That is to say, I made it clear when starting Shatterbridge that I intended to turn it into a novel. I've been doing a lot of thinking over the past couple of months (with a lot of help and inspiration from devius) about what such a novel could entail.
But first, I realised that the world's history needed work, as did its cosmology. Some of what we worked on can be seen here. The majority of what was worked on will, alas, remain secret, because it's plot important.
Then the question was, when would such a novel take place? Would it take place in the early history that I just expanded upon? Or, say, fifty years after the events of the Forum RPG? Then I finally decided that it should take place around the year 2485, the current game time.
So what are the implications of that? It means that forum RPG events will likely tie into the novel, and also that I can start writing it on the forum the same way that ashenmoon handles Gideon.
Alas, I'm still deciding on the details in terms of characters and specific events, while having established the grander vision of overall plot.
Finally got started - two chapters done, but naturally will have to rewrite them a few times by the time I've finished the entirety of the book. Was surprised that once one has actually started, the words do flow.