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Unclassifiable The Darkroom - A Freeform Role Playing Experience

Discussion in 'Role Playing Forum' started by Reynar_Tedros, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Reynar_Tedros

    Reynar_Tedros Jedi Master star 6

    Registered:
    Jul 3, 2006
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    An Introduction

    Have you ever found yourself harboring a burgeoning desire to create something, with no avenue to harness that desire? Wishing you could take that pesky idea that won't leave you alone and materialize it in an environment for others to enjoy and take part? The good news is you've come to the right place. The Role Playing Forum is home to a myriad of unique, collaborative stories where anyone can create characters and interact with creations from others in distinct environments and situations. Where one person can take an idea and turn it into a playground, inviting others to enter and and take part in crafting stories together, limited only by their imaginations. From the bustling cityscapes of Coruscant, to the homely corridors of Hogwarts; from an Earth dominated by Mutants and superhuman beings, to a distant island where ordinary people fight to survive. Many adventures have taken place, many adventures are taking place right now, and many more will take place in the future.

    Now, another question. Have you ever had the aforementioned desire to create, but found yourself lacking the time to do anything about it? Let's face it, Role Playing Games are big commitments either way you slice it. If you are a prospective GM seeking to create a game, there are many challenges you'll face along the way. What kind of player base are you seeking? How many people are interested in the story you want to tell, if any at all? How often will you be able to post updates, and how long will those updates take to write? These are all daunting questions to ask, and potentially discouraging enough to keep you from taking that leap at all. On the other side of the coin, simply participating in an RPG is no small task in itself. Not only do you have to create a compelling character, but throughout the game you will be interacting with other writers who anxiously await your responses to their posts. Sometimes you have to comb through many replies from others, and read through countless lines of text to determine what your responsiblity is and how your character(s) should respond. It can be time consuming and, frankly, exhausting.

    Make no mistake, running and/or participating in an RPG is an exhilerating, rewarding experience. There's nothing quite like the rush of launching a new game out into the wild, or taking part in a fascinating story with friends with a character you created. But the fact of the matter is sometimes life happens, and we don't have the time to make the required commitment to others. Because of this simple truth, countless stories are left on the table, cast into oblivion and never to be told. I know I've given up on many ideas because I either a) didn't have enough time to commit to one, or b) didn't think enough people would be interested in participating.

    For a very long time I've been casually brainstorming ideas that would help alleviate the burden of responsibility that comes with participating in a Role Playing Game, but still allow the consistent freedom of expression and storytelling that makes us all so fond of the medium. A place where writers can come and go as they please and participate in ongoing storylines with other players, or spontaneously create new ones of their own, without the trying process of typing up a lengthy opening post and facing the pressure of finding participants and responding to incessant tags. I've launched many new Role Playing Games over the years, and with it always comes a nervous excitement over how successful it will be and how many players will want to join me. Today, I'm launching something unlike anything I've ever done before, but I'm as excited as ever to share it with the Role Playing Forum, and I'm confident that we'll see some special stories created here.

    Welcome to The Darkroom.​

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    Overview

    In The Darkroom, you won't find a small novella detailing events of the plot you're to participate in, because there is no plot. You won't find a character sheet for you to fill out and submit to the GM for approval, because there is no GM. You won't find a list of rules outlining how many characters you're allowed to play or how often you're expected to respond to tags, because there are no rules (aside from general forum-wide rules and the TOS, of course). This is a place where you create stories of your own on the fly. If you have an idea and want to explore it through Role Playing, but aren't really sure if it's conventional enough to warrant a game of its own, this is the place to try it! But if you have a specific story in mind and don't want to deviate from it in any major way, be warned: anyone can come in and interact with your story at any point. After all, that's what Role Playing is all about! Interaction with others to create interesting, unexpected stories. If I write a post about a man down on his luck taking a seat at a bar and ordering a drink, another player may come in and write a post from the perspective of the bartender, or another patron, or a sentient jukebox that communicates with others through the songs it plays. Or someone could write a vignette centered on a space marine in the middle of a heated battle thinking back to her time on Earth with her loving husband, and I could come in and write a post about how the husband is coping back on Earth with the absence of his wife. And then a third participant can enter the fray, writing a post from the perspective of one of the aliens doing battle with the first player's space marine. Or a bunch of players could reenact the Battle of Geonosis from the different perspectives of various Jedi and Separatists. The possibilities for unique collaborations are endless in The Darkroom, where any story can be told from any perspective. And who knows, maybe a small story that begins here could grow into a full fledged RPG of its own!

