Actually, this is just an interest check at the moment... but thanks for stopping by anyways.
So my plate is pretty full at the moment, but in the next few months (unless a couple of current partners have actually disappeared, in which case this dateline will move up) I plan on starting a mech-based game. I've got details worked out that I believe
will satisfy a good number of potential players. Bear in mind that these are rather loose ideas right now and subject to change based on the initial interest people show in the game. The idea of this game is to maintain a true free form and not infringe on the players' creativity. Whether you create your own mech/unit/device/frame/armor/whatever you want to call it, or use a more canon-based form is up to you. Inspiration for your mech's fuselage, body, technology and armament can come from anywhere... Escaflowne, Code Geass, Zone of the Enders, Armored Core, Gundam, White Knight Chronicles... anywhere. The devil, as always, is in the details, but don't feel as though you have to become bogged down with them. If you are a lover of detail like me, then you know that your details may save your butt in a tight situation.
Up front, I do not care what manner of species your pilot is or how powerful they are within reason. Mechs are the driving force of this game, and will be considered powerful enough to take on anything outside of another mech, with the possible exception of those mass produced models that we'll all be blowing and cutting to smithereens. I would also like to see the interesting ideas you guys come up with for these mechs histories and method of summoning, etc... I guess I should go ahead and give a basic idea of the setup while I'm at this...
The demon uprising wiped out much of humanity and began a new era in which creatures of the ethereal/paranormal/supernatural kind ruled the world and humans are a much rarer sight than they once were. The Kingdom and The Empire (more to come on these, but you will see why their names are rather generic as I explain) are the only two real powers anymore, and have been at war for ages. The Empire was established after the human world had been brought to its knees, and tyranny went hand-in-hand with genocide and enslavement. A rebellion grew within the Empire against the harsh hand of its rule, and after so many joined its ranks, a completely new order was formed based on the ideologies of freedom and equality. Thus, the Kingdom was born and stood as the only real threat to the Empire. There are four main groups one should be concerned with in this game; The Royal Guard, The Wolf Pack, The Imperial Vanguard, and The Order of the Requiem.
The Royal Guard is the Queen's elite guard, charged with staying by her side and protecting her. They are the Kingdom's only true knights, and only the best and most virtuous pilots make it to these ranks. In a sense, they are the Kingdom's secret service. At the head of the Guard are The Four Horsemen (I already have npc's set aside for their roles, but will open all but one of them for others to play if anyone shows interest). The Wolf Pack; the elite aces that have risen through the ranks of the Kingdom's army, whether by impeccable tactics and skills, or a mech that has been modified to simply put them above the rest. There is quite a bit of rivalry between the Guard and the Pack in that some among the Guard regards the pack as grunts and ruffians for their no-hold-barred tactics. Those in the Guard who see the Pack this way have forgotten where they come from, as there are almost none in the Guard who were not first Wolves. The rivalry that comes from the Pack is in those that either know they will never be able to be a part of the Guard, or who have tried and failed. I should note here that unless specified, your character is your mech's designer and mechanic (I don't discourage having a mechanic/pilot pairing of characters, but it is more for you to keep up with if you are playing both parts).
The Imperial Vanguard is the Emperor's version of the Guard, but set up like the Knights of the Round from Code Geass in that there is a ranking system and the top member of the Vanguard is the Emperor's personal champion (wow, before writing that down, I didn't realize how much of a rip from CG it was by design xD). The Vanguard is more exclusive than the Guard and therefor has less members. The Order, as you might have guessed, is the same sort of group as the Pack. There is much more dissonance between the Order and the Vanguard just by nature of the ambition and ego characteristic of soldiers of the empire, which makes it less likely that they will work together on the battlefield.
I need to put a caveat on the Guard and the Vanguard in that, until there are enough players, I will not open them for play. Also, once they are open for play, I will take a look at the character and mech you have designed, as well as your play style in order to determine if you can play the position appropriately/responsibly. I will also have a spot for a co-gm. Because of the nature of the position and requirement for longevity and responsibility, I will take a very careful look at the history of anyone applying for the position to include but not limited to; post frequency, post length, number of posts since you joined, number and frequency of absences (this is where it will be good to have an up-to-date a/a page), grammar, literacy, writing style, game history, and especially your enthusiasm for this game. I'd like to think this could be a large group one day, but can accept that this is a rather niche-specific game, though I have tried to keep it rather open to attract a larger crowd. My co-gm will also create and play the Emperor along with any other characters they make.
So, whether you fancy an armored core, orbital frame, knightmare, ancient knight's armor, or have always wanted to play the Lancelot Albion... or even wanted to take elements of all of these and make your own mech, get creating and I will announce when I actually plan to open the game and provide a link! Whether you want to be a grunt aspiring to join the Wolf Pack, or a member of the Order vying to find your place in the Vanguard, or a haggard veteran simply trying to stay alive until you can retire from the Guard and tired of the games the younger knights play is all up to you, and you will find your place in this world. Give me your thoughts and feedback, and I look forward to creating another universe with you guys.
I am pleased to announce that the OOC and Character Directory threads are opened now. Feel free to read a little further into this thread to see some of the lines I drew with questions that initially came up, which might save you having to ask. Otherwise, if you are interested or aren't entirely sure, swing by the OOC thread and get to know our community and how we play. We look forward to welcoming new members into our ranks.