Rank: Decisive Witness
Joined: Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:54 pm
But I am excited for the start of the RP... kinda nervous with so many people involved, but it ought to be fun.
I'm going to generally be somewhat lax in enforcing any kind of rules as to "who writes the next update" in the beginning (when we're all just introducing our characters to the island, anyway) but
my intention is to eventually 1) divide the residents into various "teams" doing various "tasks" throughout the story (thus reducing the odds that written updates contradict each other) and 2) if necessary, I may request that everyone posts initially and OOC to "claim" the next update, which would then buy you more time to write it.
I think the main criticism of me as an "RP Administrator" will probably be that I'm a stickler for rules, but I find that the best RPs (in my experience) are well organized and have clearly defined rules for everyone to follow. Otherwise, it can quickly become a mess.
Anyway: I'm shutting down signups now, as promised. I'm also switching from
, as a lot of the "interesting dynamics" I wanted to toy around with Ron required the presence of Desiree on the island. Will Powers is a fairly important character anyway, and he should probably be present.
A few final tidbits:A)
This thread will edited to serve as a place for OOC comments. I'll be starting a new thread with the first update (or "chapter", or whatever you'd like to call it.) There will subsequently be two threads here in the forums for you to follow,
one where we can indulge in OOC conversation and another where OOC talk will be prohibited (and where you'll only
post narratives with your characters.)
I've always found this two-thread structure, combined with infrequent PM "newsletter" updates, is an ideal trichotomy for RP management.
* The PM newsletters generally ensure that I know each RPer is interested in (and continuing to follow) the action, and it lets me cover issues privately.
* This thread can be an OOC haven for questions about romantic hookups, who's writing the next update, which characters are joining certain search parties or doing certain tasks, and the classic "I'm going on vacation for a week, so my characters will be idle" spiels.
* The RP thread will, on the other hand, be strictly and 100% in-character narrative. No parentheses, no questions, no comments.
And finally, you can always PM each other with more private inquiries (like, "Do you think we should imply that our characters have hooked up?" or "Is it okay if I write an update where your character is mildly injured?") B)
I'm debating whether or not we should assign colors
to our text in the narrative: unique colors that distinguish the "voice" of the character who's responsible for narrating each update. Given that many of us are playing as two characters, and given the sheer number of characters here, it might be difficult to tell "who's who." I'll definitely be requiring that everyone at least posts smilies
at the beginning of updates, but even still, if an update is long a smiley at the beginning may not be sufficient.
My only concern with the colors is whether certain colors might be more difficult to see in the background.
If they are, we might have to stick with white. As I'm working on our first update, y'all can let me know here what your opinions are. Should we use colors to distinguish? Or are smilies alone sufficient?
(...Looks like we'd definitely have a problem with black, but I can see the other colors just fine.
That's all for now!EDIT: I just realized how convenient it is that there will be exactly 20 characters (including Phoenix) on the island. It just feels like a nice, even number of "friends" that a contest might award a winner. "You've won a cruise for you and nineteen friends! Yes, it's a getaway for twenty lucky souls in the beautiful Micronesian islands!"