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General Discussion / Why are we even pretending?
« on: August 14, 2017, 10:31:28 AM »
I have tried to maintain even the slightest pretense of optimism about the games here, but it has finally gotten to the point where I cannot any longer. The games on this site are essentially dead, and if not dead, we are just sitting Shiva. Regardless of plot or content, it takes weeks between posts and that's not a campaign. Pony Express would be faster than the games have devolved into.

I get people are busy at times, but I find it very difficult to believe that absolutely everyone is so completely overwhelmed by life that they cannot find 30 minutes a week to post. Could that happen for an individual? I suppose, I still don't believe it's a case of players not having the time, it's that they lack the desire and I flat refuse to accept that everyone is that busy 24/7 for what is now years.

I deeply appreciate MacTrom jumping in all those years ago when Floyd from Waves in the Black kicked PbP off of his site and allowing, what was then, a thriving gaming community to thrive. However, that was long ago and now, none of the campaigns have any vibrancy in them. I believe it is time to face facts and either find the time to post, or admit that an end has come to the fellowship of the Cortex and move on to other endeavors.

General Discussion / Yet another stall
« on: January 27, 2017, 10:52:12 AM »
Once again, I find myself asking, whatever happened to this site? Posting used to be consistent and games used to be fun. Now, there are only three games counting my own and they have stalled into nothing.

I get that people are busy, but the funny thing about pbp is you only need fifteen minutes a day to keep things moving. When it takes weeks for a new post to appear, to me, it less can't and more don't want to.

I've tried to bring in no less than four players to the forum and ALL QUIT because nothing happens. I still check this site, but I am beginning to wonder why I do. I'm beyond discouraged and disappointed and I hope this post will rekindle interest, because to quote BB King, the "Thrill is gone" about being part of this forum.

General Discussion / Why did everyone stop posting?
« on: September 22, 2016, 02:55:55 PM »
I get that people are busy, but the whole point of PBP is that they do not require any major investment of time, I know that we live in a complex world, but I just can't believe than no one can find 30 minutes a week. Honestly, 30 minutes a day should be possible, but for some reason, every game on the forum has gone into vapor lock. I've recruited half a dozen players and all left because of the glacial progress of the posting.

So, to recap, right, everyone is busy. However, are you really so busy that you can't find 15-30 minutes a day to post? My opinion is that yes, it's possible, I'd be interested to hear other views, but what I would like most of all is for you all to just post.

General Discussion / Breaks over
« on: January 10, 2016, 03:59:36 PM »
Okay you lot, Holidays are over and we're ten days into the new year, time to start posting in Bump in the Black, Lost Horizon, and Sky Pirates again.

Bueller, Bueller, anyone?

Announcements / Earth-That-Was to all the gorram citizens of the Verse
« on: November 03, 2015, 10:30:12 AM »
I know no one has stopped the signal, cause you CAN'T stop the signal, so where IS everyone? I know RL sucks, but there has to be 15 minutes a day to post. Ain't there? I know there's time, cause we got here just in nick of it, so you ALL know what that makes us?

Big Damn Heroes Sir!

Ain't we just!

So let's all find some time to get of our pi gu and post guys. There are some great stories to be told here and it's time ta get ta tellin'!

Destroyermen: Lost Horizon / [D: LH] What Lies Beneath
« on: August 12, 2015, 01:13:20 PM »
It is 7 May 1042 and some three weeks after the big blow up between Mary Marshfield and almost everyone, the Humans returned to what passed for normal in a world containing sentient lemurs, dinosaurs, and Japanese marines. Work continued on the refinery under Carel De Vries' watchful eye as Sam Mayo worked concurrently on the storage kettles that would hold the fuel once it was possible to crack the oil into gasoline. Norman Ellington and Albert Potterfield got the damaged engine functional as a pump for the pipeline and turned their sights on coming up with some sort of plane to go with the fully operational engine from the Japanese transport.

