The first is where Konrad Adenauer did not ignore Stalin's proposal for German re-unification and the different Cold War that resulted with Central Europe much more off the block (I'm being positive about Stalin's intentions). So Divergence 1952 or so.
The second is having Mo Udall win as president in 1972.
But your creating Fancy, thought it fit
To make your World of Nothing, but pure Wit.
Your Blazing-world, beyond the Stars mounts higher,
Enlightens all with a Celestial Fire.
—The Duke of Newcastle, upon the publication of his wife Margaret's The Blazing World (1666), arguably the first alternate reality story in the English language.
In this Lexicon the players will take on the role of an individual associated with the concept of alternate/parallel worlds in a cross-time milieu. The game will be played in 9 turns, each based on a range of breakpoints, moving backwards in time. The turns will consist of the following eras:
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Folks interested in the idea should pop over to the original thread an put their two cents in. I'd expect to write something up by Wednesday and then post it here for review and commentary.
It has been almost a year since I've run my last lexicon. And about 9 months since I've been in one. I should check around and see if anyone has pioneered anything new.
“Most shadow history proceeds with the logic of dream, full of odd echoes and distorted resonances of our world,” I said. “I am experimenting with anew form, in which a single point of divergence in history leads to anew causal chain of events, and thus a different present.”
“But the world isa dream,” he said excitedly. “Your idea smacks of Democritan materialism — as if the events of the world were produced purely by liner cause and effect, the simplest of the Five Forms of causality.”
“Indeed,” I said.
“How fanciful!” he cried.
So, I made reference to an Alternate Worlds lexicon to shiffer and now I feel like I should explore the idea more. ( Read more... )