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Offline Haibane

Re: The Great War
« Reply #50 on: May 14, 2010, 11:51:31 AM »
Scurrying around wikipedia and so on its hard to find how many people crewed an airship. The R101 which crashed in 1930 had 45 crew. The Hindenburg which infamously crashed at Lakehurst in 1937 had 97 people on board but that included passengers. The USS Akron had 76 passengers and crew aboard when it crashed in 1933, so it seems around 45 to 60 people crewed a civilian airship. Add wartime machine gun crews and bombardiers and you could have 60 to 80 crew.

Given that not all would bail out in time in a (fire?) crash you could be looking at half that number parachuting down I suppose. So... 30 to 40 men.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2010, 11:56:58 AM by Haibane »

Offline Travaius

Re: The Great War
« Reply #51 on: May 14, 2010, 11:59:49 AM »
Wow...Leave for a little while and see how much you guys do...Sheesh.

Offline RedEve

Re: The Great War
« Reply #52 on: May 14, 2010, 12:23:53 PM »
Scurrying around wikipedia and so on its hard to find how many people crewed an airship. The R101 which crashed in 1930 had 45 crew. The Hindenburg which infamously crashed at Lakehurst in 1937 had 97 people on board but that included passengers. The USS Akron had 76 passengers and crew aboard when it crashed in 1933, so it seems around 45 to 60 people crewed a civilian airship. Add wartime machine gun crews and bombardiers and you could have 60 to 80 crew.

Given that not all would bail out in time in a (fire?) crash you could be looking at half that number parachuting down I suppose. So... 30 to 40 men.

Thanks for the info, I'll work on an opening post based on your numbers. I hope/assume Linna won't object, though I only really needed a ball-park figure to have an idea of how many men might overrun the club.

Offline Haibane

Re: The Great War
« Reply #53 on: May 14, 2010, 12:43:40 PM »
Haha, I don't  think the parachuted-down crew of a crashed Zepp would be up to overrunning anything. Each man would land where he did and look after surviving himself. They'd have no rifles for a start ;) You're talking about parachutists trained to attack an objective upon landing which is something different. I think you need the GM's OK to proceed with such an idea.

@ Travaius: Try not sleeping, then the flow of comments is much slower ;)

Offline LinnaTopic starter

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Re: The Great War
« Reply #54 on: May 14, 2010, 01:46:18 PM »
Thanks for the info, I'll work on an opening post based on your numbers. I hope/assume Linna won't object, though I only really needed a ball-park figure to have an idea of how many men might overrun the club.

30 to 40 people mostly trying to get to the ground without going squish.  Most of your excitement will come from the large flaming airship coming in to crash right on top of your club :P

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Re: The Great War
« Reply #55 on: May 14, 2010, 01:47:44 PM »

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Name: William "Billy" McCriver
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Service Record: Doesn't have one, never served, though he is the son of a local Policeman and a woman of pleasure, he grew up on the slums of NY.  He got into driving when he stole a new daimler and it happened to belong to a local crime boss.  This gave him the later opportunity to prove himself as a wheelman and landed a job with the local 502 Cabbie Union.  Now he just drives around looking for fares and when the time is needed, he does runs for the Mob.

Offline RedEve

Re: The Great War
« Reply #56 on: May 14, 2010, 01:58:53 PM »
30 to 40 people mostly trying to get to the ground without going squish.  Most of your excitement will come from the large flaming airship coming in to crash right on top of your club :P

Oops...

I wrote my post before I read this. I do love very much how it came out though, so I hope you'll allow me to keep it as is?

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Re: The Great War
« Reply #57 on: May 14, 2010, 02:16:52 PM »
Oops...

I wrote my post before I read this. I do love very much how it came out though, so I hope you'll allow me to keep it as is?

I'll allow it.  This time *glare glare* kidding.  It'll be fine, but please don't go all Rambo and try to take on the entire German Army by yourself.

