[OOC] Out of Character.   Posted by Game Master.Group: 0
Game Master
 GM, 6 posts
Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 18:47
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quote:
Please note! My schedule can be wonky at times, thanks to the fact that I travel out of the country for years at a time. If the internet goes down in (say) China for a week, I may not be able to get on with an update, or even a warning that I'll be MIA. I apologize in advance for this. (And yes, it's now happened to me in both China and Mexico - this is not an idle statement.)


... And sometimes it's because I'm a dumbass and don't realize the telephone cord isn't plugged in. /facepalm
Lurker S
 player, 1 post
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 01:05
[OOC] Out of Character
Greetings all.  Hope to get playing soon!

It does help to plug in the phone line.
Game Master
 GM, 7 posts
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 01:33
[OOC] Out of Character
Oh, right! Feel free to introduce yourselves to one another.

I've been reviewing characters as I receive them, I just haven't had a chance to respond to anything more than those over whom I have immediate concerns. I'll be responding ASAIC, but today was the first real day of my class and boy is it a doozy (I'm teaching math tomorrow, but I don't know a damned thing about the subject...)
Lurker S
 player, 2 posts
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 01:40
[OOC] Out of Character
I love teachers who don't know what they teaching.
Lurker A
 player, 1 post
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 02:17
[OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Lurker S (msg # 4):

I did that once... picked it up last minute with no prep ... they didn't ask me to come back  ;-)
It worked out though...
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 1 post
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 04:19
[OOC] Out of Character
  Good evening, good evening...

    Good luck on teaching 'maths' tomorrow - if nothing else, the day should prove interesting.

    Never was good at the subject...more like "2+2=5", for moderately large values of 2, that is.

Cheers!
Lurker U
 player, 1 post
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 04:45
[OOC] Out of Character
I was fine with math until they starting saying, "Oh?  Prove it."  I don't need that kind of belligerence from my education.

Good luck!
Game Master
 GM, 8 posts
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 13:13
[OOC] Out of Character
Fortunately I don't really need to teach the math portion, just the English associated with it (divisor, dividend, quotient, etc). Unfortunately, in order to do that, I need to understand what's involved in the math.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 2 posts
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 15:42
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Lurker U:
I was fine with math until they starting saying, "Oh?  Prove it."  I don't need that kind of belligerence from my education.

Good luck!


   Heh, there is *anyways* one of those in the room, sometimes it is the student, sometimes the instructor.  :)
Game Master
 GM, 9 posts
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 16:17
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
All right, I got through a few characters today. Will do more ASAP. Heading to work here shortly, so I should probably grab lunch first.
Lurker U
 player, 2 posts
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 22:15
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
quote:
divisor, dividend, quotient, etc

No problem!  A divisor is like an advisor, but one who tells you to do things that will make people mad at you.  I think dividends are something to do with stocks?  And a quotient is when a patient tries to repeat what their doctor told them, but, inevitably, gets it wrong, with possibly fatal results.

If you need any more help, you know I'll be here, ready to divise you.
Lurker S
 player, 3 posts
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 23:35
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I will not divise but Advise.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 3 posts
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 23:35
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   [Deep Austrian voice]

   I'm the Denominator...hasta la vista, baby.
Lurker U
 player, 3 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 01:47
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
looks down nose at Artemis  I see they're allowing common denominators in here now.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 4 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 02:09
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Exhales a cloud of cigar smoke

   And you, Sir...should put down that glass of alcohol. You know it is not good to drink and derive, after all.
Game Master
 GM, 10 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 02:11
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You people think you're just so punny, don't you? ;)
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 2 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 02:26
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Nah ... just astute and able to use English in interesting ways... Monsieur Fox may well be the denominator... I'll go for being the Dominator myself.
Game Master
 GM, 11 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 02:33
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Okay, four character down, two to go (both of whom came late to the proverbial party). We also have a lurker until such time as I lose a PC or feel I can take on one more.

A bit of background for those interest: we will be starting in media res. Given the wide variety of backgrounds we have (seriously... we have Brit, a Romanian, an Italian, and two Americans. The last PC may also be from the States, but she's in the process of deciding), most of you will be meeting at Taranto, Italy (barring some sort of past history together; I can see a few potential links). Anyway, after Taranto you'll all be on a boat to Alexandria, Egypt to meet your patron (who you've probably never met before, though if you want to have feel free to let me know and we can discuss how and under what circumstances).

Anyway, on another note I've opened your character sheets for you to edit. If you would please be so kind as to move your sheets to them I would be most appreciative. (Lurkers M and U, this doesn't go for you.)
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 3 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 03:03
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Done as asked ...
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 5 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 05:53
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Much appreciated for opening the Character Sheets, Sir. I've completed the transfer, and the character sheet should be available to you presently.
Game Master
 GM, 12 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 14:31
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Alrighty, I received the last two sheets this morning so we're good to go. Would you all like me to unlock the first note so's you can read it?
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 6 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 16:40
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   Indeed, I should like to see where the University is sending me *this* time...
Game Master
 GM, 13 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 16:49
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ByTSiVSUYc
Gabriella Conti
 player, 4 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 17:30
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In reply to Artemis P. Fox, Esq. (msg # 22):

I love that character!
Patience
 player, 4 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 18:44
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Something about the characters we have here... quite possibly just that "Quinn" isn't a common name except among rugged modern world adventurers so I'm linking "Henry Quinn" with "Quinn Sebastian"... but I have to ask.

Anybody else here follow Torg?


quote:
Alrighty, I received the last two sheets this morning so we're good to go.

Goodness, GM.  It was barely 8:30 and you were already two sheets to the wind?
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 7 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 19:19
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Game Master:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ByTSiVSUYc


  I've loved John Rhys-Davies work since I watched him play "Rodrigo-san!" in Shogun...he has never had a disappointing acting performance since. Damn shame his picture wasn't in the portfolio gallery - would have snapped it up without a second thought.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 8 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 19:20
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Last time I 'followed' Torg, it was playing in a 1st Edition campaign in the late 80's. I've seen some of the new stuff for it, thanks to John Wick (of 7th Sea fame), but that's about it.
Peter Stewart
 player, 1 post
 Charisma 1
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 19:26
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.:
Game Master:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ByTSiVSUYc

 Damn shame his picture wasn't in the portfolio gallery - would have snapped it up without a second thought.


Well, that's not exactly true... This may not be what you're after, though.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 10 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 21:14
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 Not even by a longshot, no.
Peter Stewart
 player, 3 posts
 Charisma 1
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 21:23
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Peter doesn't play chess, but he'd be perfectly happy playing whist if Artemis has the patience to explain the rules to him.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 5 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 21:25
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Does anyone play poker? :)
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 11 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 21:33
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Peter Stewart:
   Peter doesn't play chess, but he'd be perfectly happy playing whist if Artemis has the patience to explain the rules to him.


   Fox wouldn't mind showing the game to you, but you need 4 players in order to play.  Well, it might help pass the time.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 12 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 21:34
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Gabriella Conti:
Does anyone play poker? :)



   "Ah yes, the American pastime..."  :)
Peter Stewart
 player, 4 posts
 Charisma 1
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 21:45
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I don't have any Games or Hobby skills, which is a bit of an oversight.

I'm going to take Games (Rummy), I think.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 6 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 21:47
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I have gambling.
Ilse Stoica
 player, 2 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 21:58
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I planned to eventually take Gambling or gaming.. along with sleight-of-hand...
Peter Stewart
 player, 5 posts
 Charisma 1
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 22:05
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Games is IQ/E, Gambling is IQ/A. I'd say that there's probably overlap, but Gambling covers more topics, and games doesn't cover betting or odds or whatever.
Game Master
 GM, 14 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 23:44
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Yeah, Ilse and Peter could potentially get along famously. Or disastrously. Either way, it should be fun. :)
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 13 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 03:45
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Seems I have a skill at Gambling but forgot to write chess in...think I'll squeeze a point out of Sociology to give myself a point in the game.  Sort of why the Professor doesn't gamble - he's not terribly good at it.
Patience
 player, 6 posts
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 03:53
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.:
Last time I 'followed' Torg, it was playing in a 1st Edition campaign in the late 80's. I've seen some of the new stuff for it, thanks to John Wick (of 7th Sea fame), but that's about it.

Well, it's not like there have been a lot of editions since then. grin  I'm excited about the new one on Kickstarter.  It sounds like they simplified a lot of those weird little sub-systems for every different reality (which, actually, makes me a little bit sad - Torg was my absolute favorite game ever to design spells in), and the people making it seem to like it for... the right reasons, I guess?  So I'm far more hopeful than afraid.

quote:
"Ah yes, the American pastime..."

That gave me a chuckle.

Soo... how soon do we get points?  If someone wanted to teach Patience a game or two, she'd be willing to play, but right now, I'm afraid you'll have to deal her out.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 14 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 04:26
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience:
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.:
Last time I 'followed' Torg, it was playing in a 1st Edition campaign in the late 80's. I've seen some of the new stuff for it, thanks to John Wick (of 7th Sea fame), but that's about it.

Patience:
Well, it's not like there have been a lot of editions since then. grin  I'm excited about the new one on Kickstarter.  It sounds like they simplified a lot of those weird little sub-systems for every different reality (which, actually, makes me a little bit sad - Torg was my absolute favourite game ever to design spells in), and the people making it seem to like it for... the right reasons, I guess?  So I'm far more hopeful than afraid.

   I never got to play a mage or magic user in Torg, wouldn't have minded trying out something like that, I have a 'thing' for playing images in a lot of fantasy and near-fantasy games. Hopefully, the system gets funded and all.


Artemis P. Fox, Esq.:
" Ah yes, the American pastime..."

That gave me a chuckle.

Soo... how soon do we get points?  If someone wanted to teach Patience a game or two, she'd be willing to play, but right now, I'm afraid you'll have to deal her out.


   Think we might get a point or two after our 'aggressive negotiations' with the Pirates are concluded, those of us who survive, that is. "Death always before dishonour, my good woman ... but neither before tea."
Peter Stewart
 player, 6 posts
 Charisma 1
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 05:10
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'd think that most people who play games don't have any CP invested into them. Games default to IQ-4, Gambling to IQ-5, and you'd only ever roll at "Skill +0" for "adventuring tasks."

