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 Homicide - The City Of Ubiquitous (OOC Discussion thread)

Discussion in 'OOC RP Discussions' started by Chrystal Dark, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. Chrystal Dark

    Chrystal Dark Boobie Girl! Member

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    Welcome to the Ubiquitous Police Department Headquarters Building
    We Hope You Enjoy Your Visit.
    Unless you've been arrested, then we hope you hate it!

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    Weekly Debriefing for the detective Unit, 18:35, Friday 13th July. By police chief Devlin O'Toole.

    Ladies and gents, it's been another quiet week. This city has the best crime record in the state, and it's mostly thanks to your hard work. To the fraud squad, well done on a couple of good arrests. Homicide, well, I'm not sorry we didn't have anything for you to do, but fraud and burglary have kept you busy. Burglary squad, what can I say. You keep arresting the guy, and he never goes to trial. Not your fault.

    Let's keep it this way, hmm? Weekend duty roster is posted, check it before you leave. Everyone who's not on, have a good weekend and I don't want to see any of you before Monday Morning!

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    Okay, enough of that for now. Welcome to the OOC thread for the Homicide (smut free) group game. (In case anyone is wondering I have no idea where that pic is but it's "A small city in Iowa", which is in the general sort of thousand mile radius of where Ubiquitous AS is... (AS is short for "Anystate", and Anystate is a US state that has borders with Iowa, Montana, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Colorado. Yes that is impossible. That's the whole point! The state is fictional and is somewhere in the Great Planes. Think of it as being a bit like Springfield, the city that The Simpsons live in.

    Quoting from the recruitment thread:

    The story is set in the small (fictional) Mid-West city of Ubiquitous, Anystate (AS), USA. This city has a population of around 50,000. The major industries are meat processing and packaging, transportation, and various service industries (Packaging manufacture, for example).

    There are two rival meat processing plants that are in competition with each other.

    There is a railroad that leads East-West through the city. The main commercial hub is South of the tracks and so are the more affluent areas. North of the tracks is "the wrong side". A passenger service is patchy at best, basically one train a day in each direction. The majority of rail traffic is livestock to the meat packing plants and reefer freight taking meat from them to the major US cities.

    A coal-fired power station supplies electricity, and is supplied via a navigable river that connects (eventually) to the Mississippi. The river flows from North West to South East, more-or-less, and marks the North Eastern limit of the city. An interstate freeway runs to the south of the city, with a junction in the middle. a state highway runs North-South through the city centre and another runs East-West, paralleling the freeway.

    The city has a small general hospital South of the tracks and a free clinic to the North of the tracks, a single police station and a single fire station.

    There is an elementary school and a high school, but no college or university. There is a single mall near the city centre (a recent urban redevelopment project) and a number of strip malls and mini-malls around the outskirts of the city.

    If I think of anything else I will add it. Suggestions are appreciated.

    The above is not set in stone and is subject to change without notice, especially if someone points out something to me that I've missed, or got wrong! (As the more perceptive of you may notice, I'm not American).

    Rules Of Play
    Important, Please read them.
    These are my standard rules of play for group games, that I modify slightly for each group game I run. I like to think there's nothing onerous or draconian here, but if you really think a rule is unreasonable, tell me and we can discuss it.
    1. Respect other players. This should go without saying, but "should" and "does" are not always the same thing. If another player asks you to change something in your post, please do so, unless you think they are being unreasonable. In the latter case, bring it to me as GM. If I ask you to change your post, I expect you to do so, please.
    2. The GM's word is law. I'm not unreasonable, I'm open to discussion on most things. But if a decision is required, I will make it, based upon the context, and I expect it to be abided by.
    3. Keep the drama to the IC thread. We are all adults, and this is just a game. If someone has upset you (not your character) with their post, PM them and ask them to change it. If they don't, PM me. Please keep such discussions OUT of the OOC thread, as they tend to cause drama.
    4. OOC discussion should give priority to game related matters, but if you want to discuss other stuff in here, I am not going to object! But keep it drama-free, please.
    5. IC posts should be around 300 words as a minimum, please. That said, I'm not going to count the number of words in every single post. The rules to this point are over 200 words. If your post looks about this sort of size or longer, I'm probably not going to check. If you post short every once in a while, I will let it slide. Do it all the time and I will not!
    6. Please do not post OOC comments to the IC thread. This is why we have an OOC thread. (In case anyone has only just started RPing and doesn't know, OOC = Out Of Character, IC = In Character.)
    7. Please tag all IC posts with a header containing the name of the character, where they are in the city, what time it is for that character, and which other characters (player and non-player) should respond. This makes keeping track of who is where and when a lot easier. Example below.
    8. The passage of time in-game will be determined by the time stamps on GM posts to the IC thread. That said, if your character is in the middle of a scene that is taking time posting back and forth, you don't need to end it, just be aware that when the scene does end, you will have some catching up to do with your character. Equally, please be aware of the time stamps, make sure you keep yours up to date (Up to time? Up to the minute, perhaps?) and don't try to interact with a character that is not on your time-line. If you want your character to be on two time-lines at once, please check with me first, so I can make sure they won't be in two places at the same time.
    9. There is no rule 9.
    10. If you have any questions, please ask them, either here or by PM. Note that I reserve the right to answer PMs in the OOC (I will not disclose who asked) if I feel the question is relevant to everyone, and equally I reserve the right to answer a post here with a PM if I feel the discussion should be private.
    11. I do not enforce a strict posting order. If someone has posted something you wish to respond to, go ahead. HOWEVER: If there is only one post after your last post then please consider waiting a while before you reply. If it's been a few days and no-one else has posted, go ahead. This is to prevent people from "running away with the thread". There is nothing kills a group game faster than two people treating it as a 1x1.
    12. Actions have consequences. Subject to rules 1, 2 and 3, once your post has been replied to it has become canon, and should not be edited. If you want to make typo corrections, then please inform me by PM. If you are making a change because of a request by another player, then please also let me know. If your post is the last one in the IC thread you can make as many changes as you want, but if you get that message saying someone else has posted, you may need to review your edits.
    13. Have Fun! This is the most important rule of all. If you are not here to have fun, then there is a problem! If your character is sitting in a corner waiting for someone to interact with, they are probably going to wait a long time. Get them out of the corner and go join in a scene somewhere else...
    Sample Post header:

    Name: Lt Colombo
    Location: The suspect's office
    Time: 8:30pm
    Doing: Asking just one more question
    With: The Suspect.

    Feel free to use @ tags to inform the people controlling the characters yours is with that they need to respond - including me!

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    That's the formalities out of the way. Now the fun stuff.

    The rp will start on Monday 16th July at around 7:00am. That's game time. Real time I'm hoping to kick it off this evening! What your characters are doing at that time is entirely up to you, but they will all receive a text message to their cell phones telling them there has been a murder and to get their butts to a particular address pronto!

    On arrival, they will find the scene cordoned off by uniform branch.

    I will do one of four things in response to each IC post:
    1. Wait for someone else to post.
    2. Send a PM to the poster describing what they have found out.
    3. Post IC to describe in general what is happening.
    4. Post here in the OOC thread giving hints.
    Note that number 4 is going to be quite rare unless everyone says they are stuck and have no idea what to look for.

    Your jobs as detectives is to tell me in your IC posts what your character is doing, what they are looking at, what questions they are asking, where they are going, and (if you feel like it) what they are thinking and feeling. (Actually, if you include their thoughts and feelings it will help develop your character, and will also allow you to increase the length of your posts!)

    One more thing:

    I will post a "Situation Summary" Right after this post, and will update it periodically, so that people don't have to read through pages and pages to find out what has gone before.

    Enjoy. @FireandAsh @Wynter @SilentFairy @DrTrivia
     
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  2. Chrystal Dark

    Chrystal Dark Boobie Girl! Member

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  3. DrTrivia

    DrTrivia Active Member Member

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    I read and understand. Now let’s get this party started
     
  4. SilentFairy

    SilentFairy Wild Member Member

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    Got it got it! :)
     
  5. Chrystal Dark

    Chrystal Dark Boobie Girl! Member

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    Important point.

    Please do not describe the crime scene. The whole point of this game is that I know who did it, how, why, where and when, and you all have to figure it out! If you start pre-empting and second guessing, you are going to create continuity errors, and I'm going to have to constantly ask you to edit posts!

    Thanks :)

    I'm going to wait for the other two to post before I do my next GM post. I like to get everyone actually in before starting things moving...
     
  6. Chrystal Dark

    Chrystal Dark Boobie Girl! Member

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    Hey folks. I've just heard from FireandAsh that she's dropping out, due to RL considerations.

    So I will be posting the next GM post tomorrow evening my time.
     
  7. DrTrivia

    DrTrivia Active Member Member

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    Cool. One thing I want to know is, do we have to wait until everyone has replied until we can reply?
     
  8. Chrystal Dark

    Chrystal Dark Boobie Girl! Member

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    No, only on the first round. But, as I already said, don't post back-and-forth between two of you please. There's only four of us now. That is fragile. If someone gets confused because two players have posted ten posts each overnight and leaves, that could kill the game.

    If you can think of anyone else who might be interested, point them at the recruitment thread!

    (darn, I thought I posted this last night!)
     
  9. Chrystal Dark

    Chrystal Dark Boobie Girl! Member

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    GM post is up...

    If you want to imagine that Tchk-tk-t-tchk-t-tck sound effect as the post header types itself onto the screen...... LOL

    Any sensible questions that don't have a direct bearing on the case, I will answer here. Equally, anything that I might have forgotten to include, I will answer here. Any that may have some bearing on either the actual case or any "crimson kippers" I plan to throw at you, I may suggest that you have your character ask the question and then attempt to find the answer.

    Remember you are the detectives, but you do have the uniform branch at your disposal.
     
  10. Chrystal Dark

    Chrystal Dark Boobie Girl! Member

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    Quick reality check!

    You do know what melamine is, right? Formica is a brand-name version. It's the hard shiny stuff they cover kitchen counters with.

    And my bad, I forgot to say, the broken piece was nowhere to be seen. This one is my fault.

    Think of it as looking like this... (Image wouldn't hot-link, sorry).

    ME's initial assessment coming up...
     
  11. DrTrivia

    DrTrivia Active Member Member

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    Yes, I looked it up. I am beginning to second-guess my inclusion in the story :)
     
  12. Chrystal Dark

    Chrystal Dark Boobie Girl! Member

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    Ugh... try this picky...

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    Not quite what I wanted but it will do.

    Well done for spotting it though.

    I don't mind you second guessing and jumping to conclusions, that's kind-of in character. Just don't pre-empt what I'm describing!

    Oh and could you remember to put the header on your posts please? And remember to keep time ticking along. If we get to 9:00am and one character is still stuck at 8:15, we will have to search them for magical watches.
     
  13. Chrystal Dark

    Chrystal Dark Boobie Girl! Member

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    This is clearly not working.

    Would the three of you be agreeable to a re-boot, with DrT as the rookie and Wynter as the sergeant? Or some other reshuffle.

    If we could attract a few more players it would also make life easier on you guys...
     

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