Serenity: WELCOME TO THE BLACK

Discussion in 'ROLEPLAY GRAVEYARD' started by Grumpy, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. [​IMG]

    So the Earth got used up.

    Not that this stopped us. We left our homeworld and ventured out into the depths of space to find a new galaxy to support us, to create new Earths. And whilst it took a long time, generations living and dying aboard those giant arks that set out from Earth, we eventually found a new home.

    The first worlds to be terraformed and colonised formed the Alliance; in their possession was the greatest technology, the most safe and luxurious way of life. Of course, not everyone wound up as part of the Alliance. Those on the Outer planets had it tough; life was a struggle, and every blessing was counted. But they had their freedom, their independence.

    So when the Alliance decided that those out in the Rim should start abiding by their rules, there was some disagreement.

    Things went downhill from there.

    A war broke out; The War for Unification. On one side, the Alliance, who wanted to unite the galaxy under their rule; on the other side, the Browncoats, who wanted the Alliance to mind their own fucking business.

    The Browncoats lost.

    So welcome to the universe of Serenity, present day. The Outer Planets still have it tough, the Core Worlds still have it good. The Alliance 'controls' every planet now, but their reach and all-seeing eye does not extend everywhere.

    Which means that every day, veterans, mercenaries and adventurers all eke out a living in the Black of space, smuggling contraband, doing dirty work for criminals, getting hired by planets to help protect them from outlaws.

    Their goal is a fairly simple one, most of the time.

    Find a crew. Find a job. Keep flying.

    Welcome to the Black.
     
  2. PLOT DETAILS

    So how do your characters meet up and begin their journey through the 'Verse?

    Simple. At the start of the game, each and every one of your asses in languishing in the extremely uncomfortable cells of the Argos III Prison Ship.

    [​IMG]

    Could be any number of reasons you're in there. Maybe you've been wrongfully charged with something. Maybe you made a stupid decision and got caught. Maybe you're just a mean son of a bitch. But in prison your ass is, and the Argos III is one of the more secure facilities in the 'Verse when it comes to keeping people behind bars.

    That's all about to change soon, however. And you and your fellow inmates may find yourselves with a means to escape from your fate aboard the Argos III.

    Probably a good idea that you take it.

    ----

    THE ARGOS III PRISON SHIP​

    The Argos III Prison Ship is separated into several areas, known as rings. At the top is the Command Ring, followed by the rings where prisoners are kept, ranging from Rings A to D.

    COMMAND RING​
    The Command Ring is where the guards of the ship live when not patrolling the other rings, and where the Warden's Office is situated. From here, the rest of the ship can be monitored and controlled.

    A-RING​
    Minor crooks and less dangerous inmates are kept on A Ring. The cells aren't exactly comfortable, but they're definitely the best a prisoner can get aboard Argos.

    B-RING​
    The largest ring on the Argos III Prison Ship, B-Ring is where most inmates serve their time. There's quite a broad range of criminals to be found in this ring, from armed robbers to white-collar criminals. There's even a few gangs that operate within the ring, which can lead to prison violence despite the guard's efforts.

    C-RING​
    Probably the smallest ring with prisoners on it, C-Wing is for more mentally unstable inmates, and those criminals who, if put in with the rest of the prison population, would probably end up dead within a week for what they did to get sentenced.

    D-RING​
    D-Ring is a place you have to have done something really, really bad to get placed in. Some of the most violent, sadistic and cruel criminals in the 'Verse have served time in these cells, and as such they are probably the most secure cells in the ship. Solitary is also located down here, so prisoners who like to make trouble often find themselves down here, too. It's not a pleasant experience.

    “E-RING”​
    Rumours persist aboard the Argos III of a sixth ring, referred to as E-Ring. The guards are occasionally heard referring to “E” in hushed tones, and there is much speculation as to what goes on down there. Theories are varied and almost without fail crazy, ranging from a secret government laboratory to the place where they keep the Warden's mutant son.
     
  3. CHARACTER CREATION

    When thinking up your character idea, it might be an idea to think of the crew of the Serenity as archetypes.

    The Medic. The Mechanic. The Pilot. The Security. The Socialite. That sort of thing.

    Feel free to twist things around as much as you want to, however. Your medical officer could be a combat machine, for example, or your pilot might know a thing or two about engines, too. Of course, you're welcome to go with something completely different that really stirs up the crew. Our group's Shepherd Book or River.

