Author Topic: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!  (Read 68866 times)

Offline BlackStarLine

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #30 on: February 03, 2016, 12:40:02 am »
Would you allow cyborgs in it? For example, a girl with mechanical limbs?

Offline woolyshambler

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #31 on: February 03, 2016, 01:01:27 am »
Would you allow cyborgs in it? For example, a girl with mechanical limbs?

Hoo boy...  I really ought to look at this rule book and see what other outlandish things are in there.  Well, we've got mechanical prostheses in modern life, so I think it's conceivable to have Adalstier powered limbs and the like.  Tentatively, I'd say it's possible, especially if you feel strongly on the matter.  I'll need to read the rule book and figure out how things will work in terms of the game before I have a firm grasp on what's going to cause me a headache and what's going to cause me a massive headache. 

My biggest concern is this; people will say "Why are cyborgs OK and Catgirls not?"  I don't really have a great answer for why not Catgirls besides "adding more parts to a story is great until it reaches a certain critical mass, at which point additions don't bring any further vibrancy or development into the world and only serve to muddle the universe."  So my biggest fear is losing coherence of this setting, distracting players and readers with too many moving parts and too many props.  Cyborgs are easier to deal with; could just be prostheses for traumatic accidents and the like.  Catgirls, other animal-human hybrids, adds a lot of stuff on my end since I'll have to start considering racial diversity (just how anthropomorphic is this campaign?) and all that jazz.  Then the players and audience will undoubtedly want to know more about the cat people and what they're like, how they're different, what holidays they celebrate, their history, what were they up to when the First and Second were around, etc.  And if those questions aren't answered, it begs the question of why have catgirls in the first place?  Finally, zombie maids, vampire maids, devils/angels... all of those kind of conflict with the setting.  This isn't a supernatural universe.  It's Magitek.  And I'd like to avoid mashing too many things together for all the reasons above.

So that's a very long way of trying to explain why I'm hesitant about introducing too many things.  Of course, I want this to be fun for players.  And that means letting them have characters they feel connected to and care about.  It means letting your avatar be a representation of yourself and your personal creativity and likes/dislikes. But I also want this story to be internally consistent and without too many distractions from the main point.  There's a balance to be struck here for sure and I don't want to start this whole endeavor with a heavy hand just banning stuff left and right like some scum GM.

For now, if you can justify whatever character trait you want within the framework of Antiope as I've described, feel free to do so.  Cyborg limbs powered by crystals?  That could fly.  A zombie maid when I already stipulated that dead maids are dead maids?  That's probably going to be a problem.  Use your good judgement; I'll leave everything on the table and let players handle themselves with thought and maturity to fashion characters they think would fit well for the campaign.  I Trust You (All)!

Offline Imouto-chan

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #32 on: February 03, 2016, 01:44:11 am »
I was told by Onii-chan to show interest in this. So here I am! Showing interest ^-^

I'd love to rp this, the lore is far more complex than anything I've ever rped, but I do have some experience under my belt.


~Imouto-chan
Hello! I'm WhydidIbuytheunionfrigate's little sister ^-^
I make the art for the "Doki Doki Space Whale" project! Check it out onegai? We'll be spending time on it somewhat not regularly

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Offline Arraxis

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #33 on: February 03, 2016, 03:07:02 am »
I'm fine with small restrictions like that in the name of a cohesive story and world. I would most certainly ask those questions that you stated :P. But yeah, sometimes you just need to put the foot down. Speaking of questions...

What culture can we expect from the Barrier City we'll be from? Naming conventions, stereotypes, what kind of ship it was, government structure, social values, religion, etc?

Offline woolyshambler

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #34 on: February 03, 2016, 03:22:00 am »
What culture can we expect from the Barrier City we'll be from? Naming conventions, stereotypes, what kind of ship it was, government structure, social values, religion, etc?

Ah~ You didn't think I'd leave that out unintentionally did you?  I had meant for it to be something of a surprise, but as it might help to frame your characters in, I'll just spill (some) of the beans now. 

