The modern world comes crashing to a stop when a freak solar storm wipes out the majority of the power grid and wireless communication worldwide. At the same time, supernatural creatures--collectively known as demons, but ranging from fairies to magical beasts to angels--begin appearing across the world. Immune to conventional weapons and hostile to humans, their presence makes any attempt to restore the damaged infrastructure virtually impossible. However, some humans acquire the ability to summon and control demons--and doing so may be the only way to survive in this new world, and uncover the truth behind the cataclysm.Peaceful days are over--
Welcome! As you may have noticed, this game is inspired by, and to some extent based on, the Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
series of video games, though familiarity with them is not required to participate.
In this game, players will take on the role of someone caught in the middle of this catastrophe who finds themselves suddenly given the ability to control demons. The game begins on what will be called day zero
--the day the world as they know it comes to an end, before the fall of civilization and the advent of demon summoners.
Said summoning and controlling is done through the aptly named Demon Summoning Program
, which will be received shortly after events commence. An amalgamation of mystical and technological concepts, the Program's origins are as mysterious as those of the catastrophe itself.
As the player-characters will soon become aware, they're not the only ones who received that Program, and the presence of demons is only becoming more pronounced over time. As time goes on, resources will begin to run scarce, and more questions will arise.
The key to the world's salvation may well be buried within the secret of its destruction--but first, you'll have to survive...
The game is set in modern-day Tokyo. Why Tokyo
, you may ask? Largely a nod to the series' continuity. You do not
need to be intimately familiar with that city's layout (I'm certainly not) or Japanese culture. (Not that Japanese culture itself is liable to hold up too well when the apocalypse strikes.)
We will be using western naming conventions for this game: First-name Last-name (Given-name Family-name). Eastern names are generally encouraged, but it's also quite reasonable for a character whose family moved to the country to have a name more fitting with their culture of origin.Day zero
is a Sunday in the early summer. We can nail down an exact date if people would like.
There are very few actual requirements for characters. Every character needs to have a cell phone, PDA, or similar portable wireless electronic device capable of running applications, and they need to have it with them on the day of the event. It doesn't necessarily need to be theirs
, but they do need to have it on their person.
The recommended age bracket for charcters is somewhere between 16 and 28 years old. This is not a requirement.
We do request that you keep your character's abilities reasonable. Most people are not elite military veterans (as an aside, Japan has a Self-Defense Force, not a full-blown army), nor are most ultra-prepared survival nuts. Some might be--just don't go overboard. While you're free to know martial arts or have some form of weapon proficiency (though again, do note that Japan has some pretty strict gun control laws), be aware that they'll be minimally effective against demons and summoners who have demons present to defend them prove surprisingly resilient to such things.
Characters do not have any supernatural abilities or objectively verifiable 'magical' encounters. Being an occult enthusiast, however, is absolutely acceptable.
Please use the format below, or a similar one, to post character applications! And feel free to ask any questions you may have about a character concept or the game in general.
[b]Name:[/b] Character's, of course.
[b]Biography:[/b] It doesn't need excruciating detail; just a few paragraphs generally touching upon who your character is. Are they a foreigner, do they have family, that kind of thing.
[b]Occupation:[/b] What do you do? Student, unemployed, full-time work?
[b]What Do You Have In Your Pockets?:[/b] Mm, not... literally. What is your character carrying with them on an ordinary (or not so ordinary?) Sunday?
[b]Appearance:[/b] Images work, as do text. As does both!
[b]Other:[/b] Anything relevant! Do they have hobbies? Are they a whiz with computers? Volunteer at the local animal shelter? Whatever you'd like to have on paper (so to speak) that isn't covered elsewhere.
Q) Do I need to be familiar with the Devil Survivor games, or Shin Megami Tensei metaverse?
A) Certainly not! It would help provide context, but the game itself is fully 'alternate universe' to any existing SMT canon. If you have any questions about concepts in the game, feel free to ask myself, TheHangedMan, or any of the players who are familiar with it.
Q) I can has sexytime?
A) The intent is not for this to be a major point in the game; that being said, anything both parties consent to OOCly is fair game (IC consent ultimately being optional and at the discretion of the players). While people are free to boink like bunnies, it is probably not going to be a huge part of the game.
Q) What board will this be in?
A) We will most likely be using the Extreme Small Groups board. I know, I know, the EX tag is a bit scary. While I'm no fan of gorn, there's going to be a large amount of death (of NPCs, mind; PCs will hopefully have a better life expectancy) as things progress. The truth is, your average civilian doesn't stand a chance against a demon, and the end result isn't likely to be pretty. The unpleasant details will likely be glossed over in narrative, but we'd like to stay on the safe side. I am amenable to suggestions regarding other boards players think the game would be better suited for.
Feel free to ask any other questions in this topic!