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Choices and Chances

Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by Tani Coyote, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. GenMarshall

    GenMarshall High Elven Ghost Agent

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    Sombra walks towards her desk. Sainding right next to her desk are Widowmaker and Admiral Orlock. Orlock, in his right hand, holds a bulky folder of the dossier of the situation of the world. She calmly sits at her desk. "What's the situation of the world right now? I didin't know that this game is actually going to go live".

    "Yes, these, 'Imperium Offtopicum' Games tend to. Die prematurely" Widowmaker said in response "Just like competition games in Overwatch when there's a leaver before the match even starts".

    "Indeed" Orlock said in response before turning to Sombra "here's the situation of the world. First of course, is..."

    Widowmaker then interrupts as she sees Orlock holding in his frustration "Just spill it out, it's no secret that Nationalist Coruscant hates anything related to 'My Little Pony' and the brony fandom. No need to hold in the tilt and the salt".

    "Right" Orlock adjusts himself and continues "The Union of the Principality of Equestria and the Crystal Empire......" his emotions goes from annoyance, to disgust "....a nation run by ponies".

    "Zey are still a thing?" Widowmaker says, inquisitively "I thought that fandom died off years ago"

    "I'm just happy when I Google myself, I just find me and not some Pony character" Sombra said with a tint of laughter in her voice. "Of course, I can hack Google to make it show results with pictures of just me". Sombra then laughs a little before going back on topic "So long as they keep their distance, we do the same".

    "Of course Autarchess" Orlock, then mumbles under his breath "Even if the pile of diabetes inducing ponies is affront to us".

    Widowmaker sighs and rolls her eyes "Just go play Fallout 4 with enemies modded to look like ponies so you can shoot them to get it out of your system".

    "I refuse to" Then Orlock crosses his arms

    Widowmaker then places her hands on her hips and looks at Orlock straight into his eyes "And why not?"

    "I don't want that cancer to ruin the purity of my game" Orlock said in a gruf.

    Widowmaker then shrugs her arms "Let's just move on, it's clear you're tilted by the mere existence of ponies.

    "Yes" Orlock said as he recomposes himself "Let's move on before I blow a blood vessel". He then flips through the pages in the dossier. "The Confederacy of Independent Systems. Were an old, very old enemy of the Republic. The Old OLD Republic. Long before the days of the Republic of Coruscant. Yet on a delusional quest to continue the fight against the Republic. Little do they know is that we do have some connections with both the so called Force Alliance and the CIS, historically"

    "Ze historical connections are so far remote that we shouldn't consider them a threat Madam Sombra" Widowmaker added.

    Then Orlock interjects "But given that we field Galactic Empire naval hardware. We should be cautious" The he flips through the pages "They've already taken a stand against the Chaldea. There's no telling how they would react seeing an Imperial-Class Star Cruiser flying the Dorado flag".

    "For now" Sombra says, as she balances a holographic copy of Orlock's reports on her finger "Our policy is to keep a wide buffer between the CIS and ourselves. We have no desire to be incorporated into, what you old Coruscantis call, ancient rebel organization. Granted our goals are similar in nature, returning back to the cosmos" She then leans to one side in her chair "Plus, I like the idea to maintain our sovereign rights than to piss them away". Then she looks towards Orlock "The thing with Chaldea, they're just looking for free crap or have 9000 axemen at your doorstep if you don't compy".

    "I'd still be weary of them" Widowmaker interjects as Sombra finishes her sentence "These Confederates look down on, what they call 'slugthrowers'. They'd look at us as primitives dispute our armory having the AER7 Modular laser weapons system".

    "Look, the worst we'll get is that they would see us as a melting pot of all of my husbando's fandoms" Sombra said as she starts to count from her fingers "Not only we have Star Wars, but also Killzone, Overwatch, Fallout..."

    D.Va then sticks her head into the office "Don't forget Warhammer 40k". Then everyone looks at her with confusion as they're not expecting her this early in the game. "I'll come back when Tani announces that we can have a new hero" she said as she slinks back into the hallway.

    Widow then closes her eyes half closed "That, was random". Everyone else nodded in agreement with Widowmaker. "So, do we call the CIS's robots 'Omnics' or Droids?"

    Everyone but Widowmaker simply said in agreement "Just call em droids".

    "Next up on the list are The Tankie Gan...." Orlock said, just before realizing that they no longer exist "...never mind, they've disappeared into a minor nation. Moving on". He then tosses the paper into the shredder. "Next up on the list is the Basilea Konstantina. They consider us a neutral power yet has no interest in helping us eather".

    "Well, I guess when the poop does hit the fan, they won't lift a finger" Sombra said, sarcastically "As expected. When the poop his the fan in their direction, we won't lift our finger". Then she reads up on the Basilea's religious policy, then passes the note to Widowmaker. "They are certainty making a name for themselves for being anti-Cultist".

