Mr. Danya
Mr. Danya
Joined: August 11th, 2009, 7:39 pm

January 5th, 2017, 10:24 pm #21

Current kids excluded because obviously they're my best characters ever.

God Tier
1. Dave Russell (V5) - Dave was a very easy character to write, and he managed to be involved in a lot of entertaining/useful scenes. There are some things I'd tweak about him with a re-do, but I think as far as my kids go he probably accomplished the most in the space he inhabited.
2. Gabriella Parker (V5) - Gabby, in contrast to Dave, had a tonne of potential that I looked forward to but didn't actually play out. Although early rolls cut it short, I still feel that she managed to get plenty done in her short screentime, and I found her voice quite engaging to work with. Would play again.

High Tier (aka Jackass tier)
3. Alex King (V5) - I love playing mouthy bastards (not that anyone could attest to that), and Alex really got to run away with it in V5. Sadly, her lack of character development keeps her out of god tier, but I'm still proud of the dialogue I got going with her.
4. Jay Harland (Evo) - A villain with brief screentime (and not all of it visible), Jay never the less managed to keep a consistent voice and had a personality I'd be up for exploring given the chance.
5. Mitsuko Souma (BRAU) - I just went ham with Mitsuko and in spite of having to work for ages to actually score a kill, I had plenty of fun with this gal. Elena, I'm still waiting to write Hirono v Mitsuko.

Good tier
6. Yutaka Seto (BRAU) - Although I don't remember much of Yutaka's scenes, I know I liked writing him and his goofy adorable mannerisms.
7. Sandy Bricks (V6) - The only recent kid on the list; Sandy is a tricky one. I do think he did what I wanted him to do more or less, but he was very draining to write and I don't think he was the deepest character as things went. Not bad, but I'm not in a hurry to whip him out again.

Meh tier
8. Rebecca Long (Program V2) - Becky's a success for me because I promised myself I wouldn't hero or swap out of Program V2, and I was rewarded with just missing the final fight. Unfortunately, I knew fuck all what to do with Becky, and never really got her voice down, so she's not high quality in my opinion.
9. Janet Claymont (V4) - My most successful V4 kid, but I never really felt like Janet accomplished a huge amount. Perhaps there was too much living in her own head with the writing, plus I was young and naíve about what made things work.
10. Amber Whimsy (V4) - Amber had a pretty successful pregame, I think, and her one scene on the island seemed to work well enough for people. Still, she just wasn't long lived enough to place higher on this list.
11. Alice Boucher (V4) - I consider Alice more storyspoiler's than my own character at this point, but in spite of her horribly clichéd character I do think I was starting to get something going in pregame, which I'm happy with given it was early days for me.

Yawn tier
12. Ryan Banks (V5 Pregame) - A boring guy who didn't make it onto murder island. I may be able to get into an introvert's headspace, but that doesn't make them interesting reads if they hang out on their own all the time.
13. Janet Claymont (SC) - I barely remember anything about SC Janet except that she was an unnecessary recycle.
14. Yuka Nakagawa (BRAU) - Sadly, I don't remember much about writing Yuka either except for making her a wrestling lesbian who Elena's gal had a thing for.
15. Lucy Ashmore (V4) - Quiet and timid doesn't make good characters, people, not if they don't actually do something.

Embarassing Tier
16. Jethro Stuarts (Program) - I focused way too much on race with Jethro in my head, so I try not to think about this guy. C'est la vie.

Joined: October 19th, 2009, 6:02 am

September 26th, 2017, 12:19 pm #22

Brackie wrote:I'm going to massively pretty this up later, but heres my order in the meantime based on some sort of combo of how good their stories turned out and how much I enjoyed writing them:

1. Jacqueline "Cameo" Conroy (Virtua)
2. Aston Bennett (v4)
3. Maxim Kehlenbrink (v6)
4. Ma'afu Tuigamala (v4)
5. Yoshio Akamatsu (BRAURP)
6. Holly Hadaway (TV1)
7. Jaxon Street (TV2)
8. Lyndi Thibodeaux (SC2)
9. Jacob Charles (v4)
10. Anna Kateridge (SC1)
11. Erin Underwood (P2)
12. Brendan Wallace (v4)
13. Janie Sinneave (v5)
14. Yuko Sakaki (BRAURP)
15. Ramona Shirley (Virtua)
16. Preston Grey (SC1)
17. Matthew Payne (P1)
18. Anna Hitchins (TV1)
19. Chanel Martin (P1)
20. Clio Gabriella (v4)
21. Paige Strand (v4)

