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Now that is an adventure location. :)
 
grunkletk: “ jonlybonlyfromboldlygo: “ did-you-kno: “ The Temple of Quechula was built in 1564 and abandoned in the 1700s because of a plague. Source ” plague church emerges from the water. totally...
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Yep! ADVENTURE AWAITS!!
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I am happy bridgehaunt. 
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Smiling Ironshield here
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Third World War, Arctic Front.

By the end of the first week of fighting, the Warsaw Pact was in trouble. By D+7 the first mountain passes should have been isolated by joint amphibious landings and air assaults on the important ports and airfields to the west & the overwhelming air assets should have pounded the defenders so that the attacking Category A divisions could smash their way through opposition.

Instead, a regiment of British Royal Marine Commandos were stoically holding up the Warsaw Pact advance - they literally hold the port they landed at - while Norway & their NATO allies managed to garrison the coastal ports and airfields, and begin to establish a defence in depth.

Losing the backfires and the flankers in the first few days meant the Warsaw pact lacked a force multiplier to dislodge NATO from their defensive positions. The storms that lashed the Norwegian sea also hampered the Warsaw Pact's ability to simply bypass strong-points through amphibious landings to isolate NATO positions.

Week two will be interesting...
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KW's reputation is preceding him.
 
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According to the mods over on travellerrpg.com, Marc Miller has spoken to the mods there and put the kibosh on them commenting about the activities of Mr Whitman. It was heavily insinuated that this was in order to not complicate possible legal maneuvers.
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Time Machine Beacon? How? With science logic!
A art sculpture / structure that will act as a beacon to attract time machine from the future to our present using science logic.
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Besides, we already had the Time Traveller Convention (of which, there need be only one): http://web.mit.edu/adorai/timetraveler/

If he really wanted to mess with time, he should put its date and time on his pyramid.
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I'm not a huge fan of me doing huge in-depth recaps of a session. A lot of the time, there's so much going on that I get lost. Rather, I find writing letters from my character to another is a great way of giving one perspective of what happened while also giving an impression of the character I play.

The following is a letter from Olaf the spymaster to his Prince based on the first session we had. It is, by its very nature biased and only gives Olaf's perspective of the things the character is aware of, so there are things missing, but I think it gives a nice overview of the big things that happened in our first session. 
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Olaf's Letter to the Prince (session 1)A letter found some years after the siege of X. It is unknown if the letter was ever sent, as it was discovered within the personal effects of a noble trader, whose ancestor is believed the author. The tone of the letter, the language used and the simple signature “O”, makes this scholar believe ...
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Not dissimilar of the way we would recap sessions by a character diary. Which was also mechanically rewarded in Earthdawn
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Am I reading this wrong?

Characters who have taken harm only take -1 forward if a first aid roll is 7-9. If they don't seek medical assistance, they don't get the -1?
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I had a player take a shot to the back in last nights session - one PC accidentally shooting another.

He took 3 harm and rolled a disastrous 11 on the Harm roll. He picked that he was inconsolable on the floor with the synthetic white foam that acts as his blood pooling out of his back.

Simply getting up and not really bothering to deal with that didn't seem like an option in the fiction. The second PC also took a bit of a battering but in terms of the harm roll it was never that bad. For the first PC we decided that he basically had to stab himself in the arm with a trauma derm to fix his messed up synthetic skin. He rolled a 9 and limped his way out of the rest of the complex taking -1 for the rest of the mission.

Fiction yo.
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Ended the second of our opening pilot double-episodes. The APEX job involved the team locating a corp hacker who had disappeared with a piece of bleeding-edge tech. The employer wanted her dead and the tech back. Simple right?

Cue the team drawing heat from various factions including most of the big corps, some shady black-suited men in SUVs who'd been following their target, the major PMC in the sprawl, a local gang dealing in street drugs and the Turkish mafia who'd been operating a very profitable chopshop.

They did end up killing the mark, rescuing her kidnapped brother (long story) and grabbing the APEX cybertech. Then one of the team attempted a double-cross on the team for the anarcho-environmentalist terrorist organisation that owned him and who wanted the tech.

