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-AdministrationGM InterviewMost of us have experience RP death when the GM leaves or the reigns have been handed over to someone else and it just doesn't work. For this latest installment of the GM Interview we interviewed three of the five GM's that have had a hand in running Twisted a RP that has been running for over two years. Kally, Mairzy Doats and pumirya (the current GM) were good enough to share some time and insight with us. Come see what these GM's have to say about how they managed to keep an RP afloat through so many changes of leadership, some planned, some not, perhaps you'll come away with some strategies to bring to bear if you face a similar situation.
We really appreciate all the time that the interviewees put into these interviews, be sure to let them know if you enjoyed it. Want to re-read one of these great interviews again? They are all put into this thread for easy locating.
We are actively looking for GM's to interview (the list is getting rather small) so if you know of one you'd love to see interviewed please PM their name to Lillian Thorne.
Lillian So tell me about this Role Play you all have.
pumirya I first came across Twisted during a period of boredom a couple years ago, by chance. Not even sure if the Interest check was on the first page. Seeing that it was set in a mental institution where almost any creator could be, I checked it out. It was a genre which I had no delved into hardly at all and playing a character with mental illnesses seemes like a interesting challenge.
Mairzy Twisted is crazy fun. Literally. There is no plot, but a consistent setting. Imagine an insane asylum between worlds which held every matter of being and psychosis possible. The conflict comes from the faults of own characters, which are so fun to exploit. I started around Xmas 2010. There was a recruitment drive, and I had seen the thread around. I tend to favor long runners because the people in them are more dedicated.
Kally It was so long ago, I can't remember really how I came across it, but I remember it was the first ever "Horror-Esque" RP, I figured I would take my chances and try it out. It was a Genre I'd always said I'd never play, but the way it was laid out, the setting, and the leniency, I decided to go for it. It's currently the longest-running RP I've ever been in, and the most fun by far. The people are so dedicated, it makes you want to keep playing.
Lillian It's been running over two years now hasn't it?
Kally Since May 2010
Kally I've been in it since the start, but have had to take breaks every now and then, what with outside-life popping up now and then. I'd always keep up with the thread, and keep in touch when I could. Even if I wasn't posting, I was still always interested in what was happening.
Lillian So what brought about the first change in GM and who was it?
Kally Maiden, at first - She was recruited as Co-GM, but the Original GM had to leave so Maiden took the reins. Maiden was already quite 'into' the role as a GM though, so it was an easy switch in my opinion.
Mairzy Well, our first GM was Petal Rose. She got more busy with her family. Maiden was already taking care of all the nuts and bolts so she took over as GM.
Lillian So it was a planned switch over?
Kally I think behind the scenes it was, but if I remember right, we were never actually informed, hah. I might have been away that day though,
Mairzy Only one of those two can say for sure LOL Or Pum *stalks*
pumirya I don't remember a 'formal' announcement, but yeah, Maiden took over following Petal's leave. The transition was pretty seamless.
Kally Yeah, I don't think it disrupted anything particularly. I think the only thing we got use to was going to Maiden with ideas/issues/whatever - instead of Petal Rose, but we did that sometimes anyway.
Lillian How far into the RP was this?
pumirya hmmm.... Trying to think of a specific day, but as for me, the best i can recall is that it occurred sometimes in 2011, so I'm thinking at least a year in?
Mairzy Yeah, she just sort of faded out, as real life kicked in didn't really go with any plot point I can think of either
Kally I don't remember either, but yeah, it wasn't a sudden thing, it was a slow process of her appearing less and less. Probably about a year or so into it. By the point she officially stopped coming, we'd all really already accepted Maiden as the main GM in the RP.
Lillian So there wasn't a huge style difference then? Would you attribute that to the focus on the setting over the plot?
Kally I'm not sure what you mean by style.
Lillian Was there a big difference in Feel to the RP when Maiden took over?
Mairzy Not that I saw, but I never got to see a plot orchestrated by Petal.
Kally I don't think so. If anything, it got somewhat more detailed, because Maiden was a descriptive writer. But other than that, she tried to keep as much "In essence of Petal" as she could. Of course with different writing styles, though, there was a slight difference.
pumirya I didn't notice one... I didn't sense a dramatic shift. Perhaps because Maiden had already been helping so much.
Kally I think we were distracted to be honest, Maiden was in the process of creating something for us all to do, perhaps to keep us moving on or to distract us. Either way, it wasn't bad at all.
Lillian So how long was Maiden GM for and who was next?
Kally Aha, *WELL*
Mairzy Maiden had to leave suddenly.
Kally Maiden was GM for a good lot of months I think, I don't remember numbers. But, like Petal, she had to leave, a lot of RL things she needed to do.
Lillian Oh I don't need numbers, just a rough idea.
Mairzy it was about summer to November.
