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Writing Update #3: Let's brainstorm Locations together!

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What ever it is I want it to look cool.

I still remember my first time in black velvitopia. Jesus the amount of boners I got from the art alone was amazing let alone the whole level design of it.

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- A cellular (or molecular) world of different common items. Like a cellular world based on a single blade of grass, not just being shrunk down so everything looks huge but being so small that the spaces between plant cells is like the grand canyon.

- A generic super villain hide out, but imagined as a very boring and corporate environment. The room with the death ray being next to the copy room, and nothing says take over the world like an inspirational poster of cat with a ball of yarn(that sort of thing). I always wanted to play as generic henchmen #37. What is life like for these guys and what's their motivation.

- A crayon world as if designed by a 4 year old or a coloring book world where the objects have defined outlines but the coloring is erratic and never stays in the lines*

Bolded because I've never seen a game like this (if there is one already, I must play it!)

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An 80's film Parody world... Not only the Action flicks (Schwarzenegger, Willis, Stallone etc), but some of the teen comedies like weird science and Ferris Buellers Day off, Pretty in Pink etc ... Of course Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Indy Jones....My word the 80's Rocked for films didn't it lol

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There was an old UK comic book called Numskulls which had lots of different characters controlling different parts of the body. I have always thought that could have a lot of scope in a game.

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At this Rate, I'm wondering if Tim will ever get to the last page of this brainstorming session. xD

Lets see..

The world inside a giant Air Conditioner

The Lost City of Amazon Falls. A hidden city located in a giant cave behind these waterfalls (pic below) using huge waterwheels to power all their mechanical machines. The inhabitants happen to be toad people.

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A world where there has never been a mass extinction, where many animals have evolved via super-symbiosis.

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just had another idea....

Have famous paintings were you can actually enter the painting itself and solve the mini world... of course each painting would be in the style of the actual painting... so much scope meet the Picasso scream, or Mona lisa ... or chill out in the lake of Monet or the weird world of Klimt and of course Salvador Dali ... maybe even meet the artists in the painting.. Leonardo getting frustrated with Mona Lisa...lots of scope for this idea in my opinion.

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Sorry my last idea I promise guys and gals....

1. Paradise Island ... has the babes the sand and sun the perfect island and pad... only to be then rescued away from it all.

2. Have your PC as the location... actually break out on your PC screen itself... I remember a little program with a kitten which actually ran across your actual open windows... could do that or even look at your files on your PC and somehow incorporate it as part of the level... maybe do it like Tron inside your PC but using bits of your own PC (or game console) as part of the background or character names ...etc

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Anti-Murphy's world, where anything that can go right, will go right! (Or some other permutation) :)

I was gonna suggest both a Murphy's Law world and the opposite :)

- An Internet Forum

Oooh, I didn't think of having both worlds in one game! Would you be able to bring objects from the one world to the other without causing a world shattering paradox? Or would, for example, a opposite murphy's law hammer aways hit the nail right on the head in the murphy's law world if you could get it there? Or would murphy's nail just bend or break if you did manage to get it hit?

Grtz,

Adrian

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-An old abandoned/overgrown warehouse filled with functional casino equipment and rabbits who have gained an insatiable appetite for gambling using carrot slices as tokens.

-A derelict space station that has serious problems with the food/drink dispensers (corridors filled with hot dogs and chilli complete with a nice cool tidal wave of *brand name soft drink* to wash it down.) One stray Weiner would result in the entire space station having gravity malfunctions.

-A Zoo built to display household appliances created by an eccentric millionaire who believes all electronic devices are sentient, breeding in captivity has yet to prove successful.

-The back entrance of a new age spa who are stealing vegetables from the grocery store next door for the purpose of new age experimentation.

-A bedding sales room that appears to be incredibly overstocked on wool tartan blankets and curtains due to an order mix up.

-An indoor amusement park which is the scene of an incredibly fatal yet highly amusing bumper car crash complete with special investigators trying to figure out how the crash occurred.

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What place is more beautiful and terrifying than the internet!!!!

The Internet Projected onto the real world!!!!!

However I'm sure we don't want the game to be rated beyond M.

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What place is more beautiful and terrifying than the internet!!!!

The Internet Projected onto the real world!!!!!

However I'm sure we don't want the game to be rated beyond M.

Yea i guess so, but it would be funny if it was filled with innuendos nothing straight forward.

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Orion's Belt

In Jupiter's Eternal Storm

within the crevices of an old persons forehead wrinkles

On an unsolved Rubik's Cube

Trapped in a gob of bubblegum (potentially stuck to the bottom of a shoe)

A land where clouds are jellyfish

That's all I could come up with for now

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I've always thought the concept of an inverted universe would be great. We're on a planet, which is a sphere, and we can journey outward to other planetary spheres to infinity. But, flip that idea, we're walking inside a giant sphere, and if we move up to other planes closer to the center of the sphere, the world becomes smaller. Once you get to the very center, you've reached the center of the universe.

A similar concept can be applied to animals. I've always imagined a world from a fleas perspective, on a cat planet, and then it travels to a dog planet, or even a human planet, which aren't planets but physical beings. These fleas and other microscopic creatures have their own set of rules and have things like international (or interanimal) relations, ambassadors, wars, explorations, etc.

I didn't have time to read everything already mentioned, so sorry if I restated anything. Hope this helps with the game.