A friendly game of Euchre or chess or whatever with no consequences or stakes might be rolled with a significant bonus; but really "Do I know this game" is probably covered by cultural familiarity (or a lack of it.)

So, while Peter knows how to play many games and even understands gambling, I'm not going to put any points into it. They're just social activities.
Patience
 player, 7 posts
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 06:00
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That's a fair point - there's a big difference between playing a game and being skilled at it.  My record in Overwatch can attest to that. sigh

But if you're going to be the sort of person who stands around on a boat two thousand miles from home worried that no one else plays chess, it does seem likely you'd have a point or two in it.

quote:
I never got to play a mage or magic user in Torg, wouldn't have minded trying out something like that, I have a 'thing' for playing images in a lot of fantasy and near-fantasy games. Hopefully, the system gets funded and all.

It's been one of those runaway successes.  I mean, not the super crazy ones, but... they're at about $230,000 of their requested $8,000, and one week in.  So that's looking good.

I... could talk about playing a mage, but, um, it's sort of like asking to see pictures of my children.  So it's probably better I don't. grin
Game Master
 GM, 15 posts
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 14:03
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm inclined to agree - generally, most people who play games probably get their skill level from time played rather than actually increasing their skill with effort (the obvious exception being people who make money on games, of course).

I'll try to update later today. Gotta shower and print some stuff off for class first.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 15 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 15:35
Re: [OOC] Out of Character

09:31, Today: Artemis P. Fox, Esq. rolled 9 using 3d6.  Perception/Observation check.

   - Looks like this is the Professor's lucky day. Question is, what will he see?
Peter Stewart
 player, 7 posts
 Charisma 1
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 16:08
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Rolled Observation.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 8 posts
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 16:34
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Well, I got Gambling if anyone wants to learn poker and sleight of hand to help me win :)
Patience
 player, 8 posts
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 17:10
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.:
   - Looks like this is the Professor's lucky day. Question is, what will he see?

Not Patience, I hope!


I will try to color my speech, but like you said with the tenses, I forget that a lot.
Game Master
 GM, 17 posts
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 17:25
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience:
I will try to color my speech, but like you said with the tenses, I forget that a lot.


I'm not really overly concerned - I prefer both, but one or the other is acceptable. Boggs threw me a bit because I wasn't sure if his brown was speech or not at first. So I figured I'd ask for everyone to do it as often as they could manage.

I've gotten into the habit of making speech blue, but it took a while (and now when people ask me to use a different color, I usually accidentally use blue anyway).
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 16 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 17:47
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   In general, I usually try to put quotations around my speech, like so:

   "For Heaven's sake - just do it!" the Professor roared.

   And use italics with thoughts:

  Hrm, it can't possibly be Phoenician ... they wouldn't reach Carthage for another 40 years.

   Are you saying that you'd want all of our speech, including descriptions, in colour? Would have thought that might be a little confusing, but I guess that might be me.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 5 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 17:54
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 49):

Sorry, yes , I color my speech to separate it from descriptions or other peoples speech. I took Brown as so few people use it.


I assume that this is a rather small vessel, if one man can operate it; say 80-100 feet long and 25-30 feet wide. No more than 30 feet to the deck of the pilot house and perhaps 40 feet to the roof of said pilot house?

This message was last edited by the player at 18:11, Fri 09 June 2017.

Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 18 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 18:09
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Good choice, Sir.  :)
Game Master
 GM, 18 posts
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 19:46
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.:
   In general, I usually try to put quotations around my speech, like so:

   "For Heaven's sake - just do it!" the Professor roared.

   And use italics with thoughts:

  Hrm, it can't possibly be Phoenician ... they wouldn't reach Carthage for another 40 years.


Ah, no, no. This is exactly what I meant. "I prefer speech in color and quotes," I said. Mentally, in italics, I added, These people are just trying to make my life difficult.

;)

Ma, it's no problem. For some reason though, the brown doesn't pick up as being different on my computer screen. The first time I read your sentence I didn't pick up that it was speech. I'm just trying to make it as easy on myself as possible.

quote:
I assume that this is a rather small vessel, if one man can operate it; say 80-100 feet long and 25-30 feet wide. No more than 30 feet to the deck of the pilot house and perhaps 40 feet to the roof of said pilot house?


I can honestly say that boating is not my forte. However, assuming that seems realistic to everyone else, I wont bother doing further research (at least, not for the time being).
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 7 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 19:54
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I can use green if you prefer... or orange or red... whatever helps.
Game Master
 GM, 19 posts
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 20:07
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I personally prefer green. Orange hits me as an OOC color, and red sticks out so much that I prefer it for really important things like Oh god, oh god, we're all gonna die!

;)
Peter Stewart
 player, 8 posts
 Charisma 1
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 20:09
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Waiting on the results of the Observation roll before acting.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 8 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 20:56
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 55):

Green it is...
Patience
 player, 9 posts
Sat 10 Jun 2017
at 00:24
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Wait... we're all gonna what, now???
Gabriella Conti
 player, 10 posts
Sat 10 Jun 2017
at 00:33
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I am going to DIE! is not a good color, personally I like purple for my speaking. And yes Orange is a good OOC color.
Game Master
 GM, 20 posts
Sat 10 Jun 2017
at 01:19
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBEUQSpRvSI
Gabriella Conti
 player, 11 posts
Sat 10 Jun 2017
at 16:16
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 60):

That is just crazy. I would love to do a Firefly game.
Game Master
 GM, 21 posts
Sat 10 Jun 2017
at 16:18
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
It sucks that they cancelled that show. :/ I can't get the humor right in any way, shape, or form, alas.




I'll probably not post until tomorrow. I may get back home early tonight, but I hope not. ;)
Peter Stewart
 player, 9 posts
 Charisma 1
Sat 10 Jun 2017
at 16:26
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Yeah, comedy is hard to pull off and easy to screw up, especially in gaming.
Patience
 player, 10 posts
Sat 10 Jun 2017
at 18:41
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Game Master:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBEUQSpRvSI

But he said that in rose colored speech.  It's confusing. grin
Game Master
 GM, 23 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 14:46
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Bah, crap. I forgot to post in the IC thread that I found a picture that (sorta) works for the Liberte. It isn't absolutely perfect, but it'll work until I find something better. It also sank during World War I, but we'll pretend it's a sister ship. :)

Thanks to Ma Itso, who got me started reading up on the Oxley. I actually preferred that ship, but I think it was (far) too small.

Anyway, the image is under Game Maps.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 12 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 17:13
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Maybe you can use the Oxley later. It might also be fun to be on the Hindenburg at some point or the Orient Express.
Game Master
 GM, 24 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 17:34
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Gabriella Conti:
Maybe you can use the Oxley later. It might also be fun to be on the Hindenburg at some point or the Orient Express.


I can neither confirm nor deny rumors that the Hindenburg (or Graf Zeppelin) or Orient Express will appear in this game. My lawyers advise me to keep my mouth shut "or else." (That's what you get for hiring mob lawyers. ;)

As for the Oxley, it'll definitely appear later. I just didn't think it worked for this boat.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 9 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 17:43
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
You said the Captain had no crew, so the vessel has to be small. In fact the Oxley probably needed 5 or 6 active  on duty crew to sail her ... the nice old coal fired yacht you pictured probably needs more.
Game Master
 GM, 25 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 17:55
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Yeah, I know. But artistic license and GM fiat go a long way toward fixing such problems. ;) Logically, the boat in Raiders needed a full crew, but we only know about the captain (to my knowledge; it's been a while since I last saw that movie).
Peter Stewart
 player, 11 posts
 Charisma 1
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 17:55
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Let's not let reality get in the way of style.
Game Master
 GM, 26 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 17:59
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Or facts. Like the button says, "My mind is made up. Don't confuse me with facts."

:)

How do you lot like my knew icon thingie? I think I'll change it as appropriate for the adventure. Assuming there's something appropriate. And more importantly, assuming I remember to do so.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 10 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 18:01
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 69):

I figured that, just saying...
Game Master
 GM, 28 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 18:08
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Total aside, I may need to add "narpoo" to my regular vocabulary now...
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 20 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 18:09
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Game Master:
Or facts. Like the button says, "My mind is made up. Don't confuse me with facts."

:)

How do you lot like my new icon thingie? I think I'll change it as appropriate for the adventure. Assuming there's something appropriate. And more importantly, assuming I remember to do so.


   Well, by God, it's a proper representation ... :)

   (God save the King!)
Game Master
 GM, 29 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 18:23
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Since it's come up, the distance between your ship and the pirates is somewhere in the 150 - 200 yards range. Close enough that shooting them is possible, but highly unlikely. They're in a faster ship that's catching up to yours. However, they're not actually turning yet, so that cannon Artemis mentioned isn't really an immediate threat at the moment.
Patience
 player, 11 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 18:28
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm assuming Patience has hidden somewhere?  You mentioned there was a penalty and I'm not sure how much of a penalty it was, so I'm waiting to narrate results..
Game Master
 GM, 30 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 19:38
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Ah. Right. A few things:

1- If you have a die roll to make, please post it somewhere. I prefer the IC thread, but OOC is fine, so long as I know it's been made. I have a bad habit of not looking at the dice roller until I need to use it and/or look a past roll up. So if I forget to respond to someone *coughPatiencecough* that might have something to do with it. It could just as easily be that I totally forgot the roll, however. Being old is so fun. :)

2- We've reached 100 posts! Everyone wins 1 Point for their character. I'm going to be creating a thread to keep track of awards I have given, but I ask that you please track how you're spending individual points on your own character sheets.

However (see? It's not just for when you're about to die ;), if I give an award for time (ie "Happy June, have points" or "Yeah! I graduated! Have points") or if I give points for number of posts (for example, because we've reached 100 posts) you are not required to spend them on anything particular.

