I really want to get into planning for story for MORE; ever since my joining in The Great Tree years ago, that is what I've longed to be involved in, and we have a tremendous opportunity here to produce a story of quality that holds peoples' interest. I'm afraid that as the months tick by and I see no planning at all, we're squandering precious time.
We need to get the various people who have been involved in successful fan-made story thus far together and get them onto the same page (pun intended). I think a key to successful story adoption is to have a crowd of people who're already playing along, who have a little inside knowledge and can apply peer pressure to others to participate. Not everyone has to know the full story to accomplish this; people just need to know their "script" - they need to know how they should react to keep the story believable.
* Found a world where we had access to highly valuable resources, but our presence was opposed? What if several linking books had been written, and someone with less than honorable intentions came into possession of one?
* Encountered a civil war between two groups of indigenous people?
* Failed in our precautions and brought with us a disease to another race, or if we brought a disease from another world back to ours? (Pento aside.) The Conquistadors wiped out more Native Americans with disease than with weapons, unintentionally, and that was just on our own planet. This has been done sort of with "The Book of D'ni", but we could put our own twist on it.
* Accidentally let someone from another world into our own? Would we have to worry about the same sort of xenophobia that the D'ni had? What if someone from another world who came to ours turned out to be evil at heart?
* Discovered a civilization in peril of being completely extinguished? (This is sort of a rehash of my idea earlier.) If we linked to a civilized world and then found it was unstable, such as Riven was doomed to collapse... would we then feel responsible if we closed the book and threw it away, leaving the people there to all die?
* Wrote a link to a world with yet another race with access to some form of the Art, such as it appears the D'ni did when they brought the Bahro to our world?
All of the above ideas are just generated off of one core idea - encountering another people. With a few more seed-generating ideas like that one, we could have a real garden of stories to develop.
I also think that we can help to develop stories and backhistory for Age Writers who have a nifty idea for a place, and want to build it... but have no good concept for the history of that place. I don't know if there is a marketplace for this sort of service or not. But... perhaps an Age has suspicious attributes that suggest intelligent life once was there (such as Spire or Haven did). How did this come to be? Was there once a race that lived there? Or what natural forces could have developed such a thing?
Taking a page from eco-terrorists, there might be a group of explorers who band together to oppose the efforts of the modern Guild of Writers. This group would cause disruptions from time to time - valuable and rare ink and book stores would occasionally be discovered vandalized. The premise of the group is rather simple: Man should not be playing God.
This sort of story provides a great opportunity to make it seem ICly that we have more writers working on more Ages than we actually have; if the Writers are waging a sort of war against an anti-Writing group, then numerous Ages "in progress" (Ages that OOCly aren't even being written at all) could be stolen and destroyed to further the story. This could also create an easy in-character "out" for Writers who cancel projects they're working on for whatever reason.
There could also be opportunities for accidents and problems that are completely unrelated to the anti-Age-Writing group to be blamed upon them.
Various options are possible from that idea.
1. Perhaps the Hopi join the explorers, and begin to divulge new secrets, other knowledge pulled from traditions and stories passed down through the generations.
2. Perhaps they form their own organization and attempt to counter the DRC's approach to Restoration. They might also challenge Yeesha's involvement in the releasing the Bahro.
3. They might declare all of D'ni to be their sacred homeland, and order the explorers to leave.
4. Some or all of the above. Different members of the Hopi nation may disagree on the right approach, leading to conflict among themselves as well as among the explorers.