Welcome! Thank you for joining the One-Planet-at-a-Time (OPaaT) group project, a place where your dreams can transform into a reality.
The goal of OPaaT is to create a dynamic and sustainable science fiction story universe by focusing first on individual planets, and then slowly integrating them into a much larger intergalactic story. It will be a slow project at first, and there will be a number self-imposed limitations, but in the long run this will lead to a much more fulfilling and open-ended science fiction experience for decades to come.
The basic idea is that you either start out with your own world, or you contribute to an existing world (each world has its own folder in OPaaT's gallery). You may create a new world once a 100 deviation quota has been reached for your first one AND when it is at least a year after the previous one began. If you reach the 100 deviation quota early, you are encouraged to get involved with contributing to other worlds within the OPaaT project.
The first world may have a sentient population up to 10,000, and the subsequent worlds may have 100,000, a million, ten million, 100 million, one billion, ten billion, and 100 billion (in that order). For the first ten years of OPaaT (2012-2022) all new worlds will start in the Chaan Region (750 light year radius of a location 4,000 light years away from Earth). The timeline will correspond somewhat to our own: 2012 will be 10,000 AD, 2013 will be 10,001 AD, and so forth.
There are also a few more restrictions: no time travel, no blowing up planets, no viruses that infect every single cell type, and no blow-up-the-entire-universe scenarios (this is why we call this a SUSTAINABLE story universe). Many other science fiction universes have been irreversibly marred by the things listed above, and it is by agreeing not to engage in these creativity-destroying cliches that we can continue to keep this place as open-ended as possible.
Submissions that don't quite fit into the big picture for a particular planet will be placed in the Stand-alone Concepts folder, where they can be viewed by other group members for inspiration and ideas. The same holds true for older entries that are rendered obsolete by new entries within the same planet folder (i.e. an old concept sketch of a colony map could be rendered obsolete in some ways by a polished final map, in which case the original sketch would be moved to the Stand-alone Concepts folder). In order to qualify for the Stand-alone Concepts folder, the original submission must at least have originally been intended for one of the planet folders on OPaaT.
If you have any questions feel free to post them in the comments section below. We may get a forum sometime in the near future, and if we do we will post a link for it here.