Excerpt from a recent tourist brochure:
Come one come all to quiet, picturesque Jarcieu!
Some points of interest:
Le Petit Quai (“The Little Wharf”), the nearby lake may be a recent arrival to our fair valley, but the local wildlife has not only recovered from the disaster, but flourished beyond Dr. Shay Maes’ wildest dreams, which combined with the narrow creek that leads right into the English Channel made this town a critical sea trade hub immediately after the Great Flash Floods of 89. It may be smaller compared to what you might find in coastal cities, but it is still an impressive sight in its own right, and it is hardly short on entertainment, shopping, and restaurants. Ask for Heinrich’s famous clam chowder, your mouth will love you for the rest of your life!
Guillotine Square: Our town’s square used to be known as Rosethorne Square, but as you might imagine from its rebranding, it served a more… specific purpose during the Revolution. Please consult the local library or hire a local tour guide for further information. Most locals do not appreciate being reminded of those times, and as such, the town council implores you tread lightly on the subject.
Luxen Heights: The oldest surviving hotel in the city (construction completed in 1997), it is also the largest and most luxurious, boasting over 100 lavish and spacious suites, a large swimming pool, indoor gym and sauna. Room service has consistently earned five stars from numerous food critics ever since the hotel first opened.
Jarcieu Community Radio (JRC): tune in any time to hear local news and community calendar highlights brought to you by Germain Val-Chous’s smooth, richly accented voice.
Brief: The year is 2098, and while technology has advanced in some areas, it is largely the same as it is today. This is largely due to a series of disasters attributed to Global Warming have taken place all over the world, forcing maps to be redrawn several times. The weather has recently begun to settle down a bit more, and is once again comparable to what we experience in our day. One result of this is that in the middle of the border between France, Germany, and Belgium, there is now a lake twice the size of Lake Eerie with a single narrow creek leading north to the recently widened English Channel.
As you might imagine, decades of one environmental disaster after another has created a lot of social upheaval in every sphere imaginable… whether in politics, science, religion, entertainment, transportation, medicine, etc. This has resulted in no less than twenty major civil wars and revolutions around the world. The first one was also the longest. In France, the Revolution truly began in the winter of and it only ended in the winter of 2089… and by that point, over 200,000 people had been executed in Jarcieu alone. The population in 1997 was around 500,000 people. In 2016, it was a little over 600,000. In 2037, merely five years after the Revolution began, the population had dropped to 167,000. And now, Jarcieu is recovering, but they barely have 30,000 people living in a city whose infrastructure with a small maintenance crew that can’t possibly hope to keep everything running smoothly forever. They’ve done impressive work so far, but its only a matter of time before something gives.
Now, despite appearances, this is mainly a Slice of Life kind of game… with some thriller/mystery/scifi elements thrown in for good measure, as well as some other genres I’m either hiding or am still considering. In any case, challenges will be fairly light in this game, and the focus will be more on character interactions. When challenges do crop up… they mostly aren’t going to be obstacles for your characters to overcome. They are mostly going to be larger events and problems that affect the city as a whole… and you’ll be showing how your character reacts to it, and what if anything, they do about it.
The starting point for this game is the fall of 2098, and all contact with the outside world has stopped entirely. Ships no longer come in at all. Travellers and tradesmen don’t visit anymore… and television and the internet have gone out entirely. The only means of long distance communication still working is the town’s local community radio.
Recent player drop outs, so opening this up again to open submissions.
Hosted and narrated by:
Amberly West (TheDoctor455)
Scenes played: 3
License: Community License