It is the year 22XX and Humanity has reached the stars. Alas, even though they have attained the lofty goal of interstellar travel, mankind has yet to conquer it’s baser instincts.Humanity is ruled by ultra-Corporations. Some own continents. Some own multiple worlds. But no matter who you are, everyone is a citizen-employee somewhere. The qualms that beset corporations of the past, copyright infringement, tech theft, still exist. If anything, they are amplified by the scale of the players.Without government to turn to for legal recourse and separated by millions and billions of miles, corporations have turned to less savory solutions to resolve disputes. You are one of those solutions.You are an elite mercenary, also known as a High Impact Public Representative, of the StrikeOut Company, a group of mercenaries who accept contracts and missions from the highest bidder. You are launched out of a spaceship in a drop pod filled with bright orange and highly toxic gel. You crash land into the target’s facilities, make a mess, do your job, and then get the hell out.You are a Fall Guy. You are a Deniable Asset.QM’s Twitter:https://twitter.com/DickishDeadDAQ Master Pastebin with archive links, pastebins, and other miscellania:http://pastebin.com/nNU28gEA
After about half an hour of waiting the HOEV finally does arrive, settling down in an open space outside of the server room. You make sure that the various weapons you stole from dead secfors are on your person before stomping into the back of the HOEV in your new BART suit. You step near the side of the cargo cabin, Elda and Niels continuing on into the passenger cabin. Markos hangs a shotgun he snagged from one of the Reyumbi secfors off of a wall mount before walking up to the passenger cabin doors himself. He turns around before entering the cabin and looks back at you. “Need a hand?”You wave your one free arm back at him, still half in, half out of the BART suit. “Nah, it’s fine. Just tell the pilot to give me a minute before take off.”Markos nods. “Will do,” he replies before entering the passenger cabin.You spend the next several minutes extricating yourself from the BART, strapping it down to a wall mount, and finding various safe places to store your pilfered guns and other arms. After debating about it for a little while you decide to leave the MAHWM serial plate in cargo. No one else would get why it’s so interesting, except maybe Niels. Double checking that your little armory won’t be shifting around in flight, you dust your hands off and step up to the passenger door.“Hey Markos thanks for tell-” your words die in your throat as you see Darius sitting in the passenger cabin. The senior merc’s expression is unreadable. You glance around. Elda, Niels, and Markos look about as confused, curious, and nervous as you feel. Clearly Darius hasn’t said or done anything to indicate why he’s here. Yet.>Greet your superior
>>31498731>>Greet your superiorSalute!"Sir!""...isn't taxi above your pay grade?"
>>31498786I didn't think we did salutes in merc company, apart from that though >"...isn't taxi above your pay grade?"
>>31498731>>Greet your superiorSalute!"Sir!"What a pleasure to see you.Not your usual cheery self?
>>31498731"Did I do good Coach?"
>>31498731Mentally, we say "Ah fuck".
>>31498731Uh-ohWe're going to have to see counseling.Shit
>>31498731"I was tactical this time, honest!"
Rolled 1, 6, 4 = 11>>31498896This is good.Rolling for Ivan's poker face.
Rolled 3, 8, 7 = 18>>31498925Sasuga, /tg/ dice.
>>31498818Seconding.If Darius is here it's serious.
Rolled 2, 5, 4 = 11>>31498731"Hey (Insert usual pilots name here), you seem... blacker than usual."
Rolled 7, 7, 2 = 16Rolling only to see of we get trip 11s
What's the worst that could happen?Oh right. Therapy.
>>31498731"Hi, sir. I know what you're thinking but I came back in one piece this time"
You give a somewhat informal, but still respectful, salute. StrikeOut doesn’t usually insist on old-Earth style military protocol, but you figure it can’t hurt. “...isn’t taxi above your paygrade sir?”Darius snorts and waves your salute away. “Kid, you know how much a taxi working Earth orbit makes in a year? I have absolutely no idea. And its beside the point anyway. Siddown.”<Fuck me. Well, at least he doesn’t seem mad. Not that I’ve ever really seen Darius get mad.>You take a seat and glance over at the other three squaddies. Elda seems particularly exasperated at your attempt to lighten the mood. <Oh shit. What if he wants my ass in therapy? I mean, I thought I was pretty careful this time. Relatively speaking.>However, Darius’ words aren’t directed at you. Instead he shifts in his chair until he’s facing Niels. “Listen glasses. We know you hacked into HR’s network.”Niels looks utterly shocked. His eyes bulge and he glances around nervously. He makes eye contact with you, and you can see the rising panic. You make some sort of ‘cut it’ gesture with your hands. You’re pretty sure that if this was really an issue they just wouldn’t have bothered picking you guys up at the evac site.Darius keeps on talking, his face still as stoic as it was when you entered the cabin. “According to your employee contracts, which you all signed and confirmed as having read I might add, unauthorized access to any computer system belonging to the StrikeOut corporation is sufficient grounds for termination. As is aiding and abetting such access,” he continues, turning around to glance at the rest of you. “With that in mind, you mind telling me what the fuck could have possibly seemed like a good enough reason to violate your contracts?”>Well?
>>31499514>>Well?Money.An easy way to erase our newbie debts.
>>31499514We need to get out of our debts Sir.It seemed like an easy way to hit the big time.
>>31499514"I'm sure you know what it's like to have debt so deep you can't see your own thighs. And having equipment that helps us not die is also nice...but what gave us away man? Something tells me if we were caught by the big boys we'd not even have a evac, am I right?"
>>31499574Thirded. Honesty is probably the best way to go.
>>31499514Hold on when did we hack into HR's network?Also CASH
>>31499667Seems like better dialog compared to the other ideas.
>>31499679Niels did back a while ago.When you all say cash, how specific do you want to be? As in "We did it for the dough," or at least partially detail the plan?
>>31499706No need for details unless he ask for it.He should already know enough to understand the situation. I am pretty he had himself a "get rich" scheme, like all soldiers.
>>31499706Only tell him the bare basics that he clearly already knows.No sense admitting to crimes he doesn't know about yet, right?
>>31499706Give him a summary of the plan.
>>31499730>I am prettyI am pretty sure*.I AM NOT PRETTY
>>31499756Yes you are
>>31499706No details unless he wants them.
>>31499732>>31499730These.If he asks for details then we'll answer.
>>31499679also, did we actually have a reason or did one us just decide to do it off the cuff?
>>31499756>I AM NOT PRETTYStop putting yourself down bro.YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY, NOW SPREAD YOUR WINGSAND FLY!
Anyone else get the feeling he's just trying to fuck us out of some or all of the money?Do we know IC what our contract actually entails?
>>31499706Not unless he asks. Though it's not really hard to work out, the mission was to fuck with a stock exchange server, the obvious answer if you have a good hacker is to add your own alterations to it to benefit you.>>31499808The point is to make money, because of the hacking stuff Neils did we can participate in easy insider trading on the Xuanzang sector stock market. Which means we can all make more money.
>>31499862"Blah blah blah drop pods, blah blah blah axe people, blah blah blah you owe us your soul."
>>31499862It seems more likely that he'd be interested in using the info we'll get from the compromised stock market for his own purposes.
>>31499953>>31499862I don't know, the first few games of DAQ, he seemed pretty bro. Hell, technically he's our mentor.
>>31499953Actually, that would be perfect. We tell him that we can include him on the deal and we get to keep our livelihoods.Changing >>31499797 slightly to hint at this and get some compliance
>>31499953Pretty sure he's just trying to protect his own ass if this goes south. No idea though.
You decide to speak up first. You might not’ve been the one to come up with the fool idea in the first place, that was Niels, and Elda’s the one who would make all of the actual semi-legal trades, but the responsibility of your self-appointed command still lies heavily on your shoulders. You speak up first. “Well sir, we did it for the money. Something about being up to your ass in debt doesn’t sit well with me. Figure it didn’t for everyone else here either.”Darius shakes his head. “Morons. All of you were well on your way to get out of debt in the next five or so years at most. Hell,” he points at Niels, “This little bastard got out of debt in his first drop! But that wasn’t the answer I was looking for. Let me be as direct as possible. For what purpose did the four of you decide to go on a drop that was restricted to employees at Omicron rank?”
AWWW YEAHMAH FAVOURITE QUEST
You mouth at the air for a second, debating on whether you should deflect the senior merc or pony the information up. You’re usually a pretty stand up guy, but this seems like some serious business. Before you can say anything, however, Niels breaks. “Sir! It was all my idea sir! One one of my drops I ended up getting some security codes to the Reyumbi stock exchange and we uploaded a hack to the backup! Going on this mission was necessary since I needed to be on site to access it!”Elda nods, although you doubt she followed Niels’ spotty reasoning. “Yes. It was to give us an edge in stock trades and investments in the Xuanzang sector. I was to coordinate the trades so as not to alert Reyumbi that we were gaming the system.”Darius sits back. “So. Let me get this straight. Glasses over here figured out how to hack not only our HR’s computer net, but stole security secrets from a company WHILE ON CONTRACT with them. Then Glasses used this knowledge to subvert said client’s security system on their Stock exchange, perhaps the single most important asset in their inventory. And the Alpine Ice Queen was gonna coordinate your efforts to avoid detection and perpetuate some fraud or insider trading or whatever? And I suppose Shrooms and Suicide Pact over here were in on the plan the whole time.”Darius leans forward, somehow managing to glower at all four of your at once. “Is that about right? Or am I missing something.”>Well?
>>31500102Heh. Suicide Pact.
>>31500102"Well, that's about all of it."
>>31500102>>Well?You pretty much got it. Am I Shrooms or Suicide pact? Could I be Gizmo instead?
>>31500102That's more or less correct.
>>31500102Silence is our response.
>>31500102Yeah....Also can we ask him how they figured it out?
Rolled 9, 2, 6 = 17>>31500102"Since when did I get the nickname 'Shrooms'"?Rolling for trolling.
>>31500204 meant to add "that's pretty much it" onto that.
>>31500219Just repeat the words "Nanomachines" over and over again.It's sci-fi's "Get Out of Jail Free" card.
>>31500102If he puts it like that it sounds ....>Yes, and No?I don't really know much about stocks, but did any of our actions like, cause the Company we were on contract with to actually lose money? How much money did we actually make? I'm thinking if we made enough we could just give all the extra money and donate it to Strikeout or the Company and only take enough to pay our debts.
