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Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: BA DA

The first post in a long time is up. I will follow up with a lead into the next adventure.

Posted on 2017-06-06 at 12:41:44.
Edited on 2017-06-06 at 12:48:48 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: :Let me Sum up........

Things never do go smoothly do they?

Captain Wyatt Sung looked down at the man before him while pulling the hammer back on his service revolver and wondered if he would shoot this man between the eyes and do the verse a favour.

Virgil Morningstar, self styled mayor of Serenity Views, lay on the muddy ground, his right kneecap shattered by Wyatt's bullet, his white suit covered in dirt, mud and blood. His right hand mangled as the Captain shot the gun Virgil that had been carrying, shattering it to pieces. This man, no - man was the wrong word, this piece of gosa had been conning helpless people into giving away their rights and becoming slaves to wealthy landowners through the verse. Men, Women, Mothers, children, all bought, sold and loaded into a cargo crate with medical chambers that kept asleep and helpless until they arrived like package goods.

This was a simple job. All you were here for was to bury Captain Havelock among the men fallen in Serenity valley. He had come abroad your ship as a rescued passenger, drunk and oblivious to the chaos around him. But when things went south and you were facing overwhelming odds, he stood by the crew and gave his life in your defence. Now, you had the paperwork, you had the approval from the alliance but then things , never go smoothly.

Started with a tale of waiting for landmines and ordinance to be cleared from the spot where the 42nd was buried. Then there was a shifty sorta Shepherd named Carson and a young Colonel Sally Wu who wanted you to either work for her of at least be useful to her. Then there was talk of ghosts and people disappearing.

There was a Beowulf class cargo hauler next to you With a three person crew, Captain Justin Case, the Mechanic named Chewie and the ugliest, drunkest, Cursing-est PR person you ever met, a woman named Billie Rudd. They seemed to be waiting on something and tension was clear but they kept to their own.

Jade and Wolf made acquaintances with a Doc Green and Reverend Jim who were trying to get to the bottom of things when a group of tradesmen claiming to be doing charity work came around but got into a fight with them.

Then there was an attempt of Sally Wu's life in the noodle house you were in, that involved a bomb under a silver serving tray. Had it not been for Asher noticing something strange about a server and a wire barely noticeably sticking out from under the dish, there would have been more than peking duck killed that night.

Wolf went to a local bar in the evening with the crew of the Beowulf. Over the course of a number of drinks, the lady gunfighter of the Beowulf let slip that Morningstar had something on their Captain and they were waiting around to haul cargo.

Jade and Willow found out that most of the people disappearing were from Phoenix Heights, the home of the displaced survivors of Serenity Valley. Also missing was anyone who asked too many questions about missing people including the missing Companion Jennifer Lim, for whom Willow had been asked to keep an eye out.

Wyatt decided to have a Captain to captain talk with Justine, which became quite heated on Case's side. So much so that Case drew his gun on the Captain. Yet Wyatt kept his cool and something made him stand up and not draw back - something in the other man's voice. Then it all came out. Morningstar was holding his daughter as a hostage to make him haul human cargo.

Wyatt had heard enough and decided it was time to act. He called Wu and made arrangements to meet in secret with her, The Doc and Reverend Jim. He got Willow to contact Javelin of the guild and worked out a plan. However, in doing so, he made a deal with Wu - a particular deal meant to get his own family home again.

The next day, you got the word from Morningstar that the site was ready. You took the body into the valley and had a small ceremony for the fallen Havelock. Morningstar had his men dig the grave ahead of time and even made a marker stone. Wyatt said a brief eulogy, all the while watching around him. There were twice as many "diggers" as there were crew members standing around - like Virgil was expecting trouble. However, none was given and once you finished the funeral, you thanked the Mayor for his work and then loaded up to return to Rocinante. Within hours, the ship took off for the Black.

Three das later, Captain Case got the call he'd been waiting for, in the dead of night, moved his ship into the valley, and landed at the designated pickup up point. Morningstar was there with his men. The hidden doors to the bunker they were using were open and three large containment bins awaiting pickup.

Then all hell broke loose on Morningstar.

Wyatt and Wolf had stayed abroad the Beowulf. Asher was riding high atop the cockpit with the sniper rifle ready and a number of handy grenades just right for the occasion. Rocinante came back into atmo leading three ships of the Companion Guild Security to the drop point.

There was a brief fight but Virgil went down fast and his men were not interested in dying for his service. Virgil Morningstar, self styled mayor of Serenity Views, lay on the muddy ground.

