Hilfy: holds up a sign with “Point 5: ARK Event Team’s one-off social events.”
Hilfy: Rose started a thread listing the events ARK has been running. As usual, it lead to the “OMG Why didn’t I know about it!” from a few players. So, I’ll hand this one over to our friendly neighborhood ARKs.
Mmir: looks at Rainys
Rainys: looks at Mmir
Feynrose: I’ll go then!
Feynrose: So yeah. I wrote some summaries of what we’ve been up to here: https://forums.anarchy-online.com/sh...vent-Summaries
Feynrose: We can’t post to Editor News any more and the IRRK newswire is long gone, so I hoped it would let people keep up with current affairs and get ideas for joining in…
Feynrose: But the main feedback has been that people don’t know the events are happening in the first place…
Feynrose: We’ll be talking about it a lot internally, but I wanted to hear what your thoughts are on preannouncing events.
Feynrose: To be clear…
Feynrose: We do occasionally announce events ahead of time, but not often. We’ve traditionally felt it’s not usually appropriate or doable.
Feynrose: Would you like to see more preannouncement? Or would you rather stumble into events?
Zagadka: raises his hand for after any other comments on that
Kittiefixie: raises hand
Hilfy: Go ahead Zagadka, then Kittie. And then me.
Leileena: The thing about stumbling into events is that I never seem to do so.
Zagadka: I’ll go after you two, my comment is tangential
Hilfy: Ok, Kittie.
Swiftwing: (If I happen to nod off, please forgive me. I am making dinner)
Gimpyline: raises hand
Hilfy: (Kittie, Me, Gimpie and Zagadka. Ok?)
Mmir: raises his hand
Hilfy: adds more names on sticky notes across the top of her monitor
Kittiefixie: I love the idea of stumbling into things, but truth is it can be very difficult to actually do the stumbling. Things like alien attacks to cities? Definitely cool not to be warned about in before. Some events would probably do well to be advertised, even is supposed to be more ‘spontaneous’ IC or OCCly. Even if it might be something vague like "There will be an EVENT here at LOCATION at TIME’, giving nothing away, but people who are curious can stumble into it there.
Kittiefixie: Some things might be advertised more, and recurring events might also help people plan. AND! If there /are/ more planned or stumbable into events, holding more secret unadvertised ones would be less like missing out on what little there is
Hilfy: Pretty much what I was going to say.
Hilfy: So moving on, Gimpie, go ahead.
Gimpyline: Problem is. How is RPers suposed to be involved in a story line iif it isn’t anounced? You cant investigate if you dont know about it or just get half the story. Some anouncment would be nice
Feynrose: If I can interject…
Hilfy: Ok, quickly Rose then Zagadka.
Feynrose: Okay so the main storyline at the moment is very much happening based on player initiative. The hacking stuff, the CoT meetings, emails etc. If you have an idea what’s going on from following the summaries or asking around, you can get involved…
Feynrose: There are some flavour events around the edges where it doesn’t matter if you were there or not, like the Omni raids on Old Athen and Wine, but those were impromptu really and hence weren’t preannounced.
Feynrose: But yes, it might have been better to pre announce them.
Kittiefixie: Heads-up: I need to leave in twenty minutes or so to have time to go to the store, just so you know.
Hilfy: Ok, Zagadka?
Zagadka: I’m going to kinda withdraw my question. It was about knowing if a Legacy character is available for organization (like Radiman for the current story), but I suppose that isn’t practical to release to players like us.
Hilfy: nods, “Ok, ty Kittie.”
Zagadka: So that’s it
Hilfy: Alright, go ahead Mmir then.
Hilfy: …and sorry but I need to quickly afk…ferrets are being creative.
Mmir: Okay, Zagadka, can I refer you to Rainys for your question?
Mmir: I very much love the way folks are thinking here, we are all thinking along the same lines. I must admit I like the idea of announcing some Events, I think it’s a balance, some we could because they are going to be a lot of fun, some we would’nt because that might lead to being a sort of spoiler so I think working out which type of Event for example, could be announced before it happens, would be an excellent step. I’m all for player immersion but the players do really need to know when to be and where so to speak. This newsbot idea keeps popping up into my head and it would be good for this too, I really want to explore this with FC and if not possible, then to do something ourselves to make it happen. Just my thoughts. We are lucky we currently have some very exciting Arks active in Events at the moment, I’m excited for the future to be honest.
Mmir: The Alien raid events will always be random. Fun to be a part of, fun to find some loot and maybe aixp. We do have fun events which are clearly in the area of we could promote before, take for example, Partypopper advertising parties.
