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Interview with “Drifting Isle Chronicles” collaborator Katherine Tomlinson

May 30, 2012
Interview with “Drifting Isle Chronicles” collaborator Katherine Tomlinson

This is the fourth in a series of interviews regarding “The Drifting Isle Chronicles” shared world project. In this interview, we meet one of the collaborating authors, Katherine Tomlinson and learn how she’s applying her noir style of writing to this more traditional fantasy setting.     Your life seems wedded to words. You’re a…

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SSW Content Navigation and Management

May 23, 2012
SSW Content Navigation and Management

The following is a guest post from Ellen Million, creator of the Torn World shared story world. Too much information can be a serious problem. I don’t mean those folks who want to tell you about their bizarre and graphic health issues, or the personal blogs that share way too much about their sex life…

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“The Drifting Isle Chronicles” – Update #1

April 24, 2012
“The Drifting Isle Chronicles” – Update #1

This is the first update from Joseph Lewis, chief instigator of the collaborative project, “The Drifting Isle Chronicles.” We first heard from Joe when he was introducing the project, and we have since heard from Charlotte English, one of the writers of this project. In this update, Joe shares how the project is progressing and…

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Interview with Mur Lafferty of Angry Robot’s Worldbuilder

April 10, 2012
Interview with Mur Lafferty of Angry Robot’s Worldbuilder

The following is an interview with Mur Lafferty of Angry Robot Books’ Worldbuilder (recently profiled here at SSW). Mur shares her thoughts on collaborative entertainment and why she’s passionate about audience participation.   Let’s begin with a description of Worldbuilder. How do you like to describe it? Worldbuilder is the open story world connected to…

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Interview with “Drifting Isle Chronicles” collaborator Charlotte English

March 22, 2012
Interview with “Drifting Isle Chronicles” collaborator Charlotte English

This is the second in a series of interviews regarding “The Drifting Isle Chronicles” shared world project. In this interview, we meet one of the collaborating authors, Charlotte English and learn what attracted her to the project.     You’ve already self-published two novels and an anthology set in your original world, Draykon. You’re also…

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Interview with Bob Chapin of “The Hunted”

March 8, 2012
Interview with Bob Chapin of “The Hunted”

Bob Chapin shares his inspiration for the shared story world, The Hunted, a project that’s been running for over a decade. Bob also talks about lessons learned while overseeing this project, how the budgetary practicalities shaped the world mythology, why he says to give up chasing the illusion of control, and how even he had…

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Creative Commons

March 6, 2012
Creative Commons

SSWs present some very interesting opportunities (and challenges) from a copyright perspective. As soon as you allow the remixing of content in your SSW, whether it’s content you created or submitted content you published, you have to decide what kind of legal license framework you want. Ideally, this will be shaped by your goals for…

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Building Settings Using RPG Design Mechanics

February 23, 2012
Building Settings Using RPG Design Mechanics

The following is a guest post from Corey Reid, creator of the Dino-Pirates of Ninja Island shared story world. I use role-playing game development as a way to build setting. A shared world needs setting – locations, landscapes, and institutions that characters can interact with, that can ignite and illuminate their stories. When you’re writing…

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