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WEREWOLF: PARANOIA -- MISSION 5

Based on the "Paranoia" role playing game originally designed by Dan Gelber, Greg Costikyan, and Eric Goldberg -- current edition developed by Allen Varney and produced by Mongoose Publishing (www.mongoosepublishing.com). Rules for this adaptation shamelessly stolen from Ze Weeg's previous games

*** PLEASE NOTE, CITIZEN! THE FOLLOWING MISSION SUMMARY IS CLASSIFICATION LEVEL RED! ***

Good news, Troubleshooter! You have repeatedly impressed the Computer with your resourcefulness, loyalty, and penchant for brutal violence in the service of Alpha Complex (as demonstrated by your repeated return from previous suicide missions as sole survivor of your Troubleshooter team -- you lucky clone, you!). As a result of your impressive service record, you have been selected as part of a Troubleshooter team assigned to yet another mission of the utmost urgency and difficulty.

You may have heard rumors that your mission is so fraught with danger that it will almost certainly result in the agonizing death of your entire Troubleshooter Team. This is not true. (Rumors are treason. Report all rumors.) However, even if this were so, Citizen, it would only be further reason to rejoice! It would simply be an additional sign of the Computer's great confidence in the loyalty and abilities of you and your fellow Troubleshooters!

If you choose to accept this mission, please proceed to the nearest Cassandra terminal and enter your name and Security Clearance Code to indicate your interest. Please remember, Citizen, that failure to accept missions assigned by the Computer is treason, punishable by immediate summary execution. Trust the Computer! The Computer is your Friend!

Please report to the quartermaster office of your assigned Troubleshooter section immediately for issuance of a fully-charged laser barrel and a fresh set of Reflec armor. You will then rendezvous with your Troubleshooter team, which will be transported to the long-abandoned reactor core zone of far-flung RAD sector to hunt down a group of Commie Mutant Traitors, or something like that.

Thank you for your cooperation, Citizen! Have a nice day!


Note -- if you have absolutely no idea what this is about, see here ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoia_%28role-playing_game%2... ) and here ( http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/home/series.php?qsSeries=1... ).

And, for those who are curious, here are links to the first four Werewolf: Paranoia missions:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekforum.php3?action=viewthrea...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/96326

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/297564/paranoia-mission-...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/524000/paranoia-mission-...
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[size=16]PLANNED START DATE: 16 August 2010[size=11]

TIMETABLE: Orders will be due at 4:00 PM Central / BGG Time each day. Turn results will be posted as soon as possible after each Round ends.

Current Roster of Troubleshooter "Volunteers:"

20 noble clones have accepted the mission!

Ace-R-KIM-3
ARK-O-BET-3
BWT-O-UVA-3
Chick-R-KUL-3
David-R-BYC-2
Elf-R-ONN-1
Guh-O-EEK-4
Happy-R-ABG-2
JAGE-R-OXZ-2
Kristie-R-FIX-3
LAY-R-DWN-1
Ludes-R-FCT-2
RJ-R-RJP-3
Rubric-R-KEN-5
SCSI-R-YOU-5
STAT-R-SIG-2
Teh-O-GUY-1
THY-R-EDD-2
Vovix-R-NEW-1
Zita-R-FUZ-1


This game will run with any number of players between 15 and 33. More space will be available if more clones wish to volunteer.

Note on Troubleshooter Designators: Players, when signing up, please provide a Troubleshooter Designator. These must follow Alpha Complex naming protocols, which are as follows: (First name) - ("R," for RED security clearance, unless you've won a prior game) - (three-letter code for your sector -- can be anything) - (your clone number, which is "1," unless you were terminated in a previous mission.) Examples: Ronnie-R-RGN-1, Toise-R-USS-1, Anna-R-BLL-1, Mac-R-THY-1, Evap-R-ATE-1, etc. Veteran troubleshooters should use the designators established in prior missions. BE WARNED: Players who do not submit Troubleshooter names a reasonable time before game start may be assigned names by The Computer.
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MISSION PARAMETERS

[size=11]THE GAME: Werewolf: Paranoia -- Mission 5

SUMMARY: [Deleted for security reasons.]

THE OBJECT: Survive until only you and members of one of your Secret Societies remain! You can then return from this (the latest suicide mission assigned by the Computer) and claim victory -- knowing you and your fellow Society members will cover for each other.

THE RULES:

Basic Game Play: The game is divided into Rounds. Before the end of each Round, each player secretly PMs an Action Order to The Computer (i.e., the Moderator). Each Round ends either (a) when 48 hours have passed, OR (b) when all players have submitted and locked Action Orders – whichever occurs first.

Each player may perform only ONE Action per Round. The Actions a player may take are determined by his Role (see below). If any player fails to submit an Action order by the end of the round, he forfeits his Action. At the end of the Round, The Computer determines the results of all Actions, and reports them (PMing the results of secret Actions, and posting the results of publicly-known Actions). The next Round then begins.