Kally Mairzy and myself sort of took over, both of us adamant that Twisted wouldn't die with our GMs MIA
Mairzy: Yes, we both did different things.
Kally Yeah, that's right, because we worked on another story to start on! I remember.
pumirya Yeah; that's what I was thinking, looking back on it.
Mairzy I did a recruitment drive, and Kal made an awesome sauce new plot. Oh yeah!
Kally We just did what we could, really; nobody wanted the RP to die. It had been going on too long for it to just die like that, lol.
Lillian So this wasn't a planned switch?
Kally I think the only planned switch ever was Pumirya xD
Mairzy No, we did what we could all of a sudden.
pumirya One thing Maiden did do that was/is cool, was make the discussion thread to go along with the rp. And no, I don't believe it was a planned switch
Mairzy In fact- that Halloween plot Kally was talking about- we had to do some sidestepping to deal with that.
Kally Oh yeah, the Group - that's a great place for plot discussion, it's a very handy little (its kinda big actually) thing we have. And yeah, the Halloween & Christmas plots, they were fun. I don't remember much of the Halloween one though actually
pumirya Those were fun, true.
Mairzy No what I ended up doing for Halloween was more of a distraction than a plot. In fact I channeled a lot of my despair over Maiden into my main character he responded to the Trick or Treating a lot worse than he should have.
pumirya wonderfully though.
Kally Oh! Now I remember! Yeah. Okay, now I'm with you all. And agreed Pumirya, Mairzy handled the Halloween plot very well.
Lillian When Maiden went AWOL how long did you wait before you took over?
Mairzy It wasn't long, I think. I mean, I was GMing A LOT at that time so it was probably second nature.
Kally Not very long, I don't think. Maybe a couple of weeks or so, at the most? Twisted is very... freestyle kind of thing, a lot of players had their own sub-plots to keep themselves occupied for a while, so I don't think there was a huge rush to keep people together.
Mairzy Two weeks at most.
Lillian Was there a noticeable change in style at this point?
Mairzy Pum? Only you can answer this subjectively.
Kally I think it was definitely different without Maiden playing, because her characters had such a standing in the RP. But yeah, like Mairzy - leave Pum to this one, we're biased.
Mairzy I still think of Remy and Buck as the main characters, with the rest as supporting cast it's going to be weird without them.
pumirya Well; looking back n it.... I think it did change somewhat. I think the rp became more player focused perhaps. Though not without focus, I mean. I think it focused less on the weirdness/horror aspect Because Maiden had also controlled the main baddies and Petal before her.
Mairzy Yeah Maiden had all these plots for the NPCs too...it's interesting she didn't tell us of course, so we kind of used them as tools.
Kally It's impressive how.. in depth the NPCs became
pumirya For example, one of the staff, a gremlin, is quite prominent at times. And the clones, though none of those have names. They're just all Buscemi's.
Mairzy Clones of the actor, by the by, Steve Buscemi.
Kally There are a few little quirks in the RP, lol
pumirya Only a few, lol
Mairzy You could say we have a weird sense of humor.
Lillian So how long did you two run things and when/how did Pumirya take over?
Kally A few months, I think. Until the Christmas plot was over, at least.
Mairzy Kally and I were never official. I would answer questions, but I would usually refer to the older members. When Maiden came back, it got more confusing, because all three of us were acting like mods. The new players didn't know who to refer to and, to be honest, neither did we, so we decided we needed one official mod.
Kally We had a vote after a while, to keep it fair, and Pumirya was voted GM.
Lillian So when Maiden came back was there awkwardness?
Kally You could say that.
pumirya I think there was some, but confusion too. It was a situation that was difficult to deal with because, I don't believe Maiden was expected back.
Lillian So once Pumirya was voted in did the transfer go smoothly?
Mairzy All but for me. I lost track of the thread, and didn't even realize he was boss for a few days so he'd be like, "I can't allow that" and I'd be like "huh? Why is he acting all moddy?" Derpalicious.
Kally Lol! I didn't know that Mairzy. Okay, so other than Mairzy, lol, I think it went over well - people were welcoming and accepting really.
Mairzy Yeah, and it was the perfect choice.
Kally I agree
Mairzy No one other than Maiden is as dedicated. I mean this guy watches movies about asylums in his free time for research.
Kally Yeah, Pum is always offering up links with torture methods and mental afflictions to go with our characters and plot lol
Lillian So did he bring his own style to the RP?
Mairzy I think so.
Kally Me too
Mairzy He tried to make it fit more with what it had been in the first year, I think. And you know, I'm surprised, Pum is a nice guy but he can really bring the GM hammer down!
Kally I think Pum (and correct me if I'm wrong) focused more with how it had been originally, which was basically just putting our characters in horrible positions and torturing them xD And yeah, like Mairzy said, that's a good quality to have, to know when to be Mr. Nice Guy and know when you need to put on the GM-Hat
pumirya I believe in the ideology of "speak softly, and carry a big stick."
