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January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Mossy Toes » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:41 pm

Just tossing an idea out there. NaNoWriMo is all fun and games, but what about a collaborative version of the same thing? How about...a Bolthole Group Stories Writing Month?

The idea works as follows: for the month of January, every day you have to write a portion of a group story. There are as many group stories as there are writers in your group--so if you have four people working together, you have four group stories that everybody writes in on a rotating schedule.

Now, this is a colossally arrogant idea--let's write about as many group stories as this forum has finished in one go!--but I think that the rapid-fire switching up of topics could work. You come to every day's writing fresh to the story that you haven't touched for days, and if you absolutely are stuck and can't write anything, then your contribution for the day gets dropped--tomorrow somebody else will pick up where you dropped the ball. For simplicity's sake, we could lower the word goal from 1,667 words to (at least) 1,000.

And also, I think it would be cool to have a bunch of stories that interrelate--I have one idle consideration of a set of stories set on a hive world as it plunges to Chaos, or something similar. The contents of the stories would be entirely up to the writers in the group, of course, but I can't help but think that it would be pretty darn awesome.

A few departures from regular group stories might be nice; it might be impossible with the hectic schedule for everybody to have one particular character that they write in each story, RP style, and might be more sound, story-wise if each sub group-story follows a definite arc. So whoever wants to try this out could spend this month planning out settings, characters and plots, then we get cracking to writing come the New Year's.

If there are too many people who want to join in on this, I can see us splitting into separate, competing groups--wouldn't that be fun! But I really wouldn't want to write in too many stories, and have too much to catch up on from my compatriots-in-keyboards every single day, so I'd say groups of four or five writers at the veeeery most.

Anybody interested? There are no hard and fast rules at this point--please, contribute your thoughts!
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby shadowhawk2008 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:50 pm

Interested for sure. 1000 words a day isnt that bad, considering I was pretty much doing 2k or more every day last month except for a few odd days where I did considerably less.

But anyway, yeah, sounds like fun. Let's have more details!
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby LordLucan » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:55 pm

Cool. Let's do it.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Stuart000X » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:25 pm

I'm interested.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Mossy Toes » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:26 pm

Well, detail then I suppose.

I mentioned a hive falling to Chaos. That's the core idea I have so far, with 4 rough plot possibilities, all chronologically staggered but with some overlap of thematic content and stuff.

A) A member of the Arbites having a crisis of faith. He's been ground down by the seedy underbelly of the hive, is fatigued, and just can't find it in himself to cleave to the Emperor anymore. Meanwhile, he gets caught up in an investigation of a murder/rising cult.

Result: Moral failure. The arbitor fails, is broken and cast out of the Arbites and/or executed. This is the Imperium's unflinching verdict for those who fail, and it is only just that he is exiled. Meanwhile, however, the cult he was investigating goes unpunished, and thrives...

B) An Inquisitor, concerned with the falling levels of output from the hive, investigates. His pursuits lead him to an orbital super-platform above the world, where he thinks that he might find a few clues--but he has vastly underestimated the extent of the corruption. His party is wiped out and his shuttle destroyed. He is forced to flee, to hide in the massive orbital space station, all the while uncovering deeper and deeper heresies.

Result: Creeping horror and suspenseful chases dissolve into claustrophobic horror and nightmare fuel in the dark tunnels of the super-platform. The Inquisitor uncovers the Alpha Legionnaires fueling the cult--and is slain by them.

C) A mid-hive cultist who has lost everything--her family, her wealth, her faith--seeks revenge against the vast and merciless machine of the Imperium. The rot has spread far and wide throughout the hive, and the entire place is a tinderbox waiting to exploding. All it would take is a little, tiny push...

Result: Redemption. Purity and absolution. The cultist sees events spiraling out of control and acts on her own initiative, superceding her fearful cult master who insists on keeping a low profile and not bringing down the wrath of the Imperium. With some external (Alpha Legion) prodding, she essentially becomes a suicide bomber, who disrupts some massive event or machine to cause catastrophic damage to the Hive's shipyards/astropathic choir so that the Hive can't call for help. As she is caught up in the explosion, dissolving into light, she sees the hive aflame on all levels. The dams have broken, the levees have overspilled, and she is content to know that she has her revenge.

D) Hell is here. Insanity erputing. An underhiver and a small band of faithful survivors desperately seek to escape their surroundings, always moving upward, always looking for the Emperor's salvation. It is not soon to be forthcoming. They struggle to find supplies and fight against despair, suspicion and cultists caught in madcap transfinities. The planet's mythology is coming to life around them, horror from a darker age surfacing once again.

Result: He is the last survivor. He reaches a peak somewhere in the mid/upper hive, and his hopes and dreams are shattered as he stares up at the boiling, insane sky in horror. Truly, these are the end of days, and there is no salvation.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Stuart000X » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:36 pm

My story idea revolves around the ork world of Maaar'bukk, following from a stage by stage procession as the orks steadily grow from small tribes and warbands, to the final result of an ork Waaagh!
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Mossy Toes » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:41 pm

I could see that. Operating under the assumption of 4 stories: 2 Imperial PoV and 2 Ork. The Ork Boss rising to power; Imperials watching the Ork rise with concern and sending assassins; an early Imperial world caught beneath the Waaagh; and the Waaagh in full swing, at the peak of it's glory, with the Warboss ruling over it--and facing his tuffest foes yet.

Though maybe switch those last two PoVs around, so it's the Ork smashin' worlds and beatin' up beaky boyz, then the Imperial counter-effort that finally halts his Waagh.

Still, a good seed for an idea.

