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[UNIFIED] DISCUSSION (v5)

VivixenneVivixenne aDAWRable!Registered User regular
edited June 2007 in Social Entropy++
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WIKI AND SIGNUPS GET THE GREEN LIGHT ON JUNE 16TH, 2007. Stop fucking asking, sheesh.

What is Unified?
Unified is a forum-based multiplayer RPG. It is designed to accomodate a large quantity of players, of varying levels of involvement and interest.
It will be run in Of Dice and Men, Penny Arcade's tabletop/RPG forum, starting June 16th.
Is there a time commitment?
No, not really. The game is not "real-time", nor does it require you to be online at certain times, or adhere to a certain number of posts per week. A person can actively participate in the game with only checking in once or twice a week and making a handful of posts.

How many players will be involved?
That is still undecided. The game has thus far generated massive interest, far beyond what I expected at this point, so I'm still figuring out the number of players that I will have. Theoretically the game can have an unlimited number of players, but for practicality purposes I will probably have a hard cap for the number of players at the start of the game, and I will expand it later.

What is the setting like?
The setting of Unified is quite unique. It takes place in an alternate history, in the year 2019. Before the year 2000, the world of Unified was one similar to many other comic book superheroic settings: A world of powerful heroes and diabolic villains, with the fate of the world in the balance.
In the year 2000, that changed: A race of alien robotic creatures called the Anathema invaded Earth from another dimension, and it was only thanks to Earth's mightiest heroes that the world was saved. However, in the aftermath of this nearly-apocalyptic event, those same heroes decided that the best thing for the world's safety would be to take it over.
Now, 15 years later, the Singular Unified Nation (S.U.N.) is ruled with an iron-fist by the superhuman paragon Ultimatum. His superpowered army/police force, the Vanguard, maintain order and recruit nascent superhumans to their ranks. There are many other factions, powers, and stories at work in this world as well.

What game mechanics system does it use?
Unified uses it's own system, designed by me specifically for both this campaign and the environment it will be played in. It is designed to be optimized for forum-based roleplaying, and the combat system in particular is designed to be both dynamic and simple, allowing for a great amount of creativity while still maintaining a basic structure keeping it as an actual game instead of just a piece of collaberative fiction.

Where can I find out more about the setting and/or the game system?
A great wealth of info can be gained by reading this preview thread, and the one before it. There is no single summary post that explains everything. I am currently working on a PBWiki database, which will go up in a few weeks, and will allow you to search for any element of the game mechanics or setting you need to know about, in one easily referenced resource. When that wiki goes up, I'll relate an announcement to it.

How do I create a character? I see a lot of people have created characters already, complete with stats.
People are far more advanced and clever than I really had considered when I made the original preview thread. Based on the Q&A and previews I've posted sporadically through-out this thread, clever posters have managed to discern and try to intuit aspects of the game mechanics and in many cases have gotten a lot right.
Some posters have even created summary posts, trying to assemble a rough idea of how character creation works. Ultimately, I suggest that you don't worry about it too much. While it may seem some other people are way ahead of the curve than you, nobody is truly locked into the game yet and no character stats posted should be considered final, approved, or official.

So what's this thread for, then?
This is a preview thread. It's designed to create interest and drum up anticipation. Think of it like a movie trailer or a onesheet poster (many examples of which have been posted through-out the thread). I've engaged in Q&A about the game world and mechanics spontaneously through-out the thread, and if you just look around, you can find out all kinds of interesting information.


Characters:

Fedora
blankspace247
Quetzi
Anjin-San
Scrumtrulescent
Green
Vivixenne
DarkPrimus
commie
SA
Favlaud
Darkblade_1
Rankenphile
ZeroZero
Harrier
Wiggin
Core
Wearingglasses
Fallout
Mr. Shine
Darkseid
CableCarrier
Kusugattai
Redeemer
Zombot
Mysst
mrpaku
Langly
Captain Cthulhu
Butler
Bendery
Lost2knight
sarakun
Cosmic Sombrero
Curly_Brace
Inquisitor
Utsanomiko
Lardalish
SeafoodSoup
<3
MadEddy
Run Run Run
Scooter
KingMole
#pipe
Reynolds
Last Updated at Man Seriously Does it Even Matter

COMBAT EXAMPLE
Pony's posted a sample combat post. Check it out HERE.

TENTATIVE ORGANIZATIONS:

The Offices:

The International Offices of Extrajudicial Execution, a division of Penumbra Inc (a company which does not actually even exist except for these purposes), more commonly known as The Offices, is an organization specializing in hired assassination work. They provide quality service and good clean deaths, with a specialization in superhuman and metahuman jobs. We're always looking for members, so if you think you have what it takes (lack of morals, sneaky skills), then PM Quetzi, the founding member. If you wish to hire The Offices for any job, the instructions to do so are here.


