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The Action Chatroom is a game genre started by Lighthearter on CFC. The basic point of the game is that the Game Master will set up a chatroom and a forum thread, and the players will purchase equipment in the thread and get together for the game in the chatroom, ala Dungeons & Dragons.


Due to the roleplays having taken place in chatrooms, they have not been archived and aren't available to view.

Warning: all spoilers are unmarked.

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    List of Action Chatroom roleplays 
  • After the End
  • American Uprising (AU)
  • Assassins Life (Assassins)
  • Augustine Unite
  • Brotherhood (AGACAC)
  • Dark Oaths (DO)
  • The Day Before (DB)
  • Deep Vale Wars (TLPAC)
  • Duality (Duality)
  • Final Frontier (FF)
  • Flash of Swords, Dance of Fate, Lights of Magic (FSM)
  • Freedom to Die (FtD)
  • Glory to the Empire (GttE)
  • Great Patriotic War (GPW)
  • Heroes of Hopeville
  • Heroes Rise and Fall (Heroes)
  • Hold The Line (HtL)
  • The Infection
  • The Infiltrators (Infiltrators)
  • Incorrupt (KaiserAC)
  • Island of Dreams (IoD)
  • Joint Strike Force (JSF)
  • The Jumpers (Jumpers)
  • Metropolis (Metro)
    • Metropolis 2 (Metro2)
  • Pacwar series
    • Pacific War (Pacwar)
    • Desron: Pacific War 2 (Desron)
    • Pacific War: Battlefield Burials (Burials)
  • Pandora Syndicate (PS)
  • Please Enter the System (PEtS)
  • Privateers of the Silver Sea (Privateers)
  • Red Alert (RA)
  • Saviors series
    • Saviors of a Broken World (Saviors)
    • Saviours of a Broken World 1.5: Sending a Message (SaM)
    • Sending a Message 2: Watching the World Burn
    • Saviours of a Divided Nation (sav2)
  • Shadows of Tenochtitlan (Shadows)
  • SSD series:
    • Special Services Division (SSD)
    • Special Services Division 2 (SSD2)
    • Special Services Division Reloaded: Battle for Terra (SSDR)
  • Spiral Tower (ST)
  • Stellar War (SW)
    • Stellar War 2: The Northern Legion (SW2)
  • The Survival Games (Games)
  • TLPAC: The Hunt (Hunt)
    • TLPAC: The Lurking Jungles (Jungles)
  • Under the Mask (UtM)
    • Under the Mask 2: Fading Lights (UtM2)
  • United Strike Force (USF)
  • ZetaAC (Zeta)


Action Chatroom roleplays contain examples of:

    General Tropes 
  • All Monks Know Kung-Fu: In Shadows of Tenochtitlan, Missionaries and Priests are only allowed knives as weapons. But they can get the Unarmed combat skill. Gerani and Patli are thus religious figures that fight with their fists.
  • Anyone Can Die: All but one of the characters died on the first mission of Great Patriotic War.
  • Britain is Only London: Inverted, the recurring character Lord Crumpet comes from the completely obscure region of Crumpetshire, as does his sister.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In Spiral Tower, there was Nuke's Baron Bludgetsen von Badguy.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In JSS, the tank coming down the road fires at random, having failed to notice Joan K running out to distract it.
  • Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder: N.P.C. in USF began life as a mook who rolled a 20 against a grenade, before surviving three more turns of attack unscathed by just standing still.

    American Uprising 
  • A Commander Is You: The game features the ability to command armies.
  • Enemy Civil War: From the Federation's perspective, the split of Free America between the loyal forces of Eagle and the deserting Condor Legion led by John "Condor" Smith qualify.
  • Enemy Mine: Condor Legion has on numerous occasions helped out Federation forces, despite having the same goal of independence as Free America. On the last Condor Legion mission, Smith points out that eventually that they're going to do battle with each other.
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies: The organized Federation versus the Leeroy Jenkins US.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In a hilarious version, a lone foot soldier refuses to surrender to the head of the Condor Legion, who is in a tank, simply because said leader, Smith, was a Red Sox fan while the soldier was a Yankees fan. Eventually Smith got out of the tank and wrestled him down, too amused to kill him.

