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Darkness.
Then, you notice sounds.
Eventually, they become words.

"Looks like another one's booting up."
"Quiet in there!" Your eyes open. The source of the second voice comes into focus; a figure clad in strange, glowing red armor. Although he brandishes a pike emitting heliotrope light, his face is hidden in shadow.


"Greetings, program." You turn and meet the source of the first voice, a person, not armored. He's dressed like you; a form-fitting jumpsuit patterned with glowing vectors. And, you note looking around the dark, angular, vaulted space, like the many others gathered here, too.

You close your eyes for a moment against a receding headache, then manage to speak. "Program? What, like in Tron?" It starts coming back to you; sitting at your computer, RPG Geek, Virtuacon. "Let me guess, I'm on the Grid?"
"YES YES YES YES YES," comes a voice from above.


Apparently, sarcasm is lost on binary beings. You flinch as a blast from the guard's pike silences the bit, its energy escaping into the nearest wall before racing away along unseen paths.
"The great equalizer."
"Deresolution?"
"Death, where I come from."
The other looks at you for a long moment. "You talk like the rest of them, like you aren't programs. At first I thought that was why you were sent here; corrupted data to be erased…" His doubts remain unspoken, but can be read in his expression.
"It's true; we aren't programs! At least, I'm not. I guess I'm what you'd call a user." The other opens his mouth, but shuts it again. "I don't belong here; I need to get out," you insist.
"Derez out there or derez in here; I'd say our chances are about the same. Flip a coin." He produces a coin from somewhere and you hear a soft ping as he deftly sends it flipping into the air. The toss is perfect; you have no doubt as to the fairness of the outcome. Realization dawns on you.
"Hey, I know who you are! You're the Geek Die Roller!"
"Geek Randomizer, if you don't mind. Rand for short."
"Well?" You look pointedly at the hand clutching the tossed coin.
"Hm? Oh. 1custom2{0;1} = (0) = 0 Derez out there, it is!" he says, a little too cheerfully. Rand helps you to your feet, introduces you to the others, then in hushed tones, quickly explains his plan for escape.

"Are any of you familiar with Fortune's Wheel? (No, it has nothing to do with solving puzzles or winning prizes!) The idea is that things happen, lucky and unlucky. It goes around and around (and it all evens out over time), but the point here is the circle concept; an infinite loop. I bet that guy's been idling for cycles upon cycles. Let's provide a little entertainment; let's spin him a yarn. Maybe, if we're lucky, he'll get so wrapped up in our tale he won't notice us slipping past, one by one.

I'll begin the story. My initial scenario will have a setting, characters, the whole bit. After me, each one of you will, in turn, add to the story by following the pattern of Fortune's Wheel. You'll begin your part of the tale with either "luckily…" or "unluckily…", alternating between the two as each of you reacts (so to speak) to the part of the story told just before yours. In this way a tale will unfold that can last as long as there are escapees."

Someone (the same wiseacre with the game show comment, actually) asks about the last person in line, but Rand hurriedly assures them that the guard will almost certainly have fallen asleep by then.

"Here's an example, 'Some children were camping in the woods one night when they heard some strange noises…
Luckily, they brought a flashlight!
Unluckily, they forgot to bring batteries.
Luckily, they'd built a campfire…
Unluckily, it began to rain.
Luckily, it was only a moose that stepped into the firelight.
Unluckily, the moose knocked over their tent!' …and so on."

"Just one sentence [per post], please, with just one opener, luckily or unluckily (the opposite of whomever's before you). Keep it clean, and by all means don't end the story; you all saw what happened to that bit. I suppose if you want to stay and play, be my guest, but I'm getting out of here! Once you're out, head for the I/O tower in the distance. I'll meet up with you there. Steer clear of recognizers… Good luck!"

The guard gets a little testy when he sees his prisoners rallying. "What's all this?"

"I was just sharing a great story with the others," Rand replies to the guard. "A group of adventurers was camping in the woods one night when they heard some strange noises…"
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Luckily they were able to dry them by laying them near the fire.
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Unluckily, some of them caught fire.
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Luckily, they had full bladders from all the wine they drank with dinner.
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Luckily, having put the fire out it was now dark so they couldn't tell the difference…

Rand subtly beckons from outside the holding cell. Having gotten so wrapped up in the story yourself, you recall his words: just one story contribution is needed for you to slip past the guard.
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Unluckily the noise turned out to be an approaching gobin horde.
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Unluckily that someone else was an ettin that had turned around and was heading right towards them.
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