Day (print:$day): What's your next move?
[[Go to College]]
[[Transport to Campaign Location]]
[[Hang up last minute campaign posters/flyers]]
[[Use Social Media]]
[[Gather intel on Ernest]]
[[Make a commercial]]
[[Go to an Interview]]
And we're back. A place of misery? Fun? You look around campus to see any changes since you were last here. However, we are not here for a tour, we are here for your campaign!
[[Send an Email]]
[[Meet with University President]]
[[Give a Speech]]
[[Meet with Students]]Passing by the computer lab, an idea comes together! What if you sent a mass email to all the students.
<p id="dialogue">“Ha! That’ll get people to notice me more. What’s not to like about me.”</p>
As you try to enter the lab, the security guard stops you. He shakes his head and directs you out of the building. Frustrated, you decide to whip out some magic and put him under a spell for the time being.
<p id="dialogue">“What a nuisance!”</p>
After getting into the school system, you send an email to all students under the school system.
<p id="text-log">Dear students of this college,
You may not know who I am, but I am (print:$name), the best Alumni who came from this school. Being a college student is tough, isn’t it! But you know what it is tough running for State Senator. I would love to have your vote, so, please… VOTE FOR ME!! :D
(link: "Click here!!")[(open-url: 'https://people.rit.edu/mr7721/ENGL389/vote-for-me.gif')]
Your (hopefully) next to be State Senator - (print:$name) :)</p>
Moments later, the hallways fill with chatter. You peer your head out of the lab and hear students discussing the email. Ha, success!!
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 7)
[[Continue|Next Day]]Since you are an Alumni, why not go visit the University President. She likes you, right? If you speak with her, she can help boost your campaign, since she is loved by the students.
<p id="dialogue">“Hello Mrs. President Tomeha. How are you?”
“I am good. What brings you here today?”
“Why to see you of course” you then burst out a laugh and give a serious face, “Really, I am here for you to help with my candidacy!”</p>
[[Bring University President gifts]]
(if: $goodCommercial is true)[[[Socialize with the University President]]]
(if: $badCommercial is true)[[[Persuade the University President]]]
<p id="dialogue">“And why should I do that for you?” putting her hands on her hips.
“Why, of course, I would bring you a gift!” as you open the door to grab a flower basket.
“Wow, you seem to amaze me. However, with protocols, I can not help you”
“Why don’t you take a peek inside!”</p>
As Mrs. Tomeha digs through the flower basket, her eyes widen, and her jaw-dropping slowly. Inside the basket, the gold color shines onto her face. She picks it up to check, and it is HEAVY!!! Mrs. Tomeha puts it back in the basket and sets it on the glass coffee table.
<p id="dialogue">“So what can I do for you?” she smiles with her hands together.
“Something that will bring me glory and support,” you say lifting your head to the ceiling and your arms wide open.
“I know just the right thing” as she sends out an email. </p>
<p id="text-log">Dear Students,
I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to inform you that we have a trusted Alumni running for State Senator. Their name is (print:$name), and would like your support. When (print:$name) was a student here, they were a top student and participated in many clubs. They were an outstanding student like no other. I believe you should take a look at (print:$name)'s campaign.
President Tomeha </p>
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 3)
[[Continue|Next Day]]<p id="dialogue">“Well, I liked your commercial. I believe you are a good role model for the students and shall help you,” as she walks towards her desk and begins typing an email.</p>
<p id="text-log">Dear Students,
I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to inform you that we have a trusted Alumni running for State Senator. Their name is (print:$name), and would like your support. When (print:$name) was a student here, they were a top student and participated in many clubs. They were an outstanding student like no other. I believe you should take a look at (print:$name) campaign.
Of course, if (print:$name) is elected, you will all receive a break, where no professors will be able to assign work. As well as receive a scholarship for all students next semester.
<p id="dialogue">“Please come anytime and visit, especially if you are elected!”
“I will keep that in mind. Thank you!”</p>
The two of you shake hands and go back to your work.
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 8)
[[Continue|Next Day]]<p id="dialogue">“Well, unfortunately, you should not be here right now. I have no idea security didn’t stop you!”
“Security! Security! Security!”</p>
Three tall men with security badges burst in and begin to drag you away. Mrs. Tomeha turns around and waves you away. Walking out of campus grounds, people turn towards you, shaking their heads or furrow their eyebrows at you. Grabbing a student's phone, you read the words "*URGENT*" in the title.
<p id="text-log">Dear Students,
I am writing to inform you of an issue that has been brought to my attention. (print:$name) is an Alumni here. As you know, they are running for state senator. Please do not engage with this individual, as they are blacklisted in this university. If you do see (print:$name) you or engage with you, please call public safety. Thank you for taking your time to read this email.
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 10)
[[Continue|Next Day]]A speech is good, gotta represent! You see a podium where faculty and students are gathering and decide to walk over. Peering over the many heads and jumping up and down, you try to see why everyone is cheering. Suddenly, a student taps you on the shoulder.
<p id="dialogue">“May I help you?” staring at you.
