Shattered Rift

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  1. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    Invisible Science Project Traveling East... The ore was piled to chest level, and the amount was enough to be worth a small fortune regardless of whether it was copper or steel or something greater. Rex and Traj exchanged an invisible glance: both knew that only an organization with substantial resources could have amassed so much. Curious to identify it, Traj tested it in vain. He found it neither warm nor cold to the touch. On a hunch, he stuck his tongue out to lick a spot, but he found that it had no flavor at all. Inhaling in frustration, he realized that this place had no scent. No noise, no taste, no smell... "Rex, shake my hand," Traj said. The two shook hands. They could feel each other's grip. "Do you feel this?" Traj gestured to the ore, touching it again, and Rex did the same. At first, he had thought it was smooth. Now, he wondered if he was actually feeling anything at all. To their left, they could faintly make out the back of a staircase leading up to the walkway overhead. Traveling East... Continuing onward, large machinery towered overhead to their right, while piles upon piles of boxes were stacked to their left. In the darkness, it was impossible to make out anything clearly. Traveling East... More machinery towered overhead to their right, and the space to their left finally opened up. Two long tables stretched to the north, filled with numerous widgets and gadgets likely taken from open boxes sitting on the close ends of the tables. Inspecting these, the duo found themselves unable to lift them from the table to inspect, and even feeling in the dark—that was something they could do even if they couldn't feel what they were touching—they were unable to determine what the objects were. Traveling East... Reaching the end of the room, the two exchanged another invisible glance as they considered just how massive this space was. Surely it was larger than the Grand Ballroom of the Sparkbomb Mansion, and that was something that should have been impossible. Neither had ever heard of a building besides the Mansion or its auxiliary buildings that was so large, and both would have assumed it would be impossible to keep such a large building secret. They found a door leading East, and the path wound around to the north. As the path curved, they found the shell of a bot. Its back panel was open, and many of the internal parts were missing. Although they couldn't see far to the north, they could hear sounds of Star's movement. [Paths lie open to the North (past the bot's shell), East (Door), and West. You came from the West. Command? Rexozord: Sparks 13/33 Energy 5/7, Trajectory: Sparks 8/28 Energy 7/10] Dark Star Traveling North... North... "One, two..." Star began counting the rows of bots. "... nine, ten, eleven." Sixty-six bots. The number was staggering. They were arranged so that there wasn't enough room to move between them, and the remaining space at the end of the room was enough to double their numbers if not triple them. The depth of the room impressed Star: she had no idea what room of the Mansion she was in. Was this one of the forbidden rooms of the third floor? She continued eastward. Traveling East... East... To her right, Star found a staircase leading to the walkway above, but as she tried to take a step she found herself unable to progress forward. There was no wall. Nor did she feel pain. Her body simply could not move past the threshold and onto a step. Frowning at it, she continued along the path eastward, taking note of the staggered bots along the north wall. Tables sat next to many with different widgets and gadgets, while to her right boxes were piled high. The first set of widgets were bottles or containers of some kind. The next were rectangular and each about half the height of a brick. Traveling East... East... The remaining widgets and gadgets were unidentifiable. Finally reaching the end of the room, Star decided that they must be on the third floor of the Mansion. She had never realized that it was a single massive room. Except... how could the ceiling be so high? The Mansion was three stories tall, and only the towers ascended to a fourth in height. To the east was a door. Although she couldn't see far to the south, she could hear the sounds of Rex and Traj's movement. [Paths lie open to the South, East (Door), and West. You came from the West. Command? TheLastStarMaker: Sparks 7/23 Energy 6/9] Ninjas in the Dark Traveling West... Opening the door, the trio entered another spacious room that was just as dark as the one they had started in. A table stretched along the wall to the north, and towards the center of the room a wall split a section of the north and south portions of the room. The walkway hung overhead in this room as well. Traveling West... Opting to stick together, the group headed towards the wall first. It filled a space of about four meters, almost half of the width of the room. Another door waited on the west wall, and a table ran northward along this wall as well. Following it, they found the occasional widget and gadget that they had no way to interact with or identify. Many were different in shape and size, but most were of a size that they could be carried if they could only be moved. Traveling North... North... The depth of the room was impressive, more than enough for Blacjak to get lost in later if he so chose, whereas Ward and iko both felt claustrophobic despite the room's size. Just ahead, four bots stood facing southward. One had taken point while the other three hung behind it. Like the army in the other room, these were still and silent. Whatever the purpose of this room, it was impossible to tell in the dark. Traveling East... South... South... Having explored the room fully, the trio considered whether to take the next door west or to return to the room they started in. [Paths lie open to the East (Door) and West (Door). You came from the East. Command? Party 1: Ward: Sparks 28/28 Energy 4/5, Blacjak: Sparks 17/28 Energy 4/5, iko: Sparks 12/28 Energy 7/10]
  2. Tabletop Games

