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Offline MagicalPenTopic starter

A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« on: January 06, 2015, 08:15:58 PM »
I've been on a sci-fi kick lately, I have read maybe 6 books in the last week or so, all Sci-Fi based. Various levels of technology and alien life forms, so I've decided to put some feelers out and see who might be interested in a 'first contact/survival' sort of setting?

I am thinking its a deep-space exploration ship. So this is what I've got so far.




Scout Ships and Exploration Ships are perhaps some of the most dangerous ships to be stationed on, no matter who you are. They travel into deep-space, exploring new systems, searching for signs of life. Their deployments, as such, can last for several years, which means it'll be another several years before anyone realizes you are over-due. And not all of the ships that set out do make it back. There are a lot of things that could go wrong. Jump-Drives can destabilize, a meteor shower can strike...and countless other things can go wrong. But who doesn't want to be the person to find that new, colonizable planet? Or better yet, who doesn't want to be the person that finds the first Alien life?

Despite the odds, no alien life forms have been discovered yet as the fledgling humans start to venture into space. Billions of dollars have been poured into space exploration and colonies, though they have yet to find a truly earth-like planet. They have found other creatures - similar to earth creatures - in a few places, but no sentient life forms like everyone has been expecting. But that could change at any moment, literally.

The United States is at the forefront of space exploration and technology. China is a close second, with Russia, the UK, the EU and even India all runners up in the Space-Race. Earth has been declared a 'safe-zone' - all conflicts are resolved in space. No one wants to be responsible for wiping out the Human Race on Earth. A combined Earth-Defense-Force is responsible for maintaining the peace around Earth.



The USS Nautilus is a deep-space exploration ship, traveling further then any other ship ever has in hopes of finding life.

This is the ship we will be a part of. I want the key crew-member roles filled before expanding the selection.

The Crew:
The CO - Open
The XO - Open
Comms + Navigation Officer - Open
Tactical + Weapons Officer - Open
The CO of the Marines - MagicalPen
Chief Scientist and Xenobiologist - Open
Chief Medical Officer - Open
Chief Engineer - Open
PR Officer and Media Representative - Open
Rest of Crew

If you're interested, please state so in this thread. If enough people are interested, I will start posting more information relative to Character Creation.

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« Last Edit: January 15, 2015, 07:07:54 PM by MagicalPen »

Online Lustful Bride

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2015, 08:27:59 PM »
Hmm...im going to put in a "Maybe"

Also no fighter ships?  :P  for shame good sir. X3

Offline Batman4560

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2015, 08:31:53 PM »
Also placing a Maybe, I would like to see how things pan out a bit more here.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2015, 08:52:30 PM »
Interested in the scientist if this happens.

Offline MagicalPenTopic starter

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2015, 09:14:46 PM »
Its a Space Exploration ship - not a Carrier!

There will be a few shuttles, some armed with ordinance, but no true fighter ships - those are reserved for the colonies, to suppress riots and for when the colonies go to war. No aliens, so why bring fighters to the far reaches of the Universe? :)

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2015, 09:16:11 PM »
Its a Space Exploration ship - not a Carrier!

There will be a few shuttles, some armed with ordinance, but no true fighter ships - those are reserved for the colonies, to suppress riots and for when the colonies go to war. No aliens, so why bring fighters to the far reaches of the Universe? :)

For Pirate encounters and I thought up that maybe they can be justified as ships that are sent out to help deal with meteors in the way, hit it in strategic spots and get it to crack open, send drones to mine it for more resources for the ship.  ::)

Also since its a colony ship/explorer, it wouldn't be a full fleet, just a small group between 3 to 6 fighters.

Offline Batman4560

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2015, 09:17:48 PM »
I'd be interested in playing the Weapons officer.

Offline MagicalPenTopic starter

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2015, 09:20:49 PM »
No room for fighters on board.

Life in space is hard. It takes years of terrforming for a planet to become remotely habitable. Mining colonies, on Asteroids, are much more prevalent and its still too costly for their to be Space Pirates around. The only people capable of fabricating space craft are the Ship Yards owned by the various Militaries. Space travel is heavily regulated (and dangerous). The 'commercial' spacecraft are shuttles, taking people from Earth to the Moon, or from planet-side-colonies to mining-asteroids etc.

