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Mjorkk Mjorkk's picture
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Edit: I had a minor problem with the mud relating to passwords. It was solved

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Mjorkk wrote:
So, I do have one question: where do we put our character sheets? Do we PM them to you? or are we going to try and somehow use the mud to track character abilities?

The MUSH doesn't have chargen yet, so no storing them there. While we may eventually be able to do that, for now you can just email or PM the sheet to me.

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Lobsopdoy wrote:
Is there still room?

At this point, I think we're either full or very close to it, but you're still welcome to post a concept. If we are full, there's often attrition in online games, so you might still be able to join later; if it turns out we aren't, then you'll be ready.

EDIT: Yes, it's confirmed that we're full at the moment. I prefer not to run for groups larger than five.

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Group Summary:

Greenpotato - (name), Ex-Cop Private Eye
Re-Laborat - Clint, Barsoomian Old-Timer Neo-Gorilla Tech
Mjorkk - Brother Crow, Rogue Jovian Fork Turned Criminal
Scummer - Grover, Barsoomian Freedom Fighter
Lordofyesteryear - Anthony, The Once And Future Mercenary

scummer scummer's picture
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Hey Tyrnis. Do you prefer to have all of the math included on the character sheet, like for the skills? Or do you just want all of the totals?


Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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I'd like to have the math, yes. Always good to know what your base abilities are without morph and other bonuses.

Re-Laborat Re-Laborat's picture
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Tyrnis did the spreadsheet for Clint's character I sent you include the 'Motivations' on the 'Setup' tab? It looks like I may have sent you a not-quite-finished sheet but I'm not sure.

scummer scummer's picture
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That's a good point Tyrnis :P

Re-Laborat, did you use JMobius's sheet? I'm not sure if it's because I'm using OpenOffice, but I'm getting a couple of stats, like durability, that are coming up with errors.

EDIT: Nevermind, I'm an idiot and apparently downloaded a way earlier version of the sheet. Got the newest one now and inputing all my info!


Re-Laborat Re-Laborat's picture
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scummer wrote:
That's a good point Tyrnis :P

Re-Laborat, did you use JMobius's sheet? I'm not sure if it's because I'm using OpenOffice, but I'm getting a couple of stats, like durability, that are coming up with errors.

EDIT: Nevermind, I'm an idiot and apparently downloaded a way earlier version of the sheet. Got the newest one now and inputing all my info!

Yes I am, and I use it in OO and it works great. :) And has the side-effect of providing all that happy happy math for a GM. Glad it's working out okay for you.

Greenpotato Greenpotato's picture
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I'm back from three days at the beech :)
I'll log onto MUSH tommorow and start to try and get that sorted. Heres my rough character backgound in the meantime;

Amena was born in Turkey long before the fall as the eldest to a large and very poor family. With the economic situation in their part of the world looking grim and the middle east getting hotter every year due to global warming the father of the household made the descision to move the family to a country where they would have a better chance of survival. England.
Young enough at the time to be able to pick up english with ease and intergrate fairly well into her London public school Amena did well throughout school life in spite of the desperate poverty of her family live in. With a strong moral upbrining from her pearants and a gratitude to england for giving her family a new start Amena went straight to university after school, studying to be a police detective. Passing with a good measure of success.
A few years into her service with her family heavily dependant on her income to make ends meet Amena was starting to lose hope at ever getting ahead. One mistake can ruin your life, as Amena found out.
She took a bribe. What started as a blind eye to a robbery for a few extra credits after years eventulay escalated into destroying evidence crucial in murder cases. Despite being bought at the right price if you wern't willing to pay Amena was one hell of a cop and solved a number of high profile cases quickly and efficently. Somewhere around work she managed to find a nice guy, a doctor by the name of Pearce Roberts. She had three kids and even a couple of grandchildren later on.
Wealth and position she had, but no self respect. On the inside, she hated herself.

And then the inevitable, Amena got caught.
All it took was one fellow detective to make a simple comment along the lines of "how can she afford that" within earshot of a curious internal affairs investigator and it was all over. Never good at hidding the fact she had money, something to do with the days back when she was a kid and had none.

After a long and very public trial Amena was sentanced to 60 years, parole in 40. Behinf the scenes of the trial there was an even uglier seperation from her husband as he abonded her in her time of need, with the rest of the family taking his side.
Put in an old fashioned brick and mortar prison Amena had a change of heart. Wheather it was genuine, the rejection and abandonment by her family once the truth came out, or something that they programed into her with some brainwashing session cleared from her memory shes still not sure, but she swore that her days of crime were over "I promise". A long 8 years later the fall happened.
In the confusion of the TITANS attacks on the city in which she was imprisoned Amena managed to escape and fled for her life and somehow conned herway onto a shuttle for mars.

