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League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« on: December 17, 2015, 03:37:36 PM »

BE IT KNOWN:


Her Grace Evangeline DuRien y Velasquez, Grand Duchess of Barcelona;
by the Grace of the Creator a Peer of the Glorious Gallic Imperium;
and a Lady of Substantial Means and Accomplishments;


seeks Applications


from Ladies of good Mind and Manners
to join Her Grace on a Voyage of Discovery
aboard Her Grace's Airship Diáne.


The Voyage to be of unspecified Duration.
with all expenses to be defrayed by Her Grace's Establishment.


Applicants should be: 

Women having reached their majority, and not above forty Years of Age;
Graceful in Speech and Body;
Careful of their Manners and Dress;
And possessed of some Skills or Achievements that set them apart from the
common Female.

No person with Family Concerns, currently in Service to another, whether by Indenture or Contract, nor any person who for other reasons does not meet Her Grace's standards
for Companionship and Social Discourse will be considered. This being a private Venture, all decisions are in the hands of Her Grace, and may not be disputed.

Those meeting thees Strictures, and possessed of an Interest and Inclination towards Travel and Adventure may submit their curriculae to Her Grace's Agent at the Sign of the Crossed Swords,
Upper Merchant's Way


What this is:

An interest check for a small-group (prolly 4-5 characters plus myself) sandbox game based aboard a large airship travelling the face of a Steampunk world.  I will play the Duchess and act as GM for the overarching plot, which may be more than meets the eye (hint hint).

The game will likely move fairly slowly; I'm looking for a fairly stylized manner of writing that would be in keeping with the times and the behavior of the era- though, as one might expect, a handful of strong-minded and attractive women on their own and abroad are likely to get into all sorts of...situations.

I'll be giving preference to female writers first, but I won't be locking anyone out. If there's enough interest, I'll ask for character writeups from all concerned, but they will be in a somewhat different format from the usual character 'sheet'.

A few world details:

The tech level is about equivalent to the Civil War era; steam powers a number of things, including horseless carriages; gunpowder weapons are becoming slowly more reliable but soldiers still place their trust in the sword, the bayonet, and the cavalry charge; gaslight is common, but the first experiments in practical electricity are beginning. Spiritualism is very much a Thing- but in amongst the charlatans and tricksters are some real ghost callers and mediums. Likewise, while few and far between, there are successful Alchemists and Sorcerers.  While they tend to keep their business to themselves, for obvious reasons, their services are worth their body weight in silver.

The world is still Euro-centric, and is divided into four major spheres of influence:

Britannia is basically the old English Empire; the New World never broke away, so the East Coast of what is now the US is part of the Empire, except for Florida.

The Gallic Imperium: based very loosely on Napoleonic neo-Roman-Republic forms, France and Spain are a joined dual republican monarchy, each with a ruling 'consul' reporting to a joint elected Senate. They control a goodly portion of the European continent, South America, Florida and the Gulf Coast of the New World, and the expected French island dominions.

The Iron Czar controls Germany, Austria, the Balkans, Westernmost Russia, and some other bits. Man for man, he commands the most powerful military in the world, including steam-powered war wagons and battle automata; but the Czar is constantly pinched between the Eastern Axis and the Imperium.

The Eastern Axis is under the domination of the Star Throne of China, and includes nearly all of Asia, Siberia, and the Russian subcontinent. Still pretty isolationist, the Axis has to deal with constant fractures and uprisings based on ethnic lines, far more so than the 'civilized' Empires.

If this gets off the ground, I'll come up with a decent map.

Women are still very much second-class citizens, unless they are extremely wealthy or influential, but less so than in the real historical record.

Slavery and indentured servitude are still very much present, though slaves are seldom seen in the Old World cities of the various Empires, being instead used in the overseas Dominions.

More detail when needed.
« Last Edit: December 17, 2015, 07:12:16 PM by Nowherewoman »

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2015, 05:00:06 PM »
This sounds like a really cool adventure. If you have room for a male writer, I am interested. It would be my first female character, so would be happy to submit a writing sample for your approval.

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2015, 07:14:55 PM »
Excellent. Probably right before the holidays wasn't the smartest time to float this, so I'll leave it up for a while, see if anyone else nibbles.

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2015, 07:45:12 PM »
Can you clarify what types of skills (generally) will be important for this adventure? Or perhaps provide some clue as to it's purpose? Might attract more people if they have a better idea what they're getting into. I am toying with either some sort of accomplished academic, scientist, or business woman.

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2015, 08:05:16 PM »
I'm trying to not spoiler too much. Character sheets, if/when, will be in the form of letters of introduction to the Grand Duchess, basically a short in-character CV. It's possible that a given character will not be chosen, but a writer is certainly free to reapply, should that happen.

