So, what is the GOC?
I'll let Kain Pathos Crow, who came up with the idea in the first place, explain:
The GOC was created in the aftermath of WWII, from the remnants of defecting occultists, psychics, priests and scientists from Nazi, Soviet and Allied states, brought together and formed by the Allies. As the world stage broadened, so too did the number of countries that had their hands in the GOC, until it became what it is today.
The GOC are a largely political force, seeing themselves as the police of the paranormal world. They make use of the most high tech experimental technology possible, obtained from their benefactors. Many potential SCPs have been destroyed by them before the Foundation could obtain and contain them.
GOC was inspired by a pasta that was roaming /tg/ or /x/ at the time about how Nietsche was wrong, God wasn't dead. At least, not when he wrote that. The entity that called itself YHWH didn't die until the late 50's, destroyed by the Russian Army.
So… what's the GOC?
Okay, let's take it from a different angle…
Both the SCP Foundation wiki and the Global Occult Coalition wiki address the same world. Sometimes called the "Foundationverse," this is a world in which supernatural entities and artifacts are kept hidden from the world by monolithic secret organizations. One such organization is the SCP Foundation. Another is the GOC.
But while the SCP Foundation focuses on the artifacts themselves, the GOC focuses more on the people who fight to keep the world safe. And fight they do: the GOC is not interested in "containing" artifacts. Their one and only goal is to keep humanity safe from the things that go bump in the night. This means that, unlike the SCP Foundation, the Global Occult Coalition does not go to extreme lengths to keep paranormal objects contained. Many objects of "Keter" and "Euclid" classification that would require elaborate containment procedures from the SCP Foundation are outright destroyed by the GOC.
Here's another way to think about it: the SCP Foundation wiki is a horror website. The stories there intend to evoke a sense of fear. The Wanderer's Library intends to evoke a sense of wonder. The GOC website, however, is an adventure story, or an action movie. This is where the heroes are.
Okay. So this is basically like the SCP Foundation, except we destroy objects instead of containing them?
Not at all. There are a few key differences from the way the SCP Foundation does things.
- There is a continuity. Unlike the SCP Foundation or the Wanderer's Library, which explicitly uses the idea of "headcanon" to encourage multiple possibilities within the same universe, everything in the GOC wiki is considered internally canonical. This doesn't mean that the GOC wiki is necessarily canon within the other two wikis! However, it does mean that everything on the GOC wiki must be reconcilable with the other information presented within.
- The monsters are not the stars. Although there is a small list of "threat entities," the main focus of the GOC wiki is on the GOC members themselves: who they are, how they operate, what they do to protect us from the paranormal. Whether it's a field guide on dealing with common kinds of threat entities, a description of the equipment and gear used by GOC operatives, or a story or after-action report depicting a battle against a parathreat, the focus here is always on the GOC itself.
- This is a thriller, not a horror story. Let's be honest: the SCP Foundation does a lot of odd… some might even say reckless… things in order to keep an excuse for having all of these scary things locked up inside their test facility. The Global Occult Coalition is a bit more pragmatic.
… so this isn't just "SCP Foundation Lite"?
Seriously. No. Let me try explaining it a third way…
SCP Foundation is a catalog of horror stories. Global Occult Coalition is a narrative about a war against the paranormal.
And that's the last word on the matter.
So how do I join?
First of all, click here: http://goc.wikidot.com/system:join
But if you're really interested in joining up…
Okay, here goes. If you've read this far, then I'm going to assume that you've been paying attention to the FAQ. So let me give you some words of advice.
The "Join Now" page says that we're looking for after-action reports, stories, and guides. That's not necessarily true. If you really want to get my attention with your audition article, tell a story… no matter how you do it.
If you want some good examples of what I am looking for, read this: http://www.scp-wiki.net/personal-log-of-gordon-richards. Also this: http://goc.wikidot.com/transcript-of-incident-bl-7-alpha. Also this: http://goc.wikidot.com/typegreen. Things that don't just give a guide, but also tell a story.
Also, don't slavishly follow the format of other articles on the site. Keep in mind that your reader needs to be interested in what they are reading. Remember that unlike SCP Foundation, the GOC wiki is focusing on storytelling.
Come up with interesting characters that we want to find out more about. Come up with exciting situations that the reader imagines in their head.
Like I said, tell a story.
Where do we go from here?
I don't know. As it currently stands, the wiki needs more people working on it.
If I can get a few solid auditions in, people who are willing to help put in the time and energy to make this wiki interesting, who really get the idea behind it, then we'll start considering larger projects.
As it is, let's see where it goes first.
Other things we're looking for
1. The site needs a new .css template. My thought is something with elements similar to the official UN web site (http://www.un.org/) but with more "film noir" elements to establish a darker tone. If you can create a wikidot .css template that will suit, PM me.
2. We also need a GOC logo. The GOC logo is the UN Security Council logo with some sort of occult element added to it. If you've got an example, PM it to me.