Rafters Pub (OOCs)   Posted by Dread Pirate Robert.Group: 0
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 14 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Thu 5 Aug 2021
at 03:15
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
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Ok, seriously, pockets were originally a type of large pouch worn a bit lower on the thigh and under a skirt, with a hidden slit to reach a hand through.  What the hell is up with modern women's fashion having no pockets?


Also, I have a physical sorte deck IRL, kickstarter loot, and I actually pulled this draw.  Surprised the hell out of me too.  Sure, the deck is just a prop, but it's hilarious that I pulled cards relevant to the current situation/discussion.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:39, Thu 05 Aug 2021.

Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 19 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Sun 8 Aug 2021
at 17:13
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
It feels really wierd double-posting IC like that, but I'm available to post and there's that two-day rule.
Alessandra Castillo
 player, 40 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sun 22 Aug 2021
at 22:06
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
In reply to Fiora Ambrogia (msg # 442):

Welcome!
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 237 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Mon 23 Aug 2021
at 02:28
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
The Two-Day Posting rule is mainly for when others posting gets a bit hectic. Without it, things can grind to a halt. And it's just to let you know that I may post for you in those situations.
Alessandra Castillo
 player, 43 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sat 28 Aug 2021
at 02:06
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
In reply to Dread Pirate Robert (msg # 449):

Ah, okay. But still, I'm here.
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 180 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Fri 10 Sep 2021
at 17:10
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
Did I misunderstand the scene? I thought there are displays for known Syrne, plus displays for each of the major (ie base book) sorceries? Are there, indeed, displays for more sorceries than that?
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 244 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Wed 15 Sep 2021
at 03:50
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
Yes, there were more displays than just the core rule book sorceries. The various stations alternated between a Syrne type and a sorcery type. That means there are 12 different sorceries represented... if that is, in fact, what they are.
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 41 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 21:09
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
So, there's some serious Gameplay and Story Segregation going on with regards to Sorte.  The setting descriptions for Vodacce, and even the listed traditions around Sorte, don't match up with the mechanics.

Blessings and curses end at the end of the scene according to the mechanics, even the greater versions, which would very sharply limit the reach of the blessings/curses a Strega in Vodaacce can give.  They wouldn't be able to bless a ship captain for a fair voyage, because it just wouldn't work.

Meanwhile elderly Strega on their deathbeds will gather their family around to issue one final set of blessings, when they can take their lashes to the grave with them.  Vodacce ships are blessed with good fortune, despite the Strega being restricted to Vodacce.  And people perish due to curses long after the Strega has left the scene.




This isn't particularly crucial in any immediate sense, Fiora's favorite Tesse is Pull, which has a very immediate effect that has no need to linger, but it does create a number of plot holes in the world itself.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:14, Fri 08 Oct 2021.

Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 247 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Fri 8 Oct 2021
at 23:50
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
I think there are three different 'interpretations' of Sorte, so it depends on how the GM (me!) wants to deal with it.

I'm pretty much letting you go with it, since you seem to know more about it than I do.
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 42 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Sat 9 Oct 2021
at 07:53
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
In reply to Dread Pirate Robert (msg # 454):

I'm pulling from books you don't have where I can, and burying the places I'm not sure of in metaphor.  So far I haven't used a single Tesse aside from Read though, and all that does is show you the strands of fate.  The books don't go into what they actually look like, and how much information you can get from reading them is largely left to the GM aside from reading people's virtues.  So we're dealing entirely in fluff right now and it's great, but eventually dice happen.  Probably.

If I wanted to place a blessing on someone that lasted beyond the scene, and the story of Vodacce requires that to be a thing, how would that work mechanically?  There are no rules, yet it must be possible to do this thing.  Again, not exactly urgent, but something I'd like to hash out before it's urgent.

I'm inclined to say a lasting blessing/curse is less intense than a scene-length one, since you're trading power for endurance, but I'm not sure how much.  Normally you gain one lash, and then however many lashes you have is the strength of a blessing.  There are a few possibilities I can see for extra duration.

  1. Half the normal number of dice (one per two lashes instead of one-for-one), but they last until used or overwritten (only one blessing or curse allowed on a target at a time.)
  2. It's a separate effect, apply the blessing/curse, then weave it more tightly, duration based on number of lashes for the extra effect.  (Probably not linear scaling, since ship voyages last months, and 30+ lashes is just begging for fate to splatter you across the city.)
    • This would add another Tesse to the list, which could be obtained just like any other.  Keeps the power of PC Strega in check, since they're choosing between having that and having something more immediately useful.

  3. It just takes longer to apply (By default, using a Tesse is one raise in a risk, increase the duration of the blessing/curse with more raises)
  4. Longer duration blessings/curses have to be woven ahead of time, and then placed on someone with the usual ritual.
    • How many pre-woven blessings/curses can a Strega carry?  One?  More?  Base of one, but with a perk to increase?

This message was last edited by the player at 07:53, Sat 09 Oct 2021.

Alessandra Castillo
 player, 47 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sat 9 Oct 2021
at 23:45
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
In reply to Fiora Ambrogia (msg # 453):

Neat.
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 248 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Fri 15 Oct 2021
at 14:57
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
Yikes!