Basically, anything that makes a character stand out in some way from an 'average' woman of the period will be useful. And a small semi-spoilery note:  DuRien doesn't care if you're a good person or not- only if you are competent, and can behave yourself appropriately in her company.  So a gifted cutpurse, if she can write a convincing letter, has as good a chance of being selected as a schoolmarm. She wants interesting people, and, perhaps more important, ones who are not totally mired in convention.

If/when folks pitch characters I will try to pick a balanced cast.

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2015, 03:58:32 PM »
*nibble*

I would like to offer my services as a genuine psychic - although I'd prefer to be a large than a medium... *snerk*

May I make a recommendation based upon experience? Start the game with everyone already aboard and the journey underway? If you start it with everyone arriving it will never get going!


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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2015, 04:09:19 PM »
*nibble*

I would like to offer my services as a genuine psychic - although I'd prefer to be a large than a medium... *snerk*

May I make a recommendation based upon experience? Start the game with everyone already aboard and the journey underway? If you start it with everyone arriving it will never get going!


That was the plan, once the semi-IC 'application' process is done with.


And no diet Psychics- gotcha! ;D

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2015, 04:37:55 PM »
Well now, this actually raises a question: See, I was just making a pun on the word medium... similar to talking about the overweight psychic's underwear as the "large medium's smalls".

But, Graceful in Speech and Body; being specified, would that preclude someone of this sort of appearance? Don't get me wrong, I will quite happily play a more slender maid, but your comment made me wonder.

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2015, 04:40:27 PM »
'Graceful' refers more to the way one moves in one's skin than one's actual build.


And yes. I know.  Hence my diet joke.

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2015, 05:26:31 PM »
Cool... I think I have my character pic sorted then! ;)

Offline Crash

Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2015, 10:49:41 AM »
Steampunk and women.  Yep interested.

Offline Idlewyld

Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2015, 11:36:49 AM »
Could be fun... Though I can't really begin until after Christmas. Still, count me interested

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2015, 08:41:14 AM »
I'm interested in this kind of thing, though I'm also unavailable until after Christmas, so I might miss the casting call.

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2015, 09:10:01 AM »
I'm interested in this kind of thing, though I'm also unavailable until after Christmas, so I might miss the casting call.


Actually, I'm going into my last crazy busy holiday period, so it's very unlikely I'd be asking for character concepts til after New Year's. This was just to see if I could attract enough attention to fill out the game.

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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2015, 07:20:08 PM »
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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2015, 10:58:33 PM »
It looks like a good idea and I always have a soft spot for steam punk, count me interested, as I'll love to play a character in this world :-)

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2015, 05:04:02 PM »
Started the world building thread. It's going to take me a bit, since my art skills suck, and I'll need to come up with several maps.



https://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=241867.0
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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2015, 05:27:01 PM »
If it's maps of the world the way it is now but with a different political layout, you could do what I did and use something like this... http://mapchart.net/

It's not perfect but better than nothing....

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2015, 05:30:10 PM »
If it's maps of the world the way it is now but with a different political layout, you could do what I did and use something like this... http://mapchart.net/

It's not perfect but better than nothing....




ARRSOME!  Thank you, That's exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. Should cut worktime enormously.  Now I need to find a good tool for a map of the airship...

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2015, 05:52:26 PM »
I would be highly interested in playing a lady thief without a penny to her name, but is doing her damnedest to get on board this ship with the hopes that she might be able to break out of being an outlaw by being in Her Grace's company. She might come from a wealthy family that lost everything, but perhaps she escaped her family's fate and make her own way. Yes, I do quite enjoy playing thief characters in steampunk settings-blame the old Thief games.

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2015, 06:19:30 PM »
These are a couple of airship designs from an old D&D product all about airships. They're the most "normal" of the bunch, others being almost too weird even for their own gonzo setting.

https://spelljammerblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/mystaran-skyships-in-spelljammer-part-vii-schooner/
https://spelljammerblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/mystaran-skyships-in-spelljammer-part-i-ship-of-the-line/

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2015, 07:24:15 PM »
The links are very cool, Dhi, but I'm looking for an actual dirigible-type lighter-than-air craft, a bit (but not TOO much) in line with real-world technology.  I can prolly come up with a basic outline design from somewhere and fill in some detail.

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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2015, 07:54:01 PM »
Started the world building thread. It's going to take me a bit, since my art skills suck, and I'll need to come up with several maps.

https://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=234826.0


I think you linked to the wrong thread


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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2015, 07:56:50 PM »

I think you linked to the wrong thread




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Re: League of Uncomfortably Seductive Travelers (interest check)
« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2015, 07:59:39 PM »
OK, that was...odd. I had to paste the correct link several times before it would actually lead to the right page. Fomr inside El. If I put it in my nav bar, no problem.  Put it on the page, it would keep taking me back to the Treehouse, despite it being a totally different thread number.


*sigh* The editor here hates my skinny ass.  Anyway, fixed now. I hope.