Minimum Wage, Maximum Weird
GAS WAY EXPRESS CO
The Right Way, The Gas Way
DAILY EMPLOYEE MEMO
SUBJECT: WELCOME TO NEW EMPLOYEES
Welcome, new employee, to your first and last day on the job at Gas-Way Express. You've passed the reviews, you've passed the interviews, you've passed the exorcism and now you're ready to become an official member of the Gas-Way Express family, an multinational extra-dimensional enterprise! Here at the Nowhere Branch of Gas-Way Express, we distinguish ourselves from our competitors by being adaptable, innovative and focused on what we call a customer-first philosophy!
Throughout your journey, we'll help you to develop numerous life and death skills that'll help you forge new career paths and discover ones you didn't even know existed! By working together, you can ensure that your Gas-Way experience will be an unforgettable and traumatizing one!
Before we let you begin your first new exciting day, we just want to let you know that as part of the Gas-Way Express Co, your well-being and health are of the utmost priority to us other than the customers. If you experience any problems or have any complaints, simply contact us through our Employee Complaint Network! Otherwise, we look forward to working with you!
The Night Shift is a satirical horror and comedy role-play where you play the role of a recently hired minimum wage worker for the supranational oil mogul, Gas Way Express. Your workplace is a lonely gas station nestled next to the I-205 in Nowhere, Nosuch County, Oregon. In the morning and the afternoon, everything is normal as it should be, barring the odd mugger or furious customer. When night falls, however, the gas station becomes a nexus for the weird, silly and strange as supernatural events began threatening the sanctity of the gas station and your life. Unfortunately for you, your manager has signed you up for all night shifts, with shift transfers being out of the question. You, along with your fellow employees, must accomplish, finish your tasks and preserve the interests of Gas-Way Express whilst contending with the horrors and eldritch anomalies that the gas station brings upon you. Failure to stop or respond to these events will result in your permanent death, or even worse, getting fired from your job.
Night Shift's system is a hybrid of a sandbox/narrative RP whereby players are free to explore the surrounding environment of the gas station. Objects present within the gas station can be interacted with and used within the narrative of the RP. Clues, otherwise known as 'Portents', will appear every so once in a while to let players know that the supernatural event remains unresolved. The portents will continue to escalate in severity if the players respond inadequately to the situation. This will eventually build up to a Doom which will have major consequences for the rest of the RP.
Players will be given roles, each of which have their own responsibilities and chores to fulfill around the station. In addition, each of these roles also has one special "Benefit" that they can use to allow them the upper edge against the possible dangers that they might face during their Night Shift. In order to use a benefit, you must type out your action in colored text in order to trigger it. Note that you can only use a benefit once per shift.
Employee Manual of Conduct and Procedure
1)Standards of Posting
All Gas-Way employees who join the RP must make posts whose content and structure fall within the guidelines as discussed below.
- All posts must be formatted in third person tense.
- All posts must be a minimum of three paragraphs or longer.
- All posts must not contain content or material that violate RPGO standards. Sexually risque interactions must be done in private messages with consenting users.
- There is no strictly mandated posting order, but employees are forbidden from making multiple posts in a row without the consent of the manager.
2)Standards of Employee Interaction
During your stay at the Night Shift, we will inevitably attract different employees of different dispositions. All discussions that occur within the OOC or outside of the IC must adhere to the following rules.
- Treat all employees with respect and dignity.
- Don't be an asshole.
- If you have any concerns about or have any problems with other employees, please contact me privately and see if we can come to a solution.
- Don't be an asshole.
- There is a difference between a fruitful discussion and a long drawn out argument. Arguments will stop being arguments when the manager says so.
- Don't be an asshole.
We, at Gas Way Express, understand that not every employee's schedule is the same. We appreciate and celebrate the diverse lives of our employees as much as we do their diverse backgrounds. However, we also expect employees to maintain a work life balance. Therefore, negotiations with your manager on acceptable work hours and your shift times must follow standards as listed below.
- Employees are expected to post at least weekly or bi-weekly. Being able to post frequently is encouraged.
- If an employee must take a break from posting or is unable to post, they must communicate to the manager beforehand in a timely manner. Failure to do so will result in possible dismissal.
We, at Gas Way Express, expect the highest standards of behavior and work from our employees, just as our dear customers would. Therefore, each employee is expected to observe these following rules.
- Participation and discussion of the narrative is heavily encouraged.
- Private collaborations with other employees are encouraged.
- The RP is a mystery as well as a horror RP. The onus is on the players to respond to and interact with the environment set out by the manager.
- A discord channel, at this point of time, is not currently under consideration. All OOC discussion will occur in thread.
- If an employee has any other inquiries that remain unresolved after consulting this manual, please contact your manager for further assistance.
Gas Station Layout
1. The Store
The shelved cornucopia of chronic health conditions, western obesity and one-dollar knick knacks. The fridges to the left of the counter store your regular poisons and carbonated corn syrup goodies. Glass windows provide a scenic view of the outside pumps and the surrounding desert. Coffee machines, microwaves and a malfunctioning slush dispenser are available on the store counter for usage.
2. The Pumps
A series of old and weathered fuel pumps shadowed over by an old and weathered pavilion, protecting the heart of the station from the harsh adversities of Nowhere. The keypads on the pumps are inscribed with hieroglyphic symbols and arcane languages from another era, Management's attempt at integrating credit card terminals into the station's pumps. A soda machine on the outside of the store awaits those seeking to parch their thirst, although, it is often filled with strange foreign beverages.....
