Capture the Fantasy and Escape your Reality

Do you want a place to play after a long day at work? Are you looking for a site that lets you release your wild imagination? Would you like to interact with others, use your creative writing talents and improve your fiction skills, dialogue, and quick thinking to be a better writer?

We have what you need.

We’ve been working hard the past few weeks, building not one but two brand new sites geared towards creative writers, role-players, gamers and people who just need an escape from reality. It’s time to let you know what you’re in for.

Escaping Reality: The Hottest New Game on the Web

Escaping Reality is an interactive site where you can join a creative writing game that lets you explore the benefits that role-playing can bring to your writing and your life.

Go ahead. Create a character. Experience nail-biting anticipation while you sit on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen next. Revel in high drama of intense scenes, the sweet romance of emotional moments and the witty humour of goofing around.

Escaping Reality lets you:

  • Relax and unwind in an environment that lets you play using your creative writing skills
  • Improve your writing by observing others and responding to spontaneous exercises
  • Interact with people just like you who love creative writing and role-playing

It’s a play-by-post text-based style collaborative game on a customized SMF forum board and Escaping Reality is for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a beginner writer, an avid gamer, a complete rookie or an experienced author, you’ll have a fantastic time.

Benefit from:

  • Dedicated moderation to ensure quality and a relaxed, fun atmosphere
  • Experienced game masters that play right alongside you
  • Personal service and attention for help and guidance

It’s free, it’s easy to play and there are no complex rules – nothing but good, clean fun. Space is limited, so get your character submissions in quickly before you miss your chance.

Capturing Fantasy: A Brand-New RPG Blog

Capturing Fantasy is a blog focused on creative writing, role-playing, and gaming to give you pro tips, hints and advice on being a better role-player. You can:

  • Learn specific strategies to improve your creative writing
  • Explore common issues in role-playing and learn how to overcome them
  • Get insider tips from experts who help you increase your writing skills

Capturing Fantasy isn’t just for gamers. It’s a blog that helps fiction writers learn how to improve their dialogue, write better scene descriptions and work with plot to create a gripping page-turner novel.
There’s more.

At Capturing Fantasy, you’ll find two brand-new ebooks on role playing and character creation, how-tos on being a better fiction writer, resources for gaming manuals and rulebooks, and contests that you’ll want to win.

And to celebrate the launch of the hottest new game and blog on the web, we’re having a contest you won’t want to miss. Visit Capturing Fantasy now to enter!

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.

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  1. Having always considered writing a solitary activity I’ve never really believed in writers’ groups and I still don’t, but ever since your amazing post on the Spirit of Aloha I’m willing to give a chance to your ideas. And having been a roleplayer (mostly a storyteller) for over a decade does help too. (I know these two things, my disliking writers’ groups and being an avid roleplayer may seem contradictory, but they really aren’t, not in my head at least. :))

    Anyhow, thank you for the effort: I’m clicking those two links right now to see what you’ve come up with.

    All the best,

  2. Congratulations on the launch, guys! The site really looks great. I’m still working on my character sheet. The PDF thing is kind of a drag, but I can see how it will prequalify people who want to participate. 🙂

    Jamie Grove – How Not To Write’s last blog post..Using Twitter as a Writing Warmup

  3. @ Jamie – I think that was one of our “too used to gaming” errors.

    Anyone wishing to participate can ditch the PDF for now and write up a lovely narrative in Word that summarizes the bio, physical description and history of a character. We’ll accept that.

  4. Excellent! I was spending too much time thinking about dots when what I wanted to do was think about story. 🙂

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  5. I have waited for this with baited breath since your announcement last Friday.

  6. I’ll tell you now – my version of escaping reality will not have WordPress eating my posts every now and then. 🙂

    Will check it out! Thanks for such a great idea.

    Best wishes,

    Barbara

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  7. Brett Legree says:

    I have two things to say:

    1. This is going to be GREAT!!!
    2. and ACK! I’m LATE!!!

    (I still have to make my character)

    Glad to see you guys getting this out there. It will be fun. Thanks for letting us be a part of it.

    -Brett

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  8. Your graphic shows a woman being silenced by a male hand, which leads me to visualize that your new site is encouraging the same old woman as victim to be terrorized, man as beast kind of simulation. I hope that’s not true, but, just for the record, I really hate the graphic just the same. Needless to say, it seems probably the new website is not for me so, for your happiness, I’ll skip it.

  9. @ Dianne – Photography is very subjective. You see a woman being terrorized. I see a man helping a woman stay quiet so he can save her life. Someone else saw an intimate moment between two people (he’s wearing a wedding ring).

    Photography is meant to provoke emotion in people, and we all have personal perception as unique individuals. It does not represent man over woman or gratuitous violence against women to me.

    I’m sorry that you see this in the picture. In fact, I’m kind of sad that you think we’d be the kind of people to encourage that type of behavior.

  10. CONGRATULATIONS, guys!! You must be so excited!

    I’m late too. I started obsessing over dots as well and was trying to remember playing Baldur’s Gate games years ago and how I had made my characters, and then my keyboard died and I had all kinds of computer problems and lost everything. I’ll have to start again.