    Played Secret Hitler last night. I assume there's more to it than what I got to experience, but it seems like there's a very definite optimal strategy. Do any of these Mafia-inspired games have a serious level of depth to them? So far it doesn't seem like it.
  3. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    Irregular Tower [Now displaying Defend commands at the start of turn order. Final ruling on letting defenders ignore status effects will be addressed sometime in the future. For now, they do.] Rexozord defends. Script Kiddie attacks Rexozord. Critical! 10 damage. TheLastStarMaker attacks Script Kiddie. 5 damage. Blacjak uses a Fused Spark Mini. Recovered 9 Sparks. SpambotB attacks Rexozord. 2 damage. Trajectory attacks Script Kiddie. 4 damage. SpambotA attacks TheLastStarMaker. 3 damage. iko throws a Snowball at Script Kiddie. 10 damage. Deleted! Auto-Battle! TheLastStarMaker attacks SpambotA. Miss! SpambotB attacks iko. 6 damage. SpambotA attacks Blacjak. Critical! 8 damage. Rexozord attacks SpambotA. 7 damage. Deleted! iko attacks SpambotA. Miss! Trajectory attacks SpambotB. 10 damage. Blacjak attacks SpambotB. 14 damage. Deleted! Victory! All battlers receive 12 XP! Level Up! iko achieves Level 3! Error! Unknown column 'members.usergroup' in 'on clause'. Level Up! Rexozord achieves Level 3! Error! Unknown column 'members.usergroup' in 'on clause'. Level Up! TheLastStarMaker achieves Level 3! Error! Unknown column 'members.usergroup' in 'on clause'. Level Up! Trajectory achieves Level 3! Error! Unknown column 'members.usergroup' in 'on clause'. Level Up! Blacjak achieves Level 3! Error! Unknown column 'members.usergroup' in 'on clause'. Level Up! Ward achieves Level 2! Max Sparks +4! Max Energy +1! Strength +2! Stamina +2! Talent +1! Nerve +1! Speed +1! [Primary Objective: Defeat the Script Kiddie Complete! Story Quest: Intruder Complete! Please visit your personal quarters to receive your reward.] Infuriated by the damage he was taking, the Script Kiddie lashed out at Rexozord again. His defensive strategy successfully kept himself alive and the others safe. Even a spambot wasted effort attacking him. Star struck the Script Kiddie, followed shortly by Trajectory, buying Blacjak time to heal. There was no knowing how long the battle would continue. But iko had an ace—or rather a snowball—up his sleeve. Grateful to his friends, iko took aim and threw the snowball. Just as the Script Kiddie was preparing another attack, the snowball caught him square in the jaw, stretching his hideous visage as the program worked to conceal his true face. Like Ward, ones and zeroes replaced the Script Kiddie's form, and he howled in agony. “I just needed a few more moments!” he shrieked. “Just a few more...” his eyes focused on the screens as his vision grayed, narrowing in on Shattered Rift, who had fallen back to the top of the stairs as he fought back the unending spambots. Seeing the Script Kiddie's defeat, the party quickly took down the remaining spambots they faced. When their attention returned to the Script Kiddie a few moments later, they could see the subtle and impossible movement of his fingers typing into his terminal while his body was consumed with ones and zeroes. “He's not deleting!” Traj said as Star took action, swinging her foam bat at him one last time. The attack stopped as it hit, touching without making contact. “There will be peace...” the Script Kiddie said one last time, and the world went black. --- After several moments, the darkness lessened, and the group could just make out each other's forms. “Remind me never to take a hit like that for you again,” Ward said. Somehow he had fully recovered, but the others had retained the damage they had taken. “No promises,” Rex said with an almost invisible grin. “Who are...?” Star began, noticing several figures standing just ahead of them, and she quickly lunged forward. TheLastStarMaker attacks SpambotF. No damage. Just like with the Script Kiddie, Star's attack had no effect. Her bat simply stopped when it hit, leaving the spambot miraculously undisturbed. The others stood ready for battle, but their enemies remained still. In fact, wherever they were, the entire area was silent. And vast. “There's so many,” iko said quietly. In the darkness, it was impossible to tell how many stood before them. Six rows faced them, each row stretching on into the darkness. Trajectory oriented himself, deciding that the spambots ahead of them were north. To their west was a closed door, and the wall stretched up into the air higher than could be seen, including a walkway overhead. To the north the spambots