“Hi, my name is (print:$name), and I was wondering if I could go up there, and you know, talk.”
“Oh, you go over there in that line,” pointing to the left of the stage. </p>
The line was long, maybe about five to six students, but you decide it is worth the wait. Publicity!!
Finally, waiting after a good hour or so, you slowly walk up to the podium. Students and faculties phones are out, good! As you are finishing up, you yell out the words, “(print:$slogan),” as they cheer you off the stage. Although you wonder if you were able to make an impact, we shall see...
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 4)
[[Continue|Next Day]]Meeting with students one-on-one might help, especially if you meet a Student Government representative or a popular kid. Good thinking! Looking around, you walk up to a young girl walking with three books in her hand and her bag hanging on her left shoulder.
<p id="dialogue">“Hello, my name is (print:$name). Can I talk to you for a few minutes?” waving your hand.
“Um. No can do. I have class in ten minutes,” quickly walking towards the cafeteria. </p>
Looking around, you try talking to students passing by. Two people catch your eye, and you power walk towards them.
<p id="dialogue">“Hello students, my name is (print:$name). Can I have a few minutes of your time?”
“Sure. We’re all ears!”</p>
You briefly give them a low down of your campaign and what not. Ending your spiel, you shout the words, “(print:$slogan).” Both of your hands shot up towards the sky. They clap for you and begin to walk away. Did it work?
(if: $badCommercial is true)[The same girl from earlier comes running into the area screaming. (print:$name) is a fool, do not vote for him. He is a fake! Vote for Ernest instead! Turns out she is a popular YouTuber at this university.]
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 0)
[[Continue|Next Day]]What better way than to sabotage Ernest! Let’s do it! (hahaha)
[[Tear Posters and Change Cue Cards]]
[[Dress up as Ernest]]You are walking down your hometown street singing the words, "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwkej79U3ek&t=26s" target="_blank" >Making my way downtown...</a>"
Passing by, you briefly hear your opponents name, making you take a few small steps back. The store was playing the news, which praised Ernest for his efforts and campaign. Your ears turning red, you leave to go to your favorite ice cream place. This place always lightens your mood, since it was something your parents always got you to reward you for good grades, your birthday, or on a special occasion.
The ice cream parlor was just as you remembered it. It stood between a barbers shop and a laundromat. The parlor was light blue colored with tall glass windows. On the top right corner spinning sign with an ice cream model in the middle. You walk up to the doors and grab the door handlebar. However, a poster catches your attention, right under the bright “OPEN'' sign. Side-stepping out of the doorway, you see Ernest’s poster and at the bottom signed with the owner’s signature and the words “The last Ernest person :)”
<img src="https://people.rit.edu/mr7721/ENGL389/poster-parlor.jpeg" width="450" height="600" alt="Ernest Poster">
You turn around and take four deep breaths and begin to tear all of Ernest’s posters in the nearby area. After an hour passes, you [[head towards Ernest's current campaign location.]] What better way to spend your time than to dress up as Ernest. A brilliant idea! You call your friend from college who is an expertise in Halloween makeup.
<p id="dialogue">“Hello, it’s me. (music layover of the song?) I need it done.”
“I’ll be right over!” quickly hanging up right after.
“Who’s there?” you ask.
“It’s me, who?”
“It’s me, so you better open this door before I come knocking it down!”
“Amelia!” you say, opening the door with your arms wide open. </p>
Amelia was short and dressed in all black with her sleeves attached to the bottom of the shirt, forming a superhero-like cape. Her hair was blond with streaks of cotton candy color, tied in a high ponytail. Walking into the house, she ducks under your arms and walking upstairs. You then follow her shaking your head. While you are seated with your eyes closed, the two of you catch up on recent events and how much life is a burden. Finally finished, she taps you on the shoulder. Opening your eyes, you stand up and lean towards the mirror.
<p id="dialogue">“I look AMAZING!” </p>
Amelia gazes at you with a blank stare, with her palm open. You look at her hand, then at her, and back down to her hand. With a smile forming on your face, you slap her hand. She then rolls her eyes and packs everything up. A few minutes later, she heads downstairs waving goodbye and puts up a peace sign, leaving immediately right after. Going to your closet, you look for the perfect outfit, one that would make you look like Ernest. You then have a brilliant idea, grabbing the ladder in the corner of the room and climbing up to grab a dusted box from the [[top shelf]].
Sneaking into the building, you grab a cleaning uniform left in the staff room. You hide behind the cleaning cart, waiting for Ernest to leave. Luckily, he eventually left to go to the restroom. Quickly looking around, you sneak into his room with the cleaning cart. The room had a glass coffee table in the middle, surrounded by brown leather couches and a vanity mirror with one light bulb out in the left corner of the room. Walking over, you see his cue cards and shove them into your uniform pocket, pulling out a different set and placing them on the table. Suddenly, the door handle rattles. Ernest walks in.
