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Ok, so first of all, thanks for joining up. I know I've been very light on details - that's because I'm hoping for a bit of collaboration with you all to get things off the ground. But, here's the basic profile to start:

The game will revolve around a player (or two) coming home to a small town to settle the affairs of someone they were close to (parent, most likely) because there was no one left to do so. The other players will be folks from around town.

So, that's where we stand right now.

First up - we will need to define who's the person(s) coming home - then start building characters.

Any questions?
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Sounds fun! I volunteer for town-folk.
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I'll be an out of towner.
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I am ambivalent! I'll play either -- just put me where I'm needed most!
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I don't mind coming home to bury the old f@&#e;r.
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I'm happy to be a local.
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My character concept: my parents died when I was young and I was brought up by my Grandfather. He had an old crumbling house on the edge of town and I used it as my playground, inventing imaginary friends to amuse myself. My Grandfather was a solitary man, and spent most of his time in his library, so, although I was fed and clothed, I was largely left to bring myself up.

I had problems with authority at school and was often in trouble, graduating to vandalism and stealing cars. My Grandfather never criticised me, just paying fines or damages as required, but by sixteen I'd outgrown the small town and left for the city.

My Grandfather saw me off with a small wad of cash and a wave. "Be careful out there" was all he had to say.

In the city, I hustled anyway I could for money, eventually becoming a minor member of one of the Mafia crime families that ran the place. That was fifteen years ago.

Now I've heard the old man has died and, although I haven't thought about him for years, I somehow feel I should go back to put things to rest. And after all, as his only living relative, perhaps there's something in it for me.
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I like this town. That's why I haven't left. Sure there are better jobs in the big city, and actually I got one. But because I'm pretty skilled with computers they let me work remotely. I make the hike into HQ about once a year, and that's about all I can take before the trip becomes less exciting and more mundane.

It's about that time of year and I'll be packing for the week long trip, except my elderly neighbor just bought the farm. Maybe I can use the funeral to stick around.
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I assume I'm a local, as you only wanted 1-2 players for out-of-towners!

Sure, as a teenager I wanted to get out of this one-horse town. I ran a bit wild and stirred up a little trouble, but it was your usual teenager-acting-out stuff -- stupid, but harmless. Dad had his heart attack my senior year, and I put off going to college to help my Mom run the bar and look after my kid brother. And then I put it off another year. And another. At some point, I guess I just stopped looking for a life elsewhere and started building my life here. It's not the glamorous life I had always hoped for, but I know more about the town than anyone. Take that poor old man who just died, for instance...
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Ok folks - I appreciate the enthusiasm about getting character concepts together, but hold up a little bit. Since Chad has also indicated he'd like to be an out of towner, I'd like for the 'returnees' to be related.

Also, I don't want to see troubled loners, please.

I should also point out now that combat will not be a focus in the game, so please don't expect that.

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Ok folks - I appreciate the enthusiasm about getting character concepts together, but hold up a little bit. Since Chad has also indicated he'd like to be an out of towner, I'd like for the 'returnees' to be related.

Also, I don't want to see troubled loners, please.

I should also point out now that combat will not be a focus in the game, so please don't expect that.



Ah, now he tells us! So what exactly do you want then?
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Ok folks - I appreciate the enthusiasm about getting character concepts together, but hold up a little bit. Since Chad has also indicated he'd like to be an out of towner, I'd like for the 'returnees' to be related.

Also, I don't want to see troubled loners, please.

I should also point out now that combat will not be a focus in the game, so please don't expect that.



Ah, now he tells us! So what exactly do you want then?


Sorry, I just wanted to find out who was interested in being the 'one(s) that got away' first, then throw some ideas out there.

BUT, I will say that your backstory about your grandfather is good. I can use that! And I can perhaps put a slightly different role out there for Chad. The problem with being a bit of a troubled loner is that the towns folk aren't likely to be very receptive to your return to begin with, but even more so if you caused problems in your youth. Let's see if Chad has any ideas before I go any further.

Also, the townies will be connected to you somehow. Friends, enemies, former lovers, etc.

The town is an old mining town. It hasn't been active in almost 50 years, most folks work in surrounding areas in forestry. Technology isn't well adopted here, its one of the weak coverage areas for the cell phone providers.

