Rplegacy is a role-playing
website started by Oshron
in response to the shutdown of the general RPG section of Jurassic Park Legacy, where the core membership of the site originally met. Even after general RPGs
were brought back to JPL, RPL persisted as a dedicated RPG site. Oshron even made a database site for anything and everything posted on RPL. Unfortunately, RPL is prone to dry spells due to real-life concerns of its low continuing membership, but almost all of its larger RPGs
Currently, RPL hosts a Prehistoric Park
RPG; Dark Clouds Gathering
, a fantasy crossover RPG; The Dark Tide
a Star Wars
RPG; Animorphs: The Resistance
based on the book series; and a select few smaller RPGs
. Some planned RPGs
for the future include Titan Rampage
(based on Age of Mythology
), science-fiction RPG Endwar
, and Alternate History Atlas: The March Towards The End
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Rplegacy contains examples of:
- April Fools' Day: once, Oshron claimed that he had been in talks with HBO to make a television series based on Dark Clouds Gathering; come April 1st of that year…
- Author Filibuster: occasionally, participation in the role-playing games is “broken” by out-of-character comments enclosed in ((double brackets)) to clarify something that just happened or to answer a legitimate question even though there are dedicated OOC threads for every RPG; Oshron is perfectly okay with this
- Loads and Loads of Characters: especially considering that there are multiple RPGs open at the same time, many participants have more than one character, and that's not even getting into NPCs
- Self-Deprecation: some of the "Spoof an RPG" jokes involve this, particularly a red-light green-light post about the long periods of inactivity that the board experiences
, based on the television series
, follows the staff of the eponymous park as they not only travel into prehistory via time portal but also care for the animals in the present-day setting. In addition to the hazards of caring for dinosaurs, the park has occasionally come under threat by wildlife smugglers
. Prehistoric Park
was originally started on Jurassic Park Legacy but eventually moved to/was restarted on Rplegacy. It is currently in its fifth iteration.
Prehistoric Park contains examples of:
- Big Damn Heroes: Nigel saves Jason with what amounts to a sound gun when the latter is attacked by some smugglers
- Evil Poacher: some animal smugglers have tried to attack the park to steal the dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals to sell on the black market
- Cool Car: The expedition team employs the use of a Marauder, an armored-personnel vehicle.
Animorphs: The Resistance
Animorphs: The Resistance
is based on the books by K. A. Applegate, with participants inserting versions of themselves
in the place of the characters from the original series. It is also explicitly set in Orange County, California.
Animorphs: The Resistance contains examples of:
- Author Avatar: most of the Animorphs are based on the participants themselves
- La Résistance: the Animorphs
- Reality Ensues: in the original version of the game, Travis leaps at Visser Three in snow leopard morph, planning to bring him down right then and there. Visser Three easily stops him with his tail-blade and injures him as well, and then morphs into a fire-breathing monster.
Dark Clouds Gathering
Dark Clouds Gathering
, better known as just "The Fantasy RP" is a crossover between almost any fantasy setting conceivable, but mostly sword-and-sorcery and high-fantasy. It focuses on a war of good and evil between the Legion of Light, comprised of heroic characters from various media, and the Army of Shadow, made up of the dark lords and villains from those same series and then some. There’s a third faction, called the Seekers of Balance, who are trying to prevent either side from becoming too powerful and wiping out the other, as this would throw the entire balance of the universe out of whack and destroy everything. The Fantasy RP was started on Jurassic Park Legacy, then restarted twice on Rplegacy. Currently, it is in its third iteration.
Contains crossovers of:
Dark Clouds Gathering contains examples of:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: several of the named characters have these, though they are all either magically-reinforced or made of fantastical metals; the exception is the swords of the Scouting Legion, which were brought from a more technologically-advanced world but as a result are irreplaceable
- The Ace: many named characters are this, but special mention goes to Link
- Actor Allusion: a planned interaction between Jack Sparrow and Legolas is Jack commenting that Legolas seems very familiar.
