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CounterAttack:
I'm also expecting sheets from at least three people who have yet to post them.

If you're talking about me, then I apologize for my tardiness. If not, ignore everything after this point and then I'll go and be a ginger somewhere else. My well of inspiration has pretty much run dry since my idea for a seemingly friendly serial killer antagonist got shot down. I respect and understand your stance on the matter, but I have no other ideas for characters that I believe I can pull off. Any advice/general wisdom is always appreciated.

deathbydeath:
If you're talking about me, then I apologize for my tardiness. If not, ignore everything after this point and then I'll go and be a ginger somewhere else. My well of inspiration has pretty much run dry since my idea for a seemingly friendly serial killer antagonist got shot down. I respect and understand your stance on the matter, but I have no other ideas for characters that I believe I can pull off. Any advice/general wisdom is always appreciated.

My advice is this: don't try to make your character exceedingly different from those that are already present. As I've said many times in this thread, character sheets I deem suitable are average, ordinary university students with no specialised talents, training or special abilities (and definitely no superpowers, nor any knowledge that they will be gaining them). They've had an ordinary life up until this point: school, socialising, maybe a high-school romance. There is, of course, some degree of abnormality that comes with the emergence of superheroes - seen primarily on the news and such - but right now they shouldn't play too big a part in characters' lives.

We're not looking for characters who are serial killers, hitmen, free-runners or any other outlandish type you can think of. The entire point of this role-play is, in a nutshell, normal people gaining superpowers. Emphasis on the 'normal'.

CounterAttack:

deathbydeath:
If you're talking about me, then I apologize for my tardiness. If not, ignore everything after this point and then I'll go and be a ginger somewhere else. My well of inspiration has pretty much run dry since my idea for a seemingly friendly serial killer antagonist got shot down. I respect and understand your stance on the matter, but I have no other ideas for characters that I believe I can pull off. Any advice/general wisdom is always appreciated.

My advice is this: don't try to make your character exceedingly different from those that are already present. As I've said many times in this thread, character sheets I deem suitable are average, ordinary university students with no specialised talents, training or special abilities (and definitely no superpowers, nor any knowledge that they will be gaining them). They've had an ordinary life up until this point: school, socialising, maybe a high-school romance. There is, of course, some degree of abnormality that comes with the emergence of superheroes - seen primarily on the news and such - but right now they shouldn't play too big a part in characters' lives.

We're not looking for characters who are serial killers, hitmen, free-runners or any other outlandish type you can think of. The entire point of this role-play is, in a nutshell, normal people gaining superpowers. Emphasis on the 'normal'.

I think I just stroke out my own character by giving him a military background. I just figured that since he was broke, and I read an article about more people going to the military to pay the bills in the USA that making him a soldier to gather up the cash for a degree would fit in a game (and society) set in the USA.
It's nothing special, really. He's just more buff than an ordinary bystander, just as much as any other weight-lifter. With that said, I should probably remove the languages part... maybe that's taking it too far?

CounterAttack:
We're not looking for characters who are serial killers, hitmen, free-runners or any other outlandish type you can think of. The entire point of this role-play is, in a nutshell, normal people gaining superpowers. Emphasis on the 'normal'.

I get the "normal" bit, and all my ideas stemmed from that, but I don't really have any more plausable ideas after "college student gets superpowers, mentally cracks, and becomes a bizarre mash up of Sylar from Heroes and Ted Bundy". At one point, I had an idea for a character that was essentially the character Roomie from the webcomic Go Get a Roomie*, but I doubt I have the skill required to pull off a PG-13 sexually promiscuous homeless hippie deviant that drinks too much. At least, not in a way that wouldn't get me banned by a wrathful mod, or given the boot by you for "not being normal enough"/sexual content.

* Link here: http://www.gogetaroomie.com/

CounterAttack:
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So, my characters minor free running habit is working against him? Damn >_>

deathbydeath:

CounterAttack:
We're not looking for characters who are serial killers, hitmen, free-runners or any other outlandish type you can think of. The entire point of this role-play is, in a nutshell, normal people gaining superpowers. Emphasis on the 'normal'.

