Traveller's Aid Society, Too (OOCs, Q&A)   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
Samantha Kilgore
 player, 450 posts
 Pilot and Security expert
 With more hidden talents
Tue 1 Jan 2019
at 21:30
Re: Rockport
Happy New Year guys!
Inderpal Kumar
 player, 21 posts
 Tharillian
 Ex-Scout
Wed 2 Jan 2019
at 20:51
Re: Rockport
Samantha Kilgore:
Happy New Year guys!


Same to you!
Vonon Ronkunu
 player, 414 posts
 Vargr and Spacer
 ex-Patrol Commander
Sun 6 Jan 2019
at 16:06
Re: Rockport
In reply to Samantha Kilgore (msg # 754):

     Sam, about Cassandra's Belt--I used the Traveller Map, at TravellerMap.com, and the Traveller Wiki that The Map links to when I was creating Vonon.  I've double checked and nothing significant appears to have changed in the data from either source--although the Wiki does have a caveat that the file is a work in progress, as they are updating the Wiki for the latest version of Traveller.

     So, there ya go.
Walter Zeller
 player, 490 posts
 Merchant/Noble
Sun 6 Jan 2019
at 18:56
Re: Rockport
Not sure how accurate the nobles listed in the Wiki is compared to this campaign.

"The Imperial nobility includes four Knights, one Baronet, no Barons, no Marquises, one Viscount, one Count, and no Dukes" With that in mind, the ship was carrying 2 of the 7 nobles in the subsector (out of 6 billion sophonts).

(I used it to have Walter start off at Outpost)
Kheaiftouaw
 player, 601 posts
 Aslan outcast
Wed 16 Jan 2019
at 23:24
Re: Rockport
Just for clarification
As I understood it the dinner will be just before we leave the station after the ship is refit (if we do it here) and not now, or?
Vonon Ronkunu
 player, 420 posts
 Vargr and Spacer
 ex-Patrol Commander
Thu 17 Jan 2019
at 04:24
Re: Rockport
In reply to Kheaiftouaw (msg # 758):

That's what I understood, as well.
Walter Zeller
 player, 493 posts
 Merchant/Noble
Thu 17 Jan 2019
at 18:34
Re: Rockport
Correct, when we get ready to leave.
Evelyn Darque
 player, 34 posts
Sun 20 Jan 2019
at 06:00
Re: Rockport
I'm not dead in case anyone assumed I crawled into the ships guts and died

This message was last edited by the player at 02:00, Sun 03 Feb.

Vonon Ronkunu
 player, 424 posts
 Vargr and Spacer
 ex-Patrol Commander
Sun 20 Jan 2019
at 06:38
Re: Rockport
In reply to Evelyn Darque (msg # 761):

Actually, I had assumed that ... but if you now say you are not dead, then ... OMG!!  You must be UN-Dead!!!  Run!  Everybody run!

^_^
Evelyn Darque
 player, 35 posts
Sun 20 Jan 2019
at 06:47
Re: Rockport

Kheaiftouaw
 player, 602 posts
 Aslan outcast
Wed 23 Jan 2019
at 18:58
Re: Rockport
Sorry for being even less active than normal. I am dealing with some family heath drama which saps all motivation for posting.

Just continue and assume that Khea is still on her way back from the station to the bar.
Inderpal Kumar
 player, 26 posts
 Tharillian
 Ex-Scout
Thu 24 Jan 2019
at 16:37
Re: Rockport
Checking in.
StarMaster
 GM, 901 posts
Sat 2 Feb 2019
at 18:56
Re: Rockport
No problem, Khea. RL has a way of sucking the gaming life out of you, even when you least expect it.
Vonon Ronkunu
 player, 428 posts
 Vargr and Spacer
 ex-Patrol Commander
Sun 3 Feb 2019
at 03:36
Re: Rockport
In reply to StarMaster (msg # 766):

Okay, just pulled my head out of my butt--so this is what fresh air smells like!--and managed to stay focused long enough to take a little look around this Board to see What's New.

Or at least what's ben happening behind the scenes while I wasn't paying attention...

