Requesting Access.   Posted by GM Lucy.Group: 0
GM Lucy
 GM, 2508 posts
Tue 8 Nov 2016
at 19:58
Requesting Access
Before requesting access, you are required to read the following:


Game rules may be subject to change.

Applications will not be accepted on a first come-first served basis. Please take some time and give some thought to your character submission.

SECTION I. CHARACTER QUESTIONNAIRE

When pitching your character for the game, keep in mind that some characters may not fit with the game I'm trying to run. Or perhaps won't fit with the characters other players are running. My philosophy is that there needs to be a synergy between the players, GM, and the characters so that we're all rooting for the same thing.

Which in my opinion, should be "a successful game".

Therefore, expect to make a few tweaks and even some large modifications to your submission after receiving feedback from me.

Game Master:
Name:
Home:
Height:
Weight:
Activities: (an enumerated list of hobbies and interests, e.g. art, cinema, rugby, video games)
Quote: "A quotable quote that your character is likely to say."

Relationships: Describe your character's relationship with two or three NPCs. One or two paragraphs max please.

Description: One or two paragraphs max please.

Personality: One or two paragraphs max please.

History: One or two paragraphs max please.

Strengths/Virtues: One or two paragraphs max please.

Faults/Weaknesses: One or two paragraphs max please.

Powers: This is what you, the player, would like to see for your character. What kind of magic would you like to learn? What kind of spells? If you don't really know or have no preference, that's fine too. You won't necessarily get what you ask for, especially right away, but it will help me to give your character what you would like to see. One or two paragraphs max please.


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Here are some answers to some questions you might have.

What is the Big Picture?

This game is about an unlikely group of teenagers and young adults plunged into a fantastical world of powerful magic and thrust at the very centre of a war with an ancient Enemy. The veil lifted from their eyes, they now see the world for what it is, one full of magic and wonder, but also terrible evil.

Most of the time, the game will revolve around a sort of slice of life of living in a magical place of learning, exploring the secrets within its walls, and interacting with your fellow wards. Sometimes however, you will be required to venture out into the perilous world at large in order to complete some vital quest, armed with the knowledge gained from the Mysteries. These places can range from out into the modern world to other weird and strange otherworldly circles of reality.

Who are the players supposed to be?

The characters are to play the wards to a powerful Wizard, but prior to that they knew nothing of the magical world. They have no special abilities or knacks, though they may feel that they do not belong, a deep feeling of isolation and alienation from their more mundane family and friends.

They should be aged between 17 at the very youngest and 21 at the very oldest. This game leans heavily on coming of age stories and as such it helps if the characters are still trying to figure out who they are.

You will need a strong, compelling reason to turn your life upside down and follow a strange person to learn magic. For once the Wizard takes you, it will be very difficult to go back to your normal, mundane life. Choose whatever makes sense for the character you wish to play.

Does this game take place on Earth?

Yes, and no.

You can expect things like smartphones and social media and complex political situations and so forth. But there's also magic and spells and dimensions beyond our own comprehension. Some license must be taken so that these things haven't occurred in a vacuum, but influenced and affected each other prior to the game beginning, i.e., in the backstory.

What those things are, I can't really say with any specificity, because that's not how I create games. I usually come up with a premise and form the game's world around the players as they explore it. I might have a few underlying NPCs and world facts in my head, but that's about it, and those are easily discarded if I find something better to fit.

What kind of powers can I choose?

I personally have no problem with any power whatsoever. Whatever you decide, I can roll with, for the most part. Now, other people may have their own opinions, so if there's a power you personally would feel uncomfortable being in the game, let your preferences be known as soon as possible. For example, maybe you don't like the idea of a power to induce torture, like the Cruciatus Curse in Harry Potter.

