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    Default Creating a Lore Wiki - Help Wanted

    Several folks over on Faeblight's RPUnited channel got to talking about having a wiki devoted JUST to the lore. No player guides, no equipment info, nothing like that - just a single repository of all the lore we can find about the game.

    Fool that I am, since I'm a tech writer/content specialist by profession, I'm trying to map out the various wiki categories best suited for this thing. So I'm throwing what I have out there for the moment to get additional feedback before I try and bring this thing to life. If I end up hosting it, my goal is to create a Rift-lore version along the lines of the Paragon Wiki (http://www.paragonwiki.com) from City of Heroes. This means screenshots, references, and tags.

    Feel free to comment, make suggestions, and whatnot. Once I have a base structure in place, I'll see what I can do about hosting one on my server. Among my primary considerations - what the hell wiki software do I use for this? (I know MediaWiki is free, but gods, I'm not a fan of it. I personally love Confluence, but that's not free.)

    I will edit this post based on suggestions and comments.

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    LORE WIKI ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE


    A TIMELINE

    [this is where we collate everything we can put a date to, or an estimated date where possible]


    ZONES

    Telara
    Terminus
    Mathosia
    Meridian
    Sanctum
    Freemarch
    Silverwood
    Stonefield
    Gloamwood
    Scarlet Gorge
    Scarwood Reach
    Iron Pine Peak
    Moonshade Highlands
    Droughtlands
    Lake of Solace
    Stillmoor
    Shimmersand
    Ember Isle
    Tempest Bay
    Brevane
    Cape Jule
    City Core
    Eastern Holdings
    Ardent Domain
    Kingsward
    Ashora
    The Dendrome
    Dusken
    The Kingdom of Pelladane
    Seratos
    Morban
    The Steppes of Infinity


    REPUTATION FACTIONS (these are the groups)

    Guardians
    Defiants
    Quicksilver Scholars
    Freemarch Wardens
    Gloamwood Waykeepers
    Granite Falls
    Quarry Rats
    Iron Claw Trappers
    Red Scar Trackers
    Icewatch
    Runeguard
    Arcane Hand
    Order of Mathos
    Dragonslayer Covenant
    Kelari
    Farclan
    Students of the Veil
    Order of the Life Serene
    Grim Disciples
    Order of the Death Serpent
    Mercurial Savants
    Order of Purity
    Zephyrian Collective
    Storm Inquisition
    Ember Scholars
    Order of the Flame
    Shale Collegiate
    Mendicant Order
    Unseen
    Order of the Eye
    Seekers
    Runic Sages
    Storm Guard
    Unspoken
    Moribund
    Caretakers
    Eldritch Vanguard
    Noble Guard
    Eldritch Seekers
    Whitefall Brigade
    Necropolis Caretakers
    Eternal City Survivors
    The Keepers
    Qaijiri
    Torvan Hunters
    Hailol
    Lycini


    RACES

    Mathosians
    Eth
    High Elves
    Kelari
    Dwarves
    Bahmi


    THE DRAGONS

    Akylios
    Crucia
    Greenscale
    Laethys
    Maelforge
    Regulos


    THE GODS

    Bahralt
    Mariel-Taun
    Tavril
    Thontic
    Thedeor
    The Messengers of the Vigil


    ENEMY FACTIONS

    [insert humongous list here]


    NPCs (only the ones with lore value - I'm not going to map every single vendor and shopkeeper in the game; also, repeating NPCs will get ONE page, and the sidebar will have their multiple locations listed and changes in level if appropriate)

    [insert humongous list here]


    PLANES

    Plane of Air
    Plane of Death
    Plane of Earth
    Plane of Fire
    Plane of Life
    Plane of Water


    ARTIFACTS

    [insert artifact list here that actually have text/lore related to them]


    BOOKS

    [insert list of books here]


    SAGAS

    [these are the uber-sagas]


    QUEST LINES

    [Storylines weaving through the game]


    RARE MONSTERS

    [this one is up for debate - sometimes the Carnage quests reveal a little bit about said monster and what it's been doing to the zone, so this is a maybe]

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    I would instead go:

    -History (the biggest page for this being the timeline)
    -Locations (with most of them having a structure that describes zones)
    -Factions (with Guardians and Defiants just having the largest pages)
    -Races (with perhaps other NPC races having smaller pages)
    -Characters (with a few sub sections)
    -Concepts (forms of magic, ascendance, planar energy, timelines, etc etc)
    -Gameplay (with subsections like the Artifacts, Sagas, etc)

    But do whatever you want. I'm ALL for a project like this though, and I'll try to contribute what I can.


    *EDIT: Having a main page that clearly lays out things like the 6 Planes and 6 Races and such, would be good. And easy access to a World Map.
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    My very rough inclination would be to start with a relatively small number of index pages, and expand from there.

    Also, given how tragic the other wikis are, I would sort of like to see at least some allowance for non-lore content, just so we can have a wiki to refer people to that's actually reasonably stable; I was thinking things like guides/advice.
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    This rabbit hole is so deep....

    Just copy and paste 90% of what Maeloda says and you will get most of the wiki filled out though.

    Edit: I might even contribute.
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    Additionally I would suggest enforcing a strict format for writing to keep the pages under control

    Here is a rough example for zones I just threw together...

    Zone #1:
    > Overview : A short concise write up that can be copy and pasted to other pages if needed. This would mostly consist of the current state of the zone. Shouldn't be longer then a single paragraph
    > History : Go nuts, a full on history.
    > Points of Interest : Just a list
    > Affiliated groups : Groups and IMPORTANT NPCs only
    > Special Events : Story Events or the Story Quest line in the zone

    Then end it just get the basics and move on. If you fill out the basics for the wiki then let people get creative...
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