While everyone is encouraged to create worlds and utilize the provided resources in Magrathea, one of the best ways to learn is by doing. We've reached a high enough member count to start on a big project that I've been planning almost since making the group. The idea is a collaborative effort to create an entire world. Certain decisions will be made by the whole group. Others will be made by whichever members are working on the aspect of world building in question. For instance, we may have one person or team that decides to work on languages while another develops the map and a third works on culture. One key component to this challenge is going to be communication between teams and individuals. In some ways, this is much harder than building your own world. You have to make sure things make sense based on what others have added. The language team may need to be acutely aware of geological and political boundaries established by the map team in response to the culture team's species and race ideas. While it is going to be difficult, it should be worthwhile and rewarding and help the group develop and grow. Here are a few things to keep in mind: 1) You can work in as many teams as you want. 2) You do not have to be on a team to offer advice. 3) This is not a competition. We are all working together, the teams just keep this from devolving into twenty people arguing over the color of a stained glass window. 4) Big decisions and final okays get made as a group. 5) Once this world is complete, it is to be showcased and be an open resource for anyone on Iwaku to utilize for their RP. Not only is this an awesome project, it is also a gift! 6) Please do not bring any preconceived ideas into this world. I don't want to end up making someone's half built world a reality while neglecting new ideas and a fresh start. If you have something in development, make a showcase for it separate from this project. I think that sums it up for now. I will add more to this post as I realize what more information must be included, so read it often. Now, on to our first task: settling on a genre!