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Christmas 2020 Brainstorming

Postby Jezebelle » Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:01 pm

Merry jingles and holly eggnog! It's time to start collecting Christmas ideas! I know it's hard to think about Christmas in August, but we have to start this early to get the whole list in before SWL's Samhain event starts.

As usual, I'm going to be collecting ideas for both SWL and AO, at parties, in forums, and on social media. There will probably be a few little things in AO. I'm not expecting yet another new encounter or dungeon, since we just got Skroog's crashed Kyr'Ozch destroyer last year, but they could always bring back something like the 12 Days tours. Those were fun. And SWL could finally get The Christmas Conspiracy back. Remember solving the puzzles and playing the flute and dancing through the traps? Good times. Or if that's still a problem somehow, maybe we can suggest something else that would be new. It's about time for something besides Krampus and Hel.

There is no contest involved, and I'm not even keeping track of which idea is whose, because the best ones tend to be collaborations anyway. That's why I prefer collecting ideas at shows. Batting them around a bit and adding details and inspiring each other for more ideas is what brainstorming is about. Of course, sometimes ideas come up at inconvenient times, and if you think of something between shows and just want to get it written down before you forget, you can post it here in this thread or send it to me in a PM, or on the FC forums. You can try Facebook if you prefer, but I don't really trust them to get the message through lately. Even GSP's Discord should work if you tag @Jezebelle to remind me to log in there.

The rules:

1) Don't infringe anyone else's Intellectual Property. There are Fair Use exceptions for parody and such, and oblique references are fine, but a direct copy of someone else's IP isn't going to happen. Grey areas are not worth the trouble of getting lawyers involved.

2) Items should be social in nature rather than providing a gameplay advantage. Minor conveniences and average gear, on par with the items we've had in previous years, are fine because that still comes out to a cosmetic difference from what's normally available.

3) Keep it within the game's rating and rules. Clothing can be pretty skimpy, like the various bikinis we already have, but remember, only monsters go to "clothing optional" beaches. Ingesting drugs or alcohol, including tobacco, is similarly prohibited. I don't recall anyone suggesting anything patently offensive in the past, but if even suggesting it would be against he EULA, it's probably not very Christmassy anyway. Then again... Krampus. So, you know. "Christmassy" is relative. We can leave the grey areas in on that one and let FC make the call.

4) New ideas are preferred. If you want to go back to last year's thread and copy one or two favorites, because they're still your favorite ideas, go ahead. I'll probably be doing that myself toward the end. Don't just paste the whole thread here, though. Similarly, please look over this thread before you add to it, to make sure someone else hasn't already said the same thing. (Just write your idea down first so you don't get distracted by all the shinies and forget yours.) If there's already something similar, adding some details and/or options to it is always good.

5) Contributing ideas to this list is understood to be freely, anonymously, contributing unsolicited ideas for FunCom to use or not, in whole or in part, as they see fit. Even if they end up using your original creation verbatim, by submitting your idea here, you're suggesting they do so and giving them the requisite rights to use your idea. It's kind of the whole point here. If you would prefer to sign your name to your idea and send it in yourself, you can just go to FunCom's forums or feedback form and do that.

Here are the lists from previous years, in case you want to copy some old favorites or browse for some inspiration for new ideas:

Christmas 2019
Christmas 2018
Christmas 2017
Christmas 2016
Christmas 2015
Christmas 2014
Christmas 2013
Christmas 2012 (thread is M.I.A.?)
Christmas 2011
Christmas 2010

The timeline:

Aug. 29 - Sep. 13 - (two weeks, and an extra weekend) I'll be collecting Christmas ideas at all the GSP shows I can get to and posting them in this thread. I'll collect any ideas sent to me or posted on forums to also discuss at the shows.

Sep. 14 - Sep. 21 - (one week) GSP DJs, Staff, and Dancers vote on their favorite ideas, just to choose the order I'll list them in and decide which I'll spend a little more time detailing.

Sep. 22 - Oct. 5 - (two weeks) I'll write up the top 20 ideas in a big, detailed suggestion list with links to reference art, attach the remainder as additional brainstorming, and mail it to FunCom with a link back to this thread, in case they want to see any additional discussion we have about it here. This gives me some leeway to take the two weeks here if we have a lot of ideas that need research, or take an extra week collecting ideas and only one week here if necessary to get enough ideas.