The Heroes United Group:
The premier Vanguard Beta through Gamma Zone Field Team. As you may have heard, we lost a good deal of our members a few months ago. Don't believe that this means we have lost our way. The all-new HUG is just as good, if not better than the old HUG. If you want to apply, please send a message to Heavyweight or Golem via your local Vanguard Agency.

-Heavyweight.

Here is the current HUG roster:

Active Team:
Heavyweight
Golem
Splice
Plasmatic
Dr. Insector

Reserves:
The Swashbuckler
The Elementalist
Genesis
Zeittaucher
Avicenna


The Ring of Gyges:

Information Pending.

Loosely Affiliated:
"The 54th St. Boogeyman"
"Caleb Riker"
"The Face"



Last Updated at 8:03PM Wednesday, May 23, 2007

ATTN NEWBS:

Need help with your character? Viv has you covered.

Need a character sheet? Darkblade has a resource you should look over.

Need a point of reference for your character sheet? Fedora chimes in with some info previously given by Pony.

Want a specialized Hardy Clinic Profile? Viv swings and hits one out of the park for you!*

*There is a waiting list.


Here are two of the most powerful characters in the game, again provided by Fedora:

Ultimatum
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Crius; Ruler of Greece, Titan of Old
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Fedora Art*:

Ultimatum
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Plasmatic
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HeavyWeight
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54th st. Boogeyman
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*STOP SWAMPING HIM YOU BASTARDS


SOUNDS OF THE WAR


UNIFIED SOUNDTRACK:
The Song of the Drifter [Pony]: http://www.padrehq.com/favlaud/Sounds/DrifterSong.mp3
Anathema Attacks [Redeemer]: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SFEX95PM

Themes By Redeemer:
Wounded Warsong (Theme of Genesis)
Agent Provocateur (Theme of Magpie)
Risen (Theme of Cruor)
Stone Guardian (Theme of Heavyweight)
If Nothing Matters (Theme of Blak Magik)
Whisper (Theme of The Face)
The Good Old Days (Theme of Peal)
Nocturne (Theme of Volje)
White Noise (Theme of Forever Zero)
Venus (Theme of La Espina)
The Tome of Eternity (Theme of Wordsmith)
Requiem Eyes (Theme of Bacunawa)
A Stray Child (Theme of Redeemer)


I will include a complete list of all the composed theme songs thus far; DO NOT PM ME WITH YOUR LINKS UNLESS IT WAS NOT DONE BY REDEEMER.

I will ask for a list of links from Redeemer himself.

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Here it is, the fifth and DEFINITELY LAST Unified thread before the game starts up. The OP will NOT be updated as often as previous threads; I will only update it to include whatever Pony wants to add.

If you're missing on the player list, I'll add you if I see you but it really should come down to Pony's one-on-one approval process now more than anything else, so I will not even bother keeping that list up-to-date until the game starts.

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  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS
    edited June 2007
    #pipe wrote: »
    I don't know why everyone is till confused about Munich.

    two words.
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    Man, Pony has said he has plans for Herr Führer, but I doubt he'd be that cliche.

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  • VivixenneVivixenne aDAWRable! Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    "The Raven Paradox, also known as Hempel's Paradox or Hempel's Ravens is a paradox proposed by the German logician Carl Gustav Hempel in the 1940s to illustrate a problem where inductive logic violates intuition. It reveals the problem of induction.

    Hempel describes the paradox in terms of a hypothesis that all ravens are black. This statement is equivalent, in logical terms, to the statement that all non-black things are non-ravens. If one were to observe many ravens and find that they were all black, one's belief in the statement that all ravens are black would increase. But if one were to observe many red apples, and concur that all non-black things are non-ravens, one would still become more sure that all ravens are black.

    The origin of the paradox lies in the fact that the statements "all Ravens are black" and "all non-black things are non-ravens" are indeed equivalent, while the act of finding a black raven is not at all equivalent to finding a non-black non-raven."

  • Forever ZefiroForever Zefiro Frame Runner Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    So, who's not a raven

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    you think Zombie Hitler does what pony tells him?

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  • mrpakumrpaku Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    i think this has something to do with robots

  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS
    edited June 2007
    I mean, it's not the actual bird I hate.


    It's the pecking and the oh my god he's got my eye and he's pecking out my tounge and D:

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  • Forever ZefiroForever Zefiro Frame Runner Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I think it has something to do with knowing something that is a non-raven, and having to connect it to what the raven is

    But you know, I could be completely wrong

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Man, fuck philosophy.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Blankspace wrote: »
    I mean, it's not the actual bird I hate.