>>31500276Can the word "son" be said after it?
>>31500308Not really. Darius is what, nearly fifty years older than Ivan?
Coolio. Have been writing, but while I do so, on a scale from one to "Valk's been in the aphrodisiacs and coke again" how fucked are you guys?
>>31500308I think calling Darius son will earn us a friendly bitchslap.
>>31500356I dunno man. I'm just happy we survived the mission.If we lose our jobs, I guess we can just go work at a coffee shop or something.
>>31500356Somewhere around an 8? No fired, but definitely losing our seniority and getting busted down a few pay grades.
Rolled 17>>31500356I think we're at least fist fighting a Bart level fucked
>>31500356A 5? not too bad, but not too good either. Still I'd like to know this or ask him this>>31500304
>>31500356We are about at Shower Unleashed.
>>31500356We're probably at "running into Dreads who is wielding the homoshower, while we are naked" right now
>>31500356Finally, my dream of Ivan full-timing at an idol merc company is possible.
>>31500356Valk's been in the aphrodisiacs and coke again and is possessed by the homoshower.
>>31500356"Get demoted to a lower paygrade" fucked if other people know. "Get squeezed out of most of the profits" if only Darius and whoever figured our the hacks knows.We're not gonna get fired, we're their best rookie.
>>31500401That's not too bad actually. Well at least for us it ain't to bad.
>>31500356I rate it as "our first time f&f-ing Valk." Since we had a chance to get out of it by virtue of kicking ass
Rolled 4>>31500356I dunno I think we could be fist fighting a MAHWM stark naked level fucked.
>>31500356I think someone mentioned this to the armorer so we've even lost our part time job, on the other hand, no one died, so maybe we can sign on to another agency as a team? Nah, the Milenial Man would've thought of that...So Niels is definitely fired, Elda and Markos are definitely safe, and we might be unpleasantly screwed.
>>31500308Sure can, AND I can put it in a thumbnail pic for you, too!
>>31500437Yeah, I predict that too. We might lose our BART that we just got, lose a pay grade, be on probation and under a certain amount of surveillance and watch, lose most of our profits, a public apology to the Company or something, maybe even a short period where we are grounded, and us telling them how Niel's technique on how he hacked HR and makes money.
>>31500529Oh we're definitely losing the BART and out basepay/bonuses for the mission.
>>31500356"Prepare Your Anus!" levels of fucked.
You swallow before letting out a quiet, “Yeah,” Markos manages a similar confirmation. Niels is too busy deflating to find the air speak. Elda on the other hand, replies with a soft “No.”You and Markos look at your fellow rookie in shock. She seems to be on the verge of making eye contact with you before Darius skewers her with a look. “No? Is there something I missed, AIQ?”Elda looks around, slightly panicked. “N-n-no! I simply just meant that you were not missing anything in your summation of events!”Darius sits back, crosses his arms and closes his eyes. He exhales loudly through his nostrils before speaking, his voice slow, words chosen with extreme care. “So that’s how it is. I have to say, very disappointing. I personally expected better from you. All of you.”Darius stands up and turns around slowly, pulling out a tablet and typing something into it. He seems almost defeated. As if what ever he’s doing right now is paining him. He shakes his head as he types, sighing once more. Markos speaks up. More like he mumbles up. “Sir? What’s going on?”Darius looks up, still not facing any of you, his eyes staring straight into the bulkhead. He waits a few seconds before answering. “Wiring twenty K to Val. I could have sworn you guys were trying to redirect all that money from LLS’ shell corps to your bank accounts.”>Wait what?
>>31500529awwwwwwwwww, but I hate losing loot and money
>>31500102uh uh this looks really bad guys. Hacked employer, stole from customer, hacked ex-customer with intent to continue stealing from ex-customer. did I get everything?
>>31500586Hug Darius. HUG HIM NAO!
>>31500586Wait, the redirecting money thing is a way better idea than we had, why didn't we think of that?
>>31500586>>Wait what?Nah, that would have been too obvious.Gotta be subtle.
>>31500586Darius just salty at losing a bet. As well as the fact that we don't OPERATE on his level.Can he tell us the terms of the bet?
>>31500586Sir, with all due respect, I'm still having a fear-induced ulcer burn through my stomach lining. Could bets wait until we get reamed?
>>31500586"We could have done that?"
>>31500586a moment of confusion, followed by immense relief, followed shortly by curiosity.
>>31500586"Does that mean we're not dead?">>31500676Also, this
>>31500586"You dick.""I thought we were as fucked as a rookie that just ran into Valkyrie."
>>31500586"20K on a side bet...I really don't want to know how much you guys are worth. Scratch that, yes, yes I do."
>>31500586"Wouldn't that have been a bit too obvious? I'm not a financial expert or anything, but they'd notice that, and we'd be on the short-list of people for them to track down. Stocks can make us money for our foreseeable future without being caught."
>>31500586"Gaddamnit that woman already knows me too well."
Fall Guy. Real talk. I love you man.
>>31500709secondingask this before>>31500628
>>31500586Going with >>31500676 and >>31500697
>>31500721I'm seconding this. Point out that we knew redirecting the money straight to us would have been stupid.I mean, we're stupid, but not THAT stupid.
>>31500586"That sounds like one of those little plans Elda would smack me in the back of the head for suggesting."
>>31500586Going with these>>31500676>>31500721
>>31500872This one sounds good.
>>31500721This"At least this way we don't have to go for a fuck ton of money all at once, and as such get caught, easily. We can use it to keep ourselves ahead of our debt. So that We <gesture to Markos, and Elda> can keep most of what we get from missions."
>>31500586Might I just register my theory that Val got some juicy pillow talk out of Elda and that's why any of the senior partners got tipped off? Also how she won that bet.
>>31500923Yes, all my yes's
>>31500923Let's not mention that idea out loud.
>>31500923>>31500872>>31500721>>31500676goddammit, so many suggestions, so little time! I want all of them!
>>31501068WHY NOT!?!?LET"S DO ALL OF THEM!!!
The four of you are still silent, but the mood has completely changed. Where trepidation reigned discombobulation now holds sway. Markos makes a noise not unlike a gasping fish, assuming fish can even gasp. You’re still not one hundred percent on that. Elda finally manages to string together something close to an actual word. “What.”Darius simply sighs and rubs his eyes with his free hand. Eventually you find your voice. “We could have done that?”Darius spins around to look at you, arms outstretched as if pleading for an answer. “Fuckin’ I know right! That would have been tens of billions of credits each! What the hell? Did it just not occur to you or something?”“N-no,” reponds Niels, clearly working more from an instinct to answer questions than any higher thought process.“It never did. Merda, we could have been rich…”“Hey wait a minute, they could have easily tracked us down, right? Stocks were clearly the safest option. Besides,” you say gesturing at Elda, “That sounds like the sort of idea she’d smack me on the back of the head for.”Darius shakes his head. “Coulda been multi-billionaires. Coulda easily gone into hiding while Steadfast and LLS both tried to figure out where the money actually went. You could have done it man!”
>>31501050Oh crap, didn't mean for that to be taken as a write in. Hang on.
>>31501114That's what Val said.
>>31500923Interesting theory, but for the love of all that is holy, we should never, EVER voice this theory to anyone, especially Elda.Personally, I think it far more likely the reason the senior partners got suspicious is because this kind of shit is exactly what THEY would do.Quite honestly, I think even if they scold us, I think they are more impressed we actually pulled this off, insane as it probably was.
Niels laughs. It’s not the most stable of laughs, but he seems to have recovered from his fear coma. You simply sit back, crossing and uncrossing your arms, unsure what to do with the sudden release of nervous energy. “So wait, we’re not dead?”Darius tilts back his head and roars with laughter. “Hell no. Shit, the worst we had planned for you guys was letting you get shot up by Reyumbi secfors, maybe a fatality or two, before Valk and I came crashing down, to teach you a lesson about getting in over your heads. If anything performing so well on this drop is only going to help your careers at SO out.”Darius snorts, rubbing his nose as he sits down once more, his eyes twinkling in amusement. “You didn’t try to fuck over StrikeOut, your fellow mercs, or NeoLogos. And we don’t think you’ll be caught either. So long as you don’t do any of those four things, we don’t give two shits. For Chrissake. We shoot people for a living! What’s a little white collar crime in the face of that, am I right?”>Anything you want to ask Darius?
>>31501194>>Anything you want to ask Darius?Can I be Gizmo instead of Suicide pact? That sound depressing.
>>31501194"Did you record the entire drop on video?"
>>31501194"Did you see me wreck that MAHWM?"
>>31501194If I had survived that drop only to have a heart attack I would have haunted your ass.
>>31501194>Can I keep my BART then?and>>31501225
>>31501231Followed by>>31501227So much.
Rolled 7>>31501194"Darius, your the best mentor a merc could ever ask for."
>>31501194God dammit Fall Guy I love you. Damn fine twist there
>>31501194>"So, on my upcoming mission performance review, more or less self preservation instinct than usual?">"Wait, Val's in orbit?"
I was totally proffessional and not suicidal at all this drop. Frankly I think I neeed a new nickname.
>>31501194"How long have you known? What tipped you off?Also, I take umbrage to being called Suicide Pact, I played it smart this drop. I mean sure, I got into an axe fight with a MAHWM, but I was in a BART at the time."
>>31501194>Anything you want to ask Darius?"So, it's cool for me to keep the BART, right?"Grin like a maniac.
Wait a second. If we get to keep our BART and we name it Umbubu, then that means the shotcannon is our SHOGGOTH GUN.
>>31501194"Hang on, does this mean Niels is in danger of the Valkyrie Special for setting all this up?"
>>31501261Followed by "Oh shit, did Val see that?"
>>31501194>Ask Darius anything?"So, how're the rail gun mods holding up?"
>>31501156"Shit. I guess this is why we're not omikron team"
>>31501282I like this
>>31501225>>31501227>>31501265>>31501269All of these.
>>31501282This. Followed by: "Or is it me for hijacking a BART and taking down that MAWHM?"
>>31501282Because I honestly fear for his ability to remain upwardly mobile if so.
>>31501331Adding this to>>31501326
>>31501282Niels lacks the constitution to survive the encounter.So probably.