    No insane psychic teenagers, though, please. I'm not sure I'd be able to cope with that level of crazy.

    As for the technical stuff, I'm going for a 48-point build. You guys will be Veteran level. You're good at what you do, you've got experience under your belts. You're by no means experts, but hey, you've all been around a bit, seen your fair share of shit and come out breathing.

    Now for the actual sheet.

    Code:
    [b]Name:[/b]
    [b]Gender:[/b]
    [b]Age:[/b]
    [b]Occupation:[/b] What were you before your arrest?
    [b]Appearance:[/b] Photos preferred. No animu kthnxbai.
    
    [b][u]Derived Attributes:[/u][/b]
    Life Points represent how much hurt you can take before you go down. Initiative, rolled before combat and sudden events, represents how on the ball you are and how fast you are to react. And plot points are your plot armour, essentially; a chance to manipulate the dice so they go better for you.
    [b]Life Points:[/b] (Vitality + Willpower)
    [b]Initiative:[/b] (Agility + Alertness Roll)
    [b]Plot Points:[/b]
    
    [b][u]Attributes[/u][/b]
    Attributes are represent the sort of actions your character is good at. A fast little combat character would have high agility and alertness but poor strength. A guy who can bench-press a shit-ton would have high strength and vitality but possibly low intelligence. You can't be good at everything, and Attributes represent this. You use your points to pay for the number of dice you get to roll. Buying a d4 for your agility, for example, would cost you 4 points, and a d6 would cost you 6 points. See the pattern? The dice are d4, d6, d8, d10 and d12. Remember to save some points for your skills and traits, but also bear in mind you get additional 20 points solely to spend skills so don't be too stringent.
    [b]Agility:[/b]
    [b]Strength:[/b]
    [b]Vitality:[/b]
    [b]Alertness:[/b]
    [b]Intelligence:[/b]
    [b]Willpower:[/b]
    
    [b][u]Skills[/u][/b]
    Skills represent the areas in which your character has training and/or ability in. Medicine. Heavy weapons. Animal care. That sort of thing. They are bought similarly to attributes, a d2 costing two points and so on. A d6 is the level at which a character is competent with the skill, but beyond this, you have to choose specific areas to specialise in to gain further dice. For example, a character could take their Melee Weapon skill up to d6, suggesting a degree of competence in most weapons he handles. However, if he chooses to specialise in swords, he can spend 4 points to be able to have a d10 skill level with swords, and then another 2 points to have a d8 skill with knives. You can only specialise if you have the skill at d6, and it costs 2 points to have a speciality at d8, 4 to have it at d10 and 6 to have it at d12. Multiple specialities are allowed; see the spoilers for a Skill List.
    
    [b][u]Traits[/u][/b]
    Traits represent things that make your character that bit more interesting. You might have a natural affinity with engines, or you could be a guy who just can't help but steal every shiny thing he lays his eyes upon. At a minimum, each character must have 1 Asset and 1 Complication, but you are welcome to get more if you so wish, but the maximum is 5 Assets and 5 Complications. A minor Asset costs 2 points, and a major 4, but a minor Complications [i]gives[/i] you 2 points, and a major gives you 4. See the spoilers at the bottom of the post for a Trait List.
    [b]Assets:[/b]
    [b]Complications:[/b]
    
    [b]Personality:[/b]
    [b]History:[/b] Give a brief summary of you character's life, how they became what they are, what planet they are from, how they came to be on the Argos III Prison Ship.
    SKILL LIST
    Show Spoiler
    Animal Handling
    Artistry
    Athletics
    Covert
    Craft
    Discipline
    Guns
    Heavy Weapons
    Infuence
    Knowledge
    Linguist
    Mech. Engineering
    Medical Expertise
    Melee Weapons
    Perception
    Performance
    Pilot
    Planetary Vehicles
    Ranged Weapons
    Scientifc Expertise
    Survival
    Tech. Engineering
    Unarmed Combat


