National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts this week. Some people may have the desire to join in, but lack ideas as to what to write. So I am, once again, presenting Trilobyte Studios: A source of open-source entertainment—write all the stories you want without worrying about letters from corporate lawyers.
Free Open Source Entertainment?
If you’re familiar with the concept of Free Open Source Software (FOSS), just change “software” to “entertaiment”. It means anyone is allowed to take the ideas—characters, settings, worlds, tech—and create their own stories. You’re even allowed to make money from them. The idea is to create worlds that are as rich and diverse as the fan-fic for established “protected” properties such as Star Trek. However, all the fan-fic would be explicitly allowed. But wouldn’t necessarily be relegated to the category of “fan-fic”—it could be accepted into canon.
The name for the collection of worlds in this project is calle “The Tapestry”. There are currently a little over a dozen worlds, with varying degrees of content—from some vague ideas to full scripts for pilot episodes to a full novel (in need of much editing). The space-opera universe of Kymria is the most fleshed out, so that’s a good place to start.
Nothing that’s written down is written in stone. It needs to be debated and expanded and, in many places, corrected. I’m inviting anyone who’s interested to jump in and add their two cents worth. Or... grab what looks good and write a novel. Or create a web series. Or make a movie. It’s all good.
For a look at an a different open-source entertainment project that’s quite successful, take a look at Pepper & Carrot by David Revoy.
One note: The Trilobyte websites are being rebuilt after some serious issues with a previous webhost caused an (incomplete) emergency backup and migration. I’m still going through everything to fix what I can find—mostly broken links and missing images. Don’t let that stop you from digging through the content, however.