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

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You have a billion ideas already, but hey!

- A city built into the edge of a vast cliff.

- Inside the bones of a long-dead leviathan.

- An asteroid field connected with rope bridges.

- An abandoned railway line.

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Sorry put this idea in the Art Update just.. but thought I should put it here as well...

Tims design notebook left in the main game and it transports you in to the sub game ...A bit like Day of the Tentacle had Manic Mansion only of course a much shorter game. (perhaps where the woodcutter in it finds out hes only a practice design, when he thinks he is the main hero). Maybe have the world of Tim’s design notebook full of other adventure game never-was characters roaming around..Now that would be pretty cool, especially if we got to see old prototype artwork for Tim’s previous games come to life.

maybe?)

I think that would be so cool and with a lot of scope.

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- A log cabin village in the Swiss alps. (It's not an ice level, it's different, I swear!)

- A city that is hanging from/carved into the side of a canyon.

- A top secret sea-floor government research facility.

- An episode of Arrested Development.

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A level with no friction

inside a washing machine

the magnetic north pole (where you go if you don't calibrate your compass)

a level made out of marshmellows

a giant clock

inside a painting

a ninja house

a bomb shelter

Jupiter

a card board box

a plushie level

inside a bee hive

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- Nikola Tesla's lab if he ended up building that theoretical deathray of his

- a flight in Da Vinci's helicopter

- inside a giant gramophone which leads to a secret catacomb filled with talking neon scorpions

- a prison for giant chickens inside a planet-sized beehive

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A world where synthetic life is the standart and robots make humans to make their lifes easier.

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- an ear-wax museum

- an AUNT farm

- a Sausage Fest

- a tree falls in the forest and it doesn't make a sound because it thought that nobody was around to hear it

- land of the retroactive continuity

- underneath it all

- a software pirate ship

- the real world (where everything but the character is photo-realistic kinda like Roger Rabbit)

- that's a character idea but wth : time travelling salesman with a problem (a bit of Computer Science humor there)

- land of the the two dimensional characters

- an askew level (get it?)

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Think Tim might have enough?
Without feedback we have no way of knowing if anyone was even close to brainstorming something useful.

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* the place where all the young universes are born (or are they made? But then they must also be properly packaged and shipped, which could be difficult)

* Wall Street in a selling (or buying) panic. You know, with with all the traders running around, crying "buy, buy" while ignoring everything around them. They wouldn't even notice a bug-eyed alien if he was dancing amidst them.

* The city of Chernobyl today. This one would be really creepy, though. Here are some pictures (most of them are missing on the page but you get the general idea): http://villageofjoy.com/chernobyl-today-a-creepy-story-told-in-pictures/

* A floating island, like they have it on lake titicaca: http://gosouthamerica.about.com/od/topdestlaketiticaca/a/floatingislands.htm

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For this location idea, assume that there is a flat earth:

flat-earth.jpg

A round earth has a core, thus allowing the possibility to journey to the center of the earth. But a flat earth doesn't have a core, so for this location, I propose that we sail off the far edge of the flat earth, then take wing and find what alien beings and locations have taken up residence in the colossal stalagtites growing out of the earth's belly and down into cold, dark space.

Well, hanging down in a relative sort of way. There is no real direction in space. So maybe these beings would even contend that THEY are the top dwellers.

Who would live in a place like a space stalagtite world? SPACE BATS?! ZOMG!

spacebat_astronaut.jpg

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How about:

- the back room at a cell phone store

- a corn maze

- The Bermuda Triangle

- a miniature town

- a beehive

- 1800s England

- 1920s United States

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There should be an area that either IS or CONTAINS one giant rube goldberg machine. You have to figure out what the machine does and reassemble/reengineer parts of it before you can escape.

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For this location idea, assume that there is a flat earth:

flat-earth.jpg

A round earth has a core, thus allowing the possibility to journey to the center of the earth. But a flat earth doesn't have a core, so for this location, I propose that we sail off the far edge of the flat earth, then take wing and find what alien beings and locations have taken up residence in the colossal stalagtites growing out of the earth's belly and down into cold, dark space.

Well, hanging down in a relative sort of way. There is no real direction in space. So maybe these beings would even contend that THEY are the top dwellers.

How about something absurdly non-absurd - for example after falling from the edge of the world, you pull out your parachute and land on a parachute field somewhere near an everyday suburb where school kids are arriving home. Other parachutists say "hi" to you.

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An underwater Scottish castle.

A place made entirely of chewy candy and peanut butter.

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For this location idea, assume that there is a flat earth:

flat-earth.jpg

A round earth has a core, thus allowing the possibility to journey to the center of the earth. But a flat earth doesn't have a core, so for this location, I propose that we sail off the far edge of the flat earth, then take wing and find what alien beings and locations have taken up residence in the colossal stalagtites growing out of the earth's belly and down into cold, dark space.

Well, hanging down in a relative sort of way. There is no real direction in space. So maybe these beings would even contend that THEY are the top dwellers.

How about something absurdly non-absurd - for example after falling from the edge of the world, you pull out your parachute and land on a parachute field somewhere near an everyday suburb where school kids are arriving home. Other parachutists say "hi" to you.

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How about you sail a ship over the edge of the earth, and when you go over the edge, it explodes into a giant flock of birds and they all fly away, leaving you to fall down, down, down into the endless void of space, so you pull the cord on your parachute, but it turns out that it's just a piece of licorice sticking out of a backpack and not a parachute at all. It unzips and a bunch of candy comes pouring out all around you. With no way to stop yourself from falling, you shut your eyes and scream, but then you remember that there is no gravity in space and this whole situation is completely silly. You open your eyes to find you're lying on the floor of a candy store. The shopkeeper is a seagull. You hold up a box of Milk Duds and the shopkeeper says "SQUAAAARK!"

