One character, one year, and a college course on the human side of computing later and I finally grasp the importance of real world community in this game. So I�d like to introduce myself. My name is Alex and I�m currently a full time student majoring in a computer related field.
I've always had a personal interest in strengthening the player base and I�d like to open up a discussion on the ways we could make this possible. Personally, I believe what needs to be done is to shift focus from in-game solutions towards ways we can rope new players into the real world community. One of the biggest hurdles as a new player is the inability to find immediate RP. This requires a lot of patience that can�t be expected from someone trying something so new. The solution I see is to remove the mask of the avatar and to interact with new players as human beings. To clarify, I�m not trying to bring OOC conversation into the IC world. Rather, I want to see more done to improve the OOC environment of this game.
What is your opinion? Do you think this is worth the valuable time of the GMs? Do you have any ideas as to how the OOC environment could be improved? I think being able to pair OOC identities with IC characters would be immensely helpful in finding RP. As it stands right now I have a very hard time knowing who is who in the game. I would also like to see a way to schedule RP sessions OOCly. Instead of having to �peek� inside the MOO to see if anyone is signed on I can RP with it would be nice to know what times people plan on playing so I can plan my day accordingly. I miss my RP but with my current schedule (finals rapidly approaching) I�m finding it difficult just to sign on.