‘AFK’ would be a compelling and frequently hilarious look at what would happen to a group of modern gamers if they were suddenly forced to inhabit the world they spend so long in virtually. A world away from modern conveniences and technology, where they have to live off the land. They are ‘AFK’ – away from keyboard, in a world with no rules, no game masters, and no multiple lives….only the survival of the fittest, fastest, strongest and most cunning. Basically, AFK is ‘Lord of the Rings’ meets ‘Battle Royale’.
The main story arc would follow the lead character ‘Q’ searching for a way back to the real world and the child she left behind, while dealing with the various factions and splinter groups that form in the fantasy environment. There would be chaotic roaming killers known as ‘PKs’ (Playerkillers) and bandit groups who would steal as much food, armour and weapons as they can get their hands on. As well as that, there would be other, more peaceful communities that form, just trying to survive and protect themselves. Groups may even form from existing real world guilds, with online rivalries carrying over into the new world.
On top of these challenges, the characters also have to deal with their new bodies, identities, and in some cases, genders. One of the most enduring mysteries of the series will be finding out if Q is actually a woman or not.
Many of these characters are archetypes of other gamers who inhabit your average online RPG. Jack the rogue is the classic hardcore power gamer, always striving to have the best gear and the highest damage, and arrogant with it. Maybel the gnome is a female gamer who played a male character because she got tired of guys hitting on her. Steven the warrior is the casual player, who only has a limited understanding of how the game works. How would these very different personality types work together when they are thrown into this new and high stakes environment?
Their first meeting. Their first hunt. The first time they are forced to kill another player. Exploring a world that is at once familiar and strange. Deciding who wants to leave and who wants to stay. All of these elements would ensure that ‘AFK’ would have no shortage of drama, comedy and compelling story elements
- Writer / Director: Peter Haynes
- Camera Operators: Kelly Chen, David Chan
- Makeup: Melissa Pickering, Julian Bartram
- Field Audio: CJ Whitney
- Q: Mia Pistorius
- Jack: Calum Gittins
- Steven: JJ Fong
- Maybel: Ravi Narayan
- Brendon: Grae Burton
- V’Rugga: Dallas Barnett
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