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OOC Discussion / *sets down this discussion thread*
« on: September 15, 2019, 10:52:05 PM »
wow I was rlly out here thinking I'd have time to do this sooner
I was wrong

But anyway, let's get into this!

Spoiler: Survey Results • show
& 1. The survey was taken by 10 people, with a 50/50 split of people that are currently here and people that are not, with different durations and histories.

& 2. The main themes that seem to keep people coming back are the badness of the group and the community.
      I'd definitely be interested in exploring the villainous aspect of BL, since while it's felt natural icly for them to not be involved with a lot of conflict, it removes a key part of the group that I never planned on taking out.

& 3. The main themes of what drove people away were irl circumstances, cliqueyness and the lack of badness.
      I can't do anything about irl pulling people away and would never fault someone for focusing on their real life, so I'm gonna focus on what I can influence: the cliques and the alignment

& 4. I'm just gonna do a proper breakdown of the numbers here: four people felt welcomed with some exceptions, three people overall did not feel welcome, we got one each for "yes with exceptions" and "no with exceptions" as well as a last person seeing it as 50/50
      ngl after some of the things I've heard recently, I thought this would be worse, but even as it is it's unacceptable. I want everyone to feel welcome here, and even if perfection is unattainable I'm still gonna try

& 5. Six people said that some people were easy to plot with and some weren't, two people said they couldn't find people to plot with, one person didn't need to plot yet and one person said most were easy to plot with.
      I'd say getting people to interact with other people is the thing I've struggled most with in all my years of leading. I've felt helpless trying to tackle this problem, because the actions of others are something I have no control over. I've withheld promotions, tried to be like "hey guys you gotta plot with each other", but this isn't about the things that I've tried to do in the past, this is about moving forward. I'm going to take some of the suggestions I've been receiving, leading by example, continuing to encourage more plotting and withhold promotions or demote if necessary, and if things are really dire confronting people for not interacting.

& 6. Three people said the Badlands is fairly cliquey, two people said incredibly cliquey and everyone is exclusive, two people said incredibly cliquey with some exceptions, two people said it's a little cliquey but mostly open and one person gave a very nuanced opinion about how BL isn't exactly cliquey, but the more established characters tend to get more attention than the newer ones
      I've already touched on some of the steps I'm going to take to combat cliques, so I'm gonna focus on that last bit: established characters getting all the spotlight. I was trying to think of things other than putting more effort to personally engage and get to know new characters better, perhaps doing a little character spotlight? BL has its custom header, we've got a discord, we can make threads, I do meetings, maybe we utilize one/or more of those to show off different characters in the group for a week? Maybe a link to their profile/bio/tags, a fun fact about them / or something that I liked about the char (that last one mostly if it was in a meeting?) I legit came up w this on the spot so I'd love to hear what y'all think about it. is it something? is it not?

& 7. Okay for this one I asked people taking the survey to rate my cliqueyness on a scale of one to five (one being cliquey and five being extremely open). Two people said 1, one person said 2, two people said 3 (though one of those people noted elsewhere that it was a neutral stance because they didn't know either way), and five people said 4.
      Room for improvement, that's for damn sure. I'll say more in the next one

& 8. The comments I got in how I can improve personally got four main responses: you aren't that cliquey, no comment/neutral, too many plots revolve around Cat or something more specific.
      If you took the survey, you've probably got the sense that I recently found out that the plots I've done have been too focused on my character/s, and while I'm not gonna stop doing plots with Cat and developing them, I am going to make sure that we've got a lot of other plots going that have nothing to do with my characters (aside from them hosting ig but that's another thing - I want others to be able to pitch and host their own ideas as well)

& 9. The big common threads I got when I asked how I could encourage other cliquey members of BL to be more inclusive boiled down to leading by example and confronting cliquey members.
      Done and done. One other person did mention people sort of offering to plot but not bringing anything to the table. This is something I've struggled with a lot, which has led to me not piping in for plots as often as I should because I feel bad about not having ideas. One thing I'm meaning to do to combat this is get a new plotting thread up with prompts, though I've not been able to get the time nor energy to do that yet. Tis on the agenda

