The Bullpen (OOC)   Posted by The Watcher.Group: 0
Ricochet
 player, 105 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Sat 5 Jun 2021
at 17:09
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Including team threads for When Out Team First Came Together, Relationships, and Influence, so we can get started on those.
Counterforce
 player, 86 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 15
 The Brain
Sat 5 Jun 2021
at 18:38
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
I agree with the idea of separate threads, at least for character creation purposes (the IC threads seem to be for inter-team mingling, which isn't a bad idea though I do think we should get team threads eventually). It might seem a bit cluttered, but it would be much easier to parse. That said, if we don't yet know whether our missing players will return, it'd be hard to make a lot of final decisions on those counts. Still, we can at least start discussing it tentatively (especially in our case since the Counterforce-Max-Leviathan-Ricochet-Jubilee team is probably going to be around anyway, even if it may get other members too).

EDIT: Also, I second Ricochet's question about thread 2 and extend it to 3. As I understand it, they are both set in the beginning of our second year at this school (rather than us being previously at a different school, say)? Meaning that our characters should already be familiar with each other, the campus, the teachers, etc.? I feel the need to ask since the players who posted in the second thread seem to be assuming that they're all new here, meaning that there has probably been a miscommunication.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:57, Sat 05 June.

Midnight
 player, 31 posts
Sun 6 Jun 2021
at 03:59
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
I strongly suggest that rpol threads should be defined by location & time, representing individual scenes, like this:
Issue 01.Scene 01: Danger Room (Team 1A)
Issue 01.Scene 02: The Soccer Game (Ricochet, Oktopus)
Issue 01.Scene 03: The Dining Room (Open to All)

This approach does mean that you'll get a lot of threads as we go, but it keeps it easier for players to follow.  With this many players, it's going to be real easy for folks to get confused as to where they need to be and where they need to post.
Midnight
 player, 32 posts
Sun 6 Jun 2021
at 04:06
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
I'm not even trying to keep up with other characters' developments anymore.  I will interact with them in-character or via PMs.  There's al ot of players and a lot of traffic that makes me feel kinda like a bystander here...

I am very confused as to where I should be posting Midnight's first in-character posting...

Should it be
IC Scene #2: New Kids and First Days

or
IC Scene #3: The Mother of Invention

??
Meta
 GM, 64 posts
 "We look...at the things
 which are not seen..."
Sun 6 Jun 2021
at 04:12
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
No worries.  I've been here the whole time, and I'm confused also... ;)

As I understand it, we have some optional opportunities for roleplaying as we wait for the team formation dust to settle.

However, some folks want to hold off on additional IC posts until team formation is more settled and/or until game mechanics stuff for their characters is more settled and/or until threads have been separated by team.

However, I would need to look back through the relevant posts to verify that, so don't quote me on that... :o

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:13, Sun 06 June.

Ricochet
 player, 106 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Sun 6 Jun 2021
at 05:31
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
I (Rico and Octo) plan on holding off my IC posts until I can figure out what the situation is. Just gonna focus on finishing character creation stuff for now, once there are appropriate threads for the teams.
The Watcher
 GM, 194 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Sun 6 Jun 2021
at 07:29
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
It is time to finally get the team assignments decided.  So, if you haven't expressed a preference regarding swapping your PC's initially assigned team slots you need to by Midnight GMT on Sunday the 13th (not tomorrow but the next Sunday).

This simply means posting in the Character List thread whether you approve of any character swap request(s), refuse any pro-offered character swap requests or wish to offer any swap requests of your own.  You may have already done this.

If you haven't made your feelings known by the deadline, it will be assumed that you don't protest any swap requests made regarding your character.  Thus, after all players have made swap requests, I may swap characters whose players haven't posted an opinion.  This means you must actively state your position to be sure of keeping it.

It may be you simply don't mind what team your character is assigned to.  If so, you can just post that to the Character List thread and let us know.  Or you can simply do nothing and everything will just take care of itself,.

Therefore, the teams will finally be set on the 13th or shortly thereafter and the game can move on to other things.  Until then, no one has to worry about team setups too much.  There are other more entertaining game aspects to focus on for the moment... :-)
The Watcher
 GM, 195 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Sun 6 Jun 2021
at 07:43
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Finally catching up on things...

I apologize for all of the confusion.  And my approach to setting up teams may not have been the best.  But as you can read above, that should all be settled on Sunday or not long afterwards.

