I thought of an idea that I want to see if there is any interest in. Full disclosure - the idea came to me because I DM several games and I have NO imagination to do something like this on my own.
Here's the proposal:
We GWJers collaborate to create our own fantasy town. Some place that different games could use as a start town, or game hub, etc. in their campaign(s). If it goes well, perhaps broaden it and add surrounding area or maybe even a small continent eventually. Then go from there if it actually progresses.
First, though, just a town of about 100 - 150 residents, including children, outlying farms, etc. Not too big, not too small.
I'm a 5th Ed. D&D guy, but I would want to make this place _mostly_ system agnostic as much as possible, but there would have to be some common terminology. Ie. if you wanted to show that the Pukadoria Tavern owner Blocko was once and adventurer and got to X level, we would need a common language to express what that level is and what it means. (to be figured out later)
I was thinking we'd first have a map and label all the buildings and landmarks with numbers then start a list like this:
1) Town Hall
3) Bazaar area
25) Cobbler Shop
26) Bowyer Shop
27) Bowyer's House
And then people could choose places they want to flesh out. Example - I would take #26 and write a description for the shop, who works there, what services it provides, etc. Then also take #27 and describe the house and residents and what they do (work at the Bowyer). If there's any interesting story/mystery related to the location or resident/inhabitants, include that.
In the end, there would be a town that is fully "stocked" and ready for anyone to use in an RPG game. There would be backstory and relationships (good and bad) between the residents, adventure hooks all over the place, and maybe even some mini-adventures already penned if someone wanted to go that far.
I wouldn't want to start with someone's already made town that we flesh out more. I want this to be a "from scratch" endeavor.
As for the technical side of collaboration, a GWJ thread to discuss it works well, but it isn't good for storing the information in a related manner. I submit that a Wiki is the easiest and best place. If this goes forward we can talk about it more.
There are a lot of things that could make a project like this great and some that could cause problems. When you bring a group of people together to work on a project, everyone is going to have a different idea of what should be "canon". I would suggest everyone keep an open mind, subscribe to "Yes, and..." and "No, but..." and work together.
I'll just leave this here and gauge interest.
Important note: I would not "own" this or think my opinion on something has more weight that anyone else's. In fact, I would probably be a lesser contributor than most people that wanted to be a part of this. I do have some ideas on storing the related information for the project that I believe make sense, but we can talk about that later.
Link to initial land plot planning sheet:
Google Sheet for Initial Land Plot Tracking