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

I think that Maximus must be insane with grief too if he thinks lizards are attacking. I'm quite sure that lizards are the one thing I haven't thrown at you.

Oh and by the way - Max killed a thri-kreen and an ankheg. Although I am sure that all bugs look the same in the heat of combat.

Oh, one more thing - Alloryn falling is the least of your worries Adrian... Dawn approaches

Posted on 2008-06-06 at 23:47:43.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Plot Points

Plot Points as Bro said, are points you use to help yourself do something, or save your a$$ in combat. Everyone starts with 6 and you gain points by playing your character well, especially playing your complications.

Every point point you spend give up a step up on a die added to your roll. so if you spent one point, you get a d2, if you spend 2 points you get a d4 3-d6 etc etc.

If you are wounded in combat, you can "adjust" the damage downwards the same way. Note, this has to be done immediately upon being wounded, not three posts (by me) later. Now I tend to be liberal and give 2 points recovered per die, but that is me.

As I said, everyone gets 6 to start. As I said you all have gained some more for great playing.

Wyatt - 9
Willow - 9
Asher - 9
Sam - 3 (used 6)
Fenris - 6 (just started)

Now when this campaign ends, if you have more than 6, you use the difference as advancement points to raise skills or even stats.

As to "giving" plot points - According to the book, you can do that since you have Major Leadership as an asset, as long as the goals are the same. I would rule this is the same.

As for PP for ramming, hold on a bit. You won't get to ram in this round of posting, so see what Grant does first before deciding on that. Asher is a damn fine shot and you just gave him a +2 step bonus with leadership.

Posted on 2008-06-06 at 20:28:43.

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

I made a math error on the damage to Sam and added the initial wounds twice. He is at 8 wounds, not 11.

Robert has the option of dialing back the damage with plot points. If he does, the wound will be a deflection off his ballistic vest, leaving a massive bruise but not a vital wound.

I owe most of you some PP for character playing. You have all been doing a great job so far and I shouldn't be so stingy.

I have to say that the combat system in Serenity is quite deadly. Death can be quite quick and abrupt, which I suppose is realistic, but since I am a dyed in the wool D&D player, surprises me ever time I play it out.

Posted on 2008-06-06 at 02:27:48.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Thems the brakes

Time 1:25 pm

The Mule

Wolf opens the panel to allow access to the guts of the mule. He didn’t have high hopes of a fast fix at this point, not knowing why the brakes had failed.

"Fenris, you're my ship mechanic now, an' my ship mechanic don't fail at things. That's just unacceptable. So, we'll sit tight while you remedy the situation, and Asher pulls us nice an' steady up to the hitchin' post. Then we can all proceed on with the doin's of helping Sam out of whatever pinch he's managed to get himself into, and be back to Rocinante in time for Trish's dinner bell."

The words of the Captain, said so self assured, filled Wolf with a sense of confidence. He looks into the panel and sees the problem immediately, the hydraulics have been torn up – most likely by the instruments of the band. Brakes still work fine but the controls are gone. He needed a replacement – but what could he use? The answer came in a flash as Asher hit the air horn to warn the other mule. Using the tools he keeps on him, Wolf makes short work of rerouting the compressed air for the horn into the hydraulic control of the brakes. It was an ugly fix, but it would work long enough for them to stop without crashing.

Asher gave as much room as he could to the other mule and the other driver at least had the smarts to quickly move to the side. As they pass, the wake of the mule causes the Stage to sway badly, but the driver manages to correct the vehicle and pulls to a stop at the side before the Stage flips over.

“Asher!” Wolf calls out, “Try the horn - it’s the Fay-Fay Duh Pee-Yen brake now!”

Asher hits the horn and sure enough, the vehicle starts to slow as if he hit the brake. He turns to shout an affirmation to Wolf when a bullet passes close to his ear. The Kid snaps his head back to see the glint off a gun barrel. Outside the bank is smaller mule – parked with engine going. Inside the mule, someone with a rifle is shooting at them. Wyatt sees the mule as well just as Fenris closes the hatch and scrambles back to take the driver’s seat.

OOC: Range Mule to Mule is 250 feet and closing. Mules serve as medium cover

Outside the Bank
Grant pulled the mule up outside the bank and put the engine into idle so they’d be ready to take off at a moments notice. He kept an eye out in case anyone took notice of them. Ethan wouldn’t take kindly to him if he let some townie get in the way with the job.

Looking down the street, Grant notices something was heading up the street. He raised his rifle to his eye and flipped open the scope to get a better look. A heavy mule was coming fast, almost knocking over another in the process. “Wuo duh Ma!”, he exclaimed and quickly fire a shot at the driver, hoping to spook him off. Grant missed and quickly grabbed the handset on the dash, “We’ve got company!” He shouted, and prepared to fire again.

Inside the Bank

“Missed one, Humpface”

Jones turned surprise to see a derringer pointed at him. He tried to throw himself back to avoid the shot, but he was too close and Sam was too good of a shot. Jones is hit directly in the heart at close range; killing him instantly as his body slumps over backwards from the impact.

Sam forces himself to move past the pain of his injuries. He reaches out with his left hand and closes his fist around the colt in the dead man’s holster.

“What the ..” Ethan fires at Sam. The gun makes a brief “paf” noise and the world explodes in Sam’s right shoulder. It is a vicious wound that almost causes him to black out as Sam is thrown back with the impact but somehow manages to hold onto the colt. Sam knows the end is coming, Ethan has him dead to right in sight.

