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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!
flambebe: (10.)

achilles desjardins | RIFTERS | new recruit

[personal profile] flambebe 2017-03-30 11:55 pm (UTC)(link)
[so... somebody hijacked his simulation again, didn't they? except this time, instead of isolating him completely, they plugged him into some kind of twencen fantasy realm. it might be fowl play, or it might be the most aggressive mmo advertising he's ever encountered. either way, it's utterly unfamiliar, and... after so many years wrangling the digital realm into submission, that in and of ITSELF is unfamiliar.]

[achilles stalls for a long time in front of the ticket booth, searching both his pockets and his memories for something that might be considered 'of value'.]

[if he's going to be here, might as well see the attractions, right? achilles goes around the circle a few times, stopping a a stall or two that catch his eye. he's not terribly GOOD at the shooting range, but he gives it his best. whack-a-mole goes slightly better. maybe he'll give darts a try? his aim isn't fantastic, but his reaction time is reasonable. he's not particularly interested in the prizes, but a challenge is always fun.]

[MORE fun when he isn't losing so much, obviously.]

[and, well, that's enough of THAT. there must be some exit point that he can access from the communal area. the first time, achilles just walks out , the way he came in. when that doesn't work, he assumes there must be some kind of cheat prevention; fine. whatever. he'll try going out through the front gate, if he can only exit the way he entered.]

[when that doesn't work either, he MIGHT start to panic just a fraction. the trees feel like something out of fantasy rather than fiction, the moonlight doesn't QUITE seem to make it past the canopy, and he can't even call up a hud. did he accidentally fall into an area that's still under construction?]

[he also wanders around between the tents for a decent amount of time, just taking in the sights and trying to figure out where exactly he is. he's still not COMPLETELY convinced that this isn't just a very, very good simulation. it's entirely possible that he may think you're a rogue npc or a virus.]
osteothropy: (free mustard offered at burger king)


[personal profile] osteothropy 2017-03-31 04:56 am (UTC)(link)
[And then, there's a skeleton. The only part of his body you can see is the face beneath his hood, but his bones glow with a faint luminescent, like glow in the dark material that only got a bit of sun. His eyes glow brighter, a white spot and a blue spot of light in empty sockets. He appears suddenly, standing about ten feet back.]

Wouldn't wander out here at night, pal.
Edited 2017-03-31 04:57 (UTC)
flambebe: (06.)

[personal profile] flambebe 2017-04-01 12:18 am (UTC)(link)
[the strangeness of this place is distracting him, bringing his guard down. that's the only reason this guy managed to sneak up on him. yeah! yeah. besides, it's totally understandable if achilles is a little jumpy, right?]

[he squints at the newcomer, trying to make out exactly what he looks like. might be some kind of special avatar?]
That's a weird skin. [is all his says in response, without any hint of irony. he doesn't really do puns in english.]
osteothropy: by anadapta@tumblr (if you knew how to properly "body spin")

[personal profile] osteothropy 2017-04-04 02:08 am (UTC)(link)
[Sans looks down at himself, as if commentary on his appearance is surprising. Wow! Who would have thought.]

Skin? What skin? Any self respecting skeleton wouldn't be caught dead wearing that.
flambebe: (14.)

[personal profile] flambebe 2017-04-05 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
[huh. he could've SWORN that's what it was called. but he does at least have enough familiarity with the linguistics to catch on to The Joke.] Ah. I get it. You're all Halloween themed, aren't you?

[achilles thinks for a short moment before he remembers the stranger's introduction, and glances around at their surroundings.] I'm not exactly trying to wander. What would you suggest, instead?
osteothropy: (there is no cat and i am alone.)

[personal profile] osteothropy 2017-04-05 02:13 am (UTC)(link)
Head back to the carnival area, and either wait for the gate to let you out, or attempt to have some fun. Choice is yours, kid.

[Sans has no idea what Achilles is referring to with the word 'skin' but he'll take it for the joke opportunity and leave it at that.]

All it takes is time.

flambebe: (13.)

[personal profile] flambebe 2017-04-05 05:11 am (UTC)(link)
Time isn't one of those things that I have a great deal of. Got some fairly crucial things to take care of. [the majority of him is somewhat in denial, banking on the fact that this is still just some bizarre mmo that he got a very aggressive invitation to. because at this point that's starting to seem like the best possible option. the most likely is starting to seem like the 'i'm completely out of my mind' option.]

[all that to say, he has no idea that his protests are old hat to the residents.]
And I'm not exactly a kid. You're pretty short, yourself.
nishikikouji_tohri: (If I feel the need to hide)

[personal profile] nishikikouji_tohri 2017-04-16 05:02 am (UTC)(link)
[There's a bird here that looks like this and is four feet tall, almost ten long counting that tail. He watches you in the gamer's circle and feels moved to comment in a surprisingly deep, aristocratic voice.]

Hmph. I suppose I will be charitable and say you have promise. The limitations of your species are not your doing, after all.