    "I hate to know what they would think of the concept of the Cult of Personality" Orlock said as he glances at the two Nationalist Defense Squad guards posted by the elevator doors."Though for now, they see us as non hostile entities. But that may change if their Emperor sees our party rallies, Cult-like." He then puts on a smile "Ironic how this Neo-Byzantine Empire had roots in the old Roman Empire that had a cult of personality".

    "I already read up that there is tensions between Basilea and the cults" Sombra said as she leans back in her chair "Historians will call it The Great Cult War. For now, we stay on their good side".

    Sombra's Words to the World

    To: The Confederacy of Independent Systems
    From: Nationalist Republic of Dorado

    Hola.

    It's admirable you'd offer a pledge of non-interference. Given the ancient history (From our perspective in time), we extend that we have no quarrel with the CIS.

    To: The Pacific Empire
    From: Nationalist Republic of Dorado

    Hola.

    We, can't help but notice that you're claiming Peru and Chile. I do hope that you keep out of Central America, including Mexico.

    To: The Force Alliance
    From: Nationalist Republic of Dorado

    Hola.

    It's quite unusual to run into a nation that's a blast from the past, even your current flag resembles the old Republic of Coruscant's flag before a change in government. But allas, the so called "Force" is all but a dead religion. Set aside as mythologies akin to the Earthian mythos of the Greeks and the Romans.

    To: The Magi Empire of Pavetterra
    From: Nationalist Republic of Dorado

    Hola.

    Given that we notice that you're heading to South America. We hope that you keep your focus out of Central America

    To: The Chaldea Security Organization
    From: Nationalist Republic of Dorado

    Hola.

    Since you desire free stuff....



    ...have a hacked Pachimari plushie.

    To: Basilea Konstantina
    From: Nationalist Republic of Dorado

    Hola.

    We can't help but overhear the tensions between Konstantina and The Great Cult. The Nationalist Party wishes any information in regards to psychological effects the cult has caused your citizens fear for the next party congress to determine if the Grand Cult's religion is a threat to our national security worthy for the party's Nationalist Defensive Squad to suppress and reeducate should it's influence come to Central American shores.
     
  2. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    Investment revision:

    Dropping the requirement that investments in multiples need to maintain the same level of investment. It adds an extra layer of complexity that I really think we'll all be better off without.

    I'll just divide your total investment (your progress plus your base investment) by the number of units and round down.

    So you have 15 Army units in development, but 20 EP invested in them total. 20/15 = 1.33 = 1. So a 1/5 chance of getting each of those 15 units.
     
  3. Robert Can't

    Robert Can't Éponine

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    I'm going to be away for a couple of weeks, do you think you could NPC my nation until I get back?
     
  4. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    If you can give me a full set of instructions on military, economic, strategic, diplomatic, etc. goals I believe I could do this!

    To avoid Tanipolarity, I will have to follow whatever you leave for me very strictly, so keep that in mind!
     
  5. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Son of Huehuecoyotl

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    Hi all,

    As you probably figured, something is up.

    While I partly processed the update, my personal financial situation has created a bit of a snag, and I feel I need to remedy that first and foremost. That in mind, I regretfully inform you that I will have to prematurely cancel this game, right as it was getting good no less (Basilea Konstantina successfully diploannexed the Cradle in southeast Turkey so that would have been interesting to see the effects of).

    In good news, the chance mechanics I made use of in this game have intrigued some potential GMs, so there may be a spiritual successor to this in that regard.

    I appreciate everyone for pouring their time into this and I once again reiterate my regret at having to end it. Hopefully I will be in a position to effectively GM a game in the near future. :)
     
  6. Ailedhoo

    Ailedhoo wonderer

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    It was a lovely game.

    Thank you Tani
     
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  7. e350tb

    e350tb Stupendously Illogical Englishman

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    Thanks for running it anyway, Tani, I had fun!

    (But I must know - did I manage to conquer Tasmania in the end?)
     
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  8. Danwar

    Danwar Warlord

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    This was a fantastic introduction into IOT for me, and even though the game ended within the first few turns, every bit of it was fantastic. I am up for a spiritual successor to this game completely.
    To my allies and my enemies, it was fantastic to play this with you. You all seem to be interesting players and interesting people and I hope to get to know you better during my time on this forum.
    To Tani, this was a good game even with the abrupt ending. Ending it was probably for the best, and I sincerely hope your financial situation improves. Despite what others might say, you aren't a bad gamemaster (or whatever the word is in this context).

    To all of you, I hope to see you again in IOT. May the odds be ever in your favor!
     
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