& 10. alright so this one's in response to what people thought of the plots I have done. Two people liked them overall. Three people liked some but not all. Two people didn't like them overall. Seven people thought that they were too focused on Cat/their family. One person thought it wasn't broad enough/too specific. One person thought they had just the right amount of detail. Seven people said they couldn't get involved very easily. Four people said there haven't been enough. One person said there was just the right amount. One person didn't have an opinion and lastly one person drew a line for where the plots centered around Cat begin to get too much.
      I don't have much to say on this one; this is more for my understanding of what I've been doing right and wrong over the past nine months, so the only thing that I have to add is that last thing I mentioned was very insightful and helpful.

& 11. As far as types of events I have run, here's what people have liked. Six people liked random little events like battle trainings and capture the flag. Six people liked large scale/long term conflicts like the war with The Insurrection and the takeover of Northstar. Five people liked the thread long raids, like on the scrapyard and hospital. Four people liked the holiday celebrations, like the Valentine's Day party and Easter event. Four people liked personal growth plots like Molly's wedding.
      Yeah, not much else to say here either aside from this is to help inform me on what to do more of in the future.

& 12. Same question, but this is what people didn't like. Four people didn't like the battle trainings and capture the flag. Three people didn't like the longterm conflict plots. Five people didn't like the thread long mini raids. One person didn't like the holiday celebrations. Three people didn't like the personal growth plots.
      Well. that didn't definitively knock any one type of event out, so I'll just have to make sure I've got a nice variety rotating through.

& 13. As far as potential groupwide plots, here's what people were interested in seeing (thanks again to Darky for some of the suggestions). Six people were interested in another big conflict. Two people want to see more peaceful events with other groups. Four people want to see more member (and not leader) driven plots. One person would be interested in seeing a prison break. Four people would be interested in a carnival/circus. Three people would be interested in a rat infestation. Six people would like to see a natural disaster. Four people would be interested in seeing a sort of school teaching combat techniques. Four people would be interested in seeing a famine. Seven people would be interested in seeing some sort of sickness.
      Okay so the big discussion I wanted to have in this thread focused primarily on planning the events. I want to get as many people involved oocly in the planning and icly in the execution. I'll give my ideas and thoughts and do what I gotta do to make this work, but me doing events all on my own clearly has not been going as well as anyone would like. I'll talk more about what I was thinking in the next bit.

& 14. The last real question I had was whether people felt like they could do events here. Five people didn't think any ideas they may or may not have had would be well received, two people have had ideas that they've put into motion and one more didn't thing implementing an idea if they did have one would be an issue, with the last person being neutral.
      I hadn't really thought about it much until recently, but I'm really glad I added this last question. I don't know what I did that led people to think that they couldn't do events; I always thought I was an easy person to pitch to, open-minded and even encouraging it. After some self reflection I realized that there were times when I said no to some specific plots, or seemed hesitant to get in on something big, not to mention I haven't mentioned people running events in almost every meeting like I used to. But rn I just wanna say that if you've got an idea... I want to hear it. I can't promise that I'll like every single idea thrown at me, but I'm in a very open-minded mood, not to mention I'd love to see members doing events around here.

& 15. I don't know how to summarize the final thoughts and all the energy that I had for typing the rest of this thread is fading rapidly so. Ig I'll end this on thanking everyone for filling it out and saying I hear you, even if I didn't speak to your specific comment or concern out of the survey. There was a lot of summarizing and boiling down here, but if anyone ever, at any time wants to talk to me about any problems they're having, or you wanna plot or just talk, my inbox is always open.

possibly turning into sitewide plots? idk, if ppl want
as far as what ppl voted in favor of, I'm thinking it'd be good to stagger them out a bit
but I, personally, was looking at rat infestation, sickness, famine and going :thinking: hmm that looks like a fun little sequence of events
I think in that member driven plotting thread ppl had some other ideas? honestly just throw shit at me man what do y'all wanna see and how do y'all wanna see it done
ALSO since people are looking to have a big war happen, I just wanna throw it out there that while I'm not 100% closed to it, I don't want Cat to be the, well, catalyst of whatever sparks it. I don't want it to be another conflict motivated by them, you know? Don't wanna hoard all that juicy potential development.
uhhh I think my only other thought was for a potential way to seed tension/potential war. BL keeps doing more of those thread-long raids on smaller establishments, which could start causing concern with bigger groups as it from the outside seems to get more and more out of hand? the best way I can explain it is if a world power goes after the city states in Civ. fuck are you doing leave Almaty alone, you get what I mean? It def needs more workshopping but it was a thought I had and I almost forgot to mention it as my last brain cells leave my body
okay I? think that's everything? this post is like 2k words if I missed smth it's bc I was remembering sm more

Welcome to my new character gallery! Please do not post here or steal any of my characters, but feel free to browse. The code and characters belong to me, and I'm just trying to write a professional sounding intro to this but it's probably failing. All of these will probably be work in progresses, some more than others, but these are all the characters I've decided to keep in some form or another. It probably won't be TNW-ified, but then again I have no idea what I'm doing so maybe it will. I'm going to be posting characters in chronological order of creation, so get ready to see some serious oldies.

—— & 2015 (& 08)
Diamond Hawthorn
Hal Hawthorn
Teresa Thompson
Valena McKinnley
Danny Hargrove
—— & 2016 (& 10)
Archie McKinnley
Chloe Rex
Roe Proumaeri
Selena Felix
Ryan Birch
Spencer Hargrove

—— & 2017 (& 22)
Amy Ray
Aaron Felix
Grayson Hawthorn
Rayna Bell
Daniel Bell
Val Rivendare
Summer Rivendare
Snake Rivendare
Kurt Rivendare
Kalopsia Hanson
Gareth Cole
Cat Green
Aj Green
Louise Felix-Prince
Marine Beaufort
Angie Farren
James Barton
Gordon Mar
Sarah Laine
Wesley Addams
Gene Rickley
—— & 2018 (& 10)
Peter Nyles
Samantha Jensen
Alexander Färber
Molly Darrow
Derick Harris

—— & 2019 (& 11)
Austin Darrow
Michael Reynolds
Dallas Darrow
Linus Darrow
Clara Darrow
Sam What
Evelyn Stirling

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OOC Discussion / survey v.idek anymore
« on: September 06, 2019, 05:56:52 PM »
if you've got a few minutes, I'd really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill this out. ik it's a lot but there's a lot that needs to be addressed
if you've got any questions or anything, feel free to message me!

OOC Discussion / Notice
« on: August 23, 2019, 12:06:41 AM »
ok guys I've talked about this a bit before and most of you prob are already sort of aware
but ya girl is moving SO for the next few days I'm not going to be around. you'll probably see me online a bit, especially tomorrow, but after that until Tuesday or Wednesday (Thursday at the latest) it'll be very little
I'm not putting any pressure on myself to post, if I feel like it and I have time mayhaps, and when I come back I'll post in the threads I was in and get back into new ones
until then Addy / @elysian. has got you guys covered, he's gonna do the meeting and uhhh yeah don't burn the place entirely gone while I'm away
icly Cat's taking time off to spend with Gav while he recovers and as a little reward for dealing with all that wedding bullshit
also when I get back we gon' be doing some Talkin so get ready for that

OOC Discussion / bc i'm disorganized as FUCK (Moustin wedding planning)
« on: August 11, 2019, 09:58:45 PM »
ok so I'm disorganized AS FUCK so uhhh
here's this
feel free to ask abt roles for your characters but please understand if there isn't room
this is gonna be like. semi traditional? ish?
but uhh rn here's what I got? I think?
I had smth I was gonna add and I forgot

Officiant Cat
Best Man Gavril @Noccy
Groomsman Silas @truce.
Groomsman Salem @darky
Maid of Honor Paige, probably
Bridesmaid Hayley @van  ? Jordan?
Bridesmaid Jordan or Creed? @finny.
but yeah Flintlock will be invited, Bluestem Prairie will be invited, Northstar will be invited... yeah I think that's where we're at rn

General OOC / happy america day
« on: July 04, 2019, 10:33:54 AM »
happy america day enjoy the loud sky explosions and spoopy summer angst
and/or whatever else you're doing today

Character Adoptions / Badlands HP Tryouts
« on: June 29, 2019, 10:39:00 PM »
Hey so people expressed that they wanted tryouts, so here we goo!

