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Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: It is a doozie

Newhouse, Beylix, Emmett’s Bar, 11:45am – 12:15, Day Three

“Indeed,” Willow responded archly, making a little pout at James’ direction,” I couldn’t possibly want to buy something without seeing it. But if James is willing to throw money around…” she shrugged, and let her gaze fall away, then muttered almost as if sulking.

“Overdressed momma’s boy knows little beyond his behind.” OOC: Spoken in Chinese

Benny smiles knowingly at Willow and produces the piece from his coat pocket. Jimmy takes it and gives it a quick glance and dismissal then passes it to Willow.

“How much do you want?’ he asks.

“How much do you got?” Benny counters and stuffs another piece of bao into his mouth.

Willow turns the piece in her hands. It is made to look like ivory, scrimshaw style, but it is carved plastic. Her eye for detail and appraisal notes that the piece has been broken once and re-glued together, but very well done. If she hadn’t been trained to note small flaws, Willow might not have noticed it either. She flips the piece in her hands and then sees something she didn’t expect – a security key receptor. The piece was a security access key! A key to something big no doubt, but what?

“I’ll give you 100 credits cash” Jimmy said with a sign that suggested he was doing charity work.

Benny snorted rudely, “What do I look like? Fong luh? How about two thousand and in platinum.”

“That sounds pretty …Fong luhish to me.” Jimmy replies, “How about 250 credits in alliance currency – it spends better.”

“Yeah and it traces through every spaceport scanner. No way, 1750 and you can convert your cash.”

“James, my sweet Buhn Dahn , do you even have that much money?” Willow asked, eyes wide with innocence. “That’s a lot to carry, and as Benny says, it’s traceable when you convert it.”

“Willow dear, don’t believe that fiction.” Jimmy says reaching to hold her hand, “The alliance doesn’t track money through scanners.That is just a conspiracy theory created by browncoats.” He pats her hand consolingly and then turns to Benny, “750 cash and I’m sure you can find a way to wash the money. That’s a final offer.”

“Merciful Buddha, if I’d known you had that kind of money…” Willow sighed dramatically,” but if you want to spend it on a piece of plastic instead, I can’t stop you. Maybe the same amount in platinum would be more to your liking. Refuse to sell and I’ll make it worth your while Willow sighed in Chinese as if to herself, but watched Benny closely through her lashes.

Benny is startled by Willow’s offer and his face shows it for too long for James not to notice. Looking from James to Willow, Benny tries to cover himself by stuffing another dumpling in his mouth.

“You jien hwo!” He says accusingly at Willow as anger reaches his face, “You are bidding against me aren’t you? Brigit told me you were trouble but I didn’t believe her.” He suddenly realizes that he has revealed something he didn’t want to and grimaces. “Mr. Xiau, you do not want to deal with this woman. She is a spy for the alliance and trying to trick you. What has she offered?”

“Alliance spy?” laughed Willow smoothly,” You’re the one with the oh-so-traceable Alliance credits, dear boy. And I doubt JW will appreciate your interest in his woman,“ Mock horror crossed her lovely face as if something just occurred to her. “You haven’t, you know, done more than be interesting with that woman, have you? Might be better if you are off-planet when JW finds out.”

“Yeah,“ Benny smiles in apology to Willow and turns to James, “If she’s a spy, why did you bring her with you? A fiendishly clever plot to keep your enemy close?”

James pushes himself away from Willow, “Fine.” He says angrily, “You want two thousand. Then this is what you get,” he says as quickly reaches into his jacket and pulls out a shiny but deadly PPK special (James Bond style gun). “Now ….”

“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!” screams Darla at the sight of the gun and dives behind the counter. The three men quickly bolt for the door as fast as their feet can take them.

“Now give me the piece now!” James orders Benny.

“James,” Willow says urgently in a low voice, eyes on the gun,” You really, really don’t want to do this. You can buy the piece for whatever you want, I don’t care. Just put the gun down. You don’t want to hurt me, do you?”

Willow pushed all the empathy and calm into her voice that she could manage, while reaching out beseechingly towards James. She remained seated however, not wanting to make any sudden moves.

“Here!” Benny offers the chess piece, his hand extended to Jimmy, “Take it!”

Jimmy looks from the chess piece to Willow. “Why did you have to mess things up?”


A shotgun blast blows a hole the size of a man;s fist in the wall to the left of Jimmy’s face.

