Character discussion thread.   Posted by Dr. Strangelove.Group: 0
Erin 'Torv' Torvinen
 player, 2 posts
Wed 23 Oct 2019
at 23:23
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I'm partial to "7. helicopter insertion to conduct a long range recon patrol behind enemy lines" myself.
Micheal Anderson
 player, 8 posts
Wed 23 Oct 2019
at 23:31
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While my character is an officer, he has only recently started doing the spec ops stuff we are doing, so in a wise decision, the NCOs will be heavily leaned upon for insight and advice.

Also I have been out of the military for 27 years, so I have forgotten way more than I remember.
Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 18 posts
Thu 24 Oct 2019
at 00:00
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not much has changed except for the budget, the acronyms, and the presidents.

we are still at war with those people who influence the populations of the oil producing nations of the middle east, near east, African sub-continent, and the narco-trafficers
Andrew Johnson
 player, 7 posts
 1 (Boat)Troop, A Squadron
 22 SAS Regiment
Thu 24 Oct 2019
at 00:39
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This is probably for some way down the track but securing and holding one of the civil war forts could be a good adventure.


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Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 19 posts
Thu 24 Oct 2019
at 01:11
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fort in florida go back as far the 1720s as i recall, most of them were small and located on rivers where is was common to move goods, can't miss those taxes for the king now
Roger A Castle
 player, 4 posts
Thu 24 Oct 2019
at 02:48
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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine is late 17th century (1670s?) and has never fallen to enemy action (it's been handed over a couple of times usually along with the state of FL).

The sea shell stuff (Coquina) it's built from is really cool. Virtually impervious to solid shot. Probably wouldn't hold up too well against HE though.
Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 20 posts
Thu 24 Oct 2019
at 02:58
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Yeah the stuff crumbles to soak up impacts. Makes you wonder how they got enough of it out the ocean to make the effort worth it.
Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 24 posts
Sun 27 Oct 2019
at 16:12
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For the upcoming mission aside from riding zodiacs, the armory will release the following if requested;

HK MP5SD3 SMG (up to 3)
magazines (up to 6 per SMG)
9mm ammo (up to 100 shots/300 rounds per SMG)

Night Vision Goggles (1 pair per team)
Laser Rangefinder (1 per team)
Binoculars (1 pair per team)
5km Manpack Radio (1 per team)
Replacement Batteries (up to 3 per radio)

Colored Smoke Grenades (up to six per team)
Smoke Grenades (Up to six per team)
Fragmentation Grenades (up to 12 per team)

This isn't a general issue to troops, this is something is made available for team use on this mission. It is to make up for missing or low availability items. Don't ask for just to put in your personal inventory, it has to come back if it isn't lost in combat.
Erin 'Torv' Torvinen
 player, 4 posts
Sun 27 Oct 2019
at 16:20
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Ooo, I'll take at least one of those batteries. He already has the 5k radio. If anybody else can haul one as well, more the better.

I'll also change the smoke grenades in Torvs inventory to colored ones if that's alright with you GM. I did not realize we were being that specific. They were meant for signaling anyway.
Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 25 posts
Sun 27 Oct 2019
at 16:57
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That's cool.
Micheal Anderson
 player, 9 posts
Mon 28 Oct 2019
at 00:15
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I will work on gear tomorrow, been busy
Patrick Walsh
 player, 2 posts
Mon 28 Oct 2019
at 01:57
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OK so I'm looking at getting a vehicle did anyone else want to lob in otherwise I think RAW we are limited to what we can physically carry.  Currently I have 10k available did anyone else want to chuck some money in?

Looking at a UAZ for 8k then fuel etc
Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 26 posts
Mon 28 Oct 2019
at 04:33
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You guys are welcome to work that out as we go. The vehicle would be with division motor pool until needed.
Andrew Johnson
 player, 10 posts
 1 (Boat)Troop, A Squadron
 22 SAS Regiment
Mon 28 Oct 2019
at 04:37
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In reply to Patrick Walsh (msg # 24):

I think we need something with an amphibious capability, but not tracked. Perhaps a V100 or V150 APC or similar, they did provide airbase security so not out of the realms of possibility that we could obtain one.


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This message was last edited by the player at 04:39, Mon 28 Oct 2019.

Roger A Castle
 player, 9 posts
Tue 29 Oct 2019
at 03:22
Re: Character discussion thread
Dr. Strangelove:
For the upcoming mission aside from riding zodiacs, the armory will release the following if requested;

HK MP5SD3 SMG (up to 3)
magazines (up to 6 per SMG)
9mm ammo (up to 100 shots/300 rounds per SMG)

Night Vision Goggles (1 pair per team)
Laser Rangefinder (1 per team)
Binoculars (1 pair per team)
5km Manpack Radio (1 per team)
Replacement Batteries (up to 3 per radio)

Colored Smoke Grenades (up to six per team)
Smoke Grenades (Up to six per team)
Fragmentation Grenades (up to 12 per team)

This isn't a general issue to troops, this is something is made available for team use on this mission. It is to make up for missing or low availability items. Don't ask for just to put in your personal inventory, it has to come back if it isn't lost in combat.


