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Have an idea where the plot should go? An idea for a particular character? Post it here!

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Thunderbird 8:

8 will likely be built in the pod repair bay, if not at some other marine location. Jeff would have the facilities to lay the hull and such under the guise of "development". Maybe Jeff actually has a new Hydrofoil under development. He can use it to disguise the work he's having other departments do for TB8.

Some of the elements from that would go into Thunderbird 8. Jeff can say he's working on some possible change to the new hydro and wants a new hull laid to test them out. It get sent to Tracy Island and is dubbed a failure, at least that what Jeff tells the rest of the company

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I just got a few hazy ideas relating to the rebuilding of Thunderbird 7. Why not make it an "IR family" affair? A post could be written where Dom, Nikki, Dianne and Brains (along with a possible vid-phone input from Drew) could brainstorm about the interior of the craft, such as a better layout, more safety features, upgrades to the equipment, better storage, etc.

Another possibility would be one or more posts about the actual rebuilding. I can see everyone coming together to put TB7 together, with teams working on different sections. That way, it could be done in only a few of days - maybe three or four. Then afterwards, they could have a celebratory party (of course, when it is fully built, it will work perfectly.).

Pizza, anyone?

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From: Hobbeth Sent: 8/14/2005 2:47 PM

Here's a suggestion for those who want to post something, or feel they haven't posted enough, but can't think of what to write about.

Try having your character write a letter home, to family or a friend. Write about the difficulties they're having keeping sensitive information out of the letter. Tell of their feelings of frustration, or homesickness, or sadness - whatever.


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From: Hobbeth Sent: 8/14/2005 2:48 PM

Here's another idea for a storyline that could continue off and on throughout the weeks and months to come.

One of the female characters could be into water aerobics and go work out in the pool. Some of the others (including Dianne, Tin-Tin, and Cherie) might join her, and they would end up deciding to have regular sessions.

Later on, any or some of the guys - Tracy and non- - might see what's going on and tease the girls. This could lead to the girls daring the teasers to join them, causing them to find out it isn't as easy as it looks.

Just a suggestion.


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From: Hobbeth Sent: 8/14/2005 2:48 PM

Here's a description of the area I've figured Tracy Island to be in, for the tsunami scenario and any future scenarios needing such information:

It's the South Fiji Basin. It (edit: the basin, that is) is a V shaped triangle, with New Zealand at the bottom, or south end. It is approximately 800 miles (that's approximately 1600 kilometers), north to south, although it is longer along the east side. The top of the V, along the north, is about the same distance.

Along the west side of the triangle is the Norfolk Ridge, running northwest, with Norfolk Island about midway up that side. There it bends more north to Noumea, The Loyalty Ridge and the New Hebrides Trench enter the basin from the northwest and Melanesia is to the east of it, running from northwest to southeast. The Hunter Island Ridge runs along the top of the triangle, running ENE up to Fiji and Suva. Northeast of that are the islands of Samoa.

East of Fiji is the Koro Sea, the Sough Fiji Ridge and the Lau Trough. Then there is the Tonga Ridge, east of which is Tonga. The Tonga Ridge runs southwest and meets up with the Kermadec Ridge (and the Kermadec Islands, which meets up with New Zealand again.

I suggest that the earthquake that starts the tsunami could occur in the southern part of the Central Pacific Basin, around the Winslow Seamount area, about 200 miles (or 300 kilometers) northeast of Kiribati.


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From: Hobbeth Sent: 8/14/2005 2:55 PM

Here are a few more ideas. Since they have a workout room, a games room and a laundry or two, write posts involving your characters in those areas.

Or have them decorating their apartments.

Or maybe someone gets a movie they all want to see (or just the guys do, or just the gals do) and throw a movie watching party.


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From: Hobbeth Sent: 10/23/2005 11:37 AM

As you all know, I started a romance between Tin-Tin and Brains. Now, if any of you would like to write about that, please feel free to do so.

I have one request. Since Tin-Tin has been burned twice recently (by Alan and by Giles), she would naturally be cautious about how fast this relationship goes. And Brains, being surprised by this (as well as being so busy), would also go slowly. So please write this with those things in mind. Take it slow and easy, and be somewhat subtle about any displays of affection between them.


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From: Tikatue Sent: 1/17/2006 8:48 AM

Here's a suggestion. If you can't come up with something for your character to do, how about writing the canon characters doing something? Very few of us do this, but the canon characters aren't just there to be chess pieces and interact with the player characters. They should be played as much as our own are.

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From: Hobbeth Sent: 6/3/2006 10:07 AM

Here's a list of things anyone can write about their characters on Tracy Island. Remember, it isn't all rescues.

1. Have your character reading a newspaper - or the news on the internet - and later sharing a funny or unusual story with some of the others. You can check out "News of the Weird" for some ideas of stories.