  • Cameo is probably the only character who went exactly the way I wanted her to - my first round Mini characters were all pretty exaggerated (I think that's the term Toben once used) but Cameo was a case where I felt it actually worked, if only because I had a great cast to work off.
  • Aston/Maf/Maxim were adoptees that really tested my writing abilities and of course there's stuff I wish I could change (probably ending Maf's story in the same place as Nick, getting rid of a bunch of formatting stuff for Aston, haggling better for a hero card for Maxim) but I'm ultimately proud of what I was able to do and the writing opportunities it led to for them.
  • Yoshio I can look back on sort of fondly now that time has passed since his death thread was one of my favourite on-site writing experiences. Holly/Jaxon/Erin didn't last long but I felt I conveyed them pretty well (heroism/sass/menace respectively). Jacob worked out the most consistently of my original v4ers but I felt I could have done more. Same with Anna Kateridge. Lyndi was short-lived because I had my eyes elsewhere but compared to other kids I've handled I actually got to do a lot with her so I'm pretty okay with how that turned out. Brendan was my first character and my SI so he's in here just because.
  • Janie/Ramona/Preston I didn't really do anything or have any plans with so they sort of floundered. Yuko was the first death I wrote even if she didn't do much so she's here as well.
  • I did get to do things with most of my Round 1 Mini kids but looking back they were all waaaaay exaggerated and not my style anymore, Matthew in particular (but writing that scene with Luke was another fantastic site experience so I'm mixed). Anna I'm okay-er on because outfoxd managed to salvage her and bring her comparatively down to earth which kinda proves it was probably just my bad writing and not the characters fault lol. Chanel lol no.
  • I did the one thing I wanted to do with Clio and I'm good with that. The rest could have been greatly improved though.
  • Paige was fodder I have no interest in anymore. Laurels did her better in SC.

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Brendan Wallace is a coward.
Clio Gabriella wanted to go home.
Paige Strand needed to run.
Jacob Charles had to put back his pieces.
Aston Bennett was better than you.
Ma'afu Tuigamala made the ultimate mistake.
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Janie Sinneave wanted to ride in the clouds.
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Maxim Kehlenbrink did nothing wrong.
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Ezra Landau - "Pretty sure the point of life is to indulge and be pretty." - Philosophy
Hayden Lockwood - "Come to the march this Saturday and I'll show you a good time." - Pride
Allegra Varley - "Bet you I can jump from here to that boat." - Risk
Truann Coleman - "Please stop saying that." - Rage
Anya Van Doren - "Dunno why I did it. Dunno why it's your business." - Duplicity

Mr. Danya
Joined: October 4th, 2011, 4:36 pm

September 26th, 2017, 12:33 pm #23

Laurels wrote:As I posted in Discord:

Asa Rosen (TV2) > Rachael Langdon (V5) > Claire Monaghan (V5) > Noah Whitley (V6) > Nadia Riva (V6) > Taylor DeVasher (TV2) > Alba Reyes (V6) > Louisa Bloom (PV2) > Sophie McDowell (V5) > Brigid Paxton (PV2)

Asa seems to be my most successful character and most well-received. Rachael was my personal best for V5, while Claire was one of my favorites to write. Noah, Nadia, Taylor, and Alba all have short stories (especially all except Taylor since they're ongoing), but I feel good writing them, so they're in the mid range.

Louisa, Sophie, and Brigid all had issues during their stories, and while there were things I liked, I was fairly unsatisfied at the end. Louisa has an edge since I wrote more with her, and while she wasn't perfect, I probably liked her the most of the three. Sophie and Brigid being the bottom are why I'm bringing them for SC 2, since I did little with them I liked, and they need a lot of work.

Feel free to debate these.
Updated now that my V6 cast is all gone:

Alba Reyes (V6) > Asa Rosen (TV2) > Noah Whitley (V6) > Rachael Langdon (V5) > Claire Monaghan (V5) > Nadia Riva (V6) > Taylor DeVasher (TV2) > Louisa Bloom (PV2) > Sophie McDowell (V5) > Brigid Paxton (PV2)

Unranked: Sophie McDowell and Brigid Paxton (SC2, both)

With how time has gone, especially with other matter factored in, I think Alba and Noah need to be ranked higher than they were initially. Back when I first made this rank in January, these two were on the complete opposite sides of the spectrum for me in terms of who I thought would be better, who I thought would make it farther, and who I thought the site would be more receptive to. That was before March 2017 happened and Noah died violently to Isabel and Alba had her story-changing game with Kaitlyn in the cove.

