Ok, piecing this together from my posts in Writer's Block...
I have been looking for players for a free-form PBM game, but this isn't a "roll the dice, you knocked out the bad guy" sort of game. I'm looking for a pure storytelling game. I was in two such games years ago... one was a Star Trek game being run on the Bravofleet site, and one was a Super-Hero game being run on my friends personal website (before the Australian hosts shut it down).
These two games were spectacularly fun, in that they were each populated with exceptional writers who knew how to write a cohesive multi-author plot, had a sense of style and drama, and did not abuse the powers of the freeform style (well, I abused it a little, when some of the Bravofleet people took exception to the amount of fun we were having, and started a little war). Posts ranged from 200 to 2000 words, and every day I looked forward to reading what these people had done to the world while I slept.
More recently, I was involved in a batshit-crazy one, which I will try to sum up: characters from popular media (books, movies, cartoons, comic books) were all being teleported to a mysterious midwestern town for reasons that needed to be explored. The cast was: Hellboy, 'Smallville' Red Kryptonite Clark, James Bond, Ellen Ripley, Dr Who, Samurai Jack, 'Smallville' Lana Lang (she was annoying), and Jack / Tyler Durden. The game was insanely fun (I was Samurai Jack), and it inexplicably shut down when the Yahoo group it was run on vanished one day without an explanation. I have not been able to get ahold of any of the other players since then save the guy who played Hellboy, since I didn't store any of their e-mail addresses.
So, what I am asking here is:
Would anyone here like to take part in what I consider to be a literary free-form RPG / PBM? I'm not sure if it would be played here on the forum (if we got some good writers, it might make a good spectator sport!) or somewhere else, but given what I've seen here, there's more than enough skill to justify me asking.
The plot would have to be worked out after.. super-hero game? Anywhere, USA? Something else? I am open to all sorts of ideas... I just really enjoy writing with other skilled storytellers.
Now, one would only be controlling their own characters, and any pertinent NPCs, and preferably not contradicting any NPC actions already made. I would like to try one of the following two I liked:
1.) Superhero-esque, but more realistic than the traditional four-color styles. I've been a big fan of the realistic / vigilante superhero genre (sort of what X-Men is on a good day, and Spiderman seems to be trying to be lately). The various characters would be normal people who find themselves capable of doing spectacular things, and how they handle it in the 'real world'. Of course, I'd love if some players became 'villains', or at least just delightfully morally ambiguous.
2.) Anywhere, USA. This was the game where you play someone from popular culture (books, movies, TV, cartoons), who are pulled from their normal habitat, and into a quaint little American prairie town against their will. Now, the thing about that is we never got to the part of the game where we found out why, so this would actually be a fun experiment for the players / storytellers to slowly unravel the plot of the story by making it up as we go along. I've always wanted to see how that would play out. Off-the-wall characters are MORE than welcome (the guy who played Hellboy was spot-on awesome, and the guy who played Sean Connery-James Bond was brilliant), and as diverse and varied as possible, to make the mix interesting.
It's human nature to derive meaning from that something that actually lacks it in order to suit your goals.
Dismayed By Humanity Since 1992.