Brigit flexes her back and springs upward to a standing position, kicking her leg high in the air and catching Ethan under his outreached arm. He loses his grip on the gun, sending it end over end into the air and clattering to the ground. As it hits the ground, there is a loud snap, and the high pitch whine rapidly shuts down to be replaced by a crackling.

Ethan backhands Brigit hard in the face. The blow is hard enough to send her backwards a distance to trip over the table and fall face first into one of the overstuffed chairs. She does not get up.

Without a moment’s hesitation, Ethan goes for his twin Pythons. A communicator on his side activates and a voice shouts out “We’ve got company!”

Working on the Vault

“See! Told you it would short the vault control.” Jake observed after opening up the cortex box.

“He slapped me! I was just having fun.” Elway moaned, still rubbing his face.

“Never mind that. Disable the power to the router while I connect this override.”

Elway brought the clippers closer, “Red then blue?”

“Yep. Blue then red, finds you dead. Red than blue, will hold ya true.”

He clipped the wires and his brother immediately took out a small metal box and connected the leads. There was a brief whirl, then the bolts on the vault released.

“We’re in Boss!”


The two brothers looked up and over towards the ruckus, then went for their own weapons as the handset on their sides shouted out, “We’ve got Company!”

At Rocinante
“You must be JW,” Willow said loudly, taking his hands in her own and leaning in to air-kiss the startled man on both whiskery cheeks, As she did so, she said quietly, ”Best get your men together and follow that mule. We got a distress call from one of ours, and he was headed to the bank with your woman.”

JW was up on his feet, running calling out to people as he moved.

“Chad! Need your horse!”

“You got it, JW,” the man calls slipping off his horse and handing the reins to the elder man.

“Eliza? Your Hog’s leg?”

A short round lady with a old fashion engineer’s hat pulls her shortened shotgun off her back and tosses up to JW as he turns the horse around.


“On it Boss! You do what you have to do!” Sacket calls back and JW is off like a shot towards town. Bailey starts to shout out orders to the people that re obviously miners, “Okay people. You heard the lady. Trouble brewing again.”

Willow heads towards the band members but her trained medical eye has already seen that their wounds are superficial, although the members are more than willing to be examined by Willow. The instruments however, are beyond the call of even the most trained medic.

OOC: Sam has now taken 12 points of stun damage and 8 Wounds. Your life total is 14 so you are not doing well. I am rolling an endurance roll each round at this point unless you wish to use plot points to “effect” the damage – which I would recommend highly.

Once again, be specific on what’s and when’s. If you are attacking, please specify weapon and how many shots you plan to fire (based on ROF) – given you will only have two rounds of combat in this post. Check your ranges on the weapons or you may be wasting bullets.

Oops -I made a math error on Sam's wounds. It was 8, not 11.

Posted on 2008-06-05 at 21:56:00.
Edited on 2008-06-06 at 02:13:54 by Alacrity

Topic: Horrors The World Has Never Seen
Subject: Grugg


I move that we initiate super-smite just for Grugg. Like super delgates but with infinite smite power.

Posted on 2008-06-05 at 13:53:43.

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

Never read the Q&A before the post.

Alloryn is still Alloryn - she just has a passeger on board, no longer repressed by the collar.

Second demonic possesion in two adventures for you guys - makes you wonder what the empire is up to?

Details in next adventure to follow.

Maybe Jal has a twin brother? Mal?

Posted on 2008-06-05 at 13:42:34.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: One more day

I need another day to do the combat for Rocinante. I'm not as quick with these rules as I am with some, and I need to plot the combat carefully. Hate to kill anyone without just cause now.

Robert - If and when Sam fires and grabs a gun, I am going to assume you will dodge the attack from Ethan already out and fully charged gun. You get a non-attack action without penalty due to being a fighting type.

Posted on 2008-06-05 at 02:31:33.

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

Robert - What can I say? You get to write your death scene with Wynter. It is part and parcel of the game and I really felt that Jal was a tragic character that would end this way sooner or later. Feel free to have a dramatic ending with him and Wynter being united, perhaps even a fleeting moment when some of the party will see the two before they vanished.

Tann - double criticals with a vorpal blade.... Next demon will have to break that weapon. No, really - I hope enjoyed the moment.

Raven - Potion or healing? You have one potion of EH left but Arien has two.

Posted on 2008-06-05 at 02:23:45.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off
Subject: I am so Sorry....

In the Air

The Mantis Warriors are moving in towards the writhing form of Alloryn. Jal mind is bend towards a fireball when the air is filled with whistling noise as the Thri-Kreen throw their crystal wedges at the mages. The first hits Jal deep in the chest, followed quickly by three more that bite deep into the mage’s flesh. The mage loses the spell he was casting in the realization that his life is now over, but hangs on to the fly spell.

“Valentine,” he shouted, spitting blood in the desperate need to communicate, “The girl! Mind the girl!”

Wynter is before him now, clear as the last day he ever saw her alive, It is time my love. You have just one last task. Follow me to the end Jal, we have a demon to defeat.”

The small mage lets go of the fly spell and with a smile plummets to the ground.

Adrian sees the death of Jal but is unable to stop it. As the diminutive mage falls, heit seems that he uses the last of his fly spell to fall at an angle, as if focusing on a specific place to fall – some final plan to his sacrifice.

