Re: Storyboards, I posted over a week ago and Sooty still hasn't gotten back to me with even the slightest update, so I really have no clue what's going on there.
Anyway, late last night I had a crazy idea. Ironeye+crazy+late night means you shouldn't take this too
seriously, but I figured that I would share anyway.
What we have now really isn't TV Tropes The TV Show
—it's a TV Show where an organization called TV Tropes appears, some of its members have the same names as tropers (and in some cases, the same personality), and there are mandated trope references per episode (one for the title and one in the dialog). The TV Tropes
of the show doesn't have that much to do with the real TV Tropes
, the characters named after tropers only kinda act like the tropers in question (to varying degrees, of course), and the TV Tropes
-based jokes are kept to a minimum unless they can fly under the radar, as we don't want to alienate non-troper viewers. Lady
, gentleman, and Those Two Guys
, I submit to you that this is not actually TV Tropes The TV Show
, but a show made by tropers that happens to have a few TV Tropes
references shoved in so that the name is only a little bit ridiculous. This is the first premise.
Premise the second: People outside of the inner core have been most productive when they think a character based on them has a chance of appearing. See: people quitting the show when the character based on them has been cut (averted exactly once, with SSOT), people refusing to work on an episode when it's made very clear to them that there's not even an outside chance that their character will have a cameo, much less a larger role, forum personalities ignoring the project once it was clear that they could not create a character for a major role, and so on.
Premise the third: Very few new people want to read five pages worth of plot and setting detail along with as many pages of FAQs just to start contributing.
Premise the fourth: This show still has problems with The Artifact
. (For example, the Murky/Faw relationship—we've now had over a year to come up with a reasonable in-universe justification for it, not to mention a point, and we haven't had much success.)
It is from these four premises that my idea arose.
Toss it all. I'm completely serious (within the context of the crazy idea). Rebuild it from the ground up based on the original premise and the title. So, yes, Fourth Wall comes down, ficitites devastate the world, TV Tropes fights back...except (as per original premise), TV Tropes already existed in its current form in the show's universe. Fast Janitor pull together a bunch of people due to their contributions to a wiki based on fiction, equip them with all sorts of toys bought with money from who knows where, and send them out to fight fitites with knowledge from the Database and the power of tropes. Accept the absurdity of the premise and run with it! Load the show with in-jokes! Throw in Loads and Loads of Characters
based on tropers, all subject to hilarious Flanderization
of their forum personalities and traits. Why the weird names? It's that kind of show.
Each episode follows a group of five
(or maybe six
) of these characters as they go fight the antagonist of the week. Hilarity Ensues
. How are these characters chosen? That brings me to the incentive system:
- Whenever someone is significantly involved with an episode, they get points (ranging from 1 for the sort of work I do to 3 for animating the entire thing).
- Everyone who has contributed gets put on a list, ranked by points (with the newest person to have a particular point total at the bottom of their "tier").
- The episode features characters directly based on the five people with the highest point totals. They pay half of their points, round up, for this privilege, dropping them down the list quite a bit.
- Create a similar "cameo" list for people who make important suggestions but not major contributions, but which plays by different rules: making a suggestion merely bumps you up the list by some amount, and everyone is sent to the bottom after their cameo.
- Write the plot on the fly. Since the cast changes from episode to episode (for maximum hilarity), just let the plot develop as it goes. Now, this doesn't mean that we can't have the barest bones of a metaplot, but it'll be more of an Excuse Plot for the wacky adventures.
- Hilarity Ensues
- Hilarity Ensues
- Hilarity Ensues
Thus, in this version, Ironeye would be the junior M.o.D. (Master of Domains, or something silly like that), the organization responsible for keeping order at the troper base. He's an insecure 22-year old who shamelessly flirts with many of the male characters (even some of the straight ones), regularly fails to properly ham it up, and keeps his "kicking boots" handy at all times when he's over at Site V (a satellite facility that he's been overseeing for some time). The base has both a left side (business) and right side (recreation), with the divide between the two camps exaggerated for hilarity. The characters at some point or another encounter things like the Loli Rape Bunker. The only foes TV Tropes
take seriously are the Data Vampires
. I'm sure you get the idea.
Anyway, this will let us draw in people with the carrot of Flanderized
them appearing as a character (in episode 2, for those who help us on the first episode). We'll get new momentum. The spirit of the original iteration can be recaptured in a structured environment. The great bit about this is that the early episodes can stand completely alone, and for even the later episodes, it will be hard to tell the difference between a Continuity Nod
and Noodle Implements
How serious am I about this? I don't know. But think of this: I proposed this idea despite putting most of my effort on this project into planning out the plot (which would not only be cut, but would also cease to be a major focus). Even though it cuts out my favorite part, I still thought this was worth bringing up. So yeah...
I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.