The game ends when, at the end of a Round, (a) the surviving players are all members of a single Secret Society; (b) all players are dead; or (c) only two players are left, and they cannot kill or otherwise eliminate each other. Generally, when the game ends, the surviving player(s) win (though there are several exceptions to this rule).

Currently, the plan is for orders to be due at 4:00 PM Central / BGG Time each day. Turn results will be reported as soon as possible thereafter. If this is woefully inconvenient for you, please let me know. Being present at the time orders are due is not at all necessary, though.

Victory Conditions: You win by surviving until the only clones left alive are members of a Secret Society you belong to. See Ending the Game, below, for details on how the game ends and how victors are determined. IMPORTANT NOTE: Each player belongs to TWO Secret Societies. Which one you choose to be loyal to is up to you …

Communications: At all times, players may post freely on the main game thread. However, unlike most other Werewolf-based games, ALL PLAYERS will be able to communicate IN PRIVATE with ANY OTHER PLAYER at ANY TIME. Please see the poll in the next post. (This represents the players skulking about and whispering behind each others’ backs, passing secret messages, using Secret Society sign language, telepaths telepathing, etc etc).

Because of this rule, the most significant game-related communications between players generally occur OFF the main thread! Werewolf: Paranoia is a game of lying, backstabbing, duplicity and double-dealing – activities that are generally hazardous to one’s health if carried out in the open (especially in front of nervous clones armed with lasers). If you rely on public posts for all (or even most) of your communications, you will likely be at a distinct disadvantage. Chat with other players early and often!

Players may freely copy, paste, forward, quote, or otherwise use, reveal, or even outright fabricate communications received from other players. Directly copying, forwarding, quoting, or fabricating PMs from The Computer, however, is strictly forbidden! Such acts are highly treasonous and subject to correction by means of immediate summary execution of the offending party by The Computer (i.e., getting booted).

Secret Societies: Each player belongs to TWO Secret Societies – a Primary Secret Society and a Secondary Secret Society. Your Secret Society membership is very important! You win the game only if (a) you, personally, survive, AND (b) all remaining players are members of ONE of your Secret Societies.

Primary Secret Society: Each player belongs to a Primary Secret Society that is arbitrarily assigned at the beginning of the game. Each Primary Secret Society has a name that sounds nift-a-riffic, but has no actual effect on game play (examples: Corpore Metal, Death Leopard, Frankenstein Destroyers, Mystics, Pro-Tech, PURGE, etc.).

Secondary Secret Society: Each player also belongs to a Secondary Secret Society, which is determined by his Role (see below). Players may win along with members of either of their two assigned Secret Societies.

[size=9]-- Example: Kreskin-R is a member of the PURGE Secret Society. However, because he is a Telepath (i.e., that is his Role), he is also a member of the Psion Secret Society. If, at some point in the game, he feels that the Psion society has a better chance of winning than PURGE, he can focus his support on Psion (at the expense of his fellow PURGE members), since he can win with either Society.


Roles: Each player also has a secret Role. That is, each player is a Vanilla Troubleshooter, Telepath, Mutant, Soldier, Commie Traitor, or an Internal Security Plant. A player's Role determines what Actions he can take during the game. A player’s Role also determines his Secondary Secret Society. Each Primary Secret Society represented in the game will usually have at least one Telepath, Mutant, Soldier, and Vanilla Troubleshooter among its members. Commie Traitors and Internal Security Plants appear less frequently. Details on each role follow.

-- Vanilla Troubleshooter: You are just another carbon-copy clone, with no special abilities. Take heart, though, Citizen -- all Troubleshooters, even the boring vanilla ones, have the potential to perform great mayhem in service to The Computer. This is because The Computer, in its infinite wisdom, equips each of its noble Troubleshooters with a finely-crafted Laser. Vanilla Troubleshooters are also given wildly dangerous and highly experimental equipment to field-test for the Research & Development service section. Doesn't that sound like fun? (Details on R&D devices can be found below.) Secondary Secret Society: The Humanists. Available Actions: SHOOT, RELOAD, DUCK, and USE EXPERIMENTAL DEVICE (if issued such a device).

-- Telepath: You are a psychically-gifted mutant, capable of scanning the minds of your fellow troubleshooters. You can SCAN another player's thoughts in order to determine what Secret Societies he belongs to. Secondary Secret Society: Psion. Available Actions: SHOOT, RELOAD, DUCK, and SCAN.

-- Mutant: You are a clone with an odd genetic quirk that gives you a unique superhuman ability (see Mutant Powers, below, for details). Secondary Secret Society: Up With Mutants.* Available Actions: SHOOT, RELOAD, DUCK, and USE MUTANT POWER.

[size=7]* Telepaths are a uniformly snobby bunch, so Mutants – even those with mentally-oriented Mutant Powers such as Psychic Blast and Empathy – are NOT welcome in the Psion secret society.


