Oh, guys, I'm so sorry.
I was answering questions on my tablet tonight instead of my laptop, and as I thought I was posting the answers, I hit something that said I wanted to delete the whole thread. And since it was waiting on me to post, and I wasn't used to doing this on the tablet, I clicked OK. And then it stalled, I realized what I'd done, and hit Cancel! Cancel! as often as I could...but it was too late. The thread was gone -- not just the post, but the entire thread -- and I don't see any way of bringing it back. I'm going to email Ning's support team to see if there's any way of retrieving it, but I think it's gone.
In the meantime, all I can do is apologize profusely. Using my laptop, before I do any more damage. I'm so sorry, guys. Believe me when I say I'm mortified.
I'll recap the questions I've been asked down below, so we can proceed, but hopefully I'll get word from Ning on whether anything can be done in the next day or so.
OK, since Luke had the foresight to keep a copy of the rules handy, I can reproduce them here...in bold!
I thought this game might work. The player holding the chair selects a character. The challenge for the other players is to guess who the character is. They get twenty questions.
All questions have to have to be framed so as to allow the answer "Yes" or "No". The chair can give extra information if he or she chooses, and frame an appropriate response if neither answer fits.
Players may only ask a fifth consecutive question if four hours have passed since their last one. (Since the guess, not the answer.) The first player to guess the answer takes the chair.
Only characters that have made at least two appearances are eligible. So Franklin Storm is, but not Tomazooma. Only characters that first appeared in US comic books are eligible. So not Captain Britain, Dick Tracy, Tarzan, Thor.
(revisions made to rules)
6) Is it Nuklon/Atom Smasher?
Was the character introduced in the 1990s?
7) Was the character introduced in the 1990s?
Was the character introduced in 2000 or subsequently?
8) Was the character introduced in 2000 or subsequently?
My fourth question: was the character introduced in the period 1986-1989?
9) My fourth question: was the character introduced in the period 1986-1989?
Just bumping this up a bit...
Is it Eric Strauss, who with Linda Strauss was the second Dr Fate?
Way to go, Luke! You're up!
Eric was a 10-year-old boy who was aged into a man and became Dr. Fate (along with his stepmother/soulmate* Linda) to replace Kent Nelson in the 1987 miniseries by J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen. It was a two people/one hero, Firestorm-style deal -- so they were a superhero team, but this version of Dr. Fate never joined a team... though I think they had a guest appearance in Justice League America. Eventually, Eric is killed and reincarnated, and Linda carries on alone without him for a bit... until she's also killed and reincarnated. (Or rather, their souls went into existing adult people, rather than them coming back as babies.) It's all deeply weird, but also sweet and soulful and wacky in the JM DeMatteis kind of way. I need to reread it.
This hero knew how to use his noodle.
Was the character from the Golden Age?
Was the character created by DC/AA?