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

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There is something about the Kowloon Walled City that strikes me as so fascinating.

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Maybe not as run down, but I like how it's like a human anthill.

Or maybe like a world where some sort of conspiracy or fringe theory is true, like the Hollow Earth theory:

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or even the planet of our elder race Nibiru:

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Who knows? All I know is that the governments is full of reptilians.

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Oh well I may as well give this a shot.

-Liquid mercury world

-A dark Ice level (black frozen liquid, including black snow)

-An inverted planet, where the core is in the middle and land around it (think of Game of Thrones intro)

-A world of glass, including parts where is melted/broken

-A world of talking monocerus mongooses

-A place where the people are unable to lie (truth world)

-A human zoo (as in humans on display, the visitors are not necessarily animals or aliens)

-A cancerous world where the people reproduce, eat, and obtain materials form mucus and cancerous growths on their person and environment (my apologies if you were eating breakfast)

-A hatter’s workshop

-A a train going backwards on floating tracks

-A world where you have to pay to even be allowed to talk, walk, eat or do anything really (think of it being like a Facebook game)

-A small village situated at a the tip of a huge spike with chains leading into a fabled city in the skies above

I could go on, but I think that’s enough nightmares induced for a day.

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Actually this is getting absurd i'm going to stop here.

Edit: This is dissapointing i didn't read any of the posts except the ones on the front page when browsing through to post my thing and it seems most of my ideas are posted in a different sense. Sorry guys not trying to copy.

I think its safe to say that there will be a lot of repeated ideas and no one will (or at least should) take offense if one of their ideas is repeated by someone else. Agreed?

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just one.

1. Inside the stomach of an old lady where mystical confections of old are put on the display in a museum guarded by an englishman tour guide who cannot age and has has knowingly been put under a curse to guard the museum at all costs. You don't know this, but he is the sole key holder to escaping the hellish fate of living out your life in this unbearable, hideous place.

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Some more random ideas

-inside a mint (Maker of money or well inside a mint that freshens your breath)

-Inside an arena during a sporting event

-In a pillow factory

-In a run down casino

-inside a book

-college dorm during quiet hours

-in the middle of a dungeon and dragons game

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-A castle dungeon, except it's been refurbished so it's now quite swanky. Shag carpeting.

-Wine cellar

-Windex factory

-The place in a cruise ship where employees go to learn towel-folding

-Trash chute

-Inside of a cement mixer

-Rice paddy field

-Weight Watchers meeting

-A masochistic playground (no, I'm not going to elaborate)

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Community full of luchadore wrestlers

switching back and forth between people playing an RPG like Dungeons and Dragons, and the actual world, so you need to progress by variously affecting one or the other.

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A crazy musician who has holed themselves up in their crumbling mansion and in their delirium is trying to fashion a band of stray cats into the greatest rock band on earth. He believes the television is the record label and takes anything the news reader says as instruction for the direction his band should take. Also he is a vampire?

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- a town of French Ninja's

- a place where it's always midnight

- a rave where the music is Hammond

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-ice level

-Steampunk Toyko

-Heaven

-Hell

-Spider Cave

-Neverending Steps

-A dragon nest

-Earth year 99999

-US during the end of the world

-ice level

-A cartoon world

-Leonardo Da Vinci's Mind

-Einstein's Mind

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My 2 cents:

* tin foil planet

* social media as conference with cosplay services (Mr. Twitter, Ms. Facebook, Dr. G+)

* unstable flickering reality - switching between ID, carnal and virtuous desires

* idiom land - jump to land of conclusions, etc.

* past visions of the future (HAL, jetpacks, lost in space, etc).

* combination land - i.e. Rabbi that is forced to drink Tea becomes a Rabbit

* Lawless Dystopia in Slow Motion

* A computer screen and whatever is being processed/played

* The center of the earth that is actually a big technological race that takes their vacations screwing with us

* Pirate training center that is actually a ninja testing facility

* Future where constant brain scans and shocks have pacified people, but in which you can instigate shocks by messing with people

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Um, I guess...

