You are Michael Greystone, BOLO Supertank Commander, Free Trader, Outlaw, Interstellar Folk Hero, and recently Colonial Governor of the Megacorp-Chartered mining colony of Tempest. Beyond the Frontier of the Terran Commonwealth, your world stands almost entirely on its own, just over a million political dissidents, gang-pressed City-Planet peasants, freed slaves, and alien exiles on a storm-wracked rock in the Great Dark.Your world isn't much to look at now, alien algae coating every landmass, spreading across the newly risen oceans in a film of muck, and steadily poisoning itself with its own by-products. However, even as the toxin levels rise outside the pre-fabricated domes that shelter your humble Colonists, they pave the way for the modified Terran ecosystem that will soon cover the shattered continents and countless islands, spreading mist-wreathed jungles across what is now a wasteland.But building this new world will not be a matter of hard work and time alone. Defending your skies is a ramshackle fleet of converted junk freighters and tugs armed with garage-built chemical rockets and re-purposed mining lasers, backed by a small fleet of captured Pirate vessels gained through guile and trickery. However, they were far from the only Pirate fleet operating in this region of human space, and you doubt you will be lucky enough to be threatened by another band of Pirates so wracked by internal strife that a few well-placed words could turn them against each other like rabid dogs.>CONT
>>35738075There are problems far closer than distant Pirate havens, though. The Rach, Pseudo-Arachnids, have been mostly cleared from your Colony region by General Wittmores extensive ground campaign. However, following your victory over the heaviest combat strain known to exist, they have switched to producing countless lesser Demi-Queens. Scattered in small, hard to detect Colonies with low enough resource intake that they can subsist off of local Algae, they produce Worker and Warrior Caste Rach to send into the Secure Zone and engage your Colony Domes in constant small harassing attacks, with larger assaults on border settlements at seemingly random intervals, testing your defenses and requiring James to keep part of his force garrisoning your Domes in support of local Militia forces.Your Simulcra spying program is going well, having identified dozens of hidden Colonies where Rach Brains plot in secret, waiting for the next Spawning when specially trained tactical teams can raid the Nests and recover the newly spawned Brains before they can be culled of "defective" minds by their seniors, in the hopes that the odd ones will be capable of meaningful communication, and just maybe peaceful co-existence.The force that will likely carry out this mission, your newly formed Tempest Army Special Forces, is proceeding at pace. Attempting to integrate Kzinti Warriors with human Supersoldiers and your best human soldiers, this new Armed Forces branch is slowly taking shape under the tuition of Spider, your renegade Cobra, and Dean, Cyborg Military Intelligence Officer and Spy.>CONT
Oh boy, Governor's quest JUST AS I WOKE UP...*adjusts glasses* just as planned.
>>35738091In more immediate news, the Commonwealth Navy Task-force that will be sent to your world to "Investigate the Pirate Incident" and "secure the system", in reality to report on your use of the "retired" BOLO Iron Scythe in combat against the Rach, has been unavoidably delayed, and will be here in six months.Here right now, however, is a AAA Trade-Ship, which will return every Financial Quarter (Three Months) to collect the mineral harvest, minus your cut, and offer infrastructure and additional infrastructure and pre-fabricated buildings for sale.>You have 16 C in the Treasury>Your income is 11 C per Quarter. 3 from Mining Profits, 6 from asteroid Mining, 1 from the Mining Hub, 1 from locally manufacturing and repairing mining equipment with your Machine Shop, and one from local manufacture of needed equipment from your Automated factories.>Your Power Grid is Overtaxed (-1 Power)>James has requested to see you about organizing the structure of the Tempest Army>Your new Fleet officers and crew have arrived and begun training local crew>Your Colonists have started building machinery to re-process your Rations into noodles, mixing them with spices grown in small hydroponics gardens to create fairly edible Ramen from the surplus bulk rations.>Action?
>>357384951) How much did we allocate for that Naval Bonus? We need to subtract that from the treasury.2) Does the AAA ship have any power generators? Because >Your Power Grid is Overtaxedis an issue.
>>35738495>Your income iscan we agree to set aside of our quarterly income into a rainy day fund?
>>35738561It has already been subtracted. The amount was 5 C.AAA has Fusion Reactors for sale. You currently have 11, each producing 2 Power. 1 Power is sufficient to provide energy for 50,000 Colonists and a Mining Pit. You will need 7 more Power to bring the system up to full capacity (The Automated Factories and Machine Shop drawing more power than the starting Reactors you were issued can supply), and at the moment you are operating at reduced efficiency, and any further stress on the Power Grid will result in Rolling Blackouts.Fusion Reactors are 5 C each and take 21 days to bring online.
>>35738616Sure why not. Let's do a Savings Goal of 5C per quarter - but this is a goal and comes out of the Treasury at the end of the quarter....hell, use it to set up a Bank of Tempest, offer loans to colonists at low rates for their own infrastructure projects.
>>35738495>>Your Power Grid is Overtaxed (-1 Power)I really don't want blackouts. The brains would be able to take advantage of this.
>>35738681>Fusion Reactors are 5 C each and take 21 days to bring online.I hate issues like this coming up early in the turn. Buy one reactor, and any chance we can start making these on our own sometime soon, or some sort o-Tempest has high winds, doesn't it? Couldn't we build wind turbines? The concept is fairly low tech...
>>35738700>>35738701How many Fusion Reactors would you like to purchase?Tempest already has a number of small, independently operating private banks and one nascent Credit Union spread across various Cantons. Would you like to create a government competitor?
>>35738753>Would you like to create a government competitor?maybe some sort of government backed insurance for the private banks if they meet some criteria
Save some money just in case guys. I"ll have to give this a read over, but remember Navy guys will be coming, and that means we may be able to buy some weapons and ships
>>35738792This, in fewer words that I was going to say. With criminal implications if the banks get mismanaged, and in case of collapse, golden parachutes get cut first. No Too Big To Fail.>>35738797We've already paid for the officers, they're already here.And One reactor.
>>35738753>>35738752Fusion Reactors are currently beyond your local manufacturing.Wind Generators would be entirely possible. However, you do not yet have the local Engineering to produce models efficient enough to create more power than they cost to manufacture. This will change when the Technical University finishes producing its first crop of local Technicians in three years.>Confirm purchase of one Fusion Reactor for 5 C? This will bring your Power Grid to Burdened, and eliminate imminent risk of blackouts.
>>35738828>Confirm purchase of one Fusion Reactor for 5 C?yep, play it close to the edge for when we have to buy things from AAA
>>35738828Confirm. We'll probably want to buy more next quarter.Let's try to save for that. Try to keep 5C free for a power plant (If more immediate things come up, spend it, but otherwise, try to save it)
>>35738828>Confirm purchase of one Fusion Reactor for 5 C?>Yes
>>35738826Yeah, but what about merchants selling ships/weapons?
>>35738919A fair point, but we've got a decent little podunk space navy right now. Any real upgrades would probably be multiple-quarters worth of income.
>>35738919lets talk to our military advisers before we go shopping again
>>35738862>>35738867>>35738897DONEHulking landers loaded with the delicate machinery of a Fusion Reactor begin descending into your atmosphere from the blocky, rectangular Tradeship above, delivering much-needed Power to your colony.>Reactor will be brought online in 21 days>Talk to James about Military Organization>Meet your senior Fleet Staff>Contact your Free Trader Associates to place a special order>See what else AAA has for sale this quarter>Other
>>35738988>>Talk to James about Military OrganizationDuty first, gentlemen.