were perfectly lined up. To the east was a large pile of material... was it pure ore? And behind them, to the south, was a wall with vertical ridges evenly spaced every two or three meters. The ridges stopped just short of the pile of material. “PMs are down,” Rex said into the quiet. “We're on our own.” [Quest received! Story Quest: Alone in the Dark Primary Objective: Return to the Sparkbomb Mansion Paths lie open to the North (past the spambots), East (past the unknown material), and to the West (Door). Command? Party 1: Ward: Sparks 28/28 Energy 4/5, Blacjak: Sparks 17/28 Energy 4/5, iko: Sparks 12/28 Energy 7/10 Party 2: Rexozord: Sparks 13/33 Energy 5/7, TheLastStarMaker: Sparks 7/23 Energy 6/9, Trajectory: Sparks 8/28 Energy 7/10]
  4. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    Still awaiting commands from: iko, Rexozord, and Blacjak.
  5. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    Oh, I thought I was clearer via IM. So, I'm not sure how I'm going to rule this in the future, but for this battle I'm letting Defend bypass Stun. In the future, I may simply adjust Defend so that defenders act first in a round (guaranteeing the benefit and risking losing the following round to Stun, as would make logical sense). I haven't decided yet. But for now, I'm ruling that you beat the system.
  6. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    Irregular Tower [Retroactive] TheLastStarMaker uses a Fused Spark Mini on iko. Recovered 9 Sparks. Script Kiddie uploads malware to Rexozord. 5 damage. Stunned! TheLastStarMaker attacks Script Kiddie. 5 damage. Blacjak attacks Script Kiddie. 7 damage. Trajectory attacks Script Kiddie. 4 damage. SpambotB attacks Blacjak. 4 damage. Rexozord is stunned! iko attacks SpambotA. 7 damage. SpambotA idles. Rex took up a defensive position, and even though he was no hacker, he was able to run some countermeasures when the malware hit. Blurred vision made him panic for a moment, but then he realized it was merely a stun. Star, Blacjak, and Traj all landed solid attacks, making the Script Kiddie stagger back. Now the laughter that taunted them lacked the spirit it had once had. They were winning. iko had failed to bring down the spambot, but he had injured it enough that it hesitated. "The hacker can stun us," Rex said, finally regaining his faculties. [Status Effect - Stun: A stunned character forfeits their next action. Script Kiddie, SpambotAB remain. Command? Party 1: Ward: Sparks 0/24 Energy 4/4, Blacjak: Sparks 16/28 Energy 4/5, iko: Sparks 18/28 Energy 7/10 Party 2: Rexozord: Sparks 25/33 Energy 5/7, TheLastStarMaker: Sparks 10/23 Energy 6/9, Trajectory: Sparks 8/28 Energy 7/10]
  7. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    Awaiting commands from: Rexozord and Blacjak.
  8. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    Irregular Tower iko uses a Fused Spark Mini. Recovered 9 Sparks. TheLastStarMaker attacks WebcrawlerA. Critical! 28 damage. Deleted! Script Kiddie uploads malware to Ward. 22 damage. Deleted! WebcrawlerB runs all around. Speed boosted. Trajectory throws a Snowball at Script Kiddie. 10 damage. SpambotB attacks Trajectory. 6 damage. iko attacks SpambotA. 7 damage. SpambotA attacks iko. 5 damage. Rexozord attacks SpambotB. 5 damage. Blacjak attacks WebcrawlerB. 12 damage. Deleted! The Script Kiddie cackled with glee as Ward's body was seized by the upload. The bruiser's body flickered, but the ones and zeroes that appeared did not dissolve. Ward continued watching the battle through grayed vision, unable to move. There would be no backup for Shattered Rift. Trajectory's snowball hit its mark, making the Script Kiddie stagger back, but he only laughed as the battle raged around them. Blacjak brought down the second webcrawler, but as he surveyed the situation and found Ward already fallen, he knew he and iko were vulnerable. Both spambots still stood, and the Script Kiddie was far from defeated. [Script Kiddie, SpambotAB remain. Command? Star has a Fused Spark Mini that I will allow her to retroactively use pre-battle (provided it's used on a still-living target), so long as she is the one to put in the command. To do so, this must be done before the next update (likely Friday evening). Party 1: Ward: Sparks 0/24 Energy 4/4, Blacjak: Sparks 20/28 Energy 4/5, iko: Sparks 9/28 Energy 7/10 Party 2: Rexozord: Sparks 30/33 Energy 5/7, TheLastStarMaker: Sparks 10/23 Energy 6/9, Trajectory: Sparks 8/28 Energy 7/10]
  9. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    Awaiting commands from: iko, Rexozord, TheLastStarMaker, Blacjak, and Ward.
  10. Cue boss music.