I get the "normal" bit, and all my ideas stemmed from that, but I don't really have any more plausable ideas after "college student gets superpowers, mentally cracks, and becomes a bizarre mash up of Sylar from Heroes and Ted Bundy". At one point, I had an idea for a character that was essentially the character Roomie from the webcomic Go Get a Roomie*, but I doubt I have the skill required to pull off a PG-13 sexually promiscuous homeless hippie deviant that drinks too much. At least, not in a way that wouldn't get me banned by a wrathful mod, or given the boot by you for "not being normal enough"/sexual content.

* Link here: http://www.gogetaroomie.com/

Playing as a Lesbian Pirate from Outer Space sounds pretty neat... why would you be punished for doing that?

deathbydeath:
Snips

I was recommended that comic by a friend, and for you to pull off that kind of character in a PG-13 setting isn't implausible I believe. I just imagine a lot of double entendre in conversations and general open sense of love, life, and liberty. Then again, the choice is wholly up to you and your judgement.

CounterAttack:
Snaps

So by your definition of normal, do have backgrounds such as military training, hunting, or Parkour and otherwise, actually put people down the rung for sheet selection? It isn't actually uncommon as I've a few friends around me who do all of the above (not all three at once, insane and entertaining as it might be)
None of them have super human traits, and are either average and at the least a little fitter and wiser when it comes to these subjects, to quote one of my favorite authors,
Terry Pratchett-"Ninety percent of most magic merely consists of knowing one extra fact."
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If you plan on just going by what you've laid out, then I'll change my sheet to reflect that.

Glasgow:
Snop

Because that'd just be both showing off.

Raynoson:
So by your definition of normal, do have backgrounds such as military training, hunting, or Parkour and otherwise, actually put people down the rung for sheet selection? It isn't actually uncommon as I've a few friends around me who do all of the above (not all three at once, insane and entertaining as it might be)
None of them have super human traits, and are either average and at the least a little fitter and wiser when it comes to these subjects, to quote one of my favorite authors,
Terry Pratchett-"Ninety percent of most magic merely consists of knowing one extra fact."

To be blunt, yes. If your character has special training or something to that extent, it has the chance of decreasing their chances of being accepted. I am aware that ex-military university students are common in the USA[1] - especially in certain states where there aren't many other options - but I want the player-characters to be, for the most part, largely inexperienced when it comes to combat situations.

People are free to submit ex-military characters if they wish. I won't stop anyone from doing so. I'm just saying that I'm not too big a fan of the idea, primarily for the reason outlined above.

[1] For the record, I live in New Zealand, and I am aware that there is a discrepancy in my judgement as a result.

CounterAttack:
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Free running is something I do IRL, and it has NOTHING to do with combat at all. It's mostly running and pull ups. I only bring this up because you said it lowered chances a bit, and I want to get in this... :P

-withdrawn-

CounterAttack:

To be blunt, yes. If your character has special training or something to that extent, it will decrease their chances of being accepted. I am aware that ex-military university students are common in the USA[1] - especially in certain states where there aren't many other options - but I want the player-characters to be, for the most part, largely inexperienced when it comes to combat situations.
People are free to submit ex-military characters if they wish. I won't stop anyone from doing so. I'm just saying that I'm not too big a fan of the idea, primarily for the reason outlined above.

I understand and appreciate that fact that you answered me outright, either way I decided to revise my sheet mostly for the sake of me disliking the original after reading it over a few times.
The revised edition is below, and the sub-plot within is free to use, or just be a mystery that is never resolved.[2]


For your review and consideration, comments are welcome.
[1] For the record, I live in New Zealand, and I am aware that there is a discrepancy in my judgement as a result.
[2] I get that there is some differences in opinion due to living in different areas, but its alright.

Glasgow:
Hey GM! When will you be closing the applications?

