The Bullpen (OOC)   Posted by The Watcher.Group: 0
OakMaster
 player, 19 posts
Mon 3 May 2021
at 07:44
Re: The Bullpen (OOC)
Friendly instructions sent via private thread.  :)
KylieQuinn
 player, 1 post
Mon 3 May 2021
at 07:51
Re: The Bullpen (OOC)
Nickname: Kylie
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Nationality/Location: Canada
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Anything Else: I'm a big fan of PbtA games. They've been my main games for the past 5 or so years. New to RPol specifically, so a little hazy on how to format things sometimes.

I was thinking that I'd take The Soldier playbook. In our continuity Mac Gargan (The Scorpion) was created as the result of SHIELD experiments with creating a super soldier. The experiments altered his mind, and he went rogue, becoming a villain closely resembling The Scorpion of the main continuity.

My character would be a result of their later attempts to perfect the process. She possesses super strength and durability, along with a mechanical scorpion tail similar to the original. Here's an image that I'm basing the character on: https://imgur.com/a/m6zmys4 Although my version's tail has acid spitting properties similar to the original scorpion's design.

Anyway, let me know if our GM likes the sound of the character so far.
Nintaku
 player, 1 post
Mon 3 May 2021
at 17:11
Re: The Bullpen (OOC)
Hello, everyone. You're probably wondering why I gathered you all here today.

It's to introduce myself! :D I'm Nintaku, a long-time RPoLer and one of the GM's aforementioned other players. It's my great pleasure to be here and join a Masks game (one of my favorites), especially with such a creative and friendly set of players. Given how I am, I have several character concepts ready for use and have a hard time deciding between them. Allow me to pitch, and humbly request the group's opinions on which would be most fun to see play out.

Ricochet - A former child movie star and prodigy martial artist, kidnapped by Mysterious Organization (probably Weapon X, Mr. Sinister, or AIM) along with a bunch of other teens, and turned into a nigh invincible fighting machine. Her powers allow her to absorb and redirect kinetic energy, while also giving her amazing kinesthesia, meaning she's even more durable and agile a fighter now. After a failed attempt at leading the other teens in an escape attempt, she ended up one of the few who made it out and now suffers extreme guilt over not having protected the others well enough. Sees herself as a shield to the rest of any team she joins. Definitely the Bull, no doubt about it.

Indigo - A comic book geek with the powers of telekinesis (more construct creation, really) and telepathy, both accompanied by a dark stream of energy that gives him his name. Because his telepathy includes such powers as mind control and memory manipulation, he has this horrible fear that becoming a supervillain is just one flash of anger away. Obviously, those are Designated Evil Powers, so he has to be super careful about everything he does and try to keep himself from hurting anyone. He could work as the Nova or Doomed (with his nemesis being a version of himself that travels the multiverse draining other Indigos of their powers while looking for a version of him that can stand up to the evil counterpart, thus creating the perfect hero).

Chronon - A more or less normal kid who happens to have inherited time-manipulation-related super speed and has joined a Legacy of speedster heroes. The Legacy has a supervillain from the future whose battle with the first of their line brought the two of them into the past to create the Legacy in the first place, and now that villain intends to change the present and prevent them from coming to be so he can conquer the future with impunity. Time travel, man, it's nuts. Chronon can work either as the Legacy (clearly) or the Janus.

PHOTON - A teen found out about a teacher's secret project: a wearable computer system that can control light. He helped perfect it into the PHOTON suit, and now battles evil by shooting lasers and stuff. The pair created a non-super version of the computer system as a new form of optical data transfer and now sell it as the newest and fastest information technology on the market. A rogue military commander wants the suit for making super soldiers, because obviously, and will stop at nothing to get it, because also obviously. I figure he could work well as the Doomed (that nemesis is killer), Nova (new powers, who dis?), Janus (maybe too high powered), Protege (except his teacher has no actual powers), or Star (I mean he's basically Kid Iron Man but flashier).

Cyclops - Let's imagine a timeline in which Scott Summers isn't the worst person in the world. He has some control over his powers (turning them on or off, still needs that visor for fine control), actually has some charisma and strategic skill, and is generally a decent guy. Looking at Protege of a much less slimy Professor X, like the movie version instead of the comic one.

