Sunday, May 03, 2009

Story Post: Climax [Act 7]: Finale

In his invulnerable car, Stewart follows the ninjas back to their, and Man’s, secret base.

This is the Finale. Read the rules specific to the Finale here: http://blognomic.com/wiki/index.php?title=Ruleset#The_Finale

Comments

Rodlen:

05-03-2009 16:51:55 UTC

Title: Tall Girl Returns

Stewart enters the base, and runs through it, shooting many ninjas.  Eventually, he finds Man.  Man calls for backup, and a bunch of corrupt members of The New And Improved Explosive Amazing Super Ultra Powerful Stupendous Awesome Extreme Rodlenian DDA arrive.  Stewart is outgunned and outnumbered.  He shoots as many agents as he can, but runs out of ammo.  Everything seems hopeless…until a tree flies into the room, killing the remaining agents.  Tall Girl enters.  Stewart takes a gun from one of the dead agents, and shoots Man.  Man staggers.  Tall Girl throws him at wall, killing him. Credits roll.

Body Count: 12

Total Body Count: 12

Prop: The New And Improved Explosive Amazing Super Ultra Powerful Stupendous Awesome Extreme Rodlenian DDA

Rodlen:

05-03-2009 17:04:31 UTC

Oh wait, climax act.

Title: Tall Girl Returns

Stewart enters the base, and runs through it, shooting many ninjas.  Eventually, he finds Man.  Man calls for backup, and a bunch of corrupt members of The New And Improved Explosive Amazing Super Ultra Powerful Stupendous Awesome Extreme Rodlenian DDA arrive.  Stewart is outgunned and outnumbered.  He shoots as many agents as he can, but runs out of ammo.  Everything seems hopeless…until a tree flies into the room, killing the remaining agents.  Tall Girl enters.  Stewart takes a gun from one of the dead agents, and shoots Man.  Man staggers.  Tall Girl throws him at wall, killing him. Credits roll.

Body Count: 24

Total Body Count: 24

Prop: The New And Improved Explosive Amazing Super Ultra Powerful Stupendous Awesome Extreme Rodlenian DDA

Klisz:

05-03-2009 18:04:30 UTC

I finally get to use the theme music I’ve been trying to use for the past 3 acts!

Title: Revenge of the Mad King

Script: Stewart enters Man’s base. Man unmasks, revealing himself as Mad King Anthony. Anthony pulls out veto gun, and shoots Stewart several times. 25 ninjas appear and attack Stewart. Stewart takes one and throws it at another, and uses nuke on the rest. Anthony and Stewart have epic duel, but at the end Stewart loses and Anthony uses Kirby/Sonic-Taunt Japanese Torture Device on him, before charging up shot with veto gun. Stewart kicks gun out of Anthony’s hand and catches it, and vetoes anthony. Credits roll.

Theme Music: Multi-Man Melee (Melee) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2G4PgHaVfs&feature=PlayList&p=72AB7E8A903DB08C&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=19)

Body Count: 26

Total Body Count: 50

Prop: Kirby/Sonic-Taunt Japanese Torture Device

Klisz:

05-03-2009 18:13:16 UTC

Wait a second….

NOOOOOOOOO!!!

I FORGOT TO DO MY SUBLIMINAL ADVERTISING!

Oh well, might as well reveal it now.

wtfvdr.png

Use MS Paint or an equivalent program, use the fill tool, fill with red in the top-left pixel.

Influenza:

05-03-2009 20:36:47 UTC

Title: Where Tentacles Don’t Belong

Script: Stewart runs through the entrance of the secret base, guns blazing, killing many. He is ambushed by an Ancient Break-Away Vase With Humongous Intelligent Slimy Tentacles. Tall Girl emerges from deeper within the base, picks up the vase and smashes it over Stewart’s head. Stewart wakes up in a dark room, Man enters. Stewart and Man fight to the death. Stewart emerges victorious, leaves room, Tall Girl shouts ‘What have you done?’ Ninjas fall from the ceiling, grab onto Tall Girl, throw smoke bombs and promptly disappear. Credits roll.

Body Count: 28

Total Body Count: 78

Prop: Ancient Break-Away Vase With Humongous Intelligent Slimy Tentacles

Rodlen:

05-04-2009 00:33:07 UTC

Darth and Flu’s scenes are illegal, per their TBC.

“when writing a Scene a Scripter should write as if their Scene will be the only Scene in the Act.”

Rodlen:

05-04-2009 00:33:33 UTC

Oh wait, should.  Oh, well.

Qwazukee:

05-04-2009 00:50:43 UTC

Hey, does stunt-casting still add Bodies to the scene? The wording of the Finale rule seems to imply that that is no longer the case.

