You mean like Haldeman's The Forever War?
Heinlein's MI were all-male. The movie was more like the UNEF from Haldeman's novel.
a game involving innocent bystanders and a big bad box, but it died due to playerus vanishingus nopostingus
I'd be willing to ressurect it.
Here's the Wushu-style One Sheet summary:
Setting Name: Perfect Strangers
Setting Description: A group of people wake up in a very strange place: is it a bomb shelter or a prison cell? Or both? Once they manage to escape, they find that the nightmare is just beginning...
Inspiration: The Cube, Rubik's Bunker (from unknown-armies.com), Silent Hill, Clock Tower, and Ico. And, to be fair, there's a good chunk of Unknown Armies and Kult lying around in here, too.
Ticket to Hell: The Victims, unbeknownst to them, have something in common: a dark secret that unites them and has brought them here, by hook and by crook, to face a nightmare.
Guts Is: a mixture of sanity, resolve, and physical endurance. Whichever runs out first, you're in trouble unless someone's watching your back.
Sample Character Concepts: College Student, Private Investigator, Former Convict, Housewife in the Wrong Place
Typical Tasks: Solving puzzle doors, running away, (rarely) fighting instead of fleeing.
Suitable Traits: (to be updated when I can think of some good ones...)
Suitable Frailties: Poor Eyesight, Out of Shape, Weak Heart, Annoying Jerk, Selfish, Fragile Grasp of Reality
Suitable Fears: Any (but the nightmare you choose can and will be used against you).
Suitable Needful Things: anything small and portable that would have greater sentimental value than practical value. Watches, cameo brooches, photos...
Mooks: Shadowy creatures of various sorts, puzzle doors
Nemeses: Traps, The Unstoppable Lurker in the Dark
Example Description: (to be updated)