ELIPSIS You wake with a start, unable to breath. Nothing but black surrounds you and a sensation of dread shoots down your spine. Your chest is squeezed like a boa constrictor and as you panic, you feel your entire body trapped by some unknown force. The claustrophobia makes you want to scream, but no air lingers inside your lungs. You are going to die, you know it, you are going to die and in those last moments you struggle harder than you ever have before, clawing onto life, feeling the heavy force around you shift away. You break the surface coughing and spluttering. Your eyes sensitive and blinded by gold. The heat is what hits you first. The surface is blisteringly hot and you can actually feel the sun beating down from above, boiling your sweat. You try to take your first breaths but the air is humid and difficult to swallow, sour and coarse on your throat. Your skin feels rough, grainy almost and you finally open your eyes full to see the valley of dunes before you. Mountains of gold roll endlessly towards the horizon where they touch the sky so rich and blue, and the winds cut the tips of the dunes and sprinkle the sand here and there, and you take a moment to witness the harsh beauty that surrounds you. But the emptiness sets alarm bells off in your head. You don’t know where you are and you don’t remember getting here. There is nothing for miles that you can see and the sweltering heat is only getting worse. How did you get here? Why are you here? And how do you get back home? The only comfort you take in that moment, half buried beneath the sand, is that you are still alive. For now. Game Info Welcome to Elipsis! (‘Unending’ in the Ancient tongue) This is my experiment game welcome to all players, new and experienced. The game is a writing sandbox where you can create literally any character you like and throw it into the world. From there your character can stay in it for as long as you want, exploring ancient secrets and hidden locations that have been lost for centuries. Perhaps you will find a bustling city protected out of sight by an eternal sandstorm; maybe you will find a spaceship, crash landed and with aliens on board; or maybe you’ll just find more sand. It’s completely up to you. You can also pair up and meet other players or walk the world on your own, just be prepared as other players might bump into you! Together you will write your own story, tag along in someone else’s or even write one collaboratively. While I am GM, I won’t be driving the story completely as I can get very busy with work (however I will still try and write a story for my character!), so you will have creative freedom to come up with what ideas you want. The basic objective of the game is get your character back to where they came from, however its up to you if you want to ignore this and create your own objective/personal agenda. This really is a writing sandbox and the sky's the limit. Game Guidelines Considering the creative freedom in this game, I felt it best not to put any rules down - however I have come up with some guidelines which I think will enhance the game experience if followed: No God Moding - Pretty standard stuff really, it’s not fun to write when your character is invincible. Where’s the challenge in that? I understand this is fantasy but things still need to feel slightly believable - if you can write about aliens, vikings and dragons and still make it feel real then that’s a gold star in my book. Read each post carefully - You should assume goodwill here. If other players are reading your stuff, you should read theirs. It means you understand the story more and are able to interact better with other characters and have a lot more fun. And we all love fun. Collaborate together - This is one of my fav’s to do. Creating a collaborative post really brings that deeper interaction to the game and you are able to immerse your character into the lives of other characters with much more success. I highly rate writing together, plus you may find a new writing buddy in the process! Respect the tone of the scene - Try and get a read for what’s happening in a scene. If you think you can drop some humour in that’s fine, but unless your character is losing his marbles then don’t force this sort of thing. Sometimes random and irrational works, but most times it doesn’t. Don’t control someone else’s character - While I said there were no rules, I get the feeling that if you didn’t follow this guideline you’d p*** a few people off. It’s not worth the hassle - if you really want to do something with someone else’s character then ask for permission from them first. Don’t make me put the hammer down - I’m a pretty chilled GM and I want you to have fun and be creative. But don’t abuse this power of freedom I have given you and be respectful to others playing the game. If you are not I will bring down upon you fiery vengeance. Vengeance! Character Sheet You will need a character sheet so that other players can reference it. However it does not need to be approved by me! Simply create your character sheet and post it into the Elipsis discussion board for all to see. Then, voila you can start posting in the main game! Name: Species: Gender: Appearance: Occupation: (if your character has one) Personality: Background/bio: (Optional) Other: Time to explore Elipsis!