is currently the internet's largest Alternate History site
since the collapse of Soc.history.what-if
. Revolves around a discussion forum that has been in existence since 2000 and in its current form since 2004. Has produced a great deal of AH fiction output; a full list of timelines with links can be found here
on the site's wiki
AH.com has also produced some AH, science fiction and fantasy stories in the form of prose, which can be found here
However, the forum's Off Topic section is also notable for having developed its own subculture over the years, filled with Running Gags
and Memetic Mutation
. All of this has found its expression in AH.com: The Series
, a satirical comedy-cum-drama (Depending on the Writer
) series parodying both common Alternate History
settings and tropes, and more generically the futuristic sci-fi setting of the titular crosstime ship. The crew and most of the guest cast is made up of fictionalized forms of the Board's own members. If it can be categorized as a Self-Insert Fic
, we can only conclude that most AH.commers are raving sadomasochists, given what usually happens to the crew.
In addition to the main Series, there have been several other similar productions, such as Luaky Commer
and AH.com Wars
(parodies of Harry Potter
and Star Wars
starring the characters from the Series), the Spin-Off AH Dot Com The Next Generation
, and others.
As a disclaimer, however, much of the content, including the Future History, ASB and Off Topic sections, on the forum is accessible only to logged in members. The main logic behind it (according to the moderators) is so that it would encourage people to sign up for the more "serious" discussion threads, with the rest available afterwards (with a Writers' Block section sensibly restricted for copyright reasons).
It also has a Shared Worlds
section divided up into Shared Worlds, Moderated Games, Nation Games, and Map Games.
In addition to their main wiki, they have also created their own variation on TV Tropes
, titled (of course) AH Tropes
. It's currently in its infancy, so Wiki Magic
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AH.com Works with Tv Tropes pages
Works from this website referenced here:
Note that many of these timelines and scenarios (whether fully finished or not) are quite grand examples of Archive Panic
. You have been warned...
AH.commers on Tv Tropes
AH.commers who are also tropers include:
Tropes appearing in AH.com board culture include:
- Argentina Is Naziland: Averted. The board has long deemed this an overblown cliché, whether in AH works or real life (the idea of Nazi emigrees setting up a Fourth Reich in South America is ridiculed in particular).
- As You Know: This overly obvious mode of infodump tends to be frowned upon by the AH community as bad form, but can't always be avoided.
- Ban on Politics: Averted. American Gun Politics was a recurring topic of heated debates, though by mid-2009 it had tended to be superseded by same-sex marriage and especially universal health care.
- Berserk Button: