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Started by Ron Edwards, January 25, 2006, 06:53:42 PM
Quote from: Ron Edwards on January 27, 2006, 09:02:24 AMThe key issue seems to be, what I'm not new to the Forge, and I do have a "new idea" to toss up? My current thinking is that keeping these posts in the "new here" forum will act as a model for new people - they can see that you are basing your ideas on actual play of some kind ('cause you will be, won't you - right? snarl). What I'm sayin' is that "game notion out of my ass" posting, devoid of play-experience context, is just as annoying (or more so!!) from experienced Forge folks. It really should have some actual play background, even if it's "hey, I always loved alignment even though it flailed in application, and here's how, so ..." If you want to post in this fashion, and why not, then it's into the New Guy forum with you.But that's just the current thinking. Keep talkin'.
QuoteOh yes, something else - when we do get around to rearranging the actual page, then what I'll do is this: very quickly, move all the current threads from the first couple-three pages of Indie Design (or maybe reach back a certain amount of time) into their appropriate new forums. That way the forums all get jump-started and the threads all get sort of a new lease on life. The remaining Indie Design then becomes another archived forum along with Theory and GNS.Ideas or comments on that plan are welcome too. (Come on, folks, how often do Clinton & I say that. Enjoy it while you got it.)
Quote from: Arturo G. on January 26, 2006, 07:32:27 PMThere should be something more (perhaps the same stick in every forum, perhaps a link in the main page) clearly explaining what is the purpose of each forum, and where and how to post to them for the first time. It could also be a nice place to tell new people about how to exploit the "resources" links to old theory-like posts, articles, etc. A kind of short general introductory text.
Quote from: Ron Edwards on January 31, 2006, 11:19:09 PMI'll tell you what I told all of them, in hopes that this time, I'm heard - please draft such an introduction.
Quote Welcome to the Forge.This is a site dedicated to the creation, publication and play of self-published role-playing games or as we call them around here, independent or indie RPG's.The best place to start is in the Actual Play forum, the cornerstone of this site. This is where we talk about play, what happened at the table between the people. Talk about a good gaming experience and how the people reacted. Talk about a bad gaming experience and when you could feel it slipping. Actual Play is not a short story based on the game's fictional happenings. In our Actual Play posts here we want to know what happened at the table between the people. Often this will somehow link to the fictional going's on but its the real-world interaction between people that is of interest to us as game designers and players who want to help play be more fun.Do you have a game idea?If you have a game idea, what is written above still pertains to you and posting an AP post is still a good idea...
Quote"Think Tank" --> This is where the pen and paper part of design (newbie design, 24 hour, Ronnies, whatever) gets discussed which eventually moves to:"Playtesting" --> As you say, 'Actual Play' for works in progress which leads to:"Publishing" --> Get that design out the door and to the masses which finally ends up in:"Actual Play" --> On going discussion of our play experiences.
Quote from: MatrixGamer on February 15, 2006, 08:34:17 AMHave a forum entitled something like "Ask Basic Questions" in which one long time Forge member (someone who has posts in the thousands) answers questions posed by new people. This educator role could shift between people so no one would need to get burned out. This forum could also be used by new people to restate what they think they've learned and receive correction by the educator so they can get up to speed on the lingo and be better prepared to join in the other forums....Last year Ron said once that there were maybe ten people he thought that he could intelligently discuss GNS issues with. The rest of us were not on the same planet.
Quote from: Ron Edwards on February 17, 2006, 11:48:17 AMI do like the Basics questions-idea, and am figuring maybe it ought to be folded into something else, but am not sure. Gotta think.