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Timer, Cruise, Rusty and Survival

Post by Rico on Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:03 am

As some of you would be aware we've been changing how a few things work in the RP room in the interest of encouraging diversity. Thus far this has been a huge success, but to finish it all off there's still a few things we need to do.

Global RP Timer
In all official RP rooms there will now be two timers, designed to help keep the rooms running smoothly.
After Three hours, any Room Driver or above will be freely able to end an rp WITHOUT an endrp poll. This will generally be done only if the RP has no forseeable end AND is closed to participants, but is generally up to our staff to decide.
After Four hours an RP will automatically end, No Exceptions. As a curtesy, the bot will give you a link to the RustyRP subforum so that if you want to continue at a later date with the same people, you can request a time slot in Rusty.

"But Rico, what about Conquest/Trainer/DnD? They ALWAYS go over that time!"
Wrong, actually. Not that many RPs run for over 4 hours in any of the rooms. From what I've seen it's approximately once a week. Conquest tends to be the primary offender when it comes to running over 3 hours, and is the main reason we're not cutting RPs off at that time instead, as by then the RP should be winding down to a close.

"Amphy is where people do customs those should be allowed to go over time!"
I appreciate your concern here and do agree that the customs in amphy are a very important part of the room, however Amphy rarely stays open for more than 12 hours a day. An RP running over 4 hours in such an environment is one third of the entire day gone in one RP. I'm sorry but if you want to run something for longer than that you should consider picking it up again later, or scheduling time in Rusty.

"You keep mentioning Rusty, isn't it just a second Main RP?
Rusty is, first and foremost, there to host scheduled RPs from users wishing to do them. The first iteration of this didn't go as well as we had hoped (which, those of you who're old enough, happened to Amphy as well) so we're revitalising the idea. Rusty will still be an overflow room, however with the timer being implemented we wanted to extend its primary purpose to invite people a chance to continue past RPs.

So to put it simply, Rusty will continue to operate as overflow for Main/Amphy during peak hours, however if someone schedules something to run that will take precedence (although if someone wants to do it in peak we will ask (once) if they want to do it in quieter hours). RPs ended by timer are eligible to be run in a timeslot for Amphy, however this isn't a right, it's something we'll look at on a case by case basis. We don't want to end up with CL+G+Legendaries again.

Cruise
Cruise is now being pushed to follow Kingdom and become a fully hosted RP. An example doc is available to help explain what we're expecting out of your Cruises, but to put it simply every Cruise should have both a Doc and a Host. You are free to use the doc we've provided, but remember people are more likely to try something new and interesting.

"Won't this kill Cruise?"
If by kill you mean make it less popular, quite likely. At present Cruise is played too much in the main room and for too long, so we've been looking at solutions to deal with this. Unlike Prom, Cruise really has a great deal going for it when run well, so we wanted to look at what made a good cruise vs. what makes a mediocre cruise. The answer was that those few cruises with a host always seemed far more enjoyable and unique, so rather than make Cruise go back as a Freeroam Variant we decided we'd encourage those types of cruises.

"Does this mean Prom is staying a Variant?"
Yes, for the forseeable future Prom is a Freeroam Variant.

"Do we have to use the example doc?"
No, that's just an example. You don't have to use it, but you also don't have to make your own. You can copy and alter any example document we provide. Yes, we will be providing more example docs in the future, assuming we get the time to write them.

ADDITIONALLY with this change to Cruise Amphy is now officially a Hosted RPs only room. This was always mostly what Amphy was anyway, but now it's fully there.


Survival
Finally, Survival is being removed as an official RP. This is to coincide with our move away from Variants as a concept, but also because we feel it wasn't very clear to users just what Survival was. Unfortunately, with Survival all being hosted RPs we can't do what we did with Prom and add those all to a sub-poll of Survival.
If any of these RPs see extensive use in the room we will be happy to add those specific RPs as official, but for now Survival shall be returning to the depths.



What's next?
Giving a rare glimpse in to the deranged minds of our staff, here's a few features we're intending to bring out in the near future.


  • Example docs for ALL official RPs, built in the world of the RP World Map.
  • Expansion of the RP World Map to include all the areas used by our example docs.
  • Contest to expand the world map even FURTHER with user created content.
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Re: Timer, Cruise, Rusty and Survival

Post by Allyson(Ninetales) on Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:56 am

I know that the room doesn't promote chatzy, but its allowed to use chatzy to continue as long as it's kept among themselves right???
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Re: Timer, Cruise, Rusty and Survival

Post by Rico on Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:59 am

Please ask a staff member first, but yes you're more than welcome to use a chatzy or request a groupchat to finish an RP. All room staff can make a groupchat.
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