> I have a few questions. > > I first of all apologize for being a relative newbie and > asking possibly dumb questions
"There are no such thing as dumb questions. Just dumb people asking the questions." --Anon.
Really though, it is better to ask what you fear might be a "dumb question" (they weren't) than make "dumb mistake" and tick people off.
> First, can I run several characters (the better for > developing a storyline?)???
Yes...but it increases your difficulty some and cuts down on the writer/character interaction. This is _interactive_ fiction after all. Most people do have multiple characters, but they also try to include other characters in on their storylines.
> Second, do I have to tacitly get permission here before > stating a storyline(if it is not world altering?)???
Tacit permission, as in, nobody has an major objections, well I'll say its a good idea, if not absolutely necessary. No use rehashing well-tread territory, or accidently planning your way into conflict with someone else accidently.
"You're breaking into the Fuchi Biolab? Damn...me too!"
Which is not to say that you should spill the beans about every last detail in your plot, but perhaps a "I'm thinking of doing a story that involves/is about/deals with _______. I'm thinking ______. Any thoughts? Anybody interested?" If there is anything time-critical (suchandsuch has to be blown up X days after the runners are hired) it helps to get writers on board before you get the ball rolling to get the introductions and pre-planning over with early.
World-altering stuff, though, needs _more_ than tacit permission. As in, you have to convince nearly _everybody_ that your idea has merit.
> thanks for prompt responses
--My two yen
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