Evans-Clarke and Carter Jackson spent lots of time with the sky-priests pouring over the old legends of the Tailless Ones in hopes of discovering where they might have gone. One thing that hung in the air was the silence in the jungles. None of the hunters reported any signs of the Japanese known to be hiding out there somewhere. While the lack of contact allowed for continued progress on their projects, everyone was waiting for the other shoe to drop in the form of a shattering of that silence.

In addition to the silence in the jungles, reports from the sea were just as quiet. From fishermen aboard their small feluccas to the inhabitants of the massive Homes the Tellana and the Dalmora all reported the same thing. No Grik. It was as if the ferocious enemies of the Lemurians had vanished leaving all to wonder if they had ever resurfaced again. However, the captured Indiaman was all the proof that anyone needed that, yes, they had returned. It took weeks to scour the ship from the horrors found in the hold and many of the Lemurians claimed nothing could ever fully cleanse the ship of the evil that took place there. Regardless of taint or curse, the ship was operational and might make a decent scout if it was possible to find a crew willing to sail aboard a ship with such a dark past.

With the lessening of the threat from the Grik and the need to concentrate on the refinery, the casting of cannon slacked off markedly with only 20 twelve pound guns completed. There was plenty of powder for the guns, but efforts to reload the salvaged casings from the modern weapons had also ground to a halt. So many projects, with simply too few individuals capable of leading them was a major factor in the survivor's progress. It was difficult to say which was the greater problem, the lack of people or the lack of the tools to make the tools.

The Arquettes, Sandra Hansen, Judy Kimball, Joan Lutz, Mary Marshfield, Artie Monaghan, and Xiong Tao all continued to study medicine under Doctor Reid's supervision and they were all progressing very well as medics and nurses. In addition to the medical training, the training of the Davaao Guard continued with Chi-Dan-Ag leading the instruction in the use of scota and shield for Glenn Appleton, Heng Tsung, Flynn Pierce, and Roy Sokolowski. Only George Reynolds seemed to be rudderless, refusing to participate in any training or useful work of any kind, which was becoming a sore point with the rest of the castaways.

Norman Ellington split his time between the aircraft design with Albert and his pursuit of Sandra Hanson who had become the de facto charge nurse of the infirmary while continuing to live there full time. Carter Jackson, was however at a quandary on what to do about Judy Kimball, since the blow up with Marshfield, she seemed withdrawn and he wasn't sure of how to proceed with his own pursuit of her.

After three weeks of working on the plans, Norman and Albert had sought out Jackson to seek help on how to get the resources to build their design. They found him with Evans-Clarke and Jannik-Ree-Ad the Sky-Priest of Davaao.

Announcements / Game Demo
« on: May 23, 2015, 12:55:43 PM »
Hello everyone,

I know this is short notice, but I am running a demonstration of a new Savage Worlds game setting called Secret Agents of CROSS tomorrow from 2-6 PM Mountain time. It will be on Roll20 at:

If you'd like to check out this modern espionage and intrigue with a supernatural flare setting, please join me!

General Discussion / What's Going On?
« on: May 08, 2015, 07:17:10 PM »
Like Marvin Gaye asked musically, what is going on with the lack of posting? It seems like the forum change over has got everyone's fingers in knots. Let's get ta gettin' and get these stories moving again!

Destroyermen: Lost Horizon / [D:LH] Scavenger Hunt
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:42:01 AM »
Norman stood next to the other humans, Judy, Artie, and Evans-Clarke as the wagon rolled out and watched the slow moving vehicle until it was out of sight. He looked at the 11 remaining guards and then shrugged.

"We have work to do people."

At that point, Norman and the teamsters began to debate on the best way to hook up the plane in order to tow it into a more open area for salvage.

I will need an Intelligence + Mechanical Engineering roll from Norman.

As the men argued. Judy found herself with nothing to do at that moment when Cecil Evans-Clarke joined her.

"You know Miss Kimball and Mister Monaghan, this area has yet to be explored and while they work out what they need to do, we could scout the area and see what forms of flora and fauna reside in this part of Mindanao. Are either of you interested in a little exploration?"