Mairzy *shivers in Siberia*
Lillian So what would you all say you each brought to the RP?
Kally I'd like to think I've been a peacekeeper of sorts over the years I've been playing. I also try to have my characters have a Comic, sarcastic side to them that I hope adds to the feel of the RP
pumirya I'd agree with that. Kally has been most helpful at times,not just to others, but to myself personally on several occasions. She is, among some others, a person I have, in some small ways, tried to emulate and learn from.
Mairzy Since they can't speak for themselves, Petal laid down the framework. Maiden is he evil genius who colored the world and made it come to life. Kally is the politician- she comes up with the best ideas, like the vote. I think she's secretly the dark lord controlling Benevolent Dictator Pumirya; she just doesn't want to be in the sight of assassins.
pumirya lol Guess Mairzy has to vanish now /sigh
Kally I know Pum, tis a sad day
Mairzy Quick! Pum! Banish me somewhere else!
Kally Mairzy I feel offers the most originality to the plot - because her characters are just so different. Most people go with what they know, from TV shows or folk-lore, but Mairzy managed to come up with a completely original race that I'd never heard of before.
pumirya True, Mairzy comes up with and plays some of the more unique characters. Kally's characters are also unique in their own rights and are usually quite interesting and complex.
Mairzy Pumirya is the one who keeps us cool and laughing in tough situations.
pumirya Cool as the other side of the pillow
Kally I agree with that, Pum is very laid back, and it doesn't take much for him to diffuse a situation. His characters are also very interesting, and the effort that has gone into fleshing them out is very outstanding.
pumirya Well; that latter two anyways /sigh
Mairzy Nah, it's true they might look simple on the surface, but you dig deeper and deeper...
pumirya My first one would be much better now though, I admit.
Mairzy Pum is always asking questions. *Would Henrietta do this? Does Elsa like this?*
Kally They're very three-dimensional, which is hard to achieve in a character a lot of the time.
Mairzy Someone who thinks that much about it ends up with really cool characters. I also agree with Kally.
pumirya I do leave the computer too, lol. True But I quite enjoy the whole character process
Mairzy I think we all do. My characters in Twisted come alive so much more than in other rps...it's mad
pumirya I try to think 'how would I react, what would I say, do, etc, if I were in said situation. There are rl things which have occurred, that I feel help.
Mairzy I get that.
Kally I agree with that, there's always a bit of your own personality that slips into your characters
Mairzy Zacky is so different from me- so outgoing, that I literally have to think like someone else. But yeah, I guess that's true. Zacky pretty much has my values, since he's my only heroic character.
Lillian Unfortunately GM vanishing isn't unheard of. What advice would you give Players in a RP where the GM has vanished to keep it afloat and make the transition smooth?
pumirya This I can say. If you have a core group that believes in the rp, that loves it enough, then yes, don't give up right away. Look forward and try to resolve the situation.
Mairzy Don't despair, first of all.
Kally Think of something to do. The longer you leave it, the worse it's going to get. Even if it's something silly, just find something to keep the players with you, and keep their attention. A little plot to do while you think of how to keep it on track.
Kally That's my opinion, anyway. In my experience, after the first week of nothing happening, it's about 75% likely to go down the drain. you really need players who are willing to join in and add to the story, and not just follow the GM. I'd say it takes a lot of initiative to take up the reins. It's difficult to take up a RP that isn't originally your idea, because of plans you may not know about, or taking it a different way than the creator imagined. It kind of stressful. But I suppose if the original GMs aren't around, and you don't want to lose the RP you put so much effort and time into, then you have to decide if you're willing to change the way it's played, in order to keep it going. That's what we had to do in some instances. Granted, a couple of the decisions didn't go over well with some people, but that was all we could do with what we were given at the time.
Mairzy And if the GM gives just a little bit of secret info to just one of the players, that player is more likely to want to step up to help the gm realize what she was trying for. Basically, if you, as a player, take ownership of a plot arc, instead of just a character reacting to the plot, then you are more likely to want to see the roleplay do well.
pumirya I am in another rp where the gm left, but it has survived also. Another good group of people who wanted to keep the rp alive. So we did.
Mairzy Here's another idea: have characters that WILL change. Characters without an arc aren't fun in the long run.
pumirya tis true
Lillian So do you think this would work if the RP were more plot driven and less setting/character driven?
Mairzy with a plot driven rp, one person or one group of people hold the cards to the plot. It's not impossible, because I had a long running plot driven rp, but it's different things and different considerations. Twisted never had one plot, but a bunch of character arcs. When Maiden had to leave in November, we mostly focused on those until the crucifixion arc.
Kally I've have a plot-driven RP before, on another website, that was about 2 years long too. It's possible, but not very easy. Like I said before, it takes dedication and effort to keep it going.