Oct. 13 - Oct. 20 - SWL's Samhain event will probably start the second week of October, then AO Halloween a week or so later. Probably. So I should have this Christmas list all posted and submitted before the spooky festivities start.

mid-October through mid-December - FC will likely be planning the event roughly two months ahead to have time to plan, design, create, implement, test, and debug any new items and events. While we're enjoying Halloween is likely when they'll start working on Christmas.

Dec 15-16 - SWL's Christmas event will have daily logins, of course, probably about 25 of them, and will end about a week into January, so that means starting around the middle of December, and then AO Christmas will probably start shortly after, maybe the next day.
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Re: Christmas 2020 Brainstorming

Postby Jezebelle » Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:23 pm

1) [AO] shoulder slot version of sprig of mistletoe, like the Mr. Squeaky lantern, instead of util slot only

2) [AO] yes-trade gingerbread cookies and a recipe to make the dough

3) [both] Christmas stocking soft boots

4) [AO] ironic placard: "Placards cost too much!"

5) [both] wreath tube top

6) [both] Christmas Tree suit, like a pants and jacket version of AO's Tree Dress

7) [both] snow bikini / snowball bra / snowman heads with scarf band

8) [both] wide crocheted virgin-killer minidress in a medium grey with some silver threads for a little glitter

9) [both] colorful scarf around the neck and loose over the shoulders in front, nothing underneath

10) [both] Knee-length Christmas stockings with plain white cotton panties with a little red bow

11) [both] red and green plaid teddy like a scarf on top, around the neck, or just back of the neck, and two scarf widths down the front, merging like a bodysuit at the bottom. Similar design to but with a little more behind the neck.

12) [AO] pet versions of the crashed destroyer's ornamental boomballs

13) [AO] Crickets / aliens tap dancing with Santa hats and candy canes, on a nanospray or lantern

14) [AO] UPH / Childhood Memories doll with a Santa hat

15) [both] Hot cocoa, spiced cider, coffee with eggnog, peppermint mocha, cold eggnog with rum, other warm winter beverages

16) [AO] Ghost of a Christmas Present - an open Christmas Gift that you can click like the tent / picnic table, to spawn a translucent Christmas Gift with washed out colors – Skroog and his minions should drop it

17) [both] candy cane bikini and stockings

18) [both] red and white glowsticks for froobs

19) [AO] snow-powered flamethrower, like that Frozen Excavation should have brought? Hydrogen and Oxygen cells to melt the snow with fire, then it captures the steam to make more hydrogen and oxygen and keep itself powered. Probably wouldn't work as a weapon, though. Except maybe in Penumbra.

20) [AO] red pumps

21) [both] red ribbon monokini with a bow in the small of the back

22) [AO] rolling snowman pet – as a kit to apply to the buildable snowmen

23) [SW] pet snowmen that roll like BB8 and throw snowballs, but not at cats. Throw them at the Orochi drones that flit around zapping cats instead.

24) [SWL] Christmas bikini like the ones in AO

25) [AO] gingerbread outfit - like a brown disco suit with white piping

26) [AO] some kind of big shaggy monster, definitely not a blue one, that slowly stomps around the cities, chasing and trying to eat Gingerleets

27) [both] ridable leets and/or leet-drawn sleighs

28) [AO] Rainleet – like an antleet but due to an unfortunate spelling accident, keeps summoning rainstorms on himself

29) [both] Wreathe Back Pack

30) [AO] Reindeer Hover-bike

31) [AO] Dancing Nutcracker, Ballerina, & Mouse King dolls

32) [both] Leet pet dressed up as the Mouse King from the Nutcracker

33) [AO] new hologram toy
- like Treatment Expertise, a red and green toroidal particle fountain
- or a white one that looks more like snow, like Pharmaceutical Expertise

34) [AO] Sandy Claws the Christmas beach kitty

35) [AO] baby elfleets

36) [both] something sexy for men
something in between Play Costume - Holiday Series 1 and 3
Men's Miiir Suit in Christmas colors, perhaps different versions in dark red, white, forest green, and/or candy cane stripes, mix and match gloves and boots. Possibly with a bow tie, even if the shirt is unbuttoned.

