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Online DashenkaTopic starter

Cut off

It was a normal late september in Glenwood Springs, Colorado population 10.000. People had gone off to work, to school, visiting parks and generally going about their own business when it suddenly struck. Nobody knew at first what had happened, only the people directly affected. The power went out and the river stopped flowing. Downtown this was the most obvious that had happened. Along the mountains surrounding the town, hikers noticed some strange things and called it an 'invisible wall' cutting through the landscape. On the I-70 that runs along the river, vehicles crashed into this invisible wall and it didn't take long before the reality of the situation began to sink in. Glenwood Springs was cut off from the world by an invisible dome.



This game is based on (but not identical) to the the TV show 'Under the Dome' by Stephen King. I haven't seen all episodes, so no spoilers please. In short: The town is literally cut off from the world by a dome. Power lines are cut, water mains are cut through as are sewers. The Colorado river has stopped flowing inside the dome. No more rain will come in, no more supplies. The town folk are on their own. Can they fight the growing hysteria, paranoia and in the mean time still live as normal as possible?



The game will be mostly freeform, meaning you play your character and you will decide what he or she is going to do. As the GM I will throw in a few events regularly but other than that, you decide. When we get to the character creation, I want you to have thought of a rough idea on what your character wants to achieve and do. Ideally, some characters are good, some are evil. Sex is not the main chunk but obviously, if you play part of a couple, feel free to share your sex life with the other players.

Another thing I ask from players is to be flexible. If you are in a scene you looked forward to play out and I throw in an event that affects everybody, stop your own scene and interact with the event. I might also give out individual events to specific players. If you are hesitant if you can do all the above, but are interested in playing anyway, please send me a message and we'll see if we can work something out.

I want the game to move. That means I could ask you to wrap up your current scene and move to a given point in time. I'm not the quickest poster myself so I will not demand a certain number of posts a week but two should be doable for all of us. If you go on holiday or need a break for whatever reason, please let us know.
In the character sheet I will probably ask you if you are okay with your character dying. If you say no, it won't happen, if you say yes, there is no certainty of death, I just know that should it help the story progress, it's an option.

So I think I've covered most of the basics. Just to help you out, a small list of people you could play:

Police
Teacher
Nurse
Shop clerk
City worker
Student
Hiking instructor
Hotel owner

Anything really. As long as you have a plan. Ideally we have a nice mix of people who want to help out and people who want to grab power or inflict fear and terror or something.
So again, (and this is important) you need to have an idea on what you want to achieve with your character. You need a goal.
For now, this is just an interest check. With enough people interested I'll move it into the next phase. Please ask questions if things aren't clear or drop your interest below :)


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« Last Edit: September 13, 2014, 03:35:50 AM by Dashenka »

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 04:56:45 AM »
Interested  ;D Not sure what sort of character yet, maybe a teacher.

Offline eiselmann

Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2014, 07:48:06 AM »
Interested  I'd gravitate towards either a student or a tourist (with a past)

Offline MagicalPen

Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2014, 09:02:31 AM »
Glenwood Springs is down the road from me, so color me interest  ::)

Online DashenkaTopic starter

Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2014, 09:35:38 AM »
Looks like a nice place and good to have some local knowledge :D

I'd like to point out that the list of 'jobs' are purely for help. You don't have to pick any of those.

Offline Strangefate

Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2014, 08:56:44 PM »
Maybe, just watching to see how things develop for now.

Offline Prince Truhan

Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2014, 11:26:24 AM »
I'm interested

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2014, 03:22:45 PM »
Totally interested!

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2014, 10:09:25 PM »
Interested. 

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2014, 02:39:37 AM »
Alright I got some people interested now :D This is good.

As I have explained, or at least tried to, the game will be led by a GM. I will throw in the occasional/regular event the characters have to respond to. In between, you should have a plan for your character. I cannot stress this too much. A lot of group games die out because players wait around for other players to interact. Now obviously, if every character has a hidden agenda (one more extreme than the other I imagine) you will probably have to split your time in both interacting witht he other players, perhaps trying to get them on board for your plan, as well as getting your own things done AND interacting with the game.

I know I'm asking a lot and I will try to keep the game as tight and neat as I can and if you see or feel another player is not reacting to you the way you expected it, post it in the OOC or send me a PM.

Another thing. I said it's based on Under the Dome but not the same. Don't expect to replay the tv show or the book. This will be my idea, not Stephen King's.

Obviously, being Russian, I'm not a dictator ( O:)) and I'm open to suggestions from everybody.

That's it for now. Expect character template to be up soon.

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2014, 02:09:02 AM »
Tentatively interested here.

Loved the book (hated the show), and have kinda always kept an eye out for something similar to it.

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2014, 03:09:43 AM »
Okay for those of you interested.

For my own sake, could you tell me what you are expecting of the game? Just so nobody will get disappointed :)

Also, would you prefer a smaller town?

Start thinking about your characters, should have template up soon.

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2014, 07:31:00 AM »
Well, since no one as put in their few thoughts, I'm not sure if there's still interest or not, but...

I kind of saw it, from what you described, a sort of power struggle.  People doing things that they wouldn't necessarily do, for control and power.

