I've posted an update on my Heroic Ages setting over on the new site, if anyone wants to see what I've got so far. I've just outlined the heroes so far - if anybody's interested, I could outline a few of the villains in another post.
What's on your mind?
The Omniverse Nexus site now has a forum feature! The extension is still in beta (as in, the creators of this extension haven't actually finished it yet) and stylewise, aesthetics isn't my forte, but the new site now has a discussion board. If you guys find it to be user friendly enough, we could very well be able to move away from wikia for good. Your feedback is essential. I need to know what kind of forums you want or any other features you might find more convenient.
So here's the forum itself: http://omniversenexus.net/index.php?title=Special:WikiForum
I also created a separate forum for all things related to Light World: http://omniversenexus.net/index.php?title=Special:WikiForum&forum=12
Blog pages are still nonfunctional though and I'm thinking it's probably best to get rid of them entirely in favor of this new forum. Also, I still have account creation disabled so let me know if you want to make an account.
Lastly, there's a new role called forum admin. I promoted Tim to one so that he can edit the Light World threads.
In other news:
- The chat system now has smileys. Try some out!
I know I've been very busy, so only now have I got around to writing all this. I would like to take this quick moment to clarify on the current plans for the Omniverse Nexus.
What is a setting?
As we've continuously asserted that all of the settings take place in the same multiverse, the idea of their rigid separation is starting to feel obsolete. So instead, the setting label is going to be more of an indicator of what kind of style the story is written in. For example, even though the Omniverse Nexus is technically science fantasy, it would feel out of place to use Star Trek-type technobabble in a fantasy setting like Erudite Tales. Instead, we would keep writing in Erudite Tales using only mythical-type terms that the inhabitants of the United Plane would actually know. Settings would be nothing more than just the name of a collection of stories. Mini-franchises or IP's that share the same multiverse, like X-Men and the Avengers.
So for the time being, the only real reason to create a new setting is if it covers a specific type of genre that the others do not. So going down the list, we have the following:
- Erudite Tales - High fantasy
- Galactic Crucibles - Science fiction
- Hallowed Worlds - Surreal fantasy
- Heroic Ages - Superheroes
- Infinite Histories - Alternate history
- Miraculum Chronicles - Urban fantasy
- Myth Galaxy - Science fantasy
As for Tapestry of Stars, I really haven't heard from Suppy on it. It is just an alternate version of Galactic Crucibles, so if we do end up updating it at some point, then it's going to get merged into another setting.
Due to the large amount of articles, it's probably easier just to reboot a few aspects. I'm looking to have no duplicates or alternate versions of anything just to eliminate confusion and to avoid watered down versions of other articles. The main two settings that this concerns is Myth Galaxy and Galactic Crucibles which share a lot of the same species and locations. So now, the two settings are going to be completely separated with their only connections being references to the overall Titan mythos.
But before we go removing articles and whatnot, first, let's clarify the way canon works. Nothing is too set in stone, and it's really up to interpretation. Much like Star Wars, there are canon priorities in the Nexus.
- Tier 1 - Featured stories or any notable media adaptations have the highest canon priority. As these are our best works, it only makes sense that they get the spotlight. We advertise these as the finest examples of what the Omniverse Nexus has to offer.
- Tier 2 - All other stories are next. These other stories may be changed around, but the point is that the Omniverse Nexus is now more story centric.
- Tier 3 - We have all articles that are not in direct contradiction to the stories. Think of these as supplementary material.
- Tier 4 - Any articles which do significantly contradict the stories are non-canon. However, this does not imply that non-canon articles are irrelevant. We can always say they take place in some unspecified alternate universe, or we can change them slightly later.
- Tier 5 - And finally, we have any articles which are deliberately non-canon. We should allow users to be able to write stories on totally hypothetical situations. Anyone remember this: Story:The One-Man Army? Just an example of one of those.
Any content by new users would be considered Tier 4 canon, or Tier 3 if there happens to be no contradictions. If they do enough to impress the other story writers/admins or their content becomes directly involved with other user creations, it has the potential to be promoted to Tier 2. And if it's really good, then it's Tier 1.
We should have maps for all the settings to give clear visual indicators as to where things are. We should also designate a specific present day, or at the very least, some kind of base year to go off of to help solidify the perspective. So for example, in Erudite Tales, the present day would be the Volveros Revolution. Myth Galaxy and Galactic Crucibles have some confusion, but here's what they are:
- Myth Galaxy - Events of the Dark Prophecy, foundation of the Galactic Senate.
- Galactic Crucibles - Events of The Corrupted Light, the time when VERN was created which is about 20,000 years before the present day.
And lastly, the story infobox now has the options Genre, Timeframe and Era to help clarify as to when and where a story takes place.
What is still canon in Galactic Crucibles?
So since we are changing it so that no locations are shared between settings, Galactic Crucibles is going to be significantly altered. First and foremost, any duplicate species and planets would be retconned as brand new content. Vaikan are different enough from the Dhragolon to stay the way they are, but other species like the Eteno and the Karnasaurs would have to be changed into something else.
The events of Chaos Crisis are implied to still be canon since we do have at least one story set during that time, but the events of Corrupted Light take canon priority.
What is still canon in Myth Galaxy?
Most of the old species would remain the same. However, the Omni in Myth Galaxy are a little redundant since Dark Prophecy focuses more on the Titans as being the precursors. Given that they are hardly mentioned, if at all, in Dark Prophecy and play no integral role to the plot, this minor detail isn't a huge concern as the focus is on the characters.
Just to broaden our perspectives, we shouldn't really have it so that one person owns a setting. What they own instead is just the storylines they create. We could have setting curators who are experts on all the associated lore though, but we can rank any articles by new users as either Tier 4 or Tier 5 canon until they get properly integrated if they want to at all.