Many of you are understandably gun shy about the chaotic environment of the game, with so many things starting and seemingly never being followed through.  I get it.  I do.  But things are not as bad or as aimless as they might seem.

In the meantime, just do this; do nothing.  Just read the Bullpen thread every other day or so.  This will give me a chance to start finishing all of the things I start.  Many of your questions will be answered as I complete things.  I will post updates here.  Otherwise, I will have more time to answer individual questions once I get the immediate group priorities done.

So that's it.  Take it easy this week and maybe most of these problems will start solving themselves.

One thing I must be strict about just so this game has a chance of moving forward is the Sunday (the 13th) deadline for approving, rejecting or suggesting swap requests.  If you haven't posted in the Character List thread at all regarding this, please do so.  You can just post to say that you are confused and not sure what is going on.  That will be enough for me to not assume consent for swaps suggested by other people.  And then I can handle your request individually.
The Watcher
 GM, 196 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Sun 6 Jun 2021
at 07:51
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
One very simple and easy thing players can do to help me out is this:

Go here,

http://wiki.rpol.net/?id=76369/WIKI%20TEST

and just post your username under my own, The Watcher.

That's it, nothing more.  Just that simple action will help me out in ways I don't need to bore you explaining.  You don't have to all do this.  Past a few successful entries, I will have the answer I am looking for.  If it doesn't work, I will still have an answer, just not the one I was hoping for. :-)

Thanks.

I have also started yet another new thread, Wiki Edits.  Ignore it for now.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:58, Sun 06 June.

The Watcher
 GM, 197 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Sun 6 Jun 2021
at 08:02
Discord renewal!
I have to stop tonight but tomorrow is mostly about catching up on your specific replies and messages.

Good news!  My Discord password is restored.  The laptop I had started this game on died suddenly and so I had to go another laptop.  In the interim, I couldn't get back on Discord.
Tomorrow, I will make the Discord link permanent so it won't expire in 24 hours.

And then I will make myself available to help fix these problems in real time.  This would be during irregular evening hours in the Central Time Zone.

Discord participation in this game is not mandatory.  But any players able to use it will help the game work better for every player. :-)
The Watcher
 GM, 198 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 8 Jun 2021
at 07:28
Discord renewal!
Sorry I wasn't able to post late night.  And I am still catching up.

But there is some good news.  I have done some good work on the Wiki.  And I think I now have a permanent link to Discord.  I have made a tiny table that holds these links.  The cute graphical text buttons will have to wait for a bit longer.

On weeknights Central Time, I will be intermittently on and off Discord.  With notice, I can probably be more constant.  I am looking after my aging mother so I may have to leave the keyboard often and communicate via text rather than video.  If you post a text message in Discord, I should see a notice (I usually have Discord running in the background).  Lavish me with song and praise or bust my chops for making all of this so very complicated. :-)  Either way, it is good.  And you might make a friend in this game out of another player.

Game
Discord
Wiki
Link back to this gamehttp://wiki.rpol.net/76369

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:30, Tue 08 June.

The Watcher
 GM, 202 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 8 Jun 2021
at 08:02
Discord renewal!
OK, will try and catch up on old replies and messages tomorrow.

Game
Discord
Wiki
Link back to this gamehttp://wiki.rpol.net/76369

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:17, Wed 09 June.

The In-Betweener
 GM, 8 posts
Tue 8 Jun 2021
at 19:52
Posting tomorrow
Okay, I have now made thread for "When Our Team First Came Together..." and "Relationships and Influences" for each of the teams, conveniently in Groups A, B, C. Once the Watcher approves the final team compositions, we'll add folks to the appropriate group and you can start working things out.

For the "When Our Team First Came Together...", I included the recommended order provided here: https://www.reddit.com/r/PBtA/...the_team_first_came/, and added the Meta under the "Immediate consequence" since that's where it seemed to fit best. I'll leave all of the questions up for reference, but strikethrough the ones that don't apply to that team.
The Watcher
 GM, 203 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Wed 9 Jun 2021
at 07:18
Posting tomorrow
In-Betweener, thank you for this! :-)  I was going to get around to it but I really appreciate you beating me to it.

Game
Discord
Wiki
Link back to this gamehttp://wiki.rpol.net/76369

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:41, Wed 09 June.

The Watcher
 GM, 205 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Wed 9 Jun 2021
at 08:02
Posting tomorrow
Catching up a little behind the scenes tonight.  Good news!  The Wiki works for all of us.  Thanks to all who signed it to let me know.  It is for us to use when we wish, as we wish.  What a great tool for any game. :-)

Game
Discord
Wiki
Link back to this gamehttp://wiki.rpol.net/76369

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:03, Wed 09 June.

