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W(e)aving a story
spikey eye bw
So... I've got a vague idea for making use of Google Wave and I'm kind of looking to recruit. Wave is all about collaboration, about creating something that can still be edited, and about getting multiple contributors. There are people out there trying to roleplay with it and I'm interested in doing something along those lines. I'm looking for up to three contributors who.

The plan is to create a story, but to run it to some degree like a tabletop rpg. Like I assume play-by-mail works although I've never tried it, but with more coherence and editing. Each volunteer would play a character, the conversation would happen between them based on the player's motivations, understandings and so on. I would probably take on a character as well, but my main role would be that of editor, author and gamesmaster. Players get to write both dialogue and general description, all of which is editable by me. The game/story would take place as one wave, and a second would exist to discuss things in much the same way as tabletop players drop out of character to ask about what they can see, what they might know about the things they're facing and so on. I have no idea if we'd need to create some sort of a rules system, I have no real idea of setting as yet - we can discuss that before starting. I haven't quite decided whether the group should have a general overview from the outset with an "end condition" we're aiming towards - probably not, I may give each character clashing motivations, or just let it wind and alter as it goes. But the idea is to end up with something at some point, for that something to take two forms: 1) a tale which is legible and of sufficient quality that a reader who wasn't involved might want to pick it up (and hey, with some of the fanfic I've seen, that's not a high bar to meet) 2) a wave that people can replay in order to watch the creation of the story.

So... tell me, what are the gaping flaws in the plan? What advice would you offer?

Would you be interested in taking part? And if so, do you actually have access to Google Wave yet?

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I think that sounds like a really good idea; I've been involved in an RP-by-email since 2003 and this would make it more coherent.

Getting the balance between verbose and concise writers might be hard, and making sure one player doesn't dominate (unless it's the GM). A one-line RP post by email is less likely to get lost than a one-line contribution to a continuous piece of text.

I assume Wave has the option of letting contributors know when a document has been modified so they can pop in and see what's new?

Not yet that I've found, but it is very much in beta.

(Oh, and I've never played an RPG, but this sounds fun)

No gaping flaws and I don't have time to commit to it; I just want to commend you on what sounds like a very creative use of the system.

Well I think anythings worth a try as long as your 'players' understand that it's all experimental.

I played a game at a convention once where the whole narrative was made up by the group. So we'd arrive at the planet and a player would say "I'm opening the airlock" to which the 'GM' would ask "What do you see?". The GM still maintained a loose control but the story got improvised by everybody.

How about the game where the narrative takes the form of a number of 'forum posts' where playes describe in the PC first person what they did in the game world?

Unlikely as it sounds I woudn't mind a go - I want an incentive to find out what G Wave is good for too! And i like games, if not fanfic?

Sounds interesting. I know absolutely nothing about Wave so I've no idea if it's feasible or not but it sounds worth a try.
I very much doubt I'd have time to get involved though. But I can see that it could work and be fun.

A couple of links on the subject that seem relevant that you may not have seen: an article in Ars Technica and a blog post.

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