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Re: VOID HUNTERS: Seventies Sci-Fi Gaming...

Post by Raven_Crowking » Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:42 am

13 Synthetic rogue
14 Cybernetically enhanced bartender
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Cathbad the Meek (herbalist Wizard 1): AC 9; 4 hp; S 7, A 7, St 10, P 17, I 13, L 8; Neutral; Club, herbs, 50' rope, 50 cp; -1 to melee attack rolls. Hideous scar.

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Re: VOID HUNTERS: Seventies Sci-Fi Gaming...

Post by GnomeBoy » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:05 am

15. Has the Death Sentence on 12 Systems
16. Last known survivor of evil Empire's purge
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Re: VOID HUNTERS: Seventies Sci-Fi Gaming...

Post by Maxwell Luther » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:26 am

A real quick question: Do you think there are too many Synthetic and Psion spots on the Occupation Chart? Should I maybe limit them more and then have the exact type rolled up on a separate table, like the Technician Jobs? I was thinking maybe placing them in spots 1-6, instead of 1 through 9, reducing the chance of either to 1 in 12.

And another List Update:

1. Stranded Time Traveler
2. Alien Infiltrator
3. Rogue Synthetic
4. Latent Psion
5. Sentient Weapon
6. Alien - Last of it's Kind
7. Carrier for an Intelligent Alien Disease
8. Connected to Twin by Personal Wormhole
9. Parallel Universe Version of Dead Person
10. Evil Version of PC switched from a Mirror Universe
11. Unknowingly an Avatar of a extra-dimensional being
12. Herald of Cosmic Entity
13 Synthetic Infiltrator
14 Escaped Cybernetic Experiment in Hiding
15. Wanted Fugitive in Hiding
16. Last Known Survivor of a Genocidal Purge in Hiding

14 more to go...

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Re: VOID HUNTERS: Seventies Sci-Fi Gaming...

Post by Rick » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:17 am

Okay, how about...

17. A hybrid survivor of a transporter accident?

(See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuvix)

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Re: VOID HUNTERS: Seventies Sci-Fi Gaming...

Post by GnomeBoy » Sun Dec 08, 2013 12:23 pm

18. Half-alien.
19. Has Powers he dare not use (okay, this is one of those things that could ruin a game, but also be brilliant, in the right hands).
20. Exile from a race of Great Power, and stripped of "Powers".
21. King in Peasant clothing.
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Re: VOID HUNTERS: Seventies Sci-Fi Gaming...

Post by Maxwell Luther » Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:59 am

Some more good ones. Updated List:

1. Stranded Time Traveler
2. Alien - Infiltrator
3. Rogue Synthetic
4. Latent Psion
5. Sentient Weapon
6. Alien - Last of it's Kind
7. Carrier for an Intelligent Alien Disease
8. Connected to Twin by Personal Wormhole
9. Parallel Universe Version of Dead Person
10. Evil Version of PC switched from a Mirror Universe
11. Unknowingly an Avatar of a extra-dimensional being
12. Herald of Cosmic Entity
13. Synthetic Infiltrator
14. Escaped Cybernetic Experiment in Hiding
15. Wanted Fugitive in Hiding
16. Last Known Survivor of a Genocidal Purge in Hiding
17. A Survivor of a Matter Transportation experiment
18. Offspring of a Human-Alien Crossbreeding Experiment
19. Has Extraordinary Power(s) That have Terrible Consequences when Used.
20. A Fallen Extra-Dimensional Entity Stripped of Power and Trapped in Human Form
21. Heir to a Dynasty in Hiding

Only 9 more to go. We've got plenty of the otherworldy, let's come up with some more mundane stuff.

Also, no opinions on the number of Psion or Synthetic slots on the occupation tables?

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Post by Raven_Crowking » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:05 am

22. War criminal
23. Exiled nobleman
24. Homeless ex-broker
25. Test subject
26. Failed scholar
27. Drug dealer
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Cathbad the Meek (herbalist Wizard 1): AC 9; 4 hp; S 7, A 7, St 10, P 17, I 13, L 8; Neutral; Club, herbs, 50' rope, 50 cp; -1 to melee attack rolls. Hideous scar.

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Post by AJClark » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:25 am

28. in the Intergalactic Witness Protection Program
29. Just an average Joe (no special background)

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Post by Maxwell Luther » Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:37 am

AJ, the Average Joe is genius. Great way to get the party suspicious of the one guy who rolls on the Weird table, even as he protests his innocence. Or possibly tries to mislead them by telling them he rolled Average Joe. :twisted: So good, I added it twice.

Raven, Ex-Broker isn't really weird, but I gave it a twist: Corporate Spy. The team is going to start wondering how planetary exploitation teams from The Very Big Corporation manage to find and jump their claims with such frequency.

