This is something I have always wondered about, but I always worried about how to word it. I was wondering what thoughts were about doing ‘similar concepts’ to abandoned WIPs?
Obviously, I’m not saying to take all core elements from a specific game (characters, specific aspects of the setting, etc). However, lets say I just abandoned my WIP today, stopped all work on it and disappeared from the forum. (Perish the thought that you would all finally be rid of me, I am going nowhere!) While I am actively working on it, I would find it a bit weird if someone else also made an East Asian story set in a fantasy setting inspired by Tang dynasty China following an Immortal who takes in a kid after etc etc…
Let’s say someone liked the WIP though, once active work stops for like a year, or something, what are thoughts on similar settings or inspirations? (Assuming different characters, etc etc). All of this assumes that there is a taboo regarding making wips following the same concept at the same time, which I have percieved but am not certain whether it is really a thing or not lol.
Obviously, just taking someone else’s story and rewriting it is… ‘cringe’? Worthy of a grimace, but I mean moreso taking premise to run it your own direction. I’ve also wondered whether or not people care if a WIP pops up where they didn’t know it was similar to another project already running on the forums.
Also, I hate using myself as an example I am just exceptionally uncomfortable of the idea of listing names or something. I am just curious about thoughts I suppose.
(I had no idea what the appropriate tag or title for this conversation would be)