Midnight City Chronicles is a semi-freeform RPG that uses a custom d20-based system. It is played in real time over Discord.
There are two main types of gameplay in Midnight City: Freeform and Moderated.
Freeform play (FFRP) is simply pure roleplaying without rolling dice or waiting for GM intervention. While you need to keep your character's stats in mind as a guideline, you are more or less free to write as you please and take your character in whatever direction you want. Freeform RP occurs 24/7 in the main chat room, as well as in designated areas on the forum for those who can't make it into the chat. See the Roleplaying Rules page for guidelines on FFRP. Characters can also earn EXP and money during FFRP in certain cases. See the Jobs and Training page for more information.
Moderated play involves a GM running a session using dice rolls, not unlike a Dungeons and Dragons session.
In moderated play, Dice rolls determine a character's success or failure on a particular action. The difficulty of the roll (the number that must be rolled over to be successful) varies depending on the task. These actions can vary from searching a room for a clue, to picking a lock, to engaging in Combat. A GM will tell a player when they should roll, what to roll, and then what the result of their roll means.
Every character created for this game has a character sheet, found under the Characters tab in the navigation bar. This contains their stats, skills, items, weapons, spells, and so forth. The character sheet defines the limits of your character's abilities. For example, if your character only has 11 Strength, they cannot be RPed as being able to lift a car. The higher a character's stat, the greater their bonus to roll for relevant actions, and the greater their chance of success. See the Stats page for more detail.
As you play your character, they will participate in various moderated events that earn them experience points and money, such as Quests (adventures with several other players) and Duels (player vs. player fights). Experience points are used to level up your character, allowing them to increase their stats and learn new skills. See the Experience and Leveling page for more detail. Money, on the other hand, is used to purchase new weapons, armour, items, spells, vehicles, enhancements, and more.
Tracking of experience and money is handled automatically by our updates system.
As your character gets involved in dangerous and hair-raising situations, they may end up on the wrong end of a shotgun or a fire spell. Death isn't the end of the line, and characters can be resurrected a limited number of times before joining the choir invisible. See the Character Death page for more information.
There are many more aspects to the game system of Midnight City Chronicles found under the System tab in the navigation bar; this page covers the basics that everyone should know.