Under attack, Adrian dodges a couple of attacks but one cuts him across the arm. He struggles to maintain his spell and manages to get the last syllables out to use a knock spell on Alloryn. The collar breaks off immediately and the green glow that surrounds the girl becomes stronger in the night sky. Her eyes fill with the green energy and she stands erect, almost posing like a vengeful goddess as she points her arms at two of the flying attackers and green energy shoots from her hands – incinerating both rider and mount. She looks over to Adrian across the night sky and smiles a ruthless smile, “You freed me. As a reward, I will let you live to mate with me.” She says is a deep cold voice. “Dawn is coming!”

Suddenly, Alloryn is wrapped in a globe of darkness, darker than the night. The screams from within the dark are filled with anguish, as if facing the worst fate of a lifetime.

On the Ground

Char rushes to get past the Ankheg and the Thri-kreen. As he dodges his way past the one that has dismounted (not the leader), he can see out of the corner of his eye, the creature draw the crystal wedges to throw at his exposed back. Char prepares to weave and dodge as best he can when Maximus comes out of the dust and attacks the insect with a powerful sideways slice of his vorpal blade that tears the monster in half, killing it instantly. Not stopping, Maximus throws himself without fear or thought of personal safety at the Ankheg mount. The Gladiator let out a mighty cry of war, lands with a powerful upwards cut; taking off the head of the Ankheg at the neck, then rolls out of the way of the bodies collapses.

Kilgim rushes to Arien as well, seeing the wound that the knight has taken and the blood flowing freely as well, he knows his good friend will need his help if he can only stop that commander.

Dapple runs a sprint and throws herself into the air, feet first towards the Mantis Leader. The attack misses the leader but she lands a solid blow on the Ankheg mount, breaking through carapace. She tumbles from the attack to avoid a viscous bite from the giant insect. The Thri-kreen does not attack Dapple but uses its staff to cast a spell skyward.

Dalmer slams his demonic arm into Arien’s chest and the knight stumbles backwards in pain. The commander is about to smash it into the Knight’s face when Char comes up behind him moving fast. The Green gestures with his hand and Char is frozen where he is, stuck as if held by a giant invisible hand. “Perfect!” Dalmer laughs with great glee, “I’ll crush your friend since I couldn’t crush you. After you watch him die, then I’ll finish you off.”

Char struggles but can not get free of the grip. He feels the force around him constrict tighter and tighter. The pain is intense as the pressure builds.

Suddenly, something crashes to the ground very close to Dalmer. He is startled by the impact and is forced to throw himself out of the way. Char is released and falls to the ground. Dalmer gets back to his feet. “I can’t concentra …”

Arien moves with a determination borne by sheer will. He stands up, ignoring the pain and difficulty of moving and attacks with a single thrust. The blade drives past the Commander’s deflective block and strikes through the left eye. “Lin’naur” he commands, and the flames ignite to burn flesh, eye and brain. Dalmer struggles briefly and then his last eye rolls in his head and he dies a flaming death.

Kilgim arrives as fast as his dwarven legs can move him. He looks to Arien and to Char, both badly injured. Char waves a hand to Arien and Kilgim immediately goes to the knight The three of them look down upon the body of Jal, dead from chest wound and impact damage.

OOC: There is one wounded Ankheg on the ground and a Mantis leader. In the sky are two mantis warriors on Dragonflies. Alloryn (?) is free and in the dark.

Arien: 1 hp left before healing
Char: Seriously wounded
Maximus: Fine
Dapple: Fine
Kilgim: Fine
Adrian: Mated but fine
Jal – Very very dead. Sorry Eol but he just didn’t have enough HP or AC to withstand the attack. I rarely kill a PC, but this I think as a good death.

Posted on 2008-06-05 at 02:17:59.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Get your Chinese on - Swearing

I copied this from another site. Any one who needs a quick reference to chinese cursing.

Chinese Phrases

Te ma de!
"Your Mother!" or "His Mother!" (Mal, on learning of approaching Alliance ship.)

Bi Zuei {Mal sounds like bih-zway}
"Shut up." or "Shut your Mouth" (Mal, over comms, to Zoe & Jayne as they fret about Alliance ship.)

Shi ah. {Kaylee sounds like Shoo uh}
"Affirmative." "Yes"(Kaylee, to Wash about going to black.)

Ai ya! Hwai leh! {Wash sounds like Ai ya! Hoo ah lay!}
"Oh No, it's spoilt!", could also be "oh no, we're ruined" (Wash, as Alliance ship scans them.)

(Joo ta ma ya ming). Zhu Yi
"Watch your back." or "Be careful"(Wash, to Zoe as she & the others go off to meet Badger.)

Qing jing.
"Come in." (Inara, to Book knocking on shuttle door.)

Ni de ma de. Tian Xia suo you de ren dou gai si. {Mal sounds like ya duh ren doh goy swa}
"Yo Mama! Everyone under the sky should die" (Mal, on learning there's a mole on board.)

mei mei
"little sister" (Inara, addressing wounded Kaylee.)

Ni men dou Bi Zuei! {Mal sounds like ...bih-zway}
"Everybody shut the hell up!" (Mal, as everyone argues about killing the Fed.)

kwong-chee duh {Wash sounds like kwing chih duh}
"nuts" (Wash, meaning crazy, about flying without core containment.)

xiao mei mei {Mal sounds like zao may-may}
"little sister" (Mal, addressing Kaylee.)

