Anime Vice RPG Weekly News Blog 29/03/2014

Topic started by Kuma_From_Argentina on March 28, 2014. Last post by SamJaz 4 months, 3 weeks ago.
Post by Kuma_From_Argentina (6,719 posts) See mini bio Level 13

Yo people! This is Kuma_From_Argentina bringing you another ANIME…VICE…..WEEKLY!!!!!! *Drumroll* News Blog. Yes, I know it was anti-climatic, but I wanted to make it different, sue me. We had a kick-ass week; I’m going to update you in everything you need to know about the RPG Forum so if you want to come in you will be already on the loop and if you are already in you will be able to keep track of our continuity.

Today is an extra long special! We will talk about the hottest threads, Samjaz will tell us about the Hellscraper Thread we have been talking about and I got to do my own personal spotlight, sooner or later this time would come, I knew, you knew, so let’s make it snappy, shall we?

Threads of Interest

An Unexpected Train Ride, created by Vapovile, started picking up steam this week (sorry, but that was a pun worth doing) with a enormous cast of characters casually invited to raid the Sound Breaker train but unknown to them something sinister is happening inside. Is an awesome mayhem of characters, some are old and know each other, some are new and will surely bring enjoyment to the table. Trust me when I tell you this one is going to get epic.

Inazuma Gakuen is open to receive new students; in fact some are already entering their short bios to be uploaded into the intro thread, check it out and see the wide array of martial arts and personalities we have in store. As Class L is forming, Class M, the current active group is facing and an older student bent on hunting them like pigs. Things are getting exciting and quite interesting, even if you don’t play take a look is a nice read.

Day Seized is a carnival of fun that continues with the High Seas adventures of a demented time travelling office worker and his crew of unsuspecting victims. Jardsam recruited people for a once in life travel and they ended up in a race against Blackbeard….in Velociraptors…. Yes, I just said this and no, I’m not being forced to do so.

Inside RPG

I’ll leave you with Samjaz detailed description of Hellscraper

Hellscraper was an epic of an RP, in the traditional sense of the term. It was huge. It took over ten months to complete, with multiple posts daily from several players, namely myself (SamJaz), Fehafare, and Chronowolf. Each of us used multiple characters throughout the RP, and it operated on a simple ideology:

1) Anyone can join in at any time

2) If you don’t post you get left behind

And until the closing chapters of the RP, that is how we operated. Players were able to join in whenever, everyone was able to build to the plot, and we all had a good time.

Yes, but What IS the Hellscraper?

The Hellscraper was a 77 floor underground tower (Or a cower, if you prefer), and each floor was rented out by a different organization. Some were criminal, some were legitimate businesses, and some were just places for hidden world organizations to do their work. It was all run by the enigmatic Vincent Vincentsson, and operated by his six children, who each had an apartment every eleventh floor.

So, each floor served as a level, and each player contributed levels as and when they had ideas. When it was your floor, you were the DM of the level, controlling the events, enemies and NPC’s involved. Here’s the floor plan, so you can get an idea of the scale involved:

Chapter 1: Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here... (1-10)

· Floor 1 is cowboy cosplayers.

· Floor 2 is scrapheap death battle.

· Floor 3 is goblin volcano.

· Floor 4 is the Rave of A Hundred Ninjas

· Floor 5 is Otto's race track

· Floor 6 is hunting robot knights.

· Floor 7 is Fairy tailors.

· Floor 8 is pirates.

· Floor 9 is Water maze

· Floor 10 is a solar monster.

· Floor 11 is One of Mister Vincentsson's daughters, Loveline.

Chapter 2: The Vincentsson Family (10-19)

· Floor 12 is Touhou themed mansion

· Floor 13 is Dragon Bullfighting

· Floor 14 is an A-ha themed sketch world.

· Floor 15 is a French restaurant run by ninjas who serve you without being seen. Objective is to see them.

· Floor 16 is a garbage dump. Objective is to find what you desire most at that specific moment.

· Floor 17 is Doppelgänger Mirrors

· Floor 18 is a baseball stadium. Walk up to the plate, take your swing, and run around the diamond.

· Floor 19 is salt flats with a massive monster within.

· Floor 20 is the sphinx’s palace, where we must answer its riddle.

