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[LP CYOA] Test-Run

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by treave, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. treave Arcane Patron

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    Six strangers, in a strange place, being given strange orders. What purpose lies behind their abduction? It is an experiment whose true nature remains unknown... a test-run that may change the world.

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    Log 1: Hello and Welcome
    Log 2: Minds Will Be Blown
    Log 3: At the End of the Ride
    Log 4: Alas, He Had to Go
    Log 5: To the Garden of Eden
    Log 6: The Price Has Been Paid
    Log 7: What Lies at the End
     
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  2. treave Arcane Patron

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    Characters

    Choose a character to vote for, and you will be locked in for that character until he or she dies. Upon death, you will be able to start voting for another character.

     
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  3. treave Arcane Patron

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    Hello and Welcome

    It begins with music. Edvard Grieg’s Morning Mood, the perfect piece to start a wonderful and productive day. One by one, the people in the room stir. They come to, being greeted by the peaceful fluting piped in through rusty speakers hanging from the corners of the concrete walls.

    First there is confusion. “Where am I? What is going on? Who are you?” These are the questions that they ask.

    Then, there is fear. “Where am I!? What is going on!? Who are you!?” When they get no concrete answers as to their predicament, and they find that the only doors leading out of the room are firmly shut, the questions are asked again, more stridently this time.

    And later on, there will be the call for calm, and for proper, polite introductions. People are predictable this way.

    “Hi. I’m… uh… Aaron. I’m 22, and, uh, yeah. I’m kinda, like, finding myself at the moment… so…”

    “You can call me Benton. I’m an OG businessman, you dig?”

    “Hi! Caitlyn here… I’m 23 and I’m doing a course on the philosophical art of humanistic gendered theology. It’s nice to meet you all!”

    “I’m Donna. I’m a fitness trainer.”

    “E’gar.”

    “Hello, I’m Francesca, and I’m the proprietor of the Jesus Saves Fiber-Rich Vegan Au Naturel Food Grocer Mart. I’m not sure if anyone of you have heard of us, but we have a very thriving Facebook and Twitter presence, and are at the forefront of organic foods in town…”

    “Jesus what? You shittin’ me? Alright, I know they just fucking with us, man. I ain’t gonna have none of this shit, sitting around here with you guys like we’re cool or anything.” Benton is the first to stand up and kick at the locked doors in his frustration. As always, in any group of people you have the ones who are impatient and quick to resort to physical force. Though – to be fair to Benton – this was not his kind of crowd at all. Indeed, he thought that they were a…

    Bunch of dumb motherfuckers.

    Everyone hears it. Benton knows it, too. That his thoughts are, somehow, being broadcasted to the others. They stare at him.

    “What the fuck?” he mouths.

    Yeah, the fuck is going on?

    Oh, oh my.

    Gard’mmit.

    Holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit.

    Everyone seems to have the same general opinion. Before they can proceed to panic, however, the music dies down, only to be replaced by Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers, a peaceful and calming orchestral waltz that – unfortunately – does absolutely nothing to soothe their emotions. Which is about what you would expect from such a selection of people.

    “What’s with this shitty-ass music?” cries Benton.

    “It is rather annoying,” Donna agrees solemnly. “I’d prefer something more uplifting, if they are going to force us to listen to music.”

    “Wait, I recognize this song. It’s… it’s the Blue Danube waltz, isn’t it?” says Caitlyn brightly.

    “Weaksauce…” mutters Aaron.

    Buncha noobs. Heh.

    “U-uh… no, I don’t mean anything by it, guys,” he splutters, as the glares are now directed towards him.

    A large monitor on the wall lights up, drawing their attention.

    Words appear on it, emblazoned on a cue card reminiscent of that seen in silent movies: black and white, and a whole lot of grain.

    “It has not been very enjoyable thus far, no offense,” laughs Francesca awkwardly.

    “Hey, fuck you, asshole!”

    The cue cards are replaced with a timer. The number cards flip every second. 59:59. 59:58.

    “H-hey, it’s not serious, is it?” asks Caitlyn.

    “It does sound like a bad joke, doesn’t it?” Donna frowns, scratching his beard. “It’s probably some reality TV prank. Let’s not pay it too much attention.”

    Francesca has knelt down and begun praying out loud. “Dear Heavenly Father…”

    Deliver me from evil, hallowed by thy name…

    Her prayer resounds both in their ears and in their minds.

    Caitlyn makes a frown of disgust. “Heavenly father?” She snorts.

