Thought this might make an interesting topic, I'm guessing most people here still remember the metal genealogy chart from Headbanger's Journey and that it was discussed here.
Is anybody familiar with the video game series "Civilization"? Lately I was playing Civ 3 for a while, the "complete edition" of civ 3 comes with an editor. This is where the real fun starts.
Civilization has a tech-tree. You can invest in research and invent things. That way you can stay ahead of the competition and defeat them easier in combat because you have the latest units etc.
The tech tree is divided into four eras. This is what they look like:Ancient TimesMiddle AgesIndustrial AgeModern Times
The challenge should be obvious by now: let's try to make metal tech trees spawning four eras! And yes, it would be possible to actually make this into a video game mod and release it. But atm I just think the challenge of making metal tech trees is fun enough.
To make things harder: you're not allowed to use bands or albums in the tech tree. The tech tree should simply focus on technical and aesthetic details, genres and subgenres, riffing technique and theatrics, etc. Philosophy is allowed as a tech but the timing of it's discovery should make sense of course (does the tech tree start with Nietzsche because he already existed, or does he pop up later when he is "discovered" by black metal bands?)
To make things easier: I'll let the forum decide what four eras should be explored. You don't have to make an era exactly 10 years, for instance "the seventies" You can also make it "late seventies and early eighties" since not enough happened in the seventies to make a tech tree last from 1970 to 1980.
Another cool thing: don't mention any genre you think is crap. Nu-metal, metalcore, glamrock, whatever you think should be ignored, just ignore it. They can be used as enemy AI. Play as a true metal tribe and go against weak metalcore barbarians, wouldn't that be fun?
If nobody can make a metal tech tree then I don't want anyone ever complaining about dumb video games again. Hur hur.