    It's the pecking and the oh my god he's got my eye and he's pecking out my tounge and D:

    I used to be so scared of the Diablo 1 opening cinematic when I was a wee lad.

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  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Two odd questions, Pony.

    One....how long do you forsee Unified taking?

    Two...what's the limit on content? Pardon the ignorance here, but what's the furthest you can take shit in ODaM? I'd rather not get in trouble for saying outlandish shit there.

  • Forever ZefiroForever Zefiro Frame Runner Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Wait, what if you doublethink that all non-black things are ravens

    Oh god

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  • RedeemerRedeemer Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Also I created a gallery for the Unified posters I made

    Unified Poster Gallery

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  • GreenGreen Stick around. I'm full of bad ideas.Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Man, I kind of want a poster now

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  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Wait, what if you doublethink that all non-black things are ravens

    Oh god

    :D

  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    Two odd questions, Pony.

    One....how long do you forsee Unified taking?

    Two...what's the limit on content? Pardon the ignorance here, but what's the furthest you can take shit in ODaM? I'd rather not get in trouble for saying outlandish shit there.

    Dunno! Potentially it can go on for a very long time.

    I've got months of content all brewed up.

    Plus, the ability of the players to generate their own stories and stuff really makes it a lot larger than most RPGs.

  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I meant...like...what's the craziest shit I can say?

    Edit: I haven't had time to "feel these guys out".

  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    I meant...like...what's the craziest shit I can say?

    in what way

  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Anjin-San wrote: »
    Cursing and so forth.

    I have no idea.

    Ask the ODaM mods.

  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS
    edited June 2007
    ....I'm pretty sure you can cuss your little heart out as long as it's fairly on topic.



    These are the Penny Arcade forums after all.

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  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Blankspace wrote: »
    ....I'm pretty sure you can cuss your little heart out as long as it's fairly on topic.



    These are the Penny Arcade forums after all.

    Well yes but it seems like they may have a different tone there. I'll PM them some questions.

  • DarkseidDarkseid Registered User, ClubPA
    edited June 2007
    Green wrote: »
    Man, I kind of want a poster now

    All the cool kids are doing it.
    Spoiler:

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  • VivixenneVivixenne aDAWRable! Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Sound off your characters' places of birth , please. I'm curious.

    Genesis: Lausanne, Switzerland

    (Diana Hardy: Cairo, Egypt)
    (Shade: Caracas, Venezuela)

  • Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Blak Magik: Samara, Russia

  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Glitch: Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania

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  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS
    edited June 2007
    Jim was born in Dublin, Ireland but moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey shortly after birth.

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  • DarkseidDarkseid Registered User, ClubPA
    edited June 2007
    Stealth: Concord, California, Whatever the USA is called now

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Darkseid wrote: »
    Green wrote: »
    Man, I kind of want a poster now

    All the cool kids are doing it.

    I don't need a poster.

    I am content with my Ranedos art.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Actually a Magical Princess France, ApparentlyRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I'm thinking my computer is stored somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Either that, or a bunker deep underneath the New Mexico desert. I like that one a bit more...

    I didn't get a chance to copy my character entry! What do I do? :(

    Well it never got added to the first post anyways...

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  • GreenGreen Stick around. I'm full of bad ideas.Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Fairfax, Virginia

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Wordsmith: East London, South Africa

    Mean Green: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    The Veteran: Tennessee, United States of America
    Transfer: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    Noh: Kyoto, Japan

    I can post the others' PoB when I get around to it.

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  • FedoraFedora Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Pony wrote: »
    "That's so Raven"

    hmm, interesting

  • SorensonSorenson Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I got the raven thing, I think.
    Spoiler:
    Anyway, sheet's about as good as it gets, I think, so the PMs'll be flying soon.

    Zeittaucher
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    Faction: Vanguard/HASTE

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    Join the Wang Defense Force and help stop the insect menace!
    Help a poor bastard out! Read (or at least visit) my Bright Hub articles!
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  • RedeemerRedeemer Registered User
    edited June 2007
    South Ashfield, Maine

    It's more or less the location where Silent Hill is posited to be

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  • Mr. ShineMr. Shine Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Firebird was born in Denver, Colorado

    Yeah your alias says your captain Jean-Luc Picard of the United Federation of Planets, 'cause he won't speak English anyway.
  • BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS
    edited June 2007
    blankspace was born in SE++, Penny Arcade.

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  • GreenGreen Stick around. I'm full of bad ideas.Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Sorenson wrote: »
    I got the raven thing, I think.
    Spoiler:

    There's a reason it's in German

    There's also a reason why Pony posted the Artisan's promo image shortly thereafter

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