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Well the Anniversary event and the Megaversary community celebrations are coming to a close, and I hope everybody had a lot of fun celebrating and killing golems! It's been a great time, but as things return to normal and we aren't all whisking ourselves off to boss fights every hour, we've got a few new community RP events and projects to look forward to!

Project Freelancer is a new initiative by Knightsbridge Consulting, to open up the cabal's stories and community to characters and players from outside the group! Whether you're unable to committ to being in a cabal, new or independent and curious about getting involved, or just interested in some crossover RP, this is an opportunity to get involved with the group in a way beyond simply socially. For more information, see the post on Knightsbridge's forums.

On top of resuming her Curatorum lecture sessions on a more ad-hoc basis, Cordite is also starting up Infernus Delenda Est, a freeform RP campaign. The Council of Venice is mobilizing against an infernal invasion of Tunisia--an offensive in which society and freelance aid alike is welcome. The campaign will be focused on in-game field camp ambience and operations, and is specifically planned to be timezone independent. More information will be coming soon, but if you're already interested and/or have further questions, contact Cordite on her Twitter.

But for those of us who want something a little calmer and simpler to get involved with, we've got a one-off social event coming. Big-Timber's Pagan Picnic is exactly what it sounds like: a picnic, with discussions on subjects like nature spirits and the living earth. I'll be creating the event on the calendar very soon, but the picnic is currently scheduled for 7PM GMT on July 29th, in-game in the Shadowy Forest. Being it's in a field zone, the event will be small by nature (I didn't intend that pun, but I'll own it), but that doesn't make it any less friendly to people interested in taking part! If you have any questions, please contact Big-Timber on his Twitter.

Hi, everyone!

Cleretic posted Jul 6, 18

So as you've heard (and if you haven't, go look at the other blog post!), I'm joining the SWLRP team as a moderator. I've loved the community ever since joining it back in 2012, and I'm very happy to step up to nurture it as best I can.

Many of you probably know me from the character I'm most known for playing, Ash Clerisy. I hope people generally have positive views of me from that, but I know Ash can be more than a bit of a prickly person. I'm not, though, and I hope to show people that the person behind her is rather a bit friendlier.

On top of standard moderation duties, though, that 'long conversation' Rovena alluded to included a lot of talk about what we can do to liven up SWLRP as a community, to really give everyone a central point to interact, write, and... well, RP! SWLRP has fallen a little quiet of late as a platform--through no fault of Rovena and Spellsmith--but I'll be putting forward a few little initiatives to help fix that.

1. Spotlighting fledgeling/upcoming plots!

In talking to Rovena about previous blog posts that spotlighted community-driven plots, I was told that a major criticism was that the plots being focused on were often already active and ongoing; plots that didn't necessarily need the extra attention, and that were so popular they could be hard to get into for newcomers. This is a very fair point, and one I've been on the receiving end of before--it can be unfortunate to learn about an event only after it's gotten so much momentum you feel you can't affect it.

But the spotlight is still a fantastic idea, and I'm aiming to listen to those criticisms in reviving it. I want to bring it back with a focus on what's coming, rather than what's already happening; plots that people in the community are setting into motion soon, or are only in their early stages.

So if you have anything in your cards, in any stages from 'just now getting rolling' down to 'scribbled sketches linked together with string on a corkboard', please let me know!

2. Writing prompts and other forum activities!

Obviously, the SWLRP forums have been a bit quiet, with activity happening on any number of other platforms that are more immediate or private. But that can all be very easy to only see in brief (or not at all), and there might be tremendous RPers and characters in the community that you'd love to get in touch with, that you just don't have opportunity to know much about or interact with, especially if you're active in off-peak hours (more on that later).

I want to bring a bit of that activity to the SWLRP forums. I'm still not sure exactly what this is going to look like in the long-term, but I do know that I'll be starting with writing prompts; allowing snippets of our characters to be seen in the open. I've found regular creative prompts like this can be fantastic for both the people participating and watching, and I'm very much looking forward to sparking these up.

3. Off-peak, easy to enter RP events!

We have A LOT of fantastic DJs and DJ shows keeping this community lively. But many of these are on at American prime times, and are also a type of event that doesn't necessarily cater to every kind of RPer or character; and for those people who can't participate in these shows, it can be an immense struggle to get involved in the community.

There have been RP events that were different, that focused on other things; characters' talents and expertise, players' knowledge, and a handful of disconnected events focused around actually playing the game. And I want to foster more of these, especially in hours that work for our non-American players (of which I am one, funnily enough!), and events that don't require any foreknowledge or setup. Something anybody can just walk right on into, and have a good time.

I hope to have SWLRP start and hold some of these events ourselves, but we can't do all of this alone. If you're keen to start an event like this, or perhaps even already do, we want to hear from you, so we can make these sorts of events more prevalent and commonplace.


Look for all of these in the coming weeks, as I first get my bearings everything else that becoming a moderator entails! In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns I'm always listening on Enjin, on Twitter as @AClerisy (keep in mind that's an IC Twitter, although I'll happily talk OOC issues), or over Discord as Cler@4286.

Change is coming ...