3. The Parking Lot
Located on the outskirts of the station, north of the Pumps. The station sign directs lonely travelers to this strip of concrete. A menagerie of vehicles remain eternally abandoned here, ranging from dusty to old and decrepit. Some cars look as if they'd been left here for centuries.....
4. The Dumpsters
The rot that pervades here is choking, accompanied by an orchestra of buzzing flies. The scent here is a mixture of decay and festering waste that burns your throat. Some of the garbage bags jostle and move, something lurking underneath the pile....
5. The Expanse
A land of disparity and harsh extremes, burning in the day, freezing in the night. Saguaros dot the landscape like silent guardians. You wouldn't want to walk out here alone and get lost.
6. The Highway
If the pumps are the heart, the highway is the blood that fuels the station. The I-205 runs through Nosuch County and into the middle of Nowhere, both literally and figuratively.
7. The Behind
As far as official policy goes, anything can happen behind gas station premises. Eclectic graffiti and tags covers the walls, the ground is littered with refuse and detritus and you can often find a person or two leaning back against the wall. Who knows what kind of deals are brokered here?
8. The Restrooms
No one maintains it anymore. You're not even sure you can call the walls white. The mirrors are cracked, the paper towel dispensers are constantly soaked and your feet always splash in a puddle. Don't even get started on the funky odor that comes from the stalls....
Dry Storage. Cold Storage. Utility rooms. Junk. Management's written these areas off the books. No one really cares about what you do here. Don't mind the oddly shaped silhouettes in the Freezers or the military grade containers in Dry Storage. Whatever you do, just keep them out of sight of the customers, but never confuse it for messing with store supplies.
A place where you and your fellow employees can rest and relax from the public eye. A cubby drawer stores all your items whilst a radio and TV serve as your only forms of entertainment. Wi-Fi password is for the assistant manager's eyes only.
The AltarDOES NOT EXIST
The BasementDOES NOT EXIST
Looking For Help - Positions Open!
Gas-Way Express Co is currently looking to hire people for the following positions at the Nowhere Branch based in Nosuch, Oregon.
Open Positions and Responsibilities
Minimum Qualifications: Graduate/BSc
- Ensure team cohesion and cooperation.
- Assist with all clerical work.
- Ensure that establishment is secure after the end of the shift.
You have the ability to call Management once every shift to provide advice or for assistance. Repeated attempts to call Management will result in your pay being deducted. This will result in an extended collab with the GM.
Minimum Qualifications: Intermediate
- To serve any and all clients with a friendly smile!
- Close out register
- Refill food stations
- Ensure that coffee machines are maintained.
Due to a lack of spare change, you can request once per shift for any customer making a purchase to give you something of equal value to the item they are purchasing from the Store. This can be done in response to any GM post.
Minimum Qualifications: Intermediate
- Assist with arrival of incoming shipments.
- Ensure the cleanliness of establishment.
- Restock shelves
Management has given you sole access to the key codes of the storage lockers within the Stockrooms. Using your benefit allows you to open one of these storage lockers per shift and procure one item from within it. Attempting to open more than one storage locker from the store room will result in serious consequences from Management. Gas Way Express does not take misuse of its resources lightly. In order to determine the item, you must use a randomly rolled six digit code. You can also give this benefit to other players to use it on your behalf.
Minimum Qualifications: Intermediate
- Attend to the gas pumps.
- Change gas prices on the outside signboard.
- Sweep all trash away from the fuel stop to the Highway.
- Take tank readings.
Through the power of belief or sheer luck, you are able to fix one item per shift to pristine condition without knowing how to. Attempting to fix something without prior knowledge will most likely result in you breaking it more. This can be done in response to a GM post.
Starting Wage: $10.05/hour, $12.15/hour for Assistant Manager (Non-negotiable)
To apply, please send an electronic copy of your CV and a recent photograph taken within one to two years to: gaswayexpress_employeecare.org. All CV's must follow the guidelines as below. Candidates are free to alter the format below within certain limits.
CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY, 13th October, 2009
Name: (Self Explanatory)
Gender: (Self Explanatory)
Age: (Self Explanatory)
Physical Description: (A photo to accompany the literary description of your character's physical features is advised but not necessary. Obviously, without a photo, you need to put in more effort.)
Applied Position: (Self-Explanatory. You cannot make up a position for yourself. You must sign up for one of the predesignated roles in the RP)
REASON FOR EMPLOYMENT: (Self-Explanatory. Why did your character want to apply for a job at Gas Way Express?Why here instead of any other location?)
BUDGETING: (What do you do with your paycheck? What are your first priorities when spending money?)
LIKES: (Self-Explanatory. Only a few at a time.)
DISLIKES: (Self-Explanatory.Only a few at a time.)
TRINKETS: (What items of importance do you bring with you to work? Keep in mind that you are an official employee of Gas Way Express. You can try and sneak in an 44 magnum by building some sort of crazy doomsday prepper employee......but it'll make Management mad if they find out you brought contraband that could scare customers away. Besides, you really think guns will help you in the Night Shift?)
(Your character's life up to being employed at Gas Way Express Co. Make it short, simple and keep in mind the context of this RP)
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
(Three skills at the maximum with one flaw only. I'll explain why this is if anyone wants to PM me in further detail but basically, guys, flaws don't matter as much as you think.)
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