The Bullpen (OOC)   Posted by The Watcher.Group: 0
The Watcher
 GM, 9 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Fri 30 Apr 2021
at 04:44
The Bullpen (OOC)
And here is a blank version of that form for your use.


Nickname:
Gender/Pronoun:
Nationality/Location:
Online Time:
OS/Browser:
Text Background:
Anything Else:

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:45, Fri 30 Apr.

The Watcher
 GM, 10 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Fri 30 Apr 2021
at 04:52
The Bullpen (OOC)
And here is my personal version of that form


Nickname: GM or Gerry (my real-life name) but I don't really mind.
Gender/Pronoun: In real life, I am male. Online, I might be anything.  But, playing so many characters, they/their is probably the easiest to stick with.
Nationality/Location: I was born in England but have lived in Texas for most of my life.  I am currently just outside Fort Worth.
Online Time: Tuesday nights are usually the best for me but I can usually make anytime with just a little notice.
OS/Browser:  I alternate between Windows 10/Edge browser and iPhone 5 (yes, that old)/Safari browser.
Text Background: I use the default light background and sometimes the dark background.
Anything Else: I start every super game with the Mystery Men soundtrack.  It has been a good luck charm.  I will be playing it first IC reply.
https://www.youtube.com/playli...uPPux2LP6_R9_Y6y-Xkl

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:53, Fri 30 Apr.

The Watcher
 GM, 11 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Sat 1 May 2021
at 01:45
The Bullpen (OOC)
Ha! I opened up the game to get it ready.  And it looks like others have already found it and said Hi.  I am pleased.  So I have invited them to the game as tribute to their mad ninja skills and am about to open the game up to everyone. :-)
The Watcher
 GM, 16 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Sat 1 May 2021
at 02:40
The Bullpen (OOC)
Updates:

The game has been announced in both the planning thread and another game of mine with long-suffering and well-deserving players.

At this time, I think there will be enough interest that I do not need to advertise.  And I think the might-be players who do know of the game are preselected for excellence.

But if membership gets sparse, I may yet advertise.



I have made a Recap Page that will eventually be the one-page intro to the game for new visitors.  For now, the OOC thread is still probably the best introduction.


I have made a Forms & Templates page for various types of information we will use more than once.  The brief player form is the first form to grace it.  I repeat it below.


quote:
Nickname:
Gender/Pronoun:
Nationality/Location:
Online Time:
OS/Browser:
Text Background:
Anything Else:



If you are a new player, you may want to fill out that form here in OOC and then copy it to your profile so we know what name to place to such style! ;-)

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:43, Sat 01 May.

Prince of Boredom
 player, 1 post
Sat 1 May 2021
at 02:52
The Bullpen (OOC)
Hey everybody, I'm super excited for this game!

I'd like to throw out my request out to play the Delinquent if no one objects.
KraznyOctobr
 player, 1 post
Sat 1 May 2021
at 02:59
The Bullpen (OOC)
Just popping in to say hi as well.

I have also been thumbing through the playbooks. Mostly looking at Bull, Nova or Doomed. Mostly leaning toward Nova at this point.
OakMaster
 player, 1 post
Sat 1 May 2021
at 03:42
The Bullpen (OOC)
* waves *  :)

For better and/or for worse, I am more of a roleplayer than a rollplayer, and game mechanics isn't my strength.  I have minimal knowledge of the Marvel Universe and minimal knowledge of Masks.  Hopefully this is a newbie-friendly game... ;)
Prince of Boredom
 player, 2 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 03:47
The Bullpen (OOC)
Hey, if you don't like game mechanics, then Masks is the perfect game for you.
OakMaster
 player, 2 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 03:59
The Bullpen (OOC)
(... skims through https://www.magpiegames.com/wp.../Masks-Playbooks.pdf ...)

I think you are right!  Yay!  :)

Newbie Question: if I want to be a healer, what options do I have?  Is Nova/Biokinesis the only one?  If so, would KraznyOctobr be OK with me going in that direction?  :o
Prince of Boredom
 player, 3 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 04:13
The Bullpen (OOC)
Hmm, there's nothing I see super obvious, but if you want to be a true healer, I don't think Nova is the way to go. Really the defining characteristic of the Nova (beyond their powers) is their lack of control of their powers. From the main book:

quote:
THE NOVA
The overpowered conflagration. They can
reshape the world—but it’s hard to control so
much power, and if they fail, others get hurt.


Probably not great for a healer. Now, anyone that lists gadgetry could work if you heal through some sort of gadget.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:13, Sat 01 May.

Prince of Boredom
 player, 4 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 04:21
The Bullpen (OOC)
Ooh, if you want to get the Unbound playbooks (not sure if they're free or not), the Scion could be cool. Basically you're the child of a supervillain. Magical Aptitude and Cosmic Energies are two of the ability options that could probably cover healing.

The idea of having a supervillain parent with Dark Sorcery (you also pick your parents powers) who you try to distance yourself from by using your Magical Aptitude to protect and heal people could be cool.
OakMaster
 player, 3 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 04:28
The Bullpen (OOC)
I prefer "powers" over "magic", with a relatively high "Savior" label.

If this was MSH FASERIP, I would go for something like a Troubleseeker with some type of Healing (even better, Empathic Healing)...
KraznyOctobr
 player, 2 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 04:31
The Bullpen (OOC)
Masks really works more off the particular conflict of the character rather than their power set. Obviously a power set has something to do with the character, but its more secondary or plot device. Like with the Nova you need some sort of power that you can see being difficult to control or having some great destructive potential. Just like with a Doomed you need a power set that really corrupts or threatens the character.

So really you want to think about the drama of the character first, select a book and then sort of match the power to that character.

