Hi, hey, hello. Welcome to my first attempt at hosting an RP in literal years. I've been in the section here and there over the years and always toyed with the idea of hosting something but this is the first idea solid enough to give a shot. The concept of the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games has always appealed to me. However it is not until very recently that I'd actually played one. I hosted a PMD RP once long ago which was fun while it lasted but now I'm back, looking to do something a bit more long lasting. This time I'll be armed with knowledge of the games so hopefully that'll help.
Anyway, I ought not get too far ahead of myself as this is still only the interest check phase of things. Allow me to briefly state what is to come in the rest of the thread. First I intend to give a basic explanation of the game series and how they would typically play out. In speaking with friends, even very big pokemon fans, not many have played this series but I don't want lack of knowledge to be why you the Rpers of YCM stray away. After that I will speak some of the premise I currently have written down so you can get a feel for what I'm going for with the intended plot. Lastly, I will pose to you a few ideas and questions for your consideration.
Please read what follows carefully and always feel free to ask questions. Thank you for your time!
The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series is a spinoff series that melds the mechanics of mainline Pokemon with the long standing Mystery Dungeon series. As the name might imply, most of the game play takes place in randomly generated dungeons that are populated with items and enemies. Everything moves only when you do, simulating turns in a more traditional pokemon title. Pokemon can hold items, use items from the bag, use moves with good old PP limits, have abilities like in the main games and the like. You tackle these dungeons with 1-4 pokemon and only directly control the party leader. Teammates have several tactics options to better direct their actions.
The basic premise to every PMD game is that somehow you, the player, wake up in a world inhabited only by Pokemon. You remember only two things: your name, and the fact that you were once human. However to your surprise you're now a pokemon. Which Pokemon you get is determined by a personality quiz administered at the very beginning of each title. Later titles let you simply pick from among the starter options if you weren't satisfied. From here the player meets their partner who decides to team up with them and help them out until they get an idea of what's going on. The two will join a team or a guild of some sort and go about the mystery dungeons rescuing lost pokemon, punishing outlaws and other such activities. The plot unfolds slowly around these day to day actions and the player slowly comes to understand how it is they came to be transformed into a pokemon. All the while you interact with teammates and townsfolk and explore varying vistas home to all sorts of pokemon.
The actual plot typically deals with something that has disturbed the natural order of the world such as an increase of natural disasters or even so far as time itself being messed up. Whatever it is, it's typically the reason for all the missions the player and partner will undertake. The player will go on to figure out what's going on and what they can do to stop it. You'll encounter good pokemon who want to help, bad pokemon who want to stop you and everything in between. Legendaries often appear as important bosses or plot figures but this can and does vary.
For the sake of not walltexting you about a series you may not have even played I'll cut to the chase. At it's core the PMD games are nothing groundbreaking. The plots are simplistic, though they get more complicated as you go through the series, and the characters are usually just a few tropes. But there's a lot of charm to everything. There's some real emotion behind the bond between the player character and partner pokemon as they press through the difficulties presented to them. Pokemon's never gripped me quite like this series has and I want to have that same sort of experience here with a few of you.
You used to be human you know. At least, your mind keeps telling you that. Yet if you look at your reflection it clearly disagrees. You're a Pokemon. But in your mind, beside your name and the idea that you used to be human, there's something else. One more memory that, however vague or clear it is in your mind, has a real impact on you. Whatever it is, it feels to capture the essence of your soul. It's almost like it's your proof. Proof that you you're actually human. Proof you're not crazy. Thankfully, you're anything but alone.
There have long been tales and legends of young Pokemon appearing out of the blue, who claimed to be human. But in the last few years the Pokemon world has seen this phenomena in far greater numbers. There are now dozens of Pokemon running around, claiming the same as you. They were human, they have a name, and that something else. Reactions of course are mixed among the other Pokemon. Some believe those who make these claims. Others are more skeptic, wondering if perhaps this isn't some strange mental illness sweeping the world. And still many others simply don't care. Whatever you were means a lot less than what and who you are now.
Still, the world is something of a dangerous place whoever you are. There are many beautiful places to explore and discover and treasure to find. To more safely experience the world around them, many Pokemon band together and form exploration teams and guilds to train aspiring explorers. Many a human-turned-pokemon has sought out a guild to join feeling that if there are clues to their situation out there, they'll have to go and find them.
More recently however, things have become somewhat more complicated. Nature itself seems to have been shaken. Local climates have violently and abruptly shifted, spreading chaos about the world. Deserts find themselves buried in snow, plains have become perpetually overcast and many other such things have happened. Pokemon have shifted about trying to find homes more suitable to them. And in the middle of it all, crime rates have gone way up. The need for rescues and brave explorers have never been greater as the Pokemon try to cope. On the whisper of rumors are the ideas of magical objects that stabilize the climates. There was little to confirm their existence but the word was enough. Pokemon the world over are exploring and looking for them. And maybe, just maybe, the answer to why all these humans ended up here lies in them as well.
So with all that said, I'd like a bit more out of interested parties than simply declaring their interest. I don't quite have all the ideas ironed out so input from you who would RP is going to be a great help. Please answer any of the questions you have an opinion on. I'll assume if you don't address something you're not concerned with how it plays out.
1.) Should the Pokemon you play be decided by personality quiz or be left to your choice?
