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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Neko- » Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:26 am

Someone beat you to that story:

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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby ckosacranoid » Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:38 am

that is very amusing for a pic though....
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby ckosacranoid » Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:38 am

that is very amusing for a pic though....
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Té Rowan » Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:33 pm

/me looks at picture above… <facepalm />

Hennyways and milwaukyroads, the generator idea reminded me of a Unix program named ‘thought’ which I found on a CD-ROM with Usenet source code postings. It‘s in Volume 21 of comp.sources.misc postings.

http://ftp.fi.netbsd.org/pub/misc/archi ... /volume21/
http://ftp.sunet.se/pub/usenet/ftp.uu.n ... /volume21/

As far as I can tell, it does not produce duplicates when asked for two distinct words with the same tag. The definition file for ‘thought’ to produce these challenges could be something like this:

- - -8<- - -
{deftag fandom}
{deftag device}

{defsent
Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining {fandom:1} and {fandom:2}.
The story should use {device} as a plot device!
}

{fandom
comma-separated list of fandoms
}

{device
comma-separated list of plot devices
}
- - -8<- - -

There you have it. No humungous MySQL database behind it, just plain text. Good for personal use, less so for hard online use.

Edit: Forgot something… the patches from Volume 22 must be applied as well.

http://ftp.fi.netbsd.org/pub/misc/archi ... /volume22/
http://ftp.sunet.se/pub/usenet/ftp.uu.n ... /volume22/

They fix bugs and add abilities and demonstrations.
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Neko- » Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:26 pm

Well... you did give me an idea there... Windows nowadays has a nice thing called PowerShell... And since a lot of people still use Windows, I wanted to see if I could get something similar out of Windows.

So I created a TXT with a bunch of fandom names, one on every line
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Sailor Moon
Doctor Who
My Little Pony
Star Trek
Star Wars
Back To The Future
Lord Of The Rings
Cowboy Bebop
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Ranma 1/2
Love Hina
Ah My Goddess

Then created a TXT with a bunch of plot devices.
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alien abduction
reading a book
a party
a war
a timemachine
a love triangle


Then created a crossover.ps1 file with the following content:
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$fandom1 = (get-content .\Fandom.txt | get-random)
$fandom2 = (get-content .\Fandom.txt | get-random)
$plot = (get-content .\Plot.txt | get-random)

Write-Host Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining $fandom1 and $fandom2.
Write-Host The story should use $plot as a plot device!

Line one sets a variable with a random value from the TXT file which is placed in the same folder as crossover.ps1 and called 'fandom.txt'
Line two sets a variable with a random value from the TXT file which is placed in the same folder as crossover.ps1 and called 'fandom.txt'
Line one sets a variable with a random value from the TXT file which is placed in the same folder as crossover.ps1 and called 'plot.txt'

The last two lines execute the printing of the results to the screen from powershell. Ran the command 'crossover.ps1' from the PowerShell prompt, and PowerShell got annoyed with me, disallowing the running of unknown scripts. Which is to be expected. You wouldn't want to run any and all scripts.

So you can execute the scriipt anyway as a one-time option, by running the following command:
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powershell.exe -executionpolicy  bypass -file D:\temp\Crossover.ps1


With the following results in the PowerShell window:

PS D:\Temp> powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -file D:\temp\Crossover.ps1
Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining My Little Pony and Neon Genesis Evangelion .
The story should use reading a book as a plot device!

PS D:\Temp> powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -file D:\temp\Crossover.ps1
Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Love Hina and Star Trek .
The story should use alien abduction as a plot device!

PS D:\Temp> powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -file D:\temp\Crossover.ps1
Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Star Trek and Ah My Goddess .
The story should use alien abduction as a plot device!

PS D:\Temp> powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -file D:\temp\Crossover.ps1
Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Lord Of The Rings and Love Hina .
The story should use a timemachine as a plot device!

PS D:\Temp> powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -file D:\temp\Crossover.ps1
Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Cowboy Bebop and My Little Pony .
The story should use reading a book as a plot device!