>>35738988>Talk to James about Military Organization>With your senior fleet staff
>>35738988>>See what else AAA has for sale this quarterI don't know if we want to buy anything...Once that, then >Meet your senior Fleet StaffWe need a CNO>Talk to JamesOur army needs out attention, too
>>35738988>>Meet your senior Fleet Staff>>Ask about shit they wantDo the same for James.I think we should organize our military like this:>Tempest Army>Tempest Strategic Services (Or some other name for an intelligence agency)>>SpecOps>Tempest Aerospace Force: Manages orbital tugs/satellites and airspace. >Tempest Fleet/Space Force>>Tempest Marine Corps
>>35739060We should check first to see if they have anything we may need. Maybe we could consult with our Chief Admin first?In the future, we"ll have to buy Tri Rifles & Combat Armor from them.
>>35738988>Meet your senior Fleet StaffAlso send a notice to our scientists and engineers to see about alternatives for our future power needs.
>>35739107>>35739060>>35739051>>35739033Meet with James or Fleet Staff first? Or would you like to combine both into a single meeting?
>>35739150Single meeting. Deciding our military structure without consulting the Fleet is silly.
>>35739150Combined meeting, for combined operations.
>>35739150The Navy and the Army are natural enemies. So yes lets build some good old fashion rivalries.
>>35739150Fleet first so we can get a handle on them first. I think it's more polite/proper etiquette to personally meet them beforehand, like we did with James.
>>35739210>>35739150Lemme rephrase what I say.Meet with the Fleet, then a combined meeting. >>35739193Of course, when pencil pushers have to decide their budgets.
>>35739237As a pencil pusher ... :(Of course, I'm also not of the mentality that internal divisions must compete with each other over resources
>>35738075Hey OP. You mentioned the APCs can carry sixteen passengers. Are all sixteen passengers usually used? I'm curious since it's a ton of people, and unless the 3rd APC is only partially full? There would have to be a new way to organize troops, like 4 Section platoons.
>>35739236You meet again in the wood-paneled Dining Hall that has been home to two momentous occasions already. You think that if Tempest ever becomes a major world, this room will hold great historical weight.Gathered around the table, in two polarized groups, are James' senior Army Officers, ad your newly recruited Space officers and senior NCOs in charge of training.At the forefront of the latter group is a well-dressed man in a semi-formal uniform vaguely reminiscent of the Commonwealth Navy Commodores Uniform, bronze skin and dark, intense eyes on a notably handsome face and lean frame. From your reports, this is the most qualified man to lead your new Fleet, being the only one with experience commanding a fleet of warships, as well as experience in managing Naval Dockyards and Fortresses."Good to meet you, Governor. My name is Dominique Smith, and I am the seniormost Commanding Officer to respond to your recruiting campaign so far.""If you choose to give me the position of commanding your Space Forces, I will serve with the same distinction and dedication that I displayed during my service in the Commonwealth Navy.">Accept>Appoint another Captain>Other
>>35739403Normally they are loaded one squad to a SCAR. However, more can be crammed in if needed.
>>35739419>>OtherIf there's any sort of misgivings we have about the guy, I want to know. If we have no misgivings about the guy, then>Accept
>>35739419>AcceptI see no reason not to give the job to the most qualified and experienced man in the Fleet.
>>35739419>>Accept>>Appoint another Captain>>Otheri'd like to look into his background first if possible, (and that for the other officers) i don't want to give command to some disgraced commander who will turn pirate with the fleet
>>35739457>>35739490>>35739496No! Dont go off half-cocked.>>35739419OP, who are the other candidates?
>>35739500So you're asking to have the reports that our character already read to be reiterated?
>>35739515>>35739522This is why I asked if we (the character) had any misgivings. If we do, then we want to know what they are. If we don't, then it's our character's judgement already that this is the best person qualified and a QM hint we don't need to spend more time on this.
>>35739419>Other Lets see what his command record looks like first before we make any decisions.
>>35739457>>35739490>>35739496>>35739500>>35739515>>35739522Dom Smith, as most call him for short, was a rising star in the Commonwealth Navy before some kind of hushed scandal resulted in his resignation. Details are scarce, but it is believed to involve a smuggling ring that had begun sneaking refugees from plague-ridden worlds on the Herod Frontier, with some whispers that senior naval officials were involved. You don't feel particularly warm to him right off the bat, but you don't feel uneasy about meeting his eyes either. If nothing else, he seems honest and grounded.The remainder are a number of not particularly noteworthy Captains and XOs from the Commonwealth Navy, various independent Navies, Fleets, Orbital Guards, Space Forces and others, and some from Megacorp Security Forces. All have been vetted, and a number of undesirable candidates have been turned away.
>>35739770Sounds like our kind of man>Accept
>>35739770I like the guy. Accept his offer.
>>35739770Keep him for now, I see no reason to turn him away.
>>35739419Take him. We have military intelligence keep an eye on him later to make sure he doesn't break the law.What he smuggled is something that's sympathetic, but him using his position to smuggle is still a red flag.
>>35739811>>35739828>>35739831>DONE"You will not be disappointed with my performance, Sir. I will do my utmost to secure the orbitals of this world.">Ask James about his proposed Army/Armed Forces Structure>Ask Fleet Personnel for suggestions>Other
>>35739922>>Ask James about his proposed Army/Armed Forces Structure
>>35739922>>Ask James about his proposed Army/Armed Forces Structure>>Ask Fleet Personnel for suggestionsLet James speak first, then ask Fleet if they see any issues with them working together in the structure proposed.
>>35739922>>Ask James about his proposed Army/Armed Forces Structure>>Ask Fleet Personnel for suggestionsWe'll ask James, as the senior military man in our government, for his suggested plans, then ask Dom for his thoughts on the fleet components and integration with the Army.
>>35739922>Ask James about his proposed Army/Armed Forces StructureLet's hear what he suggests first, then the Fleet can voice their suggestions.
>>35739922>Ask James about his proposed Army/Armed Forces Structure
>>35738495>>Your income is 11 C per Quarter. 3 from Mining Profits, 6 from asteroid Mining, 1 from the Mining Hub, 1 from locally manufacturing and repairing mining equipment with your Machine Shop, and one from local manufacture of needed equipment from your Automated factories.It's twelve. 3+6+1+1+1
>>35739970>>35739972>>35739979>>35739989James stands, activating a holographic projection on the table."My proposal is to somewhat alter our Ground Forces organization, in many ways mimicking the Colonial Marine structure. The main difference will be at the small unit level: Increasing Squad size to fourteen men, organized in three Fireteams, plus a commanding Sergeant. Platoons will consist of four Squads plus a Lieutenant and Senior NCO to serve as his or her right hand. Beyond this point, command structure will remain virtually the same, save for the stipulation that officers will be recruited exclusively from senior NCOs.""The second proposition is that all recruits for our Armed Forces go through the same Basic Training, basic Space Survival, the basics of crewing a starship, weapons and tactics, advanced hostile environment survival, etc. Recruits are then sent to specialized schools depending upon branch of service: Army, Aerospace Force, Fleet or Navy, Space patrol and possibly some sort of water-based navy. This will provide a base for cross-training, increase cohesion between Armed Forces, and simplify training facilities somewhat.""This leads into my final proposition: That we pattern our military as a whole after the Rim Confederation and old Sovereign Colonies: More branches of one military than separate Armed Forces. By increasing cross-training, emphasizing cross-service Combined Arms, and including officers from other Services in strategy meetings, I hope to replicate the military culture of the aforementioned nations. Instead of serious inter-service rivalries that grow into suspicion and strife, I believe this will lead into a form of friendly rivalry and competitiveness that will not impede the hoped-for air of cross-service camaraderie and military brotherhood, with increased operational efficiency.">Ask for Navy/Fleet Comments>Other
I have a bit of a question about our backstory, has it ever been mentioned just WHY we left the Legions and became a free trader? My personal headcanon up till now has been that we resigned in protest after a falling out with command over some kind of policy change by the higher-ups that we considered unacceptable.
