Ninja Burger PBP Episode 1 - 5/7/06
This is it. You've made it to the final challenge in your basic training course. Over the past few months, you and several hundred other students have taken tests, run laps, lifted weights, fired arrows, fought bears, swum through boiling water, swallowed fire, and run across tightropes while carrying large cups of cola, and in the end only seven of you survived. I mean, succeeded.
Now you stand in the final test chamber with six other people (total = seven). This is a warehouse-sized room, at least two-hundred feet long, half as wide (100'), and half as high (50'), and the seven of you are crammed on a narrow steel catwalk designed for about four people, tops. The catwalk hangs halfway up the wall (25') of one of the narrow ends of the room. There are no visible ladders; only the steel door you came in, which slammed shut behind you moments ago.
Across the warehouse, on the far end (you're told) is an identical door, atop an identical catwalk. For your final test, you must simply get from one end of the room to the other end. The room appears completely empty. It looks too easy.
As you survey the situation, a loud whistle pierces the silence, echoing around the chamber.
"HELLO NINJA," booms the godly voice, and it echoes and echoes around the room, nearly damaging your hearing. A few loose bolts rattle underfoot, and the catwalk suddenly seems less secure than before. "OOPS, SORRY," says the voice. "WRONG CHANNEL. LET ME FIX THAT..."
The voice comes back, softer, closer -- this time, from your ear, where you've got your Ninja Burger two-way radio stuck.
"Sorry about that guys. Anyway, I'm your Dispatcher for the evening. And, if you make it through this challenge, I'll probably be the one Dispatching for you in the field. I know that this is really the first time you seven are actually working together as a team, so I think it'll be helpful if everyone introduces themselves. Keep in mind that we're all wired for sound, so talk in a normal tone of voice. Anything anyone says will be heard by everyone in the team, including me."
"And oh, by the way -- you should start thinking about this final challenge. It is a timed challenge, and, let's see here [Dispatcher +6]... you've got... five minutes remaining."
Anything the Dispatcher says out loud will be in quotes. Anything not in quotes is description. Anything sandwiched in between [OOC] headings will be just that - instructions to the group that are neither description nor dialogue. For this first challenge, please react and act as you wish, using the same formats. Anything you want to say out loud to the group, say in "quotes", anything you wish to do without saying, type as description, and anything that you want to ask Out Of Character (questions, clarification, etc.), sandwich in [OOC] brackets. Within description and dialogue, you should also feel free to include references to relevant skills, as I did above with [Dispatcher +6]. Don't get carried away with them though; your post should look like paragraphs, not a math equation.
Once everyone has posted (or Saturday, midnight comes), we'll go into the next phase of this episode and I'll show you how the dice rolls work. For now, just introduce yourself and tell me what you plan to do with the situation you're in.
And as always, if anything is unclear or at issue, let me know.