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Lost Carnival Mods ([personal profile] ringleaders) wrote in [community profile] livinglot2017-03-25 03:58 pm
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Or, more specifically, Lost Carnival's test drive meme! This is an opportunity to try out your characters in the setting before you apply, or to put together samples for characters you've never played before. There are going to be options for both new arrivals and veteran characters. Before we get started, let's lay down some details:
  • You can read the full premise here.
  • Reserves and Applications are both currently OPEN.
  • You can apply as a newcomer or as a "veteran" character who has been in the carnival for up to three years. In the case of veteran characters, you will need to come up with an explanation of why they haven't been around the carnival recently.
  • TDM threads can be used as game canon after the fact if both characters are accepted and the players agree to it.
  • If you are interested in additional IC and OOC plot responsibilities, consider applying for a Supervisor position. Treasurer, and Wardrobe Manager are currently open. More roles that currently need filling are listed here!


You gotta start somewhere, right? These prompts are for characters who are arriving in the carnival for the first time, and who are destined to sign a contract. How they go about that is up to you, but in the meantime they can enjoy the sights and sounds of something truly out of this world. Visitors to the carnival comes from many different worlds today, as the ringmaster casts out her recruitment lures. Will you become her most recent hire?

ADMISSION FEES: After crossing into the carnival's realm and passing through the trees, most visitors will find themselves at the front gate - though not all choose to enter that way. If they enter legitimately, however, they will have to pass by a clerk who will trade admission and tickets for various attractions and rides in exchange for "anything of value." What is of value may seem highly subjective, and so some may struggle to produce payment at first, though in actuality the carnival will take anything from mundane currency to items of purely sentimental value.

MIRROR MAZE: The mirror maze (pictured above) is a big attraction in the carnival, and stretches much further on the inside than it looks like it will on the outside. It's hard to get through, and what's more, after you've been in there for a while your reflections will start gaining a mind of their own - mostly in order to taunt and distract you with personal information. They don't know everything you know, but they know more than they should, and their mind games can be pretty hit or miss.

GAMER'S CIRCLE: Almost all of the game booths are organized in a large ring around the Cookhouse, called Gamer's Circle. Your can play just about any carnival game you can imagine here, for a variety of prizes sometimes traditional, exotic, or outright magical. Dart tossing? Got it. That game with the water guns? Got it. Most of these booths are currently manned by humanoid spirits who look like they are made of smoke. If they can trick you into earning debt, they will.

NOT YOUR WHEELHOUSE: Sometimes, even magical ferris wheels get stuck. The carnival's particular wheel is enchanted to create a particular out of this world experience - as you pass along the top, you feel as if they are so close to the sky that you can interact with the stars like baubles hanging above your head. Of course, the novelty probably wears off when the wheel is broken and you've been stuck enjoying the light show with some stranger for the last half hour. How are you going to pass the time?

TRYING TO LEAF: No matter where you came from, you seemingly emerged from a forest. Obviously, to get back home you should be able to go back in the same direction, right? It turns out you can't. Worse, trying too hard to get through the wood will result in you getting lost, or turned back to the carnival. The trees here are not normal, and are varying levels of alien, including things like trees with glowing fruit or orange flowers that constantly burn like candles.

WILD CARD: Anything else you can imagine in this setting! There are a lot of possibilities and you're free to explore them. Check out the rest of the game info or the locations page for additional inspiration. Want to make a starter with your character experiencing their first theoretical change? Go for it!


These prompts are tailored to the carnival's existing employees, the veterans. Odds are they've been here from somewhere between a few months and three years already, and know their way around the block. For them, this is just business as usual - and depending on their attitude towards their job, they may or may not contribute to a few people accidentally getting themselves a contract. Whatever you do, though, don't warn visitors away from the carnival - the ringmaster hates losing business like that.

DO YOUR WORK: This one's pretty simple - just have your character doing whatever you'd like to have their job be! There is a big list of ideas over here, and you could use this to try things out with a character you intend to be a new arrival, as well.

WILL O' WISPS: The ringmaster's will o' wisps have gotten free, and she's asked that everyone keep and eye out and help her reclaim them regardless of their official jobs. Wisps are small creatures that burn both hot and cold and comes in a few different variations of the same basic theme. Handling them physically (or psionically, or magically, for that matter) is difficult due to their near intangible nature. Touching and being around them can result in confusion and a sensation similar to being comfortably drunk.

BREAK TIME: Whatever you were doing, it's break time! It's time for you to relax however you see fit. Do you enjoy some of the carnival attractions yourself, or is that old by now? Do you hang out in the Cookhouse to get a snack? Do you take a nap? Yolo, baby!