>>35740633>Ask for Navy/Fleet CommentsAlso, what do we know in-character about the military history and culture of the Rim Confederation and the Sovereign Colonies?Anything like the Coalition?
>>35740633I like this. I don't want our military working at cross purposes. But...>>Ask for Navy/Fleet CommentsI want our CNO's thoughts.
>>35740633>Ask for Navy/Fleet Comments>mention the possibility of a Legion Tempest at some point in the future and ask their opinions
>>35740633>Ask for Navy/Fleet Comments>>35740658It was hinted at in a previous thread that we left the legions after our BOLO (a female, and very close to us) was... killed.
>>35740633>Beyond this point, command structure will remain virtually the same, save for the stipulation that officers will be recruited exclusively from senior NCOsFine with this, but mention a reserve officer training program (for undergrad students) & officer training academy (for graduates to go fulltime immediately) will have to be set up eventually. The latter should also include trying to train/educate senior NCOs who want to become officers.>>35740633>Ask for comment on the last two partsThe first one doesn't concern the naval officer.
>>35740658That's actually very close. Legion politics seemed to be growing worse every year, the constant bickering and jockeying for position, especially among those no longer actively partnered with a BOLO and exposed constantly to its loyal and businesslike psyche, seeming to eclipse the work of defending humanity.Finally, it was the dissolving of the tenuous bonds with Varus' fellow Legions and the Colonial marines that you worked so hard to build that drove you to resign at last, despairing of ever seeing the Legions formed into a cohesive whole as they were at the Founding, and aligned with the Marines in solidarity against all humanities foes, both foreign and domestic. The tide had turned, seemingly permanently, in favor of isolated political jockeying and focusing more on internal rivals than the reasons behind the Commonwealths orders.
>>35740733Just to expand on this. While there is usually a noticeable difference between a green guy straight out of officer school and a senior NCO who became an officer, they're trained for different things and the latter has a higher level of education as a requirement. That, and I guess it's also because the fact they're so different means they can't count on all senior NCOs wanting to become commissioned officers.
>>35740951We would want a high percentage of mustangs, and maybe make all officer-candidates go through Basic first, but yeah...We might be facing an officer shortage down the line.
>>35738495>Your income is 11 C per Quarter. 3 from Mining Profits, 6 from asteroid Mining, 1 from the Mining Hub, 1 from locally manufacturing and repairing mining equipment with your Machine Shop, and one from local manufacture of needed equipment from your Automated factories.Wait, do we not have the orbital nodes set up yet? Or did you just forget about them.
>>35741077It should be twelve in the first place, though.OP, are we meant to just get 11C for now or did you miscount?
>>35741043Since this model is one that was used in the setting by a military, and we can look up on our GalactiWiki how well that military fared (as well as any officer shortages it experienced), why not check to see if all of our second-guessing of our specialist is useful or is actually going to hurt our military organization.
>>35741129>OP, are we meant to just get 11C for now or did you miscount?I think he's taking into account that we didn't buy the Hydroponics or the Algae Tanks, and therefore must buy food from AAA every Fiscal Quarter for 1C.
>>35741146Nope. The first proposal is separate from the third, and it's not like he's infallible. Nor will from a 'realistic' and narrative perspective will these humans be too radically different.
>>35741165That cost is already factored into our income. We'd get a +1 bonus *for* the hydroponics and algae tanks for not having to buy it.>>35741146I think it's a legit question, not second guessing. If he has a proper answer for it, then that reinforces his authority and compentance. And he better damn well have an answer for it :P
>>35741220Technically, he didn't mark down anything we lost money over. >>35741220Yeah. If it's something that's subjective (opinion on mustangs being better), then it can be ignored. There are practical things to consider.Lower level people not wanting to move up into higher ranked (and less 'on the ground' positions) is something even police departments have to deal with; and they don't require cops to have a college education at any point AFAIK. It's just credit to their career.
>>35740852>>35740732This and...Other issues. Words of comfort expressed for a comrade in a time of grief hid poisoned barbs, and your psychological and physical injuries were turned to purposes politic. It was then that you knew Legion Varus had truly lost its way.>>35740733>>35740732>>35740731>>35740718>>35740716Dom speaks after conferring with his fellow Officers: "While I would have suggested a more traditional approach, I will be willing to try this structure. While it is in my mind untested, the Governor holds ultimate authority. Several of my fellows, from Commonwealth and... Independent Navies both, have said that this is an elegant solution to the problem of mistrustful ground and space forces. I will reserve judgement."Another Officer stands, a Captain formerly of the Jackson Emirate, "I have worked heavily with makeshift defensive fleets of the kind that we currently have in the form of the Defense Auxiliary. My suggestion is to make the Auxiliary a branch of the local Citizens Militia, with the option of additional Spacer training and service with the Auxiliary instead of groundside service. This will create a good recruiting pool for those who decide they like the life Navel, an avenue for Citizens who want to pursue a career in the Merchant fleets or other civilian orbital service.">Yes>No>Other
>>35741269>YesWe were already using the Auxiliary like this, so formalizing it seems to be the next logical step.
>>35741269Go along with it.
>>35741269>>YesI see 0 downsides. Governor is ultimate head of all military and militia forces, and I want to encourage our own tradeships...
>>35741269>YesAsk James on why he insists on all our officers being Mustangs, and whether he proposes thats how we operate in the long-term. Otherwise, the rest works.
>>35741077Orbital Nodes are not yet online and turning a profit. They will within the next two months, providing a small profit in the next Quarter and full profits every Quarter afterwards.
>>35741366Ok, thanks for clarifying.
>>35741366Is the reason why we're getting 11C because of the 1C for food, or for some other reason?
>>35741310>>35741326>>35741327>>35741355>CONFIRMEDJames nods at your question, "In my experience, my career included, Mustangs have the best grasp of battlefield conditions and command the most respect from the enlisted men, and are certain to have no nervousness about assuming command and are highly unlikely to freeze up. Their experience in combat and commanding squads simply makes the best officers. Coupled with giving them the same increased training that raw recruits of Officer School receive, to ensure that the basics of combat are deeply ingrained, this would give us a superior Officers Corps." "The Colonial marines, due to their nature as a virtually separate civilization, have been able to more than fulfill their needs for commissioned officers from their NCO ranks. While our situation is obviously very different, I believe that beginning this practice early, when prestigious positions in society are rare on this world, would create a tradition of continuing service as Officers for career types that would help us meet requirements for commissioned Officers in the future.">Yes>No>Other>Questions?
