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« on: June 15, 2010, 02:21:27 am »
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Before I explain the game, I wish to say that this is an idea I've had since at least 2001, and also that I've never seen an episode of 'lost' (which started in 2004). Any similarities between this game and that TV show are firstly coincidental, but also, this game will be taking a very radically different path.



The story starts when you, along with 99 others, wake up on a beach. You have an erie feeling, and seem to have memory loss. All you can remember is sitting at your computer, reading a thread on the atlas, and... now you are here? You somehow know, from a feeling, that you are on an island, though there is no evidence of that. You also somehow know, from a feeling, that you are being watched, but again, there is no evidence.

In front of you is the ocean. Salt water. No clouds are visible. To your left and right the beech extends beyond sight and curves back, vanishing behind trees. Behind you, and around you, you can see mountains, or at least rocky hills. Also, very puzzling, there appears to be a large, flat, grass area. In front of it, more confusingly, there is what appears to be a platform or stage of some sort, made out of some kind of hard black material, perhaps some sort of metal or some kind of carbon based material. At the rear of this 'stage' is what appears to be an outhouse, or a small shed.

This is all you know.

I will give people 48/72 hours to register. You play yourself, with all your skills and hindrances. You are only in the clothing you are wearing, your pockets are empty. You are wearing a shirt of some sort, pants of some sort (or if you are a girl, a skirt), and underwear. If you use glasses, you are wearing them. If you use any other devise for normal use (IE you have braces on your teeth, you are in a wheelchair, you have a hearing aid) you have it with you as well.

Once the 48/72 hours passes, the game "begins" and from then, functions in real time. The limits of what you can and cannot do are limited by your imagination, and the laws of physics.

This game will have a maximum of 100 players, but can easily be played with much less. I will simulate the non-player characters, who in general won't speak, and will do as told. If I feel you are stuck and need a hint, they might pipe up.
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2010, 02:33:55 am »
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This is what you can see... sorry for subjecting you all to my bad art.

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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2010, 08:27:24 am »
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(I don't want to spoil it... but I will seeing as no one has joined yet)

Someone from the group of 100 goes up to the "outhouse"

They find it has a solid metal door that will not open. No handle. There is, however, what looks like a "hand pad". He tried putting his hand there, but nothing happened. He then noticed little holes, perhaps a speaker. He turned towards it and said "Hello?" A deep nearly mechanical voice belted out "WE WILL ONLY SPEAK TO YOUR LEADER"
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2010, 08:23:09 pm »
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I would like to play
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2010, 10:29:14 pm »
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I would like to play

Excellent.

At this moment you are the "front runner" to become "leader" Wink
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2010, 06:51:07 am »
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Would you be willing to continue as it's only current player? This game will work fine with just 1 player until others join. In fact, it will work fine with none!
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2010, 11:22:43 am »
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Would you be willing to continue as it's only current player? This game will work fine with just 1 player until others join. In fact, it will work fine with none!

Sure
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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2010, 03:00:22 pm »
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Can I join?
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2010, 06:55:06 pm »
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Of course!

Looks like we might have a race on our hands!

The game will "start" tonight.
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2010, 09:47:04 pm »
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I expected at least a dozen people to sign up by now Tongue

So I've decided the following. This round will be called "The Short Round". Not that it will be super-duper short, but it will end at some point in the future, and a new round will start up.

I've also decided that I will guide you much more than I had originally planned to. Hopefully the guidance given in this round will help the start of the next round.

ROUND BEGINS NOW
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« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2010, 09:49:07 pm »
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This looks rather interesting. I just want to observe it a little before deciding whether or not to play.
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« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2010, 09:59:47 pm »
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The person who spoke to the speaker, turns to the others. They all heard the loud announcement. He stands on the edge of the stage and begins to speak.

Quote from: Paul
Alright, alright, attention please.

Hello everyone, my name is Paul. I think I have an idea whats going on. This robot behind me wants to speak to our leader. So, we need a leader. In order the facilitate this, I am going to appoint myself as the interim Chief Elections Officer until sunset.
Some in the crowd roll their eyes, others say at varying volumes things like "Who died and made you king" while others respond "let him speak!"
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No no, I will not be your leader. I will help organize us so we can pick one. I will also help us to figure out exactly how we want or proceed. If anyone would like to be leader, please approach me.

Over the next hour, Paul spoke to all interested candidates, as well as the two players from above. Paul then again took the stage.

Quote from: Paul
Alright, we have candidates, but we also need to decide how we will govern ourselves. I have some ideas and proposals that some of the candidates suggested. I wish I had some way to record what they...