Mmir: It shows they work. Ark Events are planning a meeting to try and define what events we can pre-advertise so to speak.
Kittiefixie: Sounds great!
Hilfy: raises a hand
Hilfy: I believe we talked about making the GC meeting a bi-monthly event with a GSP party afterwards, just thought you could always send Partypopper out for it if ARK wants/can.
Mmir: Oh how lovely!
Hilfy: looks around
Hilfy: Do we still have Rainys to address Zagadka’s question? Or was that passed?
Zagadka: Doing that in PM
Rainys: yeah i had to poke him in a tell, as i was unclear of what he ment
Hilfy: Alright, anything else from anyone then?
Zagadka: raises his hand
Hilfy: Go ahead.
Zagadka: Er, in general or on that topic?
Mmir: I’ll pursue the Newsbot idea with Ark and FC
Hilfy: Or ok, go ahead Zagadka. Then anything.
Zagadka: Sigh, I was going to comment on how we need to kick start Omni groups, but that kinda falls under the umbrella of getting news out. But maybe we could duplicate the CoT thing of regular meetings and hope people show?
Hilfy: Actually, yeah. I have started a small RP Omni org and have been poking about. Would love to see the BoD active again.
Leileena: Hmm, possibly. The Newland City Council was I think what got me into the RP scene all those years ago. It’s quite hard to get faction meetings going though
Hilfy: Other than Gimpie, I have seen one regular RP-org name pop up.
Hilfy: Would we be willing to start those up, even with the knowlege that it’s likely to be nothing more than maybe three of us and ine ark for a year before something happens?
Gimpyline: I would love to get back into BoD again
Kittiefixie: I have two OT characters. One of which I hate and just want to see suffer terribly, but neither has a group
Zagadka: Don’t think I have a spare Omni left, but I can roll one. A new character sounds fun.
Leileena: I have a bunch of low ranking scrubs, nothing that suitable for the BoD meeting. Maybe if I get Deredo his rank so he can actually follow orders…
Swiftwing: (All these years and I have never created an OT character)
Feynrose: raises a hand
Leileena: I’d be up for it whenever I can, but I can’t really guarantee much
Hilfy: I have been plotting a stupid, RUR quality idea that could be turned into something.
Hilfy: Go ahead Rose.
Gimpyline: I miss RUR rp
Kittiefixie: I feel people are too kind, most often. I’d like some true unkind horror occasionally… but that’s a topic for another day.
Feynrose: Storyline-wise I’m very aware that we’ve focussed on the Clans recently…
Zagadka: (attack of the mutants!)
Gimpyline: Those damn Leetbots are still stuck in the schredder
Feynrose: I don’t want you guys thinking that’s because we’re all clanners though!
Leileena: is entirely too kind for horror
Hilfy: RP used to be all Omni focused, especially Omni-Pol.
Feynrose: It’s just because we’re reacting to initiative and that’s come from clan players.
Gimpyline: I dont have any clan carraqcter
Hilfy: When I first came back, people were complaining about the lack of Clan rper, hence Hilfy’s clan.
Leileena: Yeah, it sort of shifted over time
Feynrose: There’s also a minor issue of not finding any Omni players in Omni cities. They’re all in ICC or Bor these days…
Gimpyline: I remember a few years ago the problem was oppesite. No clanners around
Feynrose: So if you do set up any Omni or Neutral things like meetings and whatnot. Do let us know and we’ll do our best to support it.
Mmir: raises a hand
Feynrose: Don’t wait for us!
Hilfy: Go ahead Mmir.
Mmir: The more we know the more we can serve …
Leileena: I’ve not seen my colleague ministers in ages
Mmir: I have an Omni in a cupboard in my office. I also have a Clanner in a cupboard next to that one, oh, I also have a Neut I found in the Desert in another cupboard. I’m working on some recipe at the moment which I hope will combine all three into a new monster for EVENTS! Wish me luck
Rainys: The cupboard of corpses… mutters
Hilfy: Good luck!
Mmir: Thank you!
Hilfy: …at least he said monster and not dinner?
Mmir: I don’t eat people
Kittiefixie: Okay, I need to go in five minutes! If you’re not done by then, please email me log and time for next meeting!
Rainys: glances over at Mmir and mouths the word “Lies”
Hilfy: If no one minds, I’ll post the logs on the 4th Wall meeting thread.
Kittiefixie: No objections from me!
Hilfy: Awesome. In that case, I think we are done for this meeting.