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Offline HeartsinkTopic starter

The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« on: February 22, 2021, 05:53:33 pm »





"Breaking News: Marsden and Buxton & Lott unveil $8 billion merger"

Marsden is a management consulting white-shoe firm headquartered in Midtown, New York City. After some major restructuring in the post-covid era, Marsden announced on August 8th, 2022 a merger with struggling management consulting firm Buxton & Lott. On September 1st, 2022, the merger was approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). CEO Robert Marsden finalized the merger on September 19th, 2022. Meanwhile, former Buxton & Lott employees were asked to join their new Marsden divisions starting in October, with their former offices being closed and all New York activities centralized in Marsden's headquarters at 1177 Avenue of the Americas.

The two New York-based firms, who were previously fierce competitors, now consolidate into Marsden, becoming one of the largest management consulting firm in the world. Julian Crawford, who had been the CEO of Buxton & Lott since 2019, will serve as chairman of the combined company through the first annual meeting of shareholders, after which Robert Marsden will take over. Crawford's role had been one of the last sticking points for a deal with Buxton & Lott's board pushing for a bigger role for him. However, this did not materialize.

Will the new employees from Buxton & Lott integrate well into Marsden? We know how different their corporate cultures were. Only time will tell... or writers.








Game Information

  • This is a workplace drama game, meaning the focus of the game will be on employees and their relationships at the office and outside the office.
  • This game will be a sandbox freeform game with little GM involvement.
  • This game will be in the NC: Human-Freeform Small Groups section.

Looking for

  • Any type of character, from division bosses, sub-bosses, common employees, company attorneys, janitors, or even the street food stall guy outside the building. As long as there is a connection to the company, and consequently a connection to other players.
  • Normal people with flaws, no perfect employee, no serial killer, no geniuses, etc.
  • Drama, workplace politics and the likes will be a thing. It doesn't have to be romance or friendships, but can also be bribes, corruption, trying to get someone fired, etc.

Inspired By

The Office
Suits
Greys Anatomy
Misaeng
etc.




Keep In Mind

  • As a sandbox freeform game, The Merger may include elements that may be triggering for some players such as sexual harassment, sexism, and other types of workplace abuses.
  • While the game aims to be realistic, it does not require players to have extensive knowledge of anything work-related in particular, as the focus of the game will not be on character's work.




Character Sheet

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[b]NAME:[/b] Character Name (In Native Language If Applicable)
[b]BIRTH AND AGE:[/b] e.g. 8 August 1995 (Age 27) AGE AT TIME OF RP ON OCTOBER 1ST 2022
[b]HEIGHT/WEIGHT:[/b] e.g. 5'4" (1.63 m) / 112 lbs (51 kg)
[b]HAIR COLOR:[/b] e.g. Brown
[b]EYE COLOR:[/b] e.g. Brown
[b]ETHNICITY:[/b] e.g. Mexican-American
[b]DISTINGUISHING MARKS:[/b] e.g. Tattoos, broken nose, piercings, thin eyebrows, big nose, body weight, body height

[b]FACE CLAIM:[/b] MUST BE CONFORM TO ELLIQUIY RULES

[b]BIRTHPLACE:[/b] WHERE WERE THEY BORN?
[b]RESIDENCE:[/b] WHERE DO THEY LIVE?
[b]POSITION AT MARSDEN:[/b] NAME OF POSITION - COMPANY DIVISION - FLOOR
[b]COMMUTE MODE:[/b] HOW DO THEY USUALLY COMMUTE TO WORK?
[b]HOBBIES:[/b] LIST AT LEAST FIVE (5) THINGS THEY LIKE OR THINGS THEY ENJOY DOING
[b]DISLIKES:[/b] LIST AT LEAST FIVE (5) THINGS THEY DISLIKE

[b]PERSONALITY:[/b]
WHAT ARE THEY LIKE? THIS CAN BE IN PARAGRAPH FORM OR POINT FORM, HOWEVER YOU MUST LIST 5-10 PERSONALITY TRAITS FOR THE LATTER

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[b]BACKGROUND:[/b]
WHERE ARE THEY FROM? WHERE DID THEY GROW UP? HOW IS THEIR FAMILY LIKE? HOW LONG HAVE THEY WORKED AT THE HOTEL? MINIMUM ONE PARAGRAPH

[b]LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN:[/b] DO THEY SPEAK ENGLISH? SPANISH?

[b]FLAWS:[/b] (MINIMUM OF FIVE)
[list]
[li]FLAW #1 - EXPLAIN[/li]
[li]FLAW #2 - EXPLAIN[/li]
[li]FLAW #3 - EXPLAIN[/li]
[li]FLAW #4 - EXPLAIN[/li]
[li]FLAW #5 - EXPLAIN[/li]
[/list]

[b]GOSSIP:[/b]
[list]
[li]WHAT ARE COWORKERS SAYING BEHIND THEIR BACK?[/li]
[li]LIST AT LEAST THREE[/li]
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[b]DESIRED PLOTS[/b]
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[li]WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR CHARACTER TO IN THIS GAME[/li]
[li]LIST AS MANY AS YOU LIKE[/li]
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EXAMPLE CHARACTER SHEET: ROBERT MARSDEN
ROBERT MARSDEN


NAME: Robert "Bobby" Marsden
BIRTH AND AGE: 25 April 1962 (Age 60)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5'10" (1.77 m) / 159 lbs (72 kg)
HAIR COLOR: Strawberry blond
EYE COLOR: Dark blue
ETHNICITY: English-American
DISTINGUISHING MARKS: Thin lips

FACE CLAIM: Kenneth Branagh

BIRTHPLACE: New York City, NY
RESIDENCE: New Canaan, CT (main) & Midtown, NYC (apartment)
POSITION AT MARSDEN: CEO - Executive - 42nd
COMMUTE MODE: 2020 Lincoln Navigator Luxury SUV
HOBBIES: Sex, alcohol, basketball, sailing, fishing
DISLIKES: His wife's old age and depreciating beauty, cold weather, homeless people in the city, affirmative action, feminism

PERSONALITY:
An Ivy League graduate, the social life there made Bobby a man and shaped his future personality, full of confidence and privileges. He is used to have what he wants and usually does not take no for an answer. He has an eye for business and making money, which kept him where he was, but his main weakness is women. Bobby has never been faithful to his wife, which is more of a trophy wife than anything from his perspective. He likes them young and submissive. Bobby is a showoff, he likes to wear expensive suits and has a suave allure about him. He is nevertheless a traditionalist, treating those he considers below him as of little importance, which includes most of his employees and people that appear to make less money than him. If someone's net worth his higher than his, he will respect them. That, however, only applies to men. He shamelessly objectifies women and uses them to get physical rewards.


