Once again my post will be influenced by m64’s blogpost, this time around it’s more about what was said on #freegamer at freenode (IRC) about the named post.
‘Shared Worlds’ might be a different thing to different people, but here it’s all about sharing assets, history (I won’t say story) and contributors.
There are some obvious problem with making/creating this ‘shared world’ without thinking; here I list the things that pops out of my mind:
- A lot of effort before anyone use it, if any will — wasted time for all
- Hard for people to contribute to a world that is “non-existent” no boundaries will lead to an unattractive bloated world
- Willing contributors without a common goal, leads to endless discussion
How can we remedy these problems before they occur?
There are some as easy solutions as there are problems; One is to use a pre-existent world, from let’s say a game that is FOSS and don’t have any connection to a closed/owned world, the bigger the game is the better. A problem here could be current lead manager not agreeing with this idea, to me that hangs on communication. So go out and find one for us!
Another way would be to set out from the real world, and adding some spice to it. Imagine technology advances stooped in the early 1920, Titanic (still a boat) got to its destination, the Eiffel tower got blown away by gnomes who suddenly appeared from below.. (this could go on). But this ‘solution’ only solves the number two problem listed. On the other hand it will solve any legal harassment, depending in what we spice it up with. Any thoughts on this is greatly appreciated!
A way to simply solve the last of my listed problems is to get hold of a strong-willed lead, someone or someones who can hold fast to a vision, pure blood into that, and make other people interested/fascinated. Is there a better way to make all who want to contribute, work toward a similar of not same goal?
Similar project that already are out in the wild got mentioned
They don’t really cut the cake but they are worth research: Biggest and best of the mentions comes first Angels Fall First (AFF) — To me it is Star Wars and Star Trek sans aliens and Hollywood cliché, to bad this is not truly open for us. Second is the Tux world — to me this hardly even makes it to this list as it is somewhat lacking in ingredients, even white the aid of freedroid.
I almost forgot, go post your thoughts on the fgd forum too!