    Also, it's worth repeating that there is no pressure to respond quickly in The Darkroom. If you have an ongoing story with someone and feel like you're being waited on, do not feel pressured to respond as quickly as possible. I envision this as an evergreen thread, where even if there are no new posts for months, anyone can come in and breathe new life into it with an entirely new story or a response to an old one. So it will not live and die based on, say, if you had a long week of work or not.

    Guidelines

    Now, while this is a free flowing thread without a lot of structure, there are still some basic things to be expected from your fellow players. It's probably going to be frowned upon to take a previously established character from another player and control them yourself without permission. Also, if you see an ongoing story with an established tone and direction, and you have a mischievous idea to derail it, please refrain from doing so. One, it just wouldn't be a cool thing to do, and two, players have free reign to ignore your attempt at chaos and continue on as if nothing happened anyway. I'm sure the mods would be happy to wipe any blatantly disruptive posts from existence. In general, don't be an ass. Also, in a thread that could potentially be home to multiple ongoing, independent storylines, I would suggest highlighting where and when your reply takes place at the beginning of your post, to make things easier for those reading. For example:

    New York City, New York
    The Tipsy Turtle
    August 6th, 2017



    The man with an oversized coat and rainslicked hair entered the bar as quiet as a mouse...

    You could even begin with a title of your story, and anyone who responds could also put that title at the beginning of their replies to make differentiating between threads even easier. And of course, if you're expecting a reply from another specific player, the standard method of tagging them at the end of your post will suffice. But as The Darkroom is more experimental than most RPGs, we're probably not going to have the optimal way of doing things figured out right at the beginning, so we'll see where it all goes and cross any bridges we need to as they come. There is a separate thread here in the Resource Forum for OOC discussion, so that will be the home for any suggestions on formatting or discussions on storylines.

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    Conclusion


    I created the Darkroom for any and every potential role player to be able to enter and experiment freely without fear of failure or rejection, and I can't wait to see what kind of unique stories will find their start here. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to stop by the Resource thread to voice them, or you can always drop a line in my inbox as well. And without further ado, The Darkroom is now open for use! Stay hungry, and keep creating! [face_peace]
     
  2. Reynar_Tedros

    Reynar_Tedros Jedi Master star 6

    Registered:
    Jul 3, 2006
    Blues for the Twin Suns



    Tatooine, a few miles east of the Jundland Wastes
    Five years Before the Battle of Yavin

    The silence of the setting suns on the arid deserts of Tatooine was interrupted by the blaring sound of a speeder traveling at its maximum speed against the wind, kicking up dust behind it as it surged across the landscape. There was a man aboard the speeder, and his hands were throbbing with pressure against the throttles. He was a human, with skin worn down by the ultraviolet rays constantly passing through his home planet's atmosphere, and he had dissheveled blonde hair that billowed violently in the wind. It appeared as if it'd been some time since last he shaved his face, and he looked back every few seconds, past the bloodstained tail of his coat fluttering behind him, as if he was fleeing from something. All he could see were vast dunes, barren and vacant. He mumbled something to himself between the large cigarra stuck between his teeth, whose flame had long been extinguished.

    Satisfied, he aimed his gaze forward, turning his head far less frequently due mostly to the mild pain in his neck. He knew exactly where he was and where he was going, though he'd had a long and winding path of getting there. In the far distance he could see an isolated homestead approaching, small and unremarkable. If anyone had trailed him all this way, it would soon be an abandoned homestead, but the man was confident that he'd successfully eluded his pursuers.