Darknight:

05-04-2009 07:48:33 UTC

Umm… I hate to burst Devs bubble but this can’t be the finale. the rule states that he has to put the word finale into the the title. he only put it in a flavor text box.

Darknight:

05-04-2009 07:52:42 UTC

And thats what I get for not being all there the past week or so. my bad

Devenger:

05-04-2009 09:51:35 UTC

Rodlen, how the hell do you reckon their scenes weren’t written to be the only Scene in the Act?

Qwaz, yes. You just add it to the Body Count of the Scene as normal (Possibly before doubling, I think I’d say ‘yes but might need a CfJ’). Had the wording for the Finale disallowed stunt-casting, the wording for normal Acts would have too.

Dark, how the hell does ‘Climax [Act 7]: Finale’ NOT contain the word ‘Finale’?

Rodlen:

05-04-2009 14:27:39 UTC

Dev: Total Body Count…

ais523:

05-04-2009 15:23:14 UTC

Title: Revenge of the Earthquake Machine

Script: Stewart, following ten fleeing ‘ninjas’, realises they aren’t real ninjas; how could he follow them if they were? He blows up nine with a bazooka, following the last into a vast secret base disguised as an airport. Man is there, surrounded by 21 worshipping shadowy figures. The last ninja pulls Stewart’s remote control out of her pocket, and uses it to cause the Giant Disaster Averting Machine to rumble towards Stewart. Tall Girl suddenly appears and throws the machine at the ninja (splat!), and it shoots the shadowy figures dead with lightning. Stewart then throttles Man to death.

Body Count: (3 + 3 + 10) x 2 = 32
Total Body Count: 110
Prop: Giant Disaster Averting Machine

Devenger:

05-04-2009 20:01:29 UTC

Rodlen, the only bit you ‘write’ is the Script, the rest is rolls and calculations.

Darknight:

05-05-2009 00:15:27 UTC

oh get off my back dev ok? Srry for sounding snappy but the last week for me has been hell and i wasn’t reading everything

Qwazukee:

05-05-2009 00:35:00 UTC

The Vote and Bribery statistics still need to be added to the GNDT.

Qwazukee:

05-05-2009 03:59:11 UTC

Title: Redemption

Stewart strides confidently into the base, directly towards the waiting Man. Man snaps his finger, and 25 ninjas step from the shadows, throwing the bound Tall Girl at Stewart. As the ninjas descend upon them, Stewart tightly grasps A Magical Shiny Gold Monocle with a Very Shiny Gold Chain and recites the final words of Gandhi to the tearful girl: “I just wanna tell you how I’m feeling, gotta make you understand.” The power of the Monocle is unleashed, vaporizing the ninjas where they stand. Stewart punches the man in the face. As Man dies, Stewart and Tall Girl kiss.

Signature Prop: A Magical Shiny Gold Monocle with a Very Shiny Gold Chain

Body Count: (1+2+10) x3 = 26

Total Body Count: 136

Qwazukee:

05-05-2009 03:59:57 UTC

lol that’s a x2, which then = 26.

Rodlen:

05-05-2009 04:04:40 UTC

Wait…they threw TALL GIRL!?!

Isn’t Tall Girl supposed to throw them?

Qwazukee:

05-05-2009 04:10:34 UTC

Nom in my storyline they had captured Tall Girl. Then they threw her back to Stewart, so they could descend upon both of them evilly.

Unless I’m missing something?

Rodlen:

05-05-2009 04:23:23 UTC

against CONTINUITY!

Revenge of the Earthquake Machine

REM

R.E.M.

“That’s great it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes and airplanes…”

You know, the band?

“Shiny happy people holding hands”

Advertising REM CDs.

Devenger:

05-05-2009 19:00:53 UTC

God damnit Rodlen. The amount I am tempted to say your scene is an advert for Teton Gravity Research (http://www.tetongravity.com/) now…

No call yet. Development Hell remains.

ais523:

05-05-2009 19:28:12 UTC

@Rodlen: Just because the initials of the title happen to spell something doesn’t mean that it’s sublim advertising, because it’s not trying to persuade anyone to buy anything. Also: “The manner in which they chose to do so is of their own choosing, but it must be present in the content of the scene, must be observable when pointed out, and must encourage the purchase of an actual, real-world product.” From that, I’d think that even if a scene’s title was blatant advertising, it wouldn’t count; only the “content” of the scene does. (And to me, “REM” is a sort of sleep pattern, or possibly an instruction in BASIC; Wikipedia gives 14 other meanings for the acronym.) Also, by the same argument, your scene is advertising news programs on Italian television.

ais523:

05-05-2009 19:31:05 UTC

And after those rules-based arguments, a flavour argument: the title of a scene isn’t in the final film anyway, so it can’t possibly be persuading our viewers to buy anything.

