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21 March 2006 @ 05:02 pm
So, I was thinking about RH, and I started to think... I mean, we have to do something. The place is more than half dead and no one seems interested in trying to fix it.

Our characters are great. Their relationships are great. It would be stupid to let the whole thing just die. Really! We're far too cool for that.

So, what do we do? Blow it up? Start over?

I'm thinking something more REBEL and less HOGWARTS. Stay in the HP universe, of course, but let's get the kids out of school. I mean, what if we fast forwarded the game? Suddenly, everyone's outta school.

The plotlines that people were coming up with, they were so far in the future... but they were the most important. It seems to me like a lot of us are wallowing in back-story. Are we too mature to play students? Is that why it's so boring? You can light your character on fire only so many times before it just becomes boring. You can only sneak out into the halls at night, or throw parties so many times before it's stupidly uncanon.

Keep everything that happened in RH so far canon, but move the story line up like... 6 years. (Half-Pint is our youngest character, right? So in 6 years she'll be outta Hogwarts) Anyone who is still interested in playing will have to write a history of their character explaining what happened to them between current RH plot-line and the new one. Blow the people out of the water who don't care anymore.

Make the universe considerably more dire. Make the characters have jobs... have them be able to interact on a more mature level with the faculty. Characters would run into each other in Hogsmeade... Diagon Alley... Knockturn Alley. At the Ministry, etc. Have your character find a flatmate, so they've got a built in partner for interaction. That won't be required, but it's an idea.

I think it could work. Aussie, Lina and Bex are all for it. Actually, it's the most excited any of us have been for this game in a long time.

But bein' the not!elitisth0rs like we are, we thought we should put up a poll.

Poll #695333 Do we hit the fast forward button?

Would you like to fast-forward the game to 6 years later than our current timeline?

Sounds frakking awesome!
No, don't think so, nu-uh.

If not 6, how many years would you like to skip ahead?

6 works great for me!
Other (in comments)

Will you be sticking around if we skip forward?

No, and fuck you all.

Yes, you can pick a new PB for your character, but the fucking ridiculously gorgeous ones are still off-limits. This won't be a free pass to frak with that particular rule.

Yes, you'll have your work cut out for you. You will have to backstory. I think we all know each other well enough to backstory, now don't we? Yes, yes we do.

Obviously we'll have to change the format a bit, but give us the time (about a week or so, which will give YOU time to consider everything) and we'll get the community's new look and format up and ready to go. Think of all the possibilities!

Luffs you guyyyys!
<3 Sara
tristan_dulac on March 22nd, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
Luffs you to the power of infinity!!!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Anianakin_sarvo on March 22nd, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
Thought I'd Explain...
Since so far I'm the only one who doesn't like this idea, I thought I'd let you know why.

Yes, I have plotted out future plans for my characters, I've done this so I can play them now and work up to what I've plotted. Half the fun is RPing things out. Half the things I've thought of I wouldn't have if I hadn't RPed something else out. Just to suddenly have Anakin a pureblood, or Satine the Minister of Magic just wouldn't be fun for me. I want to actually RP Anakin finding out he's pureblood, I want to RP Satine and Mason coming up with plans to make sure she ends up being Minister of Magic. I want to figure out what the hell I'm doing with MontClaire! XD.

I and a few others have still been RPing here, even when everyone else is too busy or have forgotten this place, so to say that no one seems interested in fixing the dead problem is a little bit harsh. We all came here knowing our characters were going to be in Hogwarts, there just needs to be more stuff from the mods for us to work with perhaps? Not that I'm saying you guys don't rock, because you do, but there has been nothing going on from the mods for anyone to RP about. No major events, no direction. No attacks, no more secret SB meetings....I think just tossing us all into the future isn't going to help the RPG.

You as mods need to sit down together and go "Why did we start this RPG in the first place? What were the plans for it? Where do we want it to go?" I just think you all need to find yourselves again and things will be fine. I know a lot of stuff has happened between creating this place and now, and people do tend to get busy (not what I meant Lina...naughty mod...), but sitting down and thinking about where you want this place to go from here is what I think you should do. But it's just me.

One can only RP working as an Auror and killing EEs so many times as well. Or getting in fights with flatmates and significant others, and friends, or what have you...anything can only be RPed so many times. Except perhaps angst or sex...or pranks or rule breaking....

