Joined: Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:48 pm
After a big, long OOC chat (in the actual game, heavens!), I've been inspired to lend my voice, words and experience to help us all get our heads together about DR. I'll like to speak up again about two things that really caught my attention.
First one is fairly easily done. A weekly/monthly meeting. Everyone who wants to go gets beamed up or meets up in a little room and we all chatter OOC'ly. No drama, no nonsense, we can talk about how the week went, what stories have been going and how our experience is with the slowly changing mechanics. Somewhere between a brainstorming session and a chillout, since we can drop all the character rage and just speak to each other as people, since OOC hatred bleeding into IC actions is absolutely cancerous.
With that said, it leads into my second more bothersome suggestion.
Get rid of IMMS as we know them.
Yup, I know Immortal leaders of guilds have been at the core of Dark Risings for a long time, but I've been here long enough to see that almost every single shitstorm has been caused
by an IMM abusing their power. It could start from many ways, perhaps an IMM's alt gets ganked, or they build resentment for someone from some other medium. (Hello Fightbook!) ultimately though, it leads to all this power concentrated in the hands of one irate ******* who then goes to take it out on everyone below them. I've heard plenty of horror stories about IMM abuse when I had started and took it all with a pinch of salt, until it happened to me, which I'll now go over.
For those of you who might not know, Ravindra has always been a strong foe against Vampires. He spent plenty of years gathering information, tricking and smoking out vampires and their servants, with Ashanni rewarding him with the rank of Meridian for his years of hard work both as a defender of the people and all the lore that I wrote. Of course, Rav
pissed off many people by thwarting their ambitions, which led to a conga line of assassins chasing him around.
That's cool! I can handle that, it's all in game and it all plays off each other. What I, and nobody else should have to deal with is when people bring OOC ******** into IC actions, usually in the form of crossing information with characters.
Now, one such person was Zyppora. She was a slave to Daighemmon (can't be arsed with the spelling.) and was deteremined to get into the circles to act as his mole. Ravindra identified her and made sure that everyone knew where her real loyalties lay. That's all IC, that's all acceptable.
Now, somehow down the line, Zyppora's player ends up as Ailios. The new IMM of Arcaenum. Then for some mysterious reason, she picks a fight with Ravindra over **** all, slays him and derails his entire career and years of build up. All because of IC things that had happened to her previous character.
Another example would be all the hoops that Ravindra had to go through to get back into Arcaenum.Tasks. Trials. Probations. He still maintained his strong anti-vampire stance and often complained about Trysta's blood drinking, killing and utter lack of work, despite there being a rule that all of Traumir had to do a ritual at least once a week. Ravindra complained away to Zalyriel, the current immortal of Arcaenum..who also just happened to be Trysta and of course just turned a rubber ear to all of Ravindra's legitimate IC complains, just to further their own OOC agenda.
That's a horrendous abuse of power in both counts. Now, I know it's almost certainly going to be frowned upon to reveal alts and names, but as far as I know, all four/two of these characters are long, long gone, but the players themselves are responsible for stupid, stupid abuse of their position and all the trust that was put in them. Twice, Arcaenum had IMMS who wanted vampires within the circles, twice against the wishes of the actual people who made up the guild, but went ahead with it anyway.
It's with that in mind that I realized that almost all the drama has come from crushingly poor IMM responsibility. It's certainly had a knock on affect on the game at large. IMMS act like cunts to players. Players get sick of being abused and leave. IMMS then have nobody to **** on, they leave. End result is a husk of a game.
Now, I know that not all IMMS are bad, but all it takes is one selfish ******* to ruin it all for many, many people. With this in mind, I'll like to throw out some ideas to replace the IMM system and what they do.
The first part of it is pretty obvious. No blatant god-ruler of guilds anymore. Have them entirely maintained, run and scored by mortals. The next part is a little bit more interesting. When it comes to rp-events, promoting/demoting, creating relics and other IMM related duties. Why not have a team of volunteers? Or give these permissions to the players themselves? Nobody is bound to any single guild. A helper can just see a request for some IMM magic, pop over oocly and hidden, make it happen then leave again.
So, to wrap this up, here's a tl:dr.
1)Weekly OOC chat to brainstorm and chill.
2) **** IC / OOC drama. We're all adults, don't cross it over.
3) **** **** IMMS. Do away with them entirely for volunteer roles instead.
4) Keep on talking. It was great fun to remember that there's actual people behind the words on the screen. Not just names and numbers to be smacked around.