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Title: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Sarge on June 22, 2017, 12:20:09 AM
Hi Everyone,

The Technical Difficulties, Roleplaying Exchange, [Insert Quest Here], and other podcasting crews are hosting a shared setting! We've already recorded several episodes and because it's a shared setting we're looking for other folks interested in playing with us on some Thursdays and/or getting their own semi-regular games going.

Let us know below if you'd like to get into the podcast games and/or if you'd like to contribute NPCs, jobs, PCs, or other such things.

You can post them here, email me, or email <TechnicalDifficultiesPOD@gmail.com>.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Askew on June 22, 2017, 03:04:39 AM
I would be interested is playing when possible. I'm not sure my Takers can conveign often enough to take advantage of the setting, bit I might give a road trip at some point out there.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Priceline on June 22, 2017, 11:56:05 AM
I would love to get in on some games if possible!  I'm one of those ForeverDMs for my local group so I'd relish the chance to actually get to play once in awhile!
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: UnhappyYak on June 22, 2017, 07:21:15 PM
I'd also be interested in joining you guys, especially since your setting is in my home state! Is there a place where we can find more setting info at the moment?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Flatcap on June 23, 2017, 01:19:31 AM
Whenever they start getting posted, just for reference this is Patrick aka Catfish the Bait and sometimes GM.

If you don't think you can make it, please give us ideas for local landmarks, events, oddities etc that might make good game material. I'm not even American so I can't claim any of that knowledge!
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: UnhappyYak on June 23, 2017, 01:39:15 AM
Where exactly is the enclave?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Flatcap on June 23, 2017, 01:54:07 AM
Where exactly is the enclave?

So, there isnt' actually a single enclave. The conceit of the shared setting is that there are multiple competing 'mini' enclaves littered around. We have a hospital, some boats lashed together on a lake, a boarding school, a wind farm... all sorts!
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: UnhappyYak on June 23, 2017, 01:59:58 AM
Okay, I just need a general area then. All I know is the title "10,000 Lakes", which I assume refers to Minnesota. Are you staying around the shore of Lake Superior or does it go significantly farther west than that?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: 0perator on June 23, 2017, 05:19:25 PM
Yo, this is Chris, one of the GMs and player of 0perator and Iditarod.

We're going pretty far afield and playing fast and loose with geography. I think the main enclaves we've ended up dealing with are on or close to Lake Superior, but this is the apocalyptic future and I think Flatcap has decided that some ridiculous man-made islands have been built off of Ellingson Island. So, uh, don't worry too much about things being too far away for color.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Flatcap on June 23, 2017, 05:22:27 PM
I think Flatcap has decided that some ridiculous man-made islands have been built off of Ellingson Island. So, uh, don't worry too much about things being too far away for color.

Nope, I was not involved even slightly in the creation of Operation Ellingson.

You might be conflating that with Zephyr's Bounty, the wind farms?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: 0perator on June 23, 2017, 05:24:40 PM
Nope, I was not involved even slightly in the creation of Operation Ellingson.

You might be conflating that with Zephyr's Bounty, the wind farms?

Possibly. I thought we had a conversation about that when you were working on making some jobs. My mistake!
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Freebird on June 24, 2017, 12:31:02 AM
Okay, I just need a general area then. All I know is the title "10,000 Lakes", which I assume refers to Minnesota. Are you staying around the shore of Lake Superior or does it go significantly farther west than that?

This is Ethan, who's playing Taxey and sometimes running (hopefully more often once I get moved!)

We've gone at least as far west as Grand Rapids Minn. and Brainerd. Technically, Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan are in our region too, though I don't think we've gone that far afield yet.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Deadbody on June 24, 2017, 08:44:01 AM
Lonnie here, playing Martin Luther, a man of God and Latency. Most of the action is between the twin cities and Lake Superior so far.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: LostinWonderland on June 24, 2017, 03:28:24 PM
What time do you guys usually play on Thursdays? I might be able to join but even if I can't I can still at least contribute to the setting. Who would I talk to about getting help for making jobs?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: 0perator on June 24, 2017, 06:50:37 PM
We usually play around 7:30 pm EST. PM me an email address, and I'll add you to our shared Drive.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Toss Up on June 28, 2017, 06:40:31 PM
I'd be interested in joining sometime and playing, maybe even run my own job once or twice.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Fishysan on June 28, 2017, 06:48:52 PM
I would like to get into this awesomeness one day as well if it is in cards.
What days and times do you all usually play and what type of equipment do you recommend for the podcast/recording side of things? I wouldn't want to bog it down with a crap mic and all.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Freebird on June 28, 2017, 07:34:26 PM
I would like to get into this awesomeness one day as well if it is in cards.
What days and times do you all usually play and what type of equipment do you recommend for the podcast/recording side of things? I wouldn't want to bog it down with a crap mic and all.

We've been running on a lot of Thursday nights and Saturdays, but basically any time we can get enough players and a GM who can host the recording on their podcast.

For mics and stuff, don't worry, we're not picky, as long as we can hear you. I just use the built-in mic on a pair of midrange earbuds. We run over Google Hangouts, and the GM is responsible for hosting the audio afterward.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Askew on June 29, 2017, 12:29:52 AM
Most difficult part I have is naming my taker and his two dependents. Generalist/medic Roach (emt pre-crash), I figured he might have run with GILF at some point since his knowledge of Nursing Home protocols and layouts would have made him useful.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Askew on June 29, 2017, 12:52:40 AM
Got names, will write up some backstory and chuck it into the character thread.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: 0perator on June 29, 2017, 11:45:03 AM
Alright, I think we may have overdone recruiting, so I'm going to call it here. Unless you've a podcast you want to add into the setting and can open up a day to run for the 10k, we need to limit the number of moving parts so more people get to play with less competition for seats at the table.

But! Once I get out of work, I'll post the living setting so people who're interested in the 10k can play around in the setting and see what's going on!

Shocka, Askew, PM me your respective email addresses and I'll fill you in on details.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: 0perator on June 29, 2017, 06:05:35 PM
Oh shit, missed you, Fishysan. Same thing as the others, PM me.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Flatcap on June 29, 2017, 09:54:07 PM
Dang, this kind of blew up, huh?

Well, the first session was posted yesterday (I think) on TechDiff so even if you didn't get in the podcast check that out. Its the episode where we create the 10K region and flesh out the various minor enclaves that populate it.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Askew on July 01, 2017, 04:18:35 AM
Is there a writeup of the enclaves available?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: 0perator on July 01, 2017, 01:38:22 PM
There's an entire Drive available with info. Once I get home, I'll post links.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: 0perator on July 01, 2017, 09:09:13 PM
 Here it is! The 10k in all its glory, along with characters for those interested. (https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B0q0baxL2f_wYmQ3ZzA5cGl4ck0)
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Askew on July 01, 2017, 10:10:37 PM
Awesome. Will have to send a link for my character to add to the drive.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Silver on July 02, 2017, 07:33:43 PM
What's the status of the Recession border in this setting? Reading the book I got the impression that vanilla canon was Mississippi-Illinois-Chicago with upper Illinois and Wisconsin left out in the cold, which would make sense for this play area.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Pixie on July 02, 2017, 08:26:50 PM
Yeah, we're going vanilla-cannon for the Recession line
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Silver on July 02, 2017, 09:17:33 PM
Yeah, we're going vanilla-cannon for the Recession line

I'm working on a oneshot play area set in Iowa to introduce a friend of mine to the game, and looking at the map I had the idea that the Upper Illinois/Wisconsin region was a sort of "Recession Expansion" project by the DHQS; that's a lot of farmland the Recession desperately needs. In the Brutalists Caleb alluded that the DHQS was interested in pushing the border from Chicago to the upper Mississippi, and that's an absolutely massive undertaking--we're talking about doubling or tripling the upper Recession border from ~250 to ~600 miles, clearing out all those cities and the Chicago outskirts, converting or erasing all those enclaves. As of "today" the project is in its early stages with the DHQS establishing bases and settlements all throughout that territory, but that means heightened military and Steward activity and could provide a looming threat encouraging the Takers to fill their savings accounts and retire ASAP.