    Actually, I have to admit I’m utterly overwhelmed by all this, but you said I might be. I’m SO IMPRESSED by all the work you’ve put into the two sites. I mean, WOW!! And I can join at any time, right? As lame as this sounds, I don’t feel ready and I’m unsure about doing it (I’m not sure it’s my thing after checking out the sites). This is probably a stupid question, but is there any way to observe for a while without playing?

  11. @ Steph – Yup. The game boards are open for viewing and anyone can watch as the story unfolds to see how it works or whether they want to get into it.

    Keep in mind that the games are LOOSELY based on the books. We focus much more on the person-to-person interaction and daily living stuff than the rest.

  12. Darn it, James and Harry! I don’t want to subscribe to another blog, but now I’m helplessly compelled. *sigh*

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  13. @James: Great! Thanks! I look forward to spying. 🙂

  14. Interesting concept but I’m with Dianne, I don’t think you’re visually creating a very inviting community for women. The woman looks terrified, and the male hand is silencing/controlling her.

  15. @Dianne & Laura:

    In order to play a game like this, a person needs to have an open mind. No one is trying to send a message to anyone. While it might seem that the gaming world is mostly male it has been our experience that women rank among the top gamers we’ve known. In fact, over 60% of the people requesting to be a part of this game are women.

    Terror and what scares people most is what the World of Darkness is about. The scenes touch on a wide range of subjects meant to elicit a deep and disturbing response in the players. It’s dark and gritty at times.

    This is not a fluffy-bunny dungeon crawl with happy faeries and friendly dragons. The thing under your bed is probably real, and those boot steps behind you on the way home last night wasn’t your mind playing tricks on you.

    While the game does have plenty of lighter moments, lots of humor, and other good stuff, there will still be moments when various players will be affected and made to think.

    If you don’t want to play, that’s fine, we respect that. Everyone has a choice. But understand this; James and I are in no way trying to send any kind of message to our readers (male or female). That’s not our style.

  16. Excellent concept. Love it….love it love it love it.

  17. Heh. I didn’t see the photo as being uninviting to women. My mind leapt to a passionate moment. Then again, that’s just me, and I usually have sex on the brain anyway 😉

    Either way, I think Harry makes a good point about open-mindedness. From the response so far, there are going to be lots of people from all different walks of life playing this, and we’re going to be challenged to be creative on the fly and out of our element. It’ll make us stronger writers, and that’s the whole point, isn’t it? Besides having fun, of course!

  18. Ohdear,

    Dianne, Laura, the first thing I thought when I saw that photograph was, “and then I kick him in the head.” The woman is never the victim in any story unless someone writes her that way. And so far as I gather from the website, you get to write your own character.

    Play a female character, have her be a powerful person, and that situation changes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a DM in any role-playing game say, “Okay, now the woman gets kidnapped. Again,” unless the woman in question was an utterly useless princess or something of the kind. I don’t know what games you’ve been playing, but seeing misogynists around every corner doesn’t make misogyny go away. It just makes you less happy.

    That being said, I’m creating a character who’s a complete man-hater, so there you have it. Sorry, Pen Men. I love you in real life.

    Tei – Rogue Ink’s last blog post..Procrastination. It works for me.

  19. @Tei: Diversity is the spice of life. 😉

  20. Mm. Life-spice.

    Tei – Rogue Ink’s last blog post..Procrastination. It works for me.

  21. @Tei: Is that a new Spice Girl?

  22. No. It’s sort of Dune/Simpsons reference. It gets very confusing in my head sometimes.

    Tei – Rogue Ink’s last blog post..Procrastination. It works for me.

  23. Congrats on the launch guys! I bet there’s a big since of accomplishment and relief once the site went live.

    I have to say the design of the blog / forums are very well done. Harry your design skills are second to none.

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  24. @John; Thanks! It was a long, hard slice of work, but well worth it!

  25. James and Harry,

    I don’t think I’m very good at this kind of thing, but I’ll give it a shot. I’m used to working alone in the morning with my characters.

    I guess I don’t have to be very good to play around, now do I? I usually don’t lurk, but I probably will for awhile to get the hang of it.

    I wanted to show up today and lend you my support. And bookmark the sites.

    Thanks guys. E

    Ellen Wilson’s last blog post..With Love from the Louvre

  26. @ Ellen – You can’t know unless you try, and I think you’ll find it a great writing exercise. And you’ll do just fine. We built this game for people just like you, who’ve never done this before.

    Write up a nice character story in a narrative in Word, and we’ll be thrilled.

  27. @James – Oh, I’ll be fine. I had a look around the sites. Quite impressive. I gave it a digg, and I hope more people do, too. Creative excellence should be rewarded.

    I think you’re on to something revolutionary here.

    Ellen Wilson’s last blog post..With Love from the Louvre

  28. I must have a dirty, filthy mind because I thought the couple in the photo were getting kinky. Now it’s taken on several new possibilities.

    Anyway, congrats Pen Men! I’ve been looking forward to this.

    I feel like we should be drinking champagne or something. 😉

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  29. I object to that picture you’re using. His hand should be smaller, and her eyes should be a little more blue. And he should actually be covering her eyes, so that her mouth can be open because we all know how women would rather talk than anything. And they should be standing further off, and there should be a tree, and things. And stuff.

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  30. I always use caution when placing my hand that close to someone’s nose. I’m always afraid a little “friend” will come shooting out.

    Perhaps my character should be called nOseguard.

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