The Inheritance Gambit: A Marvel MUSH
Now in Open Beta
"A red horse went out and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth"
The Age of Heroes is gone, snuffed out before most people even knew it had come. It ended in the fire and fury of a global war - The Gene War - and the great purge that followed. It took earth's mightiest champions and in some ways the earth's hope. The worst, however, was yet to come.
"And behold, a black horse and he who sat upon it held a pair of scales in his hands."
Humanity’s judgement has come. It did not come with the end of the heroes. It did not announce itself with the thunder of war, nor the lightning flash of atomic fire as many thought it might. It crept in slowly and quietly, slipping through cities full of people too caught up in their own worlds to notice the silences and voids amid the bustle and din of life.
"And behold, an ashen horse and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hell followed him."
The genophage got into everything: air, water, soil. It spread to every corner of the globe. There was no cure. The result was not a tide of mass death but rather the absence of life. Birth rates plummeted. Schools shut, and the echo of children's laughter disappeared.
It has been twenty years since the last known live birth of a genetically human child. The only new people are mutants whose genetic X-factor seems to make them immune to the Phage. Most of those are clones or hybrids created from genetic material found in strange ‘arks’ hidden around the world. As the mutants rise again, so too do heroes wielding powers beyond the ken of mortal men.
Are these champions the guardians of a new era for Earth, or the harbingers of the final darkness?
"And behold, a white horse... and a crown was given to him, and he went forth as a conqueror."
The Age of Heroes may yet come again, if the world does not destroy itself first. Whichever happens, though, this much seems true:
These are the last days of humankind.
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The year is 2050. The place is Chicagoland, an area sharply divided between the safe and in some cases glittering city proper and the sprawling, decaying urban jungle that surrounds it inhabited by people in their millions. Megacorporations thrive, the political landscape grapples with old rivalries and dangerous new realities and in the shadows and chaos villains thrive as always they do.
The world is going to hell, but it’s taking it’s sweet time getting there. Between war and worse, the heroes vanished decades ago. Now their genetic legacies are being revived as the last best hope of a world dogged by a plague that has crippled mankind’s ability to reproduce and thrust mutants into the role of inheritors of the earth… if it lasts that long.
While over the years games have incorporated a website to support and enhance the game, it’s always been an add-on and much of the way MU*’s are used hasn’t changed a lot over the years.
On Inheritance Gambit, we’re stripping down the game server side of things. You won’t find any ‘News’ files inside the game such as ‘news policy’ or ‘news roleplay’, They’re all on the website. You won’t find a +jobs system or a +bb system. Instead, we use Support Tickets and categorized blog posts. These days people are almost always multitasking and this lets you access information without scrolling your RP and conversations off your screen.
We know it’s new, and different. We expect some growing pains. We expect to have to change things. We’d love your suggestions! You’ll find places to leave us feedback all over the site. Don’t be shy. We hope you’ll enjoy the changes.
It's Marvel Children of Men with strong Shadowrun flavors. I cannot overstate how awesome this is.
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I'm actually looking forward to getting approved and RPable, something I can't say about any other place in a while. I hope a lot of people give it a shot so it can get very active.
So, a review. I've been trying this place out for ~2 weeks, and it really basically is "Marvel: Shadowrun" combined with Children of Men. The staff seem to actually be fans of all of the genres the game incorporates, and while the playerbase is small, they seem to all be good rpers, and the staff are pretty sane. (I realize calling staff sane may not sound like a resounding endorsement, but you all know what I mean in this day and age. Good people, friendly, eager to help out and run scenes.)
I dunno, if anyone is thinking of trying it, it seems worth a shot and fun so far. Its new, and different, and the website is pretty slick, too.
@secretfire ... Marvel Shadowrun? Sign me the f' up!
Strongly flavored, might be a more technically accurate word. The whole grid and "corporatocracy" feel are straight-up lifted from that whole genre. Massive urban sprawl, etc. The only scenes I've seen with cops had corpie police instead, etc. I've just enjoyed it, thought I'd mention such.
@secretfire The genre is really "cyberpunk" if that's what you're looking for. But yeah, it's my favorite genre, so....
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I'm enjoying it. My only complaint is it's small. Easily solved if all you people app there.