Yeah... I've limited myself to a short list of fandoms, and a short list of simple plotdevices, as this was more or less a proof-of-concept. But the fun thing is: you can just expand on either file as you see fit.

I could potentially go for a line in the code to make sure it doesn't use the same fandom twice in the same run, but if the list is sufficiently long it'll probably rarely happen to show the same fandom twice. And if it does, just rerunning the query should suffice.

So at this point.... Do we start another thread in which to post fandoms and plot devices so everyone can just copy them, and have their own generated fanfic-crossover fun? :)
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Neko- » Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:22 pm

I had some fun expanding the lists a bit... Never done this, so probably lame. But hey... the concept works!

Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Dragons and Star Trek .
The story should use alien abduction as a plot device!

Picard was pretty miffed at O'Brian for breaking the Prime Directive. The transporter room was wrecked by a dragon of all things. And Data was attempting to pet it, and see about keeping it along Spot as a pet.
Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Archer and Invader Zim .
The story should use a timemachine as a plot device!

Krieger put the last hand to the device. He was unsure of it's purpose, but whatever... FOR SCIENCE!

As it was switched on, it ported Gir into Kriegers lab, who was scratching himself behind the ear as to what the purpose of a green dog was.
Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Bleach and One Piece .
The story should use winning the lottery as a plot device!

As Ichigo won the Soul Society lottery, his prize was an all expense payed vacation. A portal promptly opened and dunked him on Skypiea.
Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Claymore and Slayers .
The story should use Christmas as a plot device!

Gourry and Claire unwrapping swords under the tree.
Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining Elfen Lied and The Walking Dead .
The story should use a cookie as a plot device!

Distracting the dead with a cookie turned out to not work that well. Tho using vectors to slice their heads off worked remarkebly well.
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Té Rowan » Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:29 pm

Heck, even I wrote a random phrase generator almost twelve years ago in Javascript. Didn’t do much with it, just an insulter using data from a ‘thought’ file. It produces such gems as
You uncultured excuse for repulsive dolphin boogers!
and
You sick stack of bad toe jam!
It could be used as a crossover idea generator by replacing the data set.

I think I began automating Targhan_Aga’s Ranma/SM crossover cliché generator. Didn’t get very far, it seems; forgot about it, no doubt. Should be easy to turn it into a ‘spew’ (another random phrase generator) file.
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Neko- » Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:38 pm

Welll... if it's insults you want: http://www.insultgenerator.org/ :)
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Té Rowan » Sun Jan 03, 2016 4:21 pm

Wow… Once I acquired enough round tuits, it took me just three quarters of an hour to compose and debug the ‘spew’ file. At least I can let it slip from my mind again.

Edit: Add link to original RSMCCC:
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Té Rowan » Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:00 pm

Hmm… FF.net (aka The-Site-That-Must-Not-Be-Named) and AO3 ought to be good sources of fandom names.
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Makoto » Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:24 am

The Doctor: Never again, Rose Tyler. I want you to promise me, you'll never ever make me imagine a Dalek in a Senshi uniform, ever again!


Heh, it's still fun to imagine David Tennant delivering that line. 8)

What would you think about a "bonus points if you work in a reference to:" field? Just curious.

Here's the list of entries I've been saving. Locally, it's an ODT of about 31 pages (was 37, before I removed the entries I did use), down to 29 on Google Docs, apparently.
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby ckosacranoid » Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:19 pm

i just tried the genetrater on an off chance this morning and its working again........ so on with very bad ideas.....
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Makoto » Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:43 am

Just tried it, and it's not working for me, although now it's throwing a different error than before.
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Neko- » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:51 am

Man... All that effort in creating something that can work locally and they decide to start fixing stuff... The nerve :lol:
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Re: The Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator, Reborn

Postby Spica75 » Sun Jan 10, 2016 7:39 am

Neko- wrote:Man... All that effort in creating something that can work locally and they decide to start fixing stuff... The nerve :lol:


Well, you just have to make something much better then! The next generation of the idea generator. :D
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