Omniverse Nexus (ON), often referred to as simply the Nexus, is a collaborative worldbuilding and creative writing project. On Omniverse Nexus, writers of any skill level can work together to build a shared multiverse filled with characters, lands, planets and stories.
Originally founded by a quintet of Spore fans, Omniverse Nexus branched out into a variety of genres ranging from hard science fiction to fantasy, and now has more than a dozen authors from around the world.
Earliest days (2009-2012)
The earliest origin of the Omniverse Nexus is in March 2009, the 'Spore birthday'. A community would develop around a shared fandom of the 2008 video game Spore.
Wikia era (2012-2015)
The original ideas that would eventually become part of the Omniverse Nexus were cultivated on the Spore Fan Fiction Wiki hosted by the Wikia network. When the massive interstellar empires of their design grew beyond the scope of the game, Krayfishkarl and SupcommMonroee, along with colleagues Nra 'Vadumee, Panthean and IceBite (later known as Kamen Rider Nexus), decided to transfer these creations to a new site. As a result, Omniverse: Galactic Conquest Wiki (or GC for short) was founded on 14 March 2012.
After its 200th article was created, GC was featured on Wikia Spotlight, attracting a plethora of new users, and growth of the database accelerated.
Problems began to arise in the latter half of 2012 when users began to favour more scientifically grounded explanations for concepts and phenomena. In September, discussion on the Wiki Forums began on the establishment of a sister site, leading to the creation of Omniverse: Erudite Chronicles Wiki on 30 September, with Nra 'Vadumee at the helm. It was renamed two days later, becoming Erudite Tales Wiki. On 5 April, Omniverse: Galactic Conquest was similarly renamed to Galactic Crucibles, dropping the Omniverse title.
On 10 May 2013, ideas for a second sister project began to surface when TheTimMan proposed the creation of a site revolving around historical fiction and alternative history. These came to fruition on 14 May, when Infinite Histories Wiki was founded.
MediaWiki era (2016-2019)
After months of discussion and debate, it was decided in 2015 that the Nexus community had outgrown Wikia (now rebranded as Fandom), as by that time the latter had shifted its focus to fandoms rather than original content. To facilitate complete control over the creations on the Nexus sites, the three Wikis were merged under a new, unified network now known as the Omniverse Nexus. At first, Wordpress was used to host the site, but in May 2016 MediaWiki was adopted and thus Omniverse Nexus evolved into its current form with Krayfishkarl as domain host. Early efforts focused on moving written material from the old wikias into the new Omniverse Nexus website. During the first year, the Omniverse Nexus hosted most of the wikias' original content with their original articles verbatim.
A few months prior in January 2016, the video game Dreamwalkers: Sleep Descent (then known as Project: Light World) was announced to help stir interest among Nexus users after a long period of inactivity. The game continued a long cycle of planning and writing before eventually getting canceled in December 2017. However, the game's plot and setting served as the basis for the Dreamwalkers setting. Development on Dreamwalkers: Sleep Descent would restart in May 2019 after the Dreamwalkers setting had more time to develop.
According to Krayfishkarl, I think what really got things rolling is that Rob made a blog post on the wiki's anniversary of that year and then that prompted me to get the wiki back running. And then that's when suppy made the Discord server.
The Omniverse Nexus Discord server, founded by Suppy was, along with the Dreamwalkers game, intended to bring the separated community back together and recruit new users. In this aim, the Discord server was successful, making it far easier and more convenient for members to communicate and collaborate.
In June 2017, an internal error occurred on the MediaWiki site that caused all site content and user data to be lost. Thankfully, the majority of articles were preserved in the form of an XML backup, but the entire site had to otherwise be rebuilt from scratch. For most articles, edit history before 10 June 2017 was lost. In addition, all users on the site were asked to recreate their accounts. As this event happened to coincide with the desire to reboot the continuity anyway, future plans remained unaffected by this event. Since then, better measures have been taken to ensure such an error does not occur again.
From May 2018, the focus shifted into creating new material for the Omniverse Nexus instead of continuing to move old material from the wikias. Around this time, TheTimMan spearheaded major changes to the website design, particularly the main page, towards a unique look.
On the 17th of March 2018, SuppcommMonroee founded the Omniverse Nexus Discord server; Krayfishkarl made the first message on the server the same day, saying 'Hello!'. This changed how discussions around new material and change to the website were done. The Discord server has made it significantly easier for contributers to communicate ideas and helped to revitalise the Nexus.
Later in 2018, the Omniverse Nexus received a graphic redesign to the main logo and the Dreamwalkers logo. Work was also undertaken to regularize and update old templates and articles and to remove old material.
In October 2018, Avetzan resurfaced the ideas of Hallows Maleficent, a canceled horror-based setting of the Omniverse Nexus that Dreamwalkers borrowed elements from. During the process of discussion with several interested users, the new premise and goals of a new horror setting for the Omniverse Nexus were established. It was then that the name Smog Hollows was created for this setting.
'Zine Era (2019-present)
In March 2019, the idea of an Omniverse Nexus magazine, or Zine, was first proposed and discussed. By September, plans became more serious for the Zine to become a quarterly issue and for the first issue to come out in December 2019.
First suggested by Kingliman, the Zine project quickly gathered the support of Avetzan, Chromogar, Krayfishkarl, Robdolf and Suppy. With their combined efforts, the Omniverse Nexus produced a 40-page, A4 magazine. In this edition, the launch of the Heroic Ages setting was first teased as well as an as-yet-unrevealed yellow-themed project.
As the Zine is a quarterly project, the second issue will be released on the 1st of March 2020.
Omniverse Nexus is currently comprised of six distinct settings: Galactic Crucibles, Erudite Tales, Infinite Histories, Dreamwalkers, Smog Hollows and Heroic Ages which correspond with the genres of science fiction, high fantasy, alternative history, surreal fantasy, horror and heroic fantasy, respectively.
Within these settings, users can create anything from tools to entire empires, provided that they first pitch their ideas to the wider community.
The Discord server is where all the Nexus discussion happens and is invaluable for idea creation. A link in the sidebar will take users to the server lobby where users can post their ideas. Upon approval, users can expand upon their ideas in new stories and articles, pitch new ideas and discuss ideas with other users. This method of collaboration is faster and more productive than other methods while allowing the Nexus website to remain spam-free.
Below is Omniverse Nexus' complete active staff team.
|Kingliman||Loremaster of Erudite Tales|
Loremaster of Dreamwalkers
|Majoras Revenge!!!||Loremaster of Erudite Tales|
|Robbo||Loremaster of Infinite Histories|
|Krayfishkarl||Karl||Krayfishkarl (talk)||Site Owner|
Chief Executive Officer
Loremaster of Galactic Crucibles
Loremaster of Dreamwalkers
|SupcommMonroee||Loremaster of Galactic Crucibles|
|TheTimMan||Tim||TIM (Talk to me! • My contributions)||Head of Graphics and Template Maintenance|
Loremaster of Infinite Histories
|User:Kamen Rider Nexus||Erudite Tales|
|Nra 'Vadumee||Galactic Crucibles|