Noah I think was one of my better attempts at a humorous character (way better than Taylor, at least), but also a chance to be surprisingly emotional. I'm so glad he inspired so many strange ideas for me and allowed me to explore things I never thought I'd do. He's definitely going to affect me a lot going forward as a writer.

Alba was someone I did so little with in pregame and had no ideas for, but she turned out to be one of my favorite people to write. From Naft's challenge of "athletic girl who loves animals," I found myself pushing a lot of ideas that didn't work for other characters, but translated a lot better here, I feel. One day I realized she was basically my attempt to rewrite Sophie, but had a lot more of a natural arc and grew a lot more. I don't think I ever saw Alba's story unfolding the way it did, but I'm really proud I got to write this person.

I'll add the SC2 versions of Sophie and Brigid here when their stories are complete.
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Nadia Riva
"You don't think I'm pretty enough to be a model? And you're telling me while wearing that face?"

Noah Whitley
"You look like you could use a laugh, and I have just the joke for that."

Alba Reyes
"Woo hoo! Three holes in one! That's a new record!"
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Girl #007-Rachael Langdon
"I really am going to die, aren't I? Oh god, what am I going to do?"

Armed with a Solar Powered Scientific Calculator
Stabbed with a sword by Marcus Leung.
Girl #018-Claire Monaghan
"You know, I always thought I'd be seen by millions. Fuck Murphy's Law."

Armed with a Shotgun Flashlight (1 Bullet) and a bulletproof vest

Girl #035-Sophie McDowell
"People often find inspiration in the darkest times. I guess I can too."
Killed by a grenade thrown by Summer Simms

Armed with a lead pipe.
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19:10 Laurelena: When octopi eat hamsters, the resulting laughter is a mix of colorful idiocy and dainty ice skating

18:10 Mimi: "how many nipples does Miss Piggy REALLY have?"

16:57 Mimi play Fergaliscious
16:58 Mimi Omg
16:58 Mimi feral-liscious
16:58 Mimi that's
16:58 Mimi blowing my mind

16:57 KamiKaze Laurie, if you ever become a mod, let it be known that one day you will critique someone's profile who had a girl killing her family friend because he raped her, and the person will insult you by calling you a talking Oshawott doll.

21:42Acidic i AM ANAL WART MAN


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Rachael Langdon
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Rachael Langdon and Claire Monaghan
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Rachael Langdon

Claire Monaghan
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Claire Monaghan
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Mr. Danya
Joined: February 28th, 2012, 2:09 am

September 26th, 2017, 1:35 pm #24

In descending order (Best to worst):

1. RJ Roger Jr. (V5)

2. Ashley Namath (TV2)

3. Davis Todd (TV2)

4. Venice Pennington-Johannes (V5)

5. Vincent Holway (adopted from Bikriki) (TV2)

6. Marcus Leung (Adopted from Solomir/backslash) (V5).

I have soooooooo many gripes with RJ it's not even funny, but I do have to admit he's the closest I've done to getting the ideal SOTF run down. Most of my negativity towards him does come from pre-game/profile, and that's purely on it's quality, rather then content. It's just bad writing. In-game, I was fortunate to share a couple scenes with two of the best chars in v5 (Joe Carrasco and Madeline Wilcox), and it's needless to say those are the ones I'm most proud of, along with working Iceblock in Lauren's death. And admittedly I do think I sorta powered up in the jump to the island, in terms of sentence structure/grammar/etc. It's nice to see your own improvement.

Ashley would probably be number one if I had treated her with more respect. She's the type of character I kinda don't like, in general, and maybe that's why I had too much fun writing her, and didn't get as serious as I could have. Of course, maybe that's partly why she even worked in the first pace. The most important thing was that she was a learning experience, and that's especially true in hindsight.

Davis is probably the kid I have the least problems with. Not just cause he was the first to die in TV2 either. I hadn't planned for him to go that way, but it still worked out, which is pretty much what I hope for with all my characters. There is still the whole business with his fight with Gabriel not being explained very well, which I do regret, but I actually don't think it's that bad in comparison with my other kids.

