Review – Multiverse Mini
Multiverse Mini seemed like a good idea at the time.
First of all, Multiverse Mini was my idea, to add a round robin mystery style story. However, the story was never completed, and the mysteries were too odd and no one really ‘got’ them.
The concept behind Multiverse II consisted of a puzzle and a mystery to be solved by the other players. Hence my inspiration came from Dungeons and Dragons and the like.
I wanted this one to be loaded with music. Hence the prelude song (before anything else happened) became Neil Young’s My My Hey Hey because I wanted to instill a feeling of foreboding.
The first song posted? The Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds because I wanted the participants to think about the illogic of Pepperland.
And then to give a hint that a river had to be crossed, I added Lenny Kravitz’s version of the old Jimmy Cliff tune, Many Rivers to Cross.
So for the next trial, I wanted the characters to teach each other something. Surfing was supposed to be fun. Hence I went with the B52s’s Rock Lobster.
And then in order to make the training sessions obvious, I added the Beach Boys’s Surfin’ Safari.
Because Lili becomes distressed by the sound of the waves (I added a thunder and lightning storm to the night of her parents’ deaths; that detail had not been there before), and the test was ended before Naurr, a Caitian, would have to get wet.
So the next test concerned getting out of heat, and the song? Buster Poindexter’s Hot Hot Hot.
However, the test really evinced cooperation, and that meant, of course, Miami Sound Machine’s Conga.
Unfortunately, the story ended here, as the other participants abandoned it. A pity, as there were other challenges.
Unposted Challenge Songs
So for the fourth challenge, it concerned harmony and working together, a la Emilie-Claire Barlow’s O Pato.
And then the hint song? The Youngbloods’ Get Together.
The fifth challenge involved getting from place to place and that meant cars. Hence the first song (why? I can’t recall why) – Warren Zevon’s Sentimental Hygiene.
And then the hint song made more song, Ronny and the Daytonas’ Little GTO.
Since the next one concerned vision and identity, the song was David Bowie’s Sound and Vision.
And the hint song? The Who’s The Real Me.
Furthermore, I can’t honestly recall the theme of the next challenge, but the song was Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze, and Lili and Naurr had to cook something.
In addition, the hint song – Jay and the Techniques’s Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie.
Finally, the finale song – The Tubes’s Talk to Ya Later.
With the hint being Donna Summer’s Last Dance.
Furthermore, as the aftermath, Kantalia converted to her true shape, similar to a creature called a Spanish Dancer.
In addition, others joined her and the big reveal would be that they were of Branch Borodin’s species and that they belonged to universe #49.
Finally, the epilogue song (because the planet was 100% water and with no dry land) –Manhattan Transfer’s Trickle Trickle.
Yeah, as I look back on it now, it is really … weird.
The story is Rated K.
Unfortunately, the Multiverse II round robin barely got off the ground. Participants did not seem to understand the puzzles and they went off in unexpected directions which derailed the ultimate plot, which was intended to show Branch’s origin world. I can only blame myself for that.
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