The Watcher
 GM, 206 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Fri 11 Jun 2021
at 07:30
Posting tomorrow
Sorry I wasn't able to post yesterday.  Looking forward to Sunday when we can really start moving forward with this game.  If you haven't posted in the Character List thread yet expressing a preference for team assignment, go ahead and do so by Sunday if you want your voice to be heard.  Otherwise, it is assumed you are agreeable to any proposed swaps.

I am adding to the Wiki in the meantime, building the universe up around you.  But there is a limit as you will be involved in that in some way.  If you have contributed to the Wiki, just mention that you have done so in the Wiki Edits thread so we know who to praise. :-)

Catching up with belated replies, thread and messages tonight...

Game
Discord
Wiki
Link back to this gamehttp://wiki.rpol.net/76369

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:31, Fri 11 June.

The Watcher
 GM, 209 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Sun 13 Jun 2021
at 07:41
Posting tomorrow
OK, the deadline for expressing any kind of preference for Team Assignment has passed at Midnight GMT.  I don't have the time to respond to this event in any great detail tonight.  But I will have a lot to post tomorrow night.  The game should start being a real game very quickly now. :-)
Counterforce
 player, 88 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 15
 The Brain
Sun 13 Jun 2021
at 11:10
Posting tomorrow
Looking forward to sorting out the remaining character details like relationships once we have the threads for that.

By the way, are we all alone in the dark in the third IC thread? Or can we see each other there at least?
The In-Betweener
 GM, 9 posts
Sun 13 Jun 2021
at 13:45
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Okay, I have now added everyone to their respective team group, so you should see 2 new threads. 1 to work out relationships and influence and the other to work out when your team came together.
Counterforce
 player, 89 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 15
 The Brain
Mon 14 Jun 2021
at 04:44
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
I see it, thanks!

One more thing I'd like to clarify: the timeline. In my head, it's something like this:
 - The first IC thread, recruitment, ending with the cliffhanger for now;
 - Following the Recruitment Event and perhaps some other occurrences, we all got into the Stanley School;
 - Either during or not long after, three groups had inciting incidents that led to the Teams Coming Together - which our teachers went on to acknowledge formally in our official team (and class?) set-up, perhaps because they know the value of a baptism by fire;
 - Over our first year at the school, the Hellfire Rebellion, the Pact of Doom and the Sinister Plot occurred. The Beloved Ghost, who was perhaps a member of one of the teams but important to us all (maybe a leader type who could coordinate our actions effectively when we all had to act together), has been neutralised in some way during one of those events or in a different occurrence that year;
 - The second and third IC threads.

Does that sound about right?
The Watcher
 GM, 210 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Mon 14 Jun 2021
at 07:33
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Counterforce, you are essentially correct.  Thank you for your work.

Folks, I am again delayed.  But I will have much to say tomorrow and more time to say it.  I will also try and be available on Discord.  It is pretty much all good news and it is irritating to me that I will take me another day to let you know...
The Watcher
 GM, 212 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 15 Jun 2021
at 03:07
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
OK, now I finally have time to give you at least some of the detailed responses y'all deserve.

First, I have placed the Team Roster in the Character List thread.  It essentially starts with the excellent team lineup Max has put together but allows for last minute corrections.

Look at the provisional team roster.  If you want to be on another team, let me know and I will get it done as fast as possible.

There is more to it than that.  But, in the end, it should be that simple.  You are likely where you want to be.  And, if you aren't, you will be practically as soon as you let me know where you want to be.

I will post more later tonight...
Mania
 player, 2 posts
 Andi Benton, Age 16
 The Protege
Tue 15 Jun 2021
at 19:54
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Hey everybody, another of Ricochet/Octopus's characters here. We're Mania, or you can call us Andi. Gonna try to keep the character from going too dark, as we're not the Doomed. Just a little vicious is all.

Gonna start small on the symbiote powers and ease up on them as makes sense in the fiction. Also completely ditching the Hell-Mark from Andi's original storyline. Gateway's enough demonic influence for one team.
Counterforce
 player, 93 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 15
 The Brain
Tue 15 Jun 2021
at 20:29
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Hmm, wasn't there a Symbiote fanbook?
Leviathan
 player, 42 posts
Tue 15 Jun 2021
at 20:54
Re: Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Great! Sorry it took me so long.. extra welcome