Posts posted by supernal
4 hours ago, 500bees said:
Feel free to skip my turn, I wrote a nice long post and lost it all 😭
If you're writing live on the forum itself there's an extension called Lazarus which saves content in text fields so that if your computer crashes or a page times out etc it saves it for you
Most of what I'm going to say is what I sent to members of staff a little while ago. The sentiments I expressed were genuine so I see no reason why not to share them again as the backbone of my message to everyone else.
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My colleagues / friends / friendly strangers with whom I share a hobby with / etc,
For a little while now I’ve been thinking about the best way to serve up the site long term, which is really saying something in light of Valucre's longevity. Along with various other people (desolate has been there just about every step of the way; the people who have worked on this with me for long, early hours I can count on one hand) I’ve managed this project for something like or over 15 years. If I don't want Valucre to be one of those sites which eventually stumbles its way towards a handy abyss then I have to think about what it looks like to keep it going against the natural forces of entropy which conspire against us all.
One thing I know for certain is that my personal commitment, which I recognize as being a considerable component in Valucre's success, can't be the same. It's not simply a matter of keeping the lights on or growing but of staying engaged and innovating while decoupling dependencies. To quote Edwin Catmull, it isn't that I feel Valucre has "arrived or that my work was done . . . I'd spent two decades building a train and laying its track. Now the thought of merely driving it struck me as a far less interesting task."
Improvement doesn't always mean doing and having more, or getting and being bigger. So to that end:
# Sunset and Sunrise
1) Valucre will become a read-only archive.
2) My attention and that of some staff will turn towards a successor project, which has already been created and beta tested. With this announcement it’s reached public access.
I plan to allow the next month or so to serve as a transition period during which we'll work to explain and fine-tune the new platform and systems, after which registrations and posting on Valucre will be locked. Valucre will continue to serve its content, meaning stuff isn't disappearing and bookmarks keep functioning and all that, and members are encouraged to save off content they consider valuable, as has always been the case.
When Valucre is read-only and the dust has settled on the new project, I plan to move the archive to a new host (the same place the new project lives). The cost savings in doing this and in managing the infrastructure myself (we’re lucky staff has the skills to do what we’ve done; without which we’d be having a different conversation) instead of through the provider translates into longer runtime for both the archive and the new project. The fact that any still interested members would be on the new project (or not! I know not everyone will agree, as not everyone has in the past with my decisions and this is a big one) will take a lot of stress off my shoulders if I run into any hiccups swinging Val over.
There are a lot of reasons driving this and I’ll probably rant about them all over time but I think the most immediate concern to players are covered in the migration guide we've put together. One major thing I hope comes across in the experience is that, while still being fundamentally the same thing, still being a roleplay website and one with hopefully plenty of familiar faces, the new project is a new project. Is a departure in terms of both process and platform that trying to turn one thing into the other would have been a long and trying disaster.
Anyway that's what we've done and we hope you enjoy the salty sweat and tangy frustration that went into this. I hope you'll come along for the ride but realize many of us are dealing with many things - pandemic, recession, juggling different high priority responsibilities like work and school and family and personal health, all of the usual things that see people pulled away for years at a time before doing a pulse check to find that yes, we're still here.
See you on the other side!: https://prettygoodrpg.com/
Please read the guide in its entirety! Click on the links, read the material. Compared to just recalling information I know this is a nontrivial effort but (one more time now!) it’s a new project with new (even if comfortable) structure and information. It’s not just a continuation of what came before.
Dang people like waffles!
2 minutes ago, Tenkai Matsumoto said:
I volunteer as tribute :u
I mean, I volunteer as interested in...playing.
I like the idea is what I mean. Makes me think of Yu Yu Hakusho’s Saint Beasts arc.
Hey! Same thought!
Gladly. If you wouldn’t mind just post about it here
Love the concepts at play here!
I think @Die Shize specifically would find the non-powered combat aspects interesting
Your first post just indicates valucre. You should specify Genesaris if that’s the location you want to filter for
@Mystic_Lhoth don’t miss out on your interested user
It’s happened! That makes it officially your turn by my reckoning pardner
"Kiki!" Ruiser bubbled his enthusiasm. When her open hand made its way around to his side of the table he extended his own, but rather than grasping it he slapped it in what he had come to appreciate as a near-universal suggestion of enthusiasm and accord.