What is our main focus?
We need to make sure people can actually find out what they are supposed to be reading. So site navigation is a priority. Noble has been hard at work, experimenting with CSS and HTML to create flashier looking user pages (which I may or may not have tactically acquired), and to make the site look better and more professional overall.
Mass importation of articles is not as important as sometimes, it's easier just to rebuild things from the ground up. Don't be too concerned about the canon for now. Instead, I would concentrate on just creating good stories. The stories are what people find easiest to read and follow. If they are curious about additional lore, they can always delve into the other articles for more information.
I hope that clarifies things. Let me know if you have any further questions.
Lately, there’s been some interest in the possibility of moving to another domain. Here’s some of my own ideas as to how we could go back about this. (New site is now located here: http://www.omniversenexus.net)
Why move to another domain?
As some of you know, activity in wikia has been slowing down, and I’ve been looking for ways to rejuvenate it with new life. The crossover idea has definitely been something new to work with, but I believe that we can do more. About six years worth of effort have been put into this project, and I think it’s time for us to evolve and try out newer, bigger things by stepping outside of our boundaries. We should definitely get our content prepped for the possibility of being adapted into other mediums such as web comics, video games, short movies, you name it.
However, to have better control over future adaptations of Omniverse Nexus, we should move to our own domain so that we’re not reliant on wikia anymore. We’ll be able to choose whatever creative license we want, and we’ll be able to add site features that would otherwise be impossible with wikia.
For those who don’t know, wikia uses CC-BY-SA. Basically, what that is that anyone is free to share, remix or adapt our work so long as we’re given credit. However, said people could also use our work for commercial purposes. We’ve already tried to change the license in the past, but wikia did not allow it. The only way to change the license is to break away from wikia altogether.
I have to double check to see if we have to do any mass deletions, or just declare the wikias as fansites or something like that. If we are allowed to keep all of our wikia articles as they are now, we might even consider just making all new continuities exclusive to the site, and just providing hyperlinks to the wikia.
The writings throughout Omniverse Nexus (including Erudite Tales and Infinite Histories) that we pick and choose would be moved to a new domain powered by Wordpress which is normally intended for blogs, but it has enough versatility to be used for virtually anything. While users will be able to create accounts and discuss content in a public forum, only a select few will be able to make edits to the stories. New authors would be chosen on a case by case basis.
The actual site will be powered by Wordpress, and preferably, one of us should buy a domain name so that "wordpress" is not in the URL. We could call the domain omniversenexus.net or something similar.
For the time being, the site will be ad free. Making money off of this is something way later down the line, and we’re not quite there yet. Baby steps.
There are a few ways to go about this. Wordpress does have a wiki-style plugin, but an additional fee has to be paid to make it so that it comes anywhere close to the level of features Wikia has. It might be wise to consider just using HTML and CSS instead to make our own style, but this is something we can vote on.
With our creations seeing so many different iterations and retcons, we’re definitely going to have to make all our stories set within a shared multiverse. As TROTK put it best, it would sort of be like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Same characters and settings but in different universes. For example, Suppy’s Tapestry of Stars is considered its own separate universe from Omni 01.
In regards to specifics, the main feature of the site would be the novels and short stories, so the front page would direct focus on them. As a time saver, we could take some of the best stories we have and put them up as they are.
I would like to hear any and all of your comments, questions and concerns. This may seem like a massive undertaking, but if there’s enough interest and support, I believe we could bring something as ambitious in scale as this to life.
Lastly, if in the end, we don't move to another domain and keep the wikia as it is now, what could we do differently to ensure it thrives in the future?
As Diaspora is an ongoing story with no general plan, there's excellent opportunity to give advice and suggestions. Also, any questions or discussion can take place here, as there doesn't seem to be any 'comments' feature on story pages.
With the current changes taking place in GC (most of which I support enthusiastically), I've decided to stop being so sluggish recently and get more into the position I was in a few months ago, when I was contributing a good few paragraphs every week, didn't leave whole projects sitting around for weeks on end and actually knew what I was doing with all my stuff. I've decided to throw my plans up here so that people can give their opinions, because some of the changes might be thought of as a bit drastic;
For a start, I'll probably get rid of the CIC, Free Co-operative Zone and Qʼanglʼamʻryyşʼan; not only are they too extravagent for their own good, but all of them have pretty much stagnated. This is understandable, as they were all made during a very boring multi-month gap I had between secondary school and sixth form, in which I went slightly overboard on new GC projects. These will do no good sitting around as bunches of half-made articles with little affect on any other civilizations. Of course, I could just re-invent them, but even then I would find it a lot easier just to re-make them from scratch (something I'm not going to do).
My most recent creation has been the Khoikapek. They represent a much more humble ideal I have for an interstellar setting; to make them more viable, I placed them in a dwarf galaxy with special rules imaginatively named Anon 0043+37. Many of the changes taking place in GC match very closely with my ideal for the Khoikapek; as such I'm already in the process of scrapping Anon 0043+37 and placing the Khoikapek in the Andromeda Galaxy, where there's more action.
Finally, I come to my main project. My very first creation on the wiki, which I have neglected for many a month, will be reborn! 'Zambarau Concord 2.0' will share distinctive themes with the original (defunct) Zambarau Concord, such as being ruled by a race of sapient purple foliage, but will still be unique in its own way. Not least, it will include less frivolously detailed information pages, capitalise more on setting, and hopefully be more involved with other civilizations.
Alas, the only question left unanswered is; what to do with the pages of the original Zambarau Concord?
Well, that's the grand plan. Any input, comments, questions or advice would be welcome.