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1. Easter Island

2. Circuit Board

3. Circuit board where the capacitors are shaped like Moai

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The surface of the Earth's inner core, beings live their lives traversing through the liquid outer core.

A land where polynesian mythology is real and humans are occasionally turned to stone by a mythological sea creature called the Pa'itele.

Inside a prism that converts spaghetti into the hopes and dreams of proceding generations (interpret as you will, this is just a brainstorm.)

A 1920s Harlem where Jazz is replaced by 80s techno.

An anarctic research camp where, much like in the movie "The Thing", the team of reasearchers is infiltrated and subverted by strange and alien forces. But unlike the movie "The Thing", this group is replaced one-by-one by absolutely normal penguins. You would go back from time to time and more of the group would have been replaced by normal looking penguins. People would be doubting and accusing each other with the same suspense and intrigue as to be had in the movie. But, yep, just very benign looking penguins.

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Hawaiian island in a lava lamp of actual lava

Pirates on a bottled ship

A place where everything's made up of neon signs

Firework stand in the middle of nowhere

Wax museum

Kaleidoscope galaxy

A prestigious sad clown college

Medieval reenactment camp

Casino ran by orphans

Animation sweat shop

Handicapped speed dating

Handicapped burlesque house

Town ran by baby mafioso

A place that is an overly complicated board game

Plantation ran by animals

The 13th floor of a hotel

Stuffed Animal graveyard

A plane where bad ideas gather and manifest themselves

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A Dia de los Muertos celebration, only...(wait for it)...celebrated in the Land of the Dead! Throw some art deco-style architecture in there while you're at it.

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Ok I'll pitch in

Silicon recruitment office young bits of silicon trying to get into the computer or cosmetic enhancement industries.

Planet of the Double Fin logo guys, Imagine a world full of the adorable little guys.

Land of retired mythical creatures, old Minotaur obsessed with his garden (hedge maze).

Frozen custard level (technically not ice).

Meerkat pirate ship.

Bad Dictators mansion, He's quite upset because his trains wont run on time.

Place where it actually rains cats and dogs. Imagine the devastation from a St Bernard storm.

Stuck on a badly moderated forum where you must defeat internet trolls to get ahead.

All right I think that's enough.

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Without reading what's already been posted, here are some ideas from me:

- Inside a Planet, and i mean literally inside, like the planet is just a marble that's empty on the inside, and when you always walk to the right you will sometimes come back to the point where you started.

- Inside an Animal. Be it a real Animal or a made-up animal from the World of the DFA.

- Inside a Volcano. That would be the fire level.

- A Circus, maybe?

- On a wacky Farm. Maybe a Cat-Farm. Or a Squirrel-Farm. I don't know.

- Inside or on something that's falling down. Maybe a Building that was teleported and ended up mid-air, or a rocket that fails and is about to crash down. The Character could make a joke about how it takes forever to actually crash.

- A Hospital for Teddys.

- On a Mountain. Inside a Mountain. At a Mountain. JUST PUT A HUGE FRIKKIN MOUNTAIN IN IT!

- A World that is governed by giant Cats. Or Tiny Dogs. Or where Mice are the smartest beings. Or all of this together. IDK.

- A Coin Factory maybe?

- On the Moon? An a Moon where Volcanoes are erupting? A Moon with a forest?

- At the House of a Yeti. You could drink Tea with the Yeti. Or Sasquatch or how you americans call him.

- A World made out of Cheese. Or Candy. Or Chocolate.

Just a short little Brainstorm.

- Inside A BRAIN!!!

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Deserted rail yard, old railway tracks over grown with weeds

Inside an abandoned hotel, windows to small to let proper light in. Rotting walls.

Floating in space, a million miles from anything with no means of propulsion.

It's not quite a place "you’re so afraid of that you know you’ll never actually see in your life" but I've always loved the sigh of a medieval city on a hilltop:

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An underwater castle populated by sea monkeys, I used to see the adverts in comics in the late 1970s and they appeared to have some sort of crown so I often wondered what they did in there and secretly hoped their life was as boring as mine.

A world where urban myths are true.

Easter Island. They can't really expect us to believe that something spooky isn't going on there.

The hidden virtual space inside an internet search engine that stores and sends back search results.

A videogame development studio that's exactly as exciting as the fans really believe it is.

Gary Buseys mind.

A world where you can have anything you ask for but you have to ask via the game "Charades"

Reverse Zoo where animals have evolved and placed humans into captivity "for their own good" then recreated exhibits based on their interpretation of each country.

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A British themed fun park (Ride the Scones!)

The Restaurant at the End of The Universe (Nah, think that's been done)

Tim Schafer's office (Hey, gotta love the Meta humour in doing that)

Monkey Island (The sinkhole of the Multiverse, everyone eventually ends up there!)

The Coca-Cola bottle factory

The Warehouse from the end of Indiana Jones: Raiders (You know, before they screwed it up by going there in KotCS)

Skywalker Ranch

The Moon.

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A world where everybody lives outside all the time, under one big man-made lightbulb hanging in the sky. All nature, wildlife and of course outdoor sports are put away inside thousands of little interconnected brick buildings.

A world where the telephone-game is the only way of communication, only people have become so good at it, no one anymore really notices they play it.

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