Discussion in 'Archive: Census and Games' started by NYCitygurl, Jun 29, 2009.
Below are all stories received.
48 hours to PM in your vote.
Snow. Piles and piles of snow blocked driveways, doors and doghouses. Icicles longer than a colt's leg hung from rooftops. The blizzard lasted almost 24 hours, leaving everyone stuck inside their homes and businesses. One of the unluckiest of people, Clara, was trapped in the main room of her family's home with her little brother Frederick. At 16, she was in charge of ensuring that her eight year old brother didn't wander around the drafty house. Clara watched him from the couch, set across from the large Christmas tree, where she was repairing the torn pages of her favorite childhood story "The Nutcracker." Fred always said she loved it because of the main character's name generally matched hers (save for the versions where it was Maria). She told him to shut it. He didn't understand the beauty and the magic of the ballet. It was bad enough being snowbound, why did she have to endure it with her pesky younger brother who was currently launching spitballs at the nutcrackers on the mantle?
When one more spitball knocked down her favorite nutcracker, Clara had had enough. She ripped his barrel right out of Fred's hand and threw it in the fire. Then she stormed out of the living-room,taking her book and the fallen nutcracker, and locked herself in her room. Fred could destroy all the decorations for all she cared. She threw herself on her bed and just stayed there, holding the book and the nutcracker against her chest and recalling the story she knew by heart.
About to doze off, Clara blinked in surprise as she heard a loud cracking sound from the living room. Even though she was severely annoyed by her brothers' antics, she pushed herself off the bed. "Freddy?" She called quietly but he didn't answer. Which was very unlike her little brother. Usually, he was loud and obnoxious and by the fourth call of his name, Clara started to get worried. "Fred! This isn't funny anymore!" She walked down the hall, back into the living room. He wasn't there. She checked his bedroom, the guestroom, their parents study -- he wasn't there. When she got into the kitchen, she sucked in a breath because the back door was not only open but the window had been broken from the outside, shards of glass lying on the floor. "Freddy!" Clara called out into the night but there was no response.
As she edged towards the back door to get a better look outside, hoping to see her little brother, Clara heard a noise coming from her room. It sounded like footsteps, which was strange given the carpeting in the house. Most people didn't make a sound when they walked, but who or whatever this was made a loud thumping noise. Suddenly even more afraid Clara backed towards a corner that let her see both down the hall and out the back door. Seeing nothing coming down the hall she hazarded a glance outside and saw a lot of nothing there too, other than some claw-like footprints in the snow and a pair of parallel ditches in the snow. Whimpering, Clara didn't know what to do and the thumping from her room was getting louder as who or whatever it was edged towards the door.
With a creak, the door opened. Clara saw a scaly foot that ended in sharp, pointed talons. It walked towards the door, not spotting Clara hiding in the corner. It walked out into the snow. She could smell the stench of rotten meat drifting from it, the scaliness of its brown-green mottled skin. Its other hand was trailing behind, as if dragging something... then she saw.. it was Freddy! The monster had knocked her little brother unconscious, and was dragging it back to where it had come from. She had to do something!
Clara looked around for something to throw. There, the Nutcracker. It must have rolled onto the floor when she ran to hide. She edged forward and snatched the figurine. She threw it with all her might at the beast's head. It hit with a loud clunk, and the beast fell to the ground. Clara launched forward, grab
Tese are some great stories!
Have almost all votes in. There aren't any ties & there is a clear winner but I'll extend the voting deadline to 6:00 p.m. ET U.s.A. time.
Unmasking the authors LOL
#1 is FelsGoddess.
#3 got two votes.
#5 got one vote.
#1 got one vote.
Ceillean's the winner! Loved the mysteriousness
All the stories were fun and the twisties each player brought to them
congrats ceilian. good start out.
you know, i kinda wish this had cycled around another time or two honestly.
Woot. I won. Thank you!
And this was a ton of fun. I didn't want to stop at that first paragraph, either.
IMO, this should be an ongoing game instead of stuck here in the Gaming Thread.
And thank you so much to Jade_eyes for hosting this
Since moving Paragraph to its own thread gets broughht up about every time the game has played it will be getting its own thread (at least for about six months, to see how it does). Thet lovely Jade_eyes, who has done such a fab job of hosting it here, will host it in the new thread, too!
Meanwhile, two old games have been brought back into the GT, and it's time to play one!
Inspired from the dice game played in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest between Davy Jones, Will Turner and his father, Bootstrap Bill. Actually, the game is virtually identical, with possible tweaks here and there.
The rules are very simple. This game involves a distinct amount of strategic gambling and bluffing. A lot of fun.
1. -- Sign-ups will consist of eight players. More players could cause the game to last for too long, however it is not out of the question. It would be possible, however, to have an all-in free for all game (as is done in the movie) where winner takes all if there is interest.
2. -- Once the game begins, each player will be given five dice at random. The host will deal these out randomly by rolling dice in real life and then PMing each person with their set.
3. -- To begin with, an order of the table is determined. Betting (which we will come to in a minute) progresses in order. Initially, this order will begin as the order of sign-ups. Once a person "wins" a round, they will then begin the betting in the next round with the order following them in the original sign-up list to come next.
The set-up is complete. Now the game begins...
Betting consists of posting an amount of a certain dice number. However, while each player only sees their set of five dice, all dice on the table is involved in the bet. To begin with, you could bet "one 3". This means that you are claiming that there is at least one dice number of 3 on the table. Of course, in an opening scenario of eight players, I'm sure there would be many more 3's than just one (eight players with five dice each means that for the first round there would be a total of 40 dice in play).
Betting is done in order as mentioned above. The next player must bet "higher" than the previous bet. A higher bet is in amount (if the bet was "two 3's", than a bet of "four 3's" is higher), in number (if the bet was "two 3's", than a bet of "two 5's" is higher) or in both (if the bet was "two 3's", than a bet of "five 6's" is higher).
This process continues around the table in order. Each player must bet. You cannot pass. On any turn in the game a player may declare that somebody is a LIAR on their turn. Usually this occurs when a player thinks that somebody has bet too high or is afraid to bet any higher themselves. Declaring LIAR is in place of your bet. You may only declare LIAR if it is your turn.
When somebody declares "LIAR", the round stops and all players reveal what dice they have (the host will confirm the dice shown). If the current bet is on the table - for instance if ten 5's were declared and there were 10 (or more) on the table - then the person who called LIAR loses the round and is eliminated from the game. If the bet is not on the table (ten 5's are declared and there are only nine or less), then whoever laid that bet down is declared a LIAR and is eliminated from the game. This continues for 7 rounds until we have our winner.
Consists of either placing a bet of dice OR calling "LIAR" on the previous bet.
Because we are on a forum and not sitting around a table or on a pirate ship together (unfortunately), there has to be a set rule of how much time players have:
Each player has 24 hours for their turn.
Turns are in order, so the 24 hours start from when the previous person has post
Any more takers? Three makes for a pretty short game
I had to refresh myself on the rules.
I'm going to start the game Saturday. I hope three more people sign up!
I don't usually go for dice games, but...
'Tis Saturday, so here we go!
Gunny's going to start us off.
6 is an evil number.
*waits to be her turn to post her guess*
Edit: To understand the game... The next one could either post "six 2's" or "one 5's" or "three 4's" or "one 4's", right? Every single bet would be higher than "five 2's", right?