Maybe it would be better to change the story setting a bit, and
so that we have something to hold on, I'll make the following
more concrete suggestion: Let the MS revolution be some time in
the past. They enforced the new MS rule and new MS government
via the bots. But then their control mechanisms (servers)
crashed and malfunctioned so often, that the whole system got
out of control and the bots went crazy and anarchy was the
consequence. Humans have been hiding or taking refuge from the
bots for quite some time now. The MS headquarters issued some
help cry then, but that place (full of MS bots) is a very
dangerous tomb now. The 'rebellion' try to piece together a new
and free os, so they they can upload it to all the bots and
restore peace once more to the universe. The Tux must help to
get together the single pieces of the os, (like file system,
kernel, universal driver structure, IO system,...). (Maybe from
various different regions of the game, that might be quite hard
to reach, and in the end, it must be uploaded to all the bots
from the MS head quarter, which will be the final stage of the
The Tux might have to reach the former homes of some developers
and retrieve some code from the local hard disks since MS bots
still block most of the networking traffic and hardly any
message gets through, let alone big and complete chunks of
code. Maybe strong enemies or riddles will have to be solved in
order to reach those places, cause the developer communities
will have shut themselves off from the dangerous bots outside.
So much for the suggestion. Would that be ok with you? My plan
here is to get rid of the MS that would react very systematic
towards the Tux and the rebellion and everything would be very
complicated. My hope is that this way we have a more 'local'
game and more 'local' settings and 'local' tasks via with the MS
in control everything would be interconnected, making the whole
setup a very difficult process.
And if we stick to this, we would finally be able to settle down
to some concrete idea, even if not the most perfect one, but
which we can still change a lot in the details. (Actually I
think Bastians mail with the horseback riding Tux made me think
of this, that the bots themselves have gone bonkers against
mankind.) This leaves the original path of pure MS bashing
somewhat, but I hope you don't mind.
See ya, jp.
B/W some of my outgoing mail got dropped yesterday and the day
before. Our universities information service department had to
reorganize email traffic (again), so maybe I'll repost some of
my replies later.