From the Weekly World News Archives, January 24th, 2026:

No shit, there I was, pinned down by a deadly hail of alien tentacles. It was actually just me and this one other guy out on that little-known island on the end of the Malta chain—you know the one, Filfla—where we were fighting the forces of evil Nazis. Frozen, not fresh, and recently thawed. It was hot that morning, but dry; the mad scientists' satellites had done their job well. There we were, with nothing between us except a secondhand copy of the Necronomicon and my Dutch Apple Newton—in its original case.

I'll bet there's one thing you didn't know about Dutch Apple Newtons—in their original cases: they summon demons.

So where was I? Did I mention it was a dry heat? Oh, yeah. So we summoned ourselves a demon—see we used the Newton's computrons to accelerate the summoning from the Necronomicon and pointed the case opening away from us, so that the demon would know whom to eat. So, we summoned up that demon, jumped on, blasted those around us with hellfire, and rode him out of there before the nuke hit, and I'm here to tell you about it today.

That other guy I was with? Guy named James Bond? Aw, he's a wimp. I taught him everything he knows.


Weird is a 10-day-long game run by the MIT Assassins' Guild. It is being written by Patty Aceves, Joe Foley, Eddie Karat, Andy Menard, and Xavid Pretzer. It will run from January 25th to February 3rd.

Fill out the following app and submit it by January 15. Email weird-gms (at mit) if you have questions.

Name:
MIT Email:
Phone number:
AIM/Jabber/ICQ/MSN(Please specify):
Any times you'd prefer people not call you?

Required Questions

What gender(s) would you like to play?

What games have you played recently (if any), and who were you?

If you were someone totally awesome in a high-weirdshit near-future setting, who would you be?

AVErage hours per night do you expect to spend in game
MAXimum hours per night do you expect to spend in game
MINimum hours per night do you expect to spend in game

Do you have any important time constraints? If so, when are they, and how important are they?

Who would you prefer to work with?

Who can you NOT work with?

What have you enjoyed in previous Guild Games?

What have you disliked in previous Guild Games?

What would make you turn in your packet?

Optional Questions

What is your favorite supernatural creature/alien/horror?

For the next few sections, use a scale from 1-5.
(1 = I'd turn in my packet, 5 = Gimme!, ? = I have no idea what you're talking about or don't care.)

How would you feel about playing a/someone with:
Nazi
Communist
Zombie
Loner
Team player
Leader
Follower
Lieutenant
Traitor
Terrorist
Supervillian
Flaming good guy
Public figure
Religious stereotype
Homosexual
Transgendered person
Amnesiac
Brainwashed
Deluded
Doomed
Insane
Mostly anonymous
In a dysfunctional relationship
Fate in the hands of another player
Limitations on how they can interact with game
Goals changing drastically partway through game
View of good and evil don't align with everyone else's
Responsible for all of this mess

How much would you like the following mechanics:
Convincing other PCs to trade you resources
Crawling campus
Cryptic crossword clues
Cinematic martial combat
Geometric constructions
Getting people to vote for you
Giving speeches containing keywords
Logic Puzzles
Mastermind
Minesweeper
Picture trails
Playing Patrol
Research notebooks
Singing songs or playing recorded songs containing keywords
Sudoku
Taboo
A Trivia competition (about in-game knowledge)
Wargames (like Risk/Diplomacy)
Word search
Writing newspaper articles containing keywords

How would you like to play a character influenced by:
.hack/SIGN
1984
Asian Mythology
Atrocity Archives
Batman
Buffy/Angel
Chariots of the Gods
Constantine
Doctor Who
Ender's Game
Firefly
Get Smart
Greek Mythology
Ghostbusters
Hellsing
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Isaac Asimov stories
James Bond
Jurassic Park
Kingdom Hearts
Lovecraft
The Matrix
Megatokyo
MIT culture
Nintendo
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Philip K. Dick stories
Read Or Die
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Sliders
Spiderman
Stargate
Superman
XKCD
X-men

How would you like to play a character based on:
Kofi Annan
Tom Baker
David Icke
ESR
Larry Sanger
RMS
Jimbo Wales

If not cast, would you like to be a combat-focused NPC?

If you're an experienced assassin, is there a new player you'd like to work with?

If you're a new player, is there an experienced assassin you'd like to work with?

Do you have significant prior experience with 10-days and want to be a game mommy?

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

Which of the above is most important to you?