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[Silent Hill] Back to School Special

ReynoldsReynolds Raving RabbitRegistered User regular
edited July 2007 in Critical Failures
In my restless dreams, I see that town.

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You promised you'd take me there again someday.

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That day is today. Welcome to the end of your life.

Room to Room
A Silent Hill Side Story

The town of Silent Hill is a great place to visit. A tourist magnet, in some senses. A quiet little town where you can just get away from it all. You took a trip there, once. Or maybe you passed through a few times. Lately, you've even been dreaming of the place. The dreams were not...pleasant, though. And, ever since they began...well...

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I've recruited four players for this game. It will be my first attempt at something in the horror genre, but I believe I have enough experience to at least give it a try. The system is not decided on yet, and I'd like to hear suggestions.

The most likely choices are, currently : d20 Modern, new World of Darkness, or Call of Cthulhu. In increasing order of difficulty for me to run. This will be a very low power level game. With five of you, even old doctors and little kids should be able to take out a zombie dog or two.

There will definitely be an additional Sanity Meter that will fluctuate during the game. Go into the red, and you'll start freaking out. Keep pushing it, and you might just give in to the Town, and lose the will to live. In keeping with the spirit of the game, your memories will be a bit foggy and clear up as the game moves along. I do not want you to come up with a detailed backstory for your characters. The most important element of this game is what I'm calling the Three Steps of your Dark Secret.

Step One is the half-truth you tell the world.

Step Two is the reality you keep to yourself.

Step Three is the horrible truth that you can't, or simply refuse to, remember. What the Town is punishing you for. You do not create this level, only the lower two.

For an example, let's use SH2's main character. Step One is that his wife died of an illness three years ago.
Step Two is that you actually murdered her. Probably only a week or two ago.
Step Three is his selfish reasons for this act, as well as his feelings for 'Maria'. Along with the reaccurring theme of a 'monster' personifying this act by repeatedly murdering Maria in front of you. Perhaps more times than you even see in one playthrough.

We'll be playing over IRC. The best times for me are Saturday or Monday night, but Friday and Tuesday are also possibilities.
Update : We will be playing on Saturday nights starting at 6 Central time, normally ending around 10. We have the option of staying later, although cj iwakura will usually be leaving even before 10.

1. Valkun - Jonathon
2. PurpleXVI - Smith
3. cj iwakura - Jacob
4. Shinyo - Matthew

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  • RedeemerRedeemer Registered User
    edited June 2007
    I'm definitely into it

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I'm familiar with the old WoD... how similar is that to the new one? :P

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    My friend ran us through a few games, it's pretty close. Some things related to combat are different, more refined and simplified. I think. Since none of you will be vampires or anything, the rules won't get too complicated.

    NWOD is probably our best bet. I'd prefer to just use d20 Modern, but some people simply hate it, and refuse to go near it. So I'm trying to find a middle ground for everyone.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I can't comment on how CoC works (never played it) but I agree with the sentiment that WoD-based would be simpler than d20. I wouldn't say no to it, though.

    I might as well agree to sign up. Friday or Saturday sound the best to me.

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  • Digger DudeDigger Dude Registered User
    edited June 2007
    I'd like to play

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I work until 10 PM CDT some times, so that means it should probably take place after that.

    Unless, of course, I can talk to my boss about not scheduling me for a night shift on whatever day we decide to play. That is actually a possibility.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I think we're going to go with WoD, because it seems like a nice middle ground for everyone. And it's fairly simple.

    CDT is Central I guess? Same time as me. Saturday would be better than Friday. I'd prefer to start a little earlier than 10 PM, though. We probably shouldn't go much earlier than 7, want it to at least be dark out. Playing from about 7-11 or 12 would be best. Other guys, tell me what you think.

    I want to run everyone through a one-on-one first session. It'll be half character creation/approval, and half getting people into the game world. So I'll try and hang out in #ODAM. If you don't know how to get there on IRC or don't see me there, just AIM/MSN/PM me.

    Everyone's background needs to be really basic. You can give names for all your relatives and friends, and perhaps a quick description and personality. A very short history for yourself that just covers their life in broad strokes. The most detailed thing you need to worry about right now is your Room.

    You need to know the floorplan for your apartment/house, its address, how its decorated, things lying around, etc. If you can draw a floorplan/map in Paint or scan something in, that's even better. Just keep it simple, we want to keep in theme with most of the SH maps.

    If people want to post their character ideas here, that's cool. You can be almost anything you want. Little kid, old man, cop, mother, lawyer, cult member...whatever. Just some basic info, and you don't have to post anything about your Steps. It might be best to save that until you meet. If you do want to mention them, don't go beyond Step One.

