Greetings and salutations

UselessTriviaMan
UselessTriviaMan
edited May 2015 in Player Lounge
Greetings all,

I'm UselessTriviaMan, and I have a gaming problem.

I've been a gamer since 1982, when I spotted some guys looking through a D&D Red Box in my junior-high lunch room. It changed me.

I've been a casual OP user for a few years, but have finally gotten together with a group that will (I believe) properly appreciate a well-crafted campaign. I started building my new Ptolus campaign a while back, and I've been tinkering with it while waiting for RL to allow us to kick off the new game. I've not Ascended quite yet, but I'm going to pull the trigger. I've been reading through the forums, and I'm genuinely impressed by the amount of peer support I'm seeing from the community here.

So hello, and thanks for being awesome!

"Ptolus":https://ptolus-city-by-the-spire-by-bryan.obsidianportal.com/wikis/main-page

Ptolus, City by the Spire - 2016 Campaign of the Year

"Please pay attention very carefully, because this is the truest thing a stranger will ever say to you: In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least TRYING to accomplish all your wildest dreams in life."  - - Kevin Smith

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  • killervp
    killervp
    Posts: 2,753
    That is a great map!! Welcome aboard!
    Did you hit format comments as textile in the box??
    killervp
    "A God...Rebuilt":https://a-god-rebuilt.obsidianportal.com
    "OP's COTM April 2012":http://blog.obsidianportal.com/a-god-rebuilt-aprils-cotm/
    Over 350 Fans, and Looking for More!

    Just trying to help out.

  • Maesenko
    Maesenko
    Posts: 325 edited May 2015
    Welcome to you, UselessTriviaMan! I don't know why your link didn't work, but I just copy-pasted as is and it worked. Maybe you don't have Textile ticked on your format?

    And wow, "Ptolus":https://ptolus-city-by-the-spire-by-bryan.obsidianportal.com/wikis/main-page, I haven't seen nor heard that name in a few years. Amazing setting. Do you have the monster that is the sourcebook?

    EDIT: Ninja'd by killervp yet again!

    _~Mae_
    Post edited by Maesenko on

    ~Mae

    CotM Selection Committee

  • Bortas
    Bortas
    Posts: 645
    It's typed correctly, it must be the textile thing.

    Anyway; great looking, detailed campaign. Welcome to the community!

    -bort
    "Morwindl":https://morwindl.obsidianportal.com
  • UselessTriviaMan
    UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 441
    Thanks guys.

    I don't own the hardbound version, but I'd love to add it to my gaming hoard.

    I've been itching to run a deeply immersive Ptolus campaign for a few years, and this is my second attempt. (First group fell apart after only about 3 sessions due to R/L getting in the way.) I think this table will really enjoy it, however, and I'm champing at the bit to start introducing them to this awesome setting.

    I'm a neophyte when it comes to CSS and HTML, so I'll probably start flooding the boards with dumb questions sometime in the near future. ;-)

    "Ptolus":https://ptolus-city-by-the-spire-by-bryan.obsidianportal.com/wikis/main-page

    Ptolus, City by the Spire - 2016 Campaign of the Year

    "Please pay attention very carefully, because this is the truest thing a stranger will ever say to you: In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least TRYING to accomplish all your wildest dreams in life."  - - Kevin Smith

  • NikMak
    NikMak
    Posts: 379
    welcome :)
  • twiggyleaf
    twiggyleaf
    Posts: 1,605
    Hi UselessTriviaMan

    Welcome to the forums and best of luck with your Ptolus camapaign. I hope you have a great time here on OP and that you and your players revel in the great world you have created.

    twiggyleaf
    CURRENT CAMPAIGN: "Mysteria":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/mysteria - set in Wolfgang Baur’s MIDGARD.
    Previous CotM Aug 2012: "Shimring":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/shimring

    "I met a traveller from an antique land....."

    CotM May 2016: Mysteria: set in Wolfgang Baur’s MIDGARD.

    Previous CotM Aug 2012: Shimring: High Level Multiplanar Campaign

    Inner Council Member

  • UselessTriviaMan
    UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 441
    Thanks for the welcoming, guys.

    With a bit more than a week until the new campaign officially kicks off, I've been busily creating wiki pages and preparing my setting notes. I haven't yet Ascended, because I don't want to throw away $40 if the group isn't into the setting.

    I've been paying attention to the community here for about a month, and I see something kinda concerning. I don't know any way to ask delicately, so...

    Is this site/community dying?

    Having been a member of two separate web communities that eventually collapsed and disappeared, I'm genuinely worried that OP is fading. I've sunk a lot of time and effort into my wiki, but the apparent lack of updates, site support, and communication from the creators/developers is making me wonder if Ascendant membership would be a waste of my money.

    I'm not trying to stir up anything or cause alarm, but this is what I'm seeing as a newcomer to this community. I want to be wrong. Am I?

    "Ptolus":https://ptolus-city-by-the-spire-by-bryan.obsidianportal.com/wikis/main-page

    Ptolus, City by the Spire - 2016 Campaign of the Year

    "Please pay attention very carefully, because this is the truest thing a stranger will ever say to you: In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least TRYING to accomplish all your wildest dreams in life."  - - Kevin Smith

  • Unknown
    edited July 2015
    It is a little hard to answer that concern right now, but I can see the validity behind it. Presently OP is in very much a transitional phase of its existence, having been purchased by another company. When you hit points like this in business there is normally a period where things remain a bit quiet as all the details are still getting hammered out on the back end on how this will all pan out (and people finding their new day to day groove in the process of such a transition). With all that said though, one must always consider the fact that these types of things do not always pan out. While the intent right now seems very much to be getting a breath of fresh life back into OP that perception could very easily and abruptly change. On the flip side, it might go exactly as they are hoping and OP will become a much more thriving community as a result.

    Unfortunately this means the only real answer to that kind of a concern at the moment is that time will eventually tell. Myself, I try to remain confident that things will pan out the way everyone is wanting it to while tempering myself with the reality that it may all go south on us at any particular moment. Is that entirely reassuring, I sincerely doubt that it is - but the real truth of the matter is that this type of thing could happen with any web service that you opt to use unless you take the time to just build your own site from scratch (a feat that most GMs don't want to take due to the sheer amount of time and effort it requires to get anything remotely like an OP page).

    In conclusion my suggestion would be