Ghost/Echo: The First Run reloaded


One of my players, Niek Ooijman, sent me some feedback on the session

I’ll put my comments in brackets:

1. please use printout character cards instead of handwritten, to avoid reading problems.
(comment: alongside the printout of Ghost/Echo rules, I wrote on index cards the name of the character & 2 skills).
2. if new players register at the last time, sent them mail beforehand, instead of writing only on the meetup site. ask them to think about the character they want to play.
(comment: until the very last day I had only one subscriber, we already had extensive mailing ongoing on the subject; the rest subscribed on the same day, too late to sent them mail)
3. danger check: a high roll is always better? It is better to change this: if rolling for danger, higher means more “danger”. Getting a 5 or 6 when rolling for danger means real trouble.
(comment: this is a matter of taste)
4. The goal/danger system is asking a lot of player-creativity , it is annoying to have to state a danger for each goal, that slows down play. In the games I know, the GM tells the player all about the dangers.
(comment: this is a typical old-school conditioning)
5. there was some lack of “supernatural elements”
(comment: this scenario was meant as a foreshadowing of the Shadowrun era, the supernatural still has to intrude into the world, but it was possible to Listen for Echo’s of the supernatural)
6. The skills were too minimal
I have some doubts on the claim “quick play”, there still a lot of work to do on the system.
(comment: the player did not take enough time to read the ghost/echo page)

My observations:
The Game has to be worked out, as stated in the two pages

I was thrilled by the minimalistic setting & rules, a refreshing experience after so many years of D&D tables & rule-lawyering.
The indie-press rpg-community consist of some high-level roleplayers, ‘quick-play’ has to be seen in that context : 2 page rules with bare bones, the rest to be expanded with existing GM skills!
No so user-friendly for newbies, but at the other side: the experienced/brainwashed D&D adepts will have serious adaptation troubles!

Dreamquest

The Government was unwilling to dirty their hands in a backwater Balkan state, so they used some intermediaries to contract the Black-op branch of Orpheus corporation.
If anything went wrong, the whole operation was deniable as usual, the spindoctors would call it a terrorist strike of the separatist.
Coil, Grip, Hull and Vixen discussed their strategy for the job.
It sounded like an easy one: extricate Herr Professor alive (preferrable) or dead to insure the Opposition will never again have access to his theoretical knowledge of Matrix-construction.
He was temporary held at a secret interrogation camp, waiting for transfer to the headquarters of Herr Colonel.
Simple plans are the best, and victory goes to the bold;
The idea was to ‘borrow’ a chopper of the Opposition; flying under false colours it should be possible to infiltrate the interrogation camp.
Well…a battleplan never survives the first shots…
They found a…

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Volle maan, eclips november 2012


Een paar dagen terug ging ik met een vriendin naar een kringloopwinkel; meteen bij binnenkomst viel mijn oog op een bijzonder krachtig wayang-pop: Duhsasana! Felblauwe ogen, rood aangelopen gezicht, stevige snor en baard, een echt demonische kop.
Meteen beetgepakt en bij de kassa apart laten leggen, hier moest ik iets mee!
Tot nog toe had ik alleen poppen van de ‘goede partij’ , de Pandawa, dit was de eerste Kaurawa. Kennelijk moest ik aan de slag met mijn Schaduw.

Later werd me meer hierover duidelijk:
Ik had een paar weken terug via internet een afspraak gemaakt met een vrouw die mijn interesse wekte, na wat heen en weer mailen was al een principe-afspraak voor een bepaalde datum gezet.
Maar toen het een week duurde voor definitieve bevestiging van afspraak, rook ik al onraad en mailde ik of ze nog wilde afspreken.
Wat bleek nu: ze kende mijn ex-vriendin, en ‘wist hoe we uit elkaar waren gegaan…het voelde niet goed om de afspraak door te laten gaan’.
Nu wist ik dat mijn ex-vriendin op sociale media uitgebreid haar verhaal over onze soap uit de doeken had gedaan, maar het viel me wel tegen dat ik nu op deze manier zonder toepassing van hoor en wederhoor in de kou werd gezet.
Ik heb meteen mijn correspondent van repliek gediend, dat ik deze gang van zaken wel bijzonder kwalijk vond!

In die nacht het ik een stevig gesprek gehad met mijn Daemon, die ik visualiseerde als Duhsasana.
Hij verbeeldde mijn woede en gekwetsheid.
Hij bracht me in de verleiding om een gremlin te sturen naar mijn correspondent en mijn ex-vriendin, maar wist me gelukkig te beheersen.

