We are in the process of planning/developing an event based on the book “Hunger Games”. I will be completely honest and say that I got the idea from a post in UHall by virtualhabit. I LOVED the books and when I saw the post suggesting it, I was completely intrigued. I showed it to Sangria and she was just as excited. Although it’s in the planning stages, we have permission from Mesanna to go ahead with it so I wanted to get this post up for a couple of reasons. First, if anyone wants to train a character on Origin to come play for this, we wanted them to have some time to get them worked up. Second, we want to try to cover all the bases so we wanted to give you guys a chance to help make suggestions. NOTE: You can make suggestions, we necessarily take them (depends on logistics, etc.). *winks* So help spread the word. We want this to be a lot of fun (keeping in mind, the first one may have some growing pains). We are aiming for the end of February to hold the event. If everyone enjoys it enough, we may run it on a semi regular basis. The first one will be a trial. Here’s the rough outline of what we are thinking. We will make use of an “unused” dungeon in Fel that we have access to. It’s fairly large and spread out over quite an area with some nice twists and turns. Contestants will be gated into a holding area from various locations around Tram and Fel. The holding location will give us a chance to make sure everyone is completely naked and their backpacks are totally empty. Players are not allowed to bring ANYTHING into the “arena” with them. We think this will give more people an incentive to participate. You truly don’t stand to lose anything. Once it is verified that everyone is completely clean, contestants will be gated to a “cornucopia” holding area. This area will allow us to control entry to the cornucopia so that everyone starts at the same time, similar to the pedestals in the book. Once the wall drops to the cornucopia, the game has started. The cornucopia area will contain every supply you could possibly need (this is where we want your help to be sure we cover all the bases). All armor, weapons, spell books, etc. will have timers on them and be cursed. This will allow us to ask for some artifacts and special items while not allowing those items to get out into the general gaming population. There may one or two really really nice goodies in the pile if you have time to survive to find them. There will be armor, supplies and weapons for human and gargoyle, mage and warrior. We will have a system in place that should prevent stealthing in the cornucopia area. There will be potions of all sorts, bandages, arrows, bolts, apples, grapes, possibly some fish pies. We are considering possibly spawning some regular pets around the area, but maybe not in the cornucopia area. This would give tamers a chance to tame a pet if they wanted to try it but add an element of danger to the game as well since you never know when you might run into a wild dragon or nightmare or something (thanks Meanie Monster for the suggestion). There will be teleporters at various intervals around the perimeter of the cornucopia that will port contestants to various locations in the dungeon to give them a chance to hide/prepare/equip themselves. Once a contestant is dead, they must remain so or be teleported out of the dungeon. We will have a chat channel specifically for this event and everyone will be required to be in that channel that participates. Upon death, either the killer or the killed must sound off in chat and one of the event moderators will come and transport the ghost to a holding area that will have two exit gates, one to a Fel location and one to a Tram location. At that point, the ghost will have the opportunity to rez and leave or stay dead and continue watching the games. No observers will be allowed in the area unless they are ghosts. Anyone caught rezzing a ghost or in any other way interfering with the playing field will be disqualified and immediately teleported out of the dungeon. If anyone wants to come and watch but not participate, we will have a small holding area for them but the same rules apply as to being snooped and carrying NOTHING into the arena. Once the game kicks off, they are welcome to die and watch in ghost form. Hint: if you run UOAssist, you can choose to view yourself as a chicken and see everything in color while still dead. We had a request on Origin that Sangria and I participate as well. We are trying to figure that out and see if we can get another EM or two over to referee. No promises but we’ll try to work something out. My next post will be an equipment list. Feel free to make suggestions on items that would be needed or desired.