- The Ageless: all of the Numenoreans average a few centuries at maximum age but rarely look older than forty or fifty, while the Elves of Arda also age very slowly if at all after a certain point, with many of them being thousands of years old and still looking very youthful
- A God Am I: many of the named characters in the Army of Shadow have this in their goals, but particularly Morgoth and Ganon; Jack Sparrow of the Legion of Light wants to become immortal, and the promise of being able to achieve it in Caranom was the whole reason he agreed to join the war
- The Alliance: the Legion of Light
- Another Dimension: Caranom is explicitly a “source world” in a whole multiverse; in another sense, most of the RPG settings could be considered different dimensions
- Asskicking Equals Authority: many members of both the Legion of Light and the Army of Shadow got to positions of authority by beating their enemies or allies; some of them had this in their homeworlds and it carried over
- The Atoner: Oshron’s original character Amelia Nemeu in the Fantasy RP forced her role as servant on his other OC, Prince Roy of South Kingdom, to make up for the fact that her son killed Roy’s father
- Aura Vision: Altair’s eagle vision lets him see the intent of those around him, even if they’re invisible, and track their movements through solid objects after centering his line of sight on them
- Bag of Holding: Link has one, and it's lampshaded by other characters
- Beauty Equals Goodness: averted with Ylaya, but played straight with several members of the Legion of Light; Sauron counts as an aversion when disguised as Annatar the Lord of Gifts note
- Berserk Button: Roy flips out whenever he sees Chernabog, the man who killed his parents; Elendil lost his cool when Hath Shadowfang brought up the destruction of Numenor during a diplomatic meeting; Elliott loses his goofy demeanor whenever children are at risk
- Beware the Silly Ones: Elliott in the Fantasy RP is a good-natured goofball most of the time; mess with any kids when he can see you doing it, though...
- Big Bad: Grogna
- Big Bad Ensemble: the Army of Shadow’s commanding officers, many of them being the Big Bad of their respective setting
- Big Damn Heroes: a group of centaurs save Roy and Frog from the Balrog of Moria in Dark Clouds Gathering
- Cool Sword: most characters who use swords have one: the Master Sword, the Falchion, Xianghua’s sword No-Name, Anduril, and many others
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Altair gets cornered by a bunch of Shadowers in the laketop city of Erielhonan while escaping from the unsuccessful assassination of Lord Soth. Then he pulls out the Apple of Eden and forces them all to kill themselves. Just prior, he fought his way out of the scene of the assassination without taking a single scratch.
- Durin’s Bane, the Balrog of Moria, is only “defeated” by Roy and Frog using their combined powers to slow him down while other members of the Legion of Light escape, and they only get out because a bunch of centaurs show up and cover them. And even then, they take high casualties and the balrog is virtually unscathed.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Altair is haunted by the deaths of his friend Malik, his son Sef, and his wife Maria on the orders of fellow Assassin Abbas back in his homeworld
- Darkest Hour: the Legion of Light was going through this before the bulk of their recruits from other dimensions were summoned to their world
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: before they are specifically identified as such, most of the characters refer to dinosaurs as dragons because they come from worlds where either A) dinosaurs do not/no longer exist, or B) the word "dinosaur" has not yet been coined since it's from before 1842
- The Dragon: several: Dark Link to Ganon, Sauron to Morgoth, Odahviing to Alduin and several others; Grogna has seven Dragons—his six captains as well as Ylaya
- There’s even sub-Dragons: the Witch King to Sauron, Morgomir to the Witch King
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Link inspires the rest of the Legion to keep fighting when he forced Ganon to retreat. It helps that he has the one weapon that can actually hurt Ganon, while before he had always been attacked with more mundane weapons.
- Elaborate Underground Base / Underground City: the subterranean home of the serpent-men, particularly because it’s a labyrinth; much of Grogna’s Fortress is also underground
- Eldritch Abomination: this is what the Corruption turns things into
- The End of the World as We Know It: this will happen if either side completely destroys the other
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Word of God is that many members of the Army of Shadow are native conscripts who were taken from their families and forcibly enlisted
- Evil Counterpart: Dark Link to Link, and Chernabog to Roy
- Evil Is Bigger: many members of the Army of Shadow are imposing Uruk-hai, Darknuts, Moblins, and the like. Also, many of the Army’s commanders and other named characters are huge, like Ganon (even in human form), Sauron, Alduin, Lord Soth, and every single one of Grogna’s captains, as well as many of the more unique monsters that are in their service.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: the balrogs
- Evil Overlord: most of the Army of Shadow’s High Command, but especially Grogna
- Eye Scream: the minotaur Jalhund briefly stuns Ivan Dragunov by stabbing his horn into Dragunov’s eye (luckily, that eye is pure energy, so it hurts but isn’t permanent)
- Face Death with Dignity: Roy and Frog are prepared to fight the Balrog of Moria to their deaths when they start running out of energy in holding him off. Luckily, they’re rescued by centaurs.
