The Bullpen (OOC)   Posted by The Watcher.Group: 0
The Watcher
 GM, 277 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 20 Jul 2021
at 02:05
Variant Earths and their Names (and Loki series)
I didn't know that the Marvel 'gods' didn't like the numerical designations for alternate earths.  I believe they used to at least.  But that is fine.  We can continue using the numerical designations or whatever they used now in any combination we wish.

I'm guessing the world are simply named as would be human nature.  We have a more emotional connection to names than numbers.  If so, what would we call 'our' game Earth of 682?


Speaking of variant Earths, what did y'all think (in general terms) of Loki, the series?  You can put spoilers in literal spoiler tags, I guess.  I generally liked it.
The Watcher
 GM, 279 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 20 Jul 2021
at 02:15
Variant Earths and their Names (and Loki series)
My apologies for missing that Octopus has been examining the ace card.  I will compose the next reply with Octopus having great insight as to its purpose. :-)
The Watcher
 GM, 280 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 20 Jul 2021
at 02:23
Variant Earths and their Names (and Loki series)
Counterforce, I am overjoyed to hear of another Masks game, especially one from such an insightful and resourceful player. :-)

I will read what you have written (I like the brief peek so far) and possibly submit a character if I can negotiate the time.
The Watcher
 GM, 281 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 20 Jul 2021
at 02:24
Masks of New Atlantis game
If you want, Counterforce, perhaps a more permanent and fixed link to your game can be arranged for your game.
The Watcher
 GM, 282 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 20 Jul 2021
at 02:27
Using the ol' noggin...
Oops, accidentally made thread out of this post rather than a simple reply.  The 'loose thread' should be deleted by the time y'all read this...

Counterforce, you are thinking like a Marvel character should. ;-)

Yes, stretch your powers, use your knowledge and then make your rolls.  A particularly good description and I might give you a bonus.

The thing about Marvel is that the Brain and the Bull should each have a chance to solve any challenge.  Just one might be better than the other in a given circumstance.

Besides, I like challenges where anyone might come up with an insight.  That what I liked about Sherlock Holmes mysteries (which started my love of detectives and mysteries) is that the reader had a chance to solve the mystery along with Sherlock (although my batting average wasn't that great ;-).  It made the reader an active participant rather than a passive observer (as happens in B-list Trek episodes where fictional particles are beamed through plot device technology and the viewer is reduced to a passive observer simply via unfamiliarity).

So, yeah, I love you little scamps figuring things out as best you can.
The Watcher
 GM, 283 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 20 Jul 2021
at 02:40
Using the ol' noggin...
OK, I will stop here tonight.  I believe I can continue the IC thread #3 tomorrow night but I know better than to promise...  ;-)
Counterforce
 player, 118 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 16
 The Brain
Wed 21 Jul 2021
at 00:45
Using the ol' noggin...
Thanks for the offer! Not sure if a permanent link is needed at this point, but it could be interesting if we could get a sort of long-term interconnected Masks community going on this site. Though that may be getting ahead of ourselves a bit.

I'll try and post soon-ish. A little under the weather now.
Octopus
 player, 45 posts
 Otto Octavius, age 15
 The Brain
Wed 21 Jul 2021
at 01:56
Using the ol' noggin...
Unfortunately, two of our players have stepped out: Midnight and Ghost Spider. This means two things. First off, it gives us some sad feels. Secondly, it means Team C only has three spots filled.

Does anyone have any thoughts on what we can do about that?
Jubilee
 player, 44 posts
Thu 22 Jul 2021
at 07:25
Using the ol' noggin...
00:24, Today: Jubilee rolled 4 using 2d6+1.  Jubilee: Take a powerful blow.

That means I'm okay, right?
Ricochet
 player, 163 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Thu 22 Jul 2021
at 08:45
Using the ol' noggin...
Yep!

Basic Moves:
On a miss, you stand strong. Mark potential as normal, and say how you weather the blow.


