It’s more common than you think.
Now, this isn’t a post about me getting advertisers or sponsors for my blog, because I’m not entirely sure how that really works, despite that I’d love to do something like that so I could drop one of my crappy jobs. No, it’s me doing the advertising myself, and that advertisement would be for an addiction I’ve had for five years now: Fandom High.
Now, I’ve mentioned Fandom High briefly before, but I didn’t say too much about it. Essentially, it’s a character-based role-playing game on LiveJournal. It works through a network of communities and personal journals, written in third person, so it’s like a great interactive story with several perspectives. The concept of the game is simple: somewhere in the multitude of multi-verses, there’s an island off the coast of Maryland, USA, that looks an awful lot like a larger Mont St. Michel. That castle there? That’s a boarding school, where people from all different “fandoms” come to learn or teach, and there’s a small little town for people to go about a quiet and peaceful life.
Quiet and peaceful if you ignore the constant invasions, wacky weekend when you turn five years old or have random kids of your own, or the gremlins that bite you and think you’re someone else, or, like this weekend, thematic happenstance such as jelly beans coming out of the faucets instead of water, and actual grass turning into plastic grass, and Cadbury eggs sitting where you’ve just gotten up.
Basically, it’s a lot of fun. I wouldn’t have been doing it for almost five years if it wasn’t fun (I did take a hiatus for a while, too, but I returned after my fiance’s death; the players are all wonderful people and they made for a great support network. One of them is even my roommate now!). I’ve played many, many characters in all those years, too, and, since I love talking about them and it gives you an idea of what we do, here’s who I’ve played, and what fandom they’re from.
My Current Characters:
Princess Ariel of Atlantica, Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Prince Alexander of Daventry, King’s Quest
Captain Shunsui Kyōraku, Bleach by Tite Kubo
Kūkaku Shiba, Bleach, by Tite Kubo
Jane Porter, Disney’s Tarzan
Chrono, Chrono Crusade by Diasuke Moriyama
Character I ‘Apped’ This Session:
Leopold “Butters” Stotch, South Park
Characters I’ve Played in the Past:
Setsuna Sakurazaki, Mahou Sensei Negi! by Ken Akamatsu
Yasutora “Chad” Sado, Bleach by Tite Kubo
Tabitha-Ruth “Turtle” Wexler, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Sister Rosette Christopher, Chrono Crusade by Diaskue Moriyama
Captain Kenpachi Zaraki (and Yachiru), Bleach by Tite Kubo
A.J., Empire Records
Adah Price, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Cal Stephanides, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Detective-Constable Daisy Day, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Charlotte York, Sex and the City
Minsc (and Boo!), Baldur’s Gate
Rachel Price, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Sergeant Angua von Uberwald, Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, Futurama
So, as you can see, there’s plenty of options…and you can go through a lot of characters in just five years! Applications are being accepted through Sunday, April 24th, and, if you’re interested, you can read more about the applications in this handy post made by our lovely administration. It’s a lot of fun, keeps me writing, and we love to have new players in the mix since we’re a smaller, more private role-playing group compared to some of the others on LiveJournal. Come check us out!
And I promise, tomorrow we will be back to your regularly scheduled blog.