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    Interest Check Roleplay idea; "Power Armoured"

    Inspired by a combination of Anthem and Battletech, with some Fallout, Lost Planet, and Starcraft in the mix, I found myself with the bare bones of a roleplay idea that I wanted to share with everyone to see if anyone wants to give it a go.

    The idea is that the setting is built pretty heavily around suits of powered armour, of the type seen in the above games. I definitely want to have player freedom, so expansion from there is pretty much guaranteed.

    As for the actual setting; I'm leaning towards a post-apocalypse, though not the wastelands from Fallout.

    If you guys have ideas, I'll gladly see if I can incorporate them.
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    This sounds like a pretty interesting concept, though if I may suggest something for the setting? Why not an unexplored planet? Where the environment, creatures, and plantlife is unknown, and possibly hostile to anyone who's not in a suit. A little like the situation anthem is in, but with a more frontier-like vibe.

    Just an idea.
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    • #3

      You've got a point there. An exploration of an unknown world would probably make for an interesting roleplay experience. It'd also give me a chance to practice describing environments.

      Though it also means that the more heavily-armed and -armoured military-grade designs I've got bouncing around in my head make a great deal less sense for any of the characters to have.

      I can definitely see where you're coming from, though. What does everyone else think?

      Either way, I'll keep the idea we don't use recorded somewhere for use at a later date. Or possibly turn it into a story, maybe; I haven't actually posted any of my works on here for you guys to enjoy before (aside from the writing contests I mean).
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      • #4

        A starship crash. Those aboard were a heavily armed mercinary unit. They'll all have different suits of armor that way. And the whole 'bring with' concept will be in play. Also, they're now marooned on this uncharted world, and turns out they needed the armor. This world could be in its like, dinosaur epoc or something.

        Just some quick thoughts off the top of my head. And I'd be interested, too.
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        • #5

          Crashed on an unknown world... I like the idea.

          To expand further on it, the mercenary group's ship (or potentially an FTL tug they'd chartered, if I go for a setting idea I have) suffered a drive malfunction, which has subsequently left them stranded on an unknown world, their ship damaged and now incapable of flight. Their power armour has come through intact; however, either their transport vehicles haven't, or the terrain is such that those vehicles that survived can't traverse it (leaning towards the latter here).

          I have lots of ideas for this bubbling in my head now. I just need a title (the above is a working title) and possibly a name for the power armour (if I don't just stick to that), then I can put together a character sheet so we can get started on making our characters.

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            OK, I've got a title and a setting good to go. I'm posting them up in a new thread.
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            • #7

              I guess I'll use this as the OOC thread for the RP. Sadly there isn't a way to turn smilies off. Sorry about that. I'll think up my next post and respond. I think the log analysis will have to wait until after the field op.

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              • #8

                Hey, just a quick question: Is the signal coming on a regular basis on an interval or just coming randomly now and then?
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                • #9

                  The signal is very weak, so they're only catching bursts of static (the burps that you hear when someone's depressing the press-to-talk button on a walkie-talkie), which are coming in at semi-random intervals; when you listen carefully, it's in the rough cadence of a conversation, with each burp of static being a different speaker.

                  The drone is also still a bit too far away to catch what's being said... for now.
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                  • #10

                    Not feeling so great (headache and a stuffy nose), so it might be a while before I can reply in the roleplay.

                    Of all the bad timing...
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                    • #11

                      Hey man, stuff happens. If you don't feel up to it today, maybe you will tomorro when you get to feeling a bit better.
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                      • #12

                        My reply is probably going to take a while, as I try to figure out how to respond to what's going on.

                        You really aren't making this easy on me, Rick.

                        Edit: I also have a headache that's not helping. I don't think I'll be able to write at all today.
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                        • #13

                          Hey, take your time Arratra. Trying to do an RP post when you're feeling ill is never a good idea.
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                          • #14

                            Well, if I may, Arratra, there's a couple of things I've been noticing, and my post was an attempt to shake some of it loose a bit.

                            The first, is that you're giving you're character insider knowledge. He would know as little as our characters do. Yet, he is acting with no sense of urgency. There are radio signals. But coming from whom? Are they maybe pirates or slavers? Even if it turns out they're not, is it worth the risk to assume that they might be benign? Anyone in that situation would be yanking at the bit to make finding that out their first priority. So yes, the downed ship's perimeter needs to be seen to. Your character can see to that. But you also have a computer specialist. That person should be set to work prioritizing finding out what still works on the ship and salvaging whatever can be salvaged from within the ship.

                            In the mean time, you have a forward-ops specialist. Your character should be using him to find out where those signals are coming from and who is sending them, and what their intentions/dispositions are. I decided to take that bit on and kind of force you into doing it.

                            The second thing was your character's response to Aaron's disappearance. Your character became immediately inflamed, promising dire consequences, and mobilizing his entire compliment to go after this 'rogue' character. Just how much of that was projected anger from you into your character? A player isn't falling into lockstep with your plans, so you're ready to make them pay the price.

                            Just... think, Arratra. I know how smart you are. I've seen it in your writing. Put yourself in your character's shoes and take a good study of the situation. I think once you do, what you'll be wanting to do next will fall into place naturally for you.
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                              If it appears as if I'm giving my characters insider knowledge, then that's an error in my part; he really doesn't. He was following the advice of Daryn's character.

                              As for the rest...

                              *sigh*

                              You have a point. I might have been able to avoid making these mistakes if I'd been told, but you have a point.

                              I just... might not have the temperament or skills to handle running a game.
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                              • #16

                                Well, Arratra, I don't know about the temperament thing, but we all have our bad days. If you want to become a better GM then getting experience doing it is the best way to do so. A small RP like this with only 2 players and a GM is ideal. We'l all make mistakes, and we can all learn from them. I'm up for continuing. You have a really creative mind, Arratra, and I really do want to see where this can go. I think the key, though, is Adaptability. Players are not always going to do what you might expect. I think you have to look at scenarios a lot like trees with various branches and different things on each branch. What branch a player chooses is unknown. Sometimes they'll go down a branch you hadn't thought of. It does take a lot of thought, but I'm pretty sure you're more than capable of handling it.
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                                • #17

                                  Thanks, Daryn.

                                  It's going to be a while before I'm in the right headspace to make a reply, and I'm wondering if we should reboot (same characters and setting, just not with a command structure getting in the way if you need to give me a wake-up call Rick).

                                  Also, I realised that my previous response here might come across as manipulative. I didn't mean for it to be like that, and I'm a bit annoyed with myself for it (on top of something that happened IRL that I'm annoyed and a tad embarrassed about)..

                                  Not having a good day, really.
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                                  • #18

                                    Not having a good day? Boy, do I know that feeling.

                                    But sure, I'm up for it. Go for it and I'll follow your lead.
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                                    • #19

                                      I'll make a new thread once I'm in the right headspace, then.

                                      For the moment, my head's a bit all over the place.
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                                      • #20

                                        Sounds good to me. Hope to see it sometime soon.
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