"If there's one thing I can say about the MERP 3, it's that in all my time GMing, totalling about 2 years and about 6 Roleplays discounting this one, most bare successes or failures, this is the ONLY ONE where I can GM it and never stop having fun, whether it be Roleplaying, anticipating, planning... for all the faults the GMs have felt this series has had and time spent correcting those faults, I don't think anyone can deny that MERP 3 has never stopped getting one thing right: never discarding the spirit of fun this series has undoubtedly had from the very beginning."
The TV Tropes Mass Effect RP, in its latest form is a ship surrounding the crew of the PMC vessels Ozymandias and Hamurrabi, going around the galaxy for their next paycheck and somehow managing to attract the weirdest of everything as they go. The crew themselves are a strange mix of witty, deadly, funny, romantic, psychotic and a juggling NPC hanar. Enjoy.There is a Character sheet for the RP and three, wait, four, no, fivemomenttypes.
Thresh: "I could say that your world will run purple with blood when I return, but I'm scared that the world purple may subtract from the horror that you have every right to feel. Congratulations on scaring a Krogan. Your reward? I'm going to be blunt with you. A brief reprieve from the ocean of doublespeak that your kind drowns in. I'm going to kill most of you. If not with this crew, if not in their fragile lifetimes, on my own terms. Take some pride in the fact that your worthy of my attention, then find a god. Perhaps, If she answers, your bone and sinew will give away quickly to my gentle grip, hopefully before your prayer is done."
Joe tries to make one, but gets... distracted:
Joe: "Who are we? Lady, when you're up to no good in the middle of the night, and you hear a Carnifex charging up, that's us. When you foolishly think your files are encrypted so tightly that it would take the Geth a year to crack, only to have them stolen out from under you, that's us. When you're eating breakfast at a cafe in Paris, waiting for your contact, only to see a laser sight on your coffee, that's- DAMMIT!, I left my thermos on the Ozzy. I hope the coffee doesn't stain it by the time we meet back up with them. It was my special-edition Blasto 5 thermos, too."
Aiden and Marik having a discussion about tits... whilst there is a firefight raging on outdoors.
An angry krogan and an elcor bouncer were brawling in a dance club. Jordan walks right up to the bar and orders a drink without even noticing them.
Call Back: Early on, Amy finds herself in the Med-Bay after getting shot in a raid on Tuchanka. As soon as she is able, she leaves the Med-Bay, in part because of her memory of who had also been in that Med-Bay and why unsettling her alot.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Happened with Ravenor Tarek. His player quit the RP without writing him out, so Tarek went on a mission with his strike team and was never seen, heard of, or talked about again.
Also, when Danari interrupts a moment of personal mourning screaming Leeroy Jenkins.
Mood Whiplash: The proven result of going from the shipping webs, mental straight lines and other assorted memes of the OOC discussion to the RP, which is decidedly not lighthearted.
Moral Dissonance: Kate can be insulting and even violent when she's not in good control and Jake is definitively stuck in the moral grey zone - neither of them have got a comeuppance. Word Of God indicates that both may well in the future.
Noodle Implements: Lucas; "Round up Engineer Morano, Sergeant Braxis, as many concussive grenades and concussive rounds as you can carry, the mass effect field restraints from the Mako and a lot of firepower."
Red Shirt: Two of them die in an attack on the Ozymandias. They only get names once they're dead.
Remember the New Guy: Happens with characters who join midway without a stopover on a planet imminent. Can be more justified on a ship.
This approach is now planning to be used as a last resort in MERP 3. See Word Of God below.
Rules Lawyer: Danari pulls this off marvellously when Karis attempts to leave without getting the wounded Jeko medical attention (And his player included a video with Phoenix Wright music).
Karis:If a word of this gets out to anyone, anyone, he can kiss his freedom goodbye. Danari:Guess again, buddy. Word of this gets out, you can kiss your freedom goodbye. See, we can't be prosecuted for any of this because you commited entrapment. Since you orchestrated all of this, and led us into buying weapons we wouldn't have bought without your little plot, we're off the hook, but you are potentially facing criminal charges.
Running Gag: In the discussion forum, the concept of Una x Jeko.
Self-Made Orphan: Kate. She never knew at the time she was killing her own parents.
An asari-run restaurant on the Citadel is called Warmaiden's.
A drell "dancer" at the casino on the Citadel—which the crew visits—is named Karliah, a name she shares with a master thief from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This Shout Out, however, was not intentional.
Spit Take: Kate has one at the Bloody Spoon when finding out the news she's going to be promoted to Captain.
Danari also has one when he finds out that he's going to need to leave the ship sooner than expected... also because Kate is going to be the captain.
Status Quo Is God: Danari and Kate have an antagonistic relationship, and despite joining the mission to save her, that hasn't really gone away. They worked together well at that point, and upon visiting the citadel, it became apparent Kate would still not take any jokes from Danari. They worked together during Deimos's loyalty mission... and later on, she trolled him during a poker game.
Averted with Jeko and Kate; Jeko is going to die within weeks, at which time Kate will become the new captain. Kate has told the anonymous room she wants to make amends with Jeko.
Wouldn't Hurt a Child: The crew goes out of their way to avoid killing the child soldiers of the biotic cult.
Word Of God: Although Lucas' Widow, named "Isabella" - See I Call It Vera above - was simply a name, considering the nature of Lucas' player, it was turned into a pun at some point.
Said pun, however, was never used.
While Remember the New Guy was a valid method of entry in MERP 2, it is not being used in the third installment of the series.
You Keep Using That Word: A lot of the crew continue to refer to Kate as Officer Morano, even though she's been demoted.
And now she's been promoted to Captain.
0% Approval Rating: Danari has been held at Omniblade point by Lucas, received a bioticly assisted punch in the face from Kate, was chewed out by Una, called a fool by Jeko, and his existance didn't even register with the Quarian.
Although Jeko did give him a silent gesture of approval when he blackmailed the corrupt C-sec officer, Karis, to bring Jeko an ambulance in exchange for them keeping his previous entrapment of the crew silent.