So I was thinking about proposing a scenario, universe whatever you want to call it that is very encompassing of what ever people wish to write about, and so this is what I've come up with.
Scientists in one universe were trying to develop a method of long distance travel, a series of created wormhole type things that led to far reaching parts of the universe. The idea was that a person could travel to a point in space (that was near the creator’s home world) and from there they could use the portal they needed to jump through space and from there they could get to their destination a lot faster. Well, someone made a booboo. Firstly the portals couldn’t transport anything weighing more than about 100 grams. Secondly, the portals didn’t end up where they should have, they were randomly scattered around the universe in this world and parallel worlds, sometimes in the middle of space, sometimes on planets, sometimes on populated planets. Thirdly, they accidentally blew up a small planet. Oops. Fortunately it was unpopulated but it caused more than a few problems as you can imagine and so the project was closed down and all information on how they were created was destroyed or made beyond top secret. Initial efforts to use the portals as something failed, because of the weight problem and the fact that for some reason no data could travel through them no sound waves, no electrical data on a device…. The humble written note, however, had nothing to be scrambled and made it through fine.
This was a few years ago and while the project was closed down, they have these portals and what to do with them? Well, the portals were largely in places where they had had no communication with the local population due to distance (that or the whole parallel universe thingy). So some bright spark came up with a great way to put them to use- post-boxes. So through a coordinated effort of letter writing the leaders that be have decided the population at large may converse with these far away people though a pen pal system.
So, because you get to choose where you live, you get to choose everything about that place. A modern world where, until now, paper was forgotten in place of electronic screens? A world where space travel is unimagined and people are called Mr Darcy…. (Mr. Darcy, btw, would NEVER use a ball point! Hehe).
The idea is people could over time discover whose fantasy world they liked to correspond with (and there’s no reason why they can’t take their correspondence off on a little tangent of their own) and write in a way they wished to write without being completely locked into another’s world (beyond this whole letterbox idea)
This is in no way the (or even a) official fictitious snail mail thingy, I’m not trying to take over or anything, if you don’t like it I encourage you to start your own or whatever, (and let me know cos I might even play with you!). This is just a game I am starting and want to make it as encompassing as I can for those that want to play.
So, who wants to play with me?
How about we post a really brief idea of our ‘persona’ and ‘universe’ and then we can exchange contact details privately. Then we can exchange first letters under the understanding of ‘no pressure’ (ie you’re not promising to continue writing letters with that person, just finding out if you like to and sometimes for that in this game you need to read a letter or two).
I will post mine tomorrow after work (have to be up in 6 hours and have had a week of not enough sleep so need to try and get a decent night tonight!)
Kathelyne: Seannya los di’Nona
World: Going with sci-fi here. Seannya belongs to a people who are technologically advanced, they have space travel, everything is electronic (ie until now paper was an antique that no one used, even artwork is on electric screens) but people still have a strong connection to nature through their link to their home world. Average lifespan is about 200 years, 250 is considered quite ancient. Seannya is a 24 year old female, but because of the long lifespan is considered more like a teenager might by in today’s world, but then again the way we treat teenagers and the way they act is so different, and so in that way Seannya is much more grown up in behaviour than our teenagers... ok it complicated! Writing to her might give some understanding! Seannya’s culture also has some lovely old fashioned traditions such as days in, calling cards etc that I really love. A bit of a blend of futuristic sci-fi and old fashioned Mr Darcy charm or something I guess, and all out of my own head with a dash of borrowed stuff here and there.
ladyambrosia: Mrs. Rose Jefferson
World ect: A slightly alternative history to the real thing. My year is 1784 and after, Mr. Jeffersons first wife would have passed, proper mourning and than a meeting of the new Lady (cant give it all away here *wink*)The world is a new place in theory as it was back than, a country has shaken free of its "Mother" and there is a treaty being drawn up. While there is an air of unrest in the very city (Paris) the treaty is being done up in..
Yuki Onitsura : Rodney McKay
Edited by Kathelyne, 05 February 2010 - 13:00.