Offline RedEve

Re: The Great War
« Reply #58 on: May 14, 2010, 02:27:35 PM »
I'll allow it.  This time *glare glare* kidding.  It'll be fine, but please don't go all Rambo and try to take on the entire German Army by yourself.

Oh, that's not my intention. :D

I tried to make sure to have more of the mobsters dying than Germans. ;)

I just liked it because it provided my character with a dramatic opening.

Offline Haibane

Re: The Great War
« Reply #59 on: May 14, 2010, 02:41:05 PM »
Any chance of a thread for characters and OOC discussion?

Offline Major Major

Re: The Great War
« Reply #60 on: May 14, 2010, 02:42:41 PM »
Give me a minute to finish Nobby's Service Record and I'll make a post.

Offline CrazyIvan

Re: The Great War
« Reply #61 on: May 14, 2010, 03:59:00 PM »
there is my first post hope that it is not to bad.

Offline Major Major

Re: The Great War
« Reply #62 on: May 14, 2010, 04:09:06 PM »
I am deeply impressed, and rather annoyed, Ivan.

Impressed that you were able to write so much, and annoyed that it takes me the best part of an hour to write, at most, two short paragraphs and then I run out of ideas to continue the post.

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Re: The Great War
« Reply #63 on: May 14, 2010, 04:24:10 PM »
Hey peeps, just waiting to see if this was a cool character to join in.  Loving the posts though.

Offline Major Major

Re: The Great War
« Reply #64 on: May 14, 2010, 04:28:49 PM »
We could certainly use some Allied troops here. At the moment, the only named Good Guy Soldier is my Royal Marine.

Offline CrazyIvan

Re: The Great War
« Reply #65 on: May 14, 2010, 04:35:50 PM »
Hey the German could be Good Guys from their perspective, after all it is kinda of subjective. Also WW 1 was just all kinds of weird with no one real good guy. Though this is me just going on about nothing.

Offline Travaius

Re: The Great War
« Reply #66 on: May 14, 2010, 04:38:48 PM »
Eh you're right though. Germany didn't even really want to go to war. They thought by backing Austria-Hungary that Russia would just not enter at all. And when Britain declared on them it was actually a shock. They considered them cousins and figured they would stay neutral if they didn't help the German themselves.

Offline Major Major

Re: The Great War
« Reply #67 on: May 14, 2010, 04:42:10 PM »
You get what I mean though, right?

Offline CrazyIvan

Re: The Great War
« Reply #68 on: May 14, 2010, 04:44:42 PM »
Yeah I know what you meant.

Offline Travaius

Re: The Great War
« Reply #69 on: May 14, 2010, 04:45:06 PM »
:P Of course, the sides are a little uneven, if you don't count our female French expat.

Offline Haibane

Re: The Great War
« Reply #70 on: May 14, 2010, 04:46:59 PM »
Poop, I forgot to mention this ages ago but I write in the first person. Is that going to be an issue for anyone?

Offline RedEve

Re: The Great War
« Reply #71 on: May 14, 2010, 04:47:27 PM »
:P Of course, the sides are a little uneven, if you don't count our female French expat.

And why would you do that? :p

She's like a female Picasso with that Tommy gun of hers. ;)

Offline Travaius

Re: The Great War
« Reply #72 on: May 14, 2010, 04:49:12 PM »
First person isn't an issue for me at all, I am just used to writing in third.

Offline RedEve

Re: The Great War
« Reply #73 on: May 15, 2010, 06:23:37 AM »
In my next post, I'm planning on having Clémence successfully escape the club. I would like to know the general outline of the invasion so I have a better idea of where to take her next. What area will be overrun first? Where will the largest concentration of Germans converge upon?

Offline MagicalPen

Re: The Great War
« Reply #74 on: May 15, 2010, 07:03:47 AM »
I'm still here/interested but out of town with very limited internet access until wednesday night.