Mea Culpa

Meeting, May 13

New folks: Lissa will contact Jim about joining the game. Gregory will follow-up with Tom.
Logistics: Lissa may have to skip narrating Memorial Day weekend due to surgery recovery

After game:
What story do we want to pursue? The Plollan Marketplace story started this session or (if Lissa is unable to Narrate) a flashback to how all the characters met.

Next meeting run by Brendan.

Note: As of 2017/05/26, Lissa won’t be able to Narrate a session of the duration and complexity as the second half of the Marketplace plot on game day.

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Covered in Bees!

While hanging out in the bar, the players noticed buzzing noises. This was particularly annoying to the totally-not-hungover K’t’k’prrk (Kateka Burrke). Upon further examination, the buzzing sounds turned out to be from largish bees flying in and out of the air ducts.

A posting on the job board indicated that a group called The Exterminators was looking to hire local help, and the group decided to contact them and see if the bee situation was relevant to this ad. It was, and the group took the job to help track down the hive in the service ducts.

Kartesh Fartouch stayed behind, and the rest of the players followed the bees into the ducts. They tracked them to an open junction area of several passageways. Here, a large comb had been built, with a large number of workers coming and going, as well as an even larger number of bees covering the comb.

With the help of a friendly worker, the group got past the guard bees and talked to the Queen. It was clear this was not just a swarm of normal bees escaped from a farm. They were, in fact, sapient. They had escaped their home planet and were seeking a place to be “free”. At home, they were not allowed to move the hive as they’d like and they were kept in one area to pollinate the crops of the Teleeenu.

Burrke lied to The Exterminators about knowing the location of the bees, but they sent ‘employees’ to investigate once they found out the bees had been found. The group had a few turns to prepare for their arrival, and the bees were able to escape to Mx. Hood’s ship with only one round of combat. A few guards were killed, but it was far less damaging than it could have been.

The group were summoned to Georgeanna Vikram’s office to confront the lawyers from The Exterminators. The lawyers had documents claiming the bees were non-sentient livestock and the property of the Teleeenu who had hired the firm. On the testimony of Mx. Hood and Davey, Vikram offered the bees sanctuary in the arboretum of the station. The bees happily accepted.

The bees moved into the arboretum, but their new home was quickly threatened by Exterminator mercenaries. The group intervened, placing themselves in harm’s way to prevent attacks on the bees. They ‘convinced’ the leader of the squad to retreat through a combination of flirting and being scary like death.

The bees got recognition as a sapient species and will be applying to join the Entourage. The Diplomatic Corps and representatives of the Visitor will be investigating the situation with the Teleeenu (who, as members of the network should know better).

Burrke also made an arrangement with the Queen to sell excess honey.

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Meeting, April 15, 2017

New folks: Lissa will contact Jim about joining the game. Gregory will follow-up with Tom.

After game:
What story do we want to pursue? The “self-sealing stembolts” ads on the board.

Lucy runs the next meeting!

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Meeting, March 18, 2017

Recorder: Me

New players: Gregory has contacted two people. Brendan has one more candidate to try.

Group chat: We’re going with Discord. Please join the server via this link: https://discord.gg/Nnfx5x9

After the session:

  • Brendan will probably have plot next time.
  • Melissa will keep dropping seeds of a plot

Gregory will run the next meeting. The agenda is to discuss new folks.

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The Cultural Exchange Festival

The station was thrown into chaos: it was time for the dreaded multicultural festival! The desperate station SysOps recruited the help of Mx. Hood and Kartesh Fartouch to prevent this from being the end of Mea Culpa.

Serving as event staff, Hood and Fartouch guided traffic, kept the methane-breathers’ dance party from exploding or descending into drunken violence, and defused a feud between a gastropoid food vendor and their dendroid rival.

It was widely hailed as the best multicultural festival ever. The rival food vendors became reluctant business partners and there were surprisingly few injuries.