BACKGROUND:
Bobby was born in New York City and grew up in Brooklyn Heights, the son of William Marsden, founder of Marsden. He has a younger sister, Emily (born 1964), and a younger brother, David (born 1966). After finishing high school, Bobby enrolled at Yale University. Two years later, he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania; he graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in economics from the Wharton School of UPenn and a Master of Business Administration. He then started working at his father's company and quickly rose in importance, taking more and more responsibility. Het met his wife Carol - 6 years younger than him - in 1991 and married her in 1992. They have two children, a daughter named Juliet (born 1995) and a son named Nathan (born 1998). The couple relocated to New Canaan, CT in 2005.

After his father's retirement in 1999, Bobby took over the company as the CEO after being voted in by shareholders. William Marsden eventually passed away in 2019 at age 88, with Bobby inheriting most of his shares in the company, his siblings getting the remainder. While not personally owning a majority of shares, Bobby's position as CEO is not in danger as he has consistently increased the company's profile within the industry through the 20+ years of his leadership. 2020-21 was a difficult period, not only because of the coronavirus pandemic, but also because of a case of sexual harassment against him which he quickly managed to quiet down and solve with money. 2022 started with a company restructuring which he insisted was necessary to perform well in the post-covid era. This included the controversial acquisition and merger with former competitors and fellow NY-based management consulting firm Buxton & Lott. While shareholders ultimately voted for the merger, it was definitely not unanimous.

LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN: Monolingual English speaker

FLAWS:
  • Arrogant - Bobby thinks of himself as better than most people and people not outside his social class to be beneath him.
  • Alcoholism - Heavy drinker, he seems to always have a drink in hand.
  • Misogynist - Belittles women often and thinks little of them in general, only seeing their value for sex
  • Selfish - He is only concerned about himself, not caring at all about his wife, for example.
  • Abusive - Has mistreated family members and employees in the past and continues to do so, especially with his wife.

GOSSIP:
  • Known by high-level male employees to look inappropriately at female employees and make indecent suggestions.
  • There was a sexual harassment case against him but it was dropped.
  • Rarely ever seen in the building; does he actually come to work? Does he sleep in his office?
  • Has huge personal stock investments in cryptocurrencies.

DESIRED PLOTS
  • As the CEO, he is not meant to be a character that interacts with most other characters, but he can be the big villain or hero at times depending on what others have in mind for plots. Supporting role mainly.
  • Possibly clash with former Buxton & Lott people.
  • Could be interesting to have a female employee try to suck up to him to get a better position and he exploits that.

Bobby's Residences
$5 million, 5,500 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms mansion in Norwalk, CT




$4,000/month, 758 sq ft, 2 bedrooms, apartment located 0.1 mile from Marsden headquarters in Midtown, NYC


Bobby's Commute


EXAMPLE CHARACTER SHEET: DEREK LEE
DEREK LEE


NAME: Derek Lee
BIRTH AND AGE: 9 June 1989 (Age 33)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5'10" (1.77 m) / 132 lbs (60 kg)
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown
ETHNICITY: Chinese-American
DISTINGUISHING MARKS: N/A

FACE CLAIM: Huang Xuan (黄轩)

BIRTHPLACE: Flushing, Queens, NY
RESIDENCE: Long Island City, Queens, NY
POSITION AT MARSDEN: Junior Analyst - Risk Management - 38th
COMMUTE MODE: Subway
HOBBIES: Swimming, gaming, riding the subway, pet sitting, reading
DISLIKES: Kpop, anime, clubbing, dancing, expensive things

PERSONALITY:
Derek is extremely ambitious and wants to advance within the company as far and as quickly as he can. He is meticulous and a great planner, always doing things when he is supposed to. More introverted than extraverted, Derek likes to keep most things to himself and is not interested in other people's personal lives. While he may appear serious, he can also have a laugh and be laid back at times, although he rarely has the luxury to, more often than not overworking himself so he can be somewhat satisfied. At the end of the day, he tends to blame himself for any problem at work or things that aren't his fault. He becomes frustrated and impatient easily, which affects his mood often. Moreover, he gets jealous of successful people, even if they are friends, and finds it difficult to congratulate people who are doing better than him. Outside work, he is less hardcore and in a way more himself. However, he has difficulty detaching himself from his professional life and is drawn back checking his phone every two minutes to see if he's needed. He only really lets loose when he gets drunk, suddenly turning into a confident party animal.


BACKGROUND:
Derek was born and raised in Flushing, Queens, NY. His parents are immigrants from Guangdong, China who moved to the US in the 1980s. He has an older brother, Joshua (born 1984), and a younger sister, Evelyn (born 1991). After finishing high school, Derek enrolled at NYU, studying actuarial science and graduating in 2012. He then joined Marsden as an intern under a 1-year contract, before joining on a permanent basis in 2013. He has been working at Marsden ever since, finally earning a promotion and becoming a Senior Analyst in 2021. He lives in a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 639 sq ft apartment under a $4,000/month mortgage in Long Island City, Queens, near Queensboro Plaza. Due to his busy work life, Derek hasn't had a steady relationship for the last five years and rarely sees friends and family.

LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN: English & Cantonese fluently; rudimentary Spanish

FLAWS:
  • Workaholic - Always working, overtime is his kingdom, meaning he has little time for himself.
  • Cheapskate - He is very reticent at the idea of spending money, unless it's to spend on himself.
  • Self-blame - If something goes wrong, he tends to blame himself easily even if it isn't his fault.
  • Impatient - He doesn't like when things don't go as fast as they should go.
  • Jealous - Gets jealous easily of people who achieve or have things he desires.

GOSSIP:
  • Always at the street food vendor in front of the building during lunch break.
  • Always working overtime and the last to leave.
  • Wears really cheap suits from Zara, Uniqlo and the likes.

DESIRED PLOTS
  • People to show him that life is not all about work.
  • Romance.
  • Swimming shenanigans.
  • Could train an intern or Junior Analyst.

Derek's Apartment







Derek's Commute


EXAMPLE CHARACTER SHEET: JAMILA HARB
JAMILA HARB


NAME: Jamila Harb
BIRTH AND AGE: 19 February 1976 (Age 46)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5'2" (1.57 m) / 119 lbs (54 kg)
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown
ETHNICITY: Lebanese-American
DISTINGUISHING MARKS: Has a Lebanese cedar tattooed on her left ankle and Maronite cross on her right ankle.

FACE CLAIM: Salma Hayek

BIRTHPLACE: Beirut, Lebanon
RESIDENCE: Gramercy Park, Manhattan, NY
POSITION AT MARSDEN: CPA, Director - Auditing Division - 40th
COMMUTE MODE: Subway (R)
HOBBIES: Food discovery, reading, traveling to sunny destinations, yoga, watching musicals
DISLIKES: Unprofessional behavior, sexists, dogs (she's scared of them), food that tastes cheap, sports

PERSONALITY:
Jamila is a professional, calm and collected person. Judgmental, she tends to see flaws in people before their qualities, perhaps out of habit of looking for faults in things as her job. She managed to get as high as she has in her career thanks to her determination and driven personality. Remarkably observant, she excels at her job and prides herself in work well done. However, this flawless professional side comes with high stress due to high expectations, not only due to her position but also as a successful woman. This constant pressure makes her achievements the more sweeter but her failures the more bitter. She manages to handle that stress and use it to fuel her drive and passion. She easily forms friendships with colleagues and espouses Marsden's corporate clan culture, but is highly demanding of the people under her, with expectations of hard work, loyalty and a respectable professional image. She doesn't single out colleagues when there is a reproach to make, instead focusing on team blame and what the team could have done to help each other out better. On a more personal basis, she can be at times projecting and hypocritical, hiding her own insecurities that way.