"You got it all wrong!" he proclaimed, "This is all legal! I ain't done nothing wrong. When we sold the land for the builders and developers, in was conditional on relocating them sort in the Heights. Carson came up with the plan. I just supplied the men and the money! We were giving them a better life! Most of them signed up for a sandwich! A Sandwich! We were gonna take them where they'd fed and a place to stay. Everyone signed willing, no gun was put to their heads."

Colonel Sally Wu came up beside Wyatt, "You are correct Mr. Morningstar, despite the fact that what you were doing was deplorable and disgusting, and it is indeed completely legal."

"See! Now arrest them!" Virgil shouted.

"But kidnapping a registered companion, well that falls under the Companion Guild Law, And Mr. Javelin over there has complete jurisdiction as to your fate."

"Mr. Morningstar, " Javelin nodded as he and Willow were busy freeing the people from the suspended animation state the containers held them in, "We need to have a very long talk. Have you ever seen anyone sucked out of an airlock? It is not pretty."

The Mayor's eye went real wide and he swivelled his head back to Wu, "It was all Carson! He was the mastermind! I will testify against him! He ain't who he says he is! He an alliance deserter!"

Wyatt kept his gun steady but keyed his comm set, "Doc? Reverend? You got the Shepherd?"

"Oh yes we do." Reverend Jim replied, " He took a couple of rounds of rock salt to the rear when he tried to run from the Doc, but he'll live. Tell Captain Case that we have his daughter safe and sound too."

"Enough then," Wu said dismissively, "Virgil Morningstar, you can be bound by law by me or take your chances with the Guild."

"I surrender to you Colonel."

Wu stepped forward towards the prisoner but stopped suddenly as she realized that Wyatt had not lowered his gun. Her eyes went wide for a moment, "Captain? He is no good to me dead."

Captain Sung waited a few seconds and then replied, "We had a deal."

"Yes yes yes. The paperwork ,."

"I get the paperwork, you get your man."

The colonel stared at Wyatt for a moment and then at his steady gun-hand. "Very well." She replied curtly and waved to one of her bodyguards who brought her a document holder. She held it up to Wyatt, "As promised, one full pardon for Morgan Trent, aka Samuel Dash. A record of expungement of his file. But I am sure you knew this because as soon as we accessed his file, something deleted the entire record for us."

Wyatt shook his head, "Don't know nuthin' about that." He lowered his gun and took the documents.

Wu shrugged, "Must have been fairies then because we could not trace it."

"Captain Sung." Javelin said, "In order to thank you for the aid you gave the guild in finding one of our members, we have a present for you. Willow told us what you wanted and, well the alliance may not be able to find him but we found a way." He pointed to an Arrowhead courier ship nearby as the cargo bay doors were opening. Coming down the gangway, in a pink frilly housecoat barely long enough for modesty was Sam Dash. He was squinting in the light, holding a similar document to what Wyatt had and had two beautiful ladies behind him, dressed in business suits.

Wyatt walked slowly towards Sam as if he could hardly believe his eyes, stepping on Morningstar injured hand as he did. For the first time in a long while, the Captain smiled.

Posted on 2017-06-06 at 12:41:16.
Edited on 2017-06-06 at 12:44:51 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: summin' up

Combat Basics

A combat round in Serenity is only 3 seconds long. The idea behind the system is that it is supposed to be the fast paced cinematic kinda of fighting you see in the series, not the realistic world. You want realism, go elsewhere - this is a verse where the men are men and the women are all smokin' hot.

Life points are what the essences of life in this game, and they are Vitality + Willpower. So if you have d10 V and d6 W you have 16 life points. You can get bonuses through assets (Tough as Nails), drugs and cybernetic implants but they don't count for a lot. Life points are run as two sections, Stun and Wounds. You get the full amount in both (so 16 Stun and 16 Wounds)

In a 3 second round you may do one action - fire, run, dodge etc. For every additional action you take a step penalty. So if you wanted to fire twice - you be at -1 step penalty. So if you are D10 (agility) + d10 (Guns), you would be rolling a d10 (AGL) +d8 (Guns -1 step down) for attack. So you may do more damage but you are less accurate. If you wanted to dodge and fire twice, you would drop two levels of skill dice. You want to fire 3 times, dodge, run and seduce the barmaid - well you are going to run out of skill real fast.

Now your Innate Defense value is your defence if you are not actively dodging or hiding. If you want to focus on shooting, then you are using ID. That is 3+ your agility roll (Note this is my rule, the book is just the agility roll). So if Security guard is firing a gun at Bob and bob is firing back, Bob defence is 3+ his agility (d8 ) and he rolls a 7. So his defence is a 10 and the guard must roll 10 or over to hit. If you choice to dodge (agility + Dodge skill or athletics skill) as an action you get to use that but if you dodge and fire you will gain the step penalty.

