In an infinite black, amid tv endless screens, always glowing, always burning with static, a set of five fingers drummed on a desk. Impatient fingers. This off season was costing him money. Lots of money.
So, right then and there, in the back of his mind, The Broadcaster began to form a plan. The sort of plan only a man in television could come up with.
Q: Um... what is this?
A: Season Intermission is a series of Grand Battles started between December and August. The reasons why are listed further below.
Q: What's a grand battle?
A: Explanation by Akumu & Lord Paradise, Akumu's is short and sweet, Lord Paradise's is less so.
Q: Why are you doing this?
A: Because there was interest to do so! You see, Grand Battles come in two flavors, canon and non-canon. Canon battles are part of a set of eight battles, which is called a season. There are three seasons, and the fourth will begin after the first eight battles end. Non-canon battles are stand-alones and because of their isolation from other battles, they usually do not last long. The solution we came up with was to make eight battles, separate from the first, but vaguely linked to each other, in order to give an incentive to keep them all going forward.
This doesn't mean that you have to read any battle other than one you might be in, but most of them are cool, so you should if you want!
For more comprehensive information on this sort of thing you can either look in this thread or ask around this IRC room(#grandbattle at irc.esper.net), or send me a personal message here on the forums.
Q: What do I have to do to sign up for a battle?
A: Unfortunately, all eight of them have started! This doesn't mean that you can't participate in battles though! People come and go, so if you want to jump right in, you can probably ask around (in IRC(once again, that is #grandbattle at irc.esper.net))and see if any battles are in need of replacements. Sometimes this means you are going to write for someone elses character, other times you might get to write for one that you made!
Another option, although one that isn't quite used, is entering a Minigrand, which is a battle with half the people, ideally completed in a few months. I will warn you that the interest hasn't been there for a while, mostly because of this!
Q: Alright, so how long do these things usually last?
A: There are not really any SOLID NUMBERS behind how much time battles take, the entire battle itself is a long term investment of at least a year if you are IN IT TO WIN IT, with the least possible investment being a few months of the first round.
As for the pace of the battle and how often you would be expected to post, that really just depends on what other people are doing and how fast they are capable of going. Not everyone writes at the same speed and what takes me one solid night to write could take someone else a week. However, if you can manage an odd hundred words at a time in various intervals throughout a few months, you should be good to go. And if you can’t, I’m sure that something can be managed, be it a slow down or if you end up Really Not Having The Time, an understandable elimination that no one would fault you for!
This isn’t something as immediate-reaction-intensive as a mafia game and as regulated in terms of when-to-input as a Citystates or Diplomacy game, if you can manage to contribute as much as everyone else, then you can, if you can’t, then you can’t, and that won’t always be in your control!
Once again, if you have any more questions/concerns, toss me a PM or hit me up on IRC!
All in all, if any of these seems interesting, you should give it a shot! The worst that can happen is that you end up not having the time or that you don't enjoy it as much as you think you would, and while that would be a shame, we'd understand.