Again, at present there is no deadline. I'm waiting for two more people to submit their characters. One is on its way, the other I'm not so sure about since its writer is currently without a computer on which to write. Being my co-GM, he may come in as a late entrant. I'll wait and see what happens when the first of the two sheets are up.

CounterAttack:

To be blunt, yes. If your character has special training or something to that extent, it has the chance of decreasing their chances of being accepted. I am aware that ex-military university students are common in the USA[1] - especially in certain states where there aren't many other options - but I want the player-characters to be, for the most part, largely inexperienced when it comes to combat situations.

People are free to submit ex-military characters if they wish. I won't stop anyone from doing so. I'm just saying that I'm not too big a fan of the idea, primarily for the reason outlined above.

So going to after school martial arts classes is a bad thing as far as my character's chances are concerned? Dang.

[1] For the record, I live in New Zealand, and I am aware that there is a discrepancy in my judgement as a result.

This post is really just a smattering of my thoughts, presented piece by piece in no real order:

CounterAttack:
My advice is this: don't try to make your character exceedingly different from those that are already present.

I just realized this: According to the above statement, the best way to get in this RP is to imitate others, rather than make a character that is strikingly different?

CounterAttack:
Again, at present there is no deadline. I'm waiting for two more people to submit their characters.

Wait a minute, before I posted apologizing for my tardiness in writing a sheet, you said there were three people you were waiting on. Did you kick me out already? D:

CounterAttack, I need these two questions explicitly answered in order for my sheets to be created:
1. Upon receiving superpowers, would you allow it if my completely normal character mentally snapped and started killing people?
2. Are our characters allowed to be older than 30 and be employed at the university, rather than being a student there?

I might try to get three sheets submitted for this game, but it all depends on how much time I have, as it recently been taking me a while to get a sheet out the door.

Glasgow:
Playing as a Lesbian Pirate from Outer Space sounds pretty neat... why would you be punished for doing that?

It's not "normal" enough, but I'm not sure about that. I'll just submit a sheet and find out what happens.

Here is another crack at a character. This time no military experience. Just a rich russian playboy.

That sounded wrong.

deathbydeath:
This post is really just a smattering of my thoughts, presented piece by piece in no real order:

CounterAttack:
My advice is this: don't try to make your character exceedingly different from those that are already present.

I just realized this: According to the above statement, the best way to get in this RP is to imitate others, rather than make a character that is strikingly different?

CounterAttack:
Again, at present there is no deadline. I'm waiting for two more people to submit their characters.

Wait a minute, before I posted apologizing for my tardiness in writing a sheet, you said there were three people you were waiting on. Did you kick me out already? D:

CounterAttack, I need these two questions explicitly answered in order for my sheets to be created:
1. Upon receiving superpowers, would you allow it if my completely normal character mentally snapped and started killing people?
2. Are our characters allowed to be older than 30 and be employed at the university, rather than being a student there?

I might try to get three sheets submitted for this game, but it all depends on how much time I have, as it recently been taking me a while to get a sheet out the door.

Glasgow:
Playing as a Lesbian Pirate from Outer Space sounds pretty neat... why would you be punished for doing that?

It's not "normal" enough, but I'm not sure about that. I'll just submit a sheet and find out what happens.

Considering he explicitly says the characters are students and that they should be between 18 and 30...

And I'm pretty sure what Counter Attack means when he says they shouldn't be exceedingly different is that he wants these characters to be the kind of people you'd actually run into on a college campus. Normal, everyday people. And completely normal people would not react to getting superpowers by becoming a psychotic murderer.

PrinceOfShapeir:

Considering he explicitly says the characters are students and that they should be between 18 and 30...

And I'm pretty sure what Counter Attack means when he says they shouldn't be exceedingly different is that he wants these characters to be the kind of people you'd actually run into on a college campus. Normal, everyday people. And completely normal people would not react to getting superpowers by becoming a psychotic murderer.

Part One: That's why I asked, as I was considering writing a university employee with a normal job and a normal family and is generally normal.

