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A Note on the A.R.E.S. System

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A Note on the A.R.E.S. System

PostThu May 05, 2016 2:11 am

The automated random event system (or ARES for short) is a system which randomly posts in threads placed on the Out There board. All posts are made by the Storyteller account.

These posts describe a very vague randomly-selected situation which is usually quite open ended and very open to interpretation. The idea is that it injects unexpected elements into your roleplay threads, and leaves you to write your responses to the situation however you like.

There are a few things you should be aware of, if you are posting in the Out There board:

  • You can pick up wounds, illnesses, and similar from some of these random events [wounds aren't coded yet, however].
  • You do not need to respond to these situations immediately. They are merely a direction in which the thread should head. If you wish to finish a certain conversation first, or deal with another plot element in the thread, and then introduce the encounter later, you may.
  • It's entirely up to you how you resolve these problems. You could get in-depth with it, writing colourful personalities for these NPCs (some of whom you could even meet later, or create separate characters to roleplay as them, if you wished), or you could quickly kill everyone in sight and move on.
  • There are currently only 36 random events, set to appear on average one time every 20 posts, so you might go through an entire roleplay thread on the Out There board and encounter none, or you might encounter two on the same thread (how do you deal with wild dogs AND raiders at the same time, and are these things related?)
  • If you find yourselves getting too many events too frequently, or some of the events are the same as ones you've already had, please post here with suggestions for more events or ways to tweak the system.

The bottom line is have fun with it. The system isn't there to force you to do things you don't want to do, so find ways of making it enjoyable for you.
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Re: A Note on the A.R.E.S. System

PostThu May 05, 2016 8:42 pm

This sounds AMAZING. Can't wait to see how it plays out in real-time!

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