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  1. Are you interested in a continuous, low pressure opportunity to engage with new writers? Are you interested in helping grow and strengthen the Valucre community and assisting new members in understanding and navigating the site? If those sound like you then you may be interested in becoming a mentor at the tavern of legends. What does it take? Here are the essentials: That you actively engage new members in the TOL roleplay thread and ooc thread, cycling through NPCs as appropriate (a bus boy, the bartender, the weapons check guard, etc; anything listed on the first post of that you can think of) You'll have support from me and other staff So as to keep new members actively engaged your posts should be on the faster but shorter end of the response time and post length spectrum A short post every 1-2 days is preferred That you guide new members either to TOL quests, which they can complete by themselves or with other new members, or to areas in the greater Valucre area that you think suit their tastes and interests. If you have the time and interest to play NPCs in their quests that’s fine / even better! But not expected If you’re interested let me know!
  2. Everybody has a plan, everybody has a dream! What is yours? Both IC and OOC! I'll start, I have a few. OOC: 1. I want to run a place, mostly because I'm completely obsessed with writing lore and it gives me the best opportunity to do so. However! I'm new, inexperienced on the site and completely unproven on my reliability. So that will have to wait. 2. I've always wanted to organize and successfully pull off an armed revolution. Build it slow, make terrorist strikes, assassinate Government officials, spread propaganda and then eventually rise up! SEIZE THE- Ehm. Moving on. IC: 1. I'd like Leo to find a 'job' after he graduates. Wandering adventure is fun, but having him work for someone or something just feels more right.
  3. Share them! Some of my own I've especially liked: Twizzen and Walmart From outside my own brain I liked Tyler's Rodan character because it reminds me of Rodin. Notwithstanding my adoration for the Thinker, the similarity between the two and Rodan being a "flesh sculptor" to Rodin's "actual not-gross sculptor" gave me a 🙂
  4. You! Yes, you! Do you have a changeling, shapeshifter or some other synonym for beings that change form often, typically in order to fit into society? Then I want you to put their character sheet, and your own background/speculative fiction/lore about them in this page. The goal is to generate a conversation about changelings, involving the people they matter to the most---you, the people who already have changeling characters. What kind of conversation am I looking for? Well, there's plenty to be discussed. Firstly, I want to explain: when this discussion is finished, I'll be adding a tentative post to the Unofficial Valucre Character Race List. I want to add as much history to the Changeling entry as I can, and offer as much introspection about them as possible. This will also, hopefully, give the Changelings a sense of shared identity, a place to call home, and whatever else we can come up with. So, what I need from you is to post your character sheets for your changelings, and @ anyone else that has a changeling that you are aware of. Share as much about your changeling as you like, and offer any personal lore and canon that you'd like considered. We can discuss what fits into the narrative of Valucre, and work together to shape the Changeling identity.
  5. Since I plan to do these every week, I may at least make my own thread for them. What follows is an accumulation of my knowledge as an amateur Sabre fencer. Sabre is fast and aggressive with less emphasis on technique and strategy than the other disciplines of fencing. (Don’t get me wrong, though, there’s still plenty of that.) A lot of ideas and strategies translate well into real-life sword play. So if you’ve got a character who uses a light/one handed sword, then I hope something in here could be of use to you and your role playing adventures! Without further ado... Your fencing tip of the week.
  6. So today I was struggling with finding a name for a type of architectural structure when I stumbled upon Wikipedia's Glossary of Architecture. I thought other people might find it useful when they write, so I encourage you to post whatever helpful information resources you can in this thread for others to learn from. This includes writing tutorials, description aids, various how-to's (e.g. blood spatter analysis, surviving in the wilderness) and other neat information you think will help others with their writing. RULES DO post helpful resources in any form, whether it be through video, audio, infographic, pdf, or website link. Don't be afraid to recommend books as well. Feel free to also request help to find resources to aid in your writing or character building/development. DO feel free to ask for particular resources (in addition to posting a resource) or respond to other user's pleads for assistance with their writing! If the conversation should last longer than a couple posts, then please move to PM. DO NOT turn this thread into a circlejerk about "things you hate that other writers do" and instead work on providing solutions. If you want to correct someone on an incorrect resource they've posted, provide an alternative resource and leave a brief comment notifying them of their error. DO NOT litter the thread with chatter! If you have something you'd like to discuss with another user, PM them! CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE COMPILATION DOCUMENT UPDATE 12/18/15: You can now access a fully compiled document of all the resources posted in this thread. It will be updated with every new full page that gets added to this thread.
