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Offline AndyZTopic starter

BESM 3E
« on: February 10, 2012, 11:08:43 PM »
I've had an idea burning for this lately that won't slip out of my brain.  Games I run tend to die, but maybe that can be changed.  We'll see if there's any interest.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Eyes,_Small_Mouth for those who don't know what BESM is.

I'm looking at the world of Imago, listed on pages 228-229 of the book.  As a quick rundown, it's a near-future world.  Exo-mechs (power suits), neomorphs (miniature dinosaurs kept as pets), Virtual Reality MMORPGs, and so on.  Of course, the parallel worlds aren't perfectly sealed against transport, so it's more than possible for things from the other worlds to show up.

What I'm thinking is that the Global Economic Oversight has a number of people on the payroll to deal with various problems that the World Police can't handle alone.  Demonic portal incursions, robot armies, it doesn't have to be all combat but I tend to aim things towards whatever most of the players have.

My plans right now are 350 BP, using the Mythical benchmarks.  I don't have too much planned, and if anyone wants to aid in running this, I welcome it.  I just haven't been able to get this plot bunny out of my head, and I think people will have some fun with it.

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2012, 02:46:53 AM »
I would probably make a character.

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2012, 03:20:32 AM »
Sounds like fun, Andy!  :) 

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2012, 09:42:13 AM »
What would you probably make?

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2012, 10:39:10 AM »
This interests me greatly, but I`ll have to look over Imago again to get a better grasp of the setting, it has been over 2 years since I read the book.

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2012, 10:42:04 AM »
Hm...  Maybe a martial artist with a multidiciplinary studdies degree who goes to teach in an urban war zone and get's some cyberware?  :D 

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2012, 05:22:21 PM »
Hmmm... A  young woman who fled through the gate from Enid with her sister (probably a Companion). The sister was a Global Alliance psycho-slave and my character volunteered to become a pilot, intending to find and rescue her.

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2012, 05:35:05 PM »
Hmmm... A  young woman who fled through the gate from Enid with her sister (probably a Companion). The sister was a Global Alliance psycho-slave and my character volunteered to become a pilot, intending to find and rescue her.

Works for me.  You might be hiding out in Imago to avoid pursuit.  However, rather than Companion, the defect of Significant Other might be a better choice for the sister.  Despite the name, the defect actually means someone who keeps getting into some sort of trouble and often needs rescued.

If you want her as a Companion, though, that can certainly work also.

By pilot, are you thinking some kind of exo-mech power armor, or a small aircraft which you can use both as transport and attacks?  The latter can work but might be a little more difficult, unless you want to be more about transport than actual attacks.

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2012, 06:26:47 PM »
   Marco Jameson is the son of a prosperous middle manegement family working for Exodynamics.  Growing up in Neo-Edo, he was intrested in the martial arts from an early age--particularly Kendo. 
    An acomplished and dedicated scholar, Marco attended the Yamamori Megaacademy.  Submersed in academia, he also played Roller Meteorball for the school.  He dated a girl named Kumiko who was a champion neomorph trainer.  On graduation night, she gave him the dragon egg she'd won in a tournament and he gave her an engagement ring. 
   With his teaching certificate, Marco took a job with the company going into Fault Zones to teach.  His third year in this career, he and his dragon went vigilante against narcotic's dealers in the school.  Earning the wrath of organized crime with extradimensional ties, a minor demon was sent after him.  He defeated the creature in a desperate battle and reported it as an instance of Xyconal abuse.  This got the attention of an investagor from a group of specialists.  Before they could decide to aproach him, the gang vhented theri displeasure on Kumiko, assaulting and ultimatly murdering her. 
   Driven to the edge, Marco went on a murderous spree of vengelful retaliation ending in the death of a regional crime boss in an improptu explosion that nearly slew Marco as well. 
   Reported as dead in the fire by the Agency, Marco and his dragon were restored with cybernetics and cloned tissue.  Four years later, he has moved past his grimly vengeful emo schtick and is begining to enjoy life again while working for the company. He's also started using the internet to do part time tutoring. 