Arriving on mars she found herself stuck in the inner system penniless but lucky enough to have her own body, unlike most, and the records of her crimes lost during the fall. Amena needed some capitol to get to the outer rim and start again and leave her past behind.
But everyone needs to eat and there was no way she could get a job as a cop again, not sure she could resist temptation, and with no word from the family she hadn't heard from in 8 years, so reluctantly Amena went to her old criminal contacts (those that were left) looking for a job. Contacts from her earthbound criminal activities helped her to get set up as a blood hound for the moderates to make some good money. She had to get rid of her old body aswell. Someone might recognose it, plus there's only so much a 70-something flat can do even with every enhancement of the market. On borrowed money she exchanged her stocky dark and worn out original body for a tall, powerful, pale Remade.
After developing some more honest frineds after a few years on mars Amena got set up as a legitimate private detective and is trying to break off from her clouded past, kinda hard when you owe a lot of bad guys alot of big favours.
These days Amena works out of Noctis-Qianjiao as a private detecive on both sides on the law finding people and solving problems for the right price. If you want someone found and killed, found and roughed up or just simply found Amenas usally a good solution.
Her semi-legal dealings can often be quite profitable and Amena has a few nice toys to show for it.

Amena met victor when he contacted her saying he was looking for a private detecive. Victor was worried about an uplift he hadn't heard from in a few weeks and wanted someone to find them and see if they were okay. She did the job, found the kid, got paid and made a new friend, Victor, while she was at it.

PS thanks for keeping a slot open for me.

scummer scummer's picture
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Alright, sorry about the delay on it but here's the edited, and more complete, background for Grover.

Grover's a born and bred Martian. Being born to a couple of indentures doesn’t open a lot of opportunities to get off the planet. A few years back, once he had enough credits and a few favors saved up, he left his parents and sister to try to move on to bigger and better things. All that wishful thinking didn't get him very far, and all he really ended up doing was the same thing he'd always done, working labor for the corps. He eventually got tired of it all and tried making off with some stolen tech to sell for enough to get him off world and at least get to one of orbiting stations. On his way out the door with the good he was caught by a security patrol. They confiscated the tech, started calling him "one of those Barsoomian terrorists," and began demanding he give up his friends’ location, “for his own good.” Now he just laughs at the irony of it all. Victor and “those terrorists" are ones that got him out of that interrogation room in one piece.

So Grover started working with, or for, the Barsoomians. He couldn’t really figure out which it was at first. The way he figured, he owed them something at the very least and will still fully admit that he would be in a far worse place if they hadn't shown up when they did. Victor showed him the ins and outs of the Barsoomians and, in the beginning, Grover was a little more passive in the Movement and would mostly just do whatever sort of job or operation they needed him on, mostly using his knowledge of demolitions. As the years went by, he slowly became more engrossed in the Movement and the people involved. He started thinking that maybe this was the bigger and better thing he was looking for.

After a few years, Grover sought out his parents and sister only to turn up with nothing. His parents had lost their morphs due to not being able to pay the numerous fees the hypercorps had demanded. All the leads to his sister on the other hand wound up in dead ends. Unable to reunite himself with his old family he turned to his new one. However, he still keeps an eye out for any information that might point him in the direction of his sister. He also keeps in touch with Victor, getting whatever information he can about Barsoomian activities currently going on and using Victor’s contacts to meet new people in the Movement.

Grover’s a good friend and ally and looks out for those close to him. He’s the kind of person that you can trust to have your back when you’re in a tight spot. He’s still young at 27 compared to a lot of people these days and even when he’s blowing things up it’s hard for anyone to miss his carefree and jokester attitude. It’s not always clear if he likes doing what he does so much because he hates the hypercorps or if it’s because he loves the thrill of it. In all honesty, it’s probably both. Grover’s an open book, and if you ask him about his cyber arm, for example, he’ll gladly boast, “That security team thought that just because I was pinned down close to that superthermite charge that I wouldn’t detonate it. Ha! Sure, my buddies had to carry me through the new hole in the wall but I showed them! I mean, I wouldn’t have blown the charge if I didn’t know I had friends waiting for me, I’m not stupid.” And he’s absolutely right, he’s not stupid, if he was he wouldn’t still be in the Ruster he was born in. He knows when something requires subtlety and finesse and he’s plenty good at recon and blending in with the crowd and he can fast-talk a corporate lackey just as well as any con-artist. Just don’t expect him to keep that suggestion about “screwing it and taking the whole thing down” to himself.


