Channel 37 Overview
It is the summer of 1957. The PCs have been hired to star in a new television program (Channel 37) which is being advanced billed as the first science-fiction anthology series – pre-dating The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. In the course of the mini-series, the PCs will be trapped inside the broadcast and forced to play out the episodes in reality.
The PCs should hail from different backgrounds. Talented unknowns. Rising starlets. Veteran character actors. Stage performers transitioning to the screen. Precocious child stars.
The first group decision will be whether to go with FATE Core or FATE Accelerated.
The basic difference between the two variants is how skills are handled.
(1) If FATE Core, these will be the skills:
Athletics, Burglary, Crafts, Deceive, Drive, Empathy, Fight, Investigate, Lore, Notice, Physique, Provoke, Rapport, Shoot, Stealth, Will
Note: We will not use Contacts or Resources because of the frequent setting shifts.
(2) If FATE Accelerated, these will be the skills (aka approaches):
Careful, Clever, Flashy, Forceful, Quick, Sneaky
Regardless of this decision, stunts will not be set in stone for each PC. That is, players will not pick stunts at character creation. Instead, each player begins the game with 3 stunt points (blue) to use during each session. If you desire one or two additional stunt points, you must sacrifice a like amount of refresh (red fate points). Each player will be dealt 5 stunt cards. Once a stunt is used, the player gives the GM a stunt point and the stunt card. The player may then immediately draw a new card. Players may neither share nor trade fate points, stunt points or stunt cards.
PCs will have five Aspects in the following categories. Note that as with all Aspects, they need to be interesting and cut both ways (both positive and negative). This will be the most difficult part of character creation.
Typecast: This should represent the PC’s acting background. It’s the typical role for which you are known. For example, before DeForest Kelley was cast as McCoy, he often played villains in Westerns. An aging thespian may be best known as a “Shakespearean Tragic Hero”.
Motivation: This represents the PC’s long-term goal or ambition. Money? Fame? Proving that she’s independent? Father issues?
Personal Struggle: Because existing personal relationships become difficult to use in this setting, choose an inner demon or traumatic scar. Is it a passion for gambling? Pretty faces? Do you retreat into the bottle?
Hidden Talent: What can your PC do that would surprise your fans? For example, did you know that Geena Davis is a master archer or that Harrison Ford is a carpenter and a licensed pilot?
Big Break: Describe your first acting triumph and why it was unique.