Hwoon dahn!
Jerk! also "Bad Egg"(Jayne, referring to Patience's man. Mal also uses this in “Our Mrs. Reynolds,” and means “bastard” in referring to Elder Gommen for paying his bill with a wife.)

Ai ya, wo mun wan leh.
"We're finished." (Zoe, as Reaver ship approaches.)

"I'm sorry?" (Simon, response to Book's comment about Serenity's name not being a joke.)

Qing zai lai yi bei Ng-Ka-Pei?
"Can I have one more glass of Ng-Ka-Pei, please?" (Mal, ordering in bar.)
Note: Ngkapei is an actual Chinese rice wine/liqueur soaked in the root bark of the medicinal herb acanthopanax.

Oh, ze zhen shi ge kwai le de jing jun...
"Oh, this is a happy development..." (Mal, about impending barroom brawl.)

Ke wu de lao bao jun...
"Horrible old tyrant..." (Kaylee, referring to Mal and getting back to work)

zhen de shi tian chai {Kaylee sounds like jun duh sh tyen-tsai}
"an absolute genius" (Kaylee, referring to Mal and his plans.)

Dong ma?
Understand? (Jayne, to Simon about his unimportance.)

go tsao duh {Jayne sounds like go tsao day}
dog-humped (Jayne, about location not being Niska's rendezvous spot.)

Wuh de ma.
"Mother of god." (Jayne, on seeing derelict ship.)

Jen dao mei!
"Just our luck!" (Mal, on realizing it was a Reaver attack.)

tyen shiao duh
"name of all that's sacred" (Wash, invoked on overhearing shots on derelict ship.)

Tzao gao.
"Crap." (Wash, on learning it was a Reaver attack.)

"Loopy in the head. Fong luh. All of you."
"Loopy in the head." (Jayne, about waiting around for Reaver victims' funeral.)

Wuh de tyen, ah.
"Dear god in heaven." (Mal, on learning of Reaver survivor's mutilation.)

"Hey!" (*A.* Wright the slaver, reaction to pool-ball failure. *B.* Wright the slaver, reaction to Mal's pickpocketing.)

bao bay
"sweetheart" (Atherton Wing, addressing Inara on the Cortex.)

Tee wuh duh pee-goo.
"Kick me in the bottom." (Mal, meaning butt, after he upsets Kaylee about dress.)

wun gwo pee {Badger sounds like wun gwa pee}
"smelled a fart" (Badger, referring to what Sir Warrick acts like he's never done.)

"bottom" (Badger, meaning butt, and the sticks up Mal's & Sir Harrow's.)

Lao pung yo, nee can chi lai hun yo jing shen.
"You're looking wonderful, old friend." (Inara, to elderly man at ball.)

gou shi (gos se) {Atherton & Inara sound like go-suh}
"dog crap" (*A.* Atherton Wing {×3}, referring to Serenity *B.* Inara, on seeing Mal at the ball.)

"Thank you" (Kaylee, to Mal's permission to interrogate the buffet table.)

Shah muh? {Kaylee sounds like Shuh moo}
"What?" (Kaylee, response to Banning Miller's comment at the ball.)

Tsai boo shr.
"No way." (Kaylee, refuting the 80-04's quality.)

yu bun duh
"stupid" (Mal, referring to duel.)

Jien tah duh guay!
"Like hell!" (Young Simon, about play-Independents using dinosaurs in battle.)

Nah may gwon-shee.
"That's all right then." (Gabriel Tam, amusedly accepting dinosaur excuse for Young Simon's strong language.)

tyen shiao duh
"God knows what" (Gabriel Tam, invoked about some Cortex contents.)

dah bien-hwa
"big change" (Young Simon, about getting a dedicated source box.)

Liou koe shway duh biao-tze huh hoe-tze duh bun ur-tze.
"Stupid son of a drooling harlot and a monkey." (River, ranted at Mal - a real mouthful.)

niou-se {Simon sounds like niow-suh}
"cow poop" (Simon notes, after stepping in same.)

shwai {Kaylee sounds like swai}
"cute" {handsome, dashing, Literally: commander} (Kaylee, referring to Simon.)

"garbage" (*A.* Simon, referring to Serenity. *B.* Kaylee, surprised by Simon's claim. *C.* Kaylee, refuting Simon's claim.)

pyen juh duh jiou cha wen
"stubborn disciplinarian" (Simon, referring to Mal.)

Fay hwa.
"Nonsense." (Mal, refuting claim that cattle are in poor condition.)

"Now!" {right away, at once. Literally: on horseback} (Mal, to Wash about hurrying to the infirmary.)

Lao tyen, boo.
"Oh, god, no." (Wash, on seeing Book's gunshot wound.)

jing-(chang) mei yong duh {Mal sounds like jing-tsing myung duh}
"consistently useless" (Mal, referring to Doctor Simon.)

choo fay wuh suh leh
"over my dead body" (Gabriel Tam, to Simon before "slippery slope" comment.)

nyen ching duh
"young one" (Patron, addressing River.)

Dahng rahn. {Simon sounds like Dahng nang}
"Of course." (Simon, about whether or not he has an encyclopedia.)