Part Two: Yeah, that's what I was planning, a normal guy. I was also hoping to be a pretentious intellectual and play with deconstructing good/evil, power, and superpowers. And it'd be nice for variety if one of the PC's went batshit insane instead of everybody being all normal, all the time.

deathbydeath:

Part Two: Yeah, that's what I was planning, a normal guy. I was also hoping to be a pretentious intellectual and play with deconstructing good/evil, power, and superpowers. And it'd be nice for variety if one of the PC's went batshit insane instead of everybody being all normal, all the time.

Variety has to make some kind of sense though. I could make a pizza and just for the sake of variety, throw kitty litter on as a topping. Now I don't have a normal pizza, but it's not going to taste very good.

I've RP'd with people who have done exactly what you are proposing, and it doesn't make for a good RP. It makes for a hassle for every other RPer to deal with. Also, if you really, REALLY, want to be a serial killer, that's basically going to make you a villain. And PC villains in RPs have a short shelf life, because they have to follow the standard arc of villain life. You rise up, and then you get beaten back and fall down. Ignoring that path results in either trenchcoating, PvP that results in one big Matrix dodge fest, or both. It makes for a one-sided story, and that defeats the whole purpose of RPing.

If you are that interested in exploring that kind of relationship between good and evil, and want to get into the Dexter/Death Note conflicts of what makes one good and one evil, write a story about it. But unless all the writers are taking part and working towards the same goal, an RP is not the place for that at the expense of others.

Dogmatic99:
So going to after school martial arts classes is a bad thing as far as my character's chances are concerned? Dang.

It's not necessarily a bad thing. I said it has the chance of decreasing the odds of being accepted. And I don't reject characters based on one small thing. I go over the whole sheet, considering it in its entirety. And right now it looks like you don't need to worry all that much.

deathbydeath:
I just realized this: According to the above statement, the best way to get in this RP is to imitate others, rather than make a character that is strikingly different?

Shapeir is correct when he says that when it comes to player-characters, I would like them to be the kind of people you would usually see around a university campus. Ordinary, run-of-the-mill students.

Wait a minute, before I posted apologizing for my tardiness in writing a sheet, you said there were three people you were waiting on. Did you kick me out already? D:

No. You weren't one of the people I was waiting for. When I say that I'm waiting for certain people, it generally means people in my usual circle of friends who have expressed interest, but often haven't posted in the thread.

CounterAttack, I need these two questions explicitly answered in order for my sheets to be created:
1. Upon receiving superpowers, would you allow it if my completely normal character mentally snapped and started killing people?
2. Are our characters allowed to be older than 30 and be employed at the university, rather than being a student there?

1) That isn't the path I would like the player-characters to take. Doing so would directly contradict certain plot elements I have in mind. Plus, if you go on a murderous rampage, you will likely end up dead. My answer is no, I would not allow it.
2) As has been mentioned above, I specifically stated that all player-characters are students at the university, and should be within the age constraints of 18 to 30 years of age. So I have to say no.

If you have issues with following the constraints I have set as the GM, then I can't help but think there will be problems further down the line.

I might try to get three sheets submitted for this game, but it all depends on how much time I have, as it recently been taking me a while to get a sheet out the door.

Three sheets? If you are intending that all three be accepted, I stated in the rules section that no-one should apply with more than one character. If you submit three characters, a maximum of one will be accepted. This rule is in place to ensure that no one participant has a larger degree of control over a given situation than everyone else.

NeoAC:

deathbydeath:

Part Two: Yeah, that's what I was planning, a normal guy. I was also hoping to be a pretentious intellectual and play with deconstructing good/evil, power, and superpowers. And it'd be nice for variety if one of the PC's went batshit insane instead of everybody being all normal, all the time.

Variety has to make some kind of sense though. I could make a pizza and just for the sake of variety, throw kitty litter on as a topping. Now I don't have a normal pizza, but it's not going to taste very good.