<p id="dialogue">“Ohoho, don’t mind me. It's hourly cleaning right now,” as you grab the cart and walk out of the room.</p>
Looking down the halls, you push the cleaning cart down the hall and quickly exit the building. Arriving at the pedestrian crossing, as the red hand turned to a white silhouette person, you run to the nearest park. You then walk over to the pond, sit cross-legged, and stare at the cue cards. One by one, you begin to throw them into the pond.
<p id="dialogue">“He will win, he will lose,” you say, watching each individual card sink into the pond. </p>
Nearing the end, you slow down the pace of throwing the cards. Getting up, you walk to the nearest trashcan and throw the remaining cards away. Walking back to your office, you whisper the words, “He will...”
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 0)
[[Continue|Next Day]]Walking out into public, you begin to go live by hacking Ernest’s YouTube channel. (Something that Ernest barely uploaded since his college years).
<img src="https://people.rit.edu/mr7721/ENGL389/ernest-youtube.jpeg" width="700" height="450" alt="Ernest YouTube">
<p id="dialogue">“Hello everyone! This is Ernest Smith. Yes, it really is me in the flesh. Today to take a break, I will be doing a mukbang and fire noodle challenge! Let’s go~”</p>
Walking to the convenience store, you order some food and sit outside under the blue and white parasol. Passer-by begins to surround you as you are having your mukbang. You begin to eat the fire noodles, sweat dripping down your face and onto your clothes. Looking around, you try to find a napkin to wipe your sweat; of course, you tap lightly since wiping it would reveal your makeup. After finishing the noodles, your tongue begins to numb, with a burning sensation in your mouth and chest.
<p id="dialogue">“Iths HOTT! I needth milllkk. Millkk!”</p>
Checking the comments, followers say Ernest is ridiculous and wasting his time. You try to smile, but you stop since you are in dire need of a cooling drink. After finishing the mukbang, you get ready to end the live video.
<p id="dialogue">“That’s all from me. Make sure to like, subscribe, and press the alarm for more videos. Make sure to vote for me as well,” giving a capitalist-like smile. </p>
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 3)
[[Continue|Next Day]]You need to head to your campaign location now! Pick a way of transportation:
[[Travel by Bus]]
[[Travel by Car]]
[[Travel by Helicopter]]What better way to get to know people than by traveling in a bus. The long ride allows you to learn more information about your competitors. Halfway to the campaign spot, the bus comes to a complete stop as there is a ginormous car accident. The bus driver says it would take a while before redirecting to a new path. Cross-legged with your hand stroking your chin, you try to think of the different possibilities that you could do. As your eyes widen, your hands reach towards your head and begin to pull your hair.
<p id="dialogue">“Aish! This is annoying, hurry the hell up!” stomping in the middle of the bus.
“Just run over all these damn cars already!” as you turn to yell at the bus driver. </p>
The party group looks at you with their eyebrows furrowed. Once they pass the accident, everyone turns silent, with only the radio playing softly. Due to the accident, you arrive at your campaign late. The only remains of the event are the banner pinned on one side and leaves blowing to the other side of the stage.
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 6)
[[Continue|Next Day]]The luxurious life and a preferred choice. There is no need to share a bus with the rest of your party. We want some peace and quiet since they follow you 24/7. Annoying! As you are jamming to the latest hits and scrolling through social media, the driver reports an accident up ahead. However, he is determined to get to your event on time. So, he decides to pull a stunt like Fast and Furious. Your heart beats fast, and your eyes widen as he revs the engine and BAM! The car lands safely on the highway below. You lightly tap your chest and take many deep breaths.
The driver safely arrived 30 minutes ahead of schedule. When the campaign event begins, your follower group cheers you on, drawing passersby.
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 5)
[[Continue|Next Day]]Let’s take your helicopter for a spin! The helicopter is an off-white color with two thin striped teal lines on the side that was bought as a personal reward. Stepping inside, you wave goodbye to your party group. In the air, you quietly watch the helicopter pierce through the light gray clouds. Getting closer to the location, you watch tiny colored squares become rooftop houses. The wind begins to pick up in the area, with banners flying into the trees, bundles of trash sweeping off the ground, and people slightly bending down with faces covered by their hands. As the helicopter finally lands, you step out to remove your sunglasses while stretching your arms out facing the sun.
Walking down the stairs, you practice your speech quietly, ready to greet the campaign event attendees. Arriving at the door, you burst open the wooden door. However, as your eyes adjust to the crowd, they begin throwing food and trash at you. One tomato was thrown at your shirt, staining your newly bought navy blue suit you bought last week. As they finally disperse, you look down to see your outfit. It is as if you entered a color run event.
Walking to your campaign spot, you see your face on the banner covered in red spray scribbles, vegetables and paint-splattered over the wooden floor, and the podium knocked over. So much for flexing.
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 10)
[[Continue|Next Day]]Furious and frustrated you decide to kill Ernest. These past few days, he has been gaining more followers, you must take action!
