I have a Source-Based Fan-Fiction MMORPG concept that's been three years in the making now called "The Source Heart Chronicles." I've been doing the writing; I need artists, map/level designers, LUA programmers, model makers, the whole enchilada. But every time I've attempted to recruit prospects to the project, I've been getting the same response: "Send it to Valve! They've GOT to see it!"
A friend of mine recently suggested I turn the concept in to Greenlight to see if I could get a development group together. The issue I have with that is that this is basicall a Fan-fiction of all the Source Games combined in a way that shatters the Fourth Wall and drags Valve and their Community in to a roller coaster ride. Because of this, the main thing I'm concerned about is this line here:
"Additionally, you agree not to post any item to Greenlight that contains the following:
"...Games or software using copyrighted material such as assets or intellectual property without permission from the owner."
The other concern is that I need to recruit people to the project and the rules state that I can't do soliciting, which is basically what I would need to do to get a group, right?
Here is the Overview for what I have Planned: Source Heart Chronicles Overview
And this diagram to show you what the Source Realms are:Source Realms Diagram[i14.photobucket.com]
As you can see, it is not just a mod; it's a full scale fan-fiction game that is going to involve all the Source Characters, The Valve Team, and ultimately us; yes, it's my strange way of honoring Gabe Newell and his colleagues for all they've done for us, and in some odd way, the Community itself, and I would hate to step on anyone's toes for something that is supposed to be a tribute. That being said, is this Greenlight material, or am I better off just posting it here to the forums somewhere so I can avoid the possibility of being banned from Greenlight?
Forgive me if I sound naive or stupid; this has been a labor of love and I really want to get on the right path for it and NOT mess up. Any tips would be much appreciated!