- World in the fourth dimension (which may be impossible to put in visual context actually)

- World that's inside-out so that the surface is on the inside of the sphere rather than the outside.

- Giant's home. I always found giant places to be really cool because it seems so adventurous. Unfortunately I'm terrified of bugs. Would not want to see a giant one.

- World where the inhabitants live out philosophical thought experiments or moral dilemmas. Philosophy tends to give a lot of hypothetical situations that are rather interesting.

- World with layers, like a stack of wax paper drawings. Or something.

-Switzerland.

- Anthropomorphic birds.

- Or just talking birds.

- I really like birds.

- Music as weaponry.

- Jim Henson's The Cube.

- A world of absurdist humor.

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This is supposed to have two sort of mirrored/separated "main characters" right? Here's some random ideas based on that theme, more of a big picture scope than individual scenes though (may not be what you are looking for, but might spark some ideas none the less).

- Each protagonist is in each other's imagination (he's imagining her, imagining him, imagining her, and so on... you could nest it deeper and deeper with each new instance of that person actually being a different entity, or just use it as a mechanism for swapping back and forth and only have the two of them).

- In a world where time has been shattered by some sort of catastrophe and runs at different rates in different places, sometimes to an extreme degree (potentially backwards as well?). Protagonists could start in very different time flows and meet up / synchronize mid-play.

- In an artificial world (huge spaceship) complete with earth-like plants/atmosphere/animals/water which is spherical, but wherein the people live on inside with the "sky" being the center of the sphere. Looking up, they would see the "sun" (actually the ship's reactor/power-source) and past that but too far away to see would be the other side of the sphere (at night they might think lights from people at the other side were stars). Going downward would actually put you closer to the (abandoned?) outer hull where all the windows/machines/spaceship-thingys are. Plenty of potential plot ideas here, protagonists could start off on opposite sides of the sphere and meet briefly at the beginning by finding some forgotten piece of communications technology.

- Humanity's "Home World" where we came from before landing on earth, present day. People on earth get re-discovered (lost colony situation) and both sides have to deal with the results. One protagonist can be from earth, one from the "home world."

- In a world that operates according to the Minecraft rules of physics/reality (Punch a tree, get wood. Remove structural support, object floats. Etc.). No particular plot ideas here, just potentially amusing.

- The afterlife: Some sort of experiment goes wrong and rips a hole between dimensions, causing what was the afterlife to start spilling back into the normal world. Potential for problems with people not being able to die / instantly becoming a ghost / etc. One protagonist could be a ghost, the other a normal person - one interacts mostly with the spiritual world, the other with the material one. Many potential goals (put things back to normal, change how things work, make what has already happened sustainable, break it even more and completely merge the two dimensions, etc).

That's all I've got for now.

Edit: Actually, one more:

- Parallel universes wherein the two characters are actually different versions of the same person. Sub-idea: These worlds are so close together that what happens in one has a subtle effect on the other (Schrodinger style - so long as you haven't looked in the box yet/recently, anything can be in there, and will be so long as it's been placed there in the other world). Sub-sub-idea: The only measurable difference between these worlds is the two characters, and at the end of the game, you have to choose which character lives - this is the "true" version of that person and thereafter the other world ceases to exist / merges into each other. It's a journey of self-discovery wherein your character is literally the only important thing in the world until you/they decide who they are. Sub-sub-sub-idea: The characters at some point realize their duality and can then swap point-of-view (walk through a mirror or something), at this point when one character is active the other exists as a voice in their head (mimicking an aspect of their personality such as a conscience or sense of adventure, pushing them to action or inaction) - when you are forced to choose between them, the character not chosen merges into the one you did pick and depending on how much influence you let them have as a voice in their head, that character's personality "matures" more or less towards (or away from) what their alternate self was like (but no more mental voice - they become one person). For the last few minutes of the game you'd get to see what sort of person they've become and the ending would be tailored to that personality.

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Ooh, I love the house full of stray cats idea. And a lighthouse, definitely a lighthouse.

