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Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
Because we ended up with

Because we ended up with Tuesday as our game night, we'll be starting in two weeks. I've got concert tickets for next Tuesday.

elric225 elric225's picture
Tuesday?

alright, well if were doing tuesday then i dont have to worry about going to bed for work, but when will be starting? i wont be available till 7pm EST

cglasgow cglasgow's picture
Tuesday 7-11 pm Central works

Tuesday 7-11 pm Central works fine for me (except for Election Day, as previously noted).

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
So we have our day and time,

So we have our day and time, then. Let's get medium confirmed.

Elric has ever so eloquently expressed his dissatisfaction with AIM. I'm personally fine with either AIM or IRC. I've never actually used roll20 for online gaming, but it looks like it could be good as well (though we would only be using the text chat, not the audio or video)...it's got a good dice roller, and unlike IRC, would allow me to set up maps and tokens that we could use when the situation called for it.

cglasgow cglasgow's picture
I have no irc chat client,

I have no irc chat client, haven't irc'ed in forever, and would rather not need to install one.

I really like AIM and it would be by far my first choice.

Roll20... well, if I had to, I suppose.

NewtonPulsifer NewtonPulsifer's picture
I don't have any preferences

I don't have any preferences WRT to messaging technology.

"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."- Isoroku Yamamoto

boomzilla boomzilla's picture
medium preference

So, I'm fine with whatever works for everyone else.

Of the options listed, Roll 20 looks like a neat idea, but I'll have to make sure I can run the client on my Linux machine. As for IRC and AIM, I have a generic client that connects to either, and I have accounts on both, so I have no strong feelings either way about those two.

edit: Oh, Roll20 a web client? Well, yeah, that'll almost certainly work fine for me unless it uses a particularly proprietary technology (*cough*MS Silverlight*cough*).


cglasgow cglasgow's picture
As for AIM chat, several

As for AIM chat, several things to keep in mind:

* Since we are not using voice, its about as good a text-based forum as you're going to get. IRC offers no technical improvement over it, and has a steeper learning curve for those of us not connected to IRC already.
* The AIM chat room has a built-in die-rolling engine, and it lets you roll anything from 1d2 to 15d100. I've been in an AIM chat for several campaigns online already in other RPGs, so I know it works.
* AIM chat lets you save chatlogs of the room, allowing us to keep a handy record of what happened in our game sessions to refer back to later. This is the main reason I would prefer it over IRC and/or Roll20, who's logging options are respectively 'much less neat' and 'never having used, I have no clue if it even has any'.
* AIM is also good for notepassing, between a player and the DM or between players. You can even open up a side chat that's players-only if you want, so the players can brainstorm out of the DM's earshot if you really feel paranoid. (Never done that, but its technically possible).

So, yeah, AIM would be good. Roll20 would be OK. If it's going to be IRC... I was connected to IRC once way back in the dawn of time, and I am never going back there again. I found the chat interface (and I tried more than one client) to be ugly and the whole experience to be generally uncomfortable. So if you guys go IRC, that's fine, but I'll just drop out. You'll still have 4 players, so, game still survives.

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
The more I look at it, the

The more I look at it, the more inclined I am to go with roll20, personally.

It has everything that you like about AIM and then some. It's web-based, so doesn't require any of us to install any programs. The dice roller looks to be more flexible than AIMs (I don't think AIMs does modifiers, only straight dice, so you couldn't make damage or initiative rolls without extra math.) It also saves the chatlogs for future review and allows for private messaging. On top of that, it'll keep track of initiative. You can upload character pics. I can load in maps or other graphics that will display to the entire group or just send them to individuals, so I can make handouts if I'm so inclined, and the public ones can be modified during the course of the game. Not sure how much of the graphics capability I'd actually use, but it might be nice to have available at times for NPC reference pics and things like that.

I'll wait until I hear from those who haven't responded, though, to make a final decision.

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roll 20 is my vote

Since I signed up today with a roll 20 account
that's where i'm voting.

I also like the interactive map
because it'll help a ton when it comes to combat
and clarifications

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NewtonPulsifer NewtonPulsifer's picture
Tyrnis,

Tyrnis,

If I want something illegal, like a Shaper morph or an unlicensed/unregistered gun, can I just pay for it at character gen as long as I buy a nano-fabricator and assume I hacked the fab device and downloaded pirated blueprints and added the nano-ware to a pleasure pod?

