Friday, March 31, 2017

Traveller Sunday - Scout Crew

Still working on the stats for the Renegade class Scout ship, but I'm going with a 500 ton ship. I think I've a sufficiently large crew although there will be some specialists added at some point.  There is room for 9 by counting bunks.

Crew is mostly women - when generating characters I roll and even are female, odd are male. In 5000 years I am assuming the pay gap no longer exists or is even a memory :)

Holleng Giambice, 89C9A7, age 29 Scout 3, pilot of Renegade Class Scout Vessel. Near the end of her third term, she commands the Renegade class ship and is currently at Cyan, waiting to transport the Travellers to the Way station. Then off to explore space more.

Admin, Astrogation-1, Electronics [Comms-1], Explosives, Gun Combat, Language, Mechanic, Pilot [Small Craft-1, Spacecraft-2], Stealth-1, Survival, Vacc-1

McKennoz Langlert, 74CCD3, age 30, Scout 2, Astrogator Renegade Class Scout Vessel. Graduate of the Imperial University of Pixie, McKennoz always dreamed of being a Scout.

Astrogation-2, Carouse, Electronics [Comm-1], Engineer [J-Drive-1], Gun Combat, Language, Science [Linguistics-1], Survival, Vacc

Ognuearz Giokga (Og) 868875, age 25, Scout 1, Shuttle pilot, Mechanic, back up astrogator. Coming from the ice-capped plant of Najar, Og never wanted to go back. The lone Vargr on the crew.

Astrogation, Drive, Gun Combat, Mechanic, Persuade-1, Pilot [Small Craft-1, Spacecraft-1], Survival, Vacc-1.

Desision Thaddice, 98ABE7, age 34, Engineer, Medic. From the toxic Mithras system, Desison has lived a life of adventure and romance. A sailing accident two years ago has not slowed him down. He dropped out of college to join the Scouts.

Art, Astrogation, Carouse, Engineer (J-Drive-1], Gun Combat, Language, Mechanic, Medic-1, Science [Biology-1], Seafarer [Sail-1], Survival, Vacc-1

Alisiella Vereto, 86B9D7, age 31, Chief Engineer. Graduate of the Imperial College of Yori, her diploma hangs proud in the engineering section. She has large scars on her back from an accident she does not like to talk about. She has an antique pistol from a gambler she saved years back.

Animals, Astrogation, Electronics [Comouters-1], Engineer [Life Support-1, Power-2], Gun Combat, Language, Mechanic-1, Navigation-1, Survival, Vacc-1

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Traveller Sunday - some interesting people of Cyan

Characters with stats were generated via software (RPGSuite) using Mongoose rules. Part of the game in play. This link should take you to the WIP for the Cyan system:  Cyan Guide 

The 3 Cyan Rebels listed below were part of a daring escape that our young Scout Travis was witness to, and Boris and Warden Browartz are on their way as we last left our game.

Aphix Irteepini, Dictator of Cyan  5C8A96, age 42. A ruthless dictator who rose through the army ranks, Aphix is terrified of off-worlders. She has attempted to close off the starport but enough people are against her rule that it can be done.  Admin-0, Athletics-0, Carouse-1, Drive-0, Gambler-1, Archaic-0, Energy-0, Slug-2, Heavy Wpns-0, Melee-0 [unarmed-1, blade-1], Recon-3, Steath-1.

Irel Onzatt, Port Warden. 737A96, age 53. Irel faces the unenviable job of maintaining an Imperial star port on what has recently become hostile ground.  He is assisted with the Marine garrison, but the local regime does have a large squadron of system defense boats much larger than Imperial forces. He is in daily contact with the Count in his attempts to defuse the tensions.  Admin-3, Computer-1, Sensors-2, Pilot-2.

Wie Johnson, Marine Commander (Force Commander) A997C8 (age 46). A career Marine from Boughene, Wie was in Ground Assault and prefers an up front assault over nuance. He commands 3 50 soldier platoons.

