History Literature / DreamPark

30th Mar '17 11:46:09 PM Mullane
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* AnachronismStew: Generally averted in the Games, as Game Masters go to great lengths to build internally-consistent settings and mythos. Teams of characters ''within'' each Game, ironically, can have contradictory backstories; in South Seas Treasure, there were [=PC=]s with roots in GreekMythology, [[UsefulNotes/Charlemagne 8th century France]], and [[Creator/FritzLeiber Newhon]].

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* AnachronismStew: Generally averted in the Games, as Game Masters go to great lengths to build internally-consistent settings and mythos. Teams of characters ''within'' each Game, ironically, can have contradictory backstories; in South Seas Treasure, there were [=PC=]s with roots in GreekMythology, [[UsefulNotes/Charlemagne [[{{UsefulNotes/Charlemagne}} 8th century France]], and [[Creator/FritzLeiber Newhon]].



* {{Arcology}}: The California Voodoo Game takes place inside MIMIC (Meacham Incorporated Mojave Industrial Community), a massive one-building city which was built during the 1990s. It was so badly damaged by The Quake that it had to be abandoned. It was later acquired by Dream Park and used as the basis for the Barsoom Project--the {{terraform}}ing of Mars.

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* {{Arcology}}: The California Voodoo Game takes place inside MIMIC (Meacham Incorporated Mojave Industrial Community), a massive one-building city which was built during the 1990s. It was so badly damaged by The Quake that it had to be abandoned. It was later acquired by Dream Park and to used as the basis operations base for the Barsoom Project--the {{terraform}}ing of Mars.



* BawdySong: A favorite activity of many Gamers, particularly Kevin (to Orson's horror).

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* BawdySong: A favorite activity of many Gamers, particularly Mary-em in ''Dream Park''and Kevin (to Orson's horror).horror) in ''The Barsoom Project''.



* BigBad: In-Game for ''Barsoom'', it's Ahk-lut. ''Out''-of-Game, it's Kareem Fakesh.

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* BigBad: In-Game for ''Barsoom'', ''Barsoom Project'', it's Ahk-lut. ''Out''-of-Game, it's Kareem Fakesh.



* BiTheWay: Alan Leigh

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* BiTheWay: Alan LeighLeigh.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Kareem Fekesh

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Kareem FekeshFekesh.
10th Dec '16 8:12:14 PM Sharlee
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* ScavengerWorld: The [=MIMIC=] residents' clothes, equipment, weapons and artwork are a mix of scavenged refuse and primitive homespun.
9th Dec '16 9:29:49 PM Sharlee
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* ShackleSeatTrap: Captain Cypher gets caught in one when he sits down to play the Oggun-possessed arcade game.
5th Dec '16 1:09:39 PM Sharlee
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* MagicalNativeAmerican: Snow Goose, Martin, and the Cabal are Magical Alaska Natives. Black Elk ''plays'' as this trope (magic-user/cleric for the Army team), but is an ordinary Army soldier out-of-Game.
5th Dec '16 10:05:53 AM Sharlee
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* CripplingOverspecialization: Captain Cypher is a genius-level puzzlemaster and math whiz, but completely inept at melee combat [[spoiler: at least until he gets hold of a ''lot'' of salt to throw on zombies]] and various athletic Game challenges.


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* WeaksauceWeakness: The California Voodoo zombies' tissues melt on contact with salt. A double subversion, as salt ''would'' have been almost impossible to find ''in the designated Game areas'', but once the Apple/UC/General Dynamics alliance goes OffTheRails, they find a huge stash of it in somebody's kitchen.
5th Dec '16 9:57:54 AM Sharlee
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** Inverted in the first book's concluding battle, when a Park actress only succeeds in killing out a Gamer ''because'' the actress is disabled. The actress had removed her prosthetic limbs to play a badly-decomposed zombie, and the Gamer was so startled when she realized the one-legged, one-armed zombie wasn't a hologram that she dropped her guard.

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** Inverted in the first book's concluding battle, when a Park actress zombie horde only succeeds in killing Gina out a Gamer ''because'' one of the actress undead actresses is disabled. The actress had removed her prosthetic limbs to play a badly-decomposed zombie, and the Gamer Gina was so startled when she realized the one-legged, one-armed zombie walking corpse wasn't a hologram that she dropped her guard.
5th Dec '16 9:54:20 AM Sharlee
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* AirVentPassageway: The OffTheRails Army/Tex-Mits team use one to navigate between Game areas.
5th Dec '16 9:50:59 AM Sharlee
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Gina plays up her ditsy image for Yali, only to knock his riddles out of the park. Alphonse Nakagawa's own wife calls him out on his "dumb Texas shitkicker" routine, which belies a level of cunning that [[spoiler: wins the California Voodoo Game by outfoxing ''Bishop'']].

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Gina plays up her ditsy image for Yali, only to knock his riddles out of the park. Alphonse Nakagawa's own wife calls him out on his "dumb Texas shitkicker" routine, which belies a level of cunning that [[spoiler: wins the California Voodoo Game by outfoxing ''Bishop'']]. Griffin himself plays dumb while dueling Poule in his role as Bobo, and when being interviewed by a "reporter" he strongly suspects is a spy for Bishop.
5th Dec '16 9:48:34 AM Sharlee
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* DwindlingParty: Averted in the early rounds of standard Games, until the time or supply of replacements runs out. Averted in "Fat Rippers" until the final hours, to ensure participants' psychological conditioning can run its course. Played ''painfully'' straight in the California Voodoo Game, which is an absolute slaughter.


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** Black Elk of the Army team tries to heal S.J.'s poisoning by absorbing the toxin into himself, only to expire when his healing magic fails him.
5th Dec '16 9:44:01 AM Sharlee
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* ShapeShifter: The Cabal, Nommo, and Mallbeasts.
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