An American member of the board from Southern California. He has a habit of working obsessively on one project for a period of time and then losing interest in favor of a different project, alternating between them regularly when suffering from writer's block on a given work. He is the self-proclaimed Emperor of Rplegacy, his own message board, though the board has been inactive for years. He is also a founding member of the Moé!Dictators' Club and set to appear in AH.com Enterprise as a recurring guest character with his own ship, the Rplegacy.
Claims to Fame
In the neverending dispute that is the Universal Colour Scheme debate, he's notable for creating one of the many possible variants of map colour schemes. He refers to it by the fun acronym of TACOS. Take a look at it here. He has begun a “TACOS, Version 2.0” project to make the color scheme cover even more possibilities, and recently announced that he would revise the table with the RGB values of colors included. TACOS is set for a further revision and streamlining as well, reducing the number of colors used due to being a bit excessive.
Though unrelated to AH.com, he also prides himself on his writing abilities and has used this to refurbish articles on various wikis, participate in the updating of TV Tropes pages, and previously in the Jurassic Park Encyclopedia. He hopes to eventually become a published author.
Works and Projects
Oshron has numerous projects in the works, including several books with the intention of being published, numerous text-based RPGs on his message board, Rplegacy, and several alternate timelines.
Among Oshron's more serious writing projects several fantasy stories: one is technically alternate history (but more fantasy than anything else) which focuses on feudal Japan, the fictional medieval European island of Meropis, and inhabitants of the Republic of Humankind and other interstellar nations in 3039 AD, which are told in three separate novellas set in the same universe, termed “Earth-1001”; the “Vilgava” books take place in a fantastical solar system where nine planets exist and are home to different peoples based on ancient mythology; and the “Pangaea” books, set in a fictional world in the middle of its Industrial Revolution where humans and dinosaurs coexist, which will include exactly one reference to Jurassic Park per chapter. More recently, he's started putting thought into prose stories set within the Dichotomy TL, including a short story based on part of The Odyssey as an homage to Lovecraftian horror.
Oshron's RPGs are mostly large and detailed ones–which sometimes proves to be more of a weakness than a strength–that are supposed to take place on a grand scale. In addition to the once-planned Dichotomy, there is also Prehistoric Park, a “zoo management” RPG in which participants play as the human staff of a biological preserve populated by dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals; Dark Clouds Gathering, a fantasy crossover RPG in which both pre-existing and unpublished original characters fight in a classical war of good and evil; and Animorphs: The Resistance, based on the book series by K.A. Applegate, in which participants emulate themselves into the story, acquiring the power to turn into animals from an alien so that they can stop an invasion of Earth by the parasitic Yeerks.
One of Oshron's more recent developments in terms of writing is an effort to write a screenplay based on the Trojan Cycle from Greek mythology, intended to be closer to the original myths than its closest counterpart, Troy. The story would be split into two films–possibly three, with the third being a spin-off based on The Aeneid–which unambiguously cast Odysseus as the main protagonist with the Trojans as antagonists but not villains, instead with both sides of the Trojan War being manipulated by the real villains, the Olympian gods.
Oshron has several timeline projects in the works, though none of them have truly approached completion, partly because of the scope of the timelines and partly because of the writer's own procrastination and lack of focus.
: an ASB timeline inspired by Code Geass
(though bearing little actual similarity to it) which was originally planned to be used as the backdrop for an action RPG but is now intended as, essentially, the broad setting of a larger “franchise” of alternate history stories. Dichotomy
has an ultimate end-scenario, leading to the rather confusing method of working backwards from the present-day and building the history from there. The setting is a multipolar, non-globalized world mainly divided between a few different superpowers and their allies, which includes an expanded United States, a Britannian Empire instead of a British Empire, a surviving Aztec Empire allied to America, OTL's World Wars never taking place, a less significant rise in communism due to the Russian Revolution failing, and persisting colonialism, imperialism, and aristocracy. In a sense, it could be taken as an homage to or commentary on various Gundam
media where futuristic settings feature Age of Imperialism-style geopolitics, socially-backwards feudalistic cultures, and advanced technology up to and including mecha.
: a more plausible ATL than Dichotomy
in which the British and the Americans never get on good terms with each other following the Revolutionary Wars and maintain their mutual hatred through to the 20th century. Unlike Dichotomy
, Anglo-American Rivalry
is more open-ended and will conclude in whatever year it is completed in. The POD is intended to be George III dying earlier than IOTL in a freak accident.
Not Quite Nineteen Eighty-Four or 1984+: a reinterpretation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four in which “Airstrip One” (Britain) is actually a North Korea-analogue which has convinced itself that it's a superpower in an eternal war with two other superpowers. “Oceania” is fractured into several powers, including a police state North American Union, an imperialist Argentina junta, a cryptofascist Australia, and white supremacist South Africa; Eurasia is replaced by the Soviet Union, which has formally added the Eastern Bloc into its territory and has now corralled most of Western Europe into its sphere of influence; Eastasia is comprised of the People's Republic of China and a neoimperialist militant Japan; and the “disputed zone” that the superpowers are fighting over in the original book is reimagined as the Equatorial Federation, the last major democracy and only true superpower in the world which has benefited from a massive influx of refugees fleeing the authoritarian regimes of the other powers.
“The New Dinosaurs”: inspired by the Dougal Dixon book of the same name, which has its POD at 65.5 million years ago and details the lack of a Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, and thus the persistence of non-avian dinosaurs through to the OTL present-day.
a possible idea, in part based on Harry Turtledove's short story Occupation Duty, with two separate PODs: one in which Goliath kills David and establishes the Philistines in as the predominant people in the Levant rather than the Israelites, and Paris (metaphorically) choosing to give the Golden Apple to Hera, meaning that the Trojan War never takes place. Alternatively, just the latter POD could occur.
”: a timeline in which Islam is the most common religion in the world, and a band of Islamic-majority countries stretch clear across the planet from Iberia to Iran to Papua to the Americas to West Africa; the major powers ITTL would be Christian Sweden, pseudo-Islamic Russia, and a (possibly) Buddhist Mongol empire from south China to the Arctic, and Europe outside the Mediterranean zone becomes TTL's Middle East, an unstable collection of Christian-majority states which holds a good degree of resentment towards imperialist Islamic countries.
“Greek Victory at Thermopylae”: the most recent of oshron's numerous timeline ideas, perhaps as a more reasonable version of the above-mentioned Occupation Duty-based idea; the POD would be that the path used by the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae is never discovered and Leonidas I of Sparta holds the pass until the Spartan Army arrives, allowing the Greeks to win the battle and force the Persians back. This ultimately leads to a very different world in which Greece is a leading state in Europe (though not the most powerful in the world) alongside many other different countries; it is possible that Greece would become TTL's version of the Roman Empire, occupying much of the Mediterranean before being forced back and sacked by various barbarian tribes.
: aside from Dichotomy
, this is probably the largest of Oshron's projects. Inspired by Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
comic, it's a massive crossover of all published fiction–going a step further than Moore by going outside public domain content by virtue of not being published itself. Though discussed on AH.com's message board, the whole project is too big to post there and has its own site
In AH.com Fiction
In AH.com Enterprise, a recurring character based on him is captain of the wandering crosstime ship Rplegacy and leader of its jolly and roguish crew of adventurers. Originally a rival to the series' Twin Fleet, he gradually becomes something of a “trickster ally” to the crews of the MES-1 Allohistory and MES-2 Uchronia, helping them on certain occassions.