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Offline LinnaTopic starter

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Re: The Great War
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2010, 09:27:13 PM »
Is there a Character Template?

Ack I knew I forgot something!

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Nation of Origin:
Citizenship:
Affiliation:
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A note: Being 1925, African American characters (As well as Irish, Chinese, Japanese, Eastern Europeans) will face discrimination.  I personally hate segregation, having grown up around bigots and other people of lesser intelligence (the racist pigs, not the people they hated).  However, for historicalish accuracy, segregation is, unfortunately, alive and well.  So if you intend to play a character like this, you have been warned.

Offline Major Major

Re: The Great War
« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2010, 09:47:09 PM »
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Name: Frank "Nobby" Clark
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Race: White Anglo-Saxon Protestant
Nation of Origin: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Citizenship: UK Citizen
Affiliation: Royal Navy
Occupation: Sergeant, Royal Marines
Service Record: Joined RN in 1918, and was originally assigned to a destroyer squadron based out of Hong Kong. His proudest moment so far is accepting the surrender of a German Raider off Christmas Island (he still has the German Captain's Luger). At present, he is currently serving on 'V'-Class destroyer HMS Vortigern, escorting convoys across the Atlantic.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2010, 03:26:41 PM by Major Major »

Offline CrazyIvan

Re: The Great War
« Reply #27 on: May 13, 2010, 11:23:59 PM »
I looked at your game and I think that it is very interesting and would be interested in playing. I was thinking this for a character I can make changes to his rank or other things as necessary.

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Name: Adimaro Jaeger
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Race: German
Nation of Origin: Germany
Citizenship: Part of the German Empire
Affiliation: Deutsches Heer (German Army)
Occupation: Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant), Deutsches Heer (German Army) - 4th corp - 7th Division - In charge of the light MG squad (total men under his command is about 100)
Service Record: He enlisted in the German Army as soon as he could and might have even lied about his age, though that is not know for sure. Either way it has not mattered as he has served to the best of his abilities and beyond. He has severed and fought in many of the major battles of the war and has been promoted through the ranks to about Master Sergent before becoming a commissioned officer and working his way up to the rank of first lieutenant. There are also rumors of being put up for a higher command if this next battle goes in there favor and they complete there objective. His men that follow him are loyal to him and follow his orders as he as seen them through tough situations and not failed them. Often fighting with them on the front and not afraid of combat. He is know for being a bit more ruthless then nhe most likely needs to be, but that has not stopped him from receiving promotions or stopped his men from respecting him.

He was almost sent over to the Russian front when he was recalled back to Germany and informed about the plan to launch an attack on the American city of New York. He was personally selected to one of the lieutenants to go on this missions and he and his men were to be a spear head in this operation. He is proud to serve in the army and glad to be given this chance to finally land a direct blow to the Americans.



As I said this is what I was thinking I can change it if I need to.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2010, 05:28:06 PM by CrazyIvan »

Offline Major Major

Re: The Great War
« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2010, 11:48:23 PM »
I do believe that is actually a British Army officer's uniform.

Offline CrazyIvan

Re: The Great War
« Reply #29 on: May 13, 2010, 11:58:10 PM »
You are correct thank you for pointing that out. I accidentally copied the wrong URL to the wrong place, thank you for pointing that out to me. I have since replaced it with the correct picture.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2010, 12:04:21 AM by CrazyIvan »

Offline Nazora

Re: The Great War
« Reply #30 on: May 14, 2010, 01:48:12 AM »
I want to join as Adolph Hitler. No seriously, I understand that this is extended world war one, but I think it would be both funny and realistic. He served in the German army on the western front in World War One, and if this alternate version of history happened, he would be invading the U.S., as a private in the German army. The nazis would never have existed because there would have been no Versaille treaty, and Hitler would still be an army grunt. The little rat was remarkably skilled at staying alive through the war.