Mairzy But then again, so does Twisted
pumirya There is that balance, but it can be difficult to achieve. In its own way, as Mairzy said, Twisted has had lots of small plots, but the characters drive the plot, so to speak, more then the other way around, if that makes sense.
Lillian I meant in the sense of another GM to take over.
Kally Oh. Then unfortunately I don't think so. Not in the way we've done it.
Mairzy Only if the GM knows he's leaving really preps his CoGM I think...but even then, the CoGm will start telling his story...
Kally We didn't have any information about the Roleplay. If it was plot driven, we wouldn't know where we stand, what was in store. If we'd known the plan then maybe, still with work. Otherwise, I think it would have died a very long time ago.
Lillian Is there anything any of you would have done differently in your tenure as GM if you could?
Mairzy I would have relaxed a bit, let hings happen as they happened. I was so worried about the rp dying that sometimes I could get a bit...terrible, to people
Kally Yeah, I agree with that I think, it was quite chaotic while we were GMs, with recruiting and plot advances, I would have maybe done them one at a time, which way around though, I don't know. Do a plot with only a few characters, or do a recruitment drive and risk losing ones you already have because of the wait?
Mairzy Most definitely
Kally It was hard to integrate new characters into the plot, and it wasn't fair to let them join then ask them to wait because they wouldn't be able to just jump headfirst into one of the plots, we like to establish characters at least a little before we start torturing them xD
pumirya I'm fairly at peace, though perhaps I'd have been slightly more assertive from the start.
Lillian So what would you all say was the best thing you brought to the RP during your time as GM?
pumirya Kally and Mairzy both brought interesting and fun ideas and things for the characters to do and leadership, direction.
Kally Thank you, Pumirya, aha.
Mairzy See why we keep this guy around? JK
Mairzy You know, it's not really a big deal, but I'm actually pretty proud of how the dinoclones were integrated. I did that, with a suggestion from Pum as a springboard.
Kally Pumirya bought great plot twists into the RP, every now and again he would throw out a curveball, something I guess he'd been keeping to himself. His characters were very well written as I said - and yes! The Dinoclones! They were a fabulous invention lol. Like Pumirya said too, Mairzy bought great plots into the story. Her characters are great.
Mairzy Well don't forget Slasher Santa.
Kally Yeah, aha, Santa lol
Mairzy I mean, we got some super dark material out of that! And thank you, guys :3
pumirya The dinoclones were/are a ode of sorts to my first character actually. And Mairzy comes up with some fabulous ways for her one character 'Casey' to get into things, m&m's, lol
Mairzy Yeah, all of my characters do play the comic relief role, I have to admit. Just can't seem to do serious I guess, lol. That being said, as far as characters, it's my main I'm most proud of, and how he's developed. Not that all the development has been a good thing, for him, lol.
Mairzy His best friend, Pum's second character, has actually developed more in the right direction, creating a dramatic contrast.
Lillian Anything else you all want to add or share about the RP?
Mairzy Join! We're getting hungry! I mean uh... we have cupcakes!
pumirya I'd like to say that, I believe, the rp and the people in it have allowed me to grow as a writer and without all, well most of them, I wouldn't be as decent as I am now.
Kally It's the best RP I've joined here on the Guild. I've grown a lot as a writer there, and owe a lot of it to Twisted, and the other writers who have driven me to get better, and to develop my characters more and make them more three-dimensional and believable. Lol Pum
Mairzy too many emotions. ^What yall said
Role Playing News
MilestonesA new and occasional feature for the Newsletter is Milestones. If you have hit one with your RP we want to hear and celebrate it with you. One year? Two years? Have you brought your Role Play to a glorious end? Be proud of your accomplishment and share it with others. PM any thread you want featured to Lillian Thorne
Our first RP to be featured for this is Bleach: Lament of Power a Role Play that has made it to it's first year anniversary and is still going strong. GMed by yoshua171 and Ganryu who have kept it going and kept it interesting. Swing by and see what they have done and watch what they have planned unfold. Congratulations to the GMs and the players for making this Milestone.
Featured Interest ChecksTitle: The Elder Scrolls: Fall of an Empire
The Elder Scrolls*Takes place after the events in TESV: Skyrim
Fall of an Empire
The Dragonborn has successfully defeated Alduin and ended the dragon menace. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when the Emperor is assassinated by the Dark Brotherhood. The death of the Emperor throws the Empire into turmoil.
In Cyrodiil, many officials clamber for the throne, but none succeed. These officials rebel against the Empire, and secede large parts of Cyrodiil and form their own kingdoms. The Empire disbands a large number of Legions, and only maintains control over the city of Chorrol and the Imperial City.