Think of things as still being in their infancy when it comes to Space. Nothing is easy, nothing is cheap, but the Scout/Exploration ships HAVE found rare minerals and resources in the past so often pay for themselves when successful.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2015, 09:23:48 PM »
No room for fighters on board.

Life in space is hard. It takes years of terrforming for a planet to become remotely habitable. Mining colonies, on Asteroids, are much more prevalent and its still too costly for their to be Space Pirates around. The only people capable of fabricating space craft are the Ship Yards owned by the various Militaries. Space travel is heavily regulated (and dangerous). The 'commercial' spacecraft are shuttles, taking people from Earth to the Moon, or from planet-side-colonies to mining-asteroids etc.

Think of things as still being in their infancy when it comes to Space. Nothing is easy, nothing is cheap, but the Scout/Exploration ships HAVE found rare minerals and resources in the past so often pay for themselves when successful.

Okay this makes more sense/clears up things more.  ;D

Hmm, now I have to think up what I want to be...... :-\

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2015, 09:31:29 PM »
hmmm, im between either the PR officer or asking if maybe I can take on the role of engineer? 

also a question: Do androids exist/ are common in this time?
« Last Edit: January 06, 2015, 09:33:02 PM by Lustful Bride »

Offline MagicalPenTopic starter

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2015, 09:33:33 PM »
The one role I forgot! Chief Engineer added to the list.

Like I said, this is simply an interest check at this point. If more people are interested, then I'll go into more details and back-history.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2015, 09:36:15 PM »
The one role I forgot! Chief Engineer added to the list.

Like I said, this is simply an interest check at this point. If more people are interested, then I'll go into more details and back-history.

Thinking about it, im really leaning towards PR officer/Media representative.

Offline TheGlyphstone

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2015, 09:42:26 PM »
Besides, fighters are passe if you really need to kill something. Remote armed drones are smaller, cheaper to replace, capable of higher performance, and more mass-efficient in their payload (which is really important when you have to pay for every ounce you haul up a gravity well, then cart it around the galaxy with you).




I'm always up for squishy sci-fi, but what will the tone of the game be? Star Trek action-adventure? Aliens horror? Irresponsible Captain Taylor comedy? How much time you expect/plan to spend in the role of GM keeping the game going, against playing 'your' character?
« Last Edit: January 06, 2015, 10:03:02 PM by TheGlyphstone »

Offline MagicalPenTopic starter

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2015, 09:51:30 PM »
Yes. Drones are going to be a key part to this tech-level. Just look at our present-day tech when it comes to drones. It only makes sense to have them. I will go into more details about them later.

I am letting one book heavily influence me as far the tech goes at this stage. So its not really any of the 'mainstream' sci-fi techs-levels. I quite like the Mass-Effect style Armor. There won't be any mech-suits or anything, but smart battle armor, holo-displays, etc.

Look up 'Ark Royal' by Christopher Nuttall. Thats where I am getting a lot of the tech-influence from.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2015, 09:56:04 PM »
Yes. Drones are going to be a key part to this tech-level. Just look at our present-day tech when it comes to drones. It only makes sense to have them. I will go into more details about them later.

I am letting one book heavily influence me as far the tech goes at this stage. So its not really any of the 'mainstream' sci-fi techs-levels. I quite like the Mass-Effect style Armor. There won't be any mech-suits or anything, but smart battle armor, holo-displays, etc.

Look up 'Ark Royal' by Christopher Nuttall. Thats where I am getting a lot of the tech-influence from.

What about Exo suits? Like form say Elysium or Edge of Tomorrow.

 Also if I do go with the PR/Media representative, im not gonna end up like this guy right?  ::)

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« Last Edit: January 06, 2015, 09:57:58 PM by Lustful Bride »

Offline MagicalPenTopic starter

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2015, 09:57:20 PM »
So looks like 4 people (excluding me) are interested so far.

I think I will let this stew over night and through the work day tomorrow and see where we're at as far as interest goes in the next 24hrs.

Offline TheGlyphstone

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2015, 10:12:30 PM »
Oh good, I have new reading material. Been needing some for a while.

Offline MagicalPenTopic starter

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2015, 10:17:54 PM »
I think there are at least 4 books to that series. I'll probably start the 2nd one tomorrow at work if its slow again (read the first one today at work).