    Edit : I thought that Morality and Willpower might be good enough for a 'Sanity' rating, but I think we'll need to add a specific stat just for that. So here's my rough draft. What do you think?
    Sanity :
    One to ten (1-10) dots. Start off with ten(10). Perfectly unaware of anything supernatural. Seven(7) would be about average for someone that has survived Silent Hill. Five(5) is someone that's deep within the pull of the Town, and has given up most of their hope of escape. Paranoid and desperate to escape, twitchy and a bit crazy. Below that, they start to give in...either by becoming the monster they are inside, turning into one of the Town's demons, or committing suicide to end it all and give up. One(1) is too far gone to save.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue The GardenRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I've never gotten involved in one of these, but the setting is tempting. I'll have to see if I can think something up.

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    Well, good morning. Welcome to the new scenario. What should we do today?
  • ValkunValkun Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Sounds interesting, count me in. (Do I get extra consideration if I offer you extra karma? Just kidding)

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I put Valkun up at spot number five, because he's my GM and could kill my character. D:

    But cj is up at the first alternate, and it's pretty likely that one of those five won't end up playing. Or might just get killed or go insane.

    Which means, guys...now that I've got enough people that want to play, I need to make sure what times you want to and can play.
    Haha. Oh man. I try to talk to you guys on AIM or send you PMs because you're online, and then you all log off five seconds later. I feel so silly.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I will look into getting friday or saturday nights off.

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  • ZerinanZerinan Registered User
    edited June 2007
    I would like to sign up as an alternate for this thingy, if that's allowed. If not I'll just, well, I don't know, I guess I could play Silent Hill games instead. :P

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  • PurpleXVIPurpleXVI Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Acquaintance of Reynolds' calling in, here, if you end up being short a player via some wierd occurence or an unsolvable murder, I'm down.

    nWoD and D20 Modern are both fine with me, though in that case I'd actually rather prefer D20 for once.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    That's cool, yeah. Up for Saturday nights, Zerinan?

    I put you on there, as well as two people I've been talking to elsewhere that expressed some interest. I think we've already got more than enough prospects to make sure we get a good group and some backups. Awesome. And there's Purple.

    Thanks guys.

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  • ZerinanZerinan Registered User
    edited June 2007
    Saturday Nights are fine with me when I do join in.

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  • ValkunValkun Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Reynolds wrote: »
    I put Valkun up at spot number five, because he's my GM and could kill my character. D:

    I hope you were kidding and meant "I put Valkun in spot number five because I've played with him before and he's always proved to be reliable and a god among men." O_o Because that's seriously unfair to cj iwakura otherwise. I would never abuse my position to garner favor in one of my player's game and I expect the same from you.

    On a less serious note, I work days so I'm free most nights unless you're planning to play until the middle of the morning.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Yes, I was kidding. :P

    I thought it'd be good for me to have played with at least one of the people there. I don't think I know or have played with the other guys, and two of them are new to RPGs too. So I could use some help.

    You'll also have a chance to criticize me when I mess up. And freak out and complain to me that you don't understand some rule. ;)

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Man I am scheduled both Friday and Saturday next weekend (not this weekend, the one after that).

    However this Saturday and the one after the Saturday I have to work are free- and I can ask not to get scheduled Saturday nights if that is the agreed night we will play.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Well, Monday is also good for me. So if people are also free that night, we can do that instead. Just depends on what everyone says. If you can't show up for one session, we can always just say you were trapped in your Room trying to fight off ghosts. ;p

    So, checking the list, of the top Five.

    Valkun : Open any nights
    DarkPrimus : Unavailable some Fri/Sat nights until schedule can be changed
    Digger Dude : Said he's good Sat night, don't know about others
    jdarksun : Available Fri/Sat nights, EST, can't stay as late
    I haven't heard back from Redeemer yet.

    For the alts...
    Zerinan : Sat nights fine
    Purple : Sat nights/most nights fine
    cj : Works nights, off Fri/Sun

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Both ideas are good, really.

    I like the second a little bit more. But that's probably just because you thought it out further. And it seems to have more dark elements mixed in.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    If you can work out a very quick bio and PM it to me, that'd be good. Or AIM/MSN me. Just name, physical description, summary bio and family/friends, Step One and Two, and a little bit about your Room.

    It's looking like we'll all try to meet up this Saturday at about 7 in the #ODAM room and work on character sheets and hammer out the last bits of your character ideas. Maybe help draw Room blueprints. Valkun might be able to show me how to get a pbwiki started up to host all the pictures and character sheets and such.

    Then, between that and the next week, I hope to run you all through very brief Prologues/one shot adventures to get you set up for the first sessions. So far I haven't run into anyone and had the time to or us both prepared enough to run one.

