• Armoz and Gonff, as long as a rp thread is an open topic, by all means you can jump in.

    Though if you are still unsure, all you have to do is PM whoever started the thread explaining to them you`re interested in joining it with whatever character.
    You could even ask if there was a specific direction they wanted to take, if you wanted to be well informed.

    I promise we dont bite. Least some of us, and if we do, its not hard. 😛

  • Disclaimer: I'm not saying that people can or cannot be active. I'm not trying to offend anyone. I am with Gern and Shadow and such. (I do enjoy getting my UPS on time, thank you.) I work full time and a half right now and have little of offer the site. But I still care. If you are over extended, don't worry about what I said. That wasn't for you. I'm talking about when I look at the Users online and see people just sitting there. They get on to see what is going on. They putter around for a few minutes. They leave.

    This site is growing smaller and smaller. We aren't getting new members. We are getting less active. So what do we do? Recruiting isn't an option. We can only take the ones that come through the door. And that door is closing. Let's face it! Redwall was for the 90's generation. Everyone on here (With the exception of Armoz) was born in that time. No new books are coming out, we are a dying breed.

    Shadow, Gern, Jake, you all said you liked to brainstorm. Brain storm on this.
    What do we need to do differently?

  • Thanks Kiara!

    Now Creigon.  Why are you getting so down?  I know I haven't been here long but to me there seems to be quite a bit of activity.  You say there are no new members, but look at me.  The whole "recent" bar is full of things that were posted either today or yesterday.  I don't see why it is a problem for people to be talking and having fun and posting when they have decided what they want to do.  I think we have a good base of people who are going to stay here for a long time and be active.  Also, it is summer and so many people are on vacation somewhere or working hard and don't really have much time to post.

    I know you are upset that not many people joined your game, I wish more would join too, but maybe not many people know how to play croquet!  Maybe they couldn't figure out how to use one of their characters in a game like that.  I don't know, but these are just a few things I was thinking about.

  • Gonff, that's not at all why I put this up.

    If people here concur that there is no problem, that everything is good and activity is as it should be, I will clam up. I have said my bit, made my point, and was just looking for answers and suggestions. But it doesn't seem to be well received.

    Again, I meant no offence to people or their schedules. I don't know all the facts. I never will. But for a good many, they spend a great deal of time on here just surfing. THAT was my point.

  • Ok.  I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings.  I just thought I would put out an idea.  I have noticed the amount of activity far outnumbers the amount of posts but I wasn't thinking that was a problem.  It would be nicer to have more people in different rps.  I would like to be in one that actually went somewhere.  😕

    Do you see many people on that do not post even if they are needed in an rp?

  • Creigon, inspiring activity on a forum has been a nut I've tried to crack for years. I used to admin on a forum which went through (in my opinion) its heyday, and eventually reached a decline. I also mentioned in the Vulpine Imperium thread that I thought it was stagnant, so I've seen a few forums in various states of disrepair.

    I think the best thing a forum can have is active, motivated admins. When we had a team of 4 staff members, we had ideas bouncing around and we could update and maintain the site with new and improved content. By the time the staff had dwindled down to one, the older members didn't want to RP with anyone else, so they left, and there were no active moderators anymore. I think the fact we have a very active and involved staff here is already fantastic and gives off a good impression to prospective members.

    As for Redwall fans dwindling, it's hard for me to judge that. I've seen Secret of NIMH RPers still going at it on MUCK clients, and that's based on a 1982 movie of a 1971 book! Pretty good book too, from what I remember. I'm not sure how the Redwall community will look in the future, but so long as some kids read the books and enjoy them, I don't think it will die off for some time.

  • Gonff, Yes. I do see them. Even when they are needed in a thread.

    Heck, I am guilty of the same problem!

    Here's my take on it… Tell me if you disagree.

    You see a new post and so you go in and take a look. You click on the post and several things can happen.

    1. Post is really long and you don't feel like reading it right now
    2. Post is too long and you feel like you have to post something long...
    3. Writing is too complex and you don't feel like you can compete
    4. Writing isn't that good and you don't feel like RPing with a new member
    5. Several people have already jumped in and you can't see an opening
    6. You are already in too many RP's
    7. You feel like you have to create another character profile
    8. It's already a couple pages in, so you don't want to go through and read every post
      Yes, I did intentionally leave off "You don't feel like posting"...
      I skipped 8 because it makes 😎

    (If you can add the numbers of what you are dealing with, please do. It would help me to get a better idea and maybe we can address some of the issues.)

    I suffer from 1, 3, 4, 5, 9...

    Gerns, 😕 Maybe I am just crying wolf right now. But the way I see it, if we can do something to fix ONE of the issues that people are having, it is progress. And I don't think anyone can argue with progress.

    (TJ will remember this) About three years ago, this site was just about dead. I had a LOT more time back then, so when I posted something, I would just sit around and wait. But nobody would respond. You would see MAYBE two other members pop in a day.

    This went on for about two months, until I saw TJ get on for a smig. I was so excited, so I PMed her (making my excitement known) and said that we should start an RP. Kiara jumped back in for a bit as well. This is where the thread "Escape" came from. Before Jared Sandeye  😉 Came on this site, it was the longest posted thread to date with about 250 posts. It was a huge turn around! We need something kinda like that. Shadow in Mossflower is close, but it just does seem to be dying out a little bit. We need another "Escape".

    So, what thinkest thou?