Food for thought, feel free to use or disregard. Looking forward to listening to some recorded games from this setting, and I might try to record a one shot or two in that playground once I get a stronger sense of the place.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: The Passerby on July 02, 2017, 09:21:05 PM
I wouldn't mind playing with one of these podcasts. How does one do so?

Seems interesting. Though for content, I have been sporadically adding sociological stuff every once in a while in the facebook and it has been a while since I have been at the reddit.

I just finished up a internship as a drug counselor, and I am working on a psych degree, so I got a wide pool of knowledge on some things.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Askew on July 03, 2017, 02:08:36 AM
Should I be looking for an email or a PM on Lifelines for info on how to get playing?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Neckbeard on July 04, 2017, 03:16:02 AM
I'd really like to join, but 7:30 eastern is a bit early for me. If there are ever in Saturday/Sunday games, I'd like to join, or anyone out west is interested in some late night games.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: theblazeuk on July 04, 2017, 05:08:51 PM
.......should the full 497 page PDF be on a shared drive with no access restrictions?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: 0perator on July 04, 2017, 05:33:33 PM
.......should the full 497 page PDF be on a shared drive with no access restrictions?

Oh shit.

(https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1200/1*snTXFElFuQLSFDnvZKJ6IA.png)

Lemme just fix that.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: The Passerby on July 04, 2017, 06:39:17 PM
At the secret Hebanon Games doom base, the anti-piracy techno thriller team sharpens their legal document katana, for they have discovered the true leak!  :P

Though excuse me Operator, I have an Enclave idea I would like to submit for the setting. Where should I submit it for review?

As for the game on Thursday. 7:30PM EST is 4:30PM PST for me, so I would very much like to try and join one of games? Though it seems like that is not going to happen.

Recruiting is closed for the near future?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Freebird on July 04, 2017, 06:52:02 PM
.......should the full 497 page PDF be on a shared drive with no access restrictions?

Oh shit.

(https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1200/1*snTXFElFuQLSFDnvZKJ6IA.png)

Lemme just fix that.

Well, ya know...it is Creative Commons licensed. Still better not to cause unnecessary problems, especially right now.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: The Passerby on July 05, 2017, 11:19:19 PM
So, just to check, games closed forever or just for now? Does that hold true for submitting setting info for review?

Also, I am interested in GMing for this setting and contributing to this project. Is there any requirements or something?

Hmm, I think I have a finished Enclave right now.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Sarge on July 06, 2017, 12:14:29 AM
So, just to check, games closed forever or just for now? Does that hold true for submitting setting info for review?

Also, I am interested in GMing for this setting and contributing to this project. Is there any requirements or something?

Hmm, I think I have a finished Enclave right now.


Games are closed for the time-being due to two constraints. 1) Not wanting to create a cult. 2) Lack of alternative venues for distribution and two few GMs.


One of these we can fix. Contributions are always appreciated and as we work out the logistics we'll be making space for more games and more folks. Requirements for contributing jobs and enclaves? I'll have to toss that over to 0perator, Freebird, Pixie, and all our other fine co-hosts.


For my part:
Hope that helps!
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: The Passerby on July 06, 2017, 12:38:32 AM
It helps a little Sarge, though I am still a bit lost. See what I did there? In any case, I mean I have ideas and I am running a one-shot this Friday, and I figured I might as well try to record it or something.

I mean is there procedures for submitting setting materials or recording games? Like my assumption is that this is some form of communal project and that records need to be kept, and recordings submitted?

Or am I getting the wrong impression? Like I will be in the RPPR discord sporadically for the next long while, and I can give contact info for that or skype...

I will get digging through the shared google drive at least, and hope I can figure that out.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Pixie on July 08, 2017, 03:05:22 PM
Passerby, are you in the GroupMe coordinating these games? If so, just let us know when you have a recording and we can figure out who can host it then.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: The Passerby on July 09, 2017, 03:09:27 AM
I am not at all in this GroupMe, I am actually not on GroupMe. I will be on GroupMe ASAP.

I recorded the game, and there are some spots I think I need to edit, but from what I can tell the recording is okay. I don't like the sound of my own voice, but whatever.

