Nov. 1st, 2016

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Welcome! [community profile] watchtower_ooc is the OOC (Out of Character) 'backstage area' for the members of [community profile] watchtower_rebirth, a free-form, play-by-post role-playing community. We use this community to coordinate plots and scenes. This post is necessary reading before joining the community - ignorance is no excuse and will not spare a violator from the ban-hammer!

Our guiding principles are as follows!


  1. Real Life Comes First - Everyone has families, jobs, personal illnesses, crises of the non-infinite variety. For that reason, we have chosen to be a laid-back community in many ways. There are no posting minimums. That said, if you wish to add on another character after your first, we will take your level of activity into consideration. If you cannot be active in the community for the foreseeable future, we expect people to post a note to the OOC community here to let folks know that they'll be gone. If an emergency happens and you can't do this, that's okay - just let us know when you can.

  2. Don't Be a Jerk (Part One) - We cannot emphasize this enough - this game should be a stress release, not a source of stress. To that end, it is expected that you will ask the scene poster's permission before joining a scene that isn't labeled as open. You will respect the choice of any players who do not wish to directly interact with you or your character. You will not engage in god-modding - write your posts in such a way that the respondant can decide what happens to their character, not you.

  3. Don't Be a Jerk (Part Two) - No, seriously - minimum stress. We also ask that if a scene contains or is expected to contain sensitive topics like (but not limited to) rape, torture, or child abuse, that the community be warned via the OOC community and by appropriate tags on the post in question. We also do not tolerate harassment - if a player tells you to stop communicating with them, take them seriously. If we hear about a failure to respect boundaries, we will be upset.

  4. Canon and Continuity - Canon is a double-edged sword - we love it, but sometimes it's hard to keep track of nuances. And sometimes, everyone has a different favorite version of a character. Ditto, continuity. We expect characters played here to be based on the comics continuity - though they may incorporate elements, stories, and supporting characters from other sources, and we are certainly open to considering alternative comics continuity on a case by case basis. We are using the framework currently suggested by the DC Rebirth line - IE, a naked blue atomic wizard did it - to allow for every character to remember things a little bit differently. There was stolen time, now it's fixed, but some things are slightly askew. We will try to keep our own continuity going forward, but just in case a player leaves after really tying a character into a continuity knot? We are not above invoking a residual 'time burp' to accommodate a new player who doesn't want to deal with it.

  5. Sources - Expanding on that last point, we will consider characters from any version of DC's 'Earth Zero' universe. The Justice Society, prior to Flashpoint? Fine. Vertigo or Wildstorm characters integrated after the New 52? Great. Sugar and Spike from the Legends of Tomorrow anthology? I might actually pay you to run them. Similarly, if you pick a character like Firestorm, you have a lot of versions - Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond? Jason Rusch? Whatever floats your boat. The only catch is that if you want to bring in an alternate version of a character already being played, you will require not only moderator approval, but the approval of the player who has the 'core' version of that character, and neither will be given lightly.



These rules are subject to the interpretation of your friendly team of moderators. Attempts to wheedle around them with "But you didn't technically forbid exactly what I did.." will be frowned upon. We are not lawyers. This is not a contract.

Beyond those guiding principles, here are some additional specific rules and best practices that expand on, or wholly extend, what came above :


  • Tag Your Posts, Please - Most of us are in the habit of tagging posts with character names (as specific as necessary), plot names, and / or content warnings. You may also tag a post with 'open post' if you are willing to invite any player to participate.

  • It's Not HBO, It's Dreamwidth - I think most of us are content with a PG-15 standard as followed by the Marvel Netflix shows. We're not going to sweat a few swears. But if things in a scene are getting steamy, consider fading to black - or relocating to private journals, if you and your writing partner are into that. No judgment!

  • OOC vs. IC - Stuff on [community profile] watchtower_ooc is out of character. Most of it should be posted to be visible to Members Only. Stuff on [community profile] watchtower_rebirth is IN character. It should be posted such that anyone may view it, but only members may comment on it. Stuff posted to your character's private journal or to other communities is outside of our concern or control.

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Applications are now open.

Currently, we are working with players we already know to do some initial character selection. When we have a character roster and a most wanted list, they will be linked here.

First, the basics.
  1. Make sure you read the rules and guidelines here.

