I get that there's no IC in the OS, but rather a character that plays the IC character as well as another role in the OS. And it totally helps to think that way while encoding, but it seems to make it more confusing while asking others questions. But I realize how important the concept is, so i'll try to word it that way going forward.
I suppose the important part is that the character within the OS that also plays the IC is concerned with the same type of OS goal as everyone else once she shows up in the story. It doesn't matter that we miss out on seeing how that particular player deals with the Act 1 concern? In my story, everyone in the OS shares the same goal, but in a story where each of the OS characters have a different goal (of the same type) it seems like having a player miss out on the first act would have us missing out on how that player deals with those types of events with their specific goal/problem. But I guess then, since this all acts as a metaphor for solving problems, that should be okay as we're still seeing other characters metaphorically dealing with the same type of events.
And yes, @mlucas, I have all my Act 1 SPs and Js together, and all the Act 2 SPs and Js together etc. Although I do feel like, in the writing of the story itself, there may end up being a little overlap where I start setting up for, say, OS SP3 before completely wrapping up IC J2. But when that happens, I'm thinking that it should be something that shows the IC being moved from J2 to SP3 and should be okay.
@JBarker, been a while since I've seen The Wizard of OZ. Prior to the introduction of the Wizard himself, but after he begins to have an influence on Dorothy, would you say he has any role within the OS? Does his influence have any role within the OS, if that even makes sense?