Joint Scenario Authorship...

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Shock Trooper
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I was wondering to see how many people would be prepared to work on some kind of jointly-developed BoA scenario? It would be cool to have the human resources to design a massive, hi-quality scenario.
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Shaper
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Oh no, not another one...
They almost never work out. Alorael and Motrax tried that once. It failed miserably. Maybe one of them will elaborate. A very small one might work, but a large one, probably not.

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IT ALWAYS INEVITABLY LEADS TO DOOOOOOOOOM

I know of, um, two released scenarios which were jointly developed.

Dragon Within 1 : Ragnarok (was NOT good) and, uh, The Wreck of the Slug (was okay, I think)

And something is telling me that there was a third. Oh well. The point is that I cannot think of any good scenarios which were jointly developed.
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Shaper
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The Claim was also worked on by two people, TM and me. Although, in this case the work wasn't split 50-50. It was still mostly my scenario. However in my opinion, the work that TM did was much better than most of what I put into it.

It's not out yet; but if TM has his way it'll be released very soon. I don't expect it to make it onto the solid adventures table.

[ Friday, April 18, 2003 15:56: Message edited by: Lt. Sullust ]

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Lt. Sullust
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Here are some problems with joint authorship:

1. The actual process of building towns and setting up nodes is hard to share, since there's no good way to merge two scenarios back into one if you work separately. You have to take turns passing the master copy back and forth, and the person without the scenario can design a few towns to import. It's very, very awkward.

2. When it's your turn to work, you have to work. Otherwise, your partner will become very angry.

3. You need to be very, very good at communicating. Every little bit of plot has to be agreed-upon and duly recorded so you don't disagree with other people working on the scenario.

4. Differences in style and opinion can cause problems if you feel strongly about them.

—Alorael, who would conclude by saying that if a cooperative effort were to work, it would probably have to be on something very different from a standard scenario. Either that, or you'd need a pair of extremely skilled, friendly, and dedicated designers who live in the same house and have different schedules.
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Shock Trooper
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Btw, by 'joint' I didn't necessarily just mean 2 people, in case I confused you there. Even then, from the previous replies it looks as if this idea might just be worth forgetting :D

Edit: has a mass scenario (i.e. 5+ designers) actually been attempted? It might be interesting to see how it works out if not....

[ Saturday, April 19, 2003 02:28: Message edited by: ^^ilos ]

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I'd say it would fail even more miserable than the scenarios mentioned above.. That's only my opinion, though, and I haven't finished a single scenario, due to the fact that I'm too poor to test it myself.. :P

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There was a BoE Project - it even had a name - that had several serious authors involved. It failed. With the exceptions noted already, this just hasn't worked. There's no $$$ or other incentive involved, people come and go in the community too fast, and quite frankly, very few people have the stubborn patience to do the work needed.

It's too bad - this would be a way to create a great world.

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Shaper
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Which reminds me, I'm working on a battle arena with someone. I forget who (Rabbitlord? Aruneko? Someone. I forgot.). We haven't done anything yet, because he still hasn't downloaded AIM, and if he has, he hasn't told me about it. Does anyone remember whose idea it was? It's just taking up space on my hard drive right now, and it's rather ugly there. Nothing more ugly than a bad, abandoned, or unwanted scenario file.

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Shock Trooper
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Hmmm....it's a shame that there aren't very many people with the will and patience to do something like this.

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