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Offline kckolbeTopic starter

Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« on: October 11, 2013, 11:19:05 AM »
Welcome, and thanks for checking out the thread.  This is an interest check for a large group Battlestar Galactica themed system game.  I've taken the liberty of posting a FAQ to hopefully answer some of your questions.

A quick note about the FAQ
FAQ is short for "Frequently Asked Questions."  At the time of this posting, none of these questions have been asked frequently, or at all.  I realize that this is dishonest of me, and I hope you can forgive this deception and not let this start our relationship out on the wrong foot

FAQ

1. You said this is a system game.  Which system is being used? This game will be using a modified version of Green Ronin's Song of Ice and Fire.  It is a simple system to learn.  Those of you who have played in my recent Hogwarts games (or the one being run by RogueofTimeyWimeyStuff) should be familiar with the basic mechanics.  There are a few more in depth mechanics, but they only apply to a small number of characters, so those players wishing to avoid mastering a system can easily do so.

2. Speaking of characters, what kinds are you looking for? Great question, and I'm glad that I pretended you asked!  If the character type existed in Battlestar Galactica, then it likely exists here.  I will need a commander and a couple of politicians at a minimum, and of course I will want a lot more than that.  Compared to the show, I would like to see a lower ratio of pilots to everything else, but there will be room for some.  In addition, there will be combat pilots that are not necessarily part of the military.

3. Are canon characters allowed? All characters will be OC.  Canon characters will not exist as PCs or NPCs.

4. Are Cylon PCs allowed? Yes.  PCs may play cylon characters that are aware of their nature or unaware, but PM me any concept if you are considering playing one.  I want it to be a secret.

5. So what is the focus of this game? The PCs are part of a large fleet that very well may be the last human civilization.  They have limited fuel, food, fighters, people...everything.  They have no functioning government.  PCs will have to care about resources, political maneuverings, the defense of their fleet from the Cylons, and eventually repopulation and the search for a new home.

6. Should we submit any kind of character sheets? No.  At this point, I just want to know how many folks are interested, and whether you are more interested in playing a military or civilian character.  Again, do not mention interest in playing a Cylon in this thread.

7. Are you making any changes to the setting? Yes.  Already I have added in the factor of civilian defense forces, which changes the dynamic a bit and makes the two factions closer to even.  In addition, I am adding other forms of combat craft, though most of these additions are mentioned in other sources and would be more expansion than a real change.  The word "frak" does not exist, at least in the way it was used in the show (I cringed whenever they said frak).  I am open to other suggestions, and am interested as to how prospective players feel about slavery.

8. "When" will the game start? Shortly after the first wave of attacks.  The military side will have created a plan for sustained defense (to be determined by military leadership) and the civilian side will have an accounting of all of the civilian ships.

9. Anything cool you'd like an excuse to brag about? Why yes, there is!  One of the reasons I chose this rule system was that it contains rules for both mass battles AND...designing your own fleet!  If you haven't played Song of Ice and Fire, please trust me when I say that House creation is the coolest thing about that system, and I think players will enjoy building their own fleet and setting their own stage.

10. Anything else? Yes.  I would really like 1-2 co-GMs that can be party to plot elements and handle some NPCs.

Update: On second thought, I would like a rough idea of what kind of characters interest you, and am specifically interested in players looking to play a commander or heavy political type, as the highest ranking military character and highest elected character will be responsible for significant in game decisions, and are therefore crucial to the game
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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2013, 11:24:10 AM »
Oh I am intrigued.. very much so.. given I own all seasons... May I ask what your perfect version of a Co-GM might be.

Offline kckolbeTopic starter

Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2013, 11:27:31 AM »
Well, you already meet the first requirement, which is having enthusiasm for the game.  Aside from that, a willingness to play multiple NPCs and be involved in plot discussions would help a lot.  I tried running a large game with a co-GM who wanted to be a normal player as well, and it was too difficult.  I need someone I can share secrets and plot ideas with.

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2013, 11:55:46 AM »
Well I am certainly interested...BOOKMARKS!

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2013, 12:16:28 PM »
Curvy stop following me!

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2013, 12:22:27 PM »
Orange Marmalade, while I may not know you, I think you are a fool to turn down that sexy a stalker.  Also, thanks for the interest ~smiles~

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2013, 01:46:55 PM »
Curvy stop following me!

