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1  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: Today at 03:34:33 AM
"Not a bad idea," Mathias said. "I'll get a hold of my contact in the teamster's guild. If they are contracted to move anything of note off that ship, he can let us know. While I am doing that, if anyone can find the identity of the captain or first mate of that ship, I am sure we can grease their palms to find out what's on board."

Looking to the beggar Mathias added, "What method should we use to contact you when we find anything of note?"

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2  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: August 03, 2015, 10:49:19 AM
The elder statesman watched the Olegean calmly. "Be careful of what seems obvious," Mathias said. "No one has enough power to bully the other six houses into capitulation. I assure you that whatever you think he is obviously doing will only scratch the surface. No, I suspect our friend here is being more subtle than you realize. And you can't just kill someone like that without bringing unwanted attention to the incident and I think it would be best if we avoided attention."

Mathias then looked to the beggar expectantly, "But Bannar makes a good point. The more we know about Edesander going into this, the better."
3  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 24, 2015, 01:11:47 PM
EDIT: Oh, right. Is there a table for generating setting appropriate names?

Page 19 of the Adventure Companion.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: July 23, 2015, 04:18:05 PM

Okay, Armored Grandmother is now my favorite Magic card of all time.
5  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 23, 2015, 01:40:29 PM
I have a couple of dedicated crafters in my current game. One even bought a holding that is his business with the workshop, assistants and tradesmen. So I make it a point to give them downtime between missions, sometimes even a month or two.

But yea, crafters need downtime and downtime is mostly the GM's prerogative so it really depends on how james is going to run it.
6  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 23, 2015, 01:54:14 AM
EDIT: Hmm having re-read the Alchemy chain, it doesn't actually state you have to know the corresponding spell when you make an elixir, you just learn 10 new elixir recipes when gain the next Alchemy chain feat.
Yep. Alchemy is a good way to compensate for missing spells Smiley of course I need your aproval on the potions. I might go through the spell list thoroughly and try and populate a list for your approval before we start. Smiley

Also, consider that you can augment your spell list with scrolls to fill out niche spells you may not need often but want to have handy, just in case.

Things like Water Walk, Concealing Countryside and Dominate Undead can all be very useful in specific situations but you may not need to actually have those spells on your known list.
7  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 20, 2015, 07:50:33 PM
Hmm, I need to make a tweak on the personal lieutenant. I just realized The Extra Mile doesn't work with Dead Means Dead. I am leaning towards Ambush Basics. He already has tactics and it seems like an appropriate ability for a skirmisher.

What party roles are we all taking, vis a vis skills? Do we have out break & enter specialist and medic yet?

I have Medicine at +7. I already have a Doctor's Bag and I can pick up the rest of the medical supplies easily enough once we start with Gifts and Favors.



Also, I found this which seems a reasonable image for Mathias.
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And one of the better images I have found for a veles, Cathal
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8  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 20, 2015, 02:10:31 PM
@Ares: As far as character ties, Cathal is also descended from the Balataic tribes up north. Despite never actually living with them, he is keenly aware of his ancestry. If he ever heard your story, he would have likely done whatever he could to save you from a death in the gladiator pits.

Being both warriors, he'd also be interested in sparring with you to learn some of how his people back home fight.
9  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 20, 2015, 01:59:34 PM
Updated the sheet to include the personal lieutenant.

He's a retired skirmisher captain. As such, he is very mobile on the battlefield while boosting his allies. He typically has Guard Yourselves! active which gives him and his allies +3 Defense, but can switch over to bonus speed, vitality or saves when required. He also gains Defense from moving, so his usual tactic is to move and harass with opponents with javelins until they are depleted. After that, he'll alternately move in to attack one round then attack and move out the next to maintain his Defense.

This guy is basically my contribution to any fights we may get into. As Ares pointed out, Mathias has 6 Con which means he has 8 vitality and 6 wounds at level 4. If a fight does break out, Mathias will be looking to vacate the premises at the first available opportunity.

So long as jameswllorimer approves of all the prizes and personal lieutenant, I am pretty much good to go.
10  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 20, 2015, 05:23:24 AM
All right, converting to a forum usable format is a real PITA so I am going to try something else. If this doesn't work for people, I'll go back to trying to make it forum usable.

I have the character laid out in a google docs spreadsheet. It should be publicly viewable via this link unless I screwed something up.

I think everything is there except for the personal lieutenant's stat block.

Also, just so everyone is aware, my core ability gives everyone +2 Appearance.

As far as connections with other characters, I can see quite a few avenues.
   As a lawyer, he could have represented anyone who could have run into trouble in the past.
   He could have used the services of anyone capable of ferreting out information for past trials or even as leverage in political situations.
   Any of the more militant characters could have easily met Mathias through his personal lieutenant.
   Anyone who works with or as the poor and downtrodden could be aware of his humanitarian work.
   Or the more mundane, the two characters could have just run into each other while out for lunch one day and became friends.
11  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 19, 2015, 04:24:28 AM
My character is pretty much done, I just need to stat out the personal lieutenant and convert the character sheet to the forum sometime when it isn't 2:30 AM.
12  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 16, 2015, 03:00:34 AM
OK, settled on Courtier 4. He started his career as a lawyer, before entering politics. He is a former Collegiate from House Corlantae. His wife has long since passed and his children are all grown up and living their own lives. He has since retired from public office but still champions various causes.

He is paired with his personal lieutenant, a childhood friend that fought in the imperial legions in the south against Hykosia as a veles, eventually rising to a command position. Also retired, he now acts a bodyguard for the old Collegiate in exchange for the much higher standard of living he now gets.
13  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Wide range of agent team sizes in Spycraft 3 on: July 13, 2015, 09:26:31 PM
I have come to just liking form fillable PDF character sheets without macros. I don't really need auto calculation fields as the stats that need to be calculated don't normally change much. Software character builders do not usually support house rules without lots of work, so simple PDF character sheets are great.

This has been mostly my experience, too.
14  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: July 12, 2015, 03:48:38 AM
I've flip-flopped so many times while thinking of what character I want.

I started with the House Agent or Fulminarius going either Courtier or Emissary.

Then I considered making a lawyer (Welcome to the law offices of the 12 shysterii)

Then I wondered if some sort of Assassin might work better since we had another aristocrat type character.

Then I looked at the gear section for Cloak and Dagger and considered a craftsman specializing in inscriptions to make all of the cool cipher, code books and fake documents.

Which led to any number of "humble" merchant-type characters who would never get mixed up in anything illegal like espionage.  Wink

And that isn't all of them.  Roll Eyes


I'll settle on something soon. (I hope)
15  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Potions: making them more usable? on: July 12, 2015, 03:41:05 AM
That last one is the one I use.

In my current game, drinking multiple potions requires a random* saving throw against DC 15 + (5 times number of previous potions imbibed in last 24 hours) for any past the first. So 20 for the second, 25 for the third, etc. Failure results in the having no effect and the imbiber becomes sickened for a number of minutes equal to the amount they failed the save by.



*This started as a Fortitude save but that skewed potion use towards warrior style characters since they tend to have higher fortitude which was never my intent. Now, some potions may make you dizzy (reflex), confused (will) or just sick (fortitude).
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