You even get XP out of it! :D
Counterforce
 player, 119 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 16
 The Brain
Thu 22 Jul 2021
at 21:37
Re: Using the ol' noggin...
Octopus:
Unfortunately, two of our players have stepped out: Midnight and Ghost Spider. This means two things. First off, it gives us some sad feels. Secondly, it means Team C only has three spots filled.

Does anyone have any thoughts on what we can do about that?


Hmm... Is Arc still around?

I guess it's not too late to add more characters to make up for losses. Though I'm not sure what I can add there... yet. Perhaps I'll think of something if no one else does.
Ricochet
 player, 164 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Thu 22 Jul 2021
at 22:09
Re: Using the ol' noggin...
Arc and Gateway haven't logged in since June, dunno when we'll see them again.
The Watcher
 GM, 287 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 04:41
Re: Using the ol' noggin...
Ghost Spider and Midnight have left the game.  Part of it was scheduling conflicts and free time.  But too much of it (as I am given to understand) is MY erratic schedule and a very confusing amount of character threads.  Fair enough.  I can see that.

I am grateful for what they were able to give, wish them well and let them know that they are always welcome back. :-)

And I imagine other players might leave as well before I get this game more efficiently run.  I understand that as well.  Paradoxically, every player that leaves makes the game simpler to run for me (although I would rather have the extra players).  In fact, I would suggest to any exiting player that they check back i a month or two (as I have said to Ghost Spider and Midnight as well), they might find the streamlined game they were looking for.  The choice is theirs.

I see now how the concurrent threads were confusing to many players if not all of them.  Here is what I plan to do.

The first IC thread, the Open Campus Day a year before the actual start of the game is done and dusted.

The second IC thread, where the two junior students, Bluebird and Copycat have been introduced, is still ongoing.  But I will integrate the thread into the new  fourth IC thread (more on that below) so I am taking this thread slowly until I can introduce the fourth thread and fuse them together.

The third IC thread, the one with the new gadgets, Jocasta and the Infinite Mansion isn't too far from being done.

The fourth (and new) IC thread should be up in a couple of days.  It is very simple.  ALL of the PCs are together in the Student Lounge, having just finished their classes and now free for the weekend.  This is a chance for all of the PCs to just interact (all teams are together) and role-play for a bit in this seemingly mundane circumstance.  There is something a little more going on but it will manifest after y'all get some time to just hang out.

This fourth thread will soon be the only thread going on as the other threads end.  The fourth thread will be linear for a long time, no flashbacks or future shocks.  This will make a much more conventional game and be more familiar to most players.

With two players having left, and perhaps more to follow, the Team rosters and such will probably change.  But having gone through so much to set them up the first time, I am just going to have all of the PCs together and not worry about Team membership so much for the near future.

I imagine player membership will be more fluid now than later and Team requirements will be constantly fluctuating for a bit.  Besides, with every leaving player, Team structure will be much more easier to determine later with less players.  Time is on our side.
Counterforce
 player, 121 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 16
 The Brain
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 04:50
Re: Using the ol' noggin...
I'm very likely to make a new character for Team C, for what it's worth. Just need to do a bit of research and brainstorming first, but I like my current idea a lot.
Ricochet
 player, 165 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 05:11
Re: Using the ol' noggin...
Boss, I think rather than more confusing scenes with 14 or however many PCs in one place, we finally get to a proper First Session for the game and open a scene for each team. IC Threads 1, 2, and 3 have already been opportunities for the PCs to roleplay and interact, which they've done quite nicely, but we've been in the game creation phase for three months now. I think it's time to get out of game creation and move forward. We can introduce more characters or rearrange teams as we go, if we really need to. If we do a fourth IC thread that's just as much a warm up as the other three, we're liable to lose more players.
Counterforce
 player, 122 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 16
 The Brain
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 05:38
Re: Using the ol' noggin...
That makes sense to me as well. I doubt we will be changing team compositions drastically at this point, and we may as well give the remaining members of each team a chance to work together. When it's everyone in the same place at once, it's hard to focus on anyone.