I believe I was SO here first. :P

Orange Marmalade, while I may not know you, I think you are a fool to turn down that sexy a stalker.  Also, thanks for the interest ~smiles~

See even if I was fallowing you, I'm a sexy stalker. <,<..>.> What KC said it I'm simply repeating facts. hehe

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2013, 03:06:13 PM »
I donno about that! Also this is tempting, very tempting...

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2013, 03:06:52 PM »
*smiles and hopes that there are a few more people who like this idea*

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2013, 04:19:17 PM »
hey kc!

fun idea so i will toss out a claim for a character type from the orginal series [which i was made to watch just after the new BSG came out]

a socialator which i see more like a companion [ala Firefly]
http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Socialator

might be the only one left in the entire fleet!!


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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2013, 05:44:48 PM »
My muse is plotting some sort of pilot...so yeah call dibs on one of those spots hehe.

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2013, 06:12:37 PM »
I am very interested in this probably as an engineer but I will wait and see how things go before deciding.

Just out of interest, anyone have an opinion on the Blood and Chrome mini series?

Offline kckolbeTopic starter

Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2013, 09:43:55 PM »
Glad to see some more interest building.  The companion concept is fine, as is pilot (as I mentioned earlier, there are all kinds of ships). 

As for Blood and Chrome, never saw it.  I guess I should point out that there was a lot about the reimagined series that I didn't care for.  I felt that Starbuck might have been the worst Mary Sue I have ever seen, that almost everything pertaining to military interaction was horrible, and that the series ignored most of what was going on to focus on Viper pilots. 

Basically, I loved the premise, but didn't care for a lot of the execution.

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2013, 09:58:31 PM »
Really even season 4.5 Starbuck?

Offline kckolbeTopic starter

Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2013, 10:06:32 PM »
Especially 4.5.  No single character should be that important.  Hell, she had more control over the plot than the president and admiral combined.  It was, to me, ridiculous.

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2013, 10:24:10 PM »
How does a brilliant engineer, scientist and thinker who was rich and funded her own mobile space think tank ship filled with many other artists, geniuses and other types? On a long life in space prototype ship full of nifty technologies and the odd types that can think outside the box. My character will be a noted specialist in space food technology and science but has other areas including an advanced degree in philosophy. A Baltar sort of character that is not an asshole or nuts. A support character everyone needs around but not military could be fun. Just bouncing out an idea.

Offline kckolbeTopic starter

Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2013, 10:31:35 PM »
Well, I can't promise her own ship, as the players playing civilian characters will determine as a group what kind of ships comprise the civilian portion of the fleet.  The basic concept is fine, though.  There is even a quality for having a cadre.

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2013, 10:49:10 PM »
She could be on any Cancerian ship her home colony odds are those like her would get preference in any evacuation.

Offline kckolbeTopic starter

Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2013, 04:11:24 AM »
Makes sense.  By the way, I updated the first post.  For those who haven't said, I would like an idea as to what types of characters interest you.  I don't need anything close to a fleshed out concept, since that won't really be possible (for most characters) until after the Fleet Building process, but I do want to make sure I have certain roles filled, since they are too important to the game to be NPCd.

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2013, 10:09:26 AM »
Definately interested just wondering where the "starting" point was and how closely it would have followed the show up until that point. So for example would it start at Ragnar Anchorage and everything is 95% the same up until that point even if some of the names have changed.

And I'm sort of leaning towards a political type

Offline kckolbeTopic starter

Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2013, 10:19:42 AM »
Great question.  I'll answer it here and add it to the FAQ (the first one to have actually been asked!).  The game will start shortly after the first wave of attacks and will almost immediately deviate from the series.

Offline Orange Marmalade

Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2013, 12:30:03 PM »
Still poking around at this :) Concept rolling around right now is maybe a young military commander of one of the ships, or perhaps someone leading some of the civilian defense forces.

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2013, 09:47:58 PM »
Interested, with a military officer or military scientist concept that I'll pm to you shortly.  Looking to resurrect an old and very fun concept. 

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2013, 10:01:39 PM »
Looking forward to the PM.  I will leave the interest thread up for another day, since we are not quite where I want us yet.  There is close to enough general interest, but I haven't seen interest in near enough critical roles.

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Re: Battlestar Galactica-Interest Check!
« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2013, 10:28:40 PM »
I could be President of the 12 Colonies, if she had a government position like Minister of Agriculture or something after all in the series they went way down on the list to find someone. If you want.