Today I want to share with you an introduction to Dankoville that I wrote a few months back for the Dankoville Story Group which has a members-only website with background on the story of Dankoville…
The purpose of Dankoville grid
I made this grid as a setting for one of the storylines on my IC blog, The Further Adventures Of Danko Whitfield, Semi-Retired Time Traveler. I opened it to Hypergrid so the curious could visit. I didn’t expect other RPers or writers to join me here. What a nice surprise! And fun!!
As the grid is open to tourists and virtual world explorers who want to look around or even hang out without any interest in RP whatsoever, we are not a strict roleplay sim. Not at all. We are always OOC here unless we mutually decide otherwise. That can be a formally set time to RP or it can be a spur of the moment thing.
General overview of the Dankoville grid and its use in story
Genre: Small town life, Farm life
Our stories take place in Strange County, somewhere in the Corn Belt of the United States. We focus on the lives of the people who live, work, do business, play or visit in Dankoville, the third largest town in the county. The time is the present day.
We NEVER identify what state Dankoville is in, it’s just somewhere in the Corn Belt.
To answer the Bob Dylan Question – “How does it feeeeeel?” Think of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois. Not the big cities in those states but the rural, smaller places. Very small. Even more specifically about the feel of it…when I need a name of a person or place or I need to know the regional term for something or other “cultural” questions, I research South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota.
For awhile I didn’t even identify whether it was in the US or Canada but then a plotline led me to have to claim Dankoville for the United States. Yes, someday I may have to declare a state as well but I hope not. And until that day, always refer to Rule #1.
The existence of time travel is accepted as fact by most people in Dankoville but generally not a topic of conversation in polite company.
I’ll write a separate post about this and link it here when I do. I want you to be aware of this element as it is part of my main character’s story BUT I don’t want to emphasize it because it’s not what Dankoville is about.
As a resident of the area or even a regular visitor, you would know of the Whitfield family. But you certainly wouldn’t be talking to them about time travel (unless you are a time traveller) and vice versa. You’d talk about…farming, the weather, the high school basketball team, life in these parts in these times.
Time travel is actually quite important to the town’s history but that’s still not what our RP is about. It’s about life in a small town in a rural area in the present day. A family of time travellers just happens to live here. But their day job? Farming.
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