Nee boo (gahn dahng), nee (hwong chong). {Kaylee sounds like Nee boo goo gah, nee hwong chiong.}
"You don't deserve her, you fink." (Kaylee, to Mal about his treatment of new wife.)

Gwon nee tze-jee duh shr.
"Mind your own business." (Mal, to Kaylee about his treatment of new wife.)

"bao" or stuffed bun (specific type of food) (Wash, on seeing Saffron's cooking.)

Da-shiong bao (tse shr la) doo tze! {Mal sounds like ...tse shr la duh too-tze}
"The explosive diarrhea of an elephant!" (Mal, response to Jayne's Vera-for-Saffron offer.)

Wuh duh ma huh ta duh fung-kwong duh wai-shung doh {Wash sounds like Woo duh ma huh ta duh fong-kwong duh wai-shuh doo}
"Holy mother of God and all her wacky nephews" (Wash, response to Saffron's advances.)

Run-tse duh FWO-tzoo...
"Merciful buddha..." (Inara, on seeing that Mal's alive.)

jien hwo {Zoe sounds like jien hwa}
"cheap floozy" (Zoe, referring to Saffron.)

jing-tsai {Wash sounds like jing-zai}
"brilliant" (Wash, referring to Saffron's sabotage rewiring.)

Dung ee-miao {Wash sounds like Duh-ning mah}
"Hold on a second." (Wash, to Mal as checks if Saffron signaled anyone.)

Ai ya!
"Damn!" (Wash, as notices electrical interference.)

Je shr shuh muh lan dong shi!?
"What is this garbage!?" (Wash, referring to Mudder's Milk.)

Yeh-soo, ta ma duh... {"duh" was cut}
"Hay-soose (Jesus)-mother-of-jumped-up--" (Jayne, as Hero of Canton song starts.)

shiong mao niao {Bartender sounds like shung mao niao}
"panda urine" (Bartender, about Mudder's Milk being unworthy of the Hero.)

Hoo-tsuh. {Zoe sounds like Ho-tsuh}
"Shut up." (Zoe, shocked at hearing from Wash that Jayne's a folk hero.)

(guh jun duh) hwoon dahn!
"(a real) jerk!" (Jayne {off-screen}, Jaynestown, referring to Boss {Magistrate} Higgins.)

Gao yang jong duh goo yang. {Wash sounds like Go yang ... goo yang.}
"Motherless goats of all motherless goats." (Wash, as notices land-lock.)

"junk" (*A.* Zoe, referring to Serenity. *B.* Mal, surprised by Zoe's claim in A.)

Chur ni-duh.
"Screw you." (Wash, to Mal about leaving injured Zoe's side.)

What the guay do...
"What the hell do..." (Jayne, about Mal and Wash arguing.)

Jeo-shung yong-jur goo-jang. Jien-cha yong-chi gong yin {sic}."**
"Life support failure. Check oxygen levels at once." (Voice of Serenity, in “Out Of Gas”)

suo-yo duh doh shr-dang
"all that's proper" (Mal, invoked to Bester the mechanic about his Kaylee-aison.)

Ching-wah TSAO duh liou mahng
"frog-humping sonofab----" (Mal, while trying to learn medical lines.)

Nee hao?
"Hello?" (Agent McGiniss, answering vid-phone call from Jayne.)

Shee-niou {Jayne sounds like shee-niou}
"Cow sucking" (Jayne, referring to Alliance's high-tech, but ineffectual, sonic rifle.)

Tyen-sah duh UH-muo.
"Goddamn monsters." (Simon, referring to River's tormentors.)

Lao TYEN yeh.
"Jesus." (Simon, on learning River's limbic system was stripped {changed to amygdala}.)

Tai-kong suo-yo duh shing-chiou sai-jin wuh duh pee-goo. {Wash sounds like Tai-koong soo-yoo-yo duh shing-chow sai-jin woo duh pee-goo}
"All the planets in space flushed into my butt" (Wash, to Zoe about not caring what Mal thinks.)

fahng-tzong fung-kwong duh jeh {Mal sounds like fang-tzang...}
"a knot of self indulgent lunacy" (Mal, about Wash & Zoe arguing and Wash going on the job.)

niou-se {Mal sounds like niou-suh}
"cow dung" (Mal, referring to Wash's sabotage trick to go on the job.)

"Damn it!" (Mal, as sees laser-sight dot.)

Meh, tah mah duh hwoon dahn.
"Mother humping son of a b----." (Mal, addressing Niska.)

Huh choo-shung huh tza-jiao duh tzang-huo! {Book sounds like Huh choo-sahng huh tza-jiao da tang-hwa.''}
"Filthy fornicators of livestock!" (Book, referring to Niska & henchmen, on seeing Mal's ear.)

BUN tyen-shung duh ee-DWAY-RO.
"Stupid, inbred pile of meat." (Saffron, addressing the departing Monty.)

HOE-tze duh PEE-goo!
"Monkey's butt!" (Saffron, addressing Mal.)

EE-chee shung-hoo-shee.
"Let's take a deep breath." (Mal, as he and Inara argue.)

suoxi or Suo-SHEE?
"narrow" (Inara, backpedaling to Mal how she didn't mean "petty".) \\ "suoxi" is technically trivial, small and tedious.

Nee mun DOH shr sagwa.
"Idiots. All of you." (Inara, addressing those going along with Saffron's plan.)

