Major Plot Arc – Operation Flintlock

I need volunteers to participate in maybe 3-4 secondary events, which will involve scouting ahead and encountering hostile ships. I am not pre-planning how those events go, and how each of these secondary encounters goes will factor in to the main thread. What this means it that each secondary event will be designed to be a challenge that it is possible to be defeated!

As has been discussed, we are gearing up for a major plot arc to bring Blazing Umbra more aligned with Star Trek canon. A brief recap of this effort is; the Romulan star goes super nova destroyed Romulus in 2387, there is no specific date for this. That is the current in-game year and thus, we are preparing for the Solas Tempus effort to rescue the Romulans. Thanks for Star Trek Picard we have more details on exactly what the Federation response was for this.

This is a call to any and all players who want to participate in this. There will be a number of opportunities for play. We’re going to break up the main event, which will have a Solas Tempus escort fleet as well as a transport fleet. This event has not yet been scheduled, but there are some spots open for this. We need characters to command ships of both the transporters and the escorts to pull off the main event.

The secondary events will be splinters of the main escort force which will proceed to potential threats and (hopefully) neutralize those threats before they get to the main fleet. As such, the plan right now is to get the secondary events rolling before we start the main event, this will allow us to be asynchronous and not have to have everyone online at the same time.

I need volunteers to participate in maybe 3-4 secondary events, which will involve scouting ahead and encountering hostile ships. I am not pre-planning how those events go, and how each of these secondary encounters goes will factor in to the main thread. What this means it that each secondary event will be designed to be a challenge that it is possible to be defeated! There can (if there is interest) be secondary events relating to other issues, such as engineering problems or covert action / recon.

Don’t be quiet about this! If you want to join but aren’t sure what you could do, let the staff know! We can find some way of including you / your characters in the event.

Overdue Date / Time Bump

Blazing Umbra is in the year 2387 and Embers of Soteria is in the year 1045 A.W.

Usually I do this on New Years Day but missed it this year. Retroactively, the year has been bumped by one. Angelic Sins runs in real time, so that is no surprise there where the year is the current year.

Blazing Umbra is in the year 2387 and Embers of Soteria is in the year 1045 A.W.

Since this notice is coming so late, characters can fudge their storylines to be in 2386 or 1044 for Blazing Umbra and Angelic Sins respectively to maintain continuity. Some other things such as starship launch dates and character birth dates or other major dates will remain the same unless they cause a problem.

The New Workflow

Pushing along with the efforts to improve the server and revive role playing, another thing that was discussed in our thread discussing server changes was the fact that storylines are few and far between and people have trouble with coming up with plots. Some of the plot difficulty deals with how powerful Solas Tempus is in Blazing Umbra, however that isn’t the only issue. We’ve gotten similar feedback before, about how easy / hard it is to come up with plots for different settings.


TL;DR: New links to Trello boards are posted (please read on for details):


Moving forward we’re still going to be using Trello for project management but I’ve reorganized the Trello boards to demonstrate how a story idea moves from initial inception to a completed story that has been played. The goal is that every user who wants will have a definite say in what goes on from the brainstorming process onward to actual playing. Our ultimate goal is two-fold. We want to both utilize a system where the work of writing and running new plot lines and through use of that system, teach others how to make use of it as well. I know a lot of people have different workflows, the goal is not to squash anyone’s personal way of doing thing. For the server, the intention is to provide a framework where a project can be started and completed by the group in an understandable and easy-to-follow way.

I am also working on templates for what questions to ask / answer in order to fill in the necessary gaps of a storyline or story element. I will, of course, be seeking input on these as soon as I get them up and running. The idea with all of this is to create a way for more people to make and participate in more stories. To this end story ideas will be posted, even if incomplete, and players / staff alike will be invited to take up and story that is incomplete and continue it.

Following that I will be personally casting a more narrow net with regards to story writing. Personally, I will be only moving forward with stories if they inspire me to the point that the ideas flow out nicely during the brainstorming process or when there is broad support. Previously every time a story idea was brought up, it was followed and an attempt was made to develop it. I will personally be seeking support to write elements of the story from players and other staff members. Ideas will still be posted on a regular basis, Trello makes it incredibly easy to just toss an idea up into the system to be followed up on later. A mix of brainstorming posts and their responses along with potentially polls on Discord will be used to determine support amongst players.

I’m not here to force anyone to use a system they do not want to use. I do encourage people to at least try the new system in developing a story. It may seem too much / overdoing it. My broader idea in this is to allow us to link together smaller plots into larger overarching plots, the way I have tried to do before.

