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Are we meeting this week?
I’m free mostly every evening on weekdays.
I’m free after 6PM CST everyday. It seems that Wednesday’s might be best?
Most weekdays I am available at 10pm EST, Wednesday’s I am usually free all day
My availability is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays I am available starting 2 hours earlier than when we usually start the game. On Wednesdays I am available all day long.
Hey everyone; I’m really sorry to do this but I’m still looking at quite a bit of work before I get to go home. I don’t think I’ll be able to do tonight. Since this keeps happening, is there another evening or two that works for everyone?
Sounds good to me!
Hey all, not sure if we were planning on next week or not. Just wanted to let everyone know that tomorrow will not be good for me. Next week, Aug 6th should be fine.
Oh; and out of game write-ups in exchange for rep scores is something I will fully endorse.
This week is looking a lot more open/flexible so a) we’re on for tonight and b) I’m down to try out the CoC scenario tomorrow.
I have concocted a Call of Cthulhu scenario and was wondering if any of you would like to be my cannon fodder…I mean test subjects. I am free all day Wednesday and I need at least two players. The time is 1997 and the place is New York. Players are assumed to be in either the NYPD or the FBI (someone from the Behavioral Science Division would not be out of place).
Totally fine with me, I’m getting pretty busy recently as well. Also, I need some time to check out my Psi so I can start using the damned thing in game more often.
Gives me a chance to spend a little extra time with my mom while she’s in town.
Any chance we can arrange some downtime projects for our characters over the next couple of days. I’m thinking about doing a little IC writeup about the kind of things Roald does to keep his rep scores up.
Oh gawd, I feel really bad for this but one of my jobs decided to take a dump on me and I’m getting called in. I’ll make this up to everyone.
The plan is to game tonight though I apologize in advance if my computer overheats part way through. Its supposed to be +42 here by tonight and its been having some problems chugging through this heat in my lack of air conditioning.
Hey all: very sorry to do this but I just had a huge assignment dumped on me due tomorrow morning. I will keep everyone posted but it looks like I won’t be able to GM tonight.
Those are fair points. I think it’s important to explain that Roald isn’t making this sort of recommendation from a place of optimism, i.e. “Let’s set them free and hope for the best.” Roald’s tactics of operational security are based on fatalism, that is to say, “They have ID’d us, we shall have to be different people tomorrow.”
In the future he’ll advocate that the team should very much limit the amount of legwork they do in person; better to rely on hacking, on unregistered bots, and on couriers. Roald would prefer to frontload the operation with caution, rather than scramble to manage some sort of unsavory cleanup.
There may just be something old hat about Roald. He’s been an intelligence officer long enough to have outlived the institutions that created him, and it’s made him sentimental. He’s been re-instantiated, so he doesn’t take continuity loss lightly, it’s never pleasant. If he’s challenged about the stacks he’ll relent and let Firewall, or the disassembler, have them. Then he’ll light up a cigarette and say something like “Poor devils. Of course it’s always we’ve got to for the good of mankind,” and maybe, “don’t let’s be beastly.”
Fon, flat-out, does not give a single fuck about a bunch of hypercorp rent-a-cops. They knew what they were getting into when they signed up for the job: the potential for violence, death, and lack of continuity. And really, we’re probably doing them a favor in having to resleeve from backup instead of from their stacks.
If their stacks turn up, their egos will mostly likely be first reinstatiated in a simulspace for a debriefing. XPs will be made of their memories and examined in exacerbating detail for any potential clues to the identity of the perpetrators. As they were at fault (for not stopping us), they’ll most like be reprimanded severely. This will involve them having to pay for the cost of their own resleeving (assuming the corp decides they’re still worth having in a physical body; otherwise they could just end up as an infomorph, or placed in cold storage), but it could also involve more in-depth preventative measures, such as forcible psychosurgery and ego editing in order to “correct” any issues they had in the combat (such as a certain ill-placed grenade).
If, however, these guys are simply restored from backup, then there’s no possible information that can be gained from interrogations. They’ll still probably be forced to pay for the costs of their resleeving (possibly putting them into indenture), but their egos will be otherwise intact, and without a complete understanding of what occurred, it’s unlikely they’ll be punished further.
Frankly, there’s nothing for us to gain by showing these jackoffs any sort of sympathy. We’re all members of the same illegal conspiracy here, and we have far more to lose than gain by being nice to these guys. Even if there were security spimes, you’re talking about static cameras in fixed locations with limited angles of view; a far cry from a person standing face-to-face with the guy that was about to strangle and stab said individual to death. Spime footage means they might be able to identify some of us; XP records mean they will be able to identify all of us.