Octopus - Otto Octavius got the mechanical arms as part of a science project while on the fast track to university, things went horribly wrong, and he became a young supervillain. Since then, he's been shown how he could serve the public good like he'd originally intended, and now seeks to redeem himself. Definitely the Reformed.

Also, I'd like to point out that we actually have enough players for two entirely separate teams! If there's no restrictions on the number of playable characters, I could absolutely play multiple. :P

This message was last edited by the player at 19:29, Mon 03 May.

OakMaster
 player, 20 posts
Mon 3 May 2021
at 17:48
Re: The Bullpen (OOC)
I am definitely a fan of time travel plots, temporal knots and paradoxes, etc., so one guess which concept gets my vote.  :)
jamat
 player, 8 posts
Mon 3 May 2021
at 20:06
Re: The Bullpen (OOC)
just waiting for some of my questions to by our gm then I'll be in the position to post my concept :o)
The Watcher
 GM, 39 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 4 May 2021
at 00:21
Re: The Bullpen (OOC)
Folks, I'm sorry I have been so unexpectedly busy this week.

If it helps, I have made a Discord server for this game.

https://discord.gg/WVEc4rHd

Using the Discord server will always be OPTIONAL for this forum-based game.  But it is an option for those who want it and may speed the game up.

For myself, I keep Discord on in the background and will be notified of text messages left in the server.  I will drop in if I can but I am off and on the PC usually.  With a little notice, I can usually schedule showing up for myself.
The Watcher
 GM, 40 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 4 May 2021
at 00:22
Re: The Bullpen (OOC)
Tonight, I am a little busy and there is a tornado watch in the area so I won't likely be available for Discord chat.
The Watcher
 GM, 41 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 4 May 2021
at 00:27
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Good News!

OakMaster has volunteered to and be promoted to GM!  Which I have done.  I have seen some of what OakMaster has done on this board and consider us to very lucky indeed.

So we both now wield the Power Cosmic!

If anyone else wants to be promoted to superpowered status, let me know.
The Watcher
 GM, 42 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 4 May 2021
at 01:55
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
I have to admit the rewards being a GM/Editor/Moderator in this game are mostly intangible.  But there is one for those that want it.

You can GM your own game in this forum if you want.  It is not like we are running out of 'forum' or 'Marvel Universe'.  You can carve your own little section of threads and start a game if you wish.  This is more or less how Marvel started, a bunch of separate stories in a shared universe.  In fact, one of the reasons early Marvel Comics so outdid its other competitors was that one title would sometimes reference another.  It made the young readers feel that they were a part of an ever-changing and growing world.  And, if you were the tyke that bought both titles, you knew more than your other friends and thus felt closer to your heroes.  Stan Lee was originally in sales, which is another word for applied psychologist.  And he learned his lessons well.

In any case, I can't run every story in this wide universe.  The offer remains open and we still welcome more GMs and moderators if you are so moved.
The Watcher
 GM, 43 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 4 May 2021
at 02:00
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
OK, again, my apologies for how slow this game has been to take off and for me to respond.  I will try and rectify some of that tonight.

For those wondering about their character ideas, I like ALL of the ideas that have been presented.  There are details to fill out and time to get those details.  Your characters are about as far along as they CAN be at this stage.  Y'see, Masks is a collaborative game.  All of the players work together to make not just the game world but also to help make other characters.

Masks mavens (those familiar with the game) know that vital parts of character creation, such as Influcence Relationships, When Our Team First Came Together..., etc, are group efforts and I want to get all players onboard before that gets nailed down.

In the meantime, there is much I can do and I will get started.  Thank you all for your patience...
Steel Ninja
 player, 2 posts
Tue 4 May 2021
at 02:23
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
REAL NAME - Cam Turner
Code name - Steel Ninja
Look - White, tight and trim body, robotic exo-suit
❑ Take another move from your playbook
 ❑ Take another move from your playbook
 ❑ Take another move from your playbook
 ❑ Take a Sanctuary from the Doomed playbook
 ❑ Take Drives from the Beacon playbook
 ❑ Someone permanently loses Influence over you; add +1 to a Label
 ❑ Rearrange your Labels as you choose, and add +1 to a Label
 ❑ Unlock your Moment of Truth
 ❑ Unlock your Moment of Truth after it’s been used once
 ❑ Confront your Shame on your terms; if you survive, change playbooks
 ❑ Take an adult move
 ❑ Take an adult move
 ❑ Lock a Label, and add +1 to a Label of your choice
 ❑ Become a paragon of the city for however long you have left
 ❑ power armor
 ❑ robotic sidekick

