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Tias
May 25, 2008

Deyr fe,
deyja fraendr,
deyr sjalfr it sama,
ek veit einn,
at aldrei deyr:
domr um daudan hvern.


Glory to Stalin! Death to the German Invaders! Steal everything including the Kitchen Fittings!



EDIT: Current Character Sheet:

quote:

Arto 'Artur' Karjalainen

Point Cost: 120

Attributes: ST 11 [10], DX 11 [20], IQ 11 [20], HT 12 [20]

Secondary Characteristics: Damage 1d-1/1d+1, BL 24, HP 13 [4], Will 12 [5], Per 13 [10], FP 13 [3], Basic Speed 5.75 [0], Basic Move 5 [0]

Advantages: Charisma 1 [5], Combat Reflexes [15], Fit [5], Rank 0 - Krasnoarmeyets [0]

Perks: Alcohol Tolerance [1], Cross-Trained (Mosins and Bolt Actions) [1]

Disdvantages: Enemy (The State) - appearance 5 or less. [40], Exremely Hazardous Duty [20], Very Poor [15]

Quirks: Tries to have Back to the Wall [1]


Combat Skills: Bow (A) DX+0 [2]-11, Brawling (E) DX+2 [4]-13, First Aid (E) IQ+0 [1]-11, Fishing (E) Per+1 [2]-14, Guns/Rifle (E) DX+4 [12]-15, Guns/SMG (E) DX+0 [1]-11, Hiking (A) HT+0 [2]-12, Melee/Knife (E) DX+3 [8]-14, Melee/Spear (A) DX+1 [4]-12, Stealth (A) DX+0 [2]-11

Crafting/Artistic Skills: Cooking (A) IQ+0 [2]-11, Traps (A) IQ+0 [2]-11

Knowledge Skills: Camouflage (E) IQ+1 [2]-12, Electrician (A) IQ+0 [2]-11, Soldier (A) IQ+0 [2]-11, Survival (Arctic) (A) DX+1 [4]-12

Medical Skills: None

Movement Skills: Boating (A) DX+0 [2]-11, Climbing (A) DX+1 [4]-12, Jumping (E) DX+1 [2]-12, Navigation/Land (A) IQ+0 [2]-11, Throwing (A) DX+0 [2]-11

Social Skills: Fast-Talk (A) IQ+2 [8]-13, Gestures (Red Army) (E) IQ+1 [2]-12, Savoir-Faire/Military (E) IQ+1 [2]-12

Thievery Skills: None

Other Skills: Search (A) Per+0 [2]-13


Gear posted:

Mosin-Nagant Vintovka obr. 1891g bolt-action rifle. 4 rounds loaded.
M1891 Bayonet.
Portyanki foot-wraps and early war soviet boots.
Winter uniform (telogreika jacket and vatnie sharovari pants.)
Battered mess kit and spoon.
2xAmmo belt, canvas (1 stripper clip, 15 bullets.)
Backpack (veshchevoi myeshok). ))

Welcome to my newest CYOA! This game serves two purposes:

A) To enable me to learn the rules of GURPS WW2, before I spring them on my tabletop, and B) to create a reasonably historically accurate game with horrible carnage for you to enjoy.

The Situation

It’s January 1942. The terrible onslaught of the German army in Russia has been stopped, and turned back at the gates of Moscow. The very head of Soviet command was taken by surprise, leading to the destruction of much of its military as it was caught flat-footed. It is not unthinkable that your own home region has already been conquered, and your family and friends either murdered or held captive by the German invader. However, all is not lost.

According to German intelligence, the forces of the Soviet Union have been spent, but it’s no exaggeration to say that they were in for a rude surprise - Stalin transferred over 3,6 million men from Siberia and the Far East, and somewhere in this teeming mass of soldiery, you come in.

Me?

Yes! Your training and equipment may well be questionable quality, and your background can be one from an incredible variety of ethnicities and classes. While the USSR is ostensibly a classless society, your degree of skills, quirks and education can run the gamut from college-taught communist firebrand from Leningrad to a Tadjik farmer who doesn’t know who Stalin is. You could be a trained specialist or a poor worker being handed a rifle and ‘volunteered’ for the militia companies.