Being a spy means we have to get our hands dirty. Fon has long since come to terms with that fact, and really, given that she’s a brinker at heart, she could care less about other people so long as the fight against the TITANs carries on. If that mean some guy has to end up indentured for 20 years to get a new morph, that’s his problem; the continued existence of transhumanity outweighs his inconvenience.
If there’s a genuine concern about security spimes, Fon can do a quick mesh sweep to track down and doctor/delete any incriminating footage, but I doubt it’s worth being concerned about. As far as the rent-a-cops, however, Fon will be adamantly opposed to releasing their cortical stacks. It’s a gross breach of operation security, it’s a risk to herself and the team (don’t forget, she’s extremely paranoid), and it’s just not a good idea. Fon still sticks by her original idea of throwing the stacks into an industrial nano-disassembler to ensure they can’t ever be recovered, and as far as she’s concerned that’s what’s going to happen to them if they don’t end up being turned over to Firewall.
So it goes.
I will not oppose letting them go since they were only trying to rescue me from luddite terrorists who are clearly opposed to the proper march of science (I am not sure how much of this statement I actually believe).
Yesterday’s game was a lot of fun. EP handles combat in a way that really gets your heart pumping. Anyway, I was mulling something over last night and I had a thought.
I’m feeling a little bad about forcing the Private Security guys to re-instantiate from backups. I know we’re in a ruthless business, but on reflection I’m not sure it’s going to be all that useful to us. Here’s my line of thinking. Eclipse phase is a game setting where there’s almost universal surveillance, so if somebody puts some effort they’re probably going to find at least one spime that filmed us approaching and entering the warehouse. I believe we can assume that we’ve been witnessed entering the crimescene right before the firefight. If the Private Security goons are re-instantiated, their XP won’t reveal much that wasn’t already shown.
So, what has been shown? Our faces have been seen at the scene of some terrorist activity. With the exception of Dr. Silence, I don’t think this will be much of a problem. Roald and Fon both operate through Fake Identities so investigating either of them is pretty much going to be a dead end. Yopum’s real identity isn’t particularly useful (he has low rep scores). For the three of us, it wouldn’t take all that much credit and or rep to get access to new, clean identities. We should probably resleeve, or at least have some black market cosmetic work done on our morphs.
So, the rest is Silence. We’ve already got a start on how to deal with the Doctor’s predicament. Silence went down practically two seconds into the fight. He might have been a hostage for all anybody knows. We have an advantage because we went to the press with it. We’re spinning the story and fanning the controversy. We should try and bring Firewall in to help. It’ll look shady as hell, but I think the truth of the situation will be hard to prove. This may be just another one of the Doctor’s many hackneyed controversies. In the meantime, I think Silence should also get a black market ID and morph for use during black Ops activities. He can still gatecrash as himself, we need his rep for that world.
If I’m right about the spimes outside the warehouse, then the Private Security guys will only end up telling the hypercorps a story they’ll already have assumed. So the way I see it, getting rid of their stacks would be a dick-move that’s not all that useful to us. So, why should we bother? Why don’t we just leave the stacks as a dead drop somewhere so they can be found and re-sleeved? Our characters will probably sleep better at night, and you need a good-night’s sleep when the exsurgents start to appear.
We are on for tonight! I look forward to seeing how everyone will deal with the private security!
Sounds good, thanks for letting us know!
Sorry to hear about that. Next tuesday it is then.
Super sorry everyone: my internet is still spotty at best and can’t hold a skype conversation. I’m moving things to ensure availability for next Tuesday.
Just letting everyone know, (If we are still up for tonight) I might be about 15 min late but I’m still def showing up.
Er… Having some Internet troubles. Will keep everyone posted
Are we meeting today?
I’m online now. Ready when everyone else is
See everybody in about an hour?
Awesome, next week it is!
See you next week then
Next tuesday will be fine.
Works for me.
I got swamped with quite a bit of work this week: next Tuesday works for me. Good for everyone else?
What’s the plan peeps? Any update on when the next session is?
I heartily endorse writing things up.
Make it so!
Good by me. Might write up a little something for Fon in the meantime, if I get the chance.
Just confirming while I write things up: everyone is still good for the 28th? Same time/same channel?
be there in 10 mins
I’m online and just getting my stuff ready. I’m still down for tonight. Rocky start it may be, but no fizzling agreed.
