Stuff I've been thinking about:
-If you belong to any communities related to literature or medievalism or Chaucer or whatever, could you do us a favor and pimp whanthataprill a bit? Not that I'm not totally stoked about the number of people who have shown interest already, but the more characters, the better!
-Like the original Tales, this is a frame story. We are real people interacting as imaginary people who in turn may be telling stories of their own. I've decided we need two "hosts": an omniscient maintainer (the real-life me), and the Host of the Tales, who works within the frame. The original Host's function was conversation stimulation and peer mediation, and that's what I (erm...I mean our Host) will do. The two hosts working in seperate spheres has to do with not breaking character, which I'll talk about next...
-Breaking Character. Once our Host makes his welcome post (which will come closer to the weekend, I think), characters have to post in character. If you wish to comment from your own point of view, post under your own name. Fiction and reality should stay seperate. Unless you all think I'm being weird.
-Should we allow non-characers to leave comments on posts? I have it enabled but if you think that's lame let me know.
-People can play more than one character if they want, but let's give everyone else a chance first - a few more days at least.
-I've been having problems with Photoshop, so the current community icon is just something I threw up there. If a smarter and more talented person than I wishes to make a better icon/background/layout, the comm would be much obliged.
-If anyone likes the idea of this community but doesn't know what character to pick or what to make them say, here's a few descriptions of as-of-this-posting unclaimed pilgrims that I think would be fun to play with:
Miller - Violent, crass drunkard. How can we have a community without an ignorant pain-in-the-ass randomly picking fights all the time?
Pardoner - One of the many corrupt church officers present in the Tales. A fairly despicable human being, but preaches good sermons. Because he is described as rather feminine, many readers believe he is gay, but I think this could also mean he is a woman in disguise.
Reeve - Crabby, old, and creepy. Probably has violent sexual fantasies about 8-year-old girls.
Squire - Young, lusty and romantic. Would probably gush about the love of his life (who changes weekly) and post shitty pop song lyrics.
"Minor" Character - If not much is known about a character, you have the freedom to start where ol' Geoff left off!
P.S. Livejournal apparently won't allow "1387" as a birth year in the userinfo. Bahstahds.
P.P.S. I'm waiting a few more days to start to see if we can bait anyone else into joining (PIMP! PIMP! PIMP!). People will still be able to join at any time after we've begun, however.
P.P.S. Should the setting be exclusively medieval, or should we make it a hybrid of medieval and present-day elements? Obviously, we're speaking in mostly modern English and we're posting via the Internet, so there's a few anachronisms already, but, for example, could the Wife of Bath post something like "So I was married to this computer programmer for a while, but he left me for an adult film star. Fuck 'im. I've seen her movies - they aren't even that good..."
Thanks sooooo much!
The reason I didn't do it myself isn't because I'm lazy, but because an established community member advertising another community is far less lame and annoying than someone joining a community just to pimp.
Oh, personally I was hoping we could keep it as Middle English as possible once we got it going---but it's your community, and I'm willing to suffer the opinions of my peers.
I was willing to write in iambic pentameter. Don't suppose you'd be up for that?
As I've said before, I'm no Chaucer scholar and I'm not going to expect anyone else to be. I'll probably take a stab at writing in iambic pentameter and Middle English and encourage others to do so, but I'm not making it a requirement. I'm leaving it up to the individual and how one wants to present his/her character. We'd all love you for writing old school, and it's especially appropriate for your character: "Noght o word spak he moore than was neede,/And that was seyd in forme and reverence,/And short and quyk and ful of hy sentence". (I've been rereading the Tales lately to get in the mood, hee).
I'll make the welcome post by Friday night, hopefully earlier.
P.S. I'm pretty sure I saw a few medieval-related communities on your friends list. You know what to do :)