Rather than wait for another game that interests me personally to start up (and maybe even get started ), I figured I'd put in my hat for running something here. This thread is basically to lay out what I'm looking for, and see if there's enough interest in it to get a game going. If you're interested, please post a basic character idea and I'll add you to the list. Nothing fancy, 1-2 sentences is fine, but do include your main role focus (sam, rigger, face, etc.) so I can keep track of how the group is balanced and other people can potentially avoid too much overlap.
Setting will be Hong Kong, and I'm expecting this to lean pretty far towards 'mirror-shades' as opposed to the 'pink mohawk' style.
Also, if anyone has any suggestions on things to read as far as using HK as a setting, please let me know. I've recently re-read the Runner Haven's and 6WA writeups, but I'm always looking for more places to get ideas.
If I've missed anything, please let me know and I'll fix it ASAP. I'm generally at a computer most of the day, so turnaround for me is usually pretty quick, but does depend on how much work I have to do at that moment. I don't tend to post much on weekends though, so anything posted then may not get answered right away. (US Central time zone for reference.)
I'm going to steal a page from the Post or Die thread here and put this at no more than 7 days elapsed from your second to last IC post. If you fail to meet this your character may be put to death in whatever fashion suits me. (I will be a little lenient in that if you go past this but manage to post before I get around to killing you off, you'll be back safely on the clock.) If you know you're going to be gone for an extended period, and give sufficient warning, I can write you out in a less fatal way so you could potentially rejoin later.
The same applies to me as GM, if I haven't posted anyone else can feel free to take over and continue on. I've run multi-year pbp games in that other system without a problem though, so I'm really not expecting this to be an issue, as I know (mostly) what I'm getting into .
Karma-gen, 650 karma. SR4A karma costs. Races are 1*BP in Karma. (Full explanation in This post.)
Do NOT pay for knowledge skills out of this. DO buy language skills though. Knowledge skills will be worked out with me based on background submitted and 20 questions answers. I do have a cap in mind for these, so don't think a 10 page background is going to give you ridiculous numbers. I'd prefer everything stay at a reasonable length. If you need a copy of the standard 20 q's, let me know and I can post or PM them.
Bonus contacts equal to 50% of what you spent on contacts. (If you spent 25 points buying contacts this means you will have 13 bonus points.) Contacts bought with bonus points must be 3/2 or lower.
Standard races only. No Surge. (ie. Human, Elf, Troll, Ork, Dwarf only)
Negative Qualities should actually be negative, otherwise I reserve the right to veto them.
Nothing allowed from PDF-only releases (mostly because I don't buy them, and thus don't have access). Most other books are fine. If you're not sure, run it by me and I'll let you know for sure. (SR4A, Street Magic, Augmentation, Arsenal, Unwired are guaranteed safe to use. Most of Runner's Companion too, minus the things I've already listed.)
- Watcher spirits don't suck at watching/searching: Treat watchers as Force = Summoner's Magic when using Perception, Assensing and the Search power. (If you can think of anything else that needs to be added to this, go ahead and suggest it. This essentially means watchers roll 2*Magic for those cases.)
- No emotitoys or emotion software.
- 20 Dice Pool cap.
- SIN checks aren't opposed tests. SINs are checked with a System + Verification Software (SIN rating) test. This may be an extended test with an interval determined by the scanner in use. (System + Verification Software simplifies to 2*Scanner Rating for basic scanners.) End result is R6 SINs are hard to crack, R1's are still basically throwaway.
If the players all want to add something else to the house rules, feel free to suggest. I generally try to avoid having very many.
The primary languages in Hong Kong are English and Cantonese. Expect most of your 'business' interactions to be in Cantonese.
Hong Kong is a very social network centric place, so having plenty of contacts would be strongly advised.
The characters should all have some ties amongst themselves. Liking each other isn't strictly necessary, but I won't tolerate excessive arguing or pvp. If everyone wants to work on a group background, that would be awesome.
6 active players as a hard limit, anyone past that will be on the reserve list. (Given PoD's history, there's likely to be a fair amount of turnover, so it's probably not too terrible to be on the wait list .)
Assuming enough interest, ideally I'd like to start the IC thread by March 7th, but earlier than that is possible if everything comes together faster.
- Thanee: Ting-Ting - Female Human - Adept (Martial Arts)
- phlapjack77: Dante - Male Human - Street Sam with some drone support
- Seth: Dr. Yang - Male Ork - Mystic Adept/Medic
- Kim: Hope - Male Human - Adept (Martial Arts)
- sabs: Fractal - Male Human - Hacker/Face
- Mickle5125: Max - Male Dwarf - Wuxing Mage