No fizzling allowed!
Also —Explitive Deleted— I’m at the auto shop right now, having my something’r’other replaced. I’ll be home, on skype as soon as I can.
NOoooo! Well one down, we still on for tonight?! If we find a better night, I’m all for it I just want don’t want this to fizzle out! btw Skype name: joel.rauch
Looks like I’m out… I apparently have a hard stop at 11 Eastern.
If we start right at 10, and go until midnight, that works for me. Makes for slightly shorter sessions and all that, but I’m cool with that if it works for everyone. Assuming we’re all good, 10pm EST tomorrow night.
Awsome cant wait till Tuesday when I can tell you all about that new brand of adventure grade vacsuit I am endorsing. Remember, if it doesn’t have the brown fedora, it is not adventure grade.
I’ll be fine. I could easily stay up until 2am or so, but … I hate being zombie for the rest of the following workday.
I’d be ok with starting at ten est too. The curvature of the earth affords me an unfair advantage at that sort of thing. I just hope you don’t all get too tired.
I’m cool with doing 10 until midnight if that works with everyone.
I do work during the week, so I need to try and get to sleep no later than midnight.
I’m cool with starting later so we can get helios in on this. Should we try and aim for 10pm? What does everyone else think?
As I said some time ago, I don’t get home till around 9:30pm, 10pm est. on Tuesdays usually.
Yessir, I’m even glad for the chance to revise my character’s stats.
Ack! sorry all. In what has been a continuing comedy of errors with this move, my internet was hooked up, only to lead to a sheepish looking representative from the company ask me where my modem was. I didn’t have one. Everything is set up as of this morning but I was unable to access this earlier to get everything sorted. My sincere apologies.
For moving forward: how about people pm me their skype accounts and I’ll add everyone and get it ready to go. Can we plan for next Tuesday from 8:30 until 11:30 EST?
Planning on next Tuesday then? I’ve still gotta finish a couple things up.
Oh god, people are talking.
Tuesday is fine for me. Really, any day after 3:30pm is fine for me, save Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Just make sure to get a hold of me and I’m in.
Funny, I just moved as well. OK, I’ll try to have my character ready before Tuesday. Let us all know exactly what time.
I don’t mind waiting another week.
I wouldn’t mind running a 1-man short game either >:]
Not available this Tuesday, will be available at 10pm EST on the 14th. Rightfully sorry.
I’ll be ready this Tuesday. A few quick questions though. What time is the start? Do you need my skype name? My google plus thingamajig?
Good for me as well! Gotta update some simple character stuff and make a background story. Should have it done by Tuesday
Good for me! Just moved into a new place. Internet should be hooked up on Monday; is everybody good to have a go at a first session on Tuesday?
So, how’s May treating everybody?
Haven’t look at it yet. alas, time is the limiting factor. If I could fork myself in real life…
Has anybody had a look at the Transhuman playtest yet? Anything in particular that you feel like you could do now, that couldn’t be done before?
@tyleroi: The mesh, of course. ;) Fon maintains a virtual office, since she’s often on the move.
@redheadanarchy cool cool; does Orchid and the company you are gatecrashing through have an actual way to contact you?
@tyleroi: If she’s required to give an address, her fake ego ID (Raquel Macherson) is registered to the Twin Moons Suites in Noctis-Qianjiao, an mid-level arcology for hypercorp wageslaves and other mid-income types. It’s a fake address under a fake name, but it’s layered enough to pass inspections, and the arcology houses enough of a population to make actual verification not worth the time and effort.
Well, time to sadle up for season Mars. Get some b-roll of Olympus, have some ruster brew, sign some autographs for the rednecks and hope this is not the job that finally ruins my career.
@Tyleroi Roald can certainly start the game having farcast to the surface of Mars. He does that pretty often.
I wasn’t clear on how soon in the game we will be gatecrashing for the first time, so I didn’t specify how far Roald had gotten trying to infiltrate Pathfinder. Roald has been trying for a while to get one of his identities into Pathfinder, but I’m thinking that our first time going through the Gate as a group will probably be Roald’s first experience gatecrashing.
@castlereagh how’s he going to gatecrash then? Or is he assumed to be currently farcasted down to the surface for this?
@redheadanarchy cool cool; just curious as to the current living situation that Fon has provided for her cover story of going gatecrashing.
@zopaque just on here is cool.
@Castlereagh: PTSD and OCD. Having your last memories be of the Fall tends to fuck you up, especially when you’re re-instatiated from cold storage.
