"THERE IS NO NEED FOR ALARM, CITIZEN. GO BACK TO YOUR MANDATED SOYLENT RED MEAL."
Has anybody here heard of a thing called Paranoia? No? Well it's a Tabletop RPG that's sort of like 1984 as a comedy.
Here's some flavor text to start you out.
You were just another Clearance INFRARED worker, working a low-pay job for one of The Computer's service firms. For a hundred credits a month, you did light drudgework in a food vat, bot maintenance facility, reactor control room, or clone tank.
The work was dull. Meals consisted of Hot Fun pouchmeals, extruded ropes of Cold Fun and a bag of algae flakes, washed down with CoffeeLike, TeaSir, or the occasional Bouncy Bubble Beverage. You slept in a different bunk each night in the communal barracks. It was loud as a boiler room. It smelled like turpentine. You got skin rashes and ringworm. Still, you drifted along blissfully in a haze of free HappiTime medication.
Then you reported another INFRARED's treasonous behavior to your friend The Computer. In recognition of your service, The Computer promoted you to RED clearance, awarded you 1,000 credits and your own quarters, authorized a reduction in sedation, and granted you a token treasure from the high-clearance hydroponic gardens: an apple. A real apple.
Eating that apple--the first time you'd ever tasted actual food!--you realized people at higher security clearances eat like this all the time.
Thinking clear thoughts--the first time you'd done that, too--you burned with a new desire: to live better than you have. To get ahead.
The Computer told you the name of that variety of apple: Red Delicious.
You are a cloned citizen of the Alpha Complex. You have recently been promoted from INFRARED to RED security clearance, meaning Your Friend, The Computer, now trusts you more. You get to wear a RED jumpsuit and wield a RED laser pistol, and you're no longer kept in a drug-induced stupor (though you are still given regular hormone suppressants; with the pervasiveness of cloning technology, no citizens must suffer the indignities of historic childbirth, and gender is obsolete except as decoration). As a RED citizen, it is your happy duty to serve as a Troubleshooter for The Computer, solving problems, carrying out tasks, and, most importantly, rooting out treason. Trust no one! Keep your laser handy!
Traitorous actions include, but are not limited to, disobeying The Computer, disobeying a citizen of higher security clearance, destroying The Computer's property, being a member in a secret society, being an unregistered mutant, entering areas outside your security clearance, being out of uniform.
Of course, you personally are a filthy mutant in a treasonous secret society. You bad person you.
"I THINK I HEARD SOMETHING ABOUT UNREGISTERED MUTANTS. POINT THEM OUT TO ME OR YOU'RE ALL UP FOR EXECUTION."
When playing the game you'll start out by being briefed by Friend Computer himself, or a briefing officer, telling you what your mission is. You'll be given your Mandatory Bonus Duties (info later), and you're sent on your mission.
Of course, every person has their own secret mission, that usually conflicts with the mission given to your team, and often ends up involving backstabbing your own teammates, so it's always good to be suspicious of everybody and be willing to kill each other if it comes to it. Don't worry, you've got six clones.
In the end, you go to debriefing, and everybody gets their rewards/punishments (most likely the latter) from Friend Computer.
"CLONE ABBEY|R|OAD|2, EXPLAIN TO ME WHY YOU FAILED AT KEEPING THAT SPECK OF DIRT OFF OF CLONE DUG'S JUMPSUIT."Mandatory Bonus Duties
Team Leader - You head the troubleshooting team to ensure that the task you set out to do is completed. The rest of the team answers to you.
Loyalty Officer - You keep the team in line and ensure that there are no Filthy Mutant Communist Traitors on the team, and dispense appropriate consequences if there are.
Hygiene Officer - A clean clone is an efficient clone! Make sure everybody stays spic and span!
Communications and Recording Officer - With your trusty Multicorder, catch every moment of the action. Don't forget creative camera angles! You also have team contact with Friend Computer.
Equipment Guy - Stuff breaks. It's a fact of life. It's not the fault of the equipment, obviously, because Alpha Complex materials are perfect, but if it happens, you have to fix it.
Happiness Officer - Happiness is mandatory! Being unhappy is punishable by summary execution. Make sure clones stay nice and happy all the time!
"YOU ARE REACHING THE END OF MY INFINITE PATIENCE."
So yeah. I tend to run games in #Paranoia on Espernet, which is conveniently where #tigirc is located.
If anybody's interested, I can run a game Friday starting at 4-5 PM PST.
If you're in, just sign up with the following name format: Name|R|XXX|1
Name is, well, your character's name. The R is your clearance level, from Infrared to Ultraviolet. You always start at Red. The XXX is your home sector. Just pick any three letters. And the 1 is what number clone you're on. You start at 1, obviously, and when you die, you go to 2, and then 3, etc.Players
2. Ashkin|R|ASH|1 (?)
6.I got Hideous in on a game of this so he wanted me to make a thread here.