Nerd-o-rama ([personal profile] nerdorama) wrote2017-04-19 10:57 am

Interest Post for Valorstuck

Okay, I'm going to stop pretending that this isn't a thing that's happening.

I recently finished the incredibly pop cultural webcomic Homestuck and I want to run a tabletop game on roll20 in a similar setting. Now just as a disclaimed before we get started, this is going to take concepts and structures from the Homestuck multiverse - Sburb and its whole deal, mainly - but will not have any particular connection to the story or characters within that comic. References, yes. All the references? No. All of them? Still no. Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff? Well yes that's a multiversal constant.

I'm also probably going to ignore someone's headcanons. Sorry. I completely ignored this fandom while it was actually active so I'm just plain not aware of some stuff, like apparently some people thought the Condesce was unkillable? When did that ever get established and why are there multiple fancomic grimdark AUs built around that premise? Long-lived is not the same thing as immortal, Jegus. Unless I missed something in-comic but also fair warning: I do that sometimes and I don't generally care. Update upon further research into Doc Scratch's troll fanfiction immortality until services rendered to Lord English is complete is stated for the Handmaid and implicitly transferred to the Condesce but frankly even if he wasn't circumstantial-simultaneously wiped out he had no interest in keeping her alive beyond the point where the B2 session was completed given her entire plan after that point was "flip English the double bird and make a new empire" full of shitty trolls he'd just have to double-kill again. But I digress.


So yeah just don't expect what you'd expect from a long time fan OR from the actual comic and let's just wing this crap like proper fantasyscape conjurers.

Lengthy preamble that I hope Homestuck fans are used to aside this is an Interest Check for playing out Sburban adventures on a virtual tabletop with our own original characters (I know, I know, please cleanse your mind of previous fandom connotations, I promise it's normal.) Here's the details.

Medium: online tabletop. An account is required to play, but it's free.
System: Valor: The Heroic Roleplaying System, by Austin "BeholdTheVoid" MacKenzie and Alan "ProfessorProf" Gordon. There'll be some Houserules that I'm still formulating, which I'll go over the basics of later. If you don't know Valor, you're absolutely welcome to play. Once you get a nice auto-calculating character sheet (which Roll20 has, coded up by Prof himself), it's a very newbie-friendly system.
Setting: For those of you who don't know Homestuck, the basis of the story is about four internet friends who want to play a computer game. The game, Sburb, has serious real world consequences and draws the players into its own fantasy-esque setting, and also time and causality kind of stop having any linear meaning. At all. I'll leave the details out so anyone new to the concept can be pleasantly surprised.

Starting Date: I'm going to percolate this for a while so let's say, I dunno, the second or third week of June? Two months sounds good.

What I need from you guys: I'm looking for four players, no more and no less. In a normal RPG I could take one or two more but I'm going to try to do what the comic does and really focus on personal plots so 4's the cap.

Your name: >Avoid interrogatives about specific douchebags
Availability: Let me know what times and days of the week you're available to play the game. Currently, I'm only available after 7 pm Central Time on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and after 8 pm on Wednesdays. Friday and Saturday I could swing but...I'm married. Do you know how hard it is to go on a date with your wife when you have a kid?
Character Concept: This will preferably include a Name, a Personality (bullet points or a paragraph is fine), and Interests (books, movies, hobbies, the kind of stuff DW asks you about when you make an account and no one ever fills in). The interests can be pretty wide - this Earth is like our Earth, but with the occasional wacky science fiction you surely expect from a webcomic about gamers by now. If you want to be an expert on teleporters or whatever, go for it. Generally speaking, characters should be somewhere in the emotional maturity state of adolescence - if we were emulating canon they'd all be 13 (or maybe 16), but we're not, and the exact number is less important than the perpetual feeling of existential angst.

Also, if you know Homestuck and have any preferences for Class or Aspect let me know and I'll take them under advisement (no guarantees, things may be changed to suit the plot), and if you know Valor and have an idea of how you want to build your character mechanically you can mention it. If you don't know either of these things, don't worry about it. We'll work stuff out later.
Anything in particular you want included in this game? Homestuck is a huge, sprawling, and poorly-canonically-developed setting. Like Star Wars. Anything in particular you want to see in the game goes here. I'm expecting at least several people to answer "trolls", and don't worry, I've got plans for those guys. If anyone's interested in playing one, let me know.
Questions: I'm not so great at organizing my thoughts or anticipating things, so please ask me any
A cute animal: Post gifs. You're going to anyway.

Anyway, that's about it.

