After all, this IS the single best 40k forum on the net. Noplace else has the right combination of participation, comraderie, creativity, and technical skill that THE Bolter and Chainsword has. Sure, I frequent other forums, some of which come fairly close, like Carpe Noctem or The Tyranid Hive, and others can match us in one or two of those categories. But this is the whole package, and we have things like the Index Astartes articles, the Dornian Heresy, and the Legio B&C to show for it.
That said, the idea I'm placing before you today is, quite naturally, a community one. I've been thinking about the assorted omnibuses that Black Library has produced, and how we have a whole range of authors and skill levels therein on this board. Many of us have magnificent DIY chapters that we'd love to share with the rest of the world. So why not pool our talents and do exactly that?
Those who wish to join in this endeavor would, during some length of time, write and submit stories to be collectively reviewed by their peers, and have them polished to the highest sheen possible. Even a poor author can produce a gem when helped by those with the skill and patience to guide their pen. I'd say one short story per chapter is a good cut-off point, and makes you really focus on getting it absolutely right. We can come up with details like word/page limit later, when we know we have an actual headcount for the project.
Once all these stories are done, we group them together into one anthology. I'm sure we've also got some wonderful artists here who might want to do some illustrations for scenes they find particularly noteworthy, or perhaps work on cover art.
And I'm sure if there's room, or we want to do an official chapter anthology, we can bring those of us who play canon forces into the mix. Heck, I'm not even sure we need to have only Astartes involved, as our Mechanicus, Sororitas, Inquistorial, and Guardsmen friends on this board indubitably have tales they want to tell as well.
The end game is twofold. First, we get the anthology together, and make it as masterful as we can. Then, if it seems lofty enough, we start figuring out if we can send it to the good people at Black Library in the hopes that, just as a testament to the hobby, it can be made available as a free download for the world to enjoy. Note that with this said, though, your fluff will have to be pretty darn close to the canon, so clearly no female marines, super secret Grey Knight-like orders, you get the idea. Stuff that is within the realm of probability.
So what do you all think?
Edited by Brother Tyler, 16 March 2014 - 10:41 AM.