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Welcome to Game A of the Lady Blackbird Newbie PBF game!

Here are some appropriate links for this game:
Lady Blackbird Game A Newbie PBF Signup Geeklist Item

Game A, Lady Blackbird Newbie In-Character Thread
Game A, Lady Blackbird Newbie Out-Of-Character Thread (This thread)

This is the Out of Character Thread for Game A of Lady Blackbird. Please subscribe to this thread. (Click Subscribe under the Subject at the top of the page)

I also recommend adding this page and the IC page to your QuickLinks at the top right of your Geek page. Click on a [+] symbol and then name the page something like "Lady Blackbird OOC thread" and "Lady Blackbird IC thread". Clicking these brings you straight here. The limitation of this is that it doesn't keep up with the pages so you need to EDIT the links when we get to page 2, 3 etc.

Here are some other helpful threads that you may find useful:
Visual Guide to Basic use of the GeekRoller with examples I am going to explain how we will use the dice roller though, so do not worry too much about this.
Play-by-forum FAQ and Reference
Tips for new users in PBF games
RPG Geek User Guide

Don't worry if you don't want to read those - they are not mandatory!



Now before you read on I'll just say this:
There's a lot of text to come explaining how everything works. I am more than happy for you to skim over this for now and to start posting here with hellos, questions and what-not. I am also happy to explain and repeat myself as often as need be before and during the game regarding anything.

I just felt it would be a good idea to get everything explained on the first page of this thread so that it is easily referenced by you all. If you think I have missed anything out, or something is not clear please let me know and I'll edit or re-explain it to you all.

I hope you all enjoy this game of Lady Blackbird!

Sam / Bifford.
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OOC Thread Explanation

This thread is specifically for OUT OF CHARACTER conversations and questions, to clarify rules and general chit-chat.

If you are ever in doubt about what to do or what your character might do, or how to do something, ask here and either myself or one of the other players will help you. RPGs in general are hard enough when you've not done them before - playing by forum can be even harder especially when you are new to it. But it's quite easy really and you will soon get the hang of it

Go grab the free PDF of Lady Blackbird from this site: http://www.onesevendesign.com/ladyblackbird/ and have a read. There is nothing in there that will spoil the game for you but all the basic ideas and explanations are within those few pages.


IC Thread and Basic Stuff Explanation

The IC thread is for all your In Character conversations and explanations. Explain what your character does here and talk to the other characters or NPCs (Non-Player Characters).

I will describe a scene and ask questions. These questions may be about character actions, feelings, or even be about the setting and NPC actions. This may be 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 then you are free to fill in that detail yourself. You even have some control over the guard’s background and motivation. Just don’t contradict anything that’s already established and don’t go overboard. If you provide a detail that goes against the theme or existing facts in the game I may change it.

Charater Sheets

The First post in the IC thread will have all the character sheets on it and I will keep this updated as we go through the game, so you only need to look on page one of the IC thread to know what your characters' current status is.

This post will keep track of conditions, XP, buyoffs, and so forth. I will update whenever anyone rolls the dice or a character hits a key etc. Please keep an eye on your character sheet and make sure it is accurate. Also, if I ever don't give you XP for some action and you feel you should have received it, please post in the out-of-character thread.


GM Question Posts

The second post starts with the introduction scenario. It will then be followed by a set of questions for each of you and for the group as a whole. This GM question post will appear throughout the game.

Any questions or text that are in the normal black colour are questions I want you to think about and Possibly answer - these are hints and ideas for the sorts of thing I expect you and your character to be thinking of, but if you have other ideas feel free to explore them.

Questions or text in a red colour are things you Must answer. These are things I deem very important to the moment.

Each of you will have questions specific to you, and there may well be questions for "Everyone on a first come, first served basis (just one of these per person though):"

Please see post #2 on the IC thread for an example of all of that
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Posting Requirements

So the game has five characters:

Lady Blackbird / Natasha Syri (Imperial Noble)
Naomi Bishop (Former pit-fighter and Lady B's bodyguard)
Captain Cyrus Vance (Ex-Imperial soldier turned smugger. Captain of The Owl)
Kale Arkam (Burglar, petty sorcerer, first mate and mechanic on the Owl)
Snargle (Goblin sky-sailor and pilot of the Owl)

Formatting

Once we know who is playing who I will need you all to chose yourself a colour (with the exception of red, that is reserved for me and grey which is for OOC comments). All of your character's talking needs to be in that colour. It helps make it stand out.

Anything your character thinks needs to be in italics, and if possible 'wrapped in single quotes' (I'm not gonna fuss if you forget that!)

If you need to make an OOC comment within the IC thread (to explain an action, to point out that you think you hit a Key etc) then write this below all of your IC text and write it in grey/gray with the prefix OOC:
(for example: OOC: I think kale just hit the Key of Concealment! )


Frequency

In order to keep the game flowing nicely it would be awesome if everyone could log in and check the IC and OOC threads at least once a day. It may be that you are waiting for someone else to post before you can, but please check in to see if they have and if possible post in OOC to say "I'm just waiting for #### to do their post and then I'll do mine." Hopefully we can keep the game flowing nicely this way.


Time away

Everyone has a life outside of RPGgeek and computers in general. I understand that. If you know you are not going to be able to log in and post for a few days PLEASE post here and let me know. I can skirt around things or do a GM post on your behalf if need be. If you have ideas for what you want to do but you'll be away when they need doing feel free to send me a geekmail with your thoughts and ideas so I can enact them for you.

Going AWOL holds up the game for all concerned and we want this to be a happy game!
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Almost done with all the pre-blub stuff!!! Sorry there's so much to read, but if you've never done this before it helps to know a few rules.

And so on to the Dice mechanics side of things.

Dice, Pool Dice, Traits and Tags, Keys and Secrets

To explain this I'm going to use my favourite character of Kale Arkam.

I will come back to the mechanics of the dice roller later. First I need to explain the VERY simple way Lady Blackbird works.


Traits and Tags

Each character has a set of Traits. These are "general headings" for your characters background.
So Kale has Burglar, Tricky, Petty Magic (use one spell tag at a time) and Mechanic.

Each of these has a number of Tags. These are slightly more detailed components of the Trait. However these are quite loose terms and can be interpreted how you want.
Kale has, under the Burglar Trait, the tags Quiet, Sneak, Hide, Dextrous, Locks, Perceptive, Traps and Darkness.

The tags that have brackets [ ] around them (Alarms and Distractions) are tags Kale does not yet possess but can buy later with XP.


Dice Rolling

When you want to do something that involves your traits and tags (so if Kale decides to pick a lock for example) you use the following formula:

One dice (for being alive!) + one for the Trait (only one trait in any one roll) + one for each tag you use + any Pool dice you want to use.

So using our example Kale would get one dice (for being alive) plus one dice for Burglar and then gets another three dice for using the tags sneak, dexterous, locks. He decides to also use two pool dice to boost his die rolling. So 1+1+3+2 = 7 (d6) dice.

So Kale rolls 7 dice. He wants a number of successes equal or more than the difficulty.

A standard difficulty level is 3 (Difficult). If something is going to be easier or harder than that I will tell you in the thread or GM question posts.

So Kale picking the cell lock with no guards around would be a 3, however if he's trying to pick the lock while a guard stands by the door but is looking the other way the difficulty goes up to a 4. If there are two guards standing with their backs to the cell door and a third is pacing up and down then the difficulty hits 5.


Pool Dice

Each of you starts with 7 pool dice. These can be used to boost your dice rolling. Once you use the pool dice they are gone until we do something called a "refresher scene" (more on that later, I don't want to melt your brain right now) so use them wisely!

You will have the ability to purchase more (up to 10) with your XP but that will take a short while.


Keys

Each of you has three Keys. These are things specific to you and which make your character what they are. Think of them as the mould into which the person is poured. Kale has the Key of Greed, the Key of the Mission and the Key of Fraternity.

Read the keys for your character. Whenever you incorporate these keys into your text you "hit your key" and gain XP for it! So lets say Kale is walking down a corridor and spots something cool, shiny and mechanical and promptly nabbed it he can be classed as having hit his Key of Greed. He gains 1 XP for this.

Each Key has a "buyoff". Once you have hit your key at least once in game you have the option to buy off that key by fulfilling the terms of the text. So if Kale swears off stealing forever he has bought off his key. Doing so earns him 2XP and he can chose a new key. Think carefully before doing this though as these are major personality traits.

Also, if you go into danger because of a key you get 2XP. That shiny thing Kale wanted to steal? It's in a room filled with Imperials having lunch. He sneaks in, gets the item and gets out again without being noticed. 2XP!