>>35741753Yes.We can always open it up later if need be.
>>35741753>YesAsk them what they would like us to buy in the short term, then move on
>>35741753>YesDoes FTL communications exist in this setting? Or does it have to be done via FTL Courier Ships?
>>35741753>Tentative yes for now, and change that in the next 10 years. Maybe make all officer cadets serve a year or two as Specialists before becoming full officers.I'm fine with it at the beginning. But he has flawed assumptions. Not all senior NCOs (let alone those who want to become a CO) will have combat experience. It also assumes any trained CO will be inadequately trained on commanding soldiers and can't be eased in. Commanding squads is also vastly different from commanding a platoon and even larger organizations. Officers are also trained to plan missions. It would also mean we'd have a delay in getting new officers since we'd need to make sure they get a higher level education. Even their training style is different. Officers are responsible for training collectives. NCOs get to actually deal with individuals when they train them.My suggestion would give the benefits of both worlds. His prestigious position thing will still apply, and all future officers will have some enlisted/NCO experience under their belts. It's a better compromise. I think his position is too hardline and can lead to problems in the future.Changing vote from:>>35741789
>>35741772>>35741789Dom speaks first, "While Tempest Station has facilities for maintenance and basic repairs, a major overhaul of most of our ships is needed to restore full operational efficiency. to that end, I suggest you purchase upgraded repair bays for the Station as soon as possible to begin the work of getting our Fleet into shape."Next is James, "As I have stated before, with heavy Infantry support and some air power, the next most important item would be the acquisition of heavy anti-infantry weapons or sentry turrets, followed by man-portable anti-air and anti-armor weapons and mass infantry ground transport. our primary concern at the moment is the Rach, who seem to have switched to a guerrilla campaign of suicidal attacks by their disposable infantry caste in numbers too small to easily detect from orbit, most likely probing our defenses for other purposes or simply waiting for an opening. We need to be ready to hold off an onslaught should we ever lack orbital support or your... Mining equipments combat aid.">Other>Move on
>>35741944Just to expand on this?The fact they have such difference career experience means a NCO of 10 years may have more trouble adjusting to a CO than someone fresher. >>35741965>Move on
>>35741965Voting for Move On as well. Is that AAA Tradeship still in orbit, or has that ship sailed. :vIf so, then I'd like to investigate those Ramen Noodles the colonists have started making. If there's a noodle shop, bring our best martial artists as guards (..noodle shop) and go and test some.
>>35741861>>35741944Couriers only. Several alien races encountered by humanity have possessed FTL communications, but they have either relied on strange powers, psychic or otherwise, possessed by the aliens themselves, or humanity has been unable to trade, steal, or capture the technology.James' Plan goes into considerable detail, setting promotion lines for non-combat NCOs to promote upwards into non-combat positions (few in an age of automation and limited "Narrow" AIs handling administrative duties at all but the highest levels), and providing extensive training to all new Officers in an attempt to create a superior Officers corps, blending hard front-line experience and personal training from older NCOs with comprehensive classroom and simulation training.However, your concerns remain, and you will keep an eye on the progress of his plan.
>>35742053The AAA ship will remain until you Timeskip to the next turn or spend several days on a specific action.
>>35742112And income? Whats our quarterly income and how much do we have now?...What's the month & year of the next turn?
>>35742010>>35742040>>35742053>Look over AAA products>Next Turn>Other
>>35742168>>Look over AAA productsAt the least we can negotiate a contract for future stuff
>>35742168>Look over AAA ProductsSee if there's anything they're asking for that we can get for cheap. If not,>Next Turn
>>35742168>Look over AAA productsAlso, shouldn't our Quarterly profits be 12C unless you're subtracting 1C for Food?
>>35742168Look over the AAA productsWe had 7C currently available (12 to start, spent 5)I'd like to keep 5C available for next turn at least.
>>35742226>You have 16 C in the TreasuryDidnt we just spend 5, making it 11?
>>35742226We started with 16C, and the 5C Naval Bonus was already accounted for.>>35738681>It has already been subtracted. The amount was 5 C.For fuck's sake, Gameroom was responding to your own post asking about the Naval Bonus.
>>35742304>>35742308I thought we established that Gameroom miscounted when providing the original value by one?Aside from that, yeah. 16C, -5, meaning 11 points available. I got my numbers and income mixed up.I'd still like to set up 5C into a 'bank'. That leaves 6 (If QM wasn't wrong about our original total) C to spend 'freely'.
>>35742343Mining Profits = 3CAsteroid Mining = 6CMining Hub = 1CMachine Shop = 1CAutomated Factories = 1CFood = -1CTotal Profit = 11CGameroom, what about profit from our Cloudscoop operation? That's fully operational right now.
>>35742420Has Gameroom confirmed the -1C? Because I thought it was +1 bonus if we bought the food production, not negating a penalty.
>>35742420We're not exporting food, so where is the -1 from? The hydroponics & algae would've given a bonus
>>35742508>We're not exporting foodWe're importing food at a cost of -1C every Quarter.
>>35742529Source. I don't remember this ever coming up.
>>35742191>>35742198>>35742209It was 12 C, actually. I forgot to thank the guy who caught that earlier.In high orbit above your world, a massive, ugly rectangle covered in protruding machinery hangs in the dark, suspended among glittering stars. It is branded with a gaudy AAA Logo, a ship with an exaggerated plasma tail circling a golden planet emblazoned with the signature triple A.Aboard, a small kiosk, reminding you of section a run-down shopping mall, presents a number of products available for sale:>Fusion Reactor: 5 C. Produces 2 Power.>Automated factory, 10 C.>Pre-Fab Domes for 50,000 Colonists, 3 C.>Mining Equipment for one pit: 2 C.>Infonet Lines: 1 CUpgrades:>Dome Upgrades will include upgrading your current domes, and all future purchased Domes will be of the same type>Town Domes: Better built Domes, with better air and water filters, more room, better quarters, and highly superior configurable Marketplaces: 60 C>Hostile Environment Domes: Heavily reinforced walls, armored against extreme weather, acid rain, and raiders alike. Built to withstand all but heavy artillery strikes, air strikes, and orbital fire, with fortified entrances placed to allow for excellent fields of fire, although not equipped to withstand a full military assault, with a foundation designed to resist terrible earthquakes and determined burrowers: 80 C>Mag-Lev Lines: High-Speed Monorail train lines to quickly transfer freight and passengers between Domes and mining pits. 70 C.>Action?
>>35742571What's the benefits of the Infonet Lines, and how many mining pits do we hae that don't have equipment, and what would the power draw increase of 'em be?
>>35742529This is incorrect. Food costs are automatically subtracted from income. Buying Hydroponics will increase your income by 1C, due to having cheaper local manufacture.
>>35742571>It was 12 C, actually. I forgot to thank the guy who caught that earlier.What about the importing of food?Also, what about the profits from our Cloudscoop?
>>35742571Right, we've purchased a reactor already so we've got 7C left.I'd say get a second reactor or get nothing. We're going to need money for turrets when the smugglers get back.
>>35742622We have 12C left, not 7C.
>>35742622No, we have 12. The reactor purchase was based on our total available C of 17.Should we buy another power plant? We're not operating at full capacity due to power draw, and this will give us a further bonus this turn, rather than later.
