Good to know.Herzog wrote:RE: WERE - I am kinda liking the direction we are going with WERE right now. Chaffing at the rules and such, yet not being completely evil. Having our own agenda, etc. Basically, stay the course or whatever without changing the groups dynamic and such
I was not really looking to change WERE, but I only have looked ahead to the next chapter. After we finish it, we will be starting the 2nd module and I have not even peeked yet.
I have not tried recently, but I was planning to start looking there if I cannot fill the gaps from MW. The problem is I don’t know so many players that I would ask since the 6 games that are stalled out contain some people I don’t really know, or they suck.Herzog wrote:RE: Enworld, yea i forgot to ask if it that site is declining, could we poach members from there? /shrug
The LPF community does have some decent players though, but I think they might be busy. I will start hitting them up if I need to. Because that site has very few games starting and there are still plenty of long-term players there as well.
Our plan lately has been to focus recruiting on invitations. Perhaps that is still the way to go. Maybe with a few more players from other sites coming in, we can ask them to look into bringing more.Herzog wrote: RE: Recruiting. I dunno, perhaps it is because i've not put in any effort into it, and thus not had to face the disappointment, I still feel we ought to try. But again, I can't really offer anything that what I've already suggested as far as recruiting..../shrug. I still think we should try reddit.
As much as I am not impressed with Sirfinn, he might know another player that can come over. After my recruiting drive is over, I will revisit.
Yes, I am disappointed when all my attempts have failed, but that is also the nature of PbP. No one sticks with it forever. The longer people are doing it, the pickier and fickle they can get for their entertainment value.
As an example, I got a reply from GlassEye and he replied that he was enjoying life better after trimming his games from 15 down to 4, using that free time for other things. I have been playing with/around him for 4 years on all three sites.
Yeah, that has come up in our conversations. I think that is really why I have not looked at doing that further not that you mention it.Herzog wrote: RE; Facebook and webpage.... I mean, i looked at plothooks facebook page, and it had nothing. Also, a facebook page means you will lose some anonymity.
Yeah, that chat room was good at getting to know people. When I could access at work it was a whole different situation. But it also takes up valuable time that I put to better use writing for games.Herzog wrote:RE: Socialization. back in the hayday, the chatroom really helped with that.
I think the lack of chit chat might be perceived as cold and such to other players. It is a problem we have always had. I know last year, we tried to a push to have more OOC chatter.
But this lack of socialization is probably the biggest issue that is hurting our brand of a friendly and close-knit site. I am as guilty as any, not taking the time for stupid chit-chat on other sites either. But really, it doesn’t take much time an effort, does it?
Maybe we need a Socialization Thread outside of games?
That would be easy to implement and if we explain to people why we are doing it, maybe our existing players will join in to help. The current core players are the ones we should be investing time in. Heck, some of them could actually help our invitation recruiting!
Yeah, I am not too keen on closing the site either, but like all things it requires attention to keep nurturing it. This is time we are currently investing in just discussing it, so it is important to us.Herzog wrote:Now I did some thinking last night about the site. it does make me sad we are talking about the closure of it. But if we don't decide recruiting in general is worth it, perhaps the compromise is to focus Window and Freeform games on it. Focus and rebrand on the window and such type of games, and appear to that target audience. Keeping in line with that, P would asking to move the windows games you have on MW to here be realistic and not stupid?
Rebranding as a Freeform and The Window site might be a good idea that can be implemented. How to actually rebrand it (changing the logo and such) might be hard. But restructuring the Index page is not that hard.
From my experience, players that are interested in Freeform are a different breed than the normal D&D and PF crowd. Advertising on Reddit might attract a very small number of them, but they could be writers and the sort of players we are looking for. Maybe the typical statistics for attrition are different too.
I am not sure about moving The Window games from MW… I also need to maintain my persona there too. I will consider that in the future though, particularly if I need more players.
You playing on MW is a corner that we have been very hesitant to turn, because I know it changes things, even if we try not to let it. I don’t really want to move any games, not if we can recruit and bring in more people by private invitation. Some of my games would stay as long as the doors are open too.Herzog wrote:Basically what I am saying is I am considering playing on MW for the DnD, pathfinder games.
Also, I will not move FO, IHMS, or any freeform games/projects. They will remain on URPG until it's death.
That is touchy since I have to be very, very careful to protect myself against a pooching label. That was one reason Plothook banned me a few years ago. One of the players I tried to recruit told everyone about it when he turned against me.Herzog wrote:Would also be too much to start any new games here at URPG, but still recruit for them at MW or other sites?
My game advertisement strategy (as a GM) on MW right now is also focused on expanding The Window and building relationships with new players. So I am in the middle of recruiting to run the Reign of Winter AP. I have 6 applicants, but some might not get their characters done. Most are new to The Window.
I think I should do the same at EnWorld. Even if I only get 1-2 bites, then maybe I can interest those players to come over to URPGs since there are not enough interested to actually run it at EnW.
So after I get my new game running, maybe I can focus on that next.