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atpollard July 23rd, 2013 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by SpaceBadger (Post 446167)
"Something like Firefly" would be fine, if y'all build some suitable characters.

I'm not familiar w Leverage (not available on Netflix :( ), but if you want to expand on that idea, feel free.

"Leverage follows a five-person team: a thief, a grifter, a hacker, and a retrieval specialist, led by former insurance investigator Nathan Ford, who use their skills to fight corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on ordinary citizens."

"Nathan Ford is a former insurance investigator with an intricate knowledge of scams. He and his team act as modern-day Robin Hoods, staging elaborate cons for clients victimized by an individual or corporation with the wealth and influence to avoid reprisal within the legal system."

My only real point with respect to Leverage was that just as Nathan Ford gathered together a team of individuals with uncommon skills to pursue adventures, the Noble character proposed in one of the posts could have gathered together our group of diverse individuals.

I was not really suggesting that level of criminal adventures.

SpaceBadger July 23rd, 2013 10:38 PM

New Blog Post w misc campaign stuff. Now to do some research on the history of Reavers' Deep sector and figure out when and where this campaign should begin.

aramis July 24th, 2013 02:03 AM

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Originally Posted by LiNeNoiSe (Post 446194)
I'd kill for a copy of the '77 edition. Somebody swiped mine in college.

It's on the current version of the CT CD. If you have the older version of the CD, Marc offers an upgrade option.

SpaceBadger July 24th, 2013 02:04 PM

I made a blog page w [SBRD] Reavers' Deep - Table of Contents to make it easier to navigate around our stuff for this campaign. You might want to bookmark that.

Any of y'all know anything about wikis? I would like to set one up for the Library Data type stuff for our campaign (info about planets, history, well known people or companies, etc), plus y'all could use it to keep campaign journals if you want.

I have used the kind of wiki that you can set up at Obsidian Portal a little bit, getting ready for a Pathfinder campaign that never happened bc the GM bailed out due to RL time issues. It was nice as it allowed the players to participate in building it, plus the GM could use the same wiki entries for GM notes on stuff that the players did not know yet, by marking those portions for GM only. Unfortunately I am not in a good financial situation to pay for an Obsidian Portal setup for this game; IIRC, the GM had to be a paid member of the site, plus pay a fee to set up a new campaign.

So, anybody know of a free wiki to recommend, and have experience w how to set it up? I have web-space available for it, but no experience in setting one up, and don't know which ones are good or what features they have. (The hidden GM-only notes would be cool to have, and efficient as I would not need to make duplicate pages for stuff that I needed to see, but y'all wouldn't know yet.)

sabredog July 24th, 2013 03:47 PM

What would it cost for the Obsidian Portal thing? I saw there was something called Ascendant Membership for 40 bucks a year - can we all chip in for that? A clan pay type of account through Paypal?

tjoneslo July 24th, 2013 06:52 PM

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Originally Posted by SpaceBadger (Post 446258)
Any of y'all know anything about wikis? I would like to set one up for the Library Data type stuff for our campaign (info about planets, history, well known people or companies, etc), plus y'all could use it to keep campaign journals if you want.

I know quite a bit about wikis, being the person who run the Traveller Wiki here on CotI. The biggest downside to setting up your own wiki is managing to keep the spammers out. Unless you want to be pretty draconian about keeping people out, you'll have to spend some amount of time managing the wiki itself. I would recommend MediaWiki as it is the most flexable, robust, and well known to me. And I can help with the configuration if needed.

I could point you to several "free" wiki sites (wikia, pbwiki, a few others). The general limitation there is either you release your (and your players) works under the cc-by-sa license or some limitation on size of the wiki. Neither should be a big deal until they suddenly are.

I would also invite you to consider using the Traveller Wiki itself. We already have a lot of Traveller Data for you to start from. We can flag information specific to your campaign for easy finding. Campaign logs would also be welcomed.

Also if Obsidian Portal cost money, I can't figure out how much or when you have to pay. They even say it's free.

LiNeNoiSe July 24th, 2013 11:26 PM

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Originally Posted by aramis (Post 446218)
It's on the current version of the CT CD. If you have the older version of the CD, Marc offers an upgrade option.

Thanks. I never bought the CD because I've got everything else in h/c. Looks like that might be the easiest way to get a copy.

SpaceBadger July 25th, 2013 02:14 AM

Our eighth group member has now created his CotI account. ChaosBennett will be playing Gayne Maize, an ex-Army Commando who excels w weapons and can also blow things up. His character will be posted to the Characters thread as soon as we work out a few last background details.

SpaceBadger July 25th, 2013 02:17 AM

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Originally Posted by sabredog (Post 446265)
What would it cost for the Obsidian Portal thing? I saw there was something called Ascendant Membership for 40 bucks a year - can we all chip in for that? A clan pay type of account through Paypal?

That sounds about right, and your idea is fine with me. What do other group members think? For eight players that would be $5 each, then I'd kick in the "campaign fee" which I think is $5 or $10. The Obsidian Portal wiki and other features would be a big boost to our campaign, I think.

SpaceBadger July 25th, 2013 02:28 AM

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Originally Posted by tjoneslo (Post 446297)
I know quite a bit about wikis, being the person who run the Traveller Wiki here on CotI. The biggest downside to setting up your own wiki is managing to keep the spammers out. Unless you want to be pretty draconian about keeping people out, you'll have to spend some amount of time managing the wiki itself. I would recommend MediaWiki as it is the most flexable, robust, and well known to me. And I can help with the configuration if needed.

Ugh. I sure don't have time for any extra work dealing w spammers, or really managing the wiki other than adding and linking new material.

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Originally Posted by tjoneslo (Post 446297)
I could point you to several "free" wiki sites (wikia, pbwiki, a few others). The general limitation there is either you release your (and your players) works under the cc-by-sa license or some limitation on size of the wiki. Neither should be a big deal until they suddenly are.

Like you said, not a big deal until it is. Not crazy about blindly releasing whatever we create for this campaign. We might want to do something with it someday.

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Originally Posted by tjoneslo (Post 446297)
I would also invite you to consider using the Traveller Wiki itself. We already have a lot of Traveller Data for you to start from. We can flag information specific to your campaign for easy finding. Campaign logs would also be welcomed.

I expect to be generating quite a lot of background material that I would like to share w the Traveller community, so would hope that we could donate our material to the Traveller Wiki when our campaign is done, or maybe I could add bits and pieces as they are learned by the players. Otherwise I don't know how I'd separate out GM notes that the players should not be seeing. There will be a lot of unknown or partially known areas in this campaign (set during the Long Night), and it would spoil things if the players saw that material too soon.

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Originally Posted by tjoneslo (Post 446297)
Also if Obsidian Portal cost money, I can't figure out how much or when you have to pay. They even say it's free.

I'll check again. Back when we were using it - maybe a year ago? - it was free for players, but the GM said that he had to have a paid membership to get those campaign-support features, and also had to pay a small fee for each campaign setup. I think Sabredog checked and said it was $40 for Ascendant Membership, which I think is what was needed for the extra GM perks and running a campaign.

Thank you for your help and advice on this topic! :)


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