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Old February 18th, 2013 (11:44 AM).
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Hello everyone, it's the time of the year again for the Roleplay Awards! Be sure to cast your nominations before the end of the month. Be mindful that this month is shorter (28th) so the window is a lot smaller than other seasons.
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Old February 18th, 2013 (12:23 PM).
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I have to ask; what's the point of the Roleplay Awards? It's basically telling everybody who doesn't win that they suck.

Not to mention the fact that, if people can get repeat awards. it's relatively pointless and nothing changes. But if people can't get repeat awards, then eventually everybody will have won, rendering the entire thing pointless again.
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Old February 18th, 2013 (12:31 PM).
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@Lilizuki But at the same time it's awarding someone for working very hard. It's just like the Olympics. You get awarded for training, for working hard at your sport and you get recognition for it. Only here we award others for upgrading their roleplaying style and tell them in essence good job. It can also motivate others to strive to become a better roleplayer and also get an award during the other quarters.
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Old February 18th, 2013 (12:37 PM).
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I happen to know at least two people that were dissatisfied with the awards given to them; not because they deserved even more awards, but because of the process. Something's clearly gone missing in translation.
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You know, I'm kind of in agreement with Lilizuki here. I know a few people (no names) who dislike the awards, and are often discouraged when they find out they did not win awards.

I'm not sure what else to say with this.
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Old February 18th, 2013 (12:47 PM).
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Eh, I like the whole thing RPA thing. I haven't won an award once, but I keep trying to improve in the hopes that one day I'll get there.
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Old February 18th, 2013 (12:52 PM).
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Quote originally posted by WolfOfEve:
You know, I'm kind of in agreement with Lilizuki here. I know a few people (no names) who dislike the awards, and are often discouraged when they find out they did not win awards.

I'm not sure what else to say with this.
I guess I see how you two can view it as negative reinforcement, but that isn't at all how it's intended to be. The whole idea behind it is commending good work, effort, and creativity. For people who are discouraged when they find out that they didn't win awards, they should instead decide that they need to improve or change something for the better to get one, rather than be discouraged.

Also, it's meant to be friendly competition rather than the sort of competition that says, "I'm better than you."
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Old February 18th, 2013 (12:58 PM).
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Quote originally posted by pokemongarnet:
I guess I see how you two can view it as negative reinforcement, but that isn't at all how it's intended to be. The whole idea behind it is commending good work, effort, and creativity. For people who are discouraged when they find out that they didn't win awards, they should instead decide that they need to improve or change something for the better to get one, rather than be discouraged.
Wouldn't it then be prudent to have a thread where roleplayers seeking to improve can get guidance on how to? It's something to consider, letting these people know that there are people willing to help, rather than allowing them to stew in discouragement.
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Old February 18th, 2013 (01:13 PM). Edited February 18th, 2013 by Jake♫.
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As someone new to the Roleplay section (kind of), all I can compare the RPAs to is that of Member of the Year. It's either beloved, taken with a grain of salt (as it should be), or it's just hated. It's just something to reward people for for working hard, not to make people feel discouraged. I understand how and why people could feel that way, but with any contest like that people need to take it with a grain of salt. It's not saying that someone is a bad RPer or they aren't liked, it's just a way to recognize people. If anything, I'd take it as motivation to do better (if you truly do want to earn an award). That said, it's just some random award on a random forum that doesn't really hold any true value, no reason to be upset by it.

But that's just me =P
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Old February 18th, 2013 (01:26 PM).
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We've constantly tried to evolve the Roleplay awards to the best of our abilities. It's gone from a strict popularity contest before to an attempt to actually make it as fair as we can, by eliminating the direct win-by-number-of-nominations process to a selection method by a panel of anonymous Rpers from the board. The panel does try its best to seek out the most qualified and people most deserving of that specific award, even if that occasionally has to go against the popular vote and to someone who wasn't nominated in the first place. They're trying to be fair, but obviously the RPAs are not perfect. However, I agree with what Jake said. Ultimately, people shouldn't dwell on it too much.

Nonetheless, as a way we can constantly improve it, feedback is always welcome, whether here in the RPD, or if you prefer by PM to Skymin (or myself if you like). If you do have suggestions, please try to be specific with them, instead of suggesting that the system is wrong, or you don't like the RPAs.

