Storm Shelter is a hybrid of styles. We are a novel-style storytelling roleplay that loosely follows the format of a television series (seasons, episodes, scenes). Our chronology is event-driven which allows for a certain amount of freedom when it comes to writing the mini-plots (character plots). Confused yet? No? Well, we're not done, read on!
Each Season spans one year of game time. For example: Season 1 covers January 1, 2017 thru December 31, 2017 with the first episode set in May 2017. We do not generally add a specific date to scenes beyond the opening scene in an episode. For example, the first episode started in May 2017 so the first scene is dated May 1, 2017. If you look at the top of the forum, above the topic listing, you will see some basic episode information. Clicking on Episode Notes will show you the average climate graphic for the region.
- Episode Info: S1, Pilot >> Tells you which season and episode we're writing (S1 = Season 1)
- Timeframe: Late Spring 2017 >> Tells you the season and year.
- Opening Scene Date: May 1, 2017 >> Tells you the exact day the first scene is set on.
- Episode Start Date: June 14, 2018 >> Tells you when we started writing this episode.
Each Episode has a main plot or backstory and spans a specific time period within the season. Sometimes the main plot won't be concluded within the allotted time frame, which is fine. It will simply be continued in subsequent episodes as needed.
Scenes (threads) break the episode down into even smaller time fragments and events. This is where it gets tricky.
Storm Shelter is event-driven, not date/time driven. Everyone needs to read posts and episode updates in our plotting forum. Please look for it before asking me what/when/where. What does event-driven mean? It means you cannot write about a character knowing about an event until that scene is marked complete! The little padlock next to a scene's title indicates it is complete.
Wait? What? You want to write a post set prior to the current episode's events, something that happened in your character's past? No problem! Flashbacks can be written in-line with the current episode's scenes (threads). All you need to do is add [FB] to the end of your title to designate it as a Flashback and put the exact date in the timeline field in the Synopsis field.
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