From the above offered gear Roger will bring:
4 Smoke Grenades
4 Frag Grenades
1 Spare Radio Battery
1 Laser Rangefinder

I can also make room for some ammo for the HK21.
Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 30 posts
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 00:52
Re: Character discussion thread
Customs for rank and leadership positions in composite spec ops units basically goes like this; when not on a mission rank structure is followed as per normal military protocols but on missions experience trumps rank. That means those considered to have authority in the field are those with more experience. This boils down to time in combat.

Whenever the group needs to make a decision but is split over which option to choose the person with the most time in combat is usually relied up to decide.

As a group players, however, you will have to find amicable balance in your leadership and roles.

And remember, before you pick a fight with another PC, that this is a game filled with men experienced with combat AND killing.
Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 31 posts
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 01:09
Re: Character discussion thread
The PCs will be on foot for a while, marching and long distance running may be needed so keep an eye to how much weight they are lugging around. And I will be an ass and keep up with hydration, starvation, exposure, and so on. You might want read over the rules for this in the play manual. (it's a short read)

Remember that a character that gets wounded can be medevaced if need be. Anyone that is wounded badly enough is welcome to be some white sheets, navy nurses, and another character to be their own replacement. You can only play one character at a time though. The same holds true for characters that die in combat.
Patrick Walsh
 player, 4 posts
 1st Lt. 23rd Engineer Rgt
 9 Para Squadron
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 02:38
Re: Character discussion thread
In the original campaign as part of character gen we would be rolling for a vehicle as a group, is something similar happening here?
Also was wondering how long have we as a group been together?  Do any of the PCs have shared experience together?
Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 32 posts
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 03:56
Re: Character discussion thread
Yes
2 months preparing for this in war ravaged Cuba
Yes, training in Cuba
Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 33 posts
Thu 31 Oct 2019
at 15:37
Re: Character discussion thread
maps are still a no-go. Got some google downloads, put a few icons on them, just can't them down small enough for rpol to accept them. i will keep trying, but no promises.
Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 37 posts
Sun 3 Nov 2019
at 12:51
Re: Character discussion thread
There only four of you actively  posting. Not sure what happened to Captain Anderson.

That means 2 men to either side, the sailor in the back midline ahead of the outboard. This isn't a rib boat. It's a straight up two cell inflatable. It's about eight feet long and not quite four feet wide. But it does weight nearly 850 pounds with fuel, outboard, motor mount, oars, and lines. Add in 1000 pounds + for 5 men and gear.

It cramped, you 4 are 2 men to each side for balance and rowing is done on your knees without removing paddles from the water. Blade fore, flat aft rowing in slow, cadenced strokes to prevent much noise. The sailor is using an oar as a rudder to keep the boat straight and close to shore.

Noise is the issue. Its a bright moon out, you are on water. Anyone who can see you can see from around two hundred meters away. Its monochromatic like a black and white picture that is overexposed.

Even with night vision you are looking into dark patches surrounded by brighter light, and there is reflected like on the water. Known as light or moon haze. Welcome to early gen night vision of the 1980s.

Point is the real way you locate hidden people like sentries and observation posts is by noise. People get bored, tired, anxious, fidgety, and flat out uncomfortable. Then they move and make noise that gives them away. Noise discipline is your greatest asset on the boat.

The boat is small, you can't truly sit up, if a firefight breaks out it will be very hard for more than one person to respond with return fire. In the event of trouble the steersman cranks up the outboard and roars away at about sixty mph, you need to be hanging on.

Ingress is all about getting to the point of insert/execution without getting compromised. Since the plan is what it is for this op. If your insertion is blown you will dropped off at a secondary insertion point and still carry out the mission. There is no going back to the ship.

Welcome to operation East Wind, the invasion of Soviet controlled central Florida.

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:04, Sun 03 Nov 2019.

Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 38 posts
Mon 4 Nov 2019
at 00:24
Re: Character discussion thread
still nothing from Anderson moving forward.
Roger A Castle
 player, 14 posts
Mon 4 Nov 2019
at 05:28
Re: Character discussion thread
Feel like we haven't done nearly enough of this Character Discussion stuff.

I figure if we trained together for this we really should have a pretty good idea of our skills and team roles.

Castle has been in US Army Spec Ops for about 15 years and was in Europe for the pretty much the entire war.

His best skills are Combat Rifleman, Melee Combat, Body Combat, and Recon. I am certain he is not the only character on our team who is skilled in those areas but those are the areas in which he is truly exceptional.

He is notably skilled in Forward Observer, Hvy Weapons, Instruction, and Combat Engineering.

It probably won't come up on this mission but he is also an expert Armorer (Gunsmith)
Patrick Walsh
 player, 6 posts
 1st Lt. 23rd Engineer Rgt
 9 Para Squadron
Mon 4 Nov 2019
at 09:38
Re: Character discussion thread
OK so background info on Pat

Pat only recently reenlisted, he made it to Europe briefly before they pulled the trops out.  He was a Lieutenant in the UK Para Engineers that left and moved to the US before the war began.  He has an American wife and lived in northern Florida before the war and his wife is still living there now on a farm owned by her parents.

He's a good shot but probably not up to Spec Forces standard, other military skills are Combat Engineer, Demolitions and Heavy Weapons.  He is university trained as a civil engineer, geologist, metallurgy and mining engineer.  Further he loves mucking about in the water and is an avid SCUBA diver and boatie.
Dr. Strangelove
 GM, 41 posts
Mon 4 Nov 2019
at 11:57
Re: Character discussion thread
Thanks, I appreciate the effort, this thread will always be open