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2012, 06:39:24 PM »
Primarily the former, though given the nature of skills, she can probably do both adequately. :-)

Significant Other might work as well. Mecha in the Global Alliance use a psychic as a power source (they don't trust as pilots because the other side in the global war has a powerful, pro-psychic agenda), but they have a non-psychic pilot. If she's using equipment she brought with her, the sister is probably integral to her abilities. We can discuss the details when we get to character creation time and decide what makes the most sense...

Offline AndyZTopic starter

Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2012, 10:23:08 PM »
Not really enough people for a game.  Thanks anyways, all.

Offline DigitLninja

Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2012, 06:58:57 AM »
so you've given up on it? only two days in?

Offline AndyZTopic starter

Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2012, 12:00:56 AM »
I'm thinking about trying this again, only instead of trying to use a setting which would draw people in (which apparently didn't work), letting people give character ideas and seeing what all would work together.

I'd love to have something like Imago, but I'm told that that was the issue with the last attempt, so maybe this would work better?

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2012, 12:19:01 AM »
Two things come to mind. First, that people who aren't familiar with the book may be intimidated by a setting coming from it. Second, people who are familiar with the book may not be fans of the setting. To be honest, I've never been crazy about most of the included ones...

I think you do need some sort of setting, but it can certainly be a fairly general one -- what about Imago attracts you? What do you want to run as a GM? Do you have particular plots in mind or do you want your players to explore the world?

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2012, 12:26:40 AM »
I would join if I would not be too busy with the games I have already on my plate :(. Imago would sound fun world where create a characther.

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2012, 12:34:26 AM »
Two things come to mind. First, that people who aren't familiar with the book may be intimidated by a setting coming from it. Second, people who are familiar with the book may not be fans of the setting. To be honest, I've never been crazy about most of the included ones...

I think you do need some sort of setting, but it can certainly be a fairly general one -- what about Imago attracts you? What do you want to run as a GM? Do you have particular plots in mind or do you want your players to explore the world?

The idea I had is to run a near-future setting where I could have the PCs work as a group and send them on missions and stuff.  I don't have any real plots, though.

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2012, 01:20:56 AM »
Sounds reasonable to me. :-)

The thing I like best about Imago is the cybepunk-bioengineering thing it has going on. If you don't want to run a multiverse game specifically, I'd suggest eliminating that, as it complicates things a lot. There are plenty of threats in a world like Imago without adding the complication. I have plenty of ideas aside from the first one I floated that could be fun in a setting like this.

Offline AndyZTopic starter

Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2012, 01:23:27 AM »
I have no problems with a multiverse idea.  I actually expected something like that, something Hellboy-esque where all the strange things that don't normally belong in Imago are hanging out and sorta being half cordoned half employed by the government in order to handle the other strange things that they don't understand.  However, since we didn't get enough people for that, that's fine.

I just want to at least try to offer something, you know?

Offline Zaer Darkwail

Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2012, 01:34:20 AM »
Well, it would make things interesting if main setting is high-tech and perhaps sci-fi also but it would have mystic side also Hellboy alike manner; meaning dimensional breaches are considered government secrets in society which has already space travel and such going on.

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2012, 01:39:18 AM »
Sounds like a pretty fun setting to me and a good one for a game -- lots of potential PC origins and a built-in reason for them to work together. Obviously given the nature of what they do, it would be a pretty irregular organization with a lot of room for variety.

I'm not sure why you didn't get much interest. Maybe just the way you described the setting? I probably would have also waited until Monday evening, at least, before calling it off. Not everyone signs on over the weekend.

Offline DigitLninja

Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2012, 06:08:47 AM »
I'm still interested.

Offline Zaer Darkwail

Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2012, 06:15:31 AM »
Hmmm, after bit thinking I think I may have time and perhaps concept too. Need ponder on this; today is going be hectic.

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2012, 01:52:25 PM »
I'm still interested too! : D 

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2012, 08:06:06 PM »
Sounds like we're getting close to enough people. Maybe you should change the name of this thread to something that's evocative of the setting rather than just a system. If I didn't like the system at lot, I probably would have ignored the post.

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Re: BESM 3E
« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2012, 08:18:32 PM »
True, did I mention it? i am in!