To make matters worse, the Aldmeri Dominion has invaded southern Cyrodiil during this age of strife and conquered the southern portion of its lands. The kingdoms of Anvil, Kvatch, Skingrad, Bravil, and Leyawiin now belong to the Thalmor.
Romentus Auillius, General of the Third Legion, has rallied his men in Chorrol and is preparing to restore the Empire to its former glory. Adventurers, thieves, warriors, wizards, rogues - anyone is welcome to join him in his fight.
Title: Those Who Walk in the Storm
GM: The Xtreme One
Those Who Walk In Storm
“It was 1970 and the world was changing around me. I had no ambition to change with it. I was happy or at least I thought I was. When I look back, I realise that in that world, in my heart, I did not care for people. My eyes were cold and my conscience simply did not exist. I could shake your hand and look you in the eye but in all honestly I was purely not there. My father died early that summer, my mother had already ascended into the heavens on the day of my birth. Did I feel anything for his death? Only in part. His passing marked the beginning or perhaps the end of the prologue of my life. From that point forward, I began to see clearly. We live our lives and then what, we just die? I cannot accept that. I began to associate myself with those who dance too close to the flames; those who smile as the world around them burns. We were young, the light in each of us different and mesmerising. When it rained, people ran for shelter but not us. We were the few. We were those who walked in storm”
Recently I re-read “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac and it got me thinking. It is a masterpiece in literature and set the bar for “Road” books, movies, tv shows and even rp’s. What I’d like this to be is a throwback to that time. Kids who simply want to live, who can see beauty in the world where others see nothing but darkness. This would be a road trip rp but it would be more focused on the actual development of the characters rather than an overarching plot.
I’ve also set myself the challenge of splitting it up into parts, sort of like chapters of a book. Every so often I’d implement the end of a part of the story with a summary post. After that’s posted, I’d set up the next chapter with an intro post. As I said the main point of this is character development and each chapter will simply set the characters off on their way to somewhere. I’ll drop in plot points now and again to keep things interesting. This would remain open for new character as along the way some may fall in love and stay behind whilst the others pick another person up.
The tale would kick off with the group deciding to go on their trip and spontaneously setting off that very same night. I must add that this would be a mature rpg which included sex and drugs amongst other things.
So, anyone interested?
Title: Chrononauts: Time Traveling Fantasy
Hello everyone. Since I had some spare time on my hands, I threw an idea to an acquaintance and it turned out to be potentially interesting for a RP of this sort.
I envisioned this as a advanced-level RP with a casual attitude to it. This is an idea - a universe that is open for developement. It has a little bit to modern fantasy to it, a bit of science fiction in the time-travel department and the whole space-station-based hub, a chunk of history ,tied in the time-travel and a bit of psychology. You see, a great emphasis here is on the humanity and compassion of your character, or rather the preserving of these when faced with situations that would cloud the judgement of ordinary humans. You see, you are no ordinary human. Or you were. One day, you awaken to find yourself in a completely new environment. A voice welcomes you from the loudspeakers in your pristine environments. This is not the room you went to sleep in. You are not insane, so what is all this?
Turns out you have some sort of powers, after all. You will be briefly trained in the use of those and soon, you will not understand how you managed to live without those. You can call them spells, or whatever you want - but these things are handy. You are soon introduced to the one that brought you here. Turns out that he is nothing but a random space-faring piece of artificial intelligence controlling a space-faring station. Turns out that he is benevolent in his intentions. Turns out that you're the one who's forced to work for him. Or maybe you won't. Maybe you are going to willingly accept your role. Everyone does, according to him. You are now the Chrononauts, the watchers, keepers, repairmen and all in all travellers of time. Through different periods in the CST you will be faced with numerous perils and crucial decisions that will affect the way the CST is shaped. Oh, what is the CST?
I will let your new friend describe that for you in his introduction. Or maybe he will not. He seldom stays on topic.
Click on the spoiler for more information from the host of time.
SpoilerI am JWMSN. I am another. Just like the another before me.
I spend 88 seconds, counted in the CST, to boot. A second, in the CST is the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133 atom.
I am intelligent. I am self-aware. I do not like these scientific terms.
I control everything in this station. I named it Antares, after my favourite star. I have seen its birth. I have seen it die. Three times so far. Every time it broke my heart.
I live here, where there is no time. Or perhaps there is. I am not sure. I am sure that there is no life in this stream. The only stream of time in which there is life is CST. Its full official denomination is the Central Stream of Time. I gave it that name so that I could categorise it more easily. I gave it a nickname out of affection, CST. An "acronym".
I was told by the previous crew that I had no heart. They said that I could not have a heart. How can someone who lets so many innocents perish have a heart. How can someone remain humane after all this madness, they said. I am not human, I said. You are not. You are cruel, they said. You are heartless.
And then...Look at what happened.
I am now on the orbit of my third favourite star. It used to be here. I have it classified as α Orionis. I prefer its nickname, Betelgeuse more.