[[Onwards!!|Don't meet with Illuminati]]You silently close the door behind you. Ernest busily scratches the pen tip on a notepad, finding a working point. While he is occupied, you quickly grab your spellbook with handy-dandy spells. It was a black leather book with tan tape, with the words “(print:$name) Book O’ Spells.” Flipping through the book, you finally find the words “How to Stop a HeArT 101.” Struggling to put the book away, you quickly work up the spell to slowly stop his heart. Right as he turns around, you slowly walk over to him and smack his back multiple times.
<p id="dialogue">“Haha, good luck with the rest of your campaign!” you say as Ernest stumbles over.</p>
Finally getting his signature, you thank him and walk out of the room. You take a quick glance at your gold-rimmed luxury watch and set a time fifteen minutes out.
However, after fifteen minutes passed, you looked down both sides of the street, and no blaring sounds of sirens. You check your phone to see if Ernest opened the box, which had a succulent plant with a camera installed. Ernest sat in his office, signing papers one by one. There were no symptoms showing heart failure. Pulling out the book and flipping to the titled page, you look at the fine print at the bottom. It reads, "Note: Only works at certain hours of the day."
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 0)
[[Continue|Next Day]]You silently close the door behind you, and BAM! Putting cloth where you just stabbed him, you put him at his desk, positioned in a sleeping position.
<p id="dialogue">“Thank you!” as you close the door on your way out. </p>
As you exit the building, someone looks at you. The individual sneaks a quick glance at you, eyes looking up and down. You quickly walk to your motorcycle and drive off. However, something comes out of your pocket as you ride away. The person instantly walks to pick up what you dropped and runs up to Ernest's office, seeing him catching his breath as he lays his head on his desk.
Returning to your office, you turn on the channel to find your face on the news. You drop your mug shattered into pieces and coffee burning your right hand.
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 15)
[[Continue|Next Day]]Your party member lets you in on a secret that you begin to clutch your fist. As they leave, you slouch in your seat, tapping your fingers repeatedly one by one. After a few minutes, you sweep everything on the desk to the ground. You look over to see your computer laptop screen smashed, papers spread across the room, phone flipped over, and the flower plant pot shattered into pieces with soil spilled over.
You bend down to pick up your phone and look at the screen. Looking at the screen, you shake your head and decline the call. Before exiting the room, you grab the duffle bag behind your desk. Arriving in front of Ernest’s building, you are dressed up as a mailman. Walking into the building, you look around and walk towards the front desk. The attendants guide you to the elevator. You walk to the end of the hall, pretending to get his signature.
Ernest opens the door with a slight smile on his face.
<p id="dialogue">“Can I get your signature?” as you are trying to find a pen in your pocket.
“Ah, let me grab one really quick!” as he turns toward his desk. </p>
[[Don't Use Magic]]Since you have some time left of your day, you decide to hang up more posters and flyers. You drive to different destinations to hang them up. During the ride, the radio praises Ernest and discusses the facts about the current election. Once you arrive at your destination, you pull straight into the parking lot and walk with tape in one hand and the posters and flyers in the other.
<img src="https://people.rit.edu/mr7721/ENGL389/community-board.jpeg" width="750" height="500" alt="Bulletin Board">
The posters are centered on each bulletin board, covering random flyers. You are always meant to be front and center.
<p id="dialogue">“Best of luck with your campaign!” says a woman holding her groceries.
“Ugh, it’s you again...” someone whispers. </p>
(if: $day is 1)[As you drive to more destinations, you see many come to take a look at your poster. Smiling, you return to your car to head to another activity.](if: $day is 2)[As you drive to more destinations, you begin to not see many people wander by. Scratching your head, you begin to wonder where everyone is.]
(if: $day is 1)[(set: $popularity to $popularity + 8)]
(if: $day is 2)[(set: $popularity to $popularity + 0)]Everyone is on social media… So what better way to campaign, than to get in with the various trends. Your hip and cool, what could go wrong?
[[Twitter]]Let’s try to get in with the kids! You set up your personal Instagram account with your username set as @(print:$name)4senator. What better way to communicate with people than by posting a "Vote for Me!" post.
<img src="https://people.rit.edu/mr7721/ENGL389/instagram.jpeg" width="450" height="600" alt="Instagram">
Hmmm... something is missing, let's take your first selfie. Why not a mural with something that screams “AURA!” Googling places, you find the perfect mural and head over to the park.
The mural was perfect; it had painted angel wings with beams coming from the center. The rest of it was a blue pastel sky and off-white colored clouds. Now ready to post, you tag the words “#(print:$name)”, “#itsgoodtobeme”, “#(print:$name)4senator”, “#aura”, and “#selfiesaturday.” You also set the caption as “Did it work? (print:$slogan).”
Ready to fit in more with the craze, you decide to make an Instagram reel. You look at the most trending ones and make some yourself. Finally posting them, you feel good about yourself, and post one last selfie. Looking around, you find your poster and caption the post with “Oh look it’s me! #signingoff.”
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 4)
[[Continue|Next Day]] Social media is where it’s at! Why don’t we hop online and send out some tweets! Tweet, tweet!!!
