- What is Airlocked?
Airlocked is a five-part murdergame in the same weekly format of Trustfell or Dangan Roleplay, but with an extraterrestrial twist. This one is set in space!
The premise is that 20 Champions from various worlds have been brought together as representatives of the best and the brightest that their homes have to offer. With the guidance of the Overseers and the mysterious, invisible Benefactors, the Champions will have the ability to rise to the challenge, or else succumb to the despair and attempt to escape with the one option available to them: murder.
- How long is this going to last?
Round 2's Endgame Weekend will be June 30 - July 2, and Round 2 will be Officially Over by Wednesday, July 5. 1 OOC day = 1 IC day, except for investigations and trials, which are on a 2:1 day scale (meaning: investigations and trials take place on Fridays ICly, but Friday-Saturday OOCly).
HOWEVER, because the overarching plot of Airlocked is so tightly-knit, we encourage players and potential players to consider Airlocked more as a five-act play than a single round. We understand that circumstances can change, especially when planning so far in advance, but before you apply - and especially if you're hoping to make survivor pool - we urge you to consider whether you will be willing to return for an encore in round 5. This is because Round 5's apps will only be open to survivors from rounds 1-3, so additionally we will be strictly enforcing the rule that each player can only have at most one character in Rounds 1-3 make it to survivor pool, to maximize the amount of appable characters.
This means that if player A apps Jane to Round 1 and makes survivor pool, then when they app Andy to Round 3 they do so with the knowledge that he will have to be death rolled.
- Who can I app?
All canons are accepted. Appable characters must be at least 18 in human years (except under certain circumstances), have human-level sentience and be able to communicate. Animals who show human-level intelligence and sentience are appable regardless of whether they're shown to be able to communicate with humans (ex. Simba from The Lion King) but animals who do not (Ex. Ein from Cowboy Bebop) are not.
Basically, you can app Goofy but not Pluto.
We do accept OCs. Their apps will be judged with more scrutiny than fandom apps. We are accepting 2 per round, like the rest of the canons.
We also accept customizable protagonists (eg. the Warden, Hawke, or Inquisitor from Dragon Age, the Sole Survivor from Fallout 4, etc.). These apps will be judged with the same scrutiny as OCs from original universes. If there's more than one reserve from a highly choice-driven/branching game, it is the responsibility of the players to communicate with one another about their world states. We don't require that two characters be from the same world state (for instance, Player A can play Dorian from a world state with a male human warrior Inquisitor, and Player B can still bring in Varric from a world state with a female Qunari mage Inquisitor), but don't spring any surprise choices on your cast mate.
- Who can't I app?
While we don't want to police anyone's fun or tell them who they can or can't app, we do have a few hard nos:
Characters based on a real person - This is a bit more of a grey area, but with the prevalence of fun and entertaining "characters" out there nowadays, we feel like we need to make our position clear. Any character that is a fictionalized portrayal of a real person (such as Nostalgia Critic, Saturday Night Live celebrity impersonations, conservative pundit Stephen Colbert, and Rooster Teeth shorts/Ten Little Roosters) is not considered appable to Airlocked. Characters played by the same actors as these fictionalized portrayals, whether animated or live action, are perfectly acceptable.
To use Rooster Teeth as an example: Burnie and Michael from Ten Little Roosters are based on the actors, Burnie Burns and Michael Jones, to the point where little to no backstory is needed in TLR because of the baseline familiarity with Rooster Teeth that's assumed going into it. Even though their personalities are exaggerated for comedic effect, they would not be considered appable because that line is still too close to the real people. However, their characters in the movie Lazer Team, despite holding many similarities to the actors' real personalities, would be appable because Hagan and Zach are more solidly removed from Burnie and Michael personally.
Basically, if the celebrity in question would be able to find the game by googling their name they're not appable.
Characters with no physical body - This includes characters like the gems from Steven Universe, the monsters from Undertale, Nobodies from Kingdom Hearts (as Nobodies, anyway. There's nothing stopping you from apping Lea but having his presumed canon point be sometime during the time when he's Axel), and Bruce Willis' character from The Sixth Sense. The reason for this is because if such a character would be a victim, there would be no way to have evidence be on the body itself, and while it's not necessarily impossible to plan an investigation that way it's also hard to golden end a shattered rock or a pile of dust.
