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Mutants Below Zero

Game Name[Other] Mutants Below Zero
Game SystemOther Roleplaying Games
ThemeMad Max, Stalker and X-men had a child with Global Warming.
FlavourDark, Discovery/Exploration Survival Game with Base Building and Resource Management.
Plot Summary
Game NameMutants Below Zero

The World
The world as you know it is gone, friend. I don't know what it was, maybe it was the legendary hellfire that the old empires supposedly could drop from the skies, maybe it was the land trying to purge herself of the parasitic people that struck down her forests and poisoned her grand lakes, perhaps it was just an inevitability that eventually the Old World was going to collapse.

I truly don't know about what happened to the Old World, but through its demise came the Zone and the Zone birthed Rot. Rot's a horrible thing, friend, it eats away at metal and flesh alike, it will tear your hair out and deposit the contents of your stomach at your feet as it decays your body from the inside out. Then you have them blasted Zone Ghouls, horrible things, they look mutant until you get up close and realize that beneath those bandages and raggedy clothes is a faceless, cruel creature. The Zone is a strange place with its Rot, Zone Ghouls, Mutated creatures and the damnable snow which coats it all. If you don't want to freeze, starve or be beaten to death, your best bet is to stay in the Ark where the Elder can watch over us and guide us... Until he dies, that is and his time is already running out.

Of course, if you stayed in the Ark, you'd never find any Relics, would you? Heh, I know that look in your eye friend, I don't know if you're one of those freak Stalkers who knows the Rot like it was one of their mutations or if you've got a loyal Mutt outside waiting to tear out the jugular of the first person to look at you funny, but you have something that helps you survive outside of the Ark. I like that, but be warned friend: the Zone cares for no one, no beast, and no machine.

Welcome to the Zone.
The Adventure So Far
The Eternals was the name of the newest expedition team to join the resource-gathering effort. Tenma enthusiastically leads the group out of the Ark and into the wide, wild Zone. Naoko 25 met with numerous trustworthy members of the established expedition teams and offered each a deal.

The Eternal's first expedition resulted in the team finding a hidden den in the forest outside the Ark, though this Den was the same place they had to seek shelter from a blizzard of icicles that threatened to shred the mutants into pieces. The zone was getting dark as night settled in and the team stayed the night at the den, travelling back to the Ark with their findings the next morning.

Upon returning to the Ark, the expedition team learned of an Ark meeting being held between the Bosses to discuss a subject matter of great importance. Tenma once more leads the team from the Ark to an abandoned ruin outside the Ark's walls. The team encountered a group of Mutants not from the Ark, who immediately began an assault. The fight was quick but resulted in the first victory of the Eternals over an enemy force. Now the Eternals are on their way back to the Ark, resources in hand.

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Naoko-25"The Ark's running out of resources - Water, Grub, Bullets, you name it. If we need it, we're running low on it. The Rabbits aren't making this any easier for us either, constantly breeding and upping the number of mouths we have to feed, not to mention they won't tell us what's hidden away in that burrow of theirs. Then we've got the feud between Lotus and Patch. If we don't work together, there's not going to be an Ark left to quarrel over."
Lotus"The Ark has certainly seen... Better days, but for me and my lovelies, we're doing just fine. I firmly believe that so long as they stay loyal and listen to the voice of reason we can pull through these tough times. If our masses are to pull through, the individual may have to suffer for it. This is the unfortunate truth of the matter."
Patch"We're low on Grub, there's just enough Water and our guns don't have enough Bullets. I know for a fact that Lotus is holdin' out on the Ark and if those damned Animal mutants don't start pulling their weight, there will be no Ark to watch collapse around us. Our first step should be to kick the Animals who aren't pulling their weight. The remaining should be put to work for the benefit of the Ark and its people."



The Game
Ideally, I'd like to have 4-6 players for this group. I will be accepting the following Mutant types:
  • Mutants (Core Rule Book)
  • Psi-Mutants (Hotel Imperator)
  • Animal Mutants (GenLab Alpha Expansion & "Die, Meat Eater, Die!" Splat)
I may consider accepting certain types of AI from the Mechatron expansion if it's something commercial like a Companion Bot. If you own the rulebooks for Mutant Year Zero/Genlab Alpha/Mechatron, feel free to put together a character, but DO NOT ROLL in this thread.

