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PostSubject: Message in a bottle    Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:17 pm

Hi, everyone, I’m Steven, otherwise known as Panda, (and sometimes, under certain conditions, called Mal). I’ve been a fan of superheroes as a genre and comics as a medium since before I could read. I’ve been an avid reader and an aspiring writer since pretty much as soon as I could read. (I was a horror fan years before I realized the stuff I was reading was horror; which was probably for the best, as otherwise I might have unwisely avoided some really good stories. I prefer the eerie and surreal to the cynical and gory.) I’ve been a pen & paper roleplaying-gamer since the early nineties, with a corresponding fascination for tinkering with game mechanics and assembling new rules from spare parts.
I’ve watched as nearly every superhero universe has become a mirror of nearly every other superhero universe. Everyone has the Superman-by-another-name, the Batman-by-another-name, and I can’t help but feel that the effort spent reinventing the wheels on the batmobile could’ve gone into something better if they’d just had a character they knew they were allowed to use. Free Comicbook Day seemed an appropriate time to search the web for other people who were making open source heroes, and in the months since I’ve been excitedly poring over threads and entries here and at the PDSH wiki, and so on, one link leading to another… and scribbling down lots of resulting ideas. This is probably a silly question, but: if I have a response to a thread from over a year ago, does it make more sense to post a reply to the original thread, where the context is already clear, or start a new thread so the reply isn’t buried and unseen? I’m still not sure how the forum works.
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PostSubject: Re: Message in a bottle    Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:57 am

Hi, Steven, welcome aboard! Things are a little quiet around here these days, but I'm hoping they'll pick up again...

In answer to your question, I think it depends. If you are commenting on the general area of another post, it might be okay to start another thread. But if what you are saying is clearly in response to a previous post, I'd say put it in the original thread. The board will bump that thread up and mark it with new stuff, and anyone following that thread will get an email saying there's been activity in it.

Oh, and as a horror fan, did you see this:

http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Beyond

Horror's not really my thing, but I saw LOTS of potential in this and it would be cool to see someone do something with it...
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PostSubject: Re: Message in a bottle    Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:37 pm

Smile Thank you for the warm welcome, GB! and thanks for pointing me towards The Beyond. Truth be told, I've been tinkering with at least two projects that call for that sort of place/plot device. (In my notes, I phrase it as "if the Twilight Zone were actually a place, instead of just figurative.") If I used Dr. Death as both the master villain I need for project a, as well as the Crypt-Keeper-pastiche I need for project b, I could probably even bridge them together. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Message in a bottle    Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:37 pm

No prob, Mal, and glad you liked The Beyond. My wife is REALLY into urban fantasy with a horror flair (I've enjoyed some urban fantasy myself, but like I said, I can take or leave the horror stuff) and when I read that concept, it struck me as a REALLY cool thing to use for such a story. The best part about dealing with an alternate dimension (to my mind) is that there's nothing that says that time works the same way there, or that it only connects to one version of Earth. So, in the Beyond, you could have modern characters mixing with vikings and cowboys and steampunk gentlemen adventurers...
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PostSubject: Re: Message in a bottle    Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:09 pm

Welcome to the somewhat quiet boards, malpanda.
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PostSubject: Re: Message in a bottle    Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:50 pm

thanks, SuperHeroFan! I've never been good with crowds anyway, so I guess 'too quiet' is better than 'too loud'... and if we ever do get slashdotted (or mentioned on Neil Gaiman's twitter) at least we'll have plenty of material built up for the newcomers to read.
Goldenbard, I think my version of the Beyond should definitely reach other worlds and alternate earths, but not in a way that smooshes everything together. (Even Dr. Death doesn't have access to all of those worlds at once. The borders of the Beyond flunctuate, as I see it, like the tide, pulling away from one world while sliding further into another, hundreds of treacherous miles away from the point of view of someone trying to use the Beyond to cross from one to the other.) Hmm... if time moved at varying speeds in the Beyond, that might add to the effectiveness of those characters who can access the Beyond, like Vito Delsante's Daytripper.  ....yeah, you had me at 'steampunk'. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Message in a bottle    Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:42 am

I saw the page for The Beyond the other day, and thought that, with a little tweaking, it might fit nicely with my ideas of an alternate version of underworlds from mythology. I like the idea about time flowing differently in there, and it being a gateway through which you could reach different dimensions and universes (a great way for crossovers to happen too!). The heroes need knowledge that only someone who died centuries ago has? Go to The Beyond to find them and ask them. Of course, it might not be so straightforward...
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