- Fanon Discontinuity: sort of; part of the official timeline of The Legend of Zelda as described in Hyrule Historia is ignored and set in the Child Timeline instead, with Zelda II at the very end of that; Oshron has stated that he feels the Oracle games take place after Zelda II since Ganon is dead during that time but is brought back to life in the secret ending, and Link's introduction in the RPG explicitly says that Ganon has been brought back to life after his death at the end of The Legend of Zelda; however, the actual content of each official game is still considered canon
- Fantasy Pantheon: the Guardians of Caranom, though only Kirth, Grogna, and Serena are still present on the physical plane; there are also a number of primordial deities from before the Guardians appeared, such as the Gregoria, the angelic caretaker of Diamond Seal
- From Bad to Worse: the ambush of a group from the Legion of Light goes even further south for them when a balrog shows up
- Gentle Giant: Elliott
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Dark Link
- God of Evil: Grogna
- Grey and Gray Morality: most of the RPGs that have Designated Heroes and Designated Villains have this, as both sides can be played.
- Grim Up North: the Army of Shadow’s base of power is in the northern half of Caranom
- Guilt-Free Extermination War: for the most part, both sides of the war feel like this towards the other
- Half-Human Hybrid: Chernabog, who is half human and half fire-folk; Altair also qualifies, having distant genetic heritage from the First Civilization
- Holy Is Not Safe: Gregoria. Just because she’s an angel doesn’t mean she’s immune to injury. It ''does'' keep her from bleeding out when her throat is slashed, though.
- Hot-Blooded: Roy
- Human Mom Non Human Dad: inverted with Chernabog; his father was a human. His mother is the fire-folk Legionnaire Amelia Nemeu, who is also Roy's aide-de-camp.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Sauron, though only out of necessity, being the God of Hunger, after all
- Intergenerational Friendship: many members of both sides are incredibly young compared to some others, though it’s hard to consider most members of the Army of Shadow actual friends. Examples include nearly middle-aged Amelia Nemeu being friends with young adult Chai Xianghua on the average end of the spectrum, Frodo and Aragorn—the former being 50, young for a hobbit, and the latter being over 200—in the middle, and at the extreme end, Link and Zelda. This is Zelda from somewhere between Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time, while Link is from the very end of the ''Zelda'' timeline, potentially making her several thousand years old compared to the young adult Link.
- Iron Lady: Princess Zelda
- Le Parkour: Altair, of course
- Lightning Bruiser: Marth, borrowing his speed from the Super Smash Bros. version
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": the reaction of every member of the Legion of Light on the scene when they were attacked by the Balrog of Moria
- Meaningful Name: aside from the actual crossover characters, numerous characters native to Caranom have some kind of significance behind their names
- Medieval European Fantasy: despite the setting being geographically based on South America and home to South American animals, its peoples are culturally European for the most part
- The Mole: Ylaya
- Monster Progenitor: Glaurung to all of Middle-earth’s dragons, and arguably Ganon to the Moblins
- Mystical Plague: the Corruption; at one point, Ylaya poisoned the Legion of Light’s water supplies, causing them to suffer nausea and diarrhea that even Hyrule’s cure-all Red Potion can’t fix
- No Body Left Behind: the Nazgul are essentially incorporeal undead who only take on a physical form while wearing the characteristic garb of the Black Riders; the best way to “kill” them is to set their clothes on fire, which prevents their spirits from staying together in one place and will make their clothes crumple in on themselves as if nothing was ever there
- Nonstandard Character Design: Word of God is that, if Dark Clouds Gathering were rendered in live action, characters explicitly from or based on cartoons would be done entirely in CGI (particularly Bilbo Baggins)
- Omnicidal Maniac: several members of the Army of Shadow’s high command, though most of then want to conquer the multiverse rather than destroy it
- One-Man Army: many of the named characters
- Only the Pure of Heart: only the pure and just can lay their hands on the Master Sword—everyone else gets zapped by it, and even then only Link can really use it. A planned future scene will involve Roy trying to get the sword back to a disarmed Link, only for it to electrocute him, and then he realizes exactly why.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Caranom’s native werewolves aren’t shapeshifters, but literal a case of a Half-Human Hybrid resulting from the union of Caranom’s sentient wolves and almost any of Caranom’s other native peoples, and quite simply look like the other race but with wolf-like features (including fur) and have a habit of going on all fours; Sauron can also transform into one of Middle-earth's werewolves note , which is simply a huge, ferocious wolf rather than a wolfman.