    When he arrived at the off-white dome in which he dwelled most nights, he stood up from his speeder and flexed his fingers, popping the knuckles while he rolled his head from side to side. He took the cigarra from his mouth, spitting out some shavings from the shaft, and placed it back between his teeth as he removed a silver lighter from the inside breastpocket of his coat and relit the end of it. He sucked the cigarra for quite a while, exhaled a small cloud of smoke and stood looking at the suns sinking gently beyond the horizon in the distance as the sky took on a hue of orange and purple. He didn't stick around to enjoy the view for long, ducking in through his doorway and into the warm den inside after tossing the stub of his cigarra into the sand.

    "Is that blood?" were the first words the man heard as he entered his home. He looked over at the source, a woman with dark brown hair draped over her bare shoulders who sat on a cot with her feet on the floor and her elbows on her knees, and then down at his coat, specked with dried red liquid that got thicker closer to the bottom.

    "Yeah." He shrugged off the coat and tossed it to the corner of the room where it landed in a heap.

    The woman, with heavily tattooed arms, stood up, clad only in her red lingerie, and walked over to her partner, looking him up and down. She felt his face with her hands.

    "I'm fine," he told her calmly. "Not a scratch."

    "And the... did you..."

    "Yeah, babe. I did."

    Her eyes were wide, and she looked into his, back and forth. "So that's it, then." She laughed a little, clearly relieved by something. "I mean, you did it!"

    "Well, I just have to meet with my contact in a few days, but..." he smiled with her. "Yeah. That's it."

    The woman shrieked with joy and jumped into her man's arms, wrapping her legs around his waist and her arms around his shoulders, burying her face in his neck.

    "Babe, careful."

    "It's fine," she said, kissing his neck. "Promise."

    "We've gotta head out soon."

    The woman nibbled on the man's ear and whispered, "Soon is plenty of time."

    A little while later they were both fully dressed, she in a sleeveless red coat with slim black pants and boots, and he in an olive green jacket and brown pants with a small blaster tucked inside, fully concealed. They stepped outside of their shack and into the frigid night air of the Tatooine dunes, where a cool breeze accompanied the bright stars that dotted the black sky. He hopped in the driver's seat of the speeder parked there, and she sat behind him, wrapping her arms around his waist. Her hair was pulled into a bun on top of her head, his back into a small ponytail.

    "You good?" he asked her, looking back.

    "Yep."

    He started the engine of the speeder and kicked it into gear, turned the throttles forward, and they were off.

    It wasn't long before they reached their destination, an average sized cantina on the outer edge of Mos Eisley. The man parked his speeder in a group of other similar vehicles, and he and the woman swung their legs to the side and stood. He wrapped his arm around her waste and pulled her close and kissed her.

    "Be careful," he told her.

    "Back atcha, tough guy," she winked and slapped him on his rear end as she walked passed him and into the front door of the cantina. He shook his head and followed.

    Once inside, the man watched the woman head behind the bar and into a room on the other side reserved only for employees. He turned to his right just next to the entrance and raised his chin to the tall, broad shouldered man who stood there with his arms crossed.

    "Your eyes look different, Tyrus," the tall man said.

    Tyrus tilted his head. "Is that right?"

    Tall man nodded. "That's right. Fatherhood is changing you already."

    Tyrus laughed and turned around to face the doorway behind the bar where his woman had yet to return from. "Well. I'm not a father yet."

    "Oh, I beg to differ." Tall man's voice was laced with wisdom, as if he spent all of his spare time in deep thought. "There is a child inside Lora that you care for, is there not? The fact that it has yet to meet our twin suns does not make it any less real."

    "Well." Tyrus turned back around to face Tall man. "What are you doing here anyway, Sal? I thought Brick had this shift?"

    "Brick couldn't make it."

