xenologer: (happy!)
I am not currently playing with the vast majority of you, therefore I come bearing mutants and magic and MAD SCIENCE!

Metro City is here for excellently tongue-in-cheek superhero shenanigans for all your modern kitchen-sink supernatural roleplaying needs. We care about having comedy with our drama and diversity among our characters. I know that for me, a lot of boards can get so bogged down in being gritty and dark that the impact is lost because there's no dynamic contrast. If there's a little comedy (or a lot) thrown in, those dramatic notes stand out a lot more and it's easier to appreciate them, in my opinion. I know that I've learned a lot about comedic writing from being on this board.

Part of the comedy around Metro City is that we like to lampshade comic tropes. We actually factor in "trope coverage" to some plot decisions, because if we're going to be a superhero setting well naturally we'll eventually need to have twins who both have complimentary powers (check) and a teen hero team (teen swarm check) and a villain/hero romance (check) and Obligatory Clone Plot and Obligatory Alien Plot (check) and Obligatory Power Loss Plot (we have not done all of these yet but we keep them in mind as options because we respect our heritage).

We're writing in a comic book style setting, which means occasionally that we have to poke fun at our roots a little, just to make it clear that we know when they deserve it. We also try to improve on our roots by having characters of all races, genders, orientations, and ages, which is not something the big comic publishers have historically been terribly great at.

Now here is the Obligatory Ad Posting.



Daring, virtuous heroes.

Despicable, vile villains.

Dark, unknowable renegades.

Which one are YOU?

Three hundred years ago, Metro City was built around an ancient meteor impact site that emitted a strange radiation signature. Only within the last few decades was it discovered that this energy was tied to the emergence of superpowers in the world. Nowadays, heroes, villains, and renegades battle it out for control of the city's fate.

Metro City is eager for new storytellers. Come on down and see what we're about!

Details about the game are found here. Contact an admin here.

Date: 2012-08-25 03:56 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] elf
elf: Life's a die, and then you bitch. (Gamer Geek)
It looks interesting. Does it welcome newbie online-RPers? I'm poking around through the archives and character lists, trying to get a sense of how it works, and can't quite figure out where to start. (Read some of the rules etc, but there's no simple "If you'd like to play, START HERE" post.

What's a renegade? Just someone who's neither hero nor villain? (I think I'd like to play a renegade.)

Date: 2012-08-25 04:24 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] elf
elf: Life's a die, and then you bitch. (Gamer Geek)
I looked around at the board, did some googling for other online RPs (gah, they're hard to find... there's no *label* difference between text-based forum RP and things like City of Heroes and Champions Online.), checked out a few different rulesets and character templates. So I've got a general sense of how it works, but that doesn't help with, "would *this* board be okay with *my* style of awkward newbie mistakes?" (Looks like maybe yes?)

Should I pester you with total-newbie questions (because I know you), or write to the appointed mod-person?

Date: 2012-08-25 05:38 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] elf
elf: Life's a die, and then you bitch. (Gamer Geek)
Things I don't know:

Where do the character pictures come from? Just crawl around Flickr or Google images and look for something appropriate, or something else? (I'm looking for images. Apparently, I've picked a hard concept. Gah.)

Is it reasonable to make a full character outline and then submit it, or should I really talk to someone first? (I've got plenty of practice writing up character backgrounds and making them reasonable within games. I just don't know how much connection with the world/other characters is expected. I won't have any problems leaving spots for hooks to connect to.)

Where would I post first on the forums?

Date: 2012-08-25 12:28 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] inverarity.livejournal.com
ext_402500: (Default)
I used to be heavy into message RPing, and even ran some long-duration superhero games. Sigh... I am tempted, but I am not sure I'd stick with it.

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