Offline ragarth

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2015, 12:37:10 AM »
This has my interest. I like the deep space, alone in the dark feel you want to pull and I really enjoy drones. :-)

I'm considering an engineer position, though I've never played a *head* engineer before... if I were to do that I'd have to brush up on my scotty!

So tech wise, we've got FTL technology that takes several years to get from point A to B. We have drones, and our compliment of small craft are capable of going from earth surface to lunar orbit.

How large is the Nautilus? How big is her total crew compliment? Are the drones capable of entering an atmosphere and coming back out?

What's the tech base of the weaponry? Lasers, plasma, rail guns?

I guess in general what I'm after is a nice breakdown of what kind of technology you envision this world having.

Offline TheGlyphstone

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2015, 12:40:15 AM »
So I'm curious. If the round-trip takes years and no one will realize something goes wrong until you are overdue, that indicates the lack of any FTL communication. So why, exactly, is a PR/Media liaison sent along with the main crew, if they can't do any actual liaising during the voyage?

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2015, 04:40:21 AM »
Hey, this sounds like fun. Id be interested in playing the Scientist/Xenobiologist or the Chief Medical Officer.

Offline Ontan

Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2015, 06:26:13 AM »
I'd certainly be interested in either the CO or XO roles.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2015, 10:17:25 AM »
So I'm curious. If the round-trip takes years and no one will realize something goes wrong until you are overdue, that indicates the lack of any FTL communication. So why, exactly, is a PR/Media liaison sent along with the main crew, if they can't do any actual liaising during the voyage?

I thought that it meant running the shipwide news/ helping to keep morale up.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2015, 11:15:45 AM »
I'm definitely interested in this, I love Sci-Fi stuff and if I could I'd like to be some kind of Engineer or Guard, or maybe both. I'unno.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2015, 11:48:47 AM »
I'm interested. the sci-fi genre has never been my thing in media, but it can be fun to play out. I'll take... What is taken and what isn't taken yet? I am a bit uncertain as of now, would you mind updating the list of roles? <3

EDIT: Damn it, I forgot to use my ship-pun.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2015, 12:08:21 PM »
It's still in interest checking so I dunno that you could call anything taken but a few folks have sort of called dibs, I guess.

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« Reply #26 on: January 07, 2015, 12:09:38 PM »
It's still in interest checking so I dunno that you could call anything taken but a few folks have sort of called dibs, I guess.

Well, the dibs list then. I dunno, I'd be fine with mostly anything and I'd hate to crash with someone on something, especially this early on.

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« Reply #27 on: January 07, 2015, 12:17:34 PM »
Tell us your ship pun! hehe

I THINK the following roles have sort of been requested:
Scientist
Medical
PR
CO
Weapons
Engineer

I may be missing one or two or may have some wrong...

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #28 on: January 07, 2015, 12:23:57 PM »
Tell us your ship pun! hehe

I THINK the following roles have sort of been requested:
Scientist
Medical
PR
CO
Weapons
Engineer

I may be missing one or two or may have some wrong...

I had several in fact. Namely "When do you think this ship will go off" and "I ship the ______ with the _______"

Well with creepy doctor and average action girl being out of the picture, as well as annoying journalist, a mystical shortening I won't be able to understand until someone explains to me called CO (Of which I in retrospective think might mean either Combusting Onion [Most likely] or Commanding Officer [Less likely]). I can't have a machine oil bath and I can't do a scientific search on your anus, and yes, my sass was included in the price.

On a serious note though, I need to find out what XO means.

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« Reply #29 on: January 07, 2015, 12:32:35 PM »
I had several in fact. Namely "When do you think this ship will go off" and "I ship the ______ with the _______"

Well with creepy doctor and average action girl being out of the picture, as well as annoying journalist, a mystical shortening I won't be able to understand until someone explains to me called CO (Of which I in retrospective think might mean either Combusting Onion [Most likely] or Commanding Officer [Less likely]). I can't have a machine oil bath and I can't do a scientific search on your anus, and yes, my sass was included in the price.

On a serious note though, I need to find out what XO means.

