I am not a RPer so I don’t feel I can really weigh in with opinions on the details here but I do feel like I have to call each and everyone of you out…
…In a good way- for participating and helping to keep the RoA community alive and well. You guys (any gals?) are the active voice that we need! This is awesome.
I love this community and this sort of thing really tickles me. I get Ara’s concerns about survival vs creative and keeping any old newb out and it seems like there might be consensus on ways to handle that? I love Jon’s idea about a Civilization-esque in-game-game. I love that Kung brought in tile maps and Forge of Empires refs. Etc etc. This is all awesome. Awesome, I say.
One thing I’d like to ask/call out is keeping an eye toward supporting the server and community we all enjoy and want to see continue.
This server and community are really one of a kind. I am unaware of any other place where we have a say in the server and worlds like this. This is unique, so far as I know.
But it costs real money to keep this going ($X per month, to be exact) and I know/assume nobody is in this for the money but the founders/owners have kept the lights on through thick and thin. I suggest we consider tying empire size, claims, and maybe even some materials to support for the server in some way. Let’s work, a little, for what we’re being given.
I get it. We can’t all contribute in the same way. Some of us live at home under the thumb of cruel parents who part with kid(ney?)s easier than coin. Some of us have less time than others. But we can all do something.
Maybe we “work” to help grow the community by inviting and onboarding others. Maybe we put some time in and help field questions in game from new players and keep them feeling welcome and supported. Maybe we work on server lore or build maps or add content to survival (dungeons and quests and builds) to help attract new players and to support the RP side we really want to play. Whatever works. Whatever we can do.
Maybe we forgo “full creative” but instead “buy” the materials and claims on the new continent using a currency that helps the server. And I don’t necessarily mean money (though that’s cool too).
I mean giving a little to help grow and support what we have and help ensure it is a fun and exciting place for new players, and us. Helping to ensure that a few don’t put in all the sacrifice to give you a place to play. Maybe we help “pay” in whatever way we can.
I don’t mean to be preachy. I would however like to see us start offering up ideas, or signing up to do X, when we offer opinions and together I think we can come up with some pretty cool stuff.
E.g. I like to develop plugins and mods. I’ve long been thinking of an in game alternative to the well know Factions plugin where faction claims are controlled by something other than PvP kills (booooooring- also toxic for community). I also envision a creative world with (certain) limited resources so people can build freely with what they have but don’t smash emerald towers all over to demonstrate wealth (for free) etc.
So if stuff like this is useful, let me know. I’m happy to help, in this way and others. And hey, come up with new donor levels to part me and my money, and let me support all you awesome people and this awesome community and this awesome little corner of the world that is, basically, ours. And maybe do the same, in whatever way, and however much, you can.