Initial Game Discussion (OOC)   Posted by ST JoeJames.Group: 0
evilninjaben
 player, 8 posts
Wed 15 May 2019
at 21:47
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
I can't see your character sheet Joe.

I'm almost done with my character, I need to write out my background and spend the last of the starting xp.
SirDuncan
 player, 13 posts
Wed 15 May 2019
at 22:13
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
I was checking out Tacoma (assuming that is the area we'll be in) and there are a lot of options for domain. Something like the area around Wright Park, the Tacoma Dome, University of Puget Sound, or near the Convention Center would all be good. Any preference?
evilninjaben
 player, 9 posts
Thu 16 May 2019
at 21:58
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
Kodeks would probably want to be near the convention center. Lots of out of towners. He would probably own a few Air B&B (non haven) in the area for easy meals. The convention center probably also has great infrastructure to take advantage of.
Otherwise the university probably has good infrastructure as well.

It also looks like we are all taking haven backgrounds. Should we combine them into a communal haven and just keep a 1 dot haven each for emergencies?

This message was last edited by the player at 22:09, Thu 16 May 2019.

ST JoeJames
 GM, 20 posts
Wed 29 May 2019
at 04:19
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
Let me know when you guys have your backgrounds (like, the written story type) finished.  I am working on some NPCs and plot stuff with the city, but if I have a better idea of the character background stories (and answers to the questionnaire below) then I'll have the inspiration I need to decide where, exactly, we can start things off.

Along with answering the following questions as best you can, that will give me all the info I need:


*How often does your character go to Court?
The Prince, Sohpia Marks of clan Ventrue and of considerable age, power, and lineage, for many decades used to hold Court city-wide 4 times a year (not including emergency sessions) - during the equinoxes and solstices of every year.  A few years ago, the Nosferatu Primogen Serenski (rumored to be the most powerful Kindred in Seattle) disappeared, and emergency sessions became much more common place.  They became common enough that Court was changed to once a month (also not including occasional additional emergency sessions), and that's where it stands now.
The Prince typically demands the presence of all Kindred, with some exceptions, and generally frowns upon any no-shows.

*How often does your character go to the Anarch Raves?
Meanwhile, there is an Anarch Gangrel who simply goes by Jarod, who is claiming the title of Baron of Seattle.  He isn't especially good with words, as often a Kindred of few words, but he is tough as nails, can very much handle himself in a fight, and is the only Kindred thus far to have gotten the Prince to (unofficially) cede Tacoma to the Anarchs.  Nobody is quite sure how he succeeded in this, but it's held for the last couple of decades, and this has led to most of the Anarchs either supporting, or at least not challenging his self claimed title of Baron.  There are, naturally, a couple of Anarch gangs/coteries (out of over a dozen - Anarchs actually outnumber the Camarilla by a small amount) and a few individuals who either don't support Jarod, the position of Baron at all, or both.

Jarod, in a rather flagrant middle finger to the Prince, holds Raves whenever the Camarilla holds Court (nearly every time, at least).  There are very few opportunities to attend both Court, and these Raves.  Once in a great while the opportunity might present itself, or if one ends early and the other goes longer, you might be able to attend both.

*How public, if any, is your characters support of the Anarchs, or the Anarch cause in general?  Dave, this is especially important, as JP would be severely frowned upon by his clan, despite being one of the older Kindred of the Ventrue.

*What sorts of private dealings would be known to other Kindred, either because you have asserted your influence and made it clear to others to stay away, or for some other reason it might be more easily discovered?  The Haven background certainly plays into this, among other backgrounds/advantages.

*Would your character have any sort of position within the Camarilla?  Likely ones might be Deputy, Clan Whip (Primogen seems unlikely, especially for Anarch sympathizers, secret or not, but isn't impossible), assistant to the Keeper of Elysium or Harpy, etc.  The Prince, and therefore Sheriff, have little patience with the Anarchs, so if you're a Deputy you will very likely be getting into brawls as the Princes justice comes stomping down on Anarch heads from time to time.