RIDDLE GAME: For a bit of fun, the ringmaster has left a variety of locked chests around the worker areas of the carnival, each with instructions and a riddle written on their lids. The chest will accept three guesses from each worker before refusing to respond to them any further. If you guess the right answer, the chest will open and you will be rewarded with some manner of fun magical knick knack. If you've run out of guesses, maybe you can conspire with someone else and promise to split the prize?

CAPTURE THE... EGG?: The Ringmaster likes to keep things exciting for her employees, and this time she's devices a game that mixes an Easter egg hunt with capture the flag. She's hidden various metallic "eggs" around the carnival that chime like bells when people get near, and divided participants into three teams (red, blue, yellow of course.) The carnival has been divided into three zones, and the objective is to gather as many eggs as possible for your team (three points for gold, two for silver, one for copper.) However, when you are in a zone that doesn't belong to your team, if they can snatch off your team flag they can take you to "jail" and confiscate any eggs you may be holding for their team. When in doubt, bullshit the rules! This is a prompt, after all.

WILD CARD: Anything else you can imagine in this setting! There are a lot of possibilities and you're free to explore them. Check out the rest of the game info or the locations page for additional inspiration. Want to do a performance? Hang out in the Backyard? Choose whatever appeals!

(King) Papyrus | Undertale | Veteran

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-03-25 10:00 pm (UTC)(link)
[ooc: I can go action tags or prose alike, feel free to use your preference and I'll match!]


So the ferris wheel has broken down yet again. Fixing it isn't Papyrus' job; his job, as the head janitor, is cleaning up the carnival grounds.

Problem is, bored people on the ferris wheel like to mess around. Some have the foresight to bring things like books, or interesting conversation topics, and while away the wait.

Others, apparently, decide to strip and throw their belongings down at passersby. This is the third sock in ten minutes. He's beginning to reconsider this whole notion of bringing things to the lost and found, if they're so uncaring about their property.

So your character may go by at the right time to see the skeleton waving the sock around and irritably grumbling to himself, in a rather capslocky voice that carries. Or perhaps your character might be the perpetrator responsible for the latest thrown item. Either way... Some days, being the janitor is awful.


Papyrus paces back and forth in front of the chest, occasionally glancing at it with a scowl. The magic chest sits nonchalantly under his gaze, unimpressed by his irritation. And the riddle, written on its lid, refuses to give any helpful hints.

What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

It's exactly the kind of awful twisty witty question that makes junior jumble such a pain! He hates this! But it's a puzzle, physically locking him off from something of interest, and he has to at least make the attempt.

1 guess left...


Well, Papyrus has found a will o' wisp. That's not the same as catching it, since they're like intangible like ghosts, and nearly immune to his blue attacks like nothing else ever.

But he's radioed that he's found it, his location, and and he's following it around to make sure it doesn't disappear before somebody who knows what they're doing shows up. So now he's following it around, sometimes a little too closely.

And it feels... relaxing. Kind of like he did back at the Celebration, which very nearly ruins the mood. He needs to keep his head about him, and not lose track of the goal! And right now, the goal is keeping an eye on that will o' wisp. Intently.
dogdaughter: (i'm not the one copyrighting shit)


[personal profile] dogdaughter 2017-03-29 04:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Wait, is... did you say somebody is throwing their socks down at people? Why?

[ There's a teenage girl with dog ears standing beside Papyrus, examining the ferris wheel with a puzzled expression. Is she a fellow worker? She doesn't exactly look out of place, with the ears and odd outfit. ]

Um, do you know which little cart thing they came out of? Maybe I could return them.

[ The person currently manning the Ticket Booth already explained how this place works to Jade, and she had been on her way to find the Ringmaster herself, but... well, no reason not to offer a hand just because nothing's been made official yet, right? ]
spaghettimonster: (WHY DOES SOMEONE AS GREAT AS ME...)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-03-29 05:59 pm (UTC)(link)
[For all Papyrus knows, she very well could be a fellow carnie. He doesn't know everyone's faces, and especially given the quick hiring policy the Ringmaster operates with... Well, those ears on somebody who doesn't otherwise seem to have fur seems clear enough.]

Oh, the usual reason. They're trapped, and bored, and acting out. I sympathize! Really!

[He looks up at the ferris wheel, squinting his eye sockets as if that'll help him see details that far away.]

Whoever it was did it when I wasn't looking. The only way they're getting these socks back... is going to the lost and found. And fessing up!
dogdaughter: (i hate kinkshaming the moon)

[personal profile] dogdaughter 2017-03-29 06:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I have a feeling that once someone commits to chucking their socks at people, they've cut ties to those particular socks! But if you don't know where to send them back to...

