Forged in Steel - Chicago & Gary by Night - A Second Edition Vampire the Masquerade Story (Inactive)

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Male 8th Generation Gangrel

So, as I said I'm admittedly new to this edition of the game, but I never saw any real rules for purchasing? I'm assuming Kent has a car, but I never really looked into it.


12th generation Tremere | Blood Pool: 9/11 | Willpower: 6/6

Do you have the Resources background? It's basically a shorthand for your quality of life and purchase power. If you have no dots of Resources you are probably indigent. If you have one dot you might have a really old busted beater of a car, or you use public transit. Two dots and you probably have a reliable car.


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Kent Atherton wrote:
So, as I said I'm admittedly new to this edition of the game, but I never saw any real rules for purchasing? I'm assuming Kent has a car, but I never really looked into it.

The rules don't really provide a mechanism for purchasing. Essentially if you have the Resources you can have the item, with two resources you can have a car, not a 911 Porsche mind you but a car :-)


9th Generation Ventrue | Bloodpool: 11/14 | Willpower: 7/7

Is the location of Lodin's official residence (or at least the location where visitors should present themselves to the prince) common knowledge, or would a check be necessary?


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Ach, too much time in between updates and last week started out so hot for my posting rates!

More updates coming your way now!


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BUMP for Tyrell IC.


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All PCs receive 3 more XP.

Liberty's Edge

Human (Minkai) Samurai (sword saint) 7 (Order of the Warrior)

Sorry... my work recently cut off my Paizo access, and GenCon rather thoroughly kicked my butt. It's cost me a lot of board time. I think I'm back and good to go, though. Apologies for the delay.


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Shisumo wrote:
Sorry... my work recently cut off my Paizo access, and GenCon rather thoroughly kicked my butt. It's cost me a lot of board time. I think I'm back and good to go, though. Apologies for the delay.

No worries :-)


Male 8th Generation Gangrel

Hey guys, this is a blanket notice going out to all of my games here on the boards. While I am thankfully outside the path of Hurricane Harvey, current projections for Hurricane Irma are sending it barreling up the coast of Florida to sweep much of the eastern coast of the United States. As I live directly on the ocean, I'm already gearing up for a potential evacuation at the moment. While hopefully all I get is a lot of rainfall, it's likely that by the time Irma hits Maryland it will still be at least a Category 3 storm, if not worse. I will have my laptop and such in the case of an evacuation, but I likely won't be able to post with any real schedule or frequency. Moreover, given that I live more or less directly on the ocean, it's more likely than not that if I'm forced to evacuate there will not be a home for me to come back to after the storm passes. The island is not built to withstand that kind of storm, and the last time something anywhere near that deadly swept through, it made an inlet where there used to be a road. My point being, if I'm hit by the hurricane it's very likely I will be off the boards for a long while, or at least my posting will be sparse and intermittent.

I'm sure I'm not the only one following the storm on the news, but I'll do my best to keep everyone updated on my status. It's likely the storm, if it hits me at all, will make landfall here early next week. If you see on the news that the storm has hit Maryland and you don't hear from me, that's probably why. I just wanted to put this message up now as I'm prone to losing power during storms and I didn't want to leave anyone hanging.

Thanks for understanding,
Jon


9th Generation Ventrue | Bloodpool: 11/14 | Willpower: 7/7
Kent Atherton wrote:

I'm sure I'm not the only one following the storm on the news, but I'll do my best to keep everyone updated on my status. It's likely the storm, if it hits me at all, will make landfall here early next week. If you see on the news that the storm has hit Maryland and you don't hear from me, that's probably why. I just wanted to put this message up now as I'm prone to losing power during storms and I didn't want to leave anyone hanging.

Thanks for understanding,
Jon

Good luck and godspeed.


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Now that I am almost fully alive once more, I will be updating the thread.

Once we are past the current night, I will be addressing Backgrounds for the PCs and how they will interact with the Chronicle as it moves forward.


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Well, that took a while...

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Human (Minkai) Samurai (sword saint) 7 (Order of the Warrior)

Hey guys. I apologize for the lengthy absence. I've been dealing with some pretty serious health issues recently, and they've kept me away from a lot of things, but in particular I have had little time for the forums. I'm getting treatment now, but it's likely to be a long time before I'm back to where I should be. I am sorry for being gone with such little notice, and it's been a blast to play with all of you.


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Shisumo wrote:
Hey guys. I apologize for the lengthy absence. I've been dealing with some pretty serious health issues recently, and they've kept me away from a lot of things, but in particular I have had little time for the forums. I'm getting treatment now, but it's likely to be a long time before I'm back to where I should be. I am sorry for being gone with such little notice, and it's been a blast to play with all of you.

Hey Shisumo, I've been dealing with being sick as well so I understand. Get better and when you are well, let me know and we will bring Tyrell back into the fold!


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Well, that was a quick post as it turns out ;-)


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Charlotte Mallory wrote:
I don't want to do anything until I get my extra information. :P

Damn, knew I was missing something!