*Or maybe your character has more public sway with the Anarchs?  As there really aren't positions other than maybe gang leader or Baron (already taken), what would that look like?

*Do you have any Childer?  Prince Marks gives that favor out extremely rarely, but you could have embraced before coming to Seattle (or within Seattle, which would probably come with a hefty boon to the Prince).

*What's your general nightly routine look like?

Maybe more questions to come, and feel free to answer in private message or here (or both, as some things might be known to the Coterie and others not).  This should be good to get the juices flowing for now.  Blood juices.  MMmmmmm...
evilninjaben
 player, 10 posts
Wed 29 May 2019
at 21:43
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
*How often does your character go to Court?

Kodeks would have attended every Court at first. The abuses he would see and the influence of his coterie would make him more eager to attend Anarch Raves from time to time. He would rely upon the erratic behavior cursed in his blood to justify his absence. If his paranoia is super high, he might not attend either, drawing animosity from both groups.


*How often does your character go to the Anarch Raves?
Kodeks would attend Raves with his Coterie if/when they attend. He is a known camarilla sympathiser as he has sold his technological service/abilities to the Prince and his court. He probably tried to sell those same services to the anarchs as well.

*How public, if any, is your characters support of the Anarchs, or the Anarch cause in general?
Kodeks doesn’t really support the anarch cause, nor does he really outwardly support the camarilla cause. He doesn’t actively try to harm either cause. He doesn’t seem to care either way, he just seems preoccupied with… something else.

*What sorts of private dealings would be known to other Kindred, either because you have asserted your influence and made it clear to others to stay away, or for some other reason it might be more easily discovered?
Other kindred would know Kodeks offers technology and security consulting. Very few would know he also offers digital espionage.

*Would your character have any sort of position within the Camarilla?
No title - though one time he was deputised to help track down a victim electronically - this left a bad taste in Kodeks mouth and he didn’t pursue this line of work again. Money is power, all this weird old vampire power games shit is, well, just weird.

*Or maybe your character has more public sway with the Anarchs?
No public sway with anarchs, just an average sympathizer

*Do you have any Childer?
No Childer only two retainers.

*What's your general nightly routine look like?
Kodeks manages his portfolio, and spends most of his free time on his computer(s). He uses his wealth via retainers to garner influence in the city.
ONEone
 player, 10 posts
Fri 31 May 2019
at 15:19
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
should be complete. i will edit in anything if i notice something i might've missed.

*How often does your character go to Court?
He used to go frequently as it was necessary to try and elevate himself into Camarilla politics. Due to being Gangrel and rumored to having been embraced into the Sabbat. Once the political promises that were made were canceled/denied he removed himself from Court entirely. Which lead to his shift towards the Anarchs.

*How often does your character go to the Anarch Raves?
Frequently, both in a political and peace keeping capacity. Chances are pretty good that he would try and get on the good side of the Baron. He would want to have a formative hand in 'designing' what the movement is. He also shares a clan with him, albeit a different bloodline.

*How public, if any, is your characters support of the Anarchs, or the Anarch cause in general?
His support of the cause is very public, although given his lean towards lawfulness and organization, it may not be entirely popular.

*What sorts of private dealings would be known to other Kindred, either because you have asserted your influence and made it clear to others to stay away, or for some other reason it might be more easily discovered?

*Would your character have any sort of position within the Camarilla?
He was trying for a Sheriff position, but that opportunity was taken away from him.

*Or maybe your character has more public sway with the Anarchs?
Some of the younger anarchs probably don't like his afinity for order, but he backs it up with results in advancing the anarch agenda, or saving their asses. He doesn't flaunt his age, but he uses it for the betterment of the movement.

*Do you have any Childer?
No, he has no interest in raising a progeny. Not after the murder of his mortal family.