-- Soldier: You are a gung-ho, crew-cut-sporting Troubleshooter who was formerly a member of the Armed Forces service section. You are particularly skilled with your issue Laser. Once per game, you can give the order to SNIPE, rather than simply SHOOT. If you Snipe, the target is drilled between the eyes and killed instantly, even if you are the only clone shooting that particular target. You may not SNIPE if your laser is currently de-charged. You are also a trained combat medic. Once per game, you can perform a HEAL Action on a Wounded player, which will restore the target to full health (you cannot Heal yourself.) Secondary Secret Society: The GROGnads (a group of grizzled vets who secretly communicate with each other in a bizarre, multicolored and symbol-ridden code decipherable only among themselves). Available Actions: SHOOT, RELOAD, DUCK, SNIPE, and HEAL.

-- Commie Traitor: You are a true believer in the Workers’ Revolution, and want nothing more than to spread the word to the laboring masses. During the game, you can PROPAGANDIZE other players -- that is, you can approach a fellow Troubleshooter and speak to them in imploring tones about wise Comrade Lenin, benevolent Comrade Trotsky, and the ongoing struggle of the working class against the bourgeois Computer and its minions. If your target is a Vanilla Troubleshooter (i.e., a member of the working class), he is immediately swayed by your brilliant, Slavically-accented rhetoric and becomes a loyal Commie too (forsaking all other previous Secret Society ties). If your target is a fellow Commie Traitor, you now know each other's Role. If your target is an Internal Security Plant, he is unaffected, and you believe him to be a fellow Commie. If your target is any other kind of Troubleshooter, he stares at you like you are insane (and you have just revealed your Commie Traitor status to that player). NOTE: You can only Propagandize successfully once per game -- that is, once you have converted someone, you cannot do it again. (New converts cannot Propagandize -- they are not yet sufficiently versed in Commie lore). Secondary Secret Society: The Commies. Available Actions: SHOOT, RELOAD, DUCK, and PROPAGANDIZE.

-- Internal Security Plant: You are a deep-cover Internal Security (IntSec) operative whose mission is to infiltrate, observe, compromise and destroy Secret Society cells. You are highly-trained, and very good at your job -- so good, in fact, that (a) if a Telepath Scans you, you will appear to be a Vanilla Troubleshooter of the Telepath’s own Secret Society, and (b) if a Commie Traitor tries to Propagandize you, you will seem to him to be a fellow Commie Traitor. You serve only The Computer, however! You carry a tiny, hidden multicorder that video-and audio-records the entire mission. Your victory conditions are unique: you can win the game with any Secret Society! However, once the game ends and you and your "fellow Society members" return to Mission Central, you reveal your true status and play your multicording of the mission -- resulting in a promotion for you, and immediate execution of your treasonous fellow survivors. NOTE: Because IntSec Plants are quite dangerous, there will usually only be one in the game, if any (possibly more in larger games*). Secondary Secret Society: None. Available Actions: SHOOT, RELOAD, and DUCK.

* If, by some strange twist of fate, multiple IntSec plants wind up among the survivors, they both attempt to take credit for uncovering the treason and contradict each others' stories, resulting in the IntSec agents' immediate execution. In this case, in its infallible logic, the Computer decides that if the IntSec agents were the traitors, the other surviving Troubleshooters must have been responsible for the mission's success -- so they surive and are commended / promoted instead.[size=11]

Role Revelation: A player's Secret Societies and Role are revealed upon death.

Actions: Each Troubleshooter may perform ONE Action each Round. Players must secretly PM the Action they wish to perform (along with any other required information, like a target for a SHOOT Action, etc.) to The Computer before the end of the 24-hour Round. Any player who fails to timely submit an order forfeits his Action – and stands, slack-jawed with sensory overload, as laser fire, mutant powers, and Commie rhetoric flare around him. (Players who frequently fail to submit Action orders should remember that being boring is potentially treasonous activity, which may result in summary execution.) The Round ends when 48 hours have passed, OR when all players have submitted and locked orders – whichever comes first. Players may submit revised orders any time before the end of the Round.

When the Round ends, all Orders received are executed in the following sequence:

1. SCAN
2. HEAL
3. USE MUTANT POWER / EXPERIMENTAL DEVICE [size=7](Unless the Power / Device description says its effects occur in a different Step)[size=11]
4. SHOOT / DUCK
5. SNIPE
6. RELOAD
7. PROPAGANDIZE

Each step is resolved as follows:

1. SCAN: The Scanning Telepath is PM'd both the target player's Secret Societies. If the target is an IntSec Plant, the Telepath perceives him as a Vanilla Troubleshooter of his own Secret Society. The target does not know he has been Scanned.

2. HEAL: The target player for each HEAL action is restored from Wounded status to full health. The Healed player will know who assisted him.

