OOC for USS Raptor.   Posted by Consortium Fleet Command.Group: 0
Lieutenant Stan Poxrod
 Lieutenant Stan Poxr, 3 posts
 Saavy Engineer
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 13:38
OOC for USS Raptor
If folks want to cut and paste their specialties, we could determine any overlaps to see if they'll be stepping on each others' toes.  Keep your L&F number for yourself.

1) USS Raptor
Astrid Grimm - Fleet Marine
Dr Morton - Scientist
Lt Poxrod - Saavy Engineer
Rintoth - Envoy
Synthea 6 - Doctor (Android)

2) USS Ladybug
Belit Ilani - Explorer (Android)
Flynn Leakey - Engineer
Honey - To be Decided
Sappho Zeta - Envoy (Android)
Skip Champion - ?
Consortium Fleet Command
 GM, 4 posts
 Seek Out Good New Stuff
 Go Fearlessly
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 15:40
OOC for USS Raptor
Well, things were going pretty terribly because of my fumbling, mumbling and stumbling, then I couldn't respond to your request for roles because I was on a client  site all afternoon and evening. But then I check in with the thread and find out you've pretty much solved everything.

OK, so let'stake what you've done and finalize it. Before I do that, though, is there anyone who would object to a Monday start?

Here's the list again...you'll notice I added something to Skip's entry:

1) USS Raptor
Astrid Grimm - Fleet Marine
Dr Morton - Scientist
Lt Poxrod - Saavy Engineer
Rintoth - Envoy
Synthea 6 - Doctor (Android)

2) USS Ladybug
Belit Ilani - Explorer (Android)
Flynn Leakey - Engineer
Honey - To be Decided
Sappho Zeta - Envoy (Android)
Skip Champion - Intrepid Explorer (Impress admiral mother)

Though he's an explorer, I get the impression that Skip would be kind of a hard-charging command-track type.

I think we should launch with these crews, and I think the name USS Ladybug is excellent. Insteadof splitting up into a Ladybug OOC, let's keep everybody here and move on to what the qualities of the two ships will be. As for roles, Honey could definitely choose to be anything, including an engineer, and we'll be able to adapt.

So, available strengths (though I will gladly entertain suggested ones that make sense) are Fast, Nimble, Well-Armed, Powerful Shields, Superior Sensors, Cloaking Device, Fightercraft.

Available problems are:
Fuel Hog (always needs energy crystals)
Only One Medical Pod (and an NPC crew member is already in it)
Horrible Circuit Breakers (in battle, consoles tend to explode on the bridge)
Grim Reputation (Captain Darcy did some bad stuff in the past)

On that last one...if the Ladybug crew wants to pick a bad reputation, we could come up with something other than pillaging, atrocity, etc.

USS Raptor
Strength 1:
Strength 2:
Problem:

USS Ladybug
Strength 1:
Strength 2:
Problem:
Rintoth Fel'saren Vadamrey
 Rintoth Fel'saren Va, 3 posts
 Cadet Rin
 Alien Envoy
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 15:57
OOC for USS Raptor
I'm not opposed to starting up on Monday. Life is pretty hectic on my end right now anyways.

As for the Ship, I like "Cloaking Device" of maybe even "Competent Ship AI" for Strengths, but really am open to anything. And as much as I would like to see "Horrible Circuit Breakers" become a comically recurring gag, I think a "Grim Reputation" would better serve as the Weakness. Coming across potential hostiles could lead to some shenanigans for our Fleet Marine (and our re-purposed Android Doctor as a result), and possibly even our Saavy Engineer if the ship gets attacked. Who knows, it might even provide an opportunity or two for the diplomatic Envoy, while also making things interesting for our Xenoanthropologist Scientist to find willing samples.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:37, Thu 22 Mar 2018.

Honey Summers
 Honey Summers, 4 posts
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 16:17
OOC for USS Raptor
Well, with two explorers and an envoy on board I have a feeling we might be more exploration of new worlds focused than the probably more combat focused raptor... so I think I might go scientist. With a part android crew we'll be less in need of a doctor and hopefully see less combat... so a scientist with a bit of first aid might do the job... especially if we don't take the only one pod flaw.

I'll have a think about style and backstory to fit the new role... Monday start is fine with me, though I will warn you I sometimes disappear for camping weekends so if we wind up very fast paced I might be "callibrating the sensor array" for a little bit sometimes... Hard to get internet in a field.
Sappho Zeta
 Sappho Zeta, 2 posts
 Android
 Envoy
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 16:18
OOC for USS Raptor
I vote for the mighty Ladybug a single Medical Pod, IF we get a Doctor. If not I like Bsd Rep face it she if the crew wants to pillage battle grounds, carry contraband goods and such my characters programming would adapt to Black Market Negotiations and Bribery. ^_^

Strengths I like are Cloaking Device and what about a new one Attack Drones (smaller than fighters and likely fast and harder to hit but do less damage to some degree. And why risk players piloting a fighter when we could do the same things deploying say four drones.
Flynn Leakey
 Flynn Leakey, 3 posts
 Space Australian
 Engineer
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 17:17
OOC for USS Raptor
Us Lady...bug..ers... *ahem* Ladybug crew members could have a Bad Rep over that one major incident that no-one's quite got the details of.

Alternately, it may be due to the exponentially-reproducing flammable little alien lifeforms that we keep swearing we've got rid of but keep having local-ecology-threatening intermittent colony explosions whenever the ones we've missed twitch out of hibernation. Dang things are full of acid, too.

Flynn's totally up for fixing drones, starting Monday, and working for Cap'n Skippy.
Consortium Fleet Command
 GM, 5 posts
 Seek Out Good New Stuff
 Go Fearlessly
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 18:11
OOC for USS Raptor
So, I'm fine with discussing this further so everyone has a say if they wish, but this is the current state of affairs:


USS Raptor
Strength 1: Cloaking Device
Strength 2: Advanced Ship AI
Problem: Grim reputation

USS Ladybug
Strength 1: Cloaking Device
Strength 2: Attack drones
Problem: Bad Rep (unless Honey is a doctor, in which case it would be One Med Pod)

Again, not set in stone. Continue to throw out votes and/or suggestions if you wish.

Two other things:
First, I like Flynn's two suggestions for the source of the bad rep that I propose we have both crop up at various times.

Second, If we go with the AI aboard Raptor, I suggest we name it Hawkeye.
Honey Summers
 Honey Summers, 5 posts
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 18:45
OOC for USS Raptor
I like Flynn's ideas for the Bad rep too, not so sure about the attack drones... as theoretically with an envoy and explorers around we should aim to not use them much... Personally I like the shields with the sensors or cloak, but since I kinda nudged the crews I'm open to going with the attack drones and cloak if that's what people want.
Astrid Grimm
 player, 3 posts
 Fleet Marine Sergeant
 LF# - 2
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 19:14
OOC for USS Raptor

I completely agree with the idea of Cloaking Devices for Raptor.  Fitting for a bird if prey and helpful to get me close enough to begin the violence.

I also like the idea of Raptor having an AI and thus a personality.  I would be happy to teach Raptor all I can about violence and predatory birds.

Grim Reputation is particularly fitting for my ship, being my name and preferred style.  Might explain why Darcy wanted Astrid aboard.

Alternatively, the exploding consoles or fuel/energy problems works very well with the Cloaking Device.  And something for the Engineer to do while the violence is going on.
Sappho Zeta
 Sappho Zeta, 3 posts
 Android
 Envoy
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 19:44
OOC for USS Raptor
How about: Nobody takes the ship seriously after all the second one doesn't have an impressive sounding name as a weakness.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:00, Thu 22 Mar 2018.

Doctor Astin Morton
 Doctor Astin Morton, 2 posts
 Intrepid Scientist
 (Xenoanthropologist)
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 19:56
OOC for USS Raptor
I'm okay with the way the ship is at the moment. Astin will probably get weirded out by the reputation, but everything else is nice - especially the AI.
Honey Summers
 Honey Summers, 6 posts
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 19:58
OOC for USS Raptor
You can blame Lt Poxrod for the name if you're not a fan, I went with 1) and 2)... We could come up with a new one if you don't like it and the GM is okay with that...?

Perhaps an alphabetical progression... So Raptor, Swan then the next ship could be Tiger/Toucan or something...?

I am okay with Ladybug but you are right Sappho that it might not be taken seriously.
Consortium Fleet Command
 GM, 8 posts
 Seek Out Good New Stuff
 Go Fearlessly
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 20:13
OOC for USS Raptor
Well, the "not taking seriously" would be part of the fun...
Flynn Leakey
 Flynn Leakey, 4 posts
 Space Australian
 Engineer
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 20:18
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
Honey Summers:
I like Flynn's ideas for the Bad rep too, not so sure about the attack drones... as theoretically with an envoy and explorers around we should aim to not use them much... Personally I like the shields with the sensors or cloak, but since I kinda nudged the crews I'm open to going with the attack drones and cloak if that's what people want.


The drones could probably be adapted for probing with a little work - some more scientific/defensive adaptation does make more sense. And if we meet hostiles, no worries! They'll soon learn why most raiders in the sector don't try and board what appears to be a defenceless ship of silly 'buggers (crippling f'wuvvl infestation).
Skip Champion
 Skip Champion, 1 post
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 21:24
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
Yeah, Skip would do anything to impress his mother, including facing off against adversaries with his blaster.