You crack me up!
Combusting Onion... LOL

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #30 on: January 07, 2015, 08:38:31 PM »
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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #31 on: January 07, 2015, 08:48:35 PM »
I will stick with the PR specialist then.  :P

But could we downgrade the psychiatrist stuff as I can tell im going to have trouble with that. >_<
« Last Edit: January 07, 2015, 08:52:31 PM by Lustful Bride »

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #32 on: January 07, 2015, 08:59:14 PM »
I'd be interested in playing the navigations/communications officer. It would be interesting to try to communicate with an alien species that we know nothing about.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #33 on: January 07, 2015, 09:07:08 PM »
I'd be interested in playing the navigations/communications officer. It would be interesting to try to communicate with an alien species that we know nothing about.

Gah! Imposter! Begone!


If I might make a suggestion, open up the 'Chief Scientist' position into a set of general science experts based on fields? Hollywood can afford to have the Omnidisciplinary Scientist, but a deep-space survey ship is going to have at the least a geologist, a physicist, multiple types of biologists, etc. - all of whom are vital, and it'd be a bit arbitrary to appoint one of them Chief over colleagues whose work they don't have the faintest idea how to direct or review.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2015, 09:12:31 PM by TheGlyphstone »

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2015, 09:30:03 PM »
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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2015, 11:00:39 PM »
Gah! Imposter! Begone!


If I might make a suggestion, open up the 'Chief Scientist' position into a set of general science experts based on fields? Hollywood can afford to have the Omnidisciplinary Scientist, but a deep-space survey ship is going to have at the least a geologist, a physicist, multiple types of biologists, etc. - all of whom are vital, and it'd be a bit arbitrary to appoint one of them Chief over colleagues whose work they don't have the faintest idea how to direct or review.

I agree; perhaps a linguist would also be needed. The crew may need someone to translate any alien languages they encounter.

Also I resemble that remark!

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #36 on: January 07, 2015, 11:07:34 PM »
That's a good point - the ship wouldn't need a dedicated Communications officer when they don't even know if something exists to communicate with, but a linguistics expert would be a useful specialty for trying to talk to anyone they did happen to meet, and for trying to decipher any possible written artifacts.

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« Reply #37 on: January 07, 2015, 11:08:25 PM »
I'm really interested in the Xenobiologist >.>

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #38 on: January 07, 2015, 11:10:08 PM »
Combat Engineer, away? :D?

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« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2015, 01:14:25 AM »
The Comms/Navigation Specialist deals with all the radar and sensor arrays, not to mention on-board communication and communication with the shuttles, drones etc.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #40 on: January 08, 2015, 01:36:07 AM »
That seems like a lot of work to be putting on one person's shoulders - flying the ship and also coordinating the offensive drones, while simultaneously serving as a human switchboard between the ship and its manned parasite craft? That is enough work for at least two people, I'd think - Navigation alone is going to be complex enough with a ship like this to be its own officer slot. Radar/sensors should be part of Tactical's responsibility, since they'll also be managing the shipboard weapons and whatever point defense it carries. If our technology base is roughly as it was in Ark Royal, the 'comms officer' isn't anything an automated computer program can't handle if it just involves relaying messages between mothership and parasites or internal messages. Drone operation should probably be a dedicated slot of its own as well - probably a subordinate officer under the Tactical department, or even a team of them depending on how autonomous-capable you want the AI systems to be.

So, to rework my proposal of the duty roster, which you don't have to take but I obviously think makes a lot of sense:

Bridge Officers:
Captain - Oh Captain, My Captain
Executive Officer (XO) - 2nd in command
Navigation Officer - steers the ship
Tactical Officer - manages tactical stuff; weapons, defenses, sensors+radar

Other Key Personnel

CaptainMajor of Marines (because there is only ever one Captain onboard a military vessel, thus a temporary courtesy promotion)
Chief Doctor, keeps the crew healthy
Chief Engineer, keeps the ship healthy
Media Representative/PR Specialist (?)
Assorted Scientists and Technical Experts - geologists, biologists, physicists, xenobiologists, etc.

Ship Crew:
Marines -
Medical Personnel -
Scientific Personnel -
Engineers -
Shuttle Pilot(s) -
Drone Operator(s) -

« Last Edit: January 08, 2015, 01:37:26 AM by TheGlyphstone »

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #41 on: January 08, 2015, 10:34:17 AM »
CO of the ship will have the Rank of Commodore - giving them superior rank over any other ships encountered due to the nature of their mission.