    Labels
(at character creation, add +1 wherever you choose)
BRAIN Moves
(Choose three)
 DANGER FREAK SAVIOR SUPERIOR MUNDANE
-2 -1 -2 -1 -2 -1 -2 -1 -2 -1
0 +1 +2 +3 0 +1 +2 +3 0 +1 +2 +3 0 +1 +2 +3 0 +1 +2 +3
❑ Above the fray: When you enter battle as a Team against a dangerous foe, if you have Influence over the leader and provide tactical input, add 1 Team to the pool. When you contradict the leader during the battle, you may return Influence over the leader to add an additional 1 Team to the pool.
   ❑ Mission debrief: During a debrief, when you downplay your role in helping a teammate during the mission, mark potential and shift Superior down and any other Label up. When you exaggerate your role in helping a teammate during the mission, clear a condition and either give them Influence or lose Influence over them
❑ Always prepared: When you have a chance to restock your supplies, hold up to 2-gadgets. When you unleash your powers by producing a brand new minor invention or gadget from your supply, spend 1-gadget and roll + Superior. When you reach 0-gadgets, mark a condition.
  ❑ Tactical genius: When you point out the obvious flaw in a known foe’s plan, roll + Savior. On a hit, you’re right, and another teammate (your choice) can take advantage; they get +1 ongoing to act on your information. On a 7-9, pick one:
    Conditions
❑ Afraid
❑ Angry
❑ Guilty
❑ Hopeless
❑ Insecure
(-2 to directly engage a threat)
(-2 to comfort or support or pierce the mask)
(-2 to provoke someone or assess the situation) (-2 to unleash your powers)
(-2 to defend someone or reject others’ influence)
- You missed something important. The GM will tell you what.
 - You look like a showoff. Your chosen teammate takes Influence over you, and you lose Influence over them.
 - You make your teammates feel like little more than pawns. Your chosen teammate marks a condition.
 On a miss, you’ve played into your enemy’s hands; watch the trap spring.
 ❑ Logical angle: When you comfort or support someone by rationally pointing out their mistakes so they can do better next time, roll + Superior
 instead of + Mundane. If they do not open up to you, mark a condition.


  Backstory
• How did you first reveal your genius to your friends or family?
• Why did you decide to use your intellect for the benefit of others?
• What accident or misfire taught you some sense of humility or responsibility?
• Who helped you realize you need other people?
• Why do you care about the team?
Once you’ve finished your backstory, introduce your character to the other players, and then determine what happened when your team first came together, the relationships between you and your teammates, and who has Influence over you.
When our team first came together...
I created something lasting and beneficial for the whole team. What was it?
Relationships
You told ____________________ about your shame and asked them for their confidence. You wish you could be a better hero, more like _____________________.
Influence
You need these people as much as they need you. Give Influence to two of your teammates.
Your Shame
You have a deep and abiding sense of guilt for something you have created or had a hand in creating. It could have been something you invented when you first came into your genius, or something you set into motion that you no longer have the power to stop. It may even be something beyond your ability to achieve again, this once-in-a-lifetime creation. Juast as you are a world-class intellect, your shame is a world-class problem. Whatever the case may be, your role in its creation is not publicly known...yet.
What is your shame?
Whenever you are confronted with your shame, either mark a condition or shift Superior down and Danger up. If your shame is an NPC, they can never lose Influence over you.
At the end of every session, answer the question:
• Did you take steps to make amends for your shame?
If the answer is yes, mark potential. If the answer is no, give Influence to one of your teammates.
❑ Scientific insight: You have achieved mastery over a field of science and technology. Name it: Robotics. Whenever you assess the situation and your field of study is directly relevant, you may ask a single follow up question.

