The Player's Voice
This weeks question was sent in by by Kessa Cirtos. We appreciate Question submissions as well as contributions. We've all seen the trends come and go. The latest movies, books and TV shows can influence our tastes in Roleplaying and make for enjoyable stories as we play in someone else's setting.
Role play game story lines are saturated by mainstream ideas, following a trend of what that "next big thing" is or was.
For instance, Harry Potter, or apocalyptic-styled RPs. That said, what has been your favorite mainstream RP and why?
I'm not really sure I've been in all too many mainstream roleplays, but, that's not out of some hipster or elitist tendency so much as it is what I'd classify as mainstream. Genres probably do come and go by degrees on the forum, yet equally nearly every RP will be classifiable by genre because that is a good way to tell others what to expect. An RP could avoid genres entirely and that would either make it brilliant, or more likely incomprehensible and a little pretentious. So, I'm much more inclined to call mainstream RPs those that follow a recent popular show or book, either as a direct fanfic or heavily in theme.
Under this classification the only one I can think of is a very well thought out Walking Dead RP that I was invited too, but never got around to making a character for. I myself have made an RP called the King is Dead that probably ripped off Game of Thrones more than a little, in retrospect, and I quite enjoyed that one. The mainstream RP that I enjoyed most, which probably doesn't fit exactly, was Puella Magi Tempus Relicus which was a Puella Magi Madoka Magica fandom RP run by UnendingEmpire. It was slow at times and quite a lot of players dropped early, but we were left with quite a strong core group that kept it going quite a while and who I still keep in touch with from time to time.
Honestly, I'd have to say my favorite mainstream idea me and some friends did a while back was a Resident Evil themed one. It may have been the fact that we were all active until the very end of the plot, or that it's one of my personal favorite series anyway (At least the classic part of it. Most of the stuff after RE4 I didn't care too much for.) But that's just my personal opinion and probably not everyone's cup of tea.
That is a tough question to be honest. I've been in all kind s of RP's. Sure the one longer then the other, because some died quite early. Hhmm, after some thinking I think I'll play it safe and go with the RP I managed to get the most success with. Thus that would mean that my first answer would be Naruto.
As for why? Well, I did noticed that in some RP's it's hard to balance some characters or abilities. People either get in an argument which can lead into a conflict and then into the collapse of a RP. Same goes with the known element : magic. How to limit it? Why is it that character x can do more funky things with magic then character y? Don't however get me wrong, cause I love every kind of setting with a good plot and if it has a good balance in it. No need to characters that can blow up cities with a fart and lighter. (though that would be amusing, amusing things like that won't help a RP.)
But in Naruto RP's and such themes, it's easier to balance out characters due most of the skills have been balanced ( I said most, okay!). These kind of themes, thus also Fairy Tail and such, are thus easier to manage without that you get an argument that somebody did something overpowered. Sure, don't want to deny that such discussions won't happen in Naruto Theme RP's, but a good GM who has some experience can often either avoid them from happening or end them with a quick smack of the GM Hammer... Oh, I love that hammer. <3
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Title: An idea
Basically, it where a group of people get stuck in a time loop but they don't know it apart from my character who is the cuse of the time loop. Eventoually everyone dies and comes back alive without knowing what happened due to alternate worlds called the kakera. Each character with have an "Insanity Trigger" which causes them to go crazy and kill their group of friends. The fun part is finding said trigger so they can escape the reoccuring bad end where they all die. After they all die, our chracter go over what happened and try to figure out what went wrong in the Kakeraverse where all the world fragments gather.
Title: The Mythical Grand Adventure
GM: Guess Who
Hello everyone, this Rp is all about mythical creatures, and, I mean, any and all mythical creatures. In this Rp, you can be any mythical creature you want, dragons, cerberus, cyclops, centaur, etc, but, there is one problem. You are all children. Baby's actually. See, in this Rp, you have arrived in a new world, and your parents are dead/missing, for those are are hatched out of an egg, your parents are also dead/missing, we are all on our own, in a huge cave full of many dangers of all kinds. We have to work together to survive. This is pretty much an open world Rp, with the main plot being interaction. What do y'all think?
Title: Orwellian dystopian nightmare anybody
This is an idea I've been toying with for a while now. Although it's not yet fully developed-- much more of a skeleton to be honest-- I'd like to flesh it out here and garner some interest. I love the idea of an Orwellian future with notes of Margaret Atwood and a dash of Aldous Huxley. Let me know what you think. I'd love to have a Co-GM on this.
The working class, though there isn't any work to be found. Simply referred to as proles by the Aristocracy these are the starving vermin left to die at the fringe of society. Surrounded by first world waste and electrical salvage, they live a strange existence filled with the remnants of the old society. Too bad you can't eat computers and cell phones.
