What Characters?   Posted by The Judge.Group: 0
The Judge
 GM, 9 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 10:07
Re: General Discussion
To remain in the army many Union officers took demotions and moved West, Custer obviously the highest profile, wet from a General at the end of the war down to Colonel.  Many lower ranked officers even went down to sergeant.

If we have 8 players registered here so far I imagine we will get at least 8 different ideas, so lets see what everyone pitches first before making any decisions.
Dirty Dick Diamond
 player, 1 post
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 13:26
Re: General Discussion
The religious cult/secret society idea sounds interesting, but I'm open to pretty much anything.  Nice to meet ya'll!
Lucky Gus Elliot
 player, 2 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 13:48
Re: General Discussion
I am generally in favor of a 1867 start time.  Close to after the war to allow for former soldiers and in time for the first cattle drive to Kansas.  Down side is most weapons ( pistols) will be cap & ball.  It is why Josey Wales had so many pistols on him.  It takes a while to load.  Some people also exchanged whole cylinders ( Eastwood's character in Pale Rider).  Has a decent chance to misfire.

Rifles have a better choice.  You do have the Henry rifle ( Danny Glover's character in Silverardo) and the Spencer Carbine ( Union Cavalry carbine) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_repeating_rifle.

Blacks were treated much better than Indians or Chinese in the Old West.  Many of the Cowboys were Negros.  It would not be the rampant racism like the KKK but they were 2nd class citizens.  And the Indians depended on the tribe.  Full blooded Apache, Comanche and Sioux might be  treated like dirt but "civilized" Indians like Cherokee and others from Oklahoma are more accepted ( but treated as 2nd class citizens).

It is not my game so the Judge can be as nasty to minorities as he wants in our "movie".

If we are just running models then 1870's is best as all the NPCs will have Winchester 73s and Peacemakers

This message was last edited by the player at 14:01, Thu 22 Oct 2020.

Marc Fallon
 player, 5 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 15:19
Re: General Discussion
Ok a concept which could cover many of your guys ideas and characters.

Year would be like 1868 or 69. We would be coming back from War but war in Mexico. The French just lost to mexico. For those that wanted to be from the civil war, many southern  soldiers decided to fight for the French. Others joined because of their skills with weapons and money to be earned, some of these were wanted in the states.

We could all be returning to the States from a unit down there, safety in numbers to get back across  the border. Then we decide to stay together to make something work, a gang to become outlaws or even a hired gun outfit to be hired for jobs,  a solid crew to form our own brand and ranch with  just about anything. If we got big enough we could even try to take over a town and run it. So many stories  we could decide to run with as a group, a easy plot hook to have us all together at the start and as we make characters we start talking about what type of ideas the group could lean towards.
Charles Anderlin
 player, 5 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 19:48
Re: General Discussion
I like that idea.
Marc Fallon
 player, 6 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 20:03
Re: General Discussion
A movie which would be a good idea about my concept is a Gary Cooper and Burt lancaster movie called  Vera Cruz.

Shows ex soldiers, outlaws and hired guns working together etc.
Artemis
 player, 1 post
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 23:07
Re: General Discussion
Good evening.  I am catching up on the thread.  I will work my back story around whatever set-up or framework we go with as a general framework for the group.  At this point I am not going with Saloon Girl or Prostitute as archetypes, but something else that fits in.  If the group is moving up from Mexico a freedom fighter is an option.  Also tossing around a tragic back story, looking for the men that killed her family or wronged her in some way.
Colorado
 player, 4 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2020
at 23:37
Re: General Discussion
I'd be fine with the group starting with crossing the Rio Grande on the way back north.  I'm also happy to feed Jeremiah's Josey Wales fix in the bargain by being an ex-Confederate soldier looking for a new start.  Since Mexico didn't work out, maybe the area around El Dorado will!

I don't really have a character concept yet, hence the generic name.  Ex-soldier is one option I'm happy to play, but could pick up others too.  So far we have a half-breed native, a sheriff/gunslinger (depending on which town he's in), Dirty Dick and Lucky Gus (gamblers?), Artemis' wronged woman/freedom fighter and Jeremiah's ex-soldier.

Seems like a good crew to me!
Jeremiah Hammersmith
 player, 5 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 00:54
Re: General Discussion
In reply to Marc Fallon (msg # 19):

I like the Mexico ex confederate idea. And cap and ball is ok by me.
Diligence Harper
 player, 1 post
 Call me Dil
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 01:12
Re: General Discussion

Diligence Harper was born on Christmas Day in 1850 along the Oregon Trail to Joe and Maggie Harper, a settler family headed west. She was the third of three girls who grew up pretty wild on the plains. In 1855 Diligence was captured by Comanche Indians. She was five years old and assumed after her capture that her family was all dead. She was raised by the tribe to her mid teens then "rescued" during a 7th Cavalry raid in 1867. Returned to civilization, but thoroughly outcast from it, the young woman became a scout working with the Cavalry.

She is sick and tired of helping the Army and thinking now would be a good time to become a bounty hunter.
Artemis
 player, 4 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 02:30
Re: General Discussion
I like the picture!  It's nice to have another woman around here.