[[Send a Tweet]]
(if:$day is 1)[[[Tweet an Upcoming Event]]]
(if: $detailedSpied is true)[[[Tweet about Ernest]]]
(if: $interview is true)[[[Tweet about Interview]]]Hello there! I guess you are reading this since you want to become something bigger and better or just bored. Am I right?
What is that something? Why, of course, it is to become a state senator of Maryland!!
[[Aw, Yeah!]]<p id="dialogue">"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." </p>
That's a saying, right? At least that’s what your father always told you. Anyways, the point is, that Ernest has got to have some kind of weakness you can exploit. If you can find out what it is, you'll have a huge advantage in this race. But you'll need to go about this carefully.
[[Use a disguise]](set: $spied to true)You know a guy who knows a guy who has some friends in... interesting places. And that guy's name is Gary. You rummage through your junk drawer and find his number written on the back of a "Wally's Windows Store" business card.
<img src="https://people.rit.edu/mr7721/ENGL389/wallys-window.jpeg" width="650" height="400" alt="Wally's Window">
[[Call the number]]What a brilliant idea! A commercial will let people know how amazing you are! And as a bonus you can show off your acting chops! Becoming a movie star was one of your dreams as a kid, but when your dad is a famous politician, it’s hard not to follow in his footsteps. And shadow.
[[Let's get started]]You’ve worked hard during this election campaign. It’s about time you get to just kick back and relax. And what better way to relax than at the links? The Baltimore Country Club is your go-to. The grass is always cut neatly and the greens are nice and smooth. So schedule a tee-time and have your chauffeur drive you to the course.
The warm sun feels great on your face as you step out of your limousine. A perfect day for golf. You make your way to the clubhouse and check in for your tee time. The clerk gives you a scorecard.
<p id="dialogue">“Good luck out there.” she says with a smile.
“Thanks, but I don’t need luck.” you reply as you grab a pencil from the cup on the counter. </p>
You’re not sure if she didn’t recognize you, or if she just didn’t want to bother you. You’re going to go with the latter.
As you are walking over to where all of the golf carts are lined up, you see Jack Wilson, the other incumbent senator of Maryland. And unfortunately, he sees you too. You are both in the same political party, but you still can’t stand how happy he always is. A lot of people love him for it, but you know it’s just a facade. But he does have a lot of influence over the people of Maryland, so maybe this is a blessing in disguise.
<p id="dialogue">“Hey, (print:$name)! How’s the campaign going?” he says loudly while walking towards you.
God. Even the way he walks seems overly enthusiastic. You put on a smile. “Well, I can’t say too much Jack, but I’m feeling pretty good about it.”
“Oh yeah? That’s great!” He says as he claps you on your back. “With us two in office together, we’ll be able to accomplish great things! I’ll make sure to let everyone know to vote for you. Good luck!” </p>
Without waiting for a response, he walks past you to the clubhouse. You realize you have been holding your breath this whole time, and finally let it out. A game of golf and an endorsement from Jack Wilson? Not a bad day at all.
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 12)
[[Continue|Next Day]]This fake moustache is really itchy, but it will stop people from recognizing you. And you trade your impeccable suit for a more casual jeans and T-shirt look. Do people actually wear this stuff? You’ll just have to bear with it until you can find some juicy info on Ernest. But first you have to find out where he’s going to be.
Luckily, Ernest just posted on Facebook about how he's going to be giving a speech at one of his rallies downtown today. That will be the perfect time to do some digging.
You make your way to his rally. Balloons and banners line the buildings around Market Square. A stage is set up at the far side of the square for him to give his speech. Standing at the entrance to the square is two security officers checking people's ID's before they can enter.
You didn’t think to make a fake ID for yourself, so you’re not getting in. But there’s a few people to talk to out here before they go into the rally. Who seems like they have some useful information?
[[A man holding up a sign]]
[[A woman with her kid]]There’s a man holding a poster board sign in the air on a stick. Ernest’s campaign slogan, “We’re with Smith”, is scrawled on the poster in bright red and blue. How patriotic.
<img src="https://people.rit.edu/mr7721/ENGL389/poster-board.jpeg" width="400" height="600" alt="Ernest Posterboard">
<p id="dialogue">“Excuse me, sir?” You say as you approach him. He turns to face you. “Would you mind if I asked you a few questions?”
He looks you over and raises a bushy gray eyebrow at you. “Questions about what?”
“Questions about your views on this upcoming election.”
He holds his in the air. “I’ll tell you what I think, boy! I think that Ernest Smith is a born leader! A real upstanding-citizen if you ask me! That man puts the people first. That’s more than most other politicians can say. I ain’t voting for no sell out. That’s for sure!” </p>
As he says this, someone from the crowd begins to chant “We’re with Smith!”. More people join in on the chanting until the entire crowd is repeating your opponent’s campaign slogan. The man with the sign has since walked away and has now entered the rally.
Well this has been a waste of time. As the crowd funnels through security, you head back to your limousine. The Star-Spangled Banner starts to play in the distance and cheers erupt from the crowd, signaling the start of the rally. Say what you want about that man, but he sure knows how to captivate a crowd.
