That moment when you run into someone you dont want to run in to -.-
For some reason, the thread I created a while back : Post Your Favourite Fan Cover of an Anime OST Track is showing up as an error T^T. I was just gonna post something on it :( Oh well, I'll make a new one...or wait a bit if its just a temporary glitch.
@Lobos_Del_Rayo: Well, we've all kind of got into the habit of writing long posts, so its not really "your responsibility" per se XD I understand what you're saying about the details we tend to want to include in the posts. I believe that its the writer that's within all of us that kinda unleashes once we start RPing lol. The problem that comes along with it is that we start taking the RP, which was originally made as a hobby-type exercise, into a full-out "short-story" or "story" piece of literature. That on its own requires a lot of time and energy, which most of us would rather invest in real life (like towards work, school, family and friends, and our own pass-times like our own creative writing, art, etc). I get the feeling that's why activity here is dwindling.
Honestly speaking, I dont have much of a drive to RP yet, and I honestly dont know if I'll ever get back to how I used to RP again...simply because my current responsibilities are more than what they were when I first started to RP on the site. Also, realistically speaking, I would rather use my free-time working on my own creative writing, art work, etc. That doesn't mean that I wont RP at all, it just means that my RPing here (if I ever get that drive back) will be a lot less than when I used to.
@SamJaz: Lool that does sound kinda funny in a whacky way XD It could work though with a well-thought plot line and enough interested users! :D I'd suggest you post your ideas on the RPG Ideas Thread :D If you get users interested in your idea(s) you can collaborate and then start up an OOC :D
Not sure how accurate the test is but here are my results:
Introvert(78%) iNtuitive(38%) Feeling(38%) Judging(22%)
@MrDirector786: Oh having your classes end a bit later is kind of a bummer :(
@UsachanMaN: Your fault for making a New Year's resolution like this :P
And I will check to see if it is that sad indeed lol
Well I just broke my New Year's resolution today XD
@Kuma_From_Argentina: Yea I know what you mean, I feel that when you see that everybody is writing long posts, you feel obliged to write a long one as well... and they can be a hassle to write especially when you've got other things to focus on. As suggested by Lady Liberty, I think the initial post would understandably be long, but following posts should be at a reasonable length :)
@kashif1: Yea I agree with your point. I think having big rps with such low activity wont be as successful. I think what we need now is an interesting, yet not-so-big and demanding RPG just so we can get the ball rolling again.
@SamJaz: That's a good suggestion! :D But I think if each one of us started one might be a bit too overwhelming. Perhaps we can start off with one RP where all the current and willing active users participate in. I think with that initial RP, our characters will get to interact and stuff, and that may stem new RP ideas and such :) What do you guys think?
Bye bye winter break :( School starts again tomorrow.. *checks time* ...today O.O
You can always skip school you know >:)
Haha I would skip, but my one of my New Year's Resolution is to go to all my classes this semester XD We'll see how long that lasts though :P And yes Clannad is as sad as people say XD
School starts for me in about 2 weeks.
This will be a pretty long response..I apologize in advance if I bore anyone :D Don't feel forced to read if you don't want to lol I'm just getting this outta my system XD
Personally, I think there are three main drivers that will ultimately govern RPG activity here on the Vice: 1) User Activity and Drive, 2) Teams, and 3) Real Life
1) User Activity and Drive
To put it quite simply, when there are more active and enthusiastic RPG users, the RPG forum flourishes...and vice versa. Not only that, but with more users, there are a lot more ideas and RPG genres that are put on the table, thus incorporating users with various tastes and such. I guess when a lot of our RPG regulars stopped coming on the site, or just stopped RPing; a domino effect took place which brought it to the current state. But I haven't fully lost hope though, seeing that there are great efforts that was done and still is being done to revive the RPGs site.
I know we cant really have teams when we dont have many users..but I personally believe that teams can draw users into the RPG forums and also build up enthusiasm and drive. I noticed with teams suddenly losing activity, users also began to not-be-so-active. Not sure if I ever shared this with anyone, but what drew me into the RPG forums was the team "Teku". I used to creep the forum posts and really wanted to experience the whole "team" thing. So I believe the existence of teams is a biggie.
Ultimately, we are all influenced by our real lives. We've all got certain priorities that come before RPing; like family, social life, friends, school, jobs, etc. That boils down to one big question...how committed are you to RP? As you guys noticed, I'm not a very active RP user as I used to be, and I do have commitment issues when it comes to finishing what I started (which I apologize for)...mainly because I'd get too caught up with life; especially school.
I haven't thoroughly thought of solutions to this problem; but one thing that I can suggest is to bump some of the open threads like Jewel's Sake Bar and Grill, the Park, etc; and posts dont need to be super lengthy (personally, lengthy posts intimidate me unless I am really absorbed into the story). I find that lengthy posts are more demanding in both time and effort which for a user that's trying to RP for fun might not enjoy and might even end up avoiding. I'm not saying write crappily (if that's even a word XD), I'm saying keep the posts short and sweet like a paragraph or two. These threads can also attract other potential RPGers that may be creeping the threads (like in my case XD).
Another suggestion that I have is to start small. What I mean is, don't suddenly create a big RPG that is very important in the Vice-verse plot-line with activity being low to start with...that's because the success of that RP would be very low. What I suggest is start small RPG stories here and there, just to boost up the users' drives, and when you feel that there are enough users that are truly committed to participate in a major RPG, then it should be created.
I'm still unsure about RPing again because of my bad habit of just suddenly stopping XD I still don't know how my next semester will be in terms of work-load and such. But if I do start RPing, I'll probably contribute by bumping the open threads like the park and such. Hopefully if teams are created or revived, I'd probably join one (maybe even create one if I'm ambitious) do a lot of RPing there :D (maybe even bring back my hidden alts ;P) We'll have to wait and see :)
Lol if you made it this far, then I thank you for taking the time to read this post XD