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|Rocky View; This is your setting, there are many like it, but this is yours|
|Topic Started: Apr 20 2012, 04:24 PM (74 Views)|
|Persephone||Apr 20 2012, 04:24 PM Post #1|
So here is an overall synopsis of the world that you will be running in. This will be one of the longest sections you will ever read for any game that you play in.
The world (wait for it) is pretty much like what we are living in. In fact, it's not pretty much, it's almost exactly like what we are living in! There will be a few differences but those will be minor differences that are mainly meant to facilitate ease for me.
Start date: July 2nd, 2012
Location: Rocky View, Montana
The Earth is as we have it now, pollution, politics, middle-class vs. upper class, blah blah blah. None of that has changed and so the base reference is almost identical to the world we are living in now. As you can see, the location is a fictional town (no I didn't search for Rocky View and neither should you, the name is made up in my head and holds no connections to any real town of the same name). I will give you some information about Rocky View for reference, but I'm also going to leave some of the details up to you all. Add depth to the city, help create it if you'd like, be builders!
Rocky View is a bustling small city of approximately 100,000 people spread out in a large glacial valley in the Rocky Mountains. It can be found in the far western part of Montana. The fertile soil has given rise to large forests and parks in the valley, as well as numerous farms and grazing lands for small herds of animals. The valley is surrounded on all sides by steep hills cut out from ancient glacial movement, and there are several mountains nearby which are home to several ski resorts during winter months.
The climate varies among extremes of a sort with cold and moderately snowy winters, hot and dry summers, and short springs and autumns. The winters are slightly milder, with temperatures usually between 15 and 30 degrees fahrenheit during winter months, but snowfall is often heavy and wet.
The main economy of the area is tied up in the timber industry as well as in education. Rocky View is home to Mountain State University (totally fictional), which has approximately 16,000 students. The school is nestled among several hills on the west edge of the city with one of the mountains as a back drop.
Crime rate is rather low aside from the odd burglary or robbing here or there. Mugging is not unheard of but not overly common, murder is rare but happens occasionally. The public education system is quite nice, typically above the standards of most other areas of the country with a high graduation rate and a high college attendance rate for high school graduates. There are four high schools in the city are designated by the cardinal directions they are in (north, south, east, west) and have a somewhat intense school rivalry that spills over into everyday living.
Overall, Rocky View is a pleasant place to live with attractions for the younger crowd, as well as for the older. Nature enthusiasts love the many miles of nature trails and national/state parks all over the area.
So there you have it, if you would like any more specific information or having any questions about the world or city, please let me know.
|Persephone||Dec 13 2012, 03:30 PM Post #2|
Going to add a bit of information here for everyone's reference since you all should know some about the town, no matter how long or short you've lived there.
The city can be roughly divided into 5 parts. The North, South, East, West, and Center. The Center is where you started and is the downtown district, filled with shops,restaurants, bars, hotels, and the occasional apartment building. It is not filled with skyscrapers but the tallest buildings in the city are generally found there (either hotels or apartments/condos).
The West is the University district. The primary feature is Mountain State University and the hills and mountain that the university has been built on. There is a small little strip of shops, restaurants, and bars that have developed closer to the university and a large number of cheap housing, either small single or double floor houses or apartment buildings that support the influx of students. Other noteworthy features are the West Rocky High School, City Hall, the police department, and the medical school with a fully-functional teaching clinic.
The North is predominantly residential, although catering more towards the middle class. Many ranch-style and split level houses for single families. Towards the northern edge it starts to become a mixture of residential and commercial, many of the businesses in this area catering to sporting goods (as in the nature sporting goods, not team sporting goods), as well special interest hobbies (i.e. James' survival school). The North is also home to North Rocky High School, St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital, and Wal-Mart. Towards the eastern edge of the North district, the middle-class homes begin to morph into lower-end property, smaller single-story houses, and older properties.
Which leads to the East district. The East district is combination of low-income, lower class housing and more of the industrial commerce. Where the East district borders with the North district are the smaller, older houses before giving way to a massive trailer park community. This is also home to the unofficial "drug corridor" of Rocky View. While crime is not usually a problem in the city, there is a thriving community of drug-dealers and drug-users. Many old houses have been converted into either grow houses or meth labs, with a lab fire occurring usually once every two months or so. There are occasional drug related disputes but little gang activity in Rocky View, and so not the usual association of turf battles. To the extreme northeast part of the city lies a small commune called "Free Thinkers Paradise," a gathering of 60's style hippies and anti-establishment enthusiasts. It is a known marijuana growing region, but it is also known for hand-made clothing, and home-grown fruits and vegetables. East Rocky High School is also found in this area, and is often seen as the poorest of the four schools. There are two hospital like facilities in this district, one more for emergency services, another as a free clinic. Neither are a full hospital and outsource more needing patients to either St. Joseph's or Memorial.
The industrial section of the East district is primarily factories for potato processing, and lumber milling; resources brought in from the surrounding region. This area is also where a large number of warehouses for various stores are located, including a distribution center for one of the largest lumber and home supply stores in the region (think Lowe's).
The South district of the city is another residential area but this serves more of the upper middle to upper class in the city. The closer to city center or to one of the edges of the district (east/west) the homes are more for middle class, but transition to upper middle within a few blocks. Getting farther to the south, gated communities begin to sprout up, as well as communities built more like suburbs, centered around a shopping area that includes a SuperTarget and Costco. Along the western edge of the South district is the only true shopping mall in the city, a large building shaped like a +. Towards the center of the South district can be found the finest hospital in the region, Rocky View Memorial Hospital. While St. Joseph's is a larger hospital and serves the greater number of patients, Memorial is still large and brings in some of the top specialists in the region. Along the southern edge of the district can be found the newly built South Rocky High School, paid for by it's wealthier patrons it features state-of-the-art technology and top teachers as well as private tutoring built into the curriculum. It is almost a combination of a public and private school.
About a mile south of the city proper is where the truly upper class homes can be found. Mansions that are like isles unto themselves in the sea or trees and hills just south of the city.
That is the synopsis of the 5 regions of the city. If you would like additional information, please just ask.
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