Looking for GM: Online Play Eastern Standard Time, New Players

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Magnificent_Q Magnificent_Q's picture
Looking for GM: Online Play Eastern Standard Time, New Players

At least one friend and I are long time rpg players, but brand new to the system and setting of Eclipse Phase. We love what we have read and studied of the system. We'd be looking for a GM willing to teach new players.

Our schedules are flexible as of now. One of us has had some experience with a d percentile system, though we do acknowledge that that does not beget knowledge of the game itself.

I myself would be playing a more stealthy fighter type, and at least one friend is playing a psychic artist type. While I may be a more combatant type, my friend is decidedly less so, though skillsofts can fix this to a degree. We'd appreciate any feedback, and are looking to play through skype.

'Ere we stand.

Epsilon Rose Epsilon Rose's picture
Adendum

Hey all. Second player checking in.
We've been talking amongst ourselves about what might make for some fun settings and I figured I might post where our current thoughts are in the hopes of sparking some discussion.

Currently, we're thinking a game set on a more artistic/less rundown scum swarm, as it tours the solar system, might be fun. It seems like it would be a good way to get a feel for the setting since we could visit lots of different areas without having to budget in farcasting and new morphs. It also has built in down time, as we travel between areas, which is nice.

Of course, neither of us is particularly familiar with the setting, so we're pretty flexible on that front.

As Mr. Q mentioned in his post, I am playing an async artist and celebrity figure who likes to flavor things as magic. Well, that's one of his personalities, anyways. He does have an alternate personality that fancies himself more of an adventurer xeno-archaeologist, but he tends to pass himself off as the performer anyways; more as a matter of convenience than anything else. Regardless of personality, he specializes in Programing, particularly A.I.s. and tends to work more through proxy A.I.s and nano-swarms than direct force. Both personalities also like to keep a second alpha fork active in a multiple personalities implant, though what combination of personalities this results in is up to the GM. The public persona has high fame and RNA rep and decent rep in most of the other categories. The other personality doesn't bother with maintaining his own reputation, preferring to trade on his counterpart's name and focus on his research.

Conversely, Mr. Q's character is more focused on direct combat, and when the going gets rough, a lot of that will likely fall into his hands. He also has his wife riding along as an infomorph/muse (I'm not sure on the exact details of that). Overall, he seems a lot more mentally stable than my character. His biggest issue, to my knowledge, is an some OCD that manifests itself as an obsession with even numbers. The bulk of his rep is with firewall and I think he wants to have pretty close ties with them.

Beyond that, we're both argonauts, though I'm a hyper elite and he's an original space colonist.

I think we're both expecting to have to do some retooling once a more experienced GM takes a look at our characters and an actual campaign gets decided on, but that's what we're toying with at the moment.

That's all for now. I hope this interests a few people.

boomzilla boomzilla's picture
Hey there. Have you two found

Hey there. Have you two found a GM yet? I *might* be able to GM. I've been playing EP for about a year now, and have been familiar with the setting for a few years before I even started playing. I've been thinking about GMing something online, but simultaneously I admit it is a bit intimidating.

So, a few things I can think of initially:

* how many PCs will there be? Just you two? Or do you have other friends who want to join? I'm actually okay if there aren't that many players: it makes the prospect of GMing a bit less intimidating

* whatever venue we decide on (IRC, Skype, Roll20, etc), it's slightly easier for me to text chat than to talk: I have a slight stutter

* my schedule is completely open since I am unemployed/job hunting at the moment. Naturally if I get hired somewhere in the near future, I won't be completely open.

* I have to think of a plot sketch, which is one of the more intimidating prospects of GMing for me. I might try to at least start with a pre-written one that would fit into the setting and characters you proposed. So try not to read any EP adventures (either official ones or fan-made).

So, again, I still need to decide whether or not I can get a game going; but feel free to continue communicating with me in the mean time.


Epsilon Rose Epsilon Rose's picture
Yay! A reply.

