THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 1.5 THE STORY SO FAR... When sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes was shot in the line of duty, he fell into a coma. When he woke one month later, the world he knew was gone. In its place was a wasteland, where society had crumbled and much of humanity had been wiped out. Worst of all, the dead were walking. Corpses were rising into some horrid mockery of life, and feeding on the living. Rick set off to Atlanta, Georgia, in search of his wife and son. What he found was a city overrun by these walkers. He barely escaped with his life, aligning himself with a group of other survivors. Upon arriving at their camp – in a quarry a few miles outside Atlanta – Rick was reunited with his family and his best friend and police partner Shane, who had all joined the group. Days went by, and some of the group’s number were killed in attacks by the walkers. Eventually, they made the decision to head to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, in search of answers, protection and a possible solution. When the survivors arrived at the CDC, all they found was Dr. Edwin Jenner. Jenner could only tell them that there were no answers, no explanation, and that as far as he knew, the whole world had fallen to this plague of the walking dead. With the destruction of the CDC, the survivors went back in the road, in search of a safe haven, striving to keep hope alive... ABOUT THE RPG The Walking Dead: Season 1.5 takes place within the continuity of the TV series, beginning right at the moment Season 1 ends. The game will run until October 2011, the beginning of Season 2, to further the sense of this being "what happened between seasons". We can work in elements from the comics, or go off in our own direction completely, taking these characters into unfamiliar territory. The game will be heavily directed by the GMs, with them setting up scenarios for the survivors to get put through, locations for them to find. Outside of that, the focus will be on intimate character interaction, with a limited cast of core RPers working as this united group, and acting out the complex, conflicting group dynamics. GAMEMASTERS: Byrd Man Keyser Soze THE RULES • Adhere to the rules and continuity established by the TV show. • Situations will be largely guided by GMs, but player input is welcome. • In general, players are only allowed one character at a time. However, those playing a core character are allowed to play a second character. • Those not playing core characters can play as their own original characters. Characters from the comics that have not appeared in the TV show can also be used. • Those only wishing a short-term role can be “guest stars”, filling a specific role required for a sequence in the game – PM a GM for details. • Killing an established character is not allowed without permission from a GM. However, players with their own created characters can kill them whenever they wish. • There should be MINIMAL cussing and swearing in posts. There will be NO By-passing the censors. This is a Hype rule, and NO exceptions will be made for the RPG. • If you apply to join the game, try to post at least once a week, but preferably more often. • If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact a GM. • The most important one: HAVE FUN! THE SURVIVORS DALE........................................Eddie Brock SHANE WALSH............................Byrd Man RICK GRIMES............................. Keyser Soze T-DOG......................................wiegeabo DARYL DIXON.............................Neverless TYREESE...................................Optikal LORI GRIMES..............................MadRhapsody CORE CHARACTERS RICK GRIMES The leader of the group. A sheriff's deputy before the zombie outbreak. Rick is torn between trying to be a good example to his family and the other survivors, and concealing his own growing feelings of despair. His hope is to find a safe haven for the group, somewhere they can set themselves up and restart some kind of normal life. But he is haunted by a secret Dr. Jenner from the CDC whispered to him before the building's destruction. LORI GRIMES Rick's wife. She is plagued with guilt over having an affair with Rick's best friend, Shane, when she believed Rick to be dead. She strives to maintain her son's innocence and childhood in this hostile world. CARL GRIMES Rick's son. I almost made him an NPC for Lori, but decided that in the comics he becomes a complex and compelling enough character to merit someone wanting to play him in the game. But if there's no interest he can be jointly NPCed by the players RPing as Rick and Lori. SHANE WALSH Rick's partner and best friend, Shane was the initial leader of the group, and while sleeping with Lori had become a surrogate father to Carl. Since Rick's return he has lost all of this, and as a result seems dangerously to mental collapse. Will he become the good man he once was, or will his downfall continue? GLENN A pizza delivery boy before the zombie outbreak, Glenn acts as a scout and forager for the group, getting them invaluable supplies. His upbeat personality and sense of humor also helps bring a touch of levity to the group's grim situation. ANDREA Andrea has been left traumatised by the recent death of her sister, Amy. She almost gave up on life at the CDC, until Dale convinced her to carry on for his sake. Will she find a new purpose in life, or is all hope for her now gone forever? DALE The elder statesman and father figure of the group, retired Dale owns the RV that many of the survivors depend on for transport. Having recently lost his wife to cancer, Dale finds himself growing very attached to Andrea. How will their relationship evolve? Also, Dale was witness to one of Shane's darkest moments, where he came dangerously close to shooting an unaware Rick. Will he share this news? CAROL & SOPHIA Whoever chooses this role gets two characters for the price of one. Carol was the victim of an abusive, bullying husband long before the arrival of the zombie apocalypse. Since his death, Carol has come out of her shell, and emerged as a maternal figure for the group of sorts, looking after the children and taking charge of the cooking and cleaning. But is she still hiding deep-seated emotional scars? T-DOG Little is known about T-Dog. Did he used to be a gang member, or was he an accountant called Terrence who took on the name T-Dawg after the dead started walking in order to appear tough? Either way, he acts as muscle for the group, and regularly takes part in dangerous missions. He remains haunted by his decision to abandon Merle Dixon - will that decision have dire consequences in the future? DARYL DIXON The loose cannon of the group, Daryl is a short-tempered, racist redneck who happens to be handy with a crossbow. He has proven to be an expert hunter, and effective at killing zombies, explaining why the group has kept him around. But why has he remained with the group? Perhaps he isn't as cynical and hateful as he appears? SUPPLEMENTARY CHARACTERS MORGAN JONES & DUANE JONES The father and son who Rick met when he first woke from his coma. Morgan chose to remain in isolation in Rick's old neighbourhood until he could kill his reanimated wife, something he had not been able to bring himself to do when we last saw him. In the comics Rick eventually does find Morgan and Duane again. Someone picking up this character would have the choice to re-introduce him in a way similar to how it was done in the comics, or go their own direction instead. MERLE DIXON Daryl's older brother - even more racist, and lacking any sense of underlying decency. He was left behind by the group, handcuffed to a pipe on a rooftop. The group returned for him, but by the time they'd arrived he had sawn off his own hand to escape. He then stole the group's van and drove off, presumably planning to eventually get revenge on the survivors. Will he come back? MORALES & HIS FAMILY Formerly part of the group, Morales split off and left with his family, hoping to find relatives in Birmingham. Does he make it? Or could he rejoin the group? CHARACTERS FROM THE COMIC Tyreese. Michonne. Hershel. The Governor. Do you have a favorite character from the comics who has yet to appear in the TV show? Once our core cast is filled, people will be able to introduce these comic characters into the continuity of the TV show, making a few tweaks if they so choose. ORIGINAL CHARACTERS If you have an idea for a new character of your own creation that could become part of the group, then you can include them in the Walking Dead universe. This could be a long-term commitment, or take the form of a short-term "guest star" who only lasts for a single sequence or "pit-stop" in the group's journey, like Dr. Jenner at the CDC. CHARACTER APPLICATION Name: Your name. How much experience of The Walking Dead do you have? Have you read all of the comic? Read some of the comic? Just watched the TV show? Not watched the TV show or read the comic? Character you want to play: The name of the character. Until 8 out of the 10 core character slots are filled, you can only choose a core character. Once 8 slots are filled, supplementary characters, comic characters and created characters are an option. And people who selected a core character have the option of playing a second character in this supplementary category. What can this character bring to the RPG? At least two sentences. Please provide a sample post as this character, setting up their current situation in the timeframe of the Season 1 finale: At least three paragraphs.