Paroxysm is TnB's first attempt at an entirely from-scratch setting. Sometimes that can be a little daunting to jump into. This thread should serve as a reference for some questions we've been getting, and a place to ask them. Good questions that come up in the posts below will be added to the OP; we won't start with much: What is Paroxysm? Paroxysm is the working title for zombie roleplay. A paroxysm is a sudden onset of a symptom, behavior, or other change in condition. When/where is Paroxysm set? Paroxysm is set in the current year and current day of a dark alternate reality in New York City. What script will be used? We will be using a version of Combine Control, a roleplay gamemode made by Disseminate, and heavily modified by TankNut and Hoplite, our resident code monkeys. Where can I find more general information about the server/how to roleplay? Check out this thread. Where will the server start from? The server will open with a series of events that take the characters through the initial days of the dead rising. After these events, new players should be able to jump into the setting under the general pretense of any standard fare zombie apocalypse narrative. As events guide the server, more information will be provided. How will factions/groups be handled? Pre-server, players will be encouraged to organize among themselves and come up with player and faction concepts that work within the setting. They are free to chose any alignment they may wish for, barring police or active duty military, which will be application based. Groups that form after the outbreak may be done in-character or on an OOC basis. Administratively managed factions may appear as the setting progresses, but these will likely often be antagonistic in nature, and not solely limited to zombies. I want to roleplay a cop/law enforcement. Okay. That's not a question, but: after 2018/09/23, if you've applied for an NYPD position, you can make the character and !a to be outfitted. After 2018/09/28, you are free to make any sort of character you would like. I want to roleplay military/prior service. Also not a question, but prior service is fine to roleplay. Active duty/uniformed/outfitted will either be handled through administratively managed factions, or ad hoc via authorization. I want to roleplay a zombie. Hold tight for this one. We're going to make this easy to apply for and a fluid position to find yourself in on server. What's the general atmosphere going to be like? A mix of script-play and roleplay, players can expect a healthy utilization of Garry's Mod capabilities on street level with the underlying assumption that all actions taken should be done with a character's motivations in mind. Generally, things done out of the way or on upper levels will be less game-engine oriented. We're aiming to keep a dynamic and free-flow experience that caters to different tastes and is more representative of a less contrived era of "passive v. active", "script v. roleplay". Thematically, we're going for an edgy, highly styled, macabre world inspired heavily by media like World of Darkness, The Warriors, and Escape from New York. If you want to play along, make your play dark, pulpy, and open to the idea of unexpected factors worming their way in. Would X celebrity exist? Does Y media exist? No. Assume that if it came about after 1988 that it is written out. Write about analogous figures and creations if you'd like, but give them the twist that this setting imparts on everything. Help us worldbuild. Write canon if you'd like. We're trying to leave a lot of room open for players to shape their reality here. Q) Is zombie media a thing in the world of Paroxysm? A: The short answer is no. Not as we know it in the world of today. The movies that took off and popularized the genre never did so in the world of Paroxysm so 'zombie' media in the way that we understand it is not a thing. Q) How numerous are firearms? Can we ask for some? A: There will be firearms but except for the police and for the purposes of a slow build up they will not be easily available. Melee weapons will be the main tools at the beginning, of which there should be a lot of to go around. Q): Why are there no vehicles on the road? A: Due to current strict regulations no private transport is allowed within the confines of the city block. The only vehicles on the road will be state owned or government/military. Public transport lines are still up and running upon the start of the server. Q): Can we play child characters? A: No. Q): Can we play a zombie at the beginning? A: Maybe. There likely won't be zombie playermodels at launch but there are probably going to be many little scenes where a chance to play a zombie temporarily (for the duration of the scene) will be possible. Be sure to ask in !a if you think you're involved in a scene where it might be appropriate. Q): Can we own a building for a business or group? A: There are many buildings to be used on the map. The only ones currently in use are the police department and the medical center. All others are free to be used. If you feel like you want to claim a building for a particular business (For example, there is a bank on the map) then post an authorization thread in the auth boards when they appear. Q): Content pack? A: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1466672937 Q): Can you refund my ammo? A: Unless you've been maliciously RDMed by another player, it's your responsibility to manage your ammo after 2018/09/23. Unload your weapon before you leave the server, and reload when you arrive. Ammo will not be refunded. Q): How are donations handled for ZRP? A: Donations work a little bit differently than they did like in TRP etc. Paroxysm depends upon a certain kind of atmosphere that paying money for items in game would cause a fairly major disruption to. 1) Private donor models are allowed, at Daves usual prices. 2) Donations for weapons are allowed but with a couple of stipulations. They will not be private and you will not be spawned it upon it being added to the server. If you wish to donate to add a weapon to the server, post a thread to the auth boards so it can be approved. Do not go around this as you will simply cause myself and Dave to butt heads and the end result will be the same. With TRP dying down however I recognize that donations will probably thin out considerably, so we'll still allow donations for stats and likely some miscellaneous items. To reiterate, you cannot donate for a weapon nor ammunition to be provided to your character. With TRP donor models, as Dave said before the heads will transfer over but not any of the suits or crazy tactical armour. Also, if you would like to show your appreciation for the work Tanknut and Hoplite have done on all the scripting efforts and for being around always to fix anything that goes wrong, and also to Dave who spent a fair amount of his time creating the base models that we'll be using, please go ahead and donate.