    ASSET LIST
    Show Spoiler
    Allure (Minor/Major)
    Athlete (Minor/Major)
    Born Behind the Wheel (Minor/Major)
    Cortex Specter (Minor/Major)
    Fightin’ Type (Major)
    Friends in High Places (Minor)
    Friends in Low Places (Minor)
    Good Name (Minor/Major)
    Healthy as a Horse (Minor/Major)
    Heavy Tolerance (Minor)
    Highly Educated (Minor)
    Intimidatin’ Manner (Minor)
    Leadership (Minor/Major)
    Lightnin’ Reflexes (Major)
    Math Whiz (Minor)
    Mean Left Hook (Minor)
    Mechanical Empathy (Minor)
    Military Rank (Minor)
    Moneyed Individual (Major)
    Natural Linguist (Minor)
    Nature Lover (Minor)
    Nose for Trouble (Minor/Major)
    Registered Companion (Minor) †
    Religiosity (Minor/Major)
    Sharp Sense (Minor)
    Steady Calm (Minor/Major)
    Sweet and Cheerful (Minor)
    Talented (Minor/Major)
    Things Go Smooth (Minor/Major)
    Total Recall (Major)
    Tough as Nails (Minor/Major)
    Trustworthy Gut (Minor/Major)
    Two-Fisted (Major)
    Walking Timepiece (Minor)
    Wears a Badge (Minor/Major)

    † GM Approval Required


    COMPLICATION LIST
    Show Spoiler
    Allergy (Minor/Major)
    Amorous (Minor)
    Amputee (Minor)
    Bleeder (Major)
    Blind (Major)
    Branded (Minor/Major)
    Chip on the Shoulder (Minor/Major)
    Credo (Minor/Major)
    Combat Paralysis (Minor/Major)
    Coward (Minor)
    Crude (Minor)
    Dead Broke (Minor)
    Deadly Enemy (Minor)
    Deaf (Major)
    Dull Sense (Minor)
    Easy Mark (Major)
    Ego Signature (Minor)
    Filcher (Minor)
    Forked Tongue (Minor)
    Greedy (Minor)
    Hero Worship (Minor)
    Hooked (Minor/Major)
    Leaky Brainpan (Minor/Major)
    Lightweight (Minor)
    Little Person (Minor)
    Loyal (Minor)
    Memorable (Minor)
    Mute (Major)
    Non-Fightin’ Type (Minor)
    Overconfident (Minor)
    Paralyzed (Major)
    Phobia (Minor)
    Portly (Minor/Major)
    Prejudice (Minor/Major)
    Sadistic (Major) †
    Scrawny (Minor)
    Slow Learner (Minor)
    Soft (Minor)
    Stingy (Minor)
    Straight Shooter (Minor)
    Superstitious (Minor)
    Things Don’t Go Smooth (Minor/Major)
    Traumatic Flashes (Minor/Major)
    Twitchy (Minor)
    Ugly as Sin (Minor/Major)
    Weak Stomach (Minor/Major)

    † GM Approval Required
     
  4. THE CAST OF SERENITY: WELCOME TO THE BLACK

    [​IMG]
    Samuel "Dun" Duncan, Combat Medic
    [​IMG]
    'Bam', Explosives-Obsessed Miner
    [​IMG]
    Henry 'Hogface' Hogeson, Former Smuggling Vessel Pilot
    [​IMG]
    James "Wrath" Wrathborne, Browncoat Heavy Weapons Operator
    [​IMG]
    Piveta, Con Artist
    [​IMG]
    Oscar Lobo, Fist-Fighting Mechanic
    [​IMG]
    Lester Raines, Nervous Science Genius
    ---IMAGE COMING---
    Jessica Auctoritas, Disgruntled Senior Prison Officer

    ---​

    Okay, I think the target number of people for this game would be around 6 or 7 people, going by the poll in the Chat-RP post, but I'm willing to increase it a bit if you can convince me it's a good idea (ie. show me a fucking awesome character and you're in).
     
  5. FIREFLY RP!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm there ifin I'm able
     
  6. I call crew Medic!
     
  7. Cool stuff, guys. Be glad to have you aboard.

    Also, for those of you thinking of joining but are worried that you don't know enough about the Firefly/Serenity Universe, don't panic. The 'Verse isn't terribly hard to figure out; there's no aliens, just humans, and a lot of it's based on history (particularly the American Civil War, in case you hadn't noticed).

