Attention: DRIP will resume on Monday, June 11th. Thank you for your patience as I have been injured and unable to write.
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Mason, now experiencing the transition of death, witnesses a dark, gruesome cityscape. His journey to find Amara
has only just begun. This is part one of a multi-part chapter. New updates will resume on Monday, June 11th, 2018.
“Nothing Will Stop Me”
Death is only the beginning.
[ New releases every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday ]
If this is your first time viewing DRIP, we recommend beginning with the prologue posts listed below. That will give you a clearer direction of how the story was initially set up. Please note that this page is under construction. We try to update new links and pages as we find new leads. If you have a lead you would like to submit, click here.
P R I M A R Y
D I S P E R S E D
Mason | Amara | Gordon | Dr. Soliman
Dr. Kaplan | Colleen | Seneca | Church
Leavenworth | Roanoke
I N T E R A C T
Diagrams / Charts
[WARNING: COULD CONTAIN SPOILERS]
The DRIP Serial is a multi-tiered mixed media web serial written, designed, and produced by Thomas Roan. The story is comprised of various texts (including the primary and dispersed narratives, listed chronologically below), blog posts, images, videos, codes, puzzles, and unsolved puzzles.
Although posts started off sporadic and bizarre, with random content posted throughout the Internet on various social media profiles, the primary narrative (see below) has taken on a much more conventional structure. However, it would be a discredit to the author to say DRIP continues only as a single narrative. We still haven’t found all the content for the story yet, as users continue to email in new links they’ve found each week.
There are multiple Channels within the DRIP Discord Server, but new users must first enter the Portal Channel and may then request access to further channels.
The primary storyline within DRIP follows lead protagonist Mason Tessler and supporting characters surrounding an enigmatic research corporation called Praxem Industries. The company’s motives are unclear, but their goal is no secret: they wish to bridge the divide between life and death to solve “the greatest mysteries humankind has ever known.”
This is the author’s debut work. Roan has not made any official announcements about other works underway, but we expect such an announcement to come when (if) DRIP is finally resolved.
If you find a lead (link/post/article/image/video/game/puzzle/etc) you believe may be connected to DRIP, please send us an email containing the link and any information you can include that will help us trace its origin back to DRIP (tell us why you believe it is connected). You can reach the moderator team here.
If you would like credit for the discovery, include a username and let us know that you would like us to credit you when we post the link. We will try to verify the page is in fact connected to the narrative and if it is, we’re happy to give credit where credit is due.
Thomas Roan Rotzyk.
First, before I get into anything else, I want to say “Thank You!” This is a dream come true. I’ve received some pretty overwhelming feedback regarding DRIP in the first month since its inception; I’m humbled and excited to continue the tale for everyone. I’ll do my best not to disappoint. If you have no idea how or why you landed here, welcome! My name is Thomas Roan Rotzyk.
I’m an American author.
I live in the Midwestern US.
I’m 30 years old.
DRIP is my first published work.
ABOUT THE STORY
DRIP is my debut work. It’s about a man whose wife, Amara, has tragically disappeared under the scope of a secret experiment hosted and sponsored by his own company—Praxem Industries, a private research conglomerate whose singular vision is to “bridge the divide between life and what comes after.”
When the story begins, we follow [protagonist] Mason Tessler as he plumbs the depths of a hellish noir cityscape in search of Amara. As the story progresses, we can only begin to realize what Mason is doing; the sacrifices to his own mind and body he is making to try and reach his wife.
Along the way, we also discover what has become of Amara and learn more about her history. Every week, I introduce new characters from the world around our main heroes; supporting roles come from Praxem Industries, Mason and Amara’s past, and beyond.
Occasionally, I’ll go back and make a small edit to a chapter that’s already been released. This is necessary with the Serial format to keep the flow updated in the event I miss some small detail, or write something in that doesn’t quite fit. I reserve the right to make these changes. It just means you might have to come back when it’s all said and done and read it again (what a shame that would be).
ONE FINAL NOTEWORTHY TIDBIT:
DRIP is not like other stories. Reading is not the only way to play. DRIP is a “mixed media” experiment—that means it’s chocked full of unconventional ways for you to discover, interact with, or become part of the world in which our heroes reside.
I won’t give too much away, but I’m creating original artwork (drawings, sketches, paintings), animations (GIFs and more), film/video supplements, and even music to go along with the story and enhance your reading/viewing experience.
With the exception of the music and some of the earlier images I used in the prologue, I make almost all of these additional “media enhancements” myself. I go to great lengths to hide puzzles, codes, and other fun games within the images and posts. Dig around. You’ll find some fun Easter eggs hiding just below the surface.
Every new post contains some kind of secret. Think of it as a “narrative scavenger hunt,” one in which you play a unique kind of meta-game in order to further your investment in the story.
ONE (VERY) FINAL THANK YOU!
Finally, as you fall in love with the voices and faces of DRIP, I hope you’ll dive deeper and explore the world I’ve only just begun to design and deploy. At the time of writing, there are dozens of secrets and hidden puzzles waiting to be unveiled by some curious reader.
I can’t wait to hear about your discoveries. In the meantime, I’ll be creating new ways to [hopefully] keep you occupied, entertainment, and maybe sometimes even a little creeped out…
Take a look around the site here for more information.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out and send me an email.
DRIP is a fictional mixed media web serial.
DRIP is not like other stories. I wanted to create something unique. A story that isn’t just words on a screen or in a book; it’s an experience, something you live. Something to see and hear and feel—and sometimes, after enough hours without sleep, even taste.
Thank you for your interest in supporting Roan and the DRIP project.
Thomas Roan Rotzyk, also known as “Roan,” is an author, journalist, essayist, poet, illustrator, and designer. He has dedicated his life to learning and the arts. Follow his journey and witness his obsessions at www.seemsnormal.com.
Roan is on Patreon! If you’d like to help keep DRIP alive, consider becoming a patron. Patrons get early access to new chapters, exclusive new stories, art, content, and more. Join the community today at www.patreon.com/seemsnormal
Buy original art, custom prints, weird collectibles, and more on Roan’s new Etsy page.
SHARING IS CARING
We are currently seeking additional moderators to help us gather new content sources, maintain the website and exterior (satellite) sites & pages.
Include in your post your name, email, date of birth, a link to your own website/social media profile, and a list of any communities or Reddit pages you have moderated in the past.
Note: we are looking for experienced moderators to help with DRIP, as this story is quite dense and the content is sometimes released disparately, with (seemingly) little to no method to the madness sometimes. Serious inquiries only, please.