>>31501194Wait...shooting people for a living is legal, white collar crime is shooting a corporation, that's much worse.
>>31501363Niels was the first out of all of us to go through it after his first drop I think?
>>31501384No, that was Cy.
>>31501384No, that was Cy.And it traumatized him so much he's spending all his money on armor for 'extra protection'.
I wonder if the BART has a fly/crotch hatch.
>>31501414Or at least we should claim when we get back to the Brick.
>>31501567>Harry FlashmanBah, Jurgen is better in all possible ways.
>>31501461I don't think Val could handle our BART's seismic truncheon, no matter how glazed her donut is.
>>31501619I don't the donut would be glazed, so much as smothered.
>>31501641Like pushing a five dollar footlong against a wedding ring.
>>31501688A messy foot long meatball marinara covered with extra cheese and sauces.
>>31501619Depending on how modded she is, it's possible our BART' seismic truncheon wouldn't be able to handle Val
>>31501619>>31501641>>31501688>>31501780>>31501788I thought coining the "glazed donut" thing was going to be the highlight of my DAQ funnies but participating in this back and forth has been the best.I coughed pineapple juice all over myself. Twice.
You lean back and shake your head. “Goddamn sir. If I survived that drop only to have a heart attack I would have haunted your ass.”Darius chuckles. “I would have had it coming. But shit. I gotta fuck with you mercs somehow, and Valkyrie’s already got a monopoly on one interpretation of that.”“Hang on. Valkyrie’s in orbit? Also, on an entirely unrelated note, did you see and or record me wrecking that MAHWM?”Elda makes a tching noise and shakes her head, looking slightly irritated. Markos crows with laughter. “Hey sour grapes and all that Elda.”Elda sticks out her tongue, apparently Markos’ jibe was beneath a proper italian cussing out. You do note that her ears are slightly pink as she turns away, however. Darius snorts before answering your question. “Probably have something on the helmet cams. And since Niels here hacked the security net he can probably get some footage of the fight too. Right buddy?”Niels finally manages to find his voice. “Yeah! Yes, I think I could do that. Darius, sir, how did you, Strike Out I mean, how did you find out I hacked into HR?”Darius shrugs. “Eh. I’m no programmer, but you can bet your ass we’ve got a few people on the Brick with a century or so on you kid. Probably got rumbled by one of them.”“And wait,” continues Niels, “StrikeOut is okay with mercs just doing that? Hacking their systems?”
“Well A,” says Darius, sticking out a pinky, “It’s just friggin’ HR. Who gives a shit? And two,” his ring finger, “All you did was put your own necks on the line. Like I said earlier, don’t fuck with StrikeOut, don’t fuck with your comrades, definitely don’t fuck with NeoLogos, and it’ll all be good.”“Alright, one thing though,” you say, “Well one more thing I guess. Am I really Suicide Pact?”Elda nods vigorously. “I would like to also voice my concern that I am the Alpine Ice Queen.”Darius shakes his head. “Goddamnit rookies. You think you get to choose your nicknames? Quickest way to just get called ‘Supreme Prissmaster’ for the rest of your professional life. But no, I don’t think that any of you have nicknames yet. I was just coming up with some shit to call you.”All four of you breathe a sigh of relief, which earns a mock hurt expression from Darius. “Hey now, I thought Shrooms and Suicide Pact were both pretty good.”“Like anyone would wanna drop with a guy called Suicide Pact,” you grunt, shifting in your seat and activating the G-harness as the pilot announces that gravity well escape is imminent.The cabin falls silent as the HOEV fires it’s thrusters, and the five of you are pushed back into your seats. A little while later the pressure subsides, and the Gs recede like the tide. Unbuckling yourself, you allow yourself to drift ‘up’ towards the center of the cabin, enjoying the weightlessness.>How shall you pass the time?>Talk to someone about something>See if Dwight Schmidt is piloting the HOEV, and if he would let you try your hand at it again>Return to your seat and consume some form of media to pass the time (taking write-ins. Also, is the timeskip option)>Write in a Shenanigan
>>31501871>>Return to your seat and consume some form of media to pass the time (taking write-ins. Also, is the timeskip option)Read about 21st century privilege enlightenement.
>>31501871SEE IF IT'S DWIGHT.IVAN BOY, YOU WERE BORN TO FLY.
>>31501871>Check up on our BART and talk to someone/anyone about getting gear and stuff for it.
>>31501871>>Talk to someone about somethingMight as well set up a party with the others. What do you guys think of an old earth movie party? We still need to see "The Thing" with Elda, and everyone else can enjoy it as well!
>>31501912I can't upvote this enough.
>>31501871>write inGo to your BART. Stare at it. Ponder what features to give it <spoiler>then fap to it</spoiler>
>>31501871>See if Dwight Schmidt is piloting the HOEV, and if he would let you try your hand at it againIt's been like 30 threads since we talked to this guy, might as well pop in.Plus, we could gain some valuable skill. Eventually we're gonna need to steal a HOEV to escape just before a facility blows up, and someones gonna need to fly the damn thing.
>>31501871Can we get an inventory on our lootings from this mission? I mean, we obviously got the BART and matching toys for it but what was our entire yield?
>>31501871>>31501912Like this guy said BORN TO FLY.
>>31501930>>31501923I can dig these two, just in this order.
>>31501871>How shall you pass the time?Work with Niels to get a video made of the combat with the MAHWM to show off at the Brick.
>>31501871>>See if Dwight Schmidt is piloting the HOEV, and if he would let you try your hand at it again
>>31501952>>31501957>>31501947>>31501936>>31501923>>31501912Born to fly and BART just gave me a crazy idea.>FIND SOMEWAY TO MAKE OUR BART FLY!
>>31501871seconding >>31501930 & then >>31501912
>>31501871See if you can convince your teammates that there is someone with even less regard for their own saftey during missions. Fail.Debate merits of shooting your BART at future drop points after you've landed on future missions.
>>31501912Yes!thirded.Check equipment an ammo stocks in the hoev, ambush val on the cruiser with macguyvered jokes. Paint can lighter, etc
>>31501930>>31501912YES. PARTY PLANNING TIME WITH EVERYONE. FOLLOWED BY FLYING TIME WITH DWIGHT.
>>31501930Might as well set some kind of party up. We'll follow up with >>31501912.
I think the most important thing with the BART is to:- Make sure it's customised/tech'd out in ways that mean it won't get taken out easily/can be retrieved easily even if damaged.- Grind our tech skills with armoury work/open up more armoury discounts- Seriously weigh up if keeping the BART is worth the money vs other gear/augments because those BART drop pods might be expensive.
>>31501871>See if Dwight Schmidt is pilotting the HOEVHey, can we apply for pilot training next time we have a month off?
Rolled 1, 5, 10 = 16>>31501930If we watch "The Thing" with Elda, we should set up the thermostat to subtly lower the room temperature as the movie progress. It will help with immersion and increase cuddle chances greatly.
>>31502073We should see if we can lighten it enough to bring on a regular drop pod. Maybe upgrade it with lighter armor.
>>31501912>>31501930Supporting these two. The BART can wait a bit.
>>31502107oh this is fucking brilliant, as should tell Niels about it too and bring some blankets to snuggle up together in for us and Elda and him and Tsukino
>>31502073IIRC Fall Guy said that BART's have to be lifted in by HOEV.
>>31502088Yeah, most likely. Hell, you could probably buy and DL a flight simulator if you want Ivan to get a lot of practice in and be a massive nerd at the same time.>>31501950You got:>one BART>One BART sized grenade launcher/shotcannon>One two handed seismic axe>One thunder thump 9000>one future-tech sword I still need to fluff>Various mementos from the MAHWMI think that's everything, but somebody remind me if I missed something
>>31502073Don't sell it, but don't use the BART all the time. I'd rather have it but not need it than need it and not have it.
>>31502158So no basic shotgun?
>>31502158>"You make sure that the various weapons you stole from dead secfors are on your person before stomping into the back of the HOEV in your new BART suit."Some guns/rifle we picked up from the dead.
>>31502181I think someone else grabbed that.
>>31502158don't forget all the secfors wallets FG
>>31502161Hell, we can just give it to Cy eventually if we don't want it. Lord knows he's going to try to buy one eventually, and this way he'll finally have an excuse to save up for that El Supresor HMG he's been giving googly eyes.
>>31502222>>31502181Markos picked up a basic one from the Secfors, we however got the massive BART sized shotcanon/grenade launcher
>>31502181>Wanting a shotgun>When we have a shotcannonThat's like wanting a pistol when we have our hand cannon.
>>31502222We can always ask Marcos for his old one.
>>31502158Eh, I just expect Ivan to have to pilot his way out of a mission in a hurry. Probably just barely ahead of some massive explosion.
Right so, old Earth movie night, leaning towards the Thing, followed up by harassing possibly-Dwight for flying lessons.Writing.>>31502250Shotcannon is a bit too big and forceful (simple weight/kickback issue) for Ivan it use outside of the BART suit. For now.
>>31502299Use money that we will acquire from our stock market thing, to get augmented enough to wield shotcannon and similar armaments without the use of a BART.
>>31502299I'm really hoping we take care of that spoiler sooner than later.
>>31502380It's on our to-do list, the first part of that process will be reinforcing our skeleton, we need that before we can stack on more muscle mods.
>>31502380Well this mission was supposedly out of our pay grade so I am hoping we get a nice payday from it and can splurge on some genemods/augs.
>>31502299Can we still use it as a grenade launcher though?
>>31502527I'm aware. People seem to have been much more interested in augmenting our arsenal than ourself the last few times we've had the opportunity.
