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H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds RP OOC and Planning
« on: March 10, 2009, 10:27:46 pm »
Okay, so here's the topic where the idea got started: http://www.gamingsteve.com/blab/index.php?topic=14129.675

The rules of this game are that you have to have read the titular book and know about Jeff Wayne's Musical Version and all that to participate. I would recommend reading the Scarlet Traces comic book sequels by Ian Edgington and D'Israeli, but it is not required to have read any other involved literature, and you can look them up on Wikipedia.

Here's the basic idea: It is 1898. A few years ago, the Martian Overlords realized that they were slowly losing the war against the forces of the Green Martians(Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs). Both sides also knew that Mars was becoming incapable of sustaining life and the water levels and temperature were decreasing quickly, as was their population. The Martian Overlords realized the only consequential course of action was the conquest and occupation of Earth, so a large-scale hydrogen accelerator was constructed, launching cylinders carrying the assault forces. We all know how that fiasco went, and later cylinders were launched to Venus.

The first thing to decide is the timeline. I think that we should go with Jeff Wayne's idea: The Martian Overlords in desperation would kill the Senior Elder by means of a mass telepathic execution, ending the age of disillusionment and decay. But should this happen before or during the war on Mars? Also, I think we should RP in three parts: The Eve of the War, or the time during which the Martian Overlords have launched their cylinders, The Earth Under the Martians, or when the Martians are and have invaded Earth, and The War's Aftermath, or when the Martians occupying Earth are all dead(or are they?) and the Overlords are attempting to invade Venus, which in this timeline has life on it and perhaps a sentient species.
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Re: H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009, 10:45:24 pm »
have to have read the titular book and know about Jeff Wayne's Musical Version

Uh huh.

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Re: H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009, 10:49:14 pm »
Indeed, that could pose a problem for this RP's longevity. Even if they have good intentions your players aren't going to read. Oftentimes it's an uphill battle to get people in an RP to read the RP itself. :-\

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Re: H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009, 07:25:11 am »
Indeed, that could pose a problem for this RP's longevity. Even if they have good intentions your players aren't going to read. Oftentimes it's an uphill battle to get people in an RP to read the RP itself. :-\

I think that may have been why the medieval one more or less foundered and ground to a halt. Or at least part of the reason.

As far as this one goes, I've read the first one of Out of The Silent planet, read the origional War of the Worlds. I'm not sure if I have read any of the Barsoom series or not though.

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Re: H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2009, 07:35:40 am »
I think that may have been why the medieval one more or less foundered and ground to a halt. Or at least part of the reason.

You're absolutely right. RPs are work, if you join an RP you need to know that you're going to have to pull your weight.

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Re: H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2009, 11:37:16 am »
The humans won't be able to unravel the secrets of Martian technology for a very, very long time unless they capture and interrogate a living Martian Overlord. Will the humans radio Mars and try to establish contact, or will they just remain hostile to all Martians?

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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2009, 12:34:59 pm »
On whose side are we playing?  What restrictions on alignment/ability to feel emotions are set on the Martians (Who discarded their previous genes for a more "superior" brain)?

What style is this game going to be?

What shall be determined as "canon"?  Will Ray Bradbury's martians also come into play?

As we are using several books of the time period, will "human" technology come into play?  Like the Time Machine (Of course, time travel is forbidden, but you know what I mean.)  or Aetheric traversers?  Will Newtonian portals be allowed?

Will current physics be modified to adapt to the many ideas of the authors who we are using?  What effect would the use of an aether have in the technology available to the player?


I would have went with a meta-game set-up.  The topic is very complex, and we don't want people following different interpretations of the various  civilizations we may come in contact with.  Or at least have a DnD approach.
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Re: H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2009, 03:40:29 pm »
On whose side are we playing?  What restrictions on alignment/ability to feel emotions are set on the Martians (Who discarded their previous genes for a more "superior" brain)?

What style is this game going to be?

What shall be determined as "canon"?  Will Ray Bradbury's martians also come into play?