Venice wanting to write a second character in V5. That's pretty much why she exists. Well that, and I felt I needed to try and improve on/take a break from RJ. So on that level, success! She didn't really do a whole lot though, and that factors into why I'm such a fan of winging stuff these days, since pre-game plans fell through. Her island time was rather short too and she can come off as a bit naive, and suffers the most accidental of accidental deaths.

I loved Vincent in TV2, and when Biki asked me to adopt him, I was more then happy to. But the following threads weren't all that spectacular (he dies in the second thread I write for him) in the grand scheme of thing, and I eventually swapped him for Ashley when she got rolled the first time. I kinda wish I hadn't. It was fun and I liked writing him, I just feel like I should have done more.

Hnnnnnnnnng. Marcus is hard to talk about. As a writer, I really enjoyed what I did with him on a conceptual level and would probably do so again, but as a reader there's a lot of stuff to not like about him - and that stuff is something I can only properly explain outright, which is a super huge flaw on my part. That includes tone, dialogue, thread's something that can be enjoyed in the moment but something that really falls flat on repeated reads. That goes double for the death thread, and triple for the death post.
V7 relationship thread! Say hi to my kids!
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V7 - ❤ ❤ ❤ - PV3 - {❤} ❤ ❤ - TV3 - ❤ ❤ - V8 - ❤ ❤ ❤
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21:33RattlesnakeIf you can't ninja roll the solution is to get naked until you can ninja roll

Justice for Natali - Today at 4:21 PM
Your adorable face will not save you from the long dick of the law

Gianni - Today at 8:05 PM
Sometimes the big tru tru different than the small tru tru

Joined: January 28th, 2012, 3:16 am

September 26th, 2017, 2:08 pm #25

High Tier
1. Bridgette Sommerfeld (V6/SC2) - Bridgette's probably the only character of mine I'm happy with, and feel like is a 'good' character. She was a fun mindset to get into (partially done bc of feedback I got from Toben on Tori a while back) and an interesting exercise in writing a player. Only regret is being unable to make her a real player in both her runs.

2. Leah Bissard (TV2) - I personally feel like Leah is an average character, but I'm satisfied with her short run in TV2. It's a nice and self-contained storyline that works for her.

3. Jasper Bustamante (V6) - I don't have too much beef with him. I think I have him a solid character voice, and my only gripe is that I didn't get to end his storyline myself (not to knock Cicada tho).

Middle Tier
4. Samuel Howard (V6) - I have no real feelings for Samuel. He had the least planned out of my V6 crew, and in retrospect, I should've swapped him with Haley Juarez. Fun to write, but ended up amounting to a whole lot of nothing.

Went Too Long Tier
5. Tucker Hopkins (TV2) - I'm going to talk abt Tucker and Veronica in the same thing bc I'm lazy. I feel like both of their storylines went far too long, and by the end, had little substance. At least Tucker's better written.

6. Veronica McDonald (V5) - Same problems as Tucker, but more prolonged and arguably worse.

Low Tier
7. Jason Meyers (V5) - Not the best writing relative to other characters, but he was okay for a character slated to die in pregame.

8. Tori Gavlik (PV2) - Tori's writing was particularly capricious, and didn't make sense in retrospect. Also ended up dying a cheap collar detonation death. Overall fairly unhappy with her.

9. Natalia Kowalski (V5) - A boring girl who went terminally inactive. Definitely my worst.
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G025: Veronica McDonald is DEAD and armed with a tire iron (formerly J.R. Rizzolo's) >> "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry..."
Current: Left unheard in Dreams Walk on Powerlines

B033: Jason Meyers is DEAD and armed with a Smith & Wesson .357 Revolver >> First one to die is the first one out, even if it's to heaven instead of home.
Current: Went home in In Situ

G049: Natalia "Koala" Kowalski is DEAD and armed with a Tufts 17/23 Dental Explorer, a small metal rod, and an empty syringe >> "J-Joey?"
Current: Dead again in Once Again
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G003: Bridgette Sommerfeld is DEAD and armed with a toothbrush & toothpaste >> ""You-y-y-y-y-"
Current: Safer than sorry in In This Starless Night (handled by backslash)

B007: Jasper Bustamante is DEAD and unarmed >> "Don't let me die like this."
Current: All alone in Thanatophobia (handled by Cicada Days)

B031: Samuel Howard is DEAD and armed with a crossbow (20 bolts) >> "Fuck you."
Current: Never stood a chance in Into the Veil


