Autokrator's Sunday Address, Year 13

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Re: Autokrator's Sunday Address, Year 13

Postby Andreas the Wise » Mon May 23, 2011 8:47 pm

I'd prefer a defined thing, even if it's flexible (I think being able to backdate/have longer lifespans is a good flexibility thing). On Micras it got annoying to try and get history of different nations to match up in the slightest when Shireroth used ASC, the original Jasonian stuff was based on an Earth-style timeline, and Gralus we eventually decided went at something like a year every month, because that was the only way our RPs and character development made any sense. It'd be nicer to have something agreed to from the start that everyone agrees to.
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Re: Autokrator's Sunday Address, Year 13

Postby Orion » Tue May 24, 2011 1:19 am

Generally, in regards to those of us who are slower producers of material, I don't see any problem with back-dating posts. As long as it's not something I'm entering for one of the competitions, then it shouldn't make any difference if it's back-dated or not.

I never liked ASC - it was a neat idea, but difficult to follow at a glance. A system where X = Y is simple and can be done at a glance, which is convenient and easy to follow for everyone.
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Re: Autokrator's Sunday Address, Year 13

Postby Harvey » Wed May 25, 2011 1:54 pm

I strongly agree with keeping time constant but vague and possibly undefined. If we have statelets that are in slo-time and statelets that are in fast-time, it just creates all sorts of boggles when they try to interact in a meaningful way. Maybe one or two statelets in this way could be interesting for roleplaying purposes, but if everyone wants to have a different scale it’s going to become a huge mess.

ACS (1 day = 1 year) is the best system I’ve found for measuring the life of countries. For the life of people, it fails a little bit, but you can fudge it by saying that the date of posts is not necessary the day that they occur. So if it takes 200 days for me to finish a story about a single character, he or she did not necessarily live 200 years – it merely took me a long time to finish the story about something that happened a while ago. If I post today and then post tomorrow, a year didn’t necessarily have to pass between the two. We’re writers – WE decide how much time passed that’s that. Even “new” developments can be backdates in this way. You can always push things into the past.

I’m not saying we should adopt ACS – I’m saying we should consider it a gauge for how fast the world is progressing in terms of the life of our statelets, with our own stories and such taking place at a much less advanced timetable.
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Re: Autokrator's Sunday Address, Year 13

Postby Sammy J McMillan » Wed May 25, 2011 4:06 pm

If we're going to backdate things etc I see the whole "time scale" idea as irrelevant. Backdating gives us complete power over the development of our internal stories, therefore time-scale only matters then when we interact between ourselves and then, say if it is 1 day = 1 year it will probably be an inappropriate time scale.
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