Dystopia Rising: Massachusetts Strain & Character Restrictions
Banned Character Concepts
The following concepts are not acceptable to play at Dystopia Rising:
- Characters under the age of 18.
- "Happy" slaves. What does that mean? It means that the perspective that being a slave is the best thing ever and you love it is a trope that we do not support in game since it can be incredibly damaging to the real world we come from. This link gives you a good example of tropes that work and tropes that don't. If you're looking to play an Iron Slave, or any kind of enslaved character, you want to avoid "straight," "exaggerated," and be careful of "downplayed." These aren't end-all-be-all rules to follow, but the bottom line is that slavery shouldn't be fun for your character. It can be complex and nuanced, but not happy and willing. Feel free to reach out to us if you need some help on finding a good story angle for your character.
The following profession is considered limited, requiring no AP to purchase, but an approved character background. We encourage players interested in these professions to thoroughly read source materials and game setting before submitting a character background.
Because of the environment and history of the Mass, certain strains are more common than others and some are simply non-existent. To represent that, and to make sure the players of those characters understand the unique circumstances of that strain, we have various levels of approval for each strain. Strains can be Open, Limited, Rare, or Banned. Limited and Rare strains may have requirements in order to play them, such as Assistance Points, background approvals, or a required amount of time that character must be in play for.
These strains can be played by anyone and do not require approval before entering game.
- Bay Walker
- Nation of Accensor
- Natural One
- Red Star
- Iron Slave
Limited Approval characters require an approved background and reference photos if make-up is required for the strain before they will be considered for play, unless otherwise noted.
Limited approval character backgrounds must exemplify the players knowledge of Dystopia Rising genre and world materials.
Limited Approval characters must abide by high standards of role play and appropriate costume to be allowed to continue in game.
Players must also play their character at a minimum of once every three months. In addition, players that wish to play a Limited Approval strain must also expend 150 assistance points upon approval unless otherwise noted. Players must have at least 150 assistance points earned before applying for one of the following strains.
- Full Dead
- Semper Mort (No AP, Background Required)
Restricted Approval characters require an approved background and reference photos of make-up if it required for the strain before they will be considered for play.
Restricted approval character backgrounds must exemplify the players knowledge of Dystopia Rising genre and world materials.
Restricted Approval characters must abide by high standards of role play and appropriate costume to be allowed to continue in game.
This character must be the player's main character and is required to be played at least once a month. In additions, players that wish to play a Restricted Approval strain must also expend 300 assistance points upon approval.
Players must have at least 300 assistance points earned before applying for one of the following strains:
- Unborn of Têixiptla
The following strains are not playable in Dystopia Rising Massachusetts: