Dear CV comunity it has been brought to our attention that we are in a slump. Im not sure if this will be clear but im going to try and be of some use. To address what the issue may be and offer one rp that might allow a remedy. Because grumbling wont solve anything nore should a select group work to find a solution. Its long, so if your attention span is short maybe you should ignore me :P
I ask you the simplist of questions why? There are dozens of us, with hundreds possibly thousands of characters. So with infinite possibilites why have we seemingly slowed down? Why is it that we seem so resiliant to do things when we all clearly have some spark of creativity in us? And most importantly, most crucial of all what the Hell does it take to change this! And yes I exagerated that sentance as I feel it is a very important and critical question.
This place when I was first joining had no day old posts on first page, hell there rarely was any on the second page. Now there about eight threads below on the first page. Thats aweful, something has seriously seriously seemed to dampen the outlet of potential here. So I am going to try and figure out why this is. And I am going to try and offer an outlet to finally shape up to what we all want this place to be. So let me first address the alt U in proggress as this is the latest buzz.
I first want it made clear I am not against the idea I am actualy in favor of it. I want to see the vine take off again and this does seem to promote it atleast on some level. Im really excited for it, and excited for the work im going to put into Azra for it later tonight. My complaint is in the junction that its aimed to shake up the community but formulated by a select few. My issue with cliques made me wanting to hear more people were involved. Doors of creativity seamed closed off and that im always against as I feel it is of the utmost importance that people feel free to explore any idea or outlet one desires. That and Ult CV was a big hit, that went nowhere and died off. Im all up for the idea and what im seeing you all do is f_cking briliant. Im against closed doors however and more important this doesnt change cvu. We've all commited time, many years to this site. We all see its needing to be changed and yet none of us are in persuit of changing. Actually let me rephrase that, almost none of us are able to persue this change and fewer still seem to back it. So let me now move to the issues I see.
First off is Complacency. We just kind of nod are heads and stay in our little rroms doing our own things. How does this help any of us? If we don't try and pitch an idea or try and commit to other ideas how do we get further. If you can not offer your support to somebody or have faith in your own how much progress do they make? F_ck wether or not your idea has been done before, the writers will be diffrent and the results will vary so screw that holding back sh_t. As for others, stop just saying "thats cool" and such no seriously enough. Egoes grow if you just say A grade work or bite back your tongue. We grow by knowing what we do write and wrong so please for the love of god or whoever the hell you worship be hounest. If a post sucked try and offer some helpful feedback. And try and actually post in things. I see alot of "this is cool im so in" and then they never show. Or worse yet post once and then almost never again, that not only sucks for ones record but screws up the rpg. Naturaly of course we all have lives outside of here so some is clearly okay, but come on theres no way its a hold up all from rl. Its lazyness and a failure to commit. And again if thats the case f_cking say something and help make it clear what needs doing to keep you going.
Groupies, theres a serious diffrence from fans and a groupie. Fan is good, saying (insert name) is awesome and that you love their work totaly cool and we need that. However thinking the world of them to the point it puts down another user isn't cool. I hate hate hate how the vine seems to fall often into this place where if your not That One Person then you can be ignored. This has alot in similar with Complacency. Try and support others venture out of the groups we sometimes get stuck in. Some of my favorite pieces of works have been brought about by doing things with somebody not on my team or that im at the time familiar with.
Canon Picking, its the most agrevating concept to date! I know some might feel like man that was cheep or man that was dumb. What we see though is "great stuff" at face value and then "what the hells wrong with them" behind doors. Theres alot of "that just didn't happen" which is simply just b_tchy and low to me. Truth Bloodstone was never ever going to have a relationship and certainly not a kid. I hated the idea of her having a relationship, but I made good of it later with the twins beating in Final War and the making of Fera into the Witchblade user im dying to use her more if I could just make the time or find the right place. Good can come from the worst ideas if you just apply some damn effort. Its better then a disregard of them, there isnt a single thread of that which is enjoyable. Find a way to work with things not make a confusing mess where one character is suffering from PTS from a war that another character never says happend. The best way to unify the vine hounestly is to start trying to embrace everything and not just what worked for you.