We don't have another GM yet. You're actually the first person to contact us, so it's great to hear from you. While I haven't played Eclipse Phase before, I have DMed in other systems, so if you decide to GM for us and need help for anything that's not EP specific I'd be happy to lend a hand. As for your other questions:

  • At the moment, it's just the two of us. Neither of us would be opposed to having some other players join, but keeping the group small is probably a good idea.
  • We're both fine with using text. I think the biggest thing is that it be real time and on something of a predictably scheduled basis; though my friend has stipulated that quotation marks be used with all speech. I assume he would like other conventions of modern english to also be followed.
  • Both of us also have fairly free schedules at the moment, though I will be going on several vacations in august. As these will all be within the continental United States, I don't for see them being TOO much of an issue if we're using some kind of chat client.
  • We have quite enough to get through without touching the story specific stuff. You have my word that I shan't go hunting for spoilers.

If it would help you with creating a story, we have our characters mostly built and, while they might need some changes, you are welcome to take a look at them. At the very least, they should provide a clearer idea of our goals.

Snowflake Snowflake's picture
Collabrative GMing

I might also be able to GM... but I was thinking that Boomzilla could start off GMing. and then at the end of an adventure or some appropriate place, I would pick up for awhile GMing and then back to Boomzilla, then me.... etc...

Might be a fun collaboration method... as for Text to play, I have no problem with that.

Or Boomzilla, if it would help I can co-GM with you... anyways, just mull it over.

Epsilon Rose Epsilon Rose's picture
I'd be fine with either, the

I'd be fine with either, the setting certainly lends itself to rotating GMs. Ultimately, though, the decisions up to Boomzilla.

boomzilla boomzilla's picture
I'm still here, BTW, just

I'm still here, BTW, just have been somewhat occupied so far this week (so sorry for delayed responses). I'll get a more extensive response to everyone this evening.


boomzilla boomzilla's picture
GMing and campaign style

Ahh! Still here! And finally replying to your replies.

Regarding co-GMing and general game style

This campaign idea is interesting in that it could allow two campaign styles: "reactive" and "proactive" campaigns. By "proactive" I mean the character do stuff, under their own initiative, on their free time. By "reactive" I mean the character are driven more by external forces.

It seems, intuitively, a reactive-style campaign would be easier for a beginner GM. In EP, the archetypal reactive campaign would be the characters work for Firewall: they are hanging out on the scum fleet, minding their own business, and suddenly they get a call from their Firewall router that "Objective X must be accomplished, and you two are the ones to do it".

I see Mr. Q's character has Firewall rep which (naturally) means he is part of Firewall. Is Epsilon Rose's character also part of Firewall? It's okay if he doesn't have any i-rep (that would imply he only recently joined Firewall). I have to say, it would be easier for me if they are both, indeed, part of Firewall. Due to my aforementioned statement about Firewall missions being "external" and "reactive".

But, of course, it might be fun to roleplay what your character get up to when *not* getting tasks from Firewall. Have more "proactive" gaming mixed in.

So. One idea I had (which I am not certain of yet) would be to segregate GMs by reactive and proactive. Possibly, I do Firewall missions, Snowflake could (maybe) GM during down-times.

Snowflake, are you a more experienced GM (whether in Eclipse Phase, or any other RPG)? I am assuming you are. You are also familiar with the setting/rules? Again, I am assuming you are.

more replies from me momentarily!


boomzilla boomzilla's picture
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we're thinking a game set on a more artistic/less rundown scum swarm, as it tours the solar system

There is a GM supplement that describes, in depth, a specific scum swarm, and I think it is a scum swarm very much like you suggest.

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Well, that's one of his personalities, anyways
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Both personalities also like to keep a second alpha fork active in a multiple personalities implant, though what combination of personalities this results in is up to the GM.

That's an interesting idea. Have you happened to read the novel "Vacuum Flowers"? It reminds me of a character from that book. Mechanically... I admit it might be a bit of a challenge modelling this sort of thing, but I am up for a challenging/interesting character concept :)

To clarify: your character has multiple personality disorder from the trauma of being infected with the exurgent virus, correct? And they control their separate personalities with an implant (described on page 301)?

Hmm. Role-playing wise, you are going to basically roleplay two different characters, right? (Except only one personality "runs" at a time?)

