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The V5 Read-A-Thon; Lets goooo for it
Topic Started: Apr 2 2017, 10:02 PM (6,098 Views)
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Alright folks. We're past the halfway point and everyone's going all "oooh v7 concepts/plastic hammers/stupid alignment stuff" so WHY THE HELL NOT, there's been enough distance between v5 ending and now that I think we're all entitled to look back at it and see just how things were.

So it's Read-A-Thon time, which is a great and fun way for us all to give some attention to characters from previous versions both famous and mostly-forgotten. The rules are simple enough. You post that you want a character (we'll do one charrie at a time so there's no overwhelming going on). You'll be randomly assigned a character from the list below. Your job -- your only job -- is just to read through the character on your own time and hopefully post a sentence or two on what you thought. This is NOT a critique thread, so please don't feel pressured to post some long screed reviewing them. You can if you want, of course, but we really just want something fun and low-pressure as a way to spread the love. So at the very least, just check in and say you've read the character. Once a character is assigned and then read, we'll cross them off the list until we've got everyone done. Any questions, just ask, and have fun!

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v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Let's kick this off (and yes, I'll be doing one myself too)

All rolls are just through random.org's list generator, first character in the list is the one you get:

D/N - Alda Abbate - V5 Start
Brackie - Virgil Jefferson-Davis - V5 Start
backslash - Christopher Harlin - V5 Start
Cicada - Joe Carrasco - V5 Start
Randomness - Mallory McCormick - V5 Start
Yugikun - Gabriella Parker - V5 Start
Inge - Emily Rose - V5 Start
Vyse - Takeshi Yoshikawa - V5 Start
Aura - Makatala So'oialo - V5 Start
dmboogie - Jason Meyers - V5 Start
Espi - Adam Morgan - V5 Start
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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zetsu - Dave Russell - V5 Start
Kermit - Stephanie Wright - V5 Start

v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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zetsu - Matt Vartoogian - V5 Start

For revenge now you get a final 10 kid haha
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Last one for tonight

Wolley - Rebecca Kiesling - V5 Start
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Rugga - Carlon Wheeler - V5 Start
Primrosette - Natalia Kowalski - V5 Start
RC - Alice Gilman - V5 Start
Maraoone - Jessica Murphy - V5 Start

v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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CrossbowPig - Sara Corlett - V5 Start
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Kermit - Matt Masters - V5 Start
Pippin - Kelly Peterson - V5 Start

v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Ruggahissy - Paulo Abbate - V5 Start
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Rugga - Casey Malkovich - V5 Start

v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Finished Alda! And... not going to writeup a giant treatise on her, but just a couple thoughts. You know what I liked about Alda all the way through? That she was dumb. She was an angry, unintelligent person, but (and this is important) she wasn't a joke. That's not to say she was especially deep, because she wasn't. She was pretty one-note, but well... shallow, dumb people often are. That's just the way it is. So you can see why people often are afraid to write them. And EP actually handled Alba a bit better than Casey did, Casey never seemed to get the voice exactly right for my taste and I found her a bit of a better read after the adoption. Although I could go with a bit less of the "oh, Alba COULD have reacted better or done something more logical, but that wasn't here" theme that we got over the second half of her story.

Storywise, here's a bit of a tangent. One thing that bugs me when reading through characters is when they're always referencing someone or somebody just because they happened to meet them once. Like, Alba seeemingly obsesses on Dan Liu throughout a bunch of threads because they shared one thread together at the very begging which lasted in-universe about 10 minutes before Dan went off and died. Why would Alba be brooding about Dan four days later? Er, like I said, minor tangent. In any case, Alba's story really doesn't start until day 3 or whatever when she meets the softball girls, and once you get past the standard SOTF-coincidence of them all meeting up at once, it's good. I liked her kill of Meera a lot, even if the whole softball team thing had to end in tears shortly after with Alba (sigh) stomping away from them for no good reason so she could get killed by the same guy who killed her brother. Ah well.

My next charrie:

D/N - Matthew Young - V5 Start

v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Riki - Claire Monaghan - V5 Start

Edited by D/N, Apr 9 2017, 02:02 PM.
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Well, reading Matthew Young didn't take long. I was kinda excited when I got him, because he wasn't really ringing any kind of a bell and I was like "hey sweet, new character I hadn't read before". And then I read him, and well it was pretty easy to figure out why I and probably lots of you hadn't really heard of him much despite his being written by Rattle, because Matt... didn't do anything at all. Like he had four threads, the first was one of those complete nothing early "a couple rando people show up on day 1/2 and stare at each other then leave" threads that I've talked about plenty of times before, in the second he had zero interaction and then finally he met Joey in the third and they had a conversation about nothing in particular.

Now I liked parts of Matthew's writing. He's written by Rattle, of course you've got good stuff in there. And don't know if Rattle meant from the start to have Matthew be a reflection on how loneliness and isolation would work in SOTF, but it's not like these first couple threads where Matthew thought about that stuff were necessarily a bad read. But unfortunately, you can't follow a character like that, really. It's just so incredibly hard to get invested in them, which is why they're not really the types of characters that can be pulled off in a game like SOTF. If it was something like the BR novel, and Matthew was just one of the fodder characters where you get a page or so following them and how they fell about hiding from everything before they die, that could work. And maybe that's just how I have to treat him here.

Especially since when he does meet another, kinda similar soul in Joey, nothing they talk about has much meaning. Matthew wants to hope that there'll be a rescue or something. He wants to keep his head straight. That's nice, but it's not deep enough to really work. And there's no payoff, because his death in the next thread is totally empty. Like, he does something really dumb and runs towards Claire without saying anything except "Hey!" and digging in his bag, and she hits him in the head with a fucking flashlight of all things and he goes "ugggh, I am slain" and collapses immediately and is dead. Like, believe me I read through most of v4 and there were plenty of deaths even worse and more out of nowhere than that, but come on. If he could have had a death that would have at least tied his short arc together, I'd probably have been happier, but it leaves a real sour taste in your mouth when a guy gets bumped off like that.

So yeah, didn't really work. Again, you've got some nice musing on how the choices to avoid human contact can affect you with Matthew, especially in his first couple threads, but it's not enough to condense into a totally recommended character, especially when you can get so much of Rattle's good writing in other characters of his.

Next for me:

D/N - Luca Johanssen - V5 Start

v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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Laurels - Gray Emerson - V5 Start
Yugi - Nina Clarke - V5 Start
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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HAHA so I thought this was dead and forgot all about it WHOOPS

So let's try to get this back on the road or something - New charries!

CrossbowPig - Alexander de Gaulle - V5 Start
backslash - Mark Little - V5 Start
Plush - Kaitlyn Williamson - V5 Start
Maraoone - Paris Ardennes - V5 Start
v6!
G058: Kaitlyn Greene aka Katy Buried - Horse Tranquilizer and Syringe
She Knew She'd Found Freedom - Questions - Fools - Barons - Opportunities - Sideshows - Dawns - Gulches

v5!
G038: Deanna Hull - Replica Freddy Glove - DECEASED
From Sea to Sky -Smoke--Sun--Tiki--Nine--Repeat--Talk--Now--Drift--Hunger--Valley--Fall--Rust--Paper--Heart--Sky-
B023: Jesse Jennings - Riz Action Figure - DECEASED
From Vision to Glory -Vision--Summon--Time--Plan--Length--Sleep--Cause-

v4!
B006: Ricky Fortino - Trowel - DECEASED
B022: Imraan Al-Hariq - Remington 870 - DECEASED
G036: Carly Jean Dooley - VASE D: - DECEASED
G077: Andrea Raymer - Gunpowder - ?????
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