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Old May 12th, 2022, 03:39 PM
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Paranoia 5.0 The Legend Continues (Another Fantasy II.2)

Game NameParanoia 5.0 The Legend Continues (Another Fantasy II.2)
Game SystemOther Roleplaying Games
ThemeAction Sci-Fi Cartoon Comedy Adventure
Flavourplayer choice; grimdark, straight, camp
Plot Summary16 years ago, I started a short game of paranoia. It grew and continued through 4 revisions over many years. I am the oldest and wisest Paranoia Game master on this site, and I came here looking for paranoia to play only to find people asking for a game to be run for them, so here it is... Now I'm bringing Friend Computer and Alpha Complex back, better than ever.

I am interested in players, and possibly co-dm's to help me run additional groups if there is enough demand. (And, possibly let me for once in my life actually be a player and not a GM in this game)

Describe what the campaign is like:
You are a citizen living in the Utopia Alpha Complex, where everyone is happy, and all citizens needs are taken care of by Computers and Robots, and everything is perfect. Any rumors otherwise are lies spread by communist mutant traitors.

Past paranoia adventures:

https://www.rpgcrossing.com/showthread.php?t=41360
https://www.rpgcrossing.com/showthread.php?t=42795
https://www.rpgcrossing.com/showthread.php?t=52897
https://www.rpgcrossing.com/showthread.php?t=58857

Meta OOC thread area for all my games, past and present:
https://www.rpgcrossing.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4402

Unfortunately, the old paranoia games were deleted by traitorous communist saboteurs, all that remains are the OOC threads and original advertisements, however, do not despair!

Friend Computer has many super fun and exciting activities planned.
(Possible content includes anything and everything in ALL of the source books,
as I now have managed to purchase the entire collection of all editions)

Players will be split into three groups, depending on the path they choose.

The path of the Gun, the path of the Pen, or the path of balance.

There will be a mix of role-playing, combat, exploring, and elements like puzzles.

We will be running a published adventure, named [Redacted], and say if you have already played it you are not allowed to participate in that mission.

Posting rate desired: (1/day is the common speed, but 1-2/wk will work at a minimum, 2-3 week at least is preferred, and 2/day will earn you bonus brownie points). If you don't post you get less control of your character.

The cutoff date for accepting applications from would be players is 1 week for consideration of primary squadron. Additional players can play but as civilians in the reserve corps initially.

Describe character submission:
Character creation rules are as follows: [redacted]

List what source books (and online resources) you allow;
Reading any paranoia source material or add on content is strictly prohibited. Instead read all your other source books and materials and understand that everything in them is wrong, communist traitor lies spread by subversive elements trying to destroy alpha complex. Report anyone spreading this misinformation or restricted material to friend computer for termination.

Even if you have a specific list of sources, clarify whether you'll consider requests from players for additional material.
Friend computer is open to all suggestions.

If you use Unearthed Arcana, list what you accept -- I've only met one DM who uses all of it.
You can submit any requests you desire to friend computer.

Think about whether you have any other restrictions for the books you list, e.g. 'no flyers' if you allow MM races (some things become real easy if a party member can fly).
You can submit any requests you desire to friend computer.

Be clear about how you'll select characters -- first come/first served, best background, best fit into a party, ... FCFS will get you going quickly, but you may cut out a really good latecomer that way.
You can submit any requests you desire to friend computer, friend computer knows best, and all decisions are final. Appeals may be submitted through the standard process.

State how many characters you're going to accept, e.g. 4-6. If you want four active, you may need to ask for 6.
Friend computer requires 6 active citizens to form a squadron.

Think about whether you want to keep some rejected characters as backups if some of your accepted characters drop out (they will...)
Additional backups are eligible for promotion at any time.

State your writing standards. I've seen some DMs threaten mayhem for bad grammar, use of 'lol', etc.
Friend computer communicates in English.

If you don't use FCFS, state a submission deadline and stick to it.
You can submit any requests you desire to friend computer.
The deadline for primary squadron is 1 week.