Admin-0, Athletics-0, Drive-0, Engineer-0 [Power-1], Explosives-1, Gun Combat-0 [Energy-1, Slug-2]. Heavy Weapons-0 [Vehicle-1], Language-0, Leadership-2, Medic-1, Melee [Blade-2], Pilot [small craft-1], Recon-1, Stealth-0, Survival-2, Tactics [Military-1], Vacc Suit-2

Marquis Milueala (Millie) Barout of Rhylanor, Imperial Representative for Cyan 78865D (age 43). Having served as a diplomat for her career, Marquis Barout has settled down on Cyan as the Imperial Representative. Currently living at the starport in her yacht, the Aedil, she is brokering peace between Aphix and the Imperium. Her current duties are focused on the prison situation, which has escalated recently due to the underground escape of Janet Soo, Macahim Kaitloy and Ellina Hailion.  She does want to get back to her residence, hoping that it has not been damaged since the 1099 uprising.
Admin-2, Advocate-1, Carouse-1, Diplomat-1, Electronics, Gambling-3, Gun Combat [Archaic-1], Melee [Blade-2], Persuade
Warden Hoovert Brownartz, Commissioner 558D56, age 51. A small Asian male with over 30 years of law enforcement, Hoovert rose through the ranks and is now the Warden for the Cyan Prison.  He is also past the requirements for retirement, and plans on retiring sometime in the next year.  He also has reservations about the current political situation on Cyan and the Imperial Prison located on such a volatile world, and welcomes the review by our Travellers. He is close friends with the Marquis of Cyan as well as the starport administrator.
Admin-1, Deception-1, Drive, Flyer [Grav-1], Gambler-1, Gun Combat [Energy-2, Slug-3], Melee [Unarmed-2, Blade-1], Recon-3, Streetwise-2, Vacc
Janet Soo, Cyan Rebel. Former Army career officer who was disillusioned by some of Aphix’s treatment of non-Cyans. Refusing to take part in the attack of Startown, Janet has been in Level 1 for several years.

Macahim Kaitloy, Cyan Rebel. Janet’s trusty assistant, Macahim was also thrown into prison. He is as disillusioned as Janet, and has secretly (unknown to Janet) blown up more than 1 government building. No casualties as he was careful to choose times when people were not present.

Ellina Hailion, Cyan Rebel. Ellina was an actress who wanted to get more than local fame. Getting cut off from the wider Imperial audience she felt she deserved, she made several public announcements which eventually lead to her incarceration. There she met Janet and Macahim, and using her contacts, managed to stage the entire escape, basing it off one of her early adventure movies.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Traveller Sunday

Through a series of real life/miscommunications, we've managed to miss one of the 2 players the last two sessions.  As the characters had separated anyway, it worked out, and we've managed to pull them back together.

So, resuming on day 245 of 1104, Travis has been carousing with the guards and staff.  Few rumors of any import arose, although Li did communicate that something big was going to go down soon.  Dr. Boris found no widespread corruption or abuse, but inventory of certain drugs did not always match.  Purity's research found no systematic abuse.  There was a higher number of injuries to non-Cyan prisoners which was some indication of the hostilities from the often xenophobic Cyan natives.

The morning of 245 was muggy, with the constant sound of insects loud against the jungle noises surrounding the Level 1 facility.  Suddenly, the sound of shouting and screams rent the air.  Travis, his 2 Cyan guards and his Marine guard Pennity rushed back to the guard station to the sensor ops room.  There, Almill, one of the remote drone monitors, seemed to be having problems with the drone that was near the area of disturbance. Purity and Travis got a call from Li about a mole vehicle breaking the ground.  Without footage, the players had no idea what was going on.  Travis, in his youth and inexperience, did not notice the furtive manner of Almill, but Corporal Mell did.  Drawing her firearm, she requested the drone operator to step away from the console.  He did so with some speed, and the operator next door got the video going in time to see the drone digging its way back underground, escaping from the approaching APCs.  Almill was arrested on charges of aiding and abetting, while Travis and his guard retinue went out to view the new hole in the ground. 

