At this point I had a lovely working version of the Gamemaster Toolbox, which I used to run my own games. It was wonderful, but it was not something I could comfortably release to the public. I decided at this point to create a new version that would have a stronger more reliable code base. I chose ASP Net, and SQL Server as a back end.
I also started a local club for Gamemasters who were interested in the literary aspects of Role Playing Games, called the Literary RPG Society of Westchester. This went strong for quite a few years and during this period I decided to create a mini-system based on the original Elthos RPG Rules. The purpose was to allow us to try out small example game ideas in the Pub we were meeting at, without drawing too much attention to ourselves, and so I created the "One Die System" as a distillation of Elthos for this reason. However, I immediately realized that the new tighter and more modular system would be even more perfect for programming than the original Elthos Rules, and so that became the basis Rules system for the Mythos Machine.