Secrets

You also each have Secrets. These are things that can help you or your friends. Kale has Secret of Concealment and Secret of Reflexes meaning he can produce any number of small handy things from about his person (even if stripped naked! (Don't ask!!)) and once per session he can re-roll a failure involving grace, dexterity or quick reflexes.

If you are unsure about your Keys or Secrets please do ask about them!
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Lastly...whew!!

XP

When you hit a Key you can either take an XP point or you can add a die to your pool die (to a max of 10). As standard I will assume you wish to take XP. Please let me know if you'd rather the pool die at any time.


When you have 5 XP saved up you can do one of the following:

# Add a new Trait based on something you learned in game or some past experience revealed during play
# Add a Tag to an existing trait
# Add a new Key (never the same one twice)
# Learn a Secret if you have the means to

You can hold on to the XP and spend them any time - even during battle - if you wish to.


Helping Others

You are able to help your friends by giving them one of your pool die. You need to be in a position where you can aid them in what they are doing. Say what your character does to help.

Eg: Naomi sees that Kale is trying to lift some heavy machinery and goes to help. She can give him a pool dice to use for his roll. If the roll fails you get your dice back. If it succeeds you lose that die (until a refresh scene)


Statuses

During the game you may gain one or more of the following status: Injured, Dead, Tired, Angry, Lost, Hunted, Trapped (dead doesn't mean you're out of the game, it could just be that you have been put into a medical coma for example)

If you get one of these I will explain what affect it has on you and how long it is likely to last.


Refresher Scenes

At certain points in the game, when a natural break occurs, I will call for a Refresher Scene. You may also call for one at ANY TIME. A refresh scene involves you and at least one other player and is a time when you talk and reminisce. It might be that Kale asks Naomi how she came to be a pit-fighter, or Snargle could be telling the tale of how he came to be the Owl's pilot. Ask questions of each other and tell stories of your life.

Doing so gains you back your Pool Dice!!! You can also lose one condition or regain the use of a secret.
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And Last Lastly! heheeh

The dice roller.

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So using our example Kale would get one dice (for being alive) plus one dice for Burglar and then gets another three dice for using the tags sneak, dexterous, locks. He decides to also use two pool dice to boost his die rolling. So 1+1+3+2 = 7 (d6) dice.

So Kale rolls 7 dice. He wants a number of successes equal or more than the difficulty.

So you've worked out how many dice you are rolling, and you know your difficulty (3 unless otherwise specified or unless you chose to make it harder due to your own narration).

Above this writing box on the right is a button marked "Roll". Clicking this brings up a box with a number of dice choices, a box for the dice roll algorithm and a comments box.

Because we want our dice to be either Success or Fail we use the following format in the "Roll" box:

#custom2{0;1}

Where # is the number of dice to roll. So Kales' example above would be inputted as 7custom2{0;1} - Be sure to use Curly brackets!!

Kales' Roll. Target 3. 7custom2{0;1} = (1 + 0 + 1 + 1 + 0 + 0 + 0) = 3

This dice roll will then appear in your text at the last pointer position and will look like this: [ geekroll=237592][ /geekroll] (but without the spaces inside the brackets)

You will not see the result of your roll until you "Submit" your post (not even on Preview).

So you would narrate up to the point when you are about to do something that requires a roll, add in the geek roll then press "Submit" to post the message. Look at the result and see if you succeeded at your task or not. In this case Kale Just about succeeded. You can then edit your post and carry on with the narrative taking into consideration the dice result. So here I would write into Kales' story that it was touch and go for a moment, with one of the guards hearing something, but that Kale managed to pick the lock just fine. If he had failed then I'd narrate something bad happening, and if I'd got 6 or 7 successes Kale would have very easily and quickly picked the lock. You get the picture!

With ALL dice rolls please indicate how you came to roll that many dice either in the story or at the end of the post and do so using a grey pen: [ color=#gray]Roll for.....[ /color]

EG: Roll for the next bit: 1 + Burglar + Sneak + Dexterous + Locks + 2 Pool Kales' Roll. Target 3. 7custom2{0;1} = (1 + 0 + 1 + 1 + 0 + 0 + 0) = 3 3 success on difficulty 3.

One last thing with dice rolls: I trust you lot not to cheat, but just in case - notice that attached to the bottom of this post is a "+ Dice Rolls" drop down. Click the + to reveal a record of all dice rolls made and can not be fudged. So if you roll three times but only post the third one to the story I can check and see that your first two rolls actually failed and I will use that first roll and also tell you off
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That's the wall of text over with! So who is your GM?

