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EPISODE 00: THE CHOSEN ONES

EPISODE 01: LOOK TO THE EAST

EPISODE 02: RISING TIDES

EPISODE 03: LORD VOXUMO

EPISODE 04: KEEP IT SECRET, KEEP IT SAFE

EPISODE 05: VISIONS

EPISODE 06: FIRE AND BLOOD

EPISODE 07: THE MISSING

EPISODE 08: TIME

EPISODE 09: YOU WIN OR YOU DIE

EPISODE 10: LOST

 

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Welcome to the land of Okoto. It is divided into six regions; fire, jungle, water, ice, stone, and the dead region of earth. Each region is populated by Protectors of that element, and each region is governed by one of their Protectors. All five populated regions are officially united under the banner of the Mask Maker, who is the ultimate ruler of Okoto.

 

Twenty years ago, the Protectors of Fire, Stone and Ice united to overthrow a corrupt Mask Maker whom they felt had held onto power for too long. Their rebellion was successful after they struck down the Protectors of Earth, wiping them from Okoto entirely. With the Protectors of Earth gone, the three regions allied together struck at the heart of the island, and allowed a Protector of Stone to slay the corrupt Mask Maker (this Protector became known as the ‘Mask Breaker’). This victory was followed by placing a Protector of Fire on the throne. Despite its success, the rebellion made enemies of the Protectors of Jungle and Water; their relationships with the Protectors of Fire, Stone and Ice have suffered in the years since.

 

Not all has been well with the tribes of the rebellion, either. Three years ago, sick of the Mask Maker favoring the Protectors of Fire and Stone over them, the Protectors of Ice attempted to assassinate the Mask Maker. Their attempt failed, causing their few allies within the other regions to cut all ties with them entirely. One year ago, the Protectors of Fire also mysteriously fell out of favor with the Mask Maker, the reasons for which appear to be unknown to all except the Mask Maker themselves.

 

There is an air of discontent throughout Okoto. Alliances are frayed thin, and support for the various leaders across the island – including the Mask Maker – wanes as missteps are made. A dark shadow looms on the horizon, and eyes turn to the seat of the Mask Maker, deep within the center of the Ancient City.

 

It is the game of thrones…

 

…and in the game of thrones, you win – or you die.

 

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HOW IT WORKS

The game will last for ten “rounds”, known as “episodes”. Several key mechanics of the game are explained below – but I cannot stress enough that the game’s open nature truly does leave many things open to interpretation or manipulation (or even in some cases, being able to be outright ignored).

 

If you have any questions about whether a move you want to make is legal or not, simply shoot me a private PM to ask. If a move is impossible to make, I will make sure to let you know.

 

Of course, before what you do can be explained, I need to explain how you do it.

 

Moves

Every player will make their moves for each round via PM, of which there are two kinds – OFFICIAL and BACKDOOR.

 

An Official PM is any PM that involves me, the host; moves made in Official PMs are the only ones that will be included in the scenes for each episode, which means that they are the only moves that will actually occur. If you want to kill another player, or bar them access to your region, that would have to take place in an Official PM. The upside to Official PMs is obvious – it is how you make things happen! The downside is that everyone will be aware of what occurs in these PMs.

 

A Backdoor PM, then, is any PM (or other method of communication) that I, the host, am not a part of. Anything said or done in these PMs will not be included in the scenes, which means that they will not technically occur; in this way, the downside is obviously that your abilities are limited. You cannot kill someone (or take other such drastic actions) in a Backdoor PM. But they do allow you to operate behind the scenes where I and others cannot see, and this can allow you to set up plans that might take several episodes to come to fruition.

 

Now that we’re done with that, let’s move onto some of the core mechanics.

 

Travel

Click the map up above to see Okoto.

 

Each episode, if travelling, players can move from one region to an adjacent one each round. Someone in the Fire Region could travel to the Earth Region, Jungle Region, or Ancient City in Episode 1, but would have to wait until Episode 2 to continue their journey elsewhere. The Ancient City can be reached from any region and likewise has access to all six regions.

 

Travel will most commonly be done by each region’s DIPLOMAT, although any player can do it. Travel is most often done either on orders or with permission from a region’s RULER; doing so otherwise will often bring about less than desirable consequences.

 

Trade

Due to how complicated this game is already, there isn’t any sort of real money system; as such, the trade of materials boils down to two options: either you do or you don’t. If one region stops trade with another, that will have varying effects depending on the regions involved.