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Meeting, March 4, 2017
The "way too late" edition

Recorder: Melissa

Regarding new players: no one has contacted anyone yet. :-(

After the session, we decided to pursue stories about the four alien races Melissa has thought up. Folks also want to know what’s in the puzzle box the Mestromians received.

The next session will be run by Melissa. The only agenda item is to discuss recruiting.

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Messing with the Mestromians
See, because "mess" means...

At the request of Mea Culpa diplomat Georgeanna Vikram, David “Davey” Anne Smith, K’t’k’prrk (Kateka Burrke), and Kartesh Fartouch set off for Mestromian space. Vikram requested that they deliver an intricate wooden and golden human puzzle box as a gift in order to establish a fixed diplomatic arrangement between the Visitor/Entourage and the Mestromians.

This (deliberately) eclectic group took a fast courier ship captained by Thaddeus Baker to Mestromian space. They scanned the puzzle box along the way, enabling them to produce 3D/holographic models and revealing that there was something shielded (but not nuclear) as the “prize” of the box. Kartesh struggled mightily with their own nature, but avoided opening the actual box to see what the prize was.

The Mestromians themselves were polite, and provided a large spread of foods for the group while sticking to their own various fluids. As conversation moved towards discussion of the gift, however, they became much more interested in K’t’k’prrk being the gift, given their extensive life experience: surviving a war, living among other cultures and on multiple planets, etc. They considered K’t’k’prrk a far better gift than a puzzle box, even a 6th century CE puzzle box.

There were a variety of linguistic snafus to complicate this: “guest”, “artifact”, and “gift” seemed related and interchangeable, as did “learn”, “consume”. The group was worried when they realized that giving K’t’k’prrk as a gift would, at the very least, lead to them being confined indefinitely.

Through some harrowing negotiations, the Mea Culpans were able to convince the Mestromians that the puzzle box was, in fact, an incredibly valuable cultural artifact, and certainly equal in value to the gift the Mestromians were giving (an old statue made of several metals crafted through different processes).

The group left the Mestromians without finding out what’s in the puzzle box. Or whether Vikram knew of the likelihood that K’t’k’prrk would be of interest as a gift.

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Meeting Feb 18, 2017

Recorder: Gregory

On the topic of finding more players, Luxy has a candidate, Brendan might; Lissa and Gregory will pitch it to D&D folks.

On the topic of what language characters speak: There is a lingua franca for Mea Culpa and the entourage called “Hospeak” or “Hospie.” There are automatic translators for most known languages that are nearly instantaneous, but they are not universal translators for every language, and some nuance is lost.

We chatted about how to make the LARP more active and LARPy. Light costuming might be an option, as would standing more and making more rooms available.

After the session, we said that we like the ideas of investigating Tanya Billings, finding out more about the extinct species and their situation, and dealing with all these alien babies we’re collecting.

Next session’s meeting will be run by Brendan. Agenda: discuss new people more.

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Meeting: February 4, 2017
Recorder: Lucy

Notes:
This game was Ben’s last one. Fare thee well, Ben! We decided that Myra will remain as an NPC.
We discussed finding some new players.

The plot this week was Greg’s plot about the Coil separatists.

Agenda items for next meeting:
Finding more players
Common vs. English

Greg will run next meeting.

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Meeting 2016-12-10

Recorder: Melissa

Rules Changes

We reviewed the rules changes posted in the forum. The rules changes were accepted, but one question remained open: do we want to allow immunity to Edges/Strain on multiple defenses?

People also spent time updating their list of Edges and Resources.

Scheduling

As decided last schedule, game is cancelled on December 24. We will meet on January 7.

Additional Players

The group will start to think about potential new players for the game.

Plots for 2017-01-07

  • Gregory’s action plot “Null Delta-V”.

Agenda for 2017-01-07

  • Lucy will lead the meeting
  • Review additional rules changes (answer above question about multiple defenses, and review the clarification of “Incorruptible” and several Edges)
  • If made, review and use a new character sheet
  • Discuss any candidates to join the game.
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