As we are using several books of the time period, will "human" technology come into play?  Like the Time Machine (Of course, time travel is forbidden, but you know what I mean.)  or Aetheric traversers?  Will Newtonian portals be allowed?

Will current physics be modified to adapt to the many ideas of the authors who we are using?  What effect would the use of an aether have in the technology available to the player?


I would have went with a meta-game set-up.  The topic is very complex, and we don't want people following different interpretations of the various  civilizations we may come in contact with.  Or at least have a DnD approach.
We will be playing on the sides of the Allied Martians, the Martian Overlords, and the humans. Martian Overlords can feel emotion, but not on as large a scale as humans or other Martians. (They decided to genetically enhance themselves.)

This will be in the style of a dialogue-rich RP, with players describing what is happening in great detail. There shall be no stats.

Ray Bradbury's Martians are not in the game. The story is that of H. G. Wells' novel, except the Martian Overlords are engaged in a conflict with the Green Martians. The Green Martians are there as characters only, and events from the Barsoom series are non-canon. The Martian Overlord war machines are:
The Fighting Machine, the primary offensive weapon and the tripods seen in the book. It is a massive metal tripod 90 feet tall armed with a Heat-Ray, an invisible beam of heat that melts through steel like a knife through paper projected by a camera-like thing. It can be equipped with a rocket launcher that launches rockets full of black smoke, a very dense and very poisonous vapor that is turned to harmless dust by water. It has many tentacles, which it sometimes uses to catch humans and put them in a metal basket on its back. The captured humans are drained of their blood, which is injected into a Martian Overlord's blood vessels. Martian Overlords have no digestive system.
The Flying Machine is a flat, broad, and very large machine built near London and first tested after the HMS Thunder Child was destroyed. It is used primarily for deploying black smoke, but it is experimental and is used only for a few test flights during the invasion.

The only human technology that will come into play is the real-life 1898 technology such as ironclads. Remember that the only timeline is from The War of the Worlds by both H. G. Wells and Jeff Wayne, and that other literary elements like the Venusian terrorists and Green Martians are there only as characters and such, without their traditional backstory.

No. H. G. Wells used real-life physics.

I suppose so. However, why don't we decide on our roles in the RP for now? I'll be the GM, and I suppose omegatripod will(obviously) play the role of the Elder Martian Overlord in charge of the war machines, strategies and such. I think I should mention that Martian government leaders consist of an Elder Council of thirteen(I think) members. There used to be a Supreme Overlord-type guy, but he was telepathically killed by the entire population.
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Re: H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2009, 03:24:19 pm »
Here's the intro. It's the same as the RP except the Martian Overlords are involved in a planet-wide war with the Green Martians, so the statement about not needing such weaponry in over 5,000 years is false. Also, the Heat-Ray is invisible and the RP will commence right before the launching of the cylinders, so any Martian players can RP as a soldier in the war and human players can RP about the eruptions of gas on Mars. I should note that the cylinders were launched a few years before they arrived on Earth because of the great distance between the two planets.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMsJqYwvkY8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMsJqYwvkY8</a>
(By the way, that thing in the gas chamber is a humanoid Martian species. They are bred by Martian Overlords for blood and are speculated to be the evolutionary ancestors of the Overlords.)

So, characters, anyone? Overlords? Humans? Green Martians?
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Re: H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2009, 02:35:57 pm »
Oh, come on, everyone. This is a great idea for an RP.
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Re: H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds RP OOC and Planning
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2009, 05:13:36 pm »
That requires that you have read all that extra junk.  ::)

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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2009, 05:32:44 pm »
That requires that you have read all that extra junk.  ::)
You only have to read one novel, which is the absolute farthest thing from junk you will ever read in your entire life. >:( The other things you can just look up on Wikipedia or whatever.
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2009, 05:37:11 pm »
Reading said novel requires buying said novel or finding it somewhere.

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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2009, 06:26:32 pm »
Yes.  It is totally retarded that we should have to read something just to do an rp and stuff.
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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2009, 08:14:53 pm »
Yes.  It is totally retarded that we should have to read something just to do an rp and stuff.
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