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RPG Report?

Post by AmuroNT1 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:15 am

So a few weeks ago my brother started running a Magical Girl RPG inspired by his recently getting into more modern MG anime like Madoka Magica. Would people actually be interested in reading the recap summaries of the game, or is that not in peoples' wheelhouses around here?
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Post by Omega » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:45 am

I'll admit to being a tad curious Amuro, so one vote in favor of sharing the recap summaries

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Post by AmuroNT1 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:22 am

Well, not much response but I might as well post the first summary and see if it draws some attention. Anyway, before we begin, here's the Dramatis Personae:

Erika Kadoya - My character. A Japanese-American girl with a cheerful personality, sunny outlook, and desire to be everybody's friend. She takes a lot after her father, a globetrotting American photojournalist; however, when she was 10 her parents got divorced after her father was accused of adultery. Because she knew he was innocent but nobody believed her, she has a strong dedication to truth and justice and is staff of the school's newspaper. She's also a huge Tokusatsu fan. Her Magical Girl form is themed around time control, making her fight a lot like Kamen Rider Kabuto or Touhou's Sakuya Izayoi.

Fujiko Moriguchi - My sister-in-law's character. She's the granddaughter of a man who employs traditional cloth-making techniques and is recognized as a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government. Her mother is very strict and controlling and spent years trying to mold her into the perfect Yamato Nadeshiko; however, after a major fight and her grandmother trying to mediate, the leash was loosened, if only a little. She's very smart but also cynical and a bit antisocial. Her Magical Girl powers are themed around wuxia, with an emphasis on cloth manipulation.

Aino Crescentia Sturluson - Our friend's character. She could best be described as a "Scandinavian mutt", being mostly Finnish but tracing ancestry to several Eastern European countries. She suffered from spinal cord degeneration in her youth, meaning she's spent the last several years undergoing surgeries and physical therapy to be able to live a normal life, and missed enough school that she had to repeat a grade. She idolized her big brother, but tragically he died saving her from a dangerous fall, which has caused her to feel responsible for it. Her Magical Girl form is Valkyrie-themed and has the ability to copy powers from other people.

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The story begins on Monday, April 23, 2074, three weeks into the new school year, with our girls being on their last year of middle school. On the way into school there are two big rumors: a ghost in the school bathroom (which prompts Erika to investigate, only to get dragged away by Fujiko grabbing her ponytail), and an idol who successfully reinvigorated her career by rebranding herself as a Magical Girl. We start off with History Class, which also serves as a way for my brother to help introduce elements of the alternate history for this setting. Our story is set in Urahara, a fictional city resulting from a Japanese military port growing and absorbing the nearby cities of Otsuchi and Kamaishi. This was important because 2074 is the 100th anniversary of the end of the "Great War", which was the major world conflict in this setting (World War II as we know it didn't happen). Another big change is that nuclear weapons never proliferated because the various nations realized how dangerous a nuclear war could be; instead they focused on the use of "super-weapons", things along the line of Agent Orange and napalm.

Jumping through the rest of the classes, we came to club time, when Erika getting surprised by Haruyoshi, the head of the newspaper, coming in and asking to speak to her in private. She was a bit surprised by this, since the Chief is normally a very level-headed and mellow person. Even more surprising was what he wanted to discuss: A photograph he'd been given that 1) was very blurry and indistinct (something you pretty much never see in this age) and 2) it seemed to show a girl in a white costume leaping about 50 feet through the air. Erika's photography skills tell her that if the picture is fake it's not a very good one (she could probably bang out a better fake five five minutes in Photoshop or an equivalent program), but more importantly there's no reason for someone to fake a photo like this. Haruyoshi indicated that he got the picture from a classmate who's a weird Magical Girl otaku and leaves the matter in Erika's hands to investigate or dismiss as she pleases. Returning to the classroom she discovered that the classmate had already gone home for the day, so she met up with Fujiko and Aino and told them what was going on. This wasn't the sort of thing they really cared about, but Erika insisted on looking into it, so they agree to help on the condition that she treat them to a meal at their favorite Chinese restaurant Pailong as payment. Looking over the picture together the girls narrow the area down to a couple of local buildings.