As such, the Marine rank of Captain will be upheld, giving the Marine Captain command of all ground forces, and also the power of authority in various situations.

The Comms + Nav Specialist heads a team of specialist who do most of the ‘busy’ work, relaying the information through the Comms. Specialist to the Captain. An Automated Comm AI would not work - the technology isn’t advanced enough for the AI to make situational decisions. Since Communications with other ships are ‘rare’, such a job is not given to an individual and is thus given to the Specialist.

Its also not quite a Military Vessel, its array of weapons is quite minimal - space normally given to such weapons having been given over to the vast array of sensors and arrays on the hull.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #42 on: January 08, 2015, 11:23:25 AM »
I apologize if it has been mentioned before and it slipped me by, but who finances this? Is it a government thing, or is it a private company?

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #43 on: January 08, 2015, 11:27:31 AM »
Government funded. Space-faring takes billions of dollars. Its not cheap to manufacture or mine anything yet, so private corporations don't sell ships to the public yet - no one can afford it - and its all run through government contracts etc.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #44 on: January 08, 2015, 01:47:29 PM »
CO of the ship will have the Rank of Commodore - giving them superior rank over any other ships encountered due to the nature of their mission.

As such, the Marine rank of Captain will be upheld, giving the Marine Captain command of all ground forces, and also the power of authority in various situations.

The Comms + Nav Specialist heads a team of specialist who do most of the ‘busy’ work, relaying the information through the Comms. Specialist to the Captain. An Automated Comm AI would not work - the technology isn’t advanced enough for the AI to make situational decisions. Since Communications with other ships are ‘rare’, such a job is not given to an individual and is thus given to the Specialist.

Its also not quite a Military Vessel, its array of weapons is quite minimal - space normally given to such weapons having been given over to the vast array of sensors and arrays on the hull.

I will admit this kind of confused me. I'm assuming those 40 marines represent a 'police' force, a 'military' force an 'emergency response' force, and a 'menial labor/generic grunt' force, right? They're the guys and gals we see running the cargo loaders, doing non-pc flight ops, manning random stations, and wearing redshirts on landing missions?

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #45 on: January 08, 2015, 01:49:48 PM »
Yes - the Marines are multifunctional. They run onboard security - certain parts of the ship are offlimits to most of the crew, while also manning the shuttles as pilots, in addition to being 'general labor' as well - mostly around the flight decks. It may seem like a large force, but the government has invested a lot of money in the ship and wouldn't want some other country trying to board it etc. Lots of sensitive equipment on board too.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #46 on: January 08, 2015, 01:54:12 PM »
Yes - the Marines are multifunctional. They run onboard security - certain parts of the ship are offlimits to most of the crew, while also manning the shuttles as pilots, in addition to being 'general labor' as well - mostly around the flight decks. It may seem like a large force, but the government has invested a lot of money in the ship and wouldn't want some other country trying to board it etc. Lots of sensitive equipment on board too.

Awesome, that's smart and convenient to do as a GM, it gives you an un-established labor pool to pull from for any number of reasons.

I'm still curious about the nature of the technology we're working with. I can't afford to purchase those books right now or read them before this game is likely to begin. Can you give us a run down of stuff like what the common fire arm is, what kind of propulsion the ship uses, if there's artificial gravity or if we're all in zero-g on this ship? There are drones, so what are the limits of their ability? The ship has few weapons, but what kind are they? Are ship sensors limited to optical and radar, or do we have more exotic things like gravity sensors and life sensors?

Are we completely cut off from communication with earth, or do we send occasional 'carrier pigeon' missiles back to earth via whatever FTL system we use?

I surmise given previous conversation that we have some kind of force field for our suits and the ship.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2015, 01:56:59 PM by ragarth »

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #47 on: January 08, 2015, 01:58:22 PM »
Wait, what other ships are going to be encountered besides other survey vessels once the ship gets past the fringe of settled space? And if they all have commodores onboard, whose commodore actually gives the orders? Commodores in general don't command ships - they give orders to the captains of the ships under their authority, so there'd still be an actual captain of the ship, and the rank confusion thing remains.

