Will your crime fighting do-goodery be thwarted by faceless bureaucrats?
2 months to go 16 September
The game draws closer...
I have sold about 2/3 of the tickets so enough for a game! There are still plenty left. I have uploaded a "metagame" note - out of character description of how the game world works. I have also put up the rules on money - almost all of the rules that the committee players will need!
I have also made a list of casting questions. This is not as deep as some as the game structure is quite flat - there is one major difference in style and the rest is mostly flavour. I will cast the game about a month in advance which is when I will freeze the ticket sales so if you want to make any input you will need to do it by then.
You are welcome to answer as many or as few questions as you like. If I do not hear anything I will assume that you have no preferences.
I am as ever happy to answer questions or take suggestions for who you want to play!
Tickets on Sale 16 August
With 3 months to go to the game I have put tickets on sale today! please use the button on this,to the right, to pay to confirm your place. I will cut off at 40 tickets sold and add anyone else to a waiting list.
There is a little more background to the game - legal challenges (thanks Legal Eagle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDMd40a-A4c&t=749s) and the in game briefing about all of the teams. There is also a revised (but not necessarily final) cast list.
If you have a preference for a role or a character then please shout!
News 27 June. Dramatis Personae
I have uploaded a list of the characters featured in the game, their team affiliation & a brief sketch of them. For many of them this is just their job/role.
The teams at the top are represented in the Senatorial Investigation Committee. Each of these teams is strongly clustered about their opinion of what needs to be done. This enables them to play as teams in the negotiations. ACE cover a slightly more spread range of opinions and are split between negotiations and carrying out their great responsibilities.
The other players also have a range of opinions. Their game play is focused on carrying out activities on the maps.
BAST are technically illegal and might possibly be operating under false names (the dirty tricksters). This applies across the board - some of these characters may be present in different, dare I say secret identities, and some of the characters named here might not be what they seem. The crime bosses are actually proper character roles though they also represent organised, & disorganised, crime
This background is the "in game" briefing about what is going on.
It sets up its own canon but may change a little if it doesn't work or I think of something cooler! The long column of text sets the scene. The documents to the right list the teams, some named APs and some of the bureaucratic endeavours of MAPs to classify everything!
Senatorial Investigation Committee into the Regulation of Augmented Persons (APs)
In 1977 there was an incident at a top secret research facility in Acme, New Mexico. There was N influx of what has been called a Meta Particulate Dispersion (MPD), believed to be transdimensional in nature. This led to the destruction of the town which remains quarantined to the present day. In the immediate vicinity of the accident people and animals were dramatically changed. Some of these people looked normal but gained fantastical powers. Others few grew to immense sizes & turned into rampaging beasts while others simply died in horrible ways as their bodies turned against them. Farther away there were more incidents of people changing either in beneficial ways or fatal ones but the frequency reduced dramatically. Overall there was significant incidence of “infection” in the US and Mexico and, eventually, much lower incidence spread throughout out the rest of the world.
The people who changed had an incredible variety of impossible abilities, “superpowers” if you will. These ranged from the cosmetic – elastic tongues or the ability to turn blue to the earth shattering – the ability to fly or to fling balls of plasma. There is almost unimaginable variety in these effects.
Isolated, small MPD outbreaks continue today. There are also indications that individuals have inherited the AP condition.
The causes of these powers and their nature have defied scientific explanation ever since the incident.
The changed people (APs*) have adopted a range of unusual behaviours. Largely eschewing conventional lifestyles many of them have been drawn to fighting crime, often as masked vigilantes, while they are also disproportionately represented amongst criminals. The US government has also recruited some APs to work for it in a variety of roles, usually secretively. Other foreign powers have followed suit.
The issue of APs has raised concerns amongst ordinary people. This is largely due to the damage they cause and the fact they seem to want to operate outside of the law. There is also push back against organsistions like BAST and individuals with similar “AP supremacist” agendas. This has been brought to a head by the recent Fort Worth incident.
Fort Worth Incident
A vigilante team called Cinque Estrella including, one known as Frostbite was tracking a flamboyant AP criminal Mindwrack and set a trap for them in Ft. Worth where they were staging a heist. Unfortunately Mindwrack was a powerful telepath and the reports from the surviiving members of Cinque Estrella indicate that they took control of Frostbite and made them use their powers in downtown Ft Worth. These powers drained the heat from the city and caused 8,935 civilian casualties and massive property damage due to snowfall & ice. Frostbite & Mindwrack both did not survive the incident. The rest of the team survived after being helped by another vigilante Firefly. This also reminds us of the incredible durability that most AP exhibit as they suffered far greater exposure than the civilians who died.
This incident lead to Anti AP riots in several states & strikes by some police forces who felt their ability to police effectively & to protect citizens was being compromised. There was however support for AP vigiliantes from other police forces, who claimed that they were all that kept crime in check, and from AP fan groups.
The current investigation is the response to this. The Senate has established an investigation committee to try to assess what needs to be done to address the AP situation. They have invited representatives of all the groups that are most directly affected and represent other groups indirectly themselves. The committee is tasked with finding workable legislation that is to the benefit of all involved parties and that can be agreed by them.
The Government has several agencies that take an interest in Augmented Persons. The one exclusively dedicated to this, the Monitoring of Augmented Persons Section (MAPS), has been tasked with providing much of the information on APs and other intelligence as needed. They are also hosting the Committee.
*A Note on Terms:
Augmented Person, AP is the recognised term for people who have been in contact with the MPD and have been altered by it.
The members of BAST refer to themselves as Transhumans and describe themselves as the next evolution of the human race. This is sometimes used by others usually to refer to people with useful and potent powers.
APs are often derisively called Misfits by their detractors
Files with more background information in them including teams