    And I'd love it if everyone on the list, even the 'maybes' or any lurkers show up this Saturday. That way if some of the top five don't show up, we'll have replacements right there. We can also all chat and make sure the timeframe is good, and we can all work together. And then the alts will all have characters set up in case they need to step in.

    If you want to start trying to make a nWoD character too, that's fine.

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  • ValkunValkun Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    PB Wiki

    Fill in the fields on the right, click the button. Voila.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Well, I hope that everyone that's interested can show up around seven tonight in #ODAM. I'm going to go park there in a minute. I might take a break at some point before then, but I should be around all night.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Alright, the OP has been updated with the revised roster after the first session. Valkun and Purple were there before me (I um...had to go take a nap) while DP and cj showed up a bit later. Anaximander came by to check things out, but he will be working Saturdays. He's on the list in case we decide to change days/times.

    Nobody else showed up, but that was why I tried to recruit so many people. All those names have been moved down the list. If anyone would like to speak up, I could use one more person to fill the last slot in the regular party.

    I should be getting in your rough character bios, Room info/maps, Secrets, character sheets, and all that soon. I will be trying to run everyone through a quick adventure before Saturday to get everyone set up and feel out this whole genre.

    Here's the drawing Dark Primus did of his Room. This is a pretty good example of what I was imagining. I'll try to work out my own maps for the areas you explore. And, hopefully, I'll get all of them and some of your characters' info up onto a wiki sometime soon.
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  • ValkunValkun Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Spoilered by request.
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    Here's a quick sketch I did of my character's first floor. The other areas of the house will probably be blocked off by Silent Hill.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Quick sketch? Goodness. I guess you weren't kidding...you might have started 3d modeling everything if you hadn't been talked out of it. ;p Is that a couch in the piano room? Thought you might need somewhere to sleep. And you might want to spoiler that to save some space. It looks great! :)

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  • ValkunValkun Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Let's just say before I was a programmer, I had dreams of being a 3D World Designer. The map is really underfurnished but I guess that's what room descriptions are for (coming soon!).

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue The GardenRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Well, I can't draw to save my life, so I hope a thorough description can make up for it.

    I captured an image of the character sheet from the WoD sourcebook, so I can either fill that in, or send in the stats via a PM or something. Either way, I'll have something going soon.

    Merits and Flaws don't come into play in this, I take it? And is the sanity level predetermined, or will there be a roll for that?
    (I'll need a good primer on how the game is run based on dice, because I've never used a die system before.)

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    Well, good morning. Welcome to the new scenario. What should we do today?
  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    cj I am not that great at drawing either, that's why I did mine in Photoshop.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Making a black rectangle in MSPaint and then dividing it up with some more lines is as far as you really need to go, if you're really art-challenged. I'd prefer that you save your character sheet as plain text, and send it to me in a PM. I usually just use Wordpad instead of having a lot of pictures of sheets or Word documents.

    You can take Merits and Flaws, sure. Don't see why not. Actually, you all prettymuch have the Flaw in the book that's almost exactly 'Dark Secret'. Everyone starts off with 10 dots in Sanity, and you'll be making Resolve or Composure (or Willpower or something) rolls to prevent losing dots. And probably getting them back if you compose yourself or do something heroic to beat back the darkness.

    For WoD dice, you just roll a lot of d10's. You get one for every dot you have in something. Like shooting a gun is Dex + Firearms. So if you had a 3 Dex and a 2 Firearms, you'd roll 5 dice if you were shooting a gun. Every die that comes up a 8, 9, or 10 is a success and is good.

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  • ValkunValkun Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Hey, I just got back from watching 1408 and not only was it a great movie, it's a perfect segue into our Silent Hill game which seems largely based on Silent Hill 4: The Room.

    Reynolds, just catch me anytime you see me on AIM and I'll probably be able to do that prologue session, I won't be able to work on my character until Wednesday though.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    I'd really like to see that movie, if I had the money. I used to get into movies free, because all my friends worked at a movie theater. But, alas, no more! It might be good, though, because I don't want to be too inspired and steal straight from it. Or be overwhelmed by it being more awesome than my game.

    I'll try to get on and look for you. And, guys, I really need your completed info before we can continue. While I might have the backstory and most of the ideas I need for location and challenges, this genre is fairly character-based. So, unless I get a rush of PMs and email, we'll probably have to skip this Saturday and start up the game the next. Which might work out okay, if the person that had to work gets that next Saturday off like he wanted.

    I just don't want to put the adventure together in too much of a rush, and I really need to be sure about your characters before I start. Imagine if the guys from Indiana Jones had filled the tomb full of cats instead of snakes, because they were working from a rough draft of the script. ;p

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Reynolds, I've thought about it for a while, and I'm going to have to bow out on this game.