Unless this isn't a military ship at all, but a government-funded and privately owned entity. The government pays the bills and provides security troops, but the actual crew and staff are entirely civilian...then we can have commodores commanding single vessels, and Marine captains, and whatever else. Or we can just all declare ourselves Grand High Admirals.

But right now it's a mishmash of military structure with decidedly nonmilitary organization, on a quasi-military ship with a mainly civilian staff component, and I really do think it's just confusing everyone.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #48 on: January 08, 2015, 02:06:51 PM »
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« Reply #49 on: January 08, 2015, 02:08:59 PM »
No one else seems to be confused about the Hierarchy. Its rather moot in the grand scheme of things. The CO of the ship rules supreme on the ship, the Marines Captain rules supreme outside of the ship. Everyone else filters down from there.

I am not going to be nity-picky about structure compared to IRL stuff...simply it doesn't exist for space faring so I can wing it where I see fit. This way it makes things less complicated.

The Ship belongs to the Navy, the Navy belongs to the Country. The Country supplies the crew from its military personnel. Technically, there are no civilians onboard. All crewmembers are part of the Armed Forces, specializing in whatever area they specialize. As an Exploration Vessel, it falls under a different Class of ship compared to the Military-Class Vessels that (can) engage in combat with other War Ships.

I will be posting more tech-info later today if not tomorrow.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #50 on: January 08, 2015, 02:17:11 PM »
I will be posting more tech-info later today if not tomorrow.

Cool! I look forward to it! If you can't tell, I love imagining scifi tech. :D

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #51 on: January 09, 2015, 01:32:48 PM »
hmm I wonder if it would help to offer some pieces of media.

There is a game called "Nexus:The Jupiter incident" which is more about controlling one big capital ship tactically than flying around little fighters so maybe it will spur your muse mister Pen.  :-) Or help you with how to explain the ship moving around and such. :P
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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #52 on: January 09, 2015, 04:16:34 PM »
I have plenty of images floating around that offer me inspiration.

I'll get up more info and character sheet templates this weekend.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #53 on: January 10, 2015, 08:02:18 AM »
What age range should the officers be in?

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #54 on: January 10, 2015, 09:05:33 AM »
The Pegasus is a decent ship, inverted landings decks on the side pods and everything  ;D

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #55 on: January 10, 2015, 09:38:49 AM »
We're ignoring those inverted ones :)

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #56 on: January 10, 2015, 11:05:21 AM »
Wasn't saying you should use them but they were a nice design touch to make the Beast different from the Bucket

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #57 on: January 10, 2015, 04:38:04 PM »
I think im going to withdraw my interest from this. I'm stretching myself too thin with many roleplays and so I gotta cut some of them off.

Sorry, but I wish you well in your roleplaying and many happy posts.  ;D

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #58 on: January 10, 2015, 04:50:06 PM »
Updated with more information and the Character Sheet. Please send me character sheets via PM if you're interested.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #59 on: January 10, 2015, 05:37:14 PM »
Updated with more information and the Character Sheet. Please send me character sheets via PM if you're interested.
where did you make this update?

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #60 on: January 10, 2015, 06:41:32 PM »

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #61 on: January 11, 2015, 08:41:30 AM »
I'd be more interested if I could have my character get raped by alien creatures. :3

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« Reply #62 on: January 11, 2015, 09:28:08 AM »
What age range should the officers be in?

I was wondering the same thing, particularly for the CO and XO positions.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #63 on: January 11, 2015, 10:19:26 AM »
I don't see anyone in 'management' positions being younger than, say, 28 depending on their field.

The actual marines would be closer to the 18 - 25 age range, same with some of the Engineers, but in most cases people with more age/experience will be the ones in higher positions.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #64 on: January 11, 2015, 10:49:04 AM »
How big is the ships crew?

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #65 on: January 11, 2015, 11:15:19 AM »
I don't know, somewhere between 150 - 300.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #66 on: January 13, 2015, 08:52:48 AM »
Well, will give this a few more days then close it down since no one seems interested.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #67 on: January 13, 2015, 09:07:41 AM »
I sent my CS  ::)

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #68 on: January 13, 2015, 01:20:46 PM »
Working on my character sheet right now. :-)

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #69 on: January 15, 2015, 04:53:16 PM »
Blarg. I keep straying this character into territory of another character I made. That game may be going defunct, so I'm waffling on whether to repurpose aspects of her for this one because I really like her character.