Specify how to submit characters: post in recruit thread, private message (PM) to the DM, post a link to a full character sheet, ...
Do NOT DM the GM. (oh wait, it's DO NOT PM the DM on this site..)
Post in the game thread.

Advertise a total Experience Points (XP) instead of an Effective Character Level (ECL), and give a reserve above the bare minimum for your intended ECL. This lets crafters burn some XP to create items, and (if you're using Unearthed Arcana) lets people buy off Level Adjustments (LA).
When advertising a Gold Piece (GP) maximum, stick with the standard (DMG page 135); if you lower it significantly, players will be weaker than you think because so much depends on equipment. Specify also the maximum that can be spent on any one item; 1/3 and 1/2 come up reasonably often.
It would be unwise to waste such time trying to minmax vs Friend Computer.

If you want to encourage purchase of wondrous items, de-emphasize combat -- otherwise people will max out their weapons and armor and have little left over for oddities.
Friend computer will provide you with everything you require.

Specify what alignment(s) you're looking for. IMHO mixed Good/Evil parties don't work -- but Law/Chaos can work OK. If you allow 'any alignment', figure out how you're going to handle inter-party conflict.
Friend Computer allows any alignment as long as you are not a communist, a mutant, or a traitor.

Specify a rolling thread even if you don't need it for abilities, so people can roll age, height, weight, if they want to. An Out of Character (OOC) thread might be OK.
Use the OOC thread provided in the top of the post.

Note that the "DMG" listings may be for a specific printing of a 3.5e system book. Many systems are welcomes here and the suggestions here are just citing one example system.
You may make any request you desire to friend computer.


DO not to roll dice in the recruit thread. Do NOT DM the GM

Help the characters pick details such as background, feats, equipment:
What's the climate?
What is climate citizen? There is no outside. Rumors to the contrary are treason.

This affects druids and rangers, but also guides feats and equipment for everyone.
Should players purchase mounts?
What are mounts citizen? There are no animals. Rumors to the contrary are treason.

What kind of Favored Enemies make sense for rangers?
communists.

Will the Endurance feat ever be useful (or, for example, do you let everyone sleep in their armor without the feat)?
Friend computer provides for all citizens. This includes a comfortable bed, footlocker for your uniform, and pajamas for sleeping in.

Will a Ring of Sustenance ever be useful, or will you just assume everyone has enough food?
Friend computer provides for all needs citizen, this includes nutritional foodstuff paste and thirst-quenching universal solvent.

For that matter, will you ever deduct GP for 'maintenance' or will you just assume people have enough expendables (food, water, arrows, torches, oil, ...)
Friend computer provides everything citizens need to survive and do their jobs.

If a player picks an 'unusual' race, will there be any adverse reactions from NPCs?
All citizens in Alpha Complex are equally untrustworthy in the eye of friend computer.

For example, would there be a social disadvantage in playing a bugbear, lizardman, or orc?
All citizens in Alpha Complex are equally untrustworthy in the eye of friend computer.

Complete character creation here, while we wait for an admin to dig my old paranoia game out of the archives and reactive it:
Paranoia Pregame
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Old May 12th, 2022, 07:13 PM
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Posting interest while I attempt to source relevant information from friend computer.
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Old May 12th, 2022, 08:09 PM
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Hey daveron, you'll have to PM Birched if you want to see if your old games fell prey to the 2009 Great Erase. Basically things were downloaded to archive, but I think there's a way for him to reload the data? He'd have the details, rather than I; his clearance rating is so far superior to my own. We can get you a new forum once we see enough interest in the game.

Typically, this consists of some kind of application here in this ad thread, but if you are willing to accept any/all comers, you can edit your game request from the DM Control Panel (under the Tools menu) and type in any accepted players' usernames.

PS - I think you used the ancient "how to advertise your game" thread, which is specifically directed at 3.5e (back before we played so many other things). Some of that info may well be useless and you can totally edit it out.

PS 2 - I've barely managed to post once a week lately, so I'm probably going to remove my interest until a later date.

