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Friday Five: Increasing Roleplay Visibility
comment 3 Written by on November 11, 2011 – 8:24 am

I was recently pointed at a page on the Feathermoon forums about increasing the visibility of roleplaying on our server. It’s a good post, and has some good ideas (a list of server wide events, a list of common RP friendly places, as well as RP channels and guides).

I’m wondering if other servers have similar forum stickies, and also a little disheartened at the lack of attention that it’s gotten outside of the group of people I already know.

I KNOW that there is other roleplay on the server, so I’m guessing it’s just not found its audience yet (the Feathermoon Forum is no longer a conglomeration of lots of server activity, it’s kind of died).

I’ve been involved in a discussion on Google Plus where people are talking about major changes in the game affecting any kind of server continuity/community, and I’ve definitely seen that over the last two expansions. Between the changes to the battlegrounds and LFD and the changes to raiding (especially in Cataclysm) that favor smaller groups, plus the upcoming “Looking for Raid” feature, there’s not the same kind of ties to other players that used to exist.

Problem is at this point, that network is long gone. Enough people that acted like the connective fiber of the community have moved on to other games, much like I did. The result is the server has no cohesive community anymore. The dungeon finder eroded the fabric of our server for years, and now that those people that actually cared at trying to keep the once cohesive community alive left, there just doesn’t seem to be one. Everyone exists in their own insular guild community and rarely pokes their head out into the larger one. - Mark T from Aggronaut.com

And that affliction has taken root in the Roleplay community for sure – call it Roleplay Turtling, if you will. The changes to the game may be good things – and I’m hard pressed to argue that the battlegrounds change or LFD were bad ideas – but they HAVE changed the community.

Thing is, I firmly believe that community (and gaming) are what you make of it, and that I’m not the only one feeling that change. So! In light of the recent post on the Feathermoon forum, a Friday Five about RP and Community:

Where are your RP hotspots, where people gather when they’re looking for RP but don’t have anything scheduled?

Do any events still happen weekly/monthly/whateverly on your server?

What kind of events get your attention and draw you in, versus being “ho-hum” and not something you’d schedule yourself to show up for?

Is there acceptance of pick up RP or little RP on your server? Is there public RP?

How would you increase the visibility of RP and help to draw in new folks?

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3 Responses to “Friday Five: Increasing Roleplay Visibility”

  1. First: Who do I have to circle to get into some fun conversations like that on G+? :) My feed there is pretty quiet, and I’d love some new friends.

    Second: Earthen Ring has a really nice community and toolset that I think has partially counteracted the dispersion effects you were commenting on. Feel free to take a look at earthenring.net to see what I mean. There are groups that schedule regular, recurring RP events like our Harbor Market and our storytelling circles, and then there are ways to invite the server to your group event or to roll interested parties into your festival or plot.

    ER definitely has plenty of rolling or “little” RP, though you have to be in the right places to participate.

    I have to say that without a similar tool on Feathermoon, I’m finding it a lot harder to plug in to what might be going on there, to feel like I have an idea of the groups and events and activities, even if just as a voyeur.

  2. I actually made a toon on ER to get to know the community. They are very friendly and very active as far as RP and just plain talking. I personally met Shaw, the creator of rpmadesimple.com and he’s a pretty awesome guy.

  3. Well, there’s always the Feathermoon Facebook community, which is pretty much how I keep in touch with people out of game. Although I was forced to block The Sims. :/

    By Jaz on Nov 14, 2011 | Reply

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