New Player Guide
Welcome to Midnight City Chronicles! You might be looking at all these pages and feeling a bit overwhelmed at all the information. This guide will walk you through the basics of the game and give you a good foundation to create your first character and start playing.
What is Midnight City Chronicles?
Midnight City Chronicles is a live play-by-chat RPG played over Discord. It is set in a cyberpunk/fantasy world, where technology and magic exist side by side. Specifically, it is set in the Midnight City Free State, a sprawling metropolis in the Pacific Northwest. It's a city full of crime, corruption, adventure, and opportunity. You create an original character, throw them into this world, and RP their exploits alongside your fellow players.
Characters have stats, skills, classes, experience points, and so on that determine what the limits of their abilities are, and can level up to improve their abilities and get new gear. If you're familiar with Dungeons and Dragons or other similar tabletop games, it's sort of like that.
Where Midnight City Chronicles differs from D&D is that we have both freeform (no dice) and moderated (dice) roleplaying. Freeform RP is available 24/7 - you just hop into the chat room and go. Moderated RP occurs at scheduled times, where the GMs (Game Masters) step in and run events for the players to participate in.
Midnight City Chronicles is a jump in/jump out type of game. There are no requirements for activity. You are not obligated to show up or participate in every event that happens in game. If you're not a fan of dice, you can hang around and just RP freeform. Or if you're only a fan of quests and duels, you can just show up when it's time for an event. This game is a big sandbox and ultimately everyone can play in a way that suits them as long as it's within the rules.
How do I make a character?
To start creating a character, you'll need to know your character's race and their class. Their race is what species they are, and there are 9 to choose from: Human, Cyborg, Mutant, Traveller, Fae, Dragonborn, Vampire, Werecreature, and Giant. See the Races page for more detailed information on each race.
A character's Class defines their area of expertise, what particular skills and abilities they have. They aren't jobs or professions, more like your character's role in an adventure. There are 12 classes to choose from: Defender, Engineer, Gladiator, Gunslinger, Hacker, Mage, Medic, Necromancer, Operative, Shaman, Street Preacher, and Thief. See the Classes page for more information.
You'll notice on both the Race and Class descriptions that they mention stats. Stats define your character's physical attributes -- how strong they are, how fast they are, how well they can take a punch or control magic. To learn more about stats and what they represent, check out the Stats page.
To fill out your character's background you'll need to know where they come from and what their life was like. Not all characters need to be born in Midnight City. There are many different nations around the world, and you can learn about them in the Regions section of the World Overview page. Of course, you might want to make a Midnight City native, in which case you'll need to read the City Overview page. Your character's background doesn't need to be detailed, nor is it even a requirement to start writing -- if you're the type of person who likes to discover their character as they play, you can always leave the background blank and fill it out later!
Once you've figured out the basics of your character, head on over to the Create Profile page and sign up.
All new characters start with $750 that can be spent in the shops on weapons, armour, items, or other equipment.
How do I play?
Midnight City Chronicles is played through Discord, so you'll need to join our server. You can either download the Discord app on your computer or phone, or you can just use the web client and not have to download anything at all. Never used Discord before? We have a short guide you can read here.
You'll see that our server has a few channels: #ooc-chat, #ic-chat, #quests, and #duels.
#ooc-chat should be obvious: it's for all out of character chatting. Shoot the shit with your fellow players or ask questions of the GMs.
#ic-chat is where all the freeform RP happens. You can jump in and start playing here. Most of the RP will be located in the 'Resident Protection Zone' (RPZ) of Midnight City. You can read more about it on the City Overview page. A good place to start would be to have your character pop into Lucky Sevens, the local watering hole, for a drink. Freeform RP is yours to play as you see fit, within the bounds of the rules. You can play personal stories with your buddies, jump into whatever action is going on in the city, or even write out some solo character development if you feel like it. The world of Midnight City is living and breathing and you can jump in and out whenever you like.
#quests is where the GMs run quests, which are basically like D&D sessions. They make full use of characters' stats. Quests allow you to gain experience points and money for your character.
#duels is where the GMs run duels, which are fights between player characters - sometimes friendly competition, and sometimes settling a score. Other characters can place bets on these duels.
How do I level up my character?
Characters level up and get stronger by gaining experience points, and get new gear and spells by earning money. There are a few different ways to gain experience and money.
- participate in Quests
- participate in Duels
- write training, job, or story arc RP that meets requirements to be awarded EXP or money
Once your character earns enough EXP, they will reach the next level and get an increase to their stats. See the Experience & Leveling page for more information.
Quests and duels make full use of the Game System - stats, skills, items, dice rolls, and so forth.
What else should I know?
There is a lot more you can do in Midnight City, but not all of it may be applicable to your character.
Hacker characters and Thief characters can engage in hacks and thefts respectively to earn extra money at the risk of going to jail. Hacks and Thefts are monitored by a GM in #ic-chat and require dice rolls.
Engineer characters can craft items, weapons, and explosives.
Characters may form crews, which are organized groups that work together to earn money and gain territory. Crews may come into conflict with each other as they compete for territory.
Beyond all that, you can always run any ideas past the GMs. We're always looking for ways to help players get the most out of the game and will work with you to make sure things are fun and fair.
That should give you enough information to start playing, but remember that if you have any questions or need any help with anything, don't hesitate to ask a GM!