3. USE MUTANT POWER / EXPERIMENTAL DEVICE: The player’s Power or Device takes effect as specified in its description (see below).

4. SHOOT / DUCK: All players who gave SHOOT orders fire their lasers simultaneously, potentially causing grievous injury to their targets as follows:

If 1 player Shoots another, there is no effect (the target's Reflec armor protects him).
If 2 players Shoot another, the target is Wounded. Wounded players have a 33% chance of dying at the end of each subsequent Round. Everyone knows when a player is Wounded. If a Wounded Troubleshooter would be Wounded again, he or she dies instead.
If 3-4 players Shoot another, the target is Killed.
If 5+ players Shoot another, the target is Vaporized, BUT has a chance of being inducted into the Sacred Order of the Smoking Boot -- an honor worth dying for! (See Badges of Honor, below.)

Since all Shoot orders are executed simultaneously, it is entirely possible for a player to both kill and be killed during this step.

-- Effect of DUCK Action: On the flat, featureless expanse of the RAD Sector landing deck, effective cover is rarely available when you need it most. However, clones will occasionally be lucky enough to be standing near a support pylon, confession booth, or other substantial item when laser shots start flying their way. A player who gives a DUCK order is taking advantage of just such a stroke of good fortune. That player is immune to all SHOOT orders for the duration of the turn (SNIPE orders have their usual effect). However, that player cannot DUCK again for the rest of the game (even if, as it turns out, no one decided to Shoot at him!).

5. SNIPE: All players who gave SNIPE orders fire simultaneously, killing their targets. A player who Snipes is, himself, immune to all Shoot and Snipe Actions in the same round -- he is tucked away in his hidden firing position and cannot be found.

6. RELOAD: Each Round, after SNIPE and SHOOT Orders are resolved, some Troubleshooters' lasers may run out of ammo. For every 6 Troubleshooters that fired, one of them (randomly selected) will automatically run out of ammo. If there is a leftover "fraction" of less than 6 firing Troubleshooters, there is a chance that one more Troubleshooter's ammo runs out. (Example: If 7 Troubleshooters fire in a particular round, 1 of them definitely runs out of ammo, and there is a 1/6 chance that one more does.) Everyone knows when your laser is out of juice (there is an extremely helpful, extremely loud warning klaxon built into the laser that starts screeching when it becomes de-charged). Players with de-charged lasers cannot Shoot or Snipe again until they Reload. (Note: Once a player has run out of ammo, he will not run out again until every other surviving player has run out of ammo at least once.)

7. PROPAGANDIZE: When the smoke clears, the Commie Traitors in the group approach other Troubleshooters and begin their treasonous whisperings. If the target of the Propagandize order is a Vanilla Troubleshooter, he immediately becomes a Commie Traitor too (and loses all previous Secret Society affiliations). If the target is another Commie Traitor, the propagandizer learns this fact. If the target is an IntSec Plant, the propagandizer is duped into believing he is a fellow Commie. If the target is any other sort of Troubleshooter, there is no effect. In any case, the target now knows the propagandizer is a Commie.

End of Round: Once all Actions are resolved, the Round is over. The Computer PMs players the results of any hidden Actions they took, and announces the results of any public Actions on the main game thread (see below regarding Public versus Hidden Actions). The next Round then begins (assuming endgame conditions are not met).

Public Versus Hidden Actions: SHOOT and RELOAD Actions are public -- that is, these Actions (and their perpetrators and targets) are freely observable by all players. The results of SNIPE orders are public knowledge, but the shooters (who use concealed firing positions) are not revealed. Many -- but not all -- USE MUTANT POWER / EXPERIMENTAL DEVICE orders are also public (this depends on the specific Power / Device, and should be fairly common-sense -- ask if unsure). The execution and/or results of SCAN, HEAL, PROPAGANDIZE, and certain other USE POWER / DEVICE Actions are hidden -- that is, completely unknown to uninvolved players.

Putting the Rad in RAD Sector: If -- perish the thought -- any Round should end with NO ONE dying or being Wounded, a random player is immediately Wounded by the pervasive hard radiation that gives RAD Sector its cheery green glow. This Wound is inflicted after all Action orders are processed (and will instantly kill an already-Wounded player).

Ending the Game: The game ends as soon as any of the following are true:

-- The only players left alive all share a single common Secret Society. When this occurs, the game is over and the surviving players win.* (The slain members of the surviving Society DO NOT win -- their steaming remains receive no gratification from the survival of their fellow Society members.)

-- Only one player is left alive. In that case, that player wins.

-- ALL players are dead. In that case, no one wins.

-- There are only 2 players left, they are not part of a common Secret Society, and neither can kill or successfully Propagandize the other. In that case, the mission is over. The two survivors automatically blame each other for the mission's failure, and both are executed for treason. In this case, again, no one wins.