2. Dom agreed to teach a yoga class. Write about it. If your character is attending, what is he or she thinking about it? Or about the others in the class.

3. Mail call. This can happen more than once, and to several characters. They can get mail from home, from friends, especially if it is someone who hates email and loves to write and receive handwritten letters. You can have your character reply.

4. Mail call 2. What if your character actually got junk mail. Or one of those "You may have already won . . ." - well, that's junk mail, too, but in a class by itself, imho.

3. Email. Have your character send or receive email. Here's also an opportunity for a spam message to get through, in spite of Brains' blocks. The character(s) would notify him and send him chasing down the glitch.

4. Have the newbies interacting with each other, or with the canon characters more. It can be serious or funny, whatever you wish.

5. Try writing a post with just the canon characters. Or with the canon characters and the younger children - after they return from South Carolina, of course.

6. Did anyone other than Dom decorate their apartments? How? Describe the colors, the accessories, etc.

7. Have a barbecue on the beach.

8. How about games, maybe even tournaments? There is a games room in Cliff House. They could choose the pool table, one of the electronic games, or something else.

9. What about secret talents? I know Brandon has a pretty good singing voice, and a couple of the girls did karaoke together when they celebrated Alan's birthday in Christchurch (sorry, I can't remember which two), but there are a lot of other talents to explore. Writing poetry, writing short stories, drawing caricatures, doing jigsaw puzzles . . . . you name it.

10. Have a movie night. Maybe several could get together - newbies and canons - and watch an old movie. If you included the canons, it could be at the Villa, in their "screening room", as I like to call it.


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From: Tikatue Sent: 6/7/2006 6:14 PM

Okay, to possibly help those who might want to join us, how about giving us a list of those skills that IR could possibly use? Flying is a given, but what other skills are out there that would be useful, and possibly needed.

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From: Hobbeth Sent: 6/7/2006 7:25 PM

Here are a few possibilities for skills needed:

1. Firefighting abilities.

2. Mountain climbing and rappelling.

3. Able to not just pilot a plane, but drive anything that has wheels or treads, and/or moves through or on top of water.

4. Possibly, as an avocation, knows alternate forms of medical treatments, including acupuncture and homeopathy.

5. Is very learned in animal behavior.


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From: AmandaTracyandFred Sent: 10/22/2006 1:06 AM

NRPB (Non-Rescue Plot Bunny)

I was thinking of a lingerie party for the women at some point. It would be after Dr. Tracy gets better, of course. A nice way to break the ice for Heather and anyone new joining. This would be a good idea for all the ladies since they had their own challenges during recent rescues.

Also, I was planning on a dinner party for interested parties to help fund the school damaged by the tornadoes which would include the Kennedys and the Tracys.


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From: lillehafrue Sent: 10/24/2006 1:57 PM

I like the girls night idea...what if at the the same time, the boys head to the mainland for a boys night of their own? Perhaps a bar or club?


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From: Tawnyangel22 Sent: 10/26/2006 1:44 AM

I was thinking about Gordon organising a sailing party, ending with a barbecue on one of the adjacent islands. I think Jeff owns a few around Tracy Island


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From: Tikatue Sent: 5/16/2007 9:45 PM

It's the eeeeebil plot bunny of doom again!!!

Pertinent to this particular rescue (cane fire in Australia). What if someone were to come along and take a dicetyline sample from the firebreak in order to try and duplicate it? Gordon used a "variation" of regular dicetyline to make the fire break, while Scott used the regular stuff to put out the fire around the copter. Perhaps one of the firefighters who Gordon was working with takes a sample. What would cause it to possibly change? I could see heat making a difference in regular dicetyline - the heat would activate its firefighting abilities. But perhaps not the stuff Gordon used.

What do you all think? The person doesn't have to be successful in duplicating it or having it duplicated (it'd take time to analyze the stuff anyway). But is it a good plot bunny? Let me know in this thread.

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From: susanmartha Sent: 5/16/2007 10:53 PM

Sounds like a good plot bunny to me! Maybe a Chem. student who fights brush fire during break to put himself through college?


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From: lillehafrue Sent: 5/17/2007 7:05 AM

Oh! I like it! Prompt the whole "share the tech" issue. Let's roll with it.

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When transferring the stories to this site, I came across Callie, home for her birthday, telling her brothers something about TI having a luau.

Perhaps some time in the future the Tracys could have a luau for everyone. Maybe it would be after Kyrano and Lisa return from their honeymoon. Or it could be for another reason, or even no reason at all.

Can you imagine them roasting a whole pig on the beach? Watch out for Gordon and Alan, y'all.

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What about a combo birthday/costume halloween thing for Dom? Could be fun to see what we come up with for costumes.

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First of all, I want to say that I like Lille's idea of the Halloween costume/birthday party. That could be a lot of fun!

