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Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Your choice.

I'm glad you weren't waiting on us.

Posted on 2014-04-06 at 22:27:52.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: I apologize

I've been somewhat busy these past few weeks and have apparently missed out on a lot of good conversation. I've placed a small post to at least state my intentions. I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

Archangel, I'm assuming you're going to be our new pilot. Welcome aboard!

Posted on 2014-03-30 at 16:47:53.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Life ain't fair... combat certainly ain't.

Once a man engages in war there are only a few outcomes: one is what they call PTSD. Another is called withdrawal, and yet another is to hunger for more. Wyatt had never felt that he'd fallen into any of the three categories. After the murder of his wife and child he'd entered the withdrawal mode and sunk himself in alcohol to numb the pain. The war was just a way for him to take out his anger by killing those that sided with the scum who'd killed his Summer and Eden. War had been the vehicle that had carried him through his suffering, and a return to it was comfortable. Scary comfortable.

"We got t' use their cover 'gainst them, Havelock." Wyatt pointed to the dust cloud that the ASREV had kicked up and the corvette's pass over it. "Them mercs are highly trained, so it won't surprise me if they're doing a fast-rope insertion."

Captain Sung had time to witness the success of the missile--the very big success--and the shuttle getting caught in the backflow before they fell below the dust cloud line. Clenching his jaw, he tried not to think of what could have happened to their perky little pilot as he thumbed back the hammer on his colt and squinted into the swirling mass for signs of his first target.

Posted on 2014-03-30 at 01:48:11.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: busy

Sorry if I've missed anything (I don't see anything I've missed). Started a new job, my book has been accepted by a publisher, and I'm finishing up a term at school. So all in all I've been a little busy. But I wanted to let you know I've not forgotten my crew.

Posted on 2014-03-18 at 20:29:55.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Yup

I'm game.

Posted on 2014-02-26 at 20:03:24.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: I think I covered everything. Hope this works, Roger. Let me know if I screwed anything up.

Redacted planning...small changes…

The problem with putting together a plan where very little in the way of intel is available is that you are forced to make assumptions. Then, of course, the necessity of malleability becomes paramount. In the case of being gifted with a large brief full of valuable information a strategist need plan for contingencies, but can otherwise provide a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, etc. utilizing maps and known assets. The chances for success are much greater than, say, putting together a plan in under two hours with a number of unknowns in both assets and enemy numbers/capabilities, only a cursory casing of the landscape, and having to deal with an inside man. Planning under such conditions rarely--in Wyatt’s experience--resulted in the best returns. When there wasn’t a choice in the matter, there was no use complaining.

Wyatt Sung slid into the passenger seat of the mule across from Havelock and adjusted his ballistic shirt to sit more comfortably against his skin. The plan, as it was, had been instigated in its first phase some time ago: put the passengers and non-combatants into the caves. Have Sifu, Willow, Jessie (could he trust her?), and Matherson look for mole. Smoke him out and then see if they couldn’t use him to help their desperate situation. That should already be underway. It shouldn’t have taken them long to reach the caves and Wyatt considered this one of the most important aspects of the plan. If the mole were still able to somehow cause problems and put all of the noncombatants in the hands of the mercenaries then it was over. Wyatt knew that at that point he would have to surrender the case to buy them some time; hopefully being able to negotiate being left on the planet instead of being executed as witnesses (fat chance).

Setting his shotgun across his lap, Captain Sung glanced into the packed cargo bay one last time before catching Wolf’s eye and giving him an encouraging nod. The mechanic was to stay behind with John on board Roc while the techie tried to work his magic with the explosive devices inside the mercenaries’ brainpan Fenris had been rigging the cargo bay door to release without hydraulic support and setting up anesthetic to be released through the fire suppression system should it be necessary. The only room that would be safe from the gas would be the infirmary where John was working on the corpses as that had the ability to be hermetically sealed. With the nod from his captain, Wolf closed the cargo bay door, locking himself inside for all intents and purposes.

