Welcome to Hellwaukee!

This website was designed for and by English 236: Introductory Topics in Creative Writing - Digital Storytelling and Role-Playing @ UW-Milwaukee

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Welcome to the wiki website for English 236: Intro Topics in CW - Digital Storytelling & Role-Playing, offered at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, spring 2013. These students took part in a collaborative digital writing project based on the principles and rules from a role-playing game and set in a post-apocalyptic version of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (and surrounding areas). Over the course of the semester, they created nearly 500 unique people, places, and things as they fleshed out this fictional world, including describing its history, economy, social structure and more, and plotted them on a customized Google map with place marks that link back to the wiki. Once the world had been populated, they created characters and explored this fictional world via tabletop role-playing, writing vignette-length fiction from their characters' perspectives. Watch this space or follow us on Twitter @ENG236 as the site continues to grow as new players and storytellers add to it - or get some friends together and explore the world yourself!

To find out what's happening right now in Hellwaukee, check out the News and Notices (and feel free to post your own)

If you have any questions about the course, feel free to email the instructor.
If you would like to 'play through' and want to add to the wiki or the map, feel free to email this guy, who somehow found himself playing alongside the ENG 236 class and is continuing to enjoy and add to the world with his friends.

If you'd like to read some of the stories of Hellwaukee thus far, go to the VIGNETTE & CRITIQUE page, otherwise dig in and enjoy the world we are making...



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Image from: http://svalts.tumblr.com/post/804033958/steampunk-city-by-marco-rolandi


The Digital Age. Freedom of information will liberate the masses. Yeah, right. It sounds good in theory, but what happens when the network collapses? Cyberwars raged even as we slept, dropping kiloton e-bombs and blasting away more bits and bytes than you could ever imagine. It all happened out there in the ether as we went about our business, annoyed when the TMZ was slow to load on our cell phones. Or so our grandparents say. The ones who survived that is.

Security relies on information. Without the one, there can't be the other. So while we were fretting about YouTube lag and LOLcats being down for days at a time, hundreds of tons of chemical and biological weapons made their way across our borders. The physical attacks didn't need to be coordinated once the network was in tatters, and all it took was a spark to start the firestorm. Whole metropolises burned and democracy collapsed under the weight of terror and confusion. Neighbors clawed at each other's eyes in the street for a last loaf of bread even as disease spread through the crowds mobbing the food vaults.

That was half a century ago and a only a handful of survivors remember those sorry times. It's 2063. We've regrouped, coming together by way of ideology, religion, or simple co-dependence, and not always peacefully. There's the memory of the old world and all that data out there somewhere, like an invisible gold mine floating in the sky waiting to be tapped. Some want to reconnect to that past; others want to eradicate it from memory and start over with a clean slate. What about you? What kind of future do you envision? And more importantly, are you willing to stick your neck out to see it come to pass?

