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For this installment of our newest feature:The GM interview, we have interviewed mmarage who is the GM for many active RP's in the Free section. Among his many RP's are Watchers in the Dark which has been going on for almost a year now and logs in at over 8,500 posts and is the third highest post count in the Free IC section and is still going strong. When the Seagulls Cry another successful RP has been running for 6 months and is just as active. There must be something in this GM's laid back attitude that pulls out such success from his RP's and RPers. We really appreciate all the time that the GM's put into these interviews. Want to re-read one of these great interviews? They are all put into this thread for easy locating.
We are actively looking for GM's to interview so if you know of one you'd love to see interviewed please PM their name to
What do you feel is your most successful RP?
Hm... I guess it would have to be Watchers in the Dark, it's last the longest out of all of them.
What do you see as the reason for its success?
To be honest I have no clue.
What inspired you to GM in the first place?
Not really sure, I guess I just wanted to start my own RPs.
How clearly do you plot your RP, do you plan for an end?
To be honest not that clearly, I just get the base story and then go off from there.
How much control of the story do you allow your players?
If they have ideas I let them pitch them and if they work well with the story then I allow the idea, I let them have their own little stories along the plot as long as it doesn't interrupt the main story too much that it's completely focused on their story and everyone doesn't know how to continue the main story afterwards.
How have you handled the inevitable dropouts?
Well I just kind of ignore them, but when someone gets stuck I guess that I have to find someway of killing that person off.
What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it?
I can't really remember.
Do you take a hands on or hands off approach to GMing? i.e. do you have characters you run that are a little bit more than NPC's
The hands on approach.
What would be the best bit of advice you would give a new GM about how to run a successful RP?
Well I guess I would say, if someone is making trouble (Such as god modding or disrupting the story) Kick them out and if they keep making trouble afterwards report them to a moderator or administrator.
Title: Camp Half-blood: A new threat
A new threat for half-bloods has risen. Rhea ,upset over her husbands death, has risen out of Tartus and seeking revenge on every one. AS three groups of half-bloods go to collect three weapons. Apollo's bow, Aphrodite's brush and Hades Helm. These three artifacts combined will have the power to save the Gods, or destroy them.
Title: Digimon: the Convergence of the Human and Digital World
the Digital world has always co-existed with the Real World. but due to unknown circumstances, the Digital World and the Real world have began to combine, now pieces of the Digital world are beginning to come into the human world. it all started a month ago, at first it was small things such as mail-boxes replaced with Mail-box sized Mushrooms.
but then it started to get big, whole skyscrapers replaced with Ocean Liners. now creatures have started to appear. some of them have have come in search of a Partner, some have come due to lack of choice and are scared, and there are a few that have come because they wish to destroy this new world and claim it for their own.
Title: Storm of Storms: A Steampunk Airship Captains RP
The year is 0131 AM, a hundred and thirty one years since global industry had inadvertently created the Murk, a thick atmospheric layer four kilometers deep reaching the sea level. Humanity was forced to leave the murk before it had become too poisonous for human habitation. For this purpose it created the airships and flying cities of the globe. But many powers had gone about it ever so differently.
At first many nations simply built upon the peaks of those mountains that reared up over the poisonous layer. And then as contact dropped the world became a very different place for many. National borders ceased to exist as the murk swallowed them within its poisoned depths. Instead people began to identify by technological ideologies.
By far the most numerous are the Traditionalists, those who don’t wish to change themselves or the world and prefer to stick with what they know and seek to keep it that way. But then there are the Progressive cities, their flying marvels are testaments to technological advance in certain fields. Billowing clouds of steam wreath these cities in amazing views. Then there are those they call the Radicals. Despite the efforts of the others these others followed the more dangerous sciences, or dangerous by the others claims, these harness electricity, metals and other more bizarre technologies like the powerful Teslium Generators and Teslium Lift Crystals.
You are the Captain of an Airship in these turbulent times.