    Dark Oaths 

    Final Frontier 
  • Do-Anything Soldier: The Captains fight boarding battles, space battles, land battles, and even conduct diplomacy.
  • Epic Fail: In RAZ-1, a corvette blew itself up due to a failure firing missiles. Later on, enemy troops dodged straight into bullets from Kaimana's Marines.
  • From Bad to Worse: Everything in Gates of Orion is heading this way. A mere diplomatic exchange to stop Sol from becoming a garbage dump turned into a absolute curb-stomp, which in turn caused the aliens to retaliate by glassing the colony at Polaris, which after repelled by friendly aliens, ended up revealing that the original alien fleet was the Emperor's personal fleet of that species, and the battle resulted in humanity being called for a holy genocide.
  • Genius Ditz: Kaimana has elements of this. Notably the time she chalked everything that was happening in BS-1 up to the Hawai'ian gods, then said this when the briefing officer didn't know how the weather control satellite worked:
    "Well, obviously, it has to work by affecting ionized particles in the stratosphere and increasing or decreasing heat and in the air to fine-tune conditions to create or destroy cloud formations which then can become storms."
  • Groin Attack: Gates shot an Alon in the groin, but it's unclear whether this had the same effect as it would on a human.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Kaimana removed her hairpiece in GoO-3. Shortly thereafter, a battlestar blew up.
  • Zerg Rush:
    • The Alon use huge waves of small ships. It's only a matter of time before they break out fighters.
    • Gerani won a boarding battle by literally providing so many basic crew that Zeth's ELITE marines couldn't shoot them all.

    Freedom to Die 
  • Epic Fail: In the second FtD Mission, Moe Queshire attempts to take out an armored enemy with Molotovs. The first two he throws refuse to catch fire, and the third simply hits the wall at the end of the corridor. Then he switches to his gun, which jammed as soon as he tried to fire it. Then he and Ping flee, leaving their comrades to die.
  • Pocket Protector: Fa Ping has a bullet deflected by a cigarette lighter in her pocket.
  • Total Party Kill: The ending involved the entire ship being blown up by Fa Ping, whilst the boat the team was trying to escape on was stuck on the deck after the rope leading to the crane was cut by the players trying to escape.

    Island of Dreams 
  • Alternate History: The roleplay is jam-packed with many conflicting histories, seeing as it featured people from hundreds of worlds thrown into one area.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Tovarishch is described as a personification of Communism.


    Pacific War series 
  • Downer Ending: Pacwar concludes with the players fighting to the last man in Singapore against the Japanese onslaught.
  • Last Stand: Dem Taqat and Nuke were surrounded by the Japanese fleet at Singapore (along with a few NPCs), and both fought to the last man.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In Desron, Wayne and Amadeus sailed straight into the teeth of a task force of advanced Japanese destroyers and a British heavy cruiser, while they only had two obsolescent hulks. Guess how it ended.
  • Noodle Implements: Gerani escaped POW camp with 'a piece of string, a bowl of gruel, a conveniently placed stick and an unbelievable amount of optimism and on-the-fly patches.'
  • Only Sane Man: Captain Killroy. At Surabaya, he only followed his Leeroy Jenkins party because his odds of success weren't any better forging to Port Moresby alone.
  • Opposing Combat Philosophies:Desron's disciplined League vs. Leeroy Jenkins US.
  • Sole Survivor: Duke Blackstone fled the battle of Singapore in his last plane, after his ship had been sunk (he'd moved his planes to the airfield beforehand) and all his allies had been killed.

    Saviors series 
  • A-Team Firing: Averted. The only thug to fire a shot at Salazar used a shotgun. Not only did the thug hit, but the shotgun missed the human shield Salazar had been using.
  • Blindfolded Vision: The visually impaired Vya Fedha wore a blindfold when she fought. She "saw" by using echolocation.
  • Crossover: On one mission, the team have to set right what went wrong in other ACs — leading to this little gem when Fear encounters Lord Crumpet:
    "You turn and critical hit yourself in the face with an elbow."
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Anna is unhappy to say the least when Frederick spends the night at Belliam's home. It is also the next place added to her hit list.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Inverted; the Supernatual origins let 'magical' characters start with great abilities which they struggle to improve, whilst normal origin characters grow much faster when all the potential synergies start coming into play.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty of Fyrani (Fyre/Gerani) action occurred in the Saviors "Battle Royale" Christmas Special.