Not Retconing what you want to retcon....there could be another person with the name, a cosmic change, a disease anything if you want. I mean lets embrace the fact its your damn character you should do what you want. Over powered might be annoying to alot of us but as long as they sell who are we to say they cant be? Some characters might have exhausted all their potential, and while they should try and avoid butchering other characters history who are we to say they cant revive them in a new way. I personally loath when a character dies epicly and then comes back but if you want to bring them back make a new you whatever do so. No need to not do what you want to do with your character.
Empires, I know some of us love the empires, heres the thing though. Its come to a point where that empire abundance is crippling the vine. So except its doing more harm to us all and let them go. Or better yet actually use it, have the turf wars that kills one side or cripples both. Thought an "empire" liked to expand so why the hell are there so many? Hell one ruler practicaly has empire in his name come on now. Of course that brings me to my last thing....
Sell Sell F_ckn Sell its not as simple as one thinks. Its not just taking a punch, sometimes a punch isn't even the answer it is crucial to also make one look good, This however branches into other elements, such as emotional. Take a loss then run with it, be in a captivating event use it. And most crucial if your some ruler sell the enemy and your allies. Its okay to say your base got leveled by that bad team. Or that the war was lost, its okay to lose some ground. We do this for fun and story. And guess what, the untouchable unbeatable perfectly perfect land of flawless greatness of unconquerable unrivalable epic complexity. Yeah thats boring as f_ck.
Summary of Above
This is not a jab at any of you, Ive commited myself to likely something all of you have done. That said please do not take anything said as something attempting to marking you down. What this is is me pointing out some things I feel are the flaws of the vineand what I think could be done. We all feel that a change is needed so lets work together to make it happen. Alot of people are saying "it just cant be done" why the hell not? We all play a role on this little island so how come we cant change it? And if so many of us can see theres something wrong is it really such a stretch to say we cant all work to fix it? I personally have a little bit more faith in our abilities. If you found the censored language a problem sorry :P
So Heres The Pitch
For the past two years almost all have failed to see that Salem Hex and the right hand of the Secretary of Defense have been calculating the formation of a deadly scheme. They would turn the world back to its original un imperialistic form with everyone changed into a mutant or dead. The catalyst of the change would be carried across the globe by thermo nuclear war. The plans however had been pushed into advance however do to a traumatizing event.
The world catchs wind of this and soon supporters and opponents are visable from every side. They plan for the savior or fall for all humanity on a foriegn and domestic level. No chance to pardon ones self from this rising threat, of course as the zero hour aproaches events drasticaly effect how the original plan was set in motion. To keep this short and also avoid spoilers as I literaly have been building this tale for two years I'll leave it as just whats above. Early in the rp the bombs would be released to insight chance to change things sooner rather quickly. As attention spans can run short and I feel its better to kick things off soon as possible before momentum dies. Cant always be helped but do so if I can. Empires would fall or be damaged in a way that drops them yet still promotes ones involvment with such areas. The best earned empires are of Santo Ray and Tenebra and yet for whatever reason they haven't been able to put them to use. Thats not all their fault mind you, while the most well known was simply claimed and doesn't do much for cv itself. The one with the most work in it is also the most dead. Their all great but they are not working, we all see it and voice it so lets do something.
Heres the thing though Im just one person I don't know what all of you feel is the issue. I dont know what all of you are looking for in an rpg. And while any of us can pitch and even promote change we need the others to make change. I can spend hours working to deliver great stories as can you, but the set up of this game we all love demands that I be there to keep your tale going and you mind. Its a cooperative game and not alot can be done without a person working with us cooperatively. So if your one of the people who think CVU needs a change then step the hell up and lets make that happen. And sense thats the thought it all of our heads at some level then we ALL need to step up. Empires its time we pitch the fall of such its holding us all back it seams so its time we work to remove those or give them new life. Viners you can gripe all you want about it being dead but your complaints only go so far. Screw if the idea slumps if it does you just go back to the drawing board big deal. We all see the issues, allow me to be the one to raise the first fist of Revolution, one fist doesn't go far though. What we need is you
This message is brought to you by Drew, the writer behind Azrael614 and sevral other accounts. With Love I say my dear CV we need to get our sh_t in gear allready ^_~
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