You drift around to face your fellow rookies. “Alright, you know what this calls for?”“Some antacids,” asks Niels, holding his stomach and looking slightly queasy.“Naw,” you scoff waving your hand at him. “I was thinking an old-Earth movie night! We could watch the Thing. The effects didn’t age so well, but I think it’s still pretty creepy.”“Creepy?” says Niels, looking nervous.“Ah c’mon Niels,” replies Markos, punching him gently on the shoulder, “It’ll be a good way to practice for movie night with Tsukino! You know how Japanese girls love horror flicks.”“They do?”“I guess? I was just saying that to be honest. Besides, knowing Ivan the movie is probably like 300 years old and dated as fuck.”While you let those two speculate on the Thing, you consider the possibility of the arctic stratagem. You speculated on the possibility with one of your fellow Earth Culture classmates, Johnny. Guy was weird, craggy as fuck face and spoke with an accent, but he had a lot of ideas. Most of them bad. Anyway, the idea was to lower the thermostat as the movie goes on to increase the chance of cuddles.Of course, you’re assuming Niels brings along Tsukino here.Shrugging to yourself you drift up to the pilots cabin and activate the wall terminal. “Hey Dwight?”You are incredibly satisfied to see Dwight’s less than sane grin on the terminal. “Ivan! It’s been too long! You here for a ride along?”You grin as the pilot bay doors open, and float inside, strapping yourself into the co-pilot’s seat as Dwight gives you a friendly handshake. “Been ages. How’re things?”>How’re things?>Also, roll for piloting
Rolled 4, 4, 1 = 9>>31502611
Rolled 9, 10, 9 = 28>>31502611IVAN AM BEST PILOT
Rolled 9, 9, 9 = 27>>31502611I looted a BART and took down a MAHWM. Shit is fucking awesome.
>>31502656>>31502662YES. IVAN AM THE BEST PILOT.
>>31502611Show him the tattoo and give him a brief run-down on how things have been
Rolled 7, 3, 4 = 14>>31502611"Smooth sailing, had a bit of a heart attack two minutes ago though"
>>31502656>>31502662>"I WAS BORN TO FLY!"Is there really any other answer now?
>>31502656>>31502662Ivan truly am the best pilot.
>>31502656>>31502662And apparently, so's our piloting.
BORN TO FLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
>>31502656...holy crap you're right
Rolled 1, 4, 3 = 8>>31502611>>Also, roll for piloting
>>31502656>>31502662Okay. We're the next ogre quest. It's official
Rolled 6, 4, 2 = 12>>31502611"I stole a BART and then beat the shit out of a MAHWM and I'm still intact, so I'd say pretty damn good.">>31502655>>31502656>>31502662wat
Fuckin' DariusWhen we make it rich we're gonna get that guy something you don't find anywhere near this side of the solar system
Oh hey, I'm pretty sure no one has asked, but here is a full accounting of the StrikeOut pay ranks, as well as which mercs you have either met or are on the character sheet belong to which rank.Tier 1 Technology: Firearms, limited augmentation>Omega- Mercs in Boot Camp. The Himawari Force is currently Omega ranked mercs>Tau- Rookie mercenaries fresh out of basic. Elda, Niels, Markos, Cy, and Tsukino are all Tau ranked.>Sigma- still relatively new mercs, but have proven themselves somewhat. Ivan and Simge both hold this rank.>Omicron- This is the first rank of "average" mercs in terms of combat experience and skill. This rank marks the beginning of really dangerous missions. Includes Marlena Redskies and Dr. Tran prior to ganking>Lambda- More experienced than Omicron mercs. All squad leaders need to be Lambda rank to seek squad leadership accreditation. Include Clayton, Maxim Bodrov, and Choi Lei>Theta- This is the upper tier of what can be considered a normal merc. Past this it becomes difficult to balance civilian life with mercenary responsibilities. Includes Ifu Mokwena and Jason Smith.Tier 2: Extensive gene modding, beginning of cybernetic augmentation. Normal firearms are replaced by electromagnetic weapons.>Epsilon- At this point the merc life start to take over. Some can maintain the balance, but most end up going further up the payranks. You do not know anyone at Epsilon rank>Delta- Skilled and experienced mercs, will take on the most dangerous assignments. Includes Valkyrie>Gamma- Yet more skill, yet more experience, yet more toys. Mercs at this rank are a rarity. Inlcudes Darius.Tier 3: Genemods are insufficient at this point. Mercs are massively cybernetically augmented. Electromagnetic weapons are replaced by directed energy weapons.>Beta- An extreme rarity. Some people speculate that most mercs at beta rank spend all their time between missions in cryo. Includes Alexander Barrister.>Alpha- No known mercs.
Rolled 5, 6, 1 = 12>>31502793With Ivan at Bawss and Elda as Celicia.And Valkyrie as Queen Kilkkarak.
>>31503004Read my mind, you did. Thanks for the info.
>>31503004Who's Barrister again?
>>31503004So does this mean that Dreads would have bean at around Gamma/Beta rank?>>31503071One of the Senior Partner mercs.
>>31503004Thank you, thank you, thank you.Also what rank would have Dreads been?
>>31503004>directed energy weaponsDo fucking want. But damn we have a longways to go. At least we are sigma and not tau.
>>31503093I'd guess Delta/Gamma.
>>31503004Kind of a bummer that we have to become all cyberian to get the highest pay ranks. Why can't gene mods work at that point.
>>31503004>yfw Millennium Man is the sole member of Alpha Rank, it's just that no one knows
>>31503139What's wrong with getting cybernetics?
>>31503163I'm guessing the whole removing and replacing of body part and stuff.
>>31503139>>31503163Should have gotten that cyber arm when we had the chance I guess.
>>31503220Wouldn't have been worth it at the time for what it cost.
Alright, apologies for the delay, but I was prepping dinner. Am writing update now. That 28 and 27 are noted.
>>31503004>Nanomachines not at the top.Disappointment.
>>31503220Probably teir 1 stuff, and besides, that shit cost money.
>>31503239Meh I kinda glossed over a lot of the stuff since I was reading it in the archive.
>>31503259Unfortunately nanomachines don't work in real life like they do in MGRR and FG is leaning more towards realism for his weapons and tech.
Rolled 3, 8, 1 = 12>>31503248>inb4 SPACE DRIFTING!!!
>>31503095Dreads would have been either Gamma or Beta.>>31503093Bingo>>31503139Basically, they can't compete with what a cyborg can do interms of physical feats, information warfare, data processing speed, all of that stuffAlso, most heavily cyberized mercs are so old that they'd be loosing their edge even with gene mods.>>31503259To be honest, nanomachines would break the setting. Or at least, I haven't yet thought of a good way to use them.>>31503220The cyber arm was not a tier 3 enhancement. Think more along the lines of CARBON FIBER/NANOTUBE/WHATEVER MUSCLES POWERED BY MINI FUSION PLANT for tier 3. It's some seriously post-human stuff.
>>31503341I'm sure there may be ALIEN Nanobots for that type of stuff in the far future.
>>31503370>nanomachinesI'll take particle weapons over nanomachines any day.
>>31503444Why not both?
>>31503370>CARBON FIBER/NANOTUBE/WHATEVER MUSCLES POWERED BY MINI FUSION PLANT for tier 3.Sasuga, Fall Guy. Sasuga.
>>31503475Why not attempt to rationalize nanomachines with the help of the community?
>>31503385Its more of a thermodynamics problem than a technology problem. Nanites simply don't have the surface area to disperse excessive heat so they can't be used in high temp environments ( boiling water can destroy nanites ) or even move too fast lest they quite literally shake themselves to pieces.
>>31503370>Dreads would have been either Gamma or Beta.How the fuck are we still alive?
>>31503370Fall Guy, you can take a leaf from Shadowrun for Nanomachines. They're highly experimental and not used very often at all, but they can accelerate healing and do all kinds of shit.
>>31503511Can't really argue with a shaped explosive charge
>>31503511He didn't take us seriously in the slightest and we got hella lucky. Also Tsukino is damn fine backup
>>31503549>they can accelerate healing and do all kinds of shit.Gene mods already do this and more effectively.
>>31503370I'm thinking nanomachine medical paste, scouts, and hacking drones would still be fair.As for actual combat...maybe their strength is in flexibility rather than raw power? No need to carry abnormal ammo when your nanomachines can whip something approximately appropriate to the situation.I worry that I try too hard to insert megaman into this quest.
>>31503501Graphene might be able to solve some of those problems, graphene is kinda bullshit.
>>31503576I'm talking Wolverine level healing.
>>31503370>I haven't yet thought of a good way to use them
>>31503589For nanomachines you're talking way beyond graphene.
>>31503370Fall Guy? you still there?
Rolled 4, 6, 1 = 11>>31504074he is, he's writing
>>31503694We are also talking about a time a couple hundred years in the future, where we have the ability to successfully integrate tech with the human body, genetically modify the body, jump between stars in a reasonable time period, transmit information over MASSIVE distances instantaneously thanks to worm holes, and even more.Nanomachines are possible. Or at least theoretically should be.
>>31503589Graphene is pretty magical but being made of graphene wont help at these scales either. The moving parts in a nanite are going to have extremely tight tolerances, and no matter what their made of heating them up is going to make their atomic bonds wiggle. When they wiggle too much, well...Really we've been researching nanites and nanomachines for years. It's what cells, various single celled microorganisms and their organelles are.>Enter kinesin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOeJwQ0OXc4Lol Kinesin.
You wave your right arm at Dwight, flexing the muscle and making the bear head chomp. “Lost an arm. Got it back. Got a sweet tat. Almost had a heart attack two minutes ago.”Dwight cackles with laughter. “Right! Darius told me what he was doing. Funniest shit, watching your reactions.”You give him a look of mock umbrage. “For your treachery Dwight Schmidt, I demand another flying lesson.”“So long as you don’t kamikaze the fucking thing, be my guest,” replies Dwight as he switches control over to the co-pilot’s seat. You settle into the seat and take a deep breath before resting your hands at the controls. The space out here is pretty clear of debris, the planet is a pretty new settlement, only about seventy years old. Not enough time to accumulate any real detritus in the space area. Definitely not like Earth. Last you checked, they had just ramped up cleanup operations once more. Part of you almost wishes for a few more environmental hazards. For whatever reason, you feel supremely confident at the helm of the HOEV today.As you coast through space, Dwight removes his pilot’s headset, replacing them with headphones and a pair of aviator shaped e-glasses. Very Top Gun. Not that he’d know what that is. You drift on through space, making some minor course corrections as you near the cruiser. It takes you a few seconds to notice the blinking red light on the console. Staring at it curiously, you wonder what it could mean. You reach down and pick up Dwight’s abandoned headset.[MISSILE IMPACT IN T-MINUS FIVE]Oh shit. Oh shit oh shit oh shit oh shit.Oh shit.
Your mind races as the world slows down around you. Missile impact. A parting gift from the Reyumbi defense network, no doubt. T-minus five most likely means five seconds, not minutes. Not enough time to alert Dwight and switch control of the HOEV. Your ball now. Think. Evasive maneuvers. Chaff. Both of them simultaneously. Yes. Yes.You take a risk and hope that the headset had voice activated features. You roar “Chaff!”The HOEV complies, and a soothing female voice declares that chaff is deployed. You think you can hear a sqwuak of surprise from the passenger cabin. You jerk the controls, sending the HOEV into an aileron roll. Sensors calmly declare that the missile has missed its target. At this point Dwight has noticed something is up, and you silently transfer control of the HOEV to your pilot, as well as the headset.“Son of a bitch,” snarls Dwight upon receiving the headset. “Fucking! Ivan, get back into the passenger cabin. Things may be getting hairy.”You clamber back into the passenger cabin and strap yourself into the harness. The rest of your squadmates do the same. The next several minutes pass in tense silence as the HOEV bucks and rolls. Not that you’d know, but you rather assume so.Eventually you feel a slight bump as the HOEV lands in the hangar of the cruiser. Dwight’s tense voice speaks over the PA system. “This is your captain speaking. We have experienced some minor turbulence but have now landed safely. Please remember to fly Air Dwight and have a nice day.”The five of you clamber out of the HOEV, you and Markos taking a moment to assemble your loot, and you taking a moment to get the BART suit on a transport unit for storage… somewhere. As you walk up to your fellow rookies and Darius, you see a ball of red approaching the five of you.>Reaction
>>31504173Holy Shit. EVASIVE MANEUVERS!
>>31504192Jump back in the BART! Quick!
>>31504202HIT THE DECK!
Rolled 4, 2, 7 = 13>>31504192COUNTER ATTACK!
>>31504192>ReactionWe did a barrel roll, haha! We so awes-Uh oh. Um.Evasive maneuvers!
Rolled 5, 9, 10 = 24>>31504192>>31504202NO YOU FUCKING IDIOT EVASIVE MANEUVERS FOR THIS RIGHT FUCKING HERE.DODGE DODGE DODGE
>>31504192"Cat's out on a hunt. Niels!"
>>31504192INCOMING ORDINANCE! DUCK AND COVER!
>>31504192Stand their and pray she's here for Neils
Rolled 8, 4, 4 = 16>>31504192Hide under a floor tile.
>>31504192"So, which footage did you find more amusing, me and Mom or Darius playing Dissappointed Dad?"Generally see if she's in the mood to talk or jump someone.
>>31504192As in a holographic ball? from inside the hanger? outside?if it's from outside, hit the deck!
>>31504192Get out of line of sight!
Approach with an erect and exposed penis.Show no fear.
>>31504192"How'd Reyumbi manage to sneak a heat seeking missile into the cruiser?"
>>31504321I don't know if its heat seeking but it's definitely in heat.
Rolled 3, 7, 10 = 20>>31504248we don't want her to trash our BART anon>>31504192seconding >>31504321
>>31504301but but we haven't even looked at the footage ourselves, much less published it
>>31504192Jump inside the transport unit
>>31504409Darius and Val were monitoring us throughout the mission, I'm guessing she's already seen the footage. Even if not, Darius no doubt mentioned that we came back to the HOEV wearing a BART and carrying both a commemorative scrap from the MOM and the murder weapon that killed it.
>>31504192>ReactionWe should make sure that missile wasn't tracking anything we brought back with us, whether the BART or that emblem we took as a kill trophy.
>>31504603Seconded. This shit is importantI aint getting fucking atomized for nothing
>>31504192>Wave to ValShe's going to catch us anyway, might as well say hi first.
>>31504603Oh. Yeah that would be a good idea.
>>31504603If it was then how would the chaff have fooled it?
>>31504832>If it was then how would the chaff have fooled it?It has more to do with them figuring out where we were so quickly. The missile itself might have been heat-seeking, but the fact Dwight was so at ease tells me we shouldn't have been targeted so easily/quick.
>>31504832Better safe than sorry. I would guess that a full systems wipe would be standard on captured equipment like the bart, but I definitely want them to double check on out kill trophy.
You grin a little. “How’d Reyumbi manage to sneak a heat seeking missile onto the cruiser?”Darius snorts before said heat seeking missile arrives at it’s target. “Darius,” says Valkyrie officially.Darius sighs and raises his hands into the air. “What else do you want woman? I already paid out the twenty K.”“Gloating rights.”“Granted. I’ll be sure to tell the rookies about training you in boot.”“Request for gloating rights rescinded.”“Thought so,” grunts Darius, smirking slightly.You move slightly to block Valkyrie’s sight of Niels. “I’ll take the fall for you buddy. Keep you pure for Tsukino.”“Never have I seen a man more willingly cast himself into the abyss,” snorts Niels.“So anyway, good job you all,” says Valkyrie, crossing her arms. “Very impressive combat performances from the lot of you. Didn’t think you had the ability to think tactically Ivan.”“Or at all,” mutters Elda under her breath. You glance over to see her give you something close to a half smile. Rolling your eyes you return your attention to the scene at hand. “So, is there a reason you’re here,” asks Darius, “Beyond congratulating the rookies?”“Not really,” grunts Valkyrie, rotating her arm. “They sorta stole my thunder though. I was really looking to saving their sexy little ass...ets.”>Say anything?
>>31504974"Oh, whew. That's a relief."
>>31504974I found some new toys!
>>31504974I fought a MAHWM in an enemy BART!
>>31504974"No faith at all in the command skills of the one and only "Suicide Pact"? I am wounded, truly wounded." Smart ass grin.
>>31504974"Hey, there's always next time, either of you two got any tips or pointers for fighting a MAHWM if I ever come up against one again?"
>>31505086She knows already.>>31505102That's a nice one.
>>31504974"Wait, what was that about Valkyrie in boot?"
>>31504974"Hey, my HR advisor mentioned something about filling a sugary fried product..."
>>31505102hahaha I like it!
>>31505058>I found some new toys!Seconded
Rolled 5, 8, 10 = 23>>31504974Speaking of sexy little asses, I got some new toys!
>>31504974>>31505102Why not, thirding?
>>31505058Wanna try them out?Wink wink nudge nudge
>>31504974>Didn’t think you had the ability to think tactically Ivan.”"What? Of course! Its just like you to be eager to PENetrating ehnemy defenses & ride in, cumming to the rescue? Its sure gonna be a boring ride back to the brick, unless we find soooomething do, boss."
>>31505300Only if "Wink wink nudge nudge" is actually said and in a completely deadpan manner
>>31505300 Lol>>31505336ahahaha>>31505129Misunderstand this. "wait, val in boots?"Combine and go
>>31505336that was terrible...
>>31505300I don't think I want to know how she wind up using a sword, a 2-hand axe, and an electric punch upgrade.
>>31504974>>Say anything?Flirt back at valkyrie! Throw in old earht humor references while we're at it!"Hey, we heard chick love giant robots. You know, like the song? Care to comment?"
>>31505336Jesus, that's terrible.
Yo unrelated to current topic but:>>31502250>That's like wanting a pistol when we have our hand cannon.I want a pistol when we have our hand cannon. Tran got ganked when we were switching ammo because (i think) it was the only gun we had on us at the time. A little babby-ass holdout pistol to stick in our boot or whatever wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
>>31505336Oh hell no, that's awful in so many ways, and not in the hilariously awful way either.Flirting is ok, but let's avoid saying anything that terrible.
>>31505512We have combat knife, but an "in case of emergency" weapon might be worth looking into, especially seeing as we are going to be throwing one of our main weapons on a regular basis.
“No faith in the command skills of the guy named ‘Suicide Pact’? I am wounded. Truly.”Your shit eating grin makes it clear you are anything but. Valkyrie snorts and rolls her eyes. “So Darius didn’t end up using my suggestion, Bi-”“Yeah, no. I definitely was not going to use that one,” Darius says, cutting Valkyrie off. “Alright rookies, we only got a little longer before they cut off O2 to save on recycling air. Let’s get moving to cryo.”The four of you begin to march off after Darius like a troop of well armed ducklings. Just as you’re about to leave the hangar, you feel someone grab you firmly by the upper arm.<Here we go again…>“Ivan. Wait.”You allow Valkyrie to drag you back into the now abandoned hangar bay. You can’t help yourself, the shit eating grin is back on your face. Even if your fear it a little, you can’t say you’re too opposed to the Valkyrie’s unique attentions.Looking down at her, you see an expression quite unlike her usual one prior to a one on one session. She looks… serious? What.>Shit, well what’s gonna happen now?>Say something I guess?
Rolled 10, 10, 8 = 28>>31505628Huh, is everything alright Val?
>>31505628This'll do. >>31505654
>>31505628"I take it you didn't drag me out here for the usual reasons?"
>>31505628Anything ELSE happen? Or was I going over the line and need to take counseling now?
>>31505666>28She bawls her eyes out and declares her undying tender love for us.
>>31505628"Wait - you're not still..... mad I caught you end elda in the elevator?"
>>31505628What, you can't wait to tell me what your suggestion was?
>>31505628>She looks… serious? What."..there's only a few words suitable for a nickname that start with B I. Coming from you, it won't be bionic..."
>>31505628>Shit, well what’s gonna happen now?>Say something I guess?If Valkyrie is serious, I'm all for being serious as well. We can always end the talk with something funny, but Ivan isn't always about joking around."What's up? You look worried about something, I'm all ears."
>>31505768I bet you it was Big Dick.
Just have a question about the dice mechanic. Does QM just take the first 3d6 and compare it with a DC? Have there been any crits?
>>31505954Yes and Yes.
>>31505954Here, give me a moment to post the next update and I'll give you the skinny on how things work.
>>31505867For a moment I thought it was Bigot
>>31505954>Does QM just take the first 3d6 and compare it with a DC?little more complicated than tha, but hte dice rolling mechanics are explained in the combat systems pastebinand so far theres been 1 crit, a 1, 1, 1 critfail that got our arm blown off
>>31506076>a 1, 1, 1 critfail that got our arm blown offThat majorly sucked, but at least we got an awesome tattoo after we got stitched back together again. Great conversation piece!