There seems to be plenty of room for conflict.  With food and gas running low, there could be potential for riots and fights.  Perhaps even the air is slowly running out as well?  Nothing noticeable at first, but slowly and steadily becoming harder and harder to breathe.  Maybe it's getting warmer inside, with so many bodies, and not a whole lot of fresh air, especially if people are still driving their gas-powered cars around.  Could be that inside the dome it slowly begins to form it's own atmosphere, with clouds and rain, etc.  Dirt and grime both inside and outside could make it steadily harder to see outside, making them feel even more cut off.

Just my thoughts.

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2014, 07:57:49 AM »
Very interested

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2014, 08:11:27 AM »
As far as my character I think that his goal would be his own survival and satisfaction no matter what is going on around

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2014, 10:42:33 AM »
If I go with the student I think he'll be a mix of working earnestly for the standard authority figures like the police or a teacher to maintain control/normality , while spending time by himself or with like minded people  trying to figure out what is going on

If I go foreign tourist with a past he'll pick a side fairly quickly based on a leading local and make himself invaluable to that person and therefore that group, that will be fairly quickly done as part of his personal survival....he may from there either make a power play for himself or for the person he's aligned to.....or work on getting out of this American dream hellhole.


As for GnothiSeauton's ideas I like them a lot I think they all have merit however I'd like to see solutions for these issues either by someone figuring out the answer logically or stumbling across the solution, like a part of the domes internal control board (Find this buried object - press ominous shining light prestno fresh air....press again stale air....make this work to my characters advantage or their downfall if I overplay my hand)
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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2014, 11:00:34 AM »
I would like to have a small farm near the outskirts, just inside the dome. Possibly not the main source of food but enough to have to defend it and/or be a source of food to some.

Another idea for myself would be the owner of the main local pub or the family restaurant on main street. I can't see there being more than one of these. I think that having one big farm mostly withing the dome and maybe a couple of small organic farms is a good way to drum up conflict.

I would like to see elements of the book and the show but for the most part have it be original, which is would be with our own players and our own characters.

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2014, 11:16:18 AM »
I'm interested in possibly being a hotel owner or some sort of retail shop owner. Maybe even a librarian depending on what people are gravitating toward with their characters.

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2014, 07:06:45 PM »
I would like to see elements of the book and the show but for the most part have it be original, which is would be with our own players and our own characters.

Yeah, most of the ideas I mentioned were driven in part from the book and the science behind it all.

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I had an idea for either an undercover cop passing through, a cop transporting a prisoner, or a prisoner escapee from a car crash while en route to being transferred.

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2014, 07:17:33 PM »
Yeah, most of the ideas I mentioned were driven in part from the book and the science behind it all.

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I had an idea for either an undercover cop passing through, a cop transporting a prisoner, or a prisoner escapee from a car crash while en route to being transferred.

If you go for the cop and feel like working with me on it, I could easily make my character concept that of the prisoner you were transporting.

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2014, 09:16:02 PM »
If you go for the cop and feel like working with me on it, I could easily make my character concept that of the prisoner you were transporting.

Now that would be interesting.  I may just do that.

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2014, 04:17:12 AM »
For my character i was thinking of using a mechanic. Possibly trying to find a way of escaping whilst building none electricals to make things easier for people to live. Failing that i was going to go with a pub owner who is lucky enough to know how to brew his own alcohol.

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2014, 03:24:03 AM »
Thanks guys for the ideas. I really like them. Since the town is around 10k people, it would be best for the game at least if all our characters were somehow related, first or second degree. You could know somebody that knows somebody else. Also rather imperative that the characters don't start out alone, or when they do, get to somebody else pretty quick.

The power struggle will be part of the game. It has to be right? :) Somebody needs to uphold the law. Or their law. With food supplies running low, I can really see that as part of the game as well. As for what happens outside of the dome, I'd like to keep that a secret for now :) But everybody who knows and likes Stephen King would appreciate it I guess.

What I don't want is a character being alone and waiting for somebody to pick him/her up. I really can't stress this out enough as it's the number 1 group game killer here on E. If you want to play somebody's relative, contact him/her first :)

I'm still in Bali on holiday and my laptop is broken so I cannot give you character sheets yet. Next week orso I should be home and will get this game started or when I can find a cheap laptop here on the island.


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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2014, 05:41:56 PM »
I'd be interested in playing as a sort of Grisly Adams mountain-man sort of dude. A bit of a hermit, but given the situation happening, I could see him wanting to step in and getting involved.

Nymphadora, an idea: if you have a character with some farm land, maybe my woodsman-y guy could have a cordial relationship? Maybe my guy trades game meat and the like for vegetables?  Something to that effect.

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Re: Cut off from the world (Survival, Apocalypse, Horror, Freeform, Erotic)
« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2014, 06:24:11 PM »
I'd be interested in playing as a sort of Grisly Adams mountain-man sort of dude. A bit of a hermit, but given the situation happening, I could see him wanting to step in and getting involved.

Nymphadora, an idea: if you have a character with some farm land, maybe my woodsman-y guy could have a cordial relationship? Maybe my guy trades game meat and the like for vegetables?  Something to that effect.

That sounds like a good idea. I'm still torn about what I'll play, may see what the consensus is and decide then but my first choice was Farm of sorts so I will likely go there.

Could be he comes in to see if she's OK and such, if anyone has been giving her trouble for her veg and whatnot.