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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #75 on: January 13, 2019, 03:44:06 pm »

Can anyone tell anything about the flavor please?

Its been a little while since Ive read the books. The Radch is an empire The is expanding, taking over humanity using living ships to annex planets. The ships can also control some number of human bodies, called Ancillaries (you dont want to know where they get the bodies.) There are aliens, but they are inscrutable and difficult to communicate with. One alien race, the Presger, is only stopped from completely annihilating humanity by a treaty, and if any individual human violates the treaty it would be very, very bad. Theres also the Rrr and the Geck but no one knows much about them.

The Radch is ruled by Aanander Mianani (or something) and her many clones. Her mind is spread across lots of clone bodies all over the empire. Spoilers for book one Her mind seems to have split and now some of her are working against the others, threatening a civil war within the Radch

All of this is correct, also, the lead character is Breq (the Fleet Captain), she is the AI of a ship contained in a human body. She once had lots of bodies, but now has just one, but she still has the awareness that she her mind used to be in many bodies. Her second in command is Seivarden, a human.

AIs are all over the place...Ships are AIs, and the space stations have an AI, too. Some beings have accesses where they can communicate directly with the Ship or Station on a private channel and they have access to the information they get forommcareras, connected soldiers, and other ship/station data. AIs try to keep the peace, and they have been programmed with emotions so that they can actively look out for the well being of their humans.

In the books, there are two factions Radchaii factions at odds with another.  One side is trying to shift from conquering new worlds and enslaving the humans that live there and is pushing for expansion and continued use of ancillaries. Most of the folx (humans and AIs) in Apotheok quadrant are of the former, but the latter are more dangerous.
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #76 on: January 13, 2019, 03:51:56 pm »


@mail-mi (and Glooble) Im relatively new....Ive played 4 games since August when I joined. Hypercube and I started together in NM11. I knew nothing about that game at all before then. I have lots of newb questions and enjoy the games most when the late-night bourbon gang is posting. 

School is just starting for me, too, but I teach so subistitute grading for homework, whatever...the struggle is real. On T/Th, I pretty much can only play during office hours. So, if you wonder what people do during office hours....
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #77 on: January 13, 2019, 03:57:12 pm »

yeah well, I basically only play during office hours with really rare exceptions, hence the limited access on weekends
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #78 on: January 13, 2019, 04:03:16 pm »

yeah well, I basically only play during office hours with really rare exceptions, hence the limited access on weekends

And here I thought you just had a really healthy life/work/game balance!
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #79 on: January 13, 2019, 04:03:58 pm »

yeah well, I basically only play during office hours with really rare exceptions, hence the limited access on weekends

And here I thought you just had a really healthy life/work/game balance!

well, you're not entirely wrong :)
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #80 on: January 13, 2019, 04:45:08 pm »

In the last RMM game I played, I had the ability to switch alignments, and I switched from evil to good to help the town, and Galz didn't believe me!
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #81 on: January 13, 2019, 04:47:32 pm »

I have a feeling, based on flavor, that alignment switching is not going to be voluntary. I suspect Aanander Mianani will have some kind of cult leader mechanic. Could be wrong of course.
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« Reply #82 on: January 13, 2019, 04:49:05 pm »

I have a feeling, based on flavor, that alignment switching is not going to be voluntary. I suspect Aanander Mianani will have some kind of cult leader mechanic. Could be wrong of course.

Noone's alignment can change without their consent.
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #83 on: January 13, 2019, 04:53:02 pm »

I stand corrected.
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #84 on: January 13, 2019, 05:39:16 pm »

People who have given at least some indication they've read Ancillary Justice: WCD, Glooble, joth (and me!)

People who appear not to know the flavour at all: Galz, LL.

What about the rest of you?

Fun fact: I once cosplayed Breq at a convention. I usually hate dressing up, but walking around with a pretty tea bowl wearing an "Awn Elming" pin seemed acceptable :-)
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #85 on: January 13, 2019, 05:44:02 pm »

Did you get the pin from one of her readings?
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #86 on: January 13, 2019, 05:44:28 pm »

yeah well, I basically only play during office hours with really rare exceptions, hence the limited access on weekends

And here I thought you just had a really healthy life/work/game balance!

