BZPB

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This article is about the BZPB project and community as a whole. For other meanings of "BZPB", see BZPB (disambiguation).

BZPB is a multi-authored crossover fiction project centered around stories and role-playing games that are set in the BZPB Multiverse, an elaborate science fiction/fantasy world that combines elements from hundreds of different works of fiction, as well as the creators' original characters and ideas, into one chaotic sandbox setting. BZPB was founded in the form of a text-based role-playing game on the Bionicle fansite BZPower on March 31st, 2008, before the game moved to Wikia and finally its own forum, bzpb.forumotion.co.uk, in November 2010.

The BZPB Multiverse was developed primarily in the role-playing game BZPower Battles (later shortened to just "BZPB" after the move to the independent forum bzpb.forumotion.co.uk), but also in other role-playing games and stories that were created by its players over the years. BZPB is now developed primarily in the form of prose fiction that is hosted on bzpb.forumotion.co.uk, most notably The Mazkertis Paradox, which explores what happens to the main universe of the BZPB Multiverse (the Original Universe) after the events of the BZPB RPG.

History[edit]

The events that led to BZPB's conception were a flame war known as the "BVM war" on BZPower, where members Heat/DRJ (then known as "brutaka555") and "king charvak" met. When the topic in which the flame war was taking place was locked, brutaka555 changed his name to Makuta: Master of Shadows and began playing a simple forum game called Endless Feud where BZPower members would fight each other as their online personas. However, MMos found that he was accused of "God-modding" whenever he did anything at all, so he sent Charvak an idea for their own version in a private message, then went to bed. When MMoS woke up, he found that Charvak had started the game, called "BZPower Battles", and had gotten many users to play it. MMoS was glad, but soon noticed that Charvak had twisted his original idea out of recognition (MMoS wanted to allow people to play solo or ally themselves into teams if they wanted to, whereas Charvak made being in a team mandatory). Since the end result wasn't actually that bad, MMoS stuck with it, and the game carried on, surviving many god-modders and flame wars, until a server problem caused BZP to lose six months' worth of posts. Even then the game carried on, with a plot explanation (Blackout using the Vahi Cube to rewind time by six months) given for the server wipe. Around this time, MMoS, who had by now become -Blackout-, suggested that a wiki be started for the game. This would prove quite useful in the future. A player by the name of "King of Nynrah" (who now goes by "Kon") created the first BZPB wiki on Wikia.

The game carried on, until, finally, on April 22, 2010, the topic was closed by staff member Friar Tuck because it had grown into a full-fledged RPG (RPGs were not allowed on BZPower unless submitted through a formal process and approved by a committee). But this would not be the end of the game: it moved to the Wikia wiki and stayed there until a player called ({Insert pun here}) (later known as "Shroom") created a forum called bzpb.forumotion.co.uk, where the game continued for five years until it was decided it would be relaunched as BZPB Reborn.

However, many wanted to continue to explore the Original Universe of the original RPG, so Klak created The Mazkertis Paradox for this purpose.

Setting[edit]

Most of BZPB is set in the BZPB Multiverse, a fictional multiverse that contains hundreds of universes, the most prominent of which is the Original Universe. The BZPB Multiverse itself was created for fun by a mysterious and enigmatic group known as "the Users" (the authors' self-inserts), who mostly exist as deus ex machinas that use their powers to resolve otherwise irresolvable plot situations and provide meta commentary on themselves for comedic effect, but some users have written them into the main plot itself.

The Original Universe itself is a massive science fiction/fantasy universe that contains elements from hundreds of different works of fiction, as well as users' original characters and ideas. Because BZPB originated on a BIONICLE fansite, concepts from BIONICLE are prevalent, with others from Transformers, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, Marvel, DC, Fringe, One Piece, Tenchi Muyo!, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and countless other works of fiction. Characters, locations, items, and technologies from all of these works exist together with ones created by BZPB's users, with stories woven between them: for example, the Green Goblin from Marvel Comics and Raziel from Legacy of Kain work for Mazkertis, but so do the original characters Blue and Mink.

To view an incomplete timeline of events that occurred in the Original Universe, see Timeline.