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Offline MadPandaTopic starter

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Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« on: June 06, 2006, 11:18:11 AM »
Take Blade Runner, Twin Peaks, every episode of the Twilight Zone and the X-Files you've ever seen, The Naked Lunch, Pulp Fiction, Hellraiser, maybe a little Indiana Jones, and a dash of J. G. Ballard.  Toss all this into an industrial strength blender.  Hit frappe for thirty seconds.  Pour the results into a small, mythical island in the Mediterranean Sea.  Chill and serve.

Sound like fun?

'Cause it gets really weird from here.  Aliens.  Sorcery.  Half-rat things.  Mutants.  Brain-eating virally induced artificial intelligences.  Very creative designer drugs.  Bass-ackwards cockroaches.  Conspiracies.  Weird conspiracies.  Really weird conspiracies.  Baboons.  Astral parasites.  All this and more in the strangest city on Earth.

http://www.atlas-games.com/pdf_storage/OTEWelcome.pdf

Best of all, here's the very least you need to know about the rules:

http://www.atlas-games.com/pdf_storage/OTERuleBriefs.pdf

Perfect for one-on-ones.  Easy char-gen.  Simple system.  Enough interest equals game...probably midtones, just in case anyone ends up at one of Sir Arthur Compton's parties.

Offline Rin

Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2006, 11:31:09 AM »
Hmm.. It sounds interesting. I'm in.

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2006, 11:32:46 AM »
My favorite vignette involves a talking Irish cat.  At last count, there were three other talking animals on the island...two dogs, one rat.  And a vegetarian werewolf.  ;D  No, really!

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2006, 04:42:43 PM »
Hmm...  Does "midtones" in this case mean no aliens, or is it supposed to be something else about activities or intensity?

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2006, 04:54:31 PM »
Midtones implies that there may be a bit of unnecessary roughness, but nothing blatantly non-consensual.  Sex with aliens is, however, quite permissible (and qualifies as a very real risk on this island).  ;D

Offline Hokage

Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2006, 05:36:51 PM »
Sound scool I wouldn't mind doing it ^_^

Offline Fyrangel

Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2006, 08:33:19 PM »
I find the idea really interesting, I just hate making point type characters.. I'm far better with freeform.

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2006, 08:45:22 PM »
They aren't point-type characters. It's a bit looser than that...and the one page summary actually doesn't do it justice.

Short version: All PCs start with a Central Trait (like an occupation, or a 'class' if you like), two Side Traits (narrower attributes or skills) and a Flaw (Ye Olde Disad).  Dice pools are generally going to be either three or four dice for traits you have, and two dice for everything else that doesn't take specialized training.  That's all there is to it.  Everything else is just details.
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2006, 08:48:45 PM »
I think this sounds weird but i'd like to try.

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2006, 08:55:03 PM »
Wow...that's, what?  Four or five people?  Let me think of a title and go find a goddess to wheedle bribe cajole ask about set-up.  ;D ;D

Something I should ask: all PCs have secrets.  Do you guys want to keep your game stats and other information secret, or more or less open and trust that the others will act appropriately surprised?  ;)  In THIS game, that's a really important question.

Offline Rin

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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2006, 11:28:46 PM »
I'm good either way, though I lean to secrecy. Whatever the others decide is fine :)

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2006, 06:14:18 AM »
I dunno... I tend toward more NC. 

But I'm glad everyone else is perfectly aware of exactly what they're consenting to before it even begins, and knows exactly how to make sure others know they really do know.  Just so.  Otherwise, they might be guilty of something unspeakable happening to their all so bodily selves.  Heh.  ;)

Having said that, I might just be weird enough to make a character -- even if it never gets in enough trouble for my liking.  But I'll probably wait and see what pops up on the board for a while before I decide.

Love the setting, though, generally.





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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2006, 07:42:56 AM »
The baseline assumption on Al Amarja is that you are consenting and at least legally an adult.  This is because if your partner isn't consenting, you'll be very lucky if the first people to catch you are the Peace Force!  Police have to follow the rules.  (The Satanists, Dog Faces, Aries Gang, Drogues, and various other 'benevolent neighborhood protective associations' don't and won't.  ;) )  So just because there's nothing NC in context doesn't mean there's nothing rough.

Offline Elvi

Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2006, 07:52:14 AM »
Wow...that's, what? Four or five people? Let me think of a title and go find a goddess to wheedle bribe cajole ask about set-up. ;D ;D


OH yeah?
So that's why you chat to me?
PAH! and I thought you were friend Pandy.......*sobs*

Offline Elvi

Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2006, 07:56:47 AM »
http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?board=237.0

There you go......I feel so.....dirty..and ....used now........*sniffles*

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2006, 08:00:00 AM »
Awww, come on, Elvi! Like I don't ping you out of the blue all the time to see if little (edit)Beast-girl(end edit) has driven you around the twist yet... :P
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Offline Elvi

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« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2006, 08:17:42 AM »
*laughs*

It's ok Pandy, I was joking.....hope you all enjoy the game....

(Oh and it's Beast Girl on here)

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2006, 08:22:00 AM »
Of course she is.  ;D  "Leggo my biscuit," wasn't it?

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« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2006, 08:40:17 AM »
lggomypacketofbiscuits more like! *laughs*

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2006, 09:07:19 AM »
Tsk.  Such an angel.  I may have to create an NPC for her...no, wait, I've already got a creepy little kid in mind.  Maybe next campaign.

"Hey, Rocky!  What happens if I mix Broadcast, Wings, and Relapse?"

"Oh, no...not again!  Bullwinkle, stop!  The last time you went to a rave on that stuff it took us weeks to shake the DEA!"

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2006, 11:01:50 PM »
Two player characters already submitted!  And plenty room for more.  Always room for one more, yes sirree bob...

Offline Rin

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« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2006, 12:19:13 AM »
Two player characters already submitted!  And plenty room for more.  Always room for one more, yes sirree bob...

Especially if they're made of jello.

Theres always room for jello.

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2006, 07:17:04 PM »
Hmmm.  Where'd all the interested folks go?  Two more PCs would do...

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Re: Got a taste for strange? Try this on for size...
« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2006, 09:31:55 AM »
(pokes board)

Come on, just two more? Don't let Rin and Timiko be it, here. ;D There's plenty of weirdness to go around...hopefully everyone's just busy IRL right now, right?  Yes?   ;D

The game, in case you're lost, is For Love of Madame President.  It's over in Midtones.

(Why, yes, that is a reference to an album by the Eurythmics!  And yes, that's the soundtrack for the version of '1984' with Richard Burton in it.  His last performance, in fact.)
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Offline shadow lynne

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« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2006, 11:56:07 PM »
I'm making a PC.

It's going slowly though. :(