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Topic: Firefly Serenity reboot
Subject: Firefly Serenity reboot

So ....




Someone started a rumour that I was looking to come back to the inn and restart my Firefly campaign. Not sure how this happened as I clearly told said person tha I was not sure I had the time. Yet here I am with apparently people being asked if they want to join and willingness to play.

I would say that the Firefly games I GM’ed here are among my favourite games of my gaming lifetime. The setting and game lend to amazing role play and story telling.

But I was very disappointed last time when I lost player after player and had to spend a lot of time trying to get replacements and re-writing stories in progress.  So please, if you can not stick to the end of a game or have a habit of disappearing and reappearing, then this is not the game for you.

If you are interested in playing a Firefly/Serenity game at the inn with me, these are my conditions:

Postings will be once every two weeks. I can not possible post more than that. You can post as much as you want but I will be scheduling the day I post into a calendar.

We restart the story completely. It is one year after the Unification war, either you are released from alliance holding and have reconciliation money in hand to buy a ship (Rocinante). Or you have escaped an alliance ship and found a mysterious ship floating in the black (Destiny). We can use Rocinante or Destiny or another ship but starting over. You may use old characters but we will start them fresh as well. That may mean trimming back some skills.

I expect communication. If RL gets in the way, you tell me and the party will run your character (not me). Players not posting for months or disappearing will be killed off and if I lose half the party over a few months, the game dies.

New players are very welcome. 6 players will be the limit.

Sound acceptable?

So Ship:
Rocinante (Firefly Class)
Destiny (Mysterous Ship of Mystery)

Tech Person
Gunfighter/PR man

Now I have a couple of adventures that I have written for Serenity to play (yes I have played Serenity RPG on Tabletop) so we will be good to go. 

Dohn ma?






Posted on 2019-06-13 at 11:22:10.

Topic: Space strategy game ideas...
Subject: traveler

If I remember correctly, Traveler had some good space frontier maps.

Posted on 2019-06-11 at 13:49:48.

Topic: Murder Mystery Games

I ended up writing my own

Posted on 2018-12-08 at 21:47:20.

Topic: Murder Mystery Games
Subject: if you put it that way

Yes. Or that the murderer kills everyone between the start and end of module making process of elimination very simple.

Posted on 2018-12-07 at 07:55:46.

Topic: Murder Mystery Games
Subject: Murder Mystery Games

I want to run a murder mystery for my tabletop group (5e D&D) but when I look around at modules out there made as murder mysteries, they all seem to bog down into combat after combat where basically the last NPC standing is the murderer. Not very challenging.

Does anyone know of any good Mystery modules out there? Doesn't have to be D&D, I can adapt from another system.


Posted on 2018-12-07 at 06:09:50.

Topic: Trilogy restart recruitment.
Subject: yay!

Glad to see you back Albert. 

Posted on 2018-11-30 at 09:12:33.

Topic: RDINN Feature Updates/ Suggestions/ Bugs
Subject: really

Curious as to see this work

Posted on 2018-11-08 at 09:11:54.

Topic: Rockets and Drones, oh My!
Subject: looks fun

William would probably love this

Posted on 2018-11-06 at 13:37:46.

Topic: Star Trek: The Fallen Star Q&A
Subject: CSO

What is a CSO? Customer Service Officer? 

Posted on 2018-10-16 at 10:46:38.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: once again

I know I am not one for saying anything about lack of posting but I seem to have lost Ody and Eol?



Posted on 2018-09-02 at 19:22:29.

Topic: Running a Game Advice for GMs/DMs
Subject: time

I am just going on what I have been told by my group. Some DM just buy modules form DM Guild and run them back to back to back. 

Meanwhile, My Bard just discovered her father is working for Amerlocc, the Fighter discovered he is going to be a dad - the mom is a night hag (but she didn't look that way at the time),The Half Orc Barbarian found out her other half is probably not human, the cleric recieved a vision from Lysora and the Rogue is being courted by Death herself.  

Good times. Never thought I would be gaming every other week at this age.

