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Chess board courtesy of [personal profile] clairshadows. Prompts by [personal profile] benebu.

This board is also posted on Livejournal. You may play on either site.

The goal of Writing Game is not to make multiple rounds around the board, but to accumulate as many points as possible.

You may switch fandoms/worlds whenever you first pass 20 points, 40, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 105, 110, 115, 120, then free for all.
e.g. Total points: 19. Complete a +3 prompt.
This brings you to 22 points. At this point you may switch fandoms/worlds.

There will be no post secret this week

On this board, your movements depend not on the point value of the prompt but on what chess piece you are playing at that moment. Roll the dice to determine your chess piece.

1a) You are at a Player’s Choice square. Move up, right, down or left according to the point value of the prompt(s).
1b) If the PC square's point value exceeds the board's limits, you should stay in the same column or the same row.
e.g. You're on the red PC square between R and G, going "Up" 3 squares. You stay in the same column but go back to the bottom line, arriving at H square.

2) When skipping a prompt, a pawn may move backwards as many squares as the point value of the prompt.

3) When a pawn reaches the top row (the C-A-PC-J-K-F-B-Q row), it turns into a queen.

Chess piece rules, courtesy of [profile] elalone:
1 - King: You may move one square in any direction.
2 - Queen: You may move any number of squares, in any direction.
3 - Rook: You may move any number of squares, either horizontally or vertically, but not diagonally.
4 - Bishop: You may move any number of squares diagonally, but not horizontally or vertically.
5 - Knight: You may move two squares vertically and one horizontally, or two squares horizontally and one vertically (L-shape)
6 - Pawn: You may move only up. On your first move, you may go one or two squares. Afterwards, you may only move one square at a time.

All the general rules can be found in the user profile. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Home Roll the dice to determine your chess piece:
1 - king, 2 - queen, 3 - rook, 4 - bishop, 5 - knight, and 6 - pawn.
Start on any square you want on the bottom two rows.
A Prompt: Array +2
B Action: Balk +2
C Character: Chatterbox +2
D Action: Duck +1
E Prompt: Elixir +3
F Character: Fatherless +2
G Prompt: Germane +1
H Prompt: Hindrance +1
I Action: Initiate +2
J Prompt: Jolt +2
K Prompt: Knife +1
L Prompt: Lark +2
M Prompt: Manifold +2
N Action: Numb +1
O Character: Old Stager +2
P Prompt: Paucity +3
Q Action: eQuate +3
R Character: Rash +2
S Action: Slack/Slacken +2
T Action: Trample +2
U Character: Uncanny +2
V Prompt: Vertigo +1
W Prompt: Wheel +2
X Action: eXpiate +3
Y Action: Yield +2
Z Prompt: Zing +3

Player’s Choice: Move up, right, down or left according to the point value of the prompt(s).

Player's choice Box A Up
Prompt Character Action
Earworm +3 Lily-Livered +2 Ignore +1
Frame +1 Latecomer +2 Slander +3
Pack +1 Physician +3 Misread +2
Grudgingly +2 Kidult +2 Shear +2

Player's choice Box B Right
Prompt Character Action
Lacuna +3 Godmother +2 Win +1
Chore +1 Forward Thinking +3 Disqualify +2
Despondency +2 Unsuspected +2 Repeat +2
Burlap +3 Chain-Smoker +2 Deepen +1

Player's choice Box C Down
Prompt Character Action
Foursquare +3 Retreating +1 Assume +2
Deadline +2 Gentleman +2 Lift +2
Stencil +3 Determined +1 Seek +2
Track Record +3 Eager +2 Act +1

Player's choice Box D Left
Prompt Character Action
Cart +3 Vengeful +2 Shoot +1
Spick-and-Span +3 Cold-Blooded +2 Cure +1
Chamomile +3 Deceitful +2 Conform +1
Honed +2 Lazybones +2 Rebel +2

Picture Square. Roll the dice to determine your next chess piece. You may roll the dice again if you get the same chess piece. Move according to your chess piece, not the point value of the prompt(s).

