Perusing through an issue of one of the hundreds of new newspapers that recently cropped up, you find small advert in the back, poorly placed and barely noticeable.
“Calling all past or future players of The Game of Knife and Candle”
The Game of Knife and Candle used to be a favourite past time of many throughout London, until the season ended. You waited patiently for the next season, but it has yet to come, and you’re getting rather anxious.
You approach the listed address, a small shack just outside wolfstack docks. Inside you find 7 other individuals, all as on edge as yourself, unsure what is to come.
As you sit down a shadow of a person appears and addresses the crowd.
"Good evening, You are all here for the same reason, because it’s been far too long since you’ve dealt in, Polite Murder, and you’re getting a little antsy.
“First off this is not, Knife and Candle, not associated at all, but I’m sure Irons wouldn’t mind a self organized tournament among friends.”
Then individual continues to explain this new set of rules, and eventually asks all interested to come forward and sign up at the front.
The Game of Skyglass, and Scarab.
[EDIT] The Game has Begun. [link]
“What the Devil is this?”
This is The Grand Battle, well that’s what it was called when I first discovered it. Of course I’m tweaking it a bit to fit a new home.
It’s an elimination style fight to the dead with words.
“So I can just join in, chop off everybody’s heads and win, right?”
No, that isn’t quite how it works here.
First you’ll have to create a character before it all starts (more on that later). Once you’re in, you can’t kill anybody. There will be a number of rounds, and only one player will die in each round. Who dies will be decided by a combination of me and an audience, and even then, the victim’s player writes their own death scene, having them die however they want (within limits)
“Good thing I Godmode and can’t possibly be defeated!”
Defeat is based on quality, not power. If you abuse power to just be unstoppable, don’t be surprised if a pile of Deus ex Machina opens on your ass. If your rise to power is well written, however, you might still make it to the next round.
"I was writing an epic post when some asshole sniped me "
Fear not, as your troubles are gone with one simple word.
We understand that writing a decent sized part of a story may take a while, and to combat battles over what should be canon, we give you an hour and a half to write your section of the story.
Still, watch out, because your reserve is null and void once that time is up, and somebody else is free to make a reserving post.
“So, do I write a paragraph or a novel?”
There is no real writing length requirement, but this isn’t like image collabs where one post takes merely a few seconds to read, or where you wait for person B to provide a line of dialogue that you two go back and forth with. You’ll probably write out entire conversations involving multiple characters, and possibly large action sequences, depending on what happens. Overall, don’t worry if you write a lot about what a character that isn’t yours does, it’s often more interesting when characters get written by different people with various interpretations. Just make sure most of your writing concerns your own player. As for the actual length? I don’t really know. I suppose it should take at least a minute to read out loud.
“Okay, sign me up, Sarge!”
Now, in order to have enough character reference, we’ve got plenty for you to put in your sign up sheet. Use the following form to make a character.
Gender: Male, Female, or N/A really.
Race: For this game, I don’t care if you’re playing as your Echo Bazaar Character of not. Feel free to be anything from a Clayman, to a Rubbery One.
Colour: You’re going to be posting your story sections in a specific colour so your posts are more easily identifiable. Black is not available.
Weapon: Does your character fight with something? Mention it here.
Abilities: Some defining traits related to combat. Obviously you’re not one sided, but having everyone great at everything is kind of boring.
Description: Physical and personal. What do they look like and how do they act? Draw a picture to help show what they look like, if you want.
Biography: Finally, their backstory. Character depth and all that.
This isn’t the game for you if you can’t at the very least skim through something like this. If, however, you just don’t give a **** about all the details of this game, I’ll summarize it.
Signed up players take turns making a collaborative story together. After a while, a chapter will end with one of the characters dying. That person will write the part of the story with their death, and will be out of the game. Once a character death is posted, I’ll post a section of story carrying the game over to the next chapter, and it continues until we get to the final two players, where it’ll switch up a bit.
(Hey, so apparently I’m really lazy and didn’t reword most of that. The original thread where the majority of that is lifted from can be found here for those interested.)
Essentially this is a forum game that is a battle to the death (sorry, only one death allowed in this tournament) Each round consists of each player telling parts of the story, with how they interact with the other characters until the Round is deemed over, anonymous vote based on WRITING QUALITY, and one player is killed in the final leg of the round, written by them.
If they are killed off due to inactivity, I will write their death since clearly they are unavailable. (After making it back up the river Feel free to spectate, but no interference please.)
At the End of a Round everyone will stop what they are doing, and we will move to a new area of Fallen London, for a change of scenery.
As previously mentioned, Any Questions?
(Oh one thing I forgot to mention. First come first serve, up to 8 combatants.)
Cubethulu: [color=#000099]The Man In Blue - color=#000099[/color]
Audrey Shae: [color=#990000]Audrey Shae - color=#990000[/color]
Urthdigger: [color=green]James McClellan - color=green[/color]
Early: [color=#FF6600]Early - color=#FF6600[/color]
Timotheus: [color=grey]Jules Vermin - color=grey[/color]
elvor: [color=#cc0099]The Imposter - color=#cc0099[/color]
edited by TheBoyd on 1/14/2012