Now first up, let’s lay some ground rules:
1-For the first few days only 2 posts per day are allowed. I’ll re-evaluate the limit after seeing how this evolve. Off course this rule doesn’t apply to me nor to my Co-GMs (though I have yet to decide who will be one).
2-Your posts have to be at least a paragraph long. No one sentences or 3 line posts. Beside you can’t really afford to loose one of your post on such a small piece of text.
3-In relation to this no posts that are nothing but OOC comments. If you absolutely need to tell something to another player, use the PM system. This again doesn’t apply to me or my future Co-GMs.
4-Any character give a name but no full profile is considered a NPC and can be used by any of the playersas ‘conversation filler’. Basically they let you post long body of text without making your character into a lecturer professor. You can have them say simple things like “what do you mean by that?”, “oh so what you’re saying is that…” or “That sucks” or even “OH MY LORD! WHAT IS THAT ON YOUR ARM?!”. Note that only me or my Co-GM can have a NPC challenge you to battle, more on this later.
5-No Godmodding, in other word not making another player’s character act without that player’s consent and you can only mention facts about them that have been mentioned before either in the RPG or the sign up thread (and that your character would have had a chance of learning).
6-When engaging in a TPM battle with another player, please consult that player in PM and together decide who should win before hand. I also highly suggest you write the battle in PM conversations before posting it here, so you can combine multiple smaller post into big ones (though please leave space for any spectators comments). As is expected with the rest of the RPG quality is the most important, so you can have short or long battles all the same, they just need to be fun.
This importance of quality leads me to something I came up with that I nicknamed the ‘Challenger System’.
-The Challenger System-
As you can expect with this type of story your characters will often end up challenged to TPM battles by other characters. When that happens I (or Co-GM) will send you all the details and information you need to know (as well as any information that might need to be stated during the battle) about the challenger. Afterward it is your duty to write a fun and exciting battle where you take on that challenger. If I life your battle, and depending on the reaction of any spectator character I will be more inclined to send more challengers your way, thus giving your character more chance to be part of the main storyline. Consider this your ‘in game reputation’ so to speak. It won’t matter (at least in my judging) if you win or lose, for I DO expect you to lose at time (giving you a chance to get a revenge off course), all that matters is the quality. Player VS Player battles will also serve toward increasing both players in-game reputation. Once again don’t forget to let some space in your posts for any comments from potential spectator.
I think this covers it all...anymore suggestion?
Now let’s get this show on the road!!
April 1st is the begining of the school year in Japan. On this sunny April day a lone 14 year old boy trudge along the street, pulling a large suitcase.
“I’m late I’m late I’m late!” Complained Limito as he hurried along.
He had missed his train early on in the day and now he was only a few minutes until the beginning of the school day. Most of his belongings were already in his dorm room but he had packed so late not everything had been sent.
Finally the diminutive teenager reached the front gate of the North District Summoner School. The School ground was a rather large compound in the middle of the city. The school itself stood at the center of it, a large white school with multiple story, a flat roof and a clock tower just like many other schools in Japan. On each side of the school was a large blocky building linked to it by ground level corridors: on the left was the gymnasium and on the right the TPM battle dome with a high tech retractable roof. Behind the gymnasium stood the girls’ dorm and behind the battle dome the boys’ dorm. In the spaced formed at the back of the school was the large multi-purpose sport field and track as well as a smaller building containing the pool. The whole school ground had many trees, benches and patches of grass for students to relax on between class, and the school just happened to be near a commercial street that was a great place to visit over the weekend.
As Limito was about to step over the school ground’s frontier three older teenager stood in front of him, blocking his access. The three of them wore sashes with ‘Hall Monitor’ on them and they were all three rather big and bulky, the one at the front looking even more threatening with his bushy sideburns, old fashion ‘do’ and exposed arms.
“Where are you going squirt?” Asked the front one.
“I’m a new student here… I need to go to the gymnasium for the Principal’s welcoming speech!” Declared Limito.
“Oh I see… well you’re late squirt. That’s gonna put ya into some trouble with us the Hall Monitors.” Added the leader of the pack.
“Wha…I’m not late the bell didn’t ring yet! Just let me past the gate and I’ll go on my way.” Said the small teenager, trying to take a step forward, only to be shoved back.
“No way kiddo… you gotta prove you’re a student, or at least a Summoner before I let you in. It will not be said that Murata Baki let an intruder in.” Said the sideburn teen, introducing himself.
“I have my student card here.” Said Limito, pulling it out of his uniform pocket.
Baki looked at it and snorted “Weird name… well I guess you’re legit, ‘cept you’re still gonna be late.”
Limito was about to asked what he meant when the bell rang. “You stalled me!” He complained.
“I’ll have to report you to the principal…he doesn’t like tardiness, you’ll probably end up doing chores for a week! Being late on the first day? Tsk tsk…”
Limito was shaken “You did it on purpose! Why did you do that?” he asked, causing the trip to laugh out loud.
“’Cause it’s fun dummy!” Said one of Baki’s companion.
“What is going on here?” Suddenly ask a booming adult voice.
Out of behind the wall Limito saw emerge a middle-aged man in a suit. He was tall and well built and looked in great shape. His prescence was imposing and an air of authority was surrounding him. The laughter immediately stopped as all three Hall Monitors bowed to the man. Baki shot a glare to Limito who stammered an apology and bowed as well, not certain why.
“This student is late Principal Hinokuro. He’s new.” Stated Baki “First day.”
“That’s not true! I was here on time but they didn’t want to let me in!” Replied Limito, outraged
“You’re the liar!” Accused Baki’s second henchman
“That’s enough…” Started the principal, walking toward Limito “You do realize… excuse me I didn’t catch your name…”
“Burako Limito sir.”
“Mr Burako that those are rather serious accusations you’re making toward one of my Hall Monitors here.”
“But it’s true sir!”
“Well then there is only one way for you to prove you’re right. You’ll have to face Baki in a TPM battle. A Blue match, right after my speech should suffice. The loser will get two weeks of chores.” Simply declared the principal, making Baki chuckle with pleasure.
The 14 years old was taken aback “A…a battle?!”
“That is how things are done here, when a dispute arise only a TPM battle can solve it.” Explained Hinokuro, before he turned to one of Baki’s follower “You, Yamato, grab his suitcase and bring it to the dorm, while you Mr. Burako you will follow me to the gymnasium.”
“Yes sir.” Both Limito and Yamato said at the same time, not arguing with the Principal who’s prescence seem so imposing.
“Welcome to North District School Mr. Burako.” Added the principal as he walked toward the Gymnasium.
(OOC: Not quite as long as I expected it to be… I’ll work on a small welcome speech for the new students and then I’ll write out the Limito VS Baki battle.)