Composing a post, accidentally refreshed the webpage before finishing, lost a whole mess of stuff!
Thoughts in no particular order:
RATTRAP, is your Drill Bit's appearance based on any canon TF character or characters? maybe Armada Drill Bit
or Cybertron Drill Bit
or Universe Drill Bit
or Kre-O Drill Bit
? (For reasons i don't understand, i can't read your description of your character without picturing Armada Drill Bit's partner
SIDEWAYS, is Brownout an Autobot? You just called him a 'bot, which is sometimes shorthand for "robot" regardless of faction.
At some point i want to see someone knock Brownout's disruptor weapon out of his hand (actually successfully disarming Brownout, not because Brownout allowed it to happen), and then i want Brownout's unsuspecting opponent to snatch up the weapon and try to use it against Brownout. If Brownout is an Autobot, Drag Strip or one of his combiner compatriots might be the one for this scene.
i kind of prefer TFs with alternate modes resembling Earthly machines as might appear in realistic fiction, rather than futuristic or Cybertronian alternate modes. So, for example, not necessarily an F-22 Raptor, but a fighter jet rather than a star fighter (although TFs are
alien robots in disguise, so it's fine if someone looks like an F-22 but is capable of space flight). Another example, not necessarily a Ford Mustang, but a sports car rather than a hover-car or flying car (unless it's a third mode, like G1 Tracks or G1 Overdrive). That sort of thing. Since i'm obsessed with continuity, these kinds of alternate modes demand that the TFs have been to Earth, although they don't necessarily have to stay
i'm not inclined to object if some or all of the TFs have "outdated" alternate modes--Bumblebee as a VW Beetle or 1976 Camaro or steam locomotive
, G1 Sideswipe instead of CHUGGUERTS Sideswipe, casette player Soundwave, biplanes
, vintage cars
, etc, as long as they're realistic fiction (no Flintstone cars, for example).
Beast modes can be really cool or really stupid depending on their origins, their portrayal... my mood...
From the way this conversation started, i thought we would be depicting TFs hanging out, more or less at peace--either mingling in neutral territory or under flags of truce, or during a time of peace (before, after, or between the Cybertronian civil wars), or simply focusing on off-duty TFs (on leave or in the reserves, for example--or how about in a neutral battlefield medical facility?)
From the way this conversation has progressed, i think we're heading more towards an actual Autobot/Decepticon conflict, with characters at war, trying to kill each other.
Which is it?
If the TFs are at war, did the war just begin, or has the war been going on for a long time? Is this the first Cybertronian war, or was there a previous war (or several previous wars) that ended, but now the treaty is breaking down?
What if, instead of evacuating a dead Cybertron and/or abandoning Earth, the TFs are actually heading out in pursuit of
? If more than one MechGuffin exists (like the Armada Mini-Cons or Cyber Planet Keys), and/or the TFs don't know where to find the MechGuffin or MechGuffins (like the G1 Marvel Matrix
or the 2007 movie Allspark
), that gives us an excuse to break into small teams, who may interact as they cross paths--an Autobot team and a Decepticon team may race/battle for one location, perhaps calling other teams for reinforcements (but can the reinforcements get there in time?), while elsewhere two Autobot teams pool information and find that each team has discovered pieces of the puzzle that the other team was missing.
It's always seemed to be that lately the Autobots had more of a plan and knowing what's going on, while we have almost no active Decepticons, or a leader to boot.
What about if this time, the Decepticons discover the MechGuffin and go after it, but the Autobots have no idea why the Decepticons suddenly left, forcing the Autobots to follow? Maybe the Decepticons even had the upper hand--Cybertron overrun, and Earth held hostage--making the Autobots that much more perplexed and suspicious when the Decepticons give up that territory.
I've invited a friend to rp with us. Knowing her, she may want to fill in for megatron or create a new 'con leader.
Any word from her? (On account of her being female, i suggest that we refer to her and/or her version of Megatron as "Meg" until she tells us otherwise.)
Will the Autobot and Decepticon leaders be Player Characters (possibly Boss and "Meg"), or will the leaders be NPCs, maybe even perpetually "offstage", with PCs talking about them ("Pepsi Convoy wanted me to ask you for an update?" / "Decepticharge is in charge now, and he says we launch the attack at midnight!")
Sometimes, when Megatron is elsewhere, missing, or presumed dead or defeated, Starscream convinces the Decepticons to make him their new leader. TFTM and IDW Infiltration, for example.
i also "claimed" the Battle Gaia team as NPCs, and canonically, when Scrash was acting-leader of the Decepticons, he put Battle Gaia in charge of taking over Earth.
Did i say i wanted Drag Strip on a different planet than the rest of the Stunticons? So maybe, if we're not focusing on Earth and Cybertron, maybe Shuttle Gunner is off to the Monacus, while the rest of the Battle Gaia team and Drag Strip are on the planet Beest (home of the Beastformers), and the rest of the Stunticons are with the Seacons on Nebulos. Or something like that. Swap out Monacus, Beest, and Nebulos for Klo, Quintessa, and Paradron, or we can make up some planets, moons, and asteroids. Who knows.
ROADBUSTER may notice that i wrote in the other thread about the Battle Gaia team blaming Starscream for Shuttle Gunner's absence. My theories are...
1) Maybe all the members of the Battle Gaia team except Shuttle Gunner were aboard a ship, and Starscream ordered that ship to launch without checking to make sure everyone was aboard who should have been.
2) Maybe at some point, Starscream gave Shuttle Gunner the wrong rendezvous coordinates (by accident or on purpose?)
3) Maybe Starscream had nothing to do with Shuttle Gunner getting separated from the rest of the Battle Gaia team, but through some misunderstanding, the Battle Gaia team believes Starscream is to blame.
i'm about 80% sure i'm going to try Drag Strip for this game, but i'd like some feedback on some fanfic character ideas i had and considered for the new RP. i don't exactly have names for these characters, but i'll call them Decepticon Warrior X, Autobot Warrior Y, and Autobot Scientist Z. Decepticon X was dead and Autobots Y and Z were dying, so Z attempted to combine himself with Y (using a procedure similar to what happened to Rack and Ruin
), taking spare parts from Decepticon X when necessary. Z expected for his mind and Y's mind to be active at the same time, like conjoined twins, but what happened instead was that they became Transformer XYZ, a Triple Changer with multiple personality disorder (the personalities being X, Y, and Z), such that whenever he/they transformed, the active mind had only a 1-in-3 chance of remaining the active mind. Still, sometimes the active mind would risk transforming, because some things really must be done in robot mode (such as piloting a ship), but one of his/their alternate modes was better armed and better armored for battle, and his/their other alternate mode was the only one capable of flight. Also, sometimes Z might transform hoping
for Y to take his place, in situations where Y's superior combat skills were called for, while other times Y would similarly transform hoping for Z to come online because Z's superior intellect or specialized skills were needed. i originally planned on Transformer XYZ being original character(s), but then i got the idea of XYZ being a reimagined version of G1 Doubledealer, with X being named Skar (bat alternate mode), Y being named Knok (military vehicle alternate mode), and Z being named Clouder (bird alternate mode).