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  2. TwoHeavens

    KS Update 131

    I wasn't going to go there with that last detail but since you mention it...
  3. Greywacke

    Let's Play Academagia! Dolan Durn

    Welcome to a text based Let's Play intended to be roughly in the style of Bobbin Threadbare. This is being created because due to a mistake I made when first attempting this lets play, the game crashed whenever I tried to adventure. I may be the first person to ever reboot a lets play. Ordinarily this sort of thing involves making the character together and such, but I'm just going to jump right into it. We're going to be playing as Dolan Durne, who possesses the following characteristics:  Dolan Durne comes from a family of Strozzan nobility. He is the third son, and the third son in his family is supposed to be the Spymaster serving his eldest brother. Learning he had talent for magic had been a surprise for everyone, even him, but his parents decided that knowing magic would never be a disadvantage, although they warned him against attracting too much attention at the Academagia. Dolan’s Familiar, Porridge was the first sign of Dolan’s magical skills. Dolan named the bird Porridge in the hope that it would be too offended to stay. Over time though, he learned to appreciate his partner somewhat, and secretly sees him as a friend. Sometimes though, Dolan thinks Porridge doesn’t approve of his future career as a spy, and would much prefer that Dolan became a proper wizard. Now let’s start the actual game. In accordance with the way the text is written, and by the example of Bobbin Threadbare, this lets play will be written in second person. Some text will be altered in order to fit with the character and story we will create as we go. Finding the Academagia was easy. The building was absolutely massive. But that was the same reason why now that you were inside, the task of actually finding your dorm was so impossible. You were lost, and Porridge was off doing who knows what, hunting rats or something. What you needed to do was find one of your classmates and ask for directions, or maybe a professor. It’s a student that you manage to find first, a girl, wearing similar robes to yours, but with a much more ostentatious gold collar and trimmings. You’re glad you didn’t go for whatever college has robes like that. “Hi, this is a little awkward, but I’m lost.” She smiles, but there’s something cold about her blue eyes. “Lost, or just trying to get somewhere you’re not supposed to?” “Lost. I don’t plan on getting in trouble.” You smile, “But if you’re up to no good, it’s none of my business.” “I’m not, and don’t smirk at me! Who are you, anyway?” She sounds offended by your comment, and you suppose you’ve put your foot in your mouth somehow. “Dolan Durne.” “Oh. As in, the North Strozzan noble family? Then I’ll be sure not to take you at your word.” She turns and stalks off, without giving you directions, or even telling you her name. What a weird girl. After looking around a little longer, you find someone else, wearing less gaudy robes. “Hello, my name’s Dolan.” “Oh, hey. Aymeri Couer.” “You wouldn’t happen to know where the Mordivus common room is?” “Wow! Never thought I’d meet someone who didn’t know their own college. It’s Morvidus. Oh, yeah, I can get you there, but I’m technically not allowed in, since I’m from Aranaz.” He takes you there, and you talk. It’s clear he thinks of himself as a sneaky person, but he makes more noise sneaking than you do just walking. He’d be thrilled if he knew you were a spy, but you’re not sure if he could actually keep it a secret. You make it to your room, and find Porridge, already inside. “Oh, of course. You know, I asked this weird girl for directions, and I think there’s something off about her. So, you and me are going to watch her today, see if we can figure anything out.” “Hoo.” “You would say that. We won’t do anything weird, just see what she’s up to, if there’s anything off about her. I’m not going to break into her room or anything. Although you could probably go in through the window.” “Hoot!” “Fine, we’ll just follow her.” This next part is the introduction, letter from Gera, and all of that. I'm going to be putting all of that in a spoiler tag, because it's boring and basically the same as every other first day of every other character. If you've played the game before, or read another LP, especially one about Dolan Durne, I'd recommend skipping it You spend your day trying to memorize every movement made by the girl, who you quickly learn is named Cosetta Re, once you find her again. Cosetta talks to a number of students, but other than that, spends her day studying and working on schoolwork. It’s not until you’re hiding between bookshelves in the Venalicium Library that you notice that of the students she’s talked to today, a lot of them have been wearing robes like yours, even more than the ones from Avila, her own college. Porridge doesn’t think it’s suspicious, but you know better. And luckily, you remember what everyone looked like. The girl wearing the same Aranaz robes as Aymeri with the pigtails turns out to be named Aveline Cincebeaux. The other girl with pigtails had been wearing a purple robes that turned out to belong to Hedi. Her name was Ausdauer Mollers. The girl in red and white robes was Honors Plafox, of Durand. In her own college, she spent a long time talking to Avgust Kostrodyrets and Aaran Ledale. The kids from Morvidus she talked to were named Vettor Conta, Philippe Marchant, and Eliana Carosi. It isn’t until you’re heading back to the common room that you learn what’s happened. Philippe bumps into you so hard you almost fall over. Eliana walks up to you. “Are you really a Durne?” “Yes.” She makes a face like she just swallowed something foul, and walks away. As she walks past Vettor, he sticks out his tongue at you. Well, it looks like Cosetta didn’t like you either, and she’s spread some nasty rumor. Knowing your family, and how she recognized the name, it’s probably something true, too. Well, hopefully she isn’t going to do anything worse, but she obviously targeted other Morvidus students. You’d admire her cunning if you didn’t want to punch her. That’s right, 30% of our college already doesn’t like us. If you’re wondering why the total number of students that hate us is only nine, I think some of random bonuses canceled someone out. Gains for the day Porridge’s Bond of Iron increased by 1 Memorization increased by 3 --Added 1 Reminder Sheet --Air Pheme Learned That's day one down. Tomorrow, Dolan takes his "first" classes, and we'll see what he thinks of them.
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  5. Legate of Mineta

