Your characters were chosen to investigate an unusual incident just outside of a small city in northern Illinois. The company that owns the facility has a government contract for developing new military technology. Reports came in to the police of an explosion or lightning strikes – from a clear sky. The police were turned away at the gate being told that everything was being taken care of. However they were able to observe irregular holes in the large main building.
You can be a representative from the military conducting an official investigation or an intelligence operative sneaking in to find out for your organization what happened. Other possibilities exist but will be more limited.
This will be your characters' introduction into the deeper secrets of the game world. Secrets of governments, corporations, covert intelligence agencies, bioweapons, wormholes, and whether there is any truth to stories about psychic powers, vampires or aliens.
I haven't done much online gaming but a lot of roleplaying IRL. Being my first online RP, I'm going to be running it more like a RL RPG. So I won't have a character in the game per se, I will be playing the NPCs with the main NPCs being almost exclusively mine. I will post descriptions of NPCs – physical and behavior but not their skills and knowledges – so you will have an idea of how they will act and respond in general. The minor ones can be used by you (in an appropriate manner, obviously) in your posts so you don't have to wait on me for everything. Minor actions by the major NPCs will probably be okay for you to describe – unless you get close to a secret then I will post something in the OOC or IC (whichever's appropriate).
You can suggest plotlines in the OOC (before you introduce them in IC) and I might incorporate them but I will veto any that conflict with the planned plotlines. Or it might get approved but for introduction later when it would fit in better. While this is not a sandbox, I do accept player suggestions – sometimes even if they didn't plan to make suggestions.
I am taking material from a series of novels – the main 7 (of the 13 in the series) have more-or-less happened in the game history (I am changing some details). And blending in some material from a series of movies – the events of which have not happened in-game. Yes, I'm being cryptic since your characters don't know any of this.
I may use a couple other sources depending upon comments by people in this Interest Check thread and in the OOC thread (once it is created – assuming there is enough interest)
This could be Casual or Advanced – I don't have a good handle on the differences yet. I want people to participate and enjoy it – I don't want it to be a chore. But I also don't want everyone waiting a week for someone to respond. Those of you who are more experienced and can recommend a category, please do.