BACKGROUND:
Jamila was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Maronite Christian parents, the youngest of three siblings. When she was four years old, the Harb family left Lebanon due to the ongoing Lebanese Civil War. First moving to Canada in 1980, the family relocated in Dearborn, Michigan as relatives had settled there. Despite being refugees, her father's educational background allowed him to find work quickly in Metro Detroit, meaning the Harb family was comfortably middle-class. After finishing high school in 1995, Jamila enrolled at the Henry Ford College in Accounting, pursuing her studies two years later at Wayne State University to earn herself a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She then continued her studies at Columbia University, plus a summer internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers, earning her MBA in 2001. She was granted a CPA license by the New York State Board of Public Accountancy and started working at Goldman Sachs. She met her husband there and married him in 2007 at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral in Brooklyn. After five years, she sought new opportunities and accepted a job at Deloitte, where she worked until 2013. That year, she got a higher-paid position at Marsden, working in the Auditing Division. Since then she climbed the ranks with stellar performances and earned herself the top spot as Director of the Auditing Division in 2020 after the previous Director retired. She lives in Gramercy Park, Manhattan with her husband and her two kids, Gabriel (born 2009) and Nadia (born 2012). Despite a harmonious marital life, both her and her husband were extremely busy people, though her husband ended up sacrificing more to take care of the children than she did, as she made more money than him. This led to some frustration from her side, as her husband became fatigued easily and less inclined to satisfy her romantic and sexual needs. As a result, she became more tempted by her own sexual inclinations, realizing she was bisexual when she had a brief affair with a woman in the last year.

LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN: American English, Levantine Arabic and rudimentary French

FLAWS:
  • Extremely busy - As a career woman and a mother of two children, Jamila has little to not time for herself.
  • Defenseless - Jamila is physically weak and doesn't know how to fight, making her vulnerable to any kind of physical attack.
  • Judgmental - She can be ridiculously excessive when judging people if she thinks what someone is doing is wrong, even for minor stuff.
  • Limited social life - Her social life revolves around her work and family, meaning she has little friends outside those two groups.
  • Adulterous - Has cheated on her husband in the last year with a woman.
  • Heavy smoker - Developed a smoking habit due to stress and finds it hard to quit.

GOSSIP:
  • She'll know if you drank or did drugs the night before.
  • Her clothes are always immaculate.
  • She eats at fancy restaurants a lot.

DESIRED PLOTS
  • Mentoring a younger or new employee.
  • Naughty employees to scold.
  • A more serious affair.

Jamila's Apartment
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,471 sq ft apartment in Gramercy Park, Manhattan


Jamila's Commute





This is only to see if there's any interest for now. Questions are welcome.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2021, 08:23:24 am by Heartsink »

Offline HeartsinkTopic starter

Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2021, 05:53:44 pm »
Company Information


The CEO



U/C

Company Divisions

Executive Division
Handles the business, planning, decision-making and also financial review. This division links with other divisions to ensure the smooth flow of information and operations.

Legal Division
Tasked to oversee and identify legal issues in all divisions. They also offer training and assistance with employee manuals to ensure that the company and employees are kept up to date on workplace law. This division also involves handling customer complaints in a professional style and represent the company if sued. They also handle filing of legal documents on government agencies.

Auditing Division
Offers risk management and evaluates the effectiveness of the company's internal controls, corporate governance, and accounting processes. Internal audits provide management and board of directors with a value-added service where flaws in a process may be caught and corrected prior to external audits.

Human Resources
Responsible for managing the employee life cycle (i.e., recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, and firing employees) and administering employee benefits.

Logistics Division
Responsible for IT, web presence, hardware, software and development within the company.

Risk Management Division
Not to be confused with the Auditing Division which is a corporate unit, the Risk Management Division is a business unit that supports other business divisions in assessing risks in their projects.

Financial Division
Business unit responsible for management consulting for financial services companies such as large banks, investment companies, etc.

Health & Public Services Division
Business unit responsible for management consulting for healthcare and public services entities from private corporations to government agencies.

Resources Division
Business unit responsible for management consulting for natural resources companies such as oil & gas giants, mining companies, etc.

Products Division
Business unit responsible for management consulting for new products, this division partners with companies to research, design, and launch new products and services.

Communications, Media & Technology Division
Business unit responsible for management consulting for technology companies from social media giants to television networks.

Corporate Culture
Marsden operates under a clan company culture. As the name suggests, this type of company culture is suggestive of shared goals and values, a spirit of participation and the feeling of unity and solidarity. Clan culture is inspired by the structure and functioning of a family, fostering a feeling of "we-ness" in the workplace. Marsden thus aims to offer a supportive environment defined by semi-autonomous work teams and employee-involvement programs. Due to the shorter distance between management and employees (due to the lesser number of management levels), decision making is a much faster process. Additionally, communication is easier and more candid between the two parties. Unlike market culture, this type of culture fosters a feeling of teamwork and collaboration. In 2022, Marsden ranked #8 on Forbes' "America's Best Employers".

By comparison, Buxton & Lott operated under a market culture in which the goal was to get down to business, get work done, and achieve results. This was often a competitive environment, even among coworkers. The purpose of being at work in a company with this type of culture is to make as much profit and capture as much market share as possible. Note that neither culture is necessarily better than the other, as some people may thrive in one or the other or in neither. Additionally, the clan culture at Marsden does not exempt it from having toxicity in the workplace.

Headquarters


1177 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, NY

Lobby



Floors
(Marsden occupies floors 32 to 42)

Floor 42: Executive Division
Floor 41: Legal Division
Floor 40: Auditing Division
Floor 39: Human Resources
Floor 38: Risk Management Division
Floor 37: Financial Division
Floor 36: Health & Public Services Division
Floor 35: Resources Division
Floor 34: Products Division
Floor 33: Communications, Media & Technology Division
Floor 32: Logistics Division

Nearby Locations
Midtown Club, hip night club located half a mile away from Marsden's headquarters


Hell's Gentlemen's Club, adult entertainment club located a mile away from Marsden's headquarters


Gym & Swim Club, located half a mile away from Marsden's headquarters;
35% of membership fee is covered by Marsden for its employees

UNDER CONSTRUCTION
« Last Edit: February 23, 2021, 03:16:46 pm by Heartsink »

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2021, 06:12:16 pm »
INTERESTED

« Last Edit: February 22, 2021, 07:22:33 pm by himawari »

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2021, 06:15:20 pm »
Interested and already got an idea knockin' around mah noggin.

