Superguy Frequently Asked Questions
(last revised August 3, 1994)
Contents Of This Part:
- What are the General Ground Rules for Posting?
- What are the Ground Rules for the Superguy Subtopic?
- What are the Ground Rules for the Sfstory Subtopic?
- What are the Ground Rules for the Metaworld Subtopic?
- What are the Ground Rules for the Round Robin Subtopic?
- What are the Ground Rules for the Author's Altiverse Subtopic?
1) What are the General Ground Rules for Posting?
In general, follow the guidelines listed in Part II of the FAQ (Subtopics and
Posting Guidelines). Don't mess up other people's plotlines, don't use other
people's characters without permission, and so forth.
Furthermore, this mailing list is more or less family oriented. Mature and
Adult Plotlines are not usually posted here, and it isn't what the audience
expects. If you feel your storyline needs explicit sexual depictions or
otherwise mature themes, it is polite (at least) to indicate such at the
beginning of the post, to avoid offending people.
This having been said, it should further be made clear that no censorship has
ever taken place on the Superguy Mailing List. It is not the intent of this
list to censor anyone. Therefore, Tad Simmons, the University of Central
Florida, and the Superguy Mailing List as a whole do not take any
responsibility for anything posted on this list. All legal culpability lies
with the authors who write the posts in question.
Finally, although this is a Super Hero oriented list, please bear in mind that
Copyrighted and Trademarked characters (such as those owned by Marvel Comics,
DC Comics, the BBC, and so forth) cannot be used by any Author. The one
exception is temporary use for Satirical purposes. Thus, when
Bill Paul ("The Man with Two First Names")
has the Muppets flying the Enterprise in a Television Dimension Story, he is
not violating any laws, as this is obvious Satire. However, if a person decides
to write a series starring Spiderman, Captain America, Superman and Batman, he
is legally in trouble, as all of these characters are Trademarked by Marvel and
DC -- a regular series writing serious fiction with these characters is in
violation of Trademark and Copyright.
In any event, the responsibility is the Author's.
2) What are the Ground Rules for the Superguy Sub-Topic?
3) What are the Ground Rules for the Sfstory Subtopic?
- Superguy is Super Hero fiction: If your story does not in some way reflect
super hero fiction, the Super Hero subculture, or otherwise put one in mind of
Superheroes, then the post doesn't belong on the Superguy subtopic.
- Superguy is based on Humor: Many people have noticed the darker trend that
Superguy has taken in recent months. More serious fiction is being produced on
the Superguy subtopic than ever before. Be that as it may, the basis of
Superguy is satirical. Every series on Superguy is somehow based on humorous
assumptions, somewhere along the line. For example, the
Adjusted League Unimpeachable and
CalForce both began as straight
comedy series. Both have had plots that were deadly serious. But in the end,
the humor will come back in them. In ways, the evolution of Superguy is similar
to the evolution of Cerebus the Aardvarkby Dave Sim. This was a series
that began as a straight parody of Conan the Barbarian. It later developed into
a sophisticated satire and has sometimes become deadly, disturbingly serious.
But the humorous touches always remain. For example, there is a non-graphic but
very disturbing rape scene. This is immediately followed by Cerebus
running around with panties on his head.
The Superguy Analogy is this. Team Cynical
may have an adventure that is dark, serious, and downright frightening, but
when they get home they're still going to stoke the cow.
- Superguy is a Shared Universe: When characters run around the Superguy
Altiverse, they tend to make changes. Do things. Muck stuff up. As a result, we
assume that there is going to be continuity between series. For example, if Rip
Taylor gets run over in an Adjusted League Unimpeachable post, he shouldn't
appear the following week in CalForce without explanation.
This isn't to say mistakes don't happen. They do. It's simply to say that after
mistakes happen, we have to explain them. The classic example is the Five
Billion George Bushes.
After Dangerousman blew up Washington D.C., one author made reference to George
Bush escaping through a 'Save the President' Plan. Another author, not having
seen that, made reference to another escape plan and another George Bush.
Two George Bushes. We had a continuity flaw. It was finally explained that
every Save the President Plan went off at once, combined with the excess mass
that a villain named Surplus Man gave off when the explosion happened. As a
result, there were five billion George Bushes running around. Eventually, they
were all recombined.
Therefore, paradoxes can be paradoctored, and should be when they are found.