Greetings all!

My name is Sam, or Bifford. I don't mind which. Lets see....I hit 34 in March, I'm a husband and a dad to a one year old girl (Poppy) and moved to Wiltshire from Essex (England) a year and a half ago.

I am a photographer by trade, trying to get into adult education. I've been into computers since my age was in double figures. That started with an Amstrad CPC 464, progressed to an Amiga 500, 600, 1200 and 4000 - the last two of which were heavily expanded with the A4k being worth several grand now. I then bought a "modern day" Amiga - a Pegasos running MorphOS. Favourite game had to be Frontier Elite, and last month I discovered that Frontierangerous was on Kickstarter so I pledged to get that funded and in 2014 I get to be a space cadet again flying around in space!

RPG and LARP go hand in hand for me and I've been doing them since 2000 thereabouts. I ran my first game (White Wolfs' Exalted) in 2004 and now run my own rpg group (because I moved away from my previous group).

I have played in Lady Blackbird here and I have GM'd a game with my F2F (Face to Face) group and also with another group on another website. I've also Gm'd other games but Lady Blackbird is a nice easy game and i enjoy it I hope you all do too!
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Welcome on board players!

You will get to chose your character based on sign-up order (feel free to try to persuade someone to change if you really really want to play that character!!

Please introduce yourselves and start asking any questions you have!

First up is MelodramaBabs, playing Snargle.
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Followed by Wilikai playing Lady Blackbird.
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Sam, can you describe how magic works in this game? I can tell it's largely left to interpretation, but if you could please give an example of a situation in which one of Natasha's Master Sorcerer tags would be used, I'd really appreciate it.
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I don't have any questions yet - but that's probably because I haven't read all the stuff up above.

My name is Nathalie (or Babs) I'm currently 34 but that will be changing in March at which point I'll officially be in my mid 30s; I'm not sure how I feel about that. I am the daughter of awesome parents (my dad drives a Zamboni!), big sister to the mother of my precious godson, wife to a sports fanatic who is not ashamed to say that he's happy NHL hockey has returned, and best friend to girls "back East".

Like Sam, I am also a photographer but not by trade. (My hobbies are supported by an income from the world of Oil and Gas.) I will be participating in my first show in February as part of the Calgary/Banff/Canmore Photography Festival. It's not a solo show, but I'm quite excited about it, nonetheless.

I have never done any RPGs of any kind; I'm nervous as heck and hope I don't mess up. I'm secretly hoping this will kick my creativity in the pants.

I'm looking forward to being your feisty pilot Snargle. You might want to buckle up; it's likely going to be a tricky flight.

(edit: added a few more details)
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I'm Dave, and I'll be playing Natasha Syri, aka Lady Blackbird. I'm 29, I live in Chicago with my wife and two best friends, and am a board game geek who dabbles in RPGs from time to time (D&D back in college, and a couple more recent games of Fiasco.)

I don't really know my character very well yet, but hopefully I'll get a sense of who she is before too long. I have a tendency (in video games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age) to play as a strong, upstanding woman with a bit of a rogue edge. I don't know quite why, but that character appeals to me as a protagonist.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this game!
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Wilikai wrote:
Sam, can you describe how magic works in this game? I can tell it's largely left to interpretation, but if you could please give an example of a situation in which one of Natasha's Master Sorcerer tags would be used, I'd really appreciate it.

Hello, welcome and no problem!

This first bit can apply to any Traits and tags used by any player in Lady Blackbird (hereafter LB or Lady B): Some traits and tags are obvious and limited, such as "Run" which quite obviously means the person is better than average at running. Maybe she works out by going for a run each day? Other things are not so clear cut. Take your "Stormblood" for example.

There's numerous ways you can interpret this. Maybe being a Noble means that you have "blue magic blood" in your veins that the ordinary joe smo doesn't, enabling you to do certain things. Maybe it is just a catchphrase term for someone who has honed their magical abilities? Hell, it could even be the (nick)name of a drug that somehow activates certain areas of the brain that enable magic.

Whatever the reason behind the magic the name conjures up immense ideas, especially in conjunction with the other tags such as "Wind" "Lightning" "Fly" and "Blast". She quite obviously has control over the elements of air.

