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Tell me about that setting...
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:37 UTC+1 No.32947493 Report

Tell me about that setting you've always wanted to use, /tg/. Why haven't you gotten the chance?

I've wanted to play a Dark*Matter game since for fucking ever. Every time I try recruiting players, I keep running into people who haven't seen The X-Files, so I can't explain the setting to them.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:39 UTC+1 No.32947525 Report

>>32947493
Then maybe you should label the game as an X-Files based game, so only people with X-Files knowledge will show up.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:46 UTC+1 No.32947617 Report

I want to play a game where all things are possible, but only through the world of politics. So vampires, werewolves, and sorcerers could all exist, but only in the realm of politics are their antics tolerated or accepted as scientific fact.

Thats kind of like Illuminati.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:47 UTC+1 No.32947637 Report

>>32947617
So basically it would be a roleplaying game without any violence whatsoever?
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:48 UTC+1 No.32947664 Report

>>32947637
No, the Storyteller could initiate violence, but if any character committed a physical attack they would be expelled from the group.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:49 UTC+1 No.32947677 Report

>>32947664
that kind of only benefits a certain kind of build, doesn't it? It discounts the opinions of those willing to resort to violence because of their beliefs.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:51 UTC+1 No.32947697 Report

>>32947664
IC group or OOC group?
The first sounds like an interesting campaign, but only for a very specific set of players.
The second sounds like the perfect setup for a godawful circlejerk for somebody with a power fantasy and control issues.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:53 UTC+1 No.32947739 Report

>>32947617
think about it.

the realm of politics is absurd.
its almost surrealist in its abstract cruelty.
only outside of politics would you ever find someone described as a somewhat decent person by anyone who knew them.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:55 UTC+1 No.32947778 Report

>>32947739
only someone who has absolutely no voice or say in how politics works could ever been seen as somebody who "should" be in office.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:58 UTC+1 No.32947812 Report

>>32947493
Politicians also have unprecedented access to almost anything they could ever want or need. It is not much of a stretch to say there might be things that even the most powerful people in the world still covet and want, but are unavailable to them.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:58 UTC+1 No.32947826 Report

I've always, ALWAYS wanted to play in a Dark Sun setting. I've seen some homebrew stuff for it. I'm a shit DM or I'd run it myself. I played in a almost 10 month long Dark Sun campaign (before the DM moved away for college) and it was fucking intense to say the least. It was a nice change of pace from dungeon crawl. Shit felt almost like a survival horror game in a sense.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:00 UTC+1 No.32947849 Report

>>32947812
naturally there are going to be crackpots throughout history who have promised old men immortality, you see it every day on television, some brand new drug or fad that promises clinical immortality.

How far would some of those people go? Is death solely gods domain?
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:02 UTC+1 No.32947878 Report

>>32947493
OP, you wonderful man. I'm guessing the odds are stacked against you living in South Australia? Similarly have wanted to play Dark Matter for a long long time.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:03 UTC+1 No.32947892 Report

>>32947826
You see?

The setting only works because the players are willing to allow some consequence to befall them for the sake of telling a good story.

Did you have any character deaths? Were any of your players ever maimed, embarrassed, or permanently changed in some way?
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:12 UTC+1 No.32948040 Report

Dark Matter isn't terrible, but Conspiracy-X and especially Delta Green are much better.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:20 UTC+1 No.32948164 Report

>>32948040
Hadn't heard of Conspiracy-X and never really looked into Delta Green. Better how so? (Aware there are better systems than Alternity)
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:35 UTC+1 No.32948417 Report

>>32948040
Conspiracy-X is a new one. And as cool as Delta Green is, the Cthulu Mythos only really leads to one ending, which I find kinda boring for a game.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:46 UTC+1 No.32948591 Report
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>>32948164Conspiracy-X...
>>32948164

Conspiracy-X ties all the UFO stuff and other conspiracies into a coherent whole. It's the closest thing to X-Files the RPG out there.

Delta Green products are the best roleplaying sourcebooks ever published. They stress realism just as Lovecraft did. Players and Keepers need a solid grounding in real world Federal Law Enforcement, the Intelligence Community, and the Military. Where Conspiracy-X ignores things like Jurisdiction, how the CIA is prohibited from conducting domestic operations in it's charter, how the US military conducts defense against domestic enemies, As you can see, it's strongly USA based.

But you also need a solid grounding in conspiracy theory, fringe science, the occult, paranormal phenomena, forteana, etc. This is something you would also need for Dark Matter and Conspiracy-X.

When the above two layers of the onion are combined with the infinite madness of the Cthulhu Mythos of Lovecraft, the sum of the parts become much greater than the whole. Delta Green achieves such synthesis seamlessly. While other games gloss over the horrifying personal costs of a crusade against the incursions of a hostile universe teeming with supernatural horrors, Delta Green unflinchingly examines the destruction of personal lives that inevitably accompanies a single minded quest to save an unredeemable and fundamentally inadequate species like humanity.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:53 UTC+1 No.32948687 Report

>>32947878
Unfortunately I live in North Dakota. I guess it just isn't our day, huh?
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)04:05 UTC+1 No.32948906 Report

>>32948687
Damn, I guess not. Have this one on me though if you ever do get a group together and want a South Australian adventure:
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)04:06 UTC+1 No.32948928 Report

>>32948906
-Adventure: “Student Politics”- Several well-publicised racially motivated crimes occur, alongside violent unrest in Australia’s offshore processing camps during the reign of a conservative government. Possible Hook: A Hoffman Institute informant in a state police force provides information that they have taken one of the perpetrators into custody. The suspect is 27 years old and an active member of a racist group, though further investigation reveals that he attended university and was active in progressive circles. Involvement with racist groups coincided with the unsolved stabbing murder of a relative in Western Sydney after the suspect graduated. Before/after/during these events, a prominent student progressive with ties to socialist and LGBTQI rights groups with no known criminal history or associations disappears and is later found tied up and shot in the head at close range. The crimes are false flag operations orchestrated by the Invisible College with the intention of toppling the government by democratic means and creating greater public support for the group’s agenda. The murder victim was a member who discovered that the Invisible College’s false flag campaign was the result of the group’s manipulation by New World Order operatives and were silenced. The NWO is seeking to expose the “contradictions of the system” of first world governments to their populaces while presenting the United Nations as a viable and humane organisation in contrast.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)04:07 UTC+1 No.32948952 Report

>>32948928
During the period of the investigation, United Nations successes in humane and political fields will be increasingly well publicised. The operation, however, is still proceeding and evidence appears suggesting that a greater atrocity is yet to come. Is this opportunism on the part of the greater New World Order taking advantage of a splinter group’s actions or does the false flag campaign come right from the top of the New World Order’s leadership? Will the New World Order send a better grade of operative/s than Invisible College cat’s paws to foil the heroes? How will the heroes bring the violence to an end?
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)04:19 UTC+1 No.32949155 Report

>>32948952
>>32948928

Oooh. Damn, that sounds like it'd be a hellava adventure.

Unfortunately, the only thing I have laying around is something I wrote a couple years back when a certain stupid fucking vampire book was popular. I'd probably re-write it if I got the chance since it's kinda hamfisted.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)04:38 UTC+1 No.32949541 Report

>>32949155
The great thing about Dark Matter as a setting is the range of inspiration. Almost anything out of the ordinary or that seems like there might be an agenda behind it can be be ascribed to one or a combination of the Illuminati groups with a little work. Even really little, local stuff. E.g. South Australia has a history of Masonic presence, a bunch of unsolved murders supposedly committed by "The Family" plus an asylum seeker detention facility and off-limits military areas in the desert up north, and then we get this tourism ad:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBn47_hmOMg

They may have hired an arts graduate for their PR campaign, but they're here and they walk among us.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)04:47 UTC+1 No.32949702 Report

>>32949155
Also, though you'd want to find a group that didn't actually know the specifics off twilight well enough to make the connection, that's actually pretty good. Give yourself more credit.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)05:10 UTC+1 No.32950135 Report

>>32949541
What the fuck is going on in that commercial?

You're right though. The beauty of Dark*Matter is that it's the house that paranoia built. Just following that commercial, you probably build an adventure or two. The commercial could be a carefully sculpted message to the Greys to visit South Australia. The Greys have had a significant presence in Japan since the feudal era, so can it really be a coincidence that Tourism Australia has been targeting Japanese visitors to meet a 2020 target? We're running headlong into High Tide, remember. It might be to their advantage to have a few more of (space) aliens walking among them.

See? If you can come up with a crackpot conspiracy theory, you're in business!
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)05:12 UTC+1 No.32950160 Report

>>32950135
Shit. I had a source for that Tourism Australia thing.

http://www.tourism.australia.com/markets/market-regions-japan-and-korea.aspx
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)05:16 UTC+1 No.32950250 Report

>>32950135
Equally, we may have been infiltrated at the highest levels and someone in the company they contracted to make the ad is trying to get the word out. Or it's a sinister subliminal campaign to make us accept the alien (it was her under the helmet all along!) in preparation for something big.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)05:27 UTC+1 No.32950455 Report

>>32950135
Turns out I had a US-based one tucked away too:
Adventure: “The Goats of Prospect Park”- In Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY, the heads of decapitated goats are being found on a regular basis. The bodies have also been dumped in the park, away from the heads. A local “priest of traditional African religions” has claimed in interview that the goats were not sacrificed. He does mention that the only reason for not eating or disposing of a sacrifice respectfully would be if the sacrifice had been used to absorb “negative energy”. In these religions, the use of a four-legged sacrifice indicates a ritual a greater power and importance than usual (which are comparatively rare). From these facts, it can be drawn that if a houngan or mambo is involved, they have been fighting to contain something of great power for some time now. Other explanations abound, for instance locals fighting gentrification, Satanist activity or a more prosaic psychopath mutilating animals. All of these could be true, but are they connected? [In my conception, a Voodoo practitioner is in fact holding something horrifying back, and the powers unleashed have affected some people psychologically, leading to a rash of mutilations and killings in the areas around the park. The locals are also separately resisting gentrification.]
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)06:10 UTC+1 No.32951110 Report

>>32950250
Ooooh. Those are also good.

>>32950455
Nice! I kind of wish I had a better feel for New York, since that seems like it'd be a pretty fun adventure to run.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)06:35 UTC+1 No.32951501 Report

>>32951110
Much as the whole thing with the goat heads did actually happen in new york, it'd be easy enough to transplant to any sort of economically depressed area cosmopolitan enough to have voodoo folks on hand.
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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)07:12 UTC+1 No.32952051 Report

>>32947892
I too am kinda interested in this answer.

Also, does anyone else have any unused campaign settings they'd like to share?
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