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TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« on: June 06, 2005, 01:46:31 AM »
I want to guague interest for a game idea I have. Having really ejoyed the new series of Dr. Who. I decided I'd like to runa game in the Dr. Who universe, but with more adult and horror content than the original series . I am going to try avoid using cannon characters as much as possible so you could really call it an adult Dr. Who spinoff.

The premise:-

The Great Time War ended badly. The Doctor had finally won but barely. The Daleks were wiped from the space-time continnum, but so was Gallefrey and all of its people. The doctor was left alone, cast adrift in space-time forever.

Or so he thought.

There were some Time Lords that survived their planet's destruction. One such being was Jessynia. Her Tardis had malfunctioned during a flight and she had become trapped outside space time. The detruction of Gallifrey, however, had sent shockwaves into the continnuum that ripped Jessynia's Tardis back into our universe.

Badly injured and about to undergo a very painful regeneration, Jessynia managed to land her Tardis on earth, She opened the door to her ship, but collapsed before she had a chance to leave it.

Due to the nature of the Dr. Who universe characters could be from any time period and any race. Initially I would be looking for someone to play Jessynia and maybe three or four others to play assistants.

We could discuss the initial plot details such as what period in earth's history the time lady has landed in. I'd also excpect one assistant to be from this time period.

If there is interest I'll probably classify it under heavy sexual consentual or heavy sexual non-consentual. I'd like the game to have a large mix of sex and horror along with the science fiction.

All interested parties please reply to this thread.


Offline kasen03

Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2005, 08:51:53 AM »
Now that sounds like ALOT of fun.

Which Canon will you be going by? The TV set canon?  Perhaps some inflience from the FASA game from the 80's.. or the remake of the game in the 90's? Or purely free-form.

I'm very much loving this concept..as long as the game is small with a good core of players :)

Offline Valerian

Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2005, 09:00:00 AM »
Ooh, me, pick me!  Yes, I admit it, I'm a Doctor Who geek...

I'd like to hear about the system as well.  But I'm so torn over which role to play... I've certainly watched the show enough to be able to fake all the necessary technobabble and such, and I do usually have a lot of time online.  But as a history geek as well, I have to admit the chance of playing a 15th or 16th century Englishwoman is awfully enticing.  I'll wait and see what others are most interested in.  Fifteenth or sixteenth century would also be my first vote for a time period to start in, although I'm open to any time period, really.  I'm glad there's some interest.   :)

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2005, 09:14:36 AM »
Don't you love the new series?  I have some little gripes..I don't like how 'americanized' it seems.. how 'Everyone is wiped out except for the Doctor'.  OKay.. maybe that's dramatic..but COME ON!!!!  Sheesh.  Yes the Dalek's had time travel..but they were AGES behind the Gallefrayians (sp) in technology and grasp of temporal mechanics.

And..now that the Eye of Raissilon is poof (assumed..with the destruction of Gallefrey) where is the Tardis getting it's power from?

Anyways..I do love Christopher Ecckert.. I think he makes a GREAT Doctor.  I'm eager to see where this game goes.

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2005, 09:32:15 AM »
Valerian, I assume you are the player who's playing Zoe on my Shadows of St Utar's game?

I did play the fasa DR. Who game once in high school. That was back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth so I don't remember much of it, unfortunately.

I was thinking of making this freeform, with about 4 assistants and 1 timelady. I was going to base it on the new series, but I will prbably borrow a lot of the history of the old series. I might even throw in a cyberman and a dalek or two during the course of the game.

I am of course open to suggestions. I have some ideas of plot threads already. I was thinking on making the game less black and white, save the day, and perhaps more complex. Maybe Jessynia is an escaped criminal or something. Maybe she stole the TARDIS from someone else, someone not so reasonable who wants it back.

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2005, 09:35:23 AM »
Don't you love the new series?  I have some little gripes..I don't like how 'americanized' it seems.. how 'Everyone is wiped out except for the Doctor'.  OKay.. maybe that's dramatic..but COME ON!!!!  Sheesh.  Yes the Dalek's had time travel..but they were AGES behind the Gallefrayians (sp) in technology and grasp of temporal mechanics.