    SSD Series 
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: Hayakawa manages to blow up an entire ship when her shot misses the SAM Launcher and hits the ammunition store.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Everyone calls the main helicopter "the Choppah", and, due to the Danish government not releasing his name at first, everyone calls Hans "Viking", even after he told his actual name to them.
  • Armor Is Useless: Both played straight and inverted, as most characters would be dead if not for armor. Most non-player characters wearing armor are tougher as well. However, it usually doesn't matter if normal Mooks are wearing armor.
  • A-Team Firing: Despite his enhanced energy weapon, BestRFCplayer never hits what he is aiming for. At one point he tries to blast his way into a NYC warehouse. He ends up toppling the Statue of Liberty.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Viking, even though he was blown into tiny chunks, later was revived as a clone.
    • Andropov comes back in the ending scene in a brand new body.
  • Berserk Button: Viking will break your crap if you dare call him a Swede.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Viking, one of the few members of the team that could be considered "Nice", went completely ballistic on Dale during interrogation, breaking his balls and pelvis in a single kick. The fact that he killed his Morality Pet didn't help matters.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Lord Crumpets equipment list includes: Guns, Grenades, Knives; and a bottle of urine. And he uses it. Repeatedly.
  • Britain is Only London: Inverted, Lord Crumpet comes from the completely obscure region of Crumpetshire.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: After Viking became suicidal after Andropov's death, he would always greet his enemies, even those who haven't yet noticed him, with a friendly "Oh hi there", for he stopped caring about the danger.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys:
  • Cloning Blues: The US government secretly had a cloning project, and all of them are slaughtered by the SSD like if the clones were trying to kill them except for the clone of Viking, which actually did try to kill them in their first meeting.
  • Cloning Gambit: The entire plot of the latter half of SSD; almost everything is linked to America's secret cloning project, and both heroes and villains alike make use of the project.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Crumpet doesn't have a med skill, but when they don't have a Medic his jury-rig skill and a few cloths are the closest thing they've got to a bandage
  • Determinator: Viking would just not give up trying to save Andropov when she tried pulling a Heroic Sacrifice, even when she threatened to charge him with sexual harassment
  • Deadpan Snarker: Landlubber:
    Landlubber: Considering that she's not bi in the first place and her kids are in danger, the best decision she could make is obviously to leave her husband and fall in love with Sexton.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Lord Crumpet punching Luc'thar in the face with a burning cloth tied around his fist, followed by Luc'thars subsequent defeat at the hands of the team.
  • Drop the Hammer: Wayne carriers a utility hammer that he occasionally uses in combat.
  • Failed a Spot Check: When players go hunting for the trapdoor in a burning warehouse, they all forget that it is on a highly visible raised platform.
  • Friendly Sniper: Frederick Gerani in SSD2. In fact, his main flaw was attempting to be a little too friendly with every female on the team.
  • From Bad to Worse: Fleeing from the exploding base with most of the squad wounded after the fight with Dale, the squad run into Another Dale... With another super energy weapon.
  • Grenade Hot Potato: In one SSDR mission a grenade manages to land by almost half the team before finally blowing up next to the enemy.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Lord Crumpet scored a critical hit on an opponent's groin in one mission, lifting him six inches into the air and breaking his pelvis.
    • Crumpet has since shot a clone of the same man in the groin with a sniper rifle. Now the 'Flaggs Groin' is Crumpet's favoured enemy, claiming he has a '+5 racial bonus' to hitting it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Viking blew himself up to kill 24 grunts (out of 80) and to allow the rest of the team to escape to safety.
    • Andropov later tried pulling one off as a way to buy the team more time. Viking, however, would not put up with it and tried rescuing her, although he failed at the very end.
  • Honor Before Reason: Lord Crumpet tells Red to patch up Rose (who has a minor wound and no combat ability) before himself (an elite soldier with 'firearms mastery' who is unable to use one of his arms) because his honor demands the ladies are healed first.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Nimue has a cumulative 9 skills and is almost invulnerable to projectiles. At the time of her joining him, Crumpet has 6.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Gourmet uses a Katana. After he is killed, Lord Crumpet takes it up and continues to prove its betterness.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: The eyes of Xenid Psychics flash when they are attempting their attacks, with the color of the flash indicating their effectiveness.
  • Morality Pet: After indirectly allowing Wayne to torture a girl for info after his attempt of consoling her, Viking tried helping her to make himself not feel as bad. Key word being tried. He left her in her cell because he chickened out, got drunk in order to help motivate himself but ended up passing out, and the team left with Viking but not the girl. On a return trip, he was able to rescue her, but she got shot by Dale during the operation and bled to death.
  • Multinational Team: There is the standard American, Russian, French, and British characters, but random nationalities such as Korean (Which unified between the timespan of 2012-2014 without any true explanation given), Danish, and Swiss are thrown into the mix.
  • Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny: As soon as Sven has a fight with Andropov, he finds himself alone in a room with Slick. Who calls herself a 'desperate slut' for trying to seduce him whilst he has a moment of weakness.
  • Shout-Out: Zhakov has a perk that gives him a bonus to fire-based attacks. It's called "Belief in Magic".
  • Single Tear: Crumpet sheds one of these in SSDR when shown a locket with a picture of him and his sister inside. At the time he is trapped on another world while his sister is sitting almost on top of a warzone back in theirs.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works:
    • Redspy hurled his knife at Rose, leaving in a helicopter, specifically to invoke this trope. He actually hits, but she's fine.
    • During one mission, Redspy threw a knife threw a wall and hit.
  • Uriah Gambit: During the mission to Denver, the entire squad leaves Sasha to defeat a 'Greenie' Super Soldier in hand-to-hand combat by herself. She survives by accidentally blowing up a tanker truck.