The starboard shuttle had left when they had pulled the mule out of Roc’s belly. Tess had taken the “big Bomb” and made haste to attain her position at the base of the hills/mountains near the processing plant with the ambitious goal of using it against the ASREV should the opportunity present itself. The port shuttle was just leaving with Ma at the controls and Asher in the belly ready to act as a gunner against any ground personnel. They jetted off to the west of Roc towards the cover of the hills there. It was close enough that the shuttle should be able to sweep in and help protect Roc if need be. Wyatt hoped there wouldn’t be much of a need to protect Roc as they had planted the other bombs around the ship to help kill off as many mercs as possible. Ma hadn’t been happy about initially being relegated to the caves. She and Wyatt had experienced a little battle of the wills in a silent standoff before she had finally relented with a single nod and stepped in to five Wyatt a hug like she was never going to see him again. Embraced by the matronly woman, Captain Sung had experienced a conflict. He knew he would never stand for being put on some protective detail if a real battle were to take place, especially not one with so much at stake. But he cared so much about Patricia that he didn’t want to see her in harm’s way. He had always been extremely protective of her, and he realized that it was often unfairly so. Two seconds later he had come to a decision that stuck in his craw but that he knew was the right thing to do.

Wyatt had pulled away from the pink armored woman, scratched at his goatie and looked at her from beneath his brow. He had pointed to her and given the sign to fly the shuttle, then indicated that she should fly Asher. The smile that crept across Ma’s face was nearly childlike in its exhilaration, but it hadn’t done much to assuage Wyatt’s concerns. Still, he couldn’t help but smile a little as the memory returned and Havelock started driving them to their location east of Roc.

LV-426, Rocinante Cargo Bay, 12:45 pm PT


The sonic booms of three ships crash through the atmo. The ship sensors picks up the ASREV first, followed by a CL-54 Cargo Lifter (with a mag lift that could easily pick up Rocinante). Then a large ship comes within range. A Victoria Class Corvette - used by special forces in the war to move troops discreetly from planet to planet. It is capable of holding 50 troops plus a command crew as well. A lot of firepower and a lot of soldiers.

Wolf relays the intel over the ship-linked handsets each of those away from Roc carried, and Wyatt confirmed receipt. He had already heard the sound barrier being broken and was scanning the sky for signs of the enemy, but the announcement of the ship types coming their way was of immediate concern.

“Tess,” Wyatt activated the radio. “Change of targets. Ignore that ASREV and take out that cargo ship. With the ASREV in the air, we may need you t’ help run interference. Copy?”

A gorram Corvette? I feel honored. I didn’t want to feel this honored though.

“Once we see the ships we’ll try t’ figure their trajectory an’ move so we can harry them,” Wyatt informed Havelock. “We’re gonna have t’ get in close as you an’ I are much better with our pistols. You still game?”

The party has officially started.

Posted on 2014-02-21 at 16:59:45.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Ugh...

That was bad. Bad Ody. No donut. All right, then I'll post to the plan above and we can get things moving.

Posted on 2014-02-21 at 16:17:05.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Wyatt can pilot...

Did I confuse ships? Yes...drop the bomb on the cargo lifter.

Ma can pilot the shuttle. She's not that proficient with a rifle, and if we're shooting from the shuttle, then Asher should be the one in the shuttle shooting while Ma pilots it.

Can Havelock drive a mule? I mean, if it comes down to it Wyatt can drive the thing, but he's not going to be as good at avoiding trouble or pulling donuts as, say, Wolf would be. But if it comes right down to it, Wyatt and Havelock can take the mule and run the ground campaign.

Posted on 2014-02-20 at 17:07:13.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: I'm thinking a bit more clearly now...

Thanks for the map, Roger. It really helps us visually-minded peoples.

