You're all regular, middle class schmucks. Pick a name, a job, and write a short physical description with a bio describing why your character does what they do. When we have the players, I'll introduce the scene. I am only going to reveal that it will be more about your wits and how you play your character that will determine the outcome. It is meant to be played cooperatively, but the players have no compunction to aid anyone else. Just remember, have fun, and please try to roleplay it out. If someone is pointing a gun at you and you attempt to lunge at them to disarm them, you could get shot, and you could die. Please act like you don't want to die, because I won't make it particularly hard to do. My only other request is that you pick varying jobs. Maybe we could have a middle-aged mallcop or a bouncer, I just don't want everyone having a ton of fighting skills or para-military experience. Think about normal people you'd see on a bus or flying coach. Hell, sub-normal is good too. You want to play an televangelist or a postal-worker, GO FOR IT. Maybe if you give yourself disorders, diseases, or addictions, I might give you some passive bonuses to certain things or give you a "luck" type bonus. I also might give other passive bonuses based on your jobs. That isn't to imply that making a character that is entirely disabled will help you do well... Just try to find a believable balance!
Other than those, just be creative! I'm going to try to keep this as open-ended as possible, so I need some really unique characters.
Nearsighted, squeamish of blood, low alcohol toleranceDescription:
Black hair, brown eyes, short-slim buildBio:
A short, meek man, Kent was born in Canada. Originally from a relatively poor background, he's spent his entire adult life waiting for a break in his writing career to take him to fame. In the mean time, he makes ends meet by editing the local newspaper. A modest living that affords him little luxury, which works well for him as he's rather plain. A real meat and potatoes kind of guy. Sadly, what makes him a good editor drains from his material, and as a result his writing feels dry and lifeless. His wife, Louise, works as a nurse at the local hospital and they live together in a small house near the city. Their relationship has its faults, but they always work through it. Kent feels accomplished in his own way. He has a wife who loves him, a stable job, and he doesn't want anything to change...
Name: Jacob Rodgersen
Job: Research assistant
Ethnicity: White British
Negative Traits: Mild fear of doctors and needles. Bad hand and finger joints. Obsession with cleanliness and things being in their place. Professional apathy. Habitual tiredness.
Description: Jacob isn't really from a scientific background, he just fell into research after another more high powered job became too much for him to deal with. He's lived and worked in various European countries and is fairly happily married with one small child. This has resulted in his having greatly disrupted sleep for three years. Really, he just goes to work to pay the bills, but a large research institute isn't the worst place to work at, it has to be said, and at least he can commute on his bike. The half hour ride there and back is the best part of an average working day; picking his daughter up from kindergarten is the best part of the rest of the day. Not really mechanically inclined, he nevertheless enjoys maintaining both his bicycles. He also enjoys cooking, reading to his daughter and practising, although not as often as he should, iaido. He's only ever been able to afford a bokken though and dreams of one day owning a live blade.
Name: Enrico Sfrigolini
Ethnicity: White Italian
Negative Traits: eggplantphobia, peanut allergy, favism. He don't give a damn for his own wounds and blood, but faints when seeing someone other's blood or nasty wounds. Or needles.
Description: He is 5.25 foot tall, with a somewhat slim body. Blue eyes, light brown hair.
Bio: Enrico is the son of a farmer and a seamstress. His parents managed to rise from farmhand and tailor helper to farmer and dressmaker with their own farm and dress shop and wanted to launch their only son into the shiny upper classes. So when Enrico turned 18 they shipped him to a prestigious university in order to study mathematics and become a venerable "doctor".
Enrico's parents struggled to give him an education, and somehow they managed to do a better work than most country schools.
However, the university proved to be more difficult than expected, and the expenses more harsh. So enrico had to find some economic aid and tried various little, unsatisfactory jobs until one random autumn day, when the idea of cooking for a living literally steamed out of a potato stew.
