It happens, bub. Fun while it lasted!
It was a gallant and ambitious try. If you’re not going to catch a fish, might as well not catch a big fish.
Okay, this didn’t really work, did it.
OKAY! Profoundly sorry for the long pause. Just getting life a little sorted out. Hopefully things will permit me to continue this.
And we’re rolling!
Well, if you had neglected to observe it, your unavailability would be permanent.
It’s my wife’s 30th today, I apologize preemptively for my unavailability.
You know, I think the OOC threads should have their own theme. My suggestion follows:
Okay, that concludes episode 1. Episode 2 will be up shortly, and will begin at the Route 60 on-ramp to I-94 East towards the city. I’ll start an OOC thread for discussion and bickering.
The implications that has for me, personally, are…well….alarming, to say the least.
I count my legal name as third base.
No worries, I just don’t give my name out on a first date, is all…
Between all the games and all the aliases it’s like a Dostoyevsky novel in here. Mea culpa.
Um. Don’t think I’ve given my name out yet, Neko. If I did, it woulda been Jamie, not Flint. But I haven’t yet. Just sayin’. ;)
And that’s how the gang came together. Cue commercial break.
“Gas Masks and Geiger Counters, brought to you by new All-Color Cheer.”
“Burgers! Hot Burgers! Get them from the burger man. I said Burgers! Radioactive Burgers! Eat ’em just as fast as you can!”
The nerve of that guy, selling his hot meat out in public!
You want fries with that? Made with real glow-in-the-dark potatoes.
I’ll have a burger and a side of Rad sickness! Maybe hold the burger?
Neat Fallout meter and Crossbow!
Human ingenuity never ceases to amaze me.
I mean, not that you couldn’t have figured it out. Love the Springfield!
I should probably not have translated Nutmegged…my idea was that the New England survivors would have their own, largely unfamiliar slang.
Why not…[slams beer can down]…both!
Hey GM, are we going to build a glossary of slag on the wiki, or just make stuff up as we go like in A Clockwork Orange?
Yeah, my wish fulfillment is the GTO. :P
Hmm. Apparently my wish-fullfillment is to be the guy who taught me how to swim, only slightly younger and after an apocalypse. I have some god damned weird wishes.
(Okay, okay, that M6 may be a little bit of wish fullfillment)
See what I mean? I would never have managed to stand up to bullies in grade school. That’s why all grade schoolers should carry loaded guns!
I don’t know that it’s needless to say, Neko.
This game is mainly an exercise in wish-fulfillment for me. In 1st Grade I wanted a Dukes of Hazzard lunch box, but my mom got me Peanuts. Needless to say, I spent the next eight years nerdy and unpopular.
Well, technically we ARE right next to the grill, but I am reminded of the science experiment we did as a kid where we used a a cup of gasoline to extinguish a match…
I only like 40% of those things.
I wont begin to judge the GMs manhood, but I will say that anyone who is a fan of action, westerns, sci fi, good acting, or good writing should most definitely see Firefly, and its conclusion, Serenity.
A match by ethanol…how could this go wrong?
Ah. There’s something weirdly liberating in standing on the threshold of blowing a twenty point advantage!
You sure you want to taunt the GM like that? Be a shame if that eighty-point car cracked a piston or something.
“Never actually seen a full episode of Firefly.”
You are not a man.
I just this week saw four or five full episodes for the first time. (I saw it twice in first run and didn’t like it). I’ve decided that the captain makes more sense as a Blaxploitation character, but that’s a casting road not traveled.
No sweat, there, Colin. I’ve been doing this for a while, and I still manage to bollocks it up on the regular.
Never actually seen a full episode of Firefly.
Clearly, it’s Firefly mixed with the Man With No Name.
SO I somehow managed to completely miss the comments section. My apologies.
My name really is Colin Jory. Im 24 and my only rpg experience has been with DND and video game rpgs. One of my favorites is Fallout 3 so I look forward to this campaign. I have never done a play by post, so bear with me if I stumble or break some etiquette.
If there’s a van, can we get a Great Dane that talks and makes sandwiches?
I definitely was not thinking ‘80s TV show. N.B. I would not recommend you boys driving around in a van and shooting guns out of peoples’ hands.
The level of violence we see will determine whether we’re on cable or network TV.
And, hey, maybe that just means I’m not a series regular.