The server cannot survive without plots being written and played. While I have a lot more time than I used to, I also am not able to write everything without getting a serious case of burnout. I hope this redesign and addressing of issues makes it easier for players to get and stay involved.

New Positions Filled

The posting of the positions list has proven very effective in the short time since it went live. We already have 3 of the many positions filled, one in each setting.

The posting of the positions list has proven very effective in the short time since it went live. We already have 3 of the many positions filled, one in each setting.

In Angelic Sins we now have a new Master Vampire for the city of Chicago, Victoria Romana played by Dasfier. Victoria is going to be a major player in future plots taking place in Chicago, being the most powerful Vampire in the area.

In Blazing Umbra we have the new Master Systems AI of Nimbus Station being Neo Akazuli played by Jumping Script. The old character is seeing new life as an AI as discussed with Jumping Script last year. The character was a valuable addition to the station before and now has new plot opportunities open as an AI and the adjustments that must, by definition, come from being an AI that was once flesh and blood.

In Embers of Soteria we now have an owner of the Hearts Refuge Inn. Previously it was stated to be two local brothers, but this didn’t come into play very often as they were not actual characters. Now the owner is Rachel Oxen, played by Dasfier, a minotaur woman who has an appropriately tragic backstory to build off of.

Please seek out some role play with one of these fabulous characters! Thank you to Dasifer and Jumping Script for their contributions.

Open Positions Lists are Live

A list of key roles for important positions in each game are now live and available. This lists may change, those wishing to apply character for such a list should submit a character application through the forum and note which position they are applying for. There is a dedicated list for each setting and additional positions may be added as needed.

The lists are available on the WordPress site listed under Applications (or you can click here).

Applicants will have their character application reviewed by all the staff and the staff will vote to approve / disapprove or request the player to make changes. Characters in positions of power make for more responsibility for the player. Players should consider how they want to play a particular position and if they have the free time to do so before applying.

Upcoming Server Changes

Our survey on things to potentially change on the server was fruitful and we got some really good feedback and discussion, which is still ongoing as we make some changes. Two of the biggest problems for people were about how character applications are processed both for moderators approving characters and players submitting characters. There was not a lot of love for the Google Forms approach. To solve this we’re going back to something we did early on, that is using the forum for character applications. The difference is now there is a default template that can be just filled out then cut/paste directly into the wiki with minimal modifications.

I will also be creating a list of open character positions soon. The page, Current Positions, is up now but I haven’t filled it in yet. Each setting will have a list of open / available positions in that setting. Once the list is up it will have each open spot with a spot for the location the position is in and any notes associated with that role.

A Potential New Beginning

For the last few years we have consistently hit a wall as to what is available within the confines of each setting and its history / lore. The three separate (but related) settings has its drawbacks. Moving between settings to this point has been treated as a bit of a no-no among players without special permission.

I have long been toying with the idea of finding a way to remake the settings in such a way to divorce them from some of the problematic sources. Star Trek in and of itself can be quite limiting and is not always consistent in its plot elements, we have attempted to smooth these difficulties but as we have developed a cosmology model for the 3 settings we have come to some issues.

The question comes, what do we do about it. I’m not doing anything right away, I still have about 6 weeks in my student teaching. In preparation though, I have created a survey. Please review the survey and give some responses. I’m not going to lie doing this would be a monumental task, depending on what is changed. I would need help in doing it but it would also allow us the opportunity to forge a new game from scratch and make it truly ours / divorced from Star Trek, Star Wars, VtM, D&D, etc..

Overdue Plot Update

I know it’s been a while. I had expected to feel more like doing this stuff while I was in California but I’ve had a really hard time being comfortable sitting down to do things. I’ve mentioned it on the forum and in the chat before, so again my apologies for the plots and stories that I’ve left hanging.

Starting off here with an apology. I have found it difficult to get my shit together and keep plots moving, a recurring problem. Getting back on top of things here is a plot update for everyone.

Blazing Umbra

Bucket and I have decided to reboot the Marine Force Recon raid in the Bone Nebula to reform it into a smaller and easier to manage mission. The new raid will be a small force intent on planting a transceiver into the stations computer network.

The final piece of the puzzle for the Exploring a Derelict plot is almost done, that being the alien entity itself. Once that is completed we should be able to begin the actual game. A most heartfelt apology from me on how long it has taken to go from idea to an actual plot on this one.