Oh, the irony, I so have dibs on Hitler.  >:)

Offline Nazora

Re: The Great War
« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2010, 02:03:24 AM »


Name: Adolph Hitler
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Race: German
Nation of Origin: Austria
Citizenship: Austrian
Affiliation: German Army
Occupation: Gefreiter (private First class)
Service Record: When Germany entered World War I in August 1914, Adolph petitioned King Ludwig III of Bavaria for permission to serve in a Bavarian regiment. This request was granted, and Adolf enlisted in the Bavarian army. Hitler served in France and Belgium in the 16th Bavarian Reserve Regiment, distinguishing himself with He received the Iron Cross, Second Class, in 1914 and later the Iron Cross, First Class, an honour rarely given to a Gefreiter. Because the regimental staff thought Hitler lacked leadership skills and the issue of his citizenship, he has yet to be promoted to Unteroffizier (equivalent to a British corporal). He serves most often as a dispatch runner, sending messages back and forth while under fire. He tends to remain aloof from others, often busy with drawings and making instructional sketches

« Last Edit: May 14, 2010, 03:28:16 PM by Nazora »

Offline Major Major

Re: The Great War
« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2010, 02:14:41 AM »
May I possibly suggest, to be mindful of sensativities, that you use his original surname, Schicklgruber?

Offline Haibane

Re: The Great War
« Reply #33 on: May 14, 2010, 03:09:05 AM »
He was a corporal in 1918 so by 1925, assuming he'd survived the eastern front he'd be at least a sergeant, maybe had even been commissioned (though wasn't Hitler demoted for a few minor infractions?)

So far Linna, this game looks like you are heading well towards realism and not steampunky stuff despite your early illustration. Are their dirigibles? I find an Imperial German Zeppelin Fleet such a cool concept in the invasion but I can't see them having much use given the advanced state of fast reliable fixed wing fighter aircraft.

Now if your heavier than air machines were at around the 1917 level of technology, a dirigible fleet would make perfect sense, but with Hurricanes in the sky, no.

Thoughts?

Offline RedEve

Re: The Great War
« Reply #34 on: May 14, 2010, 05:37:39 AM »
Would you allow for a female civilian character to join the battle?

Offline Travaius

Re: The Great War
« Reply #35 on: May 14, 2010, 06:21:06 AM »


Name: Konrad Stephanus
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Race: Austrian
Nation of Origin: Austria-Hungary
Citizenship: Germany   
Affiliation: Deutsches Heer
Occupation: Oberfähnrich (Master Sergeant)
Service Record:
Konrad joined the simply because every male member of his family had. He was assigned to one of the units who was supposed to carry out the Schlieffen plan, and served well as he helped cut a path across France. When the Russians attacked earlier than the Germans anticipated, he was also one of the units sent out to bolster the Eastern front. He served well, slowly climbing the ranks and getting to the rank of Master Sergeant, officer canidate. In France, and the battles that he fought with Russia, he managed to distinguish himself as someone who could handle urban warfare. When they began picking who would help with the American invasion, Konrad was easily picked and eagerly joined the men who prepared for the invasion of America.

Offline Haibane

Re: The Great War
« Reply #36 on: May 14, 2010, 08:04:36 AM »
Can anyone supply me please with the name of a military airstrip near New York in the 1920s or 30s? I plan to have a female transport (ferry) pilot, a girl who flies bombers across the Atlantic from America to Britain where they are serviced and sent to active squadrons. I need a base near New York where she is currently stationed. Thanks!

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Re: The Great War
« Reply #37 on: May 14, 2010, 08:57:26 AM »
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Name: Frank "Nobby" Clark
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Race: White Anglo-Saxon Protestant
Nation of Origin: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Citizenship: UK Citizen
Affiliation: Royal Navy
Occupation: Corporal, Royal Marines
Service Record: CONFIDENTIAL, but currently serving on 'V'-Class destroyer HMS Vortigern.

The service record, in this RP, is just to show kind of how your character got to where they are.  What their rank is, where they've served, any awards, things like that.  I doubt it'll come up in RP, and so I'd like you to please give us a little more information about his record.
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Name: Adolph Hitler
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Race: German
Nation of Origin: Austria
Citizenship: Austrian
Affiliation: German Army
Occupation: Gefreiter (private First class)
Service Record: When Germany entered World War I in August 1914, Adolph petitioned King Ludwig III of Bavaria for permission to serve in a Bavarian regiment. This request was granted, and Adolf enlisted in the Bavarian army. Hitler served in France and Belgium in the 16th Bavarian Reserve Regiment, distinguishing himself with He received the Iron Cross, Second Class, in 1914 and later the Iron Cross, First Class, an honour rarely given to a Gefreiter. Because the regimental staff thought Hitler lacked leadership skills and the issue of his citizenship, he has yet to be promoted to Unteroffizier (equivalent to a British corporal). He serves most often as a dispatch runner, sending messages back and forth while under fire. He tends to remain aloof from others, often busy with drawings and making instructional sketches

On the one hand, the idea of having an Adolf Hitler in this RPG is unsettling.  However, given that this would've kept him out of the Austrian slums where he fostered his hatred for Orthodox Jews, I can understand how this might... 'redirect' his energies.  So unless it offends anyone to the point of their being unable to RP, I'll allow it.  And before anyone asks, no, there will NOT be a Joseph Stalin or similar communist character.  I'm setting in stone right now that the major communists were rounded up and arrested for treason.

