Last night, you went to bed just like normal. The world of Southern California was its usual crowded, busy, glitzy self. The news was about a prominent movie star back in rehab, a coup in the Middle East, a plane crash near Australia. Apple was expected to announce a new iPad. A wave of thunderstorms had rolled across Arkansas and Texas, spawning three tornadoes, killing 2 people. The European Central Bank had announced it was holding firm on interest rates. A car chase across the Southland ended when the vehicle failed to negotiate a turn and ended up smashed against an embankment while doing a little over 90. New York City and Boston had been hit by simultaneous blackouts believed to be caused by power grid operators failing to adequately compensate for a voltage spike.
Then you turned the TV or radio off and went to sleep...not realizing you would never watch TV or listen to the radio again.
The next morning you wake up...to a changed world.
This is a story very loosely modeled after the Revolution
TV series. There are some significant changes and twists, to wit.
1) No canon characters. This is an entirely separate story universe. Revolution
is inspiration for this, not direct source material.
2) Your character's storyline begins right after the blackout starts--not 15 years later.
3) The cause of the blackout won't be immediately
apparent, but you'll figure it out, after a time.
As in Revolution
, the blackout kills electricity. Batteries don't discharge or charge. Generators don't work. Anything based on the integrated circuit is dead: radios, computers and computing devices of any kind (desktops, laptops, tablets, calculators, cell phones). Cars generally don't work, as they require batteries. Cars with manual transmissions *can* be push-started, but any cars made past the early 1980s have computers in them to optimize the mixture and whatnot, so they will run rather choppy and rough. Cars made past the mid-1990s are too computerized to operate--the engine will turn over if push-started, but will immediately die. Hybrids and electric cars are dead.
As for characters, I'm looking for villains, primarily. The kind of people who will "go rogue" when civilization crashes. Most of these stories focus on the heroes and the innocent--I'm looking for the guilty. Of for those who would be guilty, were there any courts or laws to try them.
Your character can be from any walk of life. However, to make things reasonable, he or she can't be a gun nut. Competent
with firearms, yes, but you won't get to start the game with an arsenal and Special Forces training.
You can choose to have your own thread, or to begin the game with others who agree to start with you. What relationship you have/had before the blackout is entirely up to you. All the threads occur in the same story universe...but the universe is a big place, especially after the blackout takes away communications. Please pick a partner(s) who plan(s) on at least roughly the same posting rate as you.Character sheet
PRIMARY skill (1) (what your character is BEST at. CANNOT be martial.):
Major skill (2) (things your character is GOOD at. One may be a martial skill, but CANNOT be gun-related):
Minor skill (5) (things your character can do with reasonable competence, though not excellence. Three may be martial skills, two gun-related):
Examples of non-martial skills: accounting, fast-talking, law, running, fishing, small engine repair, burglary, welding, orienteering, swimming, escape artist, rock climbing, first aid, medicine, chemistry, avionics, geology, sewing, con artist, card shark, carpentry
Examples of martial, NON-gun-related skills: kickboxing, jui-jitsu, evasion, brawling, pursuit, archery, karate, fencing
Examples of martial, gun-related skills (cannot
be "shoots real good"): gunsmith, ammunition technician, sniper, tactics, skilled in (choose pistol, rifle, shotgun, grenade launcher, field artillery)Elliquiy stuff
What I want out of this game (i.e., "rape and pillage," "find out stuff," "plotline," etc.):
Fair warning: this is an apocalyptic scenario, so there will be blood. And sex, including liberal amounts of non-con. This is a GM-led game, however, suggestions as to content and situations to encounter are always welcome.List of accepted characters: http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=154076.msg7030754#msg7030754