Are the two of you using different definitions of "office hours" here? :-P
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #87 on: January 13, 2019, 05:45:49 pm »

Did you get the pin from one of her readings?

I bought a bag of them from her on Etsy for me and several other friends here who're fans. It came with signed book plates :-)

(I'm based in the UK.. not sure she does a lot of readings over here).
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #88 on: January 13, 2019, 05:52:39 pm »

People who have given at least some indication they've read Ancillary Justice: WCD, Glooble, joth (and me!)

People who appear not to know the flavour at all: Galz, LL.

What about the rest of you?

Fun fact: I once cosplayed Breq at a convention. I usually hate dressing up, but walking around with a pretty tea bowl wearing an "Awn Elming" pin seemed acceptable :-)

I have 0 knowledge of flavor. Is there a Radch wiki I can read that would help?
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #89 on: January 13, 2019, 05:53:45 pm »

On the subject of being in the UK, what timezones are the rest of you in? Who's actually likely to be awake for a 4am forum time deadline?
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #90 on: January 13, 2019, 05:58:44 pm »

I have no knowledge of the flavor.
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #91 on: January 13, 2019, 05:59:40 pm »

People who have given at least some indication they've read Ancillary Justice: WCD, Glooble, joth (and me!)

People who appear not to know the flavour at all: Galz, LL.

What about the rest of you?

Fun fact: I once cosplayed Breq at a convention. I usually hate dressing up, but walking around with a pretty tea bowl wearing an "Awn Elming" pin seemed acceptable :-)

I have 0 knowledge of flavor. Is there a Radch wiki I can read that would help?

Hmm.. no idea really. Google finds me this wiki, but I haven't determined whether it's something you'd think would help: http://imperial-radch.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Content

I can definitely recommend reading Ancillary Justice, though!
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #92 on: January 13, 2019, 05:59:55 pm »

On the subject of being in the UK, what timezones are the rest of you in? Who's actually likely to be awake for a 4am forum time deadline?

I'm in mountain time zone, so it'll be 2 am for me. I can probably be there til like 2 hours before deadline
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #93 on: January 13, 2019, 06:06:54 pm »

Im in Eastern time but I go to bed pretty early.
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #94 on: January 13, 2019, 06:13:47 pm »


Fun fact: I once cosplayed Breq at a convention. I usually hate dressing up, but walking around with a pretty tea bowl wearing an "Awn Elming" pin seemed acceptable :-)

I love this!
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #95 on: January 13, 2019, 06:14:55 pm »

I'm in UTC+2. I woke up at 21 today (technically yesterday) and I'm trying to fix my sleep schedule by moving it forward so I would assume that I'm awake for the deadline at least on D1, but no guarantees.

I haven't even heard of the flavor.
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #96 on: January 13, 2019, 06:15:54 pm »

Im in Eastern time but I go to bed pretty early.

Is eastern the same as forum time?

I'm guessing from mail-mi's comment that Mountain is FT-2.

I'm on FT+5, but my sleep hours are 1am-9am local time, so that is exactly the 8 hours running up to the deadline.
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #97 on: January 13, 2019, 06:18:18 pm »

Yes, forum time is Eastern. Im an in US Central, an hour behind Forum Time (FT-1).

I go to bed before 10 on weekdays, so definitely not around at deadline
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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #98 on: January 13, 2019, 06:18:37 pm »

Man, this is such a crappy wagon. Let's join a different one.

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Re: RMM51: Imperial Radch Mafia (Day 1)
« Reply #99 on: January 13, 2019, 07:00:57 pm »

So, WestCoast, DatSwan, hypercube, and Glooble, what's your mafia playing experience?

This is my fourth game of forum mafia. I've played a decent amount IRL as well.

I'm in UTC +1, usual posting hours for me are 500 FT to 1900 FT or so. I should be able to make a 400 FT deadline.

Note that we have plurality lynching but having a tied vote is really bad:

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