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2021, 06:23:05 pm »
I'm so into this. Probably because it's a little close to home at the moment. Not that I live in New York... or am part of a major conglomerate that may be in the midst of a merger... or whatever. You get it.

I will keep on top of this 24/7.


Offline HeartsinkTopic starter

Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2021, 06:59:19 am »
INTERESTED

Yay!

Interested and already got an idea knockin' around mah noggin.

Ohh I like that

I'm so into this. Probably because it's a little close to home at the moment. Not that I live in New York... or am part of a major conglomerate that may be in the midst of a merger... or whatever. You get it.

I will keep on top of this 24/7.


Hahah sounds good, I'm still a bit skeptical about attracting interest as I'm assuming a lot of people on E don't want a reminder of work lol



Glad to have all your interests so far  >:) O:)

Added a Forbes cover spoof for a bit of fun and will add more company information in the near future

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2021, 07:11:25 am »
I have a character or two in mind.

Face Claim: Bae Su Ji and Adelaide Kane (tent)

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2021, 08:03:38 am »
Interested. I can craft a character based on balance needs or that can help support the plot.  Perhaps a Buxton & Lott exec to to match/oppose the Marsden.
« Last Edit: February 24, 2021, 07:18:17 am by Sparky01 »

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2021, 09:28:38 am »
Very interested!

Offline HeartsinkTopic starter

Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2021, 09:51:15 am »
I have a character or two in mind.

Face Claim: Bae Su Ji and Adelaide Kane (tent)

Sounds promising!

Interested. I can craft a character based on balance needs or that can help support the plot.  Perhaps a Buxton & Lott exec to to match/oppose the Marsden.

Entirely up to your creative desires; if you feel like making a hawkish employee that's all about statpadding their numbers or a meek "yes man" employee who's having a rough time, for example, you could do either or both or anything else as long as they're realistic

An exec from Buxton & Lott is definitely possible, with the different corporate cultures to consider especially for an exec. For lower ranked employees, their personalities don't necessarily have to fit the corporate culture of the company they're from, Marsden or Buxton & Lott, as them not fitting could possibly ease their integration with the merger if they're from Buxton & Lott. Could also for example be a Marsden employee who doesn't fit with their culture and welcomes the new ideas coming from the Buxton & Lott people. Could be a purist Marsden exec or division leader who's intent on bringing the new additions to the "Marsden way". There's definitely many possibilities to explore  :-)

Moreover if you wish to ignore the corporate culture clashes/merger plot altogether and have your character(s) focus on other stuff that is completely suitable too

Very interested!

Wooohoo  >:)



To anyone interested, there is no character limit planned since this is a big company and I believe in the "make as many as you can handle" notion

Offline Deante

Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2021, 08:09:34 pm »
My plate is too full for this, but I just want to compliment the theme. I love workplace stuff, sexy people in lovely professional attire, etc.

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2021, 09:34:24 pm »
Guess I'll go ahead and toss my gal up...

Jazmin Estrella
JAZMIN ESTRELLA


NAME: Jazmin Ysabel Estrella de Santiago
BIRTH AND AGE: 11 February 1994 (Age 28)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5'8.5" (1.63 m) / 141 lbs (64 kg)
HAIR COLOR: Dirty Blonde
EYE COLOR: Dark Brown
ETHNICITY: Nuyorican
DISTINGUISHING MARKS: Several men have given the unsolicited opinion of “that booty.”

FACE CLAIM: Carmen Carrera

BIRTHPLACE: Manatí, Puerto Rico
RESIDENCE: East Harlem, Manhattan
POSITION AT MARSDEN: Paralegal - Human Resources - 39th
COMMUTE MODE: Bus
HOBBIES:Clubbing, working out, checking out artists in her neighborhood, sunbathing, fashion, cosmetics, her phone, sports with basketball in particular (she's a Knicks fan), listening to classic pop divas, rom coms, her snake Eva, Latin American food, the beach, drinking fruity cocktails, enjoying her cannabis prescription.
DISLIKES: Judgmental people, overly personal questions, being called “Jazz” or “Jazzy,” Americans that don’t know that Puerto Rico is part of the United States, chasers, backhanded compliments, guys who think they're players (but there’s a good chance she’ll still fall for them), cooking (because she’s terrible at it).

PERSONALITY:
Jazmin is a fun-loving young woman with little filter, the sort that sings a little too loud in public. She can be pretty snarky and foul-mouthed but doesn’t try to really hurt someone with her words. She's very sociable and always looking to do stuff with people. A longtime resident of Manhattan, she loves the borough and spends much of her free time exploring it, especially her neighborhood of East Harlem as she finds the Latin American culture there enchanting. Jazmin is definitely into her glam and loves compliments on her physical appearance. In spite of her bold and brassy personality, she doesn't like talking about her past and a lot of her go-go-go energy comes from wanting to deflect people from getting too close to her. She is a proudly out trans woman and does what she can to help the LGBTQ community. Jazmin feels both blessed and sometimes a bit guilty about how smooth her transition has gone and tries not to take her privileges for granted.


BACKGROUND:
Jazmin was born in Manatí, Puerto Rico to a father that constantly cheated on her mother. When she was eight her mother had enough and took her to kids to New York where she had family. Things were fine after that unil Jazin was twelve and discovered things like boys and doing her hair and make-up. Normal girl stuff but unfortunately that wasn’t what it said on her birth certificate so her rather conservative mother wasn’t happy at all. Jazmin began spending more time at the apartment of her much more accepting abuela (“grandmother” to those that don’t habla español). By the time she was sixteen Jazmin was practically living there as well as being a frequent visitor to a pair of Brazilian drag queens that lived in the same building. Through them Jazmin became part of New York’s drag ball scene and joined the House of Estrella. She became a talented performer but when she was eighteen she realized she needed to do more than dress like a woman on weekend nights and began transitioning. It wasn’t an inexpensive process and Jazmin’s waitressing job didn’t have benefits. She considered escorting and made it as far as posting an ad on a few sites but couldn’t go through with it. Luckily her abuela came through for her again, deciding her rainy day fund should be used to brighten her grand-daughter’s life. When Jazmin legally changed her name she replaced her deadbeat dad’s with that of the House that was more family than he ever was. When she approached her mid-twenties, Jazmin decided she needed to have some sort of plan besides going to clubs. While she had an icy relationship with her mother and a lukewarm one with her older sister Ana, she got along great with her brother-in-law Sam. A lawyer, he suggested she go to school to become a paralegal and she took his advice. After Jazmin was done in a couple years, Sam got in touch with a law school buddy who worked at Buxton & Lott. That got her an interview and she nailed it. Jazmin has worked in the Human Resources department for about three years now. She helps keep the staff up to date on workplace law and makes sure proper policies are being followed. With her outgoing personality Jazmin is usually the one that give seminars for HR, making her a familiar face to many of the employees. While usually upbeat Jazmin is nervous about the merger since she doesn’t know if her new bosses will be as accepting as her old ones. And right now would be a bad time to have to find a new job. She has a nice affordable studio at the Carolina in East Harlem not too far from her abuela and friends. Jazmin also has a lot of credit card debt that she was already wondering how she’s going to handle before all this went down. Oh, the fun life of a working girl..

LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN: Jazmin was raised speaking Spanish and English. She also picked up on Portuguese pretty quickly from her Brazilian friends and learned a decent amount of Italian before a vacation to Milan.

FLAWS: (MINIMUM OF FIVE)
  • Unlucky in love - Her fondness for bad boys (and girls and those that lie betwixt) has led to some pretty unhealthy relationships.
  • Spendthrift - Jazmin likes clothes and makeup and having a really good time. Her credit card wishes she didn't like them quite so much.
  • Crass sense of humor - Some people share it, others... not so much.
  • Complainer - Jazmin will sometimes just unload all her problems on someone, even if they really don't want to hear about them.
  • Procrastination - She'll try to put off unpleasant situations, which frequently makes things worse.

GOSSIP:
  • ”Oh look, it’s the diversity hire.”
  • ”Dude, that ass has seen more traffic than the Holland Tunnel.”
  • ”You see a lot of her kind out on the corner, if you know what I mean.”
  • ”How can she be a paralegal? She’s not even American.”
  • ”Somebody has to be paying for that wardrobe.”
  • ”Like, I’ve never seen it but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.”

DESIRED PLOTS
  • Having champagne tastes on a beer budget is starting to catch up to her.
  • Worrying the new bosses won’t be as inclusive or accepting.
  • Someone at work finds one of her old escort ads online.
  • Papi’s home!
« Last Edit: Today at 08:59:27 am by Foxy DeVille »

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2021, 01:27:24 pm »
Getting in on the sharing of WIP:
My proposals may be older than many, but I find them relatable.

Tonia Stone
TONIA STONE


NAME: Tonia Stone
BIRTH AND AGE: 13 April 1985 (Age 37)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5'5" (1.65 m) / 125 lbs (57 kg)
HAIR COLOR: Blonde
EYE COLOR: Blue
ETHNICITY: Irish, German
DISTINGUISHING MARKS: Slight and fair features on a light frame.

FACE CLAIM: Kelly Giddish

BIRTHPLACE: Buffalo, NY
RESIDENCE: Inwood, NY
POSITION AT MARSDEN: Operational Director  - Products Division - 34th Floor
COMMUTE MODE: Subway
HOBBIES: Listed in order of frequency:  Singing - Specifically with the local blues band she fronts, Music in general, Drinking, Reading, Her daughter's sporting events, though there's not much time for it
DISLIKES: Bureaucratic nonsensical rules, Missed goals and deadlines, Self entitled attitudes, Dealing with disorganized "Creative" team members (see BACKGROUND section), Those fitting the "Millennial" stereotype.

PERSONALITY:
She is a driven, hard working, results oriented producer. Her personality is both entrenched in, and has been largely shaped by, her experience at Buxton & Lott. She has risen to a Directorship on her merits and looking out for herself. She is wary of the 'boys club' and having her merits dismissed, but overall the competitive, results driven landscape has been one in which she thrives. She is extra competitive to ensure she rises above the self entitled colleagues. See BACKGROUND for a synopsis of her experience with her colleagues.

She comes across as cold and mistrusting with those whom she is unsure of their motives. For those that are hard working and adding value to Buxton & Lott (well, now Marsden) she has a strong loyalty and a friendly disposition. No one at work would consider her particularly outgoing.

Outside of work, she has another side. She loves singing in her band and enjoys the scene associated with it. Even there, she is a hard worker, but her personality is much warmer and decidedly more friendly.

She is selective with men and generally mistrusting of commitments having had a marriage fall apart. Whether it was a symptom or a cause, there was infidelity on both sides. She sometimes wishes she had a life partner but that seems a pipe dream anymore.

Her sex life involves the occasional regrettable times of hooking back up with her ex. mixed with intermittent 'Cougar Attacks' in times of need involving alcohol on a gig night.

Lately she has become more accepting of a non traditional relationship and is open to exploring if the chemistry is right.


BACKGROUND:

Tonia grew up in Buffalo, NY.  She is the middle child of three and carries some of her childhood 'neglected middle child' syndrome in her personality.

She attended Gannon University with a modest volleyball and academic scholarship, earning a degree in Marketing. She earned her MBA from the same school in an online format while working in New York.

Buxton & Lott was her first professional position having starting in a management training program. She developed an expertise in Products with her interest in Marketing. She rose through the ranks as a contributor on consulting engagements, then rising to a team leader and has systematically taken over most department administrative tasks.

Tonia's strengths have proven to be more on the operational side as opposed to the creative side, setting her apart from many of the more artistic minded members of the Division. This has been a source of tension at times, but has also been synchronous as it was a need.  Her strengths are just different than the typical marketing folks. Where they are strong in ideas, execution and implementation an be lacking in many. Unfortunately, this had been lacking in some recent Division Leaders that held her back. A number of managers in the past never achieved the on-time delivery percentages she achieved while being a contributor it a team lead. She had been passed over for promotion several times despite a superb track record. Meanwhile, she is not sure if it has been due to the circle of 'creative geniuses' or possibly the 'boys club's that had responsible for promoting leaders that were strong when it came to ideas, but we're simply poor planners.

She took it upon herself to propose a solution. In a proposal she presented to Executive Leadership, the Products Division was split in terms of "Creative" and "Operational" aspects.  Her counterpart and herself went through a tumultuous chapter in the ensuing turf war, but the split directorship worked. Both sides work more effectively than ever and the performance of Buxton & Lott's Products Division is a revenue engine.

Her current position (pre-merger) is the Operational Director of the Products Division. Her primary responsibility is to ensure milestones and customer commitments are met. Since taking her role, Products at Buxton & Lott has gone from the worst division in on-time delivery to consistently at or among the best quarter after quarter. The synergies in the division make it a revenue engine.

Surviving the merger in a similar role is likely, she believes, based on the statistics she has seen. It is difficult to ignore her results.

Personal Life:
Meanwhile, off work, she is a very different. She has a 17 year-old-daughter who is college bound soon. She and her ex-husband have shared custody of her. As her daughter has gone through her high-school years, she has become more and more independent. This has only meant more idle free time to herself to realize she is lonely.

She always enjoyed singing and karaoke. A friend of a friend suggested she fill in for a singer who needed relocate before an important gig. The event changed her entire perspective and she found playing with a live band was a experience like no other.  Ever since, she has been the lead singer of Crew 516. They are a working band doing gigs in Western Long Island. She has been their front person for five years. The band happens to consist of herself and four men.

LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN: English, with some Spanish from college days.

FLAWS:
  • Mistrust, especially vs. any perception of a 'boys network' - This is a direct result of the competitive landscape of Buxton and Lott and her experience with past management. She has become cold to most wary of backstabbers.
  • Insecure - There is not much pedigree in being from Buffalo and having gone to Gannon when working among elite colleagues and clients. She avoids bringing up either .
  • Grudge holding - Competition is fierce. Those who have stepped on her toes are not forgotten nor forgiven easily
  • Busy to a fault - Between work and the band and her high expectations on each, she has little time for anything else. This includes her daughter.
  • Defensive - wariness of competition she fears those that point out faults are trying to undermine her. She is also defensive about her broken marriage, something she still harbors guilt over.

