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[Traveller] The Hoffmann Institute: Tangents

Coming in July of 2021!
The Hoffmann Institute: Tangents


Our civilization is the product of a particular path our ancestors have followed among the vagaries of historical alternatives. Had events of the distant past taken a slightly different turn, our surroundings and thought processes, what we find natural and hold dear, might be very different.

- Carl Sagan

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Game System: Traveller (MgT2) / Cepheus
Skill Level: Any
Application Deadline: 30-JUN
Max # Players: 8 Current Status (Game Open for 6 positions - team fit)
Post Frequency: Fast Paced - 1/3+ One post every three days or better.
Theme: Interdimensional adventuring in parallel worlds.
Setting: Modern Times (Baseline Earth, 0.0.0 - 2021 as of this posting)



Its been over 15 years and its time for Dark*Matter, the Hoffmann Institute to have a spin-off.

Department 8 Of the Hoffmann Institute is recruiting for elite teams to battle threats from alternate Earths and beyond. (Think... Fringe and Time Tunnel meets Sliders and Stargate, all have a love child together.)

Hook:
Do infinite parallel universes coexist with our own, each possessing qualities both like and unlike what we know as standard reality? Now imagine the answer was YES and it was your job was to investigate them.

Welcome to the worlds of Tangents.

Powerful creatures and civilizations exist and thrive in the worlds of Superspace and some of them have eyes on our Earth. Working for a clandestine organization called the Hoffmann Institute, you explore hidden mysteries while eluding forces—both human and alien—that scheme to control the truth:

All that you see is not all that there is.

Your character has been recruited (see “public” brochure) by the Hoffman Institute as a provisional mission specialist. If selected for inclusion as part of a mission team, your character will be given access to OSIRS (Operating System for Internal Real-time Security) at an appropriate level for the details of your mission.

Game Concept: Players will create characters that will become part of Hoffman Institute Research Department to complete specific missions. Some of theses missions will be short, and in time as the character grows and he/her security clearance and abilities increase, longer, more complex assignments will be assigned. Characters will navigate the complex organization of “The Hoffmann Institute” through each other while assigned to a team, and their OSIRS interfaced computer.


I will draw largely from the WOC setting, Dark*Matter and Tangents. Players do not need either of these resources. I just want you to know what to expect. Ruleswise, I'll be using mostly Traveller MgT2 (Mongoose 2nd ed), Cepheus Traveller (for those who don't have or don't want to use MgT2), Barbaric!, and a smudge of Sword and Sorcery of Cepheus. I'll provide everything you need to play mechanically through the game's forums or the Cepheus SRD.

Project Tangent Tunnel:

Research from a mothballed government project called "Tick Tock" was combined with the Hoffmann R&D knowledge of Dark*Matter. The result was the Tangent Tunnel - a superverse spanning device with literally, infinite possibilities.

For both good and bad.

Infinity Awaits You!

What You Can Expect in the Game:

In true Hoffmann Institute and Traveller fashion - this could literally be anything. I'll follow you and the Tangent Tunnel where you lead me. You could be working with Space-Faring Egyptian Societies one moment, or negotiating terms in a North America that remained in the hands of native peoples, and even acquiring technology from a sentient dinosaurs living on a Earth-ring-world the next. The possibilities are infinite.

Crossovers - there may be 'crossover' scenes and story-arcs where members of this team (game) will interact with members of another team (Game) in Dark*Matter: The Hoffmann Institute.

How to apply with The Hoffman Institute as a provisional mission specialist:
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The layout format is yours decide. I hope you understand that this type of game is not for everyone so please bear with me if it takes a little longer to select players for this campaign and that I'm asking a bit more from an application.

1. Please read this before you apply: Its my gaming Foundational Principle and the FAQ. If you have a problem with what you read there, please stop reading now and don't apply.

2. Character Concept: Tell us the story; how did you come gain the attention of the Hoffman Tangent R&D recruiters? let this be a good example of what to expect from your writing. Tip: Go high on feeling and low on details.

3. A Traveller (MgT2 or Cepheus) You'll need to complete the Hoffman Institute Academy and include your final exam results (character sheet) with your applications. Other than that, include any thing else you think will help the review board and is 'fun' for you as a player.

Be sure your application has these elements:

* Character Flavor Text
* Character Archetype
* Character Head-shot
* Key Skills/Abilities/Talents (Your Academy Results - Character Sheet from the Tutorial)

Follow this link to the thread that takes you through the process. Once you are done there, return to this recruitment thread and post your character description 'here.' I hope you enjoy it!