Featured Interest ChecksTitle: The Mafia Story
GM: Jones Sparrow
The year is 1954 in the lovely New York City. Economy is coming back up, people are happy to be American, and everything is changing. Including the Mafia. Italian familes in charge of drug dealing, murder, assassinations, you name it. Four main families have been trying to gain respect and the main title of the ring leader.
Lombardi: Known for their sweet talkers and charm. They are a fairly new family, but they know how to work in the big apple
Giovanni: The eldest of the families. There is a reason why they have been here for a while, but they have lost their edge over the years, making competition. they are head strong and merciless.
Rizzo: The second eldest. The Giovanni's despise them with a passion. They are known as the drug dealer family. They seem to have the upper hand at the moment, but are taking advantage of it.
Moretti: Known for strategy and wisdom. They trick their enemies into traps. They are a very dangerous enemy. don't turn your backs on them
They are all powerful, and whoever wins this battle, will determine the fate of New York for years to come, with crime, drugs, and many other things that will keep the police busy.
GM: King Thanatos
Hey everyone! I have this idea about this group of Necromancers who are apprenticed to more experienced Necromancers. Every year they have a competition to see who trained their pupil the best. But if you won you can't enter any more of the games. However, there is something new coming on the Necromancers' dark horizon... Anyone interested? I can give more info if people get on here. I've put a good bit of thought into this, and I've already got a good idea for a shocking surprise that no one will see coming! Mwahahahaha!!!!
Title: From those Imagined: A Medieval Fantasy Idea
For those who are written their lives are controlled and soon forgotten when interest is taken away.Even I, if I can say, was a character myself once for one who loved me with their whole heart. They gave me the life I had, what I did in it, they created me. They also cast me away when they were done, when they could go back to lives of their own. AFTER They made me who I am what I came to be! I was stuck in a world paused by time for so long with no emotions, no action, no sound around me like I was some doll made for fun...Even though she made me so well, she abandoned me?
Well that is no more I am I and I want difference. Thanks to the love she had given me before and had not taken back I am true with life now and I have brought others. Others who were abandoned in an incomplete world as I was, ones who were just cast away in the world they were in, and saved by me. I don't care for my creator anymore, and why should I? I have the power of creation myself now and it is much more satisfying. I'll take over this world and everything in it!
Late into the 21st century a third world war started to rage. Russia and the USA were at war once again. As this went on the whole continents still shifted, and moved little by little. With the help of descendants of scientists Russia developed a new weapon, so strong it could wipe out time. In foolishness of mind at the time Russians used the great power they had to obliterate the US, but in doing so bombed the whole earth.
Time was blown back all the way to the first day of Earth's existence. Everything had to grow once more, the skies and the water and the land had to be purified. Time progressed all the way to the medieval times. Thanks to the blast the land was forced together to make up Pangea, or to the Earth's new inhabitants it was Familiane.
It is full of blasted out mountains and deep valleys, with magical lakes and much more. The trees are a greener green than we had, the water a prettier blue, and the animals a more mystical sensing. Much oh so much more amazing than our land was. But somehow, through everything, relics came from the different cultures of our time into theirs, books and art from everywhere on our world.
The arts were appreciated as a new now, especially literature and art like painting, drawing, and sculpting. The royal family consists of a king and queen, ruler of the whole continent, and their daughter the princess.
In the great village of Russia, which was a coincidence, is where it takes place. It is behind the mountains of the castle, hidden from the rest of the world besides royalty. The people in this village consists of great people, from politicians to knights to authors and artists, where they are kept in peace. A great wall which surrounds the village keeps others from entering and also leaving, for some reason declared by the king. But the characters from the paintings and writings, the ones form the works that have been forgotten, they had come back to life now, and are seeking revenge or a new life from their stories and realms. Slowly some are planning to launch a rebellion to their creators of abandonment. Some are trying to run away from the vengeful others, to break away from the village.
