Welcome to Fawnskin. It's 1958, the sabers of the great nations are rattling. All over men and women fear the Marxist ideologues of Soviet Communism. Times are tough for everyone. Women are expected to stay home and clean, a black man can't drink from a public water fountain. Fawnskin is different though, small, friendly. It's an escape from the hard work down in Los Angeles. Lakeside it's beautiful in all seasons. The air is crisp and clean. Life is good, and except for the past few days it would be quiet. But a man's coming to town, one of those Civil Right's types. He's a powerful speaker and they all know him down in LA. Most of the folk here have mixed feelings about the whole idea. Some don't even want a black man in their town. The Inn accepts all types though, has since 1920, and they're not going to lose their reputation over some mouthy slack jawed yokels. The Sheriff isn't taking this lightly either, and he's got all of his men, whether they like it or not, involved. Rules This is a story driven RPG set in the real world, but don't expect anything to be normal about Fawnskin, it's inhabitants, or anything else for that matter. We're going to play a little differently than most RPGs. So let me try and outline some stuff. I am by no means a rule Nazi, and these will probably change and progress as we go along. I just had this horrible vision of this RPG turning into a zombie apocalypse, but you know what, I think that'd be cool if it happened. 1. Submissions will be no less than 100 words and no more than 1000. If you're planning on posting more than 1000 words it would be better to separate your story into several chapters. It's no fun when you hog the game to yourself either, so consider writing half of something and allowing it to evolve with other players input. 2. Submissions will be written in Third Person Limited or First Person only. This isn't a hard core rule, so if you can do another style and make it work, try it. 3. Other players may reference and use other players in their stories. Certainly this would be a boring RPG if two friends couldn't go running down the hall together like they would in real life. Extreme overuse of someone's character, using them in a way that does not fit their personality, or killing them is not allowed except by private permission from me. 4. "Story Driven" means that every submission should be a miniature short story, conflict can build and cliffhanger endings are excellent ways to pass the torch, but the idea here is to write what almost could be read as a novel. Every submission is a chapter, and every chapter should have a title. 5. I encourage everyone who can to illustrate their submissions, as I will, hopefully, be making a few for every story I write. Creating A Character This is up to you, I'm not going to write a template, but feel free to include as much detail, down to eye color, or as little detail as you please. Remember that this is 1958 California. You will be expected to follow the style of the time and avoid any anachronisms. I may suggest however, that if you're a fan of sci-fi, you could be creative and make your character the local nut who's been abducted by aliens. If you like fantasy, maybe your character is a Mexican Indian Shaman, in the vein of Carlos Castaneda. If you're a girl, you probably wouldn't want your character to be a boring wasp of a housewife, though that would be cool too, but creativity again could bring you into the route of being a woman's rights activist. I trust that you guys have written enough or have played enough RPGs to think of something truly interesting. You'll need things, of course, things like a Job, a School, a reason for being. But what you make up is really where the meat of this story is. Remember what's happened in the 50s and use that for inspiration. Korea was the original "never forget". Behind the Name is a website that's an excellent resource from names. Additionally, you may want to consider checking the Wiki for Fawnskin, CA as well as it's the Google map, to get a good layout of the land. You're expected, if you're not a resident of Fawnskin, to have a reason for being there. Big Bear is a pretty big town not far from the place, and it's likely we may have to move our story there or anywhere in the surrounding area, so if you commute to your RPG, write that in. Further Words Updates to the game, changes to the rules pending discussion in the RPG section and everything else will be posted in this thread. Updates will be tagged by a date to let you know what's going on. Characters may drop in and out, and we'll have a process for working with that. Cheers guys and gals, I hope you enjoy something a little different. After collecting the characters the first post will be made by me, so if you feel I've not given you enough information to reference, you won't. ___________________________________________________ RULE UPDATE 6/1/10: After discussion in the discussion thread, it's been decided that you do not have to wait for my starting post to begin your story. This has been altered to so players may build a description of their characters within a narrative, allowing elements to be featured that will add to the detail of the main plot. If you would rather detail your character in list format and wait for me to introduce you, that's fine. If you wish, you can choose to run with both options.