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Post by Tarragon on Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:55 pm

In this General Discussion thread, users are permitted to engage in regular conversations, not relating to any one specific topic. Feel free to discuss things here.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by StoneWall on Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:32 pm

I'm... here..... I changed the color of the text box a while ago to make it more visible.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Tarragon on Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:24 pm

Thanks, Whos. I'd been putting this forum on hold trying to get stuff sorted out, but now that I have free time, I'm going to see if I can recruit some new members.

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Post by StoneWall on Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:45 am

Excellent. I'll try to be more active. Maybe I'll have a look around the admin panel.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Sairei on Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:47 pm

Hey.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Akira on Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:24 pm

Hi.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Prussian on Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:39 pm

Eyyy.

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Re: General Discussion

Post by Valnarian on Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:24 pm

Registered. Thanks for the invite, Whos. I'll get a profile pic later.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Tarragon on Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:04 pm

Hey, guys, welcome to the forum! It's awesome that we're going to have a few people here.

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Re: General Discussion

Post by Valnarian on Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:54 am

I just hope we can get some more.
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Post by Tarragon on Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:38 pm

Well, it might start off slow, but I'm going to see if I can somehow direct more web traffic here, and perhaps also advertise IRL via posters.

At any rate, we have a skeleton crew now, so we could probably start a few small threads, if anyone is interested. Are there any sub-categories that everyone feels interested in so far?

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Post by Prussian on Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:46 pm

I love science and history, really. Though I'm not sure if any other people who will join this forum will.

Knowing us, the RP sections will probably see a lot of action, as well as the media sections. It's only a matter of time until things pick up.

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Post by Akira on Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:09 pm

I may visit the cosplay section every once in a while with my freaky getups lol.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Valnarian on Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:36 pm

Prussian wrote:I love science and history, really. Though I'm not sure if any other people who will join this forum will.

Knowing us, the RP sections will probably see a lot of action, as well as the media sections. It's only a matter of time until things pick up.

There's an RP section? Where?
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Prussian on Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:24 pm

You can find them at the very bottom of the home page.

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Re: General Discussion

Post by Tarragon on Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:09 pm

Yeah, I decided that an RP section would help the forum, since people will probably want to participate in more than just logical discussion.

For me, I'm going to be working in the gardening hobbies section for a bit, since I'm actually a plant enthusiast, IRL. You may be interested, since I may or may not be doing something sci-fi in the future. I'm currently working on trying to find suppliers where I can get plant hormones, agar, and a bio-protectant.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Canis_Dirus on Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:27 am

Greetings everyone. This forum looks promising....

Prussian wrote:I love science and history, really. Though I'm not sure if any other people who will join this forum will.

Knowing us, the RP sections will probably see a lot of action, as well as the media sections. It's only a matter of time until things pick up.

I am quite interested in science and technology, so I'll be happy to talk to you.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Tarragon on Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:15 am

Hey, Canis, glad you joined!

So, anyway, I've got a more thorough design for an RP that Whos, Prussian and I were thinking about doing. We talked about it a long time ago, but I think everyone still really likes the concept. I was in charge of designing the alien race humans interacted with, but I switched the design to be based more off a Slow Loris than a bear. It looks alien, but also like something that could actually happen, and has that kind of 'real' feeling I wanted.

Now I just need to make several color morphs of them.

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Re: General Discussion

Post by Canis_Dirus on Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:25 am

I'm glad to be here. Although you guy's' new usernames threw me off.

So from the sound of it, are you guys moving your RG races over to here and starting new RPs in a new galaxy?

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Post by Valnarian on Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:57 am

That would be nice. We could have a whole reboot thing going on here. Incidentally, who was at RG before, and what were your names, if I may ask?

Btw, Happy Belated Thanksgiving.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Tarragon on Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:48 am

Vipera over here.

Technically, this forum never really got started. It just has the basic framework and we never really got around to getting large groups of people. Mostly because my own connections are few, or because some of us are students and stuck doing some sort of project.


Also, something I must emphasize: even if we start new space-alien RP's in new galaxies with the same races we had (I don't mind people keeping their races because I know how hard it is to sacrifice something you poured a lot of effort into just design-wise), this isn't going to be an attempt to steal the club. Anything that happens here, even if we maintain our signature races, must be brand-new, and it can't have anything to deal with the lore of the other forum. Look at this as a clean-slate, no pre-existing history or slice of the pie that's already been taken. You can keep your races, but if you want, you can re-design them or make something completely different to use. Just don't try to bring lore or backstories from RG over here, there will be no continuations of anything from there. If you want to use your races on this forum, that's the price that must be paid to avoid conflicts.

This in mind, I've actually decided to create a new race, known as the Duo Calcarata, which are very goat-like. They can't fly, but they have sharp, sickle-like tusks, horns, and they can jump really high and scale vertical cliffs with ease. They're very hardy creatures, and ultimately, I think people will like them. Of course, this is just the base description, but just wait and see what I do to make new variants of them. The current one is an alpine species, but I can also imagine a jungle variant, a marine version, and a plains version.



