Back in 2009 (I know that 2009 was only yesterday, but this was earlier yet) I began laying out a whole town in the Verse called Ransom. Wait...no. It was 2008. Man how time flies. Anyway...
Ransom is a tiny little town in the Outskirts on New Canaan. It has a population of about 3,000 at any given time and it sports one of the few true airfields on the planet, complete with runways and hangers. While there are very few boats on Canaan that require a runway, the place still sees it's share of on and off world air traffic.
Ransom is also the home of Camp 96, one of many relocation camps set up during the War, and while it has long since served its purpose, much of it still stands as a reminder to the conflict. In fact, many of the settlers there, Independents and Alliance alike, remained at Ransom after the War, and it could be argued that true unification works there better than most places that openly brag about it.
Post-war Ransom is a quiet place, for the most part. The town sees a good share of the New Canaan Trade Route shipping and it sports more than a few interesting places for the weary inbound and outbound trade, so some days are more exciting than others. It also has some very rare and unfortunately dangerous days due to the close proximity to Miranda and to that portion of space known, feared, and hushly spoken about.
Now when I first began writing about Ransom it was a small, modest project. It was going to be all but a footnote in my free time, but as I've worked on this dusty little town, the project has grown. Not only have I written up numerous pages on her history and the history of the many people living at Ransom, I've also begun making labels, posters, props, brochures, photos, logos, and just about everything else for this sleepy little smudge on New Canaan that you can imagine.
Then along came the "Name That Crappy Town Where You're From" contest sponsored by the Austin Browncoats and I just couldn't resist. I bought a little town in the upcoming Atlas of the Verse.
Now, I'm offering a little chunk of real estate. I have numerous buildings, hangers, shops and residences on the map and I'm just looking for names to fill in the last empty buildings. I've already offered specific locations to all sorts of fellow fans, but I still have more space. As an example of one place already spoken for, Keelhauler now owns his own little corner of Ransom; a tidy little business right off of Ransom Airfield called Keelhauler Transport & Trading Company. According to Keelhauler himself, It's primarily a transport business (legal and not so much) but trading also plays a big part. The business is run by a former Browncoat. Their motto...
"Core to Rim ... You Got It, We'll Haul It."
I've also placed numerous other businesses for Badger, AZneed, Goodwolf, and others, and still I have a few places left unclaimed. Now, I'm opening the place up for anyone else who wishes to join in.
What I need:
-Name of a business (Uncle Carl's Haberdashery) or residence (Bill Smith's Place). If you do a business, I just need the name of the main proprietor. You can also be just an honest to goodness farmer, cowpoke or long since retired from the War soldier eeking out a life in the Outskirts.
-A brief explanation of the type of business. What do ya sell...or rather...what do you pretend to sell while all the while selling something else altogether?
-I'll also take any logos, mottos or tidbits you wish included in the overall write-up.
-I also wouldn't mind a good photo of you or someone else playing the part of a resident or proprietor in appropriate Verse style clothing. Just a simple shot of you in the day to day. Not something overtly posed or contrived, but rather a shot someone snapped off of you doing something or standing casually on a dusty porch or against a usable backdrop.
The finished work (though it won't ever really be finished) will be made available in all sorts of forms. There might be some posters that I'll charge for, but lots of the project will be broken down into free downloads and paper products, like some of the shipping labels and props that you've seen me make here already. Ransom is primarily a work intended for the pure joy of doing something in the Verse and sharing it with my fellow fans. I plan to go all out, so if you want a little of yourself, a friend (alive or long ago departed) or some one entirely made up placed on the map, must send me a private message and we'll talk.
P.S. Anyone wishing to have a cozy little shop or shack at Ransom will need to get me names prior to January 15th.
Last edited by Yellowjacket
on Mon May 27, 2013 9:55 pm, edited 7 times in total.