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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!
tonkatsuki: (confused)

[personal profile] tonkatsuki 2017-04-02 04:28 pm (UTC)(link)
[ 'The Carnival'. It strikes Yuuri as a slightly ominous name, but as of yet he hadn't encountered anything strictly un-ominous. The realization that the fabric of reality had somehow warped him to a carnival, in an odd twilight, surrounded by dark twisting woods when all he had wanted was to go ice skating sat heavy in the back of his mind, queasy and ever present. The fact that he was now indeed noticing his new acquaintance had perhaps a flicker of a colour not quite human in his eyes did not settle him. ]

I didn't actually ask to be admitted, I think. But it got mixed up, and I gave them a ticket.

[The very wrong ticket. It wasn't even really a ticket for entry to the Ice Castle anymore, seeing as Yuuko would let him in whenever. But it was a fun momento to keep; almost a score card of sorts. The white of the ticket had almost been completely covered in blue admission stamps. It had sat snuggly in his wallet when he was away in Detroit, a sort of secret key back to a slice of his old life.

It now was located somewhere in the confines of a spritely shaped personage.

You don't think I could ask for a refund, do you?

[He had to give a little diffusive laugh, but it sounds weak even to him.]
walkonedge: (timid heart beside a fighting spirit)

[personal profile] walkonedge 2017-04-02 04:59 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Ah. The 'something of value'. Yamato's heard the Carnival gossip, the sprites reporting to the Treasurer the things that they've collected from the people who have entered the Carnival. He's heard of the weirdest things, sometimes. A lock of hair, a song - a wrong ticket is considerably one of the more normal items on the list, especially one that seems that it has sentimental value, as far as Yuuri seems concerned. ]

I don't think we offer refunds. But considering that you're already here...

[ It's probably, no, definitely not the answer that Yuuri is looking for, but at the very least, Yamato's attempting to be friendly. Or helpful. Maybe both. ]
tonkatsuki: (happy)

[personal profile] tonkatsuki 2017-04-03 06:31 am (UTC)(link)
[ Debatably Yuuri should have known that would be the case, but he'd still held a single tiny thread of hope. Yamato snips it neatly, but he can't help but glance back at the booth; somehow, he'd get that ticket back.

First he'd just have to find his way around. He focusses back on his would be chaperone, grateful that anyone felt charitable enough to take him under their wing.

I should enjoy the rides, right? [ Its a gentle joke of a suggestion, but it does pique his curiosity - there is something wondrous in the confusing allure of the bright lights and other worldly guests.]
walkonedge: (i'm all right on my own)

[personal profile] walkonedge 2017-04-03 10:32 am (UTC)(link)
[ It's unintentional, really. Both the cutting of that tiny thread of hope, but also the chaperoning. Technically he's supposed to be on standby in case of any wardrobe mishaps, but the show's about to start soon so he guesses that he can afford to take a short breather before doubling back to the wardrobe tent. ]

The rides aren't bad, yeah. I'm not a huge fan of the ferris wheel-- [ There's a small grimace because he still hasn't quite forgiven Sora for That One Incident where he and Taichi had been locked into the same carriage to sort out their Issues. ] --but I've heard good things about the rollercoaster.
tonkatsuki: (hly fk my heart)

[personal profile] tonkatsuki 2017-04-04 10:14 am (UTC)(link)
[ Yuuri nods emphatically, crossing the ferris wheel squarely off his mental list of attractions to see, if only by the grimace of his accomplice. ]

Ah, thank you. You really seem to know your way around this place.

[ He remembers his manners a moment later, and dips his head in a greeting slightly more formal than necessary.]

I'm Yuuri, by the way. And you are?

[ Before he gets a reply however, his stomach chooses this exact moment to growl embarrassingly and he adds another tiny request.] Y-you wouldn't mind showing me somewhere I could grab a bite to eat, would you?
walkonedge: (our unreliable wings now allow us to fly)

[personal profile] walkonedge 2017-04-04 05:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Yamato. Ishida Yamato. [ He offers his name, extending his hand out in response to the slightly-more-formal-than-necessary-bow and offering it towards Yuuri to take.

It's interrupted by the sound of Yuuri's stomach growling, and that causes a hint of an amused grin to crack across his features for a moment. ]
You could always get snacks from the stalls but, yeah, sure. The Cookhouse is this way. [ He motions for Yuuri to follow. ] You're in luck. Most people are in the show, so it's not too crowded, and the food is usually pretty great.

[ Also because it's about a five minute walk weaving through the paths in the carnival and Yamato's noticed the ice skates he's still clutching like a lifeline. ] You ice-skate?
tonkatsuki: (oh?)

cant believe im about to sell a yr of yuuri's life for katsudon.. if they have it

[personal profile] tonkatsuki 2017-04-05 08:38 am (UTC)(link)
[Yuuri ducks his, embarrassed that his stomach spoke before he could even reply or get a quick hand shake before he falls into step. He feels a little guilty for taking up Yamato's time - but he has to admit its better than blindly wandering about at his own peril. He has, so far, not had the greatest luck with the sprite vendors.

Besides, the small smile made him feel slightly better about encroaching on Yamato's time. It was the first he'd seen so far.

What show is on at the moment?

[ When the attention falls to his ice skates, and he shifts them a little, scooped in one arm and pressed tight against his chest. The steel of the blades barely glints in the light, sheathed as they are in their guards. ]

Yes. I'm one of the dime a dozen skaters certified by the JSF. [ He realises a second too late its probably a nonsense differentiation to a non-skater, and is quick to clarify. ]

I skate in competitions. Sometimes. [ He hand waves it quickly, just a little self conscious. A pair of skates isn't the usual carnival fare; then again, he hadn't really intended on ending up here, so perhaps it was a forgivable oversight. ]
walkonedge: (i want to be stronger and protect you)

but what if it's the best katsudon ever, would it be worth it

[personal profile] walkonedge 2017-04-07 04:55 am (UTC)(link)
Right now? Probably Centre Stage. Magicians and stuff. The main thing in the Big Top starts a little bit later.

[ His steps are quick, weaving through the gradually thinning crowds walking in the opposite direction, but not too quick so that Yuuri can keep up as much as possible. It's easy to get lost in the Carnival if you're not careful and you don't know where you're going.

They're cutting through the Gamer's Circle now, the lights getting brighter and the atmosphere louder, game operators calling for customers to take a shot at the games. ]

You must be pretty good, then. [ He doesn't know much about ice skating, in all honesty, but Yuuri mentioned certifications, and competitions, so he's getting that impression, at least. ]