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Noth
11/03/2006 5:29 PM

A while ago i wrote a book about zombification, a fiction. It took place in a city called Rust Creek, where the main character Seth has been tracking a criminal for 2 days until a odd diesease sweeps America (in 2007) he heads to a downtown house and the story unravels.

The book is not 100% done yet but, i thought it would be cool to have a RP where there are people in a city(or suburb) and the outbreak happens and they need to survive by boarding up a mall, home, store, ect and they try to live with each other and help each other survive. (There would be just zombies no Res. Evil monsters, and they would be the ones in the remake of Dawn of the Dead, so they run) Ive seen the similar ones but i liked the idea of 2-? of people being stuck in a store (building) and they have to pick a leader,ration food, board up exits,etc, all the while trying not to die. (virus is not airbourne btw) Good idea? Bad idea?

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/04/2006 11:04 AM

Sounds interesting. This would have to be not cheesy though. This sorta Zombie theme can be easily cheesy.

jegsar
11/04/2006 10:01 PM

well that is a bit similar to the movie but it could work, and as Both said it's easy to make a little too cheesy.

Flark
11/05/2006 8:21 AM

Zombie RP's can a lot of fun if done well, but I agree with you guys that it can easy venture into the ridiculous without a firm GM to prevent any Godmoding style behaviour.

Noth, how are were you planning on running things? Are you going to be controlling all of the zombie characters or would you allow the players to control some of them at certain times? Also, are you planning on controlling a main human character as well, or just taking control of the zombies and any lesser important characters?

Anyway, I'm interested in joining if you go through with the idea.

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/05/2006 12:53 PM

I will join also, just want to ensure an anti-Cheesy enviroment.

Noth
11/07/2006 4:54 AM

I think id control zombies around 90% of the time and id have minor characters like a police officer or what ever, not any of the main ones. There would be no "god characters" if you die, then your dead. No automatic guns, chainsaws, swords, etc. If anyone has any ideas then post them, we can talk about it and see what is the best way of doing this.

Flark
11/07/2006 8:47 AM


No automatic guns, chainsaws, swords, etc.

I wouldn't outright ban items such as this, only make sure they appear in moderation and in a realistic way.

For example, to try to keep it real I'd say player characters should have to be ordinary everyday people, not military or police. Therefore no one should be starting the RP and just happen to be carrying a samurai sword or an M16 with built in 203 grenade launcher.

Although it would not be considered unrealistic if for example at some stage the RP, the military happen to show up in an attempt to deal with the problem, that they would be carrying automatic weapons.


If anyone has any ideas then post them, we can talk about it and see what is the best way of doing this.

Why don't you tell us a little more about the story you wrote which you are basing this RP on? I don't know if you want to tell us about how the disease started or if you would prefer to keep that hidden for now and let our characters try to figure it out for themselves in the RP? It's entirely up to you, we can give suggestions or ideas but you're the GM so you need to come up with the main plot.

Noth
11/07/2006 4:16 PM

Well in the book the diesase is spread by bioterrorists and they only appear in major citys to plant the diesase somewhere all people will be infected by it. (places where is can spread very quickly to a large amount of people (like a nightclub/rave) In the story the 7 main characters (5 die) hold out in a community centers where they set up a base if you can call it that. We could do anything, they could all meet or some could be in diffrent locations. And to the chain saws etc, thats fine as long as its not like going into your shed and getting out a chain saw that never runs out of gas or an Ak-47, if the millitary comes then this would have to take place in a city rather a town or suburb etc. Knifes are ok, baseball bats, hunting rifles, pistols, all depending on who you are. Any other questions ideas?

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/08/2006 8:04 AM

Sounds Interesting. We can all start like we are in the normal world and slowly it becomes an outbreak. We start when it becomes the worst.

Flark
11/08/2006 8:26 AM

Well it's all sounding quite good to me.

Jegsar, you're very quiet, are you still up for this?

Noth, basically I think we're all in agreement on the sort of direction we want to take things. I think it's about time you took the bull by the horns and got this show off the road.