@tyleroi: Fon is nomadic, in a sense. She ostensibly lives in Noctis-Qianjiao, on Mars, but she frequently moves from place to place, due to her extreme paranoia (and her work in and near the TQZ). She frequently crashes at coffin motels under throwaway identities, hacks her away into low-rent domiciles for a night, or just squats with fellow outcasts and anarchists. On the occasion scum swarms happen to be in the area, she’ll often stay with them for as long as they’re in orbit before returning to Mars.
For Roald, home is on Titan. He has a home in a quiet, low-population settlement, removed from the moon’s more developed cities. Every sixteen months or so Roald might egocast home for a few weeks, but he’s spent most of the last few years either on or orbiting Mars. As you can imagine, he’s a bit estranged from his wife.
Roald lives in Mars orbit, on Progress. It’s the best place in the solar system to eavesdrop on Consortium/Hypercorp business. His apartment is rented through a Fake Ego ID. For planetside business, Roald prefers to farcast. He hates orbital shuttles. On Mars itself, Roald usually sleeves in a major population centre, and then drops off the grid to liaise with seditious Barsoomians.
I maintain a tastefully decorated apartment in Extropia where I have managed to squirrel away a single bottle of Lagavulin Scotch (fabers cant get this stuff right).
Working on my guy now…this guy is going to be a crazy bag of fun… tyleroi you want us to just edit our background/living situation in the sheet or post here?
Also: I’m really liking a lot of the characters so far. Forgot to add that to the first one. That was my motivation for saying this is going to be good, not some arrogance in my own abilities.
This is going to be good. :)
Aside: I’ve almost got all of “Act 1” figured out. Can everyone comment on what their living situation would be like when they aren’t actively gatecrashing? Its a bit of fluff and such for me to weave into some things. If anyone has any questions as well: I’m happy to get to them here.
Ooh! Which ones? Roald’s PTSD gives him panic attacks whenever he’s on a rocketship that’s moving!
Spoilers, my character already has two mental disorders without the benefit of Psi.
Regarding insanity, the way I see it, it’s likely that most if not all of the PCs will have awful psychological problems after a few sessions. We should learn to cope with them sooner rather than later. What disorder were you thinking about taking?
I have no problems with that. My character will likely be looking for the nearest airlock to shove your corpse out of when the dominoes of crazy start falling but I have no problems what so ever. In my other group, one of our characters is playing the naive magic user who is being corrupted by the forces of darkness while we can only look on in abject terror.
Guys, quick question…I’m thinking about changing my character to something a little more unique. Psi using, crazy man with lots of psychological problems and enemies about. Would you all be interested? If it’s too late, let me know!
Don’t worry. All the samples have been tested before being placed in a sealed container with a autographed plaque and a picture of yours truly standing in the ruins of an alien civilization. Also, if you buy in the next twenty days, I will throw in a copy of the fabber pattern for my trademark exploration fedora.
Did somebody say “Professional spook?” I’m sure I don’t know anybody fitting that description! Your muse must have typed the wrong Mesh ID. I represent a handful of perfectly mundane Shipping interests. It’s all perfectly straightforward, Extropian investment underwritten by Lunar banks only I’ll spare you the details because they’d bore you to tears. Inner system, Outer system, I can see that it’s all going to open up and everybody is going to be the best of friends. We’ve got so much to share with one another! That’s the attitude anyway, here and there, everybody’s just dying to “give it to ’em.” you know, “Quit holding back” and “Give them everything we’ve got.”
Your greed would be pitiable if it weren’t so worrisome.
Lies! Who have you been talking too, those cases were settled out of court with a very gag order on all involved. For further information, please buy a subscription to my latest autobiography ’Wilderness Years: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Autonomists." Buy now and you can have a genuine piece of a Xenoplanet featured on my award winning series “Sea of the Stars.”
That just means you’re more open with your lies.
I am not a hypercorp shill, I am a highly respected xenoarcheologist, XP host, and appraiser of earth artifacts. I am also from Extropia where a man can benefit from the sweat of is own brow without becoming a parasite in the process. Also, we actually honor cntracts without the slavery thank you very much.
Keep your “?” to yourself, hypercorp schill.
Castlereagh, Like the character. I am intrigued to see how a professional spook will work with an XP star. redheadanarchy, “?”
Hey, tyleroi. I didn’t get an invite. Sad panda here.
Pumped for this! Just letting you guys know I’m still working on my character background info and some more stats.