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Play with me, damn you!

Some of you may recall, some months ago, my having posted about an online roleplaying game I had joined (and some other group of you may not remember it, but may learn of it by means of clicking on the handy and informative link embedded in that sentence!). At the time, it seemed quite interesting to me, but fairly shortly thereafter, I learned that it was perhaps not so interesting after all: Though the setting presented what seemed on the surface to be a fascinating mystery, I would soon thereafter learn that the mystery was mere window dressing; there was no solution to it, no underlying meaning or motive to any of what was going on. It was merely meant to be a backdrop for interactions between characters, hanging around, being chummy, chatting, and getting depressed about their captivity.

Naturally, I dropped it like a hot potato.

Nevertheless, I had the bug by that point. I was in the mood to genuinely engage with a game of that nature where there was something to be engaged WITH. And so I looked, and I found another game. One which on the surface is actually rather similar, save for several important differences: (1) There is an actual meta-plot, things happen for a reason, and that reason is discernable with enough digging and work. (2) Characters retain any abilities they may have had prior to their imprisonment in this environment, because the game is not simply about hanging around and chit-chatting; it is about a giant supernatural conflict, in which such powers might be relevant! (3) Unlike that other game, where EVERY SINGLE PERSON I invited to apply got rejected because of the arbitrary and snobbish standards of the people running that game, this game seems apt to accept a wide range of characters, either pilfered from existing canons or else original characters of your own creation, and are actually really welcoming and accommodating.

Naturally, when I decided to apply to play in this game, I went balls-to-the-wall crazy, and applied to play as Lucifer, the lead character from the Vertigo comics series of the same name. I was almost-immediately accepted, after some brief discussion with the mods about how best to incorporate him into the story. I’ve been having a grand time with him, and he’s been like a hurricane moving through the setting, setting everyone he comes into contact with into motion according to his own trajectory. It’s been a lot of fun.

The game does seem to suffer from one of the principle flaws that a lot of these sorts of games seem to: Everybody wants to play the young, attractive heroes. There’s a real deficit of villains in this game. I’m planning a couple of outright brutes, including an original character who is a 2007-era Blackwater Mercenary, taken from the streets of Iraq, with a head full of bad wiring, apocalyptic delusions (which in this game are actually not completely delusional), and a badly misaligned moral compass.

The other thing it presently suffers from is a somewhat depleted player-base; just as I was joining, there was something of a drama explosion, which caused a number of long-time players to leave as a clique, which has slowed things down somewhat. It could use some fresh blood to get things humming along.

So, hey, if any of you – especially those who were so cruelly mistreated when you attempted to join me in the previous game – and ESPECIALLY especially those who might like to bring some villains into the mix - should like to join me in this one, I should certainly be glad of it. It’s a good group of players, an interesting setting and storyline, and I would love to have some more familiar company there.



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1st Sep, 2010 14:30 (UTC)
If nothing else, this could give me a chance to practice roleplaying Karkat Vantas--I intend to cosplay as him in upcoming conventions.
1st Sep, 2010 14:37 (UTC)
You know, there is actually a sick little part of me that's been thinking of applying to play as Karkat or Equius (my two favourite trolls, for what I hope are obvious reasons). My only issue would be bullshitting around the gaping hole in the plot between where we are at the current point in the plot and the point where they come into contact with the human kids until we finally learn what in the world happened to fuck up their session so badly.
1st Sep, 2010 14:39 (UTC)
Oh hey I was right, anonymous = Dave.

And it's not that hard to figure out the game-breaker. It has to do with the bunny, and Jack Noir's rise to become Sovereign Slayer.
1st Sep, 2010 14:43 (UTC)
You're PROBABLY right. I've been thinking this is the case for the last couple of months, myself. But lately, I've begun to wonder if it might have more to do with Rose's decision to try to destroy the game from within.

Or perhaps, a combination of the two.

One way or the other, we still don't know exactly HOW that manifests itself in the Trolls' session so disastrously. I mean, does the Sovereign Slayer show up in person and destroy Skaia just as the trolls are defeating the Black King or something? It remains a subject for idle speculation at this point.
1st Sep, 2010 16:05 (UTC)
More likely, it caused the game to glitch horribly, such that meeting victory conditions would not set off the ending. Or perhaps it set a precedent for an early Reckoning, thus causing the trolls to fail due to not being able to stop the (now hastened) destruction of Skaia.
1st Sep, 2010 22:50 (UTC)
It's also worth noting that we don't know for a fact whether or not there ARE any win conditions. Increasingly, it's beginning to look like the whole point of Sburb is to bring Lord English into existence. It could very well be that once the players have done their part, the system is simply done with them, and there's no actual reward for them. I mean, we've seen Alternia centuries after the Trolls left it; there's every evidence that they never return to their homeworld, and the planet is simply repopulated by Dersites (and whatever the fuck the Felt were). I'm not convinced that even if the system runs as intended that there's ever a happy ending available, which seems to feed into Rose's supposition that the game itself is the real enemy. We've really never been given any solid reason to believe that winning the game is even SUPPOSED to give you anything good.
2nd Sep, 2010 00:59 (UTC)
I would join in but I'm too busy spending my internet time reading MS Paint Adventure.
2nd Sep, 2010 05:26 (UTC)
Also a worthy pursuit!
2nd Sep, 2010 10:34 (UTC)
I actually lurked around the other game all summer deciding if I was going to play someone or not... I was thinking Wicked Witch of the West. Then I started student teaching... I'm glad this other game is more fun for you!
2nd Sep, 2010 10:56 (UTC)
Well, I'll tell you: Whatever appeal that game held for you, this new game holds it plus the additional appeal of the folks running not being a bunch of knobs, and there being an actual storyline.

This game has a very light activity check, too: 20 comments over the course of a month, one thread started during a month, or participation in at least one thread completed during the month.

In short, it would be pretty mild on your schedule. I say give it a go. If they'll let me play the friggin' devil, with all his power intact, you should have no trouble at all. They'll likely even let you have some flying monkeys!
6th Sep, 2010 10:52 (UTC)
Hehe... Once I settle into student teaching a little bit, we'll see what happens.
6th Sep, 2010 11:41 (UTC)
That sounds perfectly reasonable. But just so that your considerations at the time take all of the relevant facts into account, I feel like I need to reiterate one point:

8th Sep, 2010 02:53 (UTC)
You do make an elegant point sir. In the weeks between student teaching and whatever job I end up getting, I will try this game. See you there in December!
9th Sep, 2010 06:28 (UTC)
Glad you joined as Lucifer. I do believe the game really does need a lot of fresh blood, just sucks because said people are rather popular in the rp world and have turned people against the game.
9th Sep, 2010 06:49 (UTC)
Well there's a part of the story I don't think I've heard yet. What is the word on the street out there in the RP world that has people thinking poorly of it?
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