Whatever the circumstances, you are now heading into the do-or-die fighting on the slettes and villages of the western USSR, where you will have to make the right choices in order to survive.

How does that work?

In classic CYOA sense, I will describe what is going on around our intrepid red army mans, and will then present you with a choice to make. There will always be multiple choices, and if I’ve overlooked a sensible option, you are free to suggest one, which will be added to the list of possible choices. I will then handle all the dice rolling and crunchy bits - I will not abuse my knowledge of the scenario or opposition, using a largely randomized reinforcement chart and opposition ditto. However, it will be lovely and uphill, so if you don’t like ‘losing is fun’ type stuff this might not be for you.

The character can easily die, but if it’s fun and makes sense we’ll just swap in another (using the character creation options that were 2nd most popular). Updates will be every other or third day here in my post-exam holiday, then probably once per week or other week.

Character Creation

For the heads, we’ll be making a regular kind of dude with 120 character points. You’ll decide broad strokes, I’ll fill out the blanks.

First off, we’ll discuss ethnic origin and training. Cast two votes, one alphabetic and one numeral.

First off, we’ll discuss ethnic origin and training. Cast two votes, one alphabetic and one numeral.

Our character's culture is..
A) ..Eastern Slavic. Either a ‘real Russian’, or a related ethnic/language group like Bielorussian or Ukrainian. This means you’ll speak Russian, a notable advantage in the Red Army, though you may be suspect in the eyes of the state if Ukrainian.
B) ..Central Asian. A Kazakh, Turkman, Tajik, Kirghiz, Karakalpak or Uzbek. Probably muslim, will offer difficulties communicating with Russians, but with many relevant soldiering skills.
C) ..Armenian, Azeri, Georgian or Moldavian. From warmer climates and with another culture than the USSR at large, but most in good standing in the eyes of the government.
D) ..Baltic. Part of the new kids on the block, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania. Substantial language barrier here too, but decent material conditions as well.
E) ..Far Eastern. From the frozen lands of the east come Mongols and Tuvans, hardy warriors with their own language groups.
F) ..Something else? Possible options could be Abkhaz, Chechen, Cossack, Jew, Karelian Finn, Pole, Roma, Tatar, Tuvan, or smaller minorities.

Your degree of training?

1) Militia. Either volunteered or pressed into service without notable military training. Your military skills may well be poo poo, but that leaves points to be used elsewhere.
2) Partisan. Though exposed to extreme privation, you’ve been taught (or taught yourself) fieldcraft and killing.
3) Recent Conscript. Conscripted to meet the mind-boggling losses to Operation Barbarossa and the Battle of Moscow, you’ve been given rudimentary training in soldiering and participated in an exercise or two.
4) Old hand. Trained in the pre-war army, and with military experience, you’ve come to realize that your training was outdated - but you had quite a bit.
5) Frontoviki. You’ve fought since 1941, and have most of your training from the war itself, the way the Red Army prefers it.
6) Something else? Could be an army child, NKVD/OMSBON, brigand group member, vigilante/hunter taken into the red army.

Tias fucked around with this message at 11:11 on Feb 2, 2021

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FrangibleCover
Jan 23, 2018

Nothing going on in my quiet corner of the Pacific.

This is the life. I'm just lying here in my hammock in Townsville, sipping a G&T.

F6

You are a Karelian Finn who has seen some action in the Winter War. You'd rather not talk to your new comrades about who, precisely, you were in action against.

Tias
May 25, 2008

Deyr fe,
deyja fraendr,
deyr sjalfr it sama,
ek veit einn,
at aldrei deyr:
domr um daudan hvern.


FrangibleCover posted:

F6

You are a Karelian Finn who has seen some action in the Winter War. You'd rather not talk to your new comrades about who, precisely, you were in action against.



I actually considered starting this with the invasion of Finland, but reserved that for my poor tabletop group.

