I find World of Darkness to be one of the most interesting settings for stories, especially because it is set in the modern world, which gives players and storytellers some grounding. Since the release of Demon and Mummy, I’ve gotten into it a lot more and stared to form a comprehensive timeline and cosmology for my own vision of the world. This is a meta-story that I would both like to share and explore, so I am hoping to take a slightly different tack than normal to approach it.
What I would like to do is run a series of interlocked stories following people in the World of Darkness all around the world. These stories may be the stories of lone individuals or groups of allies. At times they will overlap, and different characters may even travel from city to city and meet one another. In such a vision, all of the official New World of Darkness products will be available for use. The fan-lines Leviathan: The Tempest, Genius: The Transgression, and Hunchback: The Lurching may also be used to create characters. Anyone would be open to apply, and you can play anything from a bog-standard human, to a fetch, to a wolf-blood, to a sin eater, to a mummy, to a demon.Theme
: International intrigue. Although the stories may appear to be independent from one another, they aren’t. Plots are being hatched worldwide and what happens in one city will eventually effect the others. In this atmosphere of interconnectedness, conspiracies are launched to try and grab the strings of power, but eventually they collide with one another. Everyone has a rival, and even the most powerful of them have someone that can match them for might and resources.
: A dark cosmopolitan urban fantasy. This is a different world than the standard World of Darkness. The assumption in the World of Darkness books is that the lines can overlap, but typically don’t. In this World of Darkness, they do. Every supernatural race is aware that the other exists and some of them interact regularly. Entire supernatural societies exist with the shadows of cities, hidden from the sight of regular folk. Walk down the right street and you’ll meet creatures out claiming to be out of fantasies and fables from all over the world. Game Version
: New World of Darkness - God-Machine Chronicles ruleset. Game Lines
: Any of the official game lines, plus the three fan-lines listed above.Board
: Exotic NC. Please note that non-con remains the storytellers prerogative as part of the plot. I’m rather uncomfortable seeing players engage in it. Consensual non-consent is okay. Experiences
: 0 (ie; standard new characters)Age
: All characters must appear 21 years or older and have those mental capacities. This includes all of a Demon’s covers. Extra Stuff
: I need some plothooks from each person so that I know what type of story you want to participate in. If you don't have ideas for a plot hook, I'll provide some at the end of the post.
Limit to the number of Playera: None! (unless this is ridiculously popular and becomes unwieldy)Co-GMs
: This could potentially be a big undertaking. If anyone is interested in co-GMing, please contact me by PM and we will see if we can work things out. FAQHow do I join?
Post a character sheet! If there is enough information to run a story with your character, we’ll get started. If not, I’ll try and give some guidance one what is still needed. Please make sure you give me some plothooks, identify the city you’d be starting in, and let me know the scale (local, regional, national, international, etc.) of the story you want to partake in. Can my character join in on other people’s story lines already in progress?
For sure, as long as they are okay with it.Why this weird group/solo hybrid approach?
Flexibility. This lets stories happen in multiple cities simultaneously. It also means that everyon can play at their own pace and I don’t have to be on top of people for infrequent posting, while still having a shared story experience.
What does the semi-system in the thread title mean?
It means I want to try and be minimalist when asking for die rolls and rely on roll playing as much as possible. How will the game threads be organized?
There will be one game thread for each city, as well as one for character sheets and one for everyone’s OCC.What are some of the works that influence this game?
This one’s influenced by the Urban Fantasy Genre in general, if that’s were you want to look for ideas. Hellboy and Sandman are probably two my biggest mainstream influencers. The webcomic Shifters is also a big influence and was one of the stories that originally got me into World of Darkness, even though it wasn’t inspired by it. Finder’s Keepers is another urban fantasy that has influence my development of this world, although it is now sadly defunct. I know they are big influence on other people, but I only started reading the Dresden Files a few days ago, although I suspect they will end up influencing storytelling too. Ditto goes for the Iron Druid Chronicles. What genre will this game be?
It can be whatever genre people are interested in playing. In fact, when I was brainstorming themes for this game, one of the themes I came up with was “genre-busting.” So if you want to play a game that is a dark reflection of Harry Potter? Cool beans. A throng of Prometheans on a pulp adventure as they journey to find El Dorado and understand the human need to explore and for wealth? Awesome! A hard-boiled mortal detective trying to uncover a mothman conspiracy? Done and done.
This list does not include every city that could be used in the game, since we could use any city. Rather, it lists cities that I know I am interesting in setting stories in. If you've got another one that you would like to use, tell me what it is!
Who is interested?