THE BATTLE THAT NO ONE ASKED FOR, BUT YOU'RE GETTING ANYWAY!
Maintained by Jonatan Streith and a whole bunch of other people
WHERE *IS* IT AT, ANYWAY?
WHAT IS THIS "GMCA" THING?
You just *had* to ask that, didn't you? Sigh... well, I'm NeoVid, the guy who,
despite not coming up with the idea, or the name, or anything original at all,
is in charge here. If you want to know the story of how this GMCA thing
started, I'm the guy to ask. But since I'm doing this, you won't have to waste
my valuable time by asking. Ya got that?
All right, it all started long ago... November '99, I think, at Improfanfic
(if you don't know about them, how'd you get here?) when Matt Harrison went on
the Improfanfic message board with his idea of something sort of like
Improparty, but fighting-based. It started a flamewar, due to it being obvious
to anyone with a braincell still working that an SI fighting tournament
couldn't work. Well, the people who didn't have any brains found their
imaginations captured by the idea. The original supporters were BWA (more
lurky than Lurker), myself (Impro's Least Contributing Author), Chaobino (who
actually controlled an indie site), Jonatan Streith (former Savior of Impro),
Yun [just add romanization] (the fanatic's fanatic), and (\/)ajin (who might
have been admin if I wasn't so domineering). There were a few other people who
joined up early... but I can't remember who they are, so they must have not
done much. Eheh.
I personally believed that this idea could work if we copied the Octagon Rumble in several ways, especially making sure to clamp limitations on the
fighters... in fact, at the time it came up, I was already mostly through a
movelist for myself, which (in an idea copied from the OR's accidental creator
Wanderer) I had been intending to post at Impro to see what happened. As it
turned out, there were nearly as many people who wanted to join as there were
people who knew it would be a disaster, and one of them had control of an
indie site, so we went over to L-sama Productions and have been quite happy
there, except for the way this project has already chewed up three webmasters.
Well, the last thing we dared to say about the GMCA on the Impro message board
was to ask for a name for it. One of our top supporters (and second doomed
webmaster), the Black Wyvern of Armorica (aka BWA, aka 'Vern-chan, aka
Slithery Jabroni) thought of the Grand Merchandisable Clash of Authors, and
should've set the tone for the whole thing right there.
But it didn't. I originally wanted this to be a very non-serious event, but
then when I volunteered my own universe for the hosting, control of the
tournament went to hell (literally). What has ended up setting the tone is the
"Authors" part of the name; most entrants have brought in characters that were
created for worlds absolutely nothing like this, and in some cases, have been
used for years, so it's become a study in getting nearly incompatible
characters to work with each other. But that's the fun part. Well, one of the
fun parts. The other is screwing around in-character on the message board.
(Ask about the Fanservice Pic Scandal sometime, and be prepared to go into
some seriously weird territory.)
From those few supporters, it eventually expanded to the point where we
couldn't even fit in everyone who wanted to join. We've lost a few people...
Matthew himself mysteriously disappeared, and we've gone through, ummm... five
announcers by now. (And five admins, too! Burnout ain't nice. We're hopeful about the multiadmin solution, though. -JS) We've sort of become a crossover, too, with the OR's
MultiMediocre Knight and the head of the Anime Capsule Rumble signing up. And
mentioning the GMCA anywhere else only causes a flamewar half the time now!
Though there's some dispute about this, the GMCA is technically an extremely
non-standard Improfic. As it is, we have every expectation of getting a fight
scene done. Any month now. I'm not kidding.
Also, please visit our non-GMCA fanfiction section!
While you're here, why not sign the Guest Book?
C'mon, it's fun! Really! And you can stop whever you like! First one's free...
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