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Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Derek H (IP Logged)
Date: January 17, 2012 02:35PM

Greetings!

I hope you are all as excited as I am for the upcoming one-day event! For those of you who are attending, here are a few details you may want to know on the day's activities.

LOCATION

Our event will take place at the Hawthorne Hall at the Sturbridge Host Hotel. Check-in will happen outside the hall. Please do not come into the room on the event day, as we will be setting up the game area and want you to be surprised by what you see.


SCHEDULE

11:30 AM - Check-in. Please arrive as soon as possible, ready to play. We'll be checking weapons and armor, handing character sheets and getting psyched for the event!

12:00 PM - New Player Meeting. If you're a newcomer, we'll take some time to get you up to speed with the world of Future Imperfect. Please join us.

12:30 PM - Player Assembly. We'll start lining players outside he game area to enter the game area as part of the evacuation countdown. This will be a roleplay encounter for players and cast alike, although we cannot have combat outside the function hall.

1:00 PM - Game on! Game action begins! We hope you have fun!

6:00 PM - Game off! Please stay and help us with clean-up. With your help, we should be able to tidy up the place in no time!

6:30 PM - Fun time! Enjoy our hospitality at the hotel either at the pool and jacuzzi, or join us at the lounge for some quality time. We've had a lot of fun during years past, so we hope you can join us.

9:00 PM - Dinner at the Oxhead Tavern. Join us for dinner and fun as we tell stories about the event and give out our yearly FI awards!


LOGISTICS

Here are some things about the event itself you should know.

* Our winter events tend to have a light set-up, as we rely on curtain walls and other effects to create the ambiance we want. Thanks for being understanding and rolling with it. We promise that our camp set-up is far more immersive.

* We'll have access to the Hawthorne coat room, located outside the main function hall. Feel free to store your gear in here, but please retrieve it after the event. We won't be responsible for any items left behind after the event.

* This will be a tech-light event. In other words, we will not have the Autoforge or the Network available. We're still getting on our feet and cannot rely on these systems yet. We're sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

* There will be no between-event research accepted for this event. Any research you've submitted after the Spring 2011 season will be available to you at the beginning of the Spring 2012 season.

* If you have any Immobile Devices left behind in Catalyst, do not bring them to the event. We will have a method in-game whereby you will be compensated for these items. We're providing this in appreciation to players who've invested their time and resources into enhancing the game are of Catalyst, so please roll with it.

Thank you very much for your time and patience as we get Future Imperfect underway. We look forward to having you join our new world.

Derek Herrera
Plot Manager, Future Imperfect



Edited 1 times. Last edit at 01/18/12 10:27PM

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Brian P (IP Logged)
Date: January 19, 2012 05:41PM

A note: You do need to bring your Bulky devices! Only truely Immobile devices should be left behind.


Brian Paul!
-Prop Boss, Plot Team, Rules Comm, Other Stuff

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Chris M (IP Logged)
Date: January 20, 2012 10:04AM

::raises hand :: what about rather bulky props? I was planning on bringing one poker table but I'd rather not bring them both. Given the time period, and the circumstances, I don't expect a huge crowd for gambling. OTOH, being told they were reduced to ash would be rather disheartening.

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Wendy M (IP Logged)
Date: January 20, 2012 10:18AM

Somehow the mental image of sirens blazing and Ori carrying his tables to Aleph is amusing me. Not as much as the thought of Jacobi carrying a six month old or two up the hill...but close smiling smiley

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Anthony L (IP Logged)
Date: January 20, 2012 10:49AM

or two!? They are twins!


Anthony Linkens
-Executive Director

Character:
Deputy Laal Umani

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Amber R (IP Logged)
Date: January 20, 2012 10:54AM

And the twincest loop continues...