Haley Juarez is ALIVE >> Living life to the fullest
Current: Being immature in Everything You've Always Wanted to Know
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Alison Bernhiesel is ALIVE >> A born leader
Current: In Transit
Mark Nathan "Nate" Malaqui is ALIVE >> Head in the clouds
Theodore "Teddy" Nunes-White is ALIVE >> Recovering pessimist
Robin Mireles is ALIVE >> Grand slam
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Karen "Shiloh" Legere >> She's free
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wrote:[21:51] Zarina: "and then Naft rode Aloha's large purple crab all night long, in a hypothetical future where Aloha is at the age of consent"
[21:51] Zarina: the end
wrote:[19:06] Aloha: Oh jeez one of my ACNL villagers gave me a shirt they were just wearing
[19:06] Aloha: warning me that it was "still warm"
[19:09] Aloha: My other ACNL villager just gave me his toilet w h a t
[19:09] Skraal: "It's still warm"
wrote:[00:15] Zarina: I think we're pretty lighthearted for a bunch of people writing about mass murder
wrote:Kyoko Sakura-chan - Today at 5:01 PM
In Hawaiian, Aloha means "Hello" and "Goodbye," the latter of which is appropriate considering how fast his V6 cast died
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G025: Veronica McDonald by Mimi
B033: Jason Meyers by Mimi (now with a dead version courteous of Naft!)
Two sprites of Bridgette Sommerfeld by Fenris
Two sprites of Jasper Bustamante by Fenris
Open to constructive criticism!

Joined: March 31st, 2017, 3:30 am

September 26th, 2017, 2:31 pm #26

Aight hmm this was a tough one but I think I've got it figured out. Ordered best to worst.

Kermit tier:
#1: Everett Taylor (SC2)

Wow okay that's finally done phew.

"Kermit you are the guy in the horror movie that finds a book bound in human skin and decides to read out loud what is inside for fun" - some mean lady named Ruggahissy
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V1 art!

v2 art ;~;
Sadly kermit looked at a mariavel. It was so sad... such a sad mariavel... like him... he only waned a normal life... was that too much to ask? was it?

MK Kilmarnock
Mr. Danya
Joined: April 14th, 2009, 10:12 pm

September 26th, 2017, 7:24 pm #27

Ranking my kids. Oh boy.
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1. Ivan Kuznetsov
2. Coleen Reagan
3. Liam Brooks
4. Cody Patton
5. Sean Mulcahy
6. Jerry Fury
7. Craig Hoyle
8. Felicia Carmichael
9. Jessica Sanders
Heeeeere we go.

9. Jessica Sanders

This was the easiest one to place. Jessica has all of three threads in V5, the first spanning several in-game days as she and a few friends hole up in an abandoned convenience store, fortifying the place against possible intrusion... which never happens, which is a real downer when you're looking for action. Her story flounders for a little bit before finally waking up just a little too late to escape a danger zone, whereupon her neck explodes. I was never really into her concept either, her interest in playing the bass being hamhocked more than any defining trait I've ever given a character, and I found myself completely unable to do anything with it. I feel she's my weakest SotF character ever, by a wide margin.

8. Felicia Carmichael

And by 'wide margin' I mean I actually enjoyed writing this character. Felicia had a good thing with Rosa Fiametta going and that angle got a few good scenes out of her, and writing her with the Aislyn group was an absolute treat. Looking back, she was experimental and far from perfect, which is no more apparent than when you check the profile which is an absolute mess (I cringe at how I bring up her bisexuality). Still, my first foray into writing a female student went pretty well, I'd say... which is more than I could say for my SECOND attempt. Lookin' at you, Jessica, you miserable failure.

7. Craig Hoyle

Yeah, listen, Craig Hoyle is overrated.

6. Jerry Fury

Jerry Fury in the muthafuckin' hooooooouse! I was super stoked to write this guy all the way from V4, where the popularity of martial artists was running wild. He was always set to be an experiment that took the piss out of certain qualities and tendencies in SotF that I found a little more laughable and in that regard, the experiment was... both a success and a failure. I had fun with Jerry and presenting his story in a way that made it very clear he thought he was all that and a bag of chips, while the world around him may have had... conflicting views on the matter, but also that the world's opinion meant jack shit because he's Jerry fuckin' Fury, y'all!

Oh yeah and his death was pretty good too. You're welcome.

