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Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:03 am
by Mr. Handy
Each player should choose three characters, though you are optionally allowed a total of four. The survivors are divided into three groups, as follows:
Staff (at both the truck stop and the motel)
Visitors
Helicopter Group

Characters are given out on a first come, first served basis. You pick them by replying to this thread and telling me which ones you want, and then I'll send you their secrets by PM. Once you've received their secrets, your decision is final.

If you have pictures you'd like to use for your characters, you can post them here and I'll insert them in the Character Sheets thread (replacing any that already exist).

The following restrictions apply to choosing starting characters:
  • You may have no more than four characters in all
  • You may not choose characters labeled "Played by Keeper"
  • You may have a maxmium of two characters in any one group. If you do choose two characters from the same group, you should avoid taking characters that are connected to each other. This will give you a more diverse experience, and it will also mean your characters are less likely to be in the same place when there's danger, and thus you'll be less at risk of losing multiple characters at once. However, you may take at most one character from the Helicopter Group. I will allow three characters from the Visitors group, since it has so many characters in it, provided that you're taking four characters in all.
  • You should preferably take one character in each of the three groups. However, since the Helicopter Group has only five characters, if all of the characters in that group are taken, you will have to choose characters from the other groups. Ideally, I want the Helicopter Group to consist entirely of PCs.
  • When making your initial choices, choose no more than one character from each group at first to give other players a wider selection. After everyone has had a chance to choose initial characters, you may go back and add one or more characters, up to the maximum of four in all. I'll let you know when you can take additional characters from the same group.

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:23 pm
by Raiko
Staff (The Truck Stop):

Lynne - but, I'm actually happy to play any of three waitress characters.

Visitors (The Motel):

I'd like to play Baldwin please.

The Helicopter:

I don't mind being the one who misses out, so the rest of you can all have a character in this group - I'm also okay picking last, seeing as I got in first to the other groups. There are lots of motel characters that I like, so happy for my character#3 to be a second motel character. :)

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:07 pm
by Starspawn338
Here's my choices for characters:

The Truck Stop
Mitchell
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The Motel
Gary
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The Helicopter
Jim Kerr
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Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:16 am
by Silver Priest
Do you have room for any more players Mr. Handy? If so, I might pick a character in the first two groups, but would probably leave helicopter for the earlier players.

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:40 am
by Mr. Handy
Yes, there's plenty of room! Welcome aboard! Feel free to pick your characters now, and there are still four helicopter group characters left. I do want them all to be chosen by players eventually, so feel free to take one now if you like.

The first two groups are actually separated into Staff and Visitors, rather than Truck Stop and Motel. Mr. and Mrs. Foo and Ellen Cody are all part of the Staff group.

Baldwin is a great character, and things may play out differently now that he's a PC. His picture was one of Ving Rhames, though the link to it (and several other pictures) is dead.

Raiko and Starspawn, I've sent you your character secrets in PMs.

I made Mitchell 22 instead of 20, as I realized he's supposed to already have graduated college.

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:09 am
by Silver Priest
Nice, thanks.I think I'll stuck with three for now, if that's alright.

Truck Stop/Staff

Thomas

Motel/Visitors

Tisha

Helicopter

Sean

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:18 am
by Mr. Handy
You're welcome. Yes, that's good. Three is the recommended number of characters, and you don't need to take a fourth. It may be a good idea to keep a slot open in case a new character turns up that you'd like. I'll PM you your characters' secrets shortly.

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:25 pm
by Mallard
Great - looking forward to getting started. Here is my list of desired characters.

Truck Stop/Staff
Charlie Moon

Motel/Visitors
Willie

Helicopter
Dr. Brigetta Hausman - If that's OK with everybody else?

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:43 am
by Mr. Handy
Excellent, they're yours! I've sent you a PM with their secrets. There are some good pairings developing here that should have you working together. Charlie Moon and Thomas are both kitchen staff, and Tisha and Willie are also connected.

I'm looking forward to getting started, but it may still be some time. I'm currently working on a lengthy introduction. Welsh wrote it for the original run, but I need to edit it and clean it up before I post it. That's more than halfway done. Then I'll need to set up the Rules and Guidelines thread, as well as a status thread with all the characters' current locations, weapons, checked skills, and so forth. Of course, there are still a few players who haven't chosen characters yet, so even if all that were done, we still wouldn't be able to start just yet.

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:13 am
by Cotton
If it's alright with everyone I'd like to take these guys

Staff
Mr. Foo

Visitors
Wallace Red Crow

Helicopter
Stephanie Bridges

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:44 am
by Mr. Handy
Excellent, they're yours! I've sent you their secrets. Mr. Foo and Stephanie were two of my characters when I was a player, and Stephanie is my favorite.

We now have two of the truck drivers as PCs, and we'll have all three if Dave takes David as he was considering.

At this point, enough time has passed that everyone is free to take additional characters up to the maximum of four.

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:32 pm
by Dave Syrinx
Visitors
David The Horny Truck Driver!

Bo Richards
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Helicopter Group
Bob Larkin
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Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:41 am
by Mr. Handy
Great, they're yours! I've sent you their secrets.

Bo was one of the characters I originally played too.

The helicopter group is now all taken, which is good. In the last run, nobody played Dr. Hausmann, which was okay. In some ways, it's good for the Keeper to play her, as she can be complex, but it's also good to have her be a PC so that the players drive that part of the story.

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:11 pm
by Mallard
Mr. Handy wrote:The helicopter group is now all taken, which is good. In the last run, nobody played Dr. Hausmann, which was okay. In some ways, it's good for the Keeper to play her, as she can be complex, but it's also good to have her be a PC so that the players drive that part of the story.


I’ll do my best not to get her killed in the first 3 posts!!!

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:16 pm
by Starspawn338
I posted pics of my characters here if you want to put them in the Character Sheet thread.

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:07 am
by Mr. Handy
Mallard wrote:
Mr. Handy wrote:The helicopter group is now all taken, which is good. In the last run, nobody played Dr. Hausmann, which was okay. In some ways, it's good for the Keeper to play her, as she can be complex, but it's also good to have her be a PC so that the players drive that part of the story.


I’ll do my best not to get her killed in the first 3 posts!!!

She actually did almost die early on in the first run of the game, and in fact her arm got broken, so Stephanie still had to rise to the occasion. Both of them actually survived as far as I'd gotten in the original run of the game.

Starspawn338 wrote:I posted pics of my characters here if you want to put them in the Character Sheet thread.

Done!

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:15 am
by RonaHattingh
Hi, sorry I am late.

Character selection:

Truck stop:

Rosie - waitress

Motel 8:

Ellen Cody - Housekeeper

Visitor:

Jim - Runaway

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:00 am
by Mr. Handy
Welcome, Rona! The characters are yours, and I've sent you their secrets in a PM.

Raiko, you're free to choose a third character from those that are left, and everyone may take a fourth if you wish, though three is still perfectly fine. There are plenty of extra characters in case more players join us, though that is likely to change once the game is underway...

Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:58 am
by Dave Syrinx
I´m saving a slot for upcoming locations 8-)
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Re: Character Selection and Discussion

PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:08 pm
by Dave Syrinx
So, Beth and Robert are at the café as well? Could you provide pictures of them, Mr H?
Also, will you add the prolog for the new players to read through? It gives some good advice on surviving and sets the scene quite well.

Then, it´s just "Camera, and shoot!"