Chuckg Posted November 27, 2014 Share Posted November 27, 2014 Yes, its the time known as 'Wherein I try to start up an Aberrant campaign with my tabletop group'. I post it here because its only fair to let people know I'm going to be ripping your shit off from the various old Aberrant games in the pbp archive wholesale. (Seriously, so many useful NPCs I can swipe from there, even if I'm going to customize them and change some names. Thanks, fellas! Remember, if I steal from more than three of you its not plagiarism, its "research"). I'd like to say which ones I'm stealing but my players can see this board and, well, spoilers. Given our schedules and the risky nature of the concept I'd guesstimate I have about a 60% chance of getting this one off the ground at present. That having been said, enough build-up, I'll share the idea with you. Suggestions, warnings, cautionary tales, and etc. are encouraged, if anybody has any. *cut-and-paste the pitch sheet I handed out to my players* Note: This is not repeat not a PBP solicitation, this is just me talking about the next campaign I'm planning for the Ancient Aberrant tabletop group of old and inviting feedback, suggestions, etc. if anybody cares. Feel free to steal anything in here for your own use, Lord knows I did. Campaign Pitch "What would you do with the power of a god?" is the question the Aberrant RPG claims to ask, and so few campaigns actually answer. In this game, the question is "What would you do with the status of a god?" This game assumes that you are amongst the first tier of novas in the world. You are a figure of power, influence, and a goodly amount of self-determination. If you are a member of a major faction, you are a figure that many in the faction look to as an example, as a figure of guidance and direction. If you are a member of a minor or self-created faction, you thoroughly dominate it. Websites exist just to track your movements, fan clubs stress-test your OpMail spam filters every week, and you can't remember the last time somebody didn't return one of your phone calls. You have climbed the heights of nova power. You have indulged all of your obvious indulgences, fulfilled all your easy dreams, set yourself up for life, and are still going to live a couple more centuriesâ€¦ centuries where you don't have to do a single blessed thing you don't want to, while still being able to maintain your lifestyle indefinitely. So now what do you do? Character Generation First create your baseline self from scratch starting with 1 dot in each attribute, 1 dot of Willpower, and 150 bonus points. Then do the "nova" phase of your life with 5 dots of permanent Quantum and 200 nova points. Bonus points may not be spent on Quantum, quantum-related backgrounds, or other quantum-related traits. The one exception is quantum-related merits such as Taint Resistant, as there is no other way to purchase merits except with quantum points. Starting Quantum cannot be bought up or down from 5. Maximum allowable starting permanent Taint is 5. Characters may be independent, or members of any faction except Proteus or the Teragen. Characters must have a minimum of 5 dots total in any combination of the Backing, Contacts, Followers, and Influence backgrounds. Characters may purchase 6 dots in Allies, Backing, Cipher, Contacts, Followers, Influence, or Resources, subject to DM approval. Use the Background Enhancements in A! for an idea of what this will encompass. 6-dot Backgrounds require DM approval. (I intend to be generous with approval, but I still need authority to block things such as 'No, you cannot have Backing 6 (Utopia), because that would make you Laragione, Pax, or Thetis.') Maximum Backing allowable in any of the major factions is 5. Backing 6 is available only if you're creating your own or taking a minor faction. Backstories are required to provide a character goal or set of goals and how your character is working towards them. Players are encouraged to suggest setting changes their characters have already achieved, subject to DM approval. Players are encouraged to provide possible antagonists or plot hooks. Players are encouraged to at least briefly sketch out their own Allies and Followers, if any. We are using my set of Aberrant house rules. Ask me if you don't already have a copy. Faction-Specific Notes Aberrants: The Quarry faction (see Aberrants:Expose) essentially disbanded with the unveiling of the Proteus conspiracy and the apparent public drive of Utopia to root out and destroy it from within, as they think they've won. Those remaining Aberrants who still do not trust Utopia's sincerity are members of the Rebels or the Hidden now. Membership in this faction is thus a reduced benefit. DeVries: DeVries novas have a minimum Resources of 3 (and usually higher). Backing 5 in DeVries represents a top-tier 'exclusive' contract, where you are not allowed to find paying work except through DeVries (as detailed in the Elites sourcebook). Lower ranks of Backing represent a non-exclusive freelance status. Directive: While Directive novas are allowed, their distrust of powerful novas and chargen restrictions