  • I suffer from 5, 6, and 7…

    I would agree that the site could be seeing better thread activity.  However comma, I'm quite amazed at how active it is this summer.  Last year, the year before that, and the year before that saw it pretty much completely dead during summer months.  I remember how I was doing my technical training for the air force in 2011 and would get on the site after work hoping that something would happen, because I had basically nothing at all to do on the base where I was stationed...  I think that Penblade had maybe one thread going, and I barely ever saw anybody get on save for myself and one or two others.  I was bummed as heck haha.  However, once I was back home and school had started again, our activity swung right back up to a good level.  (From what I've seen, our best activity and posting generally comes during school time.)  So yeah, long story short, we seem to be doing pretty well this year.

    I'd say stick with what you're doing.  Try and foster activity and participation, but don't be crushed if members don't respond as eagerly as you'd like.

  • Now, I think a little bit of arguing its healthy in this discussion. It is an important discussion, and we are here to express our feelings on the thread's subject. As long as there aren't personal insults, if someone sounds frustrated, just hear them out! We don't want hurt feelings, but I feel that if someone's expressing themselves and venting a bit in this thread, we shouldn't take anything they say personal. (going back to a few posts up) Gonff, I thought what you said was good, it didn't sound insulting at all, and Creigon, the things you are saying are good as well. They are concerns that should be addressed, I'm glad you brought this thread to everyone's attention.

    As for the numbers thing, I personally suffer from 2,5,6. I'm not a kid anymore and it's a bit harder for me to plan out my next posts in my head with imagination like I used to. I still do it and the pictures I paint in my mind are pretty vivid. It's just getting the inspiration for something to pop up in my mind makes the whole thing harder for me. This in turn makes long posts harder to keep up with. I try to post long and it ends up somewhat short. I used to be able to come up with paragraphs of material when I needed to. Now that option is much harder for me. Most likely from not putting myself into my characters shoes like before.

    If you need help with getting more activity, the free time I use on this site, I will post in non-RP threads and participate more in contests and things. I liked the idea of drawing contests, they never really went far, but I think it would be fun. I like the idea of Walltop races too.

    Creigon, I was reading some posts from 2007, and that really helped me realize what this thread was all about. Heck, I looked in some threads I posted in, and I was in 4 different threads with you in a 3-4 month span. 3 of those threads went over 3 pages and topped out at 6 pages. If we could get threads to go at least 3+ pages, things would be turning around.

    1. You don't to join a thread that is going well for fear you might cause someone else to experience numbers 1-9.

    [Raises claw]

  • Hey everyone. It's me again. Not sure who all remembers me but about a year ago roughly I used to get on here fairly frequent, and after getting up off my duff, I decided to start coming around again. My main reason for not posting was often I'd get caught up in life, and eventually it got to the point where, in all honesty, I forgot. sticks his head in the sand Anyhow, I'm going to be coming back on because in all honesty I miss being here. Wasn't sure where to put this, so this seemed like the best place. Everything is a little different from what I remember.

    As for posting and stuff in general, I've been to numerous rp forums for things I like, mostly Redwall or Star Fox, and it mostly seems to wax and wane over time. Sometimes a point will come where there will be a metric ton of people posting, and other times so few will post it will feel like you're in the middle of a desert. Personally, from all the different 'things that could happen', I don't really suffer from any one of those in particular, but at the same time depending on my mood it could be any of them.

  • Yay! Darius! Welcome back!!  hugz

  • Thanks.  🙂 I'll probably be a little slow in posting at first, as right now I'm looking around to see what all has changed, what's going on, etc. Hmm…I didn't see anything in the rules about this, but is it ok to revise characters you have made in the past?

  • by all means, go right ahead. They are your characters. You can change them as you please as long as the changes are still within the rules (strengths/weaknesses, no magic, etc.)

  • Thanks for the help. Mostly I'm just looking to do some revisions on my characters, maybe redo the whole thing while keeping the same basic concept. I was looking at them and they just seem…dull at the moment.

  • First off, I would like to say, you don't have to create character profiles… I personally hate them because they are a pain, but some people need them. If it is a character for just a couple threads, don't create one... If you will use them over and over again, THEN create a character profile.

    People open to discussing their posting issues can contact moderators or such on their own if they wish. Or if you want to discuss it publicly, I have no issues with that. I'll leave it up to you. But if there are issues, you have recognized them. The first step to fixing them is knowing there is a problem... I am open, Seth is open, I am sure that TJ and Kiara and Penblade are more than happy to help you fix these things. The goal of this site is first and foremost to be a safehaven for Redwall fans. After that, it is to help those looking to pursue aid with their writing skills.

    That is my priority. I will help, I will not judge, I will do what I can. 
    TJ, Seth, RL, what do you think?

  • Really? That's a bit different than what I'm used to. I almost always create profiles because I plan on using the character for a long time. If I decide to use a peon or something, then I wouldn't, since there wouldn't really be a point unless they evolved to a full-fledged character. Mostly in regards to me posting it's just getting back into the flow of it all, really. I used to get on sites like this all the time, but gradually fell out of it. As for the characters, I've decided that they are fine as is, although I do have a question about one. How does the idea of a sole surviving heir from a northern kingdom/barony/etc's ruling family sound? Meaning, would there be a problem with it? Thanks for the help.  🙂

  • That sounds fine, Darius :). Concern would only arise if your character would the heir/descendant of a canon character, like Martin (who had no children), or if you announced that you were the badger-lord or the abbot, but without asking first.
        You can absolutely make up far-off places and say that your character is a prince or the son of a baron, etc.

  • Goody! Yeah, I was thinking of a far-off place, not any canon places or people. n.n; The irony is I don't think I'd be interested in playing a badger lord or abbot. Definitely not the latter, maybe on the former.

  • Oh, quick note; I noticed that a lot of people aren't giving kudos? Are there any particular reasons for this?

    For instance; in 'Fill in the Blanks,' Kiara posted "Shoot for the socks, and even in you miss, you will be among the underwear."
        She only got one kudos for that. I mean… really? I expected ten.

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