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Your childhood home. For some, it will be filled with pleasant nostalgia. Others, sadness and a sense of loss.

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- Woodland (European fall forests, the kind of thing Robin Hood would slink around in):

Shafts of warm light falling through auburn leaves, a silhouette of a robin flies past in the distance. Leaves fall gracefully to the ground like snow on a calm winters day.

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Here are ideas I had without reading the thread as not to taint the freewriting process.

Shadow Puppet World.

Inside of a Locker on the secret Chinese Spacestation on the other side of the moon

Vitamin, Chainsaw, and Trampoline Factory.

The grocery bag in movies, specifically the prominent baguette

Capture the Flag field turn horribly serious.

Ice Creap Shop with Soft-Serve Yogurt Machines that are also prisoner-cyborgs.

A museum by the park filled with metal giraffes with sinister secrets

Abandoned tour bus stopped on the road’s edge.

A field with the confetti flutter of iron butterflies that melt into slag.

A Walrus Butchery

Hopscotch in the middle lane of traffic.

a Jamaican bar with Zulu singers.

The split second that solidifies the most embarrasing, awkward moment.

Flowerbeds of nostalgia and potato drills

Streets where a panther silently follows you but when you turn around there are only

shadows but perhaps one shadow too many.

a Paris apartment overlooking the skeletonized/frozen/jellified remains of Palais Royal.

The Former Yugoslavia Opera Ballet's rehearsal hall.

Narrow gates that reveal hidden parts of self processed in the mind, not the factory

Behind a door labelled Sector 08:00:09:2B:79:73

The place where pseudo-intellectual, self-righteous, attention seekers felt ignored for the

first time.

The memetic headquarters where meaningless pejoratives designed to vaguely call someone

else's authenticity into question and, by extension, claim authenticity for yourself are

hatched.

A tesseract made of minor obsessions.

The pocket of a warm winter coat.

A chicken farm where the chickens have won the revolution and now run it as a Anarcho-

Communism consensus co-op.

An old Russian village that got destroyed in a landslide back in the Soviet era.

The drain where the serum for the cure for diabetes, depression, and malnutrition was

mistakenly poured away by a janitor.

Shackled to a dentist's chair kept in an unused warehouse full of oddly printed shorts,

fluorescent backwards hats, neon t-shirts, and Jam Shorts. Bright solids! Geometry!

A dining hall serving only baby panda steaks.

A lonely and frigid rumpus room.

A capery.

A printing press where they only republish 200 year old lies.

A small open mason jar full of mercury.

An ocean of prescription cough syrup, licorice root, and old time medicinals.

A 14 story tall parabolic moon mirror

The satchel of the white house press photographer.

The middle of the farm fields during the drought, where my great grandfather cried for the

first time since the war

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-- A maze of tables, set for an Edwardian banquet and twinkling with candles, while behind them brick smokestacks stream into the lowering sky.

-- Something odd is resting on a beach. The day is calm, there might be rain later.

I'm a fan of Dancers at the End of Time, also Myst

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in the pocket of a billiard table

a labor camp for wayward cats

a moon base run by cyborg poodles: Poodle Moon

an Ice Level...

the forbidden zone

abandoned mine

inside a pipe organ

a barn

a blues jam session for owls

assembly line for super balls

On a beach with edgar allen poe

Montana

an Ice Level

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-A world constantly filled with light, but in which its inhabitants usually live in the darkness (pretty much opposite from us), meaning they had to create "anti-light lamps" (?) that generate darkness instead of light :D

-Inside a cat's eyeball.

-At an alien pizza party.

-A world inhabited by people with harmonicas for noses, making random noises every time they breathe.

-A world where adventure games are so popular that first person shooters have to be funded by fans themselves (if only!)

Okay, ran out of ideas.

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- Steampunk Neverland

- a medieval metropolis

- space dragon world

- the world between wormholes.

- a world where fire turns you into ice, and ruled by a gnome mafia

- inside the bermuda triangle

- a bar

- happiness world

- Hong Kong slums

- Asian Red light district

- Cow land

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Hey Tim, i have just read that our Galaxy will "crash" into the Andromeda Nebula (which is actually another Galaxy..) in about 4 Gillion... i mean milliard years..

The two Galaxy's will then melt together and get mixed up.. that will take another 2 milliard years..

Wouldn't that location be great? Planets where you can see suns merge, spin around each other or transform into black holes. Not a world but 2 whole galaxies with gillion.. there is it again, damn you Fry from Futurama ... milliards of planets and suns..

Maybe one sun-system with intelligent lifeforms fly close by to another... so we have a Human / Extraterrestrial setting without huge spaceships etc.. the prospects are endless :)

Here is the article, it's in German .. (Text and Video) but hey it got wonderful pictures :)

http://www.welt.de/wissenschaft/weltraum/article106402422/Milchstrasse-kollidiert-mit-der-Andromeda-Galaxie.html

Oh.. we also could copy some ideas from the cthulhu myths .. sunken city, a dead fisherman's town, tentacle monsters everywhere in the water.. etc

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Hmm, well I've always been fascinated with circuit boards. A level set on a circuit board could be interesting. As for real life locations I've always wanted to visit the Huanchaca Plateau which was the real life inspiration for the Lost World.

So in summary:

- Circuit Board

- Huanchaca Plateau

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