Whether she agrees or not, I need an Alertness + Perception from Judy.

Destroyermen: Lost Horizon / [D:LH] On the Road Again
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:31:54 AM »
With a nod from Jackson, the wagon with the wounded started to move as he, Roy Sokolowski, and the six Lemurian guards took up positions around the slow moving wagon with the two wounded, the two teamsters, and Mary Marshfield aboard. The slow pace gave along for the trip more time to think than they probably wanted which was especially true for the humans thinking of home.

The journey was uneventful and at the end of the day, but before it got dark. The small band stopped and set up the best perimeter they could with such limited numbers. After setting a watch, everyone turned in. Jackson would take the first watch and Sokolowski would take the last.

I need an Alertness + Perception roll from Jackson.

General Discussion / Merry Whatever!!
« on: December 24, 2014, 08:57:48 PM »
Have a happy and merry holiday of your choice this fine season!

Destroyermen: Lost Horizon / [D:LH] Waltzing Matilda
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:29:40 PM »
Mary frowned at Norman's question about humans not pulling their weight. Her nose wrinkled as if she smelled something she didn't like.

"I understand your frustration as l feel the same way myself. That vile little troll of a Chinaman is the worst of the lot. I can say everyone in Doctor Reid's medical training are working hard if not outside in that dreadful jungle."

Destroyermen: Lost Horizon / [D:LH] Boil, Boil, Boil, and Bubble
« on: November 03, 2014, 11:44:06 AM »
Once the pipeline expedition returned to Davaao, when they humans opened up the spigot, they discovered the oil was a sweet, light, crude that flowed without difficulty via the primitive gravity fed line from the well head. Now in possession of a reliable source of oil, the next step was to convert the raw crude into gasoline for the Macao Clipper.

The humans were already trading their technology for a livelihood among the Lemurians in the form of the sawmill that
Chester McKenzie and the blast furnace that Sam Mayo were building. Making fuel out of oil would require two more projects storage tanks and a refinery. Carel De Vries the Dutch engineer was certain he could design both, but would obviously need more Lemurian assistance.

"Captain Jackson. After risking your life to bring oil to Davaao, I know you want to see your magnificent plane fly again. To do so, I'm going to need your help in gaining an audience with Aako-Hris-Am to gain that assistance. Probably going to need the smith Jon-Mak-An's help as well. What do you say Mister President, you ready to call a meeting of state?" 

Announcements / The Inaugural penandpapergames Online Mini-Con
« on: June 27, 2014, 02:24:22 PM »
Hello everyone.

I run a Serenity campaign on the website. This long running campaign has lasted over two real years and is currently on session 103. I mention this as the forum I run this campaign on is trying something new, namely, an online convention. I will run a Serenity One Shot, but there will be several other settings, systems, and genres to try. The convention is an all day event scheduled for 16 August 2014.

This will be a fun event, but as it is the first fielding of this sort of thing, we are looking for as much participation as possible, thus I am posting this information here. If you can attend, awesome, if you cannot, spread the word to all who you can get to listen. Participation requires registering for the website and it will say you have to wait 72 hours before you can chat, but that isn't true any more. The link to what is available so far is:!

As this is a work in progress, more stuff is getting added as GMs sign on, so by the time of the convention, who knows what else will be available. I go by Lazarus on the site and I have committed to a Serenity One Shot in the morning and a Call of Cthulhu One Shot in the evening. I hope to see as many of you as can make it there!


Destroyermen: Lost Horizon / [D:LH] Recruitment Drive
« on: May 16, 2014, 10:50:51 AM »
Due to a multiple host of real life issues, I am down to only one player and had to suspend this campaign. I was a bit annoyed about that and had some real life issues of my own for awhile and was willing to just let the game go. However, after a bit of time to recharge, I would like to throw open the gates to new players. I have several PC/NPCs available for someone to take over or even redesign if they want. I am even willing to accept new PCs built from scratch that I can retcon into the setting without much difficulty.

So if anyone is interested, please let me know.

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