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If we were to do another RPG, what would "generally" be the best time for you to participate?

Spring (March, April, or May)
1 (7.1%)
Summer (June, July, or August)
2 (14.3%)
Fall/Autumn (September, October, or November)
0 (0%)
Winter (December, January, or February)
11 (78.6%)

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RPG: Nonsense Survey
« on: August 21, 2015, 03:35:12 AM »
Yeah, I said something about this, forgot what I was going to do, remembered, then forgot again, so let's try and wing this.  8)

It's been nearly 2 months since the RPG ended (feels longer doesn't it?), and I've been doing some thinking. Scary business, I know. I have some questions. See, I'm thinking we could turn this nonsense fun into a yearly thing, don'tcha think? It'd be fun, come around some time of the year to let off steam and post crap that none of us really understand. Good times, yeah.

But of course, there comes a few questions first if we wanted to do that. The obvious is: If we were to do it yearly, what time of the year would be best for you people? I have this set up as a poll at the top for easier communication. I know some people prefer to cast a vote than post, and that's alright, so I thought I'd accommodate for them as well.

I have it set up as seasons right now, but I can easily change it to specific months once the specific season is chosen.

Moving on. For the eleven or so people that participated for this year's round, what did you think? What was good? What was your favorite moment? What was bad? What should we focus on that might make the next one even better?

I'm also taking basic premises for a plot idea; I know there's more emphasis on the journey over the destination, but I think it'd be handy to have a few "scenes from a hat" ready, so to speak.

I ask all of this because Fantasy-Faction's 5 year anniversary is coming up this December, and while we may not be able to do the next RPG this Winter, I want it to be big. A part of me wants to call back all the old participants around that time, what with the handy-dandy @ symbol we have, but another part reminds me that they left the forum for a reason, even if I do seem them on Goodreads and Twitter weekly.

Ahem. So, if the eleven or so people from last time, the ones from before that might be interested, and anybody else curious, throw in their two cents, that'd be lovely. I know we talk about getting people interested in FF and coming back, and while there's the Writing Group and Book Battles going on for that, truthfully, the first RPG on here is what kept me as a regular. I noticed that a few people grew on the boards after this run, so I think any little bit can help.

Anyway, thanks again peeps. I'll give my answers later, and hopefully I won't forget, seeing as I say that near every time I type up a new thread.

Also, if you have any questions feel free to drop them here.
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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2015, 05:29:19 AM »
Hey Chilly, RPG semi-vet here :D

I voted for Winter - if not exactly December due to all the busy stuff and potential travelling around Christmas, I think an RPG in Jan-Feb would be the perfect thing to lift the dark-days-blues (sorry Aussies)

I've been a part of 2 RPGs so far, and I feel this last one was much better. I think in the first one I was too focused on control, on order, on logical thinking, and this time I threw everything to the wind and just went with the crazy flow and loved it (even if I didn't post as much as I wanted in the beginning).

I think the main problem we have is always the end - things seem to start really fast, then kinda fizzle out after a few weeks, probably because people need some objective after letting the craziness loose: we go off in tangents everywhere, but there should be an end target to aim for, to bring everything together. And some people gently steering the plot towards that.
Milestones along the way are good too, and this year that was achieved with the prophecy. I'm not sure if that was the objective when it was posted, but it helped to have some things to touch point with (random and hidden enough not to restrain creativity, but there).

I also agree with you that being part of the RPG allowed me to make the jump from 'being here posting about books' to 'being here chatting with my friends, about books and anything/everything else' :D

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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2015, 06:55:23 PM »
8 people have voted and only 2 have voiced their opinions. Interesting. ;)

Naw, I anticipated this. Though, could the people that voted for Spring and Summer perhaps give their explanation as to why? It might sway some people, myself included. Though right now, we might be looking at a January 2016 RPG. December is hell for me, as I suppose it would be for many, and February is always a hit or miss in terms of busy-ness. But January is good. Seems it's good for a number of people as well.