It all sounds great, but it's boggling my mind at the moment. Need time to process it. Plus, I'll have to look it up in the books I do have.

On the other hand, I don't want the game to get bogged down in rules.


As for what strands look like, I'd imagine something between a braid and a triple helix, where the three strands in the helix represent you, others, and your environment. You can see where there could be pieces missing from the secondary strands, and places could be large or smaller, different colors to represent different aspects, etc.
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 44 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Fri 15 Oct 2021
at 16:59
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
Dread Pirate Robert:
On the other hand, I don't want the game to get bogged down in rules.

Well, the most rules-light of my suggestions is the one where making them last is just weaker.  "Half-strength but lasts until used up."  It doesn't get much simpler than that.  Any given person can already only have one blessing or curse at a time, so they're not going to get stacked up in weird ways either.  A Strega in Vodacce can bless a captain for a safe voyage, and the blessing can just sit there until he needs it for a storm.
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 251 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Sat 16 Oct 2021
at 14:28
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
What annoys me is that they never really explain what a 'lash' is. I'm sort of interpreting as a short form of 'backlash', since that seems to be what it's meant to be. It's like they were being too clever for their own sake.
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 46 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Sat 16 Oct 2021
at 19:23
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
Dread Pirate Robert:
What annoys me is that they never really explain what a 'lash' is. I'm sort of interpreting as a short form of 'backlash', since that seems to be what it's meant to be. It's like they were being too clever for their own sake.


"Backlash" is a portmanteau of two other words.  One of the definitions of a 'lash' is a strike from a whip or other fast-moving cord.  "Lashes" in the context of sorte are literally a pending whipping from the strands of fate, and that's what the wounds look like when a strega absorbs lashes as wounds.  They can touch the strands of fate, and the strands of fate can touch them too.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:24, Sat 16 Oct 2021.

Alessandra Castillo
 player, 54 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sun 26 Dec 2021
at 01:35
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
Merry Christmas.
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 255 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Mon 24 Jan 2022
at 06:28
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
And a Crappy New Year... so far, that's what I've gotten. Just some minor health issues that are seriously depleting my mental ability to post. Trying to get over it. Just need a good night's sleep...
Alessandra Castillo
 player, 63 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sun 17 Apr 2022
at 22:52
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
Happy Easter!
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 263 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Mon 18 Apr 2022
at 12:02
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
I've been under the weather for the past two weeks with insufficient mental energy to post, and then Thursday morning the AC went out so I've been melting in 90-degree heat for the past 4 days. Tech finally got here yesterday and the AC was working fine when he left, but now it's out again! Aaargh!
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 206 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Mon 18 Apr 2022
at 15:44
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
In reply to Dread Pirate Robert (msg # 464):

That is misery. It needs to just sorta stay in the low 70s and high 60s year-round! :D
Alessandra Castillo
 player, 72 posts
 A lady, then a pirate.
Sat 13 Aug 2022
at 22:47
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
In reply to Dread Pirate Robert (msg # 464):

90 degree heat must have been horrible.
Dread Pirate Robert
 GM, 273 posts
 Master of Fate
 Danger Pool: 5
Tue 16 Aug 2022
at 23:51
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
So apparently it was my turn to get Covid, although a weaker strain. Culminated Monday night when I fell getting out of bed because I got dizzy and my legs were so weak they couldn't support me. After friends helped me get into a chair, called an ambulance to take me to the hospital for evaluation and testing. Everything else was clear but the test came back positive for Covid. Put some fluids in me, gave me a few prescriptions for me cough, and sent me home.

According to the doctor, I have had it for a few days, so Monday was the worst of it. Getting better, but I still feel like crap and a bit unsteady on my feet.

At least this explains why I've been feeling so crappy for awhile now.
Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 217 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Wed 17 Aug 2022
at 00:11
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
Well, that is way, way harsher than when I got it; I had a slightly bad cold level of illness; sore throat mostly, and a little cough. The side effects from the vaccine were magnitudes worse (and resulted in my first and only ambulance ride ever).

Feel better soon!
Fiora Ambrogia
 player, 80 posts
 Sophia's Daughter Strega
Wed 17 Aug 2022
at 00:26
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
Vasily Pavlychenko:
Well, that is way, way harsher than when I got it; I had a slightly bad cold level of illness; sore throat mostly, and a little cough. The side effects from the vaccine were magnitudes worse (and resulted in my first and only ambulance ride ever).

Sounds familiar.  No ambulance ride, 'just' partial vision loss from something that would've been a stroke if my luck were a little worse.

Suffice to say, my opinions are somewhat more jaded than the me who got it as soon as I could.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:35, Wed 17 Aug.

Vasily Pavlychenko
 player, 218 posts
 Ussuran Sorcerer/Duelist
 HP: 0
Wed 17 Aug 2022
at 01:59
Re: Rafters Pub (OOCs)
For me it was terrible exhaustion that led to inactivity, along with respiratory limitations. And that stuff led to my first pneumonia in my adult life, so I went to the urgent care and they put me on oxygen (another first) and sent me to the emergency room in a (very expensive) ambulance. It all sucked. Then by the time I got covid the companies were already saying that the vaccine was like 30% effective. Good thing the disease wasn't as bad as the "cure."