“What the …”

Darla is up from behind the bar with a double barrel shot gun she can barely lift. In fact she uses the counter to partially brace the gun, “Oh no! No more! Not in my bar baby! You come around with the guns and the killing and Darla cleans it up. Well no more Mister!”

Jimmy drops the gun in pure terror as he dives for the floor. Benny lets go of the chess piece as well, and both end up in the dumplings.

With Jimmy cowering under the table, Willow furtively attempts to palm the chess piece. Benny makes the same move at the same time and the two of them nudge hands, sending the chesspiece and gun onto the floor in front of the table in no man’s land between the you and Darla.

Willow remains where she is, hands held up for Darla to see, plain as day, “Darla, honey, don’t be aiming that cannon at me!”

The doors to the to the bar open and a middle age man with a gold star runs into the room with a gun in each hand.”Right” He says with a slight accent, “Reach for the sky!”

Newhouse, Beylix, Outside Jailhouse, 12:15 am, Day Three

Wolf gets the hovermule going as you wait for Luke to pack up his stuff and join you. Deputy Ken is very friendly and willing to make small talk all the while armed with pistols and a shotgun.

It isn’t long (about 20 minutes) before the lawman returns with a single duffelbag and his rifle packed up in a case. He wears a grey duster over shirt now, with the silver badge in his hand. He flips it to Ken as he approaches. “Here you go Ken. Take care of the sheriff for me.”

“Sure thing Luke. Good luck out there.”

“Luck’s got nothing to do with it Ken” he says as he puts his bags in the back of the mule.

Suddenly there is a noise, coming from close by of a woman scrweaming in terror.

“Aw hell.” Ken says, “That’s Darla again.”

“You gonna check it out?” Luke asks.

“Nah. Sheriff said to escort you all out. I’d better …”


“Gorram it! That was a shotgun.” Ken starts to takes off in a sprint in the same direction the sheriff had headed and then stops and looks back, ‘Ummm, Luke, you know what to do. Nice meeting you all!” and then he disappears down the street and into a back alley.

“Well then Captain. Shall we?” Like asks.

(Assuming some answer and the proceeding to get everyone into the mule.)

The sunlight shines down on the Green, and if it wasn’t the Smelters in the background, it would make a lovely picture. The townfolk are getting abroad the mule (any time now gentlemen) when suddenly the peace is disrupted by a man running out of the Mining Guild Office, clutching a strong box in his arms, his head turned behind him as he runs.

Two men pursuing him get jammed up in the Guild Office doorway. One starts shouting “Stop! Thief! Someone stop him!”

Luke Pearson jumps out of mule and takes off after the man across the Green, drawing his pistol as he does.

Posted on 2010-07-06 at 20:31:41.
Edited on 2010-07-06 at 20:44:40 by Alacrity

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

Cathy and I are working through the post today. Hopefully we can finish this off and post today. Timing is essential to the next few phases.

Posted on 2010-07-06 at 13:23:35.

Topic: Milestone Episode #50!
Subject: Great episode

Loved the multi-face images at the end. Like a D&D brady bunch

Posted on 2010-07-05 at 13:55:03.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Put me down for a copy

Back from camping. I hope to have Roc updated by tomorrow.

Posted on 2010-07-05 at 13:53:06.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: maximus is now a small toad

Yeah yeah yeah.

Posted on 2010-07-01 at 02:51:33.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: No Suicide for you!

Okay, a short post but a good one. Basically looking only for reaction here and an idea whether you want to leave now, wait for cover of darkness or wait until the morning. As soon as I know, I'll creep you out some more and move you forward.

Posted on 2010-07-01 at 02:47:05.
Edited on 2010-07-01 at 02:50:58 by Alacrity

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off
Subject: Creepy feeling

“Don’t worry yourself about payment Dapple.” Kilgim spoke up, “My cousin Dwan will make sure we are well compensated for our efforts if on nothing but my say so.”

But Dapple wasn’t listening to Kilgim or Arien at that point. On her shoulder, Dapple felt Sunset stiffen and become alert. It was often a sign of danger, for the little dragon was far more sensitive to magic than most. Sunset, seemed to be listening to something, almost straining to hear.

“Well good to have you here to help then,” Relg replied and he smiled at his companions with some relief, “How about some lunch then? Can you join us for lunch or do you want to leave as soon as possible? I know that I have a remarkable craving for spicy sausage.”

Sunset left Dapples shoulder and flew the short distance to Char’s shoulder. The ranger was startled because Sunset didn’t fly well and rarely would make a leap like that in front of strangers. The council are all in awe of the little beast when it again, tenses itself on Char’s shoulder as if listening. Then it leap off Char and landed upon Arien’s helm, but instead of the dopey expression it usually took when perched upon the knight’s head, it again seem agitated and straining to listen.