    1. Code

      Code

      Which are we talking?  "I'll Face Myself," "Fight On!"

       

      You're going to have to be more specific, sir. 

    2. Shattered Rift

      Shattered Rift

      I haven't really decided what music would be fitting for Mansionverse Saga. But they're fighting their first boss.

  11. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    Bash Bros. Blacjak attacks SpambotB. Miss! SpambotA attacks Ward. 4 damage. iko attacks SpambotA. 5 damage. SpambotB attacks iko. 5 damage. Ward attacks SpambotA. 7 damage. Auto-Battle Blacjak attacks SpambotB. 13 damage. SpambotB attacks iko. 6 damage. iko attacks SpambotA. 7 damage. Deleted! Ward attacks SpambotB. 6 damage. Deleted! Victory! All battlers receive 2 XP! [Please read below to Irregular Tower. Ward: Sparks 20/24 Energy 4/4, Blacjak: Sparks 20/28 Energy 4/5, iko: Sparks 5/28 Energy 7/10] Team Science Project TheLastStarMaker attacks SpambotA. 13 damage. SpambotB attacks TheLastStarMaker. 4 damage. Trajectory attacks SpambotB. 6 damage. Rexozord attacks SpambotA. 7 damage. Deleted! Auto-Battle! TheLastStarMaker attacks SpambotB. 12 damage. Deleted! Victory! All battlers receive 2 XP! Traveling South... [Please read below to Irregular Tower. Rexozord: Sparks 30/33 Energy 5/7, TheLastStarMaker: Sparks 10/23 Energy 6/9, Trajectory: Sparks 14/28 Energy 7/10] Irregular Tower "What kept you?" Ward joked as Team Science Project joined them in the Irregular Lounge. "Had to clean up after you," Traj shot back with a grin. "The Script Kiddie's supposed to be right up those stairs," Rex said, sobering the mood. Everyone was keenly aware of how out of place the normal furnishings felt. The Irregular Lounge, much like the Irregular Tower, was supposed to have design and furnishings vary from week to week. Each member of the group had a particular memory that stood out as their favorite. "Rift said we should prepare ourselves before the fight," Traj said. After making preparations, the group ascended the stairs. The Irregular Tower was almost as out of place as the Lounge had been. All that stood out was the gigantic screen on the north wall showing numerous camera feeds from throughout the Mansion. Shattered Rift was continuing to fight valiantly in the Parlor, but with each wave he was losing ground. For now, he was still at the base of the stairs. In the Creator's Lounge, a torn painting sat among the debris. The Grand Ballroom was still full of webcrawler activity. Much of the Mansion, however, was still. The eight members to log in during the hacking had done well in clearing out most of the enemies. The Script Kiddie stood with his head cocked, back to the group, watching Shattered Rift intently on the screen. A spambot flanked him on each side, unmoving despite noticing the newcomers. They stood as guards, waiting for opposition, while their master simply watched the screens. A long moment passed in silence. "He'll fall soon enough," the Script Kiddie said in a modulated tone. His voice was simultaneously confident and dead. A tone of patient boredom seeped through, although that might have merely been his slouching posture. None of them recognized the voice, and both iko and Ward suspected it had been manipulated to sound different from his real voice. "Let him fall and there will be peace." "Peace?" Star snorted. The Script Kiddie turned to face them. Straight brown hair framed his face, but it was the face that drew all attention. His features were ever-shifting, eyes at one moment grey and the next brown, chin pointy one second and soft at the next. Each face would remain long enough to leave an impression before flickering into a new one. It would be impossible to learn his identity without capturing him, and none of them had the tools for that. "Let him fall and there will be peace," the Script Kiddie repeated. A wicked grin broke his features, creating a horrific face before the image flickered and adapted. "Resist, and you will never find peace." The spambots stepped forward, and two webcrawlers dropped from the ceiling. It was time for their toughest fight yet. [Script Kiddie, SpambotAB, WebcrawlerAB approach. Command? Party mechanics have been updated! Up to three (3) parties of up to three (3) players may participate in a battle, allowing for up to nine (9) players in a single battle. Each party has an equal chance of being targeted. Within a party, the first or front position is most likely to be targeted while the third or back position is least likely to be targeted. You may rearrange your parties and lineups for this fight if desired. Good luck. Party 1: Ward: Sparks 20/24 Energy 4/4, Blacjak: Sparks 20/28 Energy 4/5, iko: Sparks 5/28 Energy 7/10 Party 2: Rexozord: Sparks 30/33 Energy 5/7, TheLastStarMaker: Sparks 10/23 Energy 6/9, Trajectory: Sparks 14/28 Energy 7/10]