And..now that the Eye of Raissilon is poof (assumed..with the destruction of Gallefrey) where is the Tardis getting it's power from?

Anyways..I do love Christopher Ecckert.. I think he makes a GREAT Doctor.  I'm eager to see where this game goes.

I love the new series. So does my girlfriend, surprisingly so as she normally hates sci-fi. Mind you, I think this has more to do with a certain actor than with the series itself.

I have noticed a few plot inconsistancies so far. "Father's Day" being the biggest culprit here, but hey its a lot better than the old series in a lot of ways, I think. (Waits to be flamed by Dr. who 'purists')

Offline kasen03

Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2005, 09:37:27 AM »
3ldr1tch,

I have copies of both releases of the FASA rules. I used to play and run it back.  I'm an old rper from the stone ages.. I think I still have my dinosaur bones someplace.  I even have a couple of the modules.  Some of the books had GREAT source material..not especially canon but going into great detail of the workings of the Tardis.. time laws, etc.

That's another thing I like of the current series.. it's not all Paladin-like..the new Doctor is really gritty and angsty.

Offline Valerian

Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2005, 10:06:57 AM »
Yep, Zoe here, reporting as ordered.  Heh.

I have the FASA rules myself, and a couple of modules - and the simple and streamlined Time Lord book.  Was that FASA also?

But I'm stuck here in the states, and can't even watch the new series yet.  *sniffle*  I do like the idea of making it not so black and white, though, and getting into some more complex issues; and I can probably follow along all right with whatever sort of 'feel' you intend to give the game.

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2005, 10:21:31 AM »
I think it was some 'outside' company..not one of the big names.  So not TSR, GDW, FASA, etc

I'm in Canada..and we get it.  It's my Tuesday Night ritual now :)  There shalt be no postings from me Tuesday nights from 8-9 :)

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2005, 11:02:01 AM »
The Time Lord book always seemed to me like "Role-Playing for Dummies," it was all so simplified.  But it worked all right; you could at least capture the feel of the old series with it.

But stop gloating!  Hmph.  At least I get to watch Hugh Laurie in House on Tuesdays, which is something...

Anyway.  Preferences on time period, kasen?  Or anyone else who might be interested?  I like 1940's stuff, too.

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2005, 11:22:05 AM »
*quickly scribbles and gives Valerian a hand-written invitation*  You're very open to join me anytime you wanna watch the show :)  I'll even provide the popcorn :)

As for time period..isn't that the best part of Dr Who? It's not set to ANY time period..the party can go anywhere / do anything.  Admittedly in the past I was only the DM..never got to play.  My time lord did a GREAT job at roleplaying a Galleyfrayian.  To me what's more important then when we go..is the who.  Making sure that all the players are very good roleplayers..they work well together and that the time lord especially is very believable as a time lord :)

*tries to take off his elitist cap..but it's on so tight.  He pouts!*

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2005, 11:46:37 AM »
Ooh, hand-written?  Make sure you become famous someday so this will be worth something.   ;)  But will it be extra buttery popcorn?

Well, I was just thinking of a time to start in, really, which might influence my choice of character.  But yes, it's the variety of it all that I really like, and I hope the game lasts long enough to visit many different eras and places.

Don't worry about the elitist cap.  I think we have a matching set there... I like to think that I roleplay pretty well, and as a former English literature/language major, I think I can write pretty well, too, and I'm afraid I tend to expect both from my fellow players.  So I'd have to agree on good roleplaying and good party unity as two important factors.  Hm, think we've scared everyone else away yet...?

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2005, 12:12:18 PM »
Well.. I have my doubts about famous.. but it is extra buttery popcorn.

