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Empatheias Events ([personal profile] empevents) wrote in [community profile] empatheias_ooc2016-07-18 02:08 pm
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Welcome to [community profile] empatheias' test drive meme. This test drive is to help interested players test their characters in the game's environment. We've included a few prompts that incorporate specific elements of the game, though you'll find all of them have a lot of leeway for players to get as creative as necessary. Before diving in, here are a few things we'd like to remind everyone about the game in general:

  • Date reminders. Reserves open Monday, July 25 and Applications (Canon | OC) open Sunday, August 1st.

  • OC Reminder! Just a quick reminder that original characters are currently allowed. Those interested can also use the test drive. OCs do not need to be reserved.

  • Emotions are key! Empatheias' premise focuses on how anyone's emotions can affect their environment, be it big or small. While not every emotion will cause a reaction, significant ones definitely will. How much effect a character will have will ultimately be up to you, the player. Also, while we're giving a lot of leeway for the test drive, keep in mind that there will be some limits in the actual game.

  • Everyone has an amulet. All characters have a unique amulet that is specialized for them. It will contain all of their emotion drops and it serves as the network device. Remember, communication is telepathic. Otherwise, it works basically the same.

  • Assume the character is already in the game. Because "OMG WHERE AM I IS THIS REAL LIFE" threads aren't going to be very helpful in this test drive! Plus those are going to happen in-game, anyway. So to make things easier, just assume that they've been around at least a week or so. Still learning the ropes, but not a complete "first day" experience.

  • First or third person allowed. Your threads can be in either first or third, but we'd advise being flexible about it. Remember, these threads can also be used in your application for samples! Reminder: We only require one sample and it can be done in either format. We have also made a change to our sample requirements, so look over the Applications page!

Now with that out of the way, here are some prompts you guys can work from!


• Prompt A: How about giving the emotions a try?

• Prompt B: Refer to the Task Board and choose a task your character may be interested in taking up. For this prompt, you could have your character ask for help, already be in the middle of the job, or react to it in some way. Perhaps they were an unfortunate victim or want to create a job countering an existing one. You could even have a prompt making a job request. Creating jobs for the purpose of the test drive is absolutely doable.

• Prompt C: How about giving the amulets a go? Start a telepathic conversation and see how it works. Remember, the amulets are sending out the owner's thoughts so might want to be careful about how the stream of consciousness goes...

• Prompt D: EVENT SPECIAL. Feel free to check out Light of Helisium beach party and use the prompts from there! It ranges from standard fare beach fun to the major highlight of the year: Verenthian Warrior. It's like the extreme Ninja Warrior obstacle course but with a twist. There are also giant crabs that may or may not be set loose. Alternatively, maybe you'd prefer the masquerade side of things. A chance to pretend to be someone you're not and perhaps find romance.

• Prompt E: IT'S A BUNNY INVASION! Driven out by the gophers that have swarmed the fields, the bunnies have turned toward the city for food. And as luck would have it, many of the farmers are also transporting their crop to the city storehouses for safekeeping due to aforementioned gopher problem. One of the wagons carrying large crates full of carrots and lettuce has turned over, and those bunnies are just swarming all over the place. Oh, but you can't kill them. The Wildlife Society is encouraging more humane methods. They are: crates made out of cushions, pillow traps, carrot costumes to act as bait, and a special ocarina that is said to help attract the rabbits. The ocarina may or may not help depending on the tune played and may actually make them angrier.

• Prompt F: There's a new popular game in town where two people work together to get through a specially designed maze. One person goes through the maze while the other is standing on a platform above, using telepathy to give directions. The catch? The maze is completely dark and the one going through it only has floating ball of light to help illuminate their path. The one giving directions has a clear view at least, so it's up to them to get their partner out. What makes the maze "fun" is that there are various "traps" and obstacles in the maze. Nice partners will help their friend avoid them. The trolls, however... Well if they'd like to see their partner get splashed with paint, hit with pillows, or have random costumed "creatures" pop out to scare the crap out of them, that's an option, too.

• Prompt G: Make your own! It could include fake explosives and/or jars of hot wax.

