Mea Culpa

Meeting, November 11 2017

Opening

  • OOC Recorder: Gregory
  • Agenda
    • Recruitment: Jim will be joining us!
    • The “Action” part of LARP has been falling short. We decided to move around more!

Closing

  • Story for next time: Gregory, with The Protean Child
  • Next session’s agenda
    • Welcome Jim!
  • Who runs meeting? Brendan!
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Meeting, October 28

Opening:

  • Choose OOC recorder – Melissa
  • Agenda
    • Jim – Melissa will email
  • OOC logistics & things unsaid
    • None
  • Story goals and plots for the session
    • Gregory has a Halloween plot
  • Character intentions
    • Mx. Hood will be less scary in this plot

Closing:

  • What story do we want to pursue more and where do we want to take this session’s story?
    • Species 31s are cool!
    • Pryxzods next session
  • Set next session’s agenda items
    • Recruitment
    • “A” part of LARP (we aren’t up and moving around enough)
  • Determine who runs the meeting
    • Brendan
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31 Crows Called For Help

Kartesh Fartouch and Mx. Hood were having their usual drink and chat. They noticed the number “31” showing up places: a note on the bulletin board saying “31 NEEDS SOULS,” a children’s rhyme about a girl in trouble and 31 crows watching her. As they speculated about the meaning, they were contacted by Georgeanna Vikram.

The members of Species 31 in the Entourage had sent out a memetic request for assistance from humanoids. Because of the strange nature of the species’ communications, the diplomatic corps had very little information. They contacted the pair because they had a large amount of experience with less-humanoid species.

The pair traveled to Ship 31 in the Shiidoo. Mx. Hood asked the Shiidoo to communicate with the ship and, after a rapid exchange of signals, the ship informed them that 31 wished them to dock.

Inside the ship was a dark, monotonous labyrinth of damp, peaty-smelling hallways. The pair heard strange noises whenever they spoke and saw unsettling flickering of lights. Eventually, they spotted an orb-shaped creature racing through the halls. They followed and realized it was a maintenance entity; it was then attacked by an apparently-feral child who tore it open and started eating its biological innards.

The child told them that they were in a nightmare, and that she “[had] to eat or [she] would die.” They eventually got her to share that her name was Molly, something had happened to her Spacer ship, and she and “Robert” had ended up here, but that she needed to stay away from him because he was trying to keep her from eating.

The group eventually found Robert, an older spacer who was paranoid and claiming that the ship was doing things to everyone’s minds. The noises and sounds gradually became louder and louder until the group thought that the ship was trying to keep them captive. Just before the situation came to violence, Kartesh opened their mind and accepted the memetic message.

Species 31 wanted them to get home safely with the Spacer escape pod, which it turned out was being kept safe by the ship. Hood and Fartouch were able to notify Spacer salvage teams of the location of Robert’s ship’s disaster, and the group was able to leave with the escape pod in tow. The pair left with a rapport with Species 31: they communicated entirely in intention, not in facts, and seemed to require time to establish proper communication methods with each individual.

Molly and Robert were put into the care of medical staff and began their recovery.

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Meeting, October 15, 2017

Notes:
We are still talking about recruiting; Lissa is going to reach out to Jim.
Lucy will not be at the Oct. 28 game.
We did hold a game on Oct. 15 (hence these notes).
We finished the Through the Mirror Darkly.

Agenda for next game:
Recruiting
Greg runs next meeting

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Meeting, September 30

Opening:

Agenda

  • Recruitment: no update
  • Things unsaid: Nothing to discuss about last

OOC logistics & things unsaid

  • Lissa’s surgery is pretty close to next game. We may game at their place.
  • On the 14th, Lucy might have an English conference.

Closing

Story

  • We paused this conflict in an alternate world! We’ll resume it next time.

Brendan will run next session’s meeting.

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The Bad Robot

Davey, Mx. Hood, and Kartesh were chatting in their usual cantina when they were approached by Moira, an android from Earth. She was very chummy — if a bit socially abrasive — but after she left the group noticed a “Wanted” poster offering a reward for an android matching her description to be awarded in Terran currency… and a sensor-helmet-clad “gargoyle” watching them.

The group discovered that Mother was leading a hunt for Moira because of “antisocial behavior.” The group hunted down Moira and discovered that her crime was due to unauthorized modification of vehicles. While Mx. Hood arranged for asylum and Kartesh investigated how Mother was keeping tabs on the station, Davey kept a corrupt constable busy with her inimitable charms.

When things started tipping Moira’s way, Mother fully committed and generated countless holographic avatars of herself to search the station directly. With Mx. Hood locked in a station saferoom with Moira and Davey cowed into silent terror by Mother, Kartesh destroyed the most threatening group of Mothers, providing enough time for the asylum request to go through and exhausting Mother’s at-hand resources.

Moira was granted residency on the station.