Specific Fire Emblem: Fates characters - Because of the promise that Xander extracted from EP during Round 1, Nohrian characters who survive Xander's specific world state (Birthright) cannot be apped to rounds 2 or 3. EP is a nondescript mass of their incredibly specific word, after all. This means that [SPOILERS] characters like Camilla, Leo, and their retainers would have to be from either the Conquest or Revelations routes. Laslow and Peri could be from Birthright, but only if their apps establish that they died protecting their lord in chapter 26.[/SPOILERS] All Hoshidan characters (including Birthright!Corrin) are still appable from all routes at this time.
IMPORTANT: The restrictions on physical bodies and on Fire Emblem characters apply to rounds 2 and 3 only. Round 4, like Round 1, will be fair game.
- My canon is new! Can I still app from it?
That mostly depends, for spoiler reasons. All new original canons must have been released (or have an accepted translation) in English for at least two months by game start before apping from it, and we request that you tag for any major spoilers in your canon. So for instance if this was 2005 and you apped Severus Snape from the end of Half-Blood Prince two months after the book's release, well... you know what spoilers you'd have to tag. ;)
If the canon is a reboot:
There are two main kinds of reboots - retellings/expansions where the core story stays the same (ex. 2017 Beauty and the Beast), and complete reimaginings where the characters and the story may be completely different but the world itself is the same (ex. 2016 Ghostbusters).
If the reboot has the same cast and tells the same story with some relatively minor changes/expansions, and the character that you want to app is also in the original then we only require that the version you're apping from has been widely released (example: someone who got to see an early pre-screening of the 2017 Beauty and the Beast would still have to wait until after the March 17th, 2017 release date to be able to app Emma Watson's Belle, but the 1991 animated version would be perfectly appable). This is simply because with this kind of soft reboot, the changes made don't create new story or character spoilers so much as they just expand on features and details that were missing in the original.
If the reboot tells a different story or features different characters on the same backdrop, then they would be considered a separate original canon for the purpose of spoilers (example: Voltron: Legendary Defenders is so different from 80s Voltron that despite the fact that they're both about five kids piloting robot lions, the season that you would make Hunk's final canon point from would have to be at least two months old at the time of reserves). However, this kind of reboot would be considered as part of the original for the purposes of cast caps (example: we would allow reserves for Abby and Holtzmann or for Venkman and Patty, but not Patty, Holtzmann, and Venkman).
- My character is under 18 but they’ve seen some shit in canon. Are they appable?
Because Round 2 is based on The Bachelor, and the Benefactors aren't trying to run that kind of show, the age limit for this round is a hard 18+. The character's age at their presumed canon point can be no younger than 17. The ONLY exception for this is in the case of characters whose age is not canonically confirmed to be 18+, but who are from canons with darker themes and are confirmed to be/behave as if they're in their "late teens." For example, we would allow Hunk, Allura, Lance, or Keith from Voltron: Legendary Defenders because they're all canonically "late teens" and Voltron gets pretty dark, but Pidge, who is much younger than the others, is not appable to this round despite having gone through the same overall experiences as the other paladins.
- What if my character died in canon?
Bring 'em anyway! As long as they have a solid, corporeal body that will remain solid and corporeal after their death, they're considered appable.
- Do I need to reserve before I app?
Yes. We will only be processing and accepting apps that have been reserved. We also require you submit your app with the same account you used to reserve (this does not have to be your character journal, as long as you tell us the character journal you plan on using in your app and reply to your acceptance notice with the character journal).
IMPORTANT: Because of high demand, from Round 2 onward all reserves will be screened.
- Are challenge reserves accepted?
- I want to app but I won’t be around to reserve right away!
That’s okay! We understand people have lives outside the internet and this is why we’re allowing proxy reserves. You can have a friend post the reserve for you, we just require that you comment with a confirmation that yes, this is for you and you intend to app. More about proxy reserves on the reserves page
- When do apps open/close?
Apps are due May 13th, reserves and apps open May 6th. Reserves will be closed after the first 20 characters. Once we reach 20 reserves we will post a mod comment marking the reserves as closed for the time being and post a list of the 20 lucky characters.
- I made it after the 20 mark but before the mod comment!
We aren't doing a waitlist this time around. If somebody drops a reserve, the slot will be opened back up and it will be first come first serve.
- I was on the waitlist for Dangan Roleplay Round 3, are you still going to honor that?
No. Reserves will open for everybody at 12pm EST on May 6th.
- Can I change my reserve?
Before you submit your app, yes. Just comment to your original reserve with the change.
- What if I reserve, but then decide not to app?
