What is CAPOW?Feel free to read the CAPOW FAQ/Charter.
What exactly is CAPOW, you ask? It stands for "Creative Anime Prose Original Writing" (or, if you prefer, Otaku Writing..^_^). Basically, it's dynamic roleplaying in the Anime Universe. Participants create a character, and interact them with characters created by other players, as well as characters from any given anime. The primary focus of CAPOW is on the Player Characters, however. Anime characters and elements are used mainly to augment a particular storyline. CAPOW was born on the rec.arts.anime.misc newsgroup, but now operates on it's own listserver. Though the automated ML was created solely for the use of CAPOWers, we do not wish to alienate our lurkers. As such, CAPOW lurkers have the luxury of subscribing to specific Lurker Mailing Lists, where all CAPOW story material is posted. These Lurker lists can also be joined simply to find out more about how CAPOW operates, on a day to day basis. To join CAPOW as a lurker, please visit The CAPOW Listserver. For more information on the operation and regulations regarding CAPOW's automated list system, please contact the ML Admin Team.
What's anime, you ask? Click HERE to find out.
What separates CAPOW from other similar roleplaying threads of this nature (i.e. GRIT) is that, as the name suggests, a prose format is preferred. By using prose. CAPOWers feel they can best express their creative nature. CAPOW is also not dependant on any one anime in particular for it's inspiration, but rather, uses as a source of reference the vast anime multiverse. Though precreated anime NPC's are used seldomly in CAPOW, we try to ensure that CAPOW has a very "anime-esque" feel to it. The great thing about being able to draw from ANY anime out there is the limitless situations that can be created. Imagine, for instance, a story where Magical Girls and Naga Reactors are both key elements. ^_-;
CAPOW threads can perhaps best be defined as a dynamic fanfiction. That is, it is basically a single story, written by numerous people who contribute by continuing
off or following up a branch of a previous post, and interacting his/her character(s) with the other characters already in the story. In that way, it is similar to a roleplaying. But any way
you slice it, CAPOW really just stands for FUN! If it wasn't the exciting, fun, and unique thing is it, then no one would be playing.
Rules of the Game
Those are the basics. A LOT is left up to Common Sense, but CAPOWers prefer this method instead of having a complex set of rules and ultra-specific character sheets.
Should I Join?
If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then you will probably love CAPOW, and we will probably love you.
The process for joining CAPOW can be rather simple as well. See the Characters page for more information on how to create a character, then submit your character to me or any other CAPOWer, and we'll go from there. Before you take that final plunge and submit a character however, it is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with what CAPOW stories are like. This is in order to a) dispell any misconceptions you might have about CAPOW, b) prevent you from joining for the wrong reasons, and c) help ensure that when you do submit a character, it will be accepted without a request for revision.
There are two ways that you can go about familiarizing yourself with CAPOW. The first is to visit The CAPOW Library, and peruse the stories there. The second way is to subscribe as a lurker to our story list, where you can see the material as it is posted. This can be done by visiting The CAPOW Listserver.
CAPOW, for various reasons, has become somewhat of a rather close-knit group of people. Much of this is due to the fact that even while CAPOW still officially operated on Rec.Arts.Anime.Misc, the CAPOW-ML was already in existence. It was crude, but effective. Also, very noisy. When