When you are hit, damage is two part. The total roll of attacker - the defence of the defense equals the basic damage. Basic Damage is divided by two and split between Stun and Wounds. So Guard hits bob with a roll of 18. 18-10=8 so Bob gets 4 points to stun and 4 points to wounds. In the case of an uneven split, the extra point goes to stun. Now you add weapon damage. The guard is using a pistol so he does d6 wounds, and rolls a 4. So in one shot, Bob has taken 8 wounds and 4 stun. See how this game can get deadly fast considering Life points are rarely above 20. Note that as soon as you are at half of Life Points, you are at a -2 step penalty to do anything.

Once per (Game time) day you can make a "second wind" roll of either Vitality or Willpower and subtract the roll from your stun damage. Note that is an action. If your wounds total is reached, you must make an easy endurance roll every round to stay alive. This difficulty goes up by 4 every minute of game time. You take twice your LP in wounds and you are dead, unless a doctor is really close by. If you reach max of your stun, you are unconscious. If your wounds and stun together equal your life point total, then you have to make an average endurance roll every round to stay conscious.

Plot Points

Everyone starts with 6 plot points and you can use these in the game to better your roll or save your life. Now I play that each plot point is worth a d6. So you can ask to use plot points before making a roll of any kind. As well, in combat, you can ask to use plot points to regain some life points (stun or wounds or split).

you can use plot points to up a roll after you have failed but they are only worth a d3 then. So if you really wanted to make a shot and failed the roll, you can use up plot points to get what you want but it is costly.

You gain PP in the game by playing up your complications, doing really heroic (stupid) things that add to the story or playing out a role playing opportunity really well.


Bullet proof vests in the rules are very confusing. So for the purpose of my games, any armour has a AR (Armour rating). The AR will be 1-5. For every point of AR you have, the vest takes -1 Wounds away per hit, plus turns up to 8 wounds per hit into Stun. They also can take 10 times the AR points in hits before the armour becomes weak and will have a 10% chance per hit beyond max (accumulative) of failing completely. Furthermore you take an agility penalty and an alertness penalty on some armour. I will post a complete list soon but the one that all of you have is the one that does not have the penalty (Ballistic Mesh). Some Armour only covers certain parts so a location roll may be needed if you are wearing armour.

Posted on 2017-06-04 at 10:50:26.

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

Actually, I have so much extra material on Serenity RPG that I should create my own web resource page. The Red Firefly Inn?

I have all the original crew character sheets if you are looking.

Hoping for time this weekend to do some updating.

Posted on 2017-06-02 at 13:26:40.
Edited on 2017-06-02 at 13:40:20 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: on that note

Anyone want to update their background description, send it to me or edit if you have the access.

Posted on 2017-06-02 at 08:57:59.

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

I am working on:

The write up to end the last adventure. Trying hard to keep it to a length that supplies some detail but not slip over to the novella stage.

The write up to cover some time between last and adventure and now and starting the current game.

Getting current game ready and involving GOB as he will be playing a character in the story.

Quick summary of combat rules and some equipment changes.

Posted on 2017-06-01 at 11:30:28.

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

In attempting to resolve something with Tann I have realized that I need to re-read the rules and perhaps I will post a brief summary of important parts like combat, plot points, ballistic vest and using skills. This happens to me a lot where I develop house rules and then I assume they are part of the core rules. Two years later, I am surprised when I can't find them again.

Posted on 2017-05-31 at 07:06:31.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: working on it

It will take me some time to work out all the details. Please stand by.....

Posted on 2017-05-30 at 07:15:19.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: I thought about that

I don't want to bring the Destiny characters to Rocinante. Difference ships, different feels.

JC and Asher would not work well together. Grace and Wyatt would not work either. Grace ignores orders and would wire explosives into the hull of the ship "just in case". And can you imagine Grace and Willow as Grace borrows Willow's x-ray equipment all the time? I love the Destiny crew but they belong on the Destiny.

So unless there is a major objection, I will go forward with the crew as I have suggested. Having Jade and Sam together gives you a tremendous advantage in flight/battles because you can have one of them in the co-pilot seat. Jade also gives you a subtler fighter and a Tech specialist.

Posted on 2017-05-29 at 15:47:53.

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

I have something in mind to get Sam back but what went on between then and now is up to you.

You and Mmv should also work out how Jade and Sam know each other as that was established.

Posted on 2017-05-29 at 11:25:37.
Edited on 2017-05-29 at 11:33:51 by Alacrity

Topic: Dark Fantasy QnA
Subject: The doors closed side to side

The doors closed side to side with both sides moving - similar to TOS Star Trek.