will admittedly make writing concepts and backstories for a nova of your power level still in Directive service to be quite difficult. Should anyone still wish to try, the chargen restrictions on Directive characters are as follows: Characters must have the absolute minimum of starting Taint (1 dot, from quantum 5). Characters must have powers that are relatively subtle and stealth-capable (the list in the Directive sourcebook is a useful guideline but is not necessarily binding), or Characters must not be publicly known as Directive novas but instead be operating in an 'undercover' or 'deniable' role, probably in another faction. Directive novas have a minimum Resources of 2 and a minimum Cipher of 3. Directive novas may have a maximum Backing or Equipment of 4 (the Directive still does not fully trust its nova operatives), and usually lower. The Directive-specific backgrounds of 'Favors' and 'Rank' will not be used. Head of State: Possible with DM negotiation. Be prepared to explain why Utopia either agrees with what you did or hasn't successfully ousted you yet. Be prepared to purchase relevant Backgrounds. National Super Team: You're the most powerful member of it and would need an extremely good explanation for why you're not leading it. Yes, even Nippontai. Proteus: Membership in this faction is not allowed. Teragen: Membership in this faction is not allowed. Utopia: Any Utopia concepts, including Team Tomorrow members, are allowable. (And at this power level, not being scouted for T2M recruitment will require an explanation.) Utopian novas are paid well and receive mandatory counseling if they develop serious lifestyle problems; they have a minimum Resources of 3. Setting The start date will be January 1, 2010. The events of "Worldwide Phase I" have just concluded, with the following points as public knowledge: Randall Portman was elected President of the United States. Antaeus has gone on an extended sabbatical from his normal duties with Utopia, to personally take charge of the Ethiopian terraforming campaign. Progress on the terraforming campaign has been slowed "to ensure the ecological health of the region". After a tense stand-off of several days' duration initially caused by an attempt to serve a search warrant, federal agents aided by Project Utopia negotiators successfully secured the compound of a minor nova cult in Boulder City, Nevada. No casualties were reported. Rumors of the reappearance of the nova cult's missing founder, Gabriel "The Miracle" Melchior, as the cause of the stand-off were not substantiated. In November 2009, Andre Corbin turned himself in to Team Tomorrow's custody at the Rashoud Facility in Bahrain along with evidence gathered by the nova faction called the Aberrants revealing the existence of a conspiracy within Project Utopia allegedly called 'Project Proteus', which had ordered Slider's death when she first discovered their existence. Andre Corbin's case is currently pending in court, primarily at his own insistence. It is expected that he will be acquitted. The revelation of a rogue conspiracy of fanatics within Utopia has shaken public confidence in Utopia, but many people still believe in Utopia's renewed dedication to cleansing its own internal corruption. However, popular sentiment is that Utopia should not be given substantially more power than it already has until after it has solved its internal problems. During the confrontation with Corbin, a Teragen strike force led by Divis Mal himself made an attack on the Bahrain facility, trying to take advantage of the press coverage and break open the facility to "reveal the truth" about inhumane experiments on captured novas allegedly taking place there. While it was revealed that some novas had been confined in the facility, Utopia explained that they were dangerously ill with 'Quantum Backlash Syndrome' and undergoing physical and psychiatric treatment while research was being undertaken into a cure. Although most escapees were promptly recaptured, several dangerous, mentally-ill novas that had been confined in the Bahrain facility are still believed to be at large. Caestus Pax suffered a crushing on-camera defeat during the Bahrain Incident, having been entirely overwhelmed by Divis Mal. Mal has been publicly revealed as the most powerful nova on Earth. The Bahrain incident has made 'Quantum Backlash Syndrome' (permanent Taint) a part of the public lexicon as opposed to a rumor or an obscure piece of scientific knowledge. No cure is yet known, although periods of rest and moderation in use of nova powers are recommended for sufferers of QBS. Note: Although the world is largely based on the canon timeline, anything not in public knowledge or otherwise known to the characters at game start may be subject to change without notice. So while some conspiracy within Utopia existed and had Slider killed (as that was revealed during the Bahrain Incident), it is not necessarily called 'Proteus' or run by a paranoid old woman who is the dumbest smart person to ever live. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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