You may use up to two of them, as long as they’re touching each other (either top to bottom or side to side).

Far from the Madding Crowd +2
I've lost my love and I care not,

I've lost my love and I care not;

I shall soon have another
the line dividing the seen from the unseen the support of a lover's arm isn't of a kind best calculated to assist a resolve to renounce him
and I always had such a forgetful memory, too the sorry look of a grand bird without the feathers that make it grand how different the second nothing is from the first
how women take a favour of that kind the stuff of which great men's mothers are made dramas in which men would play a part
genuine lover's love as a hyperbolic curve approaches a straight line - less directly as he got nearer I would rather have curses from you than kisses from any other woman
I shouldn't mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband a quiet modesty that would have become a vestal as a pelican in the wilderness

Re-entering reality.

Date: 2013-05-19 08:12 pm (UTC)
oswulf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] oswulf
So, I had only just started and then I disappeared for almost 9 months. So, apologies again if I'm doing it wrong. But...

I post this here which means I'm a pawn. And I need to chose one. So I guess... I always open with the king's pawn so... let's go with the king's pawn. Which could be the 'S' or the 'H' depending which color I'm playing.

My goal is to use the game primarily to inspire and incite my writing muse. So if I'm doing it wrong and it is disruptive let me know so I can go away and stop being disruptive. :)

Now... off to write if I don't fall and get sucked up into the evil world of facebook or something.

Re: Re-entering reality.

Date: 2013-05-20 06:22 pm (UTC)
oswulf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] oswulf
Meanwhile... the picture square/madding crowd... I was reading that as "use the quotation(s) in the piece". But the one example I can find just sort of vaguely treats it as a prompt that is never actually mentioned. So... not sure whether I actually need to include the words "the line dividing the seen from the unseen" or if I can just refer to the concept. Not a big deal either way. And really I could just edit the thing to comply so the point is largely moot and why am I pestering y'all with it?

"It's a moo point. It's like a cow's opinion. It doesn't matter. It's moo."

Picture prompts

Date: 2013-05-21 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] benebu
Oh no, you don't have to include the quote word for word, even if you're of course free to do it. I see the 'picture prompts' as a set of more elaborate prompts.

Of course you should ask questions and pester us mods as much as you want. That's what we're here for.

Re: Re-entering reality.

Date: 2013-05-21 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] benebu
Hello! Glad to have you back :)

You can use the game however you want, as long as you comply with our rules. Some writers use it for playing around with characters, or world building purposes. Some post first drafts, others like to work a little more on each move. It's all okay.

And given how many players we have around, you're not likely to disrupt anything or anyone. Have fun!

H; H+1; Original(Lavendar Green)

Date: 2013-05-19 09:42 pm (UTC)
oswulf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] oswulf
The bridge exploded behind me, sending wooden shards in all directions, filling the air with a great sphere of flame. At this point I did not truly expect any of it to make much difference. The barest glance over my shoulder verified my fears. Close to a dozen figures came hurtling across the chasm. I ran.

"Don't use the 'v' word," he would later warn me. But he hadn't yet and so I had. I had fully accounted for all the standard weaknesses and hinderances. I had surrounded the area in advance with a circle of wolfsbane. I had complemented my emerald green dress with a clove of garlic worn like a corsage or a celery stick. I had planted a crucifix in the pathway. None of it was any hinderance to them at all.

My water balloons and super soaker filled with holy water didn't save their victim. A handful of mustard seeds tossed over my shoulder did nothing to slow their pursuit. And they had no trouble leaping across the running water to chase after me. I shouldn't have had to be told. I should have known better than to use the 'v' word all on my own.
Edited Date: 2013-06-08 08:42 pm (UTC)

H; Picture+2(Lavendar Green)

Date: 2013-05-20 09:45 pm (UTC)
oswulf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] oswulf
1+2=3pts total

First move is always King's pawn forward two spaces. rolled for new piece. (Queen) Using "the line dividing the seen from the unseen" prompt.
A pretty paintjob over a slaughterhouse does not make the process of slaughter any prettier.