You know.. I know what would be fun. :) Pirates..Arr!  Start the game in the 1640's in the Spanish Main. :)  I can be a swashbuckler :)

You know..I HATED English in school.  I'm actually a Design major... who now works for the goverment.  Nice cushy desk job.  I don't think we've scared everyone away yet.. there are some VERY good roleplayers here ;)

There is just also the usual mix..of *cough* not so good :)

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2005, 12:56:43 PM »
I tend to agree if all the Time Lords were wiped out and the black hole that powered the TARDIS stopped working then the source of Time Travel power is gone. I mean as far as the advanced technology of the Time Lords was considered. And all that power was channeled THROUGH Galifrey to the Time Lords machines. We have to tie this n to the Dr. Who technology regarding them using your scenario the other players right the TARDIS would stop working, if you use the TV series.

On the plus side can I be a K9 unit K9 MK VI, with improved armor, blaster nose, sensors and a female personality, more advanced. By the way I hope this will be a clean game there is never HANKY PANKY in the Dr. Who universe besides a hint of romance in spots.

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2005, 04:42:46 PM »
I tend to agree if all the Time Lords were wiped out and the black hole that powered the TARDIS stopped working then the source of Time Travel power is gone. I mean as far as the advanced technology of the Time Lords was considered. And all that power was channeled THROUGH Galifrey to the Time Lords machines. We have to tie this n to the Dr. Who technology regarding them using your scenario the other players right the TARDIS would stop working, if you use the TV series.

On the plus side can I be a K9 unit K9 MK VI, with improved armor, blaster nose, sensors and a female personality, more advanced. By the way I hope this will be a clean game there is never HANKY PANKY in the Dr. Who universe besides a hint of romance in spots.

I think the 'new' series has departed from the old in many respects. Gallifrey hasn't even been mentioned yet, nor the Time Scoop. The Tardis is apparently now a living being with a soul.

To be honest I would prefer an alternative to having Gallifrey and the Time Scoop around. Less backup form the rest of your race = greater feeling of isolation and fear.

As far as characters go. Characters can be from ANY race or time period. I think what I will do is set up threads for each of the assistants (As well as the timelady's) starting worlds and eras, then roleplay situations parrallel to the main plot whilst our resident time lady picks up assistants along the way. What does everyone think? And has anyone decided to play the Gallifreyan lady yet?

And Natalie, You DID read the post where I stated I was going to add a fair degree of Sex and Horror, Didn't you?

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2005, 05:33:32 PM »
Hm, that seems like something of a return to the very old episodes, before Gallifrey was mentioned and when everything about both Doctor and TARDIS was strange and mysterious.  I like that.

I have no problems with a different sort of power source, certainly.  The isolated wanderers idea does appeal to me.

I'll tackle the Time Lady if no one else wants to, though I am a little nervous about doing her justice...

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« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2005, 06:02:35 PM »
Actually...they have mentioned Galleyfrey plenty of times.. the time wars.. the Daleks.. the other timelords..

They haven't mentioned the Time Scoop..And the Tardis was never alive..but rather so sophistocated it seemed alive.

Also..if you weren't so bent on a female timelord..I would step up :)  Or if you really need a female ... I can do that..although I'd be alittle lighter on the sex and so forth if I was roleplaying a Fem.  I'll do that more for plot..less for sex.  (eh..personal preference)

I did manage to dig out all my old Fasa (circa 1985) rules.. the second printing..the brown covers.  I also dug out the module I have.. The Iytean Menace..tee hee..cheesy RPG at their peak.  I'm thinking..if the timelord position is taken..I'd wanna play a Swashbuckler.  Been playing Pirates! too much lately :)

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #17 on: June 06, 2005, 06:15:26 PM »
Well, I have no way of knowing if they've been mentioning Gallifrey, unfortunately.  Sigh.  But there always were hints that the TARDIS was self-aware to some extent, at least, even if not quite alive...

I have Iytean Menace, too, and City of Gold, with the Conquistadors.  That one wasn't half-bad, as I recall.

I'll feel bad if I take the Time Lord job away from anyone who might really want it, though.  I can always fall back on my Wars of the Roses era Englishwoman...