I can flesh out the character better once we've started generation.  The different methods for creating abilities gives more or less control, so I'll reserve details until I know what I have to work with.
Dacey Bowden
 player, 2 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 02:46
Re: General Discussion
Dacey is the son of an old Irish mountain man and his half Cherokee,half Mayan wife. Grew up in the Ozarks of Arkansas an only son. His father was an associate and good friend of James Black, the smith behind the Bowie Knife. From an early age, he learned blacksmithing, becoming very skilled in knifemaking (thanks to some secrets passed to him through his father) and began working as a smith in the nearby town.

Highly skilled with a rifle and tracking as well, he earned the nickname Wildcat after he tracked a mountain lion down who had been killing the family goats. Not without a reminder when the lion caught him by surprise, leaving claw marks across his face (which after healed, really didnít hurt his looks, even helped at times).

More tbd after narrowing down setting, time, etc. :)
Lucky Gus Elliot
 player, 4 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 11:29
Re: General Discussion
Colorado:
Dirty Dick and Lucky Gus (gamblers?), Artemis' wronged woman/freedom fighter and Jeremiah's ex-soldier.

Seems like a good crew to me!


Lucky Ned Pepper was not a gambler :-)

But I will see when I make the character
Lucky Gus Elliot
 player, 6 posts
 Cowboy
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 17:06
Re: General Discussion
Any one else a cowboy or a former Confederate Cav soldier?

And can Gus have a saddle?  No horse but a saddle

This message was last edited by the player at 17:11, Fri 23 Oct 2020.

Nate Crawford
 player, 2 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 18:28
Re: General Discussion
In reply to Lucky Gus Elliot (msg # 29):

Nate is a former Confederate soldier (not by his own choosing), but not cavalry.
Dacey Bowden
 player, 4 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 22:49
Re: General Discussion
Dacey Bowden:
Dacey is the son of an old Irish mountain man and his half Cherokee,half Mayan wife. Grew up in the Ozarks of Arkansas an only son. His father was an associate and good friend of James Black, the smith behind the Bowie Knife. From an early age, he learned blacksmithing, becoming very skilled in knifemaking (thanks to some secrets passed to him through his father) and began working as a smith in the nearby town.

Highly skilled with a rifle and tracking as well, he earned the nickname Wildcat after he tracked a mountain lion down who had been killing the family goats. Not without a reminder when the lion caught him by surprise, leaving claw marks across his face (which after healed, really didnít hurt his looks, even helped at times).

More tbd after narrowing down setting, time, etc. :)

Ok, not sure this is going to be the background with the age...

more to come...
The Judge
 GM, 25 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 22:51
Re: General Discussion
Lucky Gus Elliot:
Any one else a cowboy or a former Confederate Cav soldier?

And can Gus have a saddle?  No horse but a saddle

No saddle
The Judge
 GM, 28 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 19:24
Re: General Discussion
I am ready to get this show on the road.  We are just waiting for Dacey, Dirty Dick and Jeremiah to finish character generation and board the train, everyone else has taken their seats...
The Judge
 GM, 29 posts
Sun 25 Oct 2020
at 08:31
Re: General Discussion
Unfortunately RPoL has been painfully slow the last couple of days, I hope they get things fixed soon it is very frustrating :(

I see Dirty Dick has posted in the first chapter but I don't know what seat he is in yet?  Dacey and Jeremiah haven't rolled up characters yet.  Everyone else seems pretty active.

I will give these guys another 24 hours to get things squared away and then I am kicking off, anyone not on the train will be left behind until there is an appropriate place to insert them into the story line.

And a word of warning about god modding, be careful about assuming NPC's actions, putting words in the mouths of other players or NPC's or describing things that may not actually be present.  As The Judge I reserve the right to ignore player posts about things that did not happen or that do not exist :)

In the mean time I am going to set up a private message thread with each player to handle combat mechanics and try to keep the story Chapters 'in character' as much as possible.
Lucky Gus Elliot
 player, 11 posts
 Cowboy
Sun 25 Oct 2020
at 14:26
Re: General Discussion
Just an FYI about Gus.  I am starting with a standard cowboy but he can go an any direction

Name: Lucky Gus Elliot
Age: 25
Sex: M
Handedness: L
Home State/Birthplace: Texas/Clairmont

Strength: 9
Co-ordination: 14
Observation: 20
Stature: 4
Luck: 4

Weapon Skills:
Pistol: 1
Rifle: 1


Work Skills:
Fast draw: 12
Orienteering: 14
Riding: 17
Survival: 13
Cow Handling: 17
Leadership: 8
The Judge
 GM, 33 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 07:09
Re: General Discussion
(OOC)
  Now that a number of you are conversing, some at either end of the rail car, is anyone changing seats?  I doubt Marc at the front of the car would be able to actually hear what was being said at the back of the car?

I still don't know where Dirty Dick is seated.

Dacy and Jeremiah still have not rolled up their characters.  How much longer should we wait?  Or shall we get started?
Jeremiah Hammersmith
 player, 6 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 07:56
Re: General Discussion
 I got my stats done. Sorry for the delay, my pc went down, then the real world rose up and bitch slapped me.

This message was last edited by the player at 07:58, Mon 26 Oct 2020.

Jeremiah Hammersmith
 player, 7 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 07:59
Re: General Discussion
 Train car location- Top row,last seat
The Judge
 GM, 34 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 08:15
Re: General Discussion
Good to have you on board, I will add you the map now, top right of the car is actually the first seat, Artemis is at the back of the car.
Jeremiah Hammersmith
 player, 8 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 08:18
Re: General Discussion
In reply to The Judge (msg # 39):

 Thanks, good to be on board