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Tried to hit this tonight, hitting the wall instead, I think I can get to it in the afternoon tomorrow.


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You all still around?

Well, besides Morgrym anyway. :-)


9th Generation Gangrel | Bloodpool: 9/14 | Willpower: 7/7

Still here. The Succubus Club is just not Dalton's kind of scene. At least while he is in there he will certainly be more reactive than proactive.


Male 8th Generation Gangrel

Yeah, I'm having the same sort of problem. Kent is... not all that personable, and would definitely feel uneasy in a situation like this. I'm just not really sure what to do with him at the moment. It hasn't helped that I've been traveling quite a bit and so I haven't had time to post in the last week or so.


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No worries, just checking!


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Julian has bowed out. We will continue as is without replacement as there are plenty of you!

We may have also lost James as this was the only game I see him in on the boards and he has not posted in almost a month.

I'll have Kent and Dalton hovering near the doors along with Julian and James for now. Certainly not the sort of place a Gangrel would want to visit I agree!

Rick, assume you are upstairs.


9th Generation Ventrue | Bloodpool: 11/14 | Willpower: 7/7

Still around. I was just distracted for the last week or so and forgot to check for updates.


M Humanborn

I've got people in town until the end of the month. I will still be checking in, but irregularly. Bot me if needed please.


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OK, pushing us forward! :-)


Male 8th Generation Gangrel

A heads up for all my games; I'm going to be camping from Monday to Wednesday, so I won't be able to post. I should have Internet on my phone, but posting from my phone is a real chore (even ignoring the logout issue I still have on mobile) so I will be silent for a few days. I may keep up if I can get Paizo to reliably work on my phone, but if not I'll catch up when I get back.


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Updating now, hopefully that madness is behind me.


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Charlotte's last post gives a perfect synopsis for the next steps I/C:

the next steps she was told: Going to the Cave, asking for Horace, getting in touch with Neally, and what she heard of Lodin and his solitary state as well.


Male 8th Generation Gangrel

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I kind of got lost on what we were doing and I'm just not sure what Kent would be doing here anyway. I'll do my best to get caught up, though. I'm just having trouble finding good reasons for Kent to be involved here.


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Kent Atherton wrote:
Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I kind of got lost on what we were doing and I'm just not sure what Kent would be doing here anyway. I'll do my best to get caught up, though. I'm just having trouble finding good reasons for Kent to be involved here.

Well, Kent did agree to deliver the Message from Modius to Lodin. You could certainly abandon the Fledgling Coterie if you wish to but there could also be consequences for doing so :-)

I would agree that a Gangrel would feel out of place in the Succubus, we'll be moving from the Succubus in the next scene to the Cave which already sounds like an improvement to you!


9th Generation Gangrel | Bloodpool: 9/14 | Willpower: 7/7

Good, says the other Gangrel in the group.


Female 10th Generation Tremere|Blood: 7/13|Willpower: 6/6

Hello everyone!

I'm the new blood (so to speak), and Storyteller was kind enough to let me join in. I look forward to playing with you all!


11th Generation Malkavian [ Blood Pool 9/12 | Willpower 5/5 | Humanity 6/6 ]

Welcome aboard!


Female 10th Generation Tremere|Blood: 7/13|Willpower: 6/6

Still here, and still hoping to start soon. :)


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Victoria:
Sorry for the delay.

OK, I've yet to hear back from the other new PC though I've been distracted these days.

I am going to have your PC start at the Cave, the PC's next destination.

Your Sire is Carna, the Princess Witch, the Tremere Primogen of Milwaukee. She has long coveted a position within the city and you are her attempt to create a presence for her within its boundaries. Even if illegally.

I am also awarding you the following Merit:

Deceptive Aura (1-pt. merit). Your aura is unnaturally bright and colorful for a vampire. You register as a mortal on all attempts to read your aura.

You also have access to the Ritual - Communicate with Kindred Sire.

This, your alliance with Stringer (who is a Nos) and inconspicuous feeding are how you have been able to avoid discovery in Chicago despite having been here for some time.

However, as these newbies are here, you may well have found a Coterie to join to get yourself introduced Legally into the city...

I'll have a post up tonight.


Female 10th Generation Tremere|Blood: 7/13|Willpower: 6/6

ST:
Understood. Made the necessary changes to my character sheet.


Male 9th Generation | Nosferatu | Blood 14/14 | WP 8/8 | Humanity 5

Better late than never. Eager to start!


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FYI, I plan to get back to this by Wednesday!


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OK updates for all.


Male 8th Generation Gangrel

Is anyone else experiencing a weird issue when trying to preview your posts? I can't actually preview to see my rolls when I go to post.


Female 10th Generation Tremere|Blood: 7/13|Willpower: 6/6

Yep.


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Yep x2. Super annoying it was.

Been sick (of course cause I finally caught up on PbP!) updates over the next few days.


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Thanks for hanging in there with me folks.

Things are getting a bit better but nothing is settled as of yet. I'll do my best to update more frequently but forgive me if I fall off, got a lot on the RL plate ATM.


