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by Simon_Jester
2020-11-14 01:23pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 8545

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

Yeah something like that sounds good.

I'm not really planning to play aggressively, for the moment, so having "and the Umerians were also there" for a while until I have the energy to deal with fleshing them out for the game a bit more would be nice.
by Simon_Jester
2020-11-14 11:47am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 8545

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

...I've been feeling really overloaded by life lately, but I don't want to outright ditch the game. When's the planned game start deadline? Is there any way I can arrange to just be "out of the way" for a few turns and be retconned in later? Is that okay? I wouldn't be doing this to exploit a positi...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-31 09:34pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: RIP Sean Connery
Replies: 5
Views: 1872

Re: RIP Sean Connery

Sounds about like I vaguely remembered.
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-31 09:32pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 8545

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

Basically don't worry about it too much. If your folk think they came from Earth 'recently', then chalk it up to either timey-wimey waffle caused by malfunctioning polarity in the flux capacitators in their lightspeed drives, time distortion caused by relativistic speeds, whatever. We can assume th...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-31 03:25pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 8545

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

I guess it depends on whether the fighters are cheap enough to be considered ammunition or not. If your combat strength would be materially altered by not being able to pickup the fighters as you leave, put the points in the carrier, and don't worry about it too much. If they would be altered by no...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-31 03:16pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: RIP Sean Connery
Replies: 5
Views: 1872

Re: RIP Sean Connery

Gandalf wrote:
2020-10-31 09:11am
Evidently they left out his ongoing advocacy of when to strike women.
That sounds familiar, could you remind me of the details?
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-26 01:21pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 8545

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

Hm. OK, yeah. At the low end, the old Umerian navy had a whooooole lot of mass-produced FTL-capable "cutters" with short-ranged drives, with endurance measured in, like... days, tops... that were designed to operate off small, highly vulnerable tenders. They had small crews and were a great place to...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-24 03:54pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 8545

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

Hm. I'm sorry if this is a redundant question, but as I try to do ORBAT stuff seriously, I find myself reflecting on the role of both sublight drone-carrier craft and short range FTL-capable "cutter" swarms in the Umerian military as envisioned in SDNW4. How, if at all, do those categories of ships ...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-21 07:12am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 8545

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

Shroom is/was a great philosopher of goofy insane bullshit.

Greater than I realized at the time.

Yes, you can quote me on this.
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-19 12:38pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 8545

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

Ships have some limited special attributes - there's also a cap of size 50 total size (including specials!) unless you invest national points into improved shipyards. The Umerian order of battle was calibrated for a much larger (SDNW4) total point value, so there is no danger of any individual ship...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-19 10:11am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread
Replies: 212
Views: 13808

Re: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread

I'll take whatever works; I'm playing a human colony state produced by a long range colony expedition in the relatively distant past, since that seems to be the basis of our planning. EDIT: To be clear, I'm talking about nation location and accepting being rolled up as a, ah... 'successor' is the wo...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-19 10:06am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 125
Views: 8545

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

OK, so, thinking about order of battle, I'm planning a pretty straight port of the old SDNW4 Technocracy of Umeria. 3000 points to spend on the military, 500 to spend on national bonuses, and 100 to spend on planets, which are on a 1-10 scale? I know the vote's over. Are there 'specials' on ships or...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-16 06:25am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread
Replies: 212
Views: 13808

Re: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread

Having order of battle threads is a common innovation and does no harm.

But it's a bad idea to segregate nation-building and drafting of things TO the order of battle thread.

Especially here on SDN, where you can't edit things half the time, which just makes it fucking awkward.
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-14 04:57am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 Rules Poll
Replies: 18
Views: 1846

Re: STGOD 2020 Rules Poll

I think we should just skip to a runoff. Trying to talk it out is just going to result in us going around in circles; we all have our reasons and could debate those reasons indefinitely. I'll probably keep participating no matter what gets picked, though I can't help but find some of the old ruleset...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-14 04:54am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor, Start Civil War
Replies: 44
Views: 5743

Re: Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor, Start Civil War

Sadly, it's not gonna happen until someone with actual directing authority orders the machinery of the state's security organs to systematically take the far-right movements apart. Which won't happen under the Trump administration for several obvious reasons. I very much hope Biden does so, because ...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-14 04:52am
Forum: History
Topic: Different commanders at Antietam
Replies: 6
Views: 4781

Re: Different commanders at Antietam

I mean, yes, but that also applied to him being a subordinate commander maneuvering independently (Spotsylvania Court House). And he was perfectly capable of accepting an incompetent subordinate and failing to control or supervise them, to the detriment of an overall plan (Ledlie at and before Peter...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-12 02:02am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: RIP Eddie Van Halen.
Replies: 5
Views: 1318

Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen.

I don't think I quite grasped just how formidable an artist the man was.
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-12 01:55am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread
Replies: 212
Views: 13808

Re: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread

Look, we're all ten or more years older than that now, a good deal more mature and hopefully more sane about how to get along together. And I suggest that we form a gentlebeings' agreement that if one of our players just cannot help but assert that they win because they refuse to compromise with ano...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-11 06:10pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 Rules Poll
Replies: 18
Views: 1846

Re: STGOD 2020 Rules Poll

Is there mechanical support for approval voting?

Last I checked SDN couldn't do that, but it'd simplify a thing like this tremendously.
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-11 06:09pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread
Replies: 212
Views: 13808

Re: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread

While not fussed on rule details, I would really like a couple of ds9/space Venice/space Geneva. Somewhere one of my towels can have a bad trip in a hotel room. Towels? Remind me again what's up with that? Sounds amusing. Indeed. Newton may well be the deadliest bastard in the cosmos. With the poss...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-09 03:27pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Multiculturalism v Cultural Appropriation
Replies: 17
Views: 1933

Re: Multiculturalism v Cultural Appropriation

I'll be honest, I find the idea of cultural appropriation to be a fundamentally ridiculous concept, and a frankly bizarre one for anyone on the left to express given it seems firmly rooted both in a conception of "intellectual property" that has been browbeaten into the public by corporate interest...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-09 03:18pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread
Replies: 212
Views: 13808

Re: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread

Uhhm. Multiple fundamentally different FTL travel paradigms could get rough. Like, if some ships basically teleport point-to-point (BSG) while others have to physically traverse the intervening space (or a parallel B5-like hyperspace dimension), it has some pretty marked effects on how the ships int...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-06 05:30pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread
Replies: 212
Views: 13808

Re: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread

Just to be clear, what's the planned backstory for the "gameplay region?" My default STGOD space nation is Earth-descended human colonists who sort of englobed a couple of pre-FTL intelligent species in their immediate neighborhood; is that workable? How do we envision FTL working, anyway? Gates? Tr...
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-06 05:28pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections
Replies: 2275
Views: 321841

Re: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections

If he does attend via giant screen, I'm looking forward to the president being on a mute button.
by Simon_Jester
2020-10-03 08:03pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread
Replies: 212
Views: 13808

Re: STGOD 2020 Concept/Planning Thread

I have no particular thoughts on the combat rules either way - I only did two STGOD's, one ina fantasy 1750's and one in 21st-century not-Earth with modern tech. Those were a lot more freeform and a great deal of fun. On a faction-specific note, I'm thinking I may have to change some details of my ...