* Unless there is an Internal Security Plant among the surviving players -- in which case, as soon as they return to Mission Central, the IntSec Plant betrays all his fellow survivors to their deaths, leaving him as the sole survivor and winner. [size=7](Unless there are multiple IntSec Plants among the survivors – in which case, see the IntSec Plant role description, above.)[size=11]

[size=9]-- Example: There are three players left alive in a game of WWaranoia: (a) a Death Leopard Mutant; (b) a PURGE Mutant; and (c) a PURGE Vanilla Troubleshooter. The game does not end, because the remaining players do not share a single common secret society. If, in the next round, either player a or player c dies, the game ends (in the former case, both remaining players are PURGErs; in the latter, both are members of Up With Mutants). If player (b) is killed, the game ends as a draw (i.e., no one wins), unless either player (a) or player (c) has a Power/Device that can eliminate the other.[size=11]

R & D DEVICES AND MUTANT POWERS

Your Research & Development Branch at Work: Each Vanilla Troubleshooter will be issued an experimental device from R&D for field testing. These devices are always well-thought out, completely reliable, and unquestionably useful. These prototype devices, while not fully tested, are designed by R&D with the utmost care and concern for the well-being of the individual Troubleshooter. They will most certainly NOT produce any unexpected results or tragic side effects, or malfunction during ordinary use. The Computer says so -- would It lie to you? [size=5](Yes, yes it would. All Experimental Devices have the chance of malfunctioning when used, the risk increases with each subsequent use.)


Players who are issued such devices will be informed by The Computer at the beginning of the game, and will be briefed on the capabilities of the device (at least, to the extent that their security clearance will allow).

Details on Experimental Devices from R&D:

[size=9]-- Multi-Power Laser: Physically indistinguishable from other lasers, this little number contains a highly experimental micro-fusion power core and hyper-calibrated collaminating lenses. It has two power settings, "Standard" and "High." When set to "High," this baby hits with a punch equal to two standard lasers.
-- Psionic Defense Mesh Head Covering: A skullcap made of exceedingly fine wire mesh, worn in the hair and undetectable to the casual observer. Protects the wearer from hostile psionic influences. Prevents you from being successfully targeted with SCAN Actions, or mental-based Mutant Powers (e.g., Psychic Blast, Mind Infuence). Curiously enough, this widget also protects the wearer against Commie Propaganda.
-- Regenerex-V Auto-Injector: This device looks like an ordinary wristcomp. However, it is actually an auto-injector that maintains a high level of an experimental drug in the Troubleshooter's system. The drug, Regenerex-V, is based on certain enzymes found in reptiles.* This drug makes the Troubleshooter more resistant to damage and makes his wounds heal more quickly. If Wounded, he automatically Heals before the next Round. This effect can occur up to 3 times, after which the drugs in the auto-injector are depleted.
-- HyperSpaz-III Tablets: A nondescript bottle of little blue pills (three doses' worth). These tablets are the latest experimental battle stimulant. Three times per game, the owner of this little bottle of chemical dynamite can take two Actions (instead of just one) in a Round.
-- Mutant Detector: A small, palm-sized device that, when held near a person, indicates whether he is a Mutant (it will also indicate when used to scan a Telepath, since they are a type of Mutant – but will not distinguish between the two). Unlike most devices, this widget is so user-friendly it can be used once per round in addition to one’s normal Action. However, it only has enough power for three uses.
-- Hi-Res Targeting Visor: This looks like a pair of standard Troubleshooter shadeglasses. However, it is, in fact, a cutting-edge combat heads-up display with an impressive sensor suite and multi-object tracking capability. While wearing it, an ordinary Troubleshooter can Shoot twice each Round, or fire a Snipe shot. Because of its small size, unfortunately, this device has limited power (maximum three uses).
-- The Strange Little Box: This is a palm-sized metal box covered with buttons, switches, levers, dials, and gauges. It is critical that you give it a thorough field test. Its exact purpose, and the operator's manual, are classified.
-- Personal Energy Field Generator: This looks like a standard-issue Troubleshooter utility belt. Rather, it is a powerful personal shield generator. It absorbs laser energy and re-directs it at a random Troubleshooter (reflected beams only hit 50% of the time, and are at half-strength). It must be manually Activated each time it is to be used. Its power cells are only good for three uses. The field is invisible, so no one will notice it as long as you do not get Shot or Sniped while it is on.
-- Inviso-Ray Generator: This wrist-mounted device turns the wearer temporarily invisible, causing all Actions against him that round to fail. Three uses.

[size=7]* Please Note: Further information concerning the meaning of the word "reptile" is not available at your present security clearance. Thank you for your cooperation, Citizen!
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Mutant Powers: Below are examples of Mutant Powers that may be used in the game. Each Mutant will have one Power. Generally (except in large games), each Mutant will have a unique power.

