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[SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« on: September 02, 2015, 12:41:27 PM »
Politics, Scheming and Intrigue


"Triboulet", illustration for the theatre play "Le Roi s'amuse" ("The King Takes His Amusement") by Victor Hugo. Gravure by J. A. Beaucé (1818-1875) and Georges Rouget (1781-1869).

Scheming courtiers with different goals, layers of conflict, strings being pulled behind the scenes, power shifting, social climbers, too cocksure of themselves to be careful, poison, ...

Political fantasy stories (think ASoIaF) usually have a lot of world building and complex plots. Intricate governmental hierarchies need to be created to make them believable. Back story, motives, complex relationships - all that is normally needed. So I'm not sure this can be done properly in a short story. Which makes your main job to prove me wrong. ;)


Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. Must contain some politicking, scheming and/or an intrigue. Not a whole story, a scene is enough.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-500 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys next to the 'youtube' symbol.

Entry will close October 1st 2015 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.

Please post your entry here.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2015, 12:48:35 PM »
I wish the world was flat like the old days, then I could travel just by folding a map.

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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2015, 02:01:15 PM »
Almost done  ::)

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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2015, 02:13:33 PM »
Almost done  ::)

Wuh?  I'm always amazed people can put stuff out on Day 1. 

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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2015, 02:43:56 PM »
Almost done  ::)

Wuh?  I'm always amazed people can put stuff out on Day 1.

Grats! You're a Bridgeburner, @Hedin

I finished writing it out, but I still have to tweak it a bit. Estimated time of publishing...tonight.


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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2015, 02:49:04 PM »
Almost done  ::)

Wuh?  I'm always amazed people can put stuff out on Day 1.

Grats! You're a Bridgeburner, @Hedin

I finished writing it out, but I still have to tweak it a bit. Estimated time of publishing...tonight.

What!? Indeed that's startling! So long as you're not recycling like a vile schemer puling old strings behind our backs...  8)

This month's topic is so broad! So many possible plots it's going to be fun, but also hard to settle for a story line, I'm not gifted with Henry's pace of inspiration.

Also, desperately waiting for the Dragon themed month.  ;D
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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2015, 02:51:03 PM »
Almost done  ::)

Wuh?  I'm always amazed people can put stuff out on Day 1.

Grats! You're a Bridgeburner, @Hedin

I finished writing it out, but I still have to tweak it a bit. Estimated time of publishing...tonight.
You're officially crazy.  :P

We probably won't take part this time.  :-\
I wish the world was flat like the old days, then I could travel just by folding a map.

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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2015, 03:00:42 PM »
Almost done  ::)

Wuh?  I'm always amazed people can put stuff out on Day 1.

Grats! You're a Bridgeburner, @Hedin

I finished writing it out, but I still have to tweak it a bit. Estimated time of publishing...tonight.
You're officially crazy.  :P

We probably won't take part this time.  :-\

Why? No time or no inspiration?
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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2015, 03:07:45 PM »
Almost done  ::)

Wuh?  I'm always amazed people can put stuff out on Day 1.

Grats! You're a Bridgeburner, @Hedin

I finished writing it out, but I still have to tweak it a bit. Estimated time of publishing...tonight.

WAIT WHAT?!?

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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2015, 03:08:53 PM »
Almost done  ::)

Wuh?  I'm always amazed people can put stuff out on Day 1.

Grats! You're a Bridgeburner, @Hedin

I finished writing it out, but I still have to tweak it a bit. Estimated time of publishing...tonight.
I see that you too, Henry, became a Bridgeburner recently. Congratulations to you both!

I think it's better to write your story later in the month so you don't have to wait so long for the voting and the new contest. (Though maybe you shouldn't leave it as late as I tend to leave it.  ::) )

I was hoping for an easy theme for this month, but no such luck.  :(
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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2015, 03:15:11 PM »
Almost done  ::)

Wuh?  I'm always amazed people can put stuff out on Day 1.

Grats! You're a Bridgeburner, @Hedin

I finished writing it out, but I still have to tweak it a bit. Estimated time of publishing...tonight.
You're officially crazy.  :P

We probably won't take part this time.  :-\

Why? No time or no inspiration?
A bit of both really. We could make time for it, but it's not a subject that inspires us much so it'd be a bit of a chore. Makes more sense to spend that time on our other stuff instead.  :)
I wish the world was flat like the old days, then I could travel just by folding a map.

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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2015, 03:49:08 PM »
A little outside my comfort zone, so I'm definitely going to throw something together. Always satisfying to try new things (even if they turn out terrible. :p)

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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2015, 05:08:43 PM »
I'd like to get involved with these contests. Seems like everyone has fun participating. I might give it a go this round.

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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2015, 06:11:34 PM »
I'd like to get involved with these contests. Seems like everyone has fun participating. I might give it a go this round.

woo hoo!  the more the merrier!

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Re: [SEP 2015] Politics, Scheming and Intrigue - Discussion thread
« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2015, 07:35:59 PM »
I know government was mentioned in the intro, but I feel like trying something outside a governmental hierarchy. To enter another sphere of life like religious hierarchies or business. Priests can scheme too 8).