“Is there something wrong with your familiar?” Relg asked.

Then Sunset leapt again and moved back to dapple, moving back into the hidden place of the rogue’s hood. Dapple touches the pseudo-dragon to calm it down, and in her touch she gets a brief telepathic impression. Something like guarding, warding and protecting, like somehow Sunset feels like she is protecting all of you, or was … hard to say as the dragonet does not perceive time like you do.

Posted on 2010-07-01 at 02:44:29.

Topic: Tornado missed me
Subject: Avoided my own

I spent the weekend at home just to avoid the protestors in the downtown core. Glad to hear you are okay.

Posted on 2010-06-28 at 17:59:28.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: Ever notice

Did you ever notice that when you have an extended period of time off, and you think you'll be able to get so much done, that suddenly those days off become filled with social events.


Okay - I will post before Wednesday or ritual suicide. Not me, one of the characters.

Posted on 2010-06-28 at 17:57:10.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: hold on now

I need to finish off the Willow/Jimmy storyline before I can let you guys move out. There are a number of things that still have to happen before you can leave atmo and you wouldn't want to leave the lovely doctor behind.

Cathy and I are off tomorrow so we'll work out the dealing so I can do a single post to merge you all in time.

Posted on 2010-06-22 at 16:46:53.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: postage

Thanks to the g20 summit (work is shutting down) I will have time over the next three days to post and catch up on the updated character sheets.

Posted on 2010-06-22 at 13:08:10.

Topic: What would you guys think about me posting a web comic?
Subject: how about

A parody of the alton Brown cooking show "Good Eats" only instead of examining food and cooking, it looks at weapons and fighting techniques. Call it Good Beats ....

Posted on 2010-06-19 at 03:07:41.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: You didn't see anything

Mathius was "deleted" from the game as Robert was having troubles playing at the time. When we restarted, robert wanted in but we(I) decided that the warlock character was a bit too esoteric for the game. So to round out the party with magic and fighting, we came up with a bard.

Posted on 2010-06-18 at 17:47:40.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: Well done Admiral

Well done indeed!

Posted on 2010-06-16 at 15:49:50.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: for the record

I will be NPCing Kilgim for awhile until Pekka can find time from his busy RL.

No one else has approached me with RL issues but I know that Bob is working nights and doing school. Olan is busy with a job search and Robert is busy at work himself. Vanadia is in Syracuse all this week.

Seems like I picked a bad time to restart the game.

Posted on 2010-06-15 at 16:23:06.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: there you have it

I posted.

Posted on 2010-06-15 at 15:45:19.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: land locked or

Newhouse, Beylix, Jailhouse, 11:45 am, Day Three

“Right.” The sheriff says curtly as he goes through his desk for a set of keys. “Mr. Bowman. You were obviously acting in self defense and I see no reason for you to remain in custody.” he opens the door to the jail cell, “Give me a moment to find your personal effects and you can be on your way – the sooner the better.”

Luke tips his hat to the sheriff and then turns to the businessmen, “Well if that’s taken care of, I think we can sign the paperwork and be on our way. Let me just pack my stuff and meet you back here. Won’t take long - I prefer to travel light.”

The town folk and Luke take to thanking one another and signing the legal paperwork that they brought with them, filling in the details of the arrangement. The sheriff gets Andrew’s personal effects from the storage locker and gives them over to former jailbird. He then offers to serve as the witness to the agreement and joins in the signing. Once complete, the new sheriff to be leaves to make preparations, promising to be back in a half hour or so.

Deputy Weaver returns with a large package under his arm. He smiles cheerfully as he heads over to Wyatt and hands him the package. The smell strikes the captain before he can unwrap it – ham, smoked ham. Moving the brown wrapper aside, Wyatt sees that it a good size ham joint with enough meat for a couple of meals and soup thereafter. Ma will be pleased.

“Here ya go Captain, compliments of the sheriff.”

“Compliments of…” The sheriff looks up at his deputy with disbelief in his eyes, “Weaver, what did you do?”

“I did what you said! I got them a ham hock for their trip. Jin says he’ll put it on your tab.” The deputy answers bewildered.

“I said put a land lock on their…” his eye bulge, “You…I didn’t…how much…Nevermind!” the sheriff voice moves steadily up. He grabs his hat off the wall and pours himself a large glass of whiskey to quickly down. “Ken. I’m going over to see Darla zuo ai ta de pigu. When Luke returns, I want you to escort these gentlemen to their ship and see them off. If any of them delays, or wanders off the pass, I want you to shoot them. Do you understand?”

