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TheDoctor455

Jack West

Bio

I’m a substitute teacher, so between that and my demanding family… my schedule is often very unpredictable for most of the year.

So if am absent from Storium for a few hours… or sometimes days… its probably something to do with work and family eating up all of my time and energy at once.

Otherwise, I really do try to stay as active as possible on this site.

As both a player and narrator, my priorities are making sure everyone is having a good time, no one’s yelling at each other, and overall keeping an interesting story going with good dialogue, storytelling, and theming.

As a player, I can sometimes come across as grabbing power for my characters… but that isn’t really the case. As I said, my priorities are interesting storytelling and exploring a theme that caught my attention at the time. And due to certain conditions I have… I tend to hyper-focus on that and sometimes forget entirely about other considerations, such as power level balance between player characters, and things like that. If this seems to be happening, please let me know and I’ll be happy to make the necessary edits and changes to my approach in your game. Thank you!

As a narrator, I tend to start off with a somewhat general approach in my challenges and gradually get more specific. I also focus more on the storytelling and having fun with it than pacing… and I fully admit that I have made mistakes in the past, and I’m sorry if I’ve confused and/or angered you in the past. Chances are, it wasn’t at all intentional. I also have to admit that while I am an amateur writer, and I love the idea of tabletop rpgs… I’ve never gotten much of a chance to play them, let alone run such a game… so that is probably why you might notice some oddities in the way I run games sometimes that might not make sense to a more experienced role-player/GM.

Also, I tend to put some rather dark elements into my work in general… and some rather light elements as well… because I see that as being more realistic… art imitates life, and life is more bittersweet than strictly comedic or tragic… or grimdark or saccharine-light… I tend to try to make a balancing act of sorts.

And uh… if there’s one pattern to the characters I write up and the games I join… its that I like to go for something as different from myself as possible a lot of the time… because I like to challenge myself.

One last note… as a narrator, I also believe in giving people second chances. To that end… well… there was a very problematic player in one of my games… started an argument that blew up very quickly… drove another player out of the game, and soured the overall mood of that game for a while. But I gave that same player another chance in another game anyway… and they proved they had learned their lesson the last time.

Homepage None
Time zone (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Joined May 5, 2014
Last online 18 minutes ago
Membership Status

Member

Crowdfunding rewards

Beta & Gamma Player

The Deal
Access to all 60+ worlds funded by our Kickstarter, as they become available.

Hosting...
Playing...
Completed...
  • 1 private game
Suspended... 162 games
Retired... Retired from 20 games
Handed Off...
  • 3 roles in private games
Word Count 548,534
Forum Posts 583
Play preferences
  • Narration style: single, rotating
  • Game style: standard, focus on writing, custom
  • Collaboration style: limited, standard, flexible, custom
  • Visibility: public, public with private commentary, private
  • Story format: epic, custom, no format
  • Speed: casual, slow, normal

Achievements

The Basics

  • Completed Your Profile
  • Created a Game
  • Created a Character
  • Made a Move
  • Played a Card
  • Completed a Challenge
  • Completed a Scene
  • Posted in Forums
  • Sent an Invitation
  • Wrote 1,000 Words
  • Completed a Game
Characters

  • Created 100 Characters
  • Accepted a Character
  • Made the Cut
  • Improvisor
Hosting & Narrating

  • Hosted 10 Games
  • Narrated 20 Games
  • Accepted Narrator Role
Gameplay

  • Writing Machine (500,000 Words)
  • Collaborator (300,000 Words)
  • Completed 10 Games
  • Completed 600 Scenes
  • Completed 100 Chapters
  • Completed 70 Acts
  • Made 1,000 Moves
  • Completed 100 Challenges
  • First Strong Outcome
  • First Weak Outcome
  • Tilted the Scales
  • Sharing Is Caring
  • Completed 10 Subplots
  • Completed 25 Goals
  • 10 Card Refreshes
  • Speedster (10 Moves in a Day)
  • Sprinter
Community

  • 25 Followers
  • 250 Game Followers
  • 100 Forum Posts
  • Socializer (100 Players)
  • First Open Lobby Post
  • Sporting
  • Storium Member