    "Shocker."

    Sal shrugged. "Work is work."

    "I'll drink to that."

    Sal laughed, unfolded his arms, and clapped Tyrus on the shoulder which caused the smaller man to take a step to the side to keep from falling over. "No drinking for you, my friend. You're on duty now." And with that, the large man took his exit and left the cantina through the front door.

    Tyrus looked down and shook his head with a grin, and then took his position where Sal had stood before and folded his arms the same way. It wasn't a quiet night in the cantina, rarely was it ever, but thankfully it wasn't a loud night either. Not yet Tyrus surveyed the scene with his eyes that had apparently changed according to his friend, although Sal never specified how. But something inside Tyrus had changed, he admitted to himself as Lora came out from the back room and entered the serving area of the bar. She was immediately called upon by a Rodian customer who wanted something stiff. She was stunning, and he'd worked hard for years to earn her affection. And now they had a little one on the way, a little one Tyrus knew couldn't grow up in the same place he did. But things were looking up. The father-to-be had secured a way of getting out of his current situation with his family. There was only one thing left to do, and then they'd be gone. The three of them, free, with an entire galaxy waiting.
     
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  3. galactic-vagabond422

    galactic-vagabond422 Jedi Master star 4

    Registered:
    Jul 11, 2009
    Blues for the Twin Suns

    Tatooine, Cantina outside Mos Eisley
    Five years Before the Battle of Yavin

    "New day, New job, New me." That's what she said to herself into the mirror of her too small apartment above her new work place. A no name cantina outside a 'hive of scum and villainy', yeah she was really coming up in the galaxy.

    Well it was better than where she came from. She opened her eyes, actually the shutters on them. The unsettling red glow reflected off the polished metal before her. Her eyes felt like they weren't her own, these burning crimson orbs that filled the sockets were her kind blue ones used to be. There was some debate as to whether or not she had kind eyes. Did she have kind eyes that night, the night stained with blood?

    It seemed the jury didn't think so, nor did the judge.

    Ten years hard labor, that was the sentence, that's what she served. Her body was marked, crudely and painfully with black ink, commemorating first jumping, her first fight, her first murder inside, her first…other things. That's where she lost her eyes, working in the mines. An 'accident' a spurt of some corrosive chemical splashed across her face leaving its indelible marks, and taking her 'kind' blue orbs. By that time, they had lost that shine, taken away by the years of imprisonment.

    They left her blind for a long time, the rest of her sentence. It was like being in eternal darkness having to feel her way around. It took her years to become accustomed to the black, and where she was, she never felt safe, not knowing what was around her.

    They called her 'Eyes' after that, their cruel joke.

    When she got out, the first thing she did was find someone, anyone that could give her sight back. She did and the price was steep, to people that were not acting out of the goodness of their hearts. Now she has to pay them back, pay them back with the only job an Ex-Con who's been in the spice mines since she was eighteen.

    What she might fear more, is someone from her past coming back. She did a lot…a lot of things she was not proud of, and could if the right words meet the right ears, send her back. At the moment she just had to focus on the now, keep her head down and do her job.

    She showered and got dressed in the uniform, if you could call it that, for the cantina. There were bonuses to living in an apartment attached to your workplace. The rent was reasonable, thought the space was barely bigger than her cell back on Kessel. At least she was alone, for the first time in ten years she felt alone, no prying eyes constantly watching her, no malicious glances thrown her way, just her. She bound her shoulder length blonde hair at the back of her head with a black ribbon, more to keep it out of her eyes than for any aesthetic reason. In fact it drew even more attention to the pockmarks and scars that surround her eye sockets.

    Leaving her apartment, locking the door behind her, she made her way down to the cantina. Entering through the front she cast an eye around, it was getting lively. It wasn't loud, though after years spent in in the spice mines a Glimmik concert was quiet to her. She stepped behind the bar, and into the employees only section, passing by Lora, was it? She was only trained yesterday and this was her first day so, it would take some time to get to know people. What was striking was the tattoos on her arms, they looked more professional that the ink that graced the former pirsoner's back she wondered if each of them meant something, like hers. Another thing was her looks, dark brown hair and a shapely figure and eyes that seemed to glow.

