The game continues to slowly grow and has seen an influx of new players in the last few days. Some important positions are still available that staff would love to see filled:
Tier 1 Positions Open:
Now all filled (sorry).
Tier 2 Positions:
Warden: Protector/steward of the lands of Kidare; reports to Court Garrison.
Intendant: Organizes entertainment for the court, music, theatre, or otherwise - no troupe, act, fool, performing bard gets in without going through the Intendant, reports to the Kapelmaster
Heralds: (2 positions): bards/fili/scribes, responsible to organize, announce and referee the contestants at a tournament (not during the contest); reports to the Kapelmaster
Priests: (2 positions): Layleaders under the Bishop of Colmac, these priests operate in the court itself for Christians, performing services/mass
Ovates: (2 positions): Layleaders under the Fili of Court, performs direct services for household members and staff of the Celtic pagan faith
Plots are running, including the alleged sighting of a river monster which will be kicking off the early part of next week, and the gathering of forces to the north of Kidare as Ulster bid to take the city of Artri. Men have just been mustered and are leaving to reinforce Artri n preparation for battles which will span the next couple of weeks.
Staff and players are helpful and responsive, so if the above piques an interest, drop on by for a chat.
Edited to add: Staff are working on a political/economics system which will be introduced once thrashed out fully. It'll place more focus on the Septs as crop failures and morale (amongst other things) become very real threats to success in the game.
Edited again to add: As of just now, the Fili position and the Marshal are both pending apps.
An alternative to getting into rp on a political game, what I tend to do.
Recognize the politics. Make a char not directly involved; one that won't make a roll to determine some outcome for house or home or hearth. Those are fine, but what I do is different.
Take that character not directly involved, party sibling, one that just wants to raise crops, the one that is opposed to the meta conflict(s). Watch the politics and form a strong opinion for or against what is actually happening in news posts and gossip. Find someone and express your political views, argue if your opposed. Befriend if you agree, plot what to do about opposition. Try to have the non political type live in the face of the crazy politics going on, complain about the politics.
Two hundred and twenty-two years ago, a man was crowned Emperor. On this day, 253 AD, Caesar is king and the great Roman Empire controls much of the known realm, and has made great economical, scientific and astrological progress. Threats have come and gone - the great armies of the emperor remaining strong and mobile in its ability to defend and expand the nation. So great was the retribution of Rome that a citizen needed only to utter the words Civis Romanus (I am a citizen of Rome) where ever they went. For the fear should harm come to even one Roman citizen and what Rome may do if this would happen, Romans travelled unhindered throughout the known world. The gears of time turn forward and the ever changing capital continues to empower is military leader and the senate while the slave force of the city grows thanks to the hard work of the Celestial Templum. At the same time, the plebeian populace continues to grow, while the powerful patriarchs position themselves in to maintain their elevated status in the Empire.
The Celestial Templum changed the course of history for the Roman Empire shortly after its establishment at around 89 AD, when the first Rex Sacrorum entered the city and was given his title by the Emperor. The cult changed the course of the empires history forever when it built the first templum in Rome, which allowed portals to be opened to other worlds. These portals allowed the cult to amass unimaginable power. In addition to tapping into this power from beyond, the cult was able to connect with beings on the other side of each portal in some cases, bringing them through. With its magically reinforced armor, weapons and seemingly endless supply of soldiers and slaves, the empire and cult were easily able to take what they want from these other worlds, even those scientifically more advanced.
Come join the mysterious Roman Empire and its Celestial Templum and find out your fate! Enjoy promiscuous roleplay with many different people in different entertaining venues - open your own business, or make a name for yourself in the senate. Join us at Elysium!
rhostmush.com port:8001 - Hope this helps people decide if they want to help. We need builders and probably just general help/maybe a coder at this point. Want them to stick around after the game opens as staff, as well.
I looked at the entire roster like a week or two ago, and I don't see how it's inconsistent. People are acting like it's MCM or something. Like 90% (bullshit but more or less accurate statistic) of the characters are traditionally accepted comic characters, and yes this includes Buffy, which has been a comic for longer than it's been a TV show at this point. And the other 10% are also characters with comic series, but might seem slightly out of the ordinary. The thing is, if you don't know the nature of the way the character was integrated, if you don't know why staff allowed a particular character in, then like, ask. They're literally in this thread. Ask for the actual reason.
Hell, the MU I'm making is in part inspired by this, though it'll be a lot more restrictive because the way I intend to handle integration and my theme will be a lot different. However, my point is, there's shit I'll allow and shit I won't allow for reasons that might not make people happy. Like Bleach for example, on the surface people will be like "How is this not compatible with Yu Yu Hakusho and DBZ and such?"
It's like, I'm willing to possible allow some of the characters with some heavy background rewrites, but Bleach itself is something where the majority of the seasons are shitty quality because the creator himself didn't want to do it. It has massive casts of characters who are copies of characters from previous seasons, and the same goes for the plots and everything else. But most importantly, I'm not a huge fan of Bleach anymore, I don't feel like the effort of fully integrating something I don't like all that much anymore and feel uninspired by its plots, and I feel that if people truly want to play some of the characters I'll allow, they'll still enjoy them within the framework of the theme I created.
Is it fair not to allow something both because you think most of its seasons are uninspired, and because you kind of don't like it anymore? I'd say, like, yes. I and who I have on staff will be doing most of the integration work, and most of the heavy lifting. We're the ones who will have to do a lot of the work to figure out how to integrate things, how to make it function with the world, and we have the subjective perspective of if we think something fits with the vision and direction of the game or not (I can say "we" now, since I technically have a co-director).
Staff can certainly offer an explanation, but largely, if a staff member says "Because I don't think it fits with the game", they could very well be saying "because I don't really like it that much", and that would be perfectly acceptable. In a game like this, with multiple themes outside of what people consider the "core" comic universes, staff don't necessarily have to agree with anyone about what fits or what doesn't, because they are who at the end of the day have to run the game they created, have to be happy with the game that they've running, and most importantly, want to have fun with the game that they're running.
Returning to myself for a moment (my greatest skill), if I want to add Dr. Slump and not Bleach, because I personally think one is more fitting with my vision of the game's tone and didn't turn into a shit show like 4 seasons in, then I'll damned well add Dr. Slump.
LET THEM EAT CAKE AND HAVE THUNDERCATS! - A Naked Lady I Think
Additionally, @Reason and @Sammi , there is a wiki out there that you can pull all of the Skill/what-have-you data from. I was able to do that with all of the armor and then double checked to make sure values were correct. I even stored it in xml format, much like the GoogleDocs that you have on your skills/qualities/etc so far.
That's more where things like covens (groups of like-minded vampires) come in, but you bring up an interesting point for me to ponder on, so than you!
Theoretically, a vampire could shun their house and try to get adopted into another, though that's rare (like a Peregrinus getting adopted), or just say 'Fuck you and your couch' and diassociate themselves (which would then be reason for political strife and potential expulsion and reduction to Peregrinus/houseless caste). Most of the 'political affiliation' is meant to be the jockeying for position in the hierarchy of the Republic of Blood in general, while most houses will have their own internal politics (like House Claudius and the recent spiritual spreading from Roman deity worship to other deity worship in newer vampires in the past hundred years causing some internal political strife).
@Lithium I used to get that occasionally due to the way I ran a Naruto theme on MCM sometimes (mostly from one player). Primarily because I tried very hard to be consistent with Naruto's theme. Unlike most anime, that theme has all their dumb anime shit down to Star Trek level science detail, so I just tried to maintain that consistency because I thought it was cool.
That said, I honestly do enjoy some theme coherency, I feel like it creates some limitations to give the world a solid flavor. And when those limitations are broken, it's cool and special. A part of why I'm limiting my MU to four areas of theme inspiration to start, and only veeeery selectively adding anything after those four in a way that doesn't impact the established world too hard.
So yeah, don't be afraid to stick to theme! Also, if anyone knows Yakuza, it's definitely Chet >_>.
I've been playing around for a long time, and what @faraday has built -- I've said this before -- is exemplary. Almost visionary.
The auto-combat? Brilliant. You can pound out a complex combat scene in a few hours.
Seriously, I've attracted a couple of folks from WoD, and this game is a welcome breath of fresh air. And the playerbase is welcoming, wonderful, and a gem in our hobby. The best part is that it caters to my hours -- daytime, EST, business -- and it is bloody amazing how such a simple theme and setting can attract bright and brilliant RPers.
That said, I hope poor @faraday isn't swamped with work. But this seems to be her labor of love, and all I can do is profess how lovely it really is.
Thats right, if you have a group of friends who can make an active organization you can have your own Corellian Corvette. Fancy, I know.
And yes, combat on SW:AoA requires you to have a coded weapon unless you're fighting with your fists and feats.
As for something like what Lobot was wearing, it can be requested to be made into a object, or possibly even a Feat for your +sheet. Fact is, in 17 years, nobody has ever asked for anything like Lobot's headgear.
In the long line of Star Wars' lore, there's never been a ton of 'General Grievouses' out there either, he was a pretty special snowflake... and totally should stay that way too. But thats not to say that a really good role player couldn't take on a concept like that... again, if they asked.
Coded droids use their own Feats to have language access. Thats part of a coded Protocol Droid for instance.
A PC'd protocol droid / translator droid is awarded all coded languages to their +sheet, which functions identically to a coded object droid.
@AlexRaymond Just a thought, free hosting is available, if you want to test the waters before spending any money on your project. Log on to the RhostMUSH-DEV site (erebor.localecho.net 4201) and talk to Jarin. It's completely free, very reliable, and Jarin/Jeff has been a pleasure to deal with.