The Master Plan

Okay, here it goes.

I have a big long-term plan for…well, not this blog, but what this blog is a part of. At its full scope, as I’ve plotted out so far, it involves at least fifteen separate components.

Poppacultcha is one of the main three sections. Each section consists of a blog, a message board, a wiki, a Twitter stream and a web site.

For Poppacultcha, the plan is this:

The core of this section if the blog. The message board is basically a general meeting place to discuss pop culture, and the blog, and possibly some other things come up with at a later date. The other three parts are more specialized. The wiki is tentatively named I-Get-It, and it’s something I’ve been interested in, in some form, for a while: a collection of interpretations of any work in any medium. Movies, books, songs, anything that lends itself to creative interpretation. Each work has a page, which consists of, maybe, a summary or synopsis, followed by any interested user creating a section for their own ideas about the meaning. If you want the world to know what “Particle Man”really means, make a page for They Might Be Giants, a page for Particle Man, post the lyrics, slap on a divider, and write up your brilliant assessment of how Triangle Man represents religion and its oppression of science.*

The Twitter stream, which has been launched HERE, is also different. Unofficially titled “Brainstorm,” it is a place where I will post random Ideas I have for…anything. Movies, books, TV shows, comics, anything. The point is that you do the same: set up a Twitter stream, Follow mine, and post any time you get a cool idea you don’t mind somebody else running with (collaboration and citation are encouraged). The web site, The File, will be a collection of these from everybody in the group sorted by creator, probably medium, etc.

Section two is much more specific: it’s geared toward traditional game design (ie, card, board, tabletop RPG, anything you don’t have to hook up to a screen, basically). It’s an open source gaming initiative centered around a wiki called GameBrew. Create a page for your game or part of a game (more on that around launch time) and lay it out. Creations I choose to spotlight will be raved about at the accompanying blog, The Distillery (there’s a microbrewery theme to the names, I thought it was appropriate). The message board, The Brewhouse, is for discussion of the wiki and everything on it. The Twitter stream and web page (The Hopper and The Cellar, respectively) are similar to the one for the Poppacultcha network, but for game design ideas.

The third section is way, way too out there for me to announce at this moment. I’m trying to find a way to describe it in detail without sounding like a cult leader. It’s a cultural movement that aims to make the world more fun and encourage people to do the kinds of things they would love to do but never would otherwise (break out into an elaborate, semi-choreographed song-and-dance number in public and post the video online…for example).

Stay tuned.

– Robbi Ramirez, democratically elected representative of the fourth congressional district of the Pompatus of Love

* This is actually a very common interpretation. I’m sticking with the Watchmen thing, myself.

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