Ody, I like the ideas. I hadn't even thought of giving Roc gas, or using Roc's skirts to flatten people trying to enter. This is why I'm an artist and not a West Point graduate. I do like the ideas. Roger? does Wolf have time to do both? If we don't have a gas mask we do have space suits Wolf could get in to protect against the gas.

It'd be best to have Asher in the mule as he's a hovercraft pilot. John is a good pilot, so he can take the shuttle with Havelock. Tess in the other shuttle with Ma...once they drop the bomb they skidattle to the caves where they can hide the shuttle inside and be there to help with finding the mole and providing protection. Wyatt wouldn't be keen on putting Ma in trouble if he could help it...ok so this is what I've worked out based off of feedback and ideas:

  • Tess and Ma will take the shuttle loaded with the big boom up to the area marked on the map as Langley Mount and wait until they can come in effectively on the cargo ship's six to take it out.

  • John and Havelock will take the second shuttle to the area to the west of Roc marked with the 200-ft. elevation where they will wait until the opportunity arises to use the shuttle for hit and runs on the ground forces, or dropping EMPs, etc....

  • Asher and Wyatt will take the mule with Asher at the wheel to the East of Roc in the hills there where they will begin their guerrilla tactics once the troops have landed.

  • Wolf will rig Roc to lose hydraulics in the cargo bay ramp should anyone try to access it, and then set up the gas as Roger so kindly suggested while outfitting himself with the proper gear to avoid gassing himself. He'll stay with Roc and protect her as much as possible.

  • Willow, Sifu, and Jessy will join with Matherson at the caves in an attempt to weed out the mole. They will also set the four theoretical physicists to work on repairing the land mover just in case we figure out some use for it. Besides, it'll keep their minds busy.

Did I miss anyone/anything?

Posted on 2014-02-18 at 18:15:30.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Brain isn't functioning.

I must be tired because I'm really not thinking well. That's a lot of flatland for the landing strip. I am thinking that we definitely need to utilize guerilla tactics.

If I were the big baddies I'd think that the only places I'd expect the case to be would include the ship and the processor. I'd be thinking of them as the best defensible positions.

So, if Tess manages to take out the big transport ship then any plan they'd have to just lift Roc out of the valley will be eliminated. Of course, that means that Tess would need to hit them by surprise in order to keep the ASREV from shooting down the shuttle, but I don't see that being a problem.

The troops will likely land in the space Roc rests. I'd even split the troops to head for the processor and Roc. They definitely outnumber us. So, if Asher and Wyatt get in position to harry the troops as soon as they land and then lead them away from Roc with moves pulled straight out of the Patriot we might be able to even draw enough to make it easier for Wolf to defend Roc.

My thought is that we can't outgun these guys, and we don't want to engage in an all-out firefight. We just want to keep them busy and annoyed so they don't concentrate their forces and perhaps draw them into situations where we can really whittle away at their forces.

Posted on 2014-02-18 at 04:24:18.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: I love your maps...

Will you make it for me, Roger? If I say pretty please?

Posted on 2014-02-14 at 18:50:21.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Sounds like fun...

OK, so according to the map there's a lot of hilly-stuffy-wuffy near Roc. I think it is better to have the crew out of the ship and in the hills utilizing the cover there (relative). My thought is that we will need someone inside Roc (I'm thinking Wolf as he's mechanically capable of causing grief if he needs to) to cause problems and keep the enemy potentially forced to divide their attention (think the Serenity, the Pilot Episode meeting with Patience). The last thing I want the mercenaries to do is airlift Roc off-planet. So, Celeste, I think the best use of the missile drop would be to take out the CL-54 Cargo Lifter. As much as I'd prefer to take out the troops, if they just sweep in and airlift Roc then there's absolutely nothing we've got left to negotiate with.

What say all of you?

Posted on 2014-02-13 at 20:50:33.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Buggar!

Where's the Doctor when you need him?

Posted on 2014-02-11 at 17:37:37.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: I understand busy...

If I've eaten a sardine does that mean my breath is baited?