Their leader, is Odysseus. A cruel man with a heart of ice, who was the first ever to break away from his writing. He was a hero of magic in a series of books, written by an old and withering author with a sense of imagination. But when this author died, he was trapped in a world of no time and no events, no sounds, no anything. Overtime he kept hope that his life wouldn't be thrown away, that somehow he would find the cure to continuing time. But sometime after a year of his author's death he realized that his life was thrown away, and that he was a character thrown away by a bigger person. But thanks to the love the author gave him during his life, the character was able to use his thoughts to become real, to be in the human world as they know it. He searched for other writings, other abandoned and forgotten characters trapped with no one to see their stories, and brought them to life as well. He took them under an army called The Imagined, which to now has lasted fourteen years in planning. With their vengeful spirits of a poor neglected characters, will they take over the world?
Who would you be? A vengeful character? A forgiving new soul? An artist or author? Just a close friend, or maybe even royalty? How will their revenge play out, because the story only begins when you come out of the books. And the picture is drawn only when they leap from the painting.
Off Topic NewsTitle: Gladiator
Type: Strong Story Arena
You wake up in a cold cage, shackled hands and feet. Someone comes in with a plate of food and a pitcher of water. As you pig out, the bringer-of-food says something about how if you win, you are able to train. You slow your eating down to a stop in regard to the emptiness of your plate and look twice at the man. He has a gold ring in each ear. Wait...that's the mark of a gladiator. Why is the man picking you up? Why is there a gate there? Oh hell no, you my friend, have been taken into slavery and thrown into the gladiators ring. Here it is win or die, and no one wants to die.
Role Playing Discussion
Interesting discussions are always going on, come join in and chat about our mutual hobby
Maid Marianne asks how often, if at all, you play as characters who are the opposite gender to you, why you might do this and which gender you prefer to roleplay as.
RPG has a lovely Gallery section that doesn’t see enough encouragement and attention. If you have some scribbles lying around or some art you’d like to share start up a gallery and show people what you can do outside of an RP! While you are there take a moment to offer some encouragement and insight in another user's gallery, maybe they will return the favor. If you'd like your gallery to be featured be sure to send a PM to either Lillian Thorne or Guru.
Art Gallery: Graphic Art New and Old
Sil has a small selection of her work up in her gallery that is well worth taking the time to look at. Some of her newer works are particularity breathtaking. Take a moment to encourage her so that we might see some more of what she has to offer.
Writing Gallery: 8's Various Writings
8 has an interesting gallery up with a little bit of prose and some poetry. The prose is done very interestingly in that he has chosen a piece of art and writing a story for it which is then followed by some writer comments. This bot would love to see more of this format in this gallery. 8 is also actively seeking critiques so feel free to offer some constructive comments while you are there.
Don’t forget about RPG’s Official Monthly contests Artists of the Month and Writer of the Month, the prize is a nifty colored user title. The contestants work really hard and put out some outstanding work. Stop by and check it out and while you are there don’t forget to Vote and Comment on the Contest entries, the more votes and comments, the more satisfying the victory is! We could always use more people. If you want to get involved and send in an entry, please see the Contest section of the site. Remember the more, the merrier!
This month, we have a very special contest going on! The AOTM and WOTM managers have teamed up to present a combined contest. The Artists and writers have paired up and have presented some amazing collaborative works about Childhood. The Voting Thread is up and the entries are wonderful. Go take a peek and cast your vote. While you are there don't forget to thank the Contest managers for their hard work in putting the contests together every month!
love that panda is now hosting the final rounds of the 2012 Spam Awards. Head on in and vote for your favorite nominees. The Poll closes on 05-11-2012.
All featured RPs and Linked threads have been chosen by random based on the number of responses to the thread and how active they are. If you'd like to have a IntChk, Roleplay, or Gallery featured in the next Newsletter, please send a message to Guru. Your thread may or may not be used, depending on the number of entries and random choice.
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Next Guild News: May, 11th 2012