WVProgressive Posted October 18, 2021 Share Posted October 18, 2021 (edited) I know this is a bit different a roleplay than we’re used to, but I thought it might be a fun, and unique roleplay nonetheless. Oh, and don’t worry about not being extremely knowledgeable about Batman lore, or whatever, because trust me, I’ve invested a lot, probably too much, time, and money into Batman media, so I can probably help fill in any gaps that you may have 😉. I hope that this can be a fun, and exciting roleplay experience for all of us, regardless of whether we're a participant, or a spectator, and regardless of our level of knowledge about Batman. “Yes Father, I shall become a bat.” - Bruce Wayne upon seeing a bat land upon a bust of his father Thomas Wayne. Batman: Year One, Written by Frank Miller, with art by David Mazzucchelli, and Richmond Lewis Gotham City, home to four million Americans, is simultaneously one of the leading economic centers in world, and a city chock full of crime, graft, and corruption. A pit of Hell, devoid of hope, and unable to be changed. Or so one would be led to believe. Dominated by crooked public officials, and overrun with criminals, Gotham is a city of broken spirits, with all but the most determined, and idealistic Gothamites disillusioned with any hope of reforming Gotham, and resigned to the fact that Gotham will forever be an incurably sick place. The debut of a mysterious crime fighter in a bat costume brings about a jolt to the ossified, stagnant Gotham. Can Gotham truly be reformed, or will business continue as usual, just as it has for generations? It all depends on you... We begin in March 1987, immediately following the end of Batman: Year One Chapter One. Turns represent one Month, and factions may take 5 actions each turn. I don’t have a specific list of actions, so I encourage you to get creative with how you play. Batman Played by: @Pringles Leader: Bruce Wayne/Batman Allies: Alfred Pennyworth, Lucius Fox Wards: None One cold November night when he was eight years old, a young Bruce Wayne’s world was forever shattered when his parents were killed during a random mugging. Traumatized by the loss of his parents, Bruce Wayne decided to dedicate his life to ridding Gotham of crime. Now, aged twenty-five, Bruce has returned to Gotham becoming a master in the martial arts, science and every aspect of criminology after studying across the globe for the past twelve years. After a disastrous attempt at plainclothes vigilantism, Bruce has adopted the persona of Batman to both protect his secret identity, and to strike fear into the hearts of Gotham’s criminals. With nigh inexhaustible resources as the CEO of Wayne enterprises, Bruce Wayne is ready to fight a war that he’s spent the last eighteen years of life preparing for. Can he honor the promise he made to his parents, and finally rid Gotham of crime, and corruption, or will the Batman simply be swallowed up the gaping maw of villainy that is Gotham city? As the Batman, you will have to balance a unique meter: Knight-Playboy: This represents the balancing act that Bruce must play as he battle crime as Batman, and runs a multi billion dollar corporation as Bruce Wayne. Keep this meter balanced. Too far to the Knight side, and Bruce will become increasingly brutal, and obsessed with vigilantism, which will degrade his performance in the field, and in the board room, as well as sour the public perception of Batman. Too far to the Playboy side, and Bruce will spent less time as Batman, not train, or create new, and improved equipment, and may even retire from the cowl completely. It is important to note, however, that if Batman has any wards at the time of his retirement, his ward(s) will be able to become the new Batman. Win conditions: Batman is active, Safety, Corruption, and Unrest meters are at their highest points, and there are no Bad alignment factions active in Gotham The Reformers Played by @Kittenand @Dobs Leader: District Attorney Harvey Dent & Lt. Jim Gordon Heroes: Lt. Harvey Bullock, Sgt. Sarah Essen, Officer Stanley Merkel, Officer Renee Montoya If there’s one thing Gotham City is known for, it’s corruption. Graft, and corruption permeate every section of life in Gotham, from the parish, to the board rooms, to the Mayor’s office, to even the Police Department. All is not lost however, as there is a group of reformers, trying their best to rid Gotham of the corruption that has encapsulated the city for as long as anybody can remember. Can the reformers win, and flush Gotham of the corruption that has plagued it for decades, or will the ossified establishment hold on? Win conditions: Safety, and Corruption, and meters are at their highest points, no meter is in crisis, there are no Bad alignment factions active in Gotham, and the faction is in control of all three public offices (Mayor, DA, and Police Commish), as well as the city council The Old Guard @The Blood Leader: Police Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb Agents: Detective Arnold Flass, Lt. Max Eckhardt, Deputy Commissioner Peter Grogan, Swat Commander Howard Branden, Council Chair Hamilton Hill The Old Guard represents the establishment of Gotham City, those who do things the old way, which is to say, the corrupt way. Led by the corrupt Gillian B. Loeb, the Old Guard de facto controls the GCPD, and most of the city council. With the reformers making waves, and the emergence of a masked vigilante called Batman, can the Old Guard hold on, or will they get swept up by a tide of change? Win Conditions: The Reformers are eliminated, the Batman is arrested, Corruption meter is at its lowest point, Gothamites are politically apathetic, and in the Old Guard is in control of all three public offices, and the city council. The Falcone Family @Rodja Leader: Carmine “The Roman” Falcone Family Members (Ranked by Influence): Mario Falcone (Heir to the Falcone Family), Sofia Flacone, Alberto