In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
But Kubla Con was a much different story... On the November long weekend during some indeterminate year Eric Winters, a rich and somewhat eccentric man, decides to bankroll a costume contest at the Kubla Con convention—known for it's costumes and somewhat wild nature. That year the con is overflowing, and Eric Winters himself brings an ancient Native American artifact – a raven mask. At the start of the awards ceremony he dons the mask and a blast of magic flashes out, effecting the entire convention center and its grounds, turning thousands
of people into the characters of their costumes. Eric Winters himself turns completely into a raven.
For those of you familiar with the Buffy Halloween episode, same concept. Throughout the con, everyone was transformed into their costume character. The big difference from Buffy - they never turned back.
The Setting, background, how the transformation works, a summary of the fallout and stories based in this setting can be found here:http://shifti.org/wiki/Xanadu_%28setting%29
I offered this up as solo one-on-one game, but no one took me up on it, possibly because of the fandom that I wanted. I'm posting it in groups to see if there is any interest in this as a group roleplay. I think that the Kubla Con (Xanadu) setting would be a perfect one for an Elliquiy group roleplay. Because of the chaos unleashed, it isn't needed to keep strict track of the timeflow of events. There are thousands of stories playing out all at once. That would make it possible for players to start in one thread, interact with another, go off with a third, worrying too much about breaking continuity.
At this point this is an interest check. If someone wants to take over and GM - power to you. If there is interest, I've got some ideas about how to set this up so I act more as a moderator and the story is player driven. I don't have the time or the bandwidth to create villains and plots for player characters. However, because of the chaos involved I think it can be set up to mostly self-maintaining. The main point of the Kubla Con setting is playing out transformation stories, how does your character come to grips with the transformation. It's also a chance to play your favorite characters from all of fiction. The point of making it a group setting is to give that internal story something to play against - namely the chaos unleashed. It also allows for any crossover imaginable. If enough people are interested, I'll share my thoughts about how to set it up as a shared world where I provide the setting and players drive their own plots.
So... would there be any interest? The possibilities for characters are almost endless. You can play any character from out of fiction and bring them to life. Play them with their fictional friends, or play any crossover you want to see. Perhaps you have a character from a story on Elliquiy that ended too soon? They too could find a new life at Kubla Con.
UPDATE: This concept did not gather enough interest to launch a group game. I am offering this up as a Shared Setting. That means that individuals can post stories in this setting, running their own solo threads. Which is almost like normal solo threads. Except that the threads might sometimes cross-over if players agree. See below post for more details.