GOSSIP:
  • She is sleeping with the lead guitarist of Crew 516 (Her band)
  • She picks young guys out from shows for one-nighters
  • She is such a bitch, no wonder her husband dumped her
  • She must take take drugs to make it to work after late night gigs.

DESIRED PLOTS
  • Cougar Attack (past or present) intended to be a one-night hook up, turns out to be a Marsden colleague
  • Tension with the Creative Director of Products Division
  • Tension with misogynistic new Executive Leadership
  • Sexual harassment, probably some mixed signals on consent, tension ensues. Not likely a #metoo plot
  • Office romance, any unusual match, possibly with the need for secrecy, or not. Male or female
  • Someone from work joins her band, or a plot involving someone from that side of her life.
  • More extreme workplace secrets, like blackmail or some bit of quid pro quo, possibly

Kevin Sparks
KEVIN SPARKS


NAME: Kevin Sparks
BIRTH AND AGE: July 13, 1978 (Age 44)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: e.g. 5'11" (1.80 m) / 185 lbs (84 kg)
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR:  Blue
ETHNICITY: American - Mixed European
DISTINGUISHING MARKS: A crooked nose.

FACE CLAIM: Dax Sheppard

BIRTHPLACE: Scranton, PA
RESIDENCE: Queens Village
POSITION AT MARSDEN: Media Consultant Sr. - Communications, Media & Technology Division - 33rd Floor
COMMUTE MODE: Subway, occasionally motorcycle
HOBBIES: Recording and related sound equipment and gadgets, Social Media, Classic Motorcycle Restoration, collecting (he has three and a project in the works) and associated culture, Poker Night, MMO Video Games
DISLIKES: Paperwork, Being too serious and people who are, Commuting, Dealing with Buxton & Lott attitudes,

PERSONALITY:
Kevin is a very casual and approachable guy. He is fun, friendly and humorous and does not take himself very seriously. Professionally, he has found a niche in social media and a way to be himself as a social media consultant. He loves his work, because it is really his hobby, too. He does the paperwork that he has to, but finds ways to spend his time on the creative fun stuff, mostly making ad campaigns. For anyone that needs administrative tasks from him will know that he procrastinates that kind of stuff. He tries to work from home as often as he is able, something he can do productively because he has his own studio in his home. He makes his own hours as much as he can. He has a strong book of established clients that are very happy with him and Kevin is certainly a schmoozer.


BACKGROUND:
Kevin grew up in Scranton, PA in a typical middle-class neighborhood with loving parents and a younger brother. He was a charmer and able to talk his way out of most sticky situations. He was considered a classic under-achiever, hearing more than once that "Kevin could be a straight A student if he only applied himself" if school.

He dreamed of being a DJ when he was a kid. Social media has been a boon for his creative mind, expanding the world to his fingertips. He took to social media and is very active with his hobbies. He makes youtube videos on the topics of motorcycle restoration and the related culture.

He has had a number of jobs in advertising and media over his career, landing at Marsden 10 years ago. Kevin is a good employee and a solid contributor with his clients. He has been around Marsden long enough to know the lay of the land and he is able to pick and choose his work tasks, favoring the 'fun stuff' like doing voice overs or recording sessions that are incorporated in ad campaigns.

He has risen to a Media Consultant Sr. which is the top wrung of the ladder for the 'fun stuff'. He is capable of being a team leader or possibly even a director, but he simply has too much fun doing his job and letting work stress to others.

He does make extra money on the side doing recording work in his home studio.

He has a long list of ex-girlfriends. He was engaged once. He isn't a commitment oriented fellow, hence his track record.

LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN: English

FLAWS:
  • Procrastination - on things like administrative work, he hates it
  • Unambitious - Leadership involves more headaches than he cares to deal with
  • Schmoozer - in ways, this is a good quality, but he relies on his charm a little more than he should
  • Sporadic - his work and his hobbies have periods of mania and neglect
  • Tardiness - He doesn't wake up with enthusiasm, he is often running behind

GOSSIP:
  • He's a 'yes man' to his clients
  • He works on his own stuff during work hours or moonlights too much
  • In his 40's and single/never married says a lot to many

DESIRED PLOTS
  • He's a pretty flexible guy who's attention can be diverted easily enough. Mischief or maybe a next ex-girlfriend
  • Tension with a task oriented boss or colleage
  • One on one with someone who wants to take their personal social media to a new level

« Last Edit: Yesterday at 08:07:34 am by Sparky01 »

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
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I'm definitely interested. Nice thread, Heartsink. I've never seen a group game idea quite like this one.

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #14 on: Yesterday at 06:25:03 am »
*plants flag too* (^^)

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #15 on: Yesterday at 06:32:23 am »
Always nice to see lovely familiar faces! ^^

I'm going to claim Zooey Deschanel and Sam Claflin.

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 07:23:42 am »


NAME: Viola Drewitt
BIRTH AND AGE: April 20th, 1990 / 32
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5'5" / 125 lbs.
HAIR COLOR: Dark brown
EYE COLOR: Light blue
ETHNICITY: American
DISTINGUISHING MARKS: Viola switches between wearing contacts and glasses. Her glasses are thick, tortoise shell frames.

FACE CLAIM: Zooey Deschanel

BIRTHPLACE: Stillwater, Minnesota
RESIDENCE: Yonkers, New York
POSITION AT MARSDEN: HR Manager - HR Department - 39th Floor
COMMUTE MODE: Subway train
HOBBIES: Singing | Reading | Journaling | Vintage shopping | Tea
DISLIKES: Coffee | Litter | Smoking | Hard liquor | High heels

PERSONALITY:
  • Quirky
  • Optimistic
  • Fun-loving
  • Selfless
  • Creative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Imaginative
  • Childish
  • Micromanaging
  • Awkward


BACKGROUND:

Growing up in a small town in Minnesota, Viola never dreamt that she would actually move to the Big Apple, though it had always been a dream of hers, ever since she was a child. As a kid, Viola was always just a little dorky, preferring to stay inside while her peers were soaking up the sun. She spent most of her time at summer camp reading in the air conditioning. This wouldn't change throughout her teen years. Viola blossomed somewhat later in life, not really bothering with boys until it was time to start thinking about a prom date. Of course, by then it was too late to secure a date to prom, so she wound up going with a friend and the entire evening was the exact opposite of romantic. This trend would continue on into her adult years. College was spent in Minnesota, keeping her close to family and friends, while dates with guys were as difficult to navigate as ever. Thankfully, a lot of growth did happen for Viola in college and when she graduated with a degree in Human Resources, she finally said goodbye to her parents (Nathan and Jocelyn) and moved out. She started out doing an internship at a local warehouse, learning the HR ropes, before signing up with a recruiter who had tracked down her professional profile online. After being offered a position at a corporate office, Viola realized that her dreams could expand even taller, and after gaining over a decade of experience in HR, it was time to soar to new heights. She applied when there was an opening at Buxton & Lott, on a whim, not thinking she'd get it. But, she was hired in the summer of 2019, just a couple of months before the Marsden merger, which she is still struggling to navigate.

LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN: English and ASL

FLAWS:
  • Immature - Sometimes Viola can act in an immature way or react to things in a slightly childish manner.
  • Emotional - Viola can't always contain her emotions and they sometimes just spill out at random times.
  • Micromanages - Viola has a tendency to think that she knows what is best and sometimes meddles where she should not.
  • Nosy - On occasion, Viola has been known to let her curiosity get the better of her and involves herself in others problems.
  • Spontaneous - When it comes to certain things, Viola might act without thinking carefully first.

GOSSIP:
  • "Does she have ADHD?"
  • "How old is she? She dresses like a kid."
  • "I heard that her parents are deaf."

DESIRED PLOTS
  • Frienemies
  • Roommates
  • Professionals to challenge her professionalism
  • Saucy drama that she somehow gets tangled up in
  • Romance and beyond
« Last Edit: Today at 09:26:52 am by Mellific »

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 09:55:13 am »


NAME: Oliver Spencer
BIRTH AND AGE: May 4th, 1993 / 29
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'0" / 180 lbs.
HAIR COLOR: Dark blonde
EYE COLOR: Deep green
ETHNICITY: American
DISTINGUISHING MARKS: Scar on left ankle from injury that happened during childhood

FACE CLAIM: Sam Claflin

BIRTHPLACE: Sarasota, Florida
RESIDENCE: Hoboken, New Jersey
POSITION AT MARSDEN: IT Professional | Logistics Division | 32nd Floor
COMMUTE MODE: Cab or Uber... Sometimes he walks
HOBBIES: Gaming | Paintball | Eating | Computers | Beer
DISLIKES: Traffic | Winter | Instruction packets | Tutorials | Flat beer

PERSONALITY:

  • Curious
  • Observant
  • Communicative
  • Easygoing
  • Openminded
  • Stubborn
  • Hot-headed
  • Easily stressed
  • Independent
  • Overthinker


BACKGROUND:

Life in Florida was as sunny as the commercials, for young Oliver. Growing up with two sisters wasn't always easy, but later in life, Oliver would be thankful for it. He was the middle child, with Lilian being the eldest and Priscilla being the youngest. Sometimes he felt ignored, but that was mostly middle kid syndrome. His parents, Brandon and Sandra, did their best with what they had. For as often as there was arguing and fighting, there was also love between all five of them. Oliver and Lilian became closer the older they got and eventually, she came out to him. He was the only person that she trusted with the information. He helped her tell their parents, who took some time to warm up to the idea that their firstborn daughter would not be gifting them biological grandchildren. Oliver knew he wanted to work with computers since he was a kid. He loved taking things apart and figuring out how to put them together again. Much of his time was spent tinkering with things and understanding how they worked. He took as many computer-centered courses as he could in school and wound up with a degree in Information Technology after attending University in New Jersey. The college helped him land a job afterward, which mostly consisted of building up his resume by doing freelance projects. He hopped around from healthcare IT to entertainment IT and eventually, IT at Marsden. He's been with the company now for nearly five years and is acclimating to the merger.

LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN: English and learning Italian because he wants to visit Italy

FLAWS:
  • Sensitive - Oliver can take a long time to move on from setbacks and heartbreak.
  • Criticism - He doesn't handle criticism very well and tends to internalize and obsess over it.
  • Humor - Sometimes Oliver doesn't pick the best times to make jokes or be lighthearted.
  • Follow-through - Oliver is great at ideas, but not so great with the plans.
  • Relaxed - Sometimes his perpetual relaxation state can make others think he is lazy.

GOSSIP:
  • "I don't know, does he give you a bisexual vibe?"
  • "Just ask him to unblock those websites you want to visit. He's cool."
  • "You don't think he'd use this as blackmail against people, right?"

DESIRED PLOTS
  • Rivals turned friends
  • Defining his sexuality
  • Romance and beyond
« Last Edit: Today at 09:27:20 am by Mellific »

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #18 on: Today at 01:22:25 am »


NAME: Heather Kim Soo Young (김수영)
BIRTH AND AGE: 8 August 2001 (Age 21)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT:  1.63 m / 51 kg
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Brown
ETHNICITY: Korean-American
DISTINGUISHING MARKS: -NA-

FACE CLAIM: Bae Suzy

BIRTHPLACE: Houston
RESIDENCE: New York City
POSITION AT MARSDEN: Media Liaison Officer (INTERN) - Communications, Media & Technology Division - 33
COMMUTE MODE: Bus/Subway/Taxi
LIKES: Dancing (K-Pop in particular), cooking, drinking Starbucks, anything relating to the arts and the sound of rain.
DISLIKES: Feeling lonely, drinking alcohol, racist people, science/maths,  spiteful people, people calling her "so young" and deadlines.

PERSONALITY:
She is considered a very soft spoken and polite girl. Due to her upbringing, she has a fear of authority and constantly feels the need to bend over backwards for them so that she would not get in trouble or anger her superiors. She is also charismatic whenever she opens her mouth and is able to convince/encourage/reassure/persuade people. Confident in the things that she do (routinely) however not as confident when it comes to trying something new. Willing to try new things but needs a bit of coaxing and encouragement to do it. 


BACKGROUND:
Her parents moved from South Korea to America when they were pregnant with her in hopes to give her a better life. Both of her parents opened a Korean restaurant in the city. As a young girl, she watched her parents cooking in the kitchen cooking authentic homecooked Korean dishes for people. She picked up a few skills here and there as she helped out in the kitchen during her elementary school days. She learned a few recipes from her parents as she got older and she enjoy cooking ever since then. Being Asian and having a name which was not what it sounded like, she was bullied all throughout her schooling days. Her parents were strict to her as well and that made her pretty quiet knowing that she could not speak up and share her thoughts.

The day she actually spoke up and aloud was in drama club which she joined all through high school. It was a teacher who encouraged her to speak out and showcase herself. It was only then she wanted to be an actress when she grew up. She signed up for dance classes and was so into it until her parents shook their heads and disapproved of where she planned to go in her life. They told her being an actress does not bring money to the table and she should go get a business degree and help with the family's restaurant business. But she refused and thus her family did not pay for her studies in the Media Arts.

Soo Young worked part-time whilst trying to study and when she finally graduated, she was left with some study debts. Knowing New York City was a place of the arts (Broadway, fashion, etc......), she took the huge risk of moving to a new city. She lives in a very cheap apartment and to make ends meet, she found a job at Hell's Gentleman's Club as one of the dancers. It was there she chose an English stage name for herself, "Heather". She has been dancing for a while until she met someone from HR from Marsden. Whilst she danced a private dance for him, she told her she was a media student trying to make ends meet. He mentioned an internship program that they had which if she does well, she could secure a job there and that was how she became an intern at Marsden's Media division. An intern's pay is only so much so on some nights, she would pick up shifts at the gentleman's club just to be able to cover rent and her daily living expenses.


LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN: English and little bit of Korean.

FLAWS:
  • Thinks she has already grown up since she had moved out of the house but actually is still pretty naïve about the world.
  • Occasionally blur and forgetful, needs constant reminders.
  • A daydreamer.
  • Naïve in love.
  • Extremely gullible

GOSSIP:
  • Would give paid lap dances in private (if the price is high enough).
  • Would sleep her way to the top if she could.
  • Is she really 21?

DESIRED PLOTS
  • Have some sort of sexual tensions with someone.
  • In/out of office romances.
  • Have someone find out from the office about her part-time job dancing at the gentleman's club.

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NAME: Sarah-Rose Dubois (Original name: Sarah-Rose (Dubois) Marsden)
BIRTH AND AGE: 15th January 1995 (Age 27)
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 1.70m  / 55kg
HAIR COLOR: Dark brown
EYE COLOR: Dark brown
ETHNICITY: French
DISTINGUISHING MARKS: -NIL-

FACE CLAIM: Adelaide Kane

BIRTHPLACE: Paris, France
RESIDENCE: Upper East Side, New York City
POSITION AT MARSDEN: Senior Associate  - Legal Division - 41
COMMUTE MODE: Taxi
LIKES: Raspberry Swirl ice-cream, sunflowers, navy blue,  singing and dancing.
DISLIKES: Her father, spiders, prideful people, overly confident people and people who just don't use their brains.

PERSONALITY:
A poised and reserved young lady who always speaks her mind and is very headstrong. Many men are intimidated by that outspoken behavior. She is not afraid to tell someone that they are wrong. Loves to tries new things and always curious. She exudes an air of confidence even though deep inside she is a bundle of nerves. She would never show her weakness to anyone unless they are very close to her. She looks unapproachable and cold but in fact, she is a pretty cool person to hang out with. A very independent and hardworking young woman who does not really like to rely on anyone.


BACKGROUND:
The name Dubois has connections in the political and business industries in France. Meanwhile, the name Marsden was well-known in America, more specifically New York City. Both names had strong connection ties to the business industry, sometime of which Sarah would wish she did not have either of those names. However, the names also has its benefits and perks but most of the time, whatever Sarah had was all hard earned from her own blood, sweat and tears and not from the other names she had which led her to her successful career as a lawyer.

After her birth and once she was owe enough to sit up on her own, her parents flew her back and forth Paris and New York. She never really settled. This caused a strain in her parents relationship which had them split up when she finished elementary school. Her father got custody of her but she was allowed to fly to France whenever she wanted to visit her mother (especially during the holidays). Upon turning eighteen, she moved out and got into Harvard Law School. She worked hard (even taking a part-time job to pay for the first year, despite her father's objections for her to go into Harvard Law) and was offered a scholarship on her second year. She never liked to rely on her parents and mostly relied on herself to achieve her successes.

Her father and her has an estranged sort of relationship. He never wanted to be in any position of power because he did not think that a woman could hold that much power. She had heard the arguments made between him and her mother and they were words she wish she had not hear but it made her stronger. It made her want to prove that he was wrong and she was right. Sarah was closer to her mother and would try her best to visit as much as she could but things got pretty busy after her graduation and she had not seen her mother in years.

At twenty one, she changed her name to her mother's maiden name so that nobody in New York would know she had any connections to the management consulting white-shoe firm everyone knew at Midtown. She interned for a law firm and only transferred to Marsden when she was a junior associate. No one in the legal department knew her actual real name and just thought she was just another overzealous lawyer. Though there are rumors flying around that she has some sort of connections to the CEO because she was seen entering his office a few times but nothing concrete. She has been working in Marsden for less than two years and was just recently promoted to a senior associate (on her own merit by the head of legal). She has her own corner office and people are starting to think she is actually sleeping with the boss.

LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN: French and English

FLAWS:
  • Independent - She knows she can ask for help but does not and it just adds on unneeded stress to herself.
  • Forgetful - She prioritize her work and thus would forget "smaller" things like date nights or where she left her keys.
  • Oblivious - She is too focused on her works sometimes that she is unaware of her surroundings and would lose track of time.
  • Selfish-ish - She probably inherited from her father. She would care so much about herself and her work that she would neglect other people's feelings just to get things done.
  • Stubborn - She probably inherited this from her mother. She would just insist that her way is better and refuse to budge unless the reason is extremely logical.
  • Perfectionist - She likes everything to go according to plan and her work to be done a certain way with no room for error.

GOSSIP:
  • Sleeping with the CEO of Marsden - No, ewww. That's her father.
  • Featured on a porn site - Maybe?? ;)
  • Daughter of some rich tycoon - Well......

DESIRED PLOTS
  • Romance, to fall in love with someone and be in a committed relationship with that person. OR have multiple lovers until she finds "THE ONE".
  • Take over as the head of legal and overthrow her father. to prove that she can run HIS business even better.
  • Drama (maybe her ex-boyfriend works in Buxton & Lott or she finds a lover from Buxton & Lott).
  • Have an intern being taken under her wing.
  • More dramatic drama (possible unwanted pregnancy scare, etc.)

Online Eikichi

Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #20 on: Today at 03:04:07 am »
Interest removed.
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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #21 on: Today at 03:43:08 am »
Always nice to see lovely familiar faces! ^^

I'm going to claim Zooey Deschanel and Sam Claflin.

MEL!!! jumps on


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« Reply #22 on: Today at 04:46:40 am »
MEL!!! jumps on

HIMA! <333 Glomps

All of these characters are looking so bootyful! ^^

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #23 on: Today at 07:45:42 am »
HIMA! <333 Glomps

All of these characters are looking so bootyful! ^^

I brought an old friend back to play with.  :P :P :P

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Re: The Merger - Workplace Drama Game [Interest Check]
« Reply #24 on: Today at 07:54:44 am »
My plate is too full for this, but I just want to compliment the theme. I love workplace stuff, sexy people in lovely professional attire, etc.

Cheers mate, if your plate lightens up, do come around  :-)

I'm definitely interested. Nice thread, Heartsink. I've never seen a group game idea quite like this one.

Hehe thank you Mel, glad to have your interest  >:)

*plants flag too* (^^)

And yours as well Flower  XD



I'm not currently at the stage of reviewing sheets, as this game is still in 'Interest Check' mode for now.

I do appreciate the sheets made though, and would ask those that made sheets to stay updated with the edits that I will likely make in the near future in the first and second information posts of this thread. One notable edit is a change of floors for the Financial Division and the Logistics Division who will be switched. More information will be provided on the company's structure/hierarchy especially.

I'm like 50% done drawing the office's floor plans as well:
Sneak Peak at the Executive Division at Floor 42


These, I hope, will help add spatial awareness for writers.