>>35742598And the profits from the Cloudscoop?
>>35742571>Infonet Lines: 1 CWhats this for? To increase the efficiency of the Infonet? Since we already bought the Infonet.No hydroponics up for grabs? >>35742599>What about the importing of food?Look at the above post.Otherwise, move on. BTW OP, check your twitter. It's on prices>>35742622Turrets? No. We"ll likely need space stuff.Lets not buy anything and move on to see what the Traders got. >>35742650No, please. At worst we can ration out power for a few months.
>>35742592Each Mining Pit draws a hefty amount of power. However, the ones you start with come with their own mini Fusion Generators to power their equipment, making them Power Independent. Additional Mining pits will take up 1 Power to operate, but supply increased Profit.>On further examination, my spreadsheets for infrastructure are actually kind of fucked up. I'm going to have to just wing it until I get a chance to straighten it out.
>>35742642>>35742650Whoops, my bad. I'll go to bed and let the people who aren't dead tired make the decisions for now.>>35742665I was referring to the mass Rach attacks which are of slight concern to out military.
>>35742676pls check twitter before you move to the Free Traders
>>35742665>>35742676Would increasing our available power *now* increase our income next turn? And I see. Mining Equipment == Mining Pit. Got it. What about the Infonet Lines?Also anonbro, I don't think AAA wants to lose even 1C income, so they're going to make Hydroponics 'on back order'. Forever.This is why we'd need the free traders to bring it xD
>>35742697Slight concern. I dont mind spending a *little* on more Army stuff, but that's it. We dealt with the major Rach attacks only a couple of months ago IC, last thread OOC.Meanwhile, there's been heavy foreshadowing of a space battle IC & OOC. The xeno fleet we encountered before, and todays OP mention of more pirate fleets.
>>35742710Infonet lines represent laying cables and bringing Infonet service to newly colonized areas.
No millitary hardware?
>>35742799Eh. Not a priority when we're not even a year in I think
>>35742799Again, what about Cloudscoop profits? What were they for this past Quarter?
>35742738>35742697And here I am, wanting to churn butter.Both of you have excellent points, and we've got to protect the butter. But remember it's the butter with which we buy your guns.Getting Repair Bays for our station should be the top military priority sans anything else that comes up in the meantime - baring surprises, teh Army can handle it's current mission while our Navy is in need of an overhaul.My mind, immediate priority in order is:Repair BaysGetting Production to Full OutputStage 1 Equipment expansion for army.>>35742799What's our current coverage? We can skip this if need be.
>>35742813AAA is expected to sell us Tri Rifles & Combat Armor. But at this point it isn't needed just yet.
>>35742831More like we don't need more Tri-Rifles and Combat Armor because that's what we've already got for all of our soldiers.
>>35742841Not the active-duty militiamen, and not when we expand our army. >>35742818If we have the money after keeping 5C stashed, and after getting navy stuff? We should get the Indirect Fire gear. James suggested it and there's a lot of value in it.
>>35742886Repair BaysProduction Output (We'd need 3 more fusion power plants)Indirect Fire weapons for the army.Repair bays aren't an option right now, and we have the opportunity to buy some more power plants and have 'em set up.Buy 1 more power plant, bank the rest for turn?
Actually, nevermind, my figuring was mostly correct. Just so others can check it over: You have 10 Reactors, each producing 2 Power.Every 100,000 Colonists uses 1 Power, Mining pits take up 1 Power (Ignore that earlier bit about Mining Pits coming with mini-reactors, that was accidentally copy-pasted from a description I threw out ad forgot to move the "abandoned ideas" pit). Your capitol Dome takes up 2 power, one for its people and one for running the heavy loading/unloading machinery of the Sky-El. You have 11 Reactors.The Automated factories, which you have 10 of, use 1 Power each, and Machine Shop uses 2. They will be running at greatly reduced efficiency, reducing profit, until sufficient power sources are installed.So you need another 6 Reactors to restore full Power, as I originally figured, and then second-guessed myself into confusion.
>>35742936>>35742921Correction. We need 6 more fusion power plants.:vI still say buy one power plant, bank the rest, put out word we want repair facilities for our starbase - and maybe other power options.And we're looking to equip our army with indirect fire weapons.
>>35742817+2. I forgot to remove profits from Automated factories and Machine Shop due to power Shortages, so the total hit in income comes out the same.I think I've got my head straightened out now, onwards.
>>35742936Capital Dome: 2 PowerDomes: 6 PowerMining: ?Factories: 10 PowerMachine Shop: 2How much is being used for mining? So far it adds to 20 powerWhat about rationing power supplies? Essential things like industry, life support, security, etc would have uninterrupted power. Civilians would have rationed power for day & night time.
>>35742958AAA Reps say they have a line of upgrades for the Tradestation, but hadn't expected you to be buying so soon. It will be available next Quarter.
>>35742886Thinking too far ahead there. For now focus on immediate concerns and save a list of stuff to get later when we have a steadier flow of income.
>>35742994I vote we get one more reactor. That leaves us with 7. We"ll get income when the traders arrive anyway.
>>35743014Indeed. Or if no traders next quarter, we can pick up tradestation upgrades.
>>35742936>10 Reactors producing 2 Power each+20 Power>1,000,000 Colonists/ 100,000 Colonists per Power-10 Power>Mining PitsDidn't specify how many Mining Pits we have.>Capitol Dome-2 Power>Automated Factories 1 Power per Factory (10 Factories)-10 Power>Machine Shop-2 Power
>>35742992>Domes: 6 PowerWe have 1,000,000 colonists, though.Where are you getting 600,000?
>>35743032Our Capital Dome holds 400k people. We have over 1mil colonists, but under 1,100,000. So it'd be 6 power from the normal domes.>>35743010In terms of military? I'd go Navy > Indirect Fire for Army. Why indirect fire? James suggested it. That, and we lack anti-armor + artillery at the squad & platoon level. Indirect Fire will give our troops that and take off pressure from our space navy & airforce.
>>35743062Is our Capital Dome really so efficient that it can provide power for 4 times the normal number of people off of a single Fusion Reactor?
>>35742992You have a million people. One Power per 100,000=10 Power. 10 Mining Pits, which need 50,000 people to work properly (Each Pit is actually a series of Strip-Mining sites in a roughly circular area, nicknamed "Pits"), but you have double of due to doubled Settlers and Domes.Factories and Machine Shop are currently offline for want of power, since your Domes need power for Life Support and the Mines need to work to pay your debt to AAA. Reactor #11 is handling the extra power consumed by the loading/unloading bays for the Sky-El, heavy communications devices and headquarters equipment, and other special needs of the Capitol.Rationing will save 2 Power, but will reduce Morale over time.
>>35743096So we're at -12 Power? Lets get one reactor to make that 10.
>>35743096As of our first Reactor Purchase at the beginning of the thread.>11 Reactors producing 2 Power each+22 Power>1,000,000 Colonists/ 100,000 Colonists per Power-10 Power>Mining Pits x10-10 Power>Capitol Dome-2 Power>Automated Factories 1 Power per Factory (10 Factories)-10 Power>Machine Shop-2 PowerTotal: -12 Power
>>35743096We're at 34 Power Consumption with 22 power generation.Yeah, we need more power plants Geesus. However, we need those trade station upgrades too...Vote: One Power Plant, and buy one per quarter, situation allowing.Aside: Should we set up a Central Bank of Temptest to act as an insurer for the smaller banks on Tempest? Require minimum liquid holdings, allow loans to the banks at 'low' interest rates (with minimum loan size we'd make money off of bulk), and some other controls? We want to prevent things like the various bank panics of the 19th century, or the great depression, or the panic of 1907
>>35743096Could we get Food vNMs from the Free Traders? Something that processes algae tanks into something edible, or use as filler for stuff like sausage. Something that can make cereal out of grains, etc.
