Set in the tiny Colorado town of Grand Lake, Spirit Lake is an original theme modern fantasy game that explores what happens when magic re-enters the world. Grand Lake has long been known as the gateway to the Rockies. It turns out that it's also a gateway to other worlds. Portals have begun to open nearby, letting humans cross into other worlds - and letting things from those worlds cross into ours. At the same time, some have found themselves gifted with inexplicable powers that they don't understand and don't know how to control. Abruptly, the world is magical again.
Spirit Lake revolves around mystery and magic. Inspired by a host of modern fantasy and bump-in-the-dark sources such as The Magicians, Twin Peaks, Buffy, and Stranger Things, Spirit Lake has its roots in stories about small towns beset by mystery, magic, and myths come to life. Knowing these sources is not necessary to play - Spirit Lake also draws heavily on the urban myths and stories of fairy circles you heard as a child.
We run on Ares MUSH, which allows us to do most of the game's activities from a webpage as well as in game, including RP, sending mail, putting in requests, spending XP, chatting, and more. Player run plots and other player contributions, such as new spells, magical worlds, and magical creatures are encouraged.
We are a cooperative, PvE, roleplay-heavy game. Our focus is on telling great stories together. Though we have a combat and magic system using a custom adaptation of Faraday's FS3.3, they function as storytelling aids to support story, not replace it. We rely on player cooperation and GM decisions to make interesting play.