East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Projects dead and resurrected

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storiumlogoAbout one year ago I discovered Storium, the collaborative narrative platform, and spent some of my hard-earned cash to get me a one-year subscription.
I had big plans, and I was going to do a lot of things, what with AMARNA coming and such.
Then I had to face the harsh reality: days last only 24 hours, and sleeping at least six is good for you.
So part of my big plans had to be dropped or re-scheduled, and my Storium projects went on the backburner.

logoBut, right now, I am following a really great course, on Coursera, set up by the The University of New South Wales, called Transmedia Storytelling: Narrative worlds, emerging technologies, and global audiences.
This is my third course on cross-media and transmedia storytelling, and I love the subject and the potential.

I also happen to have a very laid back, very secondary project, in Funeral Point, that exactly because it is so marginal, also leaves me ample space for manoeuvre and experimentation.
FUNERAL POINT LOGO 1And almost by accident it happens to be transmedia – my Italian audience can read the stories of Funeral Point and experience a sequence of events from the point of view of Special Agent Stanley Banner, they can explore the world through the roleplaying game.
Also, because the stories include stats for the characters, the readers can actually play the cast of Funeral Point, and tell their own stories.

In the meantime, I am translating the game – so by Halloween (barring disasters) the English-speaking readers will have access to the game, the universe, the stories and the characters.
But then, as we go, why not try a little experiment, and set up an interactive Funeral Point story on Storium?
Give the opportunity to the English-speaking public to explore the setting through secondary characters.
I know it would be fun.
So, I am planning this tentatively for June – I am currently reading the legal paperwork.
But once again, I have high hopes.
What do you guys say?
Would you be interested?

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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