Oyez Oyez! Some time in mid-Februrary, we’ll be launching the next iteration of the Badass series of forum games. Every game is entirely different: no previous experience is required to play and previous experience will be of little use in navigating the narrative shoals of our next adventure.
The fundamental foundation is improvisational storytelling with a light dusting of maths and an underpinning of game mechanics that I like to describe as a combination of a Choose Your Own Adventure book with a stripped down set of homebrew RPG rules.
In this iteration, we’ll be returning to the galaxy of Charybdis in a genre mashup that I would describe as a Jane Austen-inspired Space Opera: a Regency era comedy of manners with science fiction trappings. If that sounds weird, it probably will be.
This outing has been designed around the following themes:
Primarily PvE with some light PvP options: Players will be primarily focused on improving their own social standing and wealth of their family, but will have some options for skullduggery with the other players.
Standard duration: turn deadlines will be once a week and the total game duration is not expected to be more than 12 weeks of play. We expect to launch mid-February and will need to take a two-week hiatus at the start of April - smack in the middle of the 12-week run time.
Small(ish) to moderate time commitment: players will be able to submit orders with no more than a 20 minute time commitment per week, but I suspect this iteration will ask for closer to an hour to digest and plan a response each week. As always, the role playing that emerges from player interaction can absorb as much or as little time as you like. Previous players will tell you that this is where these games really shine.
No experience necessary: players from previous games will not have any sort of advantage over new players. Starting conditions are mostly similar for everyone with only very minor differences between the characters at game start.
Public and Private order submission options: players may submit their orders either via forum post or via PM to a bot and the bot will reply and indicate which orders are okay and which are not.
If a Jane Austen-inspired Space Opera sounds like it might be your cup of tea, have the valet bring the carriage around and grab your parasol, monocle, or dueling blasters as appropriate and stay tuned!