-Room full of hourglasses

-Mesopotamia

-The edge of time

-The 50s

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• Cramped living room at the bottom of a well

• An entire city made of blanket forts

• Castle in an aquarium

• Wrecked golden pirate ship on an asteroid

• Cotton candy factory run by cats, fueled by human blood

• Wild and overgrown totem pole graveyard

• Ocean of psychedelic wallpaper patterns

• Laundry room in the basement of a laboratory

• A mainframe of reel-to-reel machines in a hollowed out volcano

• Stuffed-animal abattoir

• Blacklight jellyfish spaceship

• An enormous tongue

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A world where robots are the intelligent beings and people are used like we use machinery. for example a robot mum and dad and their robot kids driving their human down the street, or a robot opening up a humans stomach and using his insides to wash its clothes (like we how we use washing machines.)

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-A School of Fish, where guppies learn things. Perhaps they graduate to the University of Whales? (second joke stolen from the Beatles' Yellow Submarine film.)

-A planet where apes evolved from men?!?!

-Ever watch Mystery Science Theatre 3000? The short subjects always kind of seemed dreamlike and odd to me. Mr B Natural, and Once Upon A Honeymoon are the primary examples, but also the public service announcement type things with subjects like ettiqutte and hygiene. Or, like the movie Pleasantville in game form, vaguely.

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Hell where everyone is nice

Heaven where everyone is evil

Ice level, scratch that, ice CREAM level

A pirate ship in space

Upside-down carnival

Desert with talking cactii

Inside a PC tower

The roof of a skyscraper

Alien planet where every action you do your character does the opposite (click left and he goes right, etc.)

Giant centipedes

Inside a nuclear reactor about to melt down

Land of the ill-tempered stuffed animals

Level with an alien cloning machine and there ends up being 2 of your character

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- A giant mailroom, circa 1920's Manhattan.

- Snow level

- A vast ancient Mangrove forest (or mangal)

- the trunk of a tree from an ant's point of view

- Baffin Island (another ice level, I guess)

- a magical land that combines all of the coolest aspects from multiple UNESCO world heritage sites

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A zoo or amusement park

I once walked through one of those temporary funfairs (the kind that spring up for a weekend when there's a market in town, so basically a small parking lot with a couple of sidestalls and rides) at night, with no one else around. That felt a lot weirder than I would have expected.

As for ideas... Hmm... my brain is much too fettered by "no, that's already been done...", when I should probably be thinking "...but that was years or even decades ago so I'm sure something new could be made from it". E.g. I thought Spellcasting 101 had an interesting idea with the island where cause and effect were reversed, but it didn't do much with it. (And perhaps it would have worn out its welcome pretty quickly if it had.)

Inside a snow globe? Or one of several snow globes in a display window at Christmas?

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A world where there isn't anything left to learn, everything has already been figured out and chronicled. Everyone thought it would be great, and would make things better and happier. But it just took all the fun out in life, sucked up all the fun and creativity and love and everything and made it boring.

Then a mirror world where everything is basic, and not much has been learned. They aren't cavemen, they are somewhat technologically advanced, they have their a language and everything. But a place where knowledge isn't that important, and expression and daily human life is far more important and entertaining.

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Here are some more ice and snow related ideas.

-Rain level

-Snow cone level

-Frozen water level

-Ice tray level

-Ice cube level

-Ice cream level

-Frozen Yogurt level

-Unfrozen water level

-Cold water level

-Not quite frozen water level

-Klondike bar level

-Ice cream sandwich level

-DQ blizzard level

-UnFrozen Yogurt level

-Not Ice level

-Ice Machine level

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Something else:

A world where the laws of physics are governed by an equation on a blackboard in one particular room.

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Hmmmm...

-A place where money grows on trees, but there are strict laws forbidding logging and harvesting of said trees.

-A zoo run by animals with the main attraction being humans.

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A city where the main form of transportation is:

-Mine carts

-Dragons

-Wormholes

-Water rapids

-Jetpacks

-Fish-shaped maglev pods

-Spring-loaded boots

-Unreliable teleporters

-Lizard tails that wrap around you and pull

-The shoulders of giants

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