*What's your general nightly routine look like?
Probably checks in on anything that he might be working on, or with his contacts. hunting when needed. doing what he can to make his presence known with the movers and shakers of the anarchs.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:36, Mon 03 June 2019.

SirDuncan
 player, 14 posts
Sat 1 Jun 2019
at 23:39
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)

*How often does your character go to Court?
In the far past, JP went to court diligently. Although he frequently tried to advance his agenda, he stopped trying since he never got anywhere with it. He ended up relegated to the background, even as his age and personality would be better in the thick of the politics. Lately he has not been showing up, except for emergency sessions that don't coincide to a Rave.


*How often does your character go to the Anarch Raves?
He has gone to more Raves more recently, especially in the last decade.

*How public, if any, is your characters support of the Anarchs, or the Anarch cause in general?
JP isn't shouting it from the rooftops, but it seems he is leaning towards Anarch support. You've heard he might be keeping track on the Anarchs for the Cammies since he has been in Tacoma for decades now, but it is hard to know for sure.


*What sorts of private dealings would be known to other Kindred, either because you have asserted your influence and made it clear to others to stay away, or for some other reason it might be more easily discovered?  The Haven background certainly plays into this, among other backgrounds/advantages.
Everyone knows JP is heavily involved in various worker organizations and in other blue-collar issues.


*Would your character have any sort of position within the Camarilla?
Was in the running for Ventrue whip a long time ago, but was passed over.


*Or maybe your character has more public sway with the Anarchs?  As there really aren't positions other than maybe gang leader or Baron (already taken), what would that look like?
No public sway, but they would know that JP sympatheizes with them. Although they are not sure he isn't a cammie spy.


*Do you have any Childer?  Prince Marks gives that favor out extremely rarely, but you could have embraced before coming to Seattle (or within Seattle, which would probably come with a hefty boon to the Prince).
No.

*What's your general nightly routine look like?
Maintains his influence in the city by making the rounds. Keeping tabs on his domain/haven.
ST JoeJames
 GM, 22 posts
Tue 4 Jun 2019
at 19:28
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
This initial game set up is taking longer than I figured it would, small part on the PC creation process but mostly on me, so apologies for that!  Lots of intrigue and interesting stories requires lots of forethought.  Also, this was something I'd planned to do mostly on my hour lunch breaks, but I've been super busy at work.  It took an evening at home to actually get a good chunk done, last week.  I think that may ease up in a couple weeks, but we'll see.

So in my original plan for the NPC of your coterie, it ended up being way too similar to Bens PC so I'm scratching it entirely.  I'm pretty set on it being a Nosferatu, since that will have some necessary plot hooks, but do you guys want to craft the character?  I'd be mostly interested in the attributes, abilities, disciplines, and backgrounds/advantages, with everything else not really being necessary.

If not I can whip something up fast too, but pretty much anything you could come up with will work with the story.  Figured you might want to craft something to complement your current skill gaps.
ONEone
 player, 11 posts
Tue 4 Jun 2019
at 21:22
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
i feel your pain, wanting to use work time to set up game stuff. i might not be the best candidate for another character creation (since it made me very frustrated just to make my own), but i will happily add some input.
SirDuncan
 player, 17 posts
Wed 5 Jun 2019
at 01:56
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
I will tinker with making the Nos npc over the weekend and we can modify it as a coterie.

Is there a way to make a new character sheet that isn't mine? Or should I just make another thread with that in it?
evilninjaben
 player, 11 posts
Wed 5 Jun 2019
at 02:19
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
I wouldn't mind opening a new thread - We can toss ideas around and if you don't mind Dave, actually putting our thoughts to the sheet.

Maybe we should just propose some character concepts first?
My mind first went to a littlefinger or varis type. Someone who plays politics in the shadows.

A hacker type would be too similar to Kodeks.
An investigator/sherlock type would be too similar to Roland.
Outgoing/outwardly political might work but it could conflict with JP.

Otherwise, someone more obsessed with occult and kindred lore/conspiracy, might be a good fit.

