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Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by EchoMirage on Yesterday at 01:17:51 PM »
"Sure, here it is" Blue passed the slate. "Tell me if there's anything interesting - especially any naked photos. For research purposes, of course."
"You know, I'll have to move if we don't bring these in. Boss Ellington will torch my place if he thinks I ran away with his merch. With me in it, if I happen to be there. I kinda liked playing the Genie. Over-the-top, but ever so entertaining. I'd even do a genuine good deed on occasion! Imagine!"
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Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by valadaar on Yesterday at 01:08:55 PM »
Jerome looked at Blue, as if seeing him for the first time.  He had been so focused on the mission, and the money, that things were cloudy.

What kind of Devil's handywork would he be helping if he brought these in.  Already too much had transpired.

Combat bots were his specialty, even though he had never been involved with these flesh-things.  Maybe he could figure it out.

"Can I take a look at that slate you - picked up?"  Doubtless the biometrics wouldn't accept him, but it was worth a try. He could try to Flash it but that would take more time then they likely had.

"I get the feeling our deal with the Fixer was, well, just words.  This is some serious s**t here, and they will likely as not try to erase us since we've done the messy bit."  He needed to get back to his contacts. Where did these come from?

"Not sure Blue, all the bots I dealt with were straightforward affairs like Tom," he gestured to the smoking crater that marked Tom's recent demise. Or was it Jerry?

"But someone would be very interested in these for sure. " The standard military, not so much. But special operations?  What targets would be vulnerable to sentiment, and not scan for hardware?

He took a look at his radiation detector - integral to the suit.  It normally only reported threatening levels of hard radiation and ignored lower levels, including those of nuclear munitions.  Now he was looking. Gamma. Neutron. Tetrahertz.



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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: The Silk Road OOC Chat
« Last post by Scrasamax on Yesterday at 07:03:15 AM »
I'd also like to bring up a topic which may explain some of the hiccups: the Silk Road RP is very sandbox-y, and system-free. We have never really discussed how to address this.
> What are the players' narrative privileges? Can we create NPCs, can we play out some of the interactions? How much of the story outside of the actions of our characters do we actually drive? Do you Scras have a thought-out plot, or do we co-determine what the plot actually is?
> How do we handle success and failure of the PCs' actions, and their competence? Honestly, I've never played a fully system-free RP, so I am at a loss here. This is less crucial than the distribution of narrative privileges, but still important.

Narrative privilege - pretty loose, and I have some ideas to loop a narrative together but there isn't a linear adventure here. Wherever the party goes I'll plot ahead of it to keep it interesting

Color NPCs and background fluff is totally up for grabs, and interactions are fine for anyone to do both parts.

When there have been serious incidents that require skill or dice checks I generally just toss a D20 and go from that.

On the Mommas and their babies - the kids are interceptors and are just conventional explosives, enough to stop an armor trooper or collapse a small building, they protect the mother until she can teach her designated target. Mothers can carry a lot more conventional explosive, but that 8 month prego belly can pack in way more than just some C4.
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Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by EchoMirage on Yesterday at 06:08:50 AM »
"I could chill out to this" Blue mused, then tucked the globe away. There was time for chilling later. Possibly. Hopefully. With some weapons of mass destruction at their hand, the chill aspect of their future may be scarce, sparse, and hard to come by. Not in abundance. At a premium. Few and far between and in short supply.
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Or, they could just dump the merchandise and be done with it.

There was something that was preventing Blue from arriving at a reasonable conclusion. The head-fuzz had proliferated. Blue withdrew to dine upon the blessed fruits of the pharmaceutical industry. They would gradually begin to reinstate Blue's inner centre, fix the leaks in the roof of the temple of the soul.
Some effects were immediate - so did the anxiety at not having the medication in the first place pass from Blue, a visible relief suddenly plastered over the previously strained face.
Non-alcoholic brewski in hand, Blue sat in the tank's shade, and chirped towards the other two mercs: "So. We're loaded up. I hope that our customer will not mind the sexbots being knocked up, with explosives or worse. Really, what a waste of a good sex toy. Perverted, even. Anyway, are we heading back, or does anyone have a better idea? I personally do like Cairo a bit, and wouldn't like to see it detonated, which may well happen in case anyone makes these beauties blow. Jerome, does the military have any weapon-grade gynecologists, who could take a peek up their snatch, and check whether there's a big red button inside? Why would we even want to know? Do we care? Is the money good enough now that we know that these things can deliver more than grade-A fellatio? Do we want to use them to topple a corporation or two?"
Blue took another sip.
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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: The Silk Road OOC Chat
« Last post by EchoMirage on Yesterday at 05:41:26 AM »
I'd also like to bring up a topic which may explain some of the hiccups: the Silk Road RP is very sandbox-y, and system-free. We have never really discussed how to address this.
> What are the players' narrative privileges? Can we create NPCs, can we play out some of the interactions? How much of the story outside of the actions of our characters do we actually drive? Do you Scras have a thought-out plot, or do we co-determine what the plot actually is?
> How do we handle success and failure of the PCs' actions, and their competence? Honestly, I've never played a fully system-free RP, so I am at a loss here. This is less crucial than the distribution of narrative privileges, but still important.
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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: The Silk Road OOC Chat
« Last post by EchoMirage on Yesterday at 03:54:03 AM »
Ah, from the explosion in connection with Jerome's bot, I thought that these were just conventional explosives. Blue, being an anarcho-terrorist too did not see an issue with simply handing them over. The possibility of a nuke or worse did not cross my mind, TBH. I'll give it some thought.
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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: The Silk Road OOC Chat
« Last post by Scrasamax on April 22, 2018, 07:16:24 PM »
Posted a nudge, this is kinda sandbox here, the shuttle job got everyone in the same place at the same time, albeit for different reasons. The shuttle has been reached, and it has a serious issue inside, aka the mobile mine pregnant women and children, which are very much terror weapons. By headcount the only mines that have gone off are children, and these were enough to completely obliterate a skeletron, and to also destroy a second landing craft, from the first attempt to take the shuttle. There is no telling what is packed inside the abdomens of the pregnant women.

chemical warhead
viral warhead
micro-atomic device
arcanotech warhead
austerhagen micro-warhead

The potential for what is inside of them should put most of the characters into a cold sweat
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Moderated Freeform / Re: The Silk Road Act 1: Old Cairo
« Last post by Scrasamax on April 22, 2018, 07:13:01 PM »
Blue could their body relax, and their mind calm holding the sphere. The play of lights and color across it's smooth surface were captivating. It flowed into fractal patterns that very quickly flowed into the same hypnotic wave forms that Blue experienced at the Sea of Victoria.

Arjan looked quizzically at Blue, but shrugs. Blue calm was better than Blue carrying on and doing that half singing half talking lilting speech thing, it had a charming sound, but she felt like someone listening to an ongoing inside joke made into a song.

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Sagely Advice / Re: Praying for a Paradox
« Last post by Zahner on April 21, 2018, 11:43:08 PM »
Thanks, axelrowes, for not only the three great ideas (can't decide which one I like best), but also the vote of confidence as a DM. It's much appreciated because this is my first campaign.

I posted this verbatim in another forum and got my genitals smacked for "railroading my player" and no further positive remarks. I hope to see other contributions, but these help greatly because it inspires me and gives me more options.

Going now to reread HGTTG.
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Sagely Advice / Re: Big List of...
« Last post by Zahner on April 21, 2018, 08:34:03 PM »
This looks very interesting. What are your plans for this?
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