Unless we get moving with the plot, finalizing things, and getting the action moving, we aren't going to finish this gen. The chances of a next-next-gen are slim to none, so I'd at least like to finish this one up.
To assist the brainstorming of a plot:
-- We need to STOP getting pissed off at each other over conflicting ideas concerning the plot. It's not a "debate" if people are letting their emotions seep through the cracks of their logical reasoning.
-- We already know what's happening this year. Now let's think about what could possibly happen in the next five.
-- Use your common sense when coming up with ideas. If the magical world has been hidden for thousands of years, why on Earth would it suddenly come up now?
-- Don't be so closed-minded about other people's thoughts. You don't have to agree with them, but at least try to see where they're coming from. Even if you don't, at least say you do.
-- Do NOT expect everyone to tailor to your schedule. If you're on vacation, tough shit. The world doesn't stop for you, and neither does the forum. If we want to get this roleplay going, we can't stop every time you leave town. Don't expect us to. Those who do this, you know who you are.
-- Don't be retarded.
[edit: downgraded topic because *lovingly caresses storyline flowcharts* ಠ_ಠ ]