The Startgame is the name given to the beginning of a contestant's journey in Mazeworld. The Startgame details the story on how they arrived in Mazeworld, their first talk with the Game Master via loudspeaker, and the reception of their starting equipment, before heading through the first door and start wandering in the mazes.
In the case of a contestant that finished Mazeworld and chose to do another run, the story will be skipped, going straight to the questions.
This is narrated to the contestant himself/herself - in this case, the occurrences of the word you will refer to the contestant, not you as a player.
You are dead. Your life was probably complex and full of events of various kinds, but one thing is sure, you don't remember well what happened. As you watch your body and float upwards, you believe you will make it to the Other world. However, instead of going ahead to the next part of your afterlife, your soul was intercepted…
After what seemed like a long dream, you wake up, in a new body similar from the one you had before you died - you seem to be feeling perfectly fine: no wounds, no illnesses, this new body feels spotless and perfect. Except that where you are isn't Hell, nor Heaven, and this isn't even a new life. You feel that you simply woke up from a bad dream. In short… You feel the same as ever.
You stand up and notice that you are as naked as in the first day. Looking around you, you notice you're in a square room, with bland, gray walls made of what looks like concrete. No windows, and some kind of door ahead of you. Above you, white, fluorescent light. And hanging from the ceiling, in the corner, some sort of loudspeaker.
The loudspeaker starts coughing noise, apparently just being turned on. A male voice starts speaking out of it. "Aha! Our newcomer just woke up. Perfect, perfect."
You wonder who that is and what you're doing here.
"Hello, new contestant. Welcome to this place, which we call Mazeworld! You must be wondering why you are here, right? Well, I will explain. Your soul was judged worthy enough to be saved from your past life, and we are essentially giving you a chance for reincarnation. However, this is not going to be simple. Your objective is to find a way out of the mazes, preferably in a good enough shape as the body you now have, must be taken care of. For you will leave Mazeworld in this body, dead or alive.
The voice continues, while you take the time to sink in what he says. "Oh, but where are my manners? You may call me the Game Master, or GM if you wish, it's shorter. We are three GMs, monitoring people like you throughout their journey in the mazes. To be able to leave this place, you must retrieve four items, the Cardinal Amulets. They are scattered in the Mazes and can only be obtained through skill, patience, endurance, luck, or all of those at once.
Once again don't forget this body you have now, will be the one you end up with at the end of this journey, dead or alive."
"But before we throw you in the mazes, you will have to answer to our patented Contestant Personality Test. At the end of those questions, you will receive your starting equipment and insight on yourself and your personality."
Since March 23th, 2012 with the introduction of revision 2 to Mazeworld 2.0, a brand new set of starting questions has been designed. The questions asked to the contestant are now under the guise of the Contestant Personality Test (CPT) which claims to allow them to discover "the true YOU and everything you ever wanted to know about YOURSELF".
Question 1: Which of those people you would admire the most?
B) Simo Hayha
C) Dirty Harry
D) Agent 47
E) Solid Snake
F) Yuuka Kazami
G) Chuck Norris
H) Crazy Ivan
Question 2: If you could change your lifestyle and stick forever to it, what would you pick?
A) Living in a ranch in Texas, with a wife/husband, a dog, a pick-up truck with the gun rack, and a barbecue every weekend
B) Moving to the jungles in Africa and becoming the friend of gorillas and chimpanzees
C) Getting a flamboyant house near a French beach and enjoy the beach view every day of the year
D) Become a Greenpeace member and endlessly fight for nature's sake (even though she asked you for nothing)
E) Become the owner of your very own brand of beer, and have it known as the "most hardcore beer" in the world
F) Move to Japan and become the owner of a hot springs bath
Question 3: Justin Bieber's fate is in your hands. You…
A) Think he should be respected as a role model for the future generations
B) Hang him
C) Hang and shoot him
D) Throw him in the SDM's basement
E) Force him to wear nothing but a collar, walk on all fours and bark like a dog while following you around
Question 4: You have received 500 dollars to spend in any store of your area. You spend it on…
A) Groceries for the next two months
B) Spend it on designer clothes and finally look wear as rich and secure as you always wished to be
C) That latest-generation workout machine to spend two-thirds of your time training on
D) Wal-Mart ammunition and an extra rifle for plinking in your backyard
E) That small store with the hard rock music and the very cool selection of biker accessories
F) The perfect cosplay outfit of your favorite anime character
G) Food, supplies, shotgun ammunition, a guide on how to survive the zombie apocalypse, and anxiolytics to overcome paranoia
Question 5: If you could choose only one song/song genre to listen to for those long trips on the highway, it would be…
A) Foghat - Slow ride / Good old 1970's driving rock, so every highway is Route 66 and every meal is a T-Bone steak
B) Alex Gopher - Brain Leech (Bugged Mind Remix) / Electro house music, because every night is "Outrun cops" night
C) Tesla - Cumin Atcha Live / Fast-paced 1980's hard rock, because the highway is your own personal NASCAR track
D) 2Pac - I don't give a fuck / Old-school 1990's hip-hop, because you gotta stop parking the car up trees, CJ!