37) [AO] miniature “toy” ottous pets

38) [AO] Lantern of True Seeing HUD/util item with +Psychic buff

39) [AO] Ubirleet pet - shaved monk leet that emanates a +Psychic buff aura

40) [AO] ornament shoulder lantern
just a basic sphere like the red and green ugly sweater version of the basic floating torch, maybe with a small buff, adjustable with a screwdriver for different patterns and effects

41) [AO] Christmas Morning Memories deck slot item
+Psychic, and maybe +B&E, Or even make it the opposite of the Beacon of the Harvester, something like -3 Agi, -2 Int, -1 Str, +4 Psy, +2 Sta, +5 Sen, +32NCU

42) [both] Portable heating unit pet - anti-grav high-tech notum-powered hover-sleigh with a lit campfire on it

43) [AO] Negative-calorie after dinner mints full of nanos that convert glucose into the memory of the taste of all your favorite desserts

44) [AO] bring back the friendly snowballs (manual 2.1)

45) [both] snowflake bikini

46) [both] red and white version of the AO's zebra suit

47) [both] Jolly Christmassy N-95 style face masks

48) [AO] Yalmica – a little black skullcap with a tiny model spaceship on top

49) [AO] snowman holographic disguise or morph, just the basic placeable snowmen, or the ones that move by rolling the body

50) [both] tradable tinsel hat
- like what happens when a tinfoil hat doesn't protect you from blowing your own mind with a new conspiracy theory no one ever realized before

51) [both] silver tinsel lei and thong with side fringe and silver heels

52) [AO] nutcracker outfit for basic Engineer cargo droids

53) [both] some nuts to crack, maybe walnuts, chestnuts, etc.

54) [AO] Mr. Squeaky brand Ducknuts breakfast cereal – super soggy miniature doughnuts with peanut butter flavor marshmallow ducks

55) [AO] inflatable Santa Claus – spawns a statue of a jolly fat Atrox in a Santa mask, deployable like the picnic table / tent

56) [AO] miniature Christmas tree hovering lantern

57) [both] twined mistletoe and holly, like a laurel crown

58) [both] wreathed tophat

59) [both] a top that is crossed bandoliers of little candy canes, probably better as a coat/back

60) [AO] Urban winter camo holographic disguise: a cardboard mall kiosk with a scented candle display.

61) [AO] Christmas Tree hologram disguise or decorated advy tree morph

62) [AO] a red and white tank armour with two little Christmas bells on the chest, kind of like the heart on the black clan tank armor

63) [both] More bunny ears, more obtainable
- AO: Make the brown and white rabbit ears drop somewhere, and add more colors, like green, purple, blonde, red, grey, calico...
- AO: Maybe drop White/Brown for Christmas, Pink/Rainbow for Valentine's, Red/Gold for Anniversary, add Green/Purple to Halloween, along with Blue/Black already there, and then add more colors like yellow, blonde, grey, and calico for ARK to give as awards.
- SW: more than black.

64) [AO] Dancing Elf (not Elfleet) doll
- Opichix in a green bikini with a triangular fringe and a green Santa hat.
- Full size version of that outfit for us to wear, too.

65) [AO] placeable merc and militia action figures
- to stage battles in our concrete bunker froob apartments

66) [AO] dancing Epicine doll (big Atrox with a pink mohawk, microphone, and two beers)

67) [AO] MMO action figure playset
- Scale model gaming PC and desk chair and a couple different players. No moving parts. (Very realistic.) Just set them up and watch them sit perfectly still like people on Earth That Was used to sit around and pretend to be fantastic creatures and futuristic people in "online games".
- Not meta enough? How about toy designer figurines of ancient humans modeling and painting action figures of even older game developers with backstories about the online game they've been developing for 20 years.

68) [AO] bracelets of shells made from Newbie Island beach shells and gems with tiny messages etched in them by the few leets still there begging us to come take back that island
- you would, of course, have to get to work making the liberation of Newbie Island the next alien encounter

69) [AO] cocoa pods for Miyashiro Superior Enhanced Coffee Machine so it can make hot cocoa instead of coffee

70) [AO] Krampus encounter (preferably not another high level raid)

71) [AO] portable mail terminal

72) [both] catalog of cataclysms
- AO: a datapad containing a book too big to print, a list of all the prophecies of the end of the world that didn't happen and 30,000 years of near apocalypses that turned out to be not as bad as everyone thought at the time
- SW: it's a Blood Magic focus with very small print
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Re: Christmas 2020 Brainstorming

Postby Jezebelle » Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:25 pm

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