What is NESing? What should it become? What could it be? The act of a Never Ending Story has always been a very strange endeavor, merging a narrative and a game. When they first began, NESes were more about free-form roleplaying, and they gradually became more formalized, statistical entities over time. I'd like to return to narrative process with a short experiment, to see how you handle writing stories quickly under pressure. It's possible that this experiment will be a horrible failure. But I'd like to help people get some experience in writing stories, particularly those new to NESing. These skills will then roll over into the next project I'm developing. DISPATCH: The Death of the Monarch. The ruler is dead, killed while attempting to flee arrest for so-called crimes against the state. Anxiety fills the air of the sprawling capital, as the previously autocratic leader and his advisers have fled or been killed. Mob rule has begun to take hold, and fire brigades are not responding to the spreading chaos. How do you respond to this? Are you one of those seeking to capitalize and establish a new order? An opportunist seeking to flee danger, or profit from a world where everything is suddenly in flux? Do you simply want to protect those you love? SUGGESTED ROLES: An upper military commander [Faction 1] An upper military commander [Faction 2] A passionate junior officer A popular enlisted man A member of the secret police for the former ruler A trade union leader A famous philosopher or religious leader beloved of the people A nationally-famous theatre performer A shopkeeper and family man An unskilled laborer with a few friends A lesser scion of the royal family thrust into the limelight An extremely wealthy but corrupt merchant A few guidelines. You can do anything, or try to do anything, permissible by the laws of physics and a vague 18th-19th century level of technology. Feel free to go crazy with the culture or anything else. If you attack another player, I'll give them a chance to respond. No god-modding. The only other thing that's required is that you have to follow the naming conventions of anyone who posts before you. If someone names the dead king, the country, the capital city, or anything else, if you need to reference those things, build on what previous players have said or make something up. [Please don't write a book of your own terms and force other people to follow though; just introduce a few things.] This is supposed to be written as a flash-fiction type event, with short bursts of stories from 200-1000 words. I will respond to stories as they are written from an omniscient narrator perspective, introducing new characters and ideas. Think of this as a "choose your own adventure" book with others playing along. We'll see how it goes. Post quickly and well and "win"! The faster you post, the more easily you can define the situation! React to other players, do interesting things, and don't be afraid of posting! Even quick one-off reaction stories will be welcomed. THIS EXPERIMENT WILL TERMINATE IN 14 13 12 11 DAYS. GOOD LUCK!