At the first building, the girls discovered a half-dozen "dents" in the pavement, about two inches deep, as if someone had dropped a wrecking ball on it several times. Making things really odd was the fact that nobody seemed to notice or care; Erika went into the building and told someone there about the holes, hoping to ensure that nobody tripped and hurt themselves. On the way to the second building, the girls noticed a figure in white leaping through the air, battling a number of small black orb-like objects using a giant zweihander and energy beams. Erika's response: "You know...I've investigated the school ghost, I've investigated Toilet Hanako-san...I never thought the one that turned out to be real would be Magical Girls." She quickly started snapping photographs as quickly as she could while the others realize that they seemed to be the only people on the street who noticed what was going on. After a couple of minutes the Magical Girl defeated the enemies and realized she was being watched. Afraid that she'd try to smash the camera, Erika discreetly passed it to Aino and the girls split up, hiding in the crowd and eventually meeting in front of the Chinese restaurant. Getting the camera back, Erika send the photos off to Haruyoshi as well as her aunt Yui, who works for a local newspaper, while Aino kept copies on a personal storage space (like Google Drive). Fujiko had to leave for her afternoon lessons but Aino was still rattled by the whole experience, so she and Erika hung out in the arcade until she felt comfortable enough to go home. That evening Erika called up Haruyoshi to discuss things, coming off a bit more excited than she meant to; she wasn't able to get in touch with Yui, so she called it a night.

The next day at school Erika spoke with Takeda, the classmate whose photo started all this in the first place...however, now he doesn't even remember taking it, though he's grateful when she gives him a copy of her photos. Again we have history class, which covers how the Great War was mostly about nations grabbing up territory that they felt belonged to them, like Japan snapping up the Kuril Islands (I compared it to a giant game of Hungry Hungry Hippos and got told that I wasn't far off). There haven't been any major conflicts since the Great War since most nations realized how pointless and foolish the war was, and since modern military actions are mostly carried out by drones any further wars would be seen as even more foolish. After class Erika went to talk to Haruyoshi, but now he didn't even remember showing her the Magical Girl photograph in the first place, and to her shock when she brings out her own photos have started getting blurry as well. Worried that she's coming off as some kind of conspiracy nut and feeling stressed out, Erika apologizes to Fujiko and Aino, saying that she didn't feel much like hanging out today. On their way home both Fujiko and Aino spotted what seemed to be the black orbs the Magical Girl was fighting, but quickly went in another direction and texted warnings to the others. Feeling suspicious, Aino called up her friend Sumire, a shrine maiden, to ask if everything was normal where she was; she also tried using her fortunetelling, but didn't get anything out of it. That evening Erika got a phone call from Aunt Yui, but since the photos were useless she couldn't exactly broach the subject anymore. Erika tells Yui that she's feeling frustrated and worries that she's looking like the kind of reporter who throws out garbage "clickbait" rather than actual news; Yui encouraged her not to stress out about things that were outside her control, and Erika rounded out the night with a little stargazing to relax.

On to the next day, the girls met up at the train station and started walking to school together. However, on the way there they rounded a corner and saw several of those black orbs from before...and worse, the orbs (which seem to be floating eyeballs) noticed them, too. The girls started to make a break for it, but one of them fired some kind of eye laser, nailing Erika in the stomach. Just when things started looking really bad, something "clicked" in the girls' minds and they transformed into Magical Girls. Erika and Aino fought most of them off using bow techniques while Fujiko put down a magical barrier that protected them from most of the eyeballs' attacks. At one point they tried combining their attacks, but Aino deflected it, launching a beam that took the corner off of a nearby building. After the battle ended, the girls started to take stock of the situation when Erika spotted the girl in white on a nearby rooftop. She jumped down and advised the girls to pick up the objects the eyeball monsters dropped when killed; these objects looked like blood-red marbles with ribbons of gold running through them. The girl then explained that the monsters (which she calls Shades) feed on peoples' life energy and drop these orbs (she calls them "Mana"), which can grant wishes depending on how many one has collected. All of the girls were suspicious of this, but they couldn't really get a good read on the girl in white. She explained that she'd been a Magical Girl for about a year (she developed her powers under similar circumstances) and that she'd met quite a few other Magical Girls, though most of them weren't very nice. When asked, she identified herself as Kirika, a 16-year-old who attended a nearby Catholic school and asked if they could get together another time; realizing it'd be a good opportunity to get more information, the girls agreed to meet her at Pailong in a couple of days.