Test Subject needed more detail, as we already have a victim of Cybernetic Testing and Matter Transportation experiments, so I'm thinking Psionic Induction Test Subject. Basically a person who is another class, but has Psion powers that can go wildly out of control due to experimentation to induce Psionic Power in ordinary humans.

And Failed Scholar was too mundane, so I decided to go with Insane Genius instead. What's a good sci-fi story without a Dr. Hans Reinhardt to put the mad in mad scientist.

Here is the final list:

1. Alien - Infiltrator
2. Alien - Last of its Kind
3. Carrier for an Intelligent Alien Disease
4. Connected to Twin by Personal Wormhole
5. Corporate Spy
6. Drug dealer
7. Escaped Cybernetic Experiment in Hiding
8. Escaped Psion Induction Test Subject (D6 Wild Psion Powers)
9. Evil Version of PC from a Mirror Universe
10. Exiled nobleman
11. Fallen Extra-Dimensional Entity Stripped of Power and Trapped in Human Form
12. Has Extraordinary Power(s) That have Terrible Consequences when Used.
13. Heir to a Dynasty in Hiding
14. Herald of Cosmic Entity
15. In the Interstellar Witness Protection Program
16. Insane Genius (+3 INT, 3 Permanent Psychosis)
17. Just an average Joe with a Weird Vibe
18. Just an average Joe with a Weird Vibe
19. Last Known Survivor of a Genocidal Purge in Hiding
20. Latent Psion
21. Offspring of a Human-Alien Crossbreeding Experiment
22. Parallel Universe Version of Dead PC
23. Rogue Synthetic
24. Sentient Weapon
25. Stranded Time Traveler
26. Survivor of a Matter Transportation experiment
27. Synthetic Infiltrator
28. Unknowingly an Avatar of a extra-dimensional being
29. Wanted Fugitive in Hiding
30. War Criminal

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Post by Raven_Crowking » Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:56 am

17 & 18 are the same.

How about

Average joe with a freak talent for some skill? (You can choose a better wording) or Idiot Savant?
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Cathbad the Meek (herbalist Wizard 1): AC 9; 4 hp; S 7, A 7, St 10, P 17, I 13, L 8; Neutral; Club, herbs, 50' rope, 50 cp; -1 to melee attack rolls. Hideous scar.

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Post by Maxwell Luther » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:47 am

Raven_Crowking wrote:17 & 18 are the same.

How about

Average joe with a freak talent for some skill? (You can choose a better wording) or Idiot Savant?
Yeah, I wanted it to be represented twice. And with that, I've got a D30 chart. Thanks for all your help folks!

Now, at this point, I'm going to be slowly building up the game mechanics with a focus on creating a demo kit complete with adventure and pre-generated characters so folks can get a feel for the direction I'm headed and so I'll have something to show at the Jabberwocky Media Game Demo Day I plan to hold here in the DFW area shortly (possibly January), probably at Madness Comics, where I'll be showing off all of our current in-progress designs including Void Hunters, For Glory! and Quarterback Blitz.

The pre-gens will include 6 level 1 characters (one from each class) and a couple of dozen Redshirts for Meatgrinder purposes, mostly from military occupations, but I might throw a Corporate Liaison, Civilian Contractor and Weird character into the mix. So look for that in the coming weeks...

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Post by Maxwell Luther » Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:03 pm

A brilliant idea from Ragboy arrived in my email yesterday, and I thought I'd share it:

As I was thinking about this adventure and the Void Hunters mileau in
general, I came upon something that might be of interest.

The patron system is one of those core "crunchy bits" of DCC that makes it
unique from other OSR products. Is there a way we can replicate that in
both its original mystical form and in a more "realistic" form?

What I'm thinking is that its kind of an "association" with a more
powerful organization. So, an "Invoke Patron" check might be a call to
headquarters for resources (backup, equipment, interpretation of data,
whatever), with a subsequent results table that gives the GM guidelines on
the response.

Obviously, this makes other mechanics difficult to incorporate, but I
could even see Spellburn as a "resource burn" to increase the results of
the invoke check. For instance, a soldier might call in a favor from some
distant associate that he now owes a favor to in return.

Dunno. I haven't thought it all the way through, but it might be a cool
way to bring along the Patron system to a non-magical setting.


That idea is a keeper and I'm setting aside a few pages in the book to devote to it...

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Post by reverenddak » Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:15 pm

Maxwell Luther wrote:That idea is a keeper and I'm setting aside a few pages in the book to devote to it...
This is a rad idea. Associations, Guilds, Government/Military and Corporations as patrons?! omg.
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Post by SavageRobby » Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:14 pm

I agree. That's pretty awesome.

