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Gaslight Investigations

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Gaslight Investigations is a game which has already existed in a previous incarnation. Through player attrition and a game system switch to FATE, I need to recruit.

There will be one returning player so this should feel as much like a brand new game as possible.

I'll be looking for 2-4 players.

P.S. A quick word on FATE. This will be the first time I will be GMing a FATE game. I don't think it will inhibit my ability to effectively GM, but for those who are FATE experts/purists, you should take my experience into account as you decide whether to apply.

I will review the applications, the applicants’ user stats on mythweavers, and may ask some follow-up questions if necessary.

Then, I’ll pick the players, notify them, and we’ll move into the game forum...

Thanks everyone!

Game Description:

Game Concepts
This is a Horror/Detective game set in Victorian London (1880's).

The world looks and feels like the historical era. The key difference is that supernatural/magical elements can be involved, although they generally remain in the hands of the GM. The PCs are on their own, using legends, etc to aid them. The PCs will have only their wits and skills to defeat these threats and, even when a little supernatural/magic is given to them, its use is likely limited to the outcome of the current adventure. Supernatural/magical enemies will not be the only enemies. Horror can also apply to deviant actions by normal people (i.e. Jack the Ripper).

At the onset of the game, the characters have been brought together in an ad-hoc investigative group. This group is the brain child of a Dr. Anton Arnheim; a preeminent alienist and subject matter expert for Scotland Yard (officially known as the "Criminal Investigations Division"). Their regular inspectors, inadequate to deal with the more macabre incidents London is subject to, have turned to Dr. Arnheim's group, which has been granted official status, with each of its members given papers that identify them as "Consultants" of the Metropolitan Police Force's (MPF) Criminal Investigations Division (CID).

So you can get a feel for where I'm coming from here are some of the stories that have informed my thinking on this game:

The movie “From Hell”
The book “The Alienist” (* excellent read!)
The TV series’: X-Files, Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
Anything from Lovecraft

Originally Posted by Foucault View Post
and am on and off thinking about how to use Fate to run a game in the Mass Effect universe.
There are 3 games that may help you. Diaspora, even though you will likely needed to do a bit of work. Starblazer Adventures is a space opera that might work well, and then there is Bulldogs! which aside from a nonstandard Fate character creation might be right up your alley.

Originally Posted by Foucault View Post
8. I'd think we succeed if we complete just one adventure, with at least half our starting members. I've found games on these boards to be wildly polarised. Sometimes games get a bunch of interested people and exciting characters and die in a month. But another game I play we've had a largely continuous group with a single DM since the release of D&D 4th edition. And the games that survive, they are epic. Once everyone knows their characters and the game the play by post format allows for terrific characterisation and beautiful plots and settings.
I couldn't agree more.

We succeed if we complete just one adventure...

That just says something about the nature of PbP (and probably RPG in general) doesn't it?

I think people tend to underestimate the difficulty of keeping a game going through completion. Role playing is a team sport and it takes everyone working together to get to the finish line.

ATTENTION: I am going to close the advertisement on Sunday, so please if you have an interest in applying finish up your app as soon as possible. Then I'll review and send out the invitations.

Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest so far!

I updated my app to include some writing samples...

That is all


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