The CEOs and their wives. The best friends of upper management and their cookie cutter families. These are the bloated swine that make up the Aristocracy. Overindulgence run wild has created a greed that cannot be stopped. They live on vast floating cities engineered to sustain their disgusting way of life. You'll never see them, save for the brave Aristobrat that likes to condescend onto the landfills below for a night of debauchery. They prefer to ignore the rest of the world. Why should they care? Every single need, no matter how insignificant or extravagant, is met. Everything else is just a pox upon the Earth.
Also known as Border Patrol, they are the middle class, or what was left of it. For decades before Big Black Friday, the wealthy had convinced the bourgeois that the impoverished lower class was causing all their problems. It was a pill so easy to swallow, even as the middle class was rapidly disappearing. This hatred for all lower class citizens was cultivated and honed until it became a toxic, biological need to stomp out all things seemingly impoverished and weak. What first started out as wry political humor turned into a federally owned and operated task force that kept the rich safe from the filthy, grasping, desperate hands of the poor. They are the merciless, unfeeling protectors of gross excess. They are the guardians of Aristocracy. They are the death of the proles. Any prole caught inside a restricted area is to be killed on sight. Any prole caught amassing wealth of any kind is to be killed on sight. Any prole that looks at you the wrong way is to be killed on sight.
I haven't come up with a name for them yet, but they are the few and far between that refuse to stay down. They will do anything to tear down the corporations and restore the balance of wealth in the nation. Using some ingenuity, electrical scraps, and a little duct tape, they have a wide array of basic tools and weapons to aid their cause.
What: A rebel uprising of course! You can't expect to beat down the poor forever and not have some consequences, can you?
When: The year 2053. At the rate we're going, we won't even realize how bad things have gotten by the time it happens.
Where: The Federation of Corporational Conglomerates. During the event known as Big Black Friday, the world as we know it was broken up and realigned according to buying power, brand loyalty, and profit margin. The United States, England, India, Germany... None if it was left. Geopolitical borders melted and countries were replaced with Corporations. Do you belong to Google? Apple? Microsoft? How about GE or Walmart? Maybe McDonald's was the one for you. Not that it mattered. Once the rich established their seat of power, they quickly disposed of their loyal followers, charging them with the task of Border Patrol, or banishing them to the wastelands of society to starve off and die.
Why: I read an article in college on the gap between poverty and wealth in our society and how it was affecting the rest of the world. A Mediterranean immigrant put it simply,"In the old days a poor man might have two pairs shoes and a rich might have five. Now a poor man has one and a rich man thirty!" We see this trend continuing to permeate society with news articles highlighting Walmart using the government aid programs to subsidize unlivable wages.
Other Random Bits:
- Anyone can go anywhere, even overseas, as long as you have the means to get there. There are no borders, save for the restricted areas.
- Restricted areas are where the border patrol air ships and sky vessels can dock, or where high concentrations of Bourgeois live.
- There are rumors of a minority within the Aristocracy that is aiding the rebel group. Could they be connected to those unruly Aristobrats?
- As far as proletarian technology goes, if you can think of a clever way to make it work given the limited resources available, go for it. I imagine something similar to District 9 in terms of living conditions and available materials.
- Some corporations, such as Google or Microsoft, do provide assistance to the proles in the form of mass drops. While it is coming straight from the trashcans of the Aristocracy, it does provide a means of survival.
Title: No Escape Fallen Shadows IC
Fallen Shadows is a facility like no other. It is a branch of the government that is so top secret, even the President can only guess what it might be. The sole purpose of this place is to experiment on Supernatural individuals and find out if their gift can benefit the rest of humanity. The 'experiments' as they're called are grouped into an apartment like complex and taken occasionally to be tested on. There is no escape from this place.
Personal note: This is a Roleplay that is very special to the Roleplayers in it and myself. This one in particular is a reboot of the epic trilogy first created by XxLyraxX and then handed off to KatnissEverdeen, and is now in the hands of Nytem4re. I'm amazed at how much passion the Gms have for this little Free Roleplay that has captured my heart as well as my mind. I never thought something I stumbled across in the Free Section would ever live up to survive so long and thrive.
Title: DCU Reinterpreted!
Something catastrophic has happened.
To explain it would take the greatest minds of not just this world, but other worlds and dimensions. The greatest scientists, philosophers, and magicians in existence would have to work together for hundreds of years to put together just what occurred.
But they can't. Because they don't exactly exist anymore.
There has been a Crisis on Infinite Earths. There has been a Final Crisis. The heroes and villains of the vast and impressive DC comics universe have dealt with this sort of thing before.
But never quite like this.
Because the multiverse have been unmade, and then, in a desperate attempt to fix this unmaking, the powers that be, whatever they are, have reassembled the world as best they can. But it isn't exactly as it was.
This is the DC Universe: Reinterpreted.
