BSG: Escortstar Meleager


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  • Created Aug 11 '11
  • Last Post Nov 8 '13 at 1:58am
  • Status Aborted
  • System Serenity

Game Description

Meleager, or "Old Mel", is a Hunter-class Escortstar nominally assigned to BSG-75, technically under the command of Galactica and Commander Adama.

Meleager has been attached to the 24th Viper Training Squadron for the last seven years. Pilots in the final stages of their training are transferred to Meleager and her two accompanying vessels for their final six months of qualification for combat landing and manuevering training, keeping the Nuggets from "bothering" the flight crews of the 'Combat Commands'...vessels such as Galactica, Pegasus, and the members of the various 120 other-some-odd Battlestar Groups of the Colonial Fleet.

Meleager is slated for decommisioning during the next six months to a year, and as such has become a low priority posting for the fleet and the needs of the Admiralty. Combined with a mid-space collision three months ago that killed or wounded a significant portion of its crew and damaged a little over a dozen various small craft, and the Meleager is notably understaffed. Nonetheless, her Commanding Officer, Major Ivana Deering, has been ordered to prepare for a transfer to command of the Spatha (a Gladius-class Gunstar) after it finishes its refit, and intends to take almost all of her crew with her, so readiness and morale remain high in anticipation of a mass-move into a bigger and better vessel.

Old Mel is quite understrength at the current time, notably due to the aforementioned circumstances. With only 416 crew (of her alotted 800), a short air group of 20 Vipers (most manned by Nuggets), and a single flight of Raptors, the ship, though maintained as well as possible by Major Deering, is not quite up to full fighting strength. While she is capable of handling the pirates that plague the Erebos Belt or even a couple of pitched wartime battles, her dearth of personnel and small craft would doom her quickly if the war resumed...unless she found additional personnel and small craft in short order.

Meleager is currently on the outskirts of the Erebos Belt, conducting training missions in the fringes of the asteroids; today is the day that Galactica retires and then proceeds to Caprica to meet up with an honor guard composed of most of the Colonial Fleet to be escorted to its final resting place in orbit as a 'living museum'. The crew of Meleager, however, has already had to deal with several 'incidents'--none directly Cylon-related yet--and has had their first major 'situation' drop in on them...and it has only been three hours since most of them came on-shift.

<<APPLICATIONS ARE WELCOME AT ANY TIME>> Please, feel free to join in.

Concept
The game should be considered 'fanon' in all senses rather than 'canon'. In point of fact, most Colonial Fleet ships other than Battlestars, Vipers, and Raptors are purely speculation in view of the re-imagined series. However, the game will attempt to stay within the bounds of the 'feeling' of the re-imagined BSG series. Note, I am incorporating what we saw in 'Caprica' as well as both 'Razor' and 'The Plan' (now also 'Blood and Chrome'); while there are still the same number of 'skinjobs', things will not go down the same path as the series as the campaign progresses. This is a 'possibility'--just as equally valid--as what we saw. After all, "All this has happened before, and will happen again." Nowhere was it ever said it happened the same way.

This game is aiming to give the players and PCs a view of the world of the Second Cylon War from a different angle, looking to give the players that 'feel' while still giving them something new. This is going to be a relatively malleable campaign...


Mechanics
Characters are 'Recruit'-level and submitted in the 'Application' thread in the Game Forum. Players will be non-senior Fleet/Marines Officers/Enlisted or Civilians that end up in vicinity of the Escortstar Meleager in the Erebos Belt of the Helios Alpha subsystem on the day that the original Battlestar Galactica, BS 75, retires. This would also be the day that the Cylons are putting 'The Plan' into action...well, depending on the Cylon Faction, 'The Plan' Varies. What the PCs do can affect (although neither stop nor negate) the Cylon attack on the Colonies.

For major decisions--such as what the Meleager will do in the aftermath of the attack, or how a given event takes place--the players vote in the OOC Thread on one of several options. Simple majority carries, although reasonable compromises combining elements from several options (and explaining how they will do X) reached between the players and presented to the GM is also accepted.


Links
Fan-made resources in use for this game; take ideas freely from this, but please check agains the 'Background' Thread Group on the forum. While many thanks are due to the team that put together these useful resources together, I have a fairly clear picture of how the Colonial--and Cylon--'war machines' work. It is based on what we see in the series, combined with ideas from these three books, and then shaped with practical knowledge of what an actual, functional military takes to work...so there are differences to these books.
Colonial Warbook IIe (Hunter Class is on p 116.)
The Thin Blue Line
Ares Guide to Infantry Weapons of the Colonies

This is the map that is based on the writers' notes and 'bible' for the new BSG; we are using this as opposed to the MWP-produced map. (This one makes a great deal more sense.)
Detailed Map of the Twelve Colonies

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