Just a couple of ideas. Thoughts?
ONEone
 player, 12 posts
Wed 5 Jun 2019
at 13:20
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
yeah, that's perfectly what i was thinking, a varys guy. pulling strings, making everyone uncomfortable, no penis.
SirDuncan
 player, 18 posts
Fri 14 Jun 2019
at 02:11
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
Here's a shot. Not sure what the best way to share edits is.

Vampire The Masquerade 5th Edition
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Name        : Boggs (alias: Sylvester Smith)
Player      : NPC
Concept     : Information Hub
Ambition    : ?
Desire      : ?
Predator    : Sandman
Clan        : Nosferatu
Generation  : 10
Sire        : ?
Chronicle   : Anarchy in the West
---------------------------------------------------------------------
**ATTRIBUTES**
Physical            Social                Mental
Strength     2      Charisma       2      Intelligence   3
Dexterity    2      Manipulation   3      Wits           4
Stamina      1      Composure      2      Resolve        3
---------------------------------------------------------------------
**SKILLS**
Talents             Skills                Knowledges
Athletics    2      Animal Ken     1      Academics      0
Brawl        1      Etiquette      1      Awareness      2
Craft        0      Insight        2      Finance        0
Drive        1      Intimidation   1      Investigation  2
Firearms     1      Leadership     0      Medicine       0
Larceny      1      Performance    0      Occult         1
Melee        1      Persuasion     0      Politics       2
Stealth*     3      Streetwise     2      Science        0
Survival     2      Subterfuge     2      Technology     1
---------------------------------------------------------------------
*Specialties
 -Stealth: Urban
 -Stealth: Break-in
---------------------------------------------------------------------
BLOOD POTENCY - [X][X][X][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
HEALTH        - [ ][ ][ ][ ]
WILLPOWER     - [ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
HUMANITY      - [X][X][X][X][X][X][X][ ][ ][ ]
HUNGER        - [X][ ][ ][ ][ ]
BLOOD SURGES  - Add 2 dice
MEND AMOUNT   - 2 points of Superficial
POWER BONUS   - Add 1 die
ROUSE REROLL  - Level 2 and below
FEEDING PEN   - Animal/bagged blood slakes no Hunger
BANE SEVERITY - 2
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Clan Bane
  Repulsive 2 (-2 dice all social)
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Disciplines
 Celerity 1
   -  Cat's Grace (Free, automatic, all Dex/Athletics succeed)
 Obfuscate 4
  Detection Checks:
     -Sense Unseen: Wits or Resolve +Auspex vs Wits+Obfuscate
     -Mishap: Wits+Aware (Resolve+Aware active searcher) vs Wits+Stealth
   - Silence of Death (free, no personal sounds)
   - Unseen Passage (Rouse)
   - Ghost in the Machine (Free, anti-electronic)
   - Vanish (Rouse, Wits+Obfuscate vs Wits+Awareness)
 Potence 1
   - Soaring Leap (3xPotence vertical/5xPotence horizontal)
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Backgrounds
  Contacts 3 (Underworld)
  Contacts 2 (Politician)
  Haven 3
    -Sewer 1
    -Postern 1
    -Security System 2
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Merits
 -
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Flaws (2)
  Folkloric Bane 1: Ultraviolet Light (damage as direct sunlight)
  Stigmata 1: Bleed at Hunger 4
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Possessions
 -Cell phone (silent)
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Weapons
 -
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Creation:
Predator:
  -Stealth: Break-in
  -Obfuscate +1
  -Resources +1
Experience Points: 2
  Total: 35
  Spent: 33
   -Raised:
     Obfuscate 4 (Vanish)       [20pts]
   -Purchased:
     Celerity 1 (Cat's Grace)   [ 7pts]
     Contacts 2                 [ 6pts]
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Character Notes:
 True Age: ?
 Apparent Age: ?
 Date of Birth: ?
 Date of Death: ?

