138: Wiki Revitalization

This is going to cover information about the Wiki on this website as well as the information that will be contained within that Wiki. I’m hoping that what these things are will be interesting enough to entice you to stick with me through this column and hopefully through the process of creating all the things involved.

What is in the Wiki

Currently, the Wiki on the website has only a few bits and bobs about the Emerald Nights chronicle that I’m running for my players utilizing the Vampire the Masquerade 5th Edition system. The items are actually the earliest bits from the Season One phase of the chronicle, even, with only a few characters being fully fleshed out and entered. There is mostly character names and factional separations for those characters. Overall, not terribly useful and though I intended to keep information updated, I never got around to keeping it up and even updating it up between seasons.

What is Going Into the Wiki

I’ve been working on a setting for all kinds of stories that I’d like to replace what’s already in the Wiki with that. The information will be things like a map of the solar system of this setting, the map of the planet, deeper information about that planet, the sapient species of this world, and the timeline of events of this planet.

Did I just write this entire article? Well, I guess technically I did.

This world has been something I’ve been building up for a couple of decades and I’d like to start laying it out. Now, I’ve only recently (and by recently, I mean the last 5 years or so) started developing the history of the planet, but the basic structure of how things work on this place have been developed more or less over the better part of two decades.

I’d like to tease out just a little bit, if I could. What am I saying, this is my column, I can do whatever I want.

The world in question is actually a moon, a habitable one, but still a moon. This moon orbits a gas giant similar in fashion to Jupiter (with less radiation) and that orbit also keeps the moon in view of the solar system’s sun for most of that orbit. Yes, there are prescribed times when this orbit does fall behind the gas giant and that causes some interesting effects, but more about that when I start writing about that in the Wiki.

Our moon has several sapient species that live on it. Humans are a given, mainly because I needed something to have an easy point of relation for anyone interacting with this environment and because there is an actual backstory reason for this also. Along with humans, though, there are actually 6 other species as well, with only four of them being considered “humanoid.”

Considering I am going to be having all of this diversity, I have decided that I need to have art as well, so I’m going to be doing as best as I can to include art within the Wiki for illustrative purposes. How am I going to be able to best explain the non-humanoid species if I can’t provide an image as an example? These images will go far beyond the species, too, including locations on the planet, possible other planets in the solar system, and more.

More Than the Wiki

I mentioned a little earlier that I was probably going to have more than just the Wiki involved in this little project. That’s where I’m going to expand things to bring in the “entertainment” factor.

Dan Carlin does a podcast called Hardcore History, which is a show that only comes out about once a quarter (sometimes twice a year) and is between three and six hours long. The show covers either a complete part of an historical event or part of an historical event (as of this writing, he just finished a 6 part series on Japan’s involvement in World War II called Supernova In The East).

Using this as a template, I was going to try to build the history of this moon in a similar way, just do in chronological… and with shorter episodes. Instead of releasing episodes infrequently and lasting 3+ hours each, I would shorten them down to, perhaps, an hour each and release them either bi-monthly (twice a month) or monthly to keep a steady pace going. The idea would be to cover things like a school history text book would: chronologically, not in vast amounts of details, and in blocks that make sense rather than jumping around to exactly what happened in exactly the order it happened.

For that last example, what I mean is that rather than explaining Egyptian history intermingled with Roman history and Greek history, history text books tend to cover each civilization individually noting that they had contact with one another at a certain point, but they do not break from that particular civilization’s specific historical perspective until it is told. This method keeps the storytelling coherent and easier to digest for the learner.

On top of the podcast I was planning to release a serial fiction series (perhaps narrated as a podcast dramatic series) centered in one specific time period to give a closer look at how things operated around a specific series of events. Since the history of this moon is long (thousands of years, as I have it mapped out for a looong time), I could have several series as my podcast and Wiki progress.

With those two things being built, the Wiki then really becomes the repository of background information (which is what I intend it to be, the repository of canon information for this moon’s history).

I hope you’ll be interested in participating with what I put up.

Thanks for reading.

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