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I assume I'm a local, as you only wanted 1-2 players for out-of-towners!

Sure, as a teenager I wanted to get out of this one-horse town. I ran a bit wild and stirred up a little trouble, but it was your usual teenager-acting-out stuff -- stupid, but harmless. Dad had his heart attack my senior year, and I put off going to college to help my Mom run the bar and look after my kid brother. And then I put it off another year. And another. At some point, I guess I just stopped looking for a life elsewhere and started building my life here. It's not the glamorous life I had always hoped for, but I know more about the town than anyone. Take that poor old man who just died, for instance...


I like this - very real - you'd probably hold a grudge against those that got out, maybe?
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I like this town. That's why I haven't left. Sure there are better jobs in the big city, and actually I got one. But because I'm pretty skilled with computers they let me work remotely. I make the hike into HQ about once a year, and that's about all I can take before the trip becomes less exciting and more mundane.

It's about that time of year and I'll be packing for the week long trip, except my elderly neighbor just bought the farm. Maybe I can use the funeral to stick around.


From what I was thinking, the best internet in the area would be a satellite-type connection, which, while better than dial-up, I'm not sure how great it would be for telecommuting. Can we flesh this out more? Why don't you like the city? Is it some sort of disorder, maybe?
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Ok folks - I appreciate the enthusiasm about getting character concepts together, but hold up a little bit. Since Chad has also indicated he'd like to be an out of towner, I'd like for the 'returnees' to be related.

Also, I don't want to see troubled loners, please.

I should also point out now that combat will not be a focus in the game, so please don't expect that.



Ah, now he tells us! So what exactly do you want then?


Sorry, I just wanted to find out who was interested in being the 'one(s) that got away' first, then throw some ideas out there.

BUT, I will say that your backstory about your grandfather is good. I can use that! And I can perhaps put a slightly different role out there for Chad. The problem with being a bit of a troubled loner is that the towns folk aren't likely to be very receptive to your return to begin with, but even more so if you caused problems in your youth. Let's see if Chad has any ideas before I go any further.

Also, the townies will be connected to you somehow. Friends, enemies, former lovers, etc.

The town is an old mining town. It hasn't been active in almost 50 years, most folks work in surrounding areas in forestry. Technology isn't well adopted here, its one of the weak coverage areas for the cell phone providers.



OK, good. Now you're giving us something!
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Wimplesaur wrote:
My character concept: my parents died when I was young and I was brought up by my Grandfather. He had an old crumbling house on the edge of town and I used it as my playground, inventing imaginary friends to amuse myself. My Grandfather was a solitary man, and spent most of his time in his library, so, although I was fed and clothed, I was largely left to bring myself up.

I had problems with authority at school and was often in trouble, graduating to vandalism and stealing cars. My Grandfather never criticised me, just paying fines or damages as required, but by sixteen I'd outgrown the small town and left for the city.

My Grandfather saw me off with a small wad of cash and a wave. "Be careful out there" was all he had to say.

In the city, I hustled anyway I could for money, eventually becoming a minor member of one of the Mafia crime families that ran the place. That was fifteen years ago.

Now I've heard the old man has died and, although I haven't thought about him for years, I somehow feel I should go back to put things to rest. And after all, as his only living relative, perhaps there's something in it for me.


Alright - so I don't like how you leave the town - but, how about something like this: Maybe you were the town jock - lead the football team to state championships - you were so good you could get away with lots of stuff - including stealing a car or two for joy rides. Went to college on a scholarship?
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Bazin wrote:
Wimplesaur wrote:
My character concept: my parents died when I was young and I was brought up by my Grandfather. He had an old crumbling house on the edge of town and I used it as my playground, inventing imaginary friends to amuse myself. My Grandfather was a solitary man, and spent most of his time in his library, so, although I was fed and clothed, I was largely left to bring myself up.

I had problems with authority at school and was often in trouble, graduating to vandalism and stealing cars. My Grandfather never criticised me, just paying fines or damages as required, but by sixteen I'd outgrown the small town and left for the city.

My Grandfather saw me off with a small wad of cash and a wave. "Be careful out there" was all he had to say.

In the city, I hustled anyway I could for money, eventually becoming a minor member of one of the Mafia crime families that ran the place. That was fifteen years ago.