Later in die nacht kreeg ik een droom: ik was bij een groep (Engelen? Ze waren in ieder geval gevleugeld en in het wit) die aan Engelenhealing deed, ze omringden me en genazen mij en mijn Daemon.

Ja, de volle maan eclips heb ik goed kunnen voelen!

Setting of the Fifth Black Sun


“December 21, 2012 will be the most important date for all of Humanity. The ancient Mayans created the Long Count calendar to mark this date as the beginning of a new cycle for Mankind.” Anonymous

What if…
The wild-eyed cultist are right…up to a certain point?
Something changes in 2012,,,
Maybe…
the stars are ‘right’, depending on whose viewpoint: if Rlyeh arises from the ocean, the Ctulhu-cultist might rejoice, or maybe not…
…the Veil between the Worlds are rent asunder, and the Dead will outnumber the Quick…
…the Star-People revisit Gaia to evaluate the Human experiment…
…Hailey’s planet strikes home at last…
Who knows?
Maybe HE nows, maybe not (Rig Veda)
But before the Great Change comes, it will be foreshadowed by small changes:
Weird tales, Anomalous Phenomena…
Reported sightings of UFO, ET, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night.

Ghost/Echo: The First Run


The Government was unwilling to dirty their hands in a backwater Balkan state, so they used some intermediaries to contract the Black-op branch of Orpheus corporation.
If anything went wrong, the whole operation was deniable as usual, the spindoctors would call it a terrorist strike of the separatist.
Coil, Grip, Hull and Vixen discussed their strategy for the job.
It sounded like an easy one: extricate Herr Professor alive (preferrable) or dead to insure the Opposition will never again have access to his theoretical knowledge of Matrix-construction.
He was temporary held at a secret interrogation camp, waiting for transfer to the headquarters of Herr Colonel.
Simple plans are the best, and victory goes to the bold;
The idea was to ‘borrow’ a chopper of the Opposition; flying under false colours it should be possible to infiltrate the interrogation camp.
Well…a battleplan never survives the first shots…
They found a hidden chopper on a hidden part somewhere in the woods, guarded by a single watchtower, a typical Opposition-setup for a covert-operation camp.
Coil took out the main tower with his rocket-launcher, Grip sprinted to the chopper while the rest gave covering fire.
Some surviving guards stormed out of the tower, but were taken down by a frontal grenade and some flanking fire. The grenade caused some collateral damage in the tower, soon it started burning!
Grip discovered the chopper was out of fuel…
Hull entered the burning tower twice: the first time to secure a single drum of fuel, the second time he was out of luck, something exploded…Hull was blown outside by a fireball!
Badly hurt, Hull was carried by the rest to the chopper to escape the towering inferno.
They decided to push their luck to finish the job.
Boldly they flew the chopper to the interrogation camp.
Vixen fast-talked the ground crew and the commander Herr Colonel to refuel the chopper and to transfer the prisoner.
On their way to home-base, they were intercepted by two Opposition choppers.
Grip tried to channel the ghostfield, hoping to jinx one chopper, but received a migraine instead.
With some luck Coil was able to take down the interceptors with his rocket-launcher!
Returning to home-base was a bit tense, their chopper was almost taken down by friendly fire before Vixen was able to get through to the right channels.

Ghost/Echo: Pathworking the Ghost Worlds


The Ghost Universe consists of several Ghost Worlds, each
interconnected by Datastreams (Echo-Paths).

Travelling the Datastreams is a specialized skill: by channeling the
Ghost Field, some adepts can open temporary Gates to the Paths.

Using the Major Arcana (e.g. Amber Trumps) is one of the many possible
ways of Pathworking!
Other Traditions use: Tattva Symbols, Hermetic Seals, Bagua, etc.

A Grip who is specialized in Listening at Echoes, has the skill to
detect functional Paths.
Every method has its own risks….

Ghost/Echo crossing path with World of Darkness and Shadowrun


Universe: World of Darkness (core setting) 2012 CE. Preliminary Story: The Crewmembers are part of the experimental Shadowrun team of the Orpheus-0rganization; their mission is to find top secret information before the Others find it.

Do you have any idea what kind of crewmember you would like to be?

Good at…(pick one)
acting under pressure
infiltrate/steal
suffer harm
commit to violence
manipulate/hold steadfast
channel ghostfield
listen for echoes

Pick an archetype:
coil
demon
hull
grip
vixen

Try to visualize the skilled archetype of your choice.