Ack I knew I forgot something!

Image
Name:
Age:
Gender:
Race:
Nation of Origin:
Citizenship:
Affiliation:
Occupation:
Service Record:

A note: Being 1925, African American characters (As well as Irish, Chinese, Japanese, Eastern Europeans) will face discrimination.  I personally hate segregation, having grown up around bigots and other people of lesser intelligence (the racist pigs, not the people they hated).  However, for historicalish accuracy, segregation is, unfortunately, alive and well.  So if you intend to play a character like this, you have been warned.

Add in a spot for branch of service please.  Civilians can just put 'Civilian' or N/A.  And yes, civilians are allowed, so please don't feel you have to have a military character :)  If you've already added what branch you're in, don't feel like you have to go back and modify it.  I just know that with the numerous branches we have already, that it might get confusing.

Other than those I mentioned, all characters are approved.

Can anyone supply me please with the name of a military airstrip near New York in the 1920s or 30s? I plan to have a female transport (ferry) pilot, a girl who flies bombers across the Atlantic from America to Britain where they are serviced and sent to active squadrons. I need a base near New York where she is currently stationed. Thanks!

Indeed I can :) Floyd Bennett Field.  I know it was built in '28 but we'll say it was finished in '25, what with a war on and all.

Would you allow for a female civilian character to join the battle?

Men and women are both allowed.  Civilians for sure, and you can join the Air Corps or the Navy as a woman.

Offline Travaius

Re: The Great War
« Reply #38 on: May 14, 2010, 08:59:54 AM »
Hmmm... I was thinking more of Mitchel Air Force Base.Mitchell Air Force Base was active during that time, and it was on Long Island I think. But it may have only been for training. Not entirely sure that planes flew over the Atlantic in this time period anyway...I'm fairly sure most, if not all, were shipped over.

Offline Haibane

Re: The Great War
« Reply #39 on: May 14, 2010, 09:07:48 AM »
Linna... wow, at the risk of sounding sucky I really appreciate the feedback. Its good to find a GM with a clear vision who knows where he wants his game to go. So many GMs are wishy-washy and bend like reeds. I actually like the Hitler character as long as he is just there as an amusing twist. I wouldn't want any politics of the period being dragged in with that character, etc.

I've heard of both Mitchell Field and Floyd Bennett. I will go look them up and do my char bio properly.

As to whether my woman is an actual ferry pilot or just a desk girl supervising the sending over of US airplanes (crated or otherwise) I do not mind which scenario the GM prefers. I've sketched out a bio for her that gives her some service experience anyway.


Offline RedEve

Re: The Great War
« Reply #40 on: May 14, 2010, 09:22:20 AM »
Just to be clear, if I do play a civilian who enters the battle, how would it work?

Will this basically be a series of skirmishes where the Germans and the allies fight each other from house to house and street to street? How will the civilians get involved? I'd imagine at first they will just be defending themselves, but do they band into make-shift militias or are they eventually put under the command of the real army forces in the area?

Offline Haibane

Re: The Great War
« Reply #41 on: May 14, 2010, 09:32:15 AM »
Redeve - my first thought was to play a civilian caught up in the fighting, and then I decided to play a military female, a non-combatant, yes, but someone who would know how to use a gun and throw a grenade (basic training, yes?) so that whatever the game throws up my woman could be useful to whoever I was with.

Okay, very raw char sheet (will be worked on):

Image: See links, need to sort these out, but here she is:

Name: Susan Hunter-Dunn
Age: 22
Gender: Female
Race: English
Nation of Origin: Great Britain
Citizenship: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Affiliation: RAF
Occupation: Transport Regiment
Service Record: Child pilot prodigy. Pilot cadet 1919, home service in No.17 (Training) Squadron (Bristol Fighters) 1920-1921. Advanced cadet pilot navigation and map reading course, 1921, passed out 12th in her class of 32 (See here second from right). Persian station (Baghdad) 1922-23, flying Gloster Gladiator single seat biplane scouts on reconnaisance missions over Turkey, Iran and Kurdestan. Attached to RAF Liason Bureau in Washington 1924, ended up driving limos chauffeuring brass hats to dinners and dances. Requested transfer to RAF Transport Regiment, October 1924 and since based at Floyd Bennet Field, NYC as part of the allied liason transport corps.