That is to say, you really want to learn (uhm) starship piloting or whatever, but you've never so much as seen a starship. This is a good way to learn that skill! Don't learn that skill, though. The point is, unlike normal awards, you don't have to actually have used the skill / Attribute / Advantage / whatever in question in order to put these special points toward them. (Alternatively, you can do so if you like.)
Game Master
 GM, 31 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 19:48
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
... And I forgot to respond to Patience. Narf.
Ilse Stoica
 player, 4 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 21:24
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I suppose happy 100 posts is in order then.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 13 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 23:26
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
GM, actually as the sub is steaming off, the Captain is looking at it and a crewman asks where Jones is and there are other crew man looking at the sub.

http://www.bing.com/videos/sea...80CB&FORM=VRDGAR
Game Master
 GM, 33 posts
Mon 12 Jun 2017
at 00:08
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Well, damn. No kidding. And it's not just two, either. There were, like, ten crewmen on that boat.

... Well, still. It's in too many notes to fix now. So Eduardo is just a fantastically talented guy, I guess. :)
Ilse Stoica
 player, 6 posts
Mon 12 Jun 2017
at 00:40
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Clearly Eduardo has the "Epic Shipcaptain" build going on. :P
Patience
 player, 12 posts
Mon 12 Jun 2017
at 22:35
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
But that's right before the scene where Indiana holds his breath for several days, isn't it?  Not sure I'd count on it for "realism."  Probably those kinds of ships only ever have one person on them, and they added a so-called `crew' to make the, "I can't find Jones" moment more dramatic.

Yeah.  I'm pretty sure if a movie has one unrealistic thing in it, you can use that to argue that every other thing in the movie must therefor also the the opposite of plausible, because that's how logic works.

quote:
So if I forget to respond to someone *coughPatiencecough* that might have something to do with it. It could just as easily be that I totally forgot the roll, however. Being old is so fun. :)
Check message #48, old man. grin

Peter Stewart:
He went to secure himself belowdecks.

But - well, I'm really not sure.  I'd read the post from Eduardo saying, "Si, si, rifles for pirates" as meaning that, indeed, there were at least a few spare rifles someone could borrow for the scene.  Or he might have just been agreeing with Artemis that it was OK to get the ones people brought themselves out now.  It's hard to tell.  I guess it was the OOC note about it being `important' that made me read it the first way, since I'm not sure why the second would have been important.

'Course, knowing me and our GM, he probably meant it a whole third way, which I'm missing because sometimes it's hard to understand him when he mumbles.

(Trying to remember if I said anything silly like, "You won't regret letting me into your game" this time.  I don't think I did.)
Gabriella Conti
 player, 14 posts
Mon 12 Jun 2017
at 23:04
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 81):

The crew could have been below deck, in the engine room.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 13 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 01:09
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Shoveling Coal to get the boilers working at full capability...
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 14 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 01:12
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience my Dear, let be very careful about using this term..." ... old man. grin"  especially as I expect there are several more experienced people playing in this game.
Patience
 player, 14 posts
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 02:24
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I might be more experienced than I let on.  "Experienced" is a nice word.

OK.

Check message #48, experienced man.

Better?
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 15 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 02:34
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
So I did , Msg 48 in OOC ... and?
Experienced is a relative thing ...  if you are 20; 30 seems really experienced.
If you are 50, it doesn't at all ... ;)
Game Master
 GM, 34 posts
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 03:45
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
If I remember correctly, Patience is actually a 69 year old woman from Croatia, but I may be wrong. ;)

Anyway, sorry .. this is one of those slow posting periods I warned about. I probably wont have a chance to post tomorrow, but I'll try (I have a few hours between classes and lesson planning).
Game Master
 GM, 35 posts
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 03:47
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Oh, also: Edoardo may not have been clear, or that may have been my fault: he does keep a few rifles on board for use against pirates should it be necessary. Peter can use one of those should he so desire.
Game Master
 GM, 36 posts
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 16:33
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Game Master:
.. this is one of those slow posting periods I warned about. I probably wont have a chance to post tomorrow, but I'll try (I have a few hours between classes and lesson planning).


I was clearly being far too optimistic. The school I'm teaching at is about two kilometres away and, aside from being beat, my ankle is all kinds of sore. I also haven't eaten yet, which I'm pretty sure they tell you not to do as a teacher. I also skipped my meds. And...

... Anyway, long story short, I wont be posting today, and almost definitely not tomorrow.

Total aside, Mexican hippie-kids are really focused on being hippies. I had one in my class today, and she was all "there's no perfect place in the world because of war. We should only have peace. Go live in the forest without guns." It was a bit surreal to hear that from a nine year old. ;)
Peter Stewart
 player, 13 posts
 Charisma 1
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 16:53
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Take the time you need, boss.

When you get around to it, what are the stats for the rifle Peter's been given?

This message was last edited by the player at 16:59, Tue 13 June 2017.

Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 16 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 17:55
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Yeah, Nine is a bit young for the make love not war routine ... War is a crappy solution, but one too many are willing to use to get their way, meaning we all have to be ready to play.

Which part of Mexico? Oaxaca?  Not so many forests up here by Arizona.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 22 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 18:43
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
  "Out of the mouths of babes." the old saying goes. Frankly, nothing kids say these days surprises me anymore.
Game Master
 GM, 37 posts
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 19:10
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Ma Itso, I'm in Puerto Vallarta right now. And yeah, that's why it was so weird. But she was wearing this headband thing and everything... It was weird.

Peter, I'll get that to you ASAP.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 17 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 20:51
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Nice Place... took my wife there for our Honeymoon (after 12 years of marriage and a couple of kids). Couldn't swing a honeymoon when we were first married. At least we are in the same time zone ... more or less.
Peter Stewart
 player, 15 posts
 Charisma 1
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 21:07
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Game Master:
Peter, I'll get that to you ASAP.


I have the books so if you just tell me what kind of rifle it is I can look it up, no hurry.
Game Master
 GM, 38 posts
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 22:38
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
The problem was, it was one of those spur of the moments things that I had to do a bit of research for. (Well, that's a lie. The truth was I'd jumped onto RPOL while in class ;) I think I'm settling on three bolt-action rifles, though. They're surplus from the War, so they're in pretty rough shape - but they should work.
Game Master
 GM, 39 posts
Thu 15 Jun 2017
at 22:40
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Man, oh man, but this week has been a harsh bitch. However, I received some pleasantly surprising news this afternoon: I don't teach tomorrow. Given that news, my intention was to post tonight. But unfortunately that's just not going to happen... I haven't slept well these past few nights (freakin' humidity), and I think this is a good time for me to relax and try to avoid getting sick.

I'll get an IC post up tomorrow morning after I wake up.
Game Master
 GM, 40 posts
Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 15:10
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Posting now. I've added language groups, which should even be correct for everyone. I mean, there's gotta be a first time for everything, right? :)
Ilse Stoica
 player, 7 posts
Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 15:55
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Blargh, this week has been nuts for me as well. Spontaneous house guests. :/
Game Master
 GM, 43 posts
Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 15:57
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Wow, I feel like I've got a ton of stuff accomplished today. So here goes:

  • Updated IC thread.
  • Added an assistant GM. That's actually me, too. But this way I can track how you're spending character points in a more organized fashion.
  • On a related note, I sent you all PMs about how you plan on devoting the first CP award you received, last week.
  • Added a note to track how far you are toward increasing skills using CPs or on the job training (as applicable; that doesn't actually matter at the moment).

Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 23 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 16:29
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   I'm sure that we're going to get some down time with which to study, practise, and/or learn as appropriate. Would be good to know how well we're progressing, after all.

   Excellent work, now let's "Crack on", shall we?

   :)
Game Master
 GM, 44 posts
Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 16:48
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Bah! You can have downtime when you're dead. ;)
Game Master
 GM, 45 posts
Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 16:57
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Peter, you can roll Observation. I just made your roll last time 'cause I didn't realize you'd need one until I was in the process of posting, and wanted to save time. Feel free to edit your roll into your existing post.
Peter Stewart
 player, 17 posts
 Charisma 1
Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 17:00
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Done.
Game Master
 GM, 47 posts
Tue 20 Jun 2017
at 20:46
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
There's no internet at the place I'm living right now, and I can't post IC unfortunately. I just hopped on to tell you, but then I saw Peter left me a PL so here's response to that, too.
Game Master
 GM, 49 posts
Fri 23 Jun 2017
at 21:11
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Wow. Tough week, and no internet at the house to boot. Welcome to Mexico, right? Internet issue here is fixed, though, and I'm hoping to be able to post during the week this week. However...

Next week is set to be even more difficult than this one was, but it's also the last week I'll be here. After that I'm heading home, and I'll be there for a few months. After that, well... we'll see. I have an interview for a position in China on the 4th, so I may be able to tell you more after that.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 23 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sat 24 Jun 2017
at 02:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
And you may have a tropical Storm next week as well...

see   http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 26 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 24 Jun 2017
at 03:34
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Well, despite the semi-long pauses, we seem to be making progress for the moment. I'll take that over waiting forever. Something is better than nothing, at this point.

   Hopefully, the internet isn't a problem at home. Good luck with the job interview for China. Hopefully, if you get it, Chinese internet won't be a problem. (Although, it is likely to be monitored if I understand the Chinese way of looking at things)
Game Master
 GM, 50 posts
Sat 24 Jun 2017
at 14:44
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Ma Itso, it's supposed to rain here all next week, yeah. The rainy season has begun.

Artemis P. Fox, Esq.:
Hopefully, if you get it, Chinese internet won't be a problem. (Although, it is likely to be monitored if I understand the Chinese way of looking at things)


As soon as I get my own set up it shouldn't be a problem. I use a VPN to get around the Great Firewall of China, and while they do monitor, it's mostly for political stuff... I doubt they care much about roleplaying. ;) I was there a few years back and had no problem with RPOL.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 28 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 24 Jun 2017
at 17:20
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Game Master:
Ma Itso, it's supposed to rain here all next week, yeah. The rainy season has begun.

Artemis P. Fox, Esq.:
Hopefully, if you get it, Chinese internet won't be a problem. (Although, it is likely to be monitored if I understand the Chinese way of looking at things)


As soon as I get my own set up it shouldn't be a problem. I use a VPN to get around the Great Firewall of China, and while they do monitor, it's mostly for political stuff... I doubt they care much about roleplaying. ;) I was there a few years back and had no problem with RPOL.


