Do you find yourself struggling to gain an audience to your events? Does the idea of hosting events for large numbers of people seem daunting? Do you get stressed out when trying to plan for the community? Then this article may be the right one for you! Introducing...
Hosting Public Events:
Tips & Tricks
In any roleplay community and more so within the realm of the public sphere, events are a common way to bring different kinds of players and characters together to have them interact and engage with one another. These events can take the form of anything from casual parties and balls to more elaborate cross-guild events designed to promote co-production between different groups within the community. Depending on the size being catered to, often events can quickly grow to be stressful due to the commitment and work involved in their planning and organisation.
As someone with their fair share of experience when it comes to planning, supporting and hosting various events, I'd like to take the time to share some tips and tricks that I've picked up over the years in the hopes it'll help some of you.
Ladies and gentlemen, beings and sentients of our fair Galaxy. From the far reaches of the Wild Space and beyond, I - Mystic Mog - have come forth to share with you the wisdom I have seen in the stars themselves. The Force has blessed me with foresight of the cosmos, and from that I divine forth what is in store for you the next month.
Heed this warning, dear readers, for the ebb and flow of the Force is forever changing. The future is a finnicky thing that even the most talented of us fail to fully interpret its meaning:
Do you actively portray more than one character? Is your character login page brimming with inspiration, often treated to a new face every few months? Then maybe Altoholics is for you! The support group article that takes a crack at the ins, outs and purposes behind the madness of portraying several roleplay characters in an MMORPG.
Altoholics: 6 Reasons Why You May Need an Alt
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Roleplayers are a diverse lot -- that tidbit goes without saying(unless you’ve yet to notice). Many of us prefer to cling to one of many styles of play and these often stick to us like habits. Keep in mind that these habits aren’t necessarily bad, especially if it keeps the player behind the screen happy, as that is of foremost importance when jumping into roleplay. With that said, the contents of this article aren’t intended as instructional -- but as advisory or thought-provoking, though I do hope that it attracts an audience with the similar experiences to relate to my words, and if not, to argue otherwise; because opposition to a point best serves to broaden our understanding. That said, I can think of several reasons why not to play an alt, because it isn’t necessarily as easy at looks. The most popular opinion heard concerning the reason why players don’t play alts is that they can only focus on one character -- which is a very valid point; especially as alting isn’t as easy as it may seem from the outside. I think that every altoholic at some point in time consciously begins to struggle with vocabulary and issues of perspective. If you’re like me and can only seem to remember the majority of your vocab 30% of the time, then you’ll know by now that the pain is real(just look at my work on this website!). I’ve come to find that my limited vocabulary is becoming a severe and growing issue when several of my characters start to sound so similar to one another that it becomes difficult to set them apart based on their dialogue.
The situation in the Lowers is swiftly deteriorating as time goes on and those still paying the price seem to be, as always, are the people who can’t afford to do otherwise. The purple haze crime wave is still in full swing and the Hutts’ response is still sluggish which has been exacerbated by smaller gangs sweeping in to fill in the gaps.
There are rumors of one such gang on the rise taking up residence at the Red Lantern which is a dive bar based down in the lowers of the Red Light District. Recently the RRU (Rapid Response Unit) was called to said local watering hole to contend with an altercation that reportedly stemmed from Purple Haze use. Three altered individuals stormed into the bar and immediately began harassing patrons even escalating to violence, but was put to a quick end by the on site security who shot two of the assailants. RRU apprehended the surviving spice head as well as the bouncer and records show he was sentenced to serve a short term detention period as well as be subject to probation for a length of time.
In the aftermath, a new presence has been making waves in the bar and indeed throughout the Lowers. There is admittedly not much information readily accessible to give a real clue as to who the members of this coming to light organization are, but two names come up most frequently. Eyepatch or Patchface seems to be popping up more in the whispers concerning underground business dealings. Most seem to think the individual is Corellian and indeed that is the sector where the most reports of this presence originated.
Gangs like this are on the rise as the Purple Haze epidemic rages on. With CarSec having to respond to more and more spice fueled crime sprees, there is less time to focus on the ongoing task of keeping the local gangs in line. The Red Lantern is just the latest example in how this lack of organized response to the continuous threat of the rising spice trade makes space for more criminal organizations to gain an easy foothold. Until the Hutts decide to take notice of one gaining too much influence, the average citizens of Shaddaa will be left to their own devices which so far, has been played out tragically at best. One can only hope that the Hutts will shift their resources towards more civically minded pursuits or some other organization will. Until then, it’s business as usual.
This month, I finally went rogue and spoke to one of our Jedi roleplayers on the Darth Malgus server! Kirbus is a long-time roleplayer on Star Wars: The Old Republic, and is also known for community coordination and story writing. Some say he even moonlights as a composer - you can check out the rumours of that in this thread. :D
Kirbus was a complete sweetheart to talk to and was very patient with many extended deadlines and my bad memory. His interview is definitely worth a read and I encourage anyone who gets the chance to say hello and get to know him in the game as well.
Read on for his Q&A, and to see some more awesome art.