I'm going to set this up as a continuing thread, where I put my episode production ideas, and you all can comment as you wish. I look forward to your critiques, and I'll provide additional notes on how each gaming session went...
Starring :: Rhett S., Alicia S., Cameron J, Carlos F., and myself as the characters (this is pre-character generation)
The Doctor (McGann, Eccleston, Smith) The Daleks The Master The Time Lords
Scene 1 :: Run from the Valorans
Rhett is a time agent whose ship ran out of fuel some ways back. He stopped to refuel it, not knowing that the place he had stopped was a Valoran planet. The Valorans are very touchy about their territory and their fuels and they have temporal weapons. Three of their starships chase Rhett's timeship, causing damage severe enough that he has to make a blind jump, which lands him on Gallifrey.
Scene 2 :: Class is Out
Timelord students are touring a museum on 20th Century Earth when the teacher announces that class is over for the day. They return to Gallifrey in time to be met by a timelord, who informs them that they are being conscripted to fight the Daleks, who are trying to capture the cruciform. As the students leave, they hear their teacher muttering about how things have changed, the "horrors of war and such..."
Scene 3 :: The Dalek Invasion
The Master leads one group of timelords in resisting the Dalek push toward the cruciform, while The Doctor leads another. The Master is using a Dalek-compatible bolt gun, while The Doctor is wearing white robes and wielding a sword of dalekanium. The Daleks are defeated at the cost of hundreds of Gallifreyans, timelords included. As The Doctor surveys the scene, he is shot in the back by a fatally-wounded Dalek. He quickly activates a button on a watch to summon his TARDIS, which materializes around him and protects him during his regeneration.
The Master is also surveying a battle scene, when a wounded Dalek touches him, and reveals that even though this ground force has been destroyed, the Dalek fleet in space will launch another attack, and this time, led by the Dalek Emperor, they will captured the cruciform. The Master realizes that this will mean the end of the war for the timelords.
Scene 3a :: The Battle in Space
Rhett's timeship and a timelord fleet engage the massive Dalek fleet in space around Gallifrey. Although Dalek casualties are amazing, they are numerically superior, and push the Gallifreyan forces back. Rhett's timeship is disbled in space.
Scene 4 :: In Council
The Master informs the timelord council of the Dalek plans. Rassilon surmises that this next battle might just contain enough strength for the timelords to unleash their biggest weapon, the ultimate sanction. They will win the war "by being the last ones standing". The Doctor is incredulous and disgusted at how far the timelords have fallen, and he vows to stop them. Rassilon is infuriated, and he shouts: "Who do YOU think you are to stand in our way?"
To which, the reply comes: "I am The Doctor."
When Rassilon raises his hand to smite The Doctor, he is instead hit with a Dalek bolt from The Master, and both he and The Doctor leave. As they are walking down the corridor outside the council chambers, The Doctor guesses that The Master is not really interested in helping him. The Master has temporarily changed sides.
"Why?" The Doctor asks. "You know what THEY are."
"Exactly," The Master replies. "I know how evil THEY are ... it's Rassilon and the other timelords who have gone insane."
The Master then excuses himself, saying that he has to leave before the big conclusion to the "party". He then uses a vortex manipulator to escape to the Academy, where he uses the Chameleon Arch located there to escape into the timeline (to be seen later in "The Sound of Drums").
Scene 5 :: The Escape
The Doctor takes the player characters to the Academy, to the Grand Fireplace, which happens to be a Type 87 TARDIS. It has an advanced Rassilon Imprimator, which allows it to imprint with a larger number of persons. The Doctor sets the TARDIS to intercept Rhett's timeship, and then jump across the dimensional wall. Before he leaves, he gives Rhett a universal phone (set to the wrong number).
The Doctor leaves, and the last scene of him is his Type 40 TARDIS in orbit around Gallifrey, applying the time lock (a bright blue beam that causes a field to envelop the planet ).
The PCs and their TARDIS materialize in Cardiff, with their TARDIS disguised as a garage door with a smaller door off to one side. While there, The Doctor finds them, wondering what is drawing energy through the Cardiff Rift. He is VERY stern about this group of timelord noobs that has somehow escaped the time lock, but when it is explained, he muses that "it's probably something I would have done." He then asks to see their phone, and notes that the universal area code is wrong.
The PCs will mostly be involved with some of the fighting, but I will also hand out templates to them so they can be involved in some of these other scenes. I can't wait to see how this goes over with Cameron, who is a HUGE Dr. Who fan. I plan to let him play The Doctor during the Council Room scene. I figure he will KNOW what to say when Rassilon asks him just who he thinks he is. It oughta be a nice "spontaneous" moment.
From Cardiff, the players can do whatever they wish, but I have one adventure seed ready in case they want me to continue setting the stage.
--- Well, what do ya think? I'm playing this in just over two hours from now.
Post by Eternally Lost Zeppo on Jun 28, 2010 13:11:00 GMT
Sounds like an awesome campaign set-up, look forward to hearing how the sessions go.
"By the ancient rites of combat, I forbid you to scavenge here for the rest of time. And when you go back to the stars and tell others of this planet, when you tell them of its riches, its people, its potential, when you talk of the Earth, then make sure that you tell them this...[shouts] ...it is defended!"
We're *going* to ... last night ended up being character generation night, but we'll jump right in next time. I got some good reactions from the snippets that I gave them. Rhett liked the idea of fleeing in his timeship from the Valorans. I got some interesting looks from them when I described the academy students on Earth during the 20th Century, but then I informed them that it was a field trip to a history museum, and they loved it.
As we were wrapping up for the evening, I gave them a preview scene, and it was of The Doctor looking over the aftermath of the battle. In the background, a dark shape slides into view in the cooridor, and a blue-tipped eyestalk swings toward The Doctor.
And the last thing Paul McGann's Doctor hears before he dies is "EXTERMINATE!"
BTW, my group includes one time agent, three timelord students, and a human kidnapped by the timelords to serve as frontline cannon fodder. This additional time we're taking on this will allow me to tailor some scenes to the individual characters, as well as some under the radar allusion to the characters ... such as in Scene 2, where I can have the teacher looking right at the human when muttering about how far the timelords have fallen...
Having landed in Cardiff on July 18, 2010, the characters split up. The American soldier leaves to go to the airport, while another character goes to get food, and one of the timelord students goes to find Torchwood. However, despite the celebrations of the Cardiff Strawberry Festival, the group slowly discovers that things are wrong. The American can not reach the airport ... a flash of light returns him to the point where he and another member of the group seperated. The patrons of the local pub are mournful of the recent deaths of newborns and young people all over not only Cardiff, but England, and Captain Jack is found absorbed in figuring out the mystery.
The information the group is able to get leads them to a hospital, where a woman is about to give birth. However, shortly after the birth, the newborn is attacked and devoured by a Reaver. Shortly after that, the Reaver also kills a young nurse and a guard. The group engages in a gun fight with the Reaver, and are forced to retreat.
The group then sees another newscast, where another story features the launch of the Valiant II, in celebration of the British victory over the Germans, following the assassination of Adolf Hitler in 1941. The group and Captain Jack surmise that a temporal spur has developed, but question why it is that it is taking so long for the Reavers to repair the damage. They discover the presence of a temporal stabilization matrix somewhere on the planet ... meaning that someone else is behind the plot.