>>31505954it's 3d10, and crits are a special case here.27-30 counts as a crit, but when the crit actually matters, the action itself is not affected. Ivan enters Grit Mode where he goes kinda crazy but gains the benefit of being better at actions that don't require heavy thinking.a critfail has only happened once, and honestly i have doubts of it ever happening again
>>31506198Don't forget a movie night with Elda.
>>31506235And then we do something crazy in Grit Mode like roll a 34...
>>31506012>>31506322Don't forget your promise! This time is 34 time!
>>31506235>honestly i have doubts of it ever happening again>i have doubts of it ever happening again>doubts of it ever happening again>ever happening againYou're just trying to get us cursed, aren't you? You do not taunt the dice by saying crap like that!
“I take it you didn’t drag me out here for the usual reasons,” you ask, raising an eyebrow.Valkyrie narrows her eyes. “Don’t be flippant. I do interact with human beings for reasons beyond fighting or fucking.”You wince internally. To be honest, you hadn’t really considered Valkyrie outside of those two modes. Even sparring Valkyrie was just a variation on fight mode. You rub the back of your neck. “Okay. Yeah. What is it?”Valkyrie chews on her tongue for a moment before speaking. “Listen. I don’t really know those other rookies. It was the skinny one with the glasses that came up with this idea right?”“Uh yeah. Niels pretty much thought of most of this.”Valkyrie sighs. “Thought as much. So. What I’m about to say might be better directed towards him, but I’m pretty sure he’d brown himself if left alone with me. So I’m talking to you. Also, you seemed like the leader in this mission, so just another reason to…”Valkyrie really does seem bothered by something. You never thought she’d be one to get tongue tied. Shit must really be serious. “What’s up? You really look worried about something. I’m all ears.”“Fucking better be,” grunts Valkyrie. “Alright. Listen Ivan. Even if you didn’t come up with the idea to go on this drop, you were still their leader. And you know what? You did a great fucking job. I am being entirely honest when I tell you I was waiting next to the pods for the distress call. One leg wound is nothing. You did a brilliant job. All of you.”
>>31506235>a critfail has only happened once, and honestly i have doubts of it ever happening againYou trying to get us ganked?
>>31506388I'd rather it here than anywhere else simply due to how reasonable Fall Guy is.I'm so sorry
Before you can speak Valkyrie takes a step forward, poking you hard in the chest. “And that’s a fucking problem.”“Wait, what,” you respond, utterly confused. “How is that a problem?”Valkyrie pokes you in the chest a few more times. “Because. You will get cocky. I was planning to let Reyumbi smack you around a bit before bailing you out. Teach you a lesson about personal limitations. You already take foolish risks. I know, I checked your HR dossier. And you know what? When you think you’ve got some sort of tactical genius on your side you’re only going to be more of a daredevil. Sure, you took on an Omicron rank mission with a bunch of rookies and it was all sunshine and roses.”Valkyrie pauses. “You got lucky. You were smart, but you were goddamned lucky too.”Valkyrie pauses once more. After a couple of seconds, you realize she’s waiting for you to say something.>This is a Write in, but I am suggesting themes you can work off of.>Defensive>Agreement>Curious>Humorous>Deflect
>>31506435>>AgreementFuck yes we got lucky. Pretty sure Ivan's perfectly aware that one misstep would have fucked us.
>>31506435>AgreementThis mission was way above us and we somehow pulled through it unscathed, while it was a massive success, I don't want to be doing this kind of mission without a lot better gear, more genemods and more training
>>31506435>AgreementThe dice gods favored us with a no-gibs run.
>>31506435>>AgreementI've been looking for ways to make my own luck, hence the get rich quick schemes. I do plan on laying low and taking a couple of safe jobs for a while though, if only to get a feel for looking out for my own ass.
Rolled 4, 3, 5 = 12>>31506435>AgreementWe took a pretty stupid risk and we got really lucky.You're right. We shouldn't have ever done that. I won't pull shit like that again. Well, at least not for a while...
>>31506435Seconding >>31506490 & >>31506494But I'll also through in >CuriousI want to know why the sudden change and concern, her thoughts on the matter and why she's talking to us like an adult
>>31506435>Agreement>Curiousthis guy brings up a good point. >>31506524
>>31506435>Agreement"I'm sorry, I got cocky and risked our lives this mission. When we get back to Brick you can punish me as much as you want to."
>>31506435Agreement"Yeah. Yeah. I know that I'm not the most tactically sound rookie. I just hope that I don't end up killing my team because of my problems..."
>>31506435>Deflect"Ha! So you do care about me, after all!"
>>31506566that is terrible dialogue and just not in Ivan's character
>>31505954So anyway,I'm glad you asked me about this anon. I'm pretty proud about the 3d10. Basically, the players vote on a chain of actions, usually about 3 to 5 actions long. For example:>Ivan runs to cover>Shoots at some enemies>throws a grenade>Moves to another bit of coverSo each player rolls a 3d10, and the order that they roll is applied to each action, so the first roll is applied to the first action, etc. The key is to keep the action chains short so that one early failure doesn't invalidate a whole bunch of other stuff.What I'm really proud of, and something I have yet to fully implement in DAQ, is the potential for the 3d10 to roll for a lot of specific combat actions, like individual sword/axe attacks or blocks against a melee opponent, for example.Obviously, 3d10 isn't the best system for every quest, but I rather like it.I do wish criticals were more common though. We have yet to roll a critical success.
>>31506435>Agreement"Look, I hear you, I really do. You make a good point, and I'm not about to deny that things could have gone badly. Any number of things could have ended us there."Look seriously at Valkyrie. "Yes, I take risks. Yes, they may even be foolish at times. It's why I'm trying to get better at my job and listen when I get told what went wrong."Give her a serious look. "If you're serious about what you're saying, then help me get better at this. Teach me."
>>31506435seconding >>31506524 and >>31506624some really good dialogue in >>31506624
Rolled 7, 4, 8 = 19>>31506624>>31506524these two
>>31506435>Valkyrie pauses once more. After a couple of seconds, you realize she’s waiting for you to say something.Drop the Boisterious Russian act. Be honest. Tell her that we DO listen to advice, that we need to wisen up and keep our head on straight - and its not always all axe all the time.But do say that we know we tend to make snap-decisions
>>31506624This times infinity plus yes.
>>31506616>I do wish criticals were more common though. We have yet to roll a critical success.Whats teh threshold for a crithit?
>>31506624>>31506678we could probably add in that her talk with us after Bitter Prophet sunk in and greatly helped
>>31506720thats what i was going for, yeah
>>315066991, 1, 1 or 10, 10, 10 are crits, though 27 or higher activates GRIT MODE
>>31506616Yeah great for lots of average rolls but as much of an advantage as a disadvantage.We will never be able to activate Righteous Fury ( Exploding Dice ).
>>31506699The threshold for a crit is a natural 30. No more, no less.That said, there is something called "Grit Mode" where the MC gets a plus five roll modifier and tears shit up. I do tiered success, and the plus five modifier is viewed as more tiers of possible success. However the difference between a nat 29 and a nat 30 would be one of exponentially greater success. Like seriously, huge leap.Like fuckin ginormous.>>31506788I think we already roll more than enough for exploding dice.
>>31506435I know I... we were lucky. You read my dossier. That means you know what went down during Bitter Prophet. That drop had guys better than me and one of them ended up dead while I lost an arm. So I realize how much worse this could have been.But we didn't sign on as mercs for safety and stability. The only thing I can say or do is try and make sure a good guy like Tran doesn't get ganked again while I can help it.
>>31506880>make sure a good guy like Tran doesn't get ganked again while I can help it.thats a really good point ot bring up too.he had a kid, too. That goes in ivan's dark box of regrets he doesn't like to think or talk about, but shape him going forward.
>>31506847This is how I picture a nat 30.
Rolled 6, 6, 3 = 15>>31506847>The threshold for a crit is a natural 30. No more, no less.Rollin to crithit the valkyrie, nail the conversation - and her, if it workspraise pelor!
>>31506847>Like fuckin ginormous.What happens if we manage to get a critical success whilst battling the homo shower?
>>31507228I'd probably put it in the bank for you all to use later. A critical success is supremely serious business
>>31507228It starts hosing Ivan down in bitches?
>>31507249No offense but that feels like cheating. Or at least, we get the option to save it if the roll it was made for gets counted as a critfail. That would be fair.
>>31507315I think you're discounting just how rare a 30 is.
>>31507315watits a fucking huge thing, you don't just waste it, FG has talked about this before, if one is rolled during rolls, he's going to bank it and get the most out of itstop trying to fuck us over
>>31507284The shower get relocated to Svenja room
>>31507387The shower has already infiltrated the entirety of the Brick it goes where it pleases.
"Look, I hear you, I really do. You make a good point, and I'm not about to deny that things could have gone badly. Any number of things could have ended us there."You look up at the hangar ceiling and sigh before locking eyes with Valkyrie, looking very serious. "Yes, I take risks. Yes, they may even be foolish at times. It's why I'm trying to get better at my job and listen when I get told what went wrong."Valkyrie squints at you once more. “Hmph. I want to believe you believe that. Not sure if you really do. Here’s the problem Ivan, you didn’t do anything wrong this time. Nothing. And sometimes that still isn’t enough for a happy ending.”“I know, I know,” you reply, slightly irritated. Honestly, Valkyrie was about the last person you expected to rain on your parade after such a resounding success. You kinda figured she’d be more interested in her own funny little incentive program, rather than safety speeches. “I learned what a comrade’s death was like on Bitt-”“Hold the fuck up,” says Valkyrie, putting a hand in the air. “Don’t tell me that shit. Tran was just some random asshole to you. He didn’t really matter, did he?”“He had a fucking kid,” you respond, ire rising in your voice, “Of course he mattered! Of course I cared!”Valkyrie grits her jaw shut. “Yuh huh. Don’t feed me that shit. Sure you probably felt bad that Tran died. You probably feel guilty about it too. What if that Niels kid died? What if Elda died? How would you feel then?”>Well?
>>31507480Even worse, because they are my friends, the fuck else am I meant to feel?
>>31507480"Kindly go fuck yourself."
Rolled 2, 1, 6 = 9>>31507480Then I'd probably hate myself until I die.
>>31507480>How would you feel then?"I'd feel like shit because we're friends."It was really damn tempting to add a 'duh' to the end of that.