Poor rolls saw the botched attempted murder of his team mates and the men-in-black descending and grabbing the macguffin leaving them to explain to the fixer what happened. Of course, they then shot the fixer.

We're now looking at creating new characters for each of the players & having a pool of characters that can be drawn on for individual missions. No idea how it will go, but I'm sure it will not be dull.
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I've also slowly been putting together a pinterest board of cyberpunk imagery & inspiration that the players can add to & have access to during the game.

https://uk.pinterest.com/dorf_lundgren/the-sprawl/
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I am re-reading Tom Clancey's Red Storm Rising...

Mid Spring 1985. Northern Front of the Third World War

Within hours of Warsaw Pact forces crashing into NATO armies in Western Germany, operation "They do what to fish?" kicks off.

Supported by WarPac air superiority over Norway, category A divisions of the Leningrad Front, 6th and 18th Armies begin their push to take Norway's ports & achieve Moscow's strategic goal of denying NATO control of the Norwegian sea.

Despite the storms lashing the region, a regiment of the 76th Guards Mechanised division (air mobile) lands unopposed at the port of Hammerfest, while the 63rd Marine Brigade makes an amphibious landing nearby in support.

With the main divisions lumbering into position, they manage to isolate the retreating Norwegian "Finn" Mountain regiment, and the Norwegians take their first ground casualties as the regiment is fixed and destroyed in place.

The good news for the Norwegians as NATO reinforcements hurriedly land at ports near the front and their own mobilisation kicks in, is the crushing defeat the Norwegian air force inflicted on the Warsaw Pact air during the first couple of days of the war.

While WarPac still controls the skies, they lost a huge number of their long range TU-22m backfires and SU-27 flankers to the outnumbered F16s in a huge yet ultimately futile air battle over the beleaguered Finn Regiment.

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It's from the Vassal mod for TTWW. It's a definite improvement over the actual maps from the game.
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The revolution will not be televised, but there will be handy links.

One of our players has kindly put together an AP of our first session.

The first act of the revolution featured exploding ships, Militias breaking heads, the singing of Glorious Revolutionary Songs, banner-waving strikers and Oppression of the People.

The Revolution will continue! Adghal for Adghalis!
So when the Gathering Storm ended, we decided to burn up a new situation, but wanted to keep the setting. We decided to move the situation somewhere new in the empire, to an aquisition. Unfortunately, some players decided to drop out. We decided to play in the same situation, but with new players. So here’s the situation: Welcome to Adghal, a nation subjugated by the Empire four hundred years ago. A new governess has just been installed. Taxes...
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Looks like a ton of fun. Good job on bringing in Propaganda. Really fits your game premise!

Also, the writeup is concise, well written, and easy to read. Kudos.
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Monday Insurgency looking for Rebels for the cause.

A couple of players have had to drop out of our Monday game (UK time 1900-2300 on Roll20/Skype) so we're putting the call out for 1-2 reinforcements.

The game is largely an urban-based rebellion against the theocratic colonial overlords that have crushed the freedom-loving Adghali people under the jackboot of oppression.

Join the fight and restore Adghali to the Adghali people!

It will be a battle for the hearts and minds of the people of the capital city of the Imperial province of Adghali, an important port at the fringes of the monolithic Empire.

The player characters are part of the nascent rebellion, playing a cell trying to grow and spread their influence. We start with the act that will awaken the people of the city to the cause and start a fire within the Empire.

The last shipment of a strategic resource necessary for the Empire, a rare tree sap unique to Adghal, is being loaded onto a merchant ship bound for the Imperial core. The cell has gathered what supplies and support it has and will strike the opening blow against the oppressors by destroying the ship and its precious cargo. Where we go from there is anyone's guess.

Edit 1335 29/03/16.
Link to Google Doc for initial setup.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17Qj5WQm6LRJ2WPSrnNYhykVcgiBTa87qbuIvX3onHEU/edit?usp=sharing
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Sure, thanks for the update.
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