Going off on their own, the girls agreed that they should avoid using the Mana because they don't fully understand their nature and something like that ALWAYS has a negative side to it. On a whim, Erika checked the photographs from before and now they're crystal clear, making her lament the fact that they'll probably still look blurry to normal people and thus the story pretty much dies there. The girls did some investigating to try and find out about Kirika, but all they could really turn up was her surname (Kita) and a mostly empty social media account. On the appointed day the girls met Kirika at Pailong and start picking her brain. She explained that she developed her powers under similar circumstances to them, and that by her estimate she'd run into anywhere from 10 to 20 other Magical Girls, and that some are just in it for the wishes, going so far as to "farm" other girls by letting them do the hard work of killing Shades, then ganking them and stealing the Mana they've collected. She also said that she'd encountered several different kinds of Shades, including animal-like ones and brute-like ones, but they never displayed any signs of higher intelligence before and just seem to be animals. The girls observed that she seemed a bit more collected than before (she came off as really flighty when they first met), and Kirika gets a little ashamed and admits she was just happy to meet more people who might be friends. Fujiko surmised that she probably doesn't have a lot of friends and picked at her by asking about her parents, who had died a few years earlier. Kirika further explained that she had seen a few Magical Girls get killed, and tried to at least give them the dignity of a decent funeral; the girls realized that this was probably the reason for a reported string of disappearances of girls their age in the near past. Kirika suggested doing a training session on the weekend, and the girls agreed, feeling that after everything they'd heard they wanted to be prepared.

That weekend the girls transformed and headed out towards the mountains to the spot Kirika had specified for the training. On the way there Fujiko and Aino's danger senses picked up on something, but the feeling went away as they got closer to the site; Erika warned them to keep an eye out, suspecting that they might get ambushed. Once there, Kirika suggested having a mock battle so they could get a feel for their abilities. The girls put up a fairly good fight, but Kirika seemed to get tougher as the fight went on, healing quickly, taking less damage from their attacks, and hitting harder; that said, she only barely hit Aino (who healed it back up with her counterattack ability) and Fujiko's barrier soaked most of the damage. At one point Kirika used a giant energy sphere (which my brother pretty directly compared to something like the Spirit Bomb); the girls managed to shoot it down before it could hit (Erika tried to land the finishing blow with her "Rider Kick" attack, but the attack roll missed by 1. Argh.). Before the fight could progress much further, Fujiko spotted another Magical Girl spying on them from a distance. As soon as everyone looked her way she ran off; Kirika remarked that she looked familiar but wasn't absolutely certain. She suggested that they should probably call the fight there and get back home. The girls headed back to town together and shared contact information before going their separate ways.

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So that's the first sesson. I was a bit loose with the character info just to spare everyone an even worse wall of text, but if there's interest I can always post more information here, either on the girls or the setting.
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Re: RPG Report?

Post by Mu La Flaga » Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:07 am

I would be curious to read more and see how more of it turns out.
Given the fact there were lots of other Magical Girls out there within the confines of this story you all played in.

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Post by AmuroNT1 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:09 am

And now we continue. I'm aware it's been a while; I got lazy and took my sweet time summarizing the last adventure, especially considering the third adventure is this coming weekend. But things to pick up and get more interesting this time around.

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Picking up from just about where we left off last time, the girls headed back towards town to hop a bus home. However, the moment Aino de-transformed she stumbled and fell over, with Erika rushing over to help her. Kirika showed a good bit of concern and the girls decided to take Aino to a doctor just in case. The doctor couldn't place it as anything but exhaustion, though. Kirika suggested that she could always use a wish to help Aino, but all three of the girls were still leery of making use of the Mana at this point. Kirika went her own way, and the girls got take-out lunch and hung around Aino just to make sure that she'd be okay.