World Building

Factions

Player Characters






Items and Sundry Things

Non-Player Characters

Locations

Hellwaukee Stories!
  1. .38 caliber Revolver
  2. 10 inch Bench Grinder
  3. 3-language pocket dictionary
  4. 6500 Watt Diesel Generator
  5. 9mm Handgun
  6. Acoustic guitar
  7. Adjudicator
  8. Adult magazines
  9. Ahab
  10. Aspirin
  11. Axe
  12. Axe (two-handed)
  13. bag of charcoal
  14. Bag of Dirt
  15. Bar Soap
  16. Bear Trap
  17. Beer
  18. Bicycle
  19. Blacksmith Hammer
  20. Blank CD's
  21. Blanket
  22. Blunderbuss
  23. Bottle of Bleach
  24. Bowl
  25. Box Spring
  26. Brass Knuckles
  27. Bread
  28. Bulletproof vest
  29. C4 block
  30. Canoe
  31. Carmex
  32. Cast Iron Cookware
  33. Catcher's leg guards
  34. Cattle
  35. Chain
  36. Chainsaw
  37. cheap ring
  38. Chicken Wire
  39. Clockwork pistol
  40. Compound Bow
  41. Crossbow
  42. Crowbar
  43. Cyanide Pill
  44. Deer rifle
  45. Dice
  46. Dirigible
  47. Diving Armor
  48. Double Barrel Revolver
  49. Drum Can
  50. Dynamite
  51. Egg
  52. Electric Keyboard
  53. Emergency Survival Blanket
  54. Enhanced Compound Bow
  55. Epinephrine Autoinjector
  56. Experimental Steam Engine
  57. Extension Cord
  58. Fiddle
  59. File
  60. Firearm cleaning kit
  61. Flak Jacket
  62. Flare
  63. Flathead Screwdriver
  64. Flint spark lighter
  65. Flintlock musket
  66. Flour
  67. Flower Pot
  68. Fridge
  69. Garden Hoe
  70. Garden trailer
  71. Gauze
  72. Golden sponge cake
  73. Golf Club
  74. Grenado
  75. grinding wheel
  76. Gunpowder
  77. Half-Track Transport
  78. Hammer
  79. Hand Crank Lantern
  80. Hand-Shaped Chair
  81. Handheld GPS
  82. Helical Gear
  83. Hops
  84. Horse
  85. Hot Plate
  86. Hydraulic press
  87. Hydrogen Peroxide
  88. Industrial-strength cleaning solvent
  89. Items
  90. Javelin
  91. Jewelery Box
  92. Junker
  93. Kayak
  94. Knife (military)
  95. Kunai Knife
  96. Leather Chaps
  97. Leather Jerkin
  98. Light-Up Christmas Sweater
  99. Lint Trap
  100. Live chicken
  101. Lombardi Book
  102. Louisville Slugger
  103. Lye Soap
  104. Marijuana
  105. Meals, Ready to Eat
  106. Medical Dictionary
  107. Metal Spear Head
  108. Micrometer
  109. Military Grade Armor
  110. Modified Railroad Train
  111. Molotov
  112. Mortar and Pestle
  113. Motorcycle (Speedster)
  114. Motorcycle helmet
  115. Musket
  116. Nails
  117. Notebook
  118. Oven
  119. Pen Knife
  120. Personal Flotation Device
  121. Pig
  122. Pillow Case
  123. Pitchfork
  124. Plow
  125. Plug bayonet
  126. Pneumo Rifle
  127. Pocket Watch
  128. Poncho
  129. Portable Hardrive
  130. Portable Propane Cooker
  131. pot still
  132. Potato
  133. Power Generator Truck
  134. Public Bus
  135. Railroad Hand Cart
  136. Rake
  137. Reinforced leather jacket
  138. Ripper
  139. Road Flare
  140. Rocking Chair
  141. Rucksack
  142. Rug
  143. Runner
  144. Sabre
  145. Sauerkraut
  146. saw
  147. Scalpel
  148. Scented Candle
  149. Scythe
  150. seed drill
  151. Sheet of Brass
  152. Shield
  153. Shillelagh
  154. Shiv
  155. Shopping Cart
  156. Shoulder pads
  157. Shovel
  158. Shuriken
  159. Skateboard
  160. Sledgehammer
  161. Sling
  162. Slingshot
  163. Small Garden Rake
  164. Soggy Brick
  165. Solar Calculator
  166. Solar Panel
  167. Speaker
  168. Spear
  169. Spear Thrower
  170. Spring gun
  171. Spur Gear
  172. Stamping Press
  173. Starbucks Cup
  174. Steam Cannon
  175. Steam Engine
  176. Steam Rocket Glider
  177. Steam-powered mystery object
  178. Steampunk Hat
  179. Steel pipe
  180. Stitch 'Em Up Kit
  181. Stone Spear Head
  182. Stuffed Animal
  183. Sugar Beet Syrup
  184. Sunglasses
  185. Super Glue
  186. Sweet Corn Seeds
  187. Swiss Army knife
  188. Sword
  189. Swordbreaker
  190. Syringe
  191. Tap and Die Set
  192. Tarp
  193. tent
  194. Terminal Computer
  195. Toaster
  196. Tomahawk
  197. Towel
  198. Travel Sewing Kit
  199. Tub of Grease
  200. Two-way radio
  201. Umbrella
  202. USB JumpDrive
  203. Value Trailvyne Truck
  204. Vegetable Peeler
  205. Vitamin C Tablets
  206. Vodka
  207. Walkie Talkie
  208. War Club
  209. water pump
  210. Water Tank
  211. Weaving Loom
  212. Wheat
  213. Wheel Barrow
  214. Wheelchair
  215. Whiskey
  216. willow tea
  217. Wire
  218. Wisconsin road map
  219. Wooden Spoon
  220. Wrench
  221. Wrist Splint
  222. Zip Line
  223. Zune