Posted on 2018-08-14 at 15:00:07.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject: Al'S

Welcome to Al's Pop Drop and Fling. Quick release armour so you can release your inner Bard!




Posted on 2018-08-14 at 12:03:48.

Topic: Running a Game Advice for GMs/DMs
Subject: I will look into this

Could be interesting. Do Porn films have this function? Asking for a friend. Several actually...

Interesting thing I have been told since I started tabletop gaming with a group again. Apparently DM's nowadays do not do lengthy descriptions and write up of "Continuing where we last left off". Apparently it is considered the players responsibility to keep track of past events. it is also rare for Dm's to build lengthy adventures on their own and string the party members personal history into the game. I frequently get asked - what module is this? and when I say my own, they are shocked. "You did it all on your own?"

At least that is what I am told. I have not sat down to join a game as a player yet.



Posted on 2018-08-14 at 12:00:50.

Topic: Hidden Corruption Q&A
Subject: doff and don

No quick release magic for armour in the world of Audalis? Pop, Drop. Fling?


Posted on 2018-08-14 at 11:51:40.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: hush now,

And Sam ain't even aware of it yet. Sucking back a craft beer and eating an ice plant without a care in the world. 



Ain't I a stinker.?

Posted on 2018-08-09 at 12:24:23.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: and a silver screen

Woohoo. Posted again 

Posted on 2018-08-09 at 11:15:19.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Silver Screen Moment

Outside the Knowles Farmhouse (near noon)

Governor Patience looked at her multiband for the time and then back at her deputy, “Well?”

“She don’t know Go-sa,“ He replied, “I can work her over more, or me and the boys can take turns with her but, it ain’t gonna change that she don’t know anything. She met a guy, had sex, came home. I watched skin flicks with more story to them.”

“No girl?”

“I can’t say. All I can is Misty just went to this pilot’s room, did the dirty and left. Nothing else. I can’t work her or her Ma over anymore without leaving some marks, so depends on how discrete you want to be.”

The governor spit on the grass outside the farmhouse, “Well at least it ain’t Reynolds again. Maybe this Sung character is more reasonable. Did the old lady sign?”

“Yep,” the Deputy nodded, “Farm and all the land is yours now.”

“Right. Well the farm is a hazard, liable to burn down anyday now if you catch my meaning.”

“Yep. I do, Ma.”

“Misty comes with me. We will hold her as a bargaining chip. When I give you the word, you know what to do. Oh, and I’ll her thumb and eye so I can reverse the payment. Never pay for what I can get for free, I always say.”

“Yes Ma. You can depend on me.”

Inside the Knowles Farmhouse

Misty had stopped crying. She felt like she’d cried so much over the evening that she would never cry no more. Although she came close to spilling a few times, she never let it slip that she’d heard Petrie’s name mention while on the ship. She didn’t know why but she was smart enough to know this was all about him. They hurt her and her Ma, trying to get her to tell them anything about a girl on board or someone named Chloe. That wasn’t hard to deny, but they made her Ma sell the farm for half its worth and she was sure they both be indentured by the end of the day. She only could hope Sam was far far away now.

In walked Patience and the deputy. “Well ladies. This is how it is going to play out. Misty is coming with me. I need her to make sure someone understands how serious I am. In order to make you behave – Misty pay attention now! My boy here is gonna stay with your Ma here. If you be good and I gets what I want, you two will be put on a transport and you can go your way where you wish. Give me trouble and I know how much you love to cause trouble Misty – and neither of you will see that light of day again. Dohn ma?”

Patience didn’t wait for an answer but turned towards the door and pointed to her three other deputies who stood up and headed over to grab Misty roughly.

“Whoa! Governor!  Miss Imogen, “Misty’s Ma called out. “Can I just have a few minutes with Misty. Please.”

Patience and The mother exchanged a look. It lasted only a second but in it spoke volumes. “Yeah. Fine. You have a minute.” And left the room with her three men. The other deputy stayed where he was but Ma stared him down hard and he moved to just outside the room.