Because of the limited cast, we ask that you would tell us if you change your mind and decide not to app, either by leaving a comment on your original reserve or by contacting us via PM or PP. Your reserve slot will be opened again for someone else.
Living characters must submit two ten-comment threads with two different characters per week. Dead characters need only comment to check-in as a formality.
We will also be awarding incentives as a reward for checking in on time! Submitting the minimum amount of comments for both threads (20 comments total) characters will receive one free item from the Benefactors. This is essentially the same as a free roll for the Benefactors' Hold. For another 30 comments (50 total), characters will receive a Sabotage/Boon from the Overseers. If you're a total all-star and turn in two threads that total 100 comments (or 50 from your character) in one week, you get a one-time Shield Token. This means if the Overseers approach your character with a Sabotage, you can spend the shield token to bounce that sabotage back on the character who targeted yours. Each character cannot hold more than one Shield Token at a time, and they cannot earn more than two Shield Tokens over the course of the game. Shield Tokens can ICly be given to other characters, but this must be done by the characters themselves, not through the Overseers. The mods will reply to your AC with what rewards you have earned.
AC threads may come from the weekly mingle log or any player-posted logs from the check period, but since the trials have their own activity requirements they are ineligible for the activity check.
IMPORTANT: The strike policy has changed. Please read this section thoroughly. If you tell the mods ahead of the AC deadline that you don't have AC for that week, you can get one strike. A strike means that the following week, you must turn in four ten-comment threads with at least two different characters, or twice the normal AC. If you don't turn in AC and you don't tell the mods, your character will be automatically death rolled unless you can provide the missing AC within 12 hours of the death roll contact. If you don't reply to the mods' death roll contact within two days, your character will be "punished" instead of participating in an ordinary case. The second half of the password is Flannel.
For a simpler explanation:
Miss AC once, tell the mods before the deadline - take a strike and turn in double AC the following week in order to avoid being death rolled.
Miss AC with a strike - automatic death roll
Miss AC once without telling mods - automatic death roll
Miss AC once and don't respond to death roll - automatic "punishment" instead of a regular case
AC will go up on Sundays for the previous Sunday-Friday, and will close at 12:00 pm (EST) on the following Friday. Activity checks will be screened, to preserve some sense of secrecy for the distribution of Boons and Sabotages.
- Where am I?
Welcome to the IGS Fantasy Sweet! It's a fully-functional, fully-stocked space mansion with its own gravity field and plenty of amenities to keep guests quite occupied.
- Who are you?
We're the Overseers. It's our job to enforce order on the space station.
- How did we get here?
You were chosen for your exceptional talents to represent your homes as Champions.
- Is there a network?
Nope! The Personal Identification Program on your non-dominant arm has a limited note-taking function (allowing you to add notes about your fellow Champions and make a list of your belongings - you know, like a Last Will) and unlimited customizable appearance screens, but there's no video, text, or audio communication functions.
- What does Champion even mean?
It means exactly what you think it does, honestly. It means that whatever you're the Champion of, you were noticed for being the top of your field. Congratulations!
- What happened to my powers?
For your own protection and to encourage creativity, your powers have been dampened for the duration of your stay.
- Hold on, a space mansion? What are we going to do, have pillow fights and braid each others' hair?
Of course not! This is a game about love, about death, about the bonds between Champions that transcend the expiration of their fragile meat-sacks!
You see, it's not just about the power of friendship anymore, it's about finding love in impossible places! You were all brought here to represent your homes, vying for the opportunity to earn your freedom - and the heart of your handsome and charming host.
- So wait, how exactly is this "game" going to work?
You see, when a victim and a culprit love each other very much—
Wait, that's not the right story.
Starting the Sunday of the week before that death is slated to happen, your lovely and bootylicious mods will make a roll for the victim and culprit (there will be a murder during Week 1, this case will be rolled at game start, the same time as Case 2). This will effectively give the involved parties a week and some change to hammer out the details of the crime. We will proceed to contact both players, who will have until Monday at 12pm EST to check in with one of us in any way shape or form (email, PM, Plurk, AIM, messenger pigeon) to let us know that they received the notification and are on board for the trial.
The incredibly sexy and charismatic mods will then put the Victim and Culprit in contact with one another to work out the details of the crime (note: the Victim and the Culprit are not predetermined. The players will decide amongst themselves once they've been paired up which one is the Victim and which is the Culprit). The mods will release a motive the following Tuesday in the weekly log. The players will have until the Thursday before their trial weekend to plot out their crime, so as to encourage as much detail as possible.