    What Triggers are for Y2?

    Yep.
  6. Metis

    Let's Play Academagia! Dolan Durn

    Cosetta Re shouldn't be difficult or complicated, especially when she's hit by Traitors. Just have her find Dolan in the wrong location. If you're looking for something more specific, her shtick is that she doesn't give two hoots about rules one way or another, she's just looking for an(y) excuse to "stick it to the smug", as her personality goals calls it. To the point where her adventure has you helping her infiltrate a prank society for the stated purpose of bringing them down from within, but IIRC she doesn't actually act on the position you help arrange for her in Y1. As for Locations...literally all of those are locations you're Informed of by default. I think you've managed to roll one of those as your randomly Informed location, unless save/load reveals something new.
  7. Greywacke

    Let's Play Academagia! Dolan Durn

    So, bit of advice, the student I'm informed about this time is Cosetta Re (and she's also one of the people who hates me for being a traitor) but I don't know much about her. Do you guys have any advice for how to introduce her? Also, if you happen to know which of these you're not supposed to start out with, that'd be great, none of them are really jumping out at me as unusual.
  8. Rhialto

    What Triggers are for Y2?

    @Legate of Mineta: Is this true?
  9. Schwarzbart

    What Triggers are for Y2?

    I think its possible in year 2 because the team already managed to split the wand-crafting adventure for year 1 so that people that have the weed be able to join it in a later stage. Initial only people in the botany class could do it.
  10. Panay's Ghost

    KS Update 131

    Thanks for being willing to take up the baton, Wichita. Hopefully the Leningrad Stockholm Syndrome will fade with time... Wichita's looks are deceiving. I would have suspected her of being more of a free spirit than she is. And far be it from me to bite the hand that's been sending popcorn... Ad Astra Per Aspera. Well played. ...Wait....I seem to remember that in the Mother's Day Preparations, the responsible cruiser, [Redacted 8], was doing a herculean job of herding cats. ...And considered Kansas City barbecue the best in the country. And what was her part of the preparations again? Captain: And what are you overseeing?[Redacted8]: Location. And massed popcorn production. I think the Interviewer position is in good hands, Mahan. 😊 Speaking of barbecue and assuming each Belle is true to her namesake's barbecue traditions:
  11. DrYuriMom

    KS Update 131

    Wichita actually has elements of all three of the witches shown in the 1939 movie. The hat of the West, the stockings and ruby slippers of the East, and the eyes and general...um...form of the North. So lots of nice touches. :-) As far as the rest, I foresee some changes coming. I look forward to seeing what the new interview writer has in store for us. 🙂
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  13. TwoHeavens

    KS Update 131

    I second that appreciation. I also have to say that I find Wichita absolutely bewitching. I think I'll have to get art of her hanging out with Wicher for Halloween this year. As a heavy crusier I'd expect that Wichita has a slightly thicker skin than dear Mahan, so hopefully that serves her well in the second round of interviews. (She's going to need it if she has an interview with a vampire...) P.S. the ruby red slippers were a nice touch.
  14. Shirogane

    List of Belles in game Victory Belles

    Added to the list of confirmed heavy cruiser of U.S. Navy - USS Wichita (CA-45)
  15. David J

    KS Update 131

    I do appreciate the fact we have more Belles to learn about.
  16. Rhialto

    ~ Suggestions & Improvement ~

    @Legate of Mineta: An idea: Pelia could have various people trying to adopt her (or claiming to be her relatives) because they want access to her alchemical knowledge (and her father's), and she could face litigation about how old she really is. Much struggle to raise money for legal bills or deal with skulduggery (involving the PC, obviously!) could follow.
  17. Rhialto

    What Triggers are for Y2?

