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991  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: April 11, 2008, 02:17:45 PM
a very small portion, mostly German.   It was just an idea that hit me for the background of a sleuth to be from a long standing police family with Irish roots.  (yeah a bit of a stereotype but hey, its only a game)
992  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: April 11, 2008, 10:02:31 AM
Coming in here a little late.  I'd be interested in participating if it's not too late.  However, I work full time and take night & weekend classes.  It may be difficult for me to post every day.  How much of a problem would that be?  If it's a biggie don't worry about it; I can just read.  Smiley

Cool, I have an old friend who is a lawyer.  His is James McManus, but when he attends the Renaissance Festival here and works he goes by Shamus.    Kind of where I stole it from. 

That's funny; when I first saw the name I had assumed you picked Shamus as it's an old slang term for a private detective (among other things).

jolt


Actually, my initial thought was that the first member of the family on the BPD was named Shamus, so it's been handed down to the first son as a middle name, sort of keeping the family history alive.  No idea it was a old slang term.
993  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: April 10, 2008, 02:09:14 PM
Cool, I have an old friend who is a lawyer.  His is James McManus, but when he attends the Renaissance Festival here and works he goes by Shamus.    Kind of where I stole it from. 
994  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: April 10, 2008, 12:48:15 PM
Name: Michael Shamus McManus
Born: July 26, 1980
Location:  Boston, MA

Origin: Wise Investigator (Wise from WOF)
Class: Sleuth
   
Michael was born into a long standing family of police officers, whose family line can be traced back to the beginning of the police department in Boston.  At a young age, Michael knew he wanted to be a cop like his dad, but as he grew older, a falling out between his father and himself caused him to reconsider.   After high school, Michael joined the Army in 1998, his placement exam score allowed him to choose any career he wanted, but even though of his falling out with his father, he still picked Military Police (31A).  His skill and natural ability for investigation allowed him to move into a new career in the Army as a Criminal Investigations Special Agent (31D).  After 9/11, like many others, he had his tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, once his enlistment was up in 2004, he went home.

His training in the Army and a little help from the family, Michael got a job as a detective on the Boston PD.  Starting out in small crimes, he quickly earned the respect and notice for being a through and very capable investigator.  This led to a promotion after 2 years, again with a bit of family influence, to homicide.  Although his father wanted Michael to come work with him, Michael decided to stay in the precinct he started and lived in.  After a little over a year, Michael noticed a small pattern with a couple of cases he had worked, but the cases seemed to always be closed so quickly with the death of the prime suspect.  When he asked about it, the partner blew it off as just being a copy cat and that they got the right guy. 

After another case, he started to back track and start to see that the pattern went back farther then just his time there, and in other precincts.  As he started to dig and questions, he started to receive anonymous threats, then finally, he was given an option by his captain, stop digging into closed cases or face getting disciplined or worse fired.  Michael quit.  He knew something was up and that the department was covering something up, probably one of there own he thought.  It was at this point he was recruited by S-Directive.


(I'll have numbers up tonight, but this should be enough for now)
995  Community / Off-Topic / Re: New Iron Man trailer and website layout on: April 08, 2008, 09:22:16 AM
I don't know, the Black Sabbath Ironman just seems to fit, the trailer atleast...
996  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: April 07, 2008, 01:03:05 PM
No problem, I'll have it posted Tuesday night.  I have everything in my head.  I just need to do up the numbers.
997  Community / Off-Topic / Re: New Iron Man trailer and website layout on: April 07, 2008, 01:01:58 PM
Cool, I like the lines they have had in the trainers.  Especially, the "this isn't the worst thing you've caught me doing"...
998  Community / Off-Topic / Re: New Iron Man trailer and website layout on: April 07, 2008, 12:52:40 PM
Ok, I've not read the Ironman comics, so I was wondering what, based on the trailers so far, is everyone's impression of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark?
999  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: April 07, 2008, 11:00:26 AM
Sorry, I had to work on a speech for a class over the weekend.  I didn't get a chance to get anything done on the character.  Class is tonight, so I hope to have something tomorrow.  I have a lot in my head just not on paper.
1000  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: New Forum Game? on: April 02, 2008, 11:53:01 AM
Ditto, I'll work on it tonight.  I have a character history roamimg in my head right now.

1001  Community / Off-Topic / Re: John Wick on Rpgs and game Balance on: April 01, 2008, 08:08:36 PM
Alex,

Would you say that the expansion of the gaming industry into so many smaller games is due to the "all we ever played" was D&D?

People have gotten either bored, tired, or simply want something new.  I think that's why White Wolf was so successful.  The mechanics were not that best, but it was something completely different then D&D.  Same with Shadowrun, to a point.
1002  Community / Off-Topic / Re: BSG: I don't get.... on: April 01, 2008, 06:50:45 PM
I thought DS9 was a) boring at first, the dominion wars was interesting, b) bigger I thought it was a ripe off of B5 which did thing alot better.

Right now, I'm chomping at the bit for Shatterpunk and Farthest Star.  Smiley  (damn production schedules)
1003  Community / Off-Topic / Re: BSG: I don't get.... on: April 01, 2008, 05:21:03 PM
I guess I"m more of a Fantasy style sci-fi guy.  (Firefly, Star Wars, Bab 5, etc...)

Compelling human drama in a plausible military setting;
I think this one on the reasons I didn't care for it, I didn't see a difference between me and them and I prefer that in my sci-fi I guess.

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the reverse religion perspective (and the fact that the cylons are religious at all);
Ok, I didn't see any religion and that was one of things I like about the original, the sudo egyptian/roman/greek stuff.
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some of my favorite writers in the biz;
This is probably that other thing, I'm not a big fan of Moore.

Pat, don't get me wrong, if it works for you, great.  I guess I wanted something different.
1004  Community / Off-Topic / Re: That time of year.... on: April 01, 2008, 03:14:57 PM
Here's another: People still playing WoW will be able to experience the new Hero Class - The Bard

Ok, That is so wrong in so many ways.... *checks calendar*  oh wait... nevermind....
1005  Community / Off-Topic / BSG: I don't get.... on: April 01, 2008, 03:09:19 PM
Ok, not wanting to take over a thread.  I'm curious about what people see in BSG, I'm not trying to flame anyone, I really want to try and understand.  It seems I'm the only one of the sci-fi geeks I know that actually doesn't watch and doesn't like it.  I mean, I could barely sit through the first half of the mini-series.  I understand it was not meant to be like the original, but it didn't even feel like BSG in any way.  I mean sure the vipers look like vipers and the Galatica looks like the Galatica.  I even didn't mind the character changes, but there is something about the whole thing that is like finger nail on a chalk board.

What am I missing?
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