I'll most likely be choosing characters based on first come/first serve at first, if ever the need for replacements/new people comes about, I'll look into the character's role & purpose to the party. Ideally, I'd like to see a variety in the party class-wise.

The Game itself is based in a Frozen/Winter Apocalypse scenario, so keeping characters warm will be a necessity.

Character Roles
In regards to rolls, Mutants and Animal Mutants are typically expected to stick to their respective choice of rolls, but their talents and skills transfer over pretty easy with one another, though animals taking a Mutant role will need some work on my end.
 

 



The following spoilers contain examples of mutations that your character can have in Mutant Year Zero, though not all; When accepted you will be asked to roll in a thread to determine what mutation you have dependant on the pool of mutations from your chosen Mutant type. Animal Mutants do not normally roll, but instead, choose an animal power based on their species' pool. If an Animal Mutant rolls for a mutation (physical or psi) they suffer a penalty when dealing with other Animal Mutants as they are seen as being 'tainted'.
 

 

 



Character Creation
Character Creation is pretty much going to be how it is in the book: Role, Name, Character Description, Your 14 Attribute Points & 10 Skill Points, pretty much the bog standard by-the-book.

If you want to create a Psi Mutant, please specify this in your post, or roll on the Psi Mutations (Hotel Imperator) table.

Animal Mutants (as stated previously) will be accepted into this campaign, bonus internet points for Japanese breeds of Dogs, Cats and so forth as this campaign will be (initially) set in a Japanese Zone, though this will have no impact on your Animal Mutant beyond Flavor.

For the "Create your Ark" section, we'll discuss that in the game itself once we're started, just like the character relationships and Bosses.

Creating your den is advised to be put off until after Ark Creation, though you are welcome to have a Den outside of the Ark if you're 100% okay with running the risk of being robbed/losing your den.


Application Skeleton
If you aren't familiar with Mutant Year Zero but would still like the chance to participate, feel free to put N/A in Class, Mutations & Talent. For obvious reasons, I can't publish information that wouldn't be available to someone who didn't purchase the rulebook(s), however, there is an official, free starter guide which you can find here.

  • Name
  • Character Type (Mutant/Psi/Animal)
  • Role
  • Appearance



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Current Party
Character NameRolePlayer
TenmaStalkerTenma
HachiroFixerLtTibbles



Introduction to the Ark and different Mutant Types
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*Animals receive two Animal Powers at Character Creation rather than one or two Mutation(s), however, if you wish to have an animal character with a mutation, I will ask you to take a negative to one of your stats (similar to how a Mutant starting with 2 Mutations does) as to even out the fact that your Animal Mutant has three abilities at the starting point.

Last edited by Marshmallow; 01-13-2020 at 02:15 AM. Reason: Edit 1: Adding the /Animal Powers section. Edit 2: Correct some formatting Errors. Edit 3: Correcting some layout errors.
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Old 12-06-2018, 12:40 PM
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:18 PM
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Interested. Was considering an animal based character, who would be a Japanese Harlequin rabbit, and functions as something of a scout/sniper. Due to leaping and agility, he'd be able to get to hard to reach places quick for rapid support. Perhaps even mothwings (?) and/or invisibility for tactical options.

My knowledge of the system is minimal, but I can look up info about places and such via wiki for now.

I did have one question I'm having trouble answering: are the animal types mutated from animals, or people who became animals?
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Interested. Was considering an animal based character, who would be a Japanese Harlequin rabbit, and functions as something of a scout/sniper. Due to leaping and agility, he'd be able to get to hard to reach places quick for rapid support. Perhaps even mothwings (?) and/or invisibility for tactical options.

My knowledge of the system is minimal, but I can look up info about places and such via wiki for now.

I did have one question I'm having trouble answering: are the animal types mutated from animals, or people who became animals?
I'll need to refresh my memory, but I believe the animal mutants are from animals.