    The ex-convict on the other hand had a sturdier frame, one built up over years of manual labor, and daily exercise. The one thing you have a lot of in prison is time, time to bulk up, to become stronger so you become less of a target. It also didn't help that her eyes were burning red, and made of metal.

    She clocked in and began her shift alongside Lora. A mass of beings greeted her their voices all talking over each other. She didn't shrink back, she stood at her full height, not imposing but, taller than most human women. Right away a bulky human man called for a drink, a whiskey. She nodded her head turning around to pull down the bottle and open it. As she poured the ambler liquid into a glass he asked her,

    "Hey," he said getting her attention again. His face was unremarkable except for the scar that ran along his jaw. There must have been a story behind it but, she wasn't here to hear stories, she was here to sling drinks. "You're new, what's your name?"

    What was her name? Was she still the same woman that made a mistake, the same woman that survived ten years in the spice mines? The woman that lost her eyes? Who was she now, a free woman on her own? What sort of name does a person like her take?

    She gave the man a weak smile, she'd have to get used to smiling again, she'd almost forgotten how to do it. Wasn't much call for it on the work crew.

    "Red," she said pointing to her eyes, "Call me Red."

    Red, a new name for her new life.

    "Is it always this busy?" Red asked Lora as she passed. "Nice ink, who did the work?" she added looking at the art that covered the other woman's arms. "I might want to look them up."

    She might want to mark her first day at a new job, her first breaths of free air, and the new life she was starting.

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  4. Reynar_Tedros

    Reynar_Tedros Jedi Master star 6

    Registered:
    Jul 3, 2006
    Blues for the Twin Suns

    Tatooine, Mos Espa cantina
    5 BBY

    While pouring some ale for an impatient Rodian, Lora noticed a customer inquire as to the name of her new coworker. Red. She'd have to be careful with those types, as Lora was quick to find out when she first started working the bar a year ago. First they wanna know your name, then your age, then where you're from, and soon enough they wanna know what you look like underneath the layers and they'll do just about anything to find out whether you want them to or not.

    She cast a small wink over at the watchful Tyrus, unsure if he noticed it or not.

    "Is it always this busy?" Red asked Lora as they passed each other.

    "Sometimes less, sometimes more." She handed the Rodian his ale and took another order from a Duros. "This is average. On the weekends when they get a band in here is when it's the worst." Lora thought back to her very first shift at the cantina, a weekend all-nighter. Countless orders, impatient drunkards, too many wolf whistles. She probably would've quit then and there had a strapping blonde with tanned skin and ice blue eyes not taken a seat in front of her. That first smile had caused the entire scene to become a slow motion blur.

    "Nice ink, who did the work? I might want to look them up."

    "I have a guy in Mos Espa who's done all of mine, I'll give you his info after we close." Maybe he can fix some of those, she thought to herself, checking out the markings on Red's skin. Clearly not done by a professional. But then again, good artists were hard to find on Tatooine. She'd gotten lucky with Boris, a childhood friend who'd always dabbled in endeavors of the creative kind.

    Meanwhile, Tyrus kept watch over the crowd. Various races of various types and colors. Mingling about, drinking, smoking, laughing, arguing, flirting. Typical night. Bouncers at cantinas were rare, but the owner of this particular joint liked to keep his place in good shape. He'd had one too many irate customers trash the place and, fed up, decided to hire some help to keep it from happening again. The rowdy types usually didn't make it this far to the edge of Mos Eisley, and when they did, they tended to avoid this cantina due to its well earned reputation of having some pretty... tactical security. Tyrus was arguably the nicest of the bunch, and he had a bloodstained trenchcoat lying in the corner of his home. As to whose blood was on it, well, only time would tell if that mattered or not.

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