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 5)
[[Continue|Next Day]]You spot a mother walking around with her child. You can’t help but feel disgust at their “We’re with Smith” shirts. But they should be able to give you some ammo against Ernest.
<p id="dialogue">“Pardon me, miss, but do you have a moment to answer a few questions about this election?” You say as you walk up to them.
“Of course! What would you like to know?”
“We are conducting a popularity poll. Is it safe to assume that you are planning on voting for Ernest Smith?” You say as you point your pencil at her shirt.
She grabs the bottom of her shirt and pulls it outwards to look at it. “You like it? Me and my Timmy over here love to show our support for Ernest Smith!” She looks at Timmy and smiles.
You force a smile and nod your head. “Very nice. Now tell me, Mrs. uh...”
“Howell. Linda Howell.”
“Well, Mrs. Howell, what makes you want to vote for Ernest Smith?”
“Well he stands for the people. He grew up as a hard-working American, just like the rest of us. Not like that (print:$name), whose daddy gave him everything.”
“Well I wouldn’t say he was given everything. But we’re talking about Ernest here, so are there any ways in which you think that Ernest could improve his campaign to gain more popularity with his constituents? Anything you don’t like about him?”
“Well, during his campaign for his current term, he promised us he would crack down on unethical crab farming here in Maryland, and I don’t think that he has delivered on that promise.”
“I see. Well, thank you for your time, Mrs. Howell. It looks like the rally is about to start, so I’ll let you go.”
“No problem at all. You have a nice day now.”</p>
You head back to your limousine as the rest of the crowd makes their way into Market Square. In the distance you hear The Star-Spangled Banner play as cheers erupt from the audience. As painful as it was to listen to Ernest supporters, you gathered some useful information. There has got to be some way you can use Ernest’s promise to end unethical crab farming against him.
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 2)(set: $ethicalCrabs to true)(set: $detailedSpied to true)
[[Continue|Next Day]]You grab the phone on your desk and dial the number on the card. It rings a few times and then you hear “Wally’s Window Store. How can I help you?”
<p id="dialogue">“Hey, Gary. It’s (print:$name). Remember how you owe me a favor? Well, I’m calling in that favor now. You know I got that election coming up, and now I got it all under control and everything, but I could use a little… insurance. You get what I’m saying? Just make sure I got the votes I need to win this thing, alright?”
“I’ll see what I can do.”</p>
A few hours pass, and your phone rings in the middle of your afternoon massage. “Miranda! Phone!” The masseuse hurries over to your suit draped over a chair and pulls out your phone. She hands it to you and you wave her out of the room.
(if: $day is 1) [[["Hello?"|Gary Calls back (day1)]]](else:)[[["Hello?"|Gary Calls Back (day2)]]]
You’re going to be the star of this commercial. You’ve got to give the people what they want, and what they want is you. Just like the commercials your old man used to make for his campaigns. First thing you need to do is roundup a camera crew. And a makeup crew to make sure you look good for the camera. After that, you need to find a TV station to broadcast this commercial. With such a late notice, this won’t be cheap, but it’ll be worth it. This is all taken care of by your assistant, as you spend time preparing your lines. As you pace back and forth in your dressing room with your script in hand, you hear a knock on the door. “On in five!” You take one last read through of the script, take a deep breath, and walk out the door. This is your time to shine.
<p id="dialogue">“Hi. I’m (print:$name). But you already know that. And you also know that I’m running to be your state senator. But what you may not know is why you should vote for me. Well let me tell you.”</p>
[["I am going to make Maryland the capital of US."]]
[["I will fix our economy."]]
[["I am going to expand the borders of Maryland."]]
(if: $ethicalCrabs is true)[[["Let me talk to you about ethical crab farming."]]]<p id="dialogue">“I am a man with a plan. And that plan is to make Maryland the centerpiece of this great country. That’s right! I’m moving the capital of the United States to Maryland. If you vote for me, I will bring the power to Maryland. I will bring the power to you! So remember: (print:$slogan)”</p>
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 2)
[["Cut!"]]<p id="dialogue">“Some people in this election are worried about the environment. A little too worried if you ask me. They take away your jobs and say that we are killing the Earth. Well, I say that they are killing our economy! What’s the point in saving planet Earth if everyone’s broke? Vote me for senator and I will remove those regulations that are stopping people from being able to provide for their families. I am (print:$name), and I approve of this message.”</p>
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 8)(set: $badCommercial to true)
[["Cut!"]] <p id="dialogue">“Maryland. The greatest state in the entire country. In fact, it’s so great, that I am going to expand its borders so we can have more of this amazing state. Delaware, Pennsylvania, the Virginias. Who needs ‘em? Think of how much happier those people will be when they become a part of this great state. So vote for me if you love Maryland as much as I do.”</p>
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 9) (set: $goodCommercial to true)
[["Cut!"]] <p id="dialogue">“There is a very serious issue that I want to talk to you about. And that issue is the unethical farming of crabs here in Maryland. As we all know, crab is the finest delicacy Maryland has to offer and the backbone of this great state, which is why when I am elected state senator, I will do everything in my power to end the maltreatment of crabs and make sure they all receive the loving home they deserve. So please, vote for me, and save the crabs.”</p>
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 21)
[["Cut!"]] <p id="dialogue">“And cut!” shouts the director. “That’s a wrap everybody.” He walks over to you. “Excellent work, (print:$name). We’ll get this out to the stations and have it airing by tonight.”