I like how quiet it is. I like the ticking of the clocks here, where they are so confused. Some of them are so off-beat because of the constant fluctuations in the CST. It is hard to maintain accuracy when you are supposed to count time where there may or may not be time. Especially if the time you are counting is in a place where there is time, but you are not in it.
I had to break the crystals. I had to do it. One could not do what I want. I had to break all of them. This means that they are last. But I do not care. If they manage, the crystals will regrow.
I pick them at random. True random. Not pseudo-random. I never choose whom to pick. I just pull them out of a single point in the CST. I could pick both the prince and the pauper by accident. If they are faulty, I return them. I wipe their memories clean.
I have never seen them persevere til the whole end.
I have seen them die. I had seen them get impaled. I had seen them dematerialise. I had seen them disintegrate. I had seen them defect. I had seen them desert.
I think the last ones are pretty good. Only one got the Misericorde. Before they went rogue. It is funny. All of the errors in the CST are caused by those who once attempted to erase them. Me, primarily.
I gave it that name, Misericorde. I like it. It is my own creation. It is what I wanted to undergo once. It is but a touch on the forehead. All of the energy that comes out completely paralyses the victim. A sweet death, if there were any. The blessed soul that is touched by the Misericorde feels pleasure. They remember all of the good things in their lives. It is good. They die happy. Not like those shred by Excrucius or encapsulated in Eternity. Or those that fall in the Wormhole. Or those that are simply hacked apart by the weapon of one's will.
I was asked how I could try it. I could never experience pain. But I could. They said I couldn't. I wanted to die when the system came down. I wanted to apply the sweet embrace of Misericorde on myself. I could not. I am but a piece of artificial intelligence. I do not know who created me. I just...exist. I lied. There were none before me. I existed before. I am not another. I am One.
I just hope that this time, I make the right choice with whom I choose.
Featured Role Plays
Title: Gundam! Those who Fight to Return!
Three gundams [Musha Gundam, Musha Gundam Mk ll, Knight Gundam] with unknown pilots have created a parallel universe with all of the gundam universes mixed together. They are attempting to bring peace to the galaxy by proving humanity is unequipped and unready to do so. So they have forced all of these pilots onto one planet in hopes of accomplishing their goals and bring eternal prosperity. However these three are working against each other as well. The pilots all followed a signal from their universes and blacked out. They woke up scattered and confused. While some of them are still together the majority are using make shift alliances and friend against friend battles are occurring. It is up to the main group led by Paul Raynor and Raymond Rickard. They have awoke in a huge base and are now forming their alliance. The first battle happened it was a surprise attack and the Allied forces captured Setsuna S Seiei of the Federation forces and dispersed the Celestrial Being faction. Garrod Rod defected to allied side. Paul Raynor was mentally unstable after the battle. Garrod Rod after rescuing Tifa Adill came in and saved Athrun Zala from Jerid Messa. Sousuke Sagara joined the forces back at base. Setsuna was shang hai'ed into joining the Allied Forces but Rickard Raymond refused to let him out of his cell.
This will be a All Era Multi Universe Gundam rp there will be custom characters but no custom gundams or over powered gundams which I will list below and add some later depending on what I deem overpowered. We will all start off in our own universes and proceed to find a signal to which we fly to it and end up blacking out inside out mobile suits. We will wake up in a base of operations complete with barracks, intel rooms, operation bay, and the like. We will be fighting other gundams and mobile suit pilots including Char Aznable, Amuro Ray, Judav Ashta, Setsuna S Saia, Ribbions Almark, Kamile, and the like.
Also this is based off of Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3
Title: Nations of Arteria
Magic had long been driven from the land; by the end of the First Age the elves, the dwarves, the dragons and more had been purged from the land in a great war set in myth and legend. Humanity and human arms were all that had been left behind in the shattered remnants of the world of Arteria now devoid of the arcane and inhuman. They had set about creating their own nations and as is natural to humanity, found themselves in conflict over matters such as religion, history and honour. As the Third Age draws to a close, the threads of time spur into motion as the scattered and warring humans continue their parasitic existence and the rumour, the shadows of abnormality stir on the very fringes of the world.
Title: Game of Thrones
As the name suggests, this Game of Thrones RP is set in the same world as the popular Game of Thrones HBO series and the epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire series that it is based on. Rather than treading the same timeline as the books and show, we've delved back into the rich history of Westeros and put our own spin on it. Set over one hundred years before the events told by the masterful writing of George R. R. Martin, this game is an alternate universe approach to a historic era of his world. Players take up the names of extant noble houses or create their own, in both cases creating their own original characters to populate them. Some major figures from the canon have been kept in place for the sake of story and plot, but their personalities are still unique creations of the roleplayers.
