"It all starts with an obsession..."
Let's Work Together is a weekly Genius: The Transgression
game set across the globe (mostly London and Chicago
) The world is comprehensive, including elements of several other New World of Darkness
settings, including Mage: The Awakening
, and Vampire: The Requiem
. The story is set a year after the continuing continuity of the morphE
game being run by one of the player characters. The plot follows psychologist Dr. Channery Keene, fashionable college student Charlotte Aranda and southern belle vampire Scarlett Upshaw as they are thrust in to the rich history of the Genius community and the mysteries which surround the death of it's most prominent figure Maniac Madsen
The game begun with a test session run during autumn 2011 and the GM has been running an ARG game with images and audio hinting at plot points and the vast history (as seen in the fake wikipedia page for GenCon
. Sessions began in Janurary 2012 and this page will be expanded to keep up with plot points and tropes.
This game provides examples of:
- Above Good and Evil: Madsen can be described as this. He was not good or evil. He was brilliant!.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Arguably all Genius characters, particular those who used humans for experiments.
- Ax-Crazy: From his brief scene, Dougall McDuff is certainly this.
- Berserk Button: Obsessive compulsive Beholden, Watt, does not like things out of order. Scarlett enjoys pressing this button.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Scarlett and Charlotte seem to be sizing one another up for who is the bigger Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
- Big Damn Heroes: Lucas rescues the party from being crushed by a trash compactor in the test session.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: The Upshaw family.
- Bilingual Bonus: Hikari's songs are not selected for their musical value.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Charlotte lives and breathes this trope. Channery has trollish moments too and though Scarlett is diabetes flavored, she enjoys tormenting people in subtle ways. In fact, all the player characters are kind of this way.
- Black and Gray Morality: What kind of people populate this world, you ask?
- Bodyguard Crush: If Scarlett had the emotions for it, she would be developing this for Tim.
- Brain Uploading: Channery performed this on herself.
- Canon Foreigner: Does anyone remember that clone guy, Match? No? Okay then.
- Cloning Blues: Match's character concept was set up to be this. Scarlett is a far more fun character, anyway.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Lucas and Madsen.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Madsen's audio messages in the abandoned testing facility.
- Comically Serious: Watt. Poor guy.
- Cool Old Guys: The Madsen Foundation seems to be comprised of them. Some girls, too.
- Creepy Child: Scarlett Upshaw, embraced when she was 13.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Tim, though being a complete spaz was able to force Dougall to retreat with very little effort.
- Cursed with Awesome: Genius characters can break the very make-up of reality for their own needs, they just have to sacrifice their sanity and morality for the privlige.
- Daddy's Girl: Both Charlotte and Scarlett. Scarlett moreso.
- Death Course: Maniac Madsen's Prestine Testing Facility.
- Dissonant Serenity: Autotea can be like this at times.
- Evil Plan: Naturally.
- Expy: Maniac Madsen is directly based on Cave Johnson.
- Fiery Redhead: Amazingly averted so far, despite the GMs history of playing red-heads.
- Five-Man Band: Lucas, Channery, Scarlett, Charlotte and Autotea. With Watt as the Sixth Ranger whenever he is needed.
- Genius Ditz: Charlotte.
- Good Is Not Nice: Our "heroes" are not above lying, manipulating, stealing and outright psychological torment.
- Gratuitous Japanese: I LOVE YOU Todoite kono omoi
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Despite being often mentioned and an important figure in the universe, no character design for Maniac Madsen exists.
- Humanity Is Infectious: Lucas is actively testing this trope on Autotea.
- I Call It Vera: Lucas' watch, SID.
- Idiot Hero: Charlotte. Though she is mostly Book Dumb.
- Idol Singer: Hikari Odoriko.
- Image Song: Koi no Yokushiryoku. Selected for it's lyrics.
- Large Ham: Maniac Madsen.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Channery's backstory. All her memories before working at Composure are intact, just... the moment she got that job offer and onwards.
- Living Memory: Madsen's recordings in the starter session. He had been dead for 20 years at this point.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: The Lotus Club. Ben, the creator of the technology, seems to make a tidy profit from it.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Lucas.
- Ms. Fanservice: Charlotte.
- Mysterious Protector: Tim stopped Dougall from killing Scarlett in the nick of time.
- Mysterious Watcher: Tim Gray
- Na´ve Newcomer: Charlotte. Both Channery and Scarlett were aware of the supernatural elements of the New World of Darkness before the campaign, though Channery has few memories of her experiences with it.
- Nice Hat: Artwork of Lucas switches between a green tophat and a green bowler hat. The GM owns both, just in case.
- Oddly Named Sequel: The Let's Work Together title was just a placeholder. The title will change when plot demands it and is equally strange.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Though the GM is trying to avert this trope at every turn, Maniac Madsen is a celebrated one.
- Orphan's Ordeal
- Perpetual Poverty: Many Genius live like this due to their wired in need to create and use Wonders and the inherant expense of doing so.
- Plot Coupons: The gun capsules.
- Put on a Bus: Match
- Robot Maid: Autotea
- Secret Police: Time Police.
- Title Drop: One of the audio bonus files from the ARG has Madsen say "Let's Work Together!" multiple times as the punctuation of his keynote speech.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Reynold Sinclair is actually quite beloved by the Genius community, though many say he has no people skills, that doesn't make him a bad guy does it?
- Whole Plot Reference: The test session for the game was entirely ripped ad-lib from Portal. The players and GM enjoyed the concept of Maniac Madsen so much that the plot was expanded to include him.