OOC for USS Raptor.   Posted by Consortium Fleet Command.Group: 0
Consortium Fleet Command
 GM, 2 posts
 Seek Out Good New Stuff
 Go Fearlessly
Sun 18 Mar 2018
at 04:52
OOC for USS Raptor
The crew of United Stellar Ship (USS) Raptor will assemble here to detail the characteristics of their vessel and communicate out of character. For now it can only be accessed by Group 1. When there's a second ship, I'll create an OOC for all Starfleet personnel to access.

Forward Fearlessly!

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:20, Sun 18 Mar 2018.

Astrid Grimm
 player, 1 post
 Fleet Marine Sergeant
 LF# - 2
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 16:09
OOC for USS Raptor

Greetings!
Consortium Fleet Command
 GM, 3 posts
 Seek Out Good New Stuff
 Go Fearlessly
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 16:21
OOC for USS Raptor
OK...So, we currently have 10 players, which is wonderful. The problem? Too many androids and engineers!

So, let's look at some possibilities:

The Engineers
We have 3. We only need 2. So, here are two options:

1. Someone changes their position.

2. We have three engineers and drive on. It's not like things ground to a halt on Star Trek when Geordi and Data or Torres and Paris were doing engineering stuff at the same time.

The Androids
If all three androids are on a single ship, that will be 60% of a five member crew. Which will be odd. But you know what? It's Lasers & Feelings, so that's OK. But because someone playing an android might want to be a little more unique than that, here are two options:

1. Put split the androids up.

2. Put all three androids on one ship and say they were confiscated from a Harry Mudd type, then eventually became crew. I like this option because if we put the androids aboard Raptor, we can say that the incident that caused Captain Darcy to end up in the medical pod also killed or hurt a number of crew members, causing a need for the androids to step into their places.

Whew, this is a long post already. Keep in mind that if we aren't able to easily resolve this, I'll just use random chance to get the ships staffed and we'll drive on.

Once we know who is on what ship, we'll resolve what the two strengths and one weakness are for each ship.
Honey Summers
 Honey Summers, 1 post
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 20:27
OOC for USS Raptor
As one of the engineers I don't mind changing my role as long as I know what we have already (so we don't end up with me having to change AGAIN)

As for the androids I don't see the problem with 2 on a ship, 3 would get a tad overboard so as long as we make sure at least one is on each ship? Unless any of them want to retweak themselves?
Flynn Leakey
 Flynn Leakey, 1 post
 Space Australian
 Engineer
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 20:43
OOC for USS Raptor
Hi Astrid! We've come to join ya!

Flynn's happy as a field engineer if you want him to do some sciencing jobs outside.

He's not an android...except his legs. Maybe he could help them feel at home? Bridge the gap a little bit? I actually like the nonhuman-majority plot there, but it's nothing to do with me so I'll stop talking!

Ha, like I ever stop talking.
Sappho Zeta
 Sappho Zeta, 1 post
 Android
 Envoy
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 20:50
OOC for USS Raptor
Well my history in brief is she is from a world where there was an invasion and [most] of the men ran away so the women when they got done repelling the invaders at great cost, got rid of the men by simply letting them age out a long time ago. They are experts in genetic engineering and reproduction even creating the life chambers to gestate babies to term artificially and AI leading it for defense and various other duties and androids are citizens even have family units being adopted.
Honey Summers
 Honey Summers, 2 posts
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 20:57
OOC for USS Raptor
GM could we get a list of everyone's roles? maybe that would help divide up the crews? And help me see what type of new character to come up with....
Doctor Astin Morton
 Doctor Astin Morton, 1 post
 Intrepid Scientist
 (Xenoanthropologist)
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 21:29
OOC for USS Raptor
Astin is a scientist, so they'll be happy on either ship as long as it gets to see new alien cultures.
Rintoth Fel'saren Vadamrey
 Rintoth Fel'saren Va, 1 post
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 21:32
OOC for USS Raptor
Hey all, looking forward to gaming with everyone.

The roles for Lasers and Feelings don't seem as defined as some other games, so I would be happy to adjust to whatever the group needs. Right now I'm down as Alien Envoy.
Astrid Grimm
 player, 2 posts
 Fleet Marine Sergeant
 LF# - 2
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 21:36
OOC for USS Raptor
Sorry about the delay.  Paperwork.  Per Fleet Marine protocol I was to establish a "perimeter".  I am allowed to defend it with violence.  Would anyone care to attempt to cross the perimeter without clearance?  I would like some exercise...

You can never have too many engineers.  They make the ship go and do the boring work.  I need the ship to go so that I can attack enemies.  Other roles may cook or clean as they see fit so long as they do not get in the way of the violence.
Flynn Leakey
 Flynn Leakey, 2 posts
 Space Australian
 Engineer
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 21:44
OOC for USS Raptor
Yeah! I can probably rig up a plasma-flame-throwing radioguitar if anyone wants to stand on top and do soundtrack whilst she violences.