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2005, 06:46:01 PM »
Ok K9 with a built in Sybian system, she's a robotic dog so should be ok by site limits. Will have a vibrator and a vibrating pad for her istress to ride on for relaxation like a Sybian that comes out of the center of her back. I could add another hole for a man to use thats self-cleaning. You don't mind a more humorous character?

And I'm not saying the TARDIS couldn't have another power source I could see a QUANTUM SINGULARITY in the core like a weak black hole suspended in a time vortex. Sort of a weak Eye of Rasilon in each TARDIS.

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2005, 01:39:06 AM »
Actually...they have mentioned Galleyfrey plenty of times.. the time wars.. the Daleks.. the other timelords..

They haven't mentioned the Time Scoop..And the Tardis was never alive..but rather so sophistocated it seemed alive.

Also..if you weren't so bent on a female timelord..I would step up :)  Or if you really need a female ... I can do that..although I'd be alittle lighter on the sex and so forth if I was roleplaying a Fem.  I'll do that more for plot..less for sex.  (eh..personal preference)

I did manage to dig out all my old Fasa (circa 1985) rules.. the second printing..the brown covers.  I also dug out the module I have.. The Iytean Menace..tee hee..cheesy RPG at their peak.  I'm thinking..if the timelord position is taken..I'd wanna play a Swashbuckler.  Been playing Pirates! too much lately :)

I just thought it would be cool to have a female time lord for a change, but a male one can work just as well. Although the doctor's planet has been mentioned in the new series, its actual name isn't. The Tardis being alive comes from the episode that was aired last saturday. To cut a long story short the tardis is being torn apart by an opening interdimensional rift and the device exposes its soul. It's also supposted to be telepathic according to the new series.

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2005, 01:42:26 AM »
Ok K9 with a built in Sybian system, she's a robotic dog so should be ok by site limits. Will have a vibrator and a vibrating pad for her istress to ride on for relaxation like a Sybian that comes out of the center of her back. I could add another hole for a man to use thats self-cleaning. You don't mind a more humorous character?

And I'm not saying the TARDIS couldn't have another power source I could see a QUANTUM SINGULARITY in the core like a weak black hole suspended in a time vortex. Sort of a weak Eye of Rasilon in each TARDIS.

Hey you don't HAVE to be a sexed up cyber dog (bitch) if you don't want to. I just meant that the game would contain sex and therefore go in one of the sexual situationsl sections, rather than the non-sexual. If you don't want to play the sex stuff thats entirely up to you.

I think we have enough interest now for me to PM the forum mods about setting up a board. Does anyone have a particular preference as to what section I should ask that the boards be created in.

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2005, 07:02:43 AM »
It was always telepathic..it had a 'link' with the doctor.  And I remember at least one female timelord (and she was pretty good too) Lady Romana :)

If there isn't any big interest..I wouldn't mind making up the timelord.  I have no problem being female either, although that may cause some of the more sexual scenes to fade to black..depending on the subjects.

As for which section..well Mr DM..if you're using a game system (Fasa or the other one) put it in the game system..if it's free form..put it in freeform.  Honestly I don't think it /really/ matters much.  If you want an idea..what I'm doing with my latest game I'm running..it's using game mechanics.. but the game is very predominantly freeform.. the mechanics provide a frame and structure..and for me to do any dierolls offline and weave the results into the narrative.

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Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #22 on: June 07, 2005, 07:17:26 AM »
Its gonna be freeform. What I was getting at was shall I put it in Light Sexual, Heavy NC, or Heavy NC exotic.

Offline kasen03

Re: TARDIS - Dr Who with a darker theme
« Reply #23 on: June 07, 2005, 07:37:32 AM »
*shrugs* I'm good with any :) *grins*

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« Reply #24 on: June 07, 2005, 09:35:25 AM »
Hm, well, I'm up for most things, I guess.  I'm not too into really bizarre tentacled thingies, but I don't mind them, if that's the majority decision.  My first vote would be Heavy NC, just so we can get more graphic if we choose, but either of the others is fine, too.

Perhaps you could be more of a regular K-9 unit, Natalie, who scientifically analyzes the mating behaviors going on.  ;)