Regarding mutations and Animal Mutants, I'm not sure animal mutants themselves can be mutated in the same way as Human mutants, because of their genetics being from animals themselves, but I'll double-check for you, never occurred to me to check that.

EDIT: Alright, something I'm going to edit into the main post an something I should have remembered: Animal Mutants don't get mutations, but they do get Animal Powers (which, from Character creation they have more of than Mutants and mutations)

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Color me interested. My immediate thoughts went to a mutant of the Slave or Chronicler role with a talent for cooking up monster meat. More will be added when I get out of work.

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Color me interested. My immediate thoughts went to a mutant of the Slave or Chronicler role with a talent for cooking up monster meat. More will be added when I get out of work.
Happy to hear it, like I said before, if you have any questions/queries, feel free to message me.
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this seems SUPER cool! definitely interested, but as final season is quickly approaching, i'm going to have to take a bit of time to get everything together. if you close applications before i'm able to get an application up,no worries and have fun, all!! that said, i'll be trying my best to get something up!!
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this seems SUPER cool! definitely interested, but as final season is quickly approaching, i'm going to have to take a bit of time to get everything together. if you close applications before i'm able to get an application up,no worries and have fun, all!! that said, i'll be trying my best to get something up!!
I'm not sure yet on when I'll be closing applications, as I'm not sure when someone will take interest as it seems to be a pretty niche system right now.

Also good luck with your finals! I sure as hell cocked mine up in school.

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Interested. Was considering an animal based character, who would be a Japanese Harlequin rabbit, and functions as something of a scout/sniper. Due to leaping and agility, he'd be able to get to hard to reach places quick for rapid support. Perhaps even mothwings (?) and/or invisibility for tactical options.

My knowledge of the system is minimal, but I can look up info about places and such via wiki for now.

I did have one question I'm having trouble answering: are the animal types mutated from animals, or people who became animals?
Just did some further research, there's nothing saying Animal mutants can't mutate as Human ones can, but I don't see any rules for it either, so if you're still interested, I may have to ask you to take a negative to one of your stats, as you'd essentially have 2 more powers than the rest of the party if they are all human.
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Just did some further research, there's nothing saying Animal mutants can't mutate as Human ones can, but I don't see any rules for it either, so if you're still interested, I may have to ask you to take a negative to one of your stats, as you'd essentially have 2 more powers than the rest of the party if they are all human.
I am, yeah. I might keep to the standard method of animal mutant however, just to follow the mainstream while learning, before delving into crazy abominations and combinations.

Thinking further ahead, is there a method for character sheets you're considering using? Can the ones hosted on RPGC be adapted? Or would we look at creating our own with tables and such?
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I am, yeah. I might keep to the standard method of animal mutant however, just to follow the mainstream while learning, before delving into crazy abominations and combinations.

Thinking further ahead, is there a method for character sheets you're considering using? Can the ones hosted on RPGC be adapted? Or would we look at creating our own with tables and such?
It more than likely might come to us having to make use of tables, admittedly.
I'm also going to check "Die, Meat Eaters Die!" for any further information on Rabbits, as that's a splat the delves deeper into the lore of the Rabbit Tribes and is the first rulebook I've seen to contain rules on Waterboarding.
EDIT: There's not anything new for Rabbits in there asides from their Zone-Kingdom and their breeding rituals. Waterboarding and reproduction. Not the strangest splat I've ever read.

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Definitely interested....

First concept that leaps to mind is a Dog Handler with a Hokkaido as the dog...
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Do you mind if I have a shot at working out a template for characters? I can whip up some editable code to share in a post here/in the game thread.
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Do you mind if I have a shot at working out a template for characters? I can whip up some editable code to share in a post here/in the game thread.
If you want to, you're more than welcome to, I'm pretty sure the Animal Mutants have a stat or two/renamed stats and have "feral points" instead of Mutation Points, but asides from that they're practically the same.


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Definitely interested....

First concept that leaps to mind is a Dog Handler with a Hokkaido as the dog...
Well just be aware your dog isn't invincible and can quite likely succumb to its mortality!

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