The Bullpen (OOC)   Posted by The Watcher.Group: 0
Ricochet
 player, 179 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Fri 20 Aug 2021
at 07:16
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Octopus is in the group, since I like him a lot and want an excuse to be able to voice him if I think he'd be particularly suited to something, or if we end up splitting into our appropriate teams and don't want to contrive a way for someone to just appear. Though since it's established that our school is absolutely loaded with various forms of teleportation, that doesn't seem like a real problem after all.
Stone Cold
 player, 48 posts
 Paul (Publo) Tuvalok
 The Transformed Age 16
Sat 21 Aug 2021
at 08:31
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Yes I'd really like to get n this thread, but I've been busy with my wife's heLth issues.  I'll try to get something up this weekend. K
The Watcher
 GM, 312 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Wed 25 Aug 2021
at 02:18
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If this helps, don't worry about teams so much.  Just do what you believe your character would do.  Maybe your character would try and stick with their assigned team.  After all, they have trained together.  Or you are out with friends from another team and they are what is available to handle the strange situation now.  To be honest, this game is losing players rather than keeping or gaining them and a player might find themselves the only functioning member of their isolated team.  Let's see who stays and how they might combine.

The strange segue between the Study Hall and Hijinks might be better understood like this;  you probably would have gone to Hijinks anyway, it is the most happening thing in this podunk town tonight (not saying a lot really).  Perhaps all you needed was a suggestion and not much of one (even if that suggestion did not arrive through normal means).  It also helped to get y'all off of campus where you are more vulnerable (and you can save yourselves rather than be rescued by NPCs).

In short, your characters are being mentally influenced.  Now, mind control can be a miserable thing to roleplay.  You've lost full control of your characters and I am trying to be sensitive about this.  Rest assured that any control that requires trickery and misdirection can't be that strong and you can probably triumph over it.  Some clues as to how should arrive in the next few posts and you have unrevealed advantages you don't even know. :-)
Counterforce
 player, 131 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 16
 The Brain
Wed 25 Aug 2021
at 05:22
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Could a character have ended up there without being part of the scene by the TV/wanting to go out for those hijinks in the first place? I mean, would that fit in with how whatever happened works?
Ricochet
 player, 180 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Wed 25 Aug 2021
at 08:44
Changing Masks from Creamy to Chunky
In reply to The Watcher (msg # 432):

I think the biggest issue regarding the worrying about teams is, as Max said, at least some players are waiting for us to get into our smaller team threads so they don't feel overwhelmed in a big group. Having so many threads with everyone in them seems to have been why a few players have disappeared and teams have apparently shrunk. Continuing to make players feel uncomfortable by keeping them in that position is probably not the best way to keep from losing players.

So I'm just worried about teams because I'm worried about losing more people.
Mania
 player, 40 posts
 Andi Benton, Age 16
 The Protege
Wed 25 Aug 2021
at 18:42
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Oh, right! She-Hulk, is there a way for us to tell when Jennifer's hulked out or not? I was confused during the common room scene, and I assume she's in Jennifer mode at the restaurant.
She-Hulk
 player, 15 posts
 Jennifer Walters, Age 16
 The Nova
Thu 26 Aug 2021
at 02:13
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What I have been trying to do is keep the terms separate to each identity.
So if I write that Jennifer performed an action, she would be in her normal form.
Likewise, if I write that She-Hulk performed an action, she is in the She-Hulk form.
So I'm not referring to her as Jennifer if she is in her She-Hulk form.

At the start of the restaurant scene, she's in her normal Jennifer appearance just like she was back in the school lounge.
Jubilee
 player, 50 posts
Thu 26 Aug 2021
at 05:29
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RL's keeping me super busy, I will post when I can.
The Watcher
 GM, 314 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Sun 29 Aug 2021
at 01:12
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My apologies.  I will notice when Jen is Jen and She-Hulk is She-Hulk from now on.  Forget what I posted about the image inducer if you want.  It is not needed when Jen is Jen. :-)
Ricochet
 player, 181 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Thu 2 Sep 2021
at 18:16
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Hey everybody, how are we doing? I'm seeing a lot fewer logins than usual.
Jubilee
 player, 51 posts
Thu 2 Sep 2021
at 19:25
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Posting today!
Exemplar
 player, 16 posts
 E'Llar, 17
 The Delinquent
Thu 2 Sep 2021
at 19:50
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I hope to post soon too, I've just been busy.
Ricochet
 player, 182 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Fri 3 Sep 2021
at 00:43
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I just mean that a lot of people haven't been logging on, let alone posting. Here are a couple lists.

