From the 90s to the 2010s, violent crime in the USA fell. Social scientists analysed it while more and more people just came to celebrate it. However, it was not to last. By 2025, violent crime was once more soaring and a number of factors were quoted as responsible from a major financial crisis to the near eradication of the welfare state to overpopulation by immigrants to various new street drugs. However, whatever the reason, even as the USA began to pull itself out of financial collapse it face a massive wave of public violence.
Extreme measures were needed, and taken,the most extreme of which involved the penitentiary system. Overwhelmed by a surging prison population and repeatedly embarrassed by a recidivism rate that proved the system was completely ineffective, new solutions were needed. The most bizarre of these was the return of gladiatorial combat with the penitentiary system hosting games where prisoners would fight to the death. Shockingly, the public got behind the system, eager for anything that would get the blood off the streets and as televising and selling tickets for gladiatorial games turned what was a bleed on public resources into an incredible profit-making venture, "the Penitent's Arena" took a firm hold in the public mind and the legal soul of the nation. It became the most watched sport in the nation and the only combat sport anyone cared to follow.
This role-play will take part in Poughkeepsie Rural Correctional Facility, a relatively new penitentiary in the state of New York. It will follow day-to-day life in the Penitentiary as well as the weekly and special fighting events. The following roles are available.
Staff: I will be playing the Governor, but all other staff positions are available.
Prisoners: Male and female prisoners are held at the prison and all are used in the sport. Prisoner characters have a reasonable chance of dying and an almost certainty of being injured. The best ones are also media celebrities, of course. To balance the potential for losing such a character, I will allow re-rolling of prisoner characters as needed and any player who plays a prisoner may also elect to play one staff member so they have a continuous character.
Peripheral characters: Family, friends, visitors, the media... I am open to any of these being used by a player as a minor character/NPC. If you want to play media members etc please discuss with me first.
If you would be interested, please let me know here or by PM. I am looking for a minimum of four players, even assuming they mostly play both a staff member and prisoner.