The Crossover Wars Timeline

This is the shared forum for all the comic and events of the 2007 webcomic event of the Crossover Wars.

The Crossover Wars Timeline

Postby Hogan » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:48 pm

This is something I've wanted to share for a while...

Its no secret that there was quite a lot of background planning being done both before and during the wars... not everything went as planned though, but every day there were talks back and forth, plans being made, plans changed... plans made to save the plans that didn't work and so on...

One of the major items that was used to try and keep up with the major crazyness that was the Wars, was the Timeline... one giant spreadsheet containing data on all the 50+ participating comics, as well and their update-schedules and how they referred to each other in the various crossovers...

It probably never fully worked as intended for the various participating authors, and it was changed almost dayly to make up for any and all of the changes being made all the time, but it gave an idea of what was taking place, of what we were up against, and how much planning really went into the Wars...

Now, here's for sharing:

Image
Avatar is Hogan cameoing in Misfits of Mischief by ROAR
User avatar
Hogan
DM of Deities
 
Posts: 3627
Joined: Wed May 18, 2005 10:38 pm
Location: Denmark, Kingdom of Adventures

Re: The Crossover Wars Timeline

Postby DatabaseError » Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:06 am

That is a monster. Not the largest spreadsheet I've ever seen, I've encountered spreadsheets that contained enough data that it really should have been stored in a more robust format - like SQL, but that's still a pretty big mess there.

Judging by your problems, though, it really sounds like custom software would probably be the best course of action. I might have to look into starting some sort of crossover management project; making a set of CMS (drupal or joomla,) plugins to do that would be cool, since you could handle comic hosting, collaboration, and plot/character databases all in the same spot. I'm not much of a PHP coder, but I might have to brush up if people think that would be cool.
Previously known as Jstone.
--
The Guide 2.0. A reformatted version of Jorlem's original Forum Wars guide.
User avatar
DatabaseError
Young and Foolish
Young and Foolish
 
Posts: 31
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:00 am
Location: L2 lagrange point.

Re: The Crossover Wars Timeline

Postby Hogan » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:42 pm

Heh, well, there WAS suggested alternative methods during the cause of the Wars, at least once by Reinder IIRC.
Problem was, nobody really had the time to actually set up something like that, with the wars raging all over and plans being changed at the drop of a hat, so nothing really came out of it.... and the above shown spreadsheat was probably mostly used by yours sincerely to try and keep up with the happenings.
IF there will ever be a CW II again, the participants would most likely have to look into another method, perhaps one of those you mentioned... :)
Avatar is Hogan cameoing in Misfits of Mischief by ROAR
User avatar
Hogan
DM of Deities
 
Posts: 3627
Joined: Wed May 18, 2005 10:38 pm
Location: Denmark, Kingdom of Adventures

Re: The Crossover Wars Timeline

Postby reinder » Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:36 pm

Databaseerror: There wouldn't have been any point in writing custom software for it, as we only did this once. And most of us vowed never to do it again.

The mental effort that went into coordinating this was impressive though. A real feather in Hogan's cap!
Reinder Dijkhuis
Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan | Blog
User avatar
reinder
Cameowhore in training
Cameowhore in training
 
Posts: 677
Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2006 1:44 pm
Location: On cartoon street corners offering appearances to any comic characters that catch my eye

Re: The Crossover Wars Timeline

Postby littlebeast » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:47 am

reinder wrote:... most of us vowed never to do it again

And some of us vowed TO do it again. :P

...Actually, maybe that was only me. And even I can see that it needs to be taken a little slower.
Obligatory link to my comic
I have currently have 1 ninja point here.
Current status: Nincada.
User avatar
littlebeast
Cursing Footman
Cursing Footman
 
Posts: 455
Joined: Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:25 am

Re: The Crossover Wars Timeline

Postby KAMics » Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:54 am

IIRC you were the only one who wanted to do it again immediately. :o

The others who wanted to do CWII wanted a break of 2-5 years.

But to echo Reinder's comment, yes a real feather in Hogan's cap. Considering the logistical nightmare that coordinating the Wars was, dealing with all those creators, not to mention various things going wrong & having to scramble to keep the story on track... *shakes head* What is it they say about ducks? Calm on the surface, paddling like hell underneath?
The KAMics - Comic
The KAMics - Comic Mirror
KAMic's Kast - Who's Who
KAM's Fanart - Fanart
KAM's Books - My work in print
User avatar
KAMics
#1 CameoWhore
#1 CameoWhore
 
Posts: 1599
Joined: Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:15 pm
Location: Locked in a trunk somewhere


Return to Crossover Wars

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron