Hey, I haven't posted much of my own ideas around here, as in general I'd rather just listen. However, taking into consideration what others have said, what others have done, and assuming some intentions of other people (yes, I'm only assuming here...) let me see if I can get this straight.
Its agreed that there should be a lack of true rules. The only rule I can see being enforced with any regularity is the anti-munchkinism/powergaming rule. Perhaps the world will become self cleaning, where those people will just be ignored.
There will be a single location from which all our (collective) travels will begin. A world can and may be formed, but it should be a connected world, not separated and distance lands running parallel. The name is less important than the fact that there is a place for characters to live.
Our history will start anew. History will create itself through the stories of each character. There were times in real history when we did not know our past. Each man carries a story. That will be enough.
There may be guilds. There may be adventures. There may be wars. There may be cities, farms, peace, kings, mages. The possibilities of this world will be as numerous as any other world.
And the general theories of Magic will be present. From the land and from great artifacts springs the Mana that fuels Magic. There will be fantastic beasts, and there will be those that can alter their own world through the powers of their mind and sword and the Mana they possess. All this is POSSIBLE, but nothing is required.
And, finally, there should be no specifics to any outside world other than MTG. Even those pronouns should be rarely found in direct reference to actual MTG storyline events. No Urza, no Phyrexian invasion. No Tolkein or any other favorite fastansy writers. Personally, I see this world as one similar to Harn (for any familar). The world as a whole, round planet exists. The world of Harn, a single island continent, is almost a world of its own. Think our Earth pre 1500s. Half a world existed, though very few actually knew this, or interacted with this other half of the world.
As far as I can see, these points sum up the majority of what has gone on. Little that has happened so far is being denied, nor will any future possibilities be denied either. It is a world that exists, and it goes from there. Simple enough. Leave it only to your characters to define the structure and existance of the world.
Although I believe we should have a final say, and thus an actual board (as opposed to a Planning Board), by Shadow or Goss, I think this world really doesn't need to be discussed quite so much out of character. Did the first humans sit and think about their world before they lived in it?
ps-If any of you disagree, believe you have been misspoken for, or just want something to say, thats fine, but I'm trying to offend, in any way, anybody. I just want to get this on with and have some fun.
the only reason we are speaking out of character so much is that the mill is called "3rd War Mill Planning Board". When it stops being a planning board, and becomes a real mill then you will start seeing me and others 'jump in'. When that happens is up to shadow, since he decides when the real mill actually starts.
I know. I thought I mentioned that. I'm getting even more tired as I type...ah well, I missed you in the chat room (oh well). As for a character, I have no idea yet, though I usually start off with a model of myself (c'mon, no closet nerd has a problem role-playing "himself" ). This post is pretty much a note to everybody to see if they for the most part agree, and then to Shadow to see that everybody agrees. As I said, I just want this thing to move on (although I do respect Shadow's want to 'finish' Phaema first....). Oh well, I'm going to bed.