I'm fine with whatever ship assignment and ship arrangements are suggested.
Honey Summers
 Honey Summers, 7 posts
 Adorable
 Scientist
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 21:37
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
Okay, tweaked honey into being a scientist... shifted the description, ready to go come Monday.
Lieutenant Stan Poxrod
 Lieutenant Stan Poxr, 4 posts
 Saavy Engineer
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 21:50
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
I'm fine with Monday and the Raptor Strengths and Weakness, but it seems a cloaking device is kind of a sneaky thing to have.

Are we leaning towards the Stellar Consortium Fleet sneaking around behind everyone else's back?  It doesn't really sound like a noble strength.  Perhaps the Raptor to be Speedy and always first into a fight?

I'd really prefer to be part of a heroic fleet rather than those jerks that just skulk around and spy on people.  Maybe I'm just thinking of all the scifi tropes where the bad guys are usually the ones with the cloaking devices.
Honey Summers
 Honey Summers, 8 posts
 Adorable
 Scientist
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 21:54
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
Well, bad guys and the ones trying to study primitive cultures without giving away advanced tech exists....
Rintoth Fel'saren Vadamrey
 Rintoth Fel'saren Va, 4 posts
 Alien Envoy
 Diplomatic Liaison
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 22:31
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
I like the idea of the ship being "Speedy". It would be as important in rescue missions as it would be in combat related situations. Alternatively, "Experimental Drive Core" could have multiple applications and would probably keep the Engineer happy, or at least busy.

And as a sidenote, I'm pretty fond of Hawkeye for the name of the ship AI. I usually like the trope of using names from mythology, but Hawkeye is perfectly ambiguous for the task.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:02, Fri 23 Mar 2018.

Synthea 6
 Synthea 6, 3 posts
 Android Doctor
Fri 23 Mar 2018
at 00:57
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
Sorry, I'm late to the party, I was asleep! :)

I don't have any real preferences on the Raptor's features, but some thoughts. Only One Medical Pod (what is a medical pod anyway?) would support having an active doctor PC and my backstory of being upgraded to a doctor in a crisis. But that's not a big thing.

Grimm Reputation: Astrid Grimm is aboard. :)

Advanced Ship AI: I imagine it and Synthea have a relationship. ;) Hmm, this makes me think of a ship AI incarnated as a hologram and/or android to go on missions with the crew, ala Andromeda. I could have gone full smart house! Eh, a character idea for another time. Maybe Hawkeye could install itself in Synthea for a mission, to the surprise and dismay of all. :)


Do our characters have prior history? The Raptor crew arrangement suggests Synthea was upgraded by Poxrod, which, given his description, may or may not explain a few things...


PS: I'm also fine to start Monday, but I'm happy to start sooner.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:12, Fri 23 Mar 2018.

Astrid Grimm
 player, 4 posts
 Fleet Marine Sergeant
 LF# - 2
Fri 23 Mar 2018
at 07:39
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
Speedy is also fitting for a bird of prey.  And, of course, getting to the violence quickly is always good.  Perhaps more than sneaking up on an enemy.

Also, Hawkeye will be fine for a name for the AI.  A watchful name.  Good for perimeters.

I also realized I forgot to agree with Monday!  I am ready now, but am willing to wait till Monday to begin the fighting.  It will be difficult.  And very boring.  But I will do it.  I am learning patience on Consortium ships...

This message was last edited by the player at 07:41, Fri 23 Mar 2018.

Belit Ilani
 Belit Ilani, 3 posts
 Hot-Shot Pilot
Fri 23 Mar 2018
at 08:48
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
In order to give Ladybug somewhat greater diversity, I am switching from Android Explorer to Hot-Shot Pilot. I'll also be changing my number...
Belit Ilani
 Belit Ilani, 4 posts
 Hot-Shot Pilot
Fri 23 Mar 2018
at 08:55
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
How about we change Ladybug's name to Reptar and give it the reputation "Often mistaken for Raptor"? >_>
Synthea 6
 Synthea 6, 4 posts
 Android Doctor
Fri 23 Mar 2018
at 09:05
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
I think we'd be the ones often mistaken. :)

Technically, it should be Ladybird. "Ladybug" is a misnomer they're not true bugs.
Flynn Leakey
 Flynn Leakey, 5 posts
 Space Australian
 Engineer
Fri 23 Mar 2018
at 09:51
Re: OOC for USS Raptor
In reply to Synthea 6 (msg # 43):

[sage nod] If you ask Slavs, they're small, holy cows.

I vote with both thumbs for retaining the name Ladybug, though. Proud to be a nerdy 'bugger. We should make shirts!