Good daycycle loyal citizen! It's your favorite High Programmer, Holo-U-BNY-42! I have an exciting announcement from Friend Computer. The Illustrious Digital One has given you all a quite wonderful opportunity for some mandatory volunteer bonus duty! You love Alpha Complex. You're not a filthy, treasonous, commie, mutant traitor. You hate nasty mutants and dangerous commie scum. So obviously it will delight you to find yourselves on the front lines in the fight against ideological, genetic, and behavioral anomalies. The Computer has seen fit in all Its benevolent wisdom to outfit you with many amazing well-tested and completely functional devices, all 100% guaranteed to be harmless to the user and absolutely certain to work as promised, and to carry the day for you, your team, and your Complex. Yes, the computer needs you, citizen (and likely the next several decantations from your clone family as well.)
Ok, Seriously. No plot tree yet but with PARANOIA I'm not that worried about it. I've seen whole well-planned missions where the attempt to requisition assigned gear took all night, 10 IC days, 3 complete PC clone families, and resulted in the inadvertent destruction of the entire sector. Come to think of it, I've seen an awful lot of missions result in the inadvertent destruction of the entire sector. ;D I would expect a certain degree of wit and legibility from my players, but I'll keep this in free rp because I don't want to discourage posts like "ZAPZAPZAP!" I also don't want people to be concerned about trivialities like character development, unless that's how they're entertaining everyone (with enough interest I would definitely consider running a much straighter game in the casual or advanced section.) As always in PARANOIA, if you can make me smile, you're winning.
If I have piqued your interest, and you know nothing of the system, don't worry. Apparent knowledge of the rules is against the rules anyway. Please do understand that PARANOIA is a comedy of errors set in a dystopian near future. The whole thing's a catch-22. Please don't be upset when (not if) you die. Everyone will die. That's what you have clones for. Here's a few links for the treasonously uninformed:
I wish I could have cut and pasted the Overview here, at least through the bit about clearances.
The Ultimate Resource. I'd like all new Troubleshooters to read pages 6 and 7 but you're welcome to delve into the whole thing if you like.
More on the way.
Trust no one, and keep your laser handy.