  1. Abandoned Dorm Room
  2. Al's house
  3. Aldi Foods
  4. Alisha's Bunker
  5. Arboretum Shantytown
  6. Bay Park Square
  7. Capitol Square Market
  8. Charcoal City
  9. Chazen Museum of Art
  10. Church of the Gesu
  11. Clockwork Couture Fashion and Accesories
  12. Cofrin Library
  13. Crawney's Pawn Shop
  14. Cudahy Meatworks
  15. Curtin Hall
  16. Daryl's School of Badassedery
  17. Defenders of the Apocalypse Farmland
  18. Defenders of the Apocalypse Housing Complex
  19. Defenders of the Apocalypse Mill
  20. Desolate Camp
  21. Dreamer Security Check Point
  22. Dreamer's Workshop Complex
  23. Earl's Pig Farm
  24. Engelmann Fields
  25. Farm Land GB
  26. Fighting Phil Storage and Training Facility
  27. Forest Hill Cemetery
  28. Fort Mitchell
  29. Fort Purgatory
  30. Fox River Valley
  31. Gates of Heaven Synagogue
  32. God's Fist home chantry
  33. God's Fist Temple
  34. Good ol' Stumpy's Pawn Shop
  35. Governor's Mansion
  36. Green Bay
  37. Green Bay City Hall
  38. Hales Corners Elementary
  39. Henry Vilas Prison
  40. Hoofers United Trade Group Headquarters
  41. Horicon Farms
  42. Horicon Farms Trade
  43. House of Boom
  44. Huck's Corn Squeezins
  45. Johnson Creek Roadhouse
  46. Johnson's Creek Outlet Bazaar
  47. Koz's Galleria
  48. Lambeau Field (Stadium Living Quarters)
  49. Lambeau Field - Ceremonial Field
  50. Lambeau Field Parking Lot
  51. Lawton Gallery
  52. Madison
  53. Madison Square Farmers Market
  54. Marshall's Memories
  55. Matthew Crawley's Stronghold
  56. Miller Park
  57. Milwaukee
  58. Mitchell Park
  59. Monastery Farmlands
  60. Monastery of the Good Shepherd
  61. National Railroad Museum
  62. New Age Labs
  63. New Self Renewal Center
  64. Northeast Technical Living
  65. Old Greenhouse
  66. Old Rock Quarry
  67. Oshkosh
  68. Oshkosh Council Chambers
  69. Oshkosh Council Complex
  70. Pale Horse Brewery & Distillery
  71. Polynski Family Home
  72. Racine County
  73. Ron's Boat Repair
  74. Saint Gabriel's Fort
  75. Saint Michael's Tower
  76. Sandburg Castle
  77. Santiago Calatrava Bazaar
  78. Secret, abandoned, underground Library Ruins
  79. Skyport Fort
  80. Small Warehouse
  81. St. Joseph's Parish
  82. Steam Temple
  83. Sullivan Fleet Milwaukee Compound
  84. Susie's fish shack
  85. Sweat Lodge
  86. Tauscher Farms
  87. The Chapel of the Fonzarelli
  88. The Colonel
  89. The Fighting Phil Center
  90. The Hospital
  91. The Mill
  92. The Zoo
  93. Third Ward Free Market
  94. Trailvyne Trading Company HQ
  95. Tri-Caraven Trade Route
  96. Turner Hall Theater
  97. UEC
  98. Union Grove
  99. United Church of Latter-Day Jeff
  100. University Barracks
  101. US Bank
  102. UW Madison Center
  103. Washington Island
  104. Waupun Refurbishments
  105. Westgate Complex
  106. Who Food
  107. Wigwamia
  108. Wittman Exodus
  109. Wittman Hub
  110. Wolski's Armaments
  111. Zolena's



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