Also - to be clear about what's happening in IC Thread 3... Each of us can only close one door at a time, through the considerable effort that unleashing our powers represents? And Jocasta can't close all of them at once? I mean, I'm willing to accept it - I guess the mansion is damaged in some way, or maybe there is some other complicating factor that I haven't thought of yet. It just seems sort of counterintuitive to me, especially if the Communicards are meant to be that easy to use. But I'll roll with it if that's the case.
Jubilee
 player, 45 posts
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 06:23
Using the ol' noggin...
In reply to Ricochet (msg # 389):

Neat! I"ll post tommorow, terrible allergies today and I just wasn't up to it.
Ricochet
 player, 166 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 06:59
Using the ol' noggin...
One more thing, Watcher: Can you please go into the Dice Roller and set its default to 2d6 rather than 1d20? It'd be really convenient.
Counterforce
 player, 123 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 16
 The Brain
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 19:22
Using the ol' noggin...
Okay, so...

Assuming I go with Octopus' plan, would I get the +1 from my assessment (since I'd be acting on the information from there as well) and the +1 from his idea?

Also, mechanically, the idea in this plan is that I would try to stop two groups and Jubilee will stop two others, giving each of us a -1 penalty - correct? Or can Jocasta take care of one of the groups for us?
Mania
 player, 33 posts
 Andi Benton, Age 16
 The Protege
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 19:24
Using the ol' noggin...
Since I rolled a successful Unleash my Powers, I think there are only three groups left, one for each of you. (Assuming the GM meant that Jocasta gets a full on action, even though she can't roll dice.)
Counterforce
 player, 124 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 16
 The Brain
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 19:26
Using the ol' noggin...
Ah, good point. Hopefully that was enough. Anyway, I'd like to know since it may influence my planning... a bit.

EDIT: On second thought, I might as well go for it soon if I don't get sidetracked. It's not that important a clarification and I don't want to hold things up.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:43, Sat 24 July.

The Watcher
 GM, 289 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Sun 25 Jul 2021
at 04:40
Using the ol' noggin...
Sigh.  Delayed by real-life, will reply likely Monday night.  Might have some real time to post from Monday onwards.  I will be generous in rules interpretation as I realize you are waiting on me. :-)
The Watcher
 GM, 290 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Wed 28 Jul 2021
at 01:11
Maybe it was Tuesday after all. :-)
OK, maybe it was Tuesday before I could respond... ;-)
The Watcher
 GM, 294 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Wed 28 Jul 2021
at 02:05
Maybe it was Tuesday after all. :-)
Ricochet,  I hear ya.  And I should have been more clear.  The fourth thread is an actual adventure.  But it will start seeming very ordinary from your character's point of view.  But there will be an actual plot which is something I admit has been too long in coming.

Counterforce, you essentially got it right in your posts.  There are four groups of Phalanx, each of which has to be stopped individually, no one Move will do it (unless a penalty is taken for each extra Phalanx cluster tried for).  Your questions about why the Infinite Mansion can't simply stop or redirect the Phalanx are very good but will have to be investigated in character.  You are right that Jocasta and the Mansion should never have been this compromised in the first place.  But as to why, well...?   Of course, at the rate you are mopping up the Phalanx, you should get your answers soon.

"One more thing, Watcher: Can you please go into the Dice Roller and set its default to 2d6 rather than 1d20? It'd be really convenient."  You can do that??? ;-)  Um, let me see if I can figure out to do that by next time unless a co-GM will save my luddite bacon before then.
Counterforce
 player, 127 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 16
 The Brain
Wed 28 Jul 2021
at 02:09
Re: Maybe it was Tuesday after all. :-)
The Watcher:
"One more thing, Watcher: Can you please go into the Dice Roller and set its default to 2d6 rather than 1d20? It'd be really convenient."  You can do that??? ;-)  Um, let me see if I can figure out to do that by next time unless a co-GM will save my luddite bacon before then.


I'd quite like to know how myself!