    @Legate of Mineta: Would it be possible to have an adventure with multiple possible ways to access its climactic/important parts, with each way having its own set of stages? Something similar was done with Y1's main adventure (Ilaro's adventure could lead the PC to Orsi's adventure if the PC made a certain choice), if I understand right.
  18. von_Lipstig

    KS Update 131

    LINK
  19. Shirogane

    List of Belles in game Victory Belles

    Ok. Now I understand. At the moment I have to be 100% sure to add ships to the list.
  20. Greywacke

    Let's Play Academagia! Dolan Durn

    Thanks for the suggestions. I hate to do this, but I don't think I'm going to change any of that. Having his family be graverobbers or artisans would be just such a huge change (and I'm not a fan of Enchant). You totally nailed why I didn't want to be Aranaz by the way, on both accounts. I'll try to explain the Morvidus thing a little better though. One of the reasons I liked it is that part of my idea for Dolan is that he isn't very interested in magic, but Porridge wants him to learn magic. Looking back though, outside of a few things (The Lone Pine) I failed to make Porridge, and also Isabeau, a strong enough feature during actions that didn't directly concern them, and I'm going to try to fix that for Dolan the Second. EDIT: I've begun working on Dolan II and I've done a little save scumming on character creation. The first time I did it I got Isabeau as one of the people who didn't like us because of the traitor thing and that made me sad.
  21. Panay's Ghost

    KS Update 130

    [REDACTED]: The Ghost is well informed. You are too kind. [REDACTED]: ... People don't talk to Scharnhorst like this. U-29: Nein. And make sure you don't either. While I consider it laudable for a submarine to speak softly and carry a full spread, being too reserved where Scharnhorst a battleship is concerned actually does her a disservice. Get in touch with Salmon, [Redacted]. You may find her "training exercise" methods worth taking note. I appreciated the response to my question very much, but why must you torment me so? I will not look a gift horse in the mouth, that would be rude. Danke. I look forward to seeing you next in my fleet, [Redacted].
  22. Legate of Mineta

    What Triggers are for Y2?

    Rhi; Yes.
  23. Rhialto

    What Triggers are for Y2?

    @Legate of Mineta: Would it be possible in Y2 to write an adventure in which there would be a stage that only comes up with certain conditions?
  24. Legate of Mineta

    A few in game questions

    Rhialto; 1) No, because of somewhat subjective nature of those Wards. Such magics can be used, but it is not standard. 2) No, again because of its subjective nature. But it was employed from time to time. 3) Via patronage, yes. 4) Yes.
  25. Rhialto

    A few in game questions

    @Legate of Mineta: 1. Do law courts have anti-lying wards ? 2. When mastery was legal, was it permitted to use mind-reading in law courts? 3. are contingency fee agreements known and permitted to lawyers? 4. Could one use glamour magic to make a person with visual impairment have normal vision, even if only temporarily?
  26. TwoHeavens

    List of Belles in game Victory Belles

    Vampire wasn't technically confirmed. In the most absolutely technical sense of the word technical. Squalus (SS-192) hasn't be confirmed to have manifested and if she did it would be as Squalus and not as Sailfin until May of next year, if her name would change at all. Sculpin was confirmed to be active and defending her stricken sister however as Legate said.
  27. Shirogane

    List of Belles in game Victory Belles

    So I understand correctly that HMAS Vampire, USS Sculpin and USS Sailfish (SS-192) were confirmed after the last update?
  28. Metis

    Let's Play Academagia! Dolan Durn

    Hmm...in terms of colleges for a spy Aranaz or Hedi are certainly more fitting, and especially in Aranaz' case the adventures mostly reflect that. But in a way that's the exact opposite of what a spy would want. To be where people would look for or, Gods forbid, expect to find spies. BT's LP also went through Aranaz, so although I don't expect Dolan to be as...high profile about things as Iliana was you'd still have some repeat adventures. Hedi's adventures aren't really spy material either. Neither are Morvidus', of course, but I think you can get some good stuff out of "why am I in this college full of crazy people". Especially if Dolan is in Morvidus for reasons like "seemed like an easy class to pass" and "I'm supposed to be a spy, of course I'm not going to join a college who's reputation can be summed up as all future spies and assorted sneaky backstabbers gather here please". One thing you could do is replace one of your Talent attributes with a +attribute background, adding something with minimal fuss. I'm thinking Family: Graverobbers? Someone with a background in Anatomy and Biology could make the mistake of thinking that Zoology is a shoe-in class for them, and there could be a line there connecting Dolan to Morvidus/other adventures. If not that maybe replace Three Suns with Family: Artisans of Skill and join Vernin instead? Not sure if Vernin has much spy material, but it would certainly be a fitting choice, which is what a spy would care about.
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