- Outside-Context Villain: the entire premise is that a war breaks out in the land of Caranom between the Army of Shadow and Legion of Light. Then the Big Bad summons his equals from other dimensions and catches everyone off-guard. It’s then turned around on the Army when the leader of the Legion summons the heroes who fought those villains in their own worlds.
- Physical Gods: the Guardians of Caranom, the primordial deities that predate them, and a few characters from other worlds, such as Morgoth and characters from Primal Rage
- Playing with Fire: several characters can control fire, but especially Amelia Nemeu, whose entire race has that power
- The Quisling: King Alberich of Erielhonan is a forced member of the Army of Shadow thanks to a bomb hidden in his city’s largest public bath
- Really 700 Years Old: most of the Numenoreans are older than they look, as are the Elves of Middle-earth and Caranom’s native Yngvi; special mention goes to Zelda, who is an average human by Hylian standards, but was put in suspended animation for potentially several thousand years, making her millennia old but looking no older than Link, who is a young adult
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: any named characters who are also royalty, except for Alberich of Erielhonan
- Rule of Cool: why else would Altair, who comes from a historical science-fiction setting, qualify for inclusion in the Fantasy RP?
- Schizo Tech: mostly the result of new technologies being introduced from other dimensions: Roland Deschain is the first one to introduce firearms to Caranom, followed closely by Jack Sparrow and the crew of the ''Black Pearl'', the Survey Corps brings along their own gunpowder as well as their 3D Maneuver Gear and steel swords, the Royal Army of Hyrule brings bombs with them, and so on. The Army of Shadow is no less limited, what with master engineers Morgoth, Sauron, and Saruman on their side. Altair also has knowledge of futuristic technology (relevant to him) via the Apple of Eden that he can spread around if he so wishes.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: most of the Ainur in Caranom cannot change their forms anymore, but averted with Morgoth and Sauron, who have regained their shapeshifting abilities
- Talking Animal: many, with Articia being the best example
- Warrior Prince: played straight with Marth, Legolas, and some others, but subverted with Roy (no, not ''that'' Roy), who is actually the King of South Castle but continues using the title of Prince because he skipped out on his own coronation to chase his archenemy
- Xanatos Gambit: Grogna’s attitude towards the Legion of Light’s deployment to a temple in the Perlemmian Mountains to try and stop a dragon from escaping
The Dark Tide
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, initially inspired by Age of Mythology
, is a slightly less conventional RPG: unlike others, its setting is flexible to allow new countries to appear, though the general geography, environment, and the antagonistic Titans are predefined. The story follows original characters by the participants as the Titans are released from Hell and wreak havoc across the world, prompting the heroes to band together to stop them. Titan Rampage
was originally started on Jurassic Park Legacy but quickly died, and involved Titans based on those appearing the Age of Mythology
and in Disney's Hercules
as well as some uncreative original ones. The second and current iteration features Age of Mythology
Titans as well as many more based on enemies from Shadow of the Colossus
, including ones that never made it to the final game
Titan Rampage contains examples of:
- Cool Sword: Mineus' sword can redirect lightning bolts
- Culture Chop Suey / Fantasy Counterpart Culture: encouraged by design: participants are allowed to add new countries and peoples to the setting and one element of national profiles is to note real-world nations that they are based on in order to help other participants visualize cutural aesthetics:
- the Aurorans are basically Plato's Atlanteans with the appearances of Islamic Berbers, even carrying prayer mats, but they also possess some Ancient Greek aesthetics, particularly their weapons and armor
- despite being dinosaurs, the Karkathians are culturally similar to the Ancient Greeks
- the Northmen are Vikings, just without access to the sea, but they are disunited clans which occasionally join forces under a Warlord and hold honor to such a degree that they committ suicide if shamed, much like samurai who lived under the various Shogunates
- the Seeokari are a combination of Native Americans (particularly members of the Iroquois Confederacy) and Eurasian steppe tribes such as the Mongols
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: the Karkathians are raptors that ride tyrannosaurs
- Half-Human Hybrid: the Seeokari are descended from Humans and Elves, and the Ujerta tribe among them have some descent from Minotaurs as well
- Mineus is partly descended from a deity
- Schizo Tech: encouraged by design: the entire setting is essentially Iron Age or earlier, and yet analog computers and primitive firearms exist
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