That's all there is to it!!

I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with and as always, if you have questions or would like more details, please post them below.
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Agent! Are you brave and smart enough to wear this division badge?
Take your Hoffmann Career off in a new tangent, and apply to Division 8 today!




Application Tracker

Player Character Name Archetype App Status
ghostwalking Doyle Curry good-hearted rogue COMPLETED
WreckedAll Alexis "Lex" Remington Trader Adrenaline Junky COMPLETED
tomthumb Tus Tech Genius COMPLETED
Silent Rain Devlin Lacroix - COMPLETED
OneDarkness Dominic Stokes Doctor COMPLETED
Mythrandil Theodore Williams Scientist COMPLETED


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Old May 31st, 2021, 10:14 AM
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Please feel free to post your questions, comments, etc. right in this thread.
I'm planning on a July start with an application deadline of June 25th.
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Character Concept: A perceptive, adventurously curious, and generally good-hearted rogue who has learned to live off of his wits despite being slightly socially awkward.

 


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*OSIRS Notation Start*
File Number: YY-MM-00000
Status: Probationary Agent, Second Class
Rank: 0
Band: 010 01-18
Clearance: Restricted
*OSIRS Notation End*


Doyle Curry 688A74-0
Base of Operations -
Species Human
Description -
Age -
Rad. Dose -

Physical Characteristics  
STRength 6
DEXterity 8
ENDurance 8
INTellect A
EDUcation 7
SOCial 4
PSI -

Dice Modifier Table
Ability 0 1-2 3-5 6-8 9-11 12-14
DM -3 -2 -1 0 +1 +2

SKILLS AND TALENTS
(EDU + INT) * 3Skill Points MAX /Used: 10/54

Skill (specialty) Rank
Admin  
Advocate  
Alchemy  
Animals  
Athletics (STR)  
Athletics (DEX)  
Athletics (END)  
Art  
Art ( )  
Art ( )  
Broker  
Carouse  
Deception 1
Diplomat  
Drive 0
Drive(wheeled)  
Electronics 0
Electronics (Comms)  
Electronics (Computers)  
Electronics (Remote Ops)  
Electronics (Sensors)  
Engineer  
Engineer ( )  
Explosives  
Flyer  
Flyer(Winged)  
Flyer(Rotor)  
Gambler 0
Gunner  
Gunner(Turret)  
Gun Combat 0
Gun Combat ( )  
Heavy Weapons  
Heavy Weapons ( )  
Investigate 2
Jack of all Trades  
Language 0
Language ( )  
Leadership  
Mechanic  
Medic  
Melee 0
Melee (Blade)  
Melee (Unarmed)  
Navigation  
Persuade 3
Pilot  
Pilot(Small Craft)  
Profession  
Profession ( )  
Recon 2
Science  
Science ( )  
Sorcery ()  
Seafarer  
Stealth 1
Steward  
Streetwise 1
Survival  
Tactics  
Tactics ( )  
Vacc Suit  
Untrained -3

TALENTS
Name Description
Spy -

ATTACK ACTIONS

HAND TO HAND AND MELEE WEAPONS
Weapon TL Cost Wgt Range Damage Type LL
Unarmed Strike melee (close quarters) 1D6  

RANGED AND HEAVY WEAPONS
Weapon TL Cost Wgt Range Damage Type LL
Revolver 4 Cr150 900g 1 ranged (pistol) 2D6 P

GEAR
Leather Coat, Pistol (standard issue), shotgun (standard issue)

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Nicely done ghostwalking - great to see you here!
I've added you to the tracker as WIP at this point.
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Looking forward to it. Taking my time with the Backstory-Roleplay sample.
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Completed (unless I missed something)

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Completed (unless I missed something)
Nicely done... you're all set.

I've got you marked COMPELTED
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This is my first time on this site. I have a learning curve. I rolled stats. I think that I will be a broker. I'll have a 12 Soc; 3 for Barter. It'll be my character's job to make sure the journey is profitable.

Need time to learn, and put it all together
Nice to see you here Wreched! Let me know if you have any questions.

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Following Bananabadger in highly recommending this game. Out of the many games I play in... this is the one that completely keeps me on my toes. I actually do research for this game... LRAD's? best burglary tools?

Seriously... if you like your RP deep, jump into this game.
Thanks for that Begon Ugo!

Now I wonder how Bobby will react if he ever learns about Department 8
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