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Offline NightBirdTopic starter

Anitaverse fans out there?
« on: May 07, 2005, 10:51:31 PM »
My first adult play-by-post game was set in Laurell K Hamilton's universe for the Anita Blake series, and it's what got me hooked on this type of game.

Is there any interest in doing a game based on that universe but with all-original characters?

Offline deraxeman

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2005, 06:04:54 AM »
I have not read one word of the Anita Blake books, but I would be interested in playing based on my meager knowledge of what that world is about.  Tell me more ...

Offline Amberghylles

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2005, 11:39:04 AM »
I've read quite a few of the Anita Blake books, and would be quite interested in a game set in that world, especally if it was only for original characters. 

Offline NightBirdTopic starter

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2005, 05:39:55 PM »
Hrmmmm...

Brief description of the Anitaverse...

Okay.  The books are set in something close to the present day, in a universe where all sorts of 'preternatural' beings and critters exist.  Vampires have become legal citizens in the United States, so they cannot be killed unless they commit a crime, but mind-control or feeding without some reasonable degree of consent is a crime.  Vampires are territorial, with a Master of the City, and a group of subordinate vampires.  Vampires increase in power as they age, but not all are reborn equal.  Some will become Master vampires, some never will.  A Master vampire will gain additional powers of the lineage, such as the ability/need to feed from lust or fear, and to 'call' a type of animal... including a lycanthrope of that species.  Lycanthropy is a virus, and has much of the same stigma as HIV.  Lycanthropes also grow in power and control over the first few years of their 'condition', with some becoming alpha and gaining additional abilities, and some remaining beta.  Those abilities include partial shifting, the ability to calm or force a change in other lycanthropes, et al.  Wolf lycanthropes have a very organized pack structure.  A lycanthropic oddity is a panwere who was initially infected with more than one form of HLV before the first full moon after initial infection.

There also psychics, wiccans and hermetic mages, voudou priestesses, and Necromancers.  A necromancer is someone who had the innate ability to raise the dead as zombies, and a master necromancer can gain control of non-master vampires.  In addition, faeries or the sidhe exist, but the universe isn't the same as the Merry Gentry series that focuses on the sidhe, so it's arguable whether the faeries of the Anitaverse are the same as those in the Merryverse.  There are also semi-sentient trolls here and there in the world, sub-sentient dragons in Europe and Asia, and creatures of Hindu myth that have appeared in the books.

One of the most powerful situations is a triumvirate, where a vampire 'marks' a human (including one with a magic or psychic gift) and a lycanthrope of that vampire's animal to call.  Strengthening of existing powers and some blending of each type of power gradually develops from this.  Recently, Anita, a powerful master necromancer, created a second triumvirate with a lycanthrope and a vampire.

So, that's a little taste of the universe.  There are a few inconsistencies here and there in the books, but there has been enough discussed to allow a decent structure and the potential for rules lawyering.  ;)

If we get a nice-sized group interested, I could probably be persuaded to lead a game.

Offline Pixie

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2005, 06:16:59 PM »
Yes and yes and yes. Love the books. I have all kinds of character ideas for them, including a couple in a current game which will likely be phased out elsewhere...

Offline NightBirdTopic starter

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2005, 06:20:52 PM »
Awesome! 

I'd love to get a group of good players together on this one.

Offline Hunter

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2005, 06:41:22 PM »
I'd need to browse through a novel first.   ;)

Offline Pixie

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2005, 07:26:31 PM »
They are fun books and easy reads, Hunter. It won't take much to get a feel for it. :-)

Hmmmm. I have two humans that would be good and I have a really good starter lukoi chick. *L* I need to talk to someone once he gets off vacation.

Offline NightBirdTopic starter

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2005, 10:02:11 PM »
I think something can be arranged, Hunter.  ;D

And that sounds great, Pixie!  Send him this direction!

I'd want about six players before I'd start a game.

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Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2005, 07:42:00 AM »
Love the books, though I can't write a tenth as well!  Sounds interesting.

Offline Pixie

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2005, 07:43:10 PM »
He's on vacation this week and next week. I am fairly certain he'd want to play though and I'd vouch for his writing. But will have to wait until after the vacation thing. LOL

Offline Moridin

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2005, 12:32:50 AM »
From your description, the setting sounds somewhat WoD-ish, in which case I would possibly be interested.

Offline bloodrose

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2005, 06:15:12 AM »
me too...was looking at the books the other day, will have to go back and get one!

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Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2005, 07:20:30 AM »
So long as the emphasis isn't totally on vampires and werewolves (WOD games tend to suffer from that a lot).

You replied to my request in a previous thread, Nightbird. I wouldn't mind playing Wyne Connel in this game if possible.

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Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2005, 07:49:56 AM »
Just to toss this in if it's of any interest, I'd also like anything modeled after the Kiss of Shadows etc series (the elf princess business, whatever that trilogy? so far? is called).  Probably with a little more dark stuff and a little less orgy, but then again the dark stuff IN her orgies (and the dark excuses for orgies) are so nice...  Yum.

Offline v4s

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2005, 02:33:16 PM »
Oh yeah, count me in. I even think I can still find my character sheet for Richard Zeeman if you don't mind my playing him.


Offline NightBirdTopic starter

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2005, 01:17:18 AM »
Cool.  With that level of interest, I've started to mull over some specific plot lines and a setting.  Expect to hear more from me this weekend.   One thing I'm pondering is how best to do what I think I want to do without multiple character capability, but I'm too tired to get very creative with that right now.

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Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2005, 10:37:36 PM »
Just checking in: has anything ever come of this?

Offline GolGol

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2005, 04:16:41 AM »
Is it too late to join?

Offline Keelin

Re: Anitaverse fans out there?
« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2005, 03:40:40 PM »
Hope not!
I love the books! :)