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    Outreach Team AMA

    Am I being tagged for thoughts on the technical aspect or on the interior logic? On the technical side, it'd be trivial to launch an exterior site freely hosted through netlify with a custom domain, which can be as cheap as $20 total. I think that any system on a digital medium should be as close to fully automated as possible though and this shouldn't require manual labor to any degree because people tire but machines never will -- if the ledger exists as a surface level JSON on this site, you can use async fetch() API to constantly update the external site, and you could create the Bank of Valucre as a PHP bot here that can be tagged to initiate a trade, which would reply and tag the participants while also acting as a timestamp and receipt of transaction. Human oversight should only be conceptual, actual busywork should be tireless and mechanical. This also shouldn't be accessible (edit-wise) as a communal spreadsheet in my opinion. On the logical side, I'm not sure I agree that a currency system should have any bearing on (exisiting) reputation points for a number of reasons, and if this is to be trialed, I'd prefer it to be from a clean slate on all sides. For one, current reputation points were grandfathered in from a legacy model of positive/negative rep which wasn't 1:1 -- you might look at my reputation and think I have over 3 likes per post, but at least half were carried over from a system where the person giving you rep would have an exponential snowball effect on yours. For example when I was a newbie, I had around 200 points and got in a scuffle with already-oldie at the time Rob, who had thousands. I neg-repped him and it decreased his points by a few, he noticed and neg-repped me in return and it took me from 200 to a soul-crushing 10 total. The reason my score here is so large is because Carlos always had the highest number of points and was constantly giving me reputation. But also, reputation isn't an indication of communal effect in any IC sense. This has been touched on before but only in the sense of which board -- I'd argue that the board doesn't matter and that the literal act of giving a reaction is always OOC, even inside canon threads. The fact the others participating "like" or approve the post could be for any number of reasons that don't directly translate to literary or storytelling value -- I tend to get likes because my style is very visual and flashy but that doesn't mean I'm actually contributing to the current story in any meaningful way, which it probably should if these points will directly correlate to ownership, authority, canon artifact holding, and tokens of authenticity. I think a unified, universal currency system would be good and useful and engaging, but that this is such a loosely defined game that it may be hard to actually work out details of how it could be integrated to match both casual and harcore interest, along with leveraging new and old users. If this means my Daily Weekly account gets to buy an attack helicopter and orbital canon and I get to go around threatening people and causing an administrative ruckus because I feel my paid-for items are better than your non-paid-for ones in a fight though, it could cause quite a few issues.
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    General chat thread

  3. ImmenseUntidyAsianconstablebutterfly-siz

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      Off Topic

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      It looks very good though.

      I still have the same number, and I still play my violin.

    3. Ampersand

      Ampersand

      Time for a heart two heart, Mr. Eye -- ooh you had four 💓, I missed one in my reference and as for numbers...they may be missing.

      Test text? 

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  4. Check your Hangouts, I might have found a security issue

    1. supernal

      supernal

      Thanks for the heads up!

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    General chat thread

  6. Hi! It'a great to see you active again. Wanna collab on things? 😄

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      Off Topic

      Hey! I may be back relatively soon, I'm focusing on development only at the moment.

      I can now make fully interactive HTML/CSS/Javascript games, fully interactive animations, desktop apps (and am looking to revamp the world maps to be fully interactive), puzzles and more -- I've been very busy learning how to be inventsable.

    2. Csl

      Csl

      That's so cool! Are you reachable on Discord or do you still mainly use your Skype?

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    What sorts of Herbs and Minerals exist in Valucre?

    Cool thread! Here's the most updated form of that Universal Herbalism mechanic via Google Sheets. You're free to use as little or much or all of it as you like.
  8. I was listening to some of the stuff you did for the DW (as well as looking at some of the graphics). I don't think I've ever said you, but you've created some really wonderful and amazing stuff.

  9. How's it all coming, traveler?

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    Consider the roots of a tree [quest]

    "--It's hard to imagine a slit throat being in self-defense," Kai interjects and looks to the wound with a grimace, it seems an awfully deep cut -- the kind a butcher would make before hanging to dry. Had this been a quick enough motion, the throat wouldn't have tightened in resistance. Neither of these men are very large or especially foreboding physically; unless you happen to be rather small like a child; and one was even dressed with a slight business flair, so they didn't give him the impression of being knuckle-crack opportunists who were holding someone against their will. The elf seemed far less open to benefiting doubt than his peers and tight-throated at Mae's questioning -- it was understandable to hear from an empath, but life is life and death is death: there is only Life, Spirit, or Nil (the Neither). Look at the mess that's been made here. He steps away to get a better perspective of the neon crimescape, he'll follow them yet keep glancing back to the bodies until this proves to be in vain. Kai is quiet but moreso from being uneasy in places where sunlight won't touch. Since they believe Gaia to be the sun, Demac are naturally skeptical of any under-dwellers, are uncomfortable in caves, are prone to accusing others who hide from mother-light of more than just seeking innocent shelter -- he started to notice that the tunnel they were walking in seemed unnaturally level and that there was a small piece of twine suspended above them before Yates would stop and he nearly collides with that statue. The elder priest was quicker to escape from the novelty of a glimmering underland," . . . I'm afraid the Mother has seen we are capable, and has given us a challenge suited to our strength," and Kai doesn't understand this, though it may be from an overload of newness and sight darting to adjust. In doing this eye contact is made with something and though it was gone by the time he'd realize, the sharpness of sensation doesn't allow a second-guess. He arms himself with roots now extending in a serpentine coil, defensive and on-guard, without threatening the rest of his posture. "There's an altar at the top," and it isn't covered in blood, as far as he can see. It's not hard to notice the central repository, but it may be hard to distinguish it in cause or function -- not for Kai in seeing the balcony though, "there's a statue of a three-faced god," he adds. That's certainly what it looks like from here at least, the ornamentation struck him as more important than there being potential threats but he only realizes after speaking so he draws his attention back to the immediate area. It's clear he doesn't know what to do since his body argues and keeps interrupting itself after any initiative. "What do we do?" He asks them both but looks to Mae.
  11. Hello there! Welcome to the site. Having any trouble finding your way around or need help with anything?