5. Sean Mulcahy

Or "The one where MK took a character trait and decided to see just how far he could stretch it." It's probably my own obsession with all things related to pirates that caused Sean's own infatuation with them to consume the character in his entirety. I remember giving him other interests to try and make the profile more rounded, but failed to give those other interests decent representation. The attempt to write a character who had detached from reality in a friendly, playful way was wonderful and I thought Sean's slow descent into killing had a great start but by the end of it, too many half-joking, half-serious Brook comparisons were starting to be drawn for my comfort. Sean is solidly in the middle of the group for being somebody who had great beginnings to his story and a tragic end, but somewhere near the middle and later-middle he really started to peter out.

4. Cody Patton

Probably goes without saying at this point that Cody was my best V5 kid. Where Sean suffers from comparisons to Brook and 'shipgarden', Cody got away relatively scott-free without hindering connections and comparisons to a previous character of mine (he and Ivan have little in common aside from being good at athletics and having a general taciturn personality). A large portion of Cody's story depended on interactions both planned and actual with his sister Eliza, which I feel turned out for the better once Skraal took over, and it was a very fun angle to work with. Cody could have been even higher on this list, but he was plagued with external issues including partner inactivity and the great board crash. I had come close to giving up on him entirely, but stuck with it and am still pleased with the end product.

3. Liam "Brook" Brooks

Brook is most famous for his longest thread, but there was far more to him than that. Without that early development, Bloodgarden is honestly nothing but its most negative qualities. This guy probably took more of my pregame energy than any other character I've ever handled. Friendships with Jason Harris, Nathan Choultard and Ma'afu... Maf.... Tamagagu... and Maf formed the core of Brook's early story.

He was always intended to snap but Tiffany Baker's death occurred a little too early for the transition to be as smooth as it could have been (probably the most common criticism of Brook) and there's a marked, extremely drastic change in Brook's story and tone. Some people love early Brook and hate Bloodgarden, and I'm sure there's a few weirdos who don't like early Brook and love Bloodgarden, but I like both haves of him and find each necessary to complete the character. He's pretty (in)famous and so is tied to my legacy, and that's enough to put him in this spot.

2. Coleen Reagan

I never intended to write somebody like Coleen, so I owe 15% of the credit for her creation to NAFT, who gave me the writing prompt of a shy, demure girl with some sort of deformity who loves the theatre and has a great singing voice. All of these assemble the basic core of who Coleen was, but I feel I managed to let these traits set and define her without completely taking her over as they had with Sean. Coleen was out of my comfort zone and a total blast to write given she was so fresh and new. I honestly needed to keep her sympathetic in order to keep my heart in her story, and I think I managed that well enough. If you watched her plight and felt for it or wanted for everything to be okay, or to just give her a damn hug, then I did my job. I'll probably never write another kid like Coleen.

1. Ivan Kuznetsov

I'm willing to bet Ivan is my longest character in terms of word count, thread count AND total time spent working on him and his story. Where he's set back by an overabundance of private threads so I could set all of his ducks in a row and be a complete control freak about his story, I don't think it sets him back so much when nearly half of V4 was private anyway (but to make up for it, I made all of my characters in V5 public-only). Greg was a pleasure to work with as well but recognize the story of Ivan and Tabi could have used just a bit more development on Tabi's end. Ivan, however, developed a ton: from wanting to be left alone to knocking Tabi flat and intending to use her as a meat shield, to killing somebody in front of her and eventually seeking to comfort and protect her, his views on this girl he's been forced to drag around in order to save both of their skins change at a rapid pace. On my sliding scale of serious versus silly writing, Ivan is probably my most serious, devoid of any real sense of humor or happy occurrences to balance out the constant flood of people looking to kill him or his girlfriend. He made it further than any other kid I ever wrote and had a shot to win it all, only to fall in what might still be my favorite action scene I've ever written (though Coleen helping to kill Alessio pulls a near second). And that's just about all I have to say about why Ivan is my top-ranked character, for me.

Albert Brady

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Jerry Fury - The man, the myth, the legend
Coleen Reagan - The girl who half-loved the world
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V5 Roster:
Cody Patton : That bitch.
Sean Mulcahy : The world was kind to reprieve him of his fear...
Jessica Sanders: She hoped it would be quick...
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20:17Sideliner:Toben and Ricky are like a sibling version of the Joker and Batman, only Batman is just as much of a mass murderer. He just hides it better.
19:58LaurelsHow does your dick smell like Fritos?

