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we_protect_each_other ([personal profile] we_protect_each_other) wrote2017-07-07 11:58 pm
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[comm] dear press_start author:

Dear Press Start author,

Thank you for writing something for me! This exchange is a new challenge for me. I am a fixation-game-player rather than someone who plays a ton of games. The games I do play I am really captivated with, but I think this was probably the first year I have had enough game fandoms to sign up for this exchange and I'm excited. That means the bar is so low for you that it barely exists, as far as pleasing me, as long as you abide by my dislikes. I hope you have fun with it! If you have something that leaps into your mind that doesn't really go with my prompts, feel free.

Dislikes: character bashing towards anybody, noncon, explicit gore, breathplay, serious or permanent injury related to sexuality, nihilism, hopeless endings (but sad is okay)

Likes: canon-typical violence, missing scenes, UST, emotional ambiguity, found families, developing or established relationships, time travel, pre-canon, post-canon, bedsharing, loyalty, worldbuilding, epistolary/journal/log fiction, monster-of-the-week / slice of ordinary life adventures, earned second chances, dealing with consequences, "what if" / canon divergent AUs, earned happy endings, holidays, casefic, groundhog day trope, mysteries, healing, survival (wilderness, zombie apocalypse, etc.), last stands, trying against impossible odds, succeeding against impossible odds, heartfelt goodbyes, unexpected reunions, foils

Fandom Specifics


Characters/Groups Requested:

  • Chell & Doug Rattmann

  • Chell/Wheatley

  • Chell

For Chell & Doug, I would like either an unlikely reunion fic, a story about Chell's feelings about her unseen friend, or something where they are kind of communicating through a space-time anomaly. It would be neat if Doug was already dead by the time Chell is awakened, but they are still able to communicate because of some kind of weird space-time thing. Whether or not it ultimately saved Doug would be up to you if you followed that prompt. I would also just like a Chell-centric fic where she responds to Doug's story and knows what he went through, even if he is long-gone. Or, if you'd like them to get to be more contemporaneous and to escape together and get to know what the other went through, that'd be cool too.

If you do Chell/Wheatley, feel free to do your own thing with it. However, I'd also like to note that I love the fic Blue Sky by Waffles, which is often what converts people to shipping Chell/Wheatley. That wasn't the case for me; I stumbled into Chell/Wheatley much more by accident before I ever read the fic. But I love that fic and extended universe stuff based on the fic is welcome. If you do your own thing, though, I would be interested in suddenly-android fics. I like fics where Wheatley was at least at one time his little ball self but then becomes a convincing humanoid. The adjustment, especially if Wheatley is attractive to Chell, too, could be cute-funny. I don't mind somewhat dark fic dealing with Wheatley's egotism as it was affected or accentuated by the chassis if you want to go that route. The musical cue when Chell realizes what is happening with Wheatley has always broken my heart, even before this shipping thing happened. If they were to escape the Labs together, I'd like to learn about what they find on the outside -- canon compliant or otherwise. Zombies, werewolves, nuclear wasteland survival -- whatever you want. I love survival stories and survival bonding.

For a Chell-centric fic, I'd love to read about any point in her life. If you wanted to write about little girl Chell and her parent who likely worked at Aperture before the fateful Bring Your Daughter to Work day, it would be neat if you did a sort of creepy, psychological horror thing with Chell sort of picking up on the fact that something is off before she ever comes to the place. If you wanted to write the story of her being processed in as a test subject, being determined to have impossible tenacity, and her rebellion, I would love that, too, since we have the hope of her escaping later. Any missing scenes during the games would be welcome, as would her survival after escaping. All I ask is that Chell lives!

Mass Effect Trilogy

Characters/Groups Requested:

  • Female Shepard/Garrus Vakarian

  • Male Shepard/Kaidan Alenko

I love that Shepard and Garrus are brothers in arms first, regardless of Shepard's gender. Then, if fem!Shepard play their cards right, they end up accidentally falling in love as a result of being friends with benefits and tried by fire. I just really like that it seems like no matter how you shook their relationship up, they would come out caring about each other without question. The fact that they seem to be genuinely into each other without really having a fetish or past inter-species relations is really appealing. Post-War survival fic would be nice. Missing scenes would also be good. I like survival and domestic situations equally. If you wanted to write something about them interacting with war orphans it would melt my heart.

For Male Shepard and Kaidan, I just really want to know more about the development of their chemistry. I like the fact that m!Shep and Kaidan can't have a romance until ME3 because I tend to think of it as them just being a lot more tangled in multiple layers of possible social taboos and denial and finally just really needing to acknowledge their feelings before it's too late. I would really like the "before it's too late" theme to play into a fic about them, even if you turn around and give them a happy ending after all. Awkward unresolved romantic and sexual tension would also be appreciated, taking place in ME1 or ME2. I love the fact that Kaidan is a powerful biotic and a medic, so if that played into it that'd be great. Wound care hurt/comfort, maybe?

Fallout: New Vegas

Characters/Relationships Requested:

  • Female Courier

  • Female Courier/Benny

  • Male Courier/Craig Boone

Female Courier on her own and with any companions you choose! If she has the dog, keep the dog alive! Other than that, go nuts. I would just love to know some of her adventures, either in line with a quest or perhaps to know more about how she got to where she ended up at the beginning of the game. I would just really like to get to know her as a fleshed out person. How did she become a courier? Did she have a past beyond that? Maybe a tag scene right before Benny shoots her would be an idea to start with and work backward, but really, whatever you want to do pre-, during, or post- game.

For Female Courier/Benny, I am not looking for a healthy romance fic, let me be clear. I just was a little bit shocked when I found out that one could seduce him as a possible response to finding him? It's obviously so, so messed up, but the one time I was playing with a character I decided could stomach it, I was really disappointed with the possible resolutions. You could either shoot him in his sleep, or if you went to sleep, he would just leave you a note and leave you. Neither of those things were satisfying to me. I honestly wanted something more like a mutually weird psychological thing where Female Courier got to kind of get her revenge through making Benny feel increasingly messed up and haunted by a living woman. I wanted New Vegas Bonnie and Clyde with a mix of crime and vigilantism, or something. I want the kind of messed up psychology described to be mutual. That would be interesting to me, if you have the stomach to handle writing it for me.

For Male Courier/Craig Boone, I just... had never thought about this and then really liked the tag? I like Boone as a companion, but since I had played as the Female Courier this specifically never occurred to me. I would like you to flesh out Male Courier, as you'd like. I just thought that if this were a relationship that might occur that it might cater to one of my favorite things which is bisexual people kind of coming to terms with being bisexual and having it be a good thing in their lives instead of getting them judged and left alone. If Craig was able to deal with his grief for his wife but then found really unexpected new love while killing the heck out of the Legion, that would be fantastic. Long talks in shoddy shelter and bonding leading to romance? I love survival tropes leading to bonding, so go for it.

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