    Otherwise, here's a few things you could do:

    1) Go and watch Firefly and/or Serenity.
    2) No, really. Go and watch them.
    3) ...Now.
    4) Hit up the Firefly Wikia: http://firefly.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
     
  8. JUST YOU FUCKING TRY STARTING A FIREFLY RP WITHOUT ME! CHARACTER INCOMING
     
  9. Dammit Grumpy, what's all that 48point build rule shit?!
     
  10. HAHAHAHA, there's a Complication that makes you a midget.
     
  11. You have 48 points.

    To buy attributes and skills and what-not.

    ...In fairness, I probably didn't explain it very well. Could someone provide this thread with a link to an appropriate Serenity RPG pdf, perchance?
     
  12. THIS IS TOO HARD FOR ME!

    GRUMPYYYY!!!!!!

    I NEED HELP!

    P.S: And yes, I have handy PDF. I'll find it again once I'm done with procrastination supr srs schlwrk.
     
  13. I'm in! Will make a char later tonight.
     
  14. I GOT THIS, GRUMPS.

    Basically, you got 48 points to purchase Attribute die. Die costs are:

    d4 ... 4
    d6 ... 6
    d8 ... 8
    d10 ... 10
    d12 ... 12

    *Note: These are also the same costs for Skills.

    So if you want d6 Strength, you spend 6 of your 48 points. You can't have less than a d4 in any one attribute, however.

    In addition, you ALSO use those same points to purchase Traits. Easiest thing to do is to purchase equal Assets and Complications to balance them out, so you'll maintain the 48 points. Ex: You purchase a Major Asset, and a Major Complication. The Asset costs 4 points, but the Complications GIVES you 4 points.

    You can NOT purchase extra Complications to gain additional points for Attributes (unless the GM, Grumpy in this case, says it's okay), but you CAN purchase more Assets at the cost of additional points. Ex: You have a Major Asset, Minor Asset, and only a Major Complication. You will remove 2 points from your 48, and only have 46 points to purchase Attributes.

    For Skills, you have a TOTAL of 68 points to distribute at the die costs of above. Each GENERAL skill can't go over d6, but you can purchase a Specialty under each General Skill. Ex: You buy Guns Skill at d6, but you want to be a pistol expert, so you purchase Pistols at d10. It costs 6 points to purchase skill with Guns, and an additional 4 points to gain a d10 Specialty with Pistols.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. <style type="text/css"> <!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> </style> Name: Samuel "Dun" Duncan
    Gender: Male
    Age: 34
    Occupation: Doctor, Combat Medic
    Appearance:
    View attachment 918

    Derived Attributes

    Life Points
    : [18]
    Initiative
    : [d8 + d6]
    Plot Points
    : 6

    Attributes (48-2 pts.)

    Agility
    [d8]
    Strength
    [d8]
    Vitality
    [d8]
    Alertness
    [d6]
    Intelligence
    [d8]
    Willpower
    [d8]

    Skills (68 pts.)

    Athletics [d6]
    Covert [d6]
    Discipline [d6]
    --Concentration [d8]
    Guns [d6]
    --Shotguns [d10]
    Knowledge [d6]
    Medical Expertise [d6]
    --
    Internal Medicine [d8]
    --Pharmaceuticals [d8]
    --
    Physiology [d8]
    --Surgery [d10]
    Perception [d6]
    Unarmed Combat [d6]
    --Combat Judo [d10]


    Assets: [-14 pts.]

    Fightin' Type [Major]
    Make one non-attack action each combat turn without penalty. Ex: move and shoot in the same turn, attack will not suffer -1 step Skill penalty.

    Mean Left Hook [Minor]
    Unarmed combat damage deals Basic damage (split between Wound and Stun) instead of just Stun.

    Military Rank [Minor]
    +2 step Attribute bonus to Willpower on all Discipline-based actions.

    Steady Calm [Major]
    Never rattled unless extreme or unusual circumstances apply (influence of drugs, terrifying nightmares, etc.).

    Tough as Nails [Minor]
    +2 total Life Points.


    Complications: [+12 pts.]

    Credo [Major]
    Can never ignore innocent people who need help.

    Crude [Minor]
    -2 step Skill penalty to Influence-based actions wherever 'refined social behavior' is called for.

    Memorable [Minor]
    Big beard. Others gain +2 step Alertness bonus when attempting to spot or recognize you.

    Things Don't Go Smooth [Minor]
    Once per play session, GM may force a re-roll of any action and use the lowest result.