[size=9]-- Regeneration: Twice per game, you may Heal yourself.
-- Mind Influence: Twice per game, you may secretly issue Action orders for another player, replacing whatever orders that player intended. (The target will not know who controlled him.)
-- Psychic Blast: Three times per game, you can cause another player to keel over dead for no apparent reason. The second time you use this power, there is a 17% chance that you die instead; the third time, the chance increases to 50%.
-- Force Field: Twice per game, you can create an invisible field of energy around your body that absorbs and redirects all Laser fire. You may also declare which Troubleshooter(s) will be the lucky recipient(s) of the redirected laser shots (each of which has a 50% chance of hitting, and is half normal strength). NOTE: If you activate this power and you do not get Shot or Sniped in that Round, the power is not considered to have been used.
-- Superhuman Reflexes: Twice per game, you can either (a) fire two shots instead of one (at the same or different targets), (b) fire a SNIPE shot, or (c) dodge all laser fire directed at you.
-- Empathy: Determines whether the target player shares any Secret Societies in common with you (you don't learn the specific faction(s) that you share, however). Usable five times per game.
-- Precognition: Twice per game, you secretly learn everyone else's SHOOT, SNIPE, HEAL and RELOAD orders (and the publicly-known results of any other orders) before you submit your own orders.
-- Mutant Sense: Allows you to either (a) sense whether a particular player is a Mutant/Telepath, or (b) sense how many Mutants are left alive (including Telepaths). Usable five times per game.
-- Mechanical Influence: Three times per game, you can cause another Troubleshooter's laser to spontaneously lose its charge. You can use these opportunities separately, or all together (i.e., you can cause one laser to malfunction in three different rounds, or you can cause three lasers to malfunction all in the same round, etc). The de-charged laser must be RELOADED before it can be fired again. In the alternative, you can expend all three uses of this power at once to cause another Troubleshooter's laser to explode, killing that Troubleshooter instantly.
-- Mimic: Twice per game, you can briefly take on the exact physical appearance of another Troubleshooter. Any orders directed at you that Round fail, BUT any order directed at the player you are Mimicking has a 50% chance of affecting you instead. (Hint: try to Mimic someone who is relatively well-liked.)
-- Paralyze: Twice per game, you can cause another player to suddenly freeze in his or her tracks, losing his Action for that round. They retain the ability to speak (i.e., post). The effect also interferes with the use of mutant powers, so paralyzed Telepaths and Mutants cannot use their powers.
-- Telekinesis: Twice per game, you may cause one of the following effects: (1) Trip another player, causing him to lose his Action; (2) cause another player's Laser barrel to detach from his Laser, requiring him to Reload before firing again; (3) throw a chunk of random debris at another player, Wounding him; or (4) bounce a grenade thrown at you back at the thrower (happens automatically). The Psionic Defense Mesh (see above) does not protect against these effects.
-- Invisibility: Twice per game, you can ... well, become invisible. All Actions directed at you that Round fail.
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THE SPOILS OF VICTORY AND THE AGONY OF DEFEAT:

The effects of a player's victory or defeat carry over into future games.

Long-Term Effects of Victory: Surviving players return to Troubleshooter Mission Central and file an epic, fabricated, and (most important) entirely uncontradicted mission report describing their titanic struggle: How they encountered hordes of gigantic two-headed mutants; how their fellow Troubleshooters all proved to be cunning Commie Traitors; and how they, the noble surviving few, triumphed against nearly impossible odds, messily terminated all of these threats in the name of Alpha Complex and The Computer, and barely escaped with their lives. The Computer, suitably impressed by this amazing performance, promotes the surviving Troubleshooters to the next-higher security clearance (i.e., from RED-level clearance to ORANGE).

The effects of promotion are as follows. The security clearance designator in the promoted players' names changes from R to O (for example, if Mikey-R-ALV-1 survives to the end of a game, he becomes Mikey-O-ALV-1). In the next game, these promoted players are issued Orange-level Lasers and Reflec armor, giving them certain advantages over their lowly Red counterparts.

Players who continue to survive through subsequent games continue to be promoted to higher-level clearances (Alpha Complex security clearances follow the rainbow spectrum: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet and Ultraviolet). At higher clearance levels, players may be issued additional special weapons and/or armor beyond the basic Laser / Reflec combination issued to rank-and-file Troubleshooters.

Any player who manages to get promoted to Blue clearance gets reassigned to Taskings Branch and no longer participates in field missions. In this case, the Blue-level name is "retired" to the Hall of Fame: that player must start over again with a brand new Red-level Troubleshooter name (and no decorations).


Long-Term Effects of Elimination: In subsequent games, players who are killed are replaced by the next clone in their series. This is indicated by the number at the end of the Troubleshooter's name. For example, if Toast-R-FFC-1 gets killed, in the next game he will be Toast-R-FFC-2. Players have a total of 6 clones. The 6th time a player is eliminated, he loses all accumulated promotions and decorations, and must make a up a new Red-clearance Troubleshooter name ending in "1."


