Idea I’ve been batting back and forth in my head, and thought I’d put it here to see what you guys thought of it.
Long story short, I roleplay in TESO as one of my hobbies. And it’s come to my attention that some of the storylines generated by the RP community are pretty darn good, and could make for inspiration for lore, quest plots, or even past canon history in the form of books (for TESO takes place in the Second Era, and focuses on the lands of the Indoril and Dres). As an example, a year or so ago the roleplay community put on an Ashlander War, which pulled in a few hundred participants from several guilds by the time it had run its course, and became a defining canon event for all player roleplay in Morrowind. This War could show up as a book or in Ashlander dialogue, perhaps even included in an Ashlander quest involving putting the spirits of the dead to rest (for in TESO, the Ashlanders pretty much got massacred).
The things I’m hesitating on is that first we’d probably need permission to use the ideas. While roleplay isn’t technically copyrighted, it’s still good practice and a courtesy to fellow Elder Scrolls fans. Second is that some (perhaps even most?) roleplay is not up to our standards of lore or other details of plot, character, and writing. (TESO lore screwed up many things.) So even if the basic ideas are good, it may be teasing drama to ask for suggestions and then have to turn down more than half of them. Personally, to avoid this I would just have devs like me ferret out the good storylines and ask for permission, rather than going the other way around and ask the roleplay community for submissions, but I don’t know what would be best there.
On the bright side, it could get people interested in Tamriel Rebuilt again in a positive way. There are often many graphical artists, music artists, and plot writers in roleplay communities. I also like to think of these two communities of Elder Scrolls nuts working together on a world they love. As a roleplayer, I’d be psyched if my personal character got some kind of reference in a big project like TR, no matter how small--but that’s just me!
So what do you all think? Worth pursuing for our PR wing?