“Misty honey.” The mother said, “Listen to me. I raised you to be strong and you are going to have to be really strong now. We don’t have time to be weak.”

“But Ma, I’ll do what they say. I promise.”

“Don’t matter. Listen honey, I’m dying.”

Misty gasped in shock.

“Doc told me a few days ago. Cancer’s got me, aggressive and I soon won’t be able to do much. I was trying to figure out how to tell you when …” She waved her hand towards the door, “So this is goodbye honey. Know that I am and always will be proud of you. If there is a way I can guide you or protect you from beyond I will but once you walk out that door, I’m done. You got that. Take care of yourself!”

“No Ma!” Misty started to cry again.

“No time to cry Honey. Grieve me later but take care of yourself. You know the account number I used? It will automatically transfer the funds to your account in a spell. Patience will try to steal it back but I won’t let her. You take the money and go.  Be free. You’ll have enough there to find a school, make something of yourself. Don’t look back.”

Patience called out from the front, “Okay time is up. Let’s go.”

The Deputies took Misty away and left the Mother with the one who had tortured her and her daughter. “So Fred. Can I make you a cup of tea?”

“Sure Mrs. Knowles. Thanks. Sorry about what was done but you know how it is. Patience orders.”

“Oh, I know how it is Fred.” She said and clicked the gas oven dial as she moved the kettle over to the stove. She played with the knob for the stovetop dramatically while adjusting the oven to high without igniting the burner. “Damn pilot is out again. Do you have a match? I always have to ignite it myself.”

Posted on 2018-08-09 at 11:05:15.

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


Posted on 2018-08-08 at 10:28:31.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: moving to the Warehouse

Day 2, Whitefall - Necessity, Rocinante, 11:00 AM PT 

Stephanie sat upright in the chair of the kitchen and ate the egg and bacon sandwich that Ma had made her with a knife and fork.  She has insisted on checking in with Chloe first and telling her about the meeting with Petrie first. Afterwards she joined everyone in the galley, “So, I knew that there would be little chance that I would be able to talk to Petrie. But I thought if I could ghet a quick word into his ear, he might meet us somewhere or at least be open to communication. This is really quite lovely, Trish – Thank you very much."

Ma nodded her appreciation and made a rolling hand gesture of “keep going.”

“So when I reached Petrie and got hold of him, I realized he was injured. So I came up with a plan quickly to use that as a cover ….”

“How? How did you know?” Sam asks.

“Oh. Umm...” Stephanie stares blankly at Sam for a few seconds and said, “The stoop of his back and the way he was sitting revealed he was in pain and bracing himself. When I touched his arm, I culd see the seepage of his wounds through bandages. As a doctor, you sorta notice these things and make deductions based on that.” She explains in a rather dismissive tone, almost as if she thought you wouldn’t believe her. “Anyway, there was this time on my last ship when one of the captains ex girlfriends had us at gunpoint and threatening the ship, so I used my hypo-spray to tranquilize her.  In this case, I slipped a Fentanopryl patch into my hand and applied it to Petrie’s arm. It worked instantly and he went down so I could intercede as a doctor.”

“You drugged him?” Asher asked incredulously.

“Yes.” She looks perplexed, “Really it is difficult to tell a story without my motives and techniques being questioned every few minutes.”


“”Very well.” She said with a hand wave, “So I knocked him out, made it look like an emergency and I needed to assist him alone. I was afraid that the doctor in town might be on the payroll of Patience and I would have to deal with him or her as well, but luckily he wasn’t and for the exchange of a dermal mender that I have extras of anyway, we came to an accord.  Really, the Alliance should do something about that. These outer planet doctors are suppose to be part of the same medical board and societies as the core planets and they need decent equipment. I will have to bring that up at the next board meeting. The cost of a basic operation set is nothing compared to the ….”

Someone clears their throat pointedly

“Oh yes. Sorry. So once I had Petrie alone we talked. He does love Chloe and he hates this place and his father and wishes to run away. Unfortunately, he is scared of his father, Patience and the great unknown of the ‘Verse. However, I gave him my ear-mike so he can communicate with us discretely and we can arrange for him to meet us when we – what do you call it? – make the drop tonight?  Do the Job? Lift the goods? Really, they say we doctors use confusing jargon. When we assemble our new client and leave this planet?”