I didn't really set it in the 10,000 Lakes setting, I did a cop out and set it fifty miles from the Minnesota border in South Dakota, and marched the players into Colorado.

Though, from what I can tell, the players had fun, even if I was a little inexperienced with the profit system and I had to on the fly fix a couple of things.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Neckbeard on July 09, 2017, 05:53:51 AM
If you need any suggestions on editing audio for podcasts, let me know. It's something I've been struggling with the last several months and would be happy to pass on a little of what I've learned. (Don't worry, by the way, I also hate the sound of me.)
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: The Passerby on July 10, 2017, 01:16:21 AM
Thanks! Well, I used OBS to record it, but I didn't realize it would be a video file with a black screen. I am also trying to figure out how to edit things out. Like I can edit out the ten minute break I think, but I don't know if I can edit out the various off topic tangents or side talk...this is much harder than I anticipated. Lol.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Freebird on July 10, 2017, 08:03:05 PM
My advice would be: don't edit anything except dead air or long breaks. It's really not worth the effort.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Silver on July 10, 2017, 09:01:40 PM
My advice would be: don't edit anything except dead air or long breaks. It's really not worth the effort.

Or long discussions about rules.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: The Passerby on July 10, 2017, 10:00:30 PM
So just post as is? Hmm...there isn't a lot of dead air, except for the break I think...well, does anyone want to give it a listen? It's a her long session with 30ish minutes of comments, questions, criticisms. I admit, I was very novice and it is only my 3rd time running the Market.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Askew on July 11, 2017, 12:32:04 AM
So just post as is? Hmm...there isn't a lot of dead air, except for the break I think...well, does anyone want to give it a listen? It's a her long session with 30ish minutes of comments, questions, criticisms. I admit, I was very novice and it is only my 3rd time running the Market.

I have 4 hour long game recordings that the only edis I did was to stitch the audio together. There's rules chatter, tangents, and etc. I paused recording when we took bio/food breaks, but beyond that I don't edit content, mainly because I don't have time for all that editing, plus I prefer that style of AP, as if one were a fly on the wall of a group of friends playing and having fun, ala RPPR's AP style, as well as Happy Jack's and Fandible.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Neckbeard on July 11, 2017, 05:39:01 AM
Yeah, I wouldn't cut an AP for length or anything. But it can be worth it to use a free program like Audacity to do Background Noise Reduction, some compression (to lower the level of loud noises), and truncate silences (audacity can do this automatically). Then run the whole thing through another free program called Levelator and it should sound better than what was recorded. And all that should take less than a half-hour once you figure out the settings.

PM me if you'd like to know the settings I use.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Neckbeard on July 11, 2017, 05:43:40 AM
does anyone want to give it a listen?

Send it over to me, I can see what I can do with it in Audacity. If you think the improvement in sound quality is worth it then I'll send you over some instructions on how to edit it yourself for future recordings.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: The Passerby on July 12, 2017, 12:27:37 AM
Cool, I will attempt to figure out how to get that to you in a reasonable way and time. I need to find my drop box account details. Been a while.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Freebird on July 15, 2017, 06:58:08 PM
Yeah, I wouldn't cut an AP for length or anything. But it can be worth it to use a free program like Audacity to do Background Noise Reduction, some compression (to lower the level of loud noises), and truncate silences (audacity can do this automatically). Then run the whole thing through another free program called Levelator and it should sound better than what was recorded. And all that should take less than a half-hour once you figure out the settings.

PM me if you'd like to know the settings I use.

I know Ross uses an old freeware program called Levelator to balance out the RPPR APs. It helps balance out voices of varying volume around a single mic. It's extremely easy to use.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Orthelan on July 21, 2017, 01:24:29 PM
I'm new, but I would be interesting in playing sporadically, as often as a one year old and a hectic schedule permit.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Maslow on July 22, 2017, 04:29:44 AM
I also would love to play, as I am my local Market and don't get to play.  Between work and interning though, I don't know when able.  :(
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Zeke on July 24, 2017, 12:43:07 AM
If there are slots still available for ap's I would absolutely love to join. I've enjoyed listening to everyone and would be stoked to play. I GM for my group full time bc they are all new players. Getting to actually play my PC in a game would be an awesome opportunity. Especially with the group involved.

Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: DiploRaptor on July 24, 2017, 11:26:57 AM
I'm down for joining in and what not.
Could easily shift the setting for 'The Random Casts' crew over that way, and/or join a game or two whatever works for people.
So how can I help/be involved?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: The Passerby on July 24, 2017, 11:21:42 PM
From what I understand fellows, that the APs are closed due to an overabundance of players, and a lack of GMs. Been meaning to get in further in touch with folks, but the last couple of weeks distracted me. Had to go handle some IRL things that have left me worried.

In any case, it sounds like things are going, and if you read previous posts in thread, there may be further information for your perusal.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Zeke on July 25, 2017, 12:32:01 AM
I noticed that Passerby. I started a fb post about getting a group together. Just wanted my name in the hat just in case.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: DiploRaptor on July 25, 2017, 11:19:50 AM
From what I understand fellows, that the APs are closed due to an overabundance of players, and a lack of GMs. Been meaning to get in further in touch with folks, but the last couple of weeks distracted me. Had to go handle some IRL things that have left me worried.

In any case, it sounds like things are going, and if you read previous posts in thread, there may be further information for your perusal.

Oh I was offering too run actually, more of a GM then a player*.
Which reminds me need too listen to the episode of the Roleplaying Exchange Enclave creation and same for Technical Difficulties.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: The Passerby on October 05, 2017, 01:35:01 AM
Just checking in, are there any open spots now a few months in or are groups still closed?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Varlaax on November 27, 2017, 09:06:14 PM
Really enjoying the APs for 10K Lakes. Thank you.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Freebird on December 04, 2017, 04:09:05 AM
Thanks! We're enjoying making them!
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Varlaax on December 05, 2017, 10:00:25 PM
I have not yet finished listening to The Reformers yet (on episode 6) so I have no idea how Ethans Freebird character got out safe. Glad he did though.

Honestly, the Red Markets APs you produce are as good as RPPR which is very high level.

Will you continue with 10k for the future or make a new RM campaign?
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Pixie on December 05, 2017, 10:58:42 PM
We may take a break from 10K after the first set of JOLS, with plans to pick back up after that break. I have an idea for a Black Math/enclave building campaign for Technical Difficulties proper, but we've got a bunch of campaigns we're still playing, so it'll be a while before I pitch it to the cast. Which is good, because it'll involve building a few ancillary sub-systems!
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Freebird on December 05, 2017, 11:30:39 PM
I have not yet finished listening to The Reformers yet (on episode 6) so I have no idea how Ethans Freebird character got out safe. Glad he did though.

Honestly, the Red Markets APs you produce are as good as RPPR which is very high level.

Will you continue with 10k for the future or make a new RM campaign?

We're planning on wrapping up "Season 1" of 10k in a little while with a JOLS or two, but we're definitely planning to do Season 2 in the future.

For Tech Diff in particular, we're going to start playtesting Red Markets: Black Death in a bit, and maybe play some one-shots or alternative campaigns in the future as well.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Varlaax on December 06, 2017, 01:23:57 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Varlaaax on June 25, 2018, 08:39:30 PM
There are so many 10K Lakes episodes now...
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Freebird on June 28, 2018, 10:46:59 PM
There are so many 10K Lakes episodes now...
And we've started Season 2!
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Varlaaax on June 29, 2018, 07:41:28 AM
And thanks for the update! I'll get back to listening to 10K.
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Freebird on August 21, 2018, 04:14:44 AM
Hey everybody! Role Playing Exchange just posted the Gen Con panel where several of us discussed running and organizing the campaign. Give it a listen, it's full of insights! Not just for this campaign, but for running things like this in general!

http://roleplayingexchange.com/2018/08/19/how-to-run-a-successful-living-campaign-red-markets-10k-lakes/ (http://roleplayingexchange.com/2018/08/19/how-to-run-a-successful-living-campaign-red-markets-10k-lakes/)
Title: Re: 10,000 Lakes Shared Setting
Post by: Varlaaax on August 22, 2018, 04:04:52 AM
Thanks. Will listen.