How you weave all these things together is totally up to you, and I shall be asking pertinent questions of you along the way to make you think further about such things.

For now though I'll throw together an example. Lets put Lady B and her entourage in a situation where space is tight and there's a group of heavily armed and dangerous looking Imperials coming down the corridor at you all. Lady b's wrath is up. She calls on her Master Sorcerer trait and adds to it the tags: Spellcaster, channelling (drawing forth more power from 'elsewhere' would be my definition here), stormblood, wind, lightning. This gives her 1(alive)+1(trait)+5(tags)=7. I want to make sure this goes off big time so I'm throwing in 3 pool dice and to hell with it.

We now have 1+1+5+3=10. Due to the sheer amount of Imperials and the current stress of the situation the GM classes her feat as a difficulty 4. 10custom2{0;1} = (1 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 1 + 0) = 2 And despite all that the situation is too much for her and the spell fails! What happens because of that failure is up to you. Maybe it's something as innocuous as Lady B feints, but maybe you all get struck by lightning? Or maybe the lightning strikes the outer hull and a breach happens. That would depend how big a failure you think it is (it wasn't a 1, but it wasn't a 3!).

I hope that helps somewhat!
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holy. ok. it just clicked.
the die are not "value" but "pass/fail"
eeek!

good good. one less thing to figure out. I think I "get" most of the rest of it.

I'm off work today (last vacation day cry), so my plan is to delve into this an try to figure it out as much as I can.
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MelodramaBabs wrote:
I don't have any questions yet - but that's probably because I haven't read all the stuff up above.

My name is Nathalie (or Babs) I'm currently 34 but that will be changing in March at which point I'll officially be in my mid 30s; I'm not sure how I feel about that. I am the daughter of awesome parents (my dad drives a Zamboni!), big sister to the mother of my precious godson, wife to a sports fanatic who is not ashamed to say that he's happy NHL hockey has returned, and best friend to girls "back East".

I turn 34 in March, so only a year behind. 16th for me.

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Like Sam, I am also a photographer but not by trade. (My hobbies are supported by an income from the world of Oil and Gas.) I will be participating in my first show in February as part of the Calgary/Banff/Canmore Photography Festival. It's not a solo show, but I'm quite excited about it, nonetheless.

A 28 day exhibition? That's going some!! Have you got your photos up on DeviantArt or Flickr??

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I have never done any RPGs of any kind; I'm nervous as heck and hope I don't mess up. I'm secretly hoping this will kick my creativity in the pants.

I'm looking forward to being your feisty pilot, Snargle. You might want to buckle up; it's likely going to be a tricky flight.

Fear not young lady, it's not that hard. The good thing with playing by forum as opposed to around a table is you have time to THINK. You can also ask questions in this OOC chat if you're unsure of anything or forget how to do a roll etc. And everyone else will watch your back - when I first played LB people kept forgetting to include the dice for simply being alive and sometimes that one extra die can make all the difference....!

Snargle should be FUN! You'll notice one of his/her/it's keys is "banter". Snappy and witty comments gain you XP! If at any time the other players find themselves laughing at what you've done/said they should post in the OOC thread that they think you deserve to hit your Key for That line!
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I'm Dave, and I'll be playing Natasha Syri, aka Lady Blackbird. I'm 29, I live in Chicago with my wife and two best friends, and am a board game geek who dabbles in RPGs from time to time (D&D back in college, and a couple more recent games of Fiasco.)

I just got Fiasco from Cthanta Claus (Secret Santa for the RPGGeek side) and am starting to play in a PBF game here of it too! Awesome!

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I don't really know my character very well yet, but hopefully I'll get a sense of who she is before too long. I have a tendency (in video games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age) to play as a strong, upstanding woman with a bit of a rogue edge. I don't know quite why, but that character appeals to me as a protagonist.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this game!

That sounds exactly like I envisage Syri! And yes, my GM questions will help to hone your thoughts on the character as we go one. I guarantee within two pages you'll know just who she is!

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holy. ok. it just clicked.
the die are not "value" but "pass/fail"
eeek!

good good. one less thing to figure out. I think I "get" most of the rest of it.

I'm off work today (last vacation day cry), so my plan is to delve into this an try to figure it out as much as I can.