Re: UPPs -- First, my 2-centicred opinion on the Format--Of the many ways you presented the character data, StarMaster, I think my preference is for the format you used on Kaengarr:
     Name of Skill     Level     (Specific Skill/Specialty)
Put that in boxes, or not, either way looks good to me.

Next, you use 5 notations, but I can only find where you explain what 2 of them are, so I ask:
        * = Background Skill
        + = Expert Program assist available
       ** = ?
        ^ = ?
   (soft) = ?
What do they meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaan?


Re: Swimming. I completely agree with this.  The only existing skill in the system that it would make any sense for Swimming to be part of would be Athletics, but I seem to recall there was something in the Skill Description for Athletics that implied (sorta) that Swimming was not part of this catch-all Skill.

     I do have one Swimming Specialty to suggest, though--Very Deep Diving using an Atmospheric Diving Suit (ADS).  Umbilical Diving suits are fine--they've been around since John Lethbridge constructed a "diving suit"--a wooden barrel about 6 feet (1.8 m) in length with two holes for the diver's arms sealed with leather cuffs, and a 4-inch (100 mm) viewport of thick glass.  It was reportedly used to dive as deep as 60 feet (18 m), and was used to salvage substantial quantities of silver from the wreck of the East Indiaman Vansittart, which sank in 1719 off the Cape Verde islands.

     But Umbilical suits have depth limits, and movement is difficult because of the umbilical hoses and cords.  An atmospheric diving suit (ADS) is a small one-person articulated anthropomorphic submersible which resembles a suit of armour, with elaborate pressure joints to allow articulation while maintaining an internal pressure of one atmosphere.  The ADS can be used for very deep dives of up to 2,300 feet (700 m) for many hours, and eliminates the majority of physiological dangers associated with deep diving; the occupant need not decompress, there is no need for special gas mixtures, and there is no danger of decompression sickness or nitrogen narcosis.  Divers do not even need to be skilled swimmers.

     Marc Miller, et al., were probably thinking of these "hardsuits" when they tossed out the rule that let's adventurers use their Spacesuits as "diving suits" and their Zero-G Skill (EVA skill?) to operate the suit in the underwater environ.

      ADS' are not on the end of an umbilical, "modern" ADS' even have thrusters and buoyancy tanks for independent underwater movement.  They are similar to Umbilical Diving Suits, but also very different.
StarMaster
 GM, 903 posts
Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 08:55
Re: Rockport
Fixed. Except (soft). Have no idea what that indicates. Have to ask Serge, as that's only on his character.
Samantha Kilgore
 player, 463 posts
 Pilot and Security expert
 With more hidden talents
Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 10:27
Re: Rockport
In reply to StarMaster (msg # 768):

Soft = Software?? Does that make sense?
Sharik Kaagira
 player, 342 posts
 Freelance: ex-IISS, ex-IN
 Serious about recreation
Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 17:33
Re: Rockport
StarMaster:
STATUS UPDATE

...Inderpal and Sharik: in a bar catching (up) on things ...

Hey, Indy and I aren’t in a bar catching up (and getting drunk). We are in a posh restaurant, catching up.  And getting drunk.  I’ll try to get an IC post up later today (but, I’ll freely admit that it is likely to be a number of hours away, at this point).

And I agree with Sam, (soft) is likely a designation for ‘software’ (which is the same as the ‘+’ that others, like Darrel, were using).  For Sharik, I know that I used ‘*’ for her background skills, ‘^’ for her connection skills, and ‘**’ for her package skills.  I didn’t mark her Expert program/software enhanced skills (though she does have those, as well).  (EDIT:  I just noticed that Starmaster has updated the UPP symbol key/legend - I will submit an updated skill list with the proper designations.  And any new skills that might have been acquired).

This message was last edited by the player at 17:37, Wed 06 Feb.

StarMaster
 GM, 905 posts
Wed 6 Feb 2019
at 19:55
MAINTENANCE
Sam was right. I checked Serge's character sheet and that's what it was: Soft meant software. It just didn't occur to me until she said it.
Inderpal Kumar
 player, 29 posts
 Tharillian
 Ex-Scout
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 22:39
Re: Rockport
Sharik Kaagira:
StarMaster:
STATUS UPDATE

...Inderpal and Sharik: in a bar catching (up) on things ...

