Alright, the result of the first Writing Prompt Wednesday is complete, and it is... umm... it's a story! Not sure if it's good or not, but it's done.
For those who don't know, the prompt is: "7 years of bad luck for me..... or my reflection?" suggested by peeg77. The results are below.
Have fun, and play games,
Three ways to play, you say? Yes, I do. Here's what I mean.
1) I wanted to play in real life again. If you want to play as well, send me a message and let me know, and we will make it happen. I've already heard from a few of you, but I'd hope to get a regular game going in the Chicago area before too long.
2) I wanted to play online as well. I'm open to doing a once a month game on Google+ for anyone who wants to join. It would be a first come, first serve experience, but I feel it would give a wider opportunity for players to enjoy the game with a larger party. Again, if there is any interest, please let me know through Facebook or Reddit and I will make it happen.
3) Finally, I want to get a game started on Storium. If you don't know Storium, it is an online platform for collaborative storytelling. I've looked into it, and backed it on Kickstarter, and I am excited about the prospect of telling a story with their platform.
Plus, I will be recruiting a group of players from all of these games for a super-secret project that will change Jumpers forever. So, if any of this seems interesting, find a way to let me know.
More information to follow.
Have fun, and play games,
It's time for WRITING PROMPT WEDNESDAY! As I discussed in my post on Monday, post your writing prompts as comments on the Writing Prompt Wednesday Reddit post. The prompt that has the most upvotes by 7pm Central will serve as a prompt for my next wee bit of Jumpers fiction.
Go now! Give prompts! Argue about which is greatest!
Have fun! Play games!
A few weeks ago, I posted a short story about a confused man randomly traveling through time. The post itself was simply a test of the system - kicking the tires after a year to make sure everything still work. However, it's something I would like to continue on the site: time travel fiction.
I've always enjoyed writing, which is why I take part in nanowrimo every year. If you don't nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month, it is a yearly event that challenges its participants to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It is a daunting task, but one from which I have received no end of joy. Every year I have attempted I have succeeded, with each successive novel requiring less and less preparation. This year, I stripped everything away, and began writing with a simple prompt: what if you found a treasure buried by a future version of yourself?
I've written in this way before, specifically with the short story I posted earlier. The prompt was even simpler: I remember tomorrow. A friend said it as a joke during a conversation about typos, but it immediately made me think of Harlan Ellison. He has performed a similar exercise in the past, writing a short story based on an extemporaneous prompt. Of course, when Ellison did it, he would put himself in the window of a major bookstore, and write on a typewriter for the better part of a day without stopping, often creating stories of the highest caliber.
I am not Harlan Ellison. However, the challenge is too tempting to pass up.
Wow. A year and a half.
A lot happens in a year and a half. For me, more happened in the last year and a half than in the last ten years of my life. As such, it took me from Jumpers, preventing me from spending any time on the game - writing, playing, anything.
It's good to be back.
I'm cold. Stupid, bald head. Grow hair! Why won't you grow hair?!
Shaved hair for as long as I can remember, and this scraggly beard itches all day. You're supposed to be keeping me warm, hair. You aren't doing your job.
I need shoes. Is that what I'm looking for? It doesn't sound right... shoes... nope, not looking for shoes. I need shoes, but it isn't what I'm looking for. Doctors and nurses wouldn't help me, so I have to find it on my own. It's in the woods, I know it is. It's hidden. I think I hid it, like a squirrel hides a nut. I'm looking for a nut so I can survive the winter. Too cold. It's warm for winter, but it's still cold. Need shoes, and a coat.
And it's starting to get dark, and I can see the lights behind me. The nurses and the guards and the Doctor, the man Doctor, not the woman Doctor, will be behind those flashlights. They're bouncing up and down, like bugs in the wind. They don't see me, and I can't let them. I have to find it. I have to find what I hid.
We've had call for this in the past, and a commenter on our Facebook page reminded me of the project I had already started to get this version of the rules prepped. So, I finished it up, exported, and now it is ready for download: the "clean" version of the rules.
Basically, it is a version of the rules without all the additional character commentary, or additional design flavor. However, it isn't totally removed... there are some elements in the rules that never had an 'unaltered' state (the chapter cover for 'Appendices' to name one) so they will continue to appear as they do in the original book. But, for all intents and purposes, this is what the original rulebook from the original timeline would have look like when it originally was released.
You can download the "clean" rulebook from the Downloads page, or right here.
Have fun, and play games,