Posted on 2014-02-06 at 16:44:11.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: sick sucks

Sorry to learn of the illness Tann. Get better soon.

Looking forward to the Merc-atmo event.

Posted on 2014-01-27 at 16:18:40.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Indeed

I don't doubt it.

Posted on 2014-01-22 at 02:02:50.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: What he said...

Sounds like the plan outlined in its simplest form.

Posted on 2014-01-21 at 01:26:14.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Thanks!

I'll throw Leadership behind the tasks at hand if I can still do so.

Does anyone have anything to add to the plan? Concerns? Questions?

Posted on 2014-01-18 at 23:58:44.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Sorry if people felt like I overlooked them.

I didn't intentionally overlook anyone's comments, suggestions, or ideas. I believe that I had Wyatt at least thinking on the suggestions before coming to the conclusion that they need a new plan.

In any case... I thought all of the merc's heads esploded. Do we have one Willow and John can tinker with? I had misunderstood the situation at the caves. So, the doors wouldn't withstand siege warfare? That's a bummer. That means that we're still going to have to take a stand away from the caves to keep the mercs from focusing their destructive efforts on the presumably innocent.

Willow will need the medbay on Roc. How much time would she need to dig around in the brainpan assuming we have a brainpan to dig around in?

John would likely need the equipment available on Roc as well unless there's the appropriate equipment at the processor. Where would he find that which he needs and how long does he need?

Also, how long do we have now before the mercs' supposedly arrive?

In answer to some of the speculation, I'm can't remember if the mercs know about the cavalry's pending arrival or not, but assuming they do, wouldn't that make them more likely to take desperate measures?

Speculation aside; if we use Roc as a place to make our stand, place the explosives about the ship to both protect against entry and to show that we aren't afraid to take out their precious violin with the ship that should protect Roc from an all out volley of weapon's fire. If we dispatch one of the shuttles with Tess at the controls and whoever our best heavy gunner is with the makeshift missile. It's a longshot, but we might be able to at least disable the ASREV if it came down to it. So, that would leave Willow and John as non-combatants (really), with Wyatt and Wolf being the gunmen at Roc. Meanwhile Tess and Asher are in the shuttle just close enough to fly in when needed, but far enough away to be concealed (Asher has the highest Assault Rifle score though Tess has a surprisingly high rifle score, and I'm assuming that's what we're using for the missile). Meanwhile Trish and Jessy can join Sifu and Matherson at the caves trying to figure out who the mole is and who screwed with our engines.

If John and Willow are able to commandeer the signal then I don't think it would be wise to let them know we have it in case they can adjust it. I know enough about programming to know that people can remotely change frequencies and such so I'm not going to rule that out. However, if the mercs don't play nice it would make Wyatt feel a lot better to be able to play Fruit Ninja with their skulls to protect his crew. If John and Willow can't turn it to their advantage for real, then we might be able to use it as a bluff, but the way I see it is if they've already blown up a few heads they'd want a demonstration or they'll be calling our bluff.

So, that's what I've got right now. Any comments, ideas, political speeches, or rants?

Posted on 2014-01-16 at 18:53:54.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Out of Left Field...

LV-426, Rocinante, Kitchen 10:00 am PT

Wyatt sighed at Sifu’s transmission. He could have sworn that he had ordered radio silence. He had originally figured that the mercenaries were monitoring their waves as that’s something that he’d try to do if he had been trying to pull the type of job they were. He had also been hoping that the passengers hiding in the caves would be an unknown. Now, the chance that the enemy knew of their location was high as far as he was concerned.

“That’s good, Sifu,” Sung replied. “Keep it locked down until we get there. Try an’ keep order, an’ see if you an’ Matherson can figure out who it is that’s the merc’s inside man.”

Wyatt settled back in his chair and stared at the top of the table while Willow made her thoughts known. Once she was done he took a deep breath and shook his head.

“Sorry Mei Mei. There’s but one decision to be made here. We kill them before they kill us.

