[Proposal][Bylaws] Inclusive Creature Type Proposal (v2.0)
Inclusive creature type proposal
Greetings council. I Eric, CM of Tea With Dragons, propose the following. It may fall under the "Under the Gun" clause related to brad's proposal (and may also have to shift then to 6.g if that passes)
Our bylaws, by-in-large, exclude things which people are not allowed to do rather than define what they are allowed to do. This is problematic for many reasons, but I feel particularly so in the case of defining what kinds of PCs can exist in the game. People take this liberty and frankly make some very weird stuff; many things which were not meant to be PCs or have few if any rules, exist in other time periods, etc. Therefore, I propose the following addition to character bylaws:
6.f.ii. Player characters in OWbN must belong to one of the following groups
1. Creature types stipulated as PCs in Mind’s Eye Theater Books (example: Yes to garou or kinfolk no to a PC fetish or celestine)
2. Creature types defined in OWbN packets.
3. Creature types listed in OWbN rare and unusual listings
4. Non-supernatural humans.
5. Custom creature types which follow creation guidelines found in one of the above sources (such as custom kiths for changeling)
What problem does this solve? Simply put it eliminates the need to hunt down every single possible reference to every single weird thing ever written in a White Wolf book and never intended as a PC. Things from dark ages, things from outer space, other dimensions or just wholesale made up. Technically you could play a unicorn as a PC, as an entirely new creature type with sub categories including unicorns that are nobles, the unicorns that have derangements and the unicorns that can talk to wraiths for whatever reason.
These kinds of things crop up and present needless silly things which someone then has to go find a way to control. I believe the above listings cover almost every reasonable thing that anyone could want to play. If an item is somehow not covered in the above, it is probably rare enough that, if it has to be a PC, a coord can prop it as notify, thus adding it to the list of things you can play.
"But any ST can just say no!": So I'm certain someone will bring this up, but I think going over time and again how that doesn't work and has constantly proven not to work isn't going to be productive. If you feel this solution works, I'm probably not going to be able to convince you otherwise at this point. From my view, this bylaw solves something many people think is a problem in what I feel is an elegant way.
Legacy: If a PC exists and doesn’t fall into one of the above, they must come into compliance within 90 days of this proposal. This may be done in one of two ways: either they may be migrated to their nearest genre (a werearmadillo becomes a garou metis or something) along with an appropriate sheet rebuild or they may seek out the most appropriate coord to prop their creature type to the R&U listings. PCs failing to do so will cease to exist.