· Floor 21 is a room filled with TV's where ninja's jump from screen to screen and attack sneakily.

· Floor 22 is where Mary Vincentsson does her dance practice.

Chapter 3: From the Ceiling with love (20-26)

· Floor 23 is a large room with a logic machine within.

· Floor 24 is a maid cafe. An obscenely wealthy maid cafe. Challenge is to give an order they won't obey. No superhuman feats or paradoxes allowed.

· Floor 25 is a forest lake where we fight airborne mech

· Floor 26 is a teleportation lab. Choose any person throughout the entire plant, warp them into the Hellscraper, and convince them to join your cause.

· Floor 27 is a library with everything in it, run by an orangutan. Goes through to floor 30

· Floor 28 is a library with everything in it, run by an orangutan. Goes through to floor 30

· Floor 29 is a library with everything in it, run by an orangutan. Goes through to floor 30

· Floor 30 is a library with everything in it, run by an orangutan. You need to ask it to bring you a book that the Library does not have.

· Floor 31 is where they are building the arena for the next annual Hellscraper Hunger Games.

· Floor 32 is the palace of luxury.

· Floor 33 is where Cale Vincentsson holds his parties.

Chapter 4: Wicked (26-33)

· Floor 34 is an Irish bar fight.

· Floor 35 is under construction, intended to be a robot ninja factory.

· Floor 36 is a casino where they use people as chips. Challenge is to break the bank.

· Floor 37 is where they keep the chips.

· Floor 38 is A Black and Purple house where the users of the Vice reside. Find your own author. It's also the half-way point of the Viceverse! Hooray!

Floor 38.5 is the half-way mark.

· Floor 39 is candy land.

· Floor 40 is a scary tunnel.

· In grim dark of the 41st floor there is only war.

· Floor 42 is the war machine, where the gears of war spin indefinitely.

· Floor 43 is the Mutters Spiral Academy of Law

· Floor 44 is where Alice Vincentsson does her work.

Chapter 5: Cerberus (34-54)

· Floor 45 contains a bar where they serve every discontinued soft drink in existence. Challenge is to find the drink they serve that is still on the market in that same packaging and recipe.

· Floor 46 is a massive forge.

· Floor 47 is Santa's workshop. He's making a list, he's checking it twice, he's gonna find out who's naughty and nice.

· Floor 48 is a massive desert.

· Floor 49 is the Death Pirate's Galleon

· Floor 50 is the black opera.

· Floor 51 is where they keep the aliens

· Floor 52 is a jungle where everyone, upon entry, turns into an animal version of themselves.

· Floor 53 is the library of hate.

· Floor 54 is a small island housing sakura trees where one can meditate.

· Floor 55 is where Lucy Vincentsson is kept. She will tear you apart.

Chapter 6: In the Family (54-63)

· Floor 56 is the mages academy.

· Floor 57 is the headbutt tavern

· Floor 58 is the food court.

· Floor 59 is a laboratory where they work on creating plants with links to other universes.

· Floor 60 is a filing room with a copy of every single legal document ever written, complete with financial transactions of everyone who ever lived. Challenge is to find your own records and prove that you aren't guilty of fraud.

· Floor 61 is HELLSCRAPER! THE SAMURAI ADVENTURE COMEDY! STARRING AI TO TENJO KARA!

· Floor 62 is the Hall of Dragons

· Floor 63 is The Great Gig in the sky. Battle of the bands against the greatest musicians of all time Vs Us.

· Floor 64 is an ordinary office where the stock market is kept.

Chapter 7: Into the Darkness (63-85)

· Floor 65 is the viewing room. (The point of no return)

· Floor 66 is home to Demien Vincentsson. He will beat you to a bloody pulp.

· Floor 67 is a little place with 99 red balloons

· Floor 68 is The Testing Facility.

· Floor 69 is the Forum of Fears.

· Floor 70 is something we did not want to face

· Floor 71 is the Desert of Swords.

· Floor 72 is is the Palace of -/={DATA ERROR}=\-±/ Forest of /][/±\=- Sol /}[s-\ Luna

· Floor 73 is the Lost Galaxy

· Floor 74 demands that you show it your power or it shall not obey.