At that moment, the red light on the robotic shack light up, and the door slid open. Some people gasped. Paul slowly walked up and peaked his head inside.

The shack was empty, except for a solid table, made from the same material as the shack itself. It was constructed as a single piece along with the floor. On the table there was one ream of printer paper, and a dozen pencils. Paul took the items and walked out of the shack. The door closed immediately behind him.

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Well, we have some paper now, so we can vote. I can also write down what I've been trying to say.

Paul then wrote down the ideas that had been presented to him.

"IDEA ONE"
The group will get together and elect a number of their own, starting with 7, to serve as representatives of the entire group. These 7 will then, amongst themselves, pick a leader and decide how the heck we are going to get home.

"IDEA TWO"
Anyone wishing to run for leader will make a speech and speak to the group. After a few hours, we will gather back here and elect a single person to be our leader, who will make all the decisions for all of us so that we can get back home.

"IDEA THREE"
We will split up into 7 smaller groups of a 14 or 15 or so each. Each group will have it's own leader. The 7 leaders will pick amongst themselves who will speak to the robots and get us home.


Some in the group already began to favour one or another option, but others began to ask for a debate. Paul then invited anyone who wished to speak for or against one or another of the ideas to make a speech in favour or against the options above.
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« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2010, 10:05:33 pm »
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One of the leadership contestants took the stage.

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Hello, uh, I'm Jenny. I'm not always, I'm not comfortable speaking to big groups, but we need to get home, and I want to help.

I don't want to speak for and idea, I want to speak against idea number two. I don't like the idea of crowning someone queen of the island, and letting them just run a muck with whatever ideas they have. That's a recipe for disaster if you ask me.

I don't know which other idea I like, but I don't like this one, so um, I encourage you to vote for another option.
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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2010, 10:48:13 pm »
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What the hell, I'll play.

I take the stage.

"Hi, my name is John. I think all of Paul's ideas are flawed in some way, but I would like to propose an idea of my own."

I take a pencil and a sheet of paper, and write down the following:

"IDEA FOUR"
The group will get together and elect a number of their own, starting with 9, to serve as representatives of the entire group, in a body known as the "Executive Panel." The group will also elect a single person to be our leader, who will be known as the "President." The President makes all of the important decisions for all of us, but his or her decisions can be vetoed by a simple majority vote of the Executive Panel. The President can be deposed by a two-thirds majority of the Executive Panel. The Executive Panel can expel one of its members by unanimous consent of the other members, or by the consent of half of the other members as well as the President. Elections for President and for members of the Executive Panel occur once every two weeks.
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« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2010, 10:56:34 pm »
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As an afterthought, I write down:

"Voting in elections is done by secret ballot."
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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2010, 10:58:53 pm »
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My turn:

"Hello everyone. My name is Tyler and basically i want to second John's idea. That is all, thank you."
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« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2010, 11:02:19 pm »
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A lot of people are nodding their heads.

Jenny points out that one of the biggest concerns in the begining will be divsion of Labour. What will the 100 people do exactly? This is going to become one of the large issues for the "government" to decide and constantly keep track of.
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« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2010, 11:09:45 pm »
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"I agree, Jenny. Perhaps we should stipulate exactly what responsibilities our "government" will have."
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« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2010, 11:49:48 pm »
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Most people feel "All of them" is the right answer.
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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2010, 12:21:59 am »
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"Jenny, Paul, Tyler, what are your opinions on each of the plans submitted so far?"
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« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2010, 12:24:57 am »
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Jenny likes the plan you submitted and will be voting for  it.

Paul will be abstaining to prevent any accusations of impartiality, but seems to like your plan as well.
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« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2010, 12:29:37 am »
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"Could you maybe give me a bit more input? Do you think anything's missing or should be changed? Is there anything about my plan that you don't like?

And if anybody else wants to chime in, feel free."
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« Reply #22 on: June 17, 2010, 12:32:20 am »
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Ralph thinks each member of the panel should have a specific area of expertise; creating a 'cabinet' of sorts. For example the Secretary of Gathering Wood for Fire. Secretary of trying to catch fish. Secretary of making a map to figure out what our Island has on it, etc.
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« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2010, 12:51:42 am »
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Paul announces that balloting has begun
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« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2010, 12:53:32 am »
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Paul announces balloting has ended (with only one player proposal, the decision is easy Tongue )

ONE - 12
TWO - 6
THREE - 18
FOUR - 63
abstain - 1
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