Greenpotato Greenpotato's picture
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I set my description in the MUSH. And I can talk, not well mind you. I'm having a problem where I can type stuff but I can't see what I've typed until I hit enter. As in I have no preveiw text after the promt bar thingy, hence, expect lots of spelling mistakes from me.
Anyone got any Idea whats going on here?

blarney blarney's picture
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Hi Greenpotato - what program do you use? Is it a specific client to use MUSHes (like MUSHclient, SimpleMU, Atlantis, etc.) or do you use the standard telnet program? I just want to make sure I give you the right solution/suggestion.

Edit: if you're using just 'telnet', it would be easiest to download one of the free and awesome MUSH clients.
Depending on your OS, you might be interested in...

Windows
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MUSHclient
SimpleMU

Linux / Mac OS X
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TinyFugue

Mac OS X
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Atlantis

There are others but these are the ones that regularly get recommended.

scummer scummer's picture
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I e-mailed Grover's sheet to you Tyrnis and I think I'm all good to go on Wednesday!


Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Re-Laborat wrote:
Tyrnis did the spreadsheet for Clint's character I sent you include the 'Motivations' on the 'Setup' tab? It looks like I may have sent you a not-quite-finished sheet but I'm not sure.

I just double checked and no, the sheet you sent me for Clint does not have his motivations listed.

Greenpotato Greenpotato's picture
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@Blarney

I'm using Linux so I have the Firefox addon BBSfox.
I tried to install the program you recommended but couldn't get it to work, everyone will just have to tolerate my mistakes. Sorry.

Greenpotato Greenpotato's picture
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@Blarney

I'm using Linux so I have the Firefox addon BBSfox.
I tried to install the program you recommended but couldn't get it to work, everyone will just have to tolerate my mistakes. Sorry.

Re-Laborat Re-Laborat's picture
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Greenpotato wrote:
@Blarney

I'm using Linux so I have the Firefox addon BBSfox.
I tried to install the program you recommended but couldn't get it to work, everyone will just have to tolerate my mistakes. Sorry.

Doing a google search for 'linux mush client' comes up with a LOT of hits, different types of linx clients other than Tinyfugue. I haven't played with any of them though, so you may just need to try a few out.

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Greenpotato wrote:
@Blarney

I'm using Linux so I have the Firefox addon BBSfox.
I tried to install the program you recommended but couldn't get it to work, everyone will just have to tolerate my mistakes. Sorry.

While a MUD/MUSH client is going to give you a far better experience -- I've used raw telnet on occasion, back in the day -- there might be a way to at least make things manageable with BBSfox. If you have options for the program, look for something called 'local echo' and make sure that it's turned on. That should enable you to see what you're typing. Most raw telnet programs had that option, so hopefully BBSfox will as well.

blarney blarney's picture
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It looks like BBSFox does not, unfortunately.

Greenpotato, if you're using Fedora or Ubuntu, you should be able to install the program via yum or apt/synaptic.

I know when I installed it in Ubuntu, it used the "tf5" package.

Greenpotato Greenpotato's picture
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I managed to get Tinyfugue running.

Thanks for your help guys.
I'm all ready to go for our first session.

Re-Laborat Re-Laborat's picture
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Useful tinyfugue commands:

/visual on ---- creates a scrolling text window above a bottom window where you type in your own commands, keeping the two separate.

/more on ---- causes it to pause each time the window fills a full screen (tab continues) so you don't miss stuff.

/recall # ---- replay the last # lines to see things you missed

/recall # *SEARCHTERM* ---- replay the last lines including 'SEARCHTERM' that have occurred in the last # lines. You can also use SEARCHTERM* to get lines beginning with the search term, *SEARCHTERM for lines ending with it, etc...

Mjorkk Mjorkk's picture
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Character sheet completed, and being sent as we speak... or type... whatever, I'm ready for today/tomorrow's session (it depends on what time zone you're in)

blarney blarney's picture
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And just as a minor note, I should be on and around after 6-6:30pm EST to help troubleshoot/teach commands and MUSH syntax and whatnot to people as needed, just in case.

scummer scummer's picture
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blarney wrote:
And just as a minor note, I should be on and around after 6-6:30pm EST to help troubleshoot/teach commands and MUSH syntax and whatnot to people as needed, just in case.

Sounds awesome, thanks!


Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Apologies, everyone, but I'm not going to be able to be online tonight until about an hour late. I had a school commitment that I'd forgotten about that starts at 6:30pm and runs about an hour. We'll still play, we just won't be starting until closer to 8pm. Next week and after, we'll be back to 7pm as normal.

scummer scummer's picture
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No worries :)

Just want to confirm, that's US Central time, UTC-6 right?


Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Correct. US Central, UTC-6. I'll be back as early afterward as possible. We may be able to get started a little earlier than 8pm depending on how long things go, but certainly no later than that.

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Disregard my post about being late this week, everyone. I tried to go to the luncheon portion of things this morning, only to find out that I was a week early. The Rothenbaum lectures and accompanying events are NEXT week. I should be online between 6:45 - 7pm tonight. Next week we'll be starting late.

Sorry for the confusion!

scummer scummer's picture
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Ok, so I'm not entirely sure why SimpleMU suddenly won't open. Any suggestions?


scummer scummer's picture
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Nevermind, got it working!

Re-Laborat Re-Laborat's picture
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scummer scummer's picture
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Awesome! The first session appears to be a success. Now I just need to get used to using the MUSH


blarney blarney's picture
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I'll be around again all day/evening today, so if you want to get some practice in with commands etc. feel free to drop on in.

I've also updated the +roll commands so that any and all of them can accept an additional parameter, per a request from Re-Laborat.

Essentially, you can provide a note about your roll to help clarify the sort of test you're making (for yourself, fellow PCs, GM, all of the above, depending on the specific command used). For example:

+roll 56=Interests: Cultural Memes

will output

[GAME:] Blarney rolls a 23 against a difficulty of 56. (Interests: Cultural Memes)
[Margin of Success: 23]

or, another example:

+roll/dmg 2d10+12=Sniper Rifle

will output

[GAME:] Blarney rolls 2d10+12 for a result of: 17 (Sniper Rifle)
[d10 results: 1 4]

and so on.

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Outstanding! Appreciate the additions to the dice roller.

scummer scummer's picture
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I'm not going to be able to show up this Wednesday. We're do some re-organizing at work and the need someone to cover the after hours shift. The good news is that this will satisfy my obligation to work it for a couple months. Sorry guys, I'll see you all next week though!


Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Thanks for letting me know in advance! This week will be a short session, so if you have to miss, this is the best week for it. From the email I got about the dinner a few days ago, it may be 8:30pm rather than 8pm before I'm able to be online on Wednesday, so I expect it'll primarily be planning and prep for next week.

Re-Laborat Re-Laborat's picture
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I may be a little late as well, but I don't believe I will be as late as Tyrnis, so likely not an issue.

Mjorkk Mjorkk's picture
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well that's sort of good, because I will be missing the game this week due to a family emergency. I will be in the air flying to cali for the week.

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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For the two of you that missed, the log of this week's game has been posted over in Re-Laborat's thread from last week. You can catch up on what you missed that way.

scummer scummer's picture
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Sounds good! I'll read up on it at work today.

Re-Laborat Re-Laborat's picture
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As I believe I mentioned last week, I'm liable to be an hour, possibly more, late tonight. My apologies. Soldier on without me as needed!

scummer scummer's picture
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So guys, it looks like I'm going to have to back out. My power went out again while we were playing and a surge or something fried something in my computer. Whatever it was I can't get the thing to start back up(posting from work now). I suppose now's as good of time as any to get that much needed upgrade. I'll keep in touch and hopefully there will still be room once I'm up and running again, money permitting.


Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Well, that sucks. I figured your power had gone out again when you vanished, but I just assumed that you lost internet service or decided to stay shut down rather than risk damage to the computer, not that you'd suffered it.

Hope you get back up and running quickly!

Re-Laborat Re-Laborat's picture
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Ick. Never fun. Good luck with it!

scummer scummer's picture
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Alright, so it seems that not all the components were affected. Hopefully in a paycheck or two I should have enough spare cash to replace whatever needs it.


Re-Laborat Re-Laborat's picture
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That's good to hear. Hope you didn't lose any data.

Re-Laborat Re-Laborat's picture
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Many apologies, folks, I didn't get home until 1840PST and nooooobody was in sight. Hope things went okay?

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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BC had a family emergency, the friend of mine who's wanting to join couldn't make it, and you were gone, so I called it after about 20 minutes. Hopefully things will be back on track for next week.

Re-Laborat Re-Laborat's picture
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Was looking forward to taking ol' Cynical Clint out but roomie A decided last night was the proper time to deal with roomie C's financial woes and turned it into a major issue that didn't end 'til the AM, Pac time. As interested party having to pay more than my share of the rent and acting as peacekeeper I really couldn't go 'Uh, guys, I have this game...'

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