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Meeting, September 16
In which every unsaid thing might have been said

Opening

Agenda Item

  • Recruitment: Melissa to follow-up with Jim

OOC Logistics and Things Unsaid

  • Melissa has surgery on October 10! They’ll probably miss the game on the 14th. The 28th is less certain.
  • Last session, we got completely stuck on some rules-related IC vs OOC items. The next time someone thinks a multi-sided Conflict might be appropriate, we should pause and diagram out the sides to gain consensus.
  • Last session, as part of the same segment of gameplay, we had some very strong emotions expressed, including raised voices. As a group, we agreed to use the X-card much more readily to interrupt an undesirable path in gameplay.
  • We’re also introducing a passive signal (prayer hands) for “this is getting too heated!”.
  • There’s been a trend of less preparation for OOC aspects of games — fewer meeting notes posted, the next person not knowing the agenda, not knowing what plots are being run, etc. Melissa has set up a bot in Discord to remind the group the Thursday before a game session to make sure people check in on these things.
  • Since folks have trouble with OP on their phones, Greg has offered to take GDocs posted to Discord and enter them into OP.

Closing

Story/Plots

  • This session’s story is finished.
  • Lucy has a human magician plot ready.
  • Melissa will work on preparing the pryxzod plot.

Agenda

  • Recruitment
  • Check in on our “things unsaid” from this session.

Gregory will run next session’s meeting.

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Odysseus

The Party (2017-07-22)

Davey, Mx. Hood, and Kartesh were contacted by a socially odd baroque-steampunk-styled android named Odysseus who asked them to throw a birthday party for Odysseus’s Grandfather. Odysseus had a scheduling conflict, but would provide the group with funding and meet up with their Grandfather after the party. They only asked that the group make it clear that Odysseus was the one responsible for the party.

Upon investigation, the groupdiscovered that Odysseus’s arrangements included a hermaphroditic alien erotic dancer, a supply of vintage stimulant drugs, and Riker cage fighters. Odysseus’s grandfather turned out to be Jason Lo, a software developer from the time of the Visitation who had recently been unbubbled. Lo was on the station to get acculturation treatment.

The group sorted the party out: they got the drug dealer to switch to softer product, got the dancer to tone their act down, and convinced the fighters to perform professional wrestling. They arranged for a cake and appropriate guests. At the height of the party, Lo asked a surprising question: Whose birthday was it?

The group discovered that this wasn’t Lo’s birthday, but really the anniversary of the release of a software project on which he was a lead developer: the social media project that eventually became the Engine Funtime.

The Investigation (2017-08-05)

The group tried to contact Odysseus for explanation and compensation for expenses, but were only able to reach an automated answering system. When they demanded money, it sent them to a meeting room where a broker was waiting to satisfy a debt. He was confused but agreed to pay the group instead of Odysseus.

However, when the group pressured him for more details on Odysseus, he went into some sort of memetically-induced seizure that caused him to shoot at them wildly with a gun. Davey was able to break the trance and, upon analyzing the broker’s documents and making threats, the group was directed to a berth on the docking ring.

The group arranged for armed support from the Sysops and headed for the berth. When they entered the ship, the group was sealed in with Odysseus, who explained that the android did not actually exist. The party learned that Odysseus was just a cover identity for Funtime itself.

Kartesh tried to blast a hole in the airlock, but was only partially successful. Odysseus blew the docking clamps, venting some of the air and sending their ship tumbling away from the station. Odysseus split open into a branching tempest of dangerous mechanisms and tried to kill the group to suppress knowledge of the deception. The group neutralized Odysseus and distributed evidence of the identity, at which point Funtime abandoned its efforts and the group was able to escape back to the station.

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Meeting, August 5

Opening:

  • Recruitment (Jim): No news
  • Book status/character sheet: Offered new character sheets.

Closing:

What story do we want to pursue more and where do we want to take this session’s story?

  • Generally interested in Engines, maybe deposing or destroying.
  • Next session: Pryxzods! + Beach episode!

People can invite advice

  • Character sheet: should the affliction/stress box be flipped left/right? We need to be clearer in the process of acquiring and clearing afflictions.

Next session’s agenda items

  • Jim
  • Rules update
  • Book update

Determine who runs the meeting

  • Lucy!!!
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Meeting, July 22

Opening

Recruitment

  • Jim: will get back when not traveling
  • Tom: no news
  • Gabrielle: not into sci-fi, but will check with gamer friends
  • No other ideas at the moment

Rosette LARP version 0.1

  • Reviewed changes
  • Gave status update

Closing

What story do we want to pursue more and where do we want to take this session’s story?

  • Hunt down Odysseus (Gregory; continuation of this session’s story)
  • Plollan WMDs (Melissa)

Set next session’s agenda items

  • Recruitment
  • Book status update

Determine who runs the meeting

Lucy!

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