Since then he try to balance between two life, the academic one made of parties&panties, sleepless nights and furious study, and the talented cook's one, made of asshole clients, asshole chefs, delicious delicacies and sleepless nights(yep).
Job:Part Time Circus Clown, other Part, Science Teacher
Ethnicity: American, white
Negative Traits: Depression/Tired-ness from being overworked, Hates Children, and is EXTRA prone to Freudian Slips. As well as regular slips.
Description: Has Flat-ish brown hair, short legs, long arms, and an irregularly large nose. He's tried to get it reduced, but every plastic surgeon so far has turned him down. He wears a Candy-Cane Striped suit at one job, and while he's a Clown, he wears a wig with it.
Bio: When Albert was young, he kept telling himself he would run away to the circus when he got the chance, which he did, quite early on in life. He became their best clown, and later earned enough money to buy a house. Once that happened, he knew he would have to take on another job. Seeing as he was around kids at the circus so often, he thought being a teacher would be a great opportunity for him.
He hates the job, but can't quit because the kids love him, and if he does, he won't be able to support himself. Same with the Clown job, he loves it, and can't quit. Over time, the jobs have seeped into his unconscious mind, Giving him a hatred for children, as well as confusion over what to say sometimes. Clumsiness is also a factor, as he's supposed to be clumsy in his circus job, but he just can't turn it off now.
At this point he's depressed, lonely, and out of options. If only there was SOMETHING he could do...
Name: Sarah Führinger
Ethnicity: Germanic, White
Negative Traits: Arachnophobia, Fear of Heights, Strong OCD, Far sighted
Description: Sarah is a little bit on the short side, standing at about 5'6", but she is above average looking with long brown hair and the glasses she always wears
Bio: Sarah was always a perfectionist, so when she came to college everything had to be right. The classes she picked, the things she did, they all had to fit a pattern, they had to make sense. So when things started going awry and she couldn't fix them, she started panicking. In order to get away from the stress, she decided to go on a vacation. But that may have not been the best of ideas.
Name:Vladimir "The Hydro" Hydrov
Negative Traits: Overweight, insane, low tolerance for heat
Description:Tall and fat. Scraggly-ass beard and sideburns. Wears brown, '80s style shorts with a white button-up shirt, a peaked cap and aviator goggles. On his feet are usually slippers and today is no exception.
Bio:Hydro is a cafe barista from Louisiana who is trying to acquire sufficient funds to launch a new country. He was born in Van Nuys, California to a middle class family. He spent most of his school career slacking off and dicking around, and somehow managed to bust his ass during his senior year to graduate at a charter high school in Nevada. He then moved to Louisiana to avoid going back to California. He is minorly experienced with bolt action rifles and machetes from using them during shooting trips with his father and massacring a closet door with his own hand-made blade.
Name: Rodrigo Hernández
Job: Ex-Soldier, Unemployed.
Ethnicity: USA Latino
Negative Traits: Suffers from PTSD, has a low self-esteem and constantly has to carry meds with him.
Description: 5'10", brown-skinned and with brown eyes and black hair, he seems twitchy, anxious and sometimes, afraid of everything.
Bio: Rodrigo was among the masses of young men who were drawn to the army with sweet promises of scholarship and a better future. Having a naive image of the conflict and believing the words of the recruiters about a "short and easy war", he joined and trained with enthusiasm with rifle, sidearm and knife, even hoping he could make it to the green berets!
When he was sent to the frontlines, he discovered war was not as romantic as he thought; training with a combat knife didn't help when the enemies attacked from afar and even his rifle was useless when buried charges shredded into pieces parts of the convoy he was supposed to guard...Blood and corpses strewn everywhere; fellow soldiers as well as innocent men, women and children. He hadn't been prepared for that.
He was finally hit by shrapnel to the torso and sent back home with a Purple Heart, without having accomplished any "heroic" feats but taking traumas with him that would last for life.