 ❑ A cosmic phenomenon


     Moment of Truth
Freedom isn’t free. But not every mission ends in tragedy. When things look bleakest, when your back is against the wall, when it seems like the dawn will never come...you find a way forward without violence. Your enemies lay down their arms and surrender; your allies step back from the brink of chaos. Of course, the people you’ve saved aren’t going to forget what you’ve done here today; they may even come to see you as a symbol of the higher cause you claim to serve...
Team Moves
When you share a triumphant celebration with someone, tell them what they need to do achieve their full potential. If they accept your advice, take Influence over them and add two Team to the pool. If they reject what you have to say, mark a condition.
When you share a vulnerability or weakness with someone, ask them what cause they serve. If you find it to be a worthy cause, tell them how you will fight for it, clear a condition, and add a Team to the pool. If they don’t have a cause (or you find it unworthy), mark a condition.
POTENTIAL >❑ >❑ >❑ >❑ >❑ Every time you roll a miss on a move, mark potential.
Advancement
When you fill your potential track, you advance. Choose from the list below.
When you’ve taken five advances from the top list, you can take advances from the list below.
Other Moves
Abilities
A.E.G.I.S. found you before you got full control of your abilities. They helped you master your gifts, maybe even augmented them with some new tech. Now you have an opportunity to do some good, using your powers to protect and serve humanity. Choose any two of the following.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:32, Wed 05 May.

Meta
 GM, 21 posts
 "We look...at the things
 which are not seen..."
Tue 4 May 2021
at 02:24
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Although I have the exalted title of Co-GM, a more accurate title might be "Tech Support".

It is my humble duty to gently take a large baseball bat and beat upon the various RPoL interfaces and databases until they are happy, freeing our actual GM to do all of the creative stuff.  :)

I believe that everyone who was in the queue has now been successfully granted player access.

We now have an impressively populous cast list.

Welcome to all of the newcomers!  :)
Meta
 GM, 22 posts
 "We look...at the things
 which are not seen..."
Tue 4 May 2021
at 02:43
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
All received player summaries have now been updated in the Recap Page thread.  Let me know if anything needs changing.  Enjoy.  :)
OakMaster
 player, 1 post
Tue 4 May 2021
at 02:44
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
"1 post"?!?  What's up with that?  ;)
The Watcher
 GM, 44 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 4 May 2021
at 02:46
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Now catching up on the Bullpen thread...

As has already been mentioned, you can freely choose your powerset and the power levels for the most part.  You aren't godlike necessarily but you can be among the most powerful of Marvel's teen heroes (Young Jean Grey as the Phoenix as just one example).

But Masks is about emotional stakes rather than physical ones.  The masked hero coming out to their family can reap as much emotional reward and progress onto the character arc as Phoenix saving or trying to destroy (depending on the latest storyline) the world.

Most superteams have a wide range of power, from the deluded kid in a silly outfit to the mutant with barely controlled power over time and space.  They also have a different set of emotional stakes.  In the New Mutants, Cannoball wonders whether he can overcome his awkwardness and (to him) social inferiority.  While Magik, his teammate, worries about losing her soul to eternal darkness and taking the world with her (whiny teenagers, what are you going to do?).

And both had their history paper due on Monday or Professor X. would fail them.

In short, write down who you WANT to play and some how, we will get it to work or very, very close.

Prince, I completely forgot about the Phoenix Academy and I have had the Unbound sourcebook since it first came out.  Yes, I will be using the Phoenix Academy as an inspiration.  Thank you for reminding me! :-)

It is worth restating that your initial conceptions are all good so far.  That, and my lack of time, is why I haven't necessarily addressed any conception in detail.  Y'all are very imaginative.  The game will come together as the players do.   Again, the character creation process is collaborative.  Every player shapes every other character and not all players are in the game yet (working on it...).

I would like but (sigh) will not insist that you have a Marvel element in your backstory and origin.  But, to my mind, playing in a Marvel game without a 'Marvelous' character is like having a free trip to Italy but not sampling the food, visiting the sites or meeting the people.

Oak, the Meta playbook is copyrighted so I will message the link to you so as not to violate the rules of the forum.  Speaking in general, there will be a lot of copyrighted material for this game.  So I will eventually get all players into a private group so we can share stuff without accidentally distributing it.  A private group is like a virtual 'gaming table' between friends and you should be able to share info like old-fashioned photocopies.

Nintaku, yes, multiple groups will be an option, especially given the number of players we do have.  This also lets the players divide themselves into the Straight-Arrow Stooges and the Reckless Rebels (as they might see each other).  And, as I mentioned somewhere else, great ideas.  You are darned near a super team all by yourself.