This is an 80s TV show? I was misinformed! I thought it was an 80s post apocalypse movie mixed with all those Radio westerns Ed’s been listening to lately.
Awww, I was hoping we’d all have a character tag show up….y’know….since it’s an 80s TV show. :P
You’d have thunk by now I’d not have any further mistakes in my first post, but no, I still managed to describe the color of his jacket wrong (blue faded to grey, not grey faded to grey). I also decided he had no title or character tag show up.
You’re thinking of Murder By Death.
OK, but if you do Hank again it better be “The Angel of Death.”
I thought they were the band for your last campaign?
The official house band of the post-apocalypse is Lonesome Wyatt & Rachel Brooke, by the by.
Aye, I’ll be seeing him in a bit, I’ll ask.
Speaking of Colin…
Colin has not gamed with this group before, either. Although I’ve played some tabletop with him.
Am I the only one who hasn’t played with this group before? My real life name is Tim, I’m 35, I’ve at least dabbled with most major systems. I played D+D for years as a lad, then off and on as an adult. I ran a sort of Batman meets movies and shit I like low level superhero game using the Hero System for more or less 17 years in various locales (13 in one area) before I moved and running a regular game wasn’t possible anymore. In my high school-early post college years I ran a lot of Call of Cthluhu. I’ve played a lot of Champions. My big experience with GURPS was in a cyberpunk game that also ripped off a game called Syndicate that I never played. I’m a native Nutmegger turned Masshole. I met Ed at a B-Movie forum that’s connected to B-Fest and we just sort of glommed onto each other and became online friends, though I have met him a few times at B-Fest. I don’t really game anymore, though I do watch too many movies and blog about them. Probably TMI, eh?
So apparently the body is not near the ’Went where we begin the Scene, so I have redacted my post as instructed.
I should mention that the undeveloped film is for an instant camera, so no photos were taken with it.
Play has started here, on the forums.
HO-KAY! All characters created.
New Character image! I’ve had a change of concept/heart. :P
Fair enough. My name is Chris, but I also answer to LF (That’s short for LiaoFan, my nomnomnom de plume on a Battletech-related website, which is also where I ‘met’ most of the guys here). I’m 37 (I’m not old), and am starting a new chapter in my life. It’s hard, but I’m sure it’ll work out.
I’m working security at [REDACTED FOR YOUR SAFETY], a large resort in Las Vegas. Good times. I’ve probably played everything out there save Gurps and D&D (I mean, I dabbled, but there was always a game of D6 Star Wars going on, or Robotech, or something, so screw that stuff), and my favorite games are Human Occupied Landfill, and All Flesh Must Be Eaten.
Nah, I’m pretty sure we can come to consensus on a few points.
I think it’s possible we’re going to disagree on every point for the entire game. What do you think?
myself, I prefer leaving the Crunchy in the dark, and maybe some backstory too. After all, insofar as I know it, your guys don’t know my guy, right?
I leave it up to your individual discretion.
Thanks for the sheet, Ed. Are we allowed/expected to make our character sheets public? If we’re voting I say public, since browsing sheets is half the fun of RP.
And LF is playing Jayne!!!! WOOT!
Well played, Edward!
I’m Jonathan, I own a coffee shoppe, play Battletech and DnD mostly. I GM a game here on OP, and play a handful if other games as well. Neko, LF, and I have been friends for about 12 years, Edward and I for something like 8, Colin and I for maybe 4.
I give LF a lot of crap, but only because he’s good at dishing it back, and because Edward, as GM, is off limits. ;)
Well say, we should go around and introduce ourselves while we’re waiting to launch. No need to play with strangers.
Hi, I’m Neko. I live in Florida. I mainly play BattleTech. I have played Shadowrun, though when I dabble in RP it’s most often GURPS.
LOL, fair point. My appologies.
You know, MDM, not everyone playing this time around knows you, might want to wait a little before turning on the charm.
Hey, LF, Colin JUST JOINED the campaign and already has a character up.
Whooooooo’s da pokiest widdle puppy? Who? Who? D’awwwwwwwww!
Blah, blah, blah, excuses.
I’d see my character done in creation before it gets posted here, is all.
Girl will show up in Season Two as an antagonist. I reckon bow is a good way to pick off PCs silently when we misbehave.
If he changes to this guy, I may have to go with my envoy who comes in search of vital parts. I can’t reveal more or it would spoil the joke.
