…including much wrestling
The Dociverse: 21st Century Update
For those of you who are uninitiated to it, the Dociverse is what I call the universe in which all of my roleplaying games and much of my fiction take place. I first started writing about it way back in 1990 in the pages of Alarums & Excursions, in which I did a timeline detailing its history. Just about every fictional/historical character/genre that I liked found it’s way into the Dociverse. The great pulp heroes, toons, supernatural creatures, steampulp, fantasy, sci-fi…they were all there. Perhaps the biggest influence was the Wild Cards universe featured in the series of shared world novels. Indeed, several variations of the Wild Card xenovirus were responsible for why the world was so jam packed with strangeness (except for the toons, who were no doubt drawn here from the Tooniverse by that omnipresent strangeness).
Without going into great detail, a timeline of the 1990-2004 Dociverse would look like this…(and yes, I know this differs from what I wrote in A&E in 1990)
Up to about 1710: Normal world history
1710: First Takisian xenovirus creates supernatural creatures
1780: Second Takisian xenovirus mutates some humans so that their children will be superior to normal humans, yet not have superhuman powers). This is my take on the Wold Newton Family/Universe.
1850: Third Takisian xenovirus creates what we would call Weird Scientists. The age of Steampulp is soon born.
1928: A rift between dimensions is opened and Toontown springs into being.
1948: The Fourth and final Takisian xenovirus creates the Wild Card mutations.
2254 (approx.): Something happens to the Magic/Tech balance of the world and technology becomes virtually impossible. Magic increases. Dawn of the Fantasy Dociverse.
And so, with ongoing tweaks and additions, went the Dociverse until the summer of 2004. It was during the drive home from GenCon (and our 50% Vacation From Hell) on Route 66 that I decided that the Dociverse needed to be divided into at least two separate, but connected universes. The influence of the Wild Cards series would still be fairly strong, but a much stronger fictional influence had occurred to me and was, on that long and fun drive, incorporated as the main shaping influence for the new improved Dociverses.
See, on the trip, Grace and I had been reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to each other as we drove. I think I was driving through the Texas Panhandle (and Grace was napping) when it struck me that J.K. Rowlings wizarding world could solve a whole bunch of my Dociverse problems.
But more on that in the next entry. For now, I must walk the dogs.