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The world is strange. Really strange. Stranger than most people realize, for sure. But the human mind is amazing at one thing; denial. That wasn't really a fairy you saw, it was just a flashlight, or a camera, or swamp gas. That wall wasn't torn down by a rampaging troll, just some drunk in a truck. That wasn't really a fireball, just... gas, and a lighter.
But some people know the truth. Some people have seen that wild side, and can't deny it, while others are born to it, live it every day. There are dark things out there; monsters and worse, that only see the human race as cattle, as prey. Some things go bump in the night... while others are out there, to bump back.
It's a dangerous job, but somebody has to do it.
The Dresden Files is a series of noir-style detective novels about a modern wizard in Chicago, who takes on cases for people to handle the paranormal. Working with a wide assortment of colorful characters, including the short, fierce cop, Murphy, the holy-sword wielding paladin, Michael, and the endlessly intelligent talking skull, Bob, Harry Dresden, the narrator and protagonist, embarks on wild adventure after adventure, facing everything from vampires, mad wizards, demons, and even the law enforcement of the magical realm. And that's just the first book. Embracing the mythology of the world, facing down realistic and utterly inhuman creatures, and daring to spit int he eye of anything that threatens him, this is a fantastic fantasy series.
But, I'm not here today to pitch this series to you (though you should go read it, if you haven't.) What I am here to pitch, however, is a game, set in a parallel universe to this setting; as I'm not much of a fan of canon characters, and a lot of potential heroic characters are one-of-a-kind jobs, it only seems fitting. What I propose here is a group based game, of heroic (or at least, out to save their own ass) characters, set in the City of Sin itself, Las Vegas, combating the wicked forces of the unknown who might want to use the vast energies swirling around the entertainment Capital of the World, or prey on the unsuspecting in this city, where night never truly falls.
What I'm looking for is a small group of characters, designed using the Risus
system (an extremely simplistic, near freeform system), that fit within this world setting. Characters drawn from popular mythology are generally found here; for those unfamiliar with the setting, you could use things such as wizards, faeries (and not the pansy kind, either; we're talking the kind that steal children and rampage murderously and play politics on a level humans never dream of.), White Court vampires, more commonly known as succubi and incubi, or even a badass normal, like a cop, who is aware of the supernatural. Players familiar with the series might consider characters more unique to the setting, such as the Summer/Winter Knight, or a Knight of the Cross, or a Warden. I plan a mix of investigation, social encounters, and outright combat, so be prepared for all of it.
For character building, apply 15 skill points. For magic use, divide it into basic school types; evocation, or blasty-magic, transmutation, or the changing of objects; what Dresden specializes in, and illusion/enchantment, such as veils or compulsions; this is a specialty of faerie and vampires. Other magics might be appropriate as well; speaking with the dead, luck manipulation (it is Vegas, after all), card magic, and so on. Keep skills fairly serious, despite the tone of the system. For example, a wizard might have skills with Evocation, Illusion, and Running, while a cop might use Martial Arts, Firearms, and Athletics.
As far as sexiness, it'll mostly depend on player interest. I definitely have a few ideas for how I want to take this, based on party makeup. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them here or send me a PM; I'm glad to talk about it!
P.S. Keep spoilery discussion to a minimum; I know some people might want to read the series, and don't need spoilers in this thread. If you're not sure it's a spoiler, it probably is, but a general guideline would be avoiding talking about endings, or any character added to the main cast past book 4.