Ok folks, here's the deal. I want to set up our own unique spin on the DCU. So what I want is for us to take our favorite DC characters and make them our own. Do you want to play Batman as a Jamaican vampire? The Joker as a good-natured solver of crimes? Superman an ambassador from a very-not-exploded Krypton?
That's the point of this. Whatever changes you want to make to the DCU, we will do. You can play the character as straight as possible, and assume the powers that rebuilt the universe got your character completely right, or you can literally change anything you want about your character to make him or her yours.
In game, I'm seeing this as a sort of sandbox. We can create and run villains as well as heroes, you can form your own Justice League, whatever you want to do.
Ok, lets make this awesome. Reply below with who you want to play, and once we have a few people, like I said, I'll set up an OOC for character sheets and things.
Title: Star Wars Threads of the Force Episode I
GM: Captain Jordan
• A • S T O R Y • D R I V E N • S T A R • W A R S • R P G •
The Jedi have gone into exile, nothing more than an ancient culture of gypsies, outdated and of little use. The Sith Lords have befallen the fate of terrorists, fighting the New Order of the galaxy from the shadows. The musings of democracy have collapsed and the Empire is a mere glimmer of a power that once bound the Galaxy under its iron fist. In this era of feudal warlords, constantly shifting control within a vacuum of centralized power, the only common element of the galactic denizens is the Church of the One Force. Like bread to the masses, the Church provides the binding glue that the galaxy has needed through the ongoing wars of the past century. They act not through the Force, but through words and ministry, bringing faith to those who have none and uniting the galaxy, not through politics, not through violence and not through credits, but by creed.
But is the Church as benevolent as they appear? Or are the rumors of their secret war against the Jedi and Sith true? Are they content to lead their followers, or do they really wish to lead the galaxy? And are their monks and clerics practitioners of the powers of the Force they preach, or merely common people wielding tricks and sorcery? What of their Oracles? Does the Force truly whisper to them, or are they simply the product of years of experimentation and delusion? Are there truly dark corners of the galaxy where those with the talents to reach the Force, whose noble numbers have dwindled greatly, are taken with force and in secret, never to be seen again? So it is said...
This is the story woven at Threads of the Force. Talented writers, creative minds, people unafraid of a different story, if this is you then it is you we want! Our scale is small, though the galaxy is large, but every story has a purpose, like a cloth made of many colored threads.
Join the epic of Threads of The Force. Or would you rather stay unraveled?
For nearly a century, the galaxy has been cast into turmoil. Fighting began as the last remnants of the old Empire died away, one hundred and fifty years after the historic Battle of Yavin. War after war, whether galactic disputes or internal ones, claimed the galaxy. Faction after faction claimed dominance and fell just as quickly as those before. Planetary alignments shifted constantly as treaties were signed and broken, their citizens caught in the middle of the conflict as leaders betrayed their loyal subjects. By the end of it all, few knew how the wars had started in the first place, but a mutual hatred between states had brewed past the boiling point.
Amidst the chaos, the fight was ever-present between the forces of light and dark. Jedi and Sith battled to their destinies, although it was never truly clear if their conflict mirrored the galactic wars. The Jedi were betrayed time and again by those with whom they aligned, and the Sith played their allies like game pieces, requiring no lasting treaties as long as their needs were met. As the death toll rose into the trillions, it wasn't long before the galaxy could no longer sustain their respective war machines. The fight had become a war of attrition, something neither order could win outright, nor force the other to lose. A stalemate.
Meanwhile, as the galactic powers tore themselves to pieces, one splinter group began to search for salvation. A small band of nine Jedi left their order, no longer willing to fight for a cause they did not believe in. Soon they were joined by others, two followers of the Sith, and a follower of none. Instead, through their combined wisdom, they made a revelation. They were already followers of the Force, which not only created life, but it could just as easily take it away. The Force deserved worship from afar, its power was real. This message became their doctrine, a mantra that they began to teach to any who would listen, spreading knowledge of it to the galaxy. Among their students were those who could touch the Force, and those who could not.
These “disciples” then roamed the galaxy, preaching the salvation anyone could receive by giving your mind, body and soul to the Force. At first, they were met with criticism, as any new thinking would be. However, when they demonstrated how real the Force was, many people began to listen. Their numbers grew, slowly at first, but in greater and greater numbers. Word seemed to spread faster than light itself. Many joined for repentance of the actions they had committed during the war, others out of a need to help those who could not help themselves. Many more still denied the tenants of this religion, and these were mercilessly shown the errors of their ways. Still more became followers out of fear: fear of the Force, fear of the afterlife, and fear of the will of the Disciples, whose power they could not match.
