You know, I've been on this site for a long time rping.. I know my post count doesn't reflect it as I am not a speed poster (most the time). I rp in casual, where most rp's are located so its not like there aren't enough stories to go around. So my real question is, with so many RP's out there, why do so many fail to launch... getting one or two pages into the IC and everyone loses interest?
I have some theories on it and was wondering what people though. And of course if you have a new theory I'd love to hear it! Here's mine;
1, Time zones: Honestly, this one is pretty big for a lot of people when rpers can only get on at certain times, making OOC discussions hard to do when you can only post one answer and one reply a day, especially when a critical story issue is taking place. It stops the IC dead in its tracks. Well, at least it seems that way to me.
2, OOC arguments: This is another big one in my opinion. There are some RPs that are based upon detail and when your story directly involves another player (happens in nation rp's more so than anywhere else.. you get the 'mine is better than yours' but by no means does this not happen elsewhere) and said player does not like your post and instead of being polite about it, they instead pick your shit apart. Not necessarily insulting outright, but just making you look like a fool to everyone else. (I used to do this a lot and have never forgiven myself for it.) When most every post in an OOC turns into people disagreeing with each other about fact or fiction.
3, Random loss of interest: This one might be caused by either of the top or another reason I haven't thought of but sometimes people just lose interest. It seems to be caused when the story doesn't go EXACTLY like you wanted it. Be it the GM or other players I don't know if some don't account for others affecting their particular take on the story or what but this one has happened many times to me.
4, GM's strangling the rp: This one is a hard one too but you'd figure with the strict control, people would find it easier to continue. Like rps that use legitimate and well thought out rules, would cut down on the arguing, due to stuff being laid out very specifically. It is hard though when you join an RP NOT knowing this is the case... your characters are auto-hit.. meta'd.. etc in the name of "story progression." It's your character just being taken along for the ride rather than contributions. What's more is when you bring this up to said GM, they argue that their way is right then get pissed when people start dropping from the rp!
Just wondering what people think, I'd love to find a real way to solve the issue even though I know it will likely not happen! not to be a pessimist or anything but there's probably a thousand different reasons. So what do you think?