Or would you rather I start without any legally questionable stuff and we roleplay the procurement?

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Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
Okay, with no strong

Okay, with no strong objections to roll 20, and a couple of us preferring it, we're going to try that out. If we find we don't like it, we can always switch. The player link for the campaign is: https://app.roll20.net/join/42984/zsjNJg

For the most part, if you want something unlicensed/illegal, NP, you just buy it normally and make a note to me of which items it is. For something like a Shaper morph, I'll look for at least a brief explanation of how you got one in your backstory, but that's about all.

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Current Status

Current Status

cglasgow: David Pournelle - bio and sheet complete, fully approved
elric225: Wally Reskev - bio and sheet complete, fully approved
boomzilla: Bashir al-Ashari - bio and sheet complete, fully approved
Kindalas: Kevin Anderson - bio and sheet received, mostly approved (feedback emailed)
NewtonPulsifer: Don Bellanino - bio and sheet received, mostly approved (feedback emailed)

Elric - The version of the sheet that you sent me is kind of weird -- only some of the skills are displaying, it's missing c-rep (as you pointed out)...you might want to re-download the current version of the spreadsheet.

Boomzilla - To answer your question from the email, I have no problem at all with him running very small simulspaces locally for his private use during his downtime, rather than just logging into them via the mesh. An entire world would need a dedicated server, but your example of a small pub and things like that would be perfectly fine.

Also, to everyone: don't forget to go in and add a quantity of 1 to the items that are free with your morph on the gear list.

EDIT: Updated to reflect receipt of NP's sheet and to remove questions about climbing.

boomzilla boomzilla's picture
high climbing skill

Tyrnis wrote:

even without his morph bonus, it's something he's amazing at.

I think that climbing skill is also factoring in the Grip Pads cyberware I added. It adds a +30 bonus.


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boomzilla wrote:Tyrnis wrote:

boomzilla wrote:
Tyrnis wrote:

even without his morph bonus, it's something he's amazing at.

I think that climbing skill is also factoring in the Grip Pads cyberware I added. It adds a +30 bonus.

Aha! And that's the case for Elric's character as well, so you can both safely disregard the question.

kindalas kindalas's picture
And mine, grip pads are key.

And mine, grip pads are key.

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elric225 elric225's picture
missing skills

i set it to only show skills i put points into, anything else i assume i'd roll at base stat

as for c-rep, fuck it all i need is x-rep, and yes i did download the latest sheet and x-rep is still missing

version.93...right?

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my latest release is

0.95 the link is in my sig.

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Question: Is there any

Question: Is there any cosmetic changes when getting the High-G adaptation? Would your character be thick wristed and squat?

EDIT: That was one IC reason I didn't take it. The other, is that is seems way too cheap for what you get.

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NewtonPulsifer wrote:Question

NewtonPulsifer wrote:
Question: Is there any cosmetic changes when getting the High-G adaptation? Would your character be thick wristed and squat?

EDIT: That was one IC reason I didn't take it. The other, is that is seems way too cheap for what you get.

After reading the implant description I'd say it doesn't change the morph's appearance.

However if I was winging it I'd say the cheaper the base morph the mode I'd distort their features. So a flat would be wide stubby and short. But a Crasher/Fury/Remade would be virtually unchanged.

Course these are all speculations.

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The description doesn't

The description doesn't suggest that it changes the morph's appearance, no -- but if you're not gatecrashing, there's really very few places where high-G modification makes sense from a story perspective.

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Tyrnis wrote:The description

Tyrnis wrote:
The description doesn't suggest that it changes the morph's appearance, no -- but if you're not gatecrashing, there's really very few places where high-G modification makes sense from a story perspective.

It's to get that extra edge in the all-drug all-cyber olympic soccer game.

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Hey, guys. I'm going to have

Hey, guys. I'm going to have to cancel tonight. A friend of mine is back in the hospital again, and this afternoon/evening was the best time for me to visit. I'm not sure how late I'll be there, so better to just hold off until next time rather than have you guys go hang around roll20 just in case.

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No Worries

I watched Sherlock instead.

I made the mistake of watching Elementary and needed to wash my brain.

Also did you get a chance to review my repaired character sheet?

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Is there room for one more?

Is there room for one more?

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
Sorry, no. We've got five

Sorry, no. We've got five players, which is my upper limit. At this point, unless more than one person dropped, we won't be recruiting new players.

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