By Gambler 257 Comments
A lot of angst and disappointment have been expressed concerning the formation of a rebooted universe. And without an actual thread for users to openly voice that concern the gap between the disenfranchised and those wanting to participate have grown which does not, and will not, benefit anyone. So if you bare with me I'd first like to share some things that I think are important pertaining to the CVnU as well as giving users a place to ask "some" questions as well as moderately voice their opinions.
I'll start by saying this, I can promise those of who worrying about the effect it will have on your character that, it will have no more effect then an Rpg you've decided not to participate in. I understand that the word Reboot (for whatever reason) stirs up some heated emotions as users immediately think the stories, canon, and history, they've worked hard to create will be lost. But I can assure you, they will not. Instead of calling or thinking of it as a reboot, think of it instead as an Alternate Universe Rpg. Cause thats pretty much what it is, an expansive Rpg set in a different universe. If no one had mentioned the word reboot, if no one had said anything about an Alternate U, if someone had just one day created an Rpg set in a different Universe with specific rules in the OP, no one would have said anything. Lets be honest, people would have gone into the Ooc and said, "Looks awesome" and "Good Luck." But once that evil Word got dropped (Reboot), panic set in.
Another concern may be that those wanting to participate in the Alternate U rpg will abandoned their main accounts and that will indirectly effect other people. A valid concern but an unnecessary one. No one is going to wipe out their main accounts just as no one is leaving or turning their backs on those who continue to rp exclusively with their main account. Rpgs for both Universes can, and still will, be coordinated through Pms and thread conversations. People are still going to interact in the threads, Rp in the main U, reply to users and comments that strike their interest, bullsh!t for hours on end in Rpg threads with off-topic banter. Its not going to change.
I'd like to give you an example. I recently made a "Walking Dead" rpg. Technically, is that not an Alternate Reality Rpg? Its here on the Vine but its a World/Universe all its own. There's no canon connection, no pre-exesting history, no powers. Some people joined, some didnt, some made new accounts, some didnt. But everyone involved is still active in the main U. Its the same principle.
The goal here isnt to divide, it isnt suppose to be a "Use against Them." The entire notion of "well you support the CVnU I'm disappointed" is lost on me. I dont get that. Its suppose to be an outlet, an option. A Universe (all be it an expansive one) set aside for people who want to build a U from the ground up. Everyone here makes Alts (or at least most of us). Why? Cause an alt allows for something new, a new direction, a new way of writing, new ways to interact. The CVnU is only expanding on that same principle only now its the Universe that is an Alt. New places, new rules, new everything.
Users can even look at the new set of guidelines that will hopefully be incorporated in the CVnU and decide if those would also work for the main U. "Oh hey, thats a good idea I think I'll use that in my next Rp." The important thing is that nothing is forced on those who wanted to keep their canon and history. We thought that was the major complaint.
"We dont want a Reboot." okay, we'll create a separate Universe rpg for those who do "No no we dont want you to do that either."
Can you see how that would be discouraging?
Like I said, I get it, canon and history are important. You dont have to tell me about the work you put into your character I know all about it. Which is why the idea that those who support the CVnU are simply abandoning their canon doesnt make alot of sense. It will still be here, your canon will still be here, they'll still be here.
You yourselves could start some dialog about how to change things in the main U that are perceived as problems. You can even ask the same people who participate in the CVnU for help, input, concerns, ideas, etc. Theres no reason why there has to be a real life line drawn between users on the Vine just because there is a fictitious one between fake Universes.
For anybody who actually read this, if you have some questions or just want to post an opinion feel free. Questions about the CVnU sadly will be limited as it is still in the early stages.