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Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby locarno24 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:42 pm

Was discussing this with another friend who's a perennial GM, and wondered what "You know you're playing traveller when" moments had come up at your tables....

~ "Everyone, quick! Run and hide in the unarmoured box filled with liquid hydrogen! We'll be safe in there!"

~ "There are some problems eye-watering overkill can't solve. For everything else, there's the PGMP."

~ "The only thing scarier than a high-stakes interplanetary heist: explaining the concept of 'overdrawn' to the Aslan crewman."

~ "Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time for another session of 'Fundamentally Unaffordable Mortgages, The Role-playing Game....'"
Understand that I'm not advocating violence.
I'm just saying that it's highly effective and I strongly recommend using it.
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby paltrysum » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:32 pm

My favorite quote from the last three years of running Traveller occurred when I was running one of my own DriveThru advenutres, "The Tktk Convergence." The Travellers were at Tktk's pedestrian, type-D downport, and went to an air/raft rental agency. They intended to take the air/raft deep into the outback to the site of an archaeological dig. Their pilot, Elis, said, "Be sure to get the insurance because there's no way this thing is coming back in one piece!"

Much laughter was had by all. :D Oh, and by the way, the air/raft was completely wrecked after an EMP disabled during flight, forcing them to make a nasty crash landing in a river.
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby AndrewW » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:34 pm

paltrysum wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:32 pm
Much laughter was had by all. :D Oh, and by the way, the air/raft was completely wrecked after an EMP disabled during flight, forcing them to make a nasty crash landing in a river.
But the real question is did they get the insurance?
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby paltrysum » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:36 pm

AndrewW wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:34 pm
But the real question is did they get the insurance?
Sorry about the multiple posts above. Not sure how that happened.

Yes, they did! And were therefore not obligated to pay the six-figure reimbursement.
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby AndrewW » Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:07 pm

paltrysum wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:36 pm
Sorry about the multiple posts above. Not sure how that happened.
What multiple posts would that be? Things happen sometimes.
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby steelbrok » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:43 pm

Wasn't Traveller but:

"What shall we do about the floating wookie?"

is always remembered with smiles at my table
(said wookie was floating in zero gee, effectively orbiting the asteroid where the pirate base was)
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby locarno24 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:54 am

paltrysum wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:32 pm
My favorite quote from the last three years of running Traveller occurred when I was running one of my own DriveThru advenutres, "The Tktk Convergence." The Travellers were at Tktk's pedestrian, type-D downport, and went to an air/raft rental agency. They intended to take the air/raft deep into the outback to the site of an archaeological dig. Their pilot, Elis, said, "Be sure to get the insurance because there's no way this thing is coming back in one piece!"

Much laughter was had by all. :D Oh, and by the way, the air/raft was completely wrecked after an EMP disabled during flight, forcing them to make a nasty crash landing in a river.
Q : It's the insurance damage waiver for your beautiful new car. Now, will you need collision coverage?

James Bond : Yes.

Q : Fire?

James Bond : Probably.

Q : Property destruction?

James Bond : Definitely.

Q : Personal Injury?

James Bond : I hope not, but accidents do happen.

Q : They frequently do with you.

James Bond : Well, that takes care of the normal wear-and-tear. Is there any other protection I need?

Q : Only from me, 007, unless you bring that car back in pristine order.
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby MongooseMatt » Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:33 am

From a Mongoose office game:

Referee: You lot have built up a real string of crimes to your name.

Guilty Player: I have not committed any crimes!

Referee: What about that planet that you genocided?

*Pause*

Guilty Player: Which one was that?
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby locarno24 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:02 am

MongooseMatt wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:33 am
From a Mongoose office game:

Referee: You lot have built up a real string of crimes to your name.

Guilty Player: I have not committed any crimes!

Referee: What about that planet that you genocided?

*Pause*

Guilty Player: Which one was that?
:lol:


Player's criminal records are always fun. Especially ones from their character creation that the other PCs may not be aware of.

I recall one game where for Totally Legitimate Reasons the PCs needed to pass as local ne'er-do-wells.