   "The Great Firewall of China" - Hah, I love that!  :)
Gabriella Conti
 player, 18 posts
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 03:10
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
That's so funny. The great wall!  I would love to visit China
Patience
 player, 17 posts
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 04:17
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
quote:
and while they do monitor, it's mostly for political stuff...

So... we should probably stop talking about them, I suppose. grin  Well, I very much hope it doesn't mean we're going to lose you from RPoL, but either way, good luck on the interview!
Patience
 player, 19 posts
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 06:32
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Peter:
ooc: Observation roll. Critical failure!

It's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye...
Peter Stewart
 player, 21 posts
 Charisma 1
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 06:38
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
The fun question: Do I notice something that isn't there, or fail to notice something obvious?

"Well, guess that's all sorted." Stands up, gets shot in the face.

Or maybe my eyes just fall out.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 30 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 14:58
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Don't you just hate it when stuff like that happens?  :)
Game Master
 GM, 52 posts
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 15:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I gotta admit, I'm trying to figure out something "interesting" to happen there, but I can't really think of much. I think this is one of those instances where you just don't see much of anything. I mean, unless you want me to blind you with splinters... :D
Peter Stewart
 player, 22 posts
 Charisma 1
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 15:14
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
No, that's quite alright. :)
Patience
 player, 20 posts
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 19:35
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
"Critical fumbles" on non-critical rolls are always kind of a weird situation for a GM.  Critical successes on non-critical rolls can be just as bad.  "You tie your shoes better than anyone, ever!  You may never get them off!"

... reads that again  I'm not sure if that example goes for the fumble or the success.

Honestly, both, I think, are really meant for combat rolls and similar situations.  The concepts don't really apply a lot of the time, even in other places where it is worth rolling the dice.
Game Master
 GM, 53 posts
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 19:54
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Says you. A Critical Success on an Observation roll clearly means he saw that butterfly that was flying in just the right place to affect weather in Brazil. A Critical Failure, well... he didn't see Mothra about to whomp his arse in the head. (Do arses have heads? :)
Patience
 player, 21 posts
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 20:20
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Curiously, "arse" doesn't have any connection to a donkey -- it has a whole different etymology, having always referred only to the anatomy.  So, no.

(You didn't think I'd actually research that, did you?  ...Actually, you've known me for a while.  You're probably not surprised at all.  Hmph.)

But thanks for bringing Mothra down on us, Peter.  These things affect everybody, you know.  At least, everybody who isn't safely tucked away under a tarp.  It's been a while since I watched any Godzilla, but I'm pretty sure heavy fabric was totally proof against Mothra.
Game Master
 GM, 54 posts
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 21:29
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Not total proof, but he probably can't see you. So whilst the rest of the group is doomed to be mind-raped by the most powerful psychic in the world1, you should be safe hiding away in that tarp-covered boat.

1 Does anyone else find it a bit weird that the most powerful psychic in the world is an overgrown butterfly?
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 25 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Wed 28 Jun 2017
at 21:58
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I find it weird that people would even watch that movie...
Patience
 player, 22 posts
Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 20:50
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I always had the impression that Mothra was an overgrown moth.  Like She-Ra is an overgrown she, and Ra is just... overgrown, I guess?  Otherwise wouldn't he have been named Butterflyra?  Or at least Lepidoptera?
Peter Stewart
 player, 23 posts
 Charisma 1
Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 20:56
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Moth in Japanese is Ga, so Gara?
Game Master
 GM, 55 posts
Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 21:01
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience:
I always had the impression that Mothra was an overgrown moth.


Moth, butterfly... they're both things that cause hurricanes in New York if they flap their wings in Brazil. ;)
Game Master
 GM, 56 posts
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 00:40
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm going to post tomorrow. I had planned on posting today, but my travels have left me exhausted. On the plus side, I'm back where there's modern conveniences like air conditioning and my puppy. :)
Patience
 player, 23 posts
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 02:07
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Aww.  I miss my air conditioning when I'm away, too - sometimes even when it's just for an afternoon!
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 26 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 02:38
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
If you are in much of Arizona it's a necessity right now. It's so hot the pavement cooks anything on it, polish melts off shoes etc.   and it's dry... saw two bushes following my dog around hopefully.
Game Master
 GM, 57 posts
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 13:21
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Ma Itso Boggs:
If you are in much of Arizona it's a necessity right now. It's so hot the pavement cooks anything on it, polish melts off shoes etc.   and it's dry... saw two bushes following my dog around hopefully.


I don't much mind the dry heat... it's the wet stuff that gets to me. It's actually hotter here in Texas, where I am now, but the air's pretty dry so it doesn't feel so... blek, y'know? I think my favorite trip ever was when I was fourteen. My mom and I went to Israel, and it broke 114F one day. I finally got to use that line from Aliens and have it make sense: "Yeah, man, but it's a dry heat." ;)

Can't say I've ever seen polish melt off shoes, though. That's a bit of a scary thought. o.0
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 31 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 16:32
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Fairly cool here in Canada right now, but the Prairies are supposed to hit in the 35 degree Celsius range (that's near 100 degrees) later this week, so if you were thinking that we're just ice and Eskimoes...
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 27 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 17:01
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
We have been there for the past two weeks or more... Phoenix has been up to 120º+ several days [that's 48-49º C], Tucson has been around 110º F and we in the higher country have been around 100 ... except when we have to go down to the city.  Today, they say the Monsoon may start, we have a 30% chance of Thunderstorms, so the heat falls off and the humidity climbs.
Of course, unlike Calgary and such places, when it snows here, we normally have a second cup of coffee to give it time to melt off.
Patience
 player, 24 posts
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 18:26
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
This is why I've been thinking about moving to Pluto.  I gather it's much cooler there.

quote:
so if you were thinking that we're just ice and Eskimoes...

Speaking as an American, I resent the implication that we would simplify a beautiful and diverse country like Canada to a pair of simple stereotypes!  ...You also have no trash, and maple syrup, don't you?  grin
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 28 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 18:39
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Along with Salmon, some good Cheddar cheeses, decent beer and good hunting. But winters are colder and/or Damper than I like and they are longer. One of My Paternal Grandparents was from Ontario, so I'm sort of partial as well.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 32 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 18:59
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience:
This is why I've been thinking about moving to Pluto.  I gather it's much cooler there.

quote:
so if you were thinking that we're just ice and Eskimoes...


Speaking as an American, I resent the implication that we would simplify a beautiful and diverse country like Canada to a pair of simple stereotypes!  ...You also have no trash, and maple syrup, don't you?  grin


   Of course, we have trash - it's called Toronto. :P

   And we have so much maple syrup, there's a drop of it in *everything*
Game Master
 GM, 58 posts
Sun 2 Jul 2017
at 22:21
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.:
Of course, we have trash - it's called Toronto. :P


Ah hahahahaha. :)
Gabriella Conti
 player, 21 posts
Mon 3 Jul 2017
at 02:52
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I am on the East Coast and its been warm here.

Also, I am out from July 3 to July 11. I doubt if I will be able to get on.
Game Master
 GM, 60 posts
Tue 4 Jul 2017
at 22:14
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
So I was just wondering why no one was posting at all today, in any games or even the OOC forums, and I realized today is a holiday in the US. Happy 4th, all. Anyway, that got me further thinking, and I realized I'd forgotten to award points for my graduation like I'd meant to. So congrats, all! +1 character point all rounds, feel free to spend however you like (with the usual caveat that I need to know how you'll be spending it immediately).
Peter Stewart
 player, 24 posts
 Charisma 1
Tue 4 Jul 2017
at 23:21
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Congrats on graduation, by the by.
Game Master
 GM, 61 posts
Wed 5 Jul 2017
at 00:09
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Merci.
Game Master
 GM, 62 posts
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 14:12
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'll be posting here... well, as soon as I can, if anyone has any further posts to make. Hopefully today, but tomorrow seems more likely.
Game Master
 GM, 63 posts
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 14:34
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
*facepalm* Geez, Peter. You have the worst luck. lol
Peter Stewart
 player, 26 posts
 Charisma 1
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 14:54
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
We make our own luck.

Which I am also awful at.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 33 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 15:19
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   "No fate but what we make." - Sarah Conner.
Patience
 player, 25 posts
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 05:12
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
quote:
keeping in mind they have a heavy weapon and you don't

But we have Artemis!

Er, purely as a comment on his effectiveness in battle, of course.

...On an unrelated but more serious note, regarding Ma Itso's mentioning an appointment -- we don't know, at this point, that we were all contacted by Sir Charles MacGuffin, do we?

This message was last edited by the player at 05:16, Sat 08 July 2017.

Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 35 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 05:16
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   My dear Miss Patience, your faith in my abilities does warm my heart.  :)
Game Master
 GM, 65 posts
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 13:44
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience:
...On an unrelated but more serious note, regarding Ma Itso's mentioning an appointment -- we don't know, at this point, that we were all contacted by Sir Charles MacGuffin, do we?


You probably do. Even if you haven't commented on the fact, there's no way Eduardo hasn't commented on it. I suppose if you've locked yourself in your quarters the entire trip it's possible you don't know the others are going to the same place,  but the majority probably do.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 37 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 17:39
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Game Master:
Patience:
...On an unrelated but more serious note, regarding Ma Itso's mentioning an appointment -- we don't know, at this point, that we were all contacted by Sir Charles MacGuffin, do we?


You probably do. Even if you haven't commented on the fact, there's no way Eduardo hasn't commented on it. I suppose if you've locked yourself in your quarters the entire trip it's possible you don't know the others are going to the same place,  but the majority probably do.



   Admittedly, the Professor does find the current list of passengers on the Liberte strangely familiar - it might have been possible that he's even met one or two of you on the train to Taranto. I simply wasn't sure if we wanted to speculate before we got to Cairo about the coincidences that seemed to bring us together or move the plot along.
Game Master
 GM, 66 posts
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 17:45
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
That's entirely up to you.

There will also be time after you meet with your patron, if you so desire.
Game Master
 GM, 67 posts
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 22:13
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Artemis:
Each of us fights in our own fashion, and in the forge of combat, there is no *wrong* way to fight.