[ She squints up at the ferris wheel as well, but she can't make out any clues either. Looks like the socks are headed to the lost and found after all. Oh well. ]

Is the wheel supposed to trap people? I've never been to a carnival before... but if this is on purpose it doesn't seem like people enjoy it very much.
spaghettimonster: (UMMMM)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-03-30 04:20 pm (UTC)(link)

[Papyrus dunks the last of the socks into his trashbag and makes a wooshing sound effect to go with it, then dismisses the scandalous garments from his mind.]

The wheel... Hmm. Nobody's said that. It's powered by mysterious and complicated magic. Keeping it working, is probably hard work. But it's the kind of surprise that... well...

Gives people a big sigh of relief when they're finally free??

[He's not saying that the Ringmaster probably sabotages it, so annoyed guests will break something and need to work for the carnival to pay off fixing it, but. There's always that idea.]
dogdaughter: (i'm not the one copyrighting shit)

[personal profile] dogdaughter 2017-04-02 12:25 am (UTC)(link)
[ Jade frowns at the wheel in thought. ]

That doesn't sound good! ...I wonder if it's broken? If it runs on magic though, I'm not sure how you'd fix something like that.

[ She considers it further for a moment, then sighs a little. ]

This seems like something Rose might be better at figuring out. Or Calliope! She seemed--[ Oh. Right, she's here for a reason. Got a bit sidetracked there, oops! ]

Do you know where I should look for the Ringmaster? I think I'd like to sign up! The person at the gate said that's a thing I should work out with her.
spaghettimonster: (I---THE GREAT PAPYRUS---WILL HELP YOU!)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-05 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, really? That's great! Hmmm, let me think... She met with me in, uh, one of the tents?

[He turns a semicircle, looking around the grounds. There are a fair number of tents. None of them has a convenient floating glowing sign saying RINGMASTER HERE, much less SIGN UP HERE.]

Well... If we can't find her, as a member of the staff I have a radio. I can contact her!

[Papyrus pats the radio to demonstrate.]

Just give me the word! And if you'd rather look around some more first... That's an option too.
showmystar: just leave the rest to me (live life breathe air)


[personal profile] showmystar 2017-04-20 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
Sorry about that! Could you pick up my boot, please?

[If Papyrus looks to follow the polite, soft voice, a young boy will be grinning sheepishly from high above him. He's hugging the rigging of the ferris wheel, caught in the act of clambering down from the top.

And he is, indeed, short one white boot, his clown pants caught on the metal]
spaghettimonster: (WHAT???)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-22 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
[Papyrus does indeed look around to find the source of that voice, especially given the context of picking up articles of clothing. He boggles at the sight, especially at the part where the unnamed climber's pants are caught on something.]

You're climbing down... rather than wait for the repairs to be finished? Wow!

I'm surprised more people don't do that.
showmystar: so I don't fall that way (I tie my hands up to a chair)

[personal profile] showmystar 2017-04-23 04:43 am (UTC)(link)
Right? You'd think more people would act outside the box. However . . .

[A wry grin and some shaking of his leg shows the major problem]

Maybe they're the smart ones.

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-23 12:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Maybe if you had removed all your clothing...

[He gathers up the fallen boot while thinking over the guest's conundrum.]

But what am I saying? That would be worse! Just stay up there, I'll come free you.
showmystar: (we gotta call off the stripper priest)

[personal profile] showmystar 2017-04-23 05:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh! I appreciate it! Because I'd rather not get arrested for indecent exposure again.

[He'll just wait up here, clinging to the metalwork and trying not to lose his pants.]
spaghettimonster: (MY SPECIAL BLUE ATTACK)

[personal profile] spaghettimonster 2017-04-23 08:57 pm (UTC)(link)
[Skeletons are much lighter than humans, generally speaking. This one cheats with gravity on top of it, making him light enough to clamber up the rigging like a particularly bony spider. He catches up to Allen within a minute, and stops next to him to examine the situation.]

Caught by your pants... What a pinch. Hmmm. We might need to tear your pants to free you.
showmystar: (we gotta call off the stripper priest)

[personal profile] showmystar 2017-04-23 09:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Awww . . . I was hoping that wouldn't be the case.

[Allen sighs heavily] Okay. Give me a moment.

[He inhales, mentally preparing himself for the loss of his pants. He knew thee well . . . They've been through so much . . .

Then he nods far too seriously, like he's about to lose an arm or something]

Okay. I'm ready.