· Floor 75 is the great descent

· Floor 76 is the chapel at the root

· Floor 77 is Mr Vincentsson.

CHAPTER EIGHT: RUN (85-86)

This was the team running back up the entire tower as it collapsed around them in an attempt to escape, as well as an unpleasant surprise awaiting them on the street.

So, now you know what it is. What happened?

Chapter 1: Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here.

Our story begins with SamJaz, a wandering hero who placed an online ad to invite people to join his party in assaulting this tower. An acquaintance, an international thief known as the Phantom, was the first to join him, and they entered the first floor, a frontier city where old men dressed as cowboys and hunted homeless people dressed as Indians. This set the tone for what was to come, and the sick minds of the individuals down below.

The pair were soon found others joining their team: An ice mage named Arthur, a teenage boxer named Gen, and a Ninja named Yei. The group clashed at first, with differing ideals and intentions, but they started to pull together. The floors were interesting, there was a ninja rave, a pirate cave, a robotic racetrack, a fashion university run by fairies, and our team fought its first boss, a giant sun monster in a ruined city. The group lost Yei, but was joined by Matt Anderson, a young romantic with the power to transform into Powerful Monsters.

Chapter 2: The Vincentsson Family.

Floor eleven had the team meet Loveline, a little girl of great power and the daughter of the enigmatic Mister Vincentsson, someone who SamJaz had a personal vendetta against. The following floor was populated with Killer Lolis, one of which killed SamJaz, causing him to transform into several of his personas and devour one of the lolis and turn her into a persona for SamJaz to summon. As he recovered, the team were joined by Yukari, a teenage girl with the power to summon legendary heroes from the past, Hitomi, a student of the fashion academy from earlier in the tower charged with the task of keeping our heroes clean and fashionable, and a portalling mercenary named Alvin.

The journey took a dark turn, however, with the introduction of Demien Vincentsson, a powerful being that completely destroyed the team. SamJaz held him back to allow the rest of the team to go on without him, but that battle ended with SamJaz’s death again. He was able to preserve his life with his keyblade and crawl his way back to the elevator, travelling to the surface to receive medical treatment.

The team made it under Phantom’s and Gen’s temporary leadership, both of whom rose to the occasion greatly. During the boss battle on the 22 floor, SamJaz recovered and returned to the team and they were able to defeat Mary Vincentsson together, before taking the team name From the Ceiling with Love, or FCL*.

Chapter 3: From the Ceiling with Love

Of the various challenges our team faced on these floors, the worst were mental and emotional trials. There was a large library spanning multiple floors, where SamJaz and Yukari fought desperately against a strange creature named Buckbuck. They were briefly joined by the gunslinger Crow. However, both Gen and Crow were lost from the team before facing Cale Vincentsson, who fell to the team’s combined attacks.

Chapter 4: Wicked

There were many changes to the team here, and the very core of the adventure changed for the team. A rival team appeared and was attacking the tower separately, and SamJaz won several million slaves in a casino, before destroying the cloning facility producing the excess. Alvin left the team to relocate the cloned slaves on another world, leaving his sister Hagane to fight alongside the team in his stead.

The biggest shock, however, came as Demien Vincentsson kidnapped the Phantom’s girlfriend, revealed to be one of a few women being sought out by Mr. Vincentsson for some unknown reason. With the added incentive to save her, FCL redoubled their efforts to reach the bottom of the Hellscraper.

The loss of Gen hit the team hard during this time, especially as Yukari also left the team during this time for personal reasons. However, the team was now half way through their descent of the tower, and with one more Vincentsson child out of the way, the team continued their descent.

Chapter 5: Cerberus

The tone of the team’s quest was growing darker by the second, and even the chance to meet Santa Claus did little to brighten the team’s prospects. On the fiftieth floor the team was ambushed by all of the Vincentsson children they had met so far, including Demien, but the team had grown far stronger than they were just a few days ago when they entered, and they come off victorious.

The team then faced a being with the same powers and appearance as Phantom. A conversation with the grim reaper revealed that the man the team had killed was, in fact, the same Phantom that stood alongside them, but taken from a few months prior. It then came to light that Vincentsson was, in fact, SamJaz’s father, but many of his ‘children’ were in fact kidnapped and trained to defend the tower and serve as sacrifices for Vincentsson’s sick game, alongside the Phantom’s girlfriend.