Damn straight! Nuke 'em all from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

:)

quote:
I'd be happy to teach you while we make our way to Cairo.


This is possible (though I suspect you meant Alexandria, which is still possible though admittedly you have far less time than if you were going to Cairo).

quote:
I'll be on the stern deck of the ship at 10 o'clock, starting tomorrow morning.


This, however, is not possible unless you're going to wherever Eduardo is going. You'll be arriving at your destination later in the day (as noted in the first post which I seem to recall was written back some time before the Tower of Babel was built).
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 39 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 22:46
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Well, bless my collar button, Sir... You are a caution with your simply 'unpossible' ways.  :P

   Let me amend my post, then.
Game Master
 GM, 68 posts
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 23:20
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RejrrkrRShM
Gabriella Conti
 player, 22 posts
Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 02:29
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 139):

Congrats! good luck and thanks.
Game Master
 GM, 71 posts
Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 13:23
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I edited it into Ilse's post, but since you might not want to go back and review it, Eduardo's Italian is: "Of course, I'd love to  to help you fix your ship, captain. I'd be glad to help you, captain. That was wonderful work, captain. You're a hero, captain."

I also had to edit my post, because in the original it was secret to the language group, rather than private, so there was a good chance no one else could even see what he said (and that wasn't my intention).
Assistant GM
 GM, 1 post
Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 23:48
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Experience awarded. Please use it on skills, etc, that you used in chapter 000 (which includes Guns/TL6, which Professor Fox was kind enough to train some of you in). Please send me Private Messages in the messages I provided. And remember, only 1 point expended in this manner after each thread.

Congrats!
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 35 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 15:51
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
$10 was a great deal more in 1930 than it is now. That said, it is going to be very thin living if quarters and or food is not provided.

My Dad's First job in 1920 paid $21 a week, on which he bought both a house and a car.  THe House cost $3600 and the Car, a Model T, $450.   That was in New England, USA.  I'd expect Egypt to be less expensive by a fair bit.  Still, $10 a month isn't a Livable wage, so we'll all need jobs. My guess is that it would cost about $35-40 a month to live as a westerner ion Egypt, and you'd be living as a poor Westerner.
Peter Stewart
 player, 38 posts
 Charisma 1
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 16:39
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Fortunately we have an excellent universal currency conversion tool: The GURPS$. 1$ GURPS = "the cost of a loaf of bread" or "1/600th of a monthly middle-class lifestyle." This is universal in any given era, and super convenient because you don't need to recalculate the price of everything in all the books constantly. Everything we bought on our character sheets was priced in GURPS$, not 1930s $.

The conversion from GURPS$ to 1930s$ is around 1:10. Divide GURPS$ costs by 10, and you have a fair approximation of 1930s USD.

We should decide whether to talk IC and OOC in terms of 1930s currencies or GURPS$ for the sake of simplicity. There's a big difference between making GURP$10 a month and GURP$100 a month!
Peter Stewart
 player, 39 posts
 Charisma 1
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 16:45
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
This also makes working with the depression and 3rd world economies simpler; inflation tends to rise more or less equally except when there are very specific shortages. A beer is always worth approximately 5 loaves of bread.

What does not rise naturally with inflation are wages, and GURPS models this. The average wage for a given status level's job rises at each TL. At TL 0, an Average job pays $625, giving the worker a $25 surplus each month. At TL 6 average jobs pay $1600, giving a $1000 surplus each month. The TL6 worker is saving 40x more than the neolithic hunter.

So in a depressed economy, prices remain constant (in GURP$ terms) but wages are far lower, meaning that workers can only afford lower costs of living. (It's not that they're getting pay cuts, its just that the relative value of their paychecks has dropped. It's far less GMing work to lower income than to adjust the price of everything every time.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:45, Sun 16 July 2017.

Game Master
 GM, 73 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 16:59
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Per page 86, GURPS Cliffhangers, monthly cost of living for Status -1 (Unemployed) is $10 (in GURPS terms, of course). That's about what an apple seller makes, double what a bum makes, or half (roughly) what a hired farm hand or thief makes. Those stats are almost certainly for the US, of course.

Also, $10 is about the same as a good pair of adventuring boots.

I hate to throw around things like "Diplomacy," but....
Peter Stewart
 player, 40 posts
 Charisma 1
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 17:07
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
GURPS 3e prices don't work the same as 4e prices, but if you want to go by the costs in Cliffhangers it shouldn't be too hard to convert. Just take the cost of living for -1 as a basis. 3e Cliffhangers has it at $10. 4e has it as $300. Divide all 4e $ amounts by 30 and bam, same economy.

Or use boots! $10 in 3e Cliffhangers, $80 in 4e. That's a 1:8 conversion rate, clearly not the same, so we might be better off just not using 4e book prices if we're using 3e Cliffhangers.

If we do want to use 4e books, then I would still suggest a 1:10 price conversion rate.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:12, Sun 16 July 2017.

Game Master
 GM, 74 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 17:17
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I have to admit, I hadn't really considered the differences in cost. Er, oops. I r fail.

Uhm, everyone okay with multiplying things by, say, ... 30 (so long as they're based on Cliffhangers which, of course, means not your starting cash)? At the moment that basically means Preston's offer.
Peter Stewart
 player, 41 posts
 Charisma 1
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 17:22
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Yeah, I'd be way more excited about an effective $300/month retainer. That's enough to live on. :)
Game Master
 GM, 75 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 17:24
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm fine with that. Like I said, I hadn't considered the difference in money at all. *facepalm*
Patience
 player, 34 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 17:29
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Way to use your Diplomacy vs the GM, Peter! grin

Patience could live with that.  It would be a huge step down from the mansions and caviar or whatever rich people do that she's accustomed to, clearly, but Charles seems nice so she'll take the hit.  As a favor to him.

...Mind you, if anyone does want to negotiate it up a little, she wouldn't mind.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 36 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 18:01
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
The GURPS Process does make it simpler. I'm good with that, do we need an exchange rate for the local currency?
I'd expect the GBP (£ sterling) is quite acceptable here.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 45 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 18:03
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   And I thought *I* was bad at math... (Only made it to Grade 8, but calculators have been a godsend.)

   
Peter Stewart:
Yeah, I'd be way more excited about an effective $300/month retainer. That's enough to live on. :)


   "Well, it might be enough for you to live upon, Sir..." as Fox might put it. :)

   Personally, a $300/month retainer is perfectly fine for me - it might be a bit of a pinch for the Professor, considering where he's come from as a tenured University Professor, but it wouldn't be the first time he's had to 'step into the trenches' to get the job done.

   I'll edit the Professor's post accordingly, of course.  Well done, Mr. Stewart.  :D
Peter Stewart
 player, 42 posts
 Charisma 1
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 18:06
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I spend more time than is healthy thinking about rpg economics.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 46 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 18:08
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Peter Stewart:
I spend more time than is healthy thinking about rpg economics.


   You say that like it is a bad thing ... looks more like you managed to raise our standard of living to that of a 'living wage'. Nothing to be worried about. Call it a talent, if you wish.
Game Master
 GM, 76 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 18:58
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
So I guess we're all agreed, then. Now I have to figure out exchange rates *grumble grumble* ;)

Oh, also - yeah, GBPs are accepted in Egypt. I mean, maybe they weren't IRL, but I can't be arsed to look up when, exactly, they stopped using Money A and started using Money B (or whatever). Actually, he gave you the American dollar amount for two reasons: IC, because there are Yanks in the group and, OOC, because that's the term GURPS uses. I didn't include Italian or Rumanian currency because, well, mostly I doubt he'd know it off the top of his (or my) head, but also because IC he doesn't seem like the kind of guy that would have researched it; only OOC reasons really made me add the GURP$ money.
Game Master
 GM, 77 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 19:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Game Master:
Now I have to figure out exchange rates *grumble grumble* ;)


Ugh, and having just looked up that rate, I really hate it. It looks like so much! :/ It's not, I know, but still... yeesh.
Peter Stewart
 player, 43 posts
 Charisma 1
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 19:09
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Yeah, $300 a month is equivalent to a 4e Status -2 (Poor) job, so it really isn't a lot.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 37 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 19:24
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 170):

Actually the GBP is close to the standard Currency... Britain pretty much ran Egypt until 1936 per Cliffhangers. It then became a separate country with a special relationship and a Good sized British Garrison around the canal.  I'll let Peter work out an exchange rate ;-)

I'd expect something like 1£ = $5 or so. Pre WW2 they are still the British Empire for real, regardless of how fragile their grip was on it.
Patience
 player, 35 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 22:17
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm good with "we has money."
Game Master
 GM, 78 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 23:56
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
lol Patience
Gabriella Conti
 player, 28 posts
Mon 17 Jul 2017
at 01:49
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I am fine with how ever the GM wants to do it.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 39 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Mon 17 Jul 2017
at 01:53
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Gabriella Conti (msg # 176):

Thank God!... at least we don't have to do it in Lira!
Game Master
 GM, 79 posts
Mon 17 Jul 2017
at 23:31
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Sorry about slow PM responses, all. I'll get to them ASAP.
Game Master
 GM, 80 posts
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 14:41
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Tryin' to decide whether to post IC now or not. I'm enjoying your back-and-forth.
Game Master
 GM, 81 posts
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 23:25
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Fox:
...the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb a year ago.


Ten years ago. ;) Maybe nine, depending on when you're counting from. The tomb was discovered in November of '22 and it's, oh... early 1932. Before Hitler became Chancellor, anyway (I'm thinking Marchish, but I haven't really made up my mind yet and it doesn't really matter to my way of thinking, at least not ATM).

Also, you called Stewart Preston. ;)
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 49 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 23:36
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
  Spoilsport ... so much for the closet 'Gestapo agent' plans I had.  :P
Game Master
 GM, 82 posts
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 23:56
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Oh, there are things far worse than mere Gestapo...
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 50 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 00:41
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Game Master:
Oh, there are <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahnenerbe">things</a> far <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schutzstaffel">worse</a> than <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_State_Political_Directorate">mere</a> Gestapo...


