That Superhero Stuff is an rpg-ish game about superheroes and supervillains, set in the country of Neo-Estados Unidos. Anybody is allowed to join, just join the community, post the bio of your character and follow the rules. It's very simple!
I am free to move myself and be the central point of this scene. When your scene comes on, you are free to be the central point of the scene.
I am also allowed to use your characters. I promise I’ll try and keep them in character, I really will. And, so should you, of course.
If you feel that given the circumstances you wouldn’t logically be the central point of the scene, you can have the other characters do more things than you, that’s fine.
I will stop the scene once I decide it should end or when I run at about 2000 words, whatever happens first. Please do not make it longer than 3000 words, if you feel your scene can’t fit under 2500 words it’s fine, but I’m afraid 3000 is the longest acceptable.
If your scene is just “The Captain suddenly passed out in the middle of the street” there’s no problem, I mean, you must have your reasons after all.
What does it means “when it should end”? I like to cut my scenes in a cliffhanger, to let loose a lot of plot points, solve some, go to other things and come back to solve others later. It’s a trick I learned some years ago, it’s called blended scenes and are used in thrillers, you can see examples of it in my writing. Now, I am definitely NOT saying that you should do the same thing. Okay, to avoid painful misunderstandings, let me get this real clear
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE, CREATE OR CUT SCENES THE SAME WAY AS I DO, YOU CAN DO IT IN YOUR OWN STYLE, I AM NOT TRYING TO FORCE YOU INTO MY STYLE. DO IT THE WAY THAT IT’S EASIER OR MORE CONFORTABLE FOR YOU, IF YOU DO WANT TO TRY OUT MY STYLE IT’S OKAY TOO!
I hope that was clear enough, let’s continue.
Our adventure will have a hard structure that I will give you in a moment, but don’t worry I’ll leave it loose enough for you to introduce your plot points
What do I mean by plot points? Your plot points are the reason I am not doing this game in RPG form not just because I have no internet and wouldn’t be able to participate otherwise You have a scene and are given control of everyone’s characters to use them as tools to solve the problems that you give your character.
I recommend giving him far more problems than you think you can solve, in my opinion it makes the story move faster YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO SO IF YOU DON’T WANT TO, THOUGH. If you think having your character battle only his bad relationship with his family, or his own ineptitude, or his profound adoration of kittens is enough fuel for the whole thing that’s fine, if you want to throw him half naked into a pit of crocodiles and sharks while talking in the phone with his cranky mother and listening to psychotic voices, that’s fine too.
I think this list might make it sound like doing anything’s fine. Not quite, as there are some rules I feel we all should abide to.
First and most important: PLAY NICE WITH THE TOYS THAT AREN’T YOURS. I don’t mean you shouldn’t do bad things to other characters, we’re playing superheroes, they are by law required to live in drama. What I mean is that you shouldn’t try and solve the plot points of others.
If, for example, I the Captain get my scene turn, and Eternity has a scratch-at-your-face relationship with her father, I CANNOT MAKE THEM SOLVE IT. I may offer advice, yes, but nothing more. I can get Eternity to fail to protect myself and then lash out at her, but only if the only plot points that experience would affect are mine. If Eternity decides to use that for her own, it’s fine, after all a group battle is a shared experience, but if she decides to not make anything of it I cannot force her.
If you want to use another player’s character or something and need it to do something completely out of character, consult it with the player first.
Second, but no less important, DON’T MAKE YOUR CHARACTER A MARY SUE Please, please, please, nothing hurts my soul more than having to coexist in the same space as a Mary Sue. I hate them, loathe them, I would rip them apart limb by limb if I could.
Here is a small quote on an article about Mary Sues that shows what I hate about them:
“Having a little tragedy with your character ISN'T the problem here. We are not saying that your character shouldn't have a difficult past, or some serious problems. It's when your character is faultless. When your character is only a victim, and not an enabler, or perhaps even one of the very problem causers. None of us are faultless in real life. The sooner we accept this, the sooner I can stop seeing some Tragic Sue weeping about her tragic past in a tragic way at the drop of a TRAGIC FREAKING HAT.”
Yes, my feelings exactly.
I do not like to be bitchy, but please, if you can only remember one rule, let it be this one. I MEAN IT, I WILL KILL YOU OFF IF YOU ARE A MARY SUE. SORRY, IT PAINS ME BUT I AM THE MODERATOR AND I WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY MARY SUES HERE.
Third, please try to post your scene within a week, within five days if possible, if you can have it by the next day we’ll all love you. We want this to keep going at a constant pace, and if we have to wait three weeks for someone to post their scene so we can begin with ours it’ll piss everyone off.
Especially me, remember I am NOT a patient person.
And finally, even though this is a highly sexual game (hot superheroes or superheroines fighting sex villains come on that’s a give)I do not want every single chapter to revolve around sex. Yes, sex can be a big plot point, yes, you can screw a super villain, yes, there can be romance. But keep in mind that there is a plot to this and try to move the action towards resolving it and developing your characters. Also, try to get some humor, that makes everyone happier! It’s cool if your character does something stupid, we all do and anybody can appreciate a good laugh. Now, after all those boring rules, to the good stuff.
Our turns will go as we entered this little thing: Damien, Fortuna, Oni-Gil, Havoc. Other players are welcome, but they have to get in line. Meaning that if it’s now Oni’s turn and iceprincess32 wants to join, she has her turn after Havoc as if she was always there.
Here is the way the events have to happen, we all share this plot and the point of the story is to solve it:
The Main Villain is the recently elected president of Neo-Estados Unidos. He is the leader of a cult that is using the energy of people by raping and mutilating them in rituals to gain control of the whole world. The heroes have to get proof against the president and discover the cult before making any move, otherwise they will only get thrown into jail and/or prosecuted. Besides, at first they do not even know about the crimes, they first have to get to know each other and deal a bit against the lower villains.
The Lower Villains can be seen in a post on the community.