I'm Rathustra and I am all about Gladiators. Ask me anything about the role, the application process and the delicious mint chocolate I recently bought on sale.
It might not be immediately apparent but this is probably one of the lushest clan openings (re-openings, I guess?) for a while. Rene's constructed a slew of rooms, NPCs and objects to facilitate every aspect of Gladiator play - from the rewards the finest champions of the circled square get to enjoy, to the ways in which these SPORTS ENTERTAINERS can be a useful tool for their owners and associated players.
Not only is the role a distillation of the often desired 'combat role' concept, but it is a slave role that is set to just work(tm). Rene's found creative and engaging ways to get around the classic pitfalls of playing a slave PC - you're not restricted to an empty room. You're not beholden exclusively to the creative abilities of the PC nobility and templarate. The role empowers you to do the cool things that gladiators do on your terms.
Similarly, the opening of secondary PCs offers a way to make a 'flavour PC' with meat on its bones - you can be the scumbag heel, the dejected unfortunate or the aspirant hoping to claw their way out of the pits. All while enjoying your primary PC. The lack of applicants to play secondary PC gladiators is a shame as it solves the age old problem of "I want to play X but my current PC is so much fun!" Guess what - you can play that PC now and turn up to play a gladiator on off days. You can die over and over again and focus on making the death as awesome as possible.
We've gotten a lot of questions via requests about the roles, but very few applications. I think there's some misconceptions that might be helpful to dispel.
~ Timezones and availability:
We expect nothing more than what players currently achieve with regards to RPTs. Have you ever been able to show for a get together with other PCs, or a plot with the leaders of your clan? Do you manage to attend most of such engagements you're invited to? You are a prime candidate!
~ I've had bad experiences with staff in the past. I worry that the 'unpredictability' clause excludes me:
Not at all. As a producer-once-but-admin-now I feel safe in saying that you should probably just ignore the clause. Put in an application whether you're a staff pet (we'll keep the waterslides running while you're in the role) or totally reviled (we promise not to load piles of HG soldiers into the arena while people are watching). If you've got a cool concept we want a cool gladiator. Cooladiator.
~ I'm not sure if my concept fits:
Put in a request with the concept and let us know that you're interested. Worst case scenario we will suggest ways to make it fit what we're looking for.
~ But I want to play an elf/half-giant/dwarf/breed:
Currently we're only accepting these lesser races for secondary PC gladiators. Throw us your disgusting demihuman concepts for the meat grinder!
~ But I want to play a breed/mantis/braxat/rantarri/gortok:
Well, such a badass role should go to people who've shown us they're bomb ass gladiators - primary or secondary PC!
~ But Rathustra I can't play in any clan group other than yours!
It's OK. I think gladiators are cool enough to be honourary indies.