The Bullpen (OOC)   Posted by The Watcher.Group: 0
The Watcher
 GM, 275 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Sun 18 Jul 2021
at 15:53
Re: Discord renewal!
Argh!  I'm sorry I have been away so long especially as I last said I should have some more free time.  Real-life just got busy.  Rather than make more promises of free time, I will TRY and post somewhere between tonight and Tuesday.  If I can, it should be a fair amount. :-)
Counterforce
 player, 116 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 16
 The Brain
Sun 18 Jul 2021
at 22:46
Re: Discord renewal!
Glad to hear from you anyway - I was starting to get a little worried.

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Meanwhile, I have decided to start another Masks game, one set in an original universe of my own devising. With our GM's gracious permission, I would like to invite any of you who might be interested in such a thing to apply to it here: link to another game Bear in mind that I am only looking for a 4-6 member team at first, so while I plan to let everyone who is interested join in the discussion and make characters, I will only select a few people for the initial roster. However, I may well require replacements later or even decide to form another team, so there will be other opportunities to join too.
Ricochet
 player, 162 posts
 Sasha Struck, age 16
 The Bull
Mon 19 Jul 2021
at 01:48
Re: Discord renewal!
I'm still excited for whatever comes next, boss!

I'd love to join your game, CF, especially after seeing the Game Info. You've got a rich and interesting world going. This time I think I'm gonna stand aside, though. My friends have been telling me I need to pump the brakes on adding more games to my plate. That's not to say I'll stay away forever. It's possible I'll send an application along at some point, when my excitement exceeds my self control. :P
Counterforce
 player, 117 posts
 Svetlana Kragova, 16
 The Brain
Mon 19 Jul 2021
at 06:37
Re: Discord renewal!
I'm definitely still excited for this game as well.

And I know that feeling well, Ricochet. With any luck, there should be plenty of opportunities to join in the future.
The Watcher
 GM, 276 posts
 Knows All, Sees All
Tue 20 Jul 2021
at 01:58
Re: Discord renewal!
Whew!  I am sorry I have been away for so long.  Tell you what, I won't make any promises about more free time for awhile.  I will just post when I can. Let me get started... :-)
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.)