 

While trade is active, it is assumed that each region has enough of every material to last them for three rounds; if the Fire Region and Jungle Region were to cease trade in Episode 1, neither would run out of the other region’s trade items until Episode 4.

 

Trade is done through each region’s TRADER, usually on orders from the RULER (but not necessarily always). If a region’s Trader dies or goes missing, that region will have up to four rounds until they run out of resources unless the Ruler, Diplomat, or Council Member takes over the role of Trader (renouncing their old role and powers).

 

Communication

Communication is probably going to be the primary action that most of you will make in each round, done through both backdoor and official channels. The MASK MAKER’S COUNCIL will receive their own Official PM for communicating with each other, as will each individual REGION (non-Mask Maker members of the Council will thus be included within two official PMs right off the bat).

 

Any communication made with other regions will typically begin between each region’s DIPLOMAT before extending to other members of both Regions (generally the RULERS), although in both of these cases, exceptions will obviously be made.

 

The COUNCIL MEMBERS will frequently communicate with each other and the various Regions; as their roles imply, they will be the Mask Maker’s primary sources of information, and with this comes an expected level of communication – as well as a certain amount of influence and power.

 

Communication will very frequently take place behind closed doors, where I cannot see it (and thus cannot share it). Undoubtedly, this form of communication will prove to be the most useful to all of you, but keeping things public can have its own advantages….

 

Other Actions

There are a variety of other actions that one might decide to take in a round. Perhaps you want to keep someone silent for a little while. Perhaps you want them to be silenced permanently. Perhaps you discover some new information, and this knowledge requires you to make moves not listed here.

 

I have not thought of everything, for that would be impossible – and I will keep an open mind. If you have thought of an action to take that has not been mentioned, run it by me first if you are uncertain, and I will be able to inform you of whether it would be possible.

 

PLAYERS/REGIONS

The Mask Maker

The current ruler & guardian of Okoto, who resides within the Ancient City in the center of the island. They own the Mask Maker’s Hammer – the only weapon or tool in all of Okoto that can break any material – and also possess six guardians known as the Skull Warriors that they can send anywhere to fulfill their wishes.

 

The current ruler used to be a Protector of Fire, but their relationship with the Protectors of Fire soured one year ago for unknown reasons.

1-Voxumo - Strangled to Death by Jed in Episode 09

 

Protectors of Fire

Reside in the Fire Region. They supply coal to the rest of the island, and possess the Golden Mask of Fire, which can be used by a Protector of any region to summon fires hot enough to burn even the Skull Warriors to ashes.

 

Their relationship with the Protectors of Jungle and Ice has historically been rather poor, but they are close allies with the Protectors of Stone.

1-Burnmad (Ruler)

2-Dragonstar (Trader)

3-RG (Council) - Killed by Temporal Energies in Episode 05

4-Imrukii (Diplomat) - Executed by Burnmad in Episode 07

 

Protectors of Jungle

Reside in the Jungle Region. They supply plants, wood, and animals to the rest of the island, and possess the Golden Mask of Control – once worn by the original Mask Maker’s younger brother, Makuta.

 

Their relationship with the Protectors of Fire and Stone has historically been rather poor, but they are close allies with the Protectors of Water.

1-ToaTimeLord (Ruler) - Skull Bashed in Episode 03

2-Smoke Monster (Trader)

3-Underscore (Diplomat) - Killed by Temporal Energies in Episode 05

4-Tekulo (Council)

 

Protectors of Water

Reside in the Water Region. They supply water to the rest of the island, and possess the Golden Mask of the Skull Spiders, through which they keep the Skull Spider horde docile.

 

Their relationship with the Protectors of Ice and Stone has historically been rather poor, but they are close allies with the Protectors of Jungle. The Mask Maker deposed & killed 20 years ago was a former Protector of Water, and their heir now hides within the Water Region.

1-Pulse (Trader)

2-Jed (Council)

3-Terrorsaur (Ruler)

4-Dallior/Stamos (Diplomat)

 

Protectors of Ice

Reside in the Ice Region. They supply warriors, guards, and entertainment to the rest of the island, and possess the Golden Mask of Creation – once worn by the original Mask Maker and ruler of Okoto, Ekimu.

 

Their relationship with the Protectors of Fire and Water has historically been rather poor, and due to a botched attempt to assassinate the Mask Maker three years ago they lack any close allies.