/shudder

(This thought process and plot line not condoned by Future Imperfect.)
(deity of your choice help us all)


-Amber
Retired Logistics Goddess

Neve O'Brien(RIP), Magnus Sulara Oratia Somerton, Songbird, Elias Amory, Dr. Ara Grintner (formerly ZG) , Jane Sawyer, and Grace (just Grace)

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Rob B (IP Logged)
Date: January 20, 2012 11:33AM

Sorry. No room for babies in the bunker. Unless they're between two slices of pumpernickel bread.

YEAH NOW WE'RE ON EATING BABIES...

and somehow... I'm still less disturbing. tongue sticking out smiley

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Sarah M (IP Logged)
Date: January 20, 2012 12:59PM

and that is sad and that being said most of the scary and twisted stuff comes from players themself lmao

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Anthony L (IP Logged)
Date: January 20, 2012 03:10PM

@Rob - You are still less disturbing, but.. shudder


Anthony Linkens
-Executive Director

Character:
Deputy Laal Umani

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Michel S (IP Logged)
Date: January 20, 2012 04:31PM

Sarah M Wrote:
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> and that is sad and that being said most of the
> scary and twisted stuff comes from players
> themself lmao
>


Yes, but only just

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Brandon W (IP Logged)
Date: January 20, 2012 11:12PM

Whoa, Grinner, I didn't realize you studied cooking on Core.

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Chris M (IP Logged)
Date: January 21, 2012 09:10AM

Wendy, I HOPE the poor guy doesn't have to.... ::sad eyes at rules committee::

BUT business is business, so he will if he does

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Wendy M (IP Logged)
Date: January 21, 2012 11:52AM

I'm more disturbing then Rob! I'm not sure how to take that...

And we don't eat babies as sandwiches, we liquify them, take the resulting carbs and protein, and then drink the resulting smoothie. Its the only way I can afford my taxes, really.

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Michel S (IP Logged)
Date: January 21, 2012 01:05PM

So that's where Squeak’s purple paste comes from.

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Derek H (IP Logged)
Date: January 23, 2012 10:40AM

Out-of-game props will not be affected by this event!

Derek

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Amanda S (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 12:41AM

On the topic of babies...
What, no baby pie?

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Rob B (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 11:28AM

Folks I will be arriving on site Thursday Feb 2nd to assist anyone appearing on Friday who need any preparation or have any questions.

I know that we have quite a few new players and cast alike who will be starting fresh with us at the one day event (WELCOME TO ALL OF YOU)

Once settled I will post up my room #. If at ANY time you want to have a sit down, go over calls, rules, or even just get last second help with props and costumes I will be on hand from thursday at around 5pm onward.

Friday Night will likely be our customary evening dinner and then I'll be hosting a bit of a get-together/social in my suite. (all are welcome)

I look forward to all the fresh new faces and even the old ones. So if you want help, education, advice, or just to shoot the breeze you'll all know where to find me.

Robert Blache
Player Liason

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Joseph M (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 12:20PM

One thing I have noted with some confusion.

It seems there are skills, abilities, rules calls, that are not in your rulebook, yet have been referenced from time to time in your forums.

Mostly i'm refering to procedures, but I'm sure that there are other items as well. Wouldn't it be better for smooth flow of gameplay to have all of these things in your rulebook?

That way a new, or newish, player would understand the effect ahead of time and not need things clarified, slowing down gameplay and the emersion factor?

Yes, I know I'm the new guy, and have not even played your game yet. However i really hate being confused about rules. Confuse me with storyline all you like, that's a BLAST, but not understanding game mechanics can be fustrating and a big turn off for new folks.

That said, for my wife and I, Anthony and Travis have sold us on this game hook line and sinker. I just have this mental defect that forces me to try and improve everything...

Just my 2 cents!

Joe Marchese

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Derek H (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 12:53PM

Greetings,

Let me start by saying that you are absolutely right. In a perfect world, every rule and interpretation would be in the rulebook. That way, everyone would be on the same page. However, the ever-changing world of science makes that pretty difficult. With every event, our imaginative players come up with ingenious ways to apply science. This sometimes causes us to come up with new calls for our rules. This is rare, but it does happen. When it does happen, we try to make the call as informative as possible, so that if someone calls "Math, Drop Trousers!" on you, it's pretty evident what is being asked of you (No, that call will never happen in-game. Don't worry.)