Therefore, they needed a faked-up criminal record, inserted into the local law enforcement database (when you have a TL13 computer and some basic Agent software and the planet is only TL9 outside the odd government office and intelligence agency, you too can feel like a Hollywood movie 'hacker'....)

Later that day, the conversation went something like this:
Player #1: "Nicely done. These look pretty convincing. Good thinking on retroactively creating the archived news article on that last one, by the way."
Player #2: "Yeah. It was surprisingly easy since apparently that one's real." [Turns to Player #3] "Anything you'd care to share with us?"
Player #3: "Yes. Never get into a drinking contest with a Vargr. Also, I may owe a local underworld boss a favour. And by 'I' I mean 'We'. And by 'favour' I mean 'quite a lot of money'."
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby Old School » Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:39 pm

MongooseMatt wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:33 am
From a Mongoose office game:

Referee: You lot have built up a real string of crimes to your name.

Guilty Player: I have not committed any crimes!

Referee: What about that planet that you genocided?

*Pause*

Guilty Player: Which one was that?
That’s one reason I like to type up my game session summaries, even though I tend to get carried away and make them play by play instead of summaries :)

My players swear they have no recollection of their decision in our first or second PoD session to obliterate an Aslan courier vessel. It likely didn’t have anything worth pirating, and they didn’t want hostages as no one yet knew the Harrier existed, so they just blew it to hell in the name of sowing fear throughout the reach. They’ve become more diplomatic since (not that they are above assaulting a mining operation or assassinating a minor gov’t functionary, but there has to be a good reason), and totally deny having ever murdered a crew of innocent Aslan messengers.
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby Old School » Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:44 pm

So this might be cheating because the quote was from an NPC (i.e., me) to a PC, but I like it anyway:

“Junior, I love you, and I do feel responsible for you getting infecting by a nanobot virus. Twice, actually. But there’s no way I’m giving you a fusion
rifle. . .or battledress, so don’t even ask.”
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby Reynard » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:14 am

The crew prepared to board a trader docked with their ship. They were about to perform a charade to capture the ship. The PCs were in position at the airlock, with the rest of the crew, in two rows to walk through as an honor guard arraignment along the docking tube. The nearby iris spun open from the crew area revealing the last crew member, a female aslan standing tall and stately wearing a translucent linen gown not hiding much and the light behind her silhouetting her frame. The staging area went quiet and all eyes, consisting of an all human male crew plus the young aslan male mercenary, turned and stared wide.

The chief engineer in her faked priestly 'robe' carrying the aslan 'god idol' in one arm raised her other arm with hand in a fist for all to see then snapped it open wide exposing all claws including her dew claw. In a loud, authoritative voice, "EYES FRONT!!". They obeyed instantly and did their best not to, at least, stare as she took her place at the front of the line showing no modesty for her crew or, soon, the traders in the adjoining vessel.

It worked.
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby Konrad » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:42 pm

steelbrok wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:43 pm
Wasn't Traveller but:

"What shall we do about the floating wookie?"

is always remembered with smiles at my table
(said wookie was floating in zero gee, effectively orbiting the asteroid where the pirate base was)
Reminds me of an old Star Wars D20 game-
"What weapon proficency do I need to club someone with the wookie?"
The wookie had been knocked out and the player was palying a race the size of an ogre so...
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby Reynard » Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:00 pm

You reminded me of a D20 Star Wars game my group ran. We had to protect Senator Palpatine during a speech. The antagonists arrived and all hell broke loose.

The rule system for ammo reloads was simple, you have ammunition until you roll a critical failure. Fine except.... As we had the fire fight, the players weren't carrying firearms as per security's request even though normal security there did. As security went down we would scoop up their fallen guns. The first player fired and rolled a crit. Second player gets a gun, positions and... critical failure! One more player takes a chance, picks up a gun and, sure enough, also crits! The player shout out, "What the hell are these, ceremonial guns?!".
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Re: Memorable quotes from you traveller games

Postby paltrysum » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:53 pm

Reynard wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:00 pm
The player shout out, "What the hell are these, ceremonial guns?!".
Nice improv on the player's part!
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