Last but not least for Blazing Umbra there is the redone Desert Phone Booth plot. After discussions with Dasfier and others we’ve got a new plot outline up and now we’ll get things set up. In particular a character needs to be created to be the plot antagonist who may be used later (if they survive) in future plots involving Onyx. We’ve always been short on antagonist characters which has somewhat limited plot development. There are other plot elements to outline but assuming everything goes normally we should be able to start the new plot within the next week or so. We will also need a Temporal Operative which I can play myself but anyone wishing to play that part (or the part of the Onyx antagonist) are welcome to drop me a message or ping me on Discord to let me know.

Angelic Sins

My main focus in this setting is the Corrupted Children plot. The setup for the plot is pretty well done but still have not called for players to participate and actually begin the plot. Since I’m just getting a lot of things fired backup, going to probably call for players next week once I have a chance to look over everything again.

Embers of Soteria

Our two primary plots of interest are the Return of the Fae and the Necromancer on Elder Soteria.

For the Return of the Fae we’ve done a call for players already and gotten some response. Ideally I’d like to have at least 2-4 Fae and about the same number of humans. I’m happy to start things with less. As of right now we’ve gotten response from Dasfier and Liz on the forum. Before going on and outlining the first act in more detail, I would like to have our cast of characters who are going to be there. Thus anyone wishing to play a fae or human for this should let me know as soon as you can. I really like this plot idea and am excited to see where it goes.

The return of the Necromancer on Elder Soteria is also in the planning stages. We’ve got out BBEG (Big Bad Evil Girl) and still have to come up with an outline for the first act. I plan to get that rolling by the end of this week and also do the general call for players who want to join. As previously said we already have some interest in this from Dasfier, Chubby, and Bucket. Others are welcome as this is going to set up (along with the Return of the Fae) for the bigger Weakening of the Veil plot.

In preparation for the Weakening of the Veil plot I’ve also started a thread to brainstorm a needed character for that plot. There is going to be an old wise wizard (male or female does not matter) who is going to be the only person still alive which can actually read the magic runes that protect Elder Soteria from the Dark Aether plane. Thus anyone who has any ideas for such a character is welcome to put their 2 cents in. I want to make the character unique and not just an NPC plot device, with the hopes of using them regularly for expositional purposes.

Roundup

I know it’s been a while. I had expected to feel more like doing this stuff while I was in California but I’ve had a really hard time being comfortable sitting down to do things. I’ve mentioned it on the forum and in the chat before, so again my apologies for the plots and stories that I’ve left hanging. I would like to get more going on in Angelic Sins, I like the setting a lot but seems to be the least interesting to anyone. It does not help that I’m not particularly good at horror, it isn’t a genre that I like in media all that much.

Anyone with any ideas about plots or stories to do in Angelic Sins (or anywhere) I invite to let me know. I’m happy to put ideas on the list, though if I’m doing the development it may take me a bit. Everyone is welcome to come up with any of their own ideas and just get approval from the staff too. I will help out in any way that I can to get plots off the ground.

Weekly Plot Update

Anyone can pick up any plot that is unassigned and work on it, I simply request that updates to the Infinite Codex are posted on a semi-regular basis and / or any documents, notes, or anything else are attached to the card in Trello so we can find them.

This week’s plot update is a bit shorter than the last, mainly because I need to pear down the number of plot elements I’m working on at once. Real life has again been pressing on my time and I have found that plotting and planning has become too cumbersome, I’m doing too much at once. Thus, I’ve decided to rate plots to develop based on a few criteria, one of which is the level of interest generated by the RFC (Request for Comment) posts on the forum. These posts are cross-posed to the server as well. Moving forward be considering the amount of interest in a plot to be measured by the amount of interest generated by my requests for help in planning and plotting.

This does not mean I won’t develop any other plots but it will determine what I work on when. Plot ideas are all up on the Trello account as well as the forum (Infinite Codex), the Wiki, and on OneNote. I believe I’ve expressed before but anyone who wishes to look at the OneNote account for the game can do so here. Everything about every plot I’m doing or considering doing is on a combination of those four places, Trello, OneNote, forum, and wiki. This follows the work-flow. Anyone can pick up any plot that is unassigned and work on it, I simply request that updates to the Infinite Codex are posted on a semi-regular basis and / or any documents, notes, or anything else are attached to the card in Trello so we can find them. I’ve said this before, but I really would like this to be collaborative, the game only benefits from as many voices as possible participating. We have some amazingly creative people who just lack confidence, this is a safe space for new ideas.

