Hi and welcome to my second attempt to run this game. First, before I say anything else, I would like to make one thing absolutely clear: There will be NO smut in this game whatsoever.
If you want a game with smut, please look elsewhere or start your own. If you think you can persuade me to allow some smut, then think again. IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!
Okay, with that out of the way, allow me to introduce the concept:
This game is based on every single TV cop show ever, from Z-Cars and Dixon Of Dock Green, Dragnet, The Sweeny, Ironside, Streets of San Francisco, Cannon, Kojak, Starsky & Hutch, Hawaii Five-Oh, Columbo, Hill Street Blues, The Bill, through to NCIS, Law & Order, CSI, Rookie Blue, Major Crimes, Cold Case, New Tricks...
Oh and I suppose we can throw in Quincy, but if anyone mentions Diagnosis Chim Chim Cheroo, they will not be playing...! *winks*
Here is the general idea. You, the players, play the detectives on the homicide team of the small fictional Mid-West city of Ubiquitous. Now, this city is somewhat unique in that it is small enough only to have one police station, but big enough to have it's own crime lab and forensics department. This may be a bit unrealistic, but it is to simplify things.
I, on the other hand, as GM, will play the murderer, the murder suspects, the witnesses, the uniform cops, the chief of police, the innocent by-standers, the lawyers. Owing to mistakes made and learned from last time, I will also play the coroner, and possibly the forensics specialist unless someone desperately wants that role.The idea of the game is to solve the murder and catch the killer.
If you are interested in doing so, then please read on!
I need a minimum of four players, a maximum of ten. Players MUST be into crime drama, solving mysteries, possibly even catching crooks etc... If you are a real cop and want to play, please remember that I am not and nor are any of the other players, and remember that this is fiction. While advice is welcome, I would rather you didn't constantly point out to me that such and such is impossible, that they do things differently in your city, or whatever. Like I said, I'm basing this on cop shows, not on reality!
Players MUST be willing and able to post at least once per week. If you love the idea of this game but don't think you will have the time, then please don't join. I see far too many games fizzle out because a key player goes back to school or starts a new job, or gets married or gets sick... *shrug* And those are the unexpected things. If you KNOW
you are going to be too busy, that's just inconsiderate!Players must want to solve the murder and catch the killer.
If you don't want to do that, then this game is not for you.Character Requirements:
As I said, all characters will be detectives in the Homicide squad of the Ubiquitous Police Department (UPD). I am going to be quite strict with character sheets this time around. There will be no rookies, no "Axel Foley"s, no SWAT specialists, no external consultants.
The following roles are available.
The tough but fair leader of the team. Taken
- The grizzled oldster looking for one last big bust
- The by-the-book bastard/bitch
- The rule-bender who gets results
The "collar at any price" slightly bent cop Taken
The bitter cop who just lost his/her partner Taken
- The tired/drunk cop who is barely able to cope
- The overweight doughnut and coffee addict
The youngster, following the family tradition Taken
- The quiet one who just works away in the background
The Geeky, techy, forensics specialist Taken
- Anything else you can think of that fits
The three roles highlighted in red have special requirements. The team leader
is a KEY ROLE. Last time I ran this game, the player playing the team leader dropped out, and then his replacement dropped out. This is unacceptable, as it kills the game. If you want the team leader role, then you MUST be committed to keeping the game going. Note that this is not a role I can take myself, because I know who the murderer is and it would be impossible not to meta-game.The slightly bent cop
is NOT one who takes bribes or feeds information to the mob. What I mean is, he/she is the sort of cop who will slip a packet of cocaine into the suspect's pocket rather than let the suspect get off on a technicality.The Forensics Expert
is a role that is open to play, but will have bursts of activity in between periods of not doing anything.
The Game Play
The game is going to be freeform, GM controlled. If you want to think of it in these terms, you could say it's the ultimate Macguffin hunt. The way it will work is, I will describe a scene, and it is up to the detectives to examine the scene, search it for clues and evidence. I will play the witnesses, and and will give witness statements when asked by the detectives.
Q&A sessions will be handled by you posting a list of questions and me posting the answers. If you prefer, you can PM me the questions. If you are examining an item I will either PM you with what you find, or post what you find.
There will be a thread which will be the Case File, in which players may post reports, but mostly it will be where I will post witness statements, autopsy reports and forensics reports (unless the forensics specialist is a player in which case that player will post the forensics reports), etc...WHY NO SMUT?
Yeah, this is the biggie isn't it? If I put "SMUT FILLED GAME" in the title I would get loads of players. But they would be the wrong players. I will say this as many times as I need to to get the point across: The idea of the game is to solve the murder and catch the killer.
That is it.
If you are not interested in finding out who did it, then please don't ask to play. Last time, when the game died, I was about to ask if anyone wanted to know what the solution was, but I held back, because I figured if anyone cared enough, they would ask....
So, no smut, because it just distracts from the story. How many cop shows have actual smut in them? Well, there are a few that hint at it, this is true. If you want to have your character in a romantic relationship with another character, then chances are that the chief will get involved and will call both characters into his office and ask them which one wants to resign... Of course if you can keep the relationship out of sight of your colleagues then that's fine. But you might want to remember that this also means keeping it out of the game!!!So what now?
Well, if you are interested, please fill in the character sheet in the next post and PM it to me for approval. If you have any questions, please post them here - unless you would rather I answered privately, in which case feel free to PM me. I reserve the right to answer public questions privately and vice versa
if I think it would be appropriate, but in the latter case, i will not reveal who asked the question.