First, a few things to be aware of:
— Promotions will happen ICly, and only after earning the position through activity and other contribution.
— Anyone aiming higher might get promoted to Officer before anything else, but any stand outs might get promoted faster.
— Characters can be promoted to Officer without being initiated, but they'll have until the next meeting to prove themselves to Cat and be initiated, otherwise they will be demoted until such a time that they do.
— There's no limit on how many people can apply for a position, and two people can sign up together for deputy if they want.

— SECOND IN COMMAND is the second highest rank amongst authority; in charge of helping maintain order around The Badlands, the Second in Command will serve as the Boss' right hand and a step-in for when the Boss is not available. They possess almost the same powers as the Boss, with the exception of holding meetings or accepting / denying alliance requests. To differentiate from regular members, the Second in Command wears a striped gray and white bandanna.
— THE COUNCIL will serve as the Boss' head advisers. Thoroughly trusted and the Boss' ear to confide in over political matters, ultimately, they are the group's voice of reason. They will also be in charge of dealing messages between The Badlands and other groups and arranging meetings for the Boss and other group leaders. These select members, without a doubt, possess great potential towards becoming future leader and are held as a prime example of what the Boss expects their soldiers to resemble. To differentiate from regular members, Councilmembers wear a striped purple bandanna.
— OFFICERS are a combination of the previous ranks War Chief, Head Hunter and Chamber, and perform all of the duties of the old ranks, ranging from managing the group's supplies, organizing patrols, training newcomers and assisting with domestic and diplomatic matters. Tasks are given to individuals based on their capabilities to guarantee efficiency. To differentiate from regular members, Officers wear a blue striped bandanna.

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General OOC / what characters do you know me by
« on: June 12, 2019, 08:56:42 PM »
yo I'm curious
what characters of mine are you most familiar with? who was I playing when we met?
this is not an attempt to figure out which of my characters is most famous whatsoever
I'll include a lil list of my most notable characters but I've had several others too
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Diamond, Phantom/Danny, Selfdestruction/Selena, Grayarea/Grayson, Marine, Catalyst

OOC Discussion / gimme those sweet sweet Cat interpretations
« on: May 13, 2019, 01:07:52 PM »
ok so this idea is stolen from Hoot who came up w it w Vix
but basically
gimme at least a paragraph of Cat (~5 sentences)
no writing about the same thing other ppl write about (might be lenient for a ninja or rlly unique drabbles?) and still getting paid. uhh yeah I'm paying 5k per paragraph lads
if you've got any questions about Cat you can dm them to me and I'll answer

Announcements / New CA Search
« on: April 30, 2019, 01:11:15 PM »
Hey y'all! It's been a while since we've done a CA search, and we felt it was definitely time to do it again... First one of 2019! So, if you'd like to apply to be staff, just make an application in the staff application board, or bump a pre-existing app! Before you do, however, keep in mind that being staff can be stressful and take up a fair bit of time. Applications will close on May 7th, and after that we'll be announcing the promotions.

