Tantive wrote: ↑Wed Feb 07, 2024 6:13 am
selhan wrote: ↑Wed Feb 07, 2024 5:47 am
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1, I really think to help DM workload, establish registered "support players." , Players that can help push out plots and some rumors. It helps those have something else to do as well by giving other reasons for players to log in. Incentive always helps with activity. And again I will mention some players really dont use the forums at all.
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In what form do you mean registered support?
Because historically when players aid in the rumour spread (forum+ingame) after the events of things happening (or are still relevant to happen), it aids greatly to remain in the loop or offer something relevant to your area for your character to hook into.
In so far plot is concerned, it has been usually (guild) leaders doing the setting up of things, or forces of personality that brings people together to push plot forward from the playerside. Even the more personal events, and players bring their friends over to come along are also doing quite some support.
Example: Theres been times my pc has worked behind the bar, and a DM would tell me a rumor to push out. Patrons that come to visit the tavern, to rp drinks and wot not, I would spread that very rumor to player patrons. What they do with it is on them but by mean pushing it out, it gave me and that player something to Rp about. Happened a lot during the Time of Troubles event. There was some Dms that dropped a vague rumor to players thru a NPC, but before they logged off, that npc would tell a player some thing like "Want to know more, try asking a bartender." . They came to me, askin or even offering a coin or a gem, my pc would tell them. And that set the player off to pursue what ever event it was. Now these DM's did have legitimate ic reasons of how I would know said rumor so it was always solid for me to pass on.
That helped Dm's that didnt have enough time to stay logged in long enough to atleast get their rumor started while they had to go, and that gave my bartender pc and player pcs something to rp about. Often times, I've helped some DMs with their events, DM Summerbreeze is one, asked me to help guild the newbies in a certain direction but I myself couldnt get involved in the group since it was something made for low to mid level players. Or like in the Big Vampire Event they did, I was throwing in RP from another angle that helped the event build some interesting momentum. Wont go into details but yeah, all the while I myself wasnt one of the main players involved in the event. Basically playing a role the Dm would likely have with an NPC. But they didnt have to be online while I played my part.
There's always the "Hire more DMs" alternative, to lighten the workload. Trusted people that you know they won't do meta, DMs that will enjoy doing it, and give more flexibility to Associate DMs as well so they don't have to pass through the HDMs.
This is another good option, but I want to point out one thing, when theres a new DM, thats one player plucked from the community player side. Someone who was a heavily active player suddenly gone or has far less face time because their doing DM / Dev stuff. I recently took a break from building myself, because some ppl mention to me they were hardly seeing me online.
Back in the day when our server pushed 80 online that surely was not a problem. But with the average 15-30 players now a days ((U.S time zone most favored)), weekends pushing 40s, thats not really a whole lotta players goin around. God forbid someone during my time zone becomes a DM cause its like ghost town as is, Im a primary Rper and Im only talking about the other ones that rp. Im not adding grinders / looters. Hell I wouldnt mind trying to learn DMing but I know if I applied and got approve Roaringshore gonna go right back to the way it was before I started rping there..dead.
What I call Player Supporters would be what Ghost calls (Figure of speech) player leaders that try to promote activity in certain areas. We dont always have to chase down those events, I myself has passed up on quite a few , but I like trying to direct players to them. For me, Im good with someone coming to the bar to try to get info from me. Its what Im there for. If your a Paladin attempting to come to the Goblet to get info out of me, your likely gonna get lies . But if you come in disguised or bring some creativity, you will get a better result. Only because I refuse to break the theme / setting of the Broken Goblet myself, even if my PC gets flak for it. I didn't retire from nwn2 because I came up with the decision to play that very role, believing it will be a different form of gameplay for me. And hell, I've had a blast of fun doing it and I've gotten all kinda support from the server along with it.
Like the whole Amn stuff..I dont really care much to be hanging out there but I found a means too, because I saw players and DM's talking about how it would be nice if more activity or people rp'd there. Dont ask me to be a Helmite tho I have my limits
FAI is a good Hub but I try not to go there too much, cause I figure thats the mid level folks hang out. Thats around the level range players start deciding what they gonna have their PC's pursue for as character progression.
Guild or high established player propose a simple plot => DM valid => proposing players spread rumors about the plot => some players try to resolve it
I like this, I've done similar actually. Where I had someone make an alt character and rob me. Then put out a bounty on that alt character lol Players had fun and they didn't even know it was a player lead agreement thing. Was funny too, the Bounter found the thief at the Sword arm Inn, put a blade to his back while the guy was taking a bath . Took his loot and left him in his underwear