Double-Blind (DBWI) and Future-Blind (FBWI) What If FAQ

Discussion in 'Help and Rules' started by Pkmatrix, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. Pkmatrix Godzilla Fanboy Monthly Donor

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    Since there seems to be ongoing confusion over the difference between Double-Blind/Future Blind What Ifs and Role Playing Games, I think it's time somebody posted a short guide explaining it. Since I seem to be the only one interested in such a guide, I've take it upon myself to write one up. Onward!

    What is a Double-Blind What If?

    A Double-Blind What If (or, DBWI) is a type of alternate history "What If" written as if the thread starter and commenters are from an alternate timeline where a stated event unfolded differently from the way it did in our timeline. The participants discuss the topic from the point of view of this alternate timeline, the details of the timeline being filled in through the conversation.

    What is a Future-Blind What If?

    A Future-Blind What If (or, FBWI) is a particular type of DBWI written as if the thread starter and commenters are from a hypothetical future, most commonly discussing how an event that has already occurred in our timeline would have changed their history if it had happened differently. The participants discuss the topic from the point of view of this hypothetical future, the details of the timeline being filled in through the conversation.

    What is the difference between a DBWI, FBWI and a Role Playing Game?

    In a DBWI or FBWI, the participants engage in a limited and more academic form of role-playing wherein they write from the point of view of people living within the alternate timeline, but do not assume roles of characters. In other words, it is assumed that you are yourself in the alternate timeline participating in what is otherwise a normal topic on an alternate Alternatehistory.com.

    In a Role Playing Game, the participants assume the roles of characters with names, lives, and histories often dramatically different from their normal selves. They then engage in either a discussion of the alternate timeline or future from those characters' points of view. This type of Role Playing Game is often referred to as a "Double-Blind Role Play" or "Future-Blind Role Play".

    The two are very similar and it's common for DBWI/FBWI threads to eventually transition into a DBRP/FBRP, often due to one participant stepping in who doesn't quite understand the difference. Unfortunately, this can be problematic: while DBWI/FBWI threads are allowed in the Discussion Forums (Before 1900, After 1900, Future History, and Alien Space Bats), DBRP/FBRP threads are considered Role Playing Games and are moved to Shared Worlds. Please keep this in mind when starting or participating in a Double-Blind or Future-Blind.

    Can you illustrate the difference?

    An example of proper DBWI/FBWI:

    An example of a DBRP/FBRP:

    I hope this helps clarify matters for everyone!

    Remember, the difference is subtle but there is a difference. Be mindful, lest your Double-Blind or Future-Blind get itself booted to Shared Worlds!
     
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  2. Burton K Wheeler l'état profond, c'est moi Moderator

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  5. Petike Sky Pirate Extraordinaire

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    I've already put it all in and reformatted the page a little. I mean the DBWI page itself, which has existed for a long time.
     
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    Ah, okay! ^_^
     
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    Excellent, thank you.
     
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