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Chairman
04-15-2010, 08:32 PM
Hello!

NextGen RPG has a new game that is casting for characters. It's an excellent chance to get into a new game with a committed GM. The posting style is a bit different, we use shared documents (similar to google docs - but using work flow collaboration tools), but it's very simple to learn and really helps support a story based game.

Please note that I'm the administrator of the site, and not the GM, but am happy to help answer any questions that you might have. If you'd like to submit a character, all of the info you need should be in the casting call that follows. :) The GM's handle is 'artexercise', so feel free to send him a private message at www.nextgenrpg.com (http://www.nextgenrpg.com/), or if you don't want to go through the hassle of an account, send me your questions, and I can do my best to answer them.

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http://www.nextgenrpg.com/content/zp/zodiac-paired

The year 2012 was normal to every single human being on the earth. At Midnight on the first day in the year 2013 for each time zone, for some people across the globe their eyes were opened, something had changed. The advent of the superpower was here. What was formerly the realm of movies, stories, and comic books had entered into the lives of everyday man, and not smoothly, not easily. No one strapped on tights and saved the world.
This game is about the birthing pains of supers coming into the world. Not in the hospitals as babies, obviously different from one another, but in the middle of life, established lives with school, friends, jobs, loved ones. Make it what you will. This game is about the learning curve of discovering that the limits of some aspects of life have been removed and higher caps have been placed. For good or for bad, the day and sign of your birth never predicted anything as strange as this. . . or did it?

Game Call
I AM ArtExercise:
Usually wordy GM seeking players who like long walks on the beach with soliloquies, who are as comfortable in a character who works a 9 to 5 as they are in a character that can leap tall buildings with a single bound, who is capable of walking the fine line of hero or villain as the situation demands, who isnít afraid to be in the dark about what they can truly do, and who gives great dialogue. Obviously there is some subtle undertones of humor as well.
Seeking normal people. As normal as any individual human being can be in this world. Normal can be anyone from a playboy centerfold to the average Joe who works for regional dog pound. Famous people are not fair game, but the everyday no name certainly can be. During the course of the game you will discover that you are suddenly not like everyone else. There are rumors in the world, but nothing confirmed. Supposedly the world now has superheroes, or rather people with usual powers that are beyond the average human's capacity.
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THIS IS A GAME:
The Zodiac Paired is a game in which normal people discover that they have superpowers and the issues that follow afterward. You create your character without the superpowers. I assign you random superpowers that through the course of the game you learn of/about. This game loosely incorporates elements of "the pool" and "the window" but is otherwise generally freeform. Knowledge of the aforementioned systems is not necessary, as almost all conclusions will be drawn from the character sheet and the powers themselves. The game is more of a campaign in that it will take a while to get through the three phases I have planned.
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THE OVERVIEW OF THE SETTING:
The year 2012 was normal to every single human being on the earth. At Midnight on the first day in the year 2013 for each time zone, for some people across the globe their eyes were opened, something had changed. The advent of the superpowers was here. What was formerly the realm of movies, stories, and comic books had entered into the lives of everyday man, and not smoothly, not easily. No one strapped on tights and saved the world.
This game is about the birthing pains of supers coming into the world. Not in the hospitals as babies, obviously different from one another, but in the middle of life, established lives with school, friends, jobs, loved ones. Make it what you will. This game is about the learning curve of discovering that the limits of some aspects of life have been removed and higher caps have been placed. For good or for bad, the day and sign of your birth never predicted anything as strange as this. . . or did it?
* This is a mature game, not an adult game. Keep the language at a minimum, and nothing that forces me to go to the adult rating.
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YOUR CHARACTER WILL LOOK LIKE:
This is a supers game of discovery in with a special backend system. To Join this game you will need the following. Fill in the curly braces.
Character Name: {name}
Character Occupation: {occupation}
Character Date of Birth: {mm\dd\yyyy}
Skills:
- 1 ... is EXCELLENT at {skill}
- 2 ... is AVERAGE at {skill}
- 3 ... is AVERAGE at {skill}
- 4 ... is OK at {skill}
- 5 ... is TERRIBLE at {skill}
Background: {~50 words -> no more than 75}
Relationships: * Should mostly pulled from the words in background, some inference allowed.
- 1 ... has an EXCELLENT relationship with {activity, person, place, thing}
- 2 ... has an AVERAGE relationship with {activity, person, place, thing}
- 3 ... has an AVERAGE relationship with {activity, person, place, thing}
- 4 ... has a GOOD relationship with {activity, person, place, thing}
- 5 ... has an OK relationship with {activity, person, place, thing}
- 6 ... has an OK relationship with {activity, person, place, thing}
- 7 ... has a TERRIBLE relationship with {activity, person, place, thing}
Items: {normal stuff, please. No one is carrying nukes and time machines.}
* Note that TERRIBLE is better than having no relationship or no skill at all.
* Note that You will have 5 skill lines with 1 skill per item, and 7 relationship lines with 1 relationship per line.
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OTHER STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Posting Requirements. Ė Minimum of 2 updates per week though more will be fine.
Submission Information. Iím looking for about 5-7 players. Fill out the character sheet and send it to me in a message on NextGen, Iíll take it from there.
Deadline. I will stop accepting submissions April 24th.
Where the game takes place:
This is Global, so anywhere in the world is fair game as a starting point, Obviously I donít know everywhere in the world, I hardly know my own backyard, but I use the intarwebs to do some research and give it my best. If however you want to have a chance to interact with one another much sooner, then there is one fictional city in the upper Applalachian Mountains of the United States called ADENA GORGE.
- Adena Gorge has a population of about 30,000 people. It has Cold Winters and Temperate Summers. Crime isn't the biggest issue they have, but enough that people lock their doors at night. Itís a growing town which brings other problems. The most exciting additions have been the SHALE GAS MINING company that moved in and the GAMING INDUSTRY company building that was finished just north of town. The Adena Gorge Caverns and Adena Burial Mound are tourist attractions that bring in small amounts of revenue for the town.
STAGE / Emphasis:
- Ex - Town of Adena Gorge
- Av Ė Shale Gas Mining Company
- Av Ė Game Industry Company
- G - Crime not a big Issue
- Ok - Cold Winters
- Ok Ė Tourist Attractions
- T - Growing Population

GozerTC
04-18-2010, 01:34 AM
Huh interesting but the website is currently listed as "Account Suspended" so where is this being run? I don't want to go through the trouble of applying if the site is dead.

BTW I like the idea of not knowing your superpower and having to learn along with my character. Cool beans! Now let me know where to sign up once the site is back. :)