Next thing I can say, this forum was originally created so people could make RP's totally unrelated to RG. The idea that I was initially working on with several other people is not like RG at all, and involves a sci-fi story that has several aspects that make it really close to logic-driven fantasy. It involves humans co-existing with an alien race that they encountered after crash-landing a colony ship, and since all communication methods were destroyed and lots of important people died, that's the end of humans and space travel in the story. It's about trying to communicate with something completely unlike your species, and then discovering the history of the mysterious race that, depending on where human cities are, can range from friendly to hostile. The locations and the alien race are what makes it sort of like fantasy. We had ideas that there was a port city and a rural farming town with less-advanced tech, but there's also a flying solar-powered cloud city built on platforms, and an aquatic underwater compound sort of settlement. There's going to be action and fighting in the story, but it's also going to be very emotional.


The second RP that I've come up with involves inhabited planets being connected to each other by portals. There is no explanation for how these portals appeared, but it is suspected a higher form of life created them. The catch to these portals is that only a small number of people can go through them--people who aren't 'warpers' can walk through without ever going anywhere. They just walk into the wall or appear on the other side in the same location where the portal is. What is discovered, though, is that different races live on each world, and depending on progress, it can be tribal or modern as far as technology. Nothing is space-faring. Most people don't know the portals exist, it's closely-kept in most modern worlds as a secret by government officials, and tribal races that are less-advanced think it is some sort of supernatural phenomenon. The story revolves around the people who accidentally stumble into these portals that can get transported, and then becoming stranded on alien worlds where they have to learn how to survive, and ultimately, figure out why these portals form and who put them there.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Canis_Dirus on Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:11 pm

I was at RG under the same username and avatar of course Very Happy

If it is allowed, I actually have a new empire idea that I wanted to use on RG but couldn't, since it was humans. I've been working on them awhile but haven't really been able to enter them anywhere, and I was thinking that this would be the perfect place to develop them.
They are supposed to be a bit more of a realistic sci-fi progression of humanity several thousand years in the future, and I want to go overboard detailing everything about them more so than I've been able to do for the other civs I've had.

Perhaps we can have a section for spacefaring empire RPs, then another for character RPs (like your ideas)?
This forum seems a bit more broad then the other forums we have RPed on, so it would be cool if we could do everything here.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Tarragon on Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:57 pm

I can make a Roleplay Club section, and people can use that combined with the lore section to keep larger-scale things from falling into disarray, but that's going to have to be the limitation of it. Because this forum was made with the idea of appealing to a broad set of interests, it would be bad to start making sections tailored to one specific group, since that shows favoritism. I can't pretend that I don't feel more inclined to do things for people that I've known for longer and worked with for several years, but if I want to be impartial as an administrator, I have to make sure I'm not doing more for one group than what I can do for another.

I should note, I'm not really interested in being the leader of whatever new club springs up. I'm just laying down a few rules to make sure that we don't offer sufficient grounds to become the center of some conflict, because some people hold grudges over this sort of thing. I enjoy playing as whatever race I create, and I like having a say in what happens, but I don't think I'm the most involved person on the planet, so I might not be the best choice. I would actually suggest StoneWall be the leader of the club, and I can help out a bit when needed, but I dislike the idea of being the main person in charge. I don't want it to become a conflict of interest, where people feel like they have to listen to me or obey what I say for fear of getting banned, and there is always that kind of anxiety that could happen as long as the club leader doubles as forum's head administrator. StoneWall is an administrator right now because I trust him not abuse his power. Granted, I can be leader if he doesn't want to be, but I'd rather not be the one trying to do that, since I'm in school right now and at work on breaks normally.


Regarding your idea, though, I could see several problems arising. If you want to make a human race, that would entail firstly that the galaxy setting is the Milky Way, so people wouldn't be able to name the galaxy of the new club because your Empire sets that in stone. That would restrict possibly how big the galaxy could be, and how many race territories it could hold (Since each new member will likely take a decent-sized section). People will probably want a bigger galaxy than the Milky Way to allow room for growth of empires or more members, should the club become more popular. Secondly, if one person makes humans, there's going to likely be the argument that everyone should be allowed to make their own human empires, since humans are normally violent towards their own species and conflict would be expected. There might also be arguments if that happens over who gets ownership of Earth. Also, finally, what if a ton of people who aren't the best with physical descriptions come along, and then there's nothing but humans because they had an easy way out of having to go through the effort of designing their own race? If that happens, it's not even the concept you're going for anymore.

Overall, though I don't really care about having humans in an RP since human-alien interaction can be a very interesting plot, I personally don't think it's advisable, even if you have really good ideas about it, for an RP about warfare in a galaxy, just because of the sheer impact it can have. I feel like too many people would argue over it.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Valnarian on Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:09 pm

I certainly can use ideas that I couldn't use on RG, that would be nice. As for the ones I had, I think I will not reuse them.

Let me whisper this in your ears: I am actually trying to write actual books about my characters and races and stories, and in many ways, RG was an incubator. That being said, I think I will focus on them in that capacity.
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Re: General Discussion

Post by Tarragon on Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:44 pm

I just tried to use GIMP to color in the design I did for my race, and then the thing stopped working and I lost all the data just as I had finished it...

....I am so sad....

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