This game is based on one that I had been part of a long while ago, but was never finished due to the GM's disappearance. The credit for the origins of this game goes to the genius KirinLemon77 and his Gray Skies role play.
On a normal afternoon, you come home and stick your hand in the mailbox, extracting whatever lay within as was routine. You enter your home, idly flipping through the mail in your hands until your eyes rest on the last one. The envelope, which looks noticeably more important than the rest of the stack, has your name and address on it; but bears no return address, nor does it have any stamps to indicate how far it had to travel in order to reach you. The writing is an elegant cursive, and there seems to be a red wax seal of the letter "C" on the back, similar to those you might have seen used by royalty.
Curiosity gets the better of you - You sit down and open the envelope, out of which falls a letter, also sealed, a debit card, a passport, and a plane ticket. You first look at the passport, which - surprisingly - has a relatively current photo of you inside, along with all of your information. Next, you check the plane ticket, noting that the destination is New Zealand, and that the departure date is only three days away. Lastly, with the debit card in hand, you unseal the letter, which is also written in cursive. It reads:
Dear Mr./Ms. [Your name],
You have been chosen as one of the select few to win an all expenses paid vacation to beautiful New Zealand. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the country in luxury, as you and your fellow winners will be staying at the Catelli Manor, famous for its upper-class parties - which you are invited and encouraged to attend.
Quarters will be provided to all in one of the sixteen bedroom suites inside the estate, and a full service staff await to accommodate your every need. Party attire is strictly formal, and all guests are expected to be well versed and well mannered while in attendance. The enclosed debit card has been filled with $20,000; Please use it to purchase any garments or items you may need before your departure. Swimwear and semi-casual attire is recommended as well – please use your own discretion in packing whatever you feel you will need or want. Most commonly required toiletries and personal items will be available to you in ample supply within the Manor.
A chauffer will be awaiting you upon your arrival in New Zealand.
We look forward to meeting you.
The staff at Catelli Manor
So, this game will basically be a mixture of mystery, horror, and survival. Be ready for anything! There may be some deaths, there may be some lying, there may even be an ice cream truck, if we're lucky. But there will most definitely be a lot of secret PMs and in-thread sneaking from yours truly, dictating small events/instances for each player that will affect the course of the story. However, don't get me wrong; This entire thing will be based on your characters, and their decisions! It'll be totally interactive, meaning that I'll be looking to throw curve-balls when they pop into my head after reading a player's post.
With that being said, I'd like to say that I'm forgoing the regular character sheet. The kinds of players I'll be accepting should be able to express what their character is like through their actions, words, and such. Instead of a sheet, I'm going to ask that whoever applies for this game write their character's reactions to the letter, and what they did afterwards (i.e. told their siblings, went shopping with the money, locked themselves in their room from paranoia), ending with their arrival at the airport.
All characters should be average joes; meaning that they aren't ninjas or mutants or anything too out of reach. I really want this game to portray reality as close as possible, so please don't apply with a dragon queen. I also ask that the applications be PM'd to me! No one knows what a person is like upon first meeting them; figuring out the other characters' intentions will be part of the mystery.
Quality is going to be the deciding factor for this entire game. It will determine who gets a spot in the game, who wins an argument, who gets the last chicken leg, etc. But don't think of this as a long vs short thing. Just make people glad that they read your post. I'm looking for around five or six players for the game, and I ask that whoever applies keep their interest. Since this game heavily relies on its characters, please do not disappear without a warning. At least let us kill you off first and get our proper jollies.
Let me know if you're interested. If there are any questions (which I imagine there are), don't hesitate to ask. Thanks for checking us out!