    Stellar War 

    Under the Mask 
  • Creepy Monotone: The adoption of one of these by formerly friendly TS84P is one of the first things that convinces the players there is a problem with him. It's later revealed to be a result of him going into survival mode.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Ignan Origanam walks into the room where Delphine and Cardinal Rose are beating up a guy in perfectly synchronised Waif-Fu, and is distracted for a turn by just how hot the two of them look.
  • Human Popsicle: Dante was born in Renaissance Italy. This is how he got to modern day Doumedsville.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: TS84P apparently fights to save the world because the other Spartans promised to shoot him after they've done that, and his survival training won't allow him to do it himself.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The game takes place in Doumedesville. Any similarities to the word 'doomed' are probably coincidence.
  • Lap Pillow: Taylor lies in Emily's lap at one point. It's played for comfort rather than romance, and in a slight subversion Taylor is the one doing the comforting.
  • Leave The Two Love Birds Alone: Veronica quotes this word for word when Jin goes to talk to John.
  • Magic by Any Other Name: Its not magic, its the manipulation of planar trickle!
  • Motor Mouth: Fiona Blackspire. She speaks so much so quickly that Dem usually just picks out the important facts to tell the players and ignores the actual words.
  • Mr. Smith: Members of Project Lovecraft all identify themselves as 'Operative Smith'.
  • No Name Given: TS84P refuses to use his birth name, declaring that the person who it was given to no longer exists.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: The ARC has at least one known prototype, but the plans were destroyed and the actual device stolen before further backups could be made. The Prototype is also vastly inferior, being more of a failed experiment.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Delphine says this after she shoves her hand down an unconscious Frederick's shirt in front of his girlfriend.
  • Place of Power: Doumedesville is a 'Planar Hotspot', which is the primary reason there are so many supers there.
  • Power Floats: The first time the players see Emily completely possessed, she is hovering above the street throwing fire everywhere.
  • Sadistic Choice: When Taylor is forced to choose between leaving Emily or John.
  • Shapeshifting: Sanguine has the ability to turn into a bat.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Batman, although he does end up killing in extreme situations, sometimes by accident.
  • Van in Black: The Spartans have an entire carpark full of these, as well as similarly coloured SUVs. The suspiciousness of the vans is compounded by nameplates like 'N0R MA1' and 'N0T 53A1'
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: This little scene after a mook is 'downed'
    Dem Taqat: hes never gonna have kids again
    Nukeknockout: again?
    Dem Taqat: so what if he has a family to support?
    Dem Taqat: its not like you care anyway
    Nukeknockout: true
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Batman's refusal to kill doesn't extend to extra-planar demons who intend to destroy humanity.


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