-The most authentic PMD experience would be me making a personality quiz with like 10-20 potential pokemon you could end up being depending on your answers. However I understand not getting a pokemon you really like or it not even being an option would feel bad and maybe even discourage you from participating. So if you want the thrill of the quiz deciding it for you, some input on what pokemon should be available would be great. If you're more wanting to just pick yourself that's great too. And know that if the latter is how we go, I won't want to limit your choices too much. My only counsel would be try to pick something that isn't overly large and if it has evolutions, lean on the side of the earlier stages.
2.) Skype or Discord?
-I want to have a group chat for this RP provided it gets going as it lends itself to easier communication between players and me the host. I have both Skype and Discord so using either isn't really a problem for me but I'd like to know what most people would prefer. I'm not however going to run both so whatever we go with is what we get. I'll of course make sure the OOC is kept updated with the most important announcements but chats help a lot.
3.) Should this RP play more typically or should we try to implement game mechanics in some way?
-What I mean to accomplish by this is gauge how much you as the potential players would want to attempt to replicate the experience of playing the game. I doubt I'd go as far as having stats and calculating damage when you declare moves. But there could be things like me actually making dungeon floor maps and letting you wander about it IC, beating up a bunch of random attacking pokemon along the way fairly easily, or just moving through a more streamlined area with more focus on story and cool fight scenes and what not. Whatever you guys are feeling lemme know.
On the assumption this ends up becoming an OOC I'll list here the changes to come to this main post.
-World Map/Area List
-Hub Town Information
-All YCM Site and RP section rules apply. You know 'em. You love 'em. Please live 'em.
-I as your benevolent, tyrannical host have final say on all matters and disputes. In my infinite kindness I will more than likely talk out anything you want to so long as you remain calm and courteous throughout.
-In line with successful precedents thus far established on the site I intend to post in the IC thread at least once weekly and thus expect the same of you. This is to accommodate busy schedules but also ensure things keep moving. If we ever find the whole of the cast posted up and ready to move sooner than a week I can of course post more. Basically we go as fast as you guys want (within reason) but no slower than everyone once a week.
-On the note of posting schedules, I reserve the right to control/do horrible things to your characters in the event you go an extended period of time without posting and without prior notice and that your character's actions/response are necessary to a situation or they were in a dangerous situation when last you posted. I get that stuff gets crazy at times so just give me a heads up however you choose. Whether that be the discord server, here in the OOC, YCM PM or what have you just lemme know.
-I haven't exactly determined if I want to limit acceptance or to what number if I do. But know I don't want a crazy number of players as things get unmanageable quickly.
-Rated PG-16 if ya didn't see the tag in the title. Things might get violent, probably some colorful language, npcs will probably die, your characters could die if you're blatantly stupid with them consistently or just want me to kill them for some reason. So yeah, by no means a dark and edgy RP but we're leaving the room open there. Nothing too explicit of the violent or sexual nature either. Typical YCM RP stuff really.
-You might notice I didn't include a section for age. People turned into pokemon are vaguely described as showing up as child pokemon so you're young and that's what we're going with. Your human age is less important but can be discussed later in the bio sections.
-Name is pretty basic. You don't need a surname if you don't want.
-Since everyone is a pokemon species is pretty much enough to tell what the characters look like. However I've included the appearance section so that you can describe any deviations from the norm be it colors/patterns/accessories or what have you. You could also include a picture that does this for you if there's some fan art out there you like. If there's nothing outside the norm for your character then simply indicate as much in that section of the app.
-For the personality section I'd like two paragraphs. More is always welcome. I need a good feel of what it's like to interact with your character.
-You'll notice there's two biography sections. As you may recall from the premise your character was a human who came to the pokemon world the rp takes place in through some unknown means. Your character can have been in the pokemon world for as much as a year prior to the rp's beginning so describe what they've been doing since then. If they're meant to be new arrivals then indicate as much. As for the human biography, your character won't actually remember this but it is important for me to know some of their life as a human for plot purposes. A reminder that the human world in question here is basically the world of the mainline pokemon games where there are humans everywhere interacting with pokemon.
-The Core Memory relates to what was spoken of in the premise. Humans-turned-pokemon remember three things: their name, the fact they used to be human, and one other memory that differs from pokemon to pokemon. What this is is entirely up to you. It can range from something as vague as an emotion or sentiment or be something very specific like an experience. Whatever you decide on, know that however clear the memory is your character will not be able to remember what they looked like as a human. Also know that this memory is very close to your character's heart even if it isn't a happy one. Core memories aren't just offhandedly shared with strangers or acquaintances but rather require a bond of trust prior to revealing them. They'll be very plot important so have fun.
-Now for moves. Fights will be playing out like other rps you've experienced so there's a variety of basic attacks your pokemon can do. It just depends on their biology and all that. But you still get four moves like in the games. You'll learn more later on and I might let you have more than four but not too many more. Anyway, pick four low level moves to start. You might notice I'm also letting you all have a Z-move. This can be the generic type-specific one or the unique ones if you're the corresponding pokemon. That said, I will allow you to create your own unique z-move if your pokemon of choice doesn't already have one. Whatever you go with, don't expect to use them much more than like once a day or whatever. And no you won't one-shot boss fights with them I just figure the flashiness will be appreciated. You won't have them for a while anyway as they've gotta be explained IC and then you guys will have to go on a mission to find some z-crystals.
-The Ability is just like in the games. Pick one of the abilities available to your pokemon of choice. We'll iron out how it works in this setting in discussion.