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The Saving Throw
Contest Entry Aug. 9, 2006
Gaming moments with multiple endings, but only one is the real ending.

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The Final Battle
  contributed by Macstorm

This adventure is brought to you from a freestyle message board RPG based very loosely on Final Fantasy. Our setting was a completely original world and began on the continent of Stonshine. Characters were allowed to pick a job class from the original Final Fantasy selection: Fighter, Monk, Thief, Red Mage, White Mage, and Black Mage. Experience was based on post contribution and was updated weekly. After a set amount of experience was gained, a class change would be possible. I'm hesitant to call myself the gamemaster for this group, but I did come up with the setting, rules, and helped to guide the characters in their adventure. Our group now consisted of upgraded job classes: a Knight, a Ninja, a Red Wizard, a White Wizard, and my character, still dressed as a Red Wizard, but actually a Sage of sorts with Illusionary magic.

During this adventure, I was not only playing the role of the guide, but also that of the villain, an evil wizard intent on capturing out group's White Wizard, who was secretly a key to a great power. Our group had just discovered the history of our White Wizard's origins and the secret power hidden within him, the power of the Life spell. Just as we discovered the text detailing our Wizard's history, the bad guy entered. The evil wizard, covered in his red robes, entered the room blocking our exit path. Our group readied for battle.


 Which ending is the real one?

A.

Being as this was a message board RPG, real life kicked in for a while, and I didn't get back around to the final battle. The others that were playing took things into their own hands and killed the evil wizard, but then lost interest themselves without direction.


B.

Being as this was a message board RPG, real life kicked in for a while, and I didn't get back around to the final battle. The others that were playing took things into their own hands and fought the evil wizard, but they didn't defeat him. He was just scouting for information and snuck off to wait for us another day. They just did this to give me time to come back and give them a real final battle.


C.

Being as this was a message board RPG, real life kicked in for a while, and the other players took a long time to get back around to the final battle. During that time, the evil wizard was able to convince me to swap over to his side. It didn't take much, just a pan of cookies. When the others finally returned, they were then facing two powerful wizards instead of just one.


Results for this Contest Entry
The correct ending was C.
There were 6 total guesses made. 0 were correct and 6 were incorrect.
The author gets 22 points for this story. (4 points + 3 per incorrect guess)


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