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Hi! Maggie here, the moderator around these parts. My job lies squarely with the site layout and aesthetic, as well as advertising. I work as a Legal Secretary, and I live in Ireland, so my presence around the board might be spotty during the course of the day, but I will be hovering at various intervals. What do I bring to Infinite Dreams? A love of writing, and particularly, story telling. I also have all this useless Norse mythology knowledge that makes me the best equipped to deal with all them pesky Aesir, Vanir and whatever else might wander into the site, so if you have any questions about that area of things, hit me up either by PM or on Discord at madmaggie#6538.

 
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 Posted: May 13 2018, 02:47 PM
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Q: Why are the Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series not considered canon on Infinite Dreams?

A: Accessibility and excessive use of a multitude of sources, to put it simply.

Think of it this way. It's easier and less time consuming to watch a series of movies that receive international release, unlike a televised series that's a property of the US, and because of that, receives a limited and delayed release. This is the case with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (AoS). People living in Europe, for example, might not be able to view the latest episodes until weeks, maybe even months later. Therefore, we feel it unfair to discriminate on the basis of lack of knowledge.

We personally feel that the movies provide a more accessible baseline, and also allow for more freedom of creativity and room for interpretation, thus allowing for some originality, as well as making allowances for canon aspects of the comics to be included. We also hope that people who may have minimal interest in Marvel as a genre might find the site more accessible if we limit our sources, allowing us to attract a wider range of writers. Because of the aforementioned TV series intrinsic links to the movies, it adds too much complexity, especially with the addition of Inhumans as a species, which would make for a difficult incorporation. These events, which culminated in the Hive storyline, are simply too much for us. Mutants are, however, playable on the site, so we would suggest that any Inhumans characters from the TV series simply be readapted to mutants. All other characters that featured in AoS, and their origin stories, can be included, provided the events of AoS aren't.

That being said, series the likes of which Netflix has released in the form of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage can be incorporated, since these are adaptations that effect a singular character, and not the MCU as a whole. They are very detached, and with staff consultation, can be incorporated.

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Q: Are characters from movies not covered in the timeline of Infinite Dreams, like Black Panther or Doctor Strange, still playable?

A: Yes. As long as the happenings of their respective movies are not included in their story because, simply put, they haven't happen in our timeline, which ends with Captain America: Civil War. So Black Panther and Strange existed prior to their own movies, so they could be created, you just have to tweak a little their origin story... and that is where comic books can fill in the blanks. Now, that said, there is a caveat for Dr. Strange. As of right now, he is a banned character, simply because he has the potential of been written too overpowered and brings problems for story progression. That said, because we have a theme in the site concerning the Infinity Stones, he could be created, but only after those interested first talk to the Staff and work with them to establish what is possible with Strange and what is not.

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 Posted: May 20 2018, 08:56 AM
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Q: Can I do changes in a canon character so I can explore other things not shown in the movies?

A: Yes and no. Let us discuss the 'no' first. If you wish to have a canon that is from the MCU but you want to add some flavor by drawing some aspects of the character from the comic books (the Earth 616 Version), as well as filling in some gaps, you can do so and we even encourage you to do it. The more flavor you add from other Canonical sources, the better, as both Movies and comic books sources are accepted. But to change a canon, that have already clear and evident things established, using information or interpretations that are not supported by either the MCU movies or the Earth 616 version of the comic books, is not accepted. This is non-negotiable nor is opened for argument. Either this is recognized as the way things are or you are free to go to another site and write the character with all the changes you want to. Changing a canon, especially a major one, without supporting those changes with either the movies or the comics makes said canon be a canon no more... it becomes basically an original. So might as well make an original, with all the possible reviews and restrictions that comes with it.

With regards to the Mutants and other characters that are not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, we are more lenient and accommodating, because we don't draw inspiration for them from the Fox movies, instead relying more on the basic backgrounds and attributes that are known from the comics (Earth 616) and as such, you can use some creativity on how to weave them into a more cohesive story, give them you personal touches concerning personality and such, and do some changes about them, as long as it doesn't add more powers or change their basic background from the comics. We, of course, will review them and in a respectful and helpful matter tell you our suggestions about the changes, in order to make them adaptable to the site and the overall story arcs. We only ask the same respectful and helpful considerations.

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 Posted: May 20 2018, 09:01 AM
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Q: What is 'Story-driven' and why it seems to be important in Infinite Dreams?

A: Story-driven site is basically one that has an overall main plot and connected story-arcs where all characters are inside of and affected by, the events surrounding that main plot, hence investing in telling a story and not just multiple disjointed ones with no connections to each other. It is a dynamic, challenging, fun, and inclusive approach to writing, where your character is as important to the story as you want them to be with your engagement and commitment to them. To be perfectly honest and up-front... we don't encourage Sandbox writing here. If that is what you are looking for, then more power to you, and join a site that promotes that. Infinite Dreams is not that type of site.

Now, what are the benefits of a fully immersed Story-Driven approach? It allows writers to have choices on how to get their characters involved not only with other characters all around the site, but also on how they would push the story forward and react to things inside a template of an overreaching and bigger tale. It also allows you to be part in the creation and advancement of those stories, avoiding 'writing cliques' , which in turn creates a more collaborative, interactive, fun, and friendly approach to storytelling.

You also have the freedom to run your own sub-plots and developments with your characters, but always mindful how those subplots affect other characters and other story-arcs in relation to the main plot and themes. Think of it as a novel or a movie, where you have both the inciting incident that propels a certain story forward but you also have moments of character development, subplots, comedy, sadness, romance, and down-time... all in the service of the narrative. There is a very important maxim in writing: The characters serve the story, not the other way around. Our goal is to have fun writing our own MCU from where Captain America: Civil War left off. And if you are that type of writer that would love to be active, engaged, and looking for something different, then Infinite Dreams is for you and we want you to be part of it.

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Q: Why there are so many restrictions concerning Original Characters?

A: We like to think that we are accommodating in regards to Original Characters, but at the same time it is not fair to allow Original Characters to basically be clones of Canon Characters, especially ones that are already in play. If you wish to create one that is completely similar to a Canon... then why not just go for the Canon? The benefits of a source such as Marvel, which has spanned almost seventy years, is that it has given us every character with every power imaginable, major and minor. Have an idea for an Original Character in mind, but that power has already been claimed by a minor Canon Character? Why not simply take that minor Canon Character, and make them your own instead? Please see the likes of KASANDRA WULF for an example of this, a character who is, in actual fact, CASSANDRA ROMULUS in the comics. We are also trying to avoid the possibility of overpowered characters that neither serve any purpose to the story and are difficult for other writers to write with. Where mutants are concerned, this is more about rational and logic. For them to have realistically existed for so long undetected, the broad spectrum of powers that exist has to be limited in respect of that. Everyone wants to write with you, but if you make a character that it makes it hard, then what is the point? With Infinite Dreams still in its infancy as a site, there are no limits to the Canon Characters that are available. That said, it has been our experience that many writers make amazing Original Characters, rich with background and personality that become extremely important to the plots, so we don't discourage anyone from making them, as long as you understand that some restrictions have to be in place.

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