Ufnal Posted January 3, 2018 Share Posted January 3, 2018 Divergent Timelines Historical watcher diaries series Among the many pleasures of TEW, one of my favourite is watching a seemingly living world grow and change before my eyes, with wrestling events being held, wrestlers developing, succeeding and failing, promotions rising and falling, history being made and interesting stories emerging left, right and centre. This project aims to share this pleasure of emergent worlds and narratives with you, dear readers, by describing the universes generated during a hands-off simulation and telling stories about them, hopefully in a way that does them justice. For this project I will be using various historical mods by The Mod Squad aka the people from Wrestling Nexus, starting with Genadi’s “1987: The Golden Age” mod (version 4.0). While simming fictional universes and organically generated ones is also enjoyable, alternate histories are easier to tell stories about, as even simple comparisons with how events unfolded in the real world provide a lot of interesting starting points, from “I wonder what happened with Bret Hart in this timeline” to “How the hell did THEY manage to go out of business/stay in business for such a long time?” to “Wait, how does the UK have a livelier wrestling scene than Mexico now?”. There are two ways one can go about doing a watcher diary. One of them is to do write-ups every month or year, chronicling the various events and twists of fate as they happen. The other is to sim a fixed amount of time – say, 10 years – and then write up the current state of the world and how it got to this point. They both have their pros and cons – writing up monthly/yearly lets you keep up with the storylines better, but means that less happens in each update and takes much more time and work, while a huge timeskip lets you describe longer, more interesting stories and changes, but means some detail will inevitably be lost (in TEW’s case, I find it very hard to piece together when/if a turn happened from the available history – this information is visible in the daily news, but for some reason not in the news archive). For my first diary, I chose the second option and simmed from March 1987 when The Golden Age begins to January 1st, 1997. I am not sure which method I will use for any future simulations, if and when they happen, so any feedback is appreciated. About match ratings – I generally treat them as a metric of audience reaction generated by the match than as a metric of pure quality, taking into account how they can depend more on in-ring work or on popularity/storylines based on the company product – but for me an A* match is obviously a match great both in ring and in the overness department. It’s also important how the ratings compare to company popularity, so, a B- match in a regional company with some D+ pop is a barnstormer, while in a B+ pop National company it’s a run-of-the-mill midcard bout. My plan is first to do a few general posts about the main divergences from our world and the themes that have developed, then proceed to write up stuff based on things like Hall of Immortals inductions, title histories, Match/Card/Wrestler of the Year awards, as well as things that jump out at me as being good story material. All kinds of feedback on my choice of topics and style/quality of write-ups (I’m not a native English speaker, so language and style critique is appreciated) is welcome, but I’d especially love to know whether you, the readers, want me to cover some specific subject, such as a particular wrestler’s career, the fate of a specific company etc. TABLE OF CONTENTS Simulation 1: The Undisputed Kings [1987: The Golden Age by Genadi, simmed to Jan 1997] Overview - part 1: USA & Japan Overview - part 2: British Isles Overview - part 3: Mexico, Europe & Canada NWA: The Alliance of Kings The Excellence of WAR The State of Women's Wrestling The Icons of Wrestling: Roddy Piper The Icons of Wrestling: Hulk Hogan Great Moments in Wrestling History: AJPW World’s Strongest Tag Team League 1988 Simulation 1.5: The Disputed Kings? [undisputed Kings simmed further to Jan 2007] Overview - part 1: United States Overview - part 2: Japan Overview - part 3: Canada Overview - part 4: Mexico Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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