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.
3) Real Life
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.
Will I (UsachanMaN) RP again?
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