"I see, eh, alternate world... an alternate world has sucked us in, fantasy has become reality..."
For years thousands adventured in the popular MMORPG Elder Tales
. With servers across many countries recreating Earth in 1/2 scale, the game created a fantasy world built on the ruins of ours where NPCs, known as the People of the Land, have been reduced in numbers and technology in battle against endless armies of monsters and demi-beasts. Pushed to the brink of extermination, they look to us, Adventurers, to take on quests and save their world. Over the years the game has seen numerous expansions that continuously enrich the setting, raise the level cap, and add quests breathing life again and again into Elder Tales. With the release of its latest expansion, the Novasphere Pioneers, long-time veterans and a generation of new blood start up their computers for just another day of adventure.
Instead they reawaken in the guise and gear of their avatars, standing in the world of Elder Tales brought to life. No longer a game, but reality itself. The last thing they remember is sitting in front of their computer logging into the game.
"Right, no expectations for now. So going by the fantasy novel settings, we need to survive by our own from now on?"
Those who are familiar with the series need little introduction, but for everyone else Log Horizon is a light novel and anime series by Mamare Touno, author of another fantasy series Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
. It's premise is about a group of Japanese MMO players who find themselves spirited away to a new world very much like the Elder Tales setting, but also very much unlike it. Their bodies are as powerful as they were in the game, but walking around in them is nothing like pointing and clicking around a screen. They can see their game HUD and interact with their menus, but the world is far too real to be mere virtual reality. In short, it's not a game, it's reality.
These players set out to both learn how to survive in their new world and figure out a way back to the old one.
This thread is an interest check for any Elliquiy poster who would love an adventure. Whether you're a fan of the series already or are simply intrigued by the premise, then post here and let us know! We've got a lot to talk about and plan, but together we'll bring this world to life right here. I'm willing to be GM for this group game, but I welcome co-GMs of all kinds, even temporary ones willing to run a single quest, rotating with other players.
As we further the discussion I'll edit the second post in this thread to include important details and rules. For now we can discuss the basics - for instance just how rule/system heavy would we like to play? And around what level should every character be? The nature of the RP and the game changes for level 90 players as opposed to levels 1-20. We might each play two characters of different levels to enjoy both, or decide on just one level range.
Let us know what you think, and what you'd like to see!