With additional forces joining the team, they continued their descent, before meeting Samjaz’s biological sister, who had supposedly died at a young age. She was now an entity of rage and destruction, and battled the team of the fifty-fifth floor.

The violence was quelled by SamJaz entering his sister’s heart and altering her memories, and her emotional bonds, effectively reprogramming her to be completely in love with Matthew Anderson as a temporary method of containing her until he could properly repair the damage his father had done to her. Now a member of the team, Kelly descended the tower with FCL.

Chapter 6: In the family

In the final floors before reaching the point of no return, Hagane and several other members of the team departed, leaving SamJaz, Phantom, Arthur, Matt, Kelly, Hitomi and Hagane’s sister Coleen to face the ultimate depths of the Hellscraper.

However, Phantom revealed his true identity as famous actor, Aleister Crown, to the rest of the team, having built those bonds of trust with his newfound friends, and was happy to have fought alongside them, and for them to assist him so freely in rescuing his beloved Clare.

Chapter 7: Into Darkness.

Floor Sixty-five was a small cinema, where the team witnessed the slaughter of every single person on every single floor above their heads. Every friend, every rival, every begrudging enemy they had encountered was slaughtered, their remains torched, and the path above destroyed.

Hitomi took this the worst, having watched every person from her university die before her eyes; she made her final commitment to the team and dedicated herself to the death of Vincentsson.

Upon the next floor, it was revealed that Demien Vincentsson had been dead for weeks, and the man they had faced all this time was an impostor, a monster by the name of Taylor. In the ensuing battle, the chains binding Kelly’s heart to Matt’s were broken, as was every emotional defense in SamJaz’s mind. SamJaz was effectively crippled from that battle, and relied on a cane afterwards as he rebuilt his strength. Kelly returned to her cold, distant self, but remained a part of FCL because of their common goal.

The team met a technopath named Lincent as they descended, but were separated by Vincentsson and faced multiple challenges before reuniting. On floor seventy-four, however, it was revealed that the SamJaz that rejoined their team was Vincentsson in disguise, and as his true identity as Jardsam was revealed, the final battle for the past, present, and future commenced, panning the spaces of four final floors in the Hellscraper.

Chapter 8: RUN

Jardsam escaped, but his plan was thwarted. With the tower collapsing around them, however, FCL had to take the seven captured ‘Princesses’ and escape with their lives.

Upon returning to the surface, it was discovered that FCL were not the only survivors, and Taylor stood against the team once more, this time holding Aleister’s adopted daughter as hostage. He was defeated, and the team retreated to Aleister’s mansion to rest and recover from their ordeal, before going their separate ways…

And THAT’s the abridged version of Hellscraper. There’s a lot more going on than what was written above, and you really need to read it yourselves to see these characters change and develop, grow as people and gain power and experiences, to understand why the veterans of the Hellscraper are some of the most fierce characters currently in the Vice. Give it a read if you’re up to it, at 86 pages it’s the longest RP the vice has completed to this day, about the length of a short book, so set aside a couple of hours if you want to tackle it in one sitting. If not, that’s fine. At least you’ve got this handy guide as to What the Hell Happened in the Hellscraper.

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Thanks to Samjaz for this uber detailed explanation, now I’m going to give you some flash facts about it, at least from my POV as I was involved with my character Gen.

· The name From the Ceiling with Love is a reference to Rurouni Kenshin, in the last arc the group of villains is thinking about a name and one of them, hidden inside the ceiling, proposes this name. Is quite fitting in Hellscraper where the group moved constantly down. It stuck and some characters still meet after Hellscraper. If you want to see more FCL adventures check Phantom’s Tomb Raid.

· Gen Shishioh didn’t vanish from the tower, he got stuck under some rubble and decided to sleep until they found him. They don’t, he woke up at the end of the thread and left insulting about nobody being there to give him a hand. He meet Samjaz and the FCL gang again in “A Certain Girl Called Clare”

· Sometimes the Floor theme was utterly ignored by FCL as the bickered among them a lot. Gen and Aleister got into quite the heated arguments.