This is a Mature game, so that means there's not to be any explicit or graphic sex or violence and such, and any power you selected would have to fit that scope. And we definitely want to respect people's boundaries. Just know that I have very few that don't already fit within the constraints of a Mature game. :)

Tricky to adjudicate powers will be handled with care, but they should certainly be doable. If you want to be able to travel in time or read minds, I will make accommodations for those powers. One thing I think might be tricky is if you have a Rogue or Peter Petrelli like power to copy other people's powers. Ensemble stories are all about making sure you have your own way to shine that other people can't mimic. If you can do it all, there's no point in making this a story about a group of characters, but more about one particular main character. That wouldn't be fun, I think, for the other players, but we can discuss it, if that's what you want to do. We can see about adding some fictional constraints to make it more interesting as a story.

Take this as my stance on any quote-unquote "problematic" powers. If there's an interesting story there, I'm willing to work a little harder, exert a little more effort, to make it work in the story we're all telling together. But remember that we are telling a story together. Be open to feedback from other players as well as from me. :)

You may select a single power and have that be your sole power, like regeneration or shooting concussive force from your eyes; or you can have a grab bag of powers, like flight, super-strength, invulnerability, and laser eyes. You can certainly have magic as a superpower, if that's what you want.

What do you mean by a "home-brewed" system?

The system I'm using is more about using a quick resolution mechanic, to get the mechanics out of the way of the story and the fiction. Rolling a d20 with bonuses and penalties versus a specific target number is pretty easy to reason about.

If you are more interested in optimizing your build, killing everything in sight, and gaining treasure, this is probably not the game for you. Nor are we going to go into lengthy combats every time, with round by round blow-by-blows. That's not the point of this game.

I'm far more excited about exploring interesting characters in a fantastical milieu. :)

So this is freeform?

No. It's far more involved than simply freeform or even guided freeform or even freeform with rolls thrown in. We're using the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition ruleset, with many of the class features, spells, et cetera from that system, but home-brewed to be able to play a game about young mages in a modern world.

Luckily, there's a handy Reference: System document if you're curious.

What's your perspective on game balance?

I take a more nuanced approach to balance than is espoused in most game systems. Remember that this game isn't about combat per se. As long as every character has something interesting to do, I don't see a really huge problem. Often in stories you have an ensemble cast of characters with widely differing skillsets, especially in urban fantasy.

Style

I expect players to think about their characters' inner life and thoughts and feelings and be descriptive about such in their posts. Some players have only posted their outward physical actions, which is fine for some games, but not the ones I run. I'm interested in character arcs and narratives and emotional pay-offs and so forth.

Lay out your character's backstory gradually. The tendency of most players is to get it all out at the beginning, sometimes in the first post. I've had some players whose first posts were their entire backstory, with 1000 words or more.

Don't do that.

Not only is it contravention to the posting guidelines, but we're just getting to know the characters, the world, the story. The less you spill, the more that is retained. Leave us wanting more, instead of wanting to skim.

Collaboration

I expect players to be open to collaboration in the fiction. I'll rein you back if I feel you come up with something that contradicts the world, but players should generally be open to suggestions from other players and the GM. We're all in charge of the fiction together. You can write for another NPC, just as much as I can. Someone else can even chime in and move other characters around if their idea makes for a more interesting story.

I'm even okay with player characters moving other player characters, with each other's permission, of course. Comfort levels may vary, but if I was playing Doc Brown, and another was playing Marty, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for me to move Marty in such a way:

quote:
"Great Scott!" said Doc Brown.

"What is it, Doc?" Marty said.

If you do move another PC or NPC, be sure to be open to making edits if someone says you're doing something to make them go out of character.

Regarding Romance

I'll leave it up to the players whether they'll engage their characters in a romance. Personally, I prefer for romance to arise organically in the story, as opposed to something that is forced or the "point" or the main driver of a game.

Nice as romance is, my aims and interests do not revolve around romance, but instead are concerned with the overarching narrative and the character arcs I'm trying to build in complicated webs between the characters. Romance can play its part, and maybe even a vital part for some arcs, but keep in mind that it's only one part amidst many others.

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:21, Wed 16 June 2021.