Have you worked out any stats for this character? Were thinking to stat the separate personalities as two separate characters? If you haven't worked out any stats, I advise you to wait a bit. The reason is that... I love this character idea, but I want to make sure game balance is not too disrupted. So I need to think over how this sort of character(s) would actually work out, stat-wise.

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his wife riding along as an infomorph/muse

That is also an interesting concept. Cranial computers can, indeed, run a full infomorph in place of a muse. The thing to remember, however, is that you've had your muse since childhood. People (generally) would not get rid of their muse after marriage any more than they would get rid of their parents or childhood friends after marriage. Of course, scum can live radically different life styles.

I assume you were planning to take your wife as an Ally advantage? If so, you can have both your wife and a muse. The thing is, however, a cranial computer can only run one infomorph at a time. There are a few ways to deal with this:
1. your morph has a "ghost rider implant" to allow multiple infomorphs to live in their skull
2. your muse doesn't necessarily have to live in your skull; they could live in the servers of the scum ship, for instance

You are welcome to *not*, in fact, have a muse. However, there is no mechanical advantage to getting rid of a muse.

Hmm. A few questions about the wife character:
1. was she born a biological human who then uploaded? Or is she an AGI? (yes, marriage to an AGI is a bit strange (socially), but then you are scum, so...)
2. I assume that she, too, is part of Firewall. Hard to keep something like that secret when you are sharing a skull! :D
3. basically I'm thinking I should GM the wife character as a major NPC, correct?
4. Were you thinking that the wife character would have any sort of specific skill set? Is she, for example, a good hacker, a good ship pilot, a scientist, etc?
5. Since she would be an NPC, I think I should stat her. (Unless you have already statted her). *However* I will let you have a large degree of input over character creation, naturally.


boomzilla boomzilla's picture
out of it

Gah. I've been really unwell this past week. :(

I can still try to GM, but it might still take me a few weeks to get my shit together.

It's up to you guys: you can still try getting a different GM if you want.


Magnificent_Q Magnificent_Q's picture
Well, I'll need to speak for

Well, I'll need to speak for Epsilon here, but I'm okay with waiting, especially since it is getting so hectic. However, I would like to finish up my character and his wife, and get some discussion of our characters going, if that's okay with you.

'Ere we stand.

Aerisfang Aerisfang's picture
Hey,

Hey,

If you guys don't mind, I would be interested in joining.
I don't have a specific character in mind yet so I can fill in for gaps in the party's strengths.

Magnificent_Q Magnificent_Q's picture
At Aerisfang

I'm all for it, though I cannae vouch for Epsilon.

'Ere we stand.

Epsilon Rose Epsilon Rose's picture
Still alive

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That's an interesting idea. Have you happened to read the novel "Vacuum Flowers"? It reminds me of a character from that book. Mechanically... I admit it might be a bit of a challenge modelling this sort of thing, but I am up for a challenging/interesting character concept :)

I have not read that novel, though I am glad you like my character.

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To clarify: your character has multiple personality disorder from the trauma of being infected with the exurgent virus, correct? And they control their separate personalities with an implant (described on page 301)?

Partially correct. I actually wrote a big thing explaining my characters backstory (with the intent to email it to you) a while back. Unfortunately, it got deleted part way through and I haven't gotten around to rewriting the whole thing yet.

There was a bit more than just the exsurgent virus powering his mental breakdown, though it certainly helped, but I'd rather explain the more in-depth parts in private.

I was under the impression you couldn't really control when personalities flipped that well, so I wasn't using the implant for that. Instead, the implant was meant as a method of multi-tasking, with a pair of alpha-forks inhabiting both portions. Both forks would be free to switch personalities as the nature of the break dictates, but they're also free to communicate or switch tasks.

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Hmm. Role-playing wise, you are going to basically roleplay two different characters, right? (Except only one personality "runs" at a time?)

Mostly right. I just don't see any reason why both personalities can't be active simultaneously.

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Have you worked out any stats for this character? Were thinking to stat the separate personalities as two separate characters? If you haven't worked out any stats, I advise you to wait a bit. The reason is that... I love this character idea, but I want to make sure game balance is not too disrupted. So I need to think over how this sort of character(s) would actually work out, stat-wise.