There is technically two ways to run the dice for LB:

1. Use D6 and a 1,2,3 = Fail; 4,5,6 = Succeed.

However as that is a 50/50 percentile this also works:

2. Flip a coin

So yes, the Pass or fail option is much easier. When running this with a F2F group I find D6 dice to be easier but over here #custom2{0;1] rules the roost
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I turn 34 in March, so only a year behind. 16th for me.
26, here!


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A 28 day exhibition? That's going some!! Have you got your photos up on DeviantArt or Flickr??

Flickr (here). Expo photos haven't been curated yet, so they're still all private. (shoot. speaking of that, I need to get some mats cut. and quick!)
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I took a stab at the first entry in the IC thread. Sam, please redirect me as you'd like in terms of tone, style, syntax, etc. I think I got the colored text correct, but that type of stuff is where I'm most looking to see what you have in mind for us in our posts.
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No, no, that's a pretty awesome first post

I would ask everyone else to hold off for a moment though - we are still missing a few of our cast players who havn't signed in and asked their questions yet (one is at work still).

Interesting that you have set the cat amoungst the pigeons already! Dividing the group up (Kale and Lady B together. Are the other three in one room or two?) and also putting them in cells that are not viewable from the other! Interesting!

Colour and "thoughts" all looked good too.

So if this is the level of quality for posts (or better?) then we are in for a superb ride folks. Well done Dave
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fun! I'm drafting mine now-ish. Thinking at least.

oh. I've been wanting to write again for so long. This can do nothing but help. I may end up cross-posting my stuff to my project-ish blog.

Question: How does one use a secret? just basically use it then it's a not-so-secret depending who's around to see you use it?

(was that covered up there?...I'll scroll up and check...)
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MelodramaBabs wrote:
fun! I'm drafting mine now-ish. Thinking at least.

oh. I've been wanting to write again for so long. This can do nothing but help. I may end up cross-posting my stuff to my project-ish blog.

Cool! If you do please throw a link into here so we can all read it!

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Question: How does one use a secret? just basically use it then it's a not-so-secret depending who's around to see you use it?

(was that covered up there?...I'll scroll up and check...)

I don't think I did, but basically yes - once it's out it is out Some are easier to hide than others - like Naomi's destruction; Some are harder like Cyrus's Warpblood.
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Bifford wrote:
No, no, that's a pretty awesome first post :)
Thanks!

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Interesting that you have set the cat amoungst the pigeons already! Dividing the group up (Kale and Lady B together. Are the other three in one room or two?) and also putting them in cells that are not viewable from the other! Interesting!
I thought I'd try to answer the "are they separated?" question without defining too much else, in terms of answering the other questions or describing the state or personality of the other characters. I'll leave it to the other players to decide where and with whom they're locked away.

This is a totally geeky question, Sam, but I have to put it out there: Do you prefer us writing in present tense or past? What's the PBF standard? I wrote mine in past, but can change it. I'd love to keep things consistent if possible. If nobody else cares, no worries. :p
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This is a totally geeky question, Sam, but I have to put it out there: Do you prefer us writing in present tense or past? What's the PBF standard? I wrote mine in past, but can change it. I'd love to keep things consistent if possible. If nobody else cares, no worries.

As you did it is fine but it's not a huge problem. Some people also prefer writing in the first person to the third. And again both are fine.

So personally I say do as you want, as long as it feels right!

And especially as this is a newbie experience, where the point is to enjoy yourself, I'm not going to worry too much about it. If people get headaches thinking "Do I need to write this like this or like this?" then I'm not doing my job of giving you guys a fun time!

I would like spelling and grammar to be as good as it can be, but again I'm not going to nit-pick! Different people have different levels of language/writing so as long as they do the best they can all is well.

Keep these excellent questions flowing!! For now though I'm off to bed (UK time it's almost midnight)
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Hi, all.

I'll be your captain for this flight. Please return all your seats to their full and upright position.

I'm Michael S. Miller. I'm 39 and have been playing RPGs for more than 30 years now. I've never done Play by Forum before. I thought it would be enjoyable, and give me some impetus to write something daily. I'm in the eastern USA, so 5 hours behind our illustrious GM.

I've played Lady Blackbird a few times at conventions. One thing I'm wondering about is the helping mechanic. As you mentioned, any player can spend one die from their pool to help another player. At the table, I simply hand over one of my dice before the other player rolls. In a forum, when someone rolls, I don't even know it's going to happen until it already has happened. Any suggestions on how to work that?

My forum skills are a bit rusty, but I'll try posting my IC opening scene.
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