GTA Ideas Pages
Somewhere around January 14th, 1998, Klamy came up with the idea of a GTA roleplay, partly inspired by neiled's now-defunct BBS. (Neil has lost the pages, so I can't show them to you - alas.) It was to involve some famous GTA webmasters, even schu of Gouranga took part. The concept was a bit new to us all, and it didn't really come to anything as the work involved in keeping up sites for our roles was tremendous (at least I felt that way). I still have many of the things we (most of all Klamy) produced at that time, and will make more of it available here as time passes and demands come in :-) Oh, and don't forget to use the back button on your browser as you'll be leaving the GTA Ideas Navigation Zone looking at these ...
Since these are my pages, I'll tell you about my role. Klamy assigned me the part of the Gun dealer:
A self made billionaire and playboy of Vice City. Living a life of luxury and opulence. He has fathered more children than a bull in a field of cows (the stunning Jersey cows), although it won't come as a surprise to learn that all of them are denied to be his. This man sends fear to all but the most hardy (read: mafia bosses!). It is a paradox that for all his scheming and deviousness he may be the cleanest character of the five mentioned by name here. Nohing has been pinned on him (other than the 100 and 1 children). It could all change though as time goes on, no-one is above corruption, as our dear Chief of Police, Louie Doms will testify (oh, he will!)
My chain of weapon stores was to be named "Guns 'R' Us", but I decided instead to go with the established Vice City name, using some actual graphics from the game to establish the brand. Bent on the task of producing a believable gun dealer's web site, I researched the web a bit and came up with some graphics and even a real page with special offers I adapted minimally. Now pay a visit to Crazy Bob's House of Guns!
To show you the dedication that Klamy lent to this idea, I'll tell you that he actually went and christened every single street in Vice City, incorporating some famous GTA names. Not only did he do that, but he also produced a street map with the names written in. If you ever get lost, take this Vice City Map (106kB) with you and ask anyone for your way!
On a side note, Klamy's more recent site Sounds of Vice City, which features short fiction contributed by Tom Goldsmith and others, is another way to make that city come alive. The athmosphere of the roleplay is certainly there,although I have yet to see Klamy reuse his old story ideas for it...
GTA Ideas Pages
by Michael Mendelsohn