Well, some of the more nitty gritty details haven't been worked out yet, but what I can say is that all the characters will be from a Barrier City built around the ruins of a First Command Ship.  At one point, this ship would've lead their massive fleets on the front lines.  She's not a war vessel on her own, but she would've coordinated the fleet's strategy and formed the core of their formation.  Almost certainly she was one of the final ships downed in the Old War, her defenses having finally given out in the final, desperate days of the war.  There's all sorts of nifty things beyond culture/government and the like that this will have effects on, but we'll save that for the campaign~

In general (subject to change), people from your city will be considered liberal and progressive.  Almost all of the world's communications girdle are wired through what's left of the ship's old communications systems, making it quite the hub for global politics and the like.  If any Barrier City can be considered the most cosmopolitan and a "capitol" of the world, it's this one.  Consistent with the legacy of the ship, this city is one of the more influential ones in global politics and other Barrier Cities often turn to this one to arbitrate fairly and strike compromise when issues do arise.  Of course, the ship does have a strong military legacy as well, but the overall stance and posture tends to be defensive rather than belligerent.

Online Gamerjunkie

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #35 on: February 03, 2016, 03:27:59 am »
Does there exist a character sheet somewhere that interested people could start filling out?
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Offline woolyshambler

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #36 on: February 03, 2016, 03:33:42 am »
Does there exist a character sheet somewhere that interested people could start filling out?

http://www.maidrpg.com/resources/romance.pdf

Online Gamerjunkie

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #37 on: February 03, 2016, 03:38:55 am »
Does there exist a character sheet somewhere that interested people could start filling out?

http://www.maidrpg.com/resources/romance.pdf
What parts of that do you not want us to fill out just yet?
rellimkram [Apr 03, 2016, 06:06:12 pm]:   Hyperspace Yuri Delivery: Service so fast we ship it before it's ever ordered
rellimkram [May 05, 2016, 03:42:02 pm]: I'm not sure if you're wanting Lola to tamper with school projectors to show porn during class, or if you want Lola to actually make porn during class
Elvis Strunk [Apr 03, 2017, 04:31:33 pm]: "You're under arrest... but we're not confiscating any of your stuff, guarding you in any fashion, or trying to actually prevent you from leaving." Elvis Strunk [Apr 03, 2017, 04:31:44 pm]: "We're good at copping."

Offline woolyshambler

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #38 on: February 03, 2016, 03:46:24 am »
Does there exist a character sheet somewhere that interested people could start filling out?

http://www.maidrpg.com/resources/romance.pdf
What parts of that do you not want us to fill out just yet?

Err....  I don't know.

I think it'll be a really good start if you feel comfortable thinking up of a name, general appearance, and backstory for your maid.  Tell us a bit about your maid's life before the Lyceum.  What's she like as a person?  Who are the NPCs in her life?  (YES! You all get to make NPCs for yourself!  Best friends, family, rivals, even boyfriends/girlfriends.  Have at it.)  Maybe you come from a long line of maids?  Do you know any of the faculty at school (not that you or I know their names yet)?  Did you move from another Barrier City (not that you or I know their names yet)?  Seriously, the more detail you throw in, the richer your character's story becomes and the more invested you and I both get into the game and your character.

I'm also posting a link to the AdEva character sheets.  It'd be super super cool if we one day got to the point of complexity as we have in AdEva, but seriously, don't sweat it and just check it out for ideas/a general framework.  When we first wrote the things, they were a hell of a lot briefer and more 1 dimensional.  I think Eli's page at one point had a single paragraph with 3 sentences written on it.  So yeah; things layer and evolve over time as you think more about it and tweak.  I fully endorse thinking ahead and starting to lay the foundations for your characters to grow and build upon.

Online Gamerjunkie

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #39 on: February 03, 2016, 03:52:15 am »
Time to start searching for inspiration for my meido's appearance.
rellimkram [Apr 03, 2016, 06:06:12 pm]:   Hyperspace Yuri Delivery: Service so fast we ship it before it's ever ordered
rellimkram [May 05, 2016, 03:42:02 pm]: I'm not sure if you're wanting Lola to tamper with school projectors to show porn during class, or if you want Lola to actually make porn during class
Elvis Strunk [Apr 03, 2017, 04:31:33 pm]: "You're under arrest... but we're not confiscating any of your stuff, guarding you in any fashion, or trying to actually prevent you from leaving." Elvis Strunk [Apr 03, 2017, 04:31:44 pm]: "We're good at copping."

Offline woolyshambler

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #40 on: February 03, 2016, 04:02:21 am »
OK Executive Decision time.

Given the widespread support for animal girls of all types and the fact that I don't want to be a complete fun sponge...  Antiope is now a planet of animal girls.  And humans.  They're all the same thing really; some folks just have different ears and hey, is that a tail?  Whatever.  Racists.