  7. Either in this world or another, and feel free to be as specific or as general as you want
  8. It's time, ladies and gentlemen and others! Tales of Redemption is Open for Entries! Here's a refresher on the definition of "Redemption" we'll be working with: Redemption doesn't have to be big or totally transformative, but it does imply a moral shift in behavior or perspective. Your main character doesn't have to go from being a devil to an angel in 2000 words, but someone should probably become at least a little less awful for at least a small, significant moment. HOW TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY: PM me with "Tales of Redemption" in the subject line, along with the title of your story and a word count. I will respond when I have received it, but please give me 72 hours before poking me; life things happen to me with a disturbing frequency (see: intended contest opening on April 1st). OFFICIAL RULES: 1) Submissions will be accepted from now until midnight on April 29th! NEW DEADLINE: MAY 15th! The entries will be posted in random order on April 30th MAY 16th!, and voting will open May 1st MAY 20th! 2) Maximum length is 2000 words. There is no minimum word count. 3) Stories can have any tone, from grimdark to flight-of-whimsy, as long as the central theme is redemption. 4) Entries must be original, unused work. Do not plagiarize, and definitely don't plagiarize yourself. I will be checking. 5) YOU ARE SWORN TO SECRECY! Your submission must be known only to you and to me. Do not give anyone any information that they could use to easily identify your entry. 6) One submission per participant. Revisions or substitutions will be allowed up until the deadline, but only one entry per contestant will be posted. 7) Please double-check your formatting. The only editing I will do to an entry is to fix any errors that happen with the copy/paste function. 8 ) Entries MUST HAVE A TITLE. I refuse to post a dozen stories all named "Untitled #1", "Untitled #2", "Untitled #3", like happened in Spinal Chills a couple years back. That was maddening as a participant, and probably would have been maddening as a voter, and in any case it's my contest so it's my rule. Give it a title. PRIZES: Prizes depend on the number of entries received by the deadline. Five or fewer entries: 1st Place: A custom user title, courtesy of @supernal! (if the winner already has a custom user title, then we'll come up with something different and cool, but I just now at this very second thought of this problem, so that's my bad.) Six to Ten entries: 1st Place: $15 Amazon gift card, courtesy of @Veloci-Rapture! 2nd Place: A custom user title! Ten to Fourteen entries: 1st Place: $25 Amazon gift card! 2nd Place: $10 Amazon gift card! 3rd Place: A custom user title! Fifteen or more entries: 1st Place: $50 Amazon gift card! 2nd Place: $25 Amazon gift card! 3rd Place: $10 Amazon gift card! Honorable Mention: A custom user title! [NOTE! Gift cards require a valid e-mail address to send them to, so be prepared to provide one!] WORKSHOP THREAD: Finally, if you've got questions of a general "how do I write stuff goodly?" variety, come on over to the Spring Contest Workshop Thread! It's been pretty dull so far, but I'm hoping we can give out lots of advice as the timer ticks down! Don't be afraid! Let's have a great contest! Give Valucre your best shot at a TALE OF REDEMPTION!