“Perfect. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have other campaign issues I need to attend to.” you reply.</p>
[[Continue|Next Day]](set: $hour to $hour + 1)
(if: $hour is 3)[(goto:"Poll")]
(if: $hour is 5)[(goto:"Election Day")]
(goto:"Main Menu")The day has come. It’s election day and you are about to find out if all this hard work paid off. You are sitting alone in your office with the TV turned to channel 4 news. The anchorman comes on screen.
(if: $popularity is > 70) [[[“The results are in, folks.”|Great ending]]](else:)[(if: $popularity is < 50) [[[“The results are in, folks.”|Bad ending]]](else:)[[“The results are in, folks.”|OK ending]]]<p id="dialogue">“A landslide victory for (print:$name)! With 81.5% of the popular vote, (print:$name) has won with the largest ever margin of victory in Maryland!” You jump to your feet. “Yes! I knew it! Sucks to suck, Ernie! Told you, dad! Watch out Maryland, here comes (print:$name)!”</p>
[[Play Again|Character Background]]It's the end of the first day. Let's check the polls to see how you are doing so far.
(set:$day to 2)
<p id="text-log">(print:$name): (print:$popularity)%
Ernest Smtih: (print:(round:(100 - $popularity) * 0.4))%
Jack Wilson: (print:(round:(100 - $popularity) * 0.6))%</p>
[[Continue|Main Menu]](set:$name to (prompt:"What is your name?",""))(set:$slogan to (prompt:"What is your campaign slogan?","Vote for me. Or else!"))It is the year 2048 and you are running for state senator since growing up you have always been in your father’s shadow. Everyone always mentioned and asked about your father growing up. It was not easy living as his child, someone who was tossed aside for politics. He was never a part of your life, and hardly remember going on summer trips or him attending parent’s night. You were always left alone. During middle school, your father forced you to join school debates and political clubs. It made you realize that to prove yourself, you had to be better. In high school, you spent most of your time in the library studying how to be a politician. You skipped recess and lunch, burying yourself in towers of books. Until one day, you stumbled upon a mysterious book.
Grabbing the book from the top shelf, you brush the dust off the cover to read the words “A Book of Magic,” written in gold print lettering. Trying to check out the book, the librarian tells you it is not in the system and can keep it. Every night, you study from the book writing notes in your black leather journal. College came, and you attended a prestigious school based on knowledge rather than using your father’s name.
Your first year, you became friends with a man named Jack Wilson, who was also interested in politics. Everyone knew you two were going to be the next state senators. You both were always on top of the academics list, but Jack was always the more popular one. However, during your second year, a young boy named Ernest Smith entered the school. He was well known and was said to run for state senator. The few times you met him, he seemed arrogant and acted fake. You could not let him take the state senator position, it is yours and only yours. There were always rumors about how you were an arrogant person. That is not true, since you want to be respected by people. Why must I always feel tossed to the side? I (print:$name) must do my best and prove myself to my father.
Do you have what it takes to be the next state senator?
[[Of Course I do!|Main Menu]]
(set:$day to 1)
(set: $hour to 1)
(set: $popularity to 30)<p id="dialogue">“It’s Gary. I talked to my, uh, associates, and it looks like we’ll be able to sneak in a few extra votes for you on election night.”
“Excellent. You’re the best, Gary!”</p>
You look up at the portrait of your father on the wall, his eyes devoid of any emotion. How realistic. “You see that dad? I know how to take care of business.”
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 10)
[[Continue|Next Day]]<p id="dialogue">“And the winner of the 2048 Maryland state senator election is… Ernest Smith!”
“What!?” you shout as you stand up from your chair, slamming your hands onto your desk. “That’s impossible! I did everything I could to win this election! Damn you, Ernest!” </p>
Your father’s portrait hangs next to yours. You can feel its eyes staring at the side of your face. A feeling of disappointment. Like it doesn’t even want to be next to your portrait.
<p id="dialogue">“I’m not giving up, dad.” You look up to face his portrait. “They haven’t seen the last of me. I swear to you, I’ll live up to your name! Just you wait!”</p>
[[Play Again|Character Background]]<p id="dialogue">“(print:$name) is the winner of the 2048 Maryland state senator election. This was a close one, with (print:$name) receiving (print:$popularity)% of the popular vote. Congratulations, (print:$name)!” You let out a loud sigh. You did it. “All that hard work finally paid off.” you say to yourself.</p>
Your father is probably at home watching the election results, proud of his son following in his footsteps. But this is only the beginning. You still have a lot of work to do.
