How Far Will You Go?
(NB: Sample game-show set only. The actual set used will probably bare very little resemblance to the above, but a colourful picture is always good)
On a private Island, an eccentric billionaire sets up his own little TV station. It broadcasts by satellite around the world, dubbed into dozens of languages, but the only show it is broadcasting is a game show called "Corruption", with the tag line, "How far Will You Go?"
Potential contestants are invited to fill in an application form. They are then interviewed by the production team to assess their suitability, in an hotel in a sea-side resort. Their trip to the resort is paid for by the TV company, no expense spared. Anyone unlucky enough not to be selected for the game show is simply returned home.
Those who are selected are asked to sign a waiver indemnifying the TV station from any and all claims arising from the show. Any refusing to sign are simply sent home. The rest are flown by private jet to the island, where they are put up in a luxury hotel.
The day their episode is to be transmitted, live, around the world, the contestants are taken to the studio for a rehearsal.
Now, up to this point, all they know is that this is an adults only game show, it will feature adult content, and they should be prepared for that fact. Anyone who is in any way prudish or sensitive is given ample opportunity to leave, with no hard feelings.
At the rehearsal the mechanics of the game are introduced, the contestants are allowed to familiarise themselves with the set, the way the technical stuff works, they are shown that there is no opportunity to cheat, and they are also introduced to the show's backer, Mr Archibald Wisley, who simply sits in his VIP box and watches. They meet the show's hostess, Loretta Vance and her assistant Kitten too.
After the rehearsal, the contestants have a few hours to relax, before they are called to make-up. After make-up and wardrobe have finished with them, usually just making sure they look their best for the start of the show, they will be sent to the Green Room, where they are allowed to drink free coffee and soft drinks (but no alcohol), while waiting for the show to start.
And Loretta introduces the episode in her usual way, before introducing first her assistant, and then the contestants, who will be ushered to their respective entrance points and encouraged to run on to the set waving and cheering....And The Game Begins!This is an Extreme Group System game
The game show itself revolves around a system of "dares" or "challenges". The challenges are all printed on coloured cards. The first two cards are mandatory "Starter cards", are grey in colour, and are worth $50 each. After each contestant has completed the challenges on the two start cards, a pack of 15 white cards, each worth $100 each are dropped into the shuffle hopper. This is a mechanical device that shuffles the cards (which are 8"x12"). When the contestant presses a select button (or it is pressed on his her behalf), a single card will be ejected from the machine. The contestant will be able to see one side of the card only.
On that side of the card will be the colour (obviously), the prize for completing the challenge successfully, the category of the challenge, and the duration of the challenge. The contestant is then asked if they wish to accept the challenge (before they know what it is), or if they wish to decline the challenge. If they decline, they are OUT! However, they get to keep any money won up to this point.
If they accept the challenge, they are then told what is printed on the back of the card. They then have the choice of using three life-lines, which (obviously) can only be used once.
If at this point, they refuse to take the challenge, they are OUT! And they LOOSE all the money they won up to that point. They leave with what they came with and nothing more.
If They attempt the challenge and fail, they do not win the money, but they do get to stay in.
The card is then returned to the pack.
After three rounds, a further fifteen cards are added to the deck, and this is repeated every three rounds until either all the contestants have dropped out or all 60 cards are in play.The Cards
AutumRain (who is playing the assistant Kitten and is my Co-GM) and I have created the deck of 62 cards. They do exist (albeit in a spreadsheet on both our PCs), and we will not change them during the course of an episode. For subsequent episodes, the cards may well be different.
We will NOT reveal the challenges in advance.
What we will tell you is that the card colours are grey (the two starter cards) worth $50, White worth $100, Yellow worth $1,000, Red worth $10,000, and Black worth $100,000.
Obviously, as the money gets higher, so the challenges get nastier. Here is the point: WE WANT YOU TO DROP OUTAny player not posting within a week of a post addressed to them will be GMed out of the game
, unless you have posted in the OOC that you are going to be away or unable to post for whatever reason.
If you subsequently return and discover that your contestant was eliminated, but you wish to carry on, fret not. You can return with the same character or a different one in a subsequent episode.If at any point you draw a challenge that squicks you out, you have three life-lines (that may or may not help) and you have the option to drop out.AutumnRain and I want to make this absolutely clear:
If at any time you draw a card where the category is one you don't like, or where the challenge (once revealed) is something you don't like, you may drop out with no hard feelings. If another player draws a card you don't like, again, you may drop out with no hard feelings.
THIS IS AN EXTREME ROLE PLAY: While we are not going to reveal the categories and challenges here, they do cover a wide range of "subjects". I will reveal that there will be no gore or mutilation.Last (Wo)Man Standing
If all the players except one drop out of an episode, the last player in will recieve a $100,000 bonus, and may return in a later episode as a returning champion.
However before this can happen they are gioven one more challenge, with all the cards except the black ones removed from the shuffler.
Once this round is complete, the episode is over.The System:
The system couldn't be more simple. When it is your contestant's turn to choose a card, you roll a dice on the dice roller. (If you do not know how this works, don't panic, I will explain before we get going).
Depending on which cards are in play, you roll 1d15, 1d30, 1d45 or 1d60. I will then post the visible side of your card and ask you if you want to accept it. If you do, I will post the other side of your card, and depending on whether you have any life lines or not, I will ask if you wish to play one. If you have no life lines, Autumn will post her character doing whatever needs to be done to yours.
Lifelines, if played, will require resolution which may require dice rolls by myself depending on the lifeline. These rolls will be visible to the player concerned.EPISODES
I already mentioned episodes. This game is permanently open and recruiting.
Each episode will take place in a different thread. As they will be IC on different days, there will be no crossing between threads.
Each episode will have a minimum of four contestants (at the start) and a maximum of seven. Obviously if we only get four players interested, that will be it. But the point is if another four join after we start, they will be in episode 2, and so on.$$$Prizes$$$
Please be aware that ALL
prize money is virtual.
I know, it should go without saying, this is just a game, it isn't real. But I know what people are like and I can just imagine someone getting all huffy about the fact that they supposedly won three hundred thousand dollars in my game and no one paid them, and declaring it a huge con...
So, just to be clear, your CHARACTER wins the money. YOU DON'T!
So that's the game.
If we have not lived up to our tag line, then I apologise, but me and Autumn think it's pretty ultimate!
If you are interested, please post here, expressing this, and/or post a completed character sheet (see below) or PM the sheet to both myself and AutumnRain.
THE GREEN ROOM (OOC THREAD) - Click here