Jobbo_Fett
Mar 7, 2014

It would be a sad error in judgement to mistake me for a corpse.


Clapping Larry

D2

Estonian Partisan has a score to settle.

KYOON GRIFFEY JR
Apr 12, 2010




B3, a Kirghiz lad drafted out of the mountains in to Uncle Joe's war.

Serpentis
May 31, 2011

Well, if I really HAVE to shoot you in the bollocks to shut you up, then I guess I'll need to, post-haste, for everyone else's sake.


D5 - a Latvian who joined up in '41 to avoid something at home, only to find himself stuck in a big old war when the Germans showed up a few months later. Managed to scrape through so far.

Innocent_Bystander
May 17, 2012

Wait, missile production is my responsibility?

Oh.


FrangibleCover posted:

F6

You are a Karelian Finn who has seen some action in the Winter War. You'd rather not talk to your new comrades about who, precisely, you were in action against.


This is going to cause so many problems.

I'm in.

Tias
May 25, 2008

Deyr fe,
deyja fraendr,
deyr sjalfr it sama,
ek veit einn,
at aldrei deyr:
domr um daudan hvern.


Will it, though? A Karelian soldier will come from the Karelo-Finnish SSR at this point, and even if he fought for the Finnish country he's in the Red Army now.

Granted, if he let's slip what he did he will be in deep water..

Mycroft Holmes
Mar 26, 2010

To the Moon! For Queen and Country!


Shouldn't this be in The Game Room?

Tias
May 25, 2008

Deyr fe,
deyja fraendr,
deyr sjalfr it sama,
ek veit einn,
at aldrei deyr:
domr um daudan hvern.


So it should! petitioning now.

Leperflesh
May 17, 2007






Tias posted:

So it should! petitioning now.

Ghost of Mussolini
Jun 26, 2011


KYOON GRIFFEY JR posted:

B3, a Kirghiz lad drafted out of the mountains in to Uncle Joe's war.

Tias
May 25, 2008

Deyr fe,
deyja fraendr,
deyr sjalfr it sama,
ek veit einn,
at aldrei deyr:
domr um daudan hvern.


In order to keep it moving, I'm fiating these three possible characters to vote on:

A) Arto "Artur" Karjalainen - Torn between Red and White finns, he attempted to move to Finland and fight the Soviets, but was detained outside of combat and forcibly relocated to a labor camp near Moscow. Drafted for the purpose of filliing out the Finnish Communist Partys new milita, the Winter War ended in the meantime, and he is now deployed to the German front. Likely to suffer state repression and speaks poor Russian, but excellent hunter, skier and outdoorsman.

B) Jānis "Janosh" Berķis - born to an Estonian and a Latvian, Jānis is a patriot and a fighter. This attitude led him to join the partisans fighting Germany, but the general collapse of resistance and the brutal repression from the Germans led him to flee East, where he took the Red Army oath, and has fought in the defense of Moscow. Socially uncouth, bad Russian, but experienced Frontovik.

C) Ulan "Олаф" Bakiyev - A stout peasant and hunter from the Kyrghyz people, Ulan was drafted at some point during the invasion of the USSR. He has a heart wide as the steppes and the sky, but precious little knowledge of the wider world and must learn quickly. He has no experience with the face of modern war, but is brave and has trained for almost a year.Healthy, strong and able-bodied, but with a suspect religion and ignorance of USSR customs.

Tias fucked around with this message at 11:39 on Jan 22, 2021

Slaan
Mar 16, 2009

I GAIN POWER FROM EATING PEOPLE, JUST ASSUME I'M ALWAYS VOTING TO EAT PEOPLE





Let's Finnish the vote in style

A

Mycroft Holmes
Mar 26, 2010

To the Moon! For Queen and Country!


C

Arban
Aug 28, 2017


Artur

Jobbo_Fett
Mar 7, 2014

It would be a sad error in judgement to mistake me for a corpse.


Clapping Larry

B but my tiebreaker is A if needed

MrYenko
Jun 17, 2012

#2 isn't ALWAYS bad...


