There is a dark storm overhead. There is rain. Thick, heavy drops fall over you. You're soaked to the skin. It seems too cold to be just rain. And yet, it is. The wind whips through you, sending a chill down your spine. It's cold. And something seems...off. The clouds billow together, circling overhead, almost exactly overhead.
There's a screech above you, and a flutter of wings flashes overhead. A jet black bird swoops down and lands on the low-hanging branches of a nearby tree. In its beak is a plain black envelope. The thought of questioning how it managed to caw with something in its mouth doesn't occur to you.
There's suddenly another huge gust of wind, and you shut your eyes against it. Something smacks you in the face and drops into your hands. When you open your eyes, you see that it's the black envelope the bird was carrying. You look around, but the bird is gone.
Stuffing the envelope into your pocket, you hurry home and shut the door behind you. Once inside you inspect it; printed in slim, silver letters is a name...not your actual name, but the User name you have at a popular online forum. You take the envelope and sit at a table. Gently prying it open, you take out a folded piece of paper and a shiny black card. As would anyone in these circumstances, you look at the card first.
It makes no sense, not really, since you're no expert in what appears to be ancient Nordic runes, so you instead turn to the written letter that accompanied it.
Filled with excitement, you grab your ticket and race to the computer.
We are proud to bring you the RPG Forum Winter Ball 2012.
This year, the ball is open to anyone and everything from the RPG Forums. You may attend it as yourself, or you may choose to attend as one of your own characters, from any RPG you have participated in, from any time period. We hold no rules over the size, shape or species of those who attend, so be you human or pokemon, machine or beast, you are all welcome.
As the Ball takes place in the last quarter of the year, we begin the celebration during the Halloween Season. Fancy Dress is more than welcome, so be as wild as you like in your costumes, and we as hosts will ensure that everything is equally as costumed at our end. When Halloween is over, we will move closer to Christmas, where you will have a chance to change your fancy dress into something a little more festive, and enjoy the delights that Christmas has to hold.
Attendance is simple. You will find printed in this thread, your ticket. Your user name is imprinted on the reverse, so it cannot be used by anyone else to gain access to the grounds at which the ball takes place. In order for us to properly prepare for your arrival, please fill out the attached RSVP, and post it in the RPG Forums Sign Up Thread that has been started specifically for this event.
We look forward to seeing you,
The RPG Board of Governors
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Terms and Conditions
The Ball organisers must ask that any greviences and grudges be left at the door. No fighting will be permitted during the ball, unless it is a pre-arranged exhibition match. To arrange an exhibition match, organise first with the person you would like to battle, then consult privately with the Ball Host. The Host will be identifiable as the person who creates the Ball Topic.
In addition to this rule, as a result of previous disturbances, any attacks on the serving staff will be dealt with swiftly and severely.
Pokemon Trainers are asked to choose only two team members to accompany them. Other rules may be applied to guests, depending on their unique situations.
The Ball itself will take place in the RPG Main Forum.