Now I've heard the old man has died and, although I haven't thought about him for years, I somehow feel I should go back to put things to rest. And after all, as his only living relative, perhaps there's something in it for me.


Alright - so I don't like how you leave the town - but, how about something like this: Maybe you were the town jock - lead the football team to state championships - you were so good you could get away with lots of stuff - including stealing a car or two for joy rides. Went to college on a scholarship?


Ok, it's a bit vanilla, but it works with me if it suits your purpose. I still think my original idea was more interesting and I could have used it to work into a number of situations, but since I don't know exactly what you have in mind I'll let you be the judge.
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Wimplesaur wrote:
Bazin wrote:
Wimplesaur wrote:
My character concept: my parents died when I was young and I was brought up by my Grandfather. He had an old crumbling house on the edge of town and I used it as my playground, inventing imaginary friends to amuse myself. My Grandfather was a solitary man, and spent most of his time in his library, so, although I was fed and clothed, I was largely left to bring myself up.

I had problems with authority at school and was often in trouble, graduating to vandalism and stealing cars. My Grandfather never criticised me, just paying fines or damages as required, but by sixteen I'd outgrown the small town and left for the city.

My Grandfather saw me off with a small wad of cash and a wave. "Be careful out there" was all he had to say.

In the city, I hustled anyway I could for money, eventually becoming a minor member of one of the Mafia crime families that ran the place. That was fifteen years ago.

Now I've heard the old man has died and, although I haven't thought about him for years, I somehow feel I should go back to put things to rest. And after all, as his only living relative, perhaps there's something in it for me.


Alright - so I don't like how you leave the town - but, how about something like this: Maybe you were the town jock - lead the football team to state championships - you were so good you could get away with lots of stuff - including stealing a car or two for joy rides. Went to college on a scholarship?


Ok, it's a bit vanilla, but it works with me if it suits your purpose. I still think my original idea was more interesting and I could have used it to work into a number of situations, but since I don't know exactly what you have in mind I'll let you be the judge.


Maybe that behaviour carried over to college and you got kicked out, but didn't come home?
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I'm fine with whatever you need for your story, just let me know.
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Bazin wrote:
IvoryThorns wrote:
I assume I'm a local, as you only wanted 1-2 players for out-of-towners!

Sure, as a teenager I wanted to get out of this one-horse town. I ran a bit wild and stirred up a little trouble, but it was your usual teenager-acting-out stuff -- stupid, but harmless. Dad had his heart attack my senior year, and I put off going to college to help my Mom run the bar and look after my kid brother. And then I put it off another year. And another. At some point, I guess I just stopped looking for a life elsewhere and started building my life here. It's not the glamorous life I had always hoped for, but I know more about the town than anyone. Take that poor old man who just died, for instance...


I like this - very real - you'd probably hold a grudge against those that got out, maybe?


Seems likely! Definitely pretending hard to be happy but there's some bitterness there.
 
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Ok, forestry it is...
As a Soil Conservation Technician life's pretty quiet. I like this town. That's why I haven't left, lots of ties and all that jazz.

I'm pretty thin, some would say too thin. And maybe because Auntie Gertrude says I can blow away in the wind I feel like this town could blow away at any moment. It scares me. Like I said I like this town but its glory days are obviously over.

Sometimes I dream of a better life but am afraid that if I make a change, it will change everything. I like to help people and at the same time I've grown fond of this area; maybe that's why I took the job with the soil thing - helping people on their land while helping these mountains and forests here at the same time. Erosion is the enemy and sometimes I feel this town and the surrounding areas are eroding quickly - I'm talking about the people also.

Remember back when I said I like to help people? I do but I'm not very trusting of outsiders. Don't get me wrong I'm real friendly - just cautious.
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Ack, that went quickly. So, I'll be townfolk as well, and I'll try to be quicker on the ball from now on.
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Ack, that went quickly. So, I'll be townfolk as well, and I'll try to be quicker on the ball from now on.


I think the rest of us got carried away. You're probably fine.
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Ack, that went quickly. So, I'll be townfolk as well, and I'll try to be quicker on the ball from now on.


I think the rest of us got carried away. You're probably fine.


Yea, you're totally fine!

If you want to be an out of towner, well, then we might have to have a deathmatch.
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I'm headed out of town starting now through the weekend. I'll probably still be visiting here though.
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