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A small group of entertainment semi-professionals, each identified only by a letter of the alphabet, board the Simply Express train in New York -- their destination Hollywood. Little do they know, the person who bought their tickets, their unknown benefactor 'U', has other plans for them. These plans include madness, mayhem and murder which won't stop until all but one of them is dead. Who is the master killer? Is it one of those unsuspecting Hollywood bound passengers or it is 'U'?
The object of this game is to end up as the sole survivor.
A killer is on the loose and no one knows who they are. The killer wants to be the sole survivor too. In order to survive the killer will want to kill every one who isn't a likely suspect. The most likely suspect will face the killer in a vote by their peers - whoever is voted the killer will perish.
There are two rounds and a final conclusion post by the winner of the peer vote.
A player still continues to write even after their character is dead. They just write about other characters.
Each player has two turns, one each round – except the Master Killer, who will have three.
When it is your turn I will send an email stating that it is your turn. I will also post that it is your turn in this discussion thread. Refer to the discussion thread to get information you will need for your turn.
You have 24 hours to acknowledge my email. If you do not acknowledge, either by an email back to me or a post in the game discussion thread, then your turn will be postponed or cancelled. Depending on the circumstances you may also be dropped from the game and your character killed off.
You have 48 hrs to write your scene + or - a few hours. It is recommended that you choose one of the other players to read your scene post before you post it.
You post the scene you have written in the game thread.
You have one kill to use during either of your two turns. You may only kill characters if their associated author has taken a first turn. You may be given other kills to make when I send your email, those kills will not count as your kill.
Most importantly when you write a kill, the killer must not be seen. And you may frame another writer's character.
Please tell me as soon as you can if you will not make your turn so we can keep the game moving. This is a group activity so any delay you cause will affect the entire group – not just one person.
Keep it real. Don't go off on fantasy tangents. This takes place in the real world.
There will be a number of incidental characters, a few normal train personnel, like a conductor and steward. Do not kill these characters unless requested in my email.
A scene can be no longer than one post in a thread. If you use Word then this is somewhere around 7,850 characters including spaces and lines.
All formatting will be left aligned (see game thread for example). All locations slugs should be in bold. [ b ]slug[ / b ] - like that without the spaces.
You may have more than one location in your scene. There are specific locations, see room chart for details. You may only use these locations.
If you introduce another character please consider the bio given by the player.
Make the reading interesting. Follow an earlier “storyline”. A scene can be just about anything that moves the “story” forward. I’m putting story in quotes here because there really isn’t much of a story here, more than likely there will be many fragments of stories, after all this is a game.
I will be going first each round. On my second turn I will resurrect one character from the first round and give that character a second chance.
"I'm a personal agent, hired by rich men and women"
Lead me to believe she was most definitely Gucci or probably even Prada. She better be or those rich folk probably wouldn't hire her.
Ah, but that's where you're wrong, Michael. Just because a person works for rich people and may indeed have a lot of money themselves, it doesn't mean they value "the name" in goods. It might be so, but not necessarily.
That statement holds true in other scenarios as well. For instance, I knew a chef who worked at a hotel in Regina and he said that he was just so very happy to come home at night and have his wife cook him Kraft Dinner. For those who don't know, Kraft Dinner in Canada is pretty standard fare. It's boxed macaroni and cheese. Easy peasy to make. Instant stuff. But I'm sure that for some highfalutin people, they might think they're above that kind of thing.
Anyways, it's a good point and question regarding characters. Does that guy wearing a Rolex really have money? What kind of person wants to look like an idiot driving around in a Hummer? What kind of person thinks that a person driving around in a Hummer looks like an idiot?