Well folks, if you think we stray from the topic from time to time, this is the big one. We started out talking about all the cool stuff you can find and what to do with it and somehow wound up talking about interpersonal relationships at IDET. I guess we’ll have to revisit this topic at some point but never fear, the discussion was actually a very good one. We go into a lot of what should be going on in your campaigns back at IDET. It’s a short episode but it’s packed with a lot of good stuff, enjoy!

01:51 What happens to the cool stuff you find on the pathways?

The team discusses what will IDET do with stuff the players turn in, and how do you encourage them to turn in the cool stuff they find and what happens when they don’t.

11:50 Mellor Sex Shop

Clean description but interesting sidetrack on weird stuff to find.

12:33 Drop message system

A way to leave messages on the platform for equipment drops for problem portals.

14:44 Team Interrelations

Ways to intermingle other IDET members with the party members to increase role playing plot points.

19:57 Repairing & Prototyping Parts

What to do about getting repair parts for rare/alien items. Auto-Lathe, CAD-CAM and 3D Printing.

23:30 Security Guards

How the rotating security guards would most likely work.

24:33 Hanging with the Support Staff

The benefits of becoming friends with the support staff.

26:10 Team Advocate

The benefits of having a team advocate.

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  • GeneralTristan

    To begin with… Tehrmelern Adult Goods Shop??? Eh, wot’s this??? Aren’t prehensile tails entertaining enough? Okay… not goin’ any further, there.

    Seriously, though…

    On the topic of Hanging With the Support Staff — it’s important to remember that nothing exists in a pure vacuum… meaning, any friendships and enmities you cultivate will affect other dealings within UNIDET… NPCs will talk with other NPCs about the PCs, and that can make a lot of difference (especially in a community as small as Hatsumi Station).

    As an example: in Real Life, I once cultivated a friendship with the secretary to the senior Radiologists at the hospital I worked at. In addition to this being a very real and enduring friendship, it was also a great benefit to my job… it cast me in a good light with the doctors there, and gave me an inside channel to information well in advance of the general populace of employees. For your Players, cultivating a friendship with the secretary to the IDET Commander can have equal benefits… and getting on her bad side can have some serious repercussions… lost and delayed paperwork, crummy assignments, and so-forth.

    It’s a good idea to remember to try and be on EVERYONE’s good side… everybody has friends somewhere, and the janitor you regularly make fun of while you think he’s not looking might be the brother of the lady in Uniforms, Costumes, & Laundry (which might be why your pants keep riding up on you and explain that rash you keep getting around your neck and wrists).

    Other NPCs the GameMaster can use for positive or negative dramatic effect: the Armsroom NCO, the Bartender at Hatsumi’s watering-hole, the Motor-Sergeant, etc… you get the idea.

    Dec 1, 2009 at 5:10 am
  • Fred Kiesche

    Mellor Sex Shop? Oh goodness…

    Listened to Ep 04 last night while my daughter was in chess club. I’m really enjoying the shows! Many thanks!

    Dec 1, 2009 at 2:40 pm
  • tritacsystems

    GeneralTristan, what great points. That is exactly what we were trying to get across. Hatsumi base isn’t just where you store your stuff, get assignments, and get re-equipped. Those folks matter to the success of your missions.

    Dec 2, 2009 at 1:26 am
  • tritacsystems

    Fred, glad you like it. Keep listening because I think we are getting better at this with each episode! If their is anything you would like us to talk about send us some questions, we’ll be glad to address them.

    Dec 14, 2009 at 1:38 pm