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Sitting in an office staring at a computer screen all day is no fun, so I was thinking about doing an RP based on the Iron Cage events where the Imperial Fists invaded a planet held by the Iron Warriors that turned out to be nothing more than a death trap. The basic premise is that the PCs are members of a tactical squad of the Imperial Fists Legion. They have dropped into the combat zone via Drop Pod, but have unfortunately become separated from the rest of their battle group due to the sophisticated defensive planning of the Iron Warriors. Their main objectives will be to link up with other Marines who may still be alive, fight their way to their Primarch's side, and then get off the planet by any means necessary.
EDIT: Despite the fact that this is a Tactical Squad, I do not require 10 players. Assume that any "empty spots" are Marines who were killed during the Drop Pod's rather violent impact.
The main purpose of this thread is to gauge interest in this idea. Bear in mind the following:
- You WILL be Space Marines. There is no question about this.
- The enemies you will be facing will also be Space Marines, with equivalent skill and combat experience.
- There will be little overarching plot as such, making this game a bit more like Inquisitor than a traditional RP. I am hoping that the pace will be fast and brutal, and that we will accomplish what was previously believed impossible: actually finishing something we've started.
- You will be cut off from any support, surrounded on all sides, and peppered with live ammo. Despite your superhumanity and Mk IV Power Armour, death is a very realistic scenario. In fact, it's entirely possible that the entire group may die, thus causing you to "lose". If you survive, it will be by your own wits, though you may die if you fail to rise to the challenges I present.
Now, these are the main points that everyone who may be interested in this RP need to be aware of. As to the design of the game itself, two features are of greatest concern to me:
- I am interested in using the FATE RP system, the SRD of which can be found here. If anyone has experience with this system, their input would be appreciated. My impression is that it is a fairly simple and easy to use system, both for me and for my players, and it is based mainly on d6's, which should theoretically make life less difficult.
- I would also like to set the game on a timescale, creating an extra element of challenge and helping to move the plot when the situation calls for it. I appreciate the fact that in an RP, players will probably not like being railroaded in this way but as I said before, this is not going to be a typical RP. Mission objectives will be timed and while you will not be saved by deus ex machina, you may very well die by it (as in the case of an orbital bombardment). I feel a timescale will help set the pace and the mood of the story, but I also want input from people who might be interested.
Now that I've told you what I want, you can all tell me what you want. Needless to say, this RP will be under rather strict constraints so ideally, I'd want people with some RPing experience. If you don't, that's fine too. I'll try to help you as best I can. Have at it!
A note on characters: The FATE system allows for quite a bit of customisation where your character's background, personality, and skills are concerned. Basically character creation is divided into a series of "phases" each representing a period of time in the past, during which your character gains skills and abilities. Don't be shy if you would like to be a Librarian or an Apothecary (that might actually work to your advantage in the field...) but also, don't expect me to allow too many of these specialists. In fact, I may actually conduct a blind survey so that people are under no pressure in terms of what they want to be, and then assign roles accordingly. In my experience, people have a certain reluctance to play people like Inquisitors in a warband or Sergeants in a squad.
Last edited by NiteRabbit; September 13th, 2007 at 10:49.
Hey Nite, I might be interested, I sometimes get access to the computers at college, so I might be able to put time to it... that and I'm wanting into a 40k RP anyway....
(Besides, if and when college work starts building up I can just kill my character, right?)
I'll take a better and closer look at this FATE system when I get home though, as I'll be needing to head off and catch my bus home soon.
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This is I, expressing interest.
Hope you're still thinking about running this thing!