And to answer a concern of Bea's:

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I think the main problem we have is always the end.....probably because people need some objective after letting the craziness loose

I agree. Not only did some people find they didn't have the time to continue, which is understandable, the ones that could ran out of steam. Jmack and I did have a few ideas on where we wanted to take the story for a week by week basis, but the only one we actually stuck to was the first with the Tower of the Wild Ring. Ending is debatable.  :)

I think notifying a few veteran members of a quasi-plot and asking for their opinion might benefit for the next one, but not make it blatant, make it hidden, and have room to maneuver if one point doesn't work out, as you said.
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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2015, 07:07:23 PM »
I'll try to have my say tomorrow. Too many posts today. ;D
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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2015, 07:26:21 PM »
I'll try to have my say tomorrow. Too many posts today. ;D

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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2015, 07:35:14 PM »

And to answer a concern of Bea's:

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I think the main problem we have is always the end.....probably because people need some objective after letting the craziness loose

I agree. Not only did some people find they didn't have the time to continue, which is understandable, the ones that could ran out of steam. Jmack and I did have a few ideas on where we wanted to take the story for a week by week basis, but the only one we actually stuck to was the first with the Tower of the Wild Ring. Ending is debatable.  :)

I think notifying a few veteran members of a quasi-plot and asking for their opinion might benefit for the next one, but not make it blatant, make it hidden, and have room to maneuver if one point doesn't work out, as you said.

The player's goal will always be to ruin any scheme you have set up, any guidance will be cast aside and either you, the creator, are left in tears or cheer on the insanity.

My personal goal is not to ruin the rpg. It is to break the table we play on.
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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2015, 08:34:31 PM »
The player's goal will always be to ruin any scheme you have set up, any guidance will be cast aside and either you, the creator, are left in tears or cheer on the insanity.

My personal goal is not to ruin the rpg. It is to break the table we play on.
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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2015, 08:48:11 PM »
Summer for me as that is the time of year I work the least.
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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2015, 04:40:36 AM »
Summer for me as that is the time of year I work the least.

If we had two votes (does anybody want that? not sure how to implement it now), I probably would've voted for Summer, too. Only problem I have with that is I may be doing my internships either next summer or the next, and that'll be a drain. But still, if for some reason Winter falls through, Summer will most likely be the next option, seeing as the majority right now want that.

Though that could change!
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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2015, 07:04:02 AM »
I was the person who voted for Spring yesteday  with a long post basically saying love RPG, Great, Wonderful, Yes, Please, Thank you, Chill,  and then promptly lost the lot. I will re-write properly now and post quickly. 8)

The reason I voted Spring is because your Winter, ie Christmas, is followed by the two months of  summer holidays here and for me that is hugely busy. I realise that most of you will be toiling away  in grim European winter and need cheering up, so it will be better for you.  Unless Nora, Elfy and Lejays join in I may be the only Aussie around. I couldn't change my Spring vote it doesn't work, so just ignore it and I'll go with whatever else happens.

I loved the last RPG even though I didn't manage the full course. It truly seemed to make everyone  playing together even closer.  Probably because if you are allowed to go totally haywire and write complete nonsense, have others laugh with you and do the same, then drag in all sorts of old jokes and references you also enjoy, then you are surely among friends. It was special and amazing.

The ChitChat thread last time was useful as it helped to check up who was where and when, or whether or not they were dead , or how may henchman, handmaidens or hordes were still around.

It would be best if everyone had to do an entry in Who's Who even if they joined in later. With only eleven it still got completely totally  wildly  a little confusing as we have our fictional characters around as well.

Like @ScarletBea mentioned to have some kind  of milestones would help to draw us gradually towards the main goal, and give crew leaders a chance to pull us together now and again. Chill emphasised last time not having any rules is best and that worked so well, it should still be as unstructured and random as possible, because the whole aim is FUN.

I can only think of two vague suggestions for theme either Gangster Chicago and Prohibition,  or Games of the Gods ie Celtic, Greek, Roman or whatever all competing for something.

