I'm thinking of starting a text/story-based RPG on a message board I frequent.
(Basically, people create their characters and post what they want those characters to do. Then I, as GM, decide what happens and post the description. And things go from there.)
I want it to be a superhero game. I'm thinking along the lines of Wild Cards
, actually. An event occurred which gave some small number of humans super powers, and now they're running around using them and it's a different world. So not so much the tights and capes (although there is some of that).
I can get into details in another post or privately. That's just background. Thing is that I want them to be able to run freely around the city making their own decisions and creating the plot that way. To make things easier on me, I've chosen modern NYC as the setting. (Specifically, Manhattan.) I'm already reasonably familiar with the city, and it gives me a ready-made map with familiar locations and existing neighborhoods and so on.
But I need help fleshing it all out. In part because the creative part of my brain hasn't been the same since fibro fog shut down most of my high-level cognitive functions. In part because I've never been that good at creating whole casts of new characters. In part because having an ethnically diverse city means including cultures and neighborhoods I don't know very well.
1. I need help creating characters. I have a good start on several of the major players, but I need a lot more people to properly populate the city. And there are whole neighborhoods where I just haven't decided what's going on.
2. I need help worldbuilding. Brainstorming. Figuring out the timeline and what's different and what might be cool to add. I have ideas, but I need to develop them.
3. I need to figure out how to handle the Black, Latino, Italian, Chinese, and other neighborhoods. I don't know the cultures well enough to get them right. I want to include them. It would be wrong to sweep them under the proverbial rug. How do I include them and create characters without being racist? (Hello, Luke Cage...)