Magic hurts. Magic destroys. Magic is the genie that leaves you wishing you could take back your wishes. Magic is the stampede that you can’t control. Magic is the withdrawal pains of an addictive drug and the life destroyed to get money for the drug and the body wracked by the effects of the drug and the self-loathing of knowing that you chose this path. I chose this path. And I would choose it again.

There was no longer any point in running. I rose, faced the… I was still calling them vampires in spite of everything… I faced them as they barreled toward me. And I allowed myself to become enveloped in an eerie calm. I reached out with… with my essence… and reached into the other world, the world of magic, the world you glimpse out of the corner of your eye, that cats stare at when there’s nothing there. Across the chasm between what is and what must never be, between the perceived and the ineffable, I stretched. I let just a hint of the ‘other’ seep through. Time warped.

Picture; Picture + 2 (Lavendar Green

Date: 2013-06-07 08:01 pm (UTC)
oswulf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] oswulf
3+2=5 points total

…and because the queen just provides far too many options to be a properly focusing prompt let me shift one space diagonally up left to queen’s pawn 5, using the “the sorry look of a grand bird without the feathers that make it grand” prompt and rolling for another piece switch to… so becoming a bishop.


They call him ‘the remnant’. I hate that they call him that. He was… well, he was arrogant and cruel. Enthralled by the addiction of his own power. Undisputed paragon of magical puissance and he wore it like an iron glove. But…

When I look into his eyes, he is not the same man. When I look into his eyes, I see that… That haunted look. The memory of days when he soared on the winds of prominence. The tortured longing, not for the tyrannical majesty in which he had basked, but for the simple tranquility of transcendence.

Perhaps it is the curse of the magnanimous but I have never found it in me to flaunt my own ascendance to his metaphorical throne. And I cannot help but thinking that while the man he was deserved what he got, the man he is now does not deserve to be the one suffering the repercussions. That him-now and him-then are two separate men and that the wrong one was rewarded and the wrong one now is punished.

Picture; G+1; Lavender Green(or Lavender LeFey?)

Date: 2013-06-08 09:07 pm (UTC)
oswulf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] oswulf
5+1=6 points total

Jumping up to G because you don't just pass up a potential fool's mate.
His eyelids drifted mercifully closed for a moment, sparing me the depths of despair writ large in his every expression. “Vampires?”

“Vampires,” I replied nodding. “It’s so hit or miss which legends apply and which are just balderdash. I need to know what works and what doesn’t.”

He smiled. Lips curving like a scythe and every bit as unforgiving. “Your problem, Lavender, is that you are using the ‘V’ word at all. Don’t. It will only confuse you. Assuming that any knowledge of legends will provide you insight into what you face will do more harm than good.”

I tried not to grow impatient. “That’s why I’m talking to you, in case it wasn’t obvious.”

He shook his head. “I can’t help you.”


“Can’t. I can only give you answers if I have them. But dear Lavender, think about it. How did they come to exist?”

“I don’t know. Cursed? Bitten by a vampire? Some kind of virus? Or a spell? Or…”

He nodded slowly. “And you know how magic works. Better than most. Do you honestly believe, as prevalent and varied as vampire myths can be, that there even could be only one consistent realization of the myth?”

G; L+2; Lavendar LeFey

Date: 2013-06-15 08:08 pm (UTC)
oswulf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] oswulf
6+2=8 points total
I was up like a lark the next morning. The night's rest had done me good. Feeling stronger, more recovered, feeling the weight of mystic exertion rising from my shoulders. The weight of the challenge I faced, on the other hand, seemed heavy as ever.

What's the point of an expert whose expertise is to tell you that everything you know is wrong? I moved vigorously through morning rituals, almost skipping the coffee entirely. I was all ready focused. I allowed myself the luxury of fully experiencing the sensations of existence. The sensation of the shower's warm water streaming down my back. The tingle of toostpaste on my tongue. The warm, bitter flow of coffee down my throat. I allowed myself to live in all the little moments, because I knew they were ephemeral. I knew my focus would need to shift to the forest and I needed, for at least this brief spot of time needed to savor the trees.

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