Slaan posted:

Let's Finnish the vote in style



Artur.

jng2058
Jul 17, 2010

We have the tools, we have the talent!


A

Toughy
Nov 29, 2004

KAVODEL! KAVODEL!



A

Ghost of Mussolini
Jun 26, 2011


Cyrghyz

Serpentis
May 31, 2011

Well, if I really HAVE to shoot you in the bollocks to shut you up, then I guess I'll need to, post-haste, for everyone else's sake.


B for Janosh!

Tias
May 25, 2008

Deyr fe,
deyja fraendr,
deyr sjalfr it sama,
ek veit einn,
at aldrei deyr:
domr um daudan hvern.


(( A wins. Here is a more fluffy vote to determine his disposition in combat, quirks, advantages/disadvantages and motivation, I'll hold it upon for another 48 hours or so while I create our character sheet and look up relevant rules. ))


From the hidden correspondences of Arto Karjalainen, 3rd of December, 1940.

The snows are deep, and the howling of the wind takes me back to beloved Karelia, where I fought a.. different enemy. I would that I could be back among the forest lakes, listening to the calls of the willow grouse and seing the silver spirit of the pines. While I am not saddened by the ending of war in Finland, nor that I am not propping up the guards of that simpleton Kuusinen, life in Red Army leads much to be desired. Recently, a breakout of rotten food sent 200 men from our batallion to the infirmeries, where from I should be surprised to see all of them return alive.

But I digress. Since this may well be my last testaments, I will describe my past, as I promised when I started these letters last week. I was born in Terijoki, not far from the coast, and my life up until now seems uneventful, though I suppose some mention has been made of my youthful exploits as a hunter, shooter and fisherman. My father and sister live yet somewhere in the helvitin place of Soviet Karelia, though even if I knew where I should not say for fear of some goons on one side or the other taking them. I was studying to be a tradesman, and the Red Army encourages my studying electrics as long as I do it in my off time, of which there is none, really.

Since being transferred from the hard labor camp, I have graciously been allowed to take the Red Army oath:

1. I the son of working class people, a citizen of the Soviet Republic take the rank of a
working-class warrior.

2. Before the working class of Russia and the World I promise to carry this rank with honor,
learn military arts responsibly and guard the people’s and military’s belongings as a just
and lasting peace.

3. I promise to follow revolutionary discipline strictly and steadfast and execute orders given
by the Working Government without question.

4. I promise to prevent my friends and myself from actions defaming and shaming the dignity
of a Soviet Citizen and direct all my actions and thoughts to the main goal which is to
liberate working people.

5. I promise to protect the Workers’ Government at a word from all the danger and attempts
from all the enemies and never to be afraid to die for Socialism and the brotherhood of nations.

6. If I diverge from this promise, let everyone despise me and let the revolutionary law punish
me severely.

..That is who we are, and grand does it sound. In practice, many men here should have sworn the oath a little more fervently, and I fear I myself only did it to exchange my black overalls for the khaki uniform, that gives access to a fighter's place in this world. At first I would only escape the labor camp and see fair Karelia again, but upon seing the privation the German menace has inflicted upon Russia, I now understand that there is a machine more murderous than Stalins on the march, and my place is here to protect them.

I've been taught to get up and fall down, give and read the arm signals, and even a little tactics. Unfortunately, the command structure is draconian and rigid, and I must think on my feet if I want to make it. My philosophy can be summed up as such..

A) .. Throwing oneself valiantly into the fray. The bullet will hit or miss you regardless of whether you hesitate or storm the enemy, but getting in close will offer you more of a fighting chance. No fear, not ever - you won't hear the one that gets you, anyway.

B) .. Moderation of the spirit. We will attack in masses, and I should not be at the front patrol that enters the teeth of the Germans - nor at the back where I offer no support and may be shot by the helvetinn-perkele political officers.

C) .. Informed conservatism. Hanging back in combat is often the best policy, to see what happens, avoid a hidden gunline, and take the shots that count.

D) .. That my prior philosophies cannot serve me any longer. I sense that my experience in Karelia and training here in Russia is outdated. I must see this war as it is, and try to adapt.

