A group of men, sworn to secrecy, stand in a room. One man is at the head of the room, covered in shadow
"A tournament has been scheduled," The head man spoke, "I am recruiting each of you men to find one individual each."
"From where, sir?" Inquired one of the men.
"Anywhere. Search throughout the entirety of the known- and unknown- universe."
"What kind of people are we looking for?" Another one asked.
"Unique individuals. Those gifted with extraordinary abilities. Whether it can help them fight or simply help them defend. I want them here."
"But... what for, sir?"
The man in shadow gave a twisted smirk.
"A grand battle is about to take place."
"What? I a text based collaborative game!? I'm calling the police!"
Now slow down and put away that wiffle bat! Your children are safe... for now.
This is The Grand Battle, 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!"
Sit down, Andy, it doesn't work that way.
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.
Username:Take a wild guess.
Name: What is your puppet's character's name
Gender: Male, Female, or N/A really.
Race: Species. Human, cyborg, elf, anything else you can come up with at all just about.
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: What makes your character so special that they were chosen for this?
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.
"Sweet, okay. Name: Problem Sleuth..."
No, not okay. You're going to come up with an original character for this. This also means you can't take a character from your own adventure, but it's okay to make a character inspired by an existing one. No, this doesn't mean you can bring out the thesaurus and change their name and call it a different character. There's a fine line between homage and ripping off.
"Well then, I'm Xnth from Pardoo 7 near Betelgeuse"
If you can give schler a decent characterization for interacting with others, go for it. Straight up stupid characters might be rejected though.
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 shit 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.
Note: None of your characters were simply asked to join, and nobody has any prior knowledge of this. They were plucked from their worlds with no warning whatsoever. It's also a semi-serious game. Semi-serious. You can be funny, but it doesn't hurt to have a bit of drama in there.
Lutherion Maw - dexexe1234 - DEAD
Alcarith - fait - DEAD
Dorukomets - almost-there - DEAD
Amethyst - Draykon - DEAD
Eximo Pulvis - Dragon Fogel
Nathan Finley - Oddguy - DEAD
Emily Trenwye - PawntoD4 - DEAD
Aeon Ferrous - Aryogaton - DEAD