After the girls went their separate ways, Aino examined the Mana she'd collected and made a trial wish (deliberately one that she thought would be beyond the scope of the Mana she'd collected); she got some kind of sense like something had happened, but nothing more. That night around 2:30 AM, Fujiko woke up with the sense that some kind of dark magic was going on something nearby. She called the other girls to let them know and said that she'd be investigating, with Erika and Aino agreeing to meet up with her. The three girls snuck out of their houses and transformed; Fujiko flew up to get an aerial view of the area and spotted a group of the spherical Shades plus two larger humanoids with them; the spheres seem to be "scanning" buildings, potentially. The combat wasn't amazingly eventful, mainly because it mostly boiled down to Erika using her Polaris Spark area attack and Aino copying it in order to cut down on the horde of Orb-Type Shades, while Fujiko mostly just played defense by laying down her barrier. At one point Erika attempted to land a Crossfire Kick on one of the Beast-Types, but missed...God just does not want Erika to kick people. The other girls followed to the street level and the battle continued down there until all the Shades were defeated.

The girls divvied up the Mana and headed back to their respective houses. In the morning, both Erika's mother and Fujiko's father seemed to notice that they were moving around last night, but both girls managed to deflect suspicion (Erika giving the half-truth that she woke up in the middle of the night and had to use the bathroom). Additionally, Fujiko's grandfather told her that someone was interested in commissioning a kimono from her and she accepted. Aino headed out and met with Kirika at her Catholic school, mostly talking about their lost loved ones and how to deal with it (since this was a conversation my character wasn't a part of, I didn't really listen). Afterwards Aino got the results of her blood test from the day before, but all it showed was that she'd exerting herself. Next came Monday, and there's planning for the school field trip to Tokyo. The talk of the day is still Haruka Oshima, the "Magical Girl" idol singer who was discussed last week. However, it was also Aino's birthday, so the girls planned out a little party at Pailong, with Erika calling Kirika to let her know. During the meal Kirika mentioned that she's got a friend who has a concert coming up...yup, she's friends with Haruka Oshima. Erika asked if Haruka really is a Magical Girl and Kirika rather casually confirmed that she is. The topic of conversation turned to music, and Kirika says that she likes Metal (with the group all sensing that "like" is an understatement). This also served to explain the fact that Kirika's primary weapon is a gigantic sword. Afterwards the girls headed home.

After school the next day, Aino sensed something bigger and more malicious than before; the girls transformed and started searching for the presence. At a nearby construction site, they found a large, squat plant-like creature with countless tentacles, some of which were stretching out towards nearby buildings. After school the next day, Aino sensed something bigger and more malicious than before; the girls transformed and started searching for the presence. At a nearby construction site, they found a large, squat blob-like creature with countless tentacles, some of which were stretching out towards nearby buildings. The girls started combat by entangling it and sniping from a distance; however, it started taking out its anger on a nearby car, causing a traffic pileup. When it started stomping into the road and laid down a "plague field" on the stopped cars, the girls realized that they'd have to keep it focused on the construction site to avoid further casualties. Fujiko dropped her healing field on top of the plagued zone in order to minimize damage while Erika and Aino got around behind it to lure it back. Fujiko and Aino were able to sense the presence of another Magical Girl, as well as a mild sense of danger from her. As the battle continued, Erika finally got her Crossfire Kick to connect, finishing the beast off and making it melt into goo while dropping more Mana than the girls had seen. Before they could gather it, Fujiko noticed the Magical Girl who'd spied on them during the training battle on a nearby rooftop and gave a warning.

The mystery girl lept down from the roof to attack Aino while a laser-like blast came out of nowhere and sniped Erika. She countered by leaping over Aino and Crossfire Kicking the brawler who'd appeared before them. The opposing Magical Girl performed a very clumsy roundhouse kick, striking Fujiko with a blinding burst of energy. Sensing an invisible opponent nearby, Aino used her copied Telekinesis to pull the Mana over behind the girls and asked what they wanted; Erika said that they didn't deserve any kind of reward since she just sat back and watched, but the brawler said that she needed the Mana. The invisible opponent fired a lightning attack at Aino, who deflected it away, then intercepted an attack from the "sniper" that did a fair bit of damage. Erika laid down her force field and tried to convince the brawler that the Mana was potentially dangerous and shouldn't be used so casually; she responded that they didn't worry about things that are "above their pay-grade".