Hey, Indy and I aren’t in a bar catching up (and getting drunk). We are in a posh restaurant, catching up.  And getting drunk.  I’ll try to get an IC post up later today (but, I’ll freely admit that it is likely to be a number of hours away, at this point).

And I agree with Sam, (soft) is likely a designation for ‘software’ (which is the same as the ‘+’ that others, like Darrel, were using).  For Sharik, I know that I used ‘*’ for her background skills, ‘^’ for her connection skills, and ‘**’ for her package skills.  I didn’t mark her Expert program/software enhanced skills (though she does have those, as well).  (EDIT:  I just noticed that Starmaster has updated the UPP symbol key/legend - I will submit an updated skill list with the proper designations.  And any new skills that might have been acquired).

How drunk do you want to get?
Sharik Kaagira
 player, 345 posts
 Freelance: ex-IISS, ex-IN
 Serious about recreation
Thu 7 Feb 2019
at 22:45
Re: Rockport
Inderpal Kumar:
How drunk do you want to get?

Only a little tipsy; 'twould be unseemly, otherwise.  Besides, we need to go shopping afterwards.  How much gear do you have (and is it at the TAS hostel?)?

EDIT:  Besides if figure with our Carouse scores that we should be fairly adept at gauging our alcohol intake - even if our endurance stats aren’t stellar.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:08, Fri 08 Feb.

Vonon Ronkunu
 player, 429 posts
 Vargr and Spacer
 ex-Patrol Commander
Fri 8 Feb 2019
at 07:27
Re: Rockport
In reply to Sharik Kaagira (msg # 773):

OOC: Just got stalled, again.  Will put up next post for Vonon, probably Friday Night. Sorry.
Serge Baklanov
 player, 62 posts
 Marine/Scout
Fri 8 Feb 2019
at 23:13
Re: MAINTENANCE
StarMaster:
Sam was right. I checked Serge's character sheet and that's what it was: Soft meant software. It just didn't occur to me until she said it.

Sorry I was elsewhere.
Yep you deciphered it right.
Fun fact: in Russian neologism and loan word "soft" is often used as a short form for "software", since "software" properly translated into Russian would have 10 syllables. I assumed that the same short form would be in English too but it seems I was wrong.
Vonon Ronkunu
 player, 430 posts
 Vargr and Spacer
 ex-Patrol Commander
Sat 9 Feb 2019
at 03:06
Re: English be hard for me thinky-thing!
In reply to Serge Baklanov (msg # 775):

Nah, Serge, in English we expanded what you mean with the Russian word "software" out into two 2-word phrases (which both mean, basically, the same thing), then we shortened the phrases:

First we called it "Software Programs" (these were, initially, almost exclusively used for true computers), this then got shortened to just "Programs" (an attempt at further shortening to "Progs" never really caught on).

Then, most recently, with software starting to show up in multi-venue versions, i.e. the same software being usable in a Computer OR on a Tablet OR with a SmartPhone OR some other device (each of which uses similar, but still different operating systems) we started calling it "Software Applications" which has been shortened to "Apps".

"Casual" English speech is real big on using Adjectives or Adverbs as familiar or diminutive descriptors (that would be "nicknames" for you Victims of the American Educational System--like me ^_^).

And to make matters worse, if we want to sound like we're more educated than we really are with our English, we toss in Latin words, just to sound smarmy.  For example, instead of saying "Casual English" speech, I could have said "English Vernacular" speech.  Oooo--don't I sound super-smart? ^_^
StarMaster
 GM, 906 posts
Sun 10 Feb 2019
at 17:18
Re: English be hard for me thinky-thing!
And 'soft' for us generally means clouds, cotton candy, cotton, marshmallows, mattresses, tissues and toilet paper. And if you are into martial arts, it also refers to a style of martial arts that deals mostly with throws (such as Judo/Jujitsu).
Inderpal Kumar
 player, 31 posts
 Tharillian
 Ex-Scout
Wed 13 Feb 2019
at 19:06
Re: English be hard for me thinky-thing!
Checking in.