>>35743096Yeah, we need at least one more Reactor this turn.
>>35743122You purchased one Reactor earlier, which will come Online in 21 days, and bring you to -10.Even having the Autofactories on standby consumes some power, enough to threaten Blackouts if the Power situation grows any worse, and cold-starting them after total shutdown will take two Quarters (They were shipped out on battery power). After it is brought online, you will be at -10, with the option of bringing online two Autofactories, the Machine Shop, or one Autofactory and eliminating the increased risk of blackouts and disruptions.
>>35743150addendum to above Central Bank:"Banks" include Credit Unions. No difference between them in law except for how they're organized, plz.
>>35743172>You purchased one Reactor earlier, which will come Online in 21 days, and bring you to -10.Ah, no it doesn't. Not if we started with 10 Reactors and then bought one.Or are you saying that we started with 11 Reactors and now we have 12 in 21 days?
>>35743150>Bank Deposit Insurance (up to a certain amount)That's needed at minimum.>>35743172Can we order one more, leaving us with 7C?
>>35743188>Or are you saying that we started with 11 Reactors and now we have 12 in 21 days?Correct. Once again, I screwed up the intro post (100,000, not 50,000) but that is correct.
OP, quest has stalled for over an hour. Second reactor or not, move on
>>35743214We have a consensus on buying one additional power plant.>>35743209Yes.Anyone else comment on the Bank of Tempest?
>>35743234Then buy one more.
>>35743238Just make sure the other banks are in private control rather than with the local/dome government.
>>35743214Alright, any other screw-ups in our numbers?A windfall of 4C perhaps?>>35743230We kind of need to take the time if going ahead means constant mistakes on OP's part.
>>35743238>>35743256PURCHASED. Both Reactors will come Online in 21 days, automatically giving you a partial profit next Quarter and bringing you up to -8 Power.>Next Turn>Other
>>35743276I'm just telling him that we can move on now. >>35743300>Next Turnpls.pls
>>35743238>Anyone else comment on the Bank of Tempest?Shouldn't we wait longer until our own financial situation, and the power situation especially, is more stable?I don't think we have the financial leeway to insure anyone when our funds are so low.
>>35743300Next Turn>>35743270I think I can go with that as well.
>>35743270>>35743238>Minimal Banking Insurance will now be offered to privately run banks and Credit Unions.
>>35743300>Next Turn>>35743238I'd say that we should fund the Bank of Tempest with our own personal funds, so as to prevent the government from owning the bank.
>>35743300>Next TurnHow has the intelligent Kzinette been doing, anyway?
>>35743329Hopefully kept well concealed from any humans
>>35743328Due to the important of central banking, I think it ought to be subject to the control of the government and have a majority stake, but we can talk about getting the officers of the bank from outside the government.IE it's not run by the government but subject to far more government scrutiny and oversight than a normal bank or credit union.I don't think we have the personal funds to fund it, though.
>>35743300-8 or -10?>>35743324Dont forget to include this in income when it takes effect>>35743373IDK if a central bank will work when we're talking about a planetary economy. Something like the IMF may be better
>>35743328>fund the Bank of Tempest with our own personal fundsWe're well paid, but not THAT well paid.Remember that we don't actually own anything here.
>>35743390Single world government; a central bank would be more appropriate.
>>35743409Single world govt with many lower level governments. We're talking about the benefits and cons of a globalized economy or something like the EU on a bigger scale.
>>35743427The Cantons do not have full autonomy in an EU-like alliance, they are fully subject to the National Government with self-control over internal affairs.If the Central Government makes fiscal policy it impacts all of 'em. Makes sense to have a Central Bank in this scenario, especially considering our relatively low total population and high density.During this stage of colonization, a central bank makes more sense than an IMF, although I agree with an earlier anon poster that we can't fully fund it just yet.My thoughts on a fully-fledged Tempest Central Bank is that it is the 'savings account' of the Treasury, and can authorize x% as loans to smaller banks, and act as an insurance for 'em.
NEW TURNWith the power situation alleviated, things are more or less "normal" for your Colony, although the idling Autofactories lurk in the background like collapsed dinosaurs waiting for someone to remark on in relation to your forward-thinking abilities. Not that you could have actually anticipated this.You've made sure that Mr. Young is quite clear on your displeasure at being blindsided by power shortages, and it will not be happening again. Or rather, it had better not.With the Cantons becoming more and more settled, the days of rapid governmental changes seem to have ended. Migration between Cantons is still common, and may become a cultural fixture, as families, especially mining families, move between Domes with work available to live under their preferred government system, sometimes several times as experience alters preferences.The Rach have been turning it up lately, more and more attacks swarming out of the wasteland, as heedless of losses as ever. James is considering a "Pacification" campaign outside the Secure Region, but is concerned that it may be a trap.Interrogations of captured Pirates and intelligence from from visiting Traders begins to paint a grim picture: It appears that one of the reasons leading to the strife within Scarrs Fleet was an earlier mutiny by one of Scarrs top lieutenants. His "trusted" right hand man, as a matter of fact. Making off with three Frigates, a Missile Carrier, ad later adding six old Scout ships and a surplus Sparta Class Assault Transport, which he has been using to great effect to attack worlds with strong infantry and armored forces, but little modern artillery or missile batteries. From all accounts he's just as ruthless as his former master, but smart enough to not mistreat his own crew or set his Captains against each other like fighting dogs. A dangerous man, despite his small fleet. You'll have to keep an eye on his forces, lest they grow large enough to threaten you.>CONT
>>35743542>Interrogations of captured Pirates and intelligence from from visiting Traders begins to paint a grim picture: It appears that one of the reasons leading to the strife within Scarrs Fleet was an earlier mutiny by one of Scarrs top lieutenants. His "trusted" right hand man, as a matter of fact. Making off with three Frigates, a Missile Carrier, ad later adding six old Scout ships >and a surplus Sparta Class Assault Transport, which he has been using to great effect to attack worlds with strong infantry and armored forces, but little modern artillery or missile batteries. This is foreshadowing. The last one is a QM hint.
>>35743626Thus the trade off between self sufficiency and defense begins anew.
>>35743679Well, we've had:>Xeno fleet encounter>Todays OP talking about other pirates>Foreshadowing by the QM just nowI think we can expect a space battle relatively soon.