  - Yeah, I know...I *know*  :P
Gabriella Conti
 player, 32 posts
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 01:21
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Yes, the Soviets were worse.
Game Master
 GM, 83 posts
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 01:22
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In Soviet Russia, rack wears you! :D
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 51 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 01:24
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
  Da. NKVD - a precursor to the KGB, or "Kinda Good Boys"...

  :D
Peter Stewart
 player, 52 posts
 Charisma 1
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 14:53
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
quote:
She generally ignored the other poking jokes at her profession


I missed the part where anyone was poking jokes at your profession. Peter thinks you're a priest of some kind, and hasn't made the connection to ~vampires~.

Then again, he hasn't read the book and didn't see the movie Dracula when it came out in 1931. Since it was so popular, though "Bela Lugosi Dracula" is probably what most people will picture!

This message was last edited by the player at 14:55, Fri 21 July 2017.

Game Master
 GM, 84 posts
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 15:54
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I've come to suck your blood! (And somewhat off topic, I'd never really seen any parts of this movie before; now I really want to, dammit. That guy what plays Van Helsing's a pretty decent actor.)
Ilse Stoica
 player, 18 posts
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 21:23
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Peter Stewart:
quote:
She generally ignored the other poking jokes at her profession


I missed the part where anyone was poking jokes at your profession. Peter thinks you're a priest of some kind, and hasn't made the connection to ~vampires~.


Referring to Ma Itso who made the joke about "lots of wooden stakes."
Peter Stewart
 player, 53 posts
 Charisma 1
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 21:24
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Oh, missed that.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 45 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Fri 21 Jul 2017
at 22:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Ilse Stoica (msg # 189):

If I recall, you commented on Priests saving people with prayers while you used your crossbow.
Ma Itso asked if the crossbow used small wooden stakes.  A question , not a put down ;-)
Gabriella Conti
 player, 34 posts
Sat 22 Jul 2017
at 02:25
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I was good. I just asked about the crossbow.
Peter Stewart
 player, 55 posts
 Charisma 1
Sat 22 Jul 2017
at 15:31
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
You guys are making me wish I'd taken levels in History or Current Events.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 54 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 22 Jul 2017
at 16:15
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   I've lived through a lot of history it seems - have relatives that can recall events from the early 20th Century, and have read books about a lot of the rest. For what's left - Google is my card catalogue.  :)
Peter Stewart
 player, 56 posts
 Charisma 1
Sat 22 Jul 2017
at 16:20
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
That just makes it more frustrating - I know a lot of cool trivia about the era and egypt and everything, but my character doesn't, so I have no way to bring it up.

Maybe I'll just do so in the ooc, if it's not directly plot related.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 46 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sat 22 Jul 2017
at 16:29
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
You could probably just slip a point into it at some point... lots of people have an interest in some locale or thing.
Peter Stewart
 player, 57 posts
 Charisma 1
Sat 22 Jul 2017
at 16:33
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Eventually, perhaps. Until then I think I'll just roll vs default every time I have the urge to spout off some random historical or cultural fact.

It's hard to get back into the mindset of a world without the internet.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 36 posts
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 01:05
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Actually, I don't have history and I didn't think about current events as we would be moving around a lot.
Peter Stewart
 player, 64 posts
 Charisma 1
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 19:48
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Wait... are the Serbian Carpathians part of Yugoslavia in 1932? I can't remember. Geography between the wars trips me up a little.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:48, Mon 24 July 2017.

Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 51 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 19:54
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
The Carpathian's are in then Yugoslavia and much of south-eastern Europe as well. Stretch from Czechoslovakia to Romania and Serbia to the Ukraine.
Ilse Stoica
 player, 23 posts
Mon 24 Jul 2017
at 20:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Yeah the Carpathians stretch quite far. The southern portion is sometimes called the Romanian Alps, even to this day there are around a hundred villages in northern Romanian among the Carpathians that operate using 12th century technology simply due to how nearly impossible it is to get cars and such there.
Peter Stewart
 player, 71 posts
 Charisma 1
Tue 25 Jul 2017
at 18:30
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Sorry for the long ontological digression on the nature of magic. What was a throwaway comment has turned into a long discussion.
Game Master
 GM, 85 posts
Tue 25 Jul 2017
at 19:05
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm enjoying it.
Peter Stewart
 player, 73 posts
 Charisma 1
Tue 25 Jul 2017
at 19:13
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I just don't want to hold the game up boring the other PCs. :)
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 57 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Tue 25 Jul 2017
at 20:09
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Peter Stewart: You're not boring, Rather enjoyed the prose, actually. Keep up the good works.
Patience
 player, 43 posts
Tue 25 Jul 2017
at 22:58
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
PCs, or players?

I'll admit, this is a little over Patience's head -- she's still trying to figure out why, if you were trying to talk about movies, you brought up monsters and demons in the first place, and look where it got you?  Everyone's forgotten the cinema entirely now.

But OOC, I, too, am finding it a fun conversation, so don't worry about me!  Rolls aside, you *are* giving Peter's side very eloquently, and I'm really enjoying Ma and Ilse's half.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 40 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 00:28
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Maybe Patience and Gabby should grab a drink and just listen.
Patience
 player, 45 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 01:16
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Ooh, we could make a drinking game out of it!

"Every time Peter uses a word with more than three syllables..."

Think we could get Sir Preston to line up some shots?
Gabriella Conti
 player, 41 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 01:36
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Patience (msg # 208):

Oh, that would be so fun!
Game Master
 GM, 86 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 01:43
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Peter Stewart:
I just don't want to hold the game up boring the other PCs. :)


Youse guys are so getting character points for this debacleate.

Also, I'm going to try to post tomorrow, but I have to admit RL has been dropping a tree's worth of lemons on me this week and it's not helping my creativity any. So if I don't post, assuming it isn't y'all's's fault, I apologize (in advance).
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 59 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 02:03
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Lemons! I have recipes for lemon curd, lemonade and lemon bars ... be creative!
Ilse Stoica
 player, 29 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 02:06
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Game Master:
RL has been dropping a tree's worth of lemons on me this week and it's not helping my creativity any.


That's a pretty creative and amazing feat since there's nothing natural about lemons, they're a crossbreed of citron and sour oranges, the sour orange being a crossbreed of pomelo and mandarin..and even the most pure of mandarin have pomelo genes...
Game Master
 GM, 87 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 02:08
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Judging by the size of these lemons, I'm not convinced they're anything more than bowling balls someone painted yellow...
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 61 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 02:33
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Those would be harder to cook up...
Ilse Stoica
 player, 30 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 02:36
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
However, painted bowling balls would be somewhat creative....
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 62 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 02:44
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Many of them already come in many interesting and vibrant colors.
Patience
 player, 46 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 03:24
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Aha!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8ufRnf2Exc


Seriously, though, hope things get better.
Game Master
 GM, 88 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 03:31
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8ufRnf2Exc


LOL.

As an example... I got offered a job today - the equivalent of 500usd a month to teach 34 hours a week in the poorest part of Mexico. That's about a quarter the pay you make in China for 2.5 times the work. And that was the good news this week. Obviously I turned it down, but ... yeesh.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 58 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 05:41
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   $500 a month?  Good Lord, that won't cover most people's monthly grocery bills, much less anything else.

   Never mind in the poorest parts of anywhere, you've got a lot of trouble to deal with - and being a 'nordamericano' in their eyes would just complicate matters and make things worse ... if that's even possible.
Game Master
 GM, 89 posts
Wed 26 Jul 2017
at 12:29
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Honestly, given the location and local economy it's not as bad as it seems (Chiapas is piss poor). The problem really comes in with the hours; standard teaching hours for ESL is about 20, 25 max, with about double in-class time spent out of class getting ready. So 34 hours in class means ... 70 out of class? No thanks. I'm not my mother.
Peter Stewart
 player, 82 posts
 Charisma 1
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 04:41
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Question for the GM:

The different varieties of Arabic are too similar to each other to be different languages, but they're not as close as many dialects. Are we going to treat them like they default to each other at -1 (Native becomes Accented, Accented becomes Broken) or just handwave it all and say "Arabic is Arabic, globally"?

(Talking about the language Arabic, not the language family)
Game Master
 GM, 90 posts
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 14:56
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm pretty much treating a language as a language, barring some reason to avoid doing so. In short: I know that IRL, people from Lebonon and Jordan have a hell of a time understanding each other, but for game purposes that's too much effort. I may give it some "flair" and make individual words difficult to understand, but by and large "Arabic is Arabic."

On a somewhat related topic: Hungarian is in no way related to other European languages (well, nearby languages). It's much more closely related to Finnish than it is, say, Romanian or German. The more you know.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 61 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 17:31
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Hungarian is the mutant alien child that was brought into this world by combining Serbo-Croatian, Finnish, and some outer space alien cryptography that no one can make any sense out of. I tried to learn some of it but gave up after a few weeks. Russian makes more sense, IMHO.

  :)
Peter Stewart
 player, 84 posts
 Charisma 1
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 18:03
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Observation defaults to Per-5 if you don't have it.
Ilse Stoica
 player, 32 posts
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 19:11
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
You didn't know that? There's a reason I took them separately...

Languages are weird
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 63 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Thu 27 Jul 2017
at 19:52
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Ilse Stoica (msg # 225):

   Ain't that the truth, Ms. Stoica.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 43 posts
Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 01:16
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Ilse Stoica (msg # 225):

That's so true. Different versions of Chinese can't understand each other at all but they all can read the writing.
Game Master
 GM, 92 posts
Sat 5 Aug 2017
at 14:19
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Hey, I just want to let everyone know I'm here and alive. In... two weeks, if all goes well, I'll be leaving for China. This is an extremely last-minute thing (which seems to be SOP in some ways). Anyway, I will try to post as soon as possible, but over the next few weeks the game will, perforce, slow way down. I do apologize.

I'm going to try to post later today, but it might not be until tomorrow.
Patience
 player, 49 posts
Sat 5 Aug 2017
at 16:06
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Good luck!
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 65 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 5 Aug 2017
at 17:18
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Good to know, and have a safe trip, mate. Enjoy the smog, eh?  :)
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 69 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sat 5 Aug 2017
at 19:21
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
So where in China are you headed?  It's a big country.
Game Master
 GM, 93 posts
Sun 6 Aug 2017
at 02:03
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Tianjin. This'll be my ... fourth trip? Lessee. Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen... Yeah, fourth trip.