ETA  ;D ;D One moment I will never forget was when Kingy's Zombie Dad came back to wreak vengeance on him - unexpected pure gold. I snorted coffee and think Jmack was hiding at work trying not to ROFL. ;D ;D
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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2015, 08:30:54 AM »
I'm a european winter voter.
It breaks the dreary cold long months here.
My job doesn't have a summer break cuz it follows the public services calendar here which means we're home during winter. So winter for me please :)

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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2015, 11:38:32 AM »
Okay.

The winters are usually quite beautiful here, so I don't see the winter months as dreary. But then again, I don't really have any objections on having the RPG in winter. What I mean to say, I guess, is that I don't have any preference about the time. So, I'm not voting (unless I suddenly change my mind).  :-\

I think the last RPG was awesome. There were so many funny moments over the course of it that it's really hard to pick a favourite. Hmm. No, can't decide. (Dammit! It's like I don't know what I think.  >:( :-\ )

What was good?
The general craziness and running jokes. And I liked all the battles quite a bit (but there can't be too many of those or they might start to lose their charm).  :)

What was bad?
Well, I suppose the dwindling in numbers of people posting at the end. (But that's understandable, and I'm not blaming anyone here.  :-[ )

What would make it better?
Hmm. Well, as some of you have said, having both short term and long term objectives might help.

Plot ideas?
An escape from somewhere. Though that might restrict player actions a bit and need some planning/thinking in advance (like, how they got there, why do they have to escape, etc.). But at least it would offer some objectives; main objective would be the escape and the side objectives would involve getting the things needed for that escape. Or something like that.
And then there is always this plot I got from the generator:
The heroes must aid a map in a cavern, but have to contend with misdirection, and opposition from bandits trying to attack a jungle tribe. ;D

That's about it. Though I might add some things later if I manage to unscramble my thoughts.  ;)
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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2015, 11:55:43 AM »
I enjoyed the RPG a lot. I voted for summer, but it could really be any time.

I do think more folks being in on the broad framework of the plot, and enjoying the idea of getting there together, cold be fun.

There was also something interesting when one participant said to us: "I'm struggling with this because I'm not a discovery writer." Or something like that. Maybe it was Raptori. For whatever reason, we had some great characters developed, introduced, and then largely left to the cheerful whims of the other writers. And it would be great to understand this. Was it just available time? (Which I suspect is what happened to Nora.) Preferring to write in a more controlled way? (Raptori?) The RPG won't be for everyone, but if were to specifically ask "why" of those whose attendance flagged maybe we could keep the fun going longer and better.

I enjoyed most of the running jokes about JayMack's... er, problems; but I'd like the next RPG to not carry that over for whatever new character I create.

And finally, I have to talk about the highlight of the RPG for me: Oggy. @Lady_Ty made me laugh so much, and made me want to come up with the best ways to use her character when she wasn't around. But no matter what I did, I couldn't re-create the delightful madness of the stuff she cooked up.  :)
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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2015, 12:04:20 PM »
There was also something interesting when one participant said to us: "I'm struggling with this because I'm not a discovery writer." Or something like that. Maybe it was Raptori.

Preferring to write in a more controlled way? (Raptori?)
Yeah that was me.  :-[

I dunno if I'd say it's more controlled, just that I work better doing most of the creative stuff at the planning stage (which doesn't exist here). It's like drawing a rough sketch of something, then going back and filling in all the colour. I'd probably have great fun helping out with the framework, and I suppose I might be able to participate if I have an idea of where to move the plot to. Without that, well... anything can happen, and having to pick out one thing to actually write down is overwhelming.  :P
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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey
« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2015, 02:01:16 PM »
hmm.

this sounds like crazy fun.  i think i'd like to play but i worry about the time commitment.  can i write an epic death scene for my character if i find it's sucking up too much time?

oh.  and i don't care about when it gets started.  probably not before november, tho.