Ghostly Bagel here with an offer for fellow roleplayers who have an interest in science fiction and helping in constructing a story that I already have somewhat mapped out. For the rest of you who simply want an interest check or OOC thread, I will have that done later once I see if I can get a co-GM or two before setting it up.
To give a quick summary, I have a story set somewhere between present day and distant future, where mankind is still strapped to the confines of earth but soon make a discovery that - as you may have guessed already - leads to exploration in the stars above. What I aim to do with this story, however, is give the players the ability to decide their fates. I want to make side plots and characters' personal plots that will be intertwined with the main story. This requires work, and I will really need help to accomplish this. Plus, it's always great to have a co-GM or two to keep me in check and vice-versa.
If you want further information, just post in this thread or simply PM me. I don't want to disclose too much since it's still a WIP and I'd rather not say something that isn't set in stone yet. But, I will show a few ideas without spoiling too much in case any of you need a little more persuasion:
Characters will have personal stories. I will be allowing players to customize them quite a bit, but I will also be offering exclusive roles for each and every one of them. Don't worry, I'm not looking to show favoritism; I simply want to make each character have motives, goals and different inclinations that can make the plot much more interesting. And everyone will have the opportunity to have a very different experience for their character compared to the others.
In relation to the previous idea, I want to incorporate an element of mystery and tension. This is especially where I may need some help, because I want to make each character have their own Google Doc page where myself, the GMs and that character's player can collaborate outside of the main thread. I don't aim to make this too cluttered, but I think that this can offer another layer to the RP that will incorporate a true feeling of mystery for the players.
Story progression. Remember how the Mass Effect trilogy allowed previous choices, side missions, etc. to play a role in the main storyline? That's pretty much what I meant when I mentioned it earlier. While I want to allow players to contribute and have their own ideas, I want the GMs to have a map of sorts that allows us to have goals in mind. This also ties in with the previous ideas as the characters' personal experiences can be changed as well. Think of it this way: rather than have a "nature versus nurture" debate on the style of roleplaying, I prefer to instead incorporate both nature and nurture. The whole RP will have it in place but it can expand as we go along. And characters always have the final say in which way to proceed - do they say yes or no?
While I understand we are not making a book, this is the advanced section. I want to have detail the vast amount of space that will be explored. There will definitely be more than one planet, perhaps there will be different races or aliens or perhaps it will only be humans. I have a number of ideas when it comes to that, but we'll worry about that later. The amount of information you will see in the OOC will gradually expand as your characters become increasingly involved in the exploration of the universe. This is another big reason I need help because my organization skills on forums are not as tidy as my Google Docs work. Formatting and editing will be a great help.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Clue (the board game classic!)
I shall offer to you my services in helping with the development and progression of this role play.
This sounds interesting I would be glad to co-gm this with you. Let me know.
It seems interesting, but I really need more details about the world and the kind of plot arc you want before committing.