Friday, March 08, 2013
What Have I Got Myself Into This Time?
And that's where the ambitious nerd project comes in. We were talking about that very issue and noting the fact that Cubicle 7 doesn't have the rights to anything but the canonical (i.e. televised) material, whereas the vast majority of the 8th Doctor's adventures were told in novel and audio form. And that's when I opened my big mouth and offered to co-write, assemble, edit and even lay out a series of companion not-for-profit pdf sourcebooks for each of the Doctors covering their extracanonical adventures, those from the novels, the audios, and even some of the comics and short stories. Obviously, it's a project that's going to take more than my own efforts, and I've already secured the considerable help of Peter "misterharry" Gilham, one of the best stats-meisters on the DWAITAS boards, whose enthusiasm for the project is pretty much unparalleled at this point. The DWAITAS boards is where we're running the show FROM, incidentally, so if it's something you're interested in contributing to (or in seeing the results), they've given us our own sub-board!
We've started collecting material for the first Doctor book, and I've decided not to follow the official sourcebook's format (though I'll try sticking to its general look). Because extracanonical material is less likely to have been experienced by as many gamers, I don't want to linger on story synopses (you know how I hate spoilers), and instead concentrate on stats for companions, allies, enemies and monsters, as well as strong descriptions of locations your TARDIS might visit, each in their own section. Gadgets and temporal anomalies and tricks would also feature where applicable, and I'd like to give adventure seeds for each entry. Ideally, there'd be at least one entry of any type per novel and audio, plus memorable material from the comics and short story collections (and other media, where applicable).
For example, I fully expect the First Doctor's Extracanonical Sourcebook to feature John & Gillian, his grandchildren from the comic strips, Sara Kingdom's "ghost" from the Companion Chronicles, and the fauna of Venus from the Missing Adventures novel, Venusian Lullaby. As a taste, here are the Rocket Men stats from the Companion Chronicles audios (by MisterHarry), which would also come with descriptive text and adventure ideas in the book itself. This was a test using the basic look of The Time Traveller's Companion, not the then-unavailable First Doctor book.
If anyone wants to help in any capacity (for example, it's possible to write bios of characters and alien species and leave the stats work to actual gamers), they should let me know. I'll be more than happy to let them contribute. Because again, what have I got myself into this time?