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Old February 18th, 2013 (01:31 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Lilizuki:
Wouldn't it then be prudent to have a thread where roleplayers seeking to improve can get guidance on how to? It's something to consider, letting these people know that there are people willing to help, rather than allowing them to stew in discouragement.
I think that there used to be a thread for "apprentices" or something along those lines, but I haven't really been active here over the past year or two, so I wouldn't know. The RP Awards also provide a standard to look up to for the people who didn't get awards. And I think that there are a few guides on how to be a better Roleplayer, and write better sign-ups, etc.

What Jake said above is also spot on. It's meant to be taken with a grain of salt. It should have no real bearing on people's lives outside of Pokecommunity because it's only an award on an online community.
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Old February 18th, 2013 (02:25 PM).
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True, it's just something on a roleplay board. It really doesn't affect your life unless we started offering up cash prizes... But I highly doubt that would ever happen. Though if anyone would like to donate I would be more than happy to hold onto all the cash. ^.^
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Old February 18th, 2013 (02:58 PM).
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I get more offended when I'm given an award when I didn't accomplish anything like those silly participation ribbons I got for competing in middle school track & field. A lot more people feel bad that they didn't win their event or the tournament. but that doesn't mean awards or competition as a whole ought to be abolished. I do suspect that there might be biases present in the nomination process, but if I think that's the case, then I wont be upset by the results. If someone's self-esteem is so tarnished by an award event on a small internet community, I see a much bigger problem with the person who's upset about the results rather than the event itself.

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I think Jake(music note thingy here) makes a good point. I grain of salt e'r'ythang! Healthy skepticism FTW!
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Old February 18th, 2013 (03:55 PM).
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What is your ideal setting when it comes to a Roleplay?
What kind of place, scenario, time do you most like to Roleplay in?

For me, I enjoy Roleplays that incorporate Superpower and Supernatural themes. Despite being on a Pokemon Forum, am not overly eager to join Pokemon RPs. When it comes to time, I prefer something in the modern setting, but I'm not adverse to high fantasy.
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Old February 18th, 2013 (05:27 PM).
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The RPAs are not to make people feel bad about themselves, but rather encourages people to improve their skills. Back when the RPAs first started, members actually got excited about the contest and sign-up and post quality drastically improved. After the RPAs finished, the quality stayed and members would congratulate winners and continue to improve for a chance to win the next one. It's not meant to force members to the death against each other or leave others depressed afterwards.

I actually enjoy seeing the excitement surrounding the RPAs and love seeing those who are purposely putting the extra mile in.

Also, there used to be a thread that existed to give advice about Roleplay characters, storylines, etc back when Red was mod but the thread itself wasn't used very often (most people just used the Discussion Thread for those kinds of things) and was removed.

But like Sv said, if you have any suggestions surround the RPAs or threads or perhaps a new competition like the Roleplay Olympics, do PM me. :)
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Old February 19th, 2013 (05:52 AM).
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Well, I'm doing a ad for my latest RP: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=296961

Come check it out if you want~! Its a pokemon journey RP, but a tad casual compared to my others~
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Old February 19th, 2013 (08:45 AM).
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I actually thought up a great idea for the RPAs, though I'll speak to Skymin and get some feedback and input first, before I explain it. If it's not good enough, I probably just won't repeat it. Maybe I'll improve or change the idea as I see accordingly.

I will say, relevant to the RPAs or not, an Apprentice Thread sounds like a fantastic idea (if you don't mind that Mother Yellow will hog all of the apprentices for herself) and could really improve the overall post quality of our community. Thumbs up on that idea.

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What is your ideal setting when it comes to a Roleplay?
What kind of place, scenario, time do you most like to Roleplay in?

I like original Roleplays as much as I do the Roleplays based on series' and games. Pokemon, Zelda, You name it. If I like the series, I could potentially join an RP based on a theme or idea I like, depending on how it is depicted in its OOC post.

I love fantasy stories. If someone ever makes a Dragon Age Roleplay, I might just scream like a girly fanboy Hell, if someone made a Roleplay out of something you really liked, how could you /not/ join it? Other than if the RP was created poorly, that is.

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Old February 19th, 2013 (10:46 AM).
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Doronjo, your RP seems lovely, and so a spot has been reserved. And speaking of which, The Zeta Emergence would love some more sign-ups!

What is your ideal setting when it comes to a Roleplay?
What kind of place, scenario, time do you most like to Roleplay in?

