WARNING: If you're going to play in the LA By Night game in Dunedin next year, DO NOT READ THIS. Or read it then forget it. Or don't tell anyone. Or something.
So I guess here is as good a place as any to try this:
We're looking for a few (maybe up to 5) people to play as Non-Playing PC's. Let me explain
The game is set in a particular domain of Los Angeles, ruled over by a Primogen. There are plenty of other domains in the city, and there is (of course) also the Prince and her council. What we're looking for is a few people to play roles such as Sheriff, Keeper of Elysium, Harpy of Los Angeles and so on - very high level positions, and ones which won't be filled by "normal" players. There are a number of reasons why we're keeping positions of power out of the hands of players some of which (not all ) I'll detail here:
- We intend this to be a very "personal" game; by which I mean the storylines will probably involve the player and their immediate concerns. We don't plan on running city-wide plots (or heaven forbid, world-wide plots), at least not anytime soon. Having a player who is also "Harpy of Los Angeles" means they would spend a lot of time doing city stuff (which the ST's can handle) rather than their own plots
- We purposefully want to make life difficult for the players. This involves not giving them huge amounts of status and official positions to throw their weight around with
- The players won't necessarily know what's going on if none of them speak regularly with those in power. Which makes life a lot easier for the mood we're trying to create
So the idea is that we recruit some genuine outsiders to fill some of those roles (Prince is not available, sorry
). There will be a forum set up specifically for this game, and anyone who wants to play some of these roles would have a user account on those forums. It's possible (and in fact from my POV, preferable) that no one except the ST's knows who is playing which role, and if you don't know anyone who plays down here so much the better
You will have a full character sheet, made exactly the same way as the other PC's (which a fairly large whack of XP to spend afterwards to make you suitably dangerous, of course ). We envisage that most of the time you'll have almost nothing to do - which in-game would be completely untrue, but as far as the "playing PC's" are concerned, you'll only have things to do when something concerns them or their domain, so in essence it will only be a part-time character, and even then all you really have to do is post on the forum/send the odd email. You'll be in contact with the ST's a lot of the time, esp when those pesky PC's do something which would be brought to your attention.
Would anyone be keen to have a go at these roles? I promise there wouldn't be a lot of work in it (good thing) but likewise there may well be long stretches of time where you have nothing to do (bad thing). What I don't want to have is a ruling council that sticks it's oar in because it's bored - they have plenty to do IC, but it won't affect the PC's a lot of the time so they wouldn't necessarily need to be active on the forum. The roles I'm looking to fill are:
Harpy of Los Angeles: Michael Dawson (Carthian Daeva)
Sheriff of Los Angeles: Aaron Weldon (Carthian Gangrel)
Master of Elysium: Jason Young (Carthian Ventrue)
Hound: Lucian Foster-Webb (Ordo Mekhet)
Possibly Seneschal: Lady Vanessa Pryce (Invictus Ventrue)