Wait shit I should have planned this in Fate, I could have made an 8 pun. Dammit.
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[personal profile] fashionable_yapping 2017-04-19 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Name: Kaja
Availability: Thursdays at 7 pm CST and no later. That's the only good availability time for you that I'm available for. (I already have games on Tuesday, Sundays, and theoretically Wednesdays.)
Character concept: Her nickname's Bin, short for Binary Jackson. Doesn't realize how strange her name is.
* Bubbly
* Both gets easily distracted and focused to the point where she doesn't notice stuff.
* Naive, isolated upbringing.
* Reacts to violence with disproportional violence.
* Has odd ideas about the outside world thanks to some weird television.
* Overdoes things sometimes.
* Robotics.
* AIs.
* Making shit in general.
* Reading and weird television.
* Punching things.
* Cooking wildlife that's been punched to death.
* Taxidermy.
Stuff I want to see in the game: Weird self-actualizing transformations. (Think fairy wings, or Jade's whole furry thing.)
Questions: Nothing comes to mind.
Mad animal gifz:
Edited 2017-04-19 18:31 (UTC)
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[personal profile] haremtrap 2017-04-19 06:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Name: Eric who hates Nerdo for doing this
Availability: Current game nights are Monday and Friday, so those are no good. Weekends CAN work, but weeknights are preferrable. Also I hate you.
Character Concepts:
Noname as of yet
- Prince of Doom: destroys destruction. Protects things. Builds a path through hopeless situations. Fixes things and people
- Lives above a mechanic's shop with the Mechanic.
- Wrenchkind.
- Touchy because they don't like everyone assuming that because they live with a mechanic they must just LOVE fixing cars and shit
- Actually DOES like fixing things but confused about it
- Self proclaimed mediator/diplomat
- Mechanisms
- Aliens
- Movies about first contact with aliens
- Astronomy
- Trolls that they found out about somehow

Alternatively I want to do some kind of Time character because I love me some convoluted time travel shenanigans but I'm not sure what the details on this would be yet.
Anything in particular you want in this game: - Make it easier for characters to die horribly. Maybe at like -40% hp instead -100% or something. Death is cheap in Homestuck
- For Nerdo to make personal fourth wall breaking cameos in the campaign and get killed by the endboss.
- What? That's literally setting appropriate.
Questions: Homestuck seems to rarely have multiple characters in the same place, preferring everyone being off doing their own thing while chatting online most of the time. Are you going to make any attempt to replicate that or just protect your own sanity and have us moving as a party through each player's various lands (and wherever else we end up going)?
A cute animal:
I hate you for doing this to me, Nerdo
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[personal profile] haremtrap 2017-04-21 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
After some thought I think I'm actually going to withdraw my interest in this game for now, but good luck, sir.
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[personal profile] haremtrap 2017-04-23 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah sure.
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[personal profile] nonono7 2017-04-19 10:40 pm (UTC)(link)
NAME emily
AVAILABILITY tbd, but saturdays are good
iris manawa
thief of time
born in the fucking 1800s
has terminal illness of unknown (plot-important, poss. alien) origin, will die in a matter of days (!!!)
through time-fuckery, kidnaps herself from the 1800s
currently lives in a hospital 24/7 hooked up to IVs that will prevent her illness from progressing
once out of the hospital will have to steal time from others to live :)
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[personal profile] cawfullyironic 2017-04-19 11:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Name:: Athy
Availability: Weds would be best for me, unless something changes

Character Concept Teagan Murphy

- Hot headed
- daredevil
- adrenaline junky
- snarky
- daydream believer
- obsessed with fairy tales, urban legends, ghost stories ect

- nature
- faerie/ghost/monster hunting
- photography (both natural and supernatural)
- high fantasy and horror
- because she believes so hard in ghosts. etc, she's hellbent in proving everything wrong so SHE can be proved wrong. She just.. gets really excited sometimes.
- getting her ass lost and then getting herself unlost

Anything in particular you want in this game: Shenanigans
Questions: Not at the moment!
Cute animal:
biichan: Homestuck kids silhouettes (homestuck: kid silhouettes)

[personal profile] biichan 2017-04-27 10:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Your name: bii
Availability: Within your time frame: Wednesdays before 10pm CST, Thursdays starting mid-May, Sundays. I'm also available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays with a much clearer availability, but I know those aren't your preferred days. Tuesdays are ????
Character Concept: Lucy Hirsch (or possibly Kravitz???), age fourteen-ish, maybe fifteen? High school freshman. Lives in Chicago, I'm thinking. LET ME BE YOUR SPACE PLAYER.

*I mean they're all nerds but she's an academic nerd
*Brought up by grandparent that expects her to excel academically
*And especially when it comes to things like the complicated maths and science and especially genetics for some reason?
*And she does okay with things like that, but her deep dark secret is that her true academic interests lie in literature
*May have taught herself how to read Middle English at some point for Chaucer purposes
*Jane Austen is her heroine and she will rant about how her novels aren't romances, they're comedies of manners omg you guys
*Can in fact be really pendantic about shit sometimes
*Is the friend that corrects grammar
*Is the friend who actually uses punctuation and grammar online
*Will never tell anyone she actually also likes Georgette Heyer

*Mage, Maid, or Rogue, probably
*Prospit dreamer
*Boring array modus that she thinks is quite practical
*Strife specibi and sprite to be spur of the moment decisions in game
*Suprise me with planet/consorts okay well the planet would be AND FROGS but you know.

Anything in particular you want included in this game? Alchemy maybe????? I love alchemizing stupid shit.
Questions: Will ectobiology be a thing? I assume it would be.
A cute animal:
(Morganna counts)
Edited 2017-04-27 22:27 (UTC)