Use your own judgement, but if I were you I'd start with an outbreak being released in a fairly populated area where lots of people will be infected. Just begin as if you were starting a story and well introduce our character to fit the scene and setting.

Noth
11/08/2006 2:55 PM

Alright sounds good, so i post this under genreal RP? And should we make character sheets or what ever you guys do? And when we do this exactly will we take over control of the story or should we just play as our characters? Ive been in some where we have the fourms read like this: "The zombie lungs forward towards Kerg and trys to bite his neck." then the next post
"Kreg swings the pipe at the monsters head smashing in his skull and thorwing it backwards onto the concrete." or should we make like a big paragraph and control other peoples characters like: "The zombie lungs forward towards Kerg and trys to bite his neck. Kerg dodges the zombie and hits it in the back with his metal pipe and runs towrds the door, hoping the other side doesnt have any more monsters."?

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/08/2006 5:02 PM

Morel ike the second. We write sorat partos of stories and then, leave it to ther people to write their own characters to fit with everyone.

Flark
11/09/2006 7:56 AM


Alright sounds good, so i post this under genreal RP?

Correct.


And should we make character sheets or what ever you guys do?

Yes we usually do. It's up to you as GM how detailed they need to and what they need to include. We can post them in the OOC section once you've set up the thread. Alternatively, with a bit more information on how the RP is going to start we could post them here before we begin, which might make things easier for you. But first you'd have to give us more details on how you plan to start?


And when we do this exactly will we take over control of the story or should we just play as our characters?

We aim to only play our own characters, although sometimes it can be necessary to control someone else's in order to make the RP flow. In these instances we must try to make it as subtle and minimal as possible. As GM you especially need to keep an eye on this sort of thing to make sure everyone is playing fairly. In this RP, since players should be working together instead of fighting each other this shouldn't really be a problem.

It's generally acceptable for players to control minor actions of lesser important NPC's, namely the zombies.

Let create a simple scene as an example:

Imagine I'm in a corridor. You've just made a post explaining I can hear the sounds of tens of zombies approaching from behind, but there is a lone one blocking my path.

My next post could be something like;

[i]Flark sprinted head on towards the zombie who barred his path. As he neared it, it's gnarled hands quickly snapped up intent on tearing out his throat. Instinctively Flark slid to the ground on his right side and took the creatures legs from under it, almost bringing it down on top of him. Instantaneously as he spring back to his feet Flark hit the creature with a left jab to the side of it's head sending it sprawling face down on the ground.[/i]

Here I've made quite a good quality post explaining my actions. Although I have controlled the zombie slightly, I haven't done so in an unrealistic or unreasonable way. Another important thing I have done is left my post open for you as the GM to determine if the zombie is going to remain stunned so that I can run past, or if it is somehow going to grab me.

Alternatively I could have posted something like this;

[i]Flark sprinted head on towards the zombie who barred his path. As he neared it, it's gnarled hands quickly snapped up intent on tearing out his throat. Instinctively Flark slid to the ground, taking the creatures legs from under it. Springing back to his feet Flark stamped hard on the back of the creature's neck and heard the crunching of breaking bones. Quickly checking he was clear of any cuts or scratches, he then continued on his way leaving the zombie laying motionless in his tracks.[/i]

Here I have given the GM absolutely no say whatsoever on whether or not I manage to get past the zombie. In a single post I've cleared the obstacle the he has put in front of me. Although I haven't exactly gone overboard in controlling the zombie, I would class this as overstepping the boundaries and as a GM I'd be a little pissed off.

AnimusAniKorSaxcian
11/09/2006 12:25 PM

Yes however, as a GM I believe it is important to decipher whether an overstep is creative or godmodding. GMing is an important role.

Noth
11/16/2006 2:39 PM

Alright so will we make the character sheets here? on this post? if so then il give the info and we can start it up. (Sry i was gone for a week)

Flark
11/17/2006 4:32 AM


Alright so will we make the character sheets here? on this post? if so then il give the info and we can start it up. (Sry i was gone for a week)

Whichever way you want to do it Bossman. Here is fine.

Noth
11/19/2006 8:08 PM

Alright give the char sheets here with job/name/age etc. basic for a rp.

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