I am pretty certain that people have seen Travis’s post about the White Cell outline, which summarizes a major plot that he had in mind, and that we think we could use to provide backdrop for the Kupopolis revival. I’d like to keep the discussion in that thread going about what the world looks like in the aftermath of it, but I think that we have enough general basics down to discuss something else: what we want to do for the early phases of getting Kupopolis up and running. As such, this isn’t meant to be a discussion of the particulars of the dimension, but more about where we want to start writing.
As always, I have ideas! Some of them might even be good. But let’s begin with a very basic summary:
- The Grand Army is vastly reduced in size, and the Grand Army Charter Alliance has been vastly reduced in prestige.
- The Great Powers have been reduced in size and influence; some are worse off, some are doing okay but no longer powerhouses.
- The Web is still a connected place with a lot of issues, but there aren’t big powerhouses to solve those issues.
My suggestion, after some thought, is that we say the White Cell conflict that led to this occurred in 52 WR, and we pick up in 55 WR. It’s a nice round – er, well, odd – number; everyone who was alive at the end of the conflict should be alive, there’s three years of flex time for anyone who wants to make characters and situations undergo some change, and we’re about ten years after many of us stopped actively writing, give or take a few.
The early stuff could be based in the city of Kupopolis. Our one rule – perhaps as flimsily enforced as any rule in Kupop is, but we can try! – is that we should start our stories there, so characters can meet and interact. I think we should have some kind of event drawing people there – maybe some kind of expo, a tournament, or something. Moreover, I want to integrate an idea that Spoon threw out: he wants to bring in a new dimension, based on FFXII and FF Tactics. I think it would be fun if we did this, but said that the initial gate there has appeared in Kupopolis… and only Kupopolis, and is something of a secret. Maybe they found the gate first, and are sending people into the city.
The procedurally generated map can come into play here, I’m thinking.
So what can we have happen early on? People could try to disrupt the expo/tournament/whatever, such as terrorists. There might be political intrigue. This kind of delves into a bigger question:
What kind of stories do we want to tell? I have ideas for my own, but I’ll let other people go first.