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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: [Off Site via IRC] Alpha Factor
« Last post by Longspeak on August 26, 2014, 11:46:01 AM »
I can't promise to hold spots. HOWEVER, right now my player Eric is running an adventure and we won't begin the new game until his ends. I'm actively recruiting now because it always takes a while to find people and because I hope to do some one-on-one stuff. The total idea is not 100% set as I'm taking input from players, the I'm going for very powerful men and women who tackle steep challenges, and balance the daily life.

Within the setting as it already exists there are three, possibly four, people who have been established as Alpha in the public eye. (There are more known to the PCs of the game just ended). Interestingly, even though costumed heroes are very much still a rarity, three of the four known Alphas are also costumed superheroes.

Senator Jacob 'Polaris' Richter - His "costume" is the suit he wears to work. He was the first, and remains one of the strongest, Alpha before the term became popular, and still an Alpha even among Alphas. He expressed on 9/11 at the age of 38. Today, thirty years later, he still looks like a man in his forties, on the short side, lean, receding hairline, glasses. He downed a jet on 9/11, and has only gotten stronger. Even after 30 years, he does not like being addressed as "Polaris." It's a name the media picked in the early days, and it's stuck, but he prefers his real name.

Kazé no Kensei - A costumed hero believed but not confirmed to be Alpha. The self proclaimed "Wind Sword Saint" has prowled the streets of Tokyo for 24 years, one of only two costumed heroes to maintain a secret identity for so long. Appearing abruptly when someone is in need, he metes out harsh justice to criminals with a deadly sword only he can see. To others it just looks like he's pretending to hold a weapon... until it severs a body part. Then he disappears as suddenly as he came.

Pulsar - The other long-term costumed hero, this French man has patrolled the skies over Paris for more than 20 years. This is the iffy one. He may or may not be Alpha. He flies, and blasts enemies with a sort of electromagnetic pulse with variable effects. But it's hard to get a read on the exact amount of raw power he uses because he controls it so carefully.

Quantum - The third secret identity. Calling herself Quantum, Sarah Voltaire was the first costumed superhero, from April, 2007 to June 2009. But then she lost her powers (itself a remarkable occurrence) and retired to the quiet (yeah, right) life of a baseline college student. Eleven years later, on September 11, 2020, no-one was more surprised than Sarah Voltaire when Quantum appeared  again, quelling a riot in Dallas with panache and minimum force. Her appearance had altered a bit, becoming a blend of Sarah's two distinct looks (one pre-outing, one post-outing when her mom made her dress more sensibly). Since then, Quantum has appeared repeatedly wherever there is someone in great enough need, anywhere in the United States. Like Kazé no Kensei, Quantum simply appears when there's trouble, handles it, and leaves again. Unlike her Japanese counterpart, she doesn't seem to mind chatting it up a bit before leaving. She also uses different powers than Sarah used to use when she was Quantum.


Part of the intent here is a deliberate more toward a more "four color" world. The original Delta Factor focused on the lives of PCs who used to be ordinary Joes, now trying to maintain lives while the world heaved around them. The power curve went up over time but there was always that focus on their lives. This game, I want to keep some of that, but the focus will be more on the challenges.
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Dwarven Guild / Re: Guild Matters--conversations with the council
« Last post by Chaosmark on August 26, 2014, 10:44:00 AM »
Okay, wow. I thought that was going to be annoying, but decided to stick it out and keep listening. That's strangely addictive. o.o
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Strolenati Guild / Re: I'm in.
« Last post by valadaar on August 26, 2014, 09:38:56 AM »
Go for it!

If you are looking for subs to add ideas to, might I suggest something here?

http://strolen.com/favorites/view/9

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Dwarven Guild / Re: Guild Matters--conversations with the council
« Last post by valadaar on August 26, 2014, 08:33:53 AM »
We have our Anthem :)
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Therafter / Re: Therafter Out of Game Discussion
« Last post by valadaar on August 26, 2014, 07:28:09 AM »
Congratz on the new job! May your acquisition of a computer be speedy!
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Hollen's Prize / Re: OOC
« Last post by Kassy on August 26, 2014, 06:50:14 AM »
Notice

Having, finally, found another job I'll be on hiatus from this site due to not having my own Laptop and home broadband.

Hopefully at the end of this month I will be able to afford both. Fingers crossed.

Until then I'll be out of commission. I might have the odd Saturday morning where I am able to post.

I nominate Silveressa to take over my character (if she's OK with that), if not then the GM can have his way ;)
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Therafter / Re: Therafter Out of Game Discussion
« Last post by Kassy on August 26, 2014, 06:49:51 AM »
Notice

Having, finally, found another job I'll be on hiatus from this site due to not having my own Laptop and home broadband.

Hopefully at the end of this month I will be able to afford both. Fingers crossed.

Until then I'll be out of commission. I might have the odd Saturday morning where I am able to post.

I nominate Silveressa to take over my character (if she's OK with that), if not then the GM can have his way ;)
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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: [Off Site via IRC] Alpha Factor
« Last post by Kassy on August 26, 2014, 06:09:57 AM »
Definite, concrete, interest.

But.

Possibly the worst but ever; I'm starting work again and won't be able to sign up until about a month or two. If you're able to keep a slot open?
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OOC, Starters and Questions / [Off Site via IRC] Alpha Factor
« Last post by Longspeak on August 26, 2014, 01:59:51 AM »
Hey all,

My game Delta Factor ended in April after 8 years. However the players are still interested in playing with the same setting. We've been playing in a story one of my players devised, but soon the new game will begin. There's room for one, or maybe two more if there is interest.

We play Saturdays at 5pm Pacific (8pm Eastern) in the Magicstar IRC Network. PM me or grab me in chat if you might be interested.


Alpha Factor

The world of Delta Factor split from known history in 2001 with the appearance of the first Deltas. The year is now 2031. There are more today than ever before. Ten years ago, the event now known as The Surge enhanced all of the so-called Zeroes, distributing them along the same power curve as other Deltas. This multiplied the number of Deltas with measurable super powers by ten overnight. Many factioned, many struck out against those who oppressed and discriminated. Many just weren't very nice to begin with. But most are just trying to get by day to day like the rest of us.

Among the 40,000 Deltas in the United States with measurable power, there are about 40 Alphas; Deltas whose power sets them apart even among Deltas. PCs in Alpha Factor will be among this elite bunch.

Look at my old recruitment thread for some of the history of the world:

http://strolen.com/guild/index.php/topic,6692.0.html

or check out some of my Delta Factor subs to get a feel for it.

The PCs will be Alphas, but will still balance day to day lives with their lives as Alphas.

The full long term concept is not set in stone. Right now I have a first story prepared and my players and I will see where it goes from there. There's other details, system stuff, etc. But right now I'm just seeing if there's any interest. If you can make the time reliably, give me a shout.
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