I thought it would be time to jump in and talk about Animus—not just what I'm doing about it, or my abstract thoughts about the process and principles behind making it—but the it itself. Time for the world and not just the maker!
To understand the Animus world is to understand its races--the inhabitants of the three lands… and the worlds beyond.
It's a trio of things. Transmedia Tuesday, followed by Worldbuilding Wednesday, all kicked off by Storytelling Sunday. Each of these days feature some aspect of, or thoughts about each of the three pillars of the Launch Your Universe brand experience…
So, today we're starting our Storytelling Sunday segment—with some thoughts on how stories incarnate worlds.
…of how we must bring ourselves truly to the fore, risking our beautiful visions in order to create… and yet, how it is all worth it.
We're ready to return to who we are—I believe it's true of our species, but it's just as true for many of us as individuals…
…not the least of which is me. In light of that, the topical nature of the blog needs to shift to reflect what the blog was always meant to be.
It was an intentional decision to make the Animus: Rites of Passage transmedia story last for 25 years. Enough passion goes into this project to justify it, and I know I'll get better results, more productivity, and a far superior story if I plan.
Ahem… let me clarify, when I say "twenty-five year plan," I do mean "twenty-five real years," not a quarter century of in-world fictional time.
I had to face a sobering thought. Perhaps my parents, and almost certainly some of my older relatives, will be dead by the time Animus: Rites of Passage comes to a close.
The structure of the Animus transmedia story goes as I describe it here.
I thought I would start introducing you to the world of Animus by discussing one of the races that inhabited the world—but are gone now… who have passed away in to the mists of time and history.
This topic was actually prompted by a phone call I had with my son today, in which he asked, "Daddy, why are there no chicken people in roleplaying [Animus]?"