Character CreationPlease Note: All character sheets are to be PMed to me (Chrystal) for approval BEFORE being posted here
Submitting a character sheet to me implies that you have read and are in agreement with the rules of play above and the rules for character creation below.
All characters must be submitted on the character sheet supplied below. Please fill the sheet in "as is", and do not alter the formatting. If you have any difficulty with this, please ask.
All characters must be appropriate to the game, story and setting.
No over-powered characters, invulnerable characters, "Mary-Sue" or "Marty-Stu" characters.
No "mentally unstable" characters. Characters selected for the mission would have been screened to ensure they would not go berserk.
No Stow-aways. This is a military ship in time of war! The penalty for suspected sabotage is summary execution by exposure to hard vacuum, and all unauthorised persons are instantly suspected of being saboteurs.
All characters on the initial crew are to be "Base-line Human". That is, they are to have a minimum of 90% human DNA and no more than 10% cybernetics. If I think that a character crosses this line I will ask for some mods to be removed. Note that the 10% deviation applies to animal DNA and cybernetic implants in total. In other words 5% animal DNA and 5% implants is acceptable, but 6% of both is not! This restriction is imposed by the Mission Parameters in order to not give the wrong impression regarding the Human Race to the "Centauri", should the expedition encounter them.
Character Gender and sexuality is entirely up to the players. I would prefer
people to play their own gender but I'm not going to disqualify a character on that basis. However, do be aware that, in my experience, cross-gender play in smaller games tends to reduce the chance of sexual interaction!
Characters submitted for inclusion at various "Recruitment points" in the story should, in fact, be aliens... Alien characters can be any species or "gender" the player's imagination can devise!
Characters submitted to the game become the property of the game. If the player drops out, the character may be disposed of in any manner the GM sees fit, including but not limited to: killing the character; abandoning the character; pretending the character was never there; taking over the character as a NPC; offering the character 'as is' to another player.
I reserve the right, as GM, to reject a character for any reason, or for no reason, however I will usually endeavour to say why I consider the character to be unacceptable and offer ways in which it can be brought in to line with the game parameters.
Characters that are clearly intended to be a disruptive influence may be reported to staff!The character Sheet
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[b]Name:[/b] character name
[b]Player ID:[/b] your Elliquiy login
[b]Position:[/b] their role in the crew
[b]Rank:[/b] if military, or "Civilian"
[b]Height:[/b] in cm (inches x 2.54)
[b]Weight:[/b] in kg (lb / 2.2)
[b]Hair Colour:[/b] if not obvious from pic
[b]Eye Colour:[/b] if not obvious from pic
[b]Build:[/b] if not obvious from pic
[b]Modifications:[/b] genetic and/or cybernetic up to 10% of the body
[b]Distinguishing marks:[/b] Other than mods
[b]Age:[/b] Minimum 18, maximum 45.
[b]Gender:[/b] Please try not to be too inventive!
[b]Skills:[/b] What makes the character suitable for the role, at least three
[b]Weaknesses:[/b] Please list at least three things they are bad at, or that would make them [i]unsuitable[/i] for a specific role.
[b]Likes:[/b] At least three things they enjoy
[b]Dislikes:[/b] At least three things they do not enjoy
[b]Personality:[/b] What makes them tick, how do they relate to other people.
[b]History:[/b] How did they get where they are today? Why did they volunteer for the mission? Have they seen combat, and where?
[b]Other Info:[/b] Anything you think I've not included
[b]Face Claim:[/b] If known
[url=Paste link here][b]Link to player Ons / Offs page[/b][/url]
Character images may be photographs or art work. If you use a photograph, please try and use one that has a neutral back-ground and appropriate clothing. I do not accept separate face and body claim pictures. I do not accept Anime style art-work nor unrealistic art work. There is plenty of really good sci-fi art available without the need to resort to drawings that are absurdly proportioned, cartoon-like or look like they were drawn by a school-child!Name:
I may reject a character if you have used the name before in another game I know about. I like original characters rather than recycled ones, because it shows you have put some thought and effort into the game. Equally, please keep the name different from your login ID.Player ID:
Believe it or not, people have got this one wrong in the past!Position:
Please select from the list above, or suggest a new role that I haven't thought of. Just because someone has expressed an interest in a given role doesn't mean they will get it, by the way. If the character is unsuitable, the role will remain available.Rank:
If the character is a civilian, put Civilian. If they are military, then their military rank. US Navy and USMC ranks will be the standard, although characters may be from any country in the world. It is more-or less assumed that with the attack on Earth by the Enemy, the Earth's various military forces have united under the leadership of the USA. Please try to keep the ranks in line with the role. The expedition's leader will be a Lieutenant Commander. No one should have a higher rank than this.Height:
Be realistic, but allow for possible 10% modification. 183 cm is 6', so someone 201cm tall can have no other modifications!Weight:
Again, be realistic, but allow for extra weight if cybernetics are involved. Equally, some genetic mods might result in lower weight.Hair Colour:
if not obvious from the picture - i.e. if the image is monochrome or the character is wearing a hat. Eye Colour:
if not obvious from the picture - i.e. if the eyes are too small to discern the colour, the image is monochrome or the character is wearing glasses.Build:
if not obvious from the picture - i.e. if the image is a portrait rather than a full body picture or the character is wearing loose clothes.