Badges of Honor: Players who meet the conditions for the following decorations will be given them at game's end. These awards have no effect on game play, but are the stuff of legend among Troubleshooters -- get enough such awards, and the Computer may make a vid series of your life, just like Teela-O-MLY-5 !!!

[size=9]-- Sacred Order of the Smoking Boot (SOSB): This decoration goes to that Troubleshooter who was Vaporized by the largest number of laser shots in the game. See above. If there is a tie, or if no one is Vaporized during the game, no one gets the much-coveted SOSB.
-- Sacred Order of the Smoking Boot, with Bull's-Eye Device (SOSBwBED) : Awarded to that Troubleshooter who would otherwise be eligible to receive the plain old SOSB, IF that Troubleshooter was Vaporized by at least 8 simultaneous laser shots.
-- The Purple Spleen (TPS) : This decoration goes to all those Troubleshooters killed at the end of the first Round. (If this seems suspiciously like a consolation prize, that's because it is one.)
-- Honorable Order of the Mutant Hunter (HOMH): Awarded to that player who kills, or contributes to the killing of, the highest number of Telepaths and/or Mutants during the game. If there is a tie, no one receives this award. (Not available to Telepaths or Mutants.)
-- Honorable Order of the Commie Killer (HOCK): Awarded to that player who kills, or contributes to the killing of, the highest number of Commie Traitors (including converts) during the game. If there is a tie, no one receives this award. (Not available to Commie Traitors.)
-- Not-So-Honorable Order of the Conspicuously Protruding Dagger (NSHOCPD): Kill, or contribute to the killing of, at least 3 players belonging to a Secret Society that you are a member of. (Not available to IntSec Plants.)
-- Highly Suspicious Order of the Lone Survivor (HSOLS): Be the only surviving player at the end of the game. (Not available to IntSec Plants.)
-- Completely Arbitrary Order of the Little Smiley Face (CAOLSF): This cute little badge is given out solely at the whim of The Computer, usually for exceptionally amusing banter and/or actions, elimination of particularly boring Troubleshooters, and so forth.
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A Note on Meta-Gaming: It has come to the attention of The Computer that certain Troubleshooters have a tendency to engage in behavior called "Meta-Gaming" -- that is, making decisions in the current mission based on acts committed in previous, unrelated missions. Troubleshooters are cautioned that The Computer's emotion-simulator module feels very strongly about the whole issue of Meta-Gaming. Meta-Gaming inevitably leads to needless casualties, plotting, backstabbing, and irrational elimination of unsuspecting Troubleshooters for no good reason. In short, Meta-Gaming is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED by The Computer. Eliminating potentially-dangerous Troubleshooters due to a proven track record of prior treasonous behavior is a perfectly acceptable and often-effective tactic.

A FINAL NOTE -- IF ALL ELSE FAILS: The Computer has been known to intervene and save the lives of citizens who would otherwise be killed, if said citizens will only confess and sincerely repent of their treasonous ways, and make sufficiently fulsome declarations of future loyalty to The Computer. Keep this in mind when half a dozen of your fellow Troubleshooters have their lasers aimed at your sternum ...

That is all. Have a nice day, Citizens! And remember ... Happiness is Mandatory!

In the Name of The Computer,

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"A day without the Computer's wisdom is like a day without Bouncy Bubble Beverage!"
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Poll: Start Date
When would you prefer to have the game start?
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Friend Computer has a visitor staying with him until August 13th, so the earliest this game can start would be the following Monday, August 16th. I'm eager to get this show on the road, so that's one possible start date. However, Belash's The Mighty Avengers game starts on September 6th. Assuming a normal 48 hour daycycle, we will be finished with Day 9 by the time his game will start. I would rather not have both games running at the same time as both Paranoia and Quest style games take a significant amount of participation to be fun. However, Day 9 is very far along in the world of Paranoia, so there won't necessarily be as much participation needed here as the game winds down.

The other option is to wait until 3 weeks after The Mighty Avengers is slated to start and begin then, September 27th. This assumes the game will finish in 3 weeks, however, and I don't know how long Belash plans for that game to run.

Starting in August puts us smack dab in the middle of a lot of vacations as well, which may be inconvenient for some people. So please vote in this poll. Which start date is more convenient for you? If neither date, shoot me a PM or post when is good for you and we'll see about scheduling.


Citizen BEL-I-ASH-1 has graciously moved his game back a week to give Paranoia more time to run because he's awesome like that. Since the votes seem to be fairly split around "I want August!" "I want September!" and "I don't care, just give me my damn laser already!", we'll be starting August 16th.
 
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Poll: Regarding Communication
Which would you rather use?
PMs
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One question I was asked frequently during Mission 4 was "Why are we using PMs and not Cassy Chats?" and now that we're in Mission 5, I imagine I'll hear the same questions again.