  9. Pretty much what the subject says If your response is low on the engagement scale I may ask some probing questions
  10. I call it RIPT, pronounced RIP IT! (Now RIPET; still pronounced the same!) I recently saw Get Backers and thought their system of service classification would be interesting to apply to Valucre. I don't want to go through all of those threads again like I did for the other indexes, so this will be a crowdsourced effort. By making people actively post their own links I hope to auto-curate only potentially active orgs too If you have/own/manage an org, post about it here with a link and let me know which service they fall under. If they're a multi-service org, then pick the primary one. None of this multi-classing BS Open to suggestions on how to improve this but want to keep it simple by design Classes Retrieval = "Get that thing back". I imagine this in the line of private investigation. Find this person or thing, and/or bring that person or thing back. A bounty hunter would be a good example. An insurance investigator that tracks and retrieves stolen art/equipment/etc would be another great example. Infiltration = "Get that thing or break into that place". A catch-all for general criminal services or orgs that would do the stealing or infiltration or extortion type crimes Protection = "Secure this thing". The actual guard or security that protects a person, place or thing in transit or at rest, and can apply to concepts (such as reputation) as well as concrete items Extermination = "Kill or hurt that person / thing". Assassination and mercenary type services. Transportation = "Move this thing". The service that moves materials, people, etc, from one location to the other. Shipping companies, smugglers, and fences would all fall into Transportation. If, like many transport, they also offer security during transportation, they would be Transport if transportation is their primary offering Organizations Casper Shipping Company; Transportation Blackspear Cartel; Protection Burning Bushes for Peace; Transportation Toxicant; Extermination House Karradeen; Transportation Book Ends; Infiltration Redeemer; Protection Justice; Protection Handymen; Infiltration
  11. This is Valucre's canonization guide: https://www.valucre.com/lore.html/resources/general/canonization-guide/ I made this thread so that members, new and old, can ask any questions about the canon process that they may have
  12. Let me start off by thanking everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. Thank you Internally we're still discussing some of the finer points of the data, and I've separated the long form text responses into a separate discussion which involves more standardization so as to make the data anonymous (or near enough) as well as easily digestible (more signal, less noise) You'll see more updates on that, and the graphs for the below will be released separately to increase engagement, but here are the summarized results to share a great deal of the data in a fashion (I think) conducive to conversation (without the burden of expectation to engage in conversation) Based off 42 responses Most people (41%) take 30 minutes to post; the second largest group (26%) takes 1 hour Most people (29%) come here for the IC (a 1); the second largest group (21%) come more for the IC but also lean OOC (a 4) Most people (50%) access the site on PC; the second largest group (45%) on mobile Most people (98%) think Valucre loads quickly (according to their subjective experience) Most people (62%) find Valucre's lore has the answers but requires effort to get to those answers; the second largest group (38%) finds the answers easily Most people (52%) think Valucre's lore is unique; the second largest group (38%) think Valucre's lore is familiar but uncommon Most people (60%) like to read fantasy; the second largest (14%) like to read sci-fi Most people (62%) like to write fantasy; the second largest (12%) like to write sci-fi Most people (67%) prefer groups 3-5 in size; the second largest (26%) prefer one-on-one Most people (75%) have roleplayed on forums/bulletin boards for more than 2 years; the second largest (10%) for 1-2 years Most people (52%) have roleplayed on Valucre for more than 2 years; the second largest (16.7%) for 1-2 years Most people (69%) prefer collaborative combat; the second largest group (24%) prefer turn-based combat Most people (83%) enjoy character interaction the most; the second largest (14%) prefer exploration Most people (36%) heard about valucre through word of mouth; the second largest groups tie at 26% and are Search Engine and Topsite list
  13. This could be the overarching ambition that will see them from beginning to end, or it could be just what they need right now For this one in particular I'm hoping a lot of potential connections gel
  14. Not nearly to the same level of detail as we have available for the Valucre canon, I'd be interested in providing some shared settings that people can interact with in Alternative and am curious who else might be interested in doing something like this together or in parallel. Like maybe a persistent Prohibition Era New York or Chicago or Las Vegas (or all 3) that provides a shared setting for roleplay in Alt and can even be modified through character action. Maybe it'll just be a changelog style thread where anyone can post an update to it or something like that Some ideas: Prohibition Era Someplace for gangster style roleplay Something more Scifi Modern earth A downton abbey type place Something superhero / My Hero like Steampunk Post apoc / zombie Who wants to do something like that? Created: Endless worlds - science fantasy Oatpeak - western
  15. Rather than the emotion which defines the character, it's the emotion that they tend to make other characters feel most often in interactions with your character What do you got?
  16. Do one or more of your characters have an overarching belief that shapes them? Does it come from their faith, experience, or something else? For example, Thurgood Singlance believes (and he would actually say this if he has an opportunity) "There's nothing thought that can't be done, yet there's nothing done that can't be thought or undone, but there's nothing undone that can't be done again. There's nothing built that can't be destroyed, yet there's nothing destroyed that can't be rebuilt. Nothing rises that can't fall, yet nothing that falls can't rise again. Noyhing started can't be stopped, yet nothing stopped can't be restarted. Nobody that lives can't die, yet nobody that dies can't live again. Nothing good can't become evil, yet nothing evil that can't become good. Nothing orderly can't become chaotic, yet nothing chaotic can't become orderly. There's nothing true that can't be made false, yet nothing false that can't be made true. There's nothing strong that can't be weakened, yet nothing weak that can't be strengthened. Naturally, everything tends towards extremes, but seeks balanced neutrality. Everything is temporary yet oh so permanent. This existence is made of opposites and paradoxes, and the sooner you understand that, the... ...better? No, not worse either... ...the more complete your... ...comprehension of everything will be."
