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Welcome to Torchwood Four: The Letter Game!

Official start of the game is June 1st, so please have your character profiles posted by then. Below you can find the template for what we're looking for, but if you would like to add/change things go right ahead!

So, this year the Game is a lot bigger than usual, but hopefully that will make it more fun and less easy to fall off the wagon in midsummer. :D

The rules are simple. Really, they're more like guidelines!

1. Obviously be respectful to each other and mods and stuff. I know almost all of you personally and really this shouldn't even have to be on here, but you know, better safe than sorry.

2. Please post at least one letter/backstory every two weeks. One week isn't nearly enough time, as we have learned from previous games, and there's enough players this year that a two week interim shouldn't be too bad. Also, "letter" is used very loosely here. Although in the past we've used open/general letters, we're actually looking for case reports. An example will be up shortly.

3. Your character should be an original character from a fandom that is not Torchwood. For example, she is a Cylon from BSG or he is a Death Eater from Harry Potter or he is a faun from Narnia. It's up to you to decide who your character is and how they managed/were forced to join Torchwood in the first place.

4. Your case report/letter/backstory should be a crossover. For an example, your character meets Hiro Nakamura in mediaeval Japan. Or Torchwood Four versus sparkly vampires. The more random the better, I'd say!

4. Every character must be travelling constantly and your character should meet up with at least three different characters at three different times (for the purposes of driving the plot). TIME TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS GUISE. Remember, if you don't have have time to get in touch with someone in the two week time for a letter, post a backstory about an adventure Torchwood had. It can be your character-centric, but be sure to include all the other characters as well.

5. By 31 August 2008, your character should have made it back to HQ.

6. Your character may only ride with the Doctor once. This is to prevent taking the easy way out week after week. Also, bonus points for if the regenerate isn't Nine or Ten.

7. As noted in the interests, hating/mocking Captain Jack Harkness is a necessary part of this game. However, it's all in good fun. For example, your character is conducting an interrogation and says, "If I were Captain Jack Harkness, I would have sexed the information out of him. But I was professional." Ok, it's not really necessary, but bonus points if you fit it in (THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID).

8. Remember that your character should provide have a clear role in Torchwood Four. Whether s/he is the Techie, the Medic, the Cook, s/he should bring something to the team that is vital. S/he should not be the willowy model in the corner that looks pretty all day or dazzles everyone with her eyes.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Let me know and we'll try to address them. But also please remember that we want you to have a lot of creative control in this game. Fun is a necessary requirement.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 23rd, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Ok, questions:

1) What's a social security number?

2) Personal Statement - is that written by the character in first person (I am) or third person (S/he is)?
May. 24th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)

I meant National Insurance Number. Social Security is the American name for it.

Personal Statement is in first person - basically it's a "Why I Joined Torchwood" in about 250 words.

Edited at 2008-05-24 06:08 pm (UTC)
May. 30th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
Every character must be travelling constantly and your character should meet up with at least three different characters at three different times (for the purposes of driving the plot).

Two silly questions about this from a n00b -

1. I get that we're scattered through time and space, but what about alternate universes, like the Discworld?

2. How do the multi-character reports work? Do the writers talk and figure out what happened and then one of them writes it?
May. 30th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
For the alternate universes - if you can make it work, totally do it. If the Doctor can do it by accident, why not your character?

For the collaborative report - it's really what you both decide. Like if you both decide what happens and then one writes the report and the other inserts commentary. Or two different and opposing reports of the same thing. If one of you is strapped for time, one writing and one editing is also a way to go.

I hope that clarifies things - if not, let me know.
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Jun. 2nd, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)

Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you...every time I went to reply my internet was like "LOL DYING".

Ok, so original characters are preferable, but if your character is minor in the fandom of your choice, that's fine as well. They just can't be like major players - like Mal or Dean or Blair or something. Cool?
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