BOO hway-HUN duh PUO-foo
"remorseless harridan" (Simon, referring to Saffron.)

Shun-SHENG duh gao-WAHN.
"Holy testicle." (Mal, on seeing ritzy estate parlor.)

Wahg-ba {sic} DAN duh biao-tze.
"Harlots of S.O.B.s" (Saffron, Trash, addressing cops.)

Tah-shr SUO-yo DEE-yure duh biao-tze duh MAH!
"Whores in hell!" (Kaylee, on seeing Saffron's engine sabotage.)

{CUT SCENE} Chiang-BAO HOE-tze duh
"monkey raping" (Mal, referring to Alliance's Durran Haymer.)

{CUT SCENE} KWAI chur hun-rien duh di fahng.
"Go far away very fast." (Simon, to the crude Jayne, as he hides the Tams from Saffron.)

"Don't worry." (Zoe, to Inara about keeping Mal safe.)

JAN-doh duh ee-KWAI-ro
"dangly piece of flesh" (Zoe, referring to what Mal shouldn't think with.)

Nee GAO-soo NA niou, TA yo shwong mei-moo?
"Why don't you tell the cow about its beautiful eyes?" (Kaylee, at Simon's poorly delivered compliment.)

TYEN shiao-duh
"Name of all that's sacred" (Mal, invoked to Tracey about his innards.)

shiong tse sha sho
"brutal assassin" (Kaylee, telling Tracey how he makes wartime Zoe sound.)

Wuo duh MA
"Mother-of-Jesus" (Wash, about close explosions.)

gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se
"engage in a feces hurling contest with a monkey" (Inara, about what the companion house could go and do.)

TZOO-foo nee, mei-mei.
"Blessing on you, dear sister." (Nandi, addressing Inara.)

(wuh doh juh man tzai ur choo)
"Little by little, the tribes used the Earth up. Barren, she had little left to offer them. / Swollen of her, they left." {just part of this} (Puppet Theater Narrator, about leaving Earth That Was, as Mal and Inara enter theater.)

jen mei NAI-shing duh FWO-tzoo
"Extraordinarily impatient Buddha" (Nandi, to Mal about waiting to kiss.)

Wang bao {sic} DAHN-- {Nandi sounds like Wung bao dahn}
"dirty bastard sons-of--" (Nandi, referring to Rance's man who just shot her male prostitute.)

niao SE duh DOO-gway {Wash sounds like niao say duh goo-ay}
"p-ss-soaked pikers" (Wash, on trapping Rance's men on Serenity.)

"Weak-ass sauce!" (Mal, referring to his fancy drink.)

FAY-FAY duh PEE-yen
"a baboon's {sic} ass-crack" (Jayne, about Kaylee's recounting of River's shooting.)

BEE-jway, neen hen BOO-TEE-TYEH duh NAN-shung!
"Shut up, you inconsiderate schoolboys!" (Inara, about Wash teasing Jayne during River discussion.)

shiong-mung duh kwong-run
"violent lunatic" (Inara, referring to Early.)

Posted on 2008-05-30 at 12:21:38.

Topic: How much are you paying for gas?
Subject: 1.56

A euro is 1.56 US right now. So yeah...that would be $8.86 US per gallon.

Posted on 2008-05-28 at 20:31:38.

Topic: How much are you paying for gas?
Subject: Gas vs beer

On an interesting note - we currently are paying about $2.82 to $4.00 per litre for beer (based on 24 pack prices). However, no one is making news about beer prices or talking alternate beer methods.

Posted on 2008-05-28 at 19:24:16.

Topic: How much are you paying for gas?
Subject: GBP

Great Britain Pounds are about 2 US dollars. That's about $9 a gallon .....

Posted on 2008-05-28 at 19:11:29.
Edited on 2008-05-28 at 19:12:32 by Alacrity

Topic: How much are you paying for gas?
Subject: How much are you paying for gas?

So how much are you paying at the pumps?

A US gallon is 3.785 litres

Here in Toronto we are at $1.28 per litre or $4.84 per gallon.

I am curious as to how bad it is getting around the world.

Posted on 2008-05-28 at 19:02:12.

Topic: Blatantly Obvious Lies
Subject: twisted

The Grinch's visions and problems come down to one person.

Cindy Lou Who. Who was not more than a two timing ....

(You didn't think that was her age, did you?")


Who put the Bra in Algebra?

Posted on 2008-05-28 at 17:25:49.

Topic: Copywrite Police?
Subject: It's about time

What is the world coming to when you can't steal copyrighted material whenever you want? Good question.

That's right - stealing. You can candy coat it as much as you want but it is still stealing when you take songs or movies and don't pay for it.

It is what? 99 cents to download a song from iTunes? Get the legitimate copies and no one will take your stuff away.

Posted on 2008-05-27 at 15:31:42.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Sam's position

They didn't take your ballistic mesh. You are bootless and have the two shot derringer in the sheath on your back.

Yes you may post that your hands are free. The person dealing with you has allowed himself to be distracted. As I have said before, I like to make my bad guys realistic.

Your weapons and boots are all tossed or slid over by the doorway - Not within reach at this time. His weapons are at his side and a bit closer if you want to try to snatch his pistols (modified colts, six shooters). That would be heroic btw (Agility and Covert)

I haven't posted a map yet have I? Sigh ....time. I need time.