Doctor Morty could do a paper on it: 'The affects of Earth-Type Metal-Class Audio Waves on Hostile Xennos: a Case study'.
Lieutenant Stan Poxrod
 Lieutenant Stan Poxr, 1 post
 Engineering
Wed 21 Mar 2018
at 21:51
OOC for USS Raptor
I vote for allowing the GM to mix and match the crew at their own whim.  It's fast and easy.  Emphasis on fast.

If there's a kerfuffle, we'll have a starting point to work from.
Belit Ilani
 Belit Ilani, 1 post
 Android Explorer
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 00:20
OOC for USS Raptor
Perhaps three crews are in order, each with an Android and an Engineer?
Synthea 6
 Synthea 6, 1 post
 Android Doctor
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 01:23
OOC for USS Raptor
Howdy! Synthea 6 is an Android Doctor, well, a sexbot repurposed as a nurse. She has a great bedside manner. :)

GM, perhaps you could change our tags to our Style and Role, so we can easily see what we have?

On the crew situation, I'd rather spread us robots out, so we can establish our characters separately without overlap or redundancy. Though an android crew does sound fun. :)

Looking at L&F, the Style and Role don't have a mechanical effect, just RP, but I think maybe they cover how you solve problems or react to situations. If I mostly act as a mechanical, emotionless being ("What is love?"), I'm an Android, and if I mostly act sexily ("I'll show you love."), I'm a Sexy. An android who understands feelings and has emotions doesn't need to be an Android. So, I can change Synthea to a Sexy still mechanical, but with a better understanding of emotions and more immature lewd jokes. ;)

Alternatively, perhaps Sappho Zeta is not an Android but instead a biological gynoid, say, genetically modified, enhanced, cloned, grown in a tank, etc. That seems to fit the background, with the planet's expertise in genetics and androids capable of having families, and presumably having feelings, so they're not necessarily going to behave like Androids. (Of course, I don't know anything about your character yet, that's just where I'd run with the background.)

For Engineers, Star Trek often has engineers solving scientific problems. So maybe one of the engineers could be more of a Scientist, still a ship's engineer but one who analyses whatever weird thing is affecting the ship and solves it through technobabble, while the Engineer engineer builds gadgets, makes repairs, deals with machinery.
Belit Ilani
 Belit Ilani, 2 posts
 Android Explorer
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 01:36
OOC for USS Raptor
In reply to Synthea 6 (msg # 14):

Roles and Styles determine whether you qualify as an expert and receive an extra die when rolling. You can roleplay the sexy stuff all you want, but unless your Style is Sexy you won't get that bonus die. At least that's how I understand the rules, such as they are.
Honey Summers
 Honey Summers, 3 posts
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 08:11
OOC for USS Raptor
Okay, I think I've got an idea of what most of the people are... I'm all for the GM assigning us as they like, but since they also asked us to come up with something or use dice to decide (which depending on how they do it might wind up with the engineers on the same ship etc... ) I'm going to pop a suggestion of crew division here and see if people like it.

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

2)
Belit Ilani - Explorer (Android)
Flynn Leakey - Engineer
Honey - To be Decided
Sappho Zeta - Envoy (Android)
Skip Champion - ?

This way Astrid gets to fight all the things with a doctor to patch her up, Flynn with his leg altering expertise is on the ship with two androids and I'm on the one with the unknown so I can adapt around them when I find out what they are...

What are people's thoughts? Mostly I just agreed with Lt Poxrod on fast being good and figured I'd throw something together so that we had something to work from and I could try and work out what new character to make... If Skip turns out to be an Explorer and clash with Belit we can switch Skip and Dr Morton.
Lieutenant Stan Poxrod
 Lieutenant Stan Poxr, 2 posts
 Engineering
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 12:11
OOC for USS Raptor
I'm fine with Miss Summers' crew assignments.
Rintoth Fel'saren Vadamrey
 Rintoth Fel'saren Va, 2 posts
 Cadet Rin
 Alien Envoy
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 12:41
OOC for USS Raptor
I agree - that seems like a well rounded lineup for each crew. Though I do hope the ships cross paths at some point because there are so many interesting characters and fun personalities.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:42, Thu 22 Mar 2018.

Synthea 6
 Synthea 6, 2 posts
 Android Doctor
Thu 22 Mar 2018
at 13:10
OOC for USS Raptor
That works for me.

Did we get no Pilots? It's probably no problem, PC pilots tend to be a bit limited to the ship.

Do we want to balance the crews by Style as well? Too Dangerous types might have some friction? :)