  12. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    Awaiting commands from: iko, Rexozord, Trajectory, Blacjak, and Ward.
  13. I'd completely forgotten about them! We have one here in town. One of my friends went for her birthday a year or two back, I think. I definitely need to look into it. Some good ones in here (especially taking the skydiving to the next level). Bungee jumping is one of those things I don't understand very well. It just seems all-around insane to me. It might just be that I don't trust a single rope. Hang gliding actually seems like it would be fairly relaxing. Now that you mention it, I'm surprised that the air sports aren't more popular. It seems like flying is the first and most basic wish people have.
  14. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    Bash Bros. Ward moves to the front of the party. Ward passes a Fused Spark Mini to iko. Ward passes a Fused Spark Mini to Blacjak. "We can outrun them," Blacjak said, starting down the hall to the east, before Shattered Rift's voice came over coms. "Get to the Irregular Lounge," Shattered Rift said. "Trajectory and his team will be right behind you. Pincer them and you'll tear right through them." Traveling East... South... The trio arrived in the Irregular Lounge. For the moment, it was completely normal, very similar to the First Lounge. Normally it was customized, fulfilling whatever whim the community decided. Blacjak could remember a particular day when it had been full of ducks and duck-themed furniture. Seeing it so ordinary was strange indeed. Soon, the first two spambots arrived, and farther back the other pair was preoccupied with a fight of their own. This would be easy. [SpambotAB approach. Command? Ward: Sparks 24/24 Energy 4/4, Blacjak: Sparks 20/28 Energy 4/5, iko: Sparks 16/28 Energy 7/10] Well That Happened TheLastStarMaker attacks SpambotB. 9 damage. Rexozord attacks SpambotB. 9 damage. Deleted! SpambotC attacks TheLastStarMaker. 5 damage. Auto-Battle! TheLastStarMaker attacks SpambotC. 13 damage. Rexozord attacks SpambotC. 6 damage. Deleted! Victory! All battlers receive 6 XP! The duo hurried back inside the Mansion. [Please read down to Team Science Project. Rexozord: Sparks 30/33 Energy 5/7, TheLastStarMaker: Sparks 14/23 Energy 6/9] Team Science Project "We'll go on, I think," Trajectory said. "You're probably better off away from the hacker in any case: better to have you guys far away from each other, in case you were the real target. Any advice?" "Don't hesitate to use that snowball," Shattered Rift said. "If you can persuade Star to part with hers, or iko to pass you one of his, you should tear through anything that stands in your way. Throwing a better-than-average hit against a spambot will bring it down in one hit. If you get another snowball or two, consider passing your bat off to Ward." Rexozord and TheLastStarMaker entered the parlor then, and Shattered Rift pointed towards the stairs, where the reunited team hurried past. "The spambots from the Grand Ballroom are headed towards the Irregular Tower," he said. "Move quick enough and you should be able to pincer them from behind with Blacjak's team in front." Traveling East... North... East... Just as Shattered Rift had said, the party caught two spambots unaware, and farther ahead they could hear the sounds of Blacjak and his team engaging their own pair. This would be easy. [SpambotAB approach. Command? Please decide upon party order as well. Trajectory: Sparks 14/28 Energy 7/10 Rexozord: Sparks 30/33 Energy 5/7, TheLastStarMaker: Sparks 14/23 Energy 6/9]
  15. Sparkbomb: Mansionverse Saga

    One thing I want to clarify about Traj's decision: Choosing to have your team stay and defend the parlor will mean foregoing the fight against the Script Kiddie. While this decision is in Traj's hands story-wise, I would recommend consulting with the player base on it.