You have to admit, the brake failure, the other hover car and the scene through the Band was funny. I thought it was a TV series type of moment like when they found out Jayne was the Hero of Canton.

Posted on 2008-05-27 at 13:30:46.

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

The Hover mule

Fenris could try to fix the brakes if someone takes the wheel (I recommend Asher). It will be an incredible complex action.

You could try to slam the mule into reverse, which is Heroic but will most likely ruin the engines.

You can look for something soft to bounce off (the stage, a saloon, the bank)

You can power down the engines and risk a end over end flip.

I'm open to other suggestions and will comment on the feasiblity of any.

Just for the record, it was Fenris's driving that save the mule from rolling in the crowd, so don't blame him. Driving unknowingly into a crowd of people is Formidable.

Unfortunately the Band didn't dodge well and whenever you use equipment in this game, there is a chance for failure. I botched that roll so I combined the two into the story.

Posted on 2008-05-26 at 23:24:23.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Things don't go smoothly

The Space Port 1:15-1:21 pm

JW looked out at the gathering of people and the brass band playing, All I wanted to be doing was come home, get business going, play some cards and take my soon to be missus to bed. he thought ruefully. Things never go smoothly.

With the band playing as they marched towards town, the whole thing was turning into a parade – no doubt a plan put together by the Blakes. Of course they weren’t here yet, Buddha be damned before Nora could ever show up on time.

So they were milling around with the band moving into the central near the other Firefly - Rocinante was the name on the emblem. JW wasn’t sure what that meant let alone how to pronounce it, but he was damn sure that it was the ship they had covered for and therefore the one with the ice so badly needed to run the plant. That also explained why Miss Brigit wasn’t here to greet him, probably making arrangement for the drop and the pay. She sure was something, JW mused with pride.

The mine owner gestured to Bailey, “Can we get this show on the road?”

“You know JW, we gotsa wait for the others.”

“Fine. Did you talk to …them?” he asked pointing a thumb to Rocinante.

“Yep sir. Seem like a good bunch. We gonna pick up the containers tonight, when it’s dark like and the action is in town.”

“What? What action?”

“Well Nora thought you’d like to…”

“Nevermind, Bailey. I haven’t spent three weeks away to come back to speeches and politics. Action is in the saloon tonight, I feel a powerful need for cards. Then I’ll help with the shipment. No doubt….”

J.W trailed off as the cargo bay opened up of Rocinante. People turned to look, although the band played on not far from the bay door.

Fenris revved the engines on the mule and prepared to kick the mule into gear. Wyatt and Asher were on the hovercraft and as soon as the bay doors opened they moved out like a shot in order to reach the bank as soon as possible. No doubt, the captain had crew that could drive, but he obviously wanted to give Fenris a chance to prove himself.

As the mule peeled out the door and into the sunlight, the rescue team finds that people are standing around everywhere. Fenris pulls to the left, trying to dodge a group of people who flee for their lives. But there are so many of them and the brass band plays on, oblivious to the vehicle. Laying on the airhorn, Fenris gets their attention but they can not flee as easily as the others. The trombone player dives to the right as the trumpet player goes left. The tubby one holding the big drum does the only thing he can, and falls to the ground. The big man playing the tuba throws his instrument into the air in blind self preservation and runs.

There are some loud noises as the mule rips though the skin of the drum, shattering the bindings and sucking the parts through the manifold of the engines. The slide to the trombone is caught by the side of the mule and ripped out of the player’s hand. The tuba bounces once off the ground underneath the mule and there is much noise from beneath the vehicle but it doesn’t slow down. A pathway is cleared and Fenris takes off towards town as fast as the engines will take them.


“What the …”


“Look out!”

Pandemonium breaks out through the crowd as a hover mule comes out of the cargo bay at full speed. The people run and flee while the driver (“Is that Wolf?”) does his level best to avoid people. The band unfortunately does not get out of the way fast enough. JW runs to check on the men with Bailey close behind. Although the men are fine, the instruments of which they held such pride are a scene of misfortune. The tuba bell is shredded, the drum is destroyed and the trombone is slide-less. The poor drum player lies on the ground covered in a blue liquid.

“You okay Darryl?”

“Pah!” the drum player struggles to his feet. “I’m fine JW, but what the Wong ba Duhn am I covered with?”

J.W gave a sniff and rubbed a finger through the liquid, “Hydraulics. Most likely brake fluid.”

“Uh oh,” Bailey said behind him, “That can’t be good.”

J.W shoots at look at the closing door and sees two women standing in the shadows of the ship. “What in the name of Wuh De Ma were they is such a hurry about? They could have killed someone!” he shouts.


As the mule leaves, Trish punches the control panel to close it up. However as it does so, Willow and Trish are subject to the vision of the vehicle coming at odds with all the people and the misfortune of the band members. The look that Trish gives Willow is one of fear and worry, mingled with some dread of what will become of the boys. Willow hears one of the men, the man who was giving the speech when they arrived at the ship, yell at them, “What in the name of Wuh De Ma were they is such a hurry about? They could have killed someone!”

Inside the Bank, 1:18-1:23 pm


Sam reels with the overload of light and sound on his senses. Flashbang. We’re dog-humped! he thought, Gorramit! I know that sumbitc….

The door to the bank opened and men entered. Sam had no way of knowing how many as his vision doubled and doubled again. Voices sounding like echoes in a pipe somewhere across a room.