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Post by AJClark » Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:21 am

that is an awesome idea. I really like the idea of spellburn equating to owing someone a favor, to be called in at a future date.

particulary if you could 'Invoke patron' and 'spell burn' to differnt organizations. I can picture one organization calling in a favor to take someone out while another is asking you to protect him. The PCs then need to decide who to piss off :twisted:

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Post by ragboy » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:22 am

Hell, I'm going to use it in my fantasy game... :)
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Post by Ogrepuppy » Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:57 pm

Again: You. Must. Write. Faster.

I cannot wait to virtually get my synthetic hands on this digital product!

I would absolutely LOVE to get a copy of the demo, to help with editing (and to see the level of awesome you've hit with this).

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Post by Maxwell Luther » Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:34 am

Ogrepuppy wrote:Again: You. Must. Write. Faster.

I cannot wait to virtually get my synthetic hands on this digital product!

I would absolutely LOVE to get a copy of the demo, to help with editing (and to see the level of awesome you've hit with this).
Well, I'm working on all the mechanics necessary for the demo first so I can get that out of the way. It will probably use some old pulp art for the imagery, as I won't have the money for proper art until the KS kicks off, but you should be able to run something by February at the latest, now that Grad School is finished and all I have on my plate is game design and trying to find a day job.

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Post by aesdana » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:39 pm

Maxwell Luther wrote:
Ogrepuppy wrote:Again: You. Must. Write. Faster.

I cannot wait to virtually get my synthetic hands on this digital product!

I would absolutely LOVE to get a copy of the demo, to help with editing (and to see the level of awesome you've hit with this).
Well, I'm working on all the mechanics necessary for the demo first so I can get that out of the way. It will probably use some old pulp art for the imagery, as I won't have the money for proper art until the KS kicks off, but you should be able to run something by February at the latest, now that Grad School is finished and all I have on my plate is game design and trying to find a day job.
Please. Don't. Write. Fast. :mrgreen:

I want a rpg book with lots of playtest and many many random tables like in the DCC RPG core book.

Playtest is necessary and random tables are fun and give flavour and cool informations without much text !

So please, take your time. I can wait till I get a quickly usable book but I don't have time to spend in reading long texts and having to build my own tools to play.

Sorry Ogrepuppy ! :D

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Post by Maxwell Luther » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:53 pm

aesdana wrote: Please. Don't. Write. Fast. :mrgreen:

I want a rpg book with lots of playtest and many many random tables like in the DCC RPG core book.

Playtest is necessary and random tables are fun and give flavour and cool informations without much text !

So please, take your time. I can wait till I get a quickly usable book but I don't have time to spend in reading long texts and having to build my own tools to play.

Sorry Ogrepuppy ! :D
Oh, no worries. I playtest everything extensively before I release it. The Time Traveller's Companion was playtested for 3 months before I was satisfied that everything was working as intended, and I spent weeks finding the right images, cleaning them up and laying out the book even though folks were clamoring for its immediate release. It's all about the quality with me...

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Post by GnomeBoy » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:44 pm

Speaking of art... have you checked your messages here lately...? :wink:
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Post by Ogrepuppy » Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:36 pm

aesdana wrote:
Sorry Ogrepuppy !
* SIGH *

No, you're absolutely right....take your darn time. :)

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Post by finarvyn » Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:43 am

Maxwell Luther wrote:Now, at this point, I'm going to be slowly building up the game mechanics with a focus on creating a demo kit complete with adventure and pre-generated characters so folks can get a feel for the direction I'm headed....

The pre-gens will include 6 level 1 characters (one from each class) and a couple of dozen Redshirts for Meatgrinder purposes, mostly from military occupations, but I might throw a Corporate Liaison, Civilian Contractor and Weird character into the mix. So look for that in the coming weeks...
I'm dying to try this with my gaming group. Will you be looking for playtesters soon?
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Post by Maxwell Luther » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:17 am

GnomeBoy wrote:Speaking of art... have you checked your messages here lately...? :wink:
Ah, sorry about that! No matter what forum board I'm on, I almost never notice the little message bar unless I'm settled and really perusing the forum board (something I haven't really done this month due to graduation and Christmas), and sometimes I see a message, but have to leave so quickly, I forget its there. My bad. I'll PM you back.
finarvyn wrote:
Maxwell Luther wrote:Now, at this point, I'm going to be slowly building up the game mechanics with a focus on creating a demo kit complete with adventure and pre-generated characters so folks can get a feel for the direction I'm headed....

The pre-gens will include 6 level 1 characters (one from each class) and a couple of dozen Redshirts for Meatgrinder purposes, mostly from military occupations, but I might throw a Corporate Liaison, Civilian Contractor and Weird character into the mix. So look for that in the coming weeks...
I'm dying to try this with my gaming group. Will you be looking for playtesters soon?
Starting in January. I'm planning to run a demo of all our in-production games late that month.

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Post by aesdana » Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:22 am

No news ? :(

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