Erika continued debating with the girl, saying that they shouldn't just accept the idea of consequence-free wish-granting magic; the brawler remained unconvinced and threw a punch, but Aino stopped it. Fujiko tried to intimidate the brawler by mentioning that the girls had backup on the way but she remained unconvinced. Aino asked if they needed the Mana to do something that would save lives, but the brawler gave a vague answer. Suddenly another Magical Girl appeared on a rooftop, which scared the brawler senseless. The new girl, whose outfit resembled a pink pantsuit and had a large katana strapped across her back, said to give her a minute and teleported over to the sniper. After a brief conversation she brought the sniper over to the field and had the invisible girl show up as well. The leader made the other girls apologize and said that they sometimes acted on their own. Erika tried asking if they could share information, like what they know about Mana, but the leader refused to give further information, saying that it's better for their health. Erika's further attempts to get information out of the leader only managed to yield her name, Sakura. In the meantime, Aino's attempt to scan Sakura ran up against mental resistance, and the latter said "You remind me of someone really annoying who lives around here..." She warned the girls that they probably shouldn't stick together, but once again refused to elaborate. Erika asked if they can at least consider each other on the same side, if the term "ally" is too generous; Sakura asked if she's serious and Erika replieed "I'd rather have friends than enemies." Sakura responded "Try and find me", to which Erika replieed "I may take you up on that offer."

Suddenly a familiar beam of energy came out of nowhere, aimed at Sakura's back. Aino took the shot and the girls tried to call off Kirika. She and Sakura already knew each other and clearly weren't friends. Sakura went over to her team and all four of them teleported away. Erika asked Kirika, who explained that Sakura is essentially a Magical Girl yakuza boss, managing the entire south side of town, which made Erika realize that her "Come and find me" was effectively a job offer rather than the taunt she thought it was. Kirika warned the girls not to associate with Sakura and just to avoid her, saying that she's the type to attack people when they're alone and untransformed. Erika expressed the desire to form an alliance of good Magical Girls in case the "Mafia" starts leaning on them, but none of the others seemed very interested.

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So that's Session 2 down. More interesting stuff happened, including the introduction of some new antagonists. We all "levelled up" (BESM doesn't use a traditional level-based character progression), and a couple of us decided to re-spec abilities that were less than useful; personally I dropped Erika's force field because it was pretty useless and redundant when compared to Fujiko's, instead focusing on her primary role as the main damage-dealer of the group.

Again, if you want to know more about the characters or setting just let me know and I'll provide the details that I can.
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Yukari: (Which lies and schemes are she talking about? It's hard to keep track of them all...)

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Re: RPG Report?

Post by Henyo » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:58 am

sees Magical Girl. interest piqued. sees RPG. a becomes a bit cautious. i have never played this kind of RPG.

but i think this will be a good thing for mi, who is planning in writing a Magical Girl Fanfic. multi series crossover, but the point still stands. one vote!!!

on a side note, how interested are they into the magical girl genre? i want to have more people to talk to about it.(via FB preferably.) it's hard being the only one who specializes in the genre ja? :D
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Post by AmuroNT1 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:05 pm

What we're using is Big Eyes Small Mouth (aka BESM), a system designed to (in theory) let you recreate basically any kind of anime. In practice, though, there's a lot of potential for abuse and game-breaking, and it often comes down to house rules to patch the holes left behind by the creators and playtesters.

So far we've had a couple of battles each session but I've been abbreviating them and only mentioning important moments because round-by-round accounts of fights can get kinda boring. Like I said, in the first battle of Session 2, there were a ton of smaller enemies so most of the activity early on was us spamming the same area attack over and over to whittle down their numbers.
Sakuya: "Whatever. Stop lying and give up your schemes, now."
Yukari: (Which lies and schemes are she talking about? It's hard to keep track of them all...)

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Post by rollinsonphilip » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:08 am

wow it is very interesting I will join you guys :D
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