  2. We do not currently allow Original Characters. This may change in the future.

  3. We do not allow 'TV-verse' or 'Movie-verse' DC characters. While we're happy to let some elements of those worlds be brought in, you should apply with the expectation of playing the comics version of the character. Otherwise our sense of continuity gets a bit strained, despite our 'fuzzy' approach.

  4. We are slightly more open to the idea of alternate versions of a character that have appeared in the comics format. I mean, if you want to do Kingdom Come Green Lantern, we won't turn you down automatically, but expect heightened scrutiny.

  5. We require players to be eighteen years of age or older. The community may sometimes deal with mature themes.

  6. We will try to acknowledge the receipt of your application as soon as is possible, but you can expect a minimum turnaround time of 48 hours before an official response. The moderators need time to confer, and we may also consult with players whose characters would be likely to interact with yours.

  7. Players are currently limited to four character slots. Limit raised from three on December 5th, 2016.

  8. We will not approve an application for a second or third character from the same player until they have demonstrated they can be active.


The application form may be emailed to the moderators directly at jlawatchtower |AT| gmail.com or posted as a comment response to this post. For all characters, we require the following :

  • Character Name - Please be specific. 'Green Arrow' won't cut it. 'Green Arrow - Oliver Queen' will.

  • Player Nickname or Handle - So we don't have to call you 'Hey, you'.

  • E-Mail Address - you can send this to us separately at (email) if you are concerned about spam-bots scraping it off the page. These needs to be an address you regularly check.

  • Status/Notes - let us know what version of the character you're looking to play, where they're operating, et cetera. For example, 'Pre-Flashpoint Green Arrow, in Star City'.

  • Sample Post - This is the most important bit. Show us that you have the character's voice down pat. Try to include both action and dialogue. Spelling and grammar count as well - this is a text medium - but we're not going to deny you based on a typo. Most of us write in the third person voice, past or present tense, but we have no style requirement.



You may include anything else you like in your application - if you have links to relevant writing samples, or would like to tell us how you heard about the game, we'd love to have that.
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We're a bunch of nerds who like to write collaborative fan-fiction about DC Comics characters. That's about it. Most of us used to do exactly this over on LiveJournal, in a place called jla_watchtower. Life being what it is, and LiveJournal being the drama lightning rod that it was, it was sort of surprising that Watchtower ran from approximately May 2004 to March 2012 as a going concern. It had picked up steam as a way of rejecting some of the continuity the founders hated about Identity Crisis, and its demise had a lot to do with waning enthusiasm in DC Comics' output in the wake of the New 52.

And now, DC's bringing back a lot of its classic elements, and we're getting interested again, and we've had four and a half years to forget a lot of the hassles and arguments. Plus we're older, and more mature, so if you make fun of our rose-colored glasses, we can beat you with our kryptonite canes.

This community can be described as collaborative fan-fiction, or as free-form play-by-post role-playing. Each player has a number of characters for whom they write. They control what stories and scenes the character will appear in. Story conflicts are resolved by mutual agreement - there are no dice, no game masters. We have moderators to maintain the community, but any player may devise and run a story, using hidden posts in our OOC (Out of Character) community to coordinate who should be where, what the desired outcome is, et cetera. Players are strongly encouraged to write their posts in an 'open' fashion, allowing the respondent to determine their reaction.

For example :

Deadshot shoots Batman square in the chest, impacting the armored plates beneath his suit and knocking the wind out of him.

Assuming Deadshot's player wrote that, we might have a problem, as it is a closed post - Batman's player should have a say in whether or not he gets hit, how badly it hurts him, and so on. If Deadshot's player wants to write the whole thing, why should Batman's player even show up?

Deadshot takes aim, leveling his wrist magnum at the enormous bat emblazoned on Batman's chest, and squeezes the trigger.

This allows Batman to dodge, to get hit and injured, to get hit and not injured, or whatever the player chooses. It allows both players to participate in crafting the scene.

We also allow people to use unplayed heroes and villains to enhance a scene - we refer to this as 'NPCing' - based on 'Non-Player Character' - or 'temping'. If no one has claimed the Red Hood (Jason Todd) and the Batman and Deadshot players would like that character to appear, one of them (or a third writer) might use their journal to temporarily write for the Red Hood, to bring him in and complicate matters for both Batman and Deadshot.

Scenes can get very complex, involving more than a dozen players, multiple comment threads, and lots of things going on at once. LiveJournal and Dreamwidth's nested comment styles allow us to manage these larger scenes with a minimum of confusion.

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