Next, seeing as it got brought up in the brainstorming session, I would like to do a Japanese Tea Ceremony once Cassie gets settled in. I figured for the cannons I could use Virgil seeing as we've already got him asking her questions about her Japanese heritage. Can anyone think of any other cannons that might be interested? Anyone interested in included their character? Let me know.

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I think that - of the canon characters - John, Virgil, Grandma T, Tin-Tin, and Kyrano would be the most likely to be interested. Jeff might, too. I'd be afraid to have Gordon there. image

Of the OCs, I'd expect that Dianne, Gherie, Lisa, Nikki, Callie, and Elise would. Perhaps even Dom.

Somehow I don't see Alan or the youngest Tracys going. I'm not too sure about Brains, either. He might be interested, but something going on in the lab would divert him, and he probably wouldn't show up - unless, of course, Tin-Tin went and got him.

So, I think there would be around 11 people there, maybe more (if Luke comes, that is.).

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Hey all,

I wanted your opinion on this. I've started to set up some tension between Scott and Cassie and have plans to develop that in upcoming posts. I'm going to need a way for Cassie to prove to Scott that she knows her profession and belongs on the team. Here's what I was thinking:

A lighting strike causes a fire on the other side of the island which needs to be put out before it threatens their living area directly. Cassie would step up and organize the group fighting the fire and Scott would get to see that - yes, she does know her profession. As this would effect everyone on the island, I wanted to run it by everybody.

Let me know what you think.

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Great idea! No one ever expects tragedy to strike close to home. It would be a good way to see how the team acts when they know they're not in the public eye. Lots of different things could happen. Imagine the flaring tempers!! Great idea, Lynn.

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Sounds like a good idea to me! Why's it always Scott we choose for our conflicts? We're giving the boy a bad reputation! But I like this idea and I can see it happening

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Dreamt this one up, literally!

A major volunteer organization (Red Cross/Crescent/Crystal?) asks IR to help film a commercial promoting volunteerism that would be seen worldwide (Final line: "The more volunteers who come out to help after disasters, the less we have to" or something like that - I can't remember the exact quote now image ). It could be used as a screen by the Hood to get info on the IR operatives (a la Martian Invasion).

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While chatting with Shirley, a crazy idea popped into my head. What magazine(s) would your character read?

Magazines come and go - and some stay around forever. But what new magazine titles do you think would show up, and what would they have in them to interest your character?

This could be a work-related magazine, or one for leisure reading. Or both. It could be fun, coming up with a new title or two, and perhaps even articles that could be found within.

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on an upcoming rescue (I don't think this would be feasible on the next rescue) what if someone waiting to be rescued went into labor? I can see Alan's reaction (gross. what a mess!)

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Y'know, we've never had any outsiders in close proximity to the island when a rescue's been called in. (Except maybe the BBwBBB, but she and the boat that brought her probaby arrived well after the Thunderbirds took off.)

What do you think would happen if someone was in close proximity? One of the comic book stories dealt with it, but it was a nice elderly couple, and they required rescuing later on. What if it was a bunch of smart-alec deep sea fishermen from nearby Moyla? (Which is another thing we haven't used much; we've sent our crews to Christchurch instead - though I'm not sure Moyla is canon, except maybe in the comic books.) How far out do you think Jeff's "territorial waters" would go?

Interesting things to think about!

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on an upcoming rescue (I don't think this would be feasible on the next rescue) what if someone waiting to be rescued went into labor? I can see Alan's reaction (gross. what a mess!)

We are thinking similarly, Susan. I had suggested that during the tornado rescue, a group that needed IR's help would be several couples taking a Lamaze class, and some of the women would go into labor due to the stress of the situation. Obviously it wasn't used, but I can see that happening in the future.

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I suppose this could be put under either this title, or the Rescue Suggestions one, although it isn't exactly that, but here goes:

There are still famines in African countries. If one country couldn't get aid to many of it's people, due to corrupt government officials or civil war - or both - what would happen if IR was recruited? Food, medicine and materials to build, farm, find wells (there could be a drought, too, or the water source was some distance from a village) could be ready. But the people with the programs to get these things to those who need them are stymied.

If they called IR to help take the people and supplies to the villages in need, would IR agree to do so?

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What if we got to a place, say a mine where most of the people were alive, but trapped (Like in South Africa a few weeks ago) and when we got there and tried to help, the mine collapsed and they all died. Through no fault of anyones, just the twist of fate.

Or we didn't get there before the situation escallated and still everyone was killed.

That would give Dominic's brother a heck of alot to write about.

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A possible variation on this:
During a recent European earthquake, they couldn't get people or supplies to some remote villages. Plus, winter was coming and most houses had collapsed. Would IR be called to get supplies to places no one else could go? IIRC even helicopters couldn't get there, due to height and distance from the nearest air base.