Background:

Cloaked in Shadows

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This message was last edited by the player at 00:52, Thu 20 June 2019.

evilninjaben
 player, 12 posts
Wed 19 Jun 2019
at 15:59
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
Does anyone want to set aside some time tonight to talk about this? I can probably be on a bit early too.
SirDuncan
 player, 19 posts
Wed 19 Jun 2019
at 17:09
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
I'll be on a bit early as well.

That was just to get the ball rolling, since it's easier to modify than start from scratch. I won't be offended if anyone thinks that it is total garbage :)
ST JoeJames
 GM, 23 posts
Wed 19 Jun 2019
at 17:58
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
Yep - I'll be on around 6:30, 7.
ST JoeJames
 GM, 24 posts
Mon 1 Jul 2019
at 17:37
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
Is the NPC coterie Nosferatu (Boggs) good to go at this point?  I do like the idea of him being the super-sneaky-get-into-any-location type.  Since we have Ben who can get into places electronically, this guy can get into places physically, and should complement the coterie pretty well.

Things are finally getting less crazy at work, so I'll be working on some stuff over the next few lunch breaks and at some point I will just have to pull the trigger and make a first post so we can get RPing.  Otherwise if I wait to have everything 100% ready it'll never happen...
SirDuncan
 player, 20 posts
Tue 2 Jul 2019
at 12:57
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
I'm ok with it, things can always be tweaked later on.
ST JoeJames
 GM, 26 posts
Wed 3 Jul 2019
at 19:39
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
Pre-game private messages incoming
ONEone
 player, 13 posts
Sun 7 Jul 2019
at 22:35
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
i just got back from the vacation in MS. tomorrow will likely be post vacay coma. I'll get to the message between non-important work issues that i missed on tuesday.
ST JoeJames
 GM, 30 posts
Sun 7 Jul 2019
at 23:53
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
Sounds good
ST JoeJames
 GM, 36 posts
Fri 12 Jul 2019
at 19:03
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
Just about ready to start the first group RP-scene, as soon as the private discussions are done.

In the meantime, some notes:

*The system always uses target number of 6, with 1's and 10's not doing anything special unless they are Hunger dice.  The difficulty is how many successes you need.

*I was reminded (thanks Dave) about the Hunger dice, and that's going to require every roll to have that check box checked to show each individual die result.  We will assume a default Hunger of 1 for every roll, unless there are extenuating circumstances.  We will assume the last X number of dice are always the Hunger dice.  Unless you have a Hunger other than 1, you don't necessarily need to specify it, but it might be good just to be in the habit.  So in the 'Reason for roll', just do something like:

Intelligence + Science to make bomb (Hunger 1)
or even (H1) on the end

Unfortunately they don't have a v5 system, so I suggest just doing a regular roll of d10's and displaying each result.  It won't have a success total, but thats easy to see just from the dice rolled.  I guess we could use the 3rd ed. system, but 1's will take away, so you can't look at the successes it claims (perfect example is Daves most recent roll).


I don't want to get too into the Hunger dice thing, but it might prove an interesting scene driver/twist once in a great while.  You can always reroll non hunger dice using Willpower, so feel free to do that whenever you roll.  If it's something you do often, you'll start out any scene down 1 or 2 willpower by default.
ST JoeJames
 GM, 39 posts
Tue 16 Jul 2019
at 15:18
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
With Ben out of the country for a couple weeks, we can start the first scene likely after Gencon.  I will try to get the initial post done before Ben gets back so it can be ready to go by then.
evilninjaben
 player, 19 posts
Tue 16 Jul 2019
at 15:36
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
Sounds good. I'm back in Madison on Aug 4th. I will have the internet every day on vacation so I can still post here if you want to get any other information before then.
SirDuncan
 player, 26 posts
Tue 16 Jul 2019
at 16:06
Initial Game Discussion (OOC)
Sounds good to me, too.

I remember you wanted to put up some NPC descriptions in the The Cast part of rpol, so if you want to test visibility settings we can test those out some time.