  17. Just one emotion but you can define it broadly and use foreign words if they capture more subtleties And that's the run of it
  18. Message 1 fcko gd yntqc qcxbgme sfgr gsr acixtrc sfcyuc dntmb lc okcxrc okcxrc dgmb xkk sfc jcyr acdnqc sfcy jgkk lc Hint: Use your keys
  19. ... for when a "like" just won't do the trick, I bring you the Notice of Excellence v.2! Check out the original thread here. There are some incredible writers on this site putting out entertaining, moving, and memorable content every day. If a post speaks to you personally, link it here for everyone to read and appreciate! There is no set standard for "excellence," so don't worry about linking to page-long oratorios or posts with the floweriest of flowery language. This is a feel-good thread, folks! It's always nice to recognize and to be recognized, so if you're digging someone's writing- post it here! Please note IC/lore posts only, and don't be that guy who notes themselves. Also, be sure to tell us why you're sharing the post with us! If you cannot articulate your reasoning, then I would suggest simply "liking" the post in question rather than linking it here. Although there is no format for nominations, I suggest covering the following bases: Thread/Post Author Why you're nominating Snippet
  20. I did a thread like this back in 2015 and figure it's been long enough to re-issue the challenge The challenge is to you as an author to make a character (or use one if you already have one) that is 1) not human and 2) not (overtly) attractive Play them for at least one full page of roleplay with another player or group of players, see what happens, and let us know how it goes. Note that the challenge isn't to catalog if you've done this in the past but the generation of new experience
  21. Is your character’s name from another language? Is it a pun? Is it an obscure reference to something? Does it have a special meaning? Share it here! ? I’ll go first - Lunara’s name comes from the Luna moth, and also from lunar, the moon. That’s because she’s a Winter/Unseelie/Dark fey, usually associated with the night. I also imagine that her wings are exactly like a luna moth’s, just purple. Darah is a Malay word for blood. It’s fitting because she’s a ruthless killer, (and the word itself sounds like a legit English name). Matahari Chaya is from Malay as well. Matahari means Sun, the literal translation being mata = eye and hari = day (eye of the day.) Chaya is adapted from cahaya, pronounced as ‘chahaya’, which means light or shine. Matahari is one of the four manly men bodyguards (read: harem) of a Kalopsia princess. I thought the name was poetic for the setting!
  22. Now accepting applications for qualified Valucre users to be considered a Valucre Approved Universal Fight System (UFS) Judge. The system is linked below. Valucre Approved Judges are users who exercise the ability to make unbiased decisions on the winners of UFS RP scenarios. These individuals will judge conflicts by the board within which and the rules under which the opponents are competing. Valucre Approved Judges are the first group of people users ask for when they need third-party deliberation to decide the victor of a competitive scenario in which involved players cannot resolve a victor. Let me repeat for clarity: This is an evaluation of users' ability to be impartial and understand any system as it is written, deliberate with necessary system creators/involved fighters, and explain a coherent decision on the victor of the scenario in question and no more or less than that. Requirements: Demonstrates impartiality Demonstrates reading comprehension Demonstrates reliability Submit your name today to be added to the Valucre Approved Judges list. A panel of moderators/administrators will review all submissions made by May 1, 2019.
  23. What's the most significant thing your character has done or experience? In terms of actual written out roleplay vs narrative events in the backstory This can be at the plot level, like the most significant thing for a particular arc or storyline, or at the character level, the most significant thing for their individual experience - and it can be something they did or something that was done to them For those players with a dozen characters to work through, give it to us one at a time rather than as a massive info dump. More opportunities for continuous engagement that way!
  24. Let's keep going with the "asking questions about your characters" series. So, obviously this one bears the risk of accidentally sparking a heated argument. So... just don't say anything that would cause that, please. What I'm asking for here is your character's religious beliefs, what motivates them to follow a god or gods, or spirits, or aliens, or absolutely nothing at all! I, in particular, am curious how many Terran characters are actually Gaianists. I suspect there will be very few compared to what the default of the population is supposed to be, but I'm interested to see it regardless. I'd love to do a poll census on this, but you'd only be able to vote on behalf of one character, so it wouldn't really work. lol However, I have a solution for those who want to voluntarily participate in a different kind of census. Just state one of the following, color-coded and in bold, near your character's name: If your character is non-practicing, but still quasi-believes in a particular faith, you can just add (non-practicing) after the label.
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