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  1. This has been a very popular and enjoyable activity, having created lots of interesting poetry in its own time. You can find the original thread, started by Cryptomancer, in the Vaults. The idea is simple: someone gives you a line, and you use it as the first line of a poem. Then you give a new line for the next one to come. Old lines can be reused if you wish, but ideally you should still leave your own line as a courtesy for the next one! So here's mine, to kickstart the activity =) -------- Line: History has no end (thanks, Mynx!) History has no end no beginning, no course it's a stream that branches, bends and splits - wayward child of whimsical gods. New line: Chasing trouble
  2. Open to anyone who wants to try! This is the challenge: what poem would go with this pic?
  3. Trotting quietly up to the place in the Cabaret Room where announcements were usually posted, a black wolf looked around and paused, seeming to ponder where best to place the roll of parchment currently in her mouth. Looking up and finding a likely spot amid old, faded posters, she flowed back into her human form and started clearing the board, neatly putting away the old announcements for later review and, maybe, archiving. Then, rolling out the parchment she had brought, Tanny nailed it in place then flowed back into her Otherself, leaving the room as quietly as she had come. Welcome Traveler! Whether you are new to the Keep, or an old friend coming back, or one of us who call this place Home, you're welcome to visit the many Rooms of The Pen Keep. In some of them, you'll find activities and challenges open to anyone willing to give them a try. To make sure that you won't miss any that you might be interested in, there follows their location! So You Can Rhyme? (Banquet Hall) First Lines (Banquet Hall) A Picture is Worth... How Many Poems? (Banquet Hall) Haiku Happenings (Banquet Hall) Mini-Saga (The Conservatory) Werewolf Game (The Conservatory) - sign-up required; look for the actual sign-up/OOC threads in the Conservatory Interpretation Variations (Assembly Room) A Picture is Worth... A Thousand Words? (Assembly Room - by Tanuchan) A Picture is Worth... A Thousand Words? v2.0 (Assembly Room - by Patrick) Feel free to add your own challenge/activity in any of the rooms, and we'll keep this list as updated as we can. The only requirement is that the activity is open to every and all who pass through these Halls.
  4. Note: Old versions of this activity, first idealized by Solivagus, can be found at the Vaults (original and version 2.0). ~ Basics: open roleplay (anyone can join); each post must be under 50 words. This is expected to be a fun, challenging roleplay. A few guidelines apply: all posts under 50 words. Contractions count as one word. for the sake of challenge, please avoid posting twice in a row with the sole purpose of getting more words in... feel free to work on character(s), background, new events, etc. to further the story being told be courteous; characters shouldn't be hijacked without consulting their writer short OOC (out-of-character) comments clearly marked and separated from the text are okaythere's usually no need for an OOC thread at the Greenroom; if necessary, we might set one later. Have fun! RP starts next post
  5. Even a man who is pure of heart And says his prayers by night May still become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms And the moon shines full and bright. Once upon a time, Werewolf hunts were common here. They took many shapes and forms, and it wasn't always a lycanthrope we hunted, but they were wolves nonetheless. It's high time to bring them back, I think, and safer all around to just start from scratch. So. This is going to be the new Werewolf thread. It is here that all questions can be asked and answered, the list of games is kept, and various other odds and ends. For the sake of posterity, here are links to the old Index, Werewolf Q&A, and the old Rules, but they are no longer gospel, and we will be starting back at Game One. The Rules: Players: Game Leader (GL) Villagers Wolves Seer Baner Villagers are the default and necessary for any game. The number of Wolves, and whether or not a game has a Seer and/or Baner is dependent on the number of players. The GL runs the game, plays NPCs as necessary, and is the only one who knows for a fact who is who. Phases: The game is broken into a Day phase and a Night phase. Although the game always starts with Day phase, we will begin by explain the rules for night, first. Night phase is when the Wolves are out to play. When the GL declares it is Night phase, the Wolf or Wolves of the game must decide on a single target, the Seer must decide on a suspect, and the Baner must decide who to protect. All of these decisions are sent privately to the GL, who will reveal the results at the end of the Night phase. If the Wolves are successful, their target dies and can no longer play the game. However, if the target was also selected by the Baner to be protected, then the target will survive the night. If the Baner targets a lone Wolf, the same thing happens - no kill. If there is more than one Wolf, however, and the Baner selects one of them, then the chance of the kill going through is decided by the numbers: Two Wolves, One of them Baned = 50% chance of success. Three Wolves, One of them Baned = 66%, and so on. The Seer is informed of their suspect's true nature, be they Villager, Baner, or Wolf. It is up to the Seer to decide what to do with this information. Day phase begins with the results of the night, and so begins the lynching phase. Each member of the game has the chance to both defend themselves and cast their votes as to who they think the Wolf or Wolves are, all the while staying in character within the nature of the game. People are by nature suspicious, and Wolves are by nature conniving - there is nothing to stop players from hinting, accusing, or outright lying, and odds are you could end