"You are well met with me. I am Ruiser. Sword and bow, hunt and fish." He reiterated for any who needed it, this time leaving out any mention of his culinary skill. It was a fact increasingly evident to the soldier of fortune, and several real wars, that he had found himself in the thrall of another of life's curious caprices.
Ruiser found himself leaning in when Elgar iterated the troubles that lay ahead. The old man wasn't whispering a thing, and Ruiser felt that, their crew settled, and the value of their target immense as it was, now was the time to get a little more paranoid about what they talk about, and when, and with whom.
As he was about to make a suggestion on how to best address their largest obstacle, someone came with a solution in hand. Ruiser let his hands busy themselves with whatever was in reach, a wooden utensil, a paper napkin, while Tyra presented her ship.
"I'll be running aboard as equal partner, and your share is your share to split between whoever else it is you be bringing with you Miss. That is, I ain't splitting my loot a dozen more ways. If the rest of you are fine with that," Ruiser extended his half of the high-five to Tyra. "Then let's slap on it."
Just now, Die Shize said:
You can go! I don’t think we’re waiting on anyone/anything at this point. Unless you mean the above discussions but those can continue/discontinue regardless of posting in the IC thread.
Just that it’s stuv’s turn in post order and I wasn’t sure if we want to wait more time or do a skip essentially
Should I go next or wait?
Although Ruiser is keeping information about himself understandably close to the vest I'll give a bit of usefl tidbits to my fellow players following in Die's example, since you may think up a better thing with me than I would alone!
Ruiser is a dragon rider and has a bonded dragon companion. His thought was that we could use the balloon and at the so-called midnight hour of struggling against the wind, it could add extra hot air or even put a rig on it and she could help pull us through to the other side. That said Ruiser would only suggest this after exhausting all other options because his companion is a companion, not a beast of labor, and it's one of his few "aces" / exit strategies which he prefers to keep hidden unless essential
Playing off of some of Die's ideas here are my thought-spices to add to the stew
- raided by sky pirates: this AND ALSO we clear them off their own ship and use it to get to our final destination
- attacked by flying creatures: sort of like my dragon idea but if we can tame / domesticate a few we come across they can haul us through the worst of it
- derelict vessel: i like this if it is purposeful instead of accidental. like if one of has knows about a sort of airship graveyard we can salvage a whole thing or parts of it and make a whole thing. we can probably make something like this up as i think it matches the setting flavor just fine
I like sky pirate raid + reversal the most personally, not that any exclude the other necessarily (edit: I just now read the ic post! which provides a fine and organic venue for a bunch of other stuff so I’m not dead set on anything)
Sort of treated like items in a museum. Here's this significant art or item the public can see but there's guards and security, no flash photography
I love that idea
11 minutes ago, Rembrandtt said:
I'm toying with the idea of creating a newer character but not entirely sure of whom it would be yet
Use the rp as the process by which you discover or change the kind of character you want to play! Just a half baked idea that gets fully baked over time lol
@evil your interested member has a question for your plot!
For the two maybes on the RSVP, let OP know when you decide what you decide - hard to plan on how many chairs to have if you don’t know how many people are showing up
What would be the imperative for a noble to help your outsider (I’m assuming) get access to their prefer tree (which I assume is important)? The opportunity here is written as, you get to come help my achieve my goal. Which may be enough for some! But given the rather narrow pool of potential (a noble type in or familiar with Crystallo) you may want to add more to the table in terms of plot bait
@Die Shize I think if you include here in the OOC a bit of dialogue or a prompt as to how Elgar responds to the questions / statements made by Artaud and Ruiser, it'll give Kiki a bit more to work with!
Read only site on 4/9
I'm flagging the weekend of 4/9 as the day that Valucre goes read only. I'm actually going to use that time to try and migrate the site to its new host
If all goes well then I'll point the domain to the new server and may even leave it writable into May before making it read only
If it doesn't go well I'll probably point it back to the existing host and low-priority troubleshoot until the new one works or until the first host runs out of lease, at which point I'll troubleshoot it on the new host over time and it'll just be read only when it becomes accessible again