4.) What are the Ground Rules for the Metaworld subtopic?
- Metaworld posts are copyrighted by their authors very strictly: Any
Metaworld post is self contained. Any use of someone else's characters requires
explicit written permission (E-Mail is acceptable). Take the general posting
Guidelines about other peoples' characters and multiply them by about twenty.
- Metaworld posts should have a serious basis: Metaworld is for serious
fiction. This doesn't necessarily mean dark or forbidding. It means that the
fiction should have a logical basis, however. The extremes are probably "Mind
Trekker" by Ken Cooney ("Duke da Duck") or "Anomaly" by Gary Olson ("the
Swede") -- which are about as serious and dark as it gets, and "Rubicon," by
Eric Alfred Burns ("Lord Sabre"), which is about as lighthearted as Metaworld
- Writers can either set their adventures in the Shared Universe of
Metaworld or their own Universe: There is a specific Shared Universe on the
Metaworld Subtopic called The Metaworld Project. This Shared World contains
"Crystyl," "WarHammer" and "Rubicon" by Eric Alfred Burns, "The Swamp" by John
Bankert ("CHAOS Engineer"), "Mind Trekker" and "the Merc" by Ken Cooney,
"Anomaly" by Gary Olson, and will contain "Paragon" by Eric Alfred Burns and
Gary Olson, if they ever get around to writing it. At this time it is not known
if "Pariah" by Greg Fishbone (no nickname) is in the Metaworld Project or not.
If an author chooses to participate in the Metaworld Project, he agrees to
allow large scale events to be referred to by other Authors, although any
character interaction is still by strict permission only. If a writer wishes
his Metaworld Story to be in its own Altiverse, that is his right, although he
should explicitly state that.
5) What are the Ground Rules for the Round Robin Subtopic?
- Round Robins are by invitation only: Any Round Robin story or altiverse is
by invitation only. As the order is set and the story is (generally) self
contained, each Round Robin story requires that it not be 'crashed.' To
participate in an ongoing Round Robin, you need the permission of a majority of
current participants. Any group can start a new Round Robin at any time.
- Round Robin characters are assumed to be copyrighted by the entire set of
writers as a whole. When new writers join in, they share copyright from the
point they enter on: This should be self explanatory. In a shared story with
shared development, the characters cannot easily be separated by Author.
- Each Round Robin Altiverse is proprietary. New stories can only be started
if you have a legitimate claim to part of that Altiverse: Altiverse 000RR, the
basic Round Robin Altiverse, is the property of the original Round Robin
authors, with subsequent authors having shares at the point in which they
entered. As a result, new authors cannot leap in and just start a new story set
in the same Altiverse. They may start their own altiverses, of course.
6) What are the Ground Rules for the Author's Altiverse Subtopic?
In the old days, there were no ground rules for Author's Altiverse. Today,
experience has led us to set a few up.
- No Author who declares himself not part of the Author's Altiverse shall be
used or referred to in any way in Author's Altiverse posts. This does not mean
Authors who are still part of Author's Altiverse but choose to leave
temporarily will not be referred to.
- No Author who has not declared himself in the Author's Altiverse shall be
used. This refers to Authors like Greg Fishbone, who to date has not written an
AA post of arrival. As a result, it is not the place of the other Authors to
just write him in.
- Any Author who is declared as a member of the Altiverse is fair game. Let's
face it, stories about omnipotent beings are dull. Stories about omnipotent
beings looking like idiots are fun. As a result, any Author in the Altiverse
looks like an idiot at some time or other. It's why we do it. If that sounds
stupid to you -- don't play.
- No Authorial Character will be made to 'willingly' do something that
offends that Author in real life. This is serious -- this doesn't mean Pickle
(the Author's Altiverse character of Bill Dickson) being made to say he loves
Budwiser. This means Pickle will not be made by another Author to abuse another
person, for example. Or made out to be a pervert.
- When a large scale plotline is going on in the Author's Altiverse, an
Author must call "next" on the Superpen Superguy Author's Mailing List to call
a position in the posting order. In the case of simultaneous 'nexts,' the order
in which the posts are received by Superpen will be the order the AAs go in. An
Author's Altiverse post that does nothing to the overall plot may be sent at
Separate Parts To This FAQ
- Subtopics/Posting Guidelines
- Ground Rules
- Regular Series
- The Multiverse
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