up condemning the one person who has been trying to save you. RP is strongly encouraged, with only a few requirements: The vote must be stated clearly at the end of the post in an out of character (OOC) comment. The GL must be informed of any collaborative writing or planning that takes place outside of the main game. Traditionally, simply including the GL in the emails or PMs is sufficient. If at all possible, you are strongly encouraged to find an in-game reason for casting your vote, and write accordingly. When the votes have been cast, the GL will carry out the lynching, and begin Night phase. End Game: The game ends when one of two things happen: Either the Wolf or Wolves are all lynched, or the number of Villagers equals the number of Wolves. For the sake of the final decision, Seers and Baners count as Villagers. These are the base rules. Within this, there are a number of variables and options on which the GL can decide: Length of phases: Traditionally, Day phase lasts 48 hours, and Night phase 24 hours. Revealing roles: It is up to the GL to decide whether or not to disclose a player's role upon death or lynching, though traditionally it can be more of a challenge to keep this a secret until the end of the game. The nature of the wolves and deaths: As already stated, a Werewolf game doesn't have to be about werewolves themselves. We have often played with themes to keep things interesting, and as a result the kills may not be in true death but simply in removal from the game. Continuation as a Non-Playing Character (NPC) can be negotiated with the GL. Allies: Traditionally, only the wolves are allowed to ally with one another, although the GL may determine whether players are allowed to ally in/out-of-game. All games must have two threads: a game thread, and an OOC thread to register characters, make out-of-game comments, and clarify any questions unique to specific games. The OOC threads are not to be used to garner votes (so no claims of "I'm a Baner and if you vote for Bob I'll protect you" or the like). If you have any questions, feel free to post here, or PM myself or Tanuchan. Let the games begin
  6. Edit: see this post for details on theme and sign-up. Well.. this is not a sign-up thread, not yet at least. I'm just curious to know how many would be interested in participating in a Lord of the Rings-themed werewolf. Where it came from: old game I modded eight years ago: "Wolf of the Rings" (and ooc thread) Setting: Lord of the Rings (the book - sorry, dislike the movies to an extreme); as that first game used as background the events from Rivendell to the Battle of Helm's Deep, the tentative idea is to take this from that point on. However, if more interesting I'm open to using the same background of the first game. I'd like to use again the same variation of rules, but for that it needs a minimum number of players. So, my interest in knowing how many I might have if I decide to throw that theme in again. This is not yet a commitment - I really want a certain number of players before daring the theme again, and still need to think how to deal with the events. But it's a... sort of poll Comments welcome. If this turns really into a game, I'll just transform this thread into an official sign-up. ~Tanny P.S. Same slow-paced game as the previous and current ones in this 'reset'!
  7. It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The challenge proposed is to write a short piece/paragraph/excerpt - anything you wish, really - inspired by the picture below, as long as it's Prose and it's under a thousand words (okay - roughly). If you, however, wish to turn your words into poetry, please post in the Banquet room with a link to this activity! Or maybe you feel tempted to start a RP based on it? So the place is the Conservatory. Is it longer than a thousand words? Then by all means- it deserves its own thread here at the Assembly! In any form, your efforts are welcome!
  8. Sign-ups are now open! Come one, come all, don't forget to board the ship before she sets sail!
  9. According to http://rhymezone.com/r/rhyme.cgi?Word=future&typeofrhyme=perfect&org1=syl&org2=l&org3=y The below words almost rhyme...so here's a challenge, write a poem including as many as you can fit in. blooper, booster, cooler, cooper, cougar, cuter, fewer, futures, hoosier, huger, humor, junior, looser, looter, loser, luther, mover, neuter, newer, pewter, rooster, ruler, rumor, sewer, shooter, smoother, sooner, soother, suiter, suitor, super, sutured, sutures, trooper, tumor, tutor, user, abuser, computer, producer
  10. Tanny, I hope you don't mind me creating a new thread like this with a different picture.
  11. I thought it would be 'fun' to create a thread where any of us can pop in and share our thoughts/feelings/experiences through haiku. I like creating images with words but often don't have the time to sit down and write/rework a poem. The haiku is the perfect vehicle for a creative snippet. So, here's a quick one inspired by my love of fall and an image I received regarding the nature of death: Crimson maple leaf quivering on the bare branch: It’s a faith-full fall.
  12. The challenge is as follows: The "paragraph" below has lost all punctuation, some connecting words, and any indication of emphasis (for example, italicizing). How would you "reconstruct" that paragraph, following the guidelines below? what can be added: punctuation, emphasis marks (italics, bold), connecting words (transitions, conjunctions, etc) or connecting expressions; no adding of full sentences or phrases just for effect! what can be changed: the order of the words/phrases, verb tenses and word form (noun/adjective/adverb/verb) what can't be changed: the words and the content (you cannot delete a word, and you cannot replace it with another) line breaks (to make more than one paragraph) are alright How many variations could we create, and how many with a different overall 'feeling' as a result? :-) Have fun =)
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