If you're ever confused about a rule or a call, there are a couple of things you can do. First, "Clarify" is your friend. If confused, simply ask "Clarify" from the person who made the call, then ask them for details. For example:

"Clarify, did you say Drop Trousers?!"
"Yes, yes I did."
"Well, darn..."

Second, we encourage spirit of the rule with this LARP. That means that our rules are intended to create a particular effect, regardless of the literal interpretation of them. When in doubt, roll with what feels right. As a guideline, if you ever hear the word "Technically" in an explanation, you're likely going against the spirit of the rules. For example:

"Drop Trousers?!"
"Yeah, it's suppose to cause you to stop running and move awkwardly."
"Well, I am wearing a skirt, so technically it doesn't affect me."
"That's not how the Procedure is meant to work."
"You're right. I'll take the effect. Well, darn..."

In short, don't worry about mastering all of the rules. We are a very supportive and friendly group who understands that the rules won't cover every contingency. Feel free to ask for clarifications from your fellows and, if all else fails, come to Cast Center and talk to us. We'll be glad to help.

Hope this helps,
Derek

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Joseph M (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 01:07PM

ok.. this..
"Math, Drop Trousers!"

made me snarf rice out my nose..

I will get you for that.

And thanks!

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Wendy M (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 01:11PM

haha my first thought was "crap, don't let Jeff see that procedure." But Derek luckily banned it smiling smiley

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Amber R (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 01:12PM

I'm just curious as to why Math. I could see Psych... maybe even Bio if you did something that made them itchy. Maybe chemistry- I'd drop burning trousers, and let's not even get started on the drugs that might make one drop trousers...

But... math?

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Rob B (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 01:13PM

Mwahaha. Still haven't blacklisted "Bio crap your pants"

MWAHAHAHAHHAHA

"Clarify... wtf..? really?!"
"YOU HEARD ME NOW GET TO IT!!!"

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Amber R (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 01:33PM

See? You scared away the witty banter and good conversation.

Bad Grinner.

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Jim W (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 01:36PM

Huh huh, poop.


timothy xavier

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Amber R (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 01:38PM

This is, in fact, why we can't have nice things in Catalyst.

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Derek H (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 02:00PM

Why Math? It was a nod to Zach Kissel, that's why!

Math Pants Forever,
Derek

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Rob B (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 02:02PM

There is no witty banter on catalyst.

Add it to the "I Hate" list. grinning smiley

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Anthony L (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 02:29PM

TA-INT P-U-U-NCH-ERR


Anthony Linkens
-Executive Director

Character:
Deputy Laal Umani

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Amber R (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 02:35PM

Ladies and gentlemen, our illustrious leader.

I weep for us all.

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Rob B (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 02:40PM

I hate the illustrious leader.

And weeping.

Love this game. grinning smiley

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Amber R (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 02:43PM

We should totally start a rousing game of "I Hate" on the Off Topic board, having people answer as their characters.


Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Rob B (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 02:54PM

Done and done

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Michel S (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 05:57PM

and I'm still waiting on "Math Fashion Disaster"

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Derek H (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 07:33PM

You don't need a Procedure for that.

Derek

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: William B (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 08:29PM

Yeah. Fashion disaster is appropriate to /all/ sciences.

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Derek H (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 08:48PM

I would also like to point out that four of my fingers measure approximately two inches wide. The average whiskey bottle is filled at about eight inches of height. Do the math and tread lightly.

Derek

Re: Winter 2012 Event: "apocalypse Ascendant" - The Details
Posted by: Michel S (IP Logged)
Date: January 24, 2012 09:23PM

Derek are you planning a plot explosion?



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