Friday, the dedicated and hardworking mods will diligently write the body discovery log and post it. This will be the Investigation Start.
A full autopsy report will be broadcast to each character's Personal Identification Program once the body is identified, which is the One Free Clue that everyone will get. The other clues will be distributed by the mod team as the log progresses, depending on the activity of the log AND what the characters are doing. There will also be a list posted that includes the number of total clues to be found, the number of clues in each location and, once clues have been found, they’ll be listed there with linksfor player reference.
After the successful body investigation comes the trial. Trial logs will be posted on Saturday, and the players will have 24 hours to fulfill the trial requirements.
- What are the trial requirements?
On the off chance that you thirsty little fighter jets don’t ferret out the killer within the time limit, we have separate win conditions that aren’t dependent on the characters actually solving the crime. 75% of the surviving cast have to post a comment anywhere on the trial log (this does not have to be a top-level!! Threadjacking is encouraged, to create a more despairing trial atmosphere), and a specific comment count has to be met. This comment count will fluctuate depending on the difficulty of the case, the demonstrated skill of the players, and the stage of the game. So the first case's requirement will be much lower than the last non-mastermind case's.
- Okay, so the players don't know about the comment count. Then how will they know when they've met it?
If the win conditions are met: Congratulations! You figured out who the killer was!
Now comes the fun part – the Execution! Each execution is tailor made to the culprit in the interest of maximum justice and written out in loving detail by your caring and patient moderators. The execution will be posted on the trial log, and players are encouraged to thread out the aftermath of the execution. Just remember, attacking the Overseers is against the rules, and will be punished accordingly!
- So what happens if the players don't meet the trial requirements?
Luckily, this has literally never happened. On the off chance that it does, the result depends on what exactly went wrong. If the case was completely unsolvable, a failure to solve it will not be held against the players. We like to think we've got this down to an art form by now, but we're not infallible. If the OOC trial requirements are met but the case isn't ICly solved, the execution will be posted anyway with an explanation of the crime.
If the trial doesn't meet OOC trial requirements (aka lack of activity), the mods will post a poll about what went wrong/what prevented people from tagging in as well as a couple of options. While the options will depend on each case's specific circumstances, in all likelihood for a normal trial they will be something like A) have everyone wake up on Sunday from the same vivid dream, with the case participants still alive (effectively scrapping and re-rolling the trial), or B) allotting an extra day or two to solve the trial.
- So how is endgame going to work?
We encourage organic and player-driven Endgame! We have our own guidelines for the final investigation itself, but while we have a loose plan for the transition to endgame we purposefully keep our options open. We'll get you there on time, but we're more than open to giving you the reins and letting the players steer into the gate.
The participants in the last non-Mastermind trial of the round may be given ideas or asked to include elements that will set endgame in motion, whether or not they're given the full context (e.g. It's Curtains Case 5, Dangan Roleplay Round 2 Case 8, Airlocked Round 1 Case 6), but planning the case is still 90% the players, and endgame will kick off on schedule regardless of the outcome of the trial (well, unless everyone dies ;D).
- What happens to the characters when they die? Do I still get to play in the game?
Thanks to the amazing, unstoppable, ingenious Lu, who joined Lynny and Ri on the mod team, Airlocked! has a deadland in the form of Super Special Premium Subscriber Content! After your character dies, they'll be uploaded into Deadland, there to explore an unfamiliar location in the company of some unfamiliar people. The only way to find out more is to die...
- What if my character gets rolled but I have plans for them?
Then you can opt out of the death roll! But this is only an option once, and you must have weekly activity that meets the standards to receive a Boon from the Overseers (50 comments total, or at least 25 from your character). Think of it basically as receiving a Get-Out-of-Death-Free Boon from the Overseers.
- Can I volunteer for death roll?
Absolutely! In fact, there's even an achievement for it!
Right here! Achievements are both an IC and OOC completionary scale to measure the progress of the game overall. The individual achievements can be viewed (minus description) on the PIP by characters who have earned them, while the game achievements at this moment are ICly hidden. The purpose of these achievements for the moment are a mystery...
- I still have more questions!
If you have a general question about the setting, mechanics, or apps, then post it as a reply here and the mod account will respond accordingly. If you have a specific question, ie whether a certain character or canon is applicable, then contact the mods either through PM (to the mod journal) or on Plurk (airlockedmods, or personally at ResplendentRi and frickninja).