Tactical, I had a revelation the other day: we are debating a point that, in all honesty, is not yet relevant, and now we are both of us looking like fools.
Here is the essential question being asked by what we’re voting on: “Do we want multiple worlds?” I think you and I can both agree, “Yes.” Or, at the very least, “We can work with that.”
What we’re doing now is nit-picking on the extent
of what would be done with it, when we have nothing to even work
with. We have no worlds to bring into any level of actual conflict, other than the ones you submitted for the express purpose of fulfilling my request that it be attempted so I could try and fit them together.
You are correct that the doc I made up there is a tremendous fustercluck, and I will also add that our discussion was as well, for which I apologize. I tried something I never should have: I spilled a little passion into them both, to emphasize that I do believe that my idea is a good one, but I instead clouded an already muddied issue. I just wasted time with extraneous details and unnecessary metaphor, and confuddled not only myself but you as well.
My wish for “artistic freedom” is not, though my poor word choice may have lead you to believe otherwise, an absolute free-bill to whoever comes along next. I meant more of an opportunity for greater
freedom, as the rules of my system are far more flexible than our previous one. Everyone had ideas for magic or tech or races or cultures and was constantly bickering that they had one that no one else was willing to give a chance, so I decided to take those out of the equation for at least this moment in time. I tried to make a system that meant we could experiment more freely with ideas, while still having a reason
to try and bring them together beneath one roof.
As you said, there will be some degree of enforcement necessary to keep submissions from being just garbled messes. My hope is that, with such a flexible system in place, we’d have to do just a little less
head-bashing on creators. Whole worlds are a lot better and, dare I say, easier for a unique creation from several authors than just one world with several countries. I think we can also agree on this.
What I took exception to was what I saw as thinking on too small a scale, that being just one world or one small community and then not ever touching it again or ever trying to expand on it. I do not think we’d have to box ourselves in like that. However, I was in turn thinking far
too many steps ahead and in much too large of a scope when presenting my argument. We are not to the point where we can think about alternate anything
, and I should have avoided that topic as I was myself clouding the immediate issue with what are only possible
To use your own example: we will certainly make only a single car to start with. (That being one set of worlds.) Though I’d certainly hope we get to make more, as I do like creating worlds from the ground-up, I can agree that we must start with them one at a time.
Your thought of a galactic community is just fine. To be honest, I also saw this as working like that for the most part and would have greatly encouraged that route to be emphasized and encouraged for submissions. However, I would also want to remind you that the rules are, within reason and by design, flexible. We might someday want
more individual worlds as opposed to a whole universe of everybody knowing everybody. We might someday decide that sound-based portals won’t
be the main transportation, and instead just unique to this particular system or galaxy.
We are starting over here, and no idea springs fully-formed from the ether. You admit to not liking it when an author waits around with making stories, simply because they are afraid it will not end up perfect. So let us agree that holding this project in place, simply because we are afraid that it might not become something we like just yet, is unhealthy and counterproductive to us both.
I think it fair to say that what we all want is a big, varied universe to play in and so this is a reason to have that and still have enough wiggle room to either discard or repurpose this idea without starting entirely from scratch, should it be found necessary. We will make a basic idea first (a big universe with various, occupied worlds) and iron out the details the further we get into the process.
So, that said, I do not want to make any further posts on the matter here. If you wish to continue discussing it, I will gladly try and not
bungle through my words on the Worldsingers IRC, but I encourage us both to refrain from dragging this out any further than it has already been. I am, quite frankly, embarrassed with how much a mess I’ve already made of things and would instead like to move past it and get to the more important decisions at immediate hand than with a future which is not yet ready to be faced.
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