If you were thinking for instance of the Nova then you could look at the character having some sort of strange control over others bodies and when they lose control people are torn to pieces or start having horrific wounds on their bodies. This might have driven them toward the healing, thinking that this would help them stay in control.

Healing could also work for like a Legacy character, following in the footsteps of their bloodline. Could also look at a protégé style character that is learning the ability to control their healing power from another. There's many ways to really approach the character and their power.

Beacon may also be something to consider.

Personally I'd probably look at Doomed, really play up the martyr thing as your character sacrifices themselves to help others and takes their pain onto themselves.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:33, Sat 01 May.

Prince of Boredom
 player, 5 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 04:33
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OakMaster:
I prefer "powers" over "magic", with a relatively high "Savior" label.

If this was MSH FASERIP, I would go for something like a Troubleseeker with some type of Healing (even better, Empathic Healing)...


Well, the Scion starts with a Savior +1, and you could always use you +1 to raise it to a +2. And you might be able to make an argument for using Cosmic Energies for healing...or the Scion (and a few other playbooks) gets Regeneration. Maybe instead of that being self-regeneration, you're able to regenerate other people?
OakMaster
 player, 0 posts
Tue 4 May 2021
at 02:32
Re: The Bullpen (OOC)
Nickname: Oak
Gender/Pronoun: he (player), she (character)
Nationality/Location: Los Angeles native, but lived in Singapore for a dozen years before returning to LA
Online Time: Varies, relative to Pacific Time (I'm a prof, so when I'm not lecturing/grading/etc. :)
OS/Browser: MacOS/Firefox
Text Background: Periwinkle
Anything Else: Roleplaying since '78, RPoL-ing since '04

This message was last edited by the player at 02:32, Tue 04 May.

OakMaster
 player, 5 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 04:37
Re: The Bullpen (OOC)
Prince of Boredom:
OakMaster:
I prefer "powers" over "magic", with a relatively high "Savior" label.

If this was MSH FASERIP, I would go for something like a Troubleseeker with some type of Healing (even better, Empathic Healing)...


Well, the Scion starts with a Savior +1, and you could always use you +1 to raise it to a +2. And you might be able to make an argument for using Cosmic Energies for healing...or the Scion (and a few other playbooks) gets Regeneration. Maybe instead of that being self-regeneration, you're able to regenerate other people?

That sounds interesting, if our friendly GM is open to such things.  The supervillain parent conflict is also interesting...
Prince of Boredom
 player, 6 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 04:40
The Bullpen (OOC)
Yeah, I think the Scion is a pretty cool playbook.
OakMaster
 player, 6 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 04:48
The Bullpen (OOC)
In reply to KraznyOctobr (msg # 17):

Lots of good points here.  IF available powers were decoupled from character conflict...

Doomed: Very interesting, if it was the power itself (empathic healing) that was the threat (taking someone else's wounds can be fatal), rather than some type of supervillain enemy

Legacy, Protégé, Nova, or even Outsider are also potentially interesting possibilities to me.  :)

EDIT: Therefore, newbie question: can available powers be decoupled from character conflict?  :o

This message was last edited by the player at 04:48, Sat 01 May.

jamat
 player, 1 post
Sat 1 May 2021
at 04:52
Re: The Bullpen (OOC)
Hi all I was thinking of Scion or doomed I was looking at a character who can open portals so a kind of teleporter but can move the group about. I thought they could open small ones in mid air to attack at distance through for example open one being the thug and one next to the character who can then punch the thug from a distance.

If I went doomed or scion I was looking at it being an infernal power either they were part of a dark magic ritual that went wrong (doomed) or their parent is actually an evil demon villain they want to distance themselves from (scion)
Need to read the play books a bit more

Or is there any other playbook anyone can suggest
Prince of Boredom
 player, 7 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 04:57
The Bullpen (OOC)
Of course theoretically you can choose any power for any playbook (assuming the GM allows it), although the rules recommend against. Also, you might want to open the aperture a bit, since this isn't really a game where lots of damage is taking place, so being "just a healer" might get boring.

That said, the Doomed has Body Transmutation as an ability; you could say you can transmute others and choose to use that power to heal them. But having a nemesis is pretty integral to that playbook.
Prince of Boredom
 player, 8 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 04:59
The Bullpen (OOC)
Oops, sorry for the double post...

GM, if you have the Unbound book, you might want to look at the Phoenix Academy Playset; it might be a good place to get ideas for running the game at a school.
Prince of Boredom
 player, 9 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 05:03
The Bullpen (OOC)
jamat:
Hi all I was thinking of Scion or doomed I was looking at a character who can open portals so a kind of teleporter but can move the group about. I thought they could open small ones in mid air to attack at distance through for example open one being the thug and one next to the character who can then punch the thug from a distance.

If I went doomed or scion I was looking at it being an infernal power either they were part of a dark magic ritual that went wrong (doomed) or their parent is actually an evil demon villain they want to distance themselves from (scion)
Need to read the play books a bit more

Or is there any other playbook anyone can suggest


The Harbinger (Unbound) gets Teleportation and Portals
jamat
 player, 2 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 05:07
The Bullpen (OOC)
In reply to Prince of Boredom (msg # 26):

Cheers I'll have a look at that :0)
Prince of Boredom
 player, 10 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 05:09
The Bullpen (OOC)
Oh, and just an FYI; if I go with the Delinquent, I plan on go with teleportation as well.
jamat
 player, 3 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 05:22
The Bullpen (OOC)
In reply to Prince of Boredom (msg # 28):

How do you see that looking? Would it be just you or others to? Would it be night crawler type of effect?

The only reason I ask is I was thinking my character actually opens doors using their infernal powers perhaps through a demon dimension and steps through them allowing them to move others rather than a personal power