Please use a consistent header for your post,
before jumping into the
scene. We want to read your scene, but a little
information beforehand helps
us understand what is happening and why.
SUBJECT LINE ON EMAIL: Can be character name or
the title of your post.
TITLE: Fun to think up, helps set the mood. PART
1 of X means that for
convenience, you have split the post into two or
more emails which should be
read in consecutive order.
DAY: The current game day, usually
TIME: "Morning" or "Evening" or "9pm", and this
is a great place to tell us
how it dovetails with a separate post. < EG: Just
after "Roll in the Hay"
and a few minutes before "Here Come the Cops!">
LOCATION: Where it all happens. "Lost in St.
Louis" or "Felipe's apartment"
or "Under the Circus"
CHARACTERS: Who's in the scene. LIST EVERYONE
Non-player-characters (NPC's) can be listed last
and labeled as such. IE:
Anita, Richard, gun shop owner and a customer.
MENTIONS: Another important thing, especially if
your characters are talking
about other people's characters. For example, if
Anita and Richard are
talking and mention Rafael and Dolph, both should
be listed, just to be
NOTES: Seldom needed, but a great place to stick
a little warning about
violence or potentially offensive topics. If
Anita visits a crime scene, I'd
hope to see a "WARNING: Graphic description of
crime scene" here.
WRITERS: This is VERY IMPORTANT if the scene
involves more than one writer,
so list everyone!
Now, skip a couple lines and get to the good
You must stay in character when writing. Minor
changes (hairstyle, etc.)
are okay, but Richard won't go on a three-day
bender, Edward isn't going to
be cozying up to Jean-Claude, and I don't think
anyone expects to see
Zebrowski as the head of R-PIT. Major changes are
jarring, difficult to
believe, or cause havoc with the continuity.
We're borrowing LKH's
characters, so we should play nicely with them.
For original characters,
consistency is important to create a sense of
familiarity and recognition,
but you are the final judge of what is consistent
to your characters.
Your post should do something, show something,
or show interaction
between two or more characters. Otherwise, why do
it? To go into the Lunatic
Café and order lunch, then end the post "Tag,
Anyone" in hopes of striking
up some interaction isn't likely to get results.
Try emailing someone off
list and saying "Hey, I'd like for our characters
to meet, any ideas?" Most
members are willing to work out any plausible
scene if they have the time,
and it is flattering to be * asked * to
collaborate on a scene. One small
plea: Short posts going back and forth for a
dialogue should be worked out
off-list if at all possible. It is hideously
difficult to remember a
conversation that spans days and dozens of posts
back and forth.
Interaction with other characters involves a
simple rule: ASK FIRST. This
applies to any major interaction affecting other
characters or their
property. Don't slash Dolph's tires without
asking first, check with the
writer handling Jean Claude before you blow up
the Circus of the Damned, and
don't imply Ronnie is or was a member of a
neo-pagan Girl Scout troop
without the writer's permission. UNDER NO
CIRCUMSTANCES may you KILL another
player character without the writer's PERMISSION.
Inventing people. We all do it. Hey, that's
what a "player character" is!
But what about the store clerk your hero (still
appropriate English to use
the masculine to include both genders, no flames,
please!) is talking to.
That is a "Non-Player-Character" or NPC. We
assume that you control the NPC'
s you create, especially those you have gone to
the trouble of naming, but
we also assume they're only going to be around
for a little while,
otherwise, make 'em regular characters.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Those NPC's who
either work with or interact heavily with book
characters, i.e., a doctor
working in Lillian's clinic or Richard's school
principal, should be
approved by the player controlling Lillian or
Richard, just so they know
what's going on.
Book characters: Yeah, we love 'em, that's why
we play the game. BUT, any
unassigned book characters are assumed to be
elsewhere. No one may post
using an unassigned character as an NPC. However,
it's really easy to be
approved to play the character, just send a
sample post to the moderators
and we'll make a decision and probably offer
additional suggestions. We want
to have the characters to play with, too!
NO PERSONAL BASHING. I've never seen it on the
list, but we put this in
just to make sure everyone understands that while
Richard and Jason may have
a fight, they are JUST characters and you do not
have the right to pick a
fight with the other * writers *.
We are the moderators. We reserve the right
to change the rules to
accommodate the needs of the current players and
we will certainly be nice
enough to warn you about it beforehand, but our
authority is final.
Details, details, details:
NO GRAPHIC SEX SCENES. That may be how LKH
writes, but some people find
them offensive and we do not write them. Foul
language is allowed where
necessary; we're all adults here.
You may have up to four characters. When
special contests are held you
may gain special privileges, including the
opportunity to add another
You MUST post at least ONCE per WEEK per
character. Two weeks of
inactivity without a note to the moderators ("I'm
swamped at work, will get
back with you ASAP," is sufficient) will result
in an email from US giving
you FOUR DAYS to post or be taken out of the
game. We're sorry to sound so
harsh, but the game is a cooperative effort and
that means we need your help
to keep it moving.
If you want to email suggestions, comments or
questions, that's why we
have moderators. PLEASE contact us. If we like
your suggestion, we'll send
it to the list, giving you credit for it, and let
the players vote. If it
passes, it passes.
Character death is PERMANENT. No magic
'do-over', resurrections, no acts
of the Deity of your choice. Especially, if LKH
decides to kill off a
character, we will all mourn their passing
together, but DEAD = DEAD.
Every character that is not a vampire MUST
have a job and a place to
live. Living in hotels is fine, but it does not
count as a permanent
address. NEW vampires are assumed to be under the
supervision and support of
their sire (creator). All characters not of legal
age are assumed to be in
school. The pack Ulfric is a schoolteacher; do
you think he'll let you be a
If you play a vampire or lycanthrope entering
the game (i.e., the city)
you MUST acknowledge this to the Ulfric, Nimr-Ra,
or the Master of the City
in the posting board connected to the web page.
Remember when writing this
that you are in character and asking a very
IMPORTANT question, so make the
request a good one!
Vampires cannot post between DAWN and
mid-afternoon, due to the need for
sleep. We think seven hours is sufficient, but
remember that the weaker the
vampire, the more sleep required. No posts set
during daylight hours may
take place out of doors, for obvious reasons.
Master vampires are only allowed to control
ONE animal, and must make it
clear which animal it is when the need arises.
"Big cats" is far too general
but "panthers" would work.
All lycanthropes have to make allowances for
the full moon. TWO days
prior to the full moon, all non-Alpha
lycanthropes will shift if they are in
battle. Alphas will do so ONE day prior to the
full moon, except for the
very strongest. (Usually the pack leader.)