Blazing Umbra Plots

Since Blazing Umbra has more plots than the other settings, it has been heard to cut back as several plots are in progress. The main plots being worked on right now are:

  • Desert Phone Booth (Rewriting)
  • Onyx MFR Raid (In Progress on Discord)
  • Final Hail Mary (In Progress on the Forum)
  • Midnight on Sol 3 (In Progress on the Forum)
  • Stellar Horizon (Stalled on Discord)
  • Exploring a Derelict (Planning)

That’s a lot going on at once. The other plots still exist, such as the Schatten System Trading Hub group of plots as well as the Onyx False Flag plot, planning those is paused until I can clear some of these off of my plate.

Final Hail Mary

This plot has stalled a bit, waiting to start the 2nd act, which I’m going to try to get doing by the end of the week. I’ve got a good idea of what needs to happen, though I may need to make a few characters. The 3rd act is still being planned as to exactly what that will look like. The plot should only have 3 acts, but may add a 4th if the story calls for it.

Exploring a Derelict

I had planned to have this going already, but unfortunately the above-mentioned real life. We’ve got players and I’ve got the background almost all the way done. I have to finish coming up with the alien who is on the derelict and once that is finished, we’ll be ready to begin. I’m figuring to be done with that by next week and be able to begin at that time. I’ll make a final call for players to join before beginning.

Onyx MFR Raid

This has been stalled online but we have begun. The group has just gotten onto one of the enemy stations and has yet to be discovered. It is a very large assault force so stealth is going to be tricky. I look forward to seeing where it goes. I plan to kick this one in the pants today and see about getting it moving.

Stellar Horizon

As I mentioned before, this has stalled out. I plan to push this forward today and see about getting the game moving again. If this fails I am considering just cutting off the plot line until it can be rewritten. I like the plot and there is definite interest but it doesn’t seem to move anywhere.

Angelic Sins

I’ve narrowed this down to a single plot. There hasn’t been a lot of interest in any of the plots for this game that I’ve introduced, so I’m going to work on a single plot and see if we can get it going. This will be the Corrupted Children plot line (related forum posts can be found here and WordPress posts here). I plan to get a call for players going by the end of this week and have the first act outlined by then. Some background posts are already posted to set up what’s going on to make things urgent.

Embers of Soteria

I am trying to work on 3 plots, they all are part of the group. The main plot is the Weakening of the Veil post which broadly covers the weakening of the protections for Elder Soteria from the Dark Aether and the ending of the Peace of Ages. This will be intended to be an overarching plot where the world slowly descends into chaos and potentially war. Right now the two main plots are:

  • Return of the Fae (Planning & Setting Up)
  • Necromancer on Elder Soteria (Planning & Setting Up)

Return of the Fae

I’ve got a lot to do yet on the Return of the Fae, characters need to be made but I’d like to (again) call for anyone who wants to put a Fae character into the context of returning from the Backlash (wrongful / erroneous banishing of Fae from Elder Soteria) so that I’m not having to play everyone. It’s pretty simple, any Fae character would do (Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes, etc.) will do just fine in the context of like 1000 years of being banished to a horrible place.

Necromancer on Elder Soteria

The main antagonist is made I just have to write up the plot, which I plan to have something for next week and be able to do a more general call for players. We’ve already got 2 (Chubby and Dasfier) who will be with my character on this. I’m mainly catching up the planning / plotting here so that I’ve got an actual outline / plan to go off of. I estimate we’ll be ready to begin in a week or two.

Plot Updates

Here is some general information about the plots we have going on / being developed right now.

For those people waiting to get into some plots, here is some general information about the plots we have going on / being developed right now. Just for general information, note that I’m about a week or so behind on everything due to last week turning into a work-bomb. I ended up working most of my days off and could not do nearly as much as I wanted to on plot development.

Some of these plots are not as complete as others, I’m still working on putting together the workflow to complete a plot and get everything done. Thus I’m sorry for the wait for those people who’ve been waiting for me to finish things.

Blazing Umbra

Exploring a Derelict

Development is nearing completion, I should be ready to start the game by somewhere around the 15th. Looking to start scheduling things on the 10th or 11th or so. Most of the backstory and other characters will be ready by that point. We have 2 players signed up already, I’m sorry for the wait to Bucket and Haladur, you’re both awesome for your patience and your help in development.

Plot notes are posted on Discourse.

