More story? More story!
[spoiler]All of the LC participants leave the cartoon world and return to Elcedia. Thorn guides everybody to a skate park with little fanfare, as the group already knows that it will be boarding, skating or biking. He proceeds to address everybody.
“Okay, quick LC history lesson. I’ve tried tasks about hoverboards before. Nobody ever completed them. So when you all started bugging me this week about hovergear, I was nothing short of gobsmacked. Yes, gobsmacked,” he says, clearly eyeing the usual loudmouth LC participant and silencing him in advance, "as I couldn’t believe you all thought I would be stupid enough to try it yet again.
“…the problem is that you all have too good of a read on me. I am exactly that stupid. Check your hammerspaces.”
Everybody reaches into his or her hammerspace and pulls out futuristic-looking skateboards, skates, and bikes. The wheels are clearly absent on all of them.
"For all of you that wanted to fly around, sorry. The tasks are firmly about actually boarding, skating, or biking just above the ground. That said, if you’re gonna complain about free hovergear, just… don’t. Just don’t. I mean, it’s hovergear!
“You’re on teams based on your vehicle, although you all have the same tasks. Just like before, the winning team can make a task next week. I’m sick of talking, though, so get to work!” With that, Thorn clicks the heels of his shoes together, causing jets to activate and raise him a few inches off of the ground. As he hoverskates away, Eilatan suddenly shouts, “Oh, that’s the purpose of the shoes!”[/spoiler]
Week 4: Thorny Hawk’s Pro Skater
Why yes, I did just make that reference! Good on you for noticing! The idea this week is to push physics to the limit in a way that real life extreme sports stars do. The hovergear is simply because it needed a dream flair—and considering how many people asked about it in IRC and in this topic over the past few days, I’m quite glad I decided to give the concept another go. You’re split into teams based on your vehicle choice, and the winning team (remember, average Week 4 points per member) will get to make a task fitting next week’s theme.
If you read this post before 4 PM EDT on July 10, please review it for a new task and some small changes.
[color=red]All tasks must be done using your chosen hovergear.
Jer, Lumessence, and Zaibatsu did not give me vehicle choices. To even out the teams as best as possible in terms of size and known LDing skills, Zaibatsu and Jer will be using skates and Lumessence will be using a bike.[/color]
Use your chosen hovergear: Whether hoverboard, hoverskates, or hoverbike, just using it will give you points. As in the story, I highly suggest pulling it out of hammerspace—my first dream boarding experience was done by jogging, reaching behind me, miming throwing a skateboard down onto the ground, and stepping onto it at speed. It works! 20 points
Jump from a ramp, slope, quarterpipe, etc.: Gain some speed on the ground and then get airborne! See if you can jump over something tall while you’re at it. 20 points* Jump over something at least twice your height: 20 points
Sport a grind: Plant your board, skates, or bike firmly on a rail or an edge and slide along. For maximum points, find something long and see where the dream takes you! 20 points* Sport a grind for 10+ consecutive seconds: 20 points
Turn by dragging your hand/arm/foot/knee on the ground: If you’re on a board or on skates, you’ll be using your hand or forearm. If you’re on a bike, you’ll use your foot or your knee. While these acts do have applications such as controlled drifting or tight turns, we’re aiming for their primary purpose—looking cool. 20 points
Do a midair rotation or trick other than a grind: I’m not going to start discussing exactly what constitutes a trick for each vehicle, but in general, grabbing your skates or board in midair, rotating your board, swinging your bike or spinning its handlebars around, balancing on the coping of a ramp, and turning in midair are all valid options. 20 points
Skitch: Skitching is the act of holding onto a moving vehicle while boarding, skating, or biking. Tony Hawk has actually spoken out against skitching; Thorny Hawk encourages it because dreams are perfectly safe. 30 points
Speed down a freeway: This task could lead to several task completions in one dream if done well. For example, you may slide along a guardrail or a concrete barrier for the grinding task. Skitching won’t count for this, but if you let go of the other vehicle and maintain that speed, it will count. That, or maybe you’re naturally fast in dreams as I am, so you can just take off! 30 points
Race another LC participant or the host: If you are indeed naturally fast, why not put that speed to the test in a race? Gotta go fast! Of course, the other racer must be using hovergear too, preferably the one matching his/her team. I’m a skates guy, myself, and everybody else’s choices can be viewed on the scoreboard by color code—boards, skates, or bikes. 40 points
Pass through a loop-the-loop or corkscrew: You could perhaps grind a roller coaster (remember that from LC 46?) and pass through a loop or corkscrew, or maybe an inversion just appears in the middle of the freeway—as a Sonic game player, I occasionally encounter this. Don’t puke! 40 points
All of this week’s tasks could conceivably be done in one well-constructed dream, although the tasks are probably well outside of your normal dream activities. Incubate hard, and you might just end up with a windfall of points! Show me your stuff!