Damn, I was looking forward to meeting Girl, Neko. Would have been an awesome combo of JLaw and Boy from The Road Warrior (oh, excuse me Mad Max 2. I grew up on it as The Road Warrior).
To be fair, I’ve only sketched the second. Sorry to put you out, Ed. I realized it wouldn’t be much fun cruising the apocalypse with no place to plug a hairdryer. Plus I’m so over Jlaw.
So you’ve made two characters, now, in the space of time where LF has made none! :P
New guy on deck. Will add details tomorrow.
Reading that summary there, I definitely have some back up ideas for characters.
The real question, Edward, is if we are going to be slowly turning into furnishings and rooms due to radiation.
“If there’s one Russian left, and two of us, we’ve won!” — att. General Curtis LeMay
Almost all of the nation’s industrial and intellectual resources will be destroyed. Virtually all of the universities. Practically all of the factories. Worse, the people who can build and maintain them were likely killed in the exchange or died in the difficult few years after the war. Anything requiring mass-production, precision workmanship, electricity…the sinews of modern life, anything of that nature will have been beyond the productive capacity of the survivors. The postwar recovery didn’t come because people were reduced to subsistence and scavenger economies, salvaging what they could from the cities, struggling to grow food, or simply killing people who had what they wanted.
Edward linked me to this though he says that in that scenario, the USSR got off a lot more missiles than in our campaign.
I’m struck by how “not bad” it is. I realize that the US Population is SAVAGED, but what I mean is that from what he says, most of the United States is inhabitable in a few years after the war. This means that people who survive two to three years will be able to begin rebuilding an infrastructure, and that any manufacturing plants which were not destroyed an are not in a hot zone could still be operable with some work.
In other words, the Jeremiah or Book of Eli levels of devastation and societal breakdown do not seem to be apparent even in the worst case scenario as painted by the above listed link. Sure, our population is reduced by 200 million, I’m not meaning to make light of that. But what I mean is that there is still a little more than 25% of our population remaining, and that within three years much of the nation can be inhabited somewhat safely again. So maybe the cities are all still too hot, I get that, but there’s a lot of the meat and potatoes of our society that goes on away from cities.
And frankly, humans are social creatures. We will band together and rebuild. Old electronics will be repaired, communications will be re-established, and I would imagine that within 40 years there would be a functioning overarching government complete with infrastructure. Heck, I’d even guess that there would be somewhat of an upswing in nationalism in response to surviving an attack from another country.
Wait, is there a table to make waves at?
Making this character has made me realize I’m always playing the old fart in these things.
Did you manage to get a look at my idea? I sent it in the thread, if I recall correctly, as a screen pic.
Well, go ahead and run her through the GURPS cruncher. I’ll double my effort not to make waves at the gaming table.
I actually thought it was a pretty neat concept, Nek.
OK, that’s the second negative reaction. I’m going to use Lee Marvin instead.
DAMN YOU NEKO BIJIN!!!!!!!!
Neko, if you consider sterility a mutant power, than yes. Most radiation has subsided after forty years; only the truly foolish or unlucky or those who were alive to live through the war might have radiation sickness.
I’m just gonna keep bringing the same guy back with a new face and new backstory. :P
Are any mutant powers available? Is radiation sickness a mandatory disadvantage?
If we “die” can we come in as a new character?
Yes, 200 point characters. Think miniseries, so it’s more likely I will “let” PCs die.
Is this also a GURPS game?
OOOh! Now I want to muck about in burnt out STL too!!! :P
Well, East Hartford was home to Pratt & Whitney, so it probably didn’t do too well.
It’s vital that I know how Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Boston fared.
Hey, I watched the full first episode last night, so nyah.
Oh, it’s all a joke to you, but I have to watch that SyFy show tonight.
Especially if Houston could be nuked by both sides. I’d really appreciate that.
Hey Edward, if you have the time, it’d be really cool to get a basic rundown of how the various major metropolitan areas fared. Not asking for details just a rundown that looks something like:
So we get to play in nuked-out Chicago? Wheeeeeeee! I love Chicago based RPGs!
This is actually a planned Fallout campaign repurposed as a nuclear war +40 game set in 2019. So less planning than one might hope.
Hoom, Hoom, Hoom…
Wow, eighteen months in the planning!
I dunno, the trees are nice, and the gas-mask in the homepage sets things off nicely.
Just a side project that I’m kicking around with no fixed plans.
Another game, or have you taken a pessimistic turn in outlook?