Rodlen:

05-05-2009 22:35:40 UTC

The scene’s content includes, well, pretty much the entire scene.  And if other people are allowed to call random capital letters subliminal advertising, then so am I.

Bucky:

05-06-2009 00:32:45 UTC

Title: Old Fashioned Epic Showdown

Stewart fights whip wielding ninjas just inside, then sneaks through base, an active steel foundry, garroting ninjas with a stolen whip.  He finds Man’s control room, kicks in door, discovers him watching the factory showdown scene of Forty Two Thousand Four Guys Kills Man Twice Again: Unrated.  Man draws gun, Steward disarms him with whip, tackles him through observation window.  They land on a catwalk without guardrail above a vat of molten metal, fight, Man falls.  Steward flees as machinery explodes around them and escapes two seconds ahead of a massive explosion.  Bodies fall around him as he drives away.

Body Count:30 (0+5+10) x 2
Total Body Count: 166

Prop: Forty Two Thousand Four Guys Kills Man Twice Again: Unrated

Theme Music: Toccata Festiva (excerpt), Philadelphia Orchestra.  Composed by Samuel Barber.

Klisz:

05-06-2009 00:53:07 UTC

Bucky, we’re in Development Hell. You can’t post a scene.

Klisz:

05-06-2009 02:04:45 UTC

Also:

“Steward flees as…”

I think you mean Stewart, not Steward.

Bucky:

05-06-2009 04:35:03 UTC

Yeah, you’re right on both accounts.  I’ll riposte whenever we exit Development Hell.

Rodlen:

05-06-2009 16:00:41 UTC

Oh, and on the topic of my continuity call, title subliminal advertising counts, because Kevan got royalties out of Dubiously Secret Emails (Buy Delicious Maltesers).

And if initials can be called against me, then they can be called against other people.

And really, you can find subliminal advertisement in anything.  ANYTHING.

Psychotipath:

05-06-2009 17:43:55 UTC

Um how is ANYTHING a subliminal advert?

Also agreement that a scenes title should not be a call for subliminal advertising because those who would watch the film would not know the scenes title and therefore could not be manipulated by it.

Not sure if that made sense but it should.

Rodlen:

05-06-2009 17:52:53 UTC

Psycho, I meant that you can find a subliminal advertisement in anything, not that ANYTHING specifically is a subliminal advert.

And if Kevan can get royalties from acronyms in the titles of his scenes, then titles can be subliminal advertisements, technically.

Not logically, but technically.

Screw logic and common sense, this is Blognomic!

RODLAN IZ HARE!!!

Rodlen:

05-06-2009 17:53:46 UTC

Oh, and saying anything can count as a subliminal advertisement for aNYthing…

Psychotipath:

05-06-2009 18:03:32 UTC

That is terrible, well done.

Kevan:

05-06-2009 18:05:11 UTC

I thought we’d sorted this out by bringing Devenger in to reject the tenuous and ridiculous claims and accusations (and that precedent showed that we were playing a “treasure hiding” text-based subgame here), but I guess not.

Rodlen:

05-06-2009 18:08:30 UTC

Subliminal advertising itself is a tenuous and ridiculous idea…

Devenger:

05-06-2009 18:32:50 UTC

“If a Scripter notices subliminal advertising in another Scripter’s scene before the Act is declared to be closed, they may raise a Continuity claim as per rule 2.3.”

Okay, you have the right to do this.

But you said that ‘iz hare’ thing. I hate that. And I’m not obliged by the rules to make my agreements with continuity claims in the slight bit rational, so on this basis alone The Producer disagrees with your objection. Rodlen, your scene is snubbed.

We’re out of Development Hell, folks… don’t make us return here.

Bucky:

05-06-2009 18:43:25 UTC

Title: Old Fashioned Epic Showdown

Stewart fights whip wielding ninjas just inside, then sneaks through base, an active steel foundry, garroting ninjas with a stolen whip.  He finds Man’s control room, kicks in door, discovers him watching the factory showdown scene of Forty Two Thousand Four Guys Kills Man Twice Again: Unrated.  Man draws gun, Stewart disarms him with whip, tackles him through observation window.  They land on a catwalk without guardrail above a vat of molten metal, fight, Man falls.  Stewart flees as machinery explodes around them and escapes two seconds ahead of a massive explosion.  Bodies fall around him as he drives away.

Body Count:30 (0+5+10) x 2
Total Body Count: 166

Prop: Forty Two Thousand Four Guys Kills Man Twice Again: Unrated

Theme Music: Toccata Festiva (excerpt), Philadelphia Orchestra.  Composed by Samuel Barber.

Other Notice:Rodlen’s frivolous use of Continuity claims makes me, and probably several others, less likely to support him during the Bribery phase.