“Sure thing Sheriff.”

“I mean it Ken. Shoot them. Dead. Use as many bullets as needed.”

“Right Sheriff.”

With that the sheriff strides out of his office. He calls out, “Good day gentlemen. Please don’t take this wrong but I hope to never see any of you again – unless it is in a bodybag.” As the door slams behind him.

Ken turns back to you once the door closes, “So… more coffee?”

Newhouse, Beylix, Emmett’s Bar, 11:45am Day Three

“I’m sure I don’t know what you mean by “my type” , Xiau-san, “ Willow laughed demurely, eyes looking down modestly before returning Benny’s direct gaze with one of her own. “But I am not “with” Jimmy here so much as I needed an escort. I’m interested in hearing about this luck piece of yours, however, it sounds interesting. How did you come by it?”

Jimmy shoots a bewildered look at Willow as it dawns on him that things might not be as he thought they were. Benny smiles knowingly, “This piece of Goesa? This belonged to my Grandfather, or so I was told. See my father left my mother and me shortly after I was born, leaving nothing but broken promises, an old jacket and this chess piece. Neither have brought me much luck though as you can see.”

Darla arrives with the food, strategically displaying her ample bosom to Jimmy as she puts the plates on the table. “See anything else you’d like?”

“Umm. No thanks. “ Jimmy says distractedly. Benny dives into the food with the hunger of a man who hasn’t eaten for awhile. Jimmy sniffs at a bao but decides to not partake. “Mr. Xiau. How much do you want for the piece? I am prepared to pay handsomely for it.”

“Well, “He replies through a full mouth, “Are you two bidding against each other? Because if you are, I think the Lady here presents a more attractive figure.” He laughs loudly at his own joke.

“No!” Jimmy says with an edge and shoots a look at Willow that suggests he’d like her to be quiet, “It is just me making an offer.”

Posted on 2010-06-15 at 15:41:41.

Topic: Save the Princess Q and A
Subject: define too soon

I have been nagging and pushing players in this game since early February. I have asked if people need more from me, if RL is a problem to let me know and I will NPC or make arrangements. I have received nothing back until now when I end the game.

Incidently, the email notifier doen't work for me either. So I check the games as regularly as I can.

In case you hadn't realized it, I put a lot into my games. I draw maps by hand, I write out details I look at the party and created sub-plots based on the characters. I have to squeeze that in between work, kids, school, and everything else life has in store for me. When I start feeling like I'm getting nothing back, and I have posted three times about lack of posts - you accuse me of giving up. I can't play the game alone and when half the party is missing and some of those are moderators, I don't see the point of continuing.

In fact, this will probably be the last game I create. It is too frustrating to keep this up. I will play CWWLLO and ROC as far as I can but I won't bother with a new game on here until I figure out a gladiator based game where if you don't post after two rounds, you're dead. I'll work on that when I have some free time.

Posted on 2010-06-08 at 12:15:25.

Topic: Save the Princess Q and A
Subject: wow

18 days, 3 player posts.....

I declare this game offically dead.

Posted on 2010-06-07 at 17:59:00.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: not dead yet

Vanadia is buried under a mountain of work lately. I promise to give her time to post tonight.

Posted on 2010-06-02 at 12:07:00.

Topic: Filler: RPG Myth Breakers #2 - Chain Mail Bikini
Subject: Funny thing

I wrote this comc first, but felt that an intro was needed and did the first script second.

Thank you for all the viewers and comments. Lance and I appreciate all the feedback and thoughts on the comics.

Remember - if you have a RPG myth that needs breaking, let us know.

Posted on 2010-06-01 at 19:02:30.

Topic: RDInnsider - July Edition
Subject: aha

time for the Captain's Sidearm of Alacrity Fitzhugh!

Posted on 2010-05-28 at 19:35:21.

Topic: Filler: And It's a Filler...
Subject: Surprise

That you didn't use the Chain Mail Bikini episode of Myth Breakers. Did it not make it pass the censors?

Posted on 2010-05-27 at 14:01:05.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: I've noticed that

Not sure what I do to attract that kind of crowd.

Posted on 2010-05-25 at 17:33:40.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: like I always say

without a monster or two, it is hardly a quest. Just a group of friends wandering around in the dark.

Posted on 2010-05-25 at 13:59:04.

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