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The Bet was a fan fiction scenario devised by Gregg Sharp and later adopted by other authors.

The ScenarioEdit

Back in mid- to late-1998, Gregg "MetroAnime" Sharpe released a multitude of mini-fics to the FFML and elsewhere, and put to us the question of which of them should be continued into their own series, which should be dropped, etc. The eventual Winner of the Bet, Featherbrite's Tale is widely known and has a great following.[1]

The first few stories were devised prior to the scenario (Wishcraft: The Ring of Toltiir, Neutral Ground and Dragon's Destiny) and grouped with the non-Bet-fic The Art as "alterniverses", with Neutral Ground establishing the concept of two deities placing a bet on the possible outcome of Ranma Saotome's life after a minor change. The name "The Bet" was then tagged to the stories Neutral Ground and Dragon's Destiny on July 1st, 1998.[2] In October of the same year Sharp opened "The Bet" up to a week of voting, the winning story being written till completed. Voting was weighted at 5 marks for a voter's first choice, 3 for second place and 1 for third. The poll closed on October 16th and the following results of the top scorers were posted with an instalment of Featherbrite's Tale:[3]

  • Featherbrite's Tale (82)
  • Grand Tour (57)
  • Ranma Muyo (56)
  • A Different Art (48)
  • Civil War (32)
  • Purple-Haired Mountain Majesty (32)
  • Crippled (24)

"The Bet" FanficsEdit

Setting-the-Scene-ficEdit

The Original Bet-ficEdit

The Winning BetEdit

Sharp's Other EntriesEdit

"Aftermath" - Sharp's Post-Bet Bet-ficsEdit

Non-Ranma ½ Bet-ficsEdit

AddendaEdit

Fics Adapted from Sharp's Bet-ficsEdit

  • Addiction (To Love)
  • Apprentice Option
  • A Bet Too Much
  • Crippled
  • Dragon's Destiny
  • Future Tense
  • Genma Ascendant
  • Heir Today
  • Man Among Men
  • Ranma's Father
  • Spring of Drowned Hero
  • Study in Scarlet
  • Young at Heart

TimelineEdit

  • 30/04/98: Wishcraft: The Ring of Toltiir
  • 30/05/98: Neutral Ground
  • 20/06/98: Dragon's Destiny
  • 01/07/98: Dragonbrawl ½ & "The Bet" given its name
  • ??/??/98: Role Paying Game
  • 06/07/98: The Doll
  • 11/07/98: Mushroom Madness
  • 16/07/98: Now Printing
  • 18/07/98: Addicted (To Love)
  • 22/07/98: Heir Today
  • 25/07/98: Young at Heart
  • 31/07/98: Civil War
  • 03/08/98: Grand Tour
  • 09/08/98: Future Tense
  • 11/08/98: For the Love of P-chan
  • 13/08/98: Iinazuke Sankai Suru
  • 14/08/98: Kimiko's Legacy
  • 15/08/98: Little Orphan Kasumi
  • 31/08/98: Cat-Scratch Fever
  • 03/09/98: An Opponent
  • 07/09/98: Changing Plans
  • 07/09/98: Crippled
  • 07/09/98: Purple-Haired Mountain Majesty
  • 11/09/98: Suddenly Susano
  • 23/09/98: A Bitter Pill
  • 24/09/98: Saint Akane
  • 24/09/98: Study in Scarlet
  • 25/09/98: Happosai's Big Adventure, or Betting on the Future
  • 29/09/98: Children of Jurai
  • 29/09/98: Christmas Cake
  • 01/10/98: Early Warning
  • 03/10/98: Illegal Aliens in Nerima
  • 03/10/98: Featherbrite's Tale
  • 08/10/98: Demon from Japan
  • 09/10/98: Ranma ½ by Night
  • 09/10/98: A Bet Too Much
  • 09/10/98: Notes & Votes
  • 10/10/98: A Different Art
  • 13/10/98: An Amazon Named Tendo
  • 14/10/98: Voting Update
  • 16/10/98: Ranma's Father
  • 16/10/98: Voting Closes
  • 17/10/98: Winner Announced
  • 19/10/98: Man Among Men
  • 23/10/98: Ragnarok
  • 29/10/98: Devil ½
  • 21/11/98: "The Bets that Didn't Make it Fic"
  • 27/11/98: Spring of Drowned Hero
  • 05/12/98: Angel ½
  • 09/12/98: A Very Scary Bet
  • 12/01/99: Fourth Option
  • 16/01/99: Apprentice Option
  • 23/01/99: Highwaymen
  • 14/02/99: Four Wishes Gone Wrong
  • 22/02/99: Fist of Orion
  • 14/03/99: Musk Ranma
  • 02/04/99: Nekokenesis
  • 14/04/99: Genma Ascendant
  • 07/06/99: Ranma ⅓: Source of Pride
  • 28/06/99: The Gemini Effect
  • 20/07/99: Force of Impact
  • 21/07/99: Spring Forward! Fall Back?
  • 21/08/99: Rune with a View
  • 25/08/99: Lovestruck

Other Uses of the Original 1998 ScenarioEdit

AddendaEdit

Subsequent BetsEdit

A "Second Bet" was begun by FlashFyre in 2002.

Scene-setting ficsEdit

EntriesEdit

See AlsoEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Bet at the Internet Archive record of The Ranma ½ Superhighway
  2. Post at FFML
  3. Post at FFML
  4. Features a brief cameo from Kasumi Tendo in 'potential future scenes'.
  5. This was a proposed mega-crossover that would have featured Ranma ½ more beyond the minor scenes in the "teaser".
  6. A potential Ranma ½ entry in "The Bet", but the "teaser" does not feature any of the characters from the cast.
  7. Features "The Bet" scenario and mentions the Ranma ½ cast, but is otherwise not a work of Ranma ½ fan fiction.

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