Posted on 2017-05-29 at 07:25:06.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: here's the situation

As I see it, this would be the crew:

Captain: Wyatt Sung
Pilot: Sam Dash
Mechanic: Fenris (Wolf) Apollo
PR Man: Asher Talhone
Doctor and Contacts: Willow T
Tech and second pilot: Jade Storm (she wanted to play Grace but I could not see two mechanics on the same ship with a greater style difference)

Now I would like to start fresh so I will actually write an ending for the last adventure that will pull everything together and even help get Sam back to the ship. This way Eol and Grumpy Old Bear (GOB) do not have to wait around for the game to start with them.

I have talked to GOB and he will not be part of the crew but a passenger, part of the next adventure - Mr. Vile B. Trayer? No!!!

So give me a week or two to get things sorted out, get GOB up with a character, and write the narrative.

Now I do NOT get email notifications from the site anymore. No idea why but nothing. So please please please, if you need to get my attention, email me rbriant at Send a PM is fine but I may not get to it for days.

Posted on 2017-05-29 at 07:14:59.
Edited on 2017-05-29 at 10:13:05 by Alacrity

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

Vanadia and Mmv have expressed an interest in joining up again. So that is seven.

Ok. Ok. Ok

I have to figure this out. Give me some time..

What was it about Rocinante that y'all love so much?

Posted on 2017-05-28 at 15:50:02.

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

Did I say I was bringing it back?

Okay. For the sake of argument if I did bring Rocinante back, who would be interested in playing?

Solid commitment people. No maybes.

Posted on 2017-05-27 at 18:54:49.

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

Did someone call me?

Remember I do not get email notifications anymore, I do not know why so if you want my attention - email me, PM on FB or on twitter (@alacrity17)

I miss Rocinante/Destiny too. Losing Cathy and Veronica from the inn really took the wins out of my sails for the pbp games.

Posted on 2017-05-26 at 14:40:48.

Topic: Dark Fantasy QnA
Subject: pics

The Medbot

 photo TheDoctor.jpg

Orderly Bot
 photo orderly droids.jpg

Posted on 2017-05-26 at 13:19:58.

Topic: Titansgrave Adventures
Subject: More like Logan's run.

"We have no injuries... currently," Máiréad spoke softly, "Please state the purpose of this facility? What is this place?"

As Tomiki, along with the others, waited for a reply he kept the blaster pistol ready for action.

"No injuries? No injuries?" the floating medbot said slowly as if processing the information. "Well then, I must collect samples then." Suddenly, the glass doors behind you slammed shut with a violent "THUD". Two doors slide open on the opposite side of the room and through them, two tall robots, all painted white with medical symbols come out. The have large clamps for hands and a syringe like devices pops out of each arm close to the clamp, they move towards you rapidly.

Outside in the hallway, Lum hears the loud slam of the doors and sees through the glass the approach of the bots and his friends trapped behind the doors.

Posted on 2017-05-26 at 13:14:51.
Edited on 2017-05-26 at 13:20:25 by Alacrity

Topic: Looking for players.
Subject: looking for a player

I have been told that Boo Boo has dropped out. So if anyone is interested in joining this game, please let me know.

Posted on 2017-05-26 at 11:04:30.

Topic: Dark Fantasy QnA
Subject: Sigh

I will NPC Mel to the end as this is getting close to finish. After that I will see if I get can get anyone for the game or start something new. If I do start something new, you three have first crack at it.

Posted on 2017-05-26 at 11:03:09.
Edited on 2017-05-26 at 12:59:07 by Alacrity

Topic: Dark Fantasy QnA
Subject: argh!


Posted on 2017-05-26 at 07:01:53.

Topic: Dark Fantasy QnA
Subject: this weekend

I hope to post this weekend

Posted on 2017-05-25 at 15:42:46.

Topic: Roll Call
Subject: here

Dm the Titansgrave Adventure. Used to run a couple of Serenity games here as well that I loved and the CWWLLO series of adventures.

Not here as much as I would like to be.

Posted on 2017-05-25 at 15:11:08.

Topic: Dark Fantasy QnA
Subject: moving ahead.

I will post for the room since Lum is checking out the elevator anyway.

Posted on 2017-05-23 at 10:43:59.

Topic: Dark Fantasy QnA
Subject: That is a very good question

The Doctor is talking in modern day common language which seems at odds with the age of this facility and the Saurian Printing.

Posted on 2017-05-23 at 10:43:04.

Topic: Ummm... yeah....
Subject: always good to see the Grugg.

Hey Brian. How are you?

Posted on 2017-05-09 at 15:42:39.

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