A (shudder) provocation?

I'm putting this here not as a piece of work because, self evidently, it isn't. It's a worldbuilding picking list. If I was a more visual person, I'd make a Pinterest board.

I don't know what I'm making yet. It might be a collection of short stories. It might be a tabletop RPG. It might be a Twine game. Or maybe it's a pile of flavour text around a capital-W-Work I'll never make. I figure putting it here, in the world in this small way, is a way of holding myself to it, keeping my head in this game.

Whatever. Here it is. A list of ideas/mashups/thought experiments that might grow into a thing:


  • Post scarcity/post capitalist feudalism

  • How do power structures work without money (or the threat of violence)?

  • Magical anarcho-syndicalism

  • What if Shadowrun, but after the fall of capitalism?

  • What if solarpunk but aliens?

  • Post post apocalypse

  • What if War Of The Worlds but the aliens won a pyrrhic victory?

  • What if Embassytown but embedded/not othered

  • "Time & space died yesterday. We are living in the absolute, since we have already created the eternal, omnipresent speed" - Marinetti

  • Where is the alienness/body horror?

  • What would John Carpenter do?

  • What stops magical hegemony becoming mage-rule?

  • What if the Uplift series but magic?

  • Pastoral/provincial

  • How do we feel where ? How do I communicate a sense of place?

  • Insubstantial landscapes

  • Bog/marsh/swamp/fen

  • Snow fields seen from the air

  • "Draw maps, leave blank spaces" - Adam Koebel/Sage LaTorra, Dungeon World

  • Industrial revolution factory villages

  • Personhood in robots/constructs

  • Golems

  • John Murray Spear & 'New Motive Power'

  • "My alignment is reddit atheist" - Nick Scratch, Friends At The Table

  • The Mingling (Proper Nouns)

  • What if Vurt but not virtual

  • “Machine with the strength of a hundred men can’t feed and clothe my children, can’t greet a sailor coming in, or know of desperation” - Lisa O'Neill, Rock The Machine

  • What are the verbs?

  • What are your pronouns? Ke/Kin/Ken