>>35743542There are also reports of other, less wel armed Pirate and Slaver bands in the area, drawn by the increased shipping, along with some Krorkinthan Raiders drifting into this region from the distant warzone. Nothing in your local area yet, but considering that you are pretty much the only thing in your local area, you may not get much warning after they drop off the edge of civilized space.You do, however, have a line on a BOLO.A Free Trader dropped the tip just a few days ago, while trying to peddle some cheap Krorkinthan "artifacts" to your Colonists. One Mark XXII, a "Heavy" Mark outfitted with rapid-fire railguns and missile batteries to make a Planetary Defense Station and an Artillery Division jealous. Its AI will be more limited than Scythes, lacking his personality, but still an intelligent, feeling being condemned to a life of drudgery towing ship parts to and fro in an orbital shipyard, assembling cheap bulk freighters forever. A terrible fate for such a mighty war Machine.The Yardmaster will likely be willing to part with him for 10-15 C, but going there and back will take near a month, and you'll have to charter a freighter to bring him back with you.On top of that, it's in a sort of... Rough and tumble area. Lots of poorly disguised pirate dens and other assorted Organized Crime. Your reputation will not make you a popular man among the underbelly of the Sycar Systems.>You have 19 C>Action?
>>35743718It's been 6 months since our auction; weren't the arms merchant Free Traders supposed to have arrived by now to see if we have the money for their wares?What about the AAA Tradeship's upgrades for our Tradestation, such as the Repair Bays?
>>35743718Does he still have the weapons? It honestly sounds a bit like a honeypot but it sounds perfect.
>>35743718Whens the Navy due?
>>35743718I think we want that Bolo. And I think our fleet might need a shakedown cruise.Even sans weaponry, he'll be useful - and we can say we're doing a service to help keep a Bolo out of rampancy.
>>35743718Oh crap. We can't afford to let this opportunity pass, and we can't afford to let the place go under-defended.My vote is that we do what we always do. Go in with minimal support, leave a good majority to defend Tempest from space. Charter a freighter if necessary (though I could have sworn we had one). How many ships do you guys think we need?
>>35743718I don't know if we should go get that BOLO now, or wait until after the Commonwealth Navy taskforce finishes investigating us.If we have two BOLO's, then they'll more likely than not clamp down on us getting any more, but we might already have already raised enough suspicious flags that they'll do that anyway.
>>35743767Next quarter.>>35743748Even sans weapons, he'll be useful. We can negotiate down from there.>>35743775We ask our CNO?
>>35743767Next turn.They were delayed 6 months, 3 months ago.
>>35743743>>35743748They're late, but that's to be expected. Many of them are probably waiting on contact from you, to ensure that they have a sure sale before they leave off from other business ventures.The AAA Tradeship is in-system. You can look over its wares if you want, which have been considerably expanded.>>35743748No Weapons. You'll have to buy any arms from Mister Miner.
>>35743790Good plan. Simple, easy to remember.
>>35743718I say we go with our new captain.Have BOLO retrofitted (but still hidden/in storage) incase some slavers come to Tempest while we're away
>>35743803Yes, we want to see what they have.Because as much as I want that Bolo... it's lower on the totem pole than repairing our ships.
>>35743803Changing vote to add this:>>35743825Check the price of the repair station. We can go after our ships get repaired
>>35743830A smiling AAA Rep greets you, his face so bland that his looks slide almost from your memory as soon as you look away. AAA has a great variety of products on offer now, more than making up for their earlier deficiencies. Truly, these people know how to treat a customer.>AAA Brand Premium Fusion Reactor: 5 C. Produces 2 Power.>Automated factory, 10 C.>Excellent Quality AAA Pre-Fab Domes for 50,000 Colonists, 3 C.>High Quality Mining Equipment for one Mineral Excavation Rea: 2 C.>Infonet Lines: 1 C. Wouldn't a Comnet have been better? Maybe you should switchUpgrades:>Dome Upgrades will include upgrading your current domes, and all future purchased Domes will be of the same type>Town Domes: Better built Domes, with better air and water filters, more room, better quarters, and highly superior configurable. You're not sure why you would need this. The working masses should accept their station with gratitude. Marketplaces: 60 C>Hostile Environment Domes: Heavily reinforced walls, armored against extreme weather, acid rain, and raiders alike. Built to withstand all but heavy artillery strikes, air strikes, and orbital fire, with fortified entrances placed to allow for excellent fields of fire, although not equipped to withstand a full military assault, with a foundation designed to resist terrible earthquakes and determined burrowers: 80 C>Mag-Lev Lines: Excellent High-Speed Monorail train lines to quickly transfer freight and passengers between Domes and mining pits, for the greater service of the AAA Collective. 70 C.The smiling man beckons for you to enter the back of the Kiosk to view the rest of the products. You can't believe how much charisma this guy puts into a simple gesture.>Action?
>>35743982Follow him. I hope we have Spider nearby, because paranoia.
>>35743982>>35743994What he said.
>>35743982>>High Quality Mining Equipment for one Mineral Excavation Rea: 2 C.Did it cut off?
>>35743994>>35744000You do not currently have Spiders. You're not sure why. Spiders are nice. So ordered, so symmetrical. Truly a more evolved form of life.You follow the smiling man into the dark (Why is it dark? What is this room anyway) he beckons for you to sit (What?) in a bare metal chair, as you inhale deeply of the smell of blood and the sound of skittering legs (WHAT FUCK NO FUCK)You are in a dark room, you are likely to be eaten by WHATEVER THE HELL WAS MAKING THAT SKITTERING NOISE SHIT FUCK TOO MANY LEGS.Your Clark Submachinegun has ten rounds, and your Bowie Knife is loose in its sheath.>Try to find a wall>Back up the way you came>Blow the fuck out of whatever the skittering thing is the next time it moves(1d100-20)>Pull your new Autopistol, for greater rate of fire>Try to contact your Guards
>>35744064>Try to contact guards>Back up the way you cameSpider. You know, our COBRA bodyguard?
>>35744064>You do not currently have Spiders. You're not sure why. Spiders are nice. So ordered, so symmetrical. Truly a more evolved form of life.I recommend looking up "Your Daily Spider" on facebook.
>>35744064>Back up the way you came>Pull your new Autopistol, for greater rate of fire>>35743994I should've suggested we get some guards.
>>35744064Fuckdamn shitcunts, they started producing the mind control bugs. I was hoping you hadn't seen Starship Troopers 2.
I'm upset AAA Planetary Industries feels a need to fuck with us when we voluntarily extended our debt by 35 years, have bought things from them and never tried to skirt payment.
>>35744064>Pull your new Autopistol, for greater rate of fire>Try to contact your Guards
>>35744087>>35744108>>35744116>>35744148Your eyes swivel in the darkness, trying to track every tiny noise you hear.You key your earpiece as you back up, pulling free your trusty signature Autopistol from a nearby table as you move backwards "Cart, Marshall? Are you there? PRIVATES!/""everything is fine, sir", comes the response, delivered in a soothing tone."No, everything is not fine. I am alone in a dark room that smells like blood and there is something IN HERE WITH ME. I demonstrably NOT FINE.""Wait, what?But the ma-OH SHI-"You hear Trigun fire from down the hall, and skittering off to your left. Oddly enough, the gunfire is coming from in front of you, away from where you remember the entrance being. Probably an echo. You tighten your grip on the legsgrip of your Autspistol, resisting the urge to scratch a sudden itch on your head with its body. You have to keep the eymuzzle pointed out into the dark, after all.>Follow the sound of Guns>Kill everything to your Left (1d100-20)>Other
>>35744214There's a third one I've seen, but I didn't save it, it's not work safe, and even if it were it's of a landwhale who's uglier than the thing he's communitating with's ass. That's three very good reasons why I shall not post that.
>>35744239>Kill everything to your Left (1d100-20)
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>35744239>Kill everything to your Left (1d100-20)>Call for Cobra and/or our Cyber Intel guy
Rolled 31 - 20 (1d100 - 20)>>35744271forgot roll
>>35744239Do we have some sort of tracking device so our guards can come to our position?If yes:>Find a wall>Go full defensive mode until the guards find us.If not:>Follow the sound of the GunsWe cannot trust our memory of how we got here.
>>35744274Screw that, call for XCOM. We need some good old-fashioned Chryssalid killers.
>>35744239>>Follow the sound of Guns
>>35744282No, dont roll yet
Rolled 68 (1d100)>>35744239
>>35744239>Follow the sound of Guns>Hug wall>Take out light if possible
>>35743982>his face so bland that his looks slide almost from your memory as soon as you look away.
>>35744285>>35744271>>35744274You squeeze the trigger, your fingers gripping in a panic. Your gun, however, seems to be jammed, and no matter how hard you try to clear the malfunction, it just stays stuck. Your hands are coated in gun lubricant (Funny, I thought Trusty Autopistol would at least be advanced enough to run dry), and your back is against a wall. Literally. You could haves worn you were backing up towards the exit, but you must have gotten turned around. It sure sounds a lot less like an echo than it did a moment ago.Soon, you hear boots tramping into the room, as your errant Guards sweep it, going to either shoulder and escorting you at speed out of the the ship. On the way out, you see the body of what appears to be a shockingly crude Bio-Android with a deformed face, beyond where the explosive rounds have ripped half of it away and sprayed bloodless orange flesh and green goo over the wall. Lips to cover its disgustingly fleshy imitation teeth are notably absent. Jesus, is this the guy who went over the product line with you?You meet Spider at the airlock, his predatory grace on full display as he surges ahead of your Heavy Combat Androids, Laser Rifles held tightly. He glances at you, his head seeming to simply twitch and change position without having to go through that mortal "rotation" thing."Sir, what the Hell is that in your hand?"You look down at the green goop and crushed legs in your hand, the twitching mandibles spasming above a carapace wrecked by your near-panicked attempts to clear a jam. You remember that you don't carry a Autopistol.>CONT
>>35744389I was wondering where that Autopistol came fromI should have said somethingI'm a fool
>>35744389Right. We're doubling down on the Rach infestation first chance we get when we return. We're going to do our best to cure the AAA representative from his problems, and send a courier so that they can pick up the ship. We can't afford to be seen as thieves trying to take all the things. Finally, we're going to make sure that we never scratch our head unless someone else is in the room with us.
>>35744445>Finally, we're going to make sure that we never scratch our head unless someone else is in the room with us.can we send a search party for my sides? I need them D:
>>35744445Dude, what? Rach? There's no confirmation who or what did it at all. Do not jump to conclusions for the love of god. It could be AAA, the Cthall or god knows what else.
>>35744477We've got a set of twitching mandibles/carapace in our hands, and a set of bugs determined to produce new strains to combat us (See known attempts at water-based attack strains). It's the most likely culprit.
>>35744389You stare at a video screen from inside your quarantine room. The Happy Merchant and its entire crew, dazed and recovering from water dosed with Control pheromones, have been put on lockdown following the sweep N' Clear that eliminated every fucking Spider and bizarre vegetable imitation-Android on that ship. Those that were captured ate themselves, although a few catatonic Rootdroids, as the soldiers are calling them, have been captured.Hidden away in a cargo bay is a derelict ship, most likely Slaver in origin, the inside of which was overgrown with strange moss. Several pulsating Eggsacks were located within, and destroyed with standard issue ship flamethrowers per standard procedure since the Expansion. The ship had a single Holocom on board, with dozens of hours of digital footage, though badly corrupted. It'll be a few months before your Hackers can clean it up enough to be worth watching, so you can see how these poor bastards ran across the Spiders nest.Actually, Spiders is kind of a misnomer. According to MacArthurs ghouls, it's actually closer to a Jellyfish with a hard exoskeleton that it works like a machine, sinuous tendrils working levers to propel organic-mechanical legs and bladed mandibles...Regardless, while you will be out of quarantine soon, no one is buying anything off that ship in the foreseeable future. >Go after BOLO>Other
>>35744511Human biotechCthall too.>>35744515No repair bay still? Well fuck.>BOLO
>>35744515>Go after BOLOThat beautiful vintage chassis is calling us.
>>35744515Addendum: The actual Rep had been long eaten at that point, his picked bones in a pile with those of a dozen AAA Security with gasmasks and full kit, along with a score of bullet-riddled Rootdroids. Couriers have been dispatched to alert AAA and Commonwealth authorities, and you suspect that their ETA for that fleet will get a little more prompt.
So. What sort of sports do the Neo Tokyo and Jeffersonians have in common? Baseball? It's the ALL AMERICAN pasttime and the Japanese today fairly like it.Should we set up a sports league?
>>35744534>>35744544>>35744549>>35744557The Sycar Systems are a notorious collection of worlds, and a pain in the ass for the Commonwealth. An expedition there, especially for a man of your reputation. A lawyer once put his arm around your shoulders and recommended, as your legal counsel, that you go into a certain situation armed to the teeth. You've followed that advice often over the years, and few times has it steered you wrong.>How many ships do you take, and who will crew them? Some Officers may be needed to fight your ship effectively, but they will also be needed to continue training your Fleet.
>>35744765Sports, beyond gladiatorial combat for the amusement of the rich, aren't much in favor in the Core World. Neo-Tokyo denizens typically spend what free time they have in virtual dreams.However, physical activity seems to be making a comeback on Tempest, so maybe you'll see organized Sports too.
>>35744776What does our CNO suggest? Might as well also make it a training voyage, but we don't want to strip our defences too much.>>35744788I want to encourage team-based sports. Baseball, Football, American-Handegg, Basketball, Rugby, etc etc.
>>35744776Destroyer and a couple frigates. Personal elite bodyguard with us along with some deployments of troops. Heavily armed of course.we can't afford to take too many ships less it cripple them same with naval manpower.
>>35744811Going to have to call it a night here, actually. Sorry for being slow-burning and disjointed.Back again at 9:00 PM EST next week. Goodnight.
>>35744811Handegg is the superior sport. You know it to be true.Though Baseball is my favorite. There's just something about the sport that brings a tear to my eye, and I don't really watch any sports.>>35744776I second asking the CNO his opinion.
>>35744831Aww damn it.
>>35744765Tron-style baseball? (Neon light trails on everything)
>>35744831Good night! See you next week!>>35744835Actually, Id on't much care for Handegg. But I'd support an unofficial league.>>35744853Maybe? I prefer traditional
>>35744860I get that, I'm just required to support my culture (if only because there's a bunch of people inside my culture doing their level best to convince me that my culture is evil for thinking that the culture that can and does stone women for adultery is evil).
So, as some of you may have guessed, tonight wasn't a good night for me. I was distracted pretty much the entire time. Oddly enough, Thursdays are usually so uneventful that i should be able to run for hours at a time with no interruptions. I'll be starting an hour earlier, at 8:00 PM EST, to make up for todays short and uneventful game.
>>35743780If our reputation would be a problem, why not have our new captain and the spider get it themselves? we can play dumb and protect them if they get investigated, and I doubt an illegal supersoldier and a captain with a history of smuggling will raise as many eyebrows in a place like that.