Falcone (Uninvolved with the ‘family business’, in Europe as a student) Goons: Milos Grapa, Chris Castillo, Blondie Mirti, Tony Zucco, the Sullivan Family of hitmen The Roman, and the Falcone Crime Family hold Gotham in a death grip, with their hands in every pie. They have the GCPD, and Gotham’s political, and economic establishment in their back pocket, and other than a few small time pimps, and drug pushers, all organized crime in Gotham is connected to the Falcone Mafia. With the rise of the reformers, and the emergence of the Batman, will the good times keep on coming for the Falcone family? Win Conditions: Batman is eliminated, Reformers are eliminated, Corruption, and Safety meters are at their lowest points, there are no Good alignment factions active in Gotham, and Gothamites are politically apathetic. The Media @Rezi Outlets: Gotham Gazette (Print), Gotham Daily News (Radio, and Television) Reporters: Vicki Vale, Jack Ryder, Summer Gleeson, Alexander Knox The fourth branch of government! The media holds the unique position of being the only true wild card faction, being able to ally with any of the four major factions. Will they extol the virtues of the reformers, cover up the misdeeds of the Old Guard? How will they respond to the appearance of Gotham’s own vigilante Batman? It's all up to you. Win Conditions: Trust in Media meter is at its highest point, the media remains free of government independence, and the Gotham Gazette surpasses the Daily Planet in popularity. Factions may rise to prominence, or fall into obscurity through the course of the story, depending on the choices that players make. Meters to watch: Mayor Approval: How much the Gotham Public approves of the Mayor’s job performance DA Approval: Same as above, except for DA instead of Mayor GCPD Approval: Ditto, but for the Gotham Police City Council Approval: How much the Gotham Public approves of the City Council's actions, and current majority Batman Approval: This represents the public’s support for Batman, his war on crime, and his methods. Trust in the Media: Represents how much the public trusts the media to report the truth. This effects how effective media actions are. Safety: Represents how much crime, violence, and insecurity there is in Gotham. A lower meter represents more crime, drugs, and disorder, while a higher meter represents less crime, and more respect for law, and order. Economic Growth: This represents the health of the Gotham economy. As one of the most important industrial, and financial cities in the world, it is important to keep the economy ticking. Quality of Life: This represents the quality of life for the Gotham public. This covers a wide range of things, from poverty, to pollution, and more. Unrest: This represents how content/discontent/apathetic the Gotham public is with it’s government. Sustained periods of high unrest will lead to protests, riots, and even terrorism as the Gotham public grows increasingly disillusioned with the government. Budget: This represents the Gotham budget, and whether it is balanced, in surplus, or deficit, and to what degree it is unbalanced. Corruption: This represents how rampant corruption is in Gotham’s public sector. Public Offices: Mayor: Lee Borg (Neutral, Retiring) DA (Elected, same rules as Mayor): Harvey Dent (Reformers) Police Commissioner(Appointed by Mayor upon vacancy): Gillian B. Loeb (Old Guard) City Council (41 total, no term limits, elected concurrent to the mayor): 30 Old Guardians, 5 Reformists, 4 Vacant, 2 Unaligned. Council Chair: Hamilton Hill (Old Guard) Mayoral Elections happen every four years in the year before a Presidential election year. They are nonpartisan, and use a two round system, where the top two candidates advance to a second round. The First Round is in May/Three Turns, and the Second Round is in November/9 Turns. Meter Positions at Game Start: Approve/Disapprove/Unsure&Don’t Know Mayor Approval: 20%/25%/55% DA Approval: 50%/20%/30% GCPD Approval: 20%/60%/20% City Council Approval: 10%/65%/25% Batman Approval: 30%/20%/50% (Note, as Batman has not official debuted yet, as we’re starting right at the end of Chapter One, this more accurately represents the Gotham public’s support for vigilantism.) Trust in the Media: 5/10 There’s an inherent cynicism among the Gotham populace, but they still trust, and rely on the news media to inform them of the goings on, both within Gotham, and the world. Safety: 1/10 The city has become notorious for its rampant, uncontrolled crime. The streets are filled with drugs, prostitutes, and small time muggers, while organized crime has a major presence in every aspect of Gotham. The GCPD is either extremely ineffective, or in bed with the criminals. Citizens no longer trust the government to keep them safe. Economic Growth: 6/10 Gotham’s economy continues the growth that it has seen for every year since the beginning of the Reagan administration. However, compared to the white hot growth of the early 80s, the slow, and steady growth of the present seems middling in comparison, despite things improving. Quality of Life: 3/10 Severe gap between the rich, and the poor, large number of impoverished Gothamites, a poor social safety net, rampant pollution, and a high level of racial animosity. Unrest: 10/20 Most Gothamites are apathetic to the current political situation, but do not take this as a sign of approval. Budget: 4/10 Moderate budget deficit forcing the city to take out loans. Corruption: 2/10 Gotham’s public sector is almost entirely corrupt, and it is seriously harming public perception of the government, as well as putting a hamper on the efficiency of Gotham’s public services. Knight-Playboy: 40/100 A slight preference toward the Knight side of the meter Edited July 10, 2022 by WVProgressive Retitled the thread (Again) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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