We're gearing up to play this homebrewed gmless science fiction rpg right now. We collaborated on generating the setting: which came together gradually through various conversations (mostly over the phone), and last night we finally sat down to finish tweaking the setting and roll up our characters. Our PCs are members of the eponymous police unit which specializes in investigating crimes of an unusual nature. Influences on the campaign include: Blade Runner, Gattaca, The Wire, and Minority Report.
We're all excited about the setting, we like our characters, and we're all pretty much on the same page. I thought I'd share what we've come up with just because I think its pretty nifty stuff.
Here's the setting document as it stands right now:
Sometime in the late 21st Century of an Alternate Future
Location: The City
Video phones with rotary dials and monographic screens.
Monochrome green screen computers.
Computers used as databases and calculation machines but there is no real internet.
TV and Radio still dominates as major media.
Vinyl is used—no tapes or CDs.
Paper still dominates society—newpapers, phone books etc.
Cybernetics are a cheaper medical alternative to cloning.
Androids are being incorporated into various aspects of society (such as the police).
In the last sixty years or so there has been genetic modification of embryos to “improve” them.
Gene-mod children develop psychiatric and psychological problems, various disorders, and even low-level psychic abilities.
Some of these traits (such as psychic abilities) become inheritable—thus the gene modification experiments have permanently altered the human gene pool.
Most people travel by public transportation as duty charges on things like registration and licensing for private vehicles are exorbitantly expensive.
Government agencies like the sanitation department, the police, and emergency crews still use institutional vehicles.
The 9th Division is a specialized unit within The City's regular police department.
The 9th Division’s mandate is dealing in “specialized” crime, but the division is now a bit of an orphan as the people who created and shepherded it are no longer there.
The 9th Division is not a prized division and rumors abound about the division being on the chopping block.
Jurisdiction issues with local cops and 9th Division.
Combination of modern, retro fashion, and future fashion.
Futuristic drugs: Rebirth.
Rebirth rewrites your memories in strange ways—replacing old memories and creating new ones at the same time.
Non-lethal weaponry in commonly used by police units—various stun weapons.
Light pulse based weapons—shuts down your nervous system.
Needle Gun with CO2 cartridges.
Tracking goo from air-gun.