Welcome to possibly the grandest forum game in this iteration of the Thrive Community Forum. In this series, you will face the challenges of the past, the present, and the future of humanity. Unlike Path of the Wild, which is set in both iterations of the forum but still in one general line, this game will be divided into parts, like our real history. There will be 3 main “Volumes,” each relating to prehistory, history, and posthistory. These volumes will be further divided into Acts, Acts into Chapters, Chapters into Scenes, and Scenes into Moments. All these periods are dependent on your decisions in the game; whether it’s eating some fruit or ascending beyond the game. These are the volumes:
Ancestors - The Biological Odyssey
This is the “prehistory” section of the game. It’s a play on the game Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. Here you will begin as the ancestors of all mankind: the great apes. You will guide them slowly but surely out of the animal kingdom and help them stand shoulder to shoulder with Anomalocaris of the Cambrian Oceans, Meganuera of the Carboniferous Skies, Tyrannosaurus of the Cretaceous Forests. Through biological evolution, you will build the base of motricity, communication, senses, and intelligence for the future dominant beings: hominids. You will also be able to make early tools and even branch off from Homo Sapiens to coexist with them! This isn’t suggested though, because only They remain as of today. Anyway, it will end when you learn to control fire.
Divusion - The Cultural Odyssey
This is the “history” section of the game. The title can be misleading, but it’s a cross between division and diffusion, the two true superpowers in our time. While biological evolution doesn’t stop, it slows down staggeringly. It will be replaced instead of cultural evolution. The path of the Spiral Dynamics starts and ends here, from the stone age to the unity age. As the dominant species conquers the planet (whoever it may be), it must learn to accept that those of different beliefs all share the same goal and are the same species. It will end when all of the humanoid species unite as a faction with the help of the technological singularity. In other words, complete globalization.
3. Spacefaring - The Technological Odyssey
This is the “posthistory” section of the game. After humanity has united, they can focus on the stars. They will embark on the tales of post-singularity technology, expanding to every corner of the galaxy. As of this volume, humanity will learn the true meaning of their existence, and embrace it. You will not be alone, as other alien species have evolved to spacefaring stages alongside you. You can either extinct them, or you can form allies with them, or you can do anything in between. The galaxy and its secrets will be waiting for you. This volume will end with humanoids ascending.
This path won’t be easy, and I won’t help you much. Nature, being intent on simplicity, will throw everything she has to kill you from meteor impacts to cascade errors. But through cooperation and interdependence, you can succeed all the hardships of our evolution. She also limits what you can do in this game. You cannot randomly change periods, or do huge actions stuffed into tiny words (ex. I wage war and win). You need to take steps with your actions and based on previous events. When your species goes extinct, you will be reincarnated as an individual of the dominant species. Look after the children; we borrow the earth from them. Progress is inevitable, but the division isn’t. And you have until 9:00 AM Eastern time on September 7, 2019, to join the game.
That is all for the rules and layout. Now you will embark on the expansive odyssey(s) of human evolution on and outside this planet. Use your mind, voice, and senses to guide your voyages. Gain strength in numbers and advance your species. Survive the elements, teach your family, build a home. Transform the earth using your powers and knowledge passed down millions of years. Explore every biome, continent, planet, and star system. Learn the true meaning of life, the universe, and everything.