The Eighth Sea - Here There Be Monsters


  • Coder

    @collective said in The Eighth Sea - Here There Be Monsters:

    Something I came across when preparing a On Stranger Tides based home campaign a few years back:

    https://sexselvesandsociety.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/all-about-the-booty-sodomy-in-the-golden-age-of-piracy-1718-1723/

    I'm thinking queer pirates would fit right in, with the proviso that some people (mostly Calvinists) have a stick up their butt over it. And with a player understanding that 'gay' is a 20th century social construct and nobody would identify that way, verbally.

    Oh, I have no issue bending to the theme where it needs to bend: 'Gay' as a worldview is I recognize, a modern convention. The flag, Pride, all kinds of things that is 'gay', and including the word, aren't things I'd expect to bring up in a historical pirate drama.

    That said, yeah, I'm gay. I play characters like me. Thus the question. ... which was answered, thanks, @Auspice.



  • @faraday said in The Eighth Sea - Here There Be Monsters:

    @bored said in The Eighth Sea - Here There Be Monsters:

    Glad to see another Ares game!

    Full disclosure: Ares is still under development and has not yet been released. It's pretty stable - BSGU has been running without major issues for a long time -
    but it's still a work in progress. Kraken and the 8th Sea staff have been working with me on sort of a "private beta" basis to help shake out configuration/customization and admin issues. (I'm not directly involved in the game though.)

    If I had known that you were open to people running "private beta" games with AriesMUSH, I would have hit you up ages ago!


  • Coder

    @rnmissionrun said in The Eighth Sea - Here There Be Monsters:

    If I had known that you were open to people running "private beta" games with AriesMUSH, I would have hit you up ages ago!

    Not games plural - there's just one. And if you had to hear about all the times Kraken had to deal with horrible merge conflicts or redo his code based on me changing things, you might feel otherwise :) Anyway, he and @Seraphim73 have provided a lot of good feedback.



  • @faraday Hehe. Seems to be coming along nicely and I am definitely looking forward to playing with it once it has been released!




  • Pitcrew

    @rnmissionrun said in The Eighth Sea - Here There Be Monsters:

    @faraday said in The Eighth Sea - Here There Be Monsters:

    @bored said in The Eighth Sea - Here There Be Monsters:

    Glad to see another Ares game!

    Full disclosure: Ares is still under development and has not yet been released. It's pretty stable - BSGU has been running without major issues for a long time -
    but it's still a work in progress. Kraken and the 8th Sea staff have been working with me on sort of a "private beta" basis to help shake out configuration/customization and admin issues. (I'm not directly involved in the game though.)

    If I had known that you were open to people running "private beta" games with AriesMUSH, I would have hit you up ages ago!

    I've been waiting for her to release it to me for a while. If you knew all the times I'd nudged @faraday if she was ready for me to play with Ares... :D



  • @faraday I think I've finally managed to figure out my upgrade process well enough to not completely destroy the game with each new release. That said, we were down for a few hours from a patching issue a month or so ago... :)


  • Pitcrew

    Sorry, been without power all morning, although it looks like @Auspice has covered most everything -- just figured I'd toss my two reale in.

    Homosexual characters are absolutely okay. Like women on ships, they may be looked at sideways by some people -- PC and NPC, but if they do their job well, most people won't have a problem with it (just like if the character was anything else... do your job, no problems).

    @GirlCalledBlu and I recognize that we tend to get excited on games and try to forge ahead faster than we should. We've got @Avarice and @Auspice watching for any such tendencies, and we're watching ourselves as well. Having other folks on Staff should also help us with burnout.

    I don't think Ares is perfect for pirates -- too much melee, and Ares is really based on ranged combat -- but I think that Ares is pretty awesome in general, and so are pirates, so....

    @TheOnceler Because we're playing Hollywood versions of the various faiths, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity share the same Faith mechanics (gaining Blessings and getting Guidance), but obviously different flavor. We're not at all opposed to having a few Jewish characters and even a Rabbi wandering the grid -- although a whole crew is probably a bit much for the setting.

    @Arkandel We're definitely playing with the line between science and superstition -- a lot of sailors in particular, as you've noted, should totally expect some of these strange things to be real (although perhaps not all). The more scientific are likely to think them utterly mind-blowing. It takes all kinds, and we want all kinds.


  • Pitcrew

    I’m.....interested in this.


  • Pitcrew

    the TOS are very well done at least. Best i've seen.


  • Admin

    I've got a character there but I have only had limited time to play (in general) due to the RL workload.

    What I can say is that this is a game where they're paying attention to detail. My application was actually read, and staff pointed out areas that could be elaborated further, ways for the character to be better integrated with the theme, and make observations I found insightful.

    Basically it all reminded me of @Apos' approach, which is a very good sign. Don't shovel applications through, don't block them for no reason, but instead work to add value to them.

    This is great stuff so far.



  • @arkandel

    This was my experience as well. Staff asked me for a little more detail on my character's BG to explain why she feels a certain way about something and was done so in a way that also explained something about the theme and how people, as a whole, look upon that subject. Helped me get a little more into my character's psyche at the same time it provided staff with the information they wanted.



  • @TheOnceler Because we're playing Hollywood versions of the various faiths, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity share the same Faith mechanics (gaining Blessings and getting Guidance), but obviously different flavor. We're not at all opposed to having a few Jewish characters and even a Rabbi wandering the grid -- although a whole crew is probably a bit much for the setting.

    Which is a shame, because Jewish freebooters are known for having pirate minyans.

    (I'll show myself out.)


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