Desert Phone Booth

Still brainstorming how to rewrite the plot. I will have an RFC (Request for Comments) post for everyone posted by the end of the week. We will be continuing this plot and I hope to create something for everyone to join in. We’re going to start from the point that our hero, Samuel, was “rescued” from being killed by police and is dropped off somewhere random. I haven’t decided more than that yet though, so I’ll get more updates out when I have them.

Onyx Raid

Our Onyx Raid is actually ready to kick off. The plot itself isn’t that complicated and we’ve got the setup done. For this I’ve set up this Doodle Poll to help get this scheduled. If you’re interested in joining please let me vote for your best time. Poll will be open until the end of the week.

Plot notes are not yet posted to Discourse but I will be doing that this week as well.

Onyx False Flag

We are still in development here. I’m looking to have the initial plot notes and outline up by next week with the outline of the acts up by the following week or sooner. Once we get to that stage I’ll know if any other development is necessary. I will also be coordinating with Bucket at each stage so that he’s as involved as possible in plot development, this was his original idea and I welcome his participation.

From All to None (Disavowed)

There hasn’t been a whole ton of interest here but I’m continuing to develop it. We’ve got the characters in place for the antagonist as well as the ship AI that will need to be convinced to help (or avoided if that fails). I’ve got a few other pieces to figure out, looking to have those in place by the end of the week and probably post a general call for players some time next week. Once I know if anyone actually wants to play in it, we’ll move forward with scheduling.

Plot notes are up on Discourse.

Stellar Horizon

I’m looking at how to revive this game. I like it, there is interest in it, but I will be trying to talk to players about how best to get this game on better footing. I’ve got outlines so we should be able to get the general plot going, especially if everyone is going to move forward with this inciting a revolt plan. I’m really excited to do it, but haven’t had a lot of luck getting it done.

Moving forward I’ll be possibly taking a more hands-on approach to leading the game from an in-character standpoint. Decision making and follow through in-game seem to be an issue. I don’t fault anyone for that, life has enough choices in it and making choices for characters in a game on the Internet takes a low priority.

Miscellaneous Schatten Trading Outpost Plots

Finally for Blazing Umbra there are the miscellaneous plots discussed on Discourse which I have gotten onto our Trello Board for development but have not started yet. Right now my plotting and planning is a bit backed up, I’m going to start on those when I get some more stuff off my plate. In the meantime the outline of what needs to be done is up on Trello if anyone wishes to work on them. Just post on the forum or with comments / links on Trello if you do.

Angelic Sins

Cargo Container

I should have most of the outlining done by the 16th. I plan to have the initial post up next week and we can gather players by the week after. Planning to get something scheduled the week of the 16th or the following week. The plot notes are not yet up on Discourse yet but I should have them up by the end of the week.

Corrupted Children

I’m about ready to start getting some setup stuff posted in the form of news articles. Will have them posted by the week of the 15th and try to gather players around that same time. The main plot outline is up on Discourse but I still have to outline the first act and tomorrow or the next day I should have the demon properly posted to the wiki. More will be filled into the notes as I’m able to do it.

Haunted Dreams

I just posted a call for players on this plot and am ready to get the first act outlined. I plan to get players together and be able to schedule the first session next week or the week after. The antagonist is up on the wiki and notes are upon Discourse. The notes are a bit lean yet but I’ll be getting more up as I get the first act outlined next week.

Mysterious Door

This plot is going to take a bit longer. There hasn’t been a ton of interest and the more I develop it, the more it looks like a good story but perhaps not as good of a plot. In short, it’s still baking. I have the notes on the antagonist up on Discourse and should be posting them to the Wiki this week.

Embers of Soteria

My main focus here has been the Necromancer on Elder Soteria plot. To that end I’ve developed who will be the main antagonist for the plot and the bio is up on the Wiki already. I still have a lot to do here, I am considering introducing the Necromancer character at some point in the near future but not for anything big. Probably just some minor developmental stuff. Starting next week I plan to get the ball rolling on actually developing the plot. I know that Dasfier, Chubby, and some others wanted to join in there so I’ll be looping them in as a I develop things.

While not an official call for players yet, anyone who wishes to help develop it is welcome to do so.

Other Plots

There are 2 other plots in early development.

The first is an idea I had a while back and posted to Discourse I’ve tagged as A Demon is Born. To that end probably around the end of the month I’m going to start getting this further developed. I’m still not sure what I want to do with it.

The second is the Return of the Fae which I hope to get some posts up about by next week, still not sure where I want to go with it though. Probably going to call for players to perhaps make some Fae characters who are in-universe and went through “The Backlash” which banished them. Information on that can be found on the Wiki under Peace of Ages.