Jeysie wrote:Devastron wrote:At this moment in the RPG we are nearing the end of the battle at Area 51 described in the article. Once that is over there will be a period of regrouping and shifting gears as we move to the next storyline. That would be a good time for new characters to jump in, especially ones bound for Cybertron. Just make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules, history and summary threads so you know the background and setting of the game.
See, the thing is... I'm not overly concerned with what altmodes would fit, which is what a lot of the advice here seems to revolve around, so much as what personality types would fit. Believe me, I have plenty of experience in other campaigns with characters that technically fit the setting, but ended up being useless in the specific storyline due to personality and/or skills that didn't gel very well.
Since only the mods know where the storyline is going, there is something to be said to having a list of characters that they know would be useful in the storyline, or at least give some good indication of what types of characters are needed. "There will be some science exploration on other worlds, so the more technical and scientific types, as well as diplomatic types, would be useful" or "There's going to be a fair bit of fighting, so rough and tough characters will work best", that sort of thing.
Well we do have to be cognizant of the alt modes. If someone say wanted to play Doublecross, then he would get stuck back at the base for a large portion of the game since he can't blend in with Earth vehicles. The other option is to change his alternate mode. That works with some characters, but definitely not with Doublecross. It would effectively ruin him.
As for personalities not getting along, that is definitely part of the game. It would be fairly boring if everyone got along perfectly. There need to be some bumps in the road, opportunities for drama or scheming. Look no further then the classic Megatron-Starscream relationship for that. It works for the Autobots too, as Sunstreaker basically gets along with no one other than Sideswipe. Conflict, internal and external, is what fuels the story.
As for recommending characters I generally try to avoid this, the starting canon roster for this game being the exception. I want people to play whomever they want to play. We can work in pretty much any character and if we have a specific need for a character one of the staff can NPC him.
In the future lets keep these types of questions and comments to the chatterbox. I'd like to keep this thread open to questions and comments from people interested in playing the game.