Rovena posted Jul 5, 18

Spellsmith is leaving SWLRP

As you might have read on Spellsmith's wall post a month ago she is leaving SWL and with it SWLRP.

I can not thank her enough for building this community more than a year ago and everything else she did for everyone roleplaying in SWL! The site, the discord, her work on the add-on, countless hours of defusing drama and so much more.

You can read her goodbye post on her wall. It tells you about how her transition out of her other projects will work and I hope you go there and thank her.

Rovena is taking over

While some say we founded SWLRP together, it was always Spellsmiths's baby, that I happened to help with raising. My own life is more than just a bit busy these days. This made it a tough decision for me. For about a month I thought about if we should close it all down or if I wanted to take it over.

I was leaning towards closing it down, because running this site (and especially keeping an eye on the busy discord) is quite a time sink and time is something I'm not really having much of anymore. Not to speak about the fact that the prime time is mostly when I sleep, so I'm always late to the drama. It just is too much for one person to handle, regardless of how much you love the project.

Sure, just keeping the site functional and the discord running would have been an option too. But that is not what I expect of a team behind a community site. There has to be timely moderation, someone has to monitor -all- content and ideally stay ahead of what is going on in the wider SWL community as a whole. When we launched the project, one of our goals was to have an active moderator team and in the last months, it already started to slack in that regards.

But with, *spoilers* more below, a new moderator on-board I (Rovena) decided to try to fill Spellsmith's big shoes and take over SWLRP. Ownership of the site & discord server have already been passed over to me and I always had access to the twitter account. The wiki will be moved to one of my servers in the next weeks and the domain we will take care of when renewal is due.

Spellsmith and I are quite good friends outside of SWL despite living on different continents and this will stay that way :) She agreed to help if I run into questions about her setups, so we should be all good in that regards.

New Moderator: Cleretic

Kinda in the last minute (wasn't actually, was a few days before the deadline but that does not sound as dramatic) Cleretic , who has been around in the SWL RP community since 2012, applied to join the Moderator team.

A long conversation later, I'm happy to announce her as a new Moderator of SWLRP. Please give her a warm welcome and feel free to contact her if you have any issues, questions, concerns or comments like you would with me.

Change to expect

So, what is changing, you ask?

First of all, I'm already making some changes to the website, mostly throwing out unused stuff and making it somewhat GDPR compliant. (Yes, now with me being the owner, it has to be.)

You might have already noticed the more prominent discord link (yes, I'll make it pretty and not a default thing in the next weeks) and the removal of group pay.

I want to thank everyone who spend their hard-earned money and helped to pay the enjin bills, it meant a lot to us and really helped with our motivation at times. But, sadly arrangements like that make my tax declaration a lot harder (Yes, I would have to pay tax for it now as owner ...) and added about a second to the load time of the site. So it had to go :(

Cleretic has her own plans for new projects while I will change a number more things but for bigger ones, there will be discussion threads before I implement them.

Thank you all for being part of this community and I'm looking forward to many more years with you all!

Rovena

(And now seriously, go send Spell a thank you)

A quite belated Happy New Year everybody!

2018 is already up for a great start for Roleplayers in SWL. Two amazing players are currently running open community plots. In addition Bachelor has created a new mod that makes finding and meeting up on RPers ingame more easy.

Endemic Echo

This plot has begun on January 6th and is run by Hallowtek. It is a homage to Jurassic Park and heavily based on puzzles. There are regular ingame events that advance the story and detailed summary posts on the forum for those that miss them.

If you are interested, you should check out the thread on the forums! On Twitter you can get updates from https://twitter.com/hallowtek.

The William Tailour Project

The William Tailour Project is a cross faction investigation plot run by Dewey. It features great updates via cosplayed youtube videos and extensive forum post summaries of what has happened every day.

You should check out the forum thread !  On twitter you can follow the plot via the hashtag #WTProjectSWL and https://twitter.com/tsw_JEvans.

Roleplayers List Mod

Bachelor created a Mod for SWL that lists all RPers and the instances they are located in. You can use it to meet up on others to join RP. For the details check out his forum thread  and the mod on curse https://www.curseforge.com/swlegends/tswl-mods/rplist

Samhain / Halloween

Secret World Legends is rapidly approaching its first major holiday -- and the one holiday that's dear to the heart of the game as a whole.  Halloween (or Samhain, if you prefer) is around the corner!  We don't know what that will entail, but there's a good chance that the Cat God and Meowling quests will be back for all to enjoy.

In addition, you can expect great seasonal roleplay events from the SWL roleplay community.  On October 28th, the Annual Haunted Ealdwic Ghost Tour will kick off to give you a tour of the darkest, creepiest places in Ealdwic and stories to make your skin crawl.  On October 29th, celebrate a Darkside Halloween with fortune tellers, costumes, and general eerie cheer!

Hope to see you there, sweetlings.

The TSWRP Mod & and SWLRP Add-On

Acenth has informed us that the old TSWRP mod will be turned off sometime in early October (no exact date given).  After this happens, if you want to continue using in-game roleplay profiles, you will need to swap over to the SWLRP Roleplay Profile Add-On.

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