Kylie, I love PbtA games myself but am still learning how to GM them (hear that, folks, you are my lab rats :-) ).  But I do consider them the next wave in gaming.  People who otherwise don't seem to 'get' RPGs almost make Masks or its sexy and brooding (or do I repeat myself) older sibling Monsterhearts like a duck to water.

So I ask the group in general?  What PbtA games do you like, if you do?
FPSMC
 player, 1 post
Tue 4 May 2021
at 02:52
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Hello, all!

I can't claim to be particularly creative, so I'm probably just going binge-read a bunch of 90s comics and try to play Jubilee, my favorite Marvel heroine.
The Watcher
 GM, 45 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 4 May 2021
at 02:56
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Thank you, Meta!  In my life, 'Tech Support' has sometimes been the angel that saved my job so I would consider the title an honor.  And, I am for beating up some computer systems with a bat on principal (loved the Goodfella riff to the poor printer 'PC Load Letter' in Office Space).

Thank your for updating the player summaries in the recap thread.  That is quite a help to me this storm dodging day.

OK, all players are added.  Now the game can really begin!
FPSMC
 player, 2 posts
Tue 4 May 2021
at 03:12
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Oh!

Gender/Pronoun: Female (She/Her)
Nationality/Location: West Coast United States
Online Time: Pacific standard times, various, usually not early in the morning
OS/Browser: Windows 10, Edge.
Text Background: Actually, I had no idea you could change that until just now.
Meta
 GM, 23 posts
 "We look...at the things
 which are not seen..."
Tue 4 May 2021
at 03:20
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
In reply to FPSMC (msg # 83):

Recap Page entry for FPSMC updated.  :)
dlantoub
 player, 1 post
Tue 4 May 2021
at 06:17
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Hello everyone! Glad to be here.

Nickname: dlantoub, or character name.
Gender/Pronoun: Male
Nationality/Location: Dublin, recently moved from the UK.
Online Time: Varies currently any best, but likely to move to evenings only
OS/Browser: Android iPhone/PC
Text Background: default. The only time I hate default is April fools.

Anything Else: A long tradition of female characters. I just feel more at ease with it. I think it comes from hating male designs in video games.

I have a fairly fixed idea on what I would like to play, but if it's going to clash, not going to work, or not be "marvellous" enough. I crave your patience while I revise the concept, or have to develop an entirely new one.
KraznyOctobr
 player, 10 posts
Tue 4 May 2021
at 06:43
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Going off the Character creation thread I'd say dlan going for Outsider or Transformed depending on how you want the changes to be at this point. Outsider could be interesting if you are playing up the idea that she considers herself part of these people more than her own ancestry.
Nintaku
 player, 3 posts
Tue 4 May 2021
at 06:54
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Happy to have you, dlantoub!

Looks like we have 13 players. If everyone plays just one character, that still gives us three or four whole teams. Probably a better idea than one huge team, to be honest. Assuming we don't want to have a massive team, what do we think about multiple teams? Same world so they can interact? Different dimension, or location, or time? We've got all the options in the worlds.

Also, does anyone but me want to make multiple characters?
OakMaster
 player, 3 posts
Tue 4 May 2021
at 07:00
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
A link is worth a thousand words: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_1602 :)
The Watcher
 GM, 46 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 4 May 2021
at 07:05
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Nintaku, you and the team deserve a better answer than I have time to give you tonight.  But, yes, I have thought about the seemingly high number of players in the game and what to do about that.  Quick notes:

First, no one is getting kicked out.  You are all welcome, unlucky number that you are (ya little coven). :-)

Second, multiple teams and characters are one of the answers.

The rest I will say tomorrow night.  And I will try to catch up on the messages.  Sorry for the long delay and, as always, I appreciate y'all's patience.

After that, then this game really gets into gear.  We might be posting In-Character by the weekend.  How can we do that without fully-realized characters?  Answers tomorrow. ;-)
Nintaku
 player, 4 posts
Tue 4 May 2021
at 07:14
Welcome to our new Co-GM, OakMaster! :-)
Hey now, the dwarves wanted to add Bilbo to be their lucky number 13. :P

And yeah, I asked about different time periods because I saw you and the Watcher getting all excited about 1602, OakMaster. n.n Definitely didn't want to discount that option.