    Straight Shooter [Minor]
    -2 step Skill penalty to Influence-based actions when lying.


    Personality: So long as you don't lie to or bullshit him, Dun is rather amiable and easy enough to get along with. He's quick to laugh and enjoys a dirty joke every now and then. While he's generally respectful to those that respect him, it doesn't stop him from saying something that could be construed as rude if he feels something needs to be said. He's a bad liar, and would rather just tell the truth than to worry about the repercussions of lying later.

    History: Born to a middle-class family on a core world, Dun felt the pull of helping others from a young age. After graduating from medical school, he opened a practice on the closest border world where he served a number of desperate townships as a wandering doctor. Angry with the way the Alliance treated the border communities, Dun decided to throw his lot in with the Independents during the Unification War, serving in a number of theaters and fronts as a combat medic and sometime field surgeon. He saw action at Serenity Valley and after the fighting was over, he was but a handful of medical operatives left on the field, tending to the wounds of soldiers on both sides.

    Following the unification war, he attempted to get a proper hospital set up where had once practiced medicine. Instead, he was stone-walled by Alliance officials still bitter about the war. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Dun robbed an Alliance medical shipment headed towards a core world. While successful, he was eventually caught and arrested, and sentenced to the Argos III prison ship.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. *Points repeatedly at Seiji's character sheet*

    THAT. THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN TRYING TO EXPLAIN.

    Cheers, Seiji. He looks good to me so far.
     
  17. Name: Bam
    Gender: Male
    Age: ? (45)
    Occupation: Miner
    Appearance: [​IMG]

    Derived Attributes:
    Life Points represent how much hurt you can take before you go down. Initiative, rolled before combat and sudden events, represents how on the ball you are and how fast you are to react. And plot points are your plot armour, essentially; a chance to manipulate the dice so they go better for you.
    Life Points: 14
    Initiative: 16
    Plot Points: 6

    Attributes
    Attributes are represent the sort of actions your character is good at. A fast little combat character would have high agility and alertness but poor strength. A guy who can bench-press a shit-ton would have high strength and vitality but possibly low intelligence. You can't be good at everything, and Attributes represent this. You use your points to pay for the number of dice you get to roll. Buying a d4 for your agility, for example, would cost you 4 points, and a d6 would cost you 6 points. See the pattern? The dice are d4, d6, d8, d10 and d12. Remember to save some points for your skills and traits, but also bear in mind you get additional 20 points solely to spend skills so don't be too stringent.
    Agility:D6
    Strength: D6
    Vitality: D8
    Alertness: D10
    Intelligence: D10
    Willpower: D6

    Skills

    Skill List.
    Technical Engineering D6
    Explosives D10
    Technical Repair D8
    Unarmed Combat D12 (Sambo Specialty)
    Guns D6
    Science (Chemistry) D8
    Craft (Explosives) D8
    Athletics D6
    Discipline (Concentration) D8
    Influence (Intimidation) D8

    Traits

    Assets:
    Fightin' Type (Major),
    Lightin' Reflexes (Major),
    Mean Left Hook (Minor),
    Sharp Sense(Minor),
    Talented (Explosives/Major),
    Complications: +14
    Amorous (Minor),
    Leaky Brainpan (Major),
    Sadistic (Major),
    Twitchy (Minor),
    Forked Tongue (Minor),

    Personality: Psychotic, Paranoid, Immoral, Liar...
    History: Another day in the Pentrax Mining Facility. Write a report, have breakfast, kiss boss's ass, spank female supervisor-

    Oops.

    -locked in brig, awaiting discharge and deportation, and most likely sexual harassment lawsuit back at the core.

    Trip to the bathroom, snap guard's spine, authorization still works. Airlock, HEV suit, demo charges, fuel depot. Rover, boom, blackout-

    Argos. :/

    That's the skeleton, but the tech is done. If my History is too noncomittal nonconformsit for you guys, I'll rewrite it. :D Same with Personality.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  18. Looks like seiji has too many life points, 8+8 = 16

    Never mind didn't see his traits
     
  19. Zing, you only add the max-values of your Vit/Will to get your LP (which you did correctly). Initiative will be d6+d10, rolled in game on a case-by-case basis (for combat order, among other things).

    You also have 6 points left for your Attribute die.

    Skills are good.
     
  20. :D

    Sexual Proficiency time yet?

    EDIT: How about now?