“John’s right. These are cold-blooded sorts the likes o’ which aren’t prone t’ grantin’ no niceties. I seen their likes in the War. I seen their handiwork too. As close t’ Reavers as a man can get an’ still have a soul. So, John? Crack that code if you can, cause given the opportunity I’ll push whatever button is necessary to pop their li’l heads like so many water balloons.

“Furthermore, the radio changes things more’n a bit. Bein’ able t’ hear them comin’ and possibly pick up on their plans beforehand gives us an edge. But that edge don’t mean a thing if they can take it away by holdin’ something over our heads--like John suggested. Roc’s our home. She’s our means o’ survival in the Black as well as our means o’ makin’ a livin’. I ain’t keen on the concept o’ losin’ her, but if I’m bein’ realistic ships can be replaced. Y’all can’t.

“Now, Sifu says that the caves have got some solid defenses. We’ve two cases, explosives, and a fortress of sorts. We’ve got the leverage of havin’ what they want an’ being able t’ hear their radio transmissions. Something I’m bettin’ they feel they have the advantage of themselves. So, this is the kuangzhe de trouble I plan on creatin’. We’re changin’ plans.

“I want the spare case placed in one o’ our smugglin’ holds. Then Roc needs t’ be rigged with the explosives. Wolf, I want you t’ figure out a way t’ create a wireless detonator that ties in with the explosives so I can make good on whatever promises I make t’ them chou ba guai shingjingbing should it come right down t’ it. At the very least, make it look like I can. You don’t have more’n a bit o’ time t’ do so too before we’re all packin’ up and joinin’ up with Sifu at the caves.

“Once there, we’ll settle in fer a siege, an’ try t’ weed out their inside man. Maybe he can give us some insight that’ll turn the tide even more. We take that missile that them boys are makin’ for us an’ keep it safe for use against them that come.

“We show ‘em that Roc ain’t a bargaining chip by makin’ it appear we’re ready t’ remove her ourselves should they step foot in her. If’n John can bust their cipher none o’ this matters ‘cause I’ll end it quick once we they land an’ provide us with another ship. But if’n he can’t, we’ll have the violin with us in the caves, and some more time t’ figure things out further. Oh, an’ Wolf? Bring yer tools ‘cause we may need t’ fix the earth mover...not sure why yet, but we might.”

Wyatt removed his hat and ran his hand through his thick, black hair. He didn’t feel that he needed to explain anything from the first plan anymore as John had brought the holes to light in it enough to make Wyatt want to scrap it. He had already considered the question Willow had raised concerning transmitting the imagery, and figured the mercs monitoring the waves would pick the pictures up readily enough. But it was a whole new battle now. This new plan was much simpler, and simpler had a greater chance of success. And if they could find the rat inside man then the game could change yet again.

“Let’s get a move on then,” Wyatt replaced the hat on his head and pulled the brim low. “Time is not our friend.”

Posted on 2014-01-12 at 08:56:38.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: When I used to GM...

If I ever came up with some similar dilemma I'd use the character's INT and develop a roll to determine if he'd have the idea and if he did, I'd share it. If he didn't, I'd move on.

I posted. Threw Plan A out the window and came up with Plan B. Saints alive, but this whole developing a plan thing would be easier in real life.

Posted on 2014-01-12 at 07:51:49.
Edited on 2014-01-12 at 08:57:30 by Bromern Sal

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Oh!

I do apologize. Things have been a mite distracting around these parts. I'll look into getting a post up pronto answering questions and the like. Thanks for everyone's patience.

Posted on 2014-01-09 at 06:41:50.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: He does indeed.

That's why I'm kicking Gid's butt right now.

Posted on 2013-12-23 at 02:31:24.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: .

I've no problem with the timeline.

Posted on 2013-12-13 at 17:48:06.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Happy Birthday!

Please wish him a happy birthday from the Innmates.

Posted on 2013-12-03 at 19:44:06.


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