I have put together a character sheet, though I am not averse to changing it. In fact, I suspect it is in need of some fine tuning, regardless of what's decided. Currently, I have both personalities sharing the same stats giving them slightly different skill allocations wouldn't be a bad idea story wise, but I'm not sure how balanced it would be.

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This campaign idea is interesting in that it could allow two campaign styles: "reactive" and "proactive" campaigns. By "proactive" I mean the character do stuff, under their own initiative, on their free time. By "reactive" I mean the character are driven more by external forces.

It seems, intuitively, a reactive-style campaign would be easier for a beginner GM. In EP, the archetypal reactive campaign would be the characters work for Firewall: they are hanging out on the scum fleet, minding their own business, and suddenly they get a call from their Firewall router that "Objective X must be accomplished, and you two are the ones to do it".

I see Mr. Q's character has Firewall rep which (naturally) means he is part of Firewall. Is Epsilon Rose's character also part of Firewall? It's okay if he doesn't have any i-rep (that would imply he only recently joined Firewall). I have to say, it would be easier for me if they are both, indeed, part of Firewall. Due to my aforementioned statement about Firewall missions being "external" and "reactive".

But, of course, it might be fun to roleplay what your character get up to when *not* getting tasks from Firewall. Have more "proactive" gaming mixed in.

So. One idea I had (which I am not certain of yet) would be to segregate GMs by reactive and proactive. Possibly, I do Firewall missions, Snowflake could (maybe) GM during down-times.

Snowflake, are you a more experienced GM (whether in Eclipse Phase, or any other RPG)? I am assuming you are. You are also familiar with the setting/rules? Again, I am assuming you are.

Personally, I'd prefer a mix of the two styles. Right now I don't know enough to have my character chart his own course and feeling like there's other stuff going on in the world is fun, but eventually I'd like to have him get into his own trouble.

Ozarius is currently a member of Firewall (and does have an i-rep), but I think of him more as a fringe member. That is, his position gives him the ability to provide resources, distractions, cover and other types of aid to field agents, but he's not much of a field agent himself. That said, this status is more of a backstory thing and can change as need arises.

Aerisfang wrote:
Hey,

If you guys don't mind, I would be interested in joining.
I don't have a specific character in mind yet so I can fill in for gaps in the party's strengths.

I do not mind, though it would make me feel better if you gave some idea as to what sort of character you'd like to play and what kind of experience you have.

Aerisfang Aerisfang's picture
I was planning on playing a

I was planning on playing a more sciency-type character. Possibly a robotics-specialised argonaut.

I have 2 years of player experience with Anima: Beyond Fantasy and a few months of Eclipse phase DMing

Epsilon Rose Epsilon Rose's picture
Aerisfang wrote:I was

Aerisfang wrote:
I was planning on playing a more sciency-type character. Possibly a robotics-specialised argonaut.

I have 2 years of player experience with Anima: Beyond Fantasy and a few months of Eclipse phase DMing

I'm already going with an A.I. specialized scientist. That said, he's a bit weaker on the hardware end of things, so do with that what you will.

boomzilla boomzilla's picture
I'm sorry to say, but you are

I'm sorry to say, but you are going to have to find another GM besides me: I just can't make the commitment. My apologies for flaking out like this.


Espatier Espatier's picture
Interested

New to the game and would like to learn more about it. I have read alot and like what I have read.

Would like to try to create a character or two and even play for a bit if possible.

Old School
Old Guys Rule

Snowflake Snowflake's picture
Still interested?

Hi. I am also looking for a game to play or GM. I haven't played a EP game yet, except for a 1 session game that everyone left for various reasons. I am totally open to new players, and anyone else for that matter. I have GM'd other game systems over the years, with patchy breaks between mini-campaigns. Anyways, PVT me or just reply here if you want o contact me.

godmoney godmoney's picture
*raises hand

I too am interested in getting into a game. Monday or Tuesday (preferred) evenings after 5 till around 9 EST. So if there is room I am interested.

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