Joining the LNH
To join the LNH one simply has to come up with one character that they
feel epitomizes their life - drab, simple, fun, or what not - that usually
has something to do with the net or with comics. For example, If people
accused me of having a drab and boring personality that was limp and not
very exciting I might become Limp-Asparagus Lad! (Yes, the man with the
powers and personality of LIMP ASPARAGUS! ) Generally those more fun and
more unusual in character type are the kind that make the best
Many people think to join the LNH you must have something to do with
comics. This is not necessarily the case. Many readers, at least people
on my campus who I have been trying to get join, don't read comics, and at
times, this can be a pain, because they don't get the jokes, but for the
most part, they have lots of fun as well. The LNH is steeped in comics.
It was born in the now defunct newsgroup rec.arts.comics and still is
crosspost to rec.arts.comics.creative (all messages in that group should
have the prefix LNH: ) and therefore characters such as Lost Cause Boy,
Kid Kirby and Marvel Zombie Lad are some of the most popular characters in
Likewise, since the net is the home of the LNH, the net and net based
characters have become a mainstay! Characters that are associated with
computer types in general are great fun. Multi-Tasking Man, Lurking Girl,
NetLurker and Captain CoreDump are all names that come to mind that follow
a more netbased type of story. If you are on a machine that spazzes
occasionally and locks the CAPS on you become CAPTAIN CAPITALIZE in an
Other characters that don't follow this mold also work. The LNH is a
chance to become a whacky hero that perhaps seems stupid but is a part of
you, and that others will relate with.
The LNH Character Creed
"The secret to acceptance in LNH is getting your character used!!!"
If your character is used, that means people like it. If your character
isn't used it doesn't mean that you are a loser. It just means that there
are too many characters to choose from and your character didn't strike
the author in question as being the one to use in his story.
Other Things that Keep a Writer from Using Your Character
- If you refuse to let them use your character or tie him (or her) into
a really complex plot that no one dares mess up. (Rebel Yell and Lurking
Girl are currently in Lurk of Faith, and are untouchable. If you try to
write them into a story, SCAV will bite your head off, then spit it out,
stomp on it, and then shoot it with a bazooka! [needless to say this
wasn't a pleasant experience for me --MFP])
- Make your character OMNIPOTENT! Yes! That's right! We realize that
many want to play Munchkin roleplaying with their characters, but the LNH
is not a place for such shenanigans. We are not a
roleplaying forum, there are already too many of those on the net, and
this just isn't the perfect place for it. There are too many
seemingly-omnipotent beings in the LNH already and they are a pain to
write for... You may like your Dungeons and Cyborgs and Horror RPG, but
this group is not the place to live your characters... We are not a forum
for roleplaying, there is no advancement or levels or any other of that
senseless drivel. The LNH provides a forum for creativity, a chance to
write a comic book of your own using some really fun characters... A
chance to relax and meet other heroes on this petri.net we call home...
- Get upset when something bad happens to your character. If your
character gets trounced for a plot point, the best way to turn others off
to your character is to make a big fuss about how it was incredibly out of
character and that there is no way your character could be put in this
situation. Usually when someone kills or mangles your character, they
intend a rematch with your character and the same set up where your
- Do something tasteless! The LNH has a simple moral base under which
few things are really tasteless, however we do have our limits. Although
it is now only LNH legend mention is made to the Integrity Questers and
the "Woody Scandal!" One of the few times the LNH has come together to
- There are plenty of ways to make people mad and make them not want to
have anything to do with you. Usually the polite thing to do is to send
the character's person an email message about what you intend to do.
- Orphan the character. Introduce him/her, write a small story, then
never touch it again. One of Drizzt's personal pet peeves. Don't
introduce a character unless *you're* willing to write them.
Well now that you know the don'ts, let me focus on a couple of
dos and then let you decide how you wish to be the part of it all.
First, fill out an application and send it to one of the
administrators. The page to auto-submit characters is at
your browser does not support forms, use the format found on
page and send it to LNH
web people. Note that your
character must appear before he or she will be placed in the roster.
Second, write some type of introduction to your character to the LNH.
If you have chosen to be a villain, write some plot that will help you to
be introduced in that way. Either way, you need to be introduced to the
group so that others can start writing your character into their stories,
as saying that you are so and so of the LNH! That will spark others into
getting involved. If you can convince them to use your character in the
stories, then you have more than one person writing your story!
Third, well, likewise, any type of publicity to the LNH is greatly
appreciated. We want this to be a fun place for people to come and enjoy
themselves. To have a chance to vent their frustrations about school,
comics or the net! Be a Mover and/or a Shaker! Have fun with it!
Ray Bingham / firstname.lastname@example.org
This page last updated: 18 November 1997.