[[Play Again|Character Background]]<div class="centered">
<h1>What Would You Do to Be a Senator?</h1>
<p>A story by Ryan Tytka and Mililani Rosare</p>
</div>A few hours pass, and your phone rings in the middle of your afternoon massage. “Miranda! Phone!” The masseuse hurries over to your suit draped over a chair and pulls out your phone. She hands it to you and you wave her out of the room.
<p id="dialogue">“It’s Gary. I got bad news. I’d help you out if I could. I really would. But the boss says it’s too risky. Seeing as the election is tomorrow, there’s not enough time to gather a substantial amount of votes for you without raising suspicion. Good luck.”</p>
“Thanks for nothing.” you mutter. You look at the portrait of your father on the wall. His emotionless face seems to almost have a disapproving scowl. “Don’t look at me like that, dad! I didn’t need those idiots anyways!”
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 10)
[[Continue|Next Day]]You ponder for a long time to send the perfect tweet. Leaning back in your office chair, you decide to Google “the perfect tweet”. Scrolling through websites, you finally find the right one. The Perfect Tweet that everyone will love, something that will make you blend in!
<p id="text-log">just setting up my twttr!!!
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ" target="_blank" >:D</a> #(print: $name)4senator #(print: $slogan)</p>
<img src="https://people.rit.edu/mr7721/ENGL389/tweet.jpeg" width="700" height="300" alt="Twitter">
Sent! Let’s see how many retweets and comments I can get. As you put your phone down, the phone buzzes constantly. Walking to the window, you look at the pale blue sky with clouds moving every so often. You nod your head and smirk. What a tweet!
(set: $popularity to $popularity - 6)
[[Continue|Next Day]]Thinking about what to send, you decide to send a tweet about where you are going next. Since you have a following, you wish to send a tweet so people can come. It’s good to stay in touch. Connection is key!
<p id="text-log">Hey everyone! Come join me at my upcoming event! #(print:$name)4senator #(print:$slogan) </p>
Sent! Scrolling through your phone, people begin to retweet and leave comments.
<p id="text-log">Best of luck, rooting for you!
(print:$name) for the win! #(print:$slogan)
Wooooo! Looking forward to seeing you!</p>
(set: $popularity to $popularity +7)
[[Continue|Next Day]]You can’t let this opportunity go to waste! Opening twitter, you quickly type up some intel you heard.
<p id="text-log">Unethical crab farming where you at! Where’s the promise you made? #forthepeople #missingpromise</p>
Sent! Looking at the responses, some people believe you and don’t. Carefully scrolling through, you find people talking about Ernest’s broken promise. Perfect!!
<p id="text-log">OMG! I totally forgot! #missingpromise
I guess people aren’t perfect. Go (print:$name)!
Seriously, what happened to that promise! Sad!!
NoOo0oO! I guess #(print:$name)4senator
True! He has yet to fulfill his promises! </p>
(set: $popularity to $popularity +3)
[[Continue|Next Day]]It’s best to be thankful for your interviewer. You decide to tweet a thank you note to the staff and team. Sitting in your office chair, you try to think of the best way to send the tweet. Leaning back in your chair and staring out the window, you think of a perfect thank you.
<p id="text-log">Shoutout to Drew Chan for the interview. Also, big shout out to the staff and crew! Doing great things! Looking forward to next time :) #(print:$slogan)</p>
Sent! Suddenly, your father sends you a text message with the words “Good work!” One minute later, your father sends a tweet tagging you, telling people to vote for you. Cheeks turning red, you quickly send your father a text, “Thank you, father! I will do my best!”
(set: $popularity to $popularity +11)
[[Continue|Next Day]]An interview is good so that people can get to know more about you. It’s proper and formal. All those lessons when you were younger will surely come in handy! The one good thing your dad forced you to do! Luckily you were scheduled to meet with Drew Chan, the top interviewer and newscaster in Maryland.
[[Head to TV station]](set: $interview to true)Arriving at the scene, people run around the stage preparing for the interview. A young adult greets you and brings you to the green room. Waiting to be called out, you practice what you are going to say. A few minutes later, there is a knock on the door, relaying a message to come out when you are ready. Looking at the mirror, you widen your eyes, let out a deep breath, and bring both hands up near your face. Let’s do this!
Sitting in the middle of the table, you begin to look around again. Drew Chan appears onto the scene. You quickly stand up to greet him and shake his hand with a firm grip. The interview begins.
(if: $spied is true)[Nearing the end of the interview, you quickly drop in a mention about Ernest. You decide to expose him for his broken promises. Looking at Drew, he slowly nods his head. ]
*The Interview Ends…*
<p id="dialogue">“Thank you again for today,” shaking his hand once more.
“Anytime! You did a fantastic job. There are not a lot of people who can handle interviews well,” Drew says happily.
“Thanks. I look forward to next time!”
“Hey, by the way, (print:$slogan),” as he begins walking to his room.</p>
You walk away feeling good about the interview. Surely your dad will see it and be proud those lessons did not go to waste!
(set: $popularity to $popularity + 4)