Girls Und Panzer Down Under (All tank fans welcome, familiar with GuP or not)
Well, since Kilo6's Girls Und Panzer thread sadly seems to have died, the forum has, to my knowledge, been left without an active GuP thread. Now I personally think this is an utter travesty, so I thought I might check to see if anyone would be interested in starting a new one. As the title implies, this one has a slight twist on the usual formula...
For those who don't know, Girls Und Panzer is an anime series set in on an alternate universe Earth whose major differences compared to our native Earth are that world peace (or at least something close to it) has been declared at some point after the end of World War II, and also that tank driving has its own martial art associated with it, Sensha-dō (known more commonly simply as Tankery) and has, historically, been exclusively the purview of women. In this setting, many nations have refitted some their aircraft carriers into floating universities of a sort, and many of these academies field a squadron of World War II-era tanks (whose crews are formed from eager members of the student body) retrofitted with extremely tough spall liners and (theoretically) harmless ammunition so they might participate in Sensha-dō. It is on one of the smaller, less well known academies and its Tankery team that this thread will focus... Can they follow in the footsteps of the heroes of Ōarai Girls High School, rise to the challenges that await them and win honour and glory for Australia? Well, we'll see soon enough, won't we?
Much like Kilo's thread, this game will operate under the principle that each player will roleplay a single tank and its entire crew, with the commander of one crew also serving as the overall commander for the academy's entire squadron. The setting is an as-yet unnamed Australian academy (suggestions for the name are welcome!) built upon the Majestic-class light aircraft carrier R21, known more commonly as HMAS Melbourne. Since Ōarai's unexpected win in last year's Tankery finals, investors have falling over themselves to grab a slice of a rapidly expanding pie. New leagues are being formed and a plethora of smaller, less notable academies are beginning to form their own teams, often driving the most unexpected of panzers. HMAS Melbourne's academy is just one of many benefices of this new Tankery craze. Additionally, public and political pressure are, one-by-one, prompting academies to cave in and finally allow boys to participate in Tankery. Thus, male crew members for one's panzer are entirely permissible, though they should fully expect to get at least a little bit of stick for it...
1: All tanks to be used must have been constructed prior to August 15th, 1945, the end of the Second World War.
2: All tanks must use standard "soft" ammunition that is specifically designed not to penetrate upon impact, and this ammo only comes in armour piercing, with no high explosive shell available. Thus, howitzers are not to be used unless they are capable of firing an armour piercing shot.
3: Open-topped vehicles are only permitted if they are retrofitted with a closed top, much as the American tank destroyer M36 was historically.
4: No self-propelled artillery.
Further details will be provided in the OOC thread should it ever be started. But the burning question before that can happen is this: Is anybody actually interested in such a thread?