From the Introduction:
A game of Trial & Terror: SVU should play out like an episode of the popular television crime drama Law & Order. The game will begin with a couple of cops investigating a heinous crime on the streets of New York City and will follow this investigation all the way through to the end of the trial. Only the New York of Trial & Terror: SVU is a bit different than the New York of Law & Order. Vampires, ghosts, lycanthropes, ghouls, and monsters of all shades and stages of undeath inhabit, work, and play in the city and the world at large just like regular folks. And we’re all struggling to get along.
The cops and lawyers of Trial & Terror: SVU specialize in the apprehension and prosecution of paranormal criminals. As well as dealing with supernatural victims of crimes. Many of them may in fact be monsters themselves a zombie beat cop who just made detective or a prosecutor who channels an elder god of justice.
This game is designed for three players. Two of you will play the police and prosecutors, each adopting the role of one detective and one assistant district attorney. These two players will be known as the Law. The third player will be taking on the role of . . . well, the role of New York City. The city itself and its inhabitants the criminals, the victims, the innocent, the bystanders, the press, the defense attorneys, and all the resources available to the justice system. We’ll call this player NYC. During the game the Law will be running around interacting with all of NYC’s characters, trying to solve a crime either committed by or perpetrated on one of the city’s more supernatural citizens. There is a structure to all this that we’ll be discussing later, but generally speaking, the players cut from scene to scene playing out these interactions and occasionally rolling to see what they can accomplish. For the first half of the game, the Law will be playing the detectives doing the initial investigation and bringing in the suspects. For the second half, the Law will be playing the prosecuting attorneys bringing the suspects to trial and hopefully convicting the right one.
Trial & Terror: Supernatural Victims Unit is nominated for an ENnie 2009 award:
- Best Free Product