The New Faith of the True Emperor - scribbles and lies — LiveJournal
Feb. 2nd, 2009
11:53 am - The New Faith of the True Emperor
In August 2007, I put out an invitation to a few circles of my acquaintance to participate in a lexicon, a cooperative/competitive game invented by Neel Krishnaswami and played via wiki. If you've ever read Milorad Pavich's Dictionary of the Khazars, it's a lot like that. As a game.
The New Faith of the True Emperor was intended as a dark epic space opera on the topics of interstellar civil war and religious faith: a Convocation of the great religious minds of the galaxy coming together to synthesize a single religion for all sentient life to adhere to, in the name of eternal peace. Seeded with a few evocative terms, twelve players (among them dr_strych9, pweent, fredfred, jorm, and mister_borogove) set to the task of shaping the task to which the True Emperor had set them. Along the way, there were obstacles, complications, arguments, murder, and much much more. It has its dark moments, its epic moments, its space opera moments for sure, even as it plays tongue-and-cheek with cultural references, analogy, and just plain goofy weirdness.
The game stalled right in its concluding turns, thanks to half the players all working at a particular well-known Silicon Valley engineering firm that has been very busy in the past two years, but we got back together to wrap the game up this past holiday season. And now that we've told our story, we're putting it out there for everyone else to enjoy as well, preserved more or less in the state it existed in at the game's end, with a minimum of additional editing. There is something of a narrative thread in it, if you go looking, but really, you may just want to just dive in and browse randomly as well.
The New Faith lexicon is being released under a share-alike with-attribution non-commercial Creative Commons license.
For consideration: if you stare into the game too long, the game will stare back into you. by which I mean, have a flame war with you.