Just as RollBots was about to air, I got it into my head that it would be awesome to create an open-source franchise. What's that, you ask? It's a set of characters and schemes and designs and all the other stuff that goes into making a franchise (like RollBots, for instance), but it's open source. Borrow from it, add to it, create brand new things, spin it off, all that stuff... you create something bigger and better than where it started.
I got the ball rolling with a first adventure that I quite liked, and then got caught up in RollBots shenanigans (and other livewriting adventures) before I could get the second book out. I keep meaning to go back to it, but I think the biggest issue with TorrentBoy wasn't so much the idea or the execution, but the means of helping the product along. Which is to say: open source software works because the people engaging in it have common tools and common languages to work with. Open source franchises need that kind of connective tissue to work.
I'll figure it out eventually.