    Religiotards…

    None of them are taking the message seriously. But as time passes, and as the numbers of the timer approach the deadline, their will begins to waver. And they begin to seriously consider picking someone. Just in case. After all, it is probably just a prank. What harm is there in picking someone?

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    Group Vote

    Vote for:

    A. Aaron.

    B. Benton.

    C. Caitlyn.

    D. Donna.

    E. Edgar.

    F. Francesca.

    G. No one.
     
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  4. Esquilax Arcane

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    Is this a Vault 11 scenario where we're in some sort of social experiment to gauge how we'll react? What if there are indeed, no consequences? I'm getting the feeling that we're a bunch of lab rats.

    More likely though, we are lab rats, but the computer also isn't bluffing.
     
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  5. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Benton says G.
    'Fuck you, nigga, I ain't gonna be fucked wit!'
     
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  6. treave Arcane Patron

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    If your character dies, you get to pick another one to vote for. But you can't change midway if the character is still alive. Links to monocled music added. +M
     
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  7. Baltika9 Arcane

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    I see what you did there.
     
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  8. Nevill Arcane

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    That's easy. The old ones have to go to make way for the young. It's the way of the world, the way of life.

    Edgar will take one for the team. I am too young to die.
     
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  9. Baltika9 Arcane

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    But it didn't say what will happen if we don't vote for anyone. Will a person be chosen at random if we don't play along or will it kill us all?
     
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  10. a bear named spigot Arcane

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    what if we vote daisy chain style and it's all tied up, do you think that'd have the same end result as voting for no one
     
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  11. Nevill Arcane

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    Well, that's the question, isn't it?

    If I learned anything from games, you have to accept the rules before you start playing. Well, there you go - they said how it works.

    But if these guys can herd us here without us knowing, I bet they have the means of enforcing the rules on their end.
     
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  12. Kipeci Magister

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    Shoot, I ended up late. It's no good to have a dissenting opinion with only two votes on a character, will it be possible to start up teams for a character when a character dies and someone else is freed up?
     
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  13. treave Arcane Patron

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    Go ahead and vote. It's fine to have a draw for a particular character at this moment, I'll just consider them undecided (and for this particular choice, refusing to vote. Which is pretty much the same as voting for "no one").

    Being undecided might have fun results, like, say, you getting eaten by dogs when you are unable to decide how to handle them.
     
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  14. Kipeci Magister

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    I'll jump on with Benton and vote for G.
     
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  15. Nevill Arcane

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    That said, they probably expect that a group of random shmoes won't jump at each other's throats right away. They will need a little convincing. Convincing that refusing to play would be worse than playing.

    They won't kill us all, that's no fun, but a random person or two? That's a guarantee. So, are we taking that chance?
     
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  16. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Benton doesn't seem like the type who likes authority. This guy can go fuck himself.
     
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    "I don't - I... Okay, fine, Edgar!"
     
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  18. Esquilax Arcane

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    On the other hand, Benton, out of everyone in this room, is the most likely to have taken a life before.
     
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  19. Nevill Arcane

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    How do you know this is a guy? Or even a human?

    The killer computers are real, y'know? I've read that story on /b/, you won't believe it!
     
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  20. a bear named spigot Arcane

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    voting G just to ensure Nevill and Esquilax can't kill me off
     
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  21. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Who knows, Edgar might be an old Nam Vet. And I'm not sure how much of a genuine G our OG is.
     
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  22. Esquilax Arcane

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    Haha, for all I know, this computer could end up killing everyone that voted in favour of taking a life. So me and Nevill might be screwed here. Or, if there is one vote for someone, they get picked regardless.

    I kinda have Caitlyn pegged as a naive, but kinda selfish millenial type.
     
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  23. Baltika9 Arcane

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    What if we vote to have the computer offed?
     
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  24. Nevill Arcane

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    But that would be, like, cheating!
    Aaron - Benton
    Benton - No one
    Caitlyn - Edgar
    Donna - No one
    Edgar - No one
    Francesca - ?
     
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  25. Esquilax Arcane

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    Heh, we don't exactly have a strong bargaining position here. To be honest, I kinda want to flop to G, but I have this CYOA envisioned as whatever you think, it becomes broadcast to everyone around you. So, by posting in favour of killing Edgar, I've effectively made Caitlyn "think it", and now her thoughts have been made clear to everyone around her. I don't think you can wish it back, given the environment and the setting we're in.
     
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