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Helpful Terms and Definitions

There has been some confusion about what "in-game" means when used to describe websites or people, so I have decided to create a list of common defintions that we can all use in order to discuss things without this confusion. Note that this is a work in-progress; suggestions and comments are welcomed.

Fourth Wall: A character in a play or book is not supposed to know or refer to the fact that he's fictional. Once a character does this, he is said to have breached the fourth wall.
In-game: Anything that pretends that the world of The Lost Experience is real. If something is in-game, it cannot acknowledge the game's existence. If something refers to the game, then it is either not in-game or guilty of breaching the fourth wall.
Character: A character is a person who cannot refer to the game. A character can either be someone who is in-game or players pretending to be in-game.
Player: This includes anyone who is playing the game.
TPTB: The Powers That Be are the people who run the game. Also known as Puppetmasters (PMs).
TINAG: This Is Not A Game, an important concept in alternate reality games, this is said to remind people that they should be pretending that the world of the game is real.

In-game Characters: People who give clues to the players, who cannot acknowledge the game's existence.

In-game Websites: Websites are in-game if they are legitimately connected to The Lost Experience and also do not contain references to the game.

Six Different Types of In-Game Characters

Peripheral In-game Characters - They have not interacted, and we have not seen or heard them. They exist only in writing.
Rachel Blake's Posters - These in-game characters magically appear and help Rachel, but they don't interact with players.
Hard In-game Characters - They have not interacted with players, but we have seen and/or heard them.
Medium In-game Characters - They sometimes interact with players.
Soft In-game Characters - They mainly interact with players, but sometimes they help find or solve clues.
Fictional In-game Characters - These are fictional people who are made up by other in-game characters.

Types of Players

Regular - people like me and you.
Character - people like me and you, BUT when we are acting and talking like the game is reality (i.e., in-character).
Power - people who have some knowledge of what is going to happen in the game.
Fictional - people pretending to be players who give hints to the rest of us to help us solve clues. Also known as "plants."

Here is list of all characters in the game, categorized.

- Matt the Pale


Blogger Thrasher76 said...

First!! This is a very helpful refference for all of us!! Good job!

6/28/2006 12:53 PM  
Blogger Crossfade said...

Good job MTP. THese terms could be VERY helpful.

6/28/2006 4:58 PM  
Blogger katamarmom said...

Thanks for the definitions! Regarding the Fictional Player - wouldn't Gidgetgirl be this?

7/06/2006 2:10 PM  
Blogger Matt the Pale said...

katamarmom -- GidgetGirl is most definitely an In-Game Character.

7/20/2006 4:37 PM  

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