And since I can't find out how to start a new thread on a stream: I might want your assistance to experiment with a form of GMless roleplaying, with stats and shit. And I really, REALLY want to try Marvel Heroic Roleplaying.
It's an RPG based on Marvel Comics, yeah. Very narrative, but still a bit dice-throwy.
See, I hate being a GM proper. Hate the paperwork. But freeform shit? Great! So I want to try and find a happy middle ground - where some dice can determine how the story goes without, like, having to prep scenes and baddies to fight ahead of time. Less freeform combat, more actual random results.
If I can intrude, to create a new Stream post, you can write your message at a top of any Stream page in the "Thought" box. You can post either on your own page (hit the Stream link at the top-left of any board page to reach it), or view someone else's Stream to send them a public thought. The targetted person will get a notification alerting them of the incoming message!
They have and I own it. The trick is to see how MUCH it needs to be used. My mistake beforehand was to rely on it exclusively. My experiment this time is to give it the support a freeform RPG offers, but with the plot twists and dice-based combat and challenge resolution an official RPG system uses.
It runs on yes/no questions that are increasingly (or decreasingly) true and false, with random events that pop up every so often. Really, you'd ask a question and feed it in the program (a .swf, in this case) and see where it takes you.
As for the RPG, character sheets would be easy. Only thing I'd run is the Doom Pool, a dice pool for NPC characters.
Since I'm just spotting this now, to answer your first question: because d20 is one of the few tabletop RPG systems I am familiar with. I'm also familiar with Exalted, but that one is just hell to make stuff for, however awesome it otherwise may be.
Though since the biggest parts of making a setting is not tied to mechanics, it could easily all be used with the FATE system or other ones. I hear Mutants
RisingDragon → The Helldragon: It's weird. I'm not in any position to really do or maintain any RPs (hell, my own site's suffering because of it), but... part of me REALLY wants to do a redo of our story on the RPG thread.
Yeah I've been learning much about RPing in general from Rib, including a lot of common pitfalls.
I remember you wanting to do a Mass Effect world in Arc Three. I think you mentioned Thresher Maws? I've been playing Mass Effect 1 and 2 recently, it turns out I'd know what the hell was going on if we ended up doing such a world.
Well, the idea was that the main hero would've met an alternate version of himself as Commander Shepard. In that world, the hero would've gotten the Ironstorm armor for the first time to fight off a Thresher Maw with that armor's ultimate attack, Distortion Cannon.