OR just a group story in and of itself. There's no need for any specific link between the GSes, I just thought it would be cool.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby LordLucan » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:42 pm

Yeah sound scool. I haven't written for orks for ages.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Stuart000X » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:27 pm

Mossy Toes wrote:OR just a group story in and of itself. There's no need for any specific link between the GSes, I just thought it would be cool.


What I had in mind is that during the intial stages; in reference to my ork world story, is that there will be four stories, each telling from the PoV of a different protagonist. They're all in the same tribe, but they, through their eyes, we spectate on the rise of an ork who will eventually become the Warboss of the world. In short, each tale will display on the growth, on not only the would-be warboss, but on the tribe on which he resides in; and essentially rules and conquors from, the other tribes, and then eventually leading his united band of orks into a new era.

That, wrapped into one, is what I refer to as the "initial" stages of the orks, and during this period, I would rather have it independent of any "intereference" from characters beyond this sphere, but not completely, and not to an extent whereby it would achieve much in the way of preventing the envitable. Once the warboss has achieved the "space" stage of things, I think its safe to say that interaction between mine and other peoples' characters and their connected events can be intertwined with one another.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Stuart000X » Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:33 am

This is how I would sort of plan out each tale in turn, and what each should entail:

1) Tribal stage – essentially the “start” of ork existence on the world, with millions of small tribes combating one another. This has been the status quo on the planet for a certain period of time, but it is at this stage that our “warboss” will make his appearance as a low ranking grunt.

2) Warband stage – having achieved his goal of becoming his tribe’s leader, the warboss sets about fighting other warbands that have reached a similar stage to his. Obvious orks being orks, they’re attracted by two things to a warband; success, and lots of fightin’, and with this warboss’ tribe achieving both with more greatness than the last, the numbers swell.

3) World conquest stage – his warband numbers excessive in the millions, the warboss fights and accumulates other warbands, but faces off other equally massive warbands, who also have grand schemes. Near the end the warboss will finally accomplish his goal.

4) Rise of the Waaagh! – Now world domination is achieved, this period can be explored a little in depth as to how the orks build up an arsenal and a space fleet. At this stage I like to include something that is Imperial, perhaps something from one of your group story? Failing that, I have envisaged that the ork fleet will go toe to toe with an exploratory fleet of the Mechanicum; who were searching the area for resources, unbeknown of the orks existence.

And that is it.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Stuart000X » Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:51 pm

Any feedback?
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby shadowhawk2008 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:56 pm

Orks really aren't my thing. I prefer to be shooting and hacking them apart in Space Marine or read about them getting butchered :)

As for that part 4, I don't think the Mechanicum fleet will find it easy to fend off a Waaagh fleet. Its like comparing a couple line cruisers to battleships.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Stuart000X » Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:22 pm

shadowhawk2008 wrote:Orks really aren't my thing. I prefer to be shooting and hacking them apart in Space Marine or read about them getting butchered :)

As for that part 4, I don't think the Mechanicum fleet will find it easy to fend off a Waaagh fleet. Its like comparing a couple line cruisers to battleships.


Well from what I was able to gather from Mossy Toes ideas, I think each of us; either indivdually, or in pairs, or a group, write an independent story, writing about events and things that happening within it, before we apply our individual stories together with each others.

You mention Space Marines, perhaps you could write something that would involve them on behalf of the Imperial side?

The reasoning behind having set the stage for the Mechanicum fleet, was so that the orks are able to flex their muscles and fight an enemy that would prove a challenge, but otherwise would give them some stiff competition to practice on before moving on. Plus, it would also help explain how they are able to amass an armada, because they have cannablised and captured Mechancium ships.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby shadowhawk2008 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:28 pm

Why not have them go up against an Imperial Fleet then? A Mechanicus explorator fleet is hardly going to result in the Orks getting an armada.

As for the Imperial side and Space Marines. Well, my first thought was Imperial Armour 8: Raid on Kastorel-Novem. Because that would match well I think. You got Space Marines, Elysian Drop Troops and Orks.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Stuart000X » Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:45 pm

In regards to the Imperial fleet that the orks will initially enounter won't be Mechanicum, but something else entirely. I'm not sure it will be an ordinary fleet, or it will be accompanied by a compliment of Space Marines. What I have in mind is that, there should be survivors that ride back to carry a message of warning of the danger.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby shadowhawk2008 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:01 pm

Stuart000X wrote:In regards to the Imperial fleet that the orks will initially enounter won't be Mechanicum, but something else entirely. I'm not sure it will be an ordinary fleet, or it will be accompanied by a compliment of Space Marines. What I have in mind is that, there should be survivors that ride back to carry a message of warning of the danger.


I'd suggest keeping it simple. An Imperial relief fleet heading for some warzone or the other: troop transports, a couple cruisers, some light cruisers, a few escort squadrons.

As for survivors, astropaths are your friends :D
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Stuart000X » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:44 pm

I hope this GS hasn't died.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby shadowhawk2008 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:55 pm

Stuart000X wrote:I hope this GS hasn't died.


Actual publishing opportunities threaten to distract me but I shall persevere.

I am definitely interested in doing this. As a SM writer, I shall definitely be partaking in the effort as Jan rolls in.
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Stuart000X » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:51 pm

Good to know that it's still on :)
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Re: January: BoHoGroStoWriMo?

Postby Mossy Toes » Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:22 pm

Actually...no, I don't think it is. Sorry. I'm a bit too busy, coming up. I won't be settled down for most of January; I'll be on winter break, away from my computer. I'm going to have to drop the idea, sorry.
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