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Player Spotlight Kuma_From_Argentina

I’m too humble to make a kick-ass introduction about myself, so I’ll go right into the Q/A

When did you start to play in the RP section?

I started RPing in 2010, originally I was an user in Comicvine, I tried RPGing there but the community was too closed up in itself, I got to Animevice and I was well received and I stayed through the ups and downs, I had some periods of inactivity, but I try to keep playing.

What are your favorite types of characters to play?

I started playing with an archetypical Swordsman/Mercenary character with some Samurai undertones but I branched out, I’ve played naïve child-like characters, Criminal Masterminds, Noble Knight Types, Blood Knights, Hot-Blooded characters, Cannibalistic Psychos and Pragmatic Bastards. From all those I like the Hot-Blooded the most.

Which was your favorite thread and why?

This one is tricky, I would say that my favorite thread is the pre-reboot Blades & Bullets, the meeting between my character Callis Nomene and Lobos_Del_Rayo’s Crow Cementerio. From that point onward we befriended each other and we are currently working on a novel.

From your own cast of characters. Which is your favorite?

Hands down my favorite character is Callis Nomene a Half-man Half-beast Knight that came from another world. He is a skilled swordsman, a gentle soul but has a serious phobia of women, even to the point of fainting in their proximity. His antics with spicy food are also the stuff of legend as his enhanced senses stop him from tasting anything but white bread and water without a tongue burn

From your fellow players which is your favorite character?

I have many favorites, I couldn’t decide on just one. But if I had it would be Sabine Frose created by Superevil225

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Cast of Characters

Gen Shishioh

My current main character is Gen Shishioh, a Hot-blooded Spirit Boxer that fights through the rankings of the Spirit Boxing Federation to be the best. His powers are similar to Ki, but are more focused in turning his determination and killing intent into energy to enhance his physical attributes. He is brash, bad mouthed and tends to get in everyone bad side upon meeting them. He isn’t a powerhouse but he isn’t a pushover either. He is currently involved in a large storyline much bigger than he can comprehend.

Callis Nomene

A Knight from another world that after breaking a magical relic ended up in the Viceverse, he currently looks for a way back to his own world, but with poor luck. He is kind, gentle, and well mannered and will always help somebody in need. His skills with the swords are aided by his inhuman physique, allowing him to perform amazing feats of strength, speed and agility. He has basic magical training and can use simple spells, nothing flashy or combat useful. He is famous for his phobia of women, thanks to events that happened in his past and is mostly incapable of talking to a woman without stuttering.

Kuro-san

A Criminal Mastermind that once had the whole Japanese Criminal Underworld under his boot. Something happened and he used his impressive resources to get certain powerful object that allowed him to erase his own existence from the memories of everybody in the world. Now he roams the Earth with a new agenda trying to gather what he needs for his plan. He lacks any emotion or doubt, incapable of processing the grief and pain of other or his. He is a souless monster that wouldn’t think it twice to blow up a city if that helped his agenda.

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I have many characters, but I already made a long blog, so some other day I’ll continue. Next time we will have a short INSIDE RPG segment about the objects in power in the Viceverse, so get ready to be awed. We also have Lobos_Del_Rayo Spotlight, meet the player that tries to break a Guiness record of length with each post!

This is Kuma signing off!

IMAGES IN THE TITLE CARD DRAWN BY Rokuro

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Post by Vapovile (1,930 posts) See mini bio Level 16

@Kuma_From_Argentina: Great blog, as always. Wow, I didn't know that this topic had been going on for nearly a year, though the page numbers certainly indicate that. I also see that Hellscraper might have inspired some of the more recent longer RPs, such as the ones involving the late Clare. I have been meaning to keep up with those as well, but I kinda feel like I would be missing something if I didn't read Hellscraper first xD. Looking forward to next one on Lobos and important objects.

Post by Kuma_From_Argentina (6,719 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@Vapovile: Thank you

Post by Lobos_Del_Rayo (2,842 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Lol wow didn't even realize I was going to be the next writer spotlight :)

Post by Kuma_From_Argentina (6,719 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@Lobos_Del_Rayo: I always try to surprise XD

Post by SamJaz (12,527 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Funny thing is, that WAS the brief explanation. Great post.

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