One reason I prefer PMs is that players may CC and BCC as many other players onto a PM as they wish. While that can be accomplished through the use of chat rooms including specific people, you would be at the mercy of when The Computer could get to your request to open a new chat room. As we all know, The Computer is currently based in Japan, and is in low power mode during the most active parts of the daycycle. So the response time would probably not be ideal.

Another reason is because it's easier to follow along from the outside and after the game has finished in the PDF if PMs are used. All PMs are presented in chronological order, so one can witness the unfolding of plots and deceit. In a chat log, things might go from friendly to hostile with no warning and no way of knowing what the cause for the change is unless you know which chat out of hundreds to refer to.

At the end of the game, though, Cassy chats make much less work for The Computer in compiling the communications since they're all compiled already. So that's shiny.

Right now I prefer PMs. But if enough people want Cassy chats, we'll try Cassy chats. Please vote for which method you prefer.
 
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STAT-R-SIG-2 reporting for duty.
 
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Gmail would work really nicely for managing conversations, but not everyone has an account (and/or would want to make their address public).
 
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Anna-R-OKS-2, always happy to serve Friend Computer!
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As much as I want to, I won't join up. My timezone means I will more likely be a hinderence than a help to my team(s).
 
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Ludes-R-FCT-2 reporting for duty, Friend Computer.
 
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BWT-O-UVA-3 reporting for duty, as soon as Friend Cassandra will allow.
 
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STAT-R-SIG-2 reporting for duty.

The Computer recognizes and welcomes back Troubleshooter STAT-R-SIG-2.

Your previous clone's work in the name of The Computer brings a smile to The Computer's vid-screen. If this clone begins to consider Communist propaganda, The Computer is secure in the knowledge that you will quickly and efficiently terminate yourself.
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Gmail would work really nicely for managing conversations, but not everyone has an account (and/or would want to make their address public).

The Computer recognizes Citizen Elad-R-RAN-2 and wonders why he has not volunteered for this Mission. Have you been hiding your unregistered Mutations from the computer, perhaps?
 
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Anna-R-OKS-2, always happy to serve Friend Computer!

The Computer recognizes and welcomes back Troubleshooter Anna-R-OKS-2.

The change in sector has been noted, Anna-R. How is the Nutritionally Enhanced Gruel in the Outer Karbonite Sector?
 
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As much as I want to, I won't join up. My timezone means I will more likely be a hinderence than a help to my team(s).

The Computer recognizes Citizen Sup-R-CHT-2, decorated with The Purple Spleen, and sympathizes. Being powered up during otherwise low power portions of the daycycle brings pain to The Computer as well.
 
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Ludes-R-FCT-2 reporting for duty, Friend Computer.

The Computer recognizes and welcomes back Troubleshooter Ludes-R-FCT-2.

Your previous clone's reticence in registering as a Telepath was clearly his downfall. The Computer sincerely hopes that you have learned from his mistake and that you will pledge your undying loyalty to The Computer.
 
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BWT-O-UVA-3 reporting for duty, as soon as Friend Cassandra will allow.

The Computer recognizes and welcomes back esteemed Troubleshooter BWT-O-UVA-3, recipient of the Honorable Order of the Commie Killer.

The Computer hopes that your previous stint with the Communists was a short lived flight of folly and not something that has become permanent.
 
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The Computer recognizes and welcomes back Troubleshooters Ace-R-KIM-3 and RJ-R-RJP-3.

The Computer also wonders why these Troubleshooters did not make the customary announcement that they had volunteered for the mission. Communist agendas, clearly.
 
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I just signed up on Cassandra.
 
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I just signed up on Cassandra.
The Computer recognizes and welcomes back Troubleshooter Happy-R-ABG-2. Please remember to present any necessary documentation regarding unregistered mutations or Communist associates upon arrival at the fly-bot.
 
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Guh-O-EEK-4 signing on.
 
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Guh-O-EEK-4 signing on.

The Computer recognizes and welcomes back esteemed Troubleshooter Guh-O-EEK-4.

Your exemplary service to The Computer in the last Mission means The Computer expects similarly exemplary service.
 
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I just signed up on Cassandra.
 
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I just signed up on Cassandra.

The Computer recognizes and welcomes back Troubleshooter David-R-BYC.

While The Computer could not forgive your former clone for his involvement in a Secret Society, The Computer has no animosity against your current clone. Remember that The Computer is your friend, and to always listen to The Computer.
 
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The Computer recognizes and welcomes back Troubleshooter JAGE-R-OXZ-2.

The Computer hopes that you will remember your lead-lined underwear this time, Troubleshooter. The radiation in the RAD Sector is nothing to be taken lightly.
 
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Teh-O-Guy-# here.

Not quite sure if it'd be 1 or 2, could the Computer's infinite wisdom help me out?
 
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