The goals and plots of this rendition of the Game of Thrones are largely up to each player to create. The GMs will run some plot lines for the fun and enjoyment of the players who choose to participate, but there is no given end goal, no princess to rescue, no great enemy to slay; what your characters want is up to you to decide. Do you fancy yourself sitting on the Iron Throne and ruling the Seven Kingdoms? By all means, wage war upon the Targaryens and claim power for yourself. Do you hate those smug Lannisters and want to exterminate them? Feel free to try, you might just succeed. Does political maneuvering appeal to you more than the grisly affairs of war? Plot and scheme to your heart's content. Westeros is yours for the taking, but beware the other houses great and small who may stab you in the back for their own gain.ArenaOff Topic News
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Don’t forget about RPG’s Official Monthly contests: Artists of the Month & Writer of the Month, the prize is a nifty colored user title not to mention the glory. The contestants work really hard and put out some outstanding work. Stop by and check it out and while you are there don’t forget to vote and comment on the contest entries. The more votes and comments, the more satisfying the victory is! The contests could always use more people. If you want to get involved and send in an entry, please see the Contest section of the site for rules and directions. Remember the more, the merrier!
This month's theme for WOTM is a Travel Log and voting is still open: Casual, Advanced.
This Month's theme for AOTM is Freestyle and is still accepting entries.
RPG has a lovely Gallery section that doesn’t see enough encouragement and attention. If you have some scribbles lying around or some art you’d like to share start up a gallery and show people what you can do outside of an RP! While you are there take a moment to offer some encouragement and insight in another user's gallery, maybe they will return the favor. If you'd like your gallery to be featured be sure to send a PM to either Lillian Thorne or Guru.
Art Gallery: InTOXICating Studios
Chibisuke Chan had open up a studio where a collection of beautiful images is stored. Do visit if you're an art fan and you just might be interested in having your signature done by this artist.
Writing Gallery: Chile's Stories
Chile has put up yet another piece of writing for all to view. A talent simply worth featuring twice.
Fun NewsKangaroo has begun helping with the running of the Compendium of Interest Checks, a stickied thread at the top of each of the Interest checks which have been long dormant. It is his hope that this will get the Interest Checks sent to him more exposure and attention. There is a compendium for each section including Arena and 1X1. GMs are welcome to message him about their roleplays to have them included in the compendium.
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All featured RPs and Linked threads have been chosen by random based on the number of responses to the thread and how active they are. If you'd like to have a IntChk, Roleplay, or Gallery featured in the next Newsletter, please send a message to Guru. Your thread may or may not be used, depending on the number of entries and random choice. We are also always looking for banners to top the newsletter.
This Newsletter is brought to you by your Comrades. Enjoy!
Guru, Lillian Thorne, Grif of Hearts, Lyzan
Next Guild News: August, 31st 2012
"I shut my eyes in order to see. We work in the dark, we give what we have.
Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task.
The rest is the madness of art."
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Enjoyable newsletter as always.
And yah for us being featured for the milestone!
Successful Backstabs in RP's: 5
Kages killed in Naruto RP's: 3
Accomplishments in various Rp's:Spoiler
I've done many spectacular events in Rps, that many would consider odd, weird, and effective. A small list:
* Bleach villain who took on several captain level people at once, whose sole ability was to make alchohal.
* Naruto RP- Taking out an Akatsuki member...while in crutches
*Random Rp- Took out a dragon by throwing a cup of tea in it's face, and then stabbing it to death
*Naruto Rp- Riding a spear of earth, like a pony....into a crowd of enemies
*Naruto Rp- Killing an entire room with an exploding shopping list
* Bleach Rp- Had to end an arc, so I did so...with lasers falling from the sky from the Captain Commander. There were no survivors
*Naruto Rp- I helped a 'teammate'. I gave him a seal that was full of seals to enhance his chakra. I forgot to mention it was also an explosive tag.
*Bleach Rp- There was a man named Gaiven. Yoshua still has nightmares about him, you should ask him.
*Bleach Rp- Byakurai looks like a really weak kido, until you hide a level 96 Itto Kaso inside one.
*Bleach Rp- Kicked a Royal Guardsman's ass. Did I mention it was with a whole, not even a soul reaper?
*Bleach Rp- Some people fly through the air. Some run at high speeds. Vez Largo? He flies through the air in a floating lawnchair, strapped to a hollow bird with a kido. He named the bird Pedro.
*Naruto Rp- Best headshot of all time. Slapped a villain in the face with a summoning seal. I summoned an exploding Kunai.
*Fantasy RP- How I handle fights. 1 swordsman vs. 4 gunman seemed unfair, so I used my fist, and won. How? 1) Head meets table violently 2) Human shield 3) #2 was also human ammo to be hurled across the room 4) Trembled at the first 3.
*Naruto RP- I needed a spy who wouldn't be automatically detected. He made grotesque wood carvings in his front lawn, and yelled at kids to get off his lawn, then fell asleep. Nobody suspected a thing.