Rodlen:

05-07-2009 03:00:11 UTC

I believe that that was not the name of any action prop when you posted your scene, Bucky.

Crud…

Qwazukee:

05-07-2009 03:09:57 UTC

It doesn’t make any difference, props don’t really do anything from this point forward.

Bucky:

05-07-2009 03:30:57 UTC

I think his point is that my scene was invalid because I used a nonexistent prop.  I will therefore re-post it again.

Bucky:

05-07-2009 03:31:20 UTC

Title: Old Fashioned Epic Showdown

Stewart fights whip wielding ninjas just inside, then sneaks through base, an active steel foundry, garroting ninjas with a stolen whip.  He finds Man’s control room, kicks in door, discovers him watching the factory showdown scene of Forty Two Thousand Four Guys Kills Man Twice Again: Unrated.  Man draws gun, Stewart disarms him with whip, tackles him through observation window.  They land on a catwalk without guardrail above a vat of molten metal, fight, Man falls.  Stewart flees as machinery explodes around them and escapes two seconds ahead of a massive explosion.  Bodies fall around him as he drives away.

Body Count:30 (0+5+10) x 2
Total Body Count: 166

Prop: Forty Two Thousand Four Guys Kills Man Twice Again: Unrated

Theme Music: Toccata Festiva (excerpt), Philadelphia Orchestra.  Composed by Samuel Barber.

Qwazukee:

05-07-2009 03:34:20 UTC

I think the Scene would still be valid, just considered as if there were no prop. But it doesn’t really matter.

I’m glad you’re back, Bucky. Anyway you can pull Yoda back in here, too?

Bucky:

05-07-2009 04:51:26 UTC

Rodlen:I concede the point; however, on the same note, I would like to point out that Darth Cliche’s Theme Music. is invalid. He did not supply the name its artist, instead naming a larger work of which includes the Theme Music.

Kevan:

05-07-2009 14:25:54 UTC

Title: The Man Comes Around

Thunder rolls. Stewart arrives at the old peanut factory, parking behind the White Horse Peanuts sign. He climbs onto the warehouse roof. Through skylights, Man can be seen overseeing ninja workmen as they prepare an army of bipedal earthquake machines. Alarms sound. Stewart turns to see six ninja approaching across the roof. He fights his way down through the building, to a final stand-off with Man, who threatens to send the earthquake robots out across the world. Thunder rolls, and a thorn tree crashes through a skylight, crushing Man. On the roof, Tall Girl’s hair blows in the wind. Fade.

Body count: 36 ((5+3+10)*2)

Theme music: The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash (streamable from Last FM)

Bucky:

05-07-2009 17:42:20 UTC

Last FM also has Toccata Festiva, although not the Philadelphia Orchestra version.  The excerpt in question starts at around 4:45 on their recording, with the actual epic showdown starting at about 6:15.

Qwazukee:

05-07-2009 17:46:14 UTC

It still makes no difference, there is no Best-in-Show voting for the Finale.

Kevan:

05-07-2009 18:10:37 UTC

If it adds to the mood of the act and gets you a vote, it makes a difference. Bucky’s and Darth’s are both good calls.

Qwazukee:

05-07-2009 21:03:31 UTC

Yes, I like the choice of music. There’s no need for it to be official, but like I said, whatever.

Hey Dev, how much more time are you planning on leaving this open? I gotta know when to decide who to vote for. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

Wakukee:

05-08-2009 01:52:18 UTC

Title: Death of a Redshirt

Stuart walks into Man’s lair, stopped by single guard (in red shirt). Guard says Man is busy, said Stuart would come, orders ninjas to attack.
Stuart: “Ninjas??? I see no ninjas…”
Voice: “Duh. We’re ninjas”
[Fight scene. Stuart shoots 5 ninjas, kills the rest with katanas.]
Start confronts Man. Man begins to tell life-story. Stuart shoots Man.
Stuart: “Hah! All done, One bullet left.”
Throws the gun on floor. Fade to black as Stuart exits.
[Gunshot]
Tall girl: “Zero.”
Stuart begins to ask why, but falls to his knees bleeding. Tall girl exits as scene zooms out, fades to white.


NOTE: Red Shirt’s death not shown, nor is his body shown during zoom out. Should be assumed by any good Trekkie.

Body Count: 26 ((5+10)*2)

My attempt… not quite sure about body counts… did I do it right?

Qwazukee:

05-08-2009 02:05:06 UTC

Ok, should be (3+10) x 2 = 26

Otherwise, it would have been nice to spell the name of our protagonist correctly. . . .

Devenger:

05-08-2009 18:23:13 UTC

That’s enough.

Put down your pens and shift on over to The Awkward Aftermath.