:-( Challenges!

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #70 on: January 15, 2015, 05:15:09 PM »
I'll be reviewing the submitted profiles tonight once I get home from work.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #71 on: January 15, 2015, 07:08:33 PM »
Updated first post in this thread with link to the Information + Character Thread
Added Accepted Characters to that OOC Thread. Check there to see what roles are taken etc.

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« Reply #72 on: January 16, 2015, 02:24:44 AM »
Any civilians allowed as part of the crew?

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #73 on: January 16, 2015, 02:27:28 AM »
 I think the scientists are civilians. I know my gal is civilian.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #74 on: January 16, 2015, 02:42:36 AM »
Considering a doctor character.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #75 on: January 21, 2015, 05:14:12 AM »
Any civilians allowed as part of the crew?

MP said this a little earlier:

The Ship belongs to the Navy, the Navy belongs to the Country. The Country supplies the crew from its military personnel. Technically, there are no civilians onboard.

His use of the word “technically” makes me think that he’ll allow the rank of reserve officers, or something similar. In real-world militaries, it’s a pretty common arrangement for specialised professionals (like scientists). Of course, this is only speculation. MP himself will obviously have the final word.

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« Reply #76 on: January 21, 2015, 05:20:22 AM »
Hi all!  I'm interested in the following positions in order of decreasing interest (mainly since I'm sure who's called for those spots): Tactical + Weapons Officer, Chief Engineer, and XO.

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« Reply #77 on: January 21, 2015, 06:47:25 AM »
MP said this a little earlier:

His use of the word “technically” makes me think that he’ll allow the rank of reserve officers, or something similar. In real-world militaries, it’s a pretty common arrangement for specialised professionals (like scientists). Of course, this is only speculation. MP himself will obviously have the final word.

This sounds about right to me as well but yes, MP will confirm.

I don't think he's had many profiles sent in so far.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #78 on: January 21, 2015, 07:29:20 AM »
Hi all!  I'm interested in the following positions in order of decreasing interest (mainly since I'm sure who's called for those spots): Tactical + Weapons Officer, Chief Engineer, and XO.

The link on the first post leads to a roster of accepted characters (near the bottom). For your browsing convenience, though:
  • Chief Engineer is still open. Huzzah!
  • XO currently has an NPC assigned to the role, but I’m happy to relinquish that spot (assuming MP has no plans for the NPC).
  • Tactical / weapons officer isn’t an official role, I think. If you were thinking ship-based, the Nautilus only has a small armament (anti-shuttle guns protecting docking bays, and 6 torpedo launchers), so it might not be a major role.  If you’re talking squad based (i.e. marine), I imagine the second-in-command is responsible for special weapons and tactical advising.

Edit: Now that I check, the position of "weapons officer" appears on some rosters but not others. Consult your local MagicalPen for details.
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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #79 on: January 22, 2015, 02:36:12 PM »
I fear I'm going to have to drop out. I'm hitting some serious writer's block trying to establish a character. The last couple games I applied for either officially quit or silently died, and I guess I'm just character desced out for this type of game. D:

Such is life!

Ontan, aim for chief engineer, I guess I won't be applying since the character just isn't forming for me.

Just do me one thing... make the character Scottish. Pleeeaaase? :D

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #80 on: January 22, 2015, 02:39:55 PM »
I meant to pop in here yesterday, but having worked a 12.5 hr shift, i was pooped. Basically went home, went to bed, woke up this morning and came back to work...slightly less than 12 hrs after leaving.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #81 on: January 22, 2015, 04:34:59 PM »
The Scientists will essentially be as close to being a Civilian as you can get, they're just on the government payroll and on government funded ship etc.

I'd suggest some more Marines - they'll probably be having most of the fun at various points ^-^

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #82 on: January 22, 2015, 06:13:41 PM »
Is the weapon's officer spot open? I would check all the comments, but I'm in a bit of a rush. Please PM?

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #83 on: January 22, 2015, 07:26:28 PM »
I'm working on a Marine at the moment.

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Re: A Sci-Fi Adventure! (Interest Check)
« Reply #84 on: January 23, 2015, 02:05:20 AM »
BTW MagicalPen, any word on the character I sent you?