For your threads, put the Character Name and the Canon in the subject line to help readily identify them. You're also welcome to use more than one prompt for respondents to choose from. If you have any questions or want to brush up on the game information, refer to the Game Information entry. Otherwise, tag around and have fun!
dereban: (pic#10274889)

[personal profile] dereban 2016-07-19 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
... Okay.

[ Inaba sounds unconvinced, sarcasm dripping as she rests her hand on her cheek, eyes running through the blueprints, turning the pages over. They're not labelled, so this is going to be a pain in the ass. ]

What's on the bomb, first of all? [ Because this instruction manual isn't helping?? What the fuck???? ]
timaeus_testified: Art by <lj site="tumblr.com" user="jin-nyeh"> (Jesus can't leave those two alone.)

[personal profile] timaeus_testified 2016-07-19 08:43 pm (UTC)(link)
[Oh, Jesus H Dick. Dirk sighs, and beckons the ball of light lighting his way a little closer. He could just say fuck it and race through the course using his blazing speed.

But that's not what this is about.]

Give me a hot second. [He doesn't like telepathy. It feels too much like his brain got hacked and all his secrets are threatened by whatever person speaks to him. There's a bit of that displeasure seeping in right before it doesn't.

Projected in a grainy picture with some screen tearing before it rights itself and the image clears is the bomb sitting on a little pedestal. Some scribbles appear on the picture in gaudy neon before it draws an arrow to the object. A word is written badly and spelled just as bad.


Not too sure if I can pick this damn thing up. It looks welded to the pedestal. [The image gains some scribbles of an explosion and a stick figure running into the distance on fire.]
dereban: ᴄᴏᴍᴍɪssɪᴏɴ, ᴅᴏ ɴᴏᴛ ᴛᴀᴋᴇ (pic#9150254)

[personal profile] dereban 2016-07-19 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)
[ ............... why this. No, seriously. Of course, Inaba isn't exactly a huge fan of telepathy -- she's scared that she might screw up and reveal something. But she's done this before. It's fine. ]

Okay. Okay. [ But that makes sense?? ] First of all. Is that your shitty spelling or the bomb's shitty spelling?

[ #priorities ] And second question. Is there anything on the sides of said bomb?
timaeus_testified: (Man on a mission)

[personal profile] timaeus_testified 2016-07-19 10:18 pm (UTC)(link)
[There's a click like someone sliding a new slide into an overhead, and the view switches first to the left side where the markings 4B rest along a black stripe. Before showing the opposite side with 2D below a white stripe.]

There's nothing on the other sides and I can't see the bottom.

[All three views come together, forming a split screen of the three sides. Written in a different color and perfectly blocked lettering reads the following.

If you have a blueprint in mind, show it to me.]
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i swear i'm bs-ing this as i go

[personal profile] dereban 2016-07-20 07:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Alright. . . apparently the order doesn't matter, so let's start with wires if there are any.
timaeus_testified: (Well)

this is what happens when you put two piphrons together.

[personal profile] timaeus_testified 2016-07-20 08:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Hold up, let me see the blueprint. I want to double check something I'm seeing here.

[Dirk flips the panel open where he'd seen the wires inside. If this all goes to shit he can get out fast and get to her. But he'd rather not if he doesn't have to.]

There's three wires; red, blue, black in that order.
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[personal profile] dereban 2016-07-23 04:18 am (UTC)(link)
It's a mess since the blueprints aren't... specifically labelled or anything like that.

[ She'll show at least five of them. They're really stupid. ]

It says for three wires -- [ Hesitance as she reads her manual through. ] Cut the last wire.
timaeus_testified: (Battle ready)

[personal profile] timaeus_testified 2016-07-23 04:44 am (UTC)(link)
[He scans over the five blueprints she sent him and references it against the bomb. It's a shame he can't record telepathy. Maybe he can craft something for it.

Dirk shakes his head.]

Alright. If this goes south in a hurry, I'll come get you before it blows. [If it even would is the implication here. He cuts the last wire and the light flicks to green on the panel.]

We're still in business. Next?
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[personal profile] dereban 2016-07-23 08:25 pm (UTC)(link)
[ It really is a shame, but at the same time, a relief, in a way. Nevertheless, you can probably see her nodding through the connection, even if it can't actually be seen. ]

Alright, that's good. Is there a button on that bomb? I need to know the color and what it says. If not -- we can skip that part.