Almost God: The Dolosus Moderator and Story Teller (almostgod) wrote in dolosus,
Almost God: The Dolosus Moderator and Story Teller
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Attention!

Hello, all,

This is the new dolosus moderator speaking. Most of you will have already received an e-mail from me, except for bole, moneyedmalfoy, shelostit, and weasleyr, who don't have any sort of contact e-mail listed. (Could you four leave a comment or something, or contact me at almostdolosusgod@yahoo.co.uk? Ta.) I'm making this post as well as sending out the e-mail, mainly because I wanted to discuss a few things as to practicalities.

First of all, Dolosus is a StoryLine-based RPG, which means that mod come up with a general StoryLine, such as "Ron is kidnapped by aliens. He must be rescued, and the alien warship must be destroyed", those characters who would likely be involved in this SL, or would like to be involved in this SL, then RP out the SL, filling in a lot of the "meat" of the story, but following the SL that the mod set out. Obviously, anything happening outside the main SLs is fair game, but major plot developments (kidnapping, death, wahetever) can only be "canonified" by the mod.

If you have any SLs to suggest, please e-mail me. I take requests. Gladly, even. And preferably with some fava beans and a nice bribe. (I kid, I kid!)

Secondly, the really technical technicalities. Since the RPing will be done among a number of people, a lot of whom are in completely different time zones, IM isn't really an option for SL RPs. The way I see it, we have two options:

a) The moderator makes a post to
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Hello, all,

This is the new dolosus moderator speaking. Most of you will have already received an e-mail from me, except for <lj user="bole">, <lj user="moneyedmalfoy">, <lj user="shelostit">, and <lj user="weasleyr">, who don't have any sort of contact e-mail listed. (Could you four leave a comment or something, or contact me at almostdolosusgod@yahoo.co.uk? Ta.) I'm making this post as well as sending out the e-mail, mainly because I wanted to discuss a few things as to practicalities.

First of all, Dolosus is a StoryLine-based RPG, which means that mod come up with a general StoryLine, such as "Ron is kidnapped by aliens. He must be rescued, and the alien warship must be destroyed", those characters who would likely be involved in this SL, or would like to be involved in this SL, then RP out the SL, filling in a lot of the "meat" of the story, but following the SL that the mod set out. Obviously, anything happening outside the main SLs is fair game, but major plot developments (kidnapping, death, wahetever) can only be "canonified" by the mod.

If you have any SLs to suggest, please e-mail me. I take requests. Gladly, even. <strike>And preferably with some fava beans and a nice bribe.</strike> (I kid, I kid!)

Secondly, the really technical technicalities. Since the RPing will be done among a number of people, a lot of whom are in completely different time zones, IM isn't really an option for SL RPs. The way I see it, we have two options:

a) The moderator makes a post to <lj-comm="dolosus">, and participants to the SL RP the SL in successive comments. Pro: SLs are nicely centralised. Con: People not involved in the SL might lose sight of it when it's pushed down on their friends page, and once there are more than about 25 comments, the LJ comments page starts looking like hell.

b) All participants in a SL make seperate posts to <lj-comm="dolosus"> each time it's their turn. Pro: everyone can follow the new SL developments. Con: This will flood people's friends pages.

Opinions? Alternatives I've not thought of?

The other question I need opinions on is about the characters' personal LJs. I feel it's a bit strange to have wizards use computers, and would like to switch to using them as if they were "real" (paper, and private) diaries/journals, and a place to post logs, etc. of RPs not related to an actual SL. Any thoughts?

That will be all for now. Thanks for listening to my rambling.

The Mod
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Gah. Sorry. My contact email is sefekhi@hotmail.com
No problem. I've forwarded you the e-mail. :)

I never received an e-mail.
Ack! Sorry, sent it to a yahoo.co.uk addy instead of a yahoo.com one. Have tried re-sending.
I'm pretty sure moneyedmalfoy has left. Also, if you do not receive a reply from Percy's player, she's away right now. :)

I think that to switch them to being 'real' journals would be better. I agree online journals for wizard is not so feasible. Also I think that (a) is a better option. Yes the comments look like hell, but the pro is bigger than the con, I think. It will be too hard to keep track otherwise.

Just my $.02
Hey,

I'm pretty sure moneyedmalfoy has left.

Thanks. :) They've until Friday to get back to me, but it's good to know I don't have to worry about stepping on toes if I find another player after that. ^_^

Also, if you do not receive a reply from Percy's player, she's away right now. :)

Duly noted. :) Any idea when she'll be back? (Don't worry, I pretty much assumed Ced, Oli and Percy would be staying in the game, so she's not in much danger of being kicked out.)

Also I think that (a) is a better option. Yes the comments look like hell, but the pro is bigger than the con, I think. It will be too hard to keep track otherwise.

*nodnod* We could try and find a compromise, like having up to x comments on the same post, then whoever's turn it is next posts his or her post in a new entry, with link to the previous post.

Do people think it'd be worth it to collect the logs of all the SLs and non-SL RPs and put them on a website somewhere? If so, is anyone willing to volunteer? (I can donate webspace, but I already have my hands full of projects, so I'd really prefer someone else to do this.)
I much prefer centralizing the SL into single posts, even given the hell of the massive comments pages. The alternative would be far too confusing to keep track of the different developments, especially for newcomers/inexperienced types like me trying to join in. A limit on the number of replies maybe with the understanding if you hit X point, we start a new SL post. A time limit of any kind might not be feasible given some people will be more active than others with their schedules.

I would favor treating them as "real" journals rather than electronic. But would changing the format have any affect on the comments and asides on the journals? By private do you mean they be viewable only but not replyable? What should we consider to be "public knowledge" versus "privately known"?
A limit on the number of replies maybe with the understanding if you hit X point, we start a new SL post.

That's the option I'm leaning towards myself, too. It keeps the comments to a somewhat manageable level, while still keeping the storyline fairly linear -- people can click backo the first post, read all comments there, click to the next post, etc. Much easier to follow than a gazillion serperate posts.

A time limit of any kind might not be feasible given some people will be more active than others with their schedules.

Hm, that's true, but I don't think it's fair to keep a storyline halted because one personisn't replying when it's their turn. :/ I think skipping a person's turn, unless they're central to a storyline, would be okay.

By private do you mean they be viewable only but not replyable?

The latter; definitely not the first. :) I'd say anything should be considered FPK only unless there's an explicit way for one's character to know -- ie, he or she was present during the events, has been told by someone who was there, read the report of the events, or the players involved have mentioned there are rumours flying or that it's public knowledge.

Make sense? :)