It definitely works for our purposes, and I'm really pleased that even taking the lower figure of 15%, like you suggested, gives us a ratio of 6/7:1. I always feel better when character concepts are somewhat realistic. I love a bit of realism amongst the highly irregular. With regard to divisions and branches I'm not entirely set on what kind of military background I'll be giving her, but I've a fair amount of research to do for her yet. And thank you for the figures; they've given me a lot to ponder.
Glad to be of help, but really, it's your idea. I'm just adding some toppings and flavorings to your ice cream bowl, really.
I would be inclined to agree with your suggestion that we wait and see what other types of characters might crawl out from beneath their rocks. At the moment most interested parties seem to be swinging around the morally "grey" area, but naturally that could change. Even if I was to go the route of her being comfortable with all of the arrangements, that could certainly change with the arrival of a minor. It would be a contradiction of sorts, but then, people usually are, and not everyone's moral compass points north consistently.
I'm pretty sold on the idea of her being an original member of the company now, too. I think you're right, it makes the most sense to me considering what we've been discussing. Cheers for that, and if I may add, I'm very much looking forward to RPing with you and all of these interesting folks.
Right back at you. It sounds really promising, so I'll be looking forward to seeing what you end up doing with concept. Don't hesitate to ask any questions if you have any.
Well this is a disturbing thought. So, right now we have arthenwel as our lone submitted male char, along with 3 interesting female concepts. I'm strongly considering a second character, something I almost never do, but I really appreciate "being heard" in the coordination here, so I do want to help your vision get realized.
The primary char would be someone close to Vex's char, still plotting that out. The second would be a technician of sorts in the military, enlisted, so he won't be a higher ranking one. He'll be a vocal follower of the sex-driven roles.
Well, arthenwel is the only one who's submitted a character, period. Most of us are just working with concepts. But along with the three females (four now, I suppose), you've got one or two male characters coming, and Cabalxxvi has expressed interest in making a male character as well. He just wasn't sure what, seeing as he wanted to play something different. Speaking to him, he's more than welcome to ask for assistance in coming up with a concept, if he feels like it.
But, indeed. I'm working with kckolbe, and things are going swimmingly, if I may say so. I hope we'll be able to show you all what we've come up with fairly soon.
GM events are a must. In addition to zombie attacks, the group will need to restock ammo and consumables. Not sure how electricity will work, as we don't know how much damage has been done to the infrastructure.
I'm not sure damage has to be done, per say. Infrastructure falls apart fairly quickly without regular maintenance. I've heard it said that, should a cataclysmic event were to happen and they weren't regularly tended to, most of the running water, power, and sewage facilities would cease functioning within a month, and the latter making most urban areas virtually uninhabitable. Similarly, gasoline dries up fairly quickly, and chances are, any gas that wasn't properly stored would lose it's potency as a fuel source within weeks. So, if we're going with a realistic approach a few months into this disaster, as I understand it, our characters have been living off a low-tech manner for a while now.
That said, that doesn't mean we can't have those amenities. This mansion has it's own private generator, and happens to be near a river, for instance. With the proper equipment and structures, that could provide some method of having some comforts. That could provide a need for more fuel, filters, and other regular maintenance aspects.
Or, perhaps that's a mystery in and of itself. Why is the power and water running in the nearby village? Maybe that's for us to find out!
Is the crazy waif role taken? Also, would they still require her to fuck soldiers after Charlotte and the other women have arrived?
I mean, at least some of the men would be weirded out by her mental state, right?
As for the male to female ratio, you definitely need a lot more men than women for the core concept of this game to work.
That does not mean that all male characters need to be PCs. Just fill out the roster with NPCs until you get 12+ soldiers.
I believe the Crazy Waif is available, although there's some question about whether it was being replaced with the female soldier concept. But, I suppose both are possible to have together. I'm fairly sure she would be expected to hold up to her obligations, even with Charlotte and my teenager. If anything, that just means we share the burden, and it's not all thrust upon one person to handle anymore, but not excusing any of them from "service". In the soldier's mind, I imagine they're doing they're helping the females out by giving them a safe place, free of infected and degenerates, so the females should show their appreciation. I don't think anyone gets a pass on this. Everyone has to do their part to keep this thing running, so to speak. But, the males have more options with more women around, and could decide to visit more well-adjusted women if they prefer.
As for if the soldiers would get weirded out...well, it depends on what kind of issue she has. I mean, talking as a student of psychology, everyone's a little insane in some respects, and do something that is probably quite irrational, if you sit back and think about it. It's just a question of whether one's particular brand of insanity is enough to keep them from living a fulfilling life. If not, it's not really something society needs to concern itself with. If so, then something needs to be done for them. Most people who are "insane" are reasonably functional. But some, obviously, are not. So, it really depends on what kind of issue she has, and that's really up to the player to decide. If she's just mute and an extreme doormat, some soldiers might find a little off-putting, but others might enjoy it. If she has a tendency to laugh maniacally and stab herself, then yeah, that's a little more disturbing.
You're right about the male-to-female ratio, though. I do believe Maeve intends to fill a few of those roles to NPCs, so she can have the catalysts she needs for certain plots and dynamics. But, we'll see if we can't attract a couple more PCs to help fill that out a bit more.
Just so you know, my character may be a bit stand-offish in the beginning. At least until someone brings him out of his shell.
No worries. I imagine a lot of our characters are going to be fairly awkward with one another in the early going. It's a lot to get adjusted to, both for the men and the women. But I suspect even those who have reservations and objections to the current scheme might eventually get some measure of comfort with it, and get acquainted with the people around them. The current arrangement might seem quite harsh, but I imagine few, if any, of those around are true sociopaths. Most are fairly normal people, trying to survive and stay sane in the face of horrific circumstances. Eventually, if things get steady, that humanity will peak out again, even if the transition is pretty difficult.