Seriously though, people on Antiope don't look twice if you're a fox or cat girl or guy.  It's like blue eyes vs. brown eyes vs. green eyes to them.  You all have the same culture, same lingo, same everything.  There are equal proportions of "normal" humans, cat humans, fox humans, whatever humans.  Frankly, your maids will think other maids/residents of other Barrier Cities have less in common with them than any other animal girl walking the streets next to them.  And of course, it won't make a damn difference to the game or your skills.  Aside from looking absolutely adorable as you save people's asses.  Good?  Good.

And since this seems to be the most pressing issue when it comes to animal people, what happens when a Cat Boy meets and falls in love with a Fox Girl?  Let Papa Shambler tell you how the world works.  It's like being Jewish; you're whatever your mother was.  Capiche?

Offline Arraxis

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #41 on: February 03, 2016, 04:21:21 am »
Is there a genetic component to becoming a Maid? Are the children of Maids more or less likely to be a Maid? Have there been programs to give more people the ability to become Maids? What is the current leading theory behind Maids and how they do what they do?

Offline woolyshambler

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #42 on: February 03, 2016, 04:39:32 am »
Is there a genetic component to becoming a Maid? Are the children of Maids more or less likely to be a Maid? Have there been programs to give more people the ability to become Maids? What is the current leading theory behind Maids and how they do what they do?

Maids do seem more likely to have daughters that grow up to be Maids as well, although it's by no means a guaranteed thing.  Some Maids might take an enormous amount of pride from coming from a long legacy of Maids; some Maids might be third generation even (exceedingly rare.  Struck by lightning twice rare).

People really aren't into eugenics on Antiope.  Some super stuffy old money families might have tried to pair their sons and daughters with other families with long histories of producing more Maids than average, but nothing meaningful has ever come from that.  Long story short, seems like there's at least a slight genetic predisposition, but nothing that meaningfully translates to a real world push to have more Maids.

The prevailing concept is that the naturally incorporated Adalstier in a Maid's body is somehow able to resonate with the Adalstier in their Adalstier Engines.  The Adalstier Engine is a wrist mounted device, quite beautiful and ceremonial, actually, often stylized as a gauntlet of sorts.  They're exceedingly difficult to produce, requiring sizable Adalstier crystals of utmost purity.  It's almost impossible to find Adalstier good enough to use in these engines and, often, they're taken directly from the heart of the Barrier City's Adalstier core itself, an irreplaceable commodity or refined from tremendous quantities of raw Adalstier that could have otherwise been incorporated into the core.  Adalstier Engines often have storied pasts; much as how medieval armor passed down through generations, so too do many Adalstier Engines.  Later, when a Maid's career is over, her contribution to that story is recorded and her Engine returned to the Lyceum for the next generation.  Maids often use the same Engine their whole career/lives if they can. 

In the event an Engine is lost or a Maid team goes down, the recovery of the Engines is a priority.  Most Barrier Cities wouldn't blink twice at dispatching a major extermination mission with Maid support to recover lost Engines if there is a reasonable chance of recovery.  Fortunately, neither the monsters or Automaton seem terribly interested in the devices and they're hardy enough to survive even if the Maid wielding it doesn't.   Mind you, this would only happen if an entire team went down, which is fairly uncommon; usually a Maid's sisters will recover both her body and her Engine if one or more falls during a mission.

Online Gamerjunkie

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #43 on: February 03, 2016, 04:59:27 am »
I've made a version of the character sheet using Google Drive.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LK7Qt_n5Mlyw2mP7ha7Rz-M0D5icxF2mLeqzMmNucd0/edit?usp=sharing

Right now, I have it set to "comment only" for anyone that isn't me. You should still be able to make a copy for your own purposes, though. If this is missing anything, tell me and I'll fix it.
rellimkram [Apr 03, 2016, 06:06:12 pm]:   Hyperspace Yuri Delivery: Service so fast we ship it before it's ever ordered
rellimkram [May 05, 2016, 03:42:02 pm]: I'm not sure if you're wanting Lola to tamper with school projectors to show porn during class, or if you want Lola to actually make porn during class
Elvis Strunk [Apr 03, 2017, 04:31:33 pm]: "You're under arrest... but we're not confiscating any of your stuff, guarding you in any fashion, or trying to actually prevent you from leaving." Elvis Strunk [Apr 03, 2017, 04:31:44 pm]: "We're good at copping."

Offline mrgw4

Re: Meido RPG- A Wool-E Korp Experience!
« Reply #44 on: February 03, 2016, 07:45:22 am »
*Pats Gj on the back for a job well done and pets the fluff ball as he's now opened the floodgates...*
yes everything I say can and will have a typo in it.