There is an old concept called Thieves World.
It was a concept by Robert Asprin in about 1978. Basically, he created a world, drew up some maps, detailed some customs and then asked writers to come up with the characters in the world. Writers could freely write about other people's characters as long as they didn't kill the character off or reform it.
One of the authors that picked up on the concept back in the day include:
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Vonda N. Mc Intyre
Jody Lynn Nye
so if you ant to play with it, you'll be in good company! Frankly, in 1978 it was about 30 years ahead of its time as a concept.
the problem is accessibility at this point, as everything is mostly out of print. Well, I could go completely on a self promoting bent, I have an open source concept called Caln: The Hidden Star, that I started toying with on Scribd a couple of years ago. It's still a work in progress that I keep intending on finishing off. I just don't have any interest in it yet, buy, you're welcome to look around what I have.
Caln Open Concept
Caln Deity Sorrith
Caln Deity Meranna
Caln concept rough draft
race spotlight Daitari
edited 25th May '11 3:39:11 PM by lyredragon
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