If there's one thing my time as a guerilla taught me, it's that..

1) .. morals only hinder you, and that war should be prosecuted with all means. The enemy may hate me, as long as they fear me.

2) .. fieldcraft and quick thinking wins more battles than anything else. Better the jury-rig you have, than the support that never comes.

3) .. the gregariousness and cooperation of men is worth more than any weapon. I will endeavour to form tight relationships with the 10 men in my squad and beyond.

4) .. ambition and discipline will carry any day. I shall cozy up to officers and gain rank and influence (formal or informal) myself when possible.


((Note that this only describes attitudes and prior experience, being conservative is not a get-out-of-front-free card, nor will gregarious ensure the commissar will like him, and so on))

Tias fucked around with this message at 13:07 on Jan 23, 2021

Serpentis
May 31, 2011

Well, if I really HAVE to shoot you in the bollocks to shut you up, then I guess I'll need to, post-haste, for everyone else's sake.


A vote for B2. To me Arto seems he's smart enough to (try to) avoid being in frontal charges or found loitering near the political officers, and it makes sense his guerrilla experience should feed into on-the-fly adaptation as a main tactic.

Toughy
Nov 29, 2004

KAVODEL! KAVODEL!



A 1 morally dubious beserker

Hypnobeard
Sep 15, 2004

Obey the Beard





D3 - adaptable organizer.

Jobbo_Fett
Mar 7, 2014

It would be a sad error in judgement to mistake me for a corpse.


Clapping Larry

D2

Ghost of Mussolini
Jun 26, 2011


D3, lets make it back to the family

Mycroft Holmes
Mar 26, 2010

To the Moon! For Queen and Country!


D3

jng2058
Jul 17, 2010

We have the tools, we have the talent!


C2 - The sneaky sniper, like our hero Simo Häyhä.

Crazycryodude
Aug 15, 2015

Lets get our X tons of Duranium back!

....Is that still a valid thing to jingoistically blow out of proportion?




D3

Tias
May 25, 2008

Deyr fe,
deyja fraendr,
deyr sjalfr it sama,
ek veit einn,
at aldrei deyr:
domr um daudan hvern.


((D3 wins! Here is our current character sheet:

quote:

Arto 'Artur' Karjalainen

Point Cost: 120

Attributes: ST 11 [10], DX 11 [20], IQ 11 [20], HT 12 [20]

Secondary Characteristics: Damage 1d-1/1d+1, BL 24, HP 13 [4], Will 12 [5], Per 13 [10], FP 13 [3], Basic Speed 5.75 [0], Basic Move 5 [0]

Advantages: Charisma 1 [5], Combat Reflexes [15], Fit [5], Rank 0 - Krasnoarmeyets [0]

Perks: Alcohol Tolerance [1], Cross-Trained (Mosins and Bolt Actions) [1]

Disdvantages: Enemy (The State) - appearance 5 or less. [40], Exremely Hazardous Duty [20], Very Poor [15]

Quirks: Tries to have Back to the Wall [1]


Combat Skills: Bow (A) DX+0 [2]-11, Brawling (E) DX+2 [4]-13, First Aid (E) IQ+0 [1]-11, Fishing (E) Per+1 [2]-14, Guns/Rifle (E) DX+4 [12]-15, Guns/SMG (E) DX+0 [1]-11, Hiking (A) HT+0 [2]-12, Melee/Knife (E) DX+3 [8]-14, Melee/Spear (A) DX+1 [4]-12, Stealth (A) DX+0 [2]-11

Crafting/Artistic Skills: Cooking (A) IQ+0 [2]-11, Traps (A) IQ+0 [2]-11

Knowledge Skills: Camouflage (E) IQ+1 [2]-12, Electrician (A) IQ+0 [2]-11, Soldier (A) IQ+0 [2]-11, Survival (Arctic) (A) DX+1 [4]-12

Medical Skills: None

Movement Skills: Boating (A) DX+0 [2]-11, Climbing (A) DX+1 [4]-12, Jumping (E) DX+1 [2]-12, Navigation/Land (A) IQ+0 [2]-11, Throwing (A) DX+0 [2]-11

Social Skills: Fast-Talk (A) IQ+2 [8]-13, Gestures (Red Army) (E) IQ+1 [2]-12, Savoir-Faire/Military (E) IQ+1 [2]-12

Thievery Skills: None

Other Skills: Search (A) Per+0 [2]-13

Gear:
Mosin-Nagant Vintovka obr. 1891g bolt-action rifle. No rounds.
M1891 Bayonet.
Portyanki foot-wraps and early war soviet boots.
Winter uniform (telogreika jacket and vatnie sharovari pants.)
Battered mess kit and spoon.
2xAmmo belt, canvas (room for 2 clips)
Backpack (veshchevoi myeshok). ))




South of Lake Ilmen, January 7, 1942.

Being in the snow near a great lake calms you. The light, airy grains of snow whipping up a visibility-destroying soup over the frozen lake marks the high point of keskitalvi, mid-winter. Your feet hurt from the less-than-ideal padding in your boots, and you resolve to pull some valenki off a corpse the first chance you get. That calms you as well. Other than that, there's not much to appreciate. You've pressed yourself into the blasted Red Army, at the height of an oncoming offensive to push back the German war machine.

You take stock of the situation, going it over in your sharp mind as you have many times before. You are a part of the hallowed 3rd Shock Army, specifically the 42th Rifle Regiment of the 23rd Rifle Division. Your regiment is composed of "unreliables", from Ukraine, Latvia and Finland, and subject to "Party Control". This has already manifested itself in several unpleasant ways, like the repeated threats to force your platoon into a penal battalion and clear mines with your feet! At least there's some food, support weapons, and draft animals to carry them. The hungry time hasn't come, not yet at least. The massive clash for control of Moscow is over, and you have learned from the banter around camp that you're only a couple of days away from your counter-offensive. Even if not, you figure you would have realized from the many reinforcements, trucks and weapons coming and going, and orders to drill and maintain weapons instead of extending your shelter.

That shelter, though. It would be much better if extended, and you're enough of an ersatz carpenter to do it, at this point. But the offensive is soon, and it would also be good to fish and get some fat into you and your squad. Speaking of them, you could also do well to prioritize talking over the coming battle with them - though you will be sad when they die. At any rate, you have to work out what you want to do with the scant free time you'll have between now and the starting whistle.

You are going to lay the most energy into..

A) .. Shelter. You'll be too fatigued to fight if you can't at least sleep in a warm dug-out.
B) .. Food. You're an adept ice-fisher, and you're told there's ide, roach and maybe even some fat zander below the crust.
C) .. Company. Perhaps the others have shelter and some scraps, getting to know them and discuss fighting is key.
D) .. Something else?

Tias fucked around with this message at 11:17 on Jan 25, 2021

Serpentis
May 31, 2011

Well, if I really HAVE to shoot you in the bollocks to shut you up, then I guess I'll need to, post-haste, for everyone else's sake.


C - fellow "unreliables" have to stick together, after all.

Toughy
Nov 29, 2004

KAVODEL! KAVODEL!



B

Crazycryodude
Aug 15, 2015

Lets get our X tons of Duranium back!

....Is that still a valid thing to jingoistically blow out of proportion?




B

You can survive freezing cold no problem if you keep shoveling calories into your mouth, and having extra calories to go around is a good way to make friends

Outrail
Jan 4, 2009

www.sapphicrobotica.com


Damnit, why do I always miss character creation?

C, build a support base first. Later we can enlist them to help with the chores. Many hands make light work.

jng2058
Jul 17, 2010

We have the tools, we have the talent!


C

Hypnobeard
Sep 15, 2004

Obey the Beard





C

Jobbo_Fett
Mar 7, 2014

It would be a sad error in judgement to mistake me for a corpse.


Clapping Larry

C

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MrYenko
Jun 17, 2012

#2 isn't ALWAYS bad...


D: Offer to teach some of your comrades ice fishing.

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