe;ThatFedoraGuy;sbszine} =
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  • 1custom4{Jose-san;jkottler;Scrowe;ThatFedoraGuy} =
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  • 1custom3{Jose-san;jkottler;ThatFedoraGuy} =
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  • 1custom2{Jose-san;ThatFedoraGuy} =
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  • Fri Sep 9, 2011 12:57 am
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Yeah for Goblin pilots!!

I'm a green hairless wOokie!!
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Rishi wrote:
All right. Random it is.

Rishi previously rolled 1custom5{Jose-san;jkottler;Scrowe;ThatFedoraGuy;sbszine} = ( sbszine) = sbszine (Lady Blackbird)
Rishi previously rolled 1custom4{Jose-san;jkottler;Scrowe;ThatFedoraGuy} = ( Scrowe) = Scrowe (Naomi Bishop)
Rishi previously rolled 1custom3{Jose-san;jkottler;ThatFedoraGuy} = ( jkottler) = jkottler (Cyrus Vance)
Rishi previously rolled 1custom2{Jose-san;ThatFedoraGuy} = ( Jose-san) = Jose-san (Kale Arkam)

And that leaves Snargle for ThatFedoraGuy.

Start thinking about your characters and feel free to ask questions about your keys, traits, etc. I need to do a little more prep before starting the IC thread, but we'll get rolling this weekend at the very latest.

W00t! Even though any character is fine, I totally got the one I was hoping for! This looks like a really interesting game. The setting is more S7S than Firefly, which is the opposite of what I was expecting.
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So I'm Kale, great!

Just finished my reading.
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Okay guys, here are some ground rules. I am assuming that everyone has read the rules and has at least read the game and has a basic understanding of the rules. Some of these are just about expectations and others are mechanical issues. If you have an issue with anything here, I prefer that you bring it up now and we negotiate a resolution now rather than have it cause friction later.

We’re mostly going to follow basic PbF etiquette. If this is your first PbF game, please take a look at this:

PLAY-BY-FORUM (PbF) - FAQ & REFERENCE [sic]

If there are any differences, I will note them below.

If there is anything that I haven’t covered or you have any additional questions, post now. I plan to start the IC thread tomorrow.

How the game is played

I will describe the scene and ask questions. These questions may be about character actions, feelings, but they may even be about the setting and NPC actions. This is different from most role-playing games that you’re used to.

If a detail about the world is not established then you, as the player, may establish it. I may tell you the name of a guard, for example. But, if I don’t, you are free to come up with something. You even have some control over the guard’s background and motivation. Just don’t contradict that’s already established and don’t go overboard. (Unless you literally want to jump off the ship - highly encouraged!)

Character tracking

I will have a post at the beginning of the IC thread to keep track of conditions, XP, buyoffs, etc. But please double-check to make sure it is accurate.

Dice pools

If you want to risk a die from your pool, please declare it before you roll.

If you want to help another character, also declare it before the roll. The player may ask for help before rolling. This is one aspect of the game that we might have to look at again later, if it slows the game down considerably.

Refreshment scenes

You may ask for refreshment scenes in the in-character thread, but I the text should be grayed out like this:

I would like a refreshment scene with Snargle.

Some formatting issues

Character actions should be in third person. So “Cyrus takes out his pistol” and not “I take out my pistol."

One thing that’s different than most PbF games on here: character dialogue should be in quotes, but please do not bold it or put it in a different color. I personally find it very distracting.

Minor rules clarifications and parenthetical out-of-character comments can be in the IC thread (though you may also use the OOC thread), but please post them in gray.
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In-character thread is up:

Lady Blackbird: Chapter 1 - In-character thread
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Excellent role-playing so far! Definitely some interesting stuff... I'll post a little bit of narrative and more questions later today.
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Testing the geekroller:

5d6c[4] 5d6c[4] = (4 4 4 6 4) = 5 successes from 5 dice
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Hmm.

Test 20d6c[4] = (1 6 1 2 4 1 3 5 6 1 3 2 4 2 4 2 1 3 6 2) = 7

Edit: Seems to work. You just got a great roll, I guess.
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If you click on the result, you can see each individual dice
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Nice! I was hoping to hit the key....

I'm not sure what I want to use it for yet though...

Two questions:

If you add a dice to your pool, does that mean for the rest of the run, you would have 8 instead of 7 after a refreshment scene?

Also, If it takes 5 experience to land an advance, and there are only three keys to hit, giving tops 2 exp each, then does that mean you can only get one advance in a run?

Just trying to think this through
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I think you can hit the same key any number of times.
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Oh now that would be great!
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Jose-san wrote:
I think you can hit the same key any number of times.

That's my understanding as well.

I will poke the other players later today or at least confirm that they have nothing to add this go-round.
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So, are we still playing? Can you please post to confirm that you still want to play?

If one or two players drop out, it's not a problem. I normally don't like replacement players, but I think it would work in this game.
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I would love to keep going... I've enjoyed it so far...
 
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Yeah sorry, I've not been very active at this one. I think I shouldn't try multiple PBFs at time. You'd be better served with someone who is going to be more committed so I would suggest you see if anyone else will take over Naomi.

Again, I'm very sorry!
 
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