E) The Soviet national anthem / Because you will always remember the motherland
F) Bob Marley - Satisfy my Soul / Marijuana reggae, because you and Jah don't have to put up with road rage
G) Something nobody has heard of, because you are a hipster
H) Joe Smooth - Promised Land / Chicago house music, because you believe in world peace and LSD
Question 6: Your favorite fiction hero would be…
A) Super Ketsuana, the samurai from the future!
B) Axe Cop, because he'll CHOP YOUR HEAD OFF!
C) Sir Arthur of Male Volante, knight of the octogonal table!
D) Jack Howitzer, the Vietnam War Hero of the Exploder movies!
E) The fireman guy from Rescue Heroes!
F) Yostuba, the cutest loli in existence!
Question 7: You are stranded on an island, and you can have only one of the following. You pick…
A) Your wife/husband
B) A satellite phone
C) A survival knife
D) A guide about exotic plants
E) A solar-powered radio with a selection of reggae music
F) Enough fuel to transform the island into a gigantic bonfire
Question 8: We are in the 17th century, and you're well-known among pirates and corsairs for…
A) Your bone-chilling smile of gold and silver
B) Your large hands covered in bracelets (which are very good at choking)
C) Your two flintlock pistols, symbol of a very early lineage of cowboys and dual-wielding psychos
D) Your galleon called "The Island Crusher"
E) Your enormous cannon you nicknamed "Mama"
F) Your immense wealth and fleet of successful merchant ships
Question 9: What's your kind of dream vehicle?
A) 1996 Dodge Viper GTS in blue and white stripes
B) 1968 Pontiac GTO with a custom Dixie paintjob
C) 1965 Ford Transit ice-cream van with 24 different flavors for sale
D) Sukhoi SU-35 "Flanker" Soviet fighter jet
E) 1998 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 22B with a custom paintjob
F) Vietnam War-era M113 APC
G) The "Charles de Gaulle" aircraft carrier
Question 10: Your friends refer to you as…
A) "The Nerd", because of your collection of anime posters and figurines
B) "Mr. Fix-it", because you repaired all of their cars at least once
C) "Chief", because you are a natural leader and they know it
D) "Lovemaker", because you flirted with their partners at least once
E) "The Doc", because you're the most intelligent out of them all
F) "Psycho", because they're not gun people and you are
G) "Animal Man", because all of their pets befriended you and you have yourself five dogs
Question 11: It's your birthday and you received a mystery gift. You open it and find…
A) A mint copy of the book "Hit Man"
B) The complete "The Godfather" trilogy
C) A lot of food and a note which says "Donated by the Red Cross"
D) A cosplay of Donatello, from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
E) A large wad of cash, in notes of 20 dollars
F) All of the belongings of that famous member of your family who fought during World War II
Question 12: Friends come ringing at your door at 10 PM, they want you to join them at a party, but you had other plans. You finally decide to…
A) Go to this party; might be some hot chicks/boys to check out
B) Go to this party and buy everyone drinks; to be the king/queen of the night!
C) Tell them to get lost; you never go to parties anyway
D) Don't answer and lock yourself up at home; the computer is your friend
E) Tell them you'll join them later yourself, then go to the party with a shotgun; That'll teach them to respect YOUR plans
F) Greet your friends with your shotgun and threaten to shoot them if they don't leave; It could be a trap from the CIA!
Question 13: Which mission set do you want to attempt?
A) Normal missions. Suited to beginners discovering the game.
B) Alternate missions. Suited to more seasoned players seeking more difficulty.
C) Contract missions. Suited to players enjoying freer and less-linear missions.
Once the contestant has finished the questions, he/she will receive a RM22SF LBE and all of the items corresponding to the answers chosen. Once this is done, the contestant is invited to pass the door and enter the first room of his/her journey in Mazeworld. Passing the first door is the official point at which the Startgame ends.
If the contestant wishes to learn more about fighting in Mazeworld, he/she can accept to pass a tutorial session, where the contestant will be taught five lessons, which teach the contestant basic but vital tips on how to fight and survive efficiently.