« on: April 14, 2019, 02:10:45 PM »
Yes yes yes at long last we're having a choice awards. Y'all know how these goes, but we've got some rules

1. Only 2 (three if the third is in a -ship category with another person) votes for yourself or your character are allowed (even if you have more than two characters).
2. A 3 vote maximum for any character, let’s spread the love around you guys!
3. Adhere to all the BB rules please and thank you.
4. Have fun you guys!

edit bc I'm stupid and forgot: this will end on May 11

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OOC Discussion / choice awards planning
« on: April 04, 2019, 09:19:32 PM »
so we'll ofc do all your normal categories
but I like having a fuck ton of really random diverse ones
so yeet in your ideas here lads

OOC Discussion / survey update + choice award announcement
« on: March 30, 2019, 11:41:32 PM »
ok so I put up a survey a couple days ago asking three (really just two tbh) questions with an optional comment field. I know I didn't leave it up for very long, but I got ten responses really quickly and I haven't gotten any new additions since the wee hours of yesterday, so I figure I'm good to go. I included the screenshot of the charts in the spoiler, but I'll still break it down in text.

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All ten people are currently in the Badlands.

Five people felt that the cliques improved a little bit, two people thought there was a great deal of improvement, one person thought that it got worse and two people thought it was about the same.
(My takeaway is that for most things are at least better, but there are still people feeling left out which means there's still work to be done)

Five people thought that there was enough improvement for a CA, two people did not and three people thought that there wasn't enough improvement, but would still like to have one.
(My takeaway is... looks like we're having a choice awards, lads)

Not everyone wrote down any extra thoughts, but most that took it did. To boil down and paraphrase:
— One person didn't really see cliques, though they did note that some people are just doing their own thing
— One person hadn't noticed the issue whatsoever
— One person went into detail about how things had improved and that yeah there are friend groups, but no one that engages with us is excluded. They also noted that someone will always be complaining about cliques, but said they didn't see any here
— One person feels there's people getting ignored and passive aggression, and that some characters are more popular than others
— One person stated that they just don't feel welcome
— One person thought that oocly things are better but icly things are still really bad.

Ok so. First of all, I'd like to invite the last three individuals to talk to me directly so we can talk about where the problems are in more detail and work on solutions. If they don't want to do that, that's totally fine, I just wanted to leave that little note here.
Secondly, I'll put it out there again that I really need more people to respond to this thread. I'm struggling, and I really need feedback on this stuff. When I'm half getting told things are good and things are shit, it's hard to know what to do.
Third, I post in literally every thread. Every. Single. Thread. (both in BL and ND) I've got a bunch of private threads, and I do my best to make repeated posts in as many threads as possible, while also keeping up with my characters in FL (with questionable success). I'm doing my absolute best to be inclusive, but if I single-handedly could make everyone feel as if there were no cliques, we wouldn't be having complaints. Again, I'm doing the best I can here, but I can't do this alone. I can't make people post in threads, I can't make anyone do anything. I want to get those incentives going, I'm gonna work on getting an activity contest up and running, but I still have no idea what will work for prizes and incentives. Ik that people are busy and muse can be rough, but the time I have to devote to BL is about to start going down, and I can't be 60% of the activity anymore.
Fourth, I don't know where I'm going with this because I just ran into a stress wall and I'm lowkey panicking but uhhh yes please tell me how to improve we're gonna have a choice awards and an activity contest and hopefully we'll get that incentives thing figured out and !! a buddy system ??

TNW Plotting / Prank War Plotting [FL v BL]
« on: March 27, 2019, 07:48:57 PM »
okay so if you haven't been lurking around in the discords (hell even if you have), you may not have heard about the prank war that's going to be happening with FL and BL

it's gonna start by Dallas pranking BL. She always starts prank wars w her family back home, and she won't miss this year even if she can't do it to the same people. She starts with Catalyst, but will prank anyone else in BL that she gets the chance to
and then it's happening

soo yeah. this is a thread to plot out pranks and stuff! Dallas is happy to prank ppl in FL too btw, Cat's really only in it for revenge (after acting like they're above it) and to the best of their ability, Michael and Molly want to stay out of it (but are still open to be pranked)

General OOC / isn't it weird
« on: March 21, 2019, 02:17:43 PM »
that even tho we have a specific board for private threads and p much all threads in the main boards will be open
we still tag them as open in the titles
even tho it's a given
but like
it'd be so weird if we stopped doing that too

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