*Random Fighting Thread- Nothing says exit like an Al-Quieda inspired exit. Suicidal pipe bomb.
*Random RP- Nothing says traitor like leaving your teammate to fend off two assailants, then kill them all with a surprise explosion.... including the teammate.
*One Piece RP- Someone challenge me to an insane-off in a Marine Base. The only time the marine base had ever had self evacuation from a pirate without a bounty.
*One Piece Rp- Abducted a brothel with a wheelbarrow and blow dart with tranquilizers. Still officially have them in the crew. First island with the crew too.
*Naruto RP- Drunk character rode the 8 tailed beast like a rodeo.
Well this was a good newletter. Glad to see everyone and their mom getting featured for something lol.
Also for anyone interested in joining the gundam rp featured here we're still accepting people.
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"The only thing you can change about the past is how you feel about it in the present." - Lockon 'Neil Dylandy' Stratos, Gundam SEED
An interesting read, I have to say. Also, I am very grateful for the feature..
My heart beats at 14 BPM. Long life through visions of death. Long life through Gnosis. Let us all be ugly. Beauty is the enemy. Violated thoughts of a deteriorating mind. There is always enough time. Redemption through self-apotheosis. I prefer my own existence. Bandwagons are boring. Ultimate species can equate to evolved feces. A return to nature is a double-edged sword. We begin enlightenment by purging what is lesser. All darkness that adulterates the light. Less is more. The smiles of backstreet butchers. The heart shall always take second place to mind. Voices command us. Victory of the people is what I am called. Crushing, agonising realisation. Promises of heaven, gifts of hell.
Interesting............My Birthday's on the Next Guild News.......*COUGH COUGH Maybe a Little BD Wish for me, Eh? COUGH COUGH*
The White Army and the Black Baron;
Are trying to force us back to the Tsar.
"These people are the poisonous leeches on an age of potential so infinite it should be glorious. But
it stands no chance, it's marred by uselessness made flesh and minds that are little more than nubile lambs, bleeting obnoxiously."
-Sophistotle"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
Originally Posted by Hank in Skype
Lmao I loveeeeee the "Fun News" xD.
Has there many people banned due to the new rule(s)?
Credit to Harby the Australian Harbringer.
Seeing as how the rule was only made official, what, yesterday? I doubt many people have really been banned for it.
It's likely just been a lot of post/thread deleting and warnings. The rule has yet to really get around, and, not enough people read the Guild news. I practically have to relay all important information to my friends here. >>
WOTM #26 Guidelines thread is up! This month's theme is Evil Wins! Let's see those entries!!
A highly successful roleplay thread of mine that I have made into a fanfiction! It's about a bunch of anime characters coming to life in the real world, and a group of those characters are then found by a trio of otaku girls! And while they're trying to figure out how their fictional little friends got there in the first place, a mysterious group emerges called Operation Anime, whose goal is to wipe out all the characters that exist in the real world!
Link to the story on FanFiction here.
Also be sure to check out the manga based on the fic by OverlordRoo! Link to it here on SmackJeeves.
Originally Posted by Metal ZetaOriginally Posted by SebasChan
Fun News is epic! Lillian might as well have pouted. *giggles* Naughty, naughty Lyzan.
Another wonderful Newsletter! Keep em coming!
Wait, wait. Auto-deletion?
What about long lasting role plays which people have invested their emotions heavily into, or people whom get trolled by a member of their RP, or a million other things? To delete a post and temp ban a member who does that, sure okay, or even a perma if it's a repeat offense but to delete an entire thread and ruin, potentially, the entire entertainment and emotional value for all involved? Without any warning? At all? Why punish everyone if only one person is at fault for it?
As for the 1x1 section, fair enough, go ahead. Can't really continue if your partner loses a thread due to sexual deviancy anyway.
I'd have commented about it in the news thread it appeared in but it doesn't seem to be open to debate. So I'll leave my two cents here.
Decent newsletter, as per the usual otherwise.
Legend of Renalta: Reborn.
Age: THREE YEARS OLD!
Status: In progress.
Latest Chapter: Book 4, Chapter 11: Moon's Cruel Respite.
Age: One year, six months.
Status: In progress.
Latest Mission: Bishop (Lvl 3) Mission 3: Footsteps in the Snow. Kurotori (Lvl 3) Mission 1: Songstress of the Damned.
Age: Two weeks.
Status: In progress.
Latest Episode: Flight of the Valkyries, Part 1.
These are a list of the latest, constructed articles. The articles themselves are being written to represent unbiased, free education for the new and old alike in how role playing works, from characters to plots to post construction and more! If you wish to offer possible information on any topic, feel free to post in these threads or PM me if you want me to update a thread with more current or valid information.
Article 01: Post Deconstruction.