@tnp Yeah, I'm leaving this thread open in a window to remind myself tomorrow. I don't have the brain power tonight.
And yes, I softballed that one in there. Don't take the swing.
Made a character, and so far am enamored of the setting, the system, and the people. If you've been on the fence about checking the place out, now's the time. 11 approved characters on atm, and the logs from the website show how active the place has been.
So I can't really tell from the website, but are non-superpowered characters allowed? Mundane mortals, as it were? I love cyberpunk but don't really know anything about comics, just trying to tell if I'd have any fun here.
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@rebekahse They sure are! You don't really need a knowledge of comics but if you want to app in a non-superpowered character, you sure can. Feel free to poke us on the game or discord if you have any questions.
Just a quick update: We have gone to ‘full open status’. I’d like to take this moment to thank again all of our alpha testers and everyone who came over, beta tested and suffered through our annoying code bugs and system glitches to get us to this point. There’s one or two things left to be implemented but the major work is done.
We’ll be holding an opening RP event on February 10th and everyone is welcome. If you haven’t checked us out already we hope you’ll stop on by.
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Realizing our advertisement was a lot of feel and short on specifics, a few highlights of our game:
- No Comics knowledge needed to play any character.
- All “Feature Characters” open. Always.
- OC Friendly. “Mashup” Friendly. “Legacy” Friendly.
- No activity requirements. (https://inheritancegambit.com/106/activity/)
- System-Driven CharGen and upgrades: No need to wonder when you can have that power spike or that shiny thing you want. No need to worry about character ‘balance’.
- Traits-Style RP – Don’t want to use that system? Don’t worry. It’s not required and most of the RP doesn’t.
- Relaxed PRP rules. (https://inheritancegambit.com/118/player-run-plots-prps/)
- Regular Events. (https://inheritancegambit.com/events/)
The world so far…
Fifty years ago, mutants were still something that everyone had heard of… but not everyone really believed in. The X-Men were part terrorist group and part underground heroes but mostly urban myth. Groups had just started lobbying for the idea of Mutant Registration when the problem seemed to solve itself.
The Gene War between Wakanda and Genosha pulled in every hero and villain known, and when the dust settled… they were gone.
Some are sure they died. Others think that maybe they went somewhere else. If anyone knows the truth, they aren’t talking. And after that, if there were any mutants? They kept quiet.
Thirty years ago, the World Health Organization noted a sharp decline in recorded births.
Twenty five years ago, they identified the Phage and that it was too late.
Twenty years ago was the last birth on record. We thought that was the end. Some argue, it was.
That same year, we found the first Ark. Each one a massive vault of thousands of people in suspended animation and stockpiles of genetic material for the creation of more. Except they weren’t homo sapiens. They were homo superior. Mutants.
Immune to the Phage, it looked like Mutants really would be the next step in our evolution. But homo sapien won’t go down without a fight.
The backdrop to our ongoing story is Chicago, and having a reason to either live or regularly visit will make finding RP easier. It’s not the only place things are happening though, and Players are invited to tell their story all over the globe.
@serenity Ah man I know he's probably already apped/accounted for but I would LOVE to play a Steve Rogers who's JUST NOW been unfrozen from the ice. That would be an absolute blast for me to play as someone who loves playing cap.
@mr-johnson It's always been a little amusing to me that when Steve Rogers was first thawed out and was 'a man out of time' it was only 20 years after World War II ended.
@the-sands I feel the exact same way man, it's really funny to think just how little time there really was without cap. Though to be fair they only really thought up the whole frozen thing to explain away commie smasher cap and how violent he got for seemingly no reason following the war.
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@mr-johnson You can absolutely do that :)
Apart from mutants, we also have digital consciousnesses that can be downloaded into lifelike android chassis.
However, we did think about Steve when we created the game and he can absolutely be a clone and have been created, with the help of "the Framework", to think that he has just been unfrozen. There could be any reason for that - but if that's what you'd like to play, you can!
I should also point out that there is no Steve Rogers at the moment but even if there were you could still app him. The game has been deliberately designed to side step (most of) the usual issues of characters being already played or spoken for.
@kairos Not sure how much a fan I am of that. I mean I guess technically it's not that different from playing William Burnside, but still rubs me the wrong way.