    1. Masquerade

      Masquerade

      Nah Im fine thanks ^^

  12. Welcome! Let me know if you're having any trouble finding your way around the site. Also +1 for mythology! Do you have a favorite of any classical literature? I'm a big fan of Virgil and Goethe (though he might be too late to consider, his Faust 1/2 are among my favorites)

    1. Seal Breaker Gnosis

      Seal Breaker Gnosis

      In terms of mythology itself, Native American, Norse, Egyptian, and Greek mythology get me a lot, the nine worlds of Yggdrasil is just an awesome depiction of what a small multiverse could look like. In terms of classical literature, I'm gonna have to go with my guy H.P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu, Nyalarthotep, Yog-Sothoth, Shub-Niggurath, as well as other Elder Gods/Great Old One mythology. The fact that Lovecraft tied in our "insignificance" to being but a speck compared to the cosmos, is just fascinating and gets you thinking and perhaps even theorizing. Virgil and Goethe I'll add to my to read list as I feel like I've heard of them but they at the same time don't ring a bell.

  13. I agree with what you said about digging too long, it's a problem we're attempting to address behind the site right now.

    Can I prod you for what kind of info (and in what format) you feel would be most helpful? Would you respond best to a list that's in an independent page, or something like colored tags at the top of every lore page that mark things like genre, theme, technology level (and in one/two keywords each)? Anything else, or other ways you've seen it done that you feel would be most helpful for you?

    1. Radioactive

      Radioactive

      I like the color-coordinated tags, that could be very helpful.

      The site that I’ve been mainly visiting for the last six years was significantly smaller than Valucre, so I assume their system would not really work here. However, they did have a forum dedicated to simple and brief explainers. There was no single established world there, so anyone could post explanations of their individual RPs.

      It might help to have something like that...

      Example-

      Valucre- Name of the site, and the world in which the RP is set.

      Technology- Varies from primitive to steampunk, to magic/tech hybrid, to high tech depending on locale.

      Culture- Varies greatly from place to place.

      Species/bestiary- While there are many known species in Valucre...

      You get the idea. It’s simple enough that it could be done in a day, and the newcomers that don’t/can’t spend hours getting to know the world will have a simple resource to get them aquatinted in mere minutes. 

      Personally, I enjoy the detailed information and extensive history, and I will spend a lot of time reading it all if I can, but not everyone is able or willing to do so. A very brief explainer like that might help them avoid confusion. 

      Thats just my suggestion. You seem like a pretty capable staff, so I’m sure you’ll come up with something that works. 

      I’m happy to offer any help I can. 

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    Consider the roots of a tree [quest]

    He's already crushed the mycelium in an anxious grip when Mae points this out (which was startling -- how did she notice? Not even he realized and that was embarrassing) so that he opens palm but sees a crumpled and withered husk and immediately shuts the hand then turns around. He feels guilty for having done this, kneels down and buries it next to its homeland. Kai gives a proper burial by patting a mound of soil atop then drawing what looks to be a sigil or rune with a pointed finger, this ends up being wishful thinking for anything non-sentient. The smile Mae gives in comfort wouldn't be returned, he can only barely glance at her afterward until the nosebleed occurs -- he gauges her reaction here with an intent and somber look, it seemed normal enough for her not to be too alarmed so Kai doesn't insist upon healing. Instead, he follows. There was an anxious, deep inhale as the light went out, because of this he could smell the bodies without needing to see them. Ironically this calmed his nerves -- he's not squeamish and approaches them, listening to Yates as he kneels down to inspect with no measure of personal space. "--Extremely," he adds to Yates' mention of being fresh while lightly and carefully prodding them for items or identification. In doing so he notices the damage that each sustained and Mae's former insight of fear and concern (neither of which these two would have right now) comes to mind, "This seems heat of passion," sloppy, he thinks, "not pre-meditated." This wasn't the work of anything twice his size or an adept magi leaving behind mysterium marks. Whoever did this didn't go to much length to avoid being caught, they weren't far inside the caves at all and these bodies were too fresh -- the stench could travel to the surface in a day or two, if the bodies were dumped here then it was more likely to be after the excavation broke into the caverns than before. Everything about this seemed opportunistic; like a normal alleyway in Last Chance; the throat slit was probably the first victim, second was likely killed in the following struggle (with an improvised weapon). Were there blood trails or other signs? He's yet to look. "We can't do both," he answers this very resolutely, "without splitting up, and we shouldn't." Kai would rather pursue, he's a hunter and this seems like the work of frightened prey -- or a very careless predator, neither of which he feels to be a threat. People generally run from the scene and not the consequences, which is why so many mistakes are overlooked at the location of the crime. He doesn't voice this but instead looks further into the darkness, confronting his own imagination and reassuring himself that there aren't any beasts on par with those in the darkest Moonwoods here.
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    Valucre needs a Moon [Petition- VOTE!]

    If you do an Article search for "moon" it shows 25 results from canon in what looks to be every board, there's also an expedition to the moon and back in Hidden Valley's lore: ...Two moons!
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