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Welcome back everyone!

As many a philosopher will tell you, reality is subjective. It depends entirely on the observer. Objectively speaking, humans are obsessed with the notion of reality – of breaking it, of defining it, of wondering what might exist beyond the edges. Are there alternate realities? Is there even one tangible thing that can be defined as β€œreality”? How does reality handle the idea of fiction, of fictitious characters and things that should not be possible within the rules that we abide by?

These are the questions we pose to you today. You will have until midnight on Tuesday, May 23rd to reflect on them and write a piece regarding this concept, its tangibility (or intangibility, as the case may be) and the various implications thereof.

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The Nature of Reality – What makes the world turn? What rules does the universe abide by? Dance with the idea. Shape it into something poignant and thought-provoking and share it with us.
The Fine Line – Some may say that reality is entirely subjective. At what point does an individual’s reality become so warped that it seems a delusion, a fantasy to the rest of us? Show us.
Buckling Under – Throughout the most tumultuous times, the laws that guide our universe, our reality, remain constant. Sometimes with catastrophic consequences.
Shattered Space – By contrast, there are times when things get so bad that reality just… breaks. Show us what happens when β€œthe rules” go out the window.




Remember, submit your entries to the @RPGC entry PM box no later than May 23rd. If you have any questions pose them here or in a PM to @RomanAria.

Remember to specify whether you want your username disclosed or not. If you say nothing I will assume you wanted to remain anonymous.

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Hidden 7 mos ago Post by RomanAria
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Updated to include username disclosure policy, cause I was a nonce and forgot to include that in the initial posting. If there's anything else missing, just flail at me.
Hidden 7 mos ago Post by Vesuvius00
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@RomanAria ok, I think I'm gonna actually try to do this... what are the rules/guidelines though? Does our entry have to be a certain format (narrative, poem, essay, etc.?) or touch on a specific theme with the topic? or can we just go crazy creative and turn in whatever we come up with by the deadline? Also, does our entry have to be completely original or can we use characters and settings we've come up with before?
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@Vesuvius00 It's entirely up to the entrant. We've had poets, epic storytellers, and all manner of other formats. Go creative - the theme is intentionally designed to be as unrestricted as possible - so long as there is some connection, however abstract and tangential, to the concept of "reality", it's good. (For the record RPGC has never turned someone's entry away for not adhering to the theme. We like seeing what crazy off-the-wall things you can come up with.) You can use all characters and settings as long as they're your own creation.
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Hidden 7 mos ago Post by Kalleth
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Nice and pumped up for another writing contest, but deliberating between whether I should blast through until I come up with something I like or if I should mull, and ponder, and let an idea bubble up in a few days. I got time to think about this, but I've never been one to sit idle!
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Hidden 7 mos ago Post by Infamous Empath
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yeah im the same way @Kalleth. i wanna post an excerpt of my original novel but i want to make sure its good enough, people like it and can relate to it. sometimes i think im the only person who can understand my reality :/

this will also be my first writing contest on this site...or ever, on any RP site if i think about it. and ive been RPing for 15 years, on and off.

hey, good to see you here @Vesuvius00 :D
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@Infamous Empath Sorry, I don't think it was clear - you can use settings and characters that you've created before, but the entry itself has to be written specifically for this contest. No excerpts of already-existing works. Besides this I'd also advise against putting bits of your novel online if you ever intend to publish - publishers can be pretty strict about their plagiarism checkers and it'll be impossible to completely remove your writing from the database.
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"Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide...
...no escape from reality."

Don't even try to convince me you didn't think of that when you read the first post.
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"Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide...
...no escape from reality."

Don't even try to convince me you didn't think of that when you read the first post.

I didn't, though.

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At first I thought 'Okay, RPGC, time to bring out my medieval bard again'.
Now I have no idea on how to use him with this theme XD I'll see if I can figure something out.

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Oh dear.
My twisted mind just came up with a horrific short story for this theme.
An idea that only a sick psychopathic serial killer would probably conceive of...

Should I start worrying about my mental health?
Or should you all start worrying about your physical health when I'm around?
Dun dun duuun!

But no really it's a clever idea and possibly good story telling but the end result is just...
Morbid.
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@The Grey Dust oooooh. :D I look forward to reading it!!

(Though abide by guild rules while writing. No 18+ stuff (sorry no smut) in your entry text and if material is too vividly descriptive of potentially upsetting things (to be decided at the contest administrator's discretion) a disclaimer might be added to the beginning to warn those readers who might be sensitive to it.)
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Supernatural western, anyone?

Be prepared.
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@RomanAria

But Aria... You're so Innocent!
This is not a story for kiddos!
I mean it's dark, and twisted.
Nuanced with gentle allusions.
Nodding at horrific undertones.
You will never see it until the end.
And then it'll be too late by then.
The truth bites down hard on those blind to see.
And I care to share a bit of my madness with the rest of the world.

Yes, it'll have some tongue-in-cheek commentary of course.
It wouldn't be my writing if it was devoid of any winks at the real world.
And I think I'm about halfway done with it so far...
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@RomanAria Can we uh, use characters from actual creations. For example, I think I could write a good Doctor Who story using this for the story. Except it'd be a made up Doctor, a made up companion, and etc.
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@Chaotic Chao I'm going to say no, sorry. It has to be an original setting as well as original characters.
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@RomanAria I never understood why people say sorry even though they didnt exactly hurt or do anything to anyone or if its not their fault.

Anyways, I can still make do.
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Supernatural western, anyone?

Be prepared.


Mmmmmhhhhhmmmmm.
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I have the perfect story for this. I hope nobody here likes the Jin Dynasty, because everything wrong with the world is their fault now.
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I feel if we had the ability to speak on it as well, it could make for a much more powerful thing that can reach those who are too lazy from RP to read.
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