Around the world in 80 days: The forum adventure. prologue: Spoiler "That then book is nothing but hollow, infernal nonsense I say!" lord Bartholomew shouted over the Reform club to anyone and no-one in particular. He, as many, had been engrossed in the marvelous tale of Phileas Fogg and his trusty servant Passepartout as they ventured the world in 80 days exactly. Unlike many a Londoner however the honorable lord was not impressed by the adventure. "Nonsense, I say" he repeated. "None can travel that distance in that time with that ease" he said, dismissing the various challenges Fogg had indeed faced. "Verne should be ashamed of himself for daring to hope the upper crowd would take a single word of this....this..... farce seriously." A snicker was heard across from where the lord was seated. "My my, my dear Bartholomew." a gentlemen in a dapper cloak and tophat said calmly. "This is just fiction, no need to get so riled up about it". The lord simply grunted in response and paused. "And even if it is not accurate, who are you to defy it? With modern transportation getting faster by the moment I'm sure that it is only a matter of time before a journey of such grand caliber becomes common day, available to the masses". "Sir Adam", the Lord retorted. "Regardless of the steamcraft, the trains, the elephants nor the boats, the aircraft, blimps, automobiles and horses employed I would guaranty you that no man can make this journey. Make it so, I would pay the person who disproves me a sum of twenty thousand pounds in style of the novel". Adam simply smiled. "Well, we'll see in 80 days, won't we" he calmly stated while looking over the crowd. Welcome, one, Welcome all to the journey of your life. During the summer I had the immense pleasure of reading Jules Verne " Around the world in 80 days." and since then something like this has been rattling in my head. I want to create a forum rpg out of the tale, and since I want to be a bit more active on this forum I thought this is a fine chance to do it. You are one of the many people that was present at the reform club the day the lord Bartholomew the 2nd declared that he shall pay a sum of 20 thousand pounds, a wast fortune. as the adventurer, traveler, greedy person or whatever your motive may be, you accept this offer at your own cost. I will be the story teller, crafting the world of a slightly modified and a bit more technologically advanced (but not much) 1873, as vernes novel had just seen English publication. you create and control a character as you travel across the world in hopes of getting around the world before the 80th day is up. What path you take, what transport you employ, how you interact with your fellow players and the NPCs that are scattered around is entirely up to you. I'll try and never delay an update more than 2 days, so that every 48 hours those characters that have acted should have received the next part. optimally I'll update each character as often as I can, but I want to strive for quality, not quantity, so don't expect daily updates. Want to join? simply fill out the character sheet below. The first part will be released a week from now, at the evening of the 25th of October. I'll only host this for 10 characters to avoid overworking myself. join if you really want to join long-term. I'd rather not start with 10 enthusiastic players and then 4 updates into the story half of them are gone. Those that don't respond for several parts mysteriously get killed in the Indian forests by monkeys. be reasonable in your character creation and have fun. You get to control your "difficulty" a bit here: poor characters have a harder time getting anywhere than rich ones, characters that want to go the wrong way around not only are doomed to fail but are adding extra challenge, and those that are jerks to everyone don't get discounts. This journey will be difficult, but how difficulty is all up to you and who your character is. Spoiler Name: Age: Occupation: Description: Why are you at the reform club: What are your starting items (keep them reasonable): What is your starting funds (<20 thousand pounds. 1 1973 point ~ 100 2016 pounds): Do you have an NPC follower (Note, I control the follower as he is not you. I take no responsibility if he is the cause of delays on the journey): If yes, provide a character sheet of the follower as well and his relation to you. The more interesting, detailed, or reasonable a character is the more likely I'll include them in the story if I have to choose. feel free to ask questions or obtain clarifications, leave comments or critique, or simply wish me a good day. With hopes this will be entertaining, let's start our grand adventure, shall we?