Joined: September 19th, 2008, 8:57 pm

September 26th, 2017, 9:02 pm #28

Okay, from top to bottom, we've got:

1) Tom Guthrie (V4)
2) Madeleine Smith (V4)
3) Jimmy Trejo (Adopted, V3)
4) Harold Fisher (V4)
5) Rachel Gettys (Adopted, V4)
6) George Leidman (V4)

To put it simply, I really loved playing a guy who knew that something was screwy with his ally, but didn't want to abandon him or rat him out for fear of losing the advantage of numbers. Tom Guthrie, I think, could have gone in a lot of interesting directions if I'd had the chance to play him longer, since I wanted to play him as comic relief, trying to lighten the mood with bad jokes, but there was never an occasion where trying to interject a joke wouldn't have seemed really awkward and/or forced. Still though, of all my V4 islanders, he got the most use out of the time he had, and his death was an amazing setup for Aaron Hughes. As the comic relief, Tom was always going to be a dramatic foil for someone else, and I think he fulfilled that role quite well.

Madeleine, after her first kill, had basically her entire plot mapped out for her. Killing Jonathan Jarocki and promising to find Anna Chase essentially gave her the motivation she needed for the rest of the game. Having a socially-inept artist girl become this sworn protector would have been a neat juxtaposition, I felt, but things weren't going fantastically in my personal life, so I had to leave her to be adopted, at which point she just turned into an outright player and the moment was lost. If there's a character who I wish I could have personally run to the finish, it would probably have been Madeleine, and of the characters I left for adoption, she's the only one I have true regrets about.

For Jimmy, I feel like my inexperience definitely showed with how I approached him. A lack of finesse in writing, a lack of skill in conveying action, and so on all combined to make his stay on the island seem really forced and weird. Still, I loved Jimmy. I loved the challenge of writing someone who could only discern shapes at best, and trying to cope with the island when you have a disability like that. Besides which, he had some good emotional moments on the island and I liked his death the most out of any of the characters I wrote for. If I had the skill and knowledge that I do today, I think he would have been considerably more polished and presentable.

Harold Fisher, I think the problem was that I was too hasty in using my Save. Harold was always intended to be a joke from the start, a fat, arrogant slob who could never have the bite to match his bark, but the manner in which I chose to kill him turned him from a joke to an outright embarrassment. The reason why I ranked him higher than the last two on my list is because I had fun writing the guy, even with his intentional inadequacy. He had a weird attitude and a love of eating that gave him some additional quirks besides a simple desire to become a player, and I never found myself lacking for what to have him say or do, which is more than I can say for the next two.

Rachel Gettys was an oddball to begin with. Framed as a delusional religious zealot who had this weird idea that she was going to be spirited away from the island, she immediately presented several barriers to any kind of coherent thread interaction. The fact of the matter is, I didn't know what direction to take her in, whether to have her experience an epiphany and realize how crazy she was acting or to just descend headlong into madness. And as a result, I was a-okay with making her someone else's problem.

Finally, George Leidman, who can best be summed up with the word "CARLY!" Lovesick George was a mess from the word go, since everything he said and did just creeped people out in his threads, and his entire motivation began and ended with finding Carly Jean-Dooley, and once she got She Bopped on the head, effectively his story had ended, but I had to keep going with him. As a result, he became a despondent wreck who eventually turned to killing, and then I handed him away at the same time as I did Madeleine. Good riddance on that one, because it was getting to be a chore to find something for him to do.

Joined: June 29th, 2013, 5:06 pm

September 26th, 2017, 9:19 pm #29

These are all very cool and interesting to read! I'll rank mine too, I suppose. Without Lance, cause he's still alive and I'm not sure if I still like him when he bites the dust.

6. Forrest

He was a failed concept not going in the direction I wanted him to go. That's why he has to come back for SC3.

5. Conrad

Who. Writing him was a challenge and pretty hard. I don't think I really made him a good character. I even had less motivation to write him than Forrest and kinda wanted to swap him for Scarlett or Jeremiah, but I had to be stubborn and choose to write him. On the plus site, writing the relationship with Clarice was great and I think the chemistry was written well. Same with the Kizi crush.

4. Darius

Pregame with him was a blast. MFAA was the most fun thing I've written in pregame. Same goes with the island. I really liked writing with CBP! I was hyped to write a proper escape group. However I kinda slaughtered Darius into making him a stupid one-noted comic relief character that could not be taken serious, which is what I'm kinda sad of. Which is why I decided to kill him because I couldn't take him serious myself. I hope Toxie will write him better in SC3.