I kept thinking of a special pod designed to carry supplies and serve as a temporary hq/hospital/living quarters for the Red Cross or someone like that. IR would load up and drop it off, maybe help with the initial search and rescue, then leave it there for the winter. It would have an internal power source powerful enough to power a village and enabling the place to be heated through the winter. Someone might try to steal it or the Government compensate it. And the share the tech people would have a field day with it.

Related question. Has IR ever had to deal with a country that would not let them come in to help?

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From AmandaTracyandFred at the MSN site:

I'd really like to see a new villain. Someone who had once been an agent with vengeful intents at International Rescue. He'd be about Christopher's age. Maybe he's being blackmailed somehow, or did something severely against IR. Not sure exactly how he'd do it or why he'd do it. Working on it, though.


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From Liz on the MSN site:

Here's a possible practical joke to start off with. What if someone were to do a little minor rewiring, or computer programming, so that if one person pushed the button to open his or her door (or pressed whatever they press), someone else's door would open instead? It could work for the Villa residents, or the Cliff House residents.

In the case of the Cliff House, it would be the elevator doors, which might be more difficult to do, unless the perpetrator had more extensive knowledge of the programming.

I suppose Gordon might be able to do it to his brothers. Would someone else be able to do it to him? Brains could; would he work with one of Gordon's brothers to do that? Could two of the brothers do it to him?


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People who are in the news today are not going to be in the news in the 2060s. People who are famous today for one thing or another aren't necessarily going to be famous in the future. People who are famous in the UK for something aren't always known in the US, and vice versa.

What I'm trying to get at is: if you have to name a musical group, artist, or any other kind of personality, think about them in regards to whether or not they'd be known in the future, and if they'd be known across the pond from where you are. Same thing for songs, books, movies, etc. There are some things that will stand the test of time, but a lot more that won't. It's better to make up a group, song, artist, whatever, than to be anachronistic.

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And more from Liz at the MSN Site:

Along the lines of the previous post here, I'd like to add something more.

Since this RP takes place more then sixty years from now, a lot will have changed. Most of us, myself included, seem to be writing as if things are happening in this time period, and having our characters using procedures and going to places (with a few exceptions) that exist today

Here's where we can use our imaginations. What sorts of medicines might be found in the next sixty years? What new types of vehicles would be available to the general public? Has solar energy or wind energy become more widespread? What types of transport for land and sea, as well as air, might be around? Has the way people entertain themselves outside of their homes changed? And so forth, and so on.

I'm not saying we can't use currently existing things. We have, and in well done storylines. But we can go a little farther, I believe.


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mentioned this in the January brainstorming session, but I think it should be here. It can be a storyline for any of the characters on Tracy Island, and I feel it's worth exploring.

We all know that the rescues have a strong element of risk to them, but what if the risk meant someone loses something? I'm not talking about a piece of equipment or part of their clothing. I'm talking about part of the person.

Say someone goes blind or deaf. Perhaps it's temporary, maybe not. Is the technology or medical treatment advanced enough in 2068 to correct it? And what would it be?

Or someone could lose a body part: an arm, a leg, an eye, a hand or a foot, for instance. What would the replacement be, if there was one? By that time, would the replacement - assuming it exists - be good enough to let the character continue working for IR? And what would that character's traumatic experience be like, both during the event that caused it, and afterwards?

This could make for one heck of a storyline. But not one to be written just for the angst factor, please.

Hobbeth, January 19, 2008


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I have a vision of Drew sending the family a scrapbook of all the press coverage during Dianne's hospital stay. Including a section of all the Tabloid coverage. The entire team could crack up over some of the stories.Especially if some of them came close.

"IR Dr still in hospital!!" "Secret conditon: Coma!!" "IR Dr.is Love child of IR leader!" "CIA tries to infiltrate IR!""Nurse: IR Agent made a pass at me while hospitalized!" (Drew would really hate that one.) "Exclusive Pictures of IR room!" "IR bribes hospital to keep quiet!"
And some of the aftermath. When the Beatles stayed at a hotel in Seattle, someone took up the carpet afterwards and sold pieces of it as souvenirs. What if someone tried to sell one of the blankets from Dom's room?

Susanmartha, January 21, 2008


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What if we did one month where nothing was happening? There were no rescues, no reason for a party, training was getting monotonous, and everyone was getting bored. What would they do?

What about a live action murder mystery? No one (except for two or three people, who make up the clues) would know who the victim is, or whodunit. Each day, they'd get a new clue in their email.

Or a treasure hunt. Everyone would get a riddle clue in their email one day. They'd have to figure out the riddle, which would send them to a certain location on the island. There they'd find the next clue, sending them to the next location, and so on.

The prize for solving the murder, or the treasure, could be some time off to go home, or go on a vacation and play tourist.

Hobbeth, February 4, 2008


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