(Assuming someone asks how you know P is telling the truth)

“I have been a doctor for many years. I have had people tell me their Mistress are their wife or their daughter. I have had many lies spun around me addressing the moral situation when all I care about is the injury. I know when someone is lying to me and Petrie wasn’t. He is scared. He is terrified of making a move against his father. He is even more scared of Patience. But he does love Clhoe and does want to do right by her. Whatever that may be in the end.”

(Other questions, comments or thoughts. Grand schemes, small plans)

Day 2, Whitefall – The Warehouse outside of Necessity, 9:00 PM PT

(Assuming everyone except Stephanie and Ma are going)

The Spaceport was due north of Necessity as was Eagle-eye’s ranch. The the east was the stockyards were the cattle was displayed, traded and sold. Due south was “the Warehouse”. The Warehouse was a building build back in the day when Whitefall was being terraformed. It is was where all the heavy equipment went to stay dry and contained during the rainy part of terraforming.  It is a huge building, all metal frame with the foundation driven 10 feet deep into the ground.  The roof is industrial steel about 100 feet above and the bay doors to the place are big enough to let Rocinante in and have room for two friends.

When you arrive, the Warehouse is set up like a carnival. There are all sorts of food vendors, drink vendors and those carnival type games like knock over the milk cans and ring the bottle. There are jugglers, magicians and clowns. Some storage crates have been brought in for businesses to open up little shops selling clothing and trinkets.  The Honeydew even has a double storage crate set up for … express service. The air smells of popcorn, grease and smoked meats. The “Main” bet placement area is surprising non-busy with only one name down to fight Black Bart at the moment – Dawes man – Jacob.

The main ring is the highlight of the event, set up on a platform so it is above the main ground but not high enough that people can not see the fight. Lights set up to illuminate it well, and screens going up so those who can’t get close can see the battle. It has a large open area around it for the crowd to gather and then in the four corners of the Warehouse, there are smaller rings set up for other side fights for the hands that don’t want to fight Bart. The betting on these fights seems less “controlled” with many different bookies available with mostly similar odds.

It is very busy and there seems to be more people coming from all around.

“You want me to put you on the board?” Eagle asks Wolf, “Or do you want to hold off and do the surprise challenge thing. Up to you. If you go up now, people gonna be curious, wanna check you out – including Patience. ”

Posted on 2018-08-08 at 10:28:15.

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

Really I am stll around, just so much going on. Sigh.

Posted on 2018-08-07 at 10:17:51.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: no

There is no real reason to wait on Sam for a post, as not much to say or do. I will post today or tomorrow to move game forward. However I am concerned that I may have lost Robert as a player.

Posted on 2018-07-30 at 08:20:26.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Q&A
Subject: Hey!

Ody - Rocinante before Star Trek Love Boat Edition!!!!!!!!



Posted on 2018-07-16 at 13:10:35.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: not that easy really

I wanted to get past the point where the Doctor was the main chracter but I had to get through it. On line gaming can be railroading enough without me being the player and GM.

So .... My intentions are to start the next post with the day had become night, the fight is going ahead and the job is a go. Focus on the players and not the NPC.



Posted on 2018-07-10 at 08:07:37.
Edited on 2018-07-10 at 08:08:12 by Alacrity

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

I have posted

Posted on 2018-07-09 at 13:39:22.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: The doctor handles herself

Whitefall - Necessity, The Doctor’s Office, 10:15 AM PT

The waiting room was that same as any other out of the way doctor office that Asher had ever visited. He nearly expected to see Doc McGuire come walking to greet him. A very pretty young lady with brown hair was busy packing things into her purse, when she looked up at Asher. “Oh! You can’t see the doctor right now. You best be off, come by later. Even I have been told to go home.”

“Yes’um, I was just supposed to pick sumpthin up. Won’t take but a minute.”