3. Blaine

I did everything I wanted and he got rolled at the perfect time. Gilbert.

2. Al

My longest living character. I am glad I could execute so many ideas I had. Pregame and Island. The long run did kinda harm him, since Al was very much a mess at the end. But I guess that fits him. I have some decisions with him I regret, but I suppose that's a learning experience of what I can do better in V7.

1. Gene

My very first character that connects me with the best memories. It was very fun to write him and interact with all the cool people. Due to his story being short enough that I did not mess him up gives me good feels. Would've loved to have continued writing him beyond his death though, since I had much more wacky ideas, but whatever. The threads with Yagmur were my favourite threads on SOTF and I hope that me writing with Goose in SC2 will somehow recreate this magic.

Joined: June 28th, 2016, 7:37 pm

September 26th, 2017, 10:02 pm #30

Several months ago, if you asked me to rank my two characters, it would have come out somewhat predictably.
liiiiiist? wrote:1. Lili Williams (v6)
2. Arthur Bernstein (v6)
Recently, however, things have kinda shifted in my head. Not so dramatically that I value Arthur above Lili, but I find that the two are on somewhat more equal footing when it comes to how things played out. Arthur was my "throw a kid in and see what happens" character, but his story wove itself into a narrative that, while somewhat brief, had many moments that I'm proud to have written and scenes I was involved in that I still replay in my head every now and then. His journey was short, but focused, and although I was unable to bring some facets of his character to light, I think that what I did get out was solid enough on its own. Plus, I still have plans for his siblings in Meanwhile going forward, so that's a bonus.

Lili, on the other hand, was a lot more challenging for me to write. I had to try and balance things very carefully in every thread between her coming off as completely having lost it and her being just slightly oddball and strange, and I don't know exactly how much I succeeded in that. She was fun to write, but with this comes the most regret. Things could have gone in entirely different directions than they did, directions that would be fun to explore and still worth exploring in some universe where she has a second chance hint wink wink nudge but overall I think she turned out pretty nicely. I wouldn't call her a comic relief character, but I find myself smiling at her antics most of the time when I happen to recall them. I feel like her highs were higher than Arthur's, but her lows were maybe slightly below.

I don't want to give Kitty a tentative placement. She's not done yet, and I don't know about ranking someone else's kid that I happened to take on for Second Chances at something approaching the last minute among characters that I conceptualized myself entirely.
~~~~~ Creativity's Burning Pyre ~~~~~
[+] spoiler
- Violet Schmidt: "Well, sure, I guess I can try and help with that. Ever read Corpus Hermetica? It'll make understanding this easier." Memory-1, Facebook, Pregame-1, Pregame-2, Pregame-3

- Lucas Diaz: "I'd apologize, but I don't want to dig things up all over again, y'know?" Memory-1, Facebook, Pregame-1, Pregame-2

- Max Rudolph: "What the people need is a common banner under which to unite. It might not be what you want, but the fact of the matter is..." Facebook, Pregame-1, Pregame-2

- Liberty "Bert" Wren: "At eight? Let me see if that fits into my schedule. Been real busy lately." Facebook, Pregame-1
[+] spoiler
/ - G051: Lili Williams: "Stop..." Memory-1, Pregame-1, Island-1, Island-2, Island-3, Island-4, Island-5, Island-6, Island-7, Island-8, Island-9, Island-10, Island-11, Island-12, Island-13, Island-14, Island-15, Island-16, Island-17, Island-18, Island-19.

/ - B043: Arthur Bernstein: "I...I'll...I'll..." Memory-1, Meanwhile-2, Island-1, Island-2, Island-3, Island-4, Island-5, Island-6, Island-7, Meanwhile-1
[+] spoiler
- insert of lucky br8k!!!!!!!!
- insert of O.B. - white kid who is involved in politics and has divorced rich parents and issues with feeling emotions
- self-styled detective
- normie
- lou reed doing a gay voice
- insert of F.G.D. - black kid who wears a pizza hat and plays trumpet
- cute thing
- Darl from As I Lay Dying
- insert of A.B. my dorkass little brother who fancies himself a linguist and gets on my nerves
- good lives make bad stories
- insert of N.T. another floutist because I havent done one of those already
- hillbilly
- someone who doesnt "have a good time making allies" as an advantage
- pine barrens monster from the family that has a ghost butler
- David Foster Wallace
- furry
- myself again
- insert of K.D. a pianist and if you thought bert was smol, hohohohoho