I'm more partial to RP with some basic lore that's already created as opposed to completely made-up RPs. I just feel like it's easier to RP with something established (Such as Pokémon and their existance), than something completely made-up, as it's possible that as the RP continues that it can sort of...stop making sense? I guess it's really up to how well the creator of the RP thinks out their story and the history it's based on.
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ARE YOU BORED? ARE YOU SEEKING ADVENTURE? OR DO YOU JUST SIMPLY WANT TO JOIN ANOTHER ROLEPLAY?

THEN YOU ARE IN LUCK!

Aerion, the high fantasy roleplay GM'd by the tag team of Raikiri and Supervegeta are seeking new members for the Knights of Ekilore to band together to save the world! This is your opportunity to join them!

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

Actually, there isn't really anything more to add than that. Just know, that both Supervegeta and myself are very helpful in addressing questions or concerns with the signing up process to join the epic adventure of Aerion, so give it a look and sign up. It's going to be awesome. I promise.

After all, I am running it.

END SHAMELESS ADVERTISING.
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Old February 20th, 2013 (11:27 AM).
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I was sitting around doing nothing today when a thought crossed my mind and it made me wonder; have any of you ever written a sequel or spin-off story to an RP you have written? It is something I'm considering trying so I'd like to hear your thoughts on the idea.
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Old February 20th, 2013 (12:02 PM).
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I was sitting around doing nothing today when a thought crossed my mind and it made me wonder; have any of you ever written a sequel or spin-off story to an RP you have written? It is something I'm considering trying so I'd like to hear your thoughts on the idea.
Pokemon Odyssey: A New Beginning is a sequel to my completed RP, The Pokemon Odyssey. The problem with planning a sequel to your RP is you first have to try to actually finish your RP, which is a rarity around here. Nonetheless, I imagine a lot of people sometimes account for sequels to their RPs, as many assume they would finish. There's been a few sequels in the past here at RPC, check out the RP Library for the completed Roleplays with sequels.
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Old February 20th, 2013 (12:18 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Supervegeta:
Pokemon Odyssey: A New Beginning is a sequel to my completed RP, The Pokemon Odyssey. The problem with planning a sequel to your RP is you first have to try to actually finish your RP, which is a rarity around here. Nonetheless, I imagine a lot of people sometimes account for sequels to their RPs, as many assume they would finish. There's been a few sequels in the past here at RPC, check out the RP Library for the completed Roleplays with sequels.
Thanks for that :D

I do have a bit of a contingency plan for that anyway since what I have written out can easily be slightly edited to be an entirely new RP xD
I might have a look at some of those for ideas anyway.
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Old February 20th, 2013 (12:36 PM).
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Hi everyone! I was tossing around starting a RP. I'm still working on it but here is a little sneak-peek trailer of it.

In a world where magic and machine collide, two young heroes depart on a perilous adventure. Momo Ardal, a spunky water magician with a short temper, and her brother Lucus Ardal, a curious goofball who is an excellent earth magician, set out in search of the legendary Acala. Little do our heroes know, a dark cloud looms over the land of Lacardia. Lutharan, a cruel and power-hungry king, seeks the power of the Acala to rule both man and machine. Can Momo and Lucus stop the deranged king from taking over the world? Or will Lutharan enslave the world and become all powerful? The answers to these questions and more lie within the magical world of Lacardia.

There will be more characters then just Momo, and Lucus. Those two are just the two main characters I created. (and more bad guys then just Lutharan) I originally made this as a story for one of my assignments. So some tweeking is needed. But what do you guys think for the general idea of it? Magic and Machines meet/combine in this world.
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Old February 20th, 2013 (01:15 PM).
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I was sitting around doing nothing today when a thought crossed my mind and it made me wonder; have any of you ever written a sequel or spin-off story to an RP you have written? It is something I'm considering trying so I'd like to hear your thoughts on the idea.
Short answer: Yes. My previous RP, Atlantis Arising had plans in the works for a sequel that would take place a couple of years after it. Also Focus Shift: A New Awakening was more of an 'alternate timeline' than a sequel to my RP prior; Focus Shift.

Generally I try not to plan too much of a sequel considering the first has yet to finish, but it is always good to have some sort of incentive/project to get you to the end of an RP. I believe if you look in the RP Library Red has revived, there is a lost of completed RPs, some of which have sequels like Supervegeta's Odyssey, Mira's Pokemon Etermination, etc.
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Old February 21st, 2013 (03:05 AM).
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I'm currently planning a sequel to a RP a friend of mine had started way back in 2011. Of course we had finished it and development has been reaaaaaaaaally slow (mainly because of my laziness) but I hope this one finishes as well.
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