>>31507480"A lot fucking worse. And probably looking for someone to murder."
>>31507480"At least I'm not the one trying to brush it off as nothing."
>>31507480As the one in the leader position usually it falls on us to make the decisions, and having people die while under our orders is a responsibility we have to deal with. They're also our friends too, much makes it suck even more.So yes, it'll feel like shit afterwards
>>31507480"Torn up, angry and devastated, I went through basic with them and dropped with they and they are my friends, what do you think I would feel? Is there a point to this because I'm not seeing it other than you making me angry."
>>31507480>Well?"You know what? I level with you, and you give me this crap. Every one of them matter."Give Valkyrie an icy look. "You can go to hell, because you just lost all credibility with me. Kindly go fuck off, because we're done."
Rolled 9, 1, 1 = 11>>31507480>>Well?"Its not shit. Hell, i went out of my way to make sure the bonus went to the toddler. You can check if you want, when we get back"Cool down, look a little more serious when we get called on niels and elda."If they bit it.... I'd probably feel even worse. They're friends, maybe something more""and - aww, hell, that's why you care so much, isn't it."
>>31507608>Give Valkyrie an icy look. "You can go to hell, because you just lost all credibility with me. Kindly go fuck off, because we're done."you were doing well until that bit, thats just being a cunt
>>31507480"I NEARLY FOUND OUT WHAT I WOULD FEEL LIKE IF NIELS DIED, GODDAMNIT!"
>>31507608>"You can go to hell, because you just lost all credibility with me. Kindly go fuck off, because we're done."Yeah nah we're not saying that, try to not be a vindictive prick for no reason anon.
>>31507608>>31507534Voting against theseDo not pissoff the boss. We're on her GOOD side, at least try to stay there.
>>31507578This>>31507608Combined with the first half of this>>31507534With undertones of this (but not actually saying it)I can't figure out what Val's trying to gain/explain here. She made her point about us being at risk, and we've accepted it, but now she's just off on some weird tangent.
>>31507480"They all matter Val. You may not believe me, but I'd put my neck out there for any of them. Hell, even if they were a nobody. Don't tell me I don't care. Where is this coming from?"
>>31507628>you were doing well until that bit, thats just being a cuntValkyrie needs a wakeup call, she thinks we're just saying what she wants to hear.I think she needs to understand she's been in the business too long, and doesn't know when the truth is staring her in the face about us.We do care about every merc, whether it was Tran dying, or if it Niels or Elda or Markos bites it.
>>31507652and also thats just blatantly out of character for Ivan
>>31507480Hold the fuck up, just because I'd get torn up worse doesn't mean it didn't matter. Fucked up about someone dying on my watch is still fucked up.
>>31507652Seconded. Shes giving us real talk. Nows not the time to be a douche.
Rolled 4, 5, 6 = 15>>31507480"Don't tell me what I do and don't feel. If you want to guilt about endangering my friends you could at the very least have learned their fucking names!"
>>31507670yeah, and what your wrote is not going to be a wakeup call, its just being petty and vindictive to one of our mentor figures who is concerned about us
>>31507652>>31507480Agreed. I like the bit untill we tell her to fuck off. We wouldn't tell her to fuck off, not Val especially.
>>31507674>Shes giving us real talk. Nows not the time to be a douche.No, she's not.We leveled with her, she gives us more bull. Time for her to back off, because she's lost perspective on who and what we are.>31507700Think carefully about it from how we have played Ivan.Ivan is NOT someone to always be nicey nicey. I wrote what I did because it fits Ivan's character, and not particularly because it's what I would say.
>>31507480"I'd feel horrible because I asked them to come with me. And I would never forgive myself, hell I still think I could have done something for Tran. If anyone I was close with died I'd be... I'd be... I'd be devastated if I lost anyone, I know it's not possible to bring everyone back but I can sure as hell try to, and I will try because if I don't I'll hate myself even more. Whether it's Niels, Elda, Markos, or you I would gladly risk my own live to try and save you than sit around and hope your fine."Shit I wrote a lot more than I wanted
>>31507738>Ivan is NOT someone to always be nicey nicey. I wrote what I did because it fits Ivan's character, and not particularly because it's what I would say.It is not in Ivan's character to be petty and vindictive and burn the house down the moment someone pushes back.
Rolled 1, 3, 6 = 10Guys. Valkyrie might be seeing herself in us.In all likelihood, she used to be like Ivan and lost more than a few comrades because of that attitude.She doesn't want Ivan to end up like her.
>>31507748BAM! Love it. Seconded Fall Guy >>31507480
>>31507782exactly, so telling her to fuck off and burning bridges is fucking retarded
Superrior suggestions>>31507748>>31507669>"They all matter Val. You may not believe me, but I'd put my neck out there for any of them. Hell, even if they were a nobody. Don't tell me I don't care. Where is this coming from?">>31507748>"I'd feel horrible because I asked them to come with me. And I would never forgive myself, hell I still think I could have done something for Tran. If anyone I was close with died I'd be... I'd be... I'd be devastated if I lost anyone, I know it's not possible to bring everyone back but I can sure as hell try to, and I will try because if I don't I'll hate myself even more. Whether it's Niels, Elda, Markos, or you I would gladly risk my own live to try and save you than sit around and hope your fine.">>31507669>"They all matter Val. You may not believe me, but I'd put my neck out there for any of them. Hell, even if they were a nobody. Don't tell me I don't care. Where is this coming from?">>31507646>"I NEARLY FOUND OUT WHAT I WOULD FEEL LIKE IF NIELS DIED, GODDAMNIT!">>31507620>"Its not shit. Hell, i went out of my way to make sure the bonus went to the toddler. You can check if you want, when we get back">Cool down, look a little more serious when we get called on niels and elda.>"If they bit it.... I'd probably feel even worse. They're friends, maybe something more">"and - aww, hell, that's why you care so much, isn't it.">>31507608>"You know what? I level with you, and you give me this crap. Every one of them matter.">>31507590>"Torn up, angry and devastated, I went through basic with them and dropped with they and they are my friends, what do you think I would feel?badd suggestions>>31507608>>31507534>>31507666lol lets piss off the valkyrie by being a douche instead of a person!Bet you just want elda and are trying to eliminate val
>>31507748Seconded. Let's do the thing where Ivan turns off the flippancy and goes heartfelt. It's worked before.
>>31507828>Bet you just want elda and are trying to eliminate valActually, I'm personally very much against Elda.I honestly think Valkyrie has lost perspective, because she's talking more about herself than us.Remember, this is a woman who has duked it out with us. She's not exactly a woman of nice words.
>>31507480>>31507748This is good, this is the time for serious honesty
>>31507480>"The same, losing a member of a team even a "random asshole" is not ideal. We all chose this life and line of work because we know the risks and the fact we could all die in some fuckin' random hot zone out in the middle of bum fuck nowhere. We have accepted that, fate. It does not mean that we choose to ignore or brush of the fact that it does happen. We may become numb to it and learn to deal with the fact that someone we knew died. But it does not change the fact that it is happened, it is happening, and will will probably happen again.And whether it is a professional or personal level we have to at least give a fuck. Because believe it or not, we are mercenaries, paid fuckin' killers. Our employers, may not give a shit about us, our clients may not give shit about us, the people who we end up helping may not give a fuck. But you know who does?The fuckin' merc standing right there next to you, staring and dealing with the same shit and fightin' along side you. I may not have cared too much about Tran, but I did care when he died."
>>31507950ooh this is good, it can work well
>>31507950Shit, all of this is dialogue. Damn green text.
>>31507480"I would take a bullet for anyone I dropped with: Niels, Elda, Simge, some"random asshole" rookie just of of basic. If their are my friend, all the better. But when we are down, knee deep in the shit, they are ALL my comrades!"
>>31507950That'll do, Pig. That'll do.
>>31507950This is pretty good stuff
>>31507950Damn I like that too. Huh...normally /tg/ speeches are terribad
Rolled 6, 1, 8 = 15>>31507950This is awesome. I vote this.
>>31507950Now THERE is a speech
The thought settles heavily in your mind. The very prospect of burying any of your fellow rookies makes you feel a little ill. Eventually the nausea at the prospect of attending their funeral disappears beneath a rising tide of rage. How dare she. How dare she suggest, even fucking imply, that you didn’t care about your friends. You take a moment to throttle down your anger. It cools into an icy ball of determination."The same, losing a member of a team even a "random asshole" is not ideal. We all chose this life and line of work because we know the risks and the fact we could all die in some fuckin' random hot zone out in the middle of bum fuck nowhere. We have accepted that, fate."
You begin to walk in an oval, striking your hand with a fist as you speak. “It does not mean that we choose to ignore or brush of the fact that it does happen. We may become numb to it and learn to deal with the fact that someone we knew died. But it does not change the fact that it is happened, it is happening, and will will probably happen again.And whether it is a professional or personal level we have to at least give a fuck. Because believe it or not, we are mercenaries, paid fuckin' killers. Our employers, may not give a shit about us, our clients may not give shit about us, the people who we end up helping may not give a fuck. But you know who does?The fuckin' merc standing right there next to you, staring and dealing with the same shit and fightin' along side you. I may not have cared too much about Tran, but I did care when he died."You stop where you are. You didn’t realize you started pacing when you went off the deep end on this. Honestly, you didn’t realize you had spent so much time thinking about the mortality of the merc life. Must’ve been thinking about it during those nightmares after Bitter Prophet. Valkyrie shakes her head. “Good. Then take some goddamn responsibility for yourself and your comrades. Don’t fuck around Ivan. I can see it now. These people will follow you into the shit. It’s your job to make absolutely fucking sure you’re not leading them into more than they can handle.”Before you have a chance to reply Valkyrie has started off towards the cryobays.>Say anything final?>Or just follow her and go to sleep?
>>31508579>Or just follow her and go to sleep?
>>31508579>>Or just follow her and go to sleep
Rolled 4, 2, 7 = 13>>31508579>>Say anything final?Thank you Val. Thank you for making me realize how much I care about my comrades.
>>31508579>Say anything final?"Thanks."Then get to the cryobay. Nothing more needs to be said.
>>31508579>Say anything final?"And if I do ever lead them into something we can't handle, you'll come and save us because you like my ass too much right? Joking aside, I appreciate your concern, your a friend Val, and maybe even something of a mentor to me, so thanks."
