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.