I've RP'd with people who have done exactly what you are proposing, and it doesn't make for a good RP. It makes for a hassle for every other RPer to deal with. Also, if you really, REALLY, want to be a serial killer, that's basically going to make you a villain. And PC villains in RPs have a short shelf life, because they have to follow the standard arc of villain life. You rise up, and then you get beaten back and fall down. Ignoring that path results in either trenchcoating, PvP that results in one big Matrix dodge fest, or both. It makes for a one-sided story, and that defeats the whole purpose of RPing.

If you are that interested in exploring that kind of relationship between good and evil, and want to get into the Dexter/Death Note conflicts of what makes one good and one evil, write a story about it. But unless all the writers are taking part and working towards the same goal, an RP is not the place for that at the expense of others.

I was also planning the villain route, as should be obvious from my sheet.

Some would use their powers to subjugate other people.

These may even form their own group. The 'PC villain problem' you speak of would be lessened if it was an entire team of villains facing you instead of just one.

Hell, we have enough players for it.

Asclepion:
I was also planning the villain route, as should be obvious from my sheet. Some of them would use their powers to subjugate other people, and these may form their own group. The 'PC villain problem' you speak of would be lessened if it was an entire team of villains against you instead of just one.

Hell, we have enough players for it.

If anything the problem would be made worse by multiple 'villain' characters running around. I don't want my thread to devolve into PvP fighting. I have said in this thread that I do not want player-characters who are inclined to turn 'bad guy'.

And you appear to think that everyone will be getting in. That will not be the case: I have said that I intend to accept anywhere between eight and ten characters, as a rough estimate.

CounterAttack:
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Asclepion:
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Peoples and personalities change, in times of tragedy or sudden change, I.E winning the lottery, getting in to a car accident, school shootings, along with suddenly acquiring superpowers. I'd have to agree with CounterAttack on the subject of no one outright being set for a villainous path, then again if people have gang backgrounds or are just plain assholes so easily generated in life, then it'd be understandable for some to go rouge and appear.
The subject has a lot of issues with what is planned and what is allowed, and seems hard to not stray perilously close to a PvP festival of fights =/.
On the other hand seeing the birth of a villain both GM made and player made, and the path they travel is interesting in any case. No one starts out right off the bat murdering an entire town on whim, then they are just an insane psychopath, one who builds up to it and plans it are Villains.

NeoAC:
Schnaps

deathbydeath:
Schlup

Not every villain is automatically set to follow the path dictated of rise and fall, though this is often the case in a world where common good tends to out weigh common evil. As independent players on the board we are free to move as we wish, but like chess, the pieces we come to play are restricted.

I removed the bit about Diz doing parkour to make him more normal. (even thought it isn't exactly outlandish)

General Announcement:

A list of accepted characters is starting to take shape in my personal notes. However, I note that there are a larger number of acceptable male characters than there are females. If anyone is thinking about writing an application, or if anyone who has already posted a sheet feels like making some edits, I could use some balancing of the metaphorical scales.

Cheers. =)

CounterAttack:
A list of accepted characters is starting to take shape in my personal notes. However, I note that there are a larger number of acceptable male characters than there are females. If anyone is thinking about writing an application, or if anyone who has already posted a sheet feels like making some edits, I could use some balancing of the metaphorical scales.
Cheers. =)

Why not? Though if you have any feedback to state before I go and edit my sheet for the 3rd time around, it'd be appreciated.

Made some adjustments to the sheet,

I'm interested in this. How soon will applications be closing?

Deu Sex:
I'm interested in this. How soon will applications be closing?

I was intending to close sometime soon. By which I mean either this evening (my time), tomorrow or the day after. If nothing new comes up, then I'll likely close sooner rather than later.

Well then, I might as well hurry up and submit a character then.

As always, comments and criticism are welcome. Also, anyone who wants to set up a previous relation/whatever get in touch.

Also, I'm interested in the Brightfield gangs. Could you elaborate a bit more on them?

Deu Sex:
Also, I'm interested in the Brightfield gangs. Could you elaborate a bit more on them?

Additional information on the three gangs and their turfwar can be found near the start of page 2.

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