Male 9th Generation | Nosferatu | Blood 14/14 | WP 8/8 | Humanity 5

I don't know if there's much of a time line set out for posting this game, but if it's okay with everyone lets try and do 1 post every 48 hours. Keeps things moving and we're all more likely to check in that way.


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Stringer Bell wrote:
I don't know if there's much of a time line set out for posting this game, but if it's okay with everyone lets try and do 1 post every 48 hours. Keeps things moving and we're all more likely to check in that way.

Status Thread

Dot in here to see my status.

Been very RL busy with significant s##$, once everything clears up my posting will be (hopefully) more frequent.


looks human Blood Pool 10/10; Willpower 7/7

I check nearly every day, at least once per 48 hrs except on weekends. but if there isnt anything to interact with, i'm not going to just dot dot dot dot. (I'm not saying go out of the way to interact with me, i'm also rather busy IRL at the moment but i can still post.)


Male 9th Generation | Nosferatu | Blood 14/14 | WP 8/8 | Humanity 5

That's absolutely fair.


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It’s pretty late at night as I am writing this. I’ve been through a significant amount of struggles through the past two years (actually through the past 41 but especially the past 2). I’ve had worse stretches of time before but I believe that these past struggles were due to my own lack of maturity and self-awareness at the time those events took place.

Likely those events were necessary for me to experience to survive the events of the past two years and get through them as well as I have. Physical ailments, getting older and requiring more sleep, bankruptcy, and ultimately divorce. You know life is not going swimmingly when going to work feels like a vacation.

Regardless, when I first started getting involved in PbP on the boards it was a chance to play, finally! I’d been DMing for the bulk of the time that I’ve played table top that I was enjoying being able to be a player for once. Then with so many damn flaky GM’s I just started running games and well, things snow balled from there.

Life was fairly stable at the time the normal ups and downs. Then about two years ago, I started getting into PbP as a way to escape reality. Sort of the same ways drugs were casual and enjoyable for me as a teen and ultimately led me as close to suicide as I ever want to get again.

I am not saying that PbP has made me suicidal but I am saying that I recognize that I was using PbP as a coping mechanism to avoid a bad marriage. PbP did NOT lead to the failure of my marriage but it did contribute to my ability to tune it out.

I make a decent living but between bankruptcy and divorce I’ve little to show for it (well except for this killer book and RPG collection ). I could point the finger at my soon to be ex-wife but when you point one finger at a person, three more point back at you. I could have prevented things from becoming this bad and I chose not to. I did it, ironically, because I believed that if I had the marriage would have ended and ended badly, so much for best intentions. I am not going to second guess myself, what happened happened. As divorces go, this one has been rather amicable as we have put our daughter first and ourselves second.

Being married to someone who makes as much if not more money then you (depending on sales that year) places one in a position to “take it easy” when it comes to being aggressive about making money (well it placed me in such a position anyhow perhaps because making money does not move me).

Early on in my career I had an opportunity to become a premiere M&A Financial Services Tax Attorney in a Big 4 Firm. It’s a big deal and potentially a lot of money but I did not really want it because I knew I would be working a lot and traveling a lot. My ex agreed that I should turn it down as she did not want to be married to a workaholic and that was not who I wanted to be anyway. Nor do I want to be that person now. (In yet another twist of irony, she has become a workaholic, funny how things turn out).

I do not regret the decision though I do lament the loss of income that such a decision would have brought to me.

All of this rambling nonsense is leading to the point of this post, I need to work more. Not at my current job nor do I want to get a new job, I actually like being there as odd as that sounds (to me). I need to get a second and perhaps a third job, side gigs. At 41 about to turn 42 with no retirement and no savings for my daughters college, I can no longer hope that the ex’s business will come through as an investment plan. Even if it does, I will not be the beneficiary of that largesse. I need to make up for 11 years of being “comfortable” simply working.

Thus, it is with heavy heart that I am announcing that I will need to close down a number of the threads I run and withdraw from a number of the games I am a PC in.

I suppose this decision will not be a surprise to many of you as my posting rates have been abysmal since these events took a turn for the worse (in some respects the better to be honest) since Thanksgiving of 2017.

I am not generally a person that feels remorse or guilt but I do feel a level of disappointment with having to make this decision. I apologize for disappointing many of you who put work into PCs relying on my consistency as a GM/DM over the course of the past several years.

My plan had always been to run a hardcore dose of RPG’s until my daughter was a teenager and then, spend my free time writing the novel I had been working on since before she was born. I had hoped that over the next 9 years or so I could wrap up most of these campaigns and the few that remained would be more manageable.

Life has not worked out that way.

The good news is that I will still run several games but the current load is too much for me to handle in this transition. The further good news is that I believe this will allow for those games to move along much more quickly.

By tomorrow I will have made my decision as to which games I will keep and which I will shut down.

Thank you all for taking the journeys with me despite the lack of length or resolution of so many of them.

I will still be around just in a diminished capacity so this is not goodbye just a “be seeing less of you”.


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I have decided to keep this particular game IN the rotation. Look for updates Wednesday night.

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