Currently off duty at the Waldorf Hotel on 301 Park Avenue.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2010, 10:15:46 AM by Haibane »

Offline RedEve

Re: The Great War
« Reply #42 on: May 14, 2010, 09:36:33 AM »
Redeve - my first thought was to play a civilian caught up in the fighting, and then I decided to play a military female, a non-combatant, yes, but someone who would know how to use a gun and throw a grenade (basic training, yes?) so that whatever the game throws up my woman could be useful to whoever I was with.

Check my post above about being a ferry pilot, it may help.

I think I'd prefer to play a regular civilian who knows how to handle a gun but has no real military background. I'd just like to know from the GM what role the civilians are suppose to have in the battle. ;)

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Re: The Great War
« Reply #43 on: May 14, 2010, 09:43:54 AM »
I think I'd prefer to play a regular civilian who knows how to handle a gun but has no real military background. I'd just like to know from the GM what role the civilians are suppose to have in the battle. ;)

Well, you could always play Bullet Catcher :P nah just kidding.  Um, most civilians will be fighting for their lives, either forming up with the Army or just trying to get the hell out of Dodge.  Either way, you have no real ties other than New York being your home.

I'll be posting the thread today with a nice long intro post.  Oh, and those dirigibles from the first pictures?  Those are the ones the Germans will be using.  New Design and what not.

Offline RedEve

Re: The Great War
« Reply #44 on: May 14, 2010, 09:53:14 AM »

Name: Clémence Marceau
Age: 27
Gender: female
Race: European
Nation of Origin: France
Citizenship: US
Affiliation: American civilian
Occupation: Night club singer
Service Record: Clémence Marceau works as a singer at the "Dame de cœur" nightclub in NYC. The club, though popular in its own right, is merely a front for a gang of French-American gangsters that arrived in the country roughly a decade ago. Bootlegging, prostitution, racketeering... They  have a finger in the broth of every little bit of dirty business that goes on in the city. Clémence herself is both the start attraction at the club and the gang's most formidable - yet secret - assassin.

How is this for a character sheet Linna?

One quick question: would the Germans have paratrooper units? I checked wiki and it seems like the earliest experiments with Airborne troops date from late in WW I and the first actual use in combat happened in the mid 1920s, so it would certainly fit into your alternate universe timeline.

Offline Haibane

Re: The Great War
« Reply #45 on: May 14, 2010, 10:02:04 AM »
Actually I really like her, she's smokin' hot and quite a realistic char given the scenario *rewrites Susan Hunter-Dunn as bisexual*

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Re: The Great War
« Reply #46 on: May 14, 2010, 10:40:25 AM »
I love both characters, very smokin hot.  Paratroopers, I'm not that keen to see, because while there were experiments, it wasn't until the advent of Nylon by DuPont in WWII that parachutes became cheap enough to use.  Considering they want one for everyone in a plane and an airship, it'd be expensive trying to come up with enough more material to outfit soldiers.

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Offline RedEve

Re: The Great War
« Reply #47 on: May 14, 2010, 10:52:35 AM »
I love both characters, very smokin hot.  Paratroopers, I'm not that keen to see, because while there were experiments, it wasn't until the advent of Nylon by DuPont in WWII that parachutes became cheap enough to use.  Considering they want one for everyone in a plane and an airship, it'd be expensive trying to come up with enough more material to outfit soldiers.

Well I was not thinking about the entire invasion force having a parachute, more like the Germans dropping in small clusters of men at key strategic points of the city. One such unit would drop down right above the "Dame de cœur" and a gunfight would ensue between the mobsters and the German troops. ;)

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Re: The Great War
« Reply #48 on: May 14, 2010, 11:18:04 AM »
Well I was not thinking about the entire invasion force having a parachute, more like the Germans dropping in small clusters of men at key strategic points of the city. One such unit would drop down right above the "Dame de cœur" and a gunfight would ensue between the mobsters and the German troops. ;)

How about... an airship goes down, and the crew bails out in their parachutes?  That'd let them land right on top of you, and then you can have it.  That sound good to you?

Offline RedEve

Re: The Great War
« Reply #49 on: May 14, 2010, 11:20:46 AM »
How about... an airship goes down, and the crew bails out in their parachutes?  That'd let them land right on top of you, and then you can have it.  That sound good to you?

Sure, that works for me. How many men would one airship hold?