My friend Paul was driving some conservative out-of-town visitors around Los Angeles one sunny afternoon. Paul was explaining that the city was actually quite normal, despite what the news media suggests. Just then, a giant inflatable penis bounced across the road. Turns out, that is quite normal.
The Spore creature creation tools have caused quite a humorous conversation on other blogs and the women developer list because of TTP. TTP or TTC describes how long it takes user generated content (UGC) to yield a penis, hence “time to penis.” At ION, we talked about how UGC can connect the player to the game story as well as the player’s story. If we handed quest creation tools to players in MMOs, what do you think would be the TTP? Let’s find out!
Create an in-game MMO quest that clearly invokes what TTP is all about. Let’s assume that the designers have coded restrictions on profanity and the use of certain terms, like penis. Even with this restriction, you can still write some blue content. A line from an old MUD stated proudly: “(playername) strokes his long black rod.” Come up with a short quest or quest premise, and post it in the comments if you’re bold or e-mail me if you’re shy at anne (at) writerscabal.com. I’ll come up with one myself by next week and we will see whose TTP is faster!
Need inspiration? You can set your quest in any MMO, but if you want to narrow it down quickly, set it in WoW. Extra points if you can tie your UGC into the game story that already exists. Have fun!