    I really want to play it, but I can't guarantee that I'll have the time to be there regularly. I'd rather let you start the game with a full group rather than play for a while then have to leave. Sorry.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Alright. Well, we're down to three players. One that would be leaving early most nights.

    The last campaign I ran was for just two players, though, so I don't mind. I'd like more, but, we'll see how this goes.

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  • ValkunValkun Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Jonathon Voltes.

    House Description:
    Outside:
    Located in the rustic foothills of Maine, this old civil war era manor sits in the middle of an overgrown estate. Without the aid of a gardener or caring inhabitant, the yard has become overgrown with grass and weeds, several trees cover the house in near perpetual darkness with their limbs in desperate need of a trim. The fountains and stone benches remain overgrown with vines and moss and are chipped and cracked. The paint on the outside of the house is faded and entirely absent in places, although no birds seem to have been interested in staying long enough to leave their refuse.

    Entry Hall:
    The double doors of the front of the house open into the entry hall whose main attractions are the pair of spiraling staircases that lead to the second floor. An old grandfather clock sits off to the side although it is long broken and the hands perpetually point to 6:46. Some umbrellas and canes which have seen better days are held within the hollowed out remains of a butter churn and a shrivelled houseplant sits patiently in one corner.

    Piano Room:
    The majority of the piano room is taken up by a fairly new grand piano which sees frequent use by Jonathon who plays it expertly. A few children's toys can be seen scattered underneath as if someone had been using it as their fort. An antique radio/record player sits underneath the window along with a collection of jazz vinyls, they don't seem to have been touched in some time. Portraits of a Victorian era couple are hung in one corner, their eyes seem to follow you wherever you go.

    Dining Room:
    A massive marble table takes up the majority of this room with a faux fruit centerpiece. Light attempts to shine through the grundgy window allowing the dimness of the room to be penetrated on occassion. A blunderbuss is hung upon the far wall. An entire armoire is filled with fine china although a padlock has been drilled into its finished surface preventing entry. An empty frame hangs above the brick fireplace which has long been colored black from use.

    Kitchen:
    Dirty plates and utensils line the sink and the surrounding counter, any attempt at cleansing them seems to have gone long ignored by the occupants of the house. Wholesale sized bags of plastic forks, foam cups, and paper plates sit on the center island atop the stop. Someone has taken to producing a pyramid of empty, and fragrant, chinese take out boxes near the refigerator. Muddy footprints are laid upon the floor leading from the atrium.

    Atrium:
    The trees in the atrium have been untended so long that a few have managed to penetrate the glass dome that covers the room. Darkness covers the area even during the daylight hours and the sound of nesting bees can be heard whenever one is in the room. Old garden tools are spread around the area along with an unfueled chainsaw stuck in the side of a dead trunk, as if the owner had simply stopped caring half way through the job.

    Library:
    The walls of the library are filled with numerous heavy volumes, many of them having to deal with medicine and molecular biology. A brand new pool table sits in the center of the room, it looks as if it's barely been used. Stacks of books can be seen scattered underneath. A leather bound chair sits in one corner surrounded by an end table with a heart shaped lamp. A square section of the wall is much lighter in color as if there had once been a painting there.

    Bathroom:
    Having been added after the initial construction, a single light bulb swings from the rafters above. Strange holes are drilled into the sides of the room and the air feels heavy and clausterphobic. The floors creak heavily when one steps through the area.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue The GardenRegistered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Wow, and here I just did an image.
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    I sent the basic character stuff to Reynolds as well, but I guess I can go more specific if need be.

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    Well, good morning. Welcome to the new scenario. What should we do today?
  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited June 2007
    Alright, I'm going to go lay down for a bit. My back's been hurting for the past few days. Should be in the room just a bit after 7 at the latest. Need a break, been compiling information and all that today.

    We seem to be on the right track. The three people left seem to have characters that are finished or almost finished. We will hammer out the last few kinks tonight. If we have time, we might try to set up some sort of short RP to whet the appetite for next week.

    If anyone that wasn't here last week wants to show up tonight, please stop by. Or if new people are interested, come talk to me.

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  • brandotheninjamasterbrandotheninjamaster Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Hey guys been reading about this whole game thing your doing. It looks really cool I wish I had time to play...but with reading all the posts im kinda interested in the story and how everything goes. Do you think you can post some highlights of what happened when you guys were playing? Thanks cya.

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  • ReynoldsReynolds Raving Rabbit Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    It's taken a while, but I think we've got it nailed down to a solid core of players. They've given me all the info I need to do this right. Now I just have to come through. This is the hard part. D:

    Yes, I'm sure we'll be posting crazy snippets here. Or, I might set up a wiki. But I'll be waiting until after the first game, when everyone has met up and knows who everyone else is.

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  • ShinyoShinyo Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Here's my map.
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