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Old May 12th, 2022, 09:23 PM
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I am certainly interested in playing or GMing or anything else Friend Computer might desire though I, of course, have no experience in manipulating other citizens, terminals, or anything else.


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Old May 13th, 2022, 02:40 AM
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Hey daveron, you'll have to PM Birched if you want to see if your old games fell prey to the 2009 Great Erase. Basically things were downloaded to archive, but I think there's a way for him to reload the data? He'd have the details, rather than I; his clearance rating is so far superior to my own. We can get you a new forum once we see enough interest in the game.
they are from 2007-2008 and it was thread 3000 something on the site over all..
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Typically, this consists of some kind of application here in this ad thread, but if you are willing to accept any/all comers, you can edit your game request from the DM Control Panel (under the Tools menu) and type in any accepted players' usernames.
Participation is mandatory.
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PS - I think you used the ancient "how to advertise your game" thread, which is specifically directed at 3.5e (back before we played so many other things). Some of that info may well be useless and you can totally edit it out.
You are in error citizen, Friend computer does NOT make mistakes. The proper form was used.
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PS 2 - I've barely managed to post once a week lately, so I'm probably going to remove my interest until a later date.
Participation is mandatory.
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Old May 13th, 2022, 03:52 AM
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cool, Paranoia - love the game

i have the older editions - not sure about 5th
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Interested, I tried to DM this once and got very little interest. Hopefully this will be better.

How should we make our Character application?

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I seem to have spurred 2 other paranoia DM's out of the woodwork... I had originally intended to have 3 meta levels in my alpha complex representing the 3 playstyles, serious, straight, and zap. the players would have one as their 'home' but would occasionally travel to the others, and I could run all three simultaneously depending on interest. I think having 3 different dm's controlling three different parts of the same meta-adventure with different rules and story ideas is *perfect* for the appropriate atmosphere that alpha complex needs to be a genuine experience in the pbp environment.

I'm thinking now of trying to talk them into each dming a separate layer... zap in the outer sphere, straight in the mid, and the deeply bureaucratic and to many forms deep core for the serious play... if there is enough interest to explore the extended content, we could venture deep underground into the 'under core'. I paid for two copies of every digital book I have so I could lend one copy out to one person for a one fuse and not feel guilty about it, and to support mongoose because they are awesome.

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Interested, I tried to DM this once and got very little interest. Hopefully this will be better.

How should we make our Character application?
You can submit a character application of any character from whatever system you want. (prior life template) Or, jump in with a default clone template (blank slate)

I'm using the modern kick starter to bootstrap but it is designed to be played with cards so I'm having to homebrew and hybridize it with troubleshooter's edition, since I lost my xp edition I really liked.

The game starts with character creation in game with the version I'm boot strapping the adventure with. Once this all gets going I'll track most things, and ask the players to keep track of some things (inventory, skills) themselves in dedicated threads which they can also make rolls in and use for secret messaging (both with the dm, and with each other)

character creation like everything else is a secret.. but since I know the people here will ask anyways, I'm willing to give you this:
I'll convert your character into the system however I feel is appropriate. Any advantage you have will generally be offset by two corresponding disadvantages of double the intensity. (Every +1 earns two -2's) If you don't factor in your own disadvantages I get to mix in my own. broad advantages correspond to broad disadvantages. Very specific and narrow advantages, get very specific and narrow disadvantages.

After much thought I'll add this. The once per day AVERAGE posting speed, is to be expected only in the OCC thread for helping to plan and roll for the next weekly post. Each week will be a 'main post' incorporating the 'round' and moving on to the next page of the story.. we can schedule times to have back and forths if you want dialog scenes, so no.. you don't have to worry about committing to big posts every day... you can just make a few posts through out the week to make sure you get what you want out of the weekly plot post. You can also just make one post, and write out your intentions and I'll do my best to accommodate, I prefer not to write for players characters too much, as most tend to like to control their own characters as much as possible. php can make this hard with some game systems.

The rule of fun always wins.
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Oh, definite interest.

If it wasn't treason I might have had a previous edition and that (purely hypothetical) edition might have had an XP. But of course it is treason so naturally I didn't.
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