“Well don’t be here when her Governship comes back. She’s already sore about the Lady Doctor taking over and talking down to her.  I’m going home now, you best do so too.” and with that she heads for the door in a hurry.

There are two doors in the room, one being open to an examining room and another being closed and from within Asher can hear Dr. Young chiding someone for not keeping up with the times in the medical practice.

There were sounds outside and footsteps on the steps outside. The men were coming back and at least two of them were heading into the office.

It wouldn’t go well to have them Governor’s lackies knowing Ash was here and it factually it would be better for Doc them thinking she was on her own. Following Stephanie’s voice Ash opened the door and quickly stepped in. When he turned to look around, Asher was … slightly surprised. There was Doctor Young sitting beside an older doctor, the two of them drinking tea. “Dr Young! This is my office and I will not be pushed around!” the older man shouted and the two of them suppressed giggles under their hands before noticing that Asher was standing there. Stephanie looked over, “I told you to get back to the boat and let Captain Sung know I’d be delayed. I don’t need a baby sitter, Mr Talhone.” She said and got up, handing a device she had in her hand to the other doctor, “So here you go as we agreed. If we can arrange it, I can drop off more equipment. It is really no bother, I get samples every times I go into a hospital.”

“Thank you Doctor, but this is truly generous of you.” The Older doctor replied, “For the chance to pull the wool over Patience eyes, I would have helped you for free.”

“Well that being the case, I am glad to help, and thank you Doctor Amber.”  Stephanie said and then turned back to Asher, “Shall we go?”

(Assuming what about Petrie? Armed men in other room?)

“Petrie is fine, I will explain on the way back home. He has my ear piece so we can communicate later. Really Mr. Talhone, I have spent time on ship before, I am familiar with subterfuge.”

(Some comment)

Stephanie left the room with Ash behind her. There were two armed men in the waiting room who both stood up when Dr. Young entered the room. They looked over at Asher with a surprised look and then back to the Doctor.

“The patient is on the mend and my work here is done. Thank you gentlemen for waiting on him like a good group of friends. He should be right as rain in no time.” Stephaine said out loud in a tone of dismissal. “We will be off now.”

“Whoa!” The tallest of the two said, “Umm, our orders are to keep you here until the Governor gets back. Who is this guy anyway? So …”

“No.” Stephaine said firmly, “If your leader wished to talk to me she knows where to find me and I am much too busy to hang around some backwater butcher shack with young men who can not think without a gun in hand. I mean really? An 8 inch barrel? It screams compensation. As to who this man is – He is Asher Talhone. You may have heard about him from the news recently. Held his ground against a thousand mercenaries on LV 426? Lived to tell the tale but not many of them did? Ringing a bell?”

The shortest of the men dropped his pistol. He scrabbled to pick it up again.

“So right now Ash is humouring you, but unless you want to get on his bad side, I’d do what he says. I’m not saying he’s mad but he doesn’t want to be here and he doesn’t like babysitting me so he might be looking to kill someone right now. “

The room became really quiet as the two men looked at each other and back to Asher.

(comment? Threat?)

The two men stepped out of your way and let the two leave the office. The guards outside started to move forward but the tall one waved them off with a scared look in his eyes.

“Now, Mr. Talhone, Where is our ride?”


Day 2, Whitefall - Necessity, Rocinante, 10:25 AM PT

Wyatt, Sam, and Wolf came into Necessity via the mule, moving quickly but trying not to look like they were about to shoot up the town. As they got into town, they found Asher and Dr. Young walking down the street as if nothing unusual had happen. Just like a morning stroll in a town with no armed men chasing them or anything.

“Oh good!” the Doctor called out, “Thank you for coming, Captain. I wasn’t looking forward to the walk back to the ship.  On the plus side, I can let you all in on what is happening with having to repeat myself over and over. Does anyone have any food? I’m starving.” She says as she climbs into the mule. Looking at the stares she is getting, “What? I did not eat breakfast.”

Posted on 2018-07-09 at 13:39:03.

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