I wanted to post a quick note that today will be my last day as an administrator on MSB. I am resigning and, as of July 1, 2022, I will no longer be an active administrator in the moderation of the site's boards or in the deciding of rules and policies.
Your active staff will continue to be: derp, reimesu, Lotherio, and Runescryer.
I will remain, however, as the person paying for the site and occasionally giving advice, like Arkandel. But that's all I'll be doing.
This decision is mine alone and is based on personal matters.
I look forward to finding the time to play with y'all in the future, but as of tomorrow I will enjoy my retirement.
@masterreeve I would possibly be able to work on staff. Desc/builder possibly, grunt work possibly. I just know nothing about SR: Anarchy so let me start there, but wanted to drop some potential interest.
I inadvertantly mischanned/mavved/xchanned (all the same deal) about contrived/meaningless death and about how it would probably kill my future muse to carry on. More so, though, it is the emotional connection through that specific character that I would miss (even though I would be really upset about having lost a dear part of my own self, too).
I have not lost many of my own PCs (a rare few who were mostly jokes and had not yet made meaningful connections), but what I have lost are those amazing people like my own muses like Famous Outlaw (about whom @hobos recently wrote).
Way back in the ye olden days (MUD/RPI times), I used to generally cop a badass/hardcore attitude and totally deny my personal feelings -- and sometimes do whenever I am covering up and just being 'too macho' -- about these things, but deep down and when being more self aware: it all really hurts.
Right now, I am -- after more than a season's time -- still grieving the unexpected disappearance of a PC's SO after 8 years of being RP pardners. Cannot go a full week without a sudden cry at least every other day or so.
We were building up to eventually tackle background/family matters, but one day, they were suddenly gone. Right after their PC's birthday.
Although I still play my own PC, it is emotionally difficult for me because their other half is currently missing in an OOC sense (but still together in an IC one because I do not really move on very quickly, and it is highly unlikely that this one ever will due to the sheer longevity of that IC pardnership).
Anyway, the main point is that it is seriously painful to lose characters (worse than reading Old Yeller or Where The Red Fern Grows) after the strong bonding to both your own character as well as Famous Outlaw(s).
@zombiegenesis I don't know too much about Transformers, (having seen only a couple of the movies and the Rescue Bots kids show) but I can speak generally about combat in FS3.
The weapon/armor behavior is complicated (described in detail here), and is probably the hardest part of the system to balance.
Skew it too much one way, and bullets bounce off bulletproof vests like Superman. Skew it too much the other way, and bullets tear through them like paper. With a wide variety of weapon types all having different penetrative capabilities (pistols, shotguns, knives, rifles, etc.) it is incredibly tedious to tune everything to generate a "fun" balance.
The built-in BSG configuration does have two "classes" of weapons and armor built in - personal and vehicle. This works because:
The weapons and armors of each class are balanced against each other.
Cross-class combat (i.e., a rifleman versus a space fighter) is pretty uncommon thematically in BSG, so the quirks of the system can be hand-managed by the GMs.
I think you could make the transformer robots work similar to the vehicles in the BSG setting, but having it also tuned for titans would probably be a bridge too far.
My kid graduated elementary school today (grade 7) and her artwork won the contest to be on the front of their yearbook. I'm proud and everything, but she's ecstatic beyond all belief and seeing her that happy and proud of herself is the RL thing I love the most.
@faraday Yeah and that's the thing, too. Some of us do have friends who send weird messages, start playing new games, join different guilds etc... and from whom randomness like that wouldn't be completely out of place.
I get that, but that's just indisputably risky behavior in this day and age of phishing scams.
Friends can help each other out by not just sending random "hey check this out" type messages, but instead providing context.
You can help yourself by turning on your "sus" radar even when the random link is from a friend. Examine the link to see where it's actually taking you (wary of typos or google.somewherelse.com type scams), double-check the lock icon in the browser and security certificate, be extra suspicious of anything asking you to provide login creds or click on a "trust me" popup.
There are no guarantees of course, but there are good practices.
ETA: I don't mean to trivialize, because this crap is hard. Scammers are expert at manipulating human behavior. Even security professionals fall victim. All we can do is take steps reduce our risk.
Just wanted to drop an update. Elseverse has officially been out of Alpha and in it’s Beta phase for nearly a month! Time flies.
We learned a lot with our first timeline (Steampunk) and have learned even more with our second, current timeline (Apocalypse). We are about halfway through Apocalypse and going strong with plenty of Marvel and DC slots open and a poll is up to decide our next theme.
This poll will end on 6/30 and the new theme will begin on August 1st, at which point Steampunk will completely phase out (for now!) and Apocalypse will transition into its Epilogue (Sandbox) phase.
@runescryer I will require that you use the old Mercenary/High Guard/Scout/Merchant Prince to generate life events for plot arcs. Death/discharge optional.
Right now, I'm trying to sort out the mess of system designs. I got the latest version of Traveller 5, but holy crap, that system is near indecipherable...
I'll probably just go with TNE, since I'm looking at that as the setting, anyways. So, all that material should be doable or already included. Also looking to adapt Aslan, Vargr, Zhodani, and possibly the Denaar for PCs. Hivers as Staff PC (since they're running things Just As Planned). K'kree have huge entourages as PCs. And Droyne also have the link to the Ancients that make them potentially problematic as PCs.
@derp Luke? No. Leia was, but that's because she was adopted by royalty.
Yyyyeah but their mom was a queen, and then went on to be a galactic senator.
Padme wasn't royalty, that was 'just' the title she got as an elected representative of her people. Her children, if Anakin hadn't gone uh a little off the rails, wouldn't have had inherited titles even if she had lived to raise them.
The AC unit in our hour has gone down during the hottest few days of the year. I currently care for my Aunt and Mother in the house, and had to ship them off to relatives until things can get fixed. I hate asking for help, especially since I'm more of a lurker here than an active participant, but every little bit helps, and I desperately need it. Thanks for looking.
TL;DR: Dude 'translates' Dracula into Swedish in 1899. It takes people just about a century to realize he didn't translate it as much as... basically write a whole new fan-fiction version of it with more eroticism, less vampiric stuff, and some kinda social Darwinism commentary.