“Shall I kill him?” Someone asked followed by the click of a gun hammer being drawn back.

“Strip him and tie him up. We might need a Duhn Bahm. Make sure he’s down and he’s got a knife in one boot so get both of them.”

Something hard and metallic slapped across Sam’s face and drove him to the ground. He tasted blood in his mouth and from his nose. Pain exploded in Sam’s side as someone drove their foot into his ribs with a mighty kick. He struggled to get up but someone hoofed him again to the side of the head.

Gou shi on a cracker! Boss, this guy ain’t gonna help us”

“He dead?”

“Naw, still breathing but it would take a doc to wake him now.”

“You and your brother work on the vault. Overrise it or blow it, just do it fast and quiet as you can.”

The pilot had been in tight spots before. He concentrated on the pain in his head and side and used it as a focus to drive away the blurred vision and dizziness. It was working but not fast enough. Someone took his pistols, shotgun, clips, and grenades - and then even takes off his boots. He thinks he hears the guns being tossed across the floor, towards the entranceway and where the bossman seems to be standing.Whoever is taking his stuff misses the derringer in the small of his back, but got everything else.

Then he heard the sounds of cloth ripping and the dark giddy laughter of men doing bad things. Every fibre of Sam’s being tenses at the sound and he prepares to spring, despite being still dazed. Better they focus on him then her. But then there is a slap of a hand across flesh and a curse followed by the whining of an energy weapon powering up.

“No! Leave her alone. We finish the job first! Then we can take turns with her.”

Shuh Mai?! We’s just having fun!”

The voice growls, “I said we finish the job first! She’s our ticket out of here if things don’t go smooth like. Now get in the cage and open that safe or I will kill both of you and your brother.”

“Okay Ethan! No need to get sore.”

“I said no names you Lio Coh Jwei Ji Neong Hur Ho Deh Yung Duh Buhn, Jah J’wohn!”

Sam’s vision pulls itself into a cohesive image. Ethan is the bossman, the one who looked so familiar. He stands with a gun in hand, hard to say what it is because it is so modified and judging by the tape and wires, by hand too – maybe a PX 5, modified with a rail enhancement and a recoil suppressor? The handyman special is enough to trigger the memory in Sam – he looks like Ludlow; could even be his brother.

The one stripping weapons is hauling Sam’s legs together and handling some rope. He is more concentrating on the view of Miss Brigit, lying on the floor with her skirt ripped open. The leer on his face speaks volumes of his intentions. Sam looks quickly at the lady he was suppose to be protecting and she seems completely out.

Down the Main Street, 1:22- 1:23 pm

With no crowds or brass bands to hog the road, Fenris opens up the engine and heads up the main street – fastest and most direct route to the bank. Unfortunately, just as he passes by Bailey’s Barn and the Livery Stables, he sees another hover vehicle coming towards him. It is a stage coach style mule and it is driving down the centre of the road. Wolf moves to the side to pass the vehicle and applies the brakes ever so slightly to reduce the speed – fearing that the draft will knock the slower machine over, especially with all the drag of the stage coach.

However, when he applies the brakes, the lever falls back with no resistance. The mule doesn’t slow down and the brakes are completely useless. Slowing down isn’t possible and stopping is gonna be real difficult.

OOC: Sam Dash has taken 6 points of stun damage and 3 points wounds from being kicked and pistol whipped.

Please note – when you post, please only consider the next few minutes. Do not post that you get to the bank and enter, as it won’t happen in this series of movements. The mule has to get pass the Stage and you need to determine how you are going to stop.(See Q&A for options) Sam can attack the man who is binding him as he is clear of mind now, but attack, movement and possible next attack is all he can do right now. Sam is disarmed except the derringer and also shoeless.

Posted on 2008-05-26 at 23:10:12.
Edited on 2008-05-26 at 23:15:43 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: pay for the skirt comment

Just for the record, I would like to apologize in advance for how poorly I have been rolling.

Working on a post

Posted on 2008-05-26 at 14:55:45.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Lovin' it

Thanks for the post. Asher loves to be prepared, doesn't he?

Posted on 2008-05-23 at 20:44:46.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Tann? Blamm? Vanadia?

Any chance of posting before the weekend is over? Vanadia, I promise I'll hold the baby for awhile.

Posted on 2008-05-23 at 19:29:21.

Topic: Age Of Friggen Conan!
Subject: some game

As soon as my amazons stop sucking .....

Okay, now you have my attention.

Posted on 2008-05-23 at 19:26:43.

Topic: Indiana Jones
Subject: Overall pleased

I enjoyed the movie. Yes it was formulaic, but I expect that from an Indiana Jones film. Bit slow to start, the action was good, the scenes were funny and exciting and it gave me my two hours of pure escapism. I didn't expect academy award winning performances. If they want to make more, move it ahead in time further and give the lead to Shia.

The end was disappointing and I agree with Deuce on the cross dialogue (what was he thinking?). It, like every Spielberg film since AI, didn't know when to end and should have stop at the first climax of the movie.

But overall I thought it was a good popcorn movie, and Temple of Doom still resides as the worst Indiana movie I have seen.

Posted on 2008-05-23 at 12:17:47.
Edited on 2008-05-23 at 14:50:45 by Alacrity

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

Mine involved the two girl across the street, but then again, my libido (lechery) developed very early.....

Posted on 2008-05-22 at 14:52:09.

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