People who haven't logged in in over two weeks:
The In-Betweener, Arc, Citizen V, Gateway, Leviathan, Max, Skorpio.

People who have logged in within two weeks:
Meta, The Watcher, Counterforce/Exemplar, Jubilee, Mania/Ricochet/Octopus, Resonance, She-Hulk, Steel Ninja, Stone Cold.

I'm not counting Midnight/Mila because they explicitly left the game.

So it looks like we're down to about seven players. Two of whom make up five of the game's characters.
Meta
 GM, 76 posts
 "We look...at the things
 which are not seen..."
Fri 3 Sep 2021
at 06:11
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Still around, but swamped with the beginning of the new academic year, prepping an overload of lectures, assignments, and assessments... :o
Resonance
 player, 71 posts
 Xin1 Xie2 Zhen4: Age 13
 Sheng4 Xin1: The Beacon
Fri 3 Sep 2021
at 06:12
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Me too!  I can definitely empathize with Meta's plight...  ;)
The Watcher
 GM, 316 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Wed 8 Sep 2021
at 01:20
Changing Masks from Creamy to Chunky
My apologies for the extra long delay since my last post.  My sister has moved from sunny Texas to her true love's house in charming Virginia where (unless movies have lied to me) they are sippin' mint juleps on the verandah underneath the magnolia blossoms. ;-)

Yes, the game has less active players than it once did.  I made some terrible miscalculations setting this game up and it has cost us players.  For that, I am sorry. But it is done.  Steering a game is like steering a barge at times, it takes time to change course even if you realize you are on the wrong heading early on.

In any case, I intend to keep this game going as long as I have two interested players (one player and a GM is just an animated conversation IMO). :-)  Still, I believe this game is finally finding its strengths and overcoming its flaws.  Perhaps some of our students on 'sabbatical' might return on a whim and find the game more to their liking.  Or we might get some completely new faces. :-)
Stone Cold
 player, 49 posts
 Paul (Publo) Tuvalok
 The Transformed Age 16
Thu 9 Sep 2021
at 22:30
Changing Masks from Creamy to Chunky
Sorry for being so quiet.  I just haven't been able to find the time to be on RPOL at all, for any of my games :(  I hope things will get better soon.  Its not that I don't want to play, believe me.
Ricochet
 player, 184 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Sat 11 Sep 2021
at 03:09
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No worries, SC. I was more concerned about the people who've just stopped showing up entirely.
The Watcher
 GM, 318 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Sun 12 Sep 2021
at 04:17
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No worries, guys!  I know how busy real-life can get, more than Spider-Man can even handle with all of his monthly titles. :-)
Max
 player, 97 posts
 Age: 16
 The Delinquent
Mon 13 Sep 2021
at 21:45
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Hi all, I'm sorry I disappeared, but I'm back if you'll still have me!
Jubilee
 player, 53 posts
Tue 14 Sep 2021
at 04:05
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In reply to Max (msg # 449):

Welcome back! I"m behind on posting, work is a pain
Ricochet
 player, 185 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Tue 14 Sep 2021
at 05:14
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Of course we're happy to have you! Hop on in, Max! :D
Resonance
 player, 72 posts
 Xin1 Xie2 Zhen4: Age 13
 Sheng4 Xin1: The Beacon
Wed 15 Sep 2021
at 22:04
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I have breakthrough Covid, so it may be awhile until I post...  :o
Ricochet
 player, 186 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Wed 15 Sep 2021
at 23:57
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That's terrible news! I hope you're handling it well and can come back to us sooner.
Ricochet
 player, 188 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Thu 16 Sep 2021
at 01:16
Changing Masks from Creamy to Chunky
Also, Watcher! What's all this about playing hooky? We've already established school's out, so we can go wherever we want, right?