1-Nato (Diplomat)

2-FF (Ruler)

3-ToaD (Council) - Killed by Guards of the Mask of Creation in Episode 08

4-Hero (Trader) - Killed by Temporal Energies in Episode 05

 

Protectors of Stone

Reside in the Stone Region. They supply stone and tools to the rest of the island, and possess the Golden Mask of Light, said to be worn by an ancient hero of legend who saved Okoto from the forces of darkness long ago.

 

Their relationship with the Protectors of Jungle and Water has historically been rather poor, but they are close allies with the Protectors of Fire, after helping them to depose the old Mask Maker nearly twenty years ago.

1-Zatth (Diplomat)

2-RahiSpeak (Trader) - Poisoned in Episode 02

3-Bronze (Ruler) - Poisoned in Episode 02

4-Ghidora (Council) - Poisoned in Episode 02

 

Protectors of Earth

Used to reside in the Earth Region. They supplied gems to the rest of the island, and possessed half of the mythical Golden Mask of Time.

 

The Earth Tribe publicly made it known that they were loyal to the Mask Maker above all other alliances, and as such, fought with all of their strength against the rebellion twenty years prior… and were snuffed out for it.

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You know, this seems interesting and kind of fun, and heck I'll sign up for the role of Mask Maker.

 

Also I do have some questions surrounding the role of Mask Maker, but will hold off on asking said questions until I figure out how to properly word them.

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Darn you, Vox.

 

I'll be a Protector of Fire, then

 

Edit: Also, still reading first post, so if we choose our positions I wanna be the ruler. No, diplomat. No, ruler. Nnnnngh ruler.

 

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I've no interest in Game of Thrones, but this is an idea too neat to be wasted. I'll be a Protector of Water.


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You know, this seems interesting and kind of fun, and heck I'll sign up for the role of Mask Maker.

 

Also I do have some questions surrounding the role of Mask Maker, but will hold off on asking said questions until I figure out how to properly word them.

 

It's possible I have stuff in my notes that will answer your questions anyway. Congratulations on your new island BTW, I hope nobody murders you over it.

 

Darn you, Vox.

 

I'll be a Protector of Fire, then

 

Edit: Also, still reading first post, so if we choose our positions I wanna be the ruler. No, diplomat. No, ruler. Nnnnngh ruler.

 

- :burnmad:

 

Rulers of each element will be elected during a "Round Zero" process.

 

I've no interest in Game of Thrones, but this is an idea too neat to be wasted. I'll be a Protector of Water.

 

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I've no interest in Game of Thrones, but this is an idea too neat to be wasted. I'll be a Protector of Water.

Same here. I've never watched Game of Thrones, nor have I read the books, but the concept here is something I quite enjoy. Political games are up my alley.


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I don't even know.

 

Earth Protector.

 

 

I shall claim the spot of jungle protector.

 

 

I shall be a Protector of Ice.

 

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Sounds dope. What's the goal though?


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Sounds dope. What's the goal though?

 

To not die, I would imagine...

 

Or to become Mask Maker.

 

Both of these work.

Victory conditions will vary from player to player. Perhaps one person wants to become the Mask Maker; perhaps one wants only to take down the entire Fire Region. Who knows?


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Will these be assigned?

 

- :burnmad:


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Will these be assigned?

 

- :burnmad:

 

I mean if you want me to decide how you play the game, sure, I guess. I was thinking players might be able to come up with their own objectives; the ones I listed are all rather basic.


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Will these be assigned?

 

- :burnmad:

 

I mean if you want me to decide how you play the game, sure, I guess. I was thinking players might be able to come up with their own objectives; the ones I listed are all rather basic.

 

Wait, so why is Vox the Mask Maker? Isn't that a win for him, then?

 

I'm super confused.

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So this is going to be just like the actual Game of Thrones, where every named character and their mailman has their own agenda?

 

I predict many gambit pileups and plan backfires in our immediate future.


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Will these be assigned?

 

- :burnmad:

 

I mean if you want me to decide how you play the game, sure, I guess. I was thinking players might be able to come up with their own objectives; the ones I listed are all rather basic.

 

Wait, so why is Vox the Mask Maker? Isn't that a win for him, then?

 

I'm super confused.

 

I imagine my goal is something like 'Stay alive and maintain the position of Mask Maker until the end of game' because as the little story blurb says, everyone has their eyes on the seat of the mask maker.

 

Do I predict I shall live long? Not at all. There shall be plenty of assassination attempts


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Will these be assigned?

 

- :burnmad:

 

I mean if you want me to decide how you play the game, sure, I guess. I was thinking players might be able to come up with their own objectives; the ones I listed are all rather basic.