For any of the above three, "As Picture" is an acceptable entry, provided the picture is clear.Modifications:
Characters do not have to have any mods, they can be 100% human. Base-line human is considered to be 90% or more, with non-inheritable genetic mods. These can include such things as feline DNA for improved reaction time or night vision, dolphin DNA for increased lung capacity, crocodile DNA for armoured skin (up to 10% of body surface only and excluding the face), Canine DNA for improved smell. Cybernetic mods can include implants for increased mental abilities, communications, enhanced vision, hearing, partial limb replacements (a leg is about 20%, an arm about 12%), implanted weapon systems.Distinguishing marks:
Scars, birthmarks, tattoos, piercings, anything that is not obvious from the image like a bald head if wearing a hat.Age:
Please try to keep age, rank and appearance consistent. I am no expert and this is science fiction, so there is no reason why a 30 year old can't look 18, or vice verca
. Equally there is no reason why a new recruit to EarthForce shouldn't be near the upper age limit (ever read the original Heinlein book "Starship Trooper"? Rico makes sergeant at about the time his dad joins up!) but if you want a higher rank they need to be old enough to have reached that rank.Gender:
I am going to allow people to play whatever gender they like, as I have stated above. This includes transgender characters, because, this being sci-fi, I feel that such will be more common. However, if everyone creates a transgender character I'm likely to loose interest rather quickly. Just saying! I would prefer it if people could play their own gender.Sexuality:
You may play whatever gender and sexuality you feel comfortable with. Skills:
Three skills, or "qualifications", that make your character perfect for this role. So, the engineer might have the ability to read the Centauri language to a certain extent, so that she/he can deal with the alien tech. You may specify more than three skills, and can also add secondary skills. Weaknesses:
A character is defined far more clearly by their weaknesses than by their strengths. Weaknesses can be physical, mental or emotional, and no, you don't need to have one of each, although you can if you wish. The more weaknesses you list, the more likely I am to overlook possible flaws in the character elsewhere.Likes:
If everyone lists chocolate I am going to disallow it!Dislikes:
If anyone says "Brussel Sprouts", I am not accepting the character!Personality:
At least one paragraph about the same length as I have written for "Modifications", above. The more you put, the more likely I am to accept the character.History:
A lot of people have trouble writing the history. I have supplied a basic outline of the last 22 years. If you want some suggestions, please ask me. Note that anyone who was on the original mission to Proxima Centauri will be at least 45 years old (not 50, due to time dilation), possibly older, and thus disqualified from the mission on age grounds. At least two paragraphs of a decent size please. Again, the more you write the more likely I am to accept the character. Please remember to include what your character was doing on 9th February 2095, the day the Enemy attacked Earth, how they survived, and what their reaction was, also what they have been doing sinse and whether they have any experience fighting the aliens.Other Info:
I'm only human, I miss things. If you think I've forgotten anything important, say so here.Face Claim:
If you use a photo of a celebrity, please say who it is. If using art work and it is a known character, again, please say who.Link to player Ons / Offs page
- This is mandatory. I will not be responsible for someone doing something to your character and you saying "I don't like that!" if you don't have an o/o page. Equally I will not accept "I'm up for anything". Everyone has a limit, and if someone reaches yours and you haven't said what it is, then that is your own fault. Please link to either an O/O page or your preferences matrix.
Just as a side note, in case anyone is interested, the inspiration for this game came from sitting in a cubicle in the ladies room at work and staring at the tiled floor... The tiles are a sort of faux granite (hell, they might even be real granite but I doubt it) with a sort-of random pattern in them that looks in places like some sort of alien script that, if only I could stare at it long enough, I could begin to read and it would unlock the secrets of the universe!
And it awoke a desire in me to have a character do just that: read an alien script and unlock some amazing secret...