>>31508579Just follow her and go to sleep.
>>31508688I'll support this action
>>31508579>>31508645>>31508688This or this sounds good.
>>31508579Seconding >>31508688Also, FG, whats the deal with cryo, can multiple people share a pod or what? how does that aspect of it work with the human (or not so human) body work?
>>31508579>Say anything final?"Hey, I'd fighting next to you any day, that is if you could keep up with 'suicide pact'." "What where you going to call me anyway?"Deploy shit eating grin
>>31508579>>Say anything final?"Hey. Ever done it in a cryopod?"
>>31508863I don't think thats a good idea anon..
>>31508767Uh, haven't put much thought into the mechanics of the cryobay. I suppose so?
>>31508876Fucking lol, bet she has>>31508876Why not? Don't knock it till you try it!also citation needed
>>31508863If your idea of couples vomiting all over each other as soon as they get out is erotic, then by all means.
Right, also last update of the night, this one. Getting tired. Then we can do Q&A
You hurry up to catch up with Valkyrie and the two of you walk into cryo in silence. When you finally arrive in the bay, you both strip off your armor and store your gear away. Valkyrie has one foot in the bay before you finally speak.“Hey Valk. Thanks.”Valkyrie smiles before lowering herself fully into the cryopod and sliding it shut. Distant hopes of a shared pod are dashed against the rocks of reality. Probably for the best, to be honest, considering how prone you are to pod sickness. Last thing you want to do is vomit on your incredibly attractive and competent superior officer.As you lower yourself into the cryopod you can’t help but feel a thrill of anticipation. Your mission performance report and pay are due upon your return, as well as movie night and a drink with Svenja. Even if Valkyrie’s acting weird, things are still very much looking up.Just before your eye close a stray thought rises to the forefront of your brain. <Why did she?>
Rolled 7, 7, 2 = 16>>31508579Go to sleep and dream of cream filled and glazed doughnuts. Be unaware of the sexual implication of said pastries.
Alright, so that's all for tonight folks. Next thread probably on thursday.As always, lots of fun to run for you all, especially that Darius bait and switch.I'll be lurking to Q&A.
>>31509193Because she seriously needed to get her doughnut creamed.
>>31509216>Be unaware of the sexual implication of said pastries.more like dream of pear-filled pastries and confections
Rolled 1, 2, 1 = 4>>31509233Thank you for running Fall Guy!
>>31509193><Why did she?>why did she what?>>31509233Thanks for the thread FG, cya thursday
Rolled 8, 7, 3 = 18>>31509233Highlight of my night, really and sincerely. Your threads are like a night tv show, that I can actively participate in.
>>31509233Thanks for being awesome Fall GuyAnd I love how Val's actual concerned side was also a way for you to warn us to not count on dice.As if we needed a reminder shudder>>31509275Thanks for uh...wasting that here.
>>31509275>Rolled 3d10: 1, 2, 1 = 4holy fuck dude, turn off your dice
Rolled 8, 7, 4 = 19>>31509233You are, without a doubt, the best quest on tg. See you on thursday.
>>31509350They never do...
>>31509233Hey, FG, is there a place where we can store and practice with our BART?Do any of the drills at SO basic involve BART operation?And how many boxes of cream-filled doughnuts can a BART carry?
>>31509285>why did she what?Like 95% sure it's referring to the talk her & Ivan had. She's admitted that she's never taken any real interest in any of the rookies before Ivan.
>>31509233Will we ever know what Valkyrie was like during boot?
>>31509233How long until we see how our idol recruits are doing?
>>31509193ABPAlwaysBe thinkingof Pears.Do it.
>>31509614Yes, in the Mech storage/maintenance level. You can get a berth for your BART thereYesIt's a matter of balance mostly. Strengthwise, quite a lot. Like, a lot a lot.>>31509627Probably. Although not any time too soon. Things in DAQ work on something like a slow boil.>>31509665I'm thinking pretty soon. Transit time between missions is not negligible, although I have yet to settle on specifics.>>31509695>Do it.But where shall I do it anon?
>>31509233Continuing off of >>31509614, are BARTs rated for use against doughnut crazed HR representatives?
>>31509754>It's a matter of balance mostly. Strengthwise, quite a lot. Like, a lot a lot.PLAN "GET SVENJA TO HANG OUT AT THE GYM WITH IVAN" IS GO!
>>31509766Depends on how creamy the situation becomes, anon. Too much and there's a risk of the BART slipping and falling over.
>>31509843Note to self: Install retro rockets.
>>31509836Fattening up our HR rep just so she can spend more time with us...Pretty devious, anon...
>>31509754Begining of next thread. 3 posts. PEARS!
>>31509193>>31509254>>31509285>>31509618The guy who wrote that speech, here. My guess to be honest is that Valk, is a hardened veteran mercenary. She has seen some shit. She worked her was up from being a rookie to where she is now. She did not do this alone, there were others, comrades, friends, fellow mercenaries that have come and gone. That have died. Maybe some have even died under her command, which makes it even harder.I say a lot of people earlier trying to go with the direction of "telling her to fuck off" or "give her a wake up call". She didn't need a wake up call or need to be told anything, and when she asked us whether or not if we cared, she already new the answer.She was trying to give us a wake up call, show us that. She might see a little of us in her, a crazy son of a bitch, who does not seem to take things to seriously. And she does not want to see us go off and get killed or something, doesn't want to see another hot shot rookie get killed. She told us that now some of the fellow recruits see us as a leader, and that we should start acting as one. And I agree. We already have 3 more mercenaries coming in who we have vouched for, who will be looking up to us to lead, guide, train, and mentor them. The role of a leader and it's responsibility are already among us and we have to start being one, or else we are gonna get killed, and worse. Get the lives of the men and women who trusted us, believed in us, and followed us killed. And maybe Valk sees that if she can make sure we are competent leader, maybe a few more rookies and other mercenaries won't fuckin' die a grim death out there. That's just my 2 cents here. I really enjoy this quest, and I thank you Fall Guy for running it.
>>31509907>>31509836Get her a mini-doughnut machine for her office, and one for Ivan's face. We can mount it on a helmet. Like a beer helmet but with mini-doughnuts.
>>31509907A bit of meat is sexy- cute.
>>31509990Those jelly rolls are making me uncomfortable in my pants
>>31510020Then you are a healthy young man/woman!Mazel Tov!
>>31509990As if I was complaining about that. I like my women snuggly.But I think that it might be nice if we saw her outside of the office more often, and that was the idea I had to facilitate that.
>>31509948That's some tight analysis right there anon. Naturally I can't say if it's right or wrong, but you'll get your answer in time. I always enjoy seeing players take the extra time to really think about what's going on in the quest.
>>31510096Make a trail of cream donuts into HOEV and take her down planetside for a date-o?
>>31509948I think you were spot on anon. Loved the speech
>>31510116Fall Guy, will Ivan watch the Merc Idol show when Lord Churchill/Mad Jack are on? Preferably with his fellow mercs.
>>31510392Player decision. I see no reason why not though.
>>31510478Must watch. Must see our astounding performance!
>>31510478oh we are so gathering the mercs who starred and team Thundertits and getting several tonnes of popcorrn and booze and watching it
>>31509948I disagree with parts of what you posted.She may have phrased it as a wake-up call for us, but I find it more likely she is projecting herself on us. It's pretty definite, based on her reactions, that she IS responsible (or was leading) mercs that died. Probably horribly.Seeing some of herself in us, she assumes we will be the same as her, and (like many parents), projects herself on us. I'm less than thrilled that she (or Darius) didn't show up earlier before we inserted, and basically let us know they knew what was up. I would have even been more impressed if they canned us, or called us out before we left the Brick.I won't say you are completely wrong, but I personally believe the truth is less straightforward. There better be storytime by her if she's serious about us getting better, because it's a two way street.
>>31510478Fall Guy, one quick question. And my apologies if it comes off a little "waifu"y. Which characters have you put the most thought into their romantic subplots?
>>31511119No, that's a perfectly valid question anon. I've put the most thought into Elda and Valkyrie easily. Svenja is number three, but she's been getting more attention as of late.As for anyone else. pretty much none whatsoever. I was considering Tsukino, but Niels proved to be a very effective barrier, so her romance subplot has been shelved for now. Niels may end up going through it, and Ivan can have a peripheral involvement.
>>31511213Nerdy science chick needs more screentime
>>31511236you mean Linda the receptionist at the Doc's?
>>31511213There's something very amusing about Svenja, I have to admit.Ah, but Val and Elda too...Sorry, just excited to get to know them more.
>>31511213I love Ivan's interactions with Svenja, but I can't see her in a romantic light, she's a cute coworker who provides a funny and interesting outside perspective and a good friend but I just don't see the spark between Ivan and her that I see between Ivan and Val and Elda.But that does not diminish her character any, if anything, it helps define her character in my eyes
>>31511251yeah i forgot her name cuz late>>31511255i agreeanyway if its one complaint i have about socialization, its that they're mutually exclusive options most of the time, and we FG doesnt have screen time for everything.That first vignette scene with lots of little scenes was pretty awesome because a lot of events got done - and we got to dictate the flavor of them - but there's not really been anything like it since.
>>31511236>>31511251The fact you even remember her name is a definite plus for her chances of recurring.>>31511255That's quite alright anon>>31511303Certainly a valid interpretation of the relationship! I mostly just map out romantic subplots based on liklihood of pursuit>>31511313I definitely think that the vignettes will reoccur at some point. They were fun to write.
>>31511371>Certainly a valid interpretation of the relationship! I mostly just map out romantic subplots based on liklihood of pursuitDo you base them around ivan, or do you connect threads to other high profile/screentime/notable NPC's and figure out what they're doing in offtime?
>>31511391I'm trying to work out some more non-ivan relationships in some form of detail, but right now the notes on the social scene in DAQ are insanely Ivan-centric.
>>31511447The universe DOES revolve around me! YAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
>>31511447Huh! neat. Hope it goes well.best thing to do i think is decide who remains on the brick/sits missions out, etc, and has time to interact.Then its a matter of keeping personalities/hobbies/meshing with others into account and throwing npcs at each ohter in your head, often accompanied by 'fuck it, lets see how good it went' dice rolls