Gonna try to post tomorrow.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 70 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sun 6 Aug 2017
at 02:11
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Hopefully close enough to the Yellow Sea to see more fresh air than many places seem to.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 46 posts
Mon 7 Aug 2017
at 01:57
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 228):

Good LUCK GM! Have fun, I would love to go there.
Game Master
 GM, 94 posts
Mon 7 Aug 2017
at 13:29
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Ma Itso Boggs (msg # 233):

It's on the Bohai Gulf of the Yellow Sea. Which is to say I might get to see flashes of light when the war with DPRK re-starts. :D
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 72 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Mon 7 Aug 2017
at 16:40
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Optimist.   Kim Jun Un is reckless, but not stupid.  My concern is that he can't read the US very well and he's dealing with another somewhat reckless individual given to snap decisions and afterthought, instead of some forethought.  Sort of like mixing glycerin and nitric acid in your blender (absolutely not recommended).
Patience
 player, 51 posts
Mon 7 Aug 2017
at 22:36
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm a lot less worried about them starting a war, and more afraid they're comparing notes and trading tips.  Our new guy has expressed open admiration for Kim Jong-un, and where our past presidents have been opposed to dictatorships on principal, Trump's opinion seems to be more, "How do I get one?"
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 73 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Mon 7 Aug 2017
at 22:58
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I don't see most of that, except for Trump thinking about becoming a Dictator... He's still playing "The Apprentice" role even now.
That's why T. Jefferson and Co. wanted an armed populace ... it makes a dictatorship much harder to create.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 48 posts
Tue 8 Aug 2017
at 01:26
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I am really worried about the fat north Korean, I think he is crazy like some of those Arabs and thinks he is a god or something. I am just glad there are some good generals in charge.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 74 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Tue 8 Aug 2017
at 02:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Hope you are right Gabby...
Game Master
 GM, 95 posts
Tue 8 Aug 2017
at 03:07
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Gabriella, GM question: medals? I'm not sure how to answer that IC since I'm not sure I understand OOC.
Game Master
 GM, 96 posts
Tue 8 Aug 2017
at 14:30
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Damn you and your successful rolls, Peter! ;)
Gabriella Conti
 player, 51 posts
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 02:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 241):

What about medals?
Game Master
 GM, 97 posts
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 18:36
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Gabriella Conti (msg # 243):

Gabriella Conti:
I thought Set was the evil god" she says as she puts her hand to her chin. "Do we have any religious medals?"

Peter Stewart
 player, 87 posts
 Charisma 1
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 18:48
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I think she means icons or symbols.
Patience
 player, 52 posts
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 18:55
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Oh!  That would make sense.  Much more than, like, "Best Psalm", or, "#1 Proselytizer!", which are what I was picturing.
Game Master
 GM, 98 posts
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 19:58
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Ah, that makes more sense! Thanks for the input, Peter.
Patience
 player, 53 posts
Thu 10 Aug 2017
at 21:41
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
sigh

Now I want a "#1 Prosletyzer" medal, though.  Maybe I can start the Faith Olympics.  We'll have Synchronized Singing, Psalolm Skiing, Beach Prayer... it'll be awesome.

Do you suppose people will still want to compete if they know it was organized by an atheist?
Gabriella Conti
 player, 52 posts
Sat 12 Aug 2017
at 01:43
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Patience (msg # 248):

Are you saying you are faithless?
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 67 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 12 Aug 2017
at 03:01
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
  An ... atheist? In the 1930's? Wow, this should make for some interesting conversations in character - if it is the character that is the non-believer.   :)
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 76 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sat 12 Aug 2017
at 03:08
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I expect she is a strong believer, just not in the accepted ways...
Patience
 player, 54 posts
Sat 12 Aug 2017
at 05:01
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Well, I meant me.  I'm not quite sure Patience has the clout to organize a new Olympics.

I suppose I don't, either.  Hmph.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 68 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 12 Aug 2017
at 05:04
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
  I'd like to think I'm an atheist ... either that or a reallllllllllllllly lapsed Catholic. (Actually, I prefer the term "Recovering Catholic", but that's a whole other story)

   Still, snicker when I pass the Welch's grape juice at the store.  :P
Game Master
 GM, 99 posts
Sat 12 Aug 2017
at 13:34
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience:
Well, I meant me.  I'm not quite sure Patience has the clout to organize a new Olympics.


I'm not sure Patience has the patience to organize the Olympics. ;)

Aside, I'm hoping to post today, but (in theory) I leave for China on Monday night/ Tuesday morning. That "in theory" part in looking like "in fantasy land," however 'cause I'm still waiting on documents from the Chinese government. Either way, I should probably pack at some point.
Patience
 player, 55 posts
Mon 14 Aug 2017
at 13:58
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Good luck!!


Patience doesn't know enough about this sort of thing to make logistical requests, but she would like to ask Preston a little more about this "Lecoq" person once he's not right around.  Who is he?  Is he like a professional rival?  And who's that Bearne chap?
Game Master
 GM, 102 posts
Mon 14 Aug 2017
at 14:04
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience:
Patience doesn't know enough about this sort of thing to make logistical requests, but she would like to ask Preston a little more about this "Lecoq" person once he's not right around.  Who is he?  Is he like a professional rival?  And who's that Bearne chap?


"Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers." - Voltaire

Nicely questioned. I was wondering if anyone was going to question that. I'll post some answers regarding this later in the week.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 69 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Mon 14 Aug 2017
at 15:40
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience:
Patience doesn't know enough about this sort of thing to make logistical requests, but she would like to ask Preston a little more about this "Lecoq" person once he's not right around.  Who is he?  Is he like a professional rival?  And who's that Bearne chap?


   - She beat me to it, no thanks to some severe weather here. Nice thought to ask in the first place, tho. Hopefully, Sir Preston can give us some answers in the coming moments
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 77 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Mon 14 Aug 2017
at 16:04
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Indeed, waiting until he was gone to ask about him.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 54 posts
Tue 15 Aug 2017
at 01:42
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
So true.
Peter Stewart
 player, 89 posts
 Charisma 1
Wed 16 Aug 2017
at 23:49
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'll be out of town all next week. May have some net access. May not. Try not to get me mummy cursed.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 56 posts
Thu 17 Aug 2017
at 01:17
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Those who are gone get to open coffins!
Patience
 player, 56 posts
Thu 17 Aug 2017
at 04:56
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I, for one, am merely concerned with roleplaying Peter appropriately in his player's absence.  He just seems like the sort of gentleman who would, frankly, insist on opening the doors for us, doesn't he?
Game Master
 GM, 103 posts
Fri 18 Aug 2017
at 00:32
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Doors and mummy coffins, definitely. ;)

I'll be posting ASAP. Bad news on the job front, so ... yeah. I'll post as soon as I can.
Patience
 player, 57 posts
Fri 18 Aug 2017
at 00:36
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm almost positive we told you to have good luck.  Why does no one ever listen?

Seriously - sorry to hear it's not going well.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 70 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 01:01
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
    Sorry to hear that the Job Success Roll didn't work in your favour, GM.  Looks like our good wishes didn't' get you the modifier you were looking for. We'll have to work harder on that.  :)

   As Patience has mentioned, sorry to hear that all's not going your way.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 57 posts
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 02:46
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 263):

Don't take it personally, you never know why someone is picked. You just have to keep trying. I know in all my years of job hunting.
Game Master
 GM, 104 posts
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 15:42
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Nah, I know why I wasn't picked. :/
Game Master
 GM, 105 posts
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 15:44
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm poised to post today, but I need to write the post first. It may not be up until tomorrow. Tonight with any luck. (... But we now how my luck goes, right? ;)
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 71 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 17:22
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 268):

  Like mine - if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have none at all.  :)
Game Master
 GM, 107 posts
Sat 19 Aug 2017
at 23:59
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Post's half written, but I got sidetracked. I'll finish it for you all tomorrow.
Game Master
 GM, 109 posts
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 18:26
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Er, oops. Patience reminds me that there would also have been juice on the table. Silly me for getting so deep in what Egyptians eat that I forget what Europeans eat. ;)
Gabriella Conti
 player, 58 posts
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 01:44
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Europeans eat all sorts of thing but probably not as bizarre to us as what the Egyptians eat.
Patience
 player, 59 posts
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 04:53
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Game Master:
Er, oops. Patience reminds me that there would also have been juice on the table.

Maybe the chef just wanted to present us with an Egyptian Experience.  Some chefs are artsy like that.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 60 posts
Wed 23 Aug 2017
at 00:43
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Sounds fine to me!
Patience
 player, 61 posts
Fri 1 Sep 2017
at 22:13
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
quote:
after a breakfast of ham, eggs, coffee, tears and juices.

...

...tears?

Is the cook having some problems at home?  I mean, I'm sure we've all offered the occasional glass of tears as a guilt-laden aperitif, but I've never been able to fill a carafe in time for breakfast.
Peter Stewart
 player, 90 posts
 Charisma 1
Fri 1 Sep 2017
at 23:32
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm back.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 82 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Fri 1 Sep 2017
at 23:40
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Patience (msg # 275):

It was the Habeñero Juice ... brings tears to grown men.
Peter Stewart
 player, 91 posts
 Charisma 1
Sat 2 Sep 2017
at 00:22
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
One time I mistook some Habenero concentrate for barbecue sauce and just slathered it all over my chicken. That was not a good day.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 73 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 2 Sep 2017
at 00:32
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Quietly strums the refrain from Johnny Cash's 'Burnin Ring of Fire' in the background ...
Game Master
 GM, 111 posts
Sat 2 Sep 2017
at 01:09
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
GM:
...coffee, teas and juices...


Wha'chu talkin' 'bout, Cletus? It very clearly says "teas." :D
Patience
 player, 62 posts
Sat 2 Sep 2017
at 02:22
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Peter Stewart:
One time I mistook some Habenero concentrate for barbecue sauce and just slathered it all over my chicken. That was not a good day.