Boris and the head warden were now on their way from the main administrative/hospital area, almost 200 kilometers away. Via a grav APC it would take under an hour to get there. In the meantime, the Renegade class ship in orbit started using its gravatic sensors to see if they could track the mole.  Resolution was not ideal from orbit, so the ship was fast approaching to get closer and perhaps find the fleeing prisoners.  Looking into hole, Travis wondered about a drone going in after the felling vehicle.  The drones at Cyan prison are large, grav drive based drones about 2 meters long, with audio and video capabilities.  The hole in the jungle dirt did not look stable enough for another vehicle to follow.  The drone followed the tunnel for almost a kilometer when the radio signal started getting too low.  They retrieved the drone and by now the Scout ship was significantly closer and had an almost 80% probability to the location of the mole.  The Scout ship was being flanked by 2 system defense boats from the local dictator, Aphix Irteepini.  Weapons went hot when the mole vehicle was located, and a missile was launched.  Several Imperial SDBs were heading out the confrontational area.

The primary issue is political: Cyan has its own government, a non-charismatic dictator who controls the army.  While the starport is an Imperial domain, the planet, while part of the Imperium, does have its own government. While there is some contention, what with a small rebellion, the Imperium normally stays out of local politics.  However, the prison is an official Imperial Prison, and so there is some grey legal areas. Additionally, the three escaped prisoners are leaders in the rebellion, and Irteepini would rather have them killed than returned to prison.  They are local Cyan but were interred in the Imperial prison along with hundreds of other political prisoners.

Apparently the prison break was well thought out: while the jungle and air space were monitored, no one thought about tunneling at that scale. The molepod was constructed locally in secret, using plans from the Imperial Army Corps of Engineers.  Cyan, being tech level A, had the tooling and wherewithal to construct this vehicle.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Traveller Sunday, part 2

While our Travellers are exploring the prison, interviewing staff and prisoners alike. their ship, Le Suroit, is being transported to the inner planetoid belt for its refueling and refurbishing for the next leg of the journey.  The primary reason is that Cyan and the Way Station are moving further apart, and the 1G lab ship will take too long to get there if they wait much longer.  The 2nd reason is that I may as well use the deck plans I've bought over the years, so the Renegade class Scout ship (which is 4G as of now :) ) is waiting to take them to the station when they have completed their jobs on Cyan.

And I've got the Renegade from 0-Hr / Ryan Wolf, both the deck plans and the miniature.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Traveller Sunday - At the prison

Due to a miscommunication, Thomas missed Sunday's game. As the two characters had actually split locations, that worked out okay.

We've dropped Dr. Boris off at the admin/hospital complex at the main gate (the only gate) of the prison. He has an attached Imperial Marine and 2 guards at all times for local protection as needed. His task is to verify that there are no abuses in the legal system on the medical side - i.e., patients are cared for and all that.

Travis and Purity travel on almost 200 km to the Level 1 section, with Li and another prisoner in the back of the grav APC. Li will be infiltrating the local prison population, which will clear the rest of her sentence. Purity is heading into the administrative side of things, to review the paperwork and personnel files.  Travis is to use his carousing skill (level 0, but it is there) to wander around and get a more general feel for things.  After an all too aggressive beginning, he relaxes more into the role of low-key snoop.  In the first week he picks up a rumor of one of the drone/sensor ops guys having a far too nice condo back in Brigham.

Li has found that something big is to occur soon but she has not had enough time to find out any details yet.  Purity has not found anything of obvious interest other than some petty thefts and minor guard abuses that have been recorded. She is pursuing some leads on potential guard/prisoner collusions.

On average, the local Cyan guards & staff, despite getting paid by the Imperium, are not forthcoming about much. About 70% of the staff are local Cyans, and have various levels of the native xenophobia traits.

So at this point I've rolled up Travis' Marine guard, one Pennity Mell, Corporal, along with the sensor ops guy and a bruiser thug that was in the back of the APC getting transported to the Level 1.  I'll need to generate some doctors, Boris' Marine guard, and a few other NPCs, and deal with reactions and all that.

We'll have to cover what Boris does, and we may do that via email to get the timelines synchronized.