 

 

I just figured setting your own goals seemed more like something you'd see in an RPG, whereas playing to an assigned role would be more in line with a forum game. Of course, I'm fine either way.

 

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The RPGs are also played on a forum. 

That really doesn't relate to what Burn is saying.

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The RPGs are also played on a forum. 

 

Yes, they're games that are played on a forum, but they're not really forum games.

 

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Forum-based Text-based Role Playing Games (as I understand it), also don't really have half the game going on behind the scenes where their hosts can't see them.


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Well, this looks like it could be fun. So why not throw my hat into the ring?

 

I'll be a Protector of Jungle. B-)

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Sounds dope. What's the goal though?

 

Should I count this as you signing up?

 

Okay. Lets try this.

 

*steals Ice Protector spot*

 

You're in!

 

So this is going to be just like the actual Game of Thrones, where every named character and their mailman has their own agenda?

 

I predict many gambit pileups and plan backfires in our immediate future.

 

Pretty much. An ability to adjust and re-calibrate your plans each round might come in handy.

 

 

 

 

Will these be assigned?

 

- :burnmad:

 

I mean if you want me to decide how you play the game, sure, I guess. I was thinking players might be able to come up with their own objectives; the ones I listed are all rather basic.

 

Wait, so why is Vox the Mask Maker? Isn't that a win for him, then?

 

I'm super confused.

 

I imagine my goal is something like 'Stay alive and maintain the position of Mask Maker until the end of game' because as the little story blurb says, everyone has their eyes on the seat of the mask maker.

 

Do I predict I shall live long? Not at all. There shall be plenty of assassination attempts

 

 

Probably. Maybe.

 

Forum-based Text-based Role Playing Games (as I understand it), also don't really have half the game going on behind the scenes where their hosts can't see them.

 

This as well.

 

Like I've said in the past, this game is pretty experimental in how it's structured and how it operates - it's quite open. Most of it is going to be up to you.

 

Well, this looks like it could be fun. So why not throw my hat into the ring?

 

I'll be a Protector of Jungle. B-)

 

You're in!


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Sounds dope. What's the goal though?

 

Should I count this as you signing up?

 

I'm still not super clear on the mechanics just yet. You mentioned trade and material? How all does that factor in?


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Sounds dope. What's the goal though?

Should I count this as you signing up?

I'm still not super clear on the mechanics just yet. You mentioned trade and material? How all does that factor in?

The trade and material is what keeps each region "running". Individually the materials don't matter very much aside from a halting of trade between two regions indicating that one has issues with the other; but if a region isn't gaining any materials at all, they will collapse within three rounds.


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I'll sign up as a protector of jungle

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I'll sign up as a protector of jungle

 

You're in!


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Is there going to be a group PM for players of each region?

 

Yes.


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I'll take the last Jungle protector spot if that's cool, or neato or acceptable or chill or nice or dope or nifty or classy or fine or whatever the kids are saying these days.

 

If it isn't any of those things because I suspect Noice took the last spot, then I'll go for a protector of Fire with Burn and be his friend or pal or comrade or associate or coworker or buddy or pen pal or frienemy or whatever the kids are calling it these days

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I'll take the last Jungle protector spot if that's cool, or neato or acceptable or chill or nice or dope or nifty or classy or fine or whatever the kids are saying these days.

 

If it isn't any of those things because I suspect Noice took the last spot, then I'll go for a protector of Fire with Burn and be his friend or pal or comrade or associate or coworker or buddy or pen pal or frienemy or whatever the kids are calling it these days

 

You're in!

 

Could collecting the masks of power be a goal of the game?

 

It absolutely could. If you can think of it, chances are I will allow it. :P


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Alright so figured out one question thus far regarding Mask Maker.

 

Since it is only I in the Ancient city group, I imagine the Council Members act as my Diplomat? Or am I able to use a Skull Warrior as a Diplomat? On top of that, Skull Warriors, mindless bumbling tools like in the actual series, or competent warriors?


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Alright so figured out one question thus far regarding Mask Maker.

 

Since it is only I in the Ancient city group, I imagine the Council Members act as my Diplomat? Or am I able to use a Skull Warrior as a Diplomat? On top of that, Skull Warriors, mindless bumbling tools like in the actual series, or competent warriors?

 

I'll be able to give you full details once the PMs are sent.

 

15 more spots left everyone! Please help me to advertise so that we can start :P


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Alrighty, fair enough.


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Alrighty, fair enough.

 

If you'd like me to send your PM early, I can do so?

 

Some of the information you're asking for is meant for your ears only.


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