I love RH the way it is, and I love the mods to death, and I do not want to ever leave here. I'm also not ready to RP any of my characters grown up.
awesomeness on March 22nd, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
the majority, if not all the rping i've seen daddy warbucks in lately is sex with rizzo.

i like the move ahead stuffs because we don't do much of the school things anyways. i mean, they're in school and that's about it. they don't participate in classes, they have no work unless people make it up, or they don't go to class (otay so raegan skips because i don't feel like making up a big schpiel on where she was at and what she was doing, etc).

granted, i don't really know at the moment how to go about fuckin with raegan...but i'm always up for a challenge. as long as it's not too much work XD
Sa-Rabast_setesh on March 22nd, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
Bex, that's rather unfair, since Anakin and Adra--along with Lina's characters, Aussie's characters, and Ling's characters--have quite a bit of plot formed. Sarabs and I WANT to rp our characters with more than just each other's, that's why we're constantly pestering you guys to join. As a matter of fact, Sarabi was working on a plot for Anakin, and Sara commented that she hated it, despite it being an attempt to give some more conflict to work with.

So instead of just changing everything, as there are some things--Rowan's New Years party and her new forced engagement, more with Daciana and Tristan, things between Coral and Mason, things of that nature--that have to be played out, how about having one group of people keep RH running and another group have a future oriented rp going. I'm not at all opposed to the idea of a future comm, I think it sounds awesomely fun. I'm saying that it may be a good idea to keep this comm going as well, because there would be way too many loose ends left untied.

Please, please, pleeeeeeeeeease consider something along those lines, something of a comprimise?
awesomeness on March 22nd, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
it's not unfair, it's an observation
Sa-Rabast_setesh on March 22nd, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
Actually, it's a partial observation; Adra has a brand spankin' new plot, but there's really only so much I can give my character without any other characters to interact with, Bex. I would rather have things centered around other characters, rather than just herself and Anakin, but there have to be other characters playing. To say that all anybody's characters do is blah, blah . . . I would VERY WILLINGLY rp ANY OF MY CHARACTERS with ANY OTHER CHARACTER, because that way there are more conflicts, relationships, and all sorts of nifty things. I proposed some ideas to Aussie, though, so talk to her and see what you think.
boley on March 22nd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
OMB...im stealing your icon.
awesomeness on March 22nd, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
hahahahahah! it's like one of the bestest icons EVER!
Cum Dumpster aka CDIZZLEit_burns_us on March 22nd, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Thought I'd Explain...
No major events, no direction. No attacks, no more secret SB meetings....I think just tossing us all into the future isn't going to help the RPG.

You as mods need to sit down together and go "Why did we start this RPG in the first place? What were the plans for it? Where do we want it to go?" I just think you all need to find yourselves again and things will be fine.

Well, that's what we did. Skipping ahead was the solution we came up with.

Why did start this game originally? We wanted a game with more plot... not to mention we wanted to get away from the shit players in NP. We wanted a place for our characters to have more freedom. Obviously that's why the game has started.

We've *failed* at creating more plot. FAILED. The end, period. I won't listen to anyone who tries to say otherwise. People have done fine with character development, but the plot of this game has absolutely sucked.

I had two SB meetings, half the time people wouldn't come, and so I said, "Fuck this." I got tired of trying to make things work, I had Aussie step in as a mod. Nothing changed, nothing got better. All we've done is switch to a different system of IC vs. OOC. No plot help has been given. Sunday Prophets haven't come. The mods haven't done their jobs... and it's because they've lost interest.

Plot will come easier once we don't have to worry about little fluff plotlines, the kind that you get from kids at school. Suddenly, life for all the characters will be come more serious. Things are going to be considerably more dire. Your characters will now be able to use advanced spells and magic, they'll be able to act like the adults that most people were WISHING they could play before.

Skipping ahead to the future will give this game a spark, because suddenly, people are more interested, including the mods. Especially the mods. I hate to say "we're more important than you", but honestly, that's why mods are here. To make decisions that POSITIVELY impact our game. The vast majority of people feel that skipping ahead to the future will improve the game. The mods have to listen to that majority. We'll attempt to compromise with the minority, but the bottom line is that we're going to do what ever will keep this game alive.

anything can only be RPed so many times. Except perhaps angst or sex...or pranks or rule breaking....

I agree a hundred percent with the first part of this. And I disagree with the second part STRONGLY.

RPGs die. It's what they do. People get bored and they go away. They lose interest. So when you say anything can only be RPed so many times, you're absolutely right. And I feel like we've exhausted RH for what it is right now.

Angst & Sex, pranks and rule-breaking, I hate these things. Sex doesn't belong in Hogwarts. Pranks and Rule breaking should be the exceptions, and not the rule. It's digusting how uncanon we've become, and I hate it. We want our characters to act like adults... we want them to be able to have sex, make important decisions, and be adults, because WE'RE adults. Instead of having our young characters break rules, why not just age them up?

