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Actually, disregard this. I asked the same questions in 2011. But I'll leave the comment here since there's not much else.

To those of you who remember the crazy stuff that happened in Tavis' games, let me ask you this.

Say you were an absolutely terrible game master who was exceedingly negative. What would be 3-5 essential responses this GM could fall back on to push the game in a Thracia kind of direction? What materials would you suggest, if any?

Brainstorming question by RidiculossusRidiculossus, 08 Jan 2018 15:45

Golmak provides a map of the Starbase Keppler. "This is a very simple map, of course. The black lines do not show all the walls, merely those constructed of space-strength alloys, and therefore impeneterable by all but starship-grade beam fire. The black circle in the center represnts the alien construct the starbase is built around. It has never been explored, and resists all our scans.

"There are some access conduits not shown, large enough for most bipeds to crawl through, as per Confederation policy. However, they do not make complete passages from on end of the station to the other. You might use them to bypass certain areas, though.

"I am sure you will come up with a plan which will give us great success!"

Golmak awaits any questions the crew may have about Keppler and its contents.

By the way, Intersession 3 comes between Game Sessions 4 and 5? Very confusing while trying to refresh myself on the timeline and/or find certain events.

Can we use something more intuitive going forward? :-)

Maybe use Mission date(s) covered instead?

Communications Officer’s Log, Mission date: xxxxxxx
Ensign Tintarella Di Luna

Commanding Officer White-Linen ordered a shipwide installation of preventative countermeasures to presumptive data and operational control invasion by former Chief Engineer and current felino-ubercyborg Katzenjammer. Have fulfilled command, purposefully not researching Katzenjammer’s previous work in the area, to avoid even subconsciously using methods familiar or predictable to him.

This method was possibly needless as his mind may well be beyond all correlation with humanoid thought processes, as it is now merged with cat, robot, and alien ship’s computer. This officer was not assigned to Endeavor at time of merging, and upon first reading of associated log entry, I remain unclear on percentages, and which— if any— were only metaphorical representation of the incident. I have heard officers refer to “liquid cat brain” but have not had sufficient opportunity to inquire specifics.

Unknown whether this unique state of mind will prove to be to our advantage, or his.

My surprisingly well-received suggestion of positronic data-simulation of catnip does depend on said state though, and it is the only active offense being worked on currently. For historical purposes, I feel duty bound to note I was joking. If it proves to contribute to the solution, I can only credit the Science Crew of the Endeavor for finding validity in the concept.

Drafted Nextkin Casualty Notification Spacemail to Arnanson family of record, sent to CO for approval and signature.

Previously noted concern for CO’s offer to falsify System Survey Report and give valuable mining rights to Rogan in return for information and cooperation is now determined to be unfounded, as CO subsequently made same offer to others, indicating offer must be false (at least on one account, but a pattern is emerging). Bad faith negotiations of Space Fleet Officers are also a concern, but a considerably lesser one, and subject to mitigating circumstances, unlike Theft of Confederation Resources. The mandatory waiting period for transmitting a Superior Officer Offense Report is a wise regulation.

Golmak shakes his head, and shuts off the data tape of Katzenjammer's broadcast. "Not too bad, not too bad. A little megalomania, might panic the colonies, maybe he's already converting the people on board Keppler, but not too bad."

[from sternum]

Broadcast on all frequencies throughout the Drift on repeat:

Katzenjammer (in his best Col. Kurtz): My labors in recreating a mechanical body were short-sighted. I see now the endless potential before me. With my positronic brain acting as an interface, I can be anything… EVERYTHING! Why settle for a simple bipedal existence when I can be a starship, a space station, or… a SWARM. A swarm of drones… the KATZWARM! HA HA!

(static)

Katzenjammer: And I need not be alone in this… ENDEVOUR. With a few simple modifications, the positronic brain can be adapted to anyone… EVERYONE! Upgrades for us all! We will all join the ZWARM! (cough)

With the unrest on LN 1-3 now resolved, the crew of the Endeavor must now return to Starbase Keppler to rescue the fifty people there from the invasive cat-drones that have taken over. But how far are they willing to go, when the leader of the cat drones is one of their own? Can they save Ensign Katzenjammer, or will they have to destroy him to save the people on board Keppler?


This thread will be for the events of the two-day journey to Starbase Keppler. In-character log entries yield XP.

So far, these are the activities underway:

  • Sp. Chloe Brown is researching positronic catnip, which will be ready just as you arrive at Keppler
  • Ens. Di Luna has programmed electronic counter-measures into the ship's computer to prevent Katzenjammer-Drone from hacking it.
  • Sub-Lt. Golmak has connected 5 neural interfaces with the Katzenjammer-Drone consciousness, which are in the repair dock, which is currently swarming with cat-drones.

Golmak is available to answer questions about Keppler.

Have at it!

The revived Session 3 of Starships&Spacemen will be happening at Brooklyn Strategist tomorrow, Friday, June 2nd at 6pm. All Redboxers welcome. We will be starting slow to accommodate late arrivals, so this will be a good session to join in and roll up a new PC officer.

Due to cancellations, Starships&Spacemen has been called off for tonight, Monday, May 22nd. Hope to reschedule soon.

We will be playing Starships&Spacemen Session 3, this Monday at 7pm at the Brooklyn Strategist, 333 Court St, Brooklyn. All Redboxers welcome. Message me here if you'd like to come.

Mission Date 139
As the Endeavor approaches Starbase Keppler with the salvaged robot ship in tow, Lt. Darrem hails them with some irritation. "Endeavor, what's that ship astern?! We do not recognize its configuration! I don't know how Space Fleet handles things, but Colony Services regulations forbid - !"

Ens. White-Linen explains that it is simply a salvaged ship full of killer robots, pacified with experimental liquid cat-brain and psychically conjoined with her chief engineer.

The silence on the comm is followed by Darrem's heavy sigh. "Bring it in to docking bay three."


Use this thread to declare what your PC's actions will be at the starbase. Threads available are:

  • Ship repairs/resupplies
  • Katzenjammer's psychic link to the salvaged ship
  • The salvaged ship itself
  • The data tape of the crimes against the Caeliferans
  • Dr. Zangor's bad dreams
  • the derelict MX-319
  • the statuette/rune carvings
  • the Zangid spy
  • the lost ship that was lost
  • Probably others I have forgotten

Intersession summary here.

Session 2 summary here.

Thanks to james, Lord Bodacious, quelleGachi, sternum and Blue Lightning for their play!

I will start a new intersession thread.

I would really love to play this, but I don't think I'll be able to this time. Maybe next time?

I was reconsidering my dislike of leaving Manhattan, then noticed it's at 6pm. It's my regular evening out with friends lately.

"Saturday" made me assume "afternoon" for some reason.

Session 2, Engage! We will be playing Starships&Spacemen April 29th at 6pm at The Brooklyn Strategist (333 Court St, Brooklyn). Redbox regulars are welcome to come try out this Trek-ish game based on Labyrinth Lord/Red Box D&D. Message me here if you're interested.

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