Because you guys know I simply cannot tolerate a reasonable work load, I have another writing project!
Those of your groaning and bemoaning the fate of Choose and Blue Moon (and Song of Binding, for that matter), worry not. Cipher Letters is a game between my husband and myself. The letters are short, the editing time is almost nonexistent, and the priority is lower than my other projects.
A letter game is a collaborative role playing game. Two people are required to play, and two is the optimum number, though more can be added. The idea is simple – you write letters to each other, as though you were your character. In this letter game, my character’s name is Kyuu Najj, and my husband is Rjon Eihl. Every single detail about the game is being made up as we write, and we don’t talk about Cipher with each other. If I have a plan for a plot and something in his letter ruins it, I just have to find a new plot. (It keeps me from plotting too far ahead, that’s for sure). I don’t know what our characters are, though we’ve obviously abandoned humanity as an option. The not knowing is part of the fun – in some ways, it truly is like getting a letter in the mail. The contents are unknown, and we’re playing very much by the seat of our pants.
Cipher has three parts.
Part 1 : Cipher
First, the person whose turn it is to write the reply (either myself or my husband) will write the letter. Then we’ll immdiately encipher it using an online tool, and come up with (or find) a riddle. The answer to the riddle is the key to the second part of Cipher. The Cipher is posted on the website, along with the riddle.
Part 2 : Decipher
Second, the letter recipient deciphers the letter so that it’s readable. The decipher is also posted on the website.
Part 3 : Podcast
Lastly, we’re recording each of the deciphered letters and publishing them as a podcast. The last part is not only just for fun (this podcasting thing is insidiously addictive!) but also so that anyone who wants to follow the letters can do so without bothering with all the cipher/decipher stuff. The Cipher Letters podcast is available in the website RSS feed, on a podcast-only RSS feed, on Blubrry, and in iTunes (Yup! iTunes! It was actually accepted!).