Cum Dumpster aka CDIZZLEit_burns_us on March 22nd, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Thought I'd Explain...
I'm sorry you don't feel ready to play Anakin as an adult, but I've already told you how I feel about this. Essentially he's BEEN an adult, having sex with Adra, dealing with attacks in Hogsmeade, these are things that happen to mature people. These are adult situations, and I for one would rather have them happen to an actual adult character than to a 16-year-old.

No one is under the impression that moving RH's timeline forward will cure the game and that it will be amazing forever. We're hoping to stave off the eventual death of something that's been way too much fun for us.

People are excited about the game, and most of us haven't felt that way in a long time, and that's why I'm not going to bend on this. The game will skip ahead to the future, if that's what the majority votes. It's what's best for the game, and the mods have a duty to make sure it gets done.
Amycus Carrowsnake_twin on March 22nd, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Thought I'd Explain...
I'm sorry you don't feel ready to play Anakin as an adult, but I've already told you how I feel about this.

Yes, you told me to take him to NP. Which to be honest, sort of really hurt. I continued to play here when you guys failed to provide any more storyline because I wasn't going to give up on this RPG.

I still am not willing to give up on this RPG, I'm stubborn, its what happens when I get passionate about something.

I got tired of trying to make things work
And yet you never asked us players once to help make things work. Like I said below in the other comment, I will help you if you tell me what needs to be done. Making this work should not just rest on the mods shoulders, it should rest on all of our shoulders.

You can be mature and not be an adult...even at 15 years old. I never asked you to bend on anything, I simply supplied you all with my thoughts, feelings, and opinions on the matter. And I am sorry that it sparked such drama in an otherwise drama-free RPG. I never meant for that. I never asked for anyone to say anything on my behalf on this subject. I had simply stated that Bex's comment made me angry, but I kept in mind that this is our lovable Bex we're talking about here, who needs to stop just reading the NR-17 threads *;)*, so I did not reply to it. I let it go to let the majority decide and then decide what it is I want to do.

And there is a good chance I have decided. But I still have questions, and when they come to me, I will ask them. :)

Sorry for posting this as a character not at all involved with this game. I'm being lazy and wanted to get the thoughts out before I lost them all.
Anianakin_sarvo on March 22nd, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Thought I'd Explain...
anything can only be RPed so many times. Except perhaps angst or sex...or pranks or rule breaking....

The first part of this I was being serious...the second part I was being sarcastic because that is all that has been going on ever in this game. I have maybe rped one sex thread lately among five or six normal threads. And I'm talking lately as in the last few months....

I agree with you that you guys as mods have failed. I didn't want to say it before because I was afraid that I'd get my head bitten off and you guys would snap and yell at me for it.

Had anyone mentioned that there needed to be help plot wise I would have helped!! I would have created a Sunday Prophet for every Sunday before week change...I would have done something had I known that something needed to be done! I am all for helping this game keep up its rep as the best damn RPG on LJ, I just need to know where I can help you. No one ever mentioned once that someone needs to make a Daily Prophet or anything. I just thought Sara gave up on that completely.

If there is a good storyline for this future you want to create, I am all for playing. My fear is that there wasn't. You were just going to fast forward everything and let us keep going the way we were with no plottyness from any of you. A game is only as good as its DMs, if the story is exciting enough and well flowing, then people will continue to come back and play. I continued to come back purely for the love of RH itself and its mods and characters that have been created here. And I will keep coming back. its like crack.

Image hosting by Photobucket I still stand by this.
the right hon c. d. parkerchristianish on March 22nd, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
Von would frakking love to speed forward in time. I can backstory with people and play with his kid so hey, I'm all for it. Danny will, in this future, be deceased, for ease of my playing and like, not dying because I've been so inactive EVERYWHERE because I woke up one day and had a real life. what the fuck. I need to fix this XD

I miss RPing, but I think you're right, and I think this is a great idea. :D
Cum Dumpster aka CDIZZLEit_burns_us on March 22nd, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
damien_lex on March 24th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
Ack! Well I see I'm totally outnumbered here, but I just wanted to contribute my own opinion anyhow, haha. I'm fairly sure that I'm the youngest here, and I'm just going to say that I probably won't stick around if this is going to be fast-forwarded six years only because I'm not interested in playing an adult..It's nothing personal against you guys I just don't feel like I'm active enough now as it is, and I just don't have enough planned for Damien to be able to fast forward that many years..
damien_lex on March 24th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
Oh and the only reason I didn't vote in the poll is cause I'd rather not fuck you all kthnx

elanor_munwaneelanor_munwane on March 25th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
So, I haven't been around lately. Life got busy and all that... and then I just felt a little lost.

But, I do think that fast-forwarding might make things more interesting. I love the people here, but it's such a small, intimate game, and I've been thinking lately that that might be part of why we died off. So, I'd like to give the adult thing a chance to see if it makes things more interesting and less sex, drugs, and blowing things up.