Well, from what I can gather from reading around, the easiest way to jump in, assuming everyone wants
the drama of fighting thread, is to assume that AVIS (the colonists computer) was never found and therefore the course of the Red Star was never changed.
That also helps adhere to many of Ms. McCaffrey's rules about Pernese fandom where she doesn't want people so much as referring to Jaxom, Lessa, F'Lar etc, or
being descended from them, or
coming from, visiting, or mentioning in any detail Benden Hold, Benden Weyr or Ruatha Hold. It's a bit hard to avoid 'em if you're daring enough to try and play 'canon'.
So perhaps a Weyr, maybe even a completely original one in the Southern continent, dealing with the arrival of thread one interval (aprox 250 turns) after the original Dragon books?
I have a couple of concerns though... one of which is the scope. Playing on Pern would have the potential to be... well, for want of a better term, MMORPGish. It's quite possible there could be threads, threads and more threads, which I gather is not necessarily a desirable thing. It would also be dependent (as are most games I suppose) on enough people being interested to join, although I don't think there's any problem with multiple characters as long as people are willing to play them.
Then there's the whole 'GM' thing... (part of the reason for the location of this thread!
) While I have an awful amount of useless trivia clogging up my head, some of which is even relevant and about Pern, I generally have the administrative and organisational abilities of.... of... err... well, a non administrative and non organisational thingy.
Of course, that's another reason for testing the waters here in this thread. If there were enough people interested enough in the idea, one of them might even be interested enough to be that organisational superstar!(I'm not kidding by the way... My computer desk exists in a state of perpetual chaos...)