Ahh!  Just the other day apparently somebody brought a bunch of habaneros in to our son's school and was offering them around... he thought it was one of those little sweet peppers and he was hungry, so he took one and popped it into his mouth.  Poor thing ended up throwing up and had to come home early.

...Of course, he got to come home early, so it wasn't all bad, but from what he said, it wasn't worth it.

quote:
Wha'chu talkin' 'bout, Cletus? It very clearly says "teas." :D

You're such a teas.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 75 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 2 Sep 2017
at 05:19
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience:
You're such a teas.


   - And you are incorrigible, young lady. And the GM should stop 'incorriging' you ...
Peter Stewart
 player, 93 posts
 Charisma 1
Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 15:52
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Are there cultural familiarity penalties to the bargaining rolls if we don't have CF: Arabic or Islamic or whatever?
Gabriella Conti
 player, 63 posts
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 00:31
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Spicy is always good.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 77 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 04:55
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Gabriella, using your good looks sounds like a great idea, but you'll be pegged as a Westerner to the locals (and unless you are modestly covered - something I don't think you'd want to do) you might not get too far in dealing with the Egyptians. They can be a little ... conservative in their thinking about the fairer sex. But good luck in your negotiations, nevertheless.  :)
Game Master
 GM, 112 posts
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 13:27
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Peter Stewart:
Are there cultural familiarity penalties to the bargaining rolls if we don't have CF: Arabic or Islamic or whatever?


There are, but I generally handle those sort of things "behind the screen." That said, I can assure you that, depending on what you're doing, cultural familiarity penalties can be pretty nasty. (However in this case, they're generally just sorta average, although - and I haven't read her note yet, so keep that in mind - an attempt at sex appeal is probably not the best way to do things ;) Going to read Gabriella's post now... given the comments here and in PMs, I'm hopeful. ;)
Game Master
 GM, 113 posts
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 13:30
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Aww! I feel cheated. *grumbles something about how he was hoping Gabriella was going to be swaying her hips and smooching the young shopkeeper boys* ;)
Peter Stewart
 player, 94 posts
 Charisma 1
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 14:06
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Pity I don't have Merchant. I'll sit out the negotiations.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 78 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 17:29
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
    I lived in a Lebanese neighbourhood and learned firsthand about Muslim custom and even picked up a smattering of Arabic in the process. I wound up being deeply smitten with a shopkeeper's daughter (They were moderate Muslims, but still held deep conservative views about the possibility of her marrying a Western boy.)  I had to worship from afar, sadly. Still kept a good relationship with her father, despite it all.

   Learned more about Muslim customs in the 80's than I have since the whole "Desert Storm" mess started.
Game Master
 GM, 114 posts
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 20:44
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.:
Learned more about Muslim customs in the 80's than I have since the whole "Desert Storm" mess started.


Wait, wait... so you're saying not all Moslems are terrorists? Hmm. *makes note to send message to the Thought Police.*

... On a related note, I totally miss the days when I could say "the Russians are coming!" with a (semi-)straight face or blame "the Commies" for everything. Back in my day, being a Soviet actually meant something, dammit! ;)
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 79 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 21:08
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
quote:
... On a related note, I totally miss the days when I could say "the Russians are coming!" with a (semi-)straight face or blame "the Commies" for everything. Back in my day, being a Soviet actually meant something, dammit! ;)


   - Sends a quick encrypted email to the Russian Embassy ... the Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezo --
 er, Russian Security Directorate will be interested to know they are still thought kindly of in certain ... circles.


   - K.G.B = Kinda Good Boys. :P
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 84 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 22:44
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
As bad a friend visiting another American family in Germany in the early 70s; he knocked sharply and announced Geheimer Stats Polezei (aka Gestapo) ... his friend looked irritated when he opened the door and an older German couple that were visiting still looked very startled and upset.
Game Master
 GM, 115 posts
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 23:31
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
That's a cruel joke to play.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 65 posts
Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 00:37
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I miss the old soviets.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 80 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 03:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   At least it wasn't a "Midnight Knock" as the Gestapo, as well as the Stasi (GDR Secret Police),  was known for.  But yeah, a rather cruel joke to play.

   I miss the Soviet Union as well ... but, there's no sense 'Russian' into things.  :)

   I'll be here all week - try the fish!
Patience
 player, 63 posts
Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 19:21
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I don't, really, but I get the impression Putin is working on bringing it back.  Making Russia great again, as it were.  It's sad.  When Gorbachev and Reagan started talking, I was pretty excited.  When Clinton and Yeltsin continued working things out, I was glad.  But when Trump and Putin get along, I'm terrified.

quote:
his friend looked irritated when he opened the door and an older German couple that were visiting still looked very startled and upset.

Too soon.  But as someone who totally didn't live through any part of that, I can see how it would strike someone who didn't live through any of that as funny.

quote:
   I'll be here all week - try the fish!

I'm... not sure.  Have the fish also been here all week?
Gabriella Conti
 player, 66 posts
Tue 12 Sep 2017
at 01:24
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Putin is scary and power hunger and Trump is unpredictable.
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 81 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Tue 12 Sep 2017
at 04:16
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   I remember Reagan and Gorbachov during those times, and I was cautiously optimistic. Despite the fact that Gorbachev was Premier of the Soviet Union, he seemed like a likeable guy - one you could have a beer with if the mood struck him. I remember hearing in a documentary (I can't remember where) was that he had a possible plan to remove all of the nukes from both arsenals completely ... I wish that Reagan and the US had of said "yes" to that idea.  I know some hard-liners on both sides would have done their best to scuttle the idea, but it was the closest we've ever come in the modern age to have no nukes. Period.)

   Clinton and Yeltsin, I swear must've been almost drinking buddies, because they did seem to like each other and I could almost see the two of them getting together and 'talking shop' over some whiskey and vodka. Yeltsin was a powerful figure after the fall of the Soviet Union, but man ... could he pack away the vodka. Drink this old man under the table easily, most likely.

   '45' (as I prefer to call the President - I prefer not to speak the devil's name) and Putin are nothing more than image pieces, carefully crafted to make them look good at all costs. And heaven help those who cross or disagree with either of them. Putin was an ex - KGB Colonel in East Germany, so yeah, he is more than a little scary. (I watched some footage of he and Chancellor Merkel at a summit - Putin still speaks fluent German, it appears.)
Gabriella Conti
 player, 67 posts
Tue 12 Sep 2017
at 23:56
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Artemis P. Fox, Esq. (msg # 298):

Neither of us could have gotten rid of pour nukes unfortunately as other people had them, like the Chinese.
Game Master
 GM, 116 posts
Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 14:16
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Patience:
I'm... not sure.  Have the fish also been here all week?

If you have to ask, you're not gonna like the answer. ;)



Sorry, week's been busy. I'm hoping to catch up today, but it might be tomorrow (and depends in part on my PMs, which I haven't had a chance to look over yet).
Game Master
 GM, 119 posts
Sat 30 Sep 2017
at 13:18
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Just dropping a note to let you know I am here! RL got me down. I'm hoping to post this weekend, if anyone has further follow-ups...
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 85 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Sat 30 Sep 2017
at 17:06
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   No worries, still recovering from the shock of the AFL Grand Final here, so take your time ...
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 88 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Tue 10 Oct 2017
at 02:09
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Everyone still alive?
Gabriella Conti
 player, 70 posts
Tue 10 Oct 2017
at 02:30
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I am still here.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 89 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Tue 10 Oct 2017
at 02:53
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I figured as much... so it's just you and me...
Game Master
 GM, 121 posts
Tue 10 Oct 2017
at 13:49
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I died, unfortunately.

Actually, I haven't posted 'cause I was hoping others might. I'm glad to see you two are still around, and I know that Patience is (sorta), albeit AFK (RL issues, IIRC... I'm in another game with her and she mentioned something a while back, I just have a terrible memory).
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 86 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Tue 10 Oct 2017
at 16:15
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   I'm here, just recovering from a rather hectic Turkey day (I'm not good with crowds, and going to a family gathering simply drains me)  I'd checked in the last couple of days, but say nothing, and wondered if the game had died while I was away. So I didn't post.

   For some dumb reason, I can't post on my phone - otherwise, I might have said something while I was taking a breath over turkey dinner. So I have to ask - are we still on?
Game Master
 GM, 122 posts
Wed 11 Oct 2017
at 13:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Let's see who else is here, then I can make that determination.

Everyone who hasn't checked if, if you'd be so kind?
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 90 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Tue 17 Oct 2017
at 02:15
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Oh don't let it wither... let's do something!!!
Gabriella Conti
 player, 71 posts
Tue 17 Oct 2017
at 02:20
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I am still here.
Game Master
 GM, 123 posts
Tue 17 Oct 2017
at 13:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I think I'm going to put the game on hold for the moment, to be picked up in the (near?) future. Going to send PMs to people, etc, and hopefully ... next week?
Artemis P. Fox, Esq.
 player, 87 posts
 Antiquities Professor
 Cambridge University
Tue 17 Oct 2017
at 16:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
   Fair enough, at least you're letting us know ahead of time, instead of the 'sudden stop' I've seen a lot of games come to.
Patience
 player, 65 posts
Mon 23 Oct 2017
at 00:40
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I'm really, really sorry.  Having a bad combination of RL and computer issues and neither of them are being nearly as temporary as they should be. grumble

But I am still alive and here... ish.
Gabriella Conti
 player, 72 posts
Mon 23 Oct 2017
at 02:03
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
In reply to Game Master (msg # 311):

GM, I hope we can resume later, it would be such a loss not to continue.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 91 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Mon 23 Oct 2017
at 03:19
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Indeed ...
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 92 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Mon 13 Nov 2017
at 17:27
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Players maybe alive-ish, but the game is dying...
Gabriella Conti
 player, 73 posts
Tue 14 Nov 2017
at 01:43
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
I am still here.
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 93 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Tue 14 Nov 2017
at 01:55
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Yeah ... cute too
Gabriella Conti
 player, 74 posts
Tue 14 Nov 2017
at 01:56
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
Always!
Ma Itso Boggs
 player, 94 posts
 Quiet & Observant
 Steady & strong willed
Sat 6 Jan 2018
at 02:02
Re: [OOC] Out of Character
This is dead... deleting it... sorry to see it die like this.