Decades passed, and the galactic conflict began to wane. The followers of the Disciples, though now massive in number and highly influential amongst the galactic community, were faced with a pressing concern. The Jedi and Sith Orders both still held a significant sway with certain factions and societies. The Disciples of the One Force, as they were now styled, believed themselves to be above the battle for good and evil, and considered other Force-orders to be blasphemous to their cause. However, the Disciples were willing to be generous and allow either side to become followers rather than enemies, thus forgiving the Jedi and Sith of their misguided philosophies.
While the Jedi passively dismissed the religion’s request, seeing them as nothing more than zealots, the Sith saw an opportunity. Making a deal with the new religion, the Sith agreed to join the Disciples if their mortal enemies, the Jedi, were wiped out. It wasn’t long before the Jedi were sent sprawling from their home on Tython, few surviving the combined onslaught of the Church and Sith forces working to purge them. A few managed to save their order by banding together in exile. They built a new home among the stars, living together aboard a single capital ship, the Haven, and traveling system to system, simply following the path the Force plotted for them. Others remain on Ossus, serving as hosts of an ancient mansion, though still providing advice and training to those who need them. The Sith, now rid of the Jedi as a formidable enemy, found themselves facing a dilemma. Refusing to become mere followers, they were soon scattered as well, nearly wiped out because of their pride. Only a handful of Sith Lords who made it out alive.
Now, the galaxy lies in darkness. The ongoing wars have destroyed most alliances between planets. The only interplanetary governments that exist are due to a stronger planet conquering a weaker one. Several larger “families” have risen to power in such a manner, able to overwhelm many systems with little force. These miniature empires persist only for their own self-preservation, treaties and cooperation are seldom entertained. Instead, only border disputes and stratagems on the next coup persist. Yet contact thrives between planets through mercenaries, smugglers and criminals alike, hired to gain a comparative advantage over a territory's neighbors. Some surviving Jedi have gone rogue and sell their services as extremely lethal warriors. The holonet lives on, too, though most planet-dwellers no longer concern themselves with the affairs of the greater galaxy.
Emerging as the saviors, the Disciples brokered a peace that has lasted for ten years. Their Church of the One Force has become the dominant force in the galaxy, touching the lives of followers on nearly every world. With their success comes mistrust and doubt; a few see the Church as nothing more than a plague consuming the galaxy, willing to let nothing stand in the way of their unknown goals. And although many of the warlords ruling planets and sectors do not see eye to eye with the Church, they pledge their faith to the religion, knowing full well the consequences of going against them. A few pockets remain largely unaffected, such as the Chiss Ascendancy, the Hutts and even the Corporate Sector Authority all remain neutral in the affairs of the religion.
The galaxy has arrived at a crossroads. Many desire to put away the conflicts of the past to focus on rebuilding. Others see the chance to carve their own empire out of the galaxy. Some want to profit, some want to preach, and some want to pray. The story of these forces is yet to be told in...THREADS OF THE FORCE!
• S T O R Y • I N F O R M A T I O N •
What year is it?
The current year is 250 ABY. That's 250 years After the Battle of Yavin, which was depicted in the original Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope).
What's happened since the movies?
Quite a bit! Most of the events can be read about on Wookieepedia, the number one reference site for Star Wars on the net. This covers the events from the movies (and before), all the way up to the Legacy era which takes place around 137 ABY. From there, you can read our Timeline of events from 150 ABY to the present time.
What happened to the Republic/Empire?
The Galactic Republic, Empire and its successors have collapsed during a century of wars, the last major conflict ending just ten years prior.
So who's in control now?
In simple terms, no one.
The galaxy is populated by small factions, most no larger than a sector and some only as big as a planet. These factions, many led by warlords and criminals, vie among themselves for power and control of territory. The only common thread among the galaxy is the Church, which came into existence about fifty years ago.
What's the Church?
The Church of the One Force, lead by the Disciples of the One Force with an obscurred hierarchy, is an ideological body that came into being as a reactionary response to the constant warring of the Jedi and Sith orders. As the wars grew worse, the galactic denizens flocked to them, whom the Church welcomed with open arms, sharing their teachings openly to anyone who wished to hear. Besides war, the church has become a singular constant in the universe, something that some prominent galactic citizens, warlords and criminals view with wary apprehension.
What happened to the Jedi and Sith?
The Jedi Order was forced into exile, many of them scattered throughout the galaxy. Some have taken refuge on the starship Haven which travels the galaxy at large. Others have renounced the Jedi Order, returning to private life. Still others gather on Ossus, which has become a de-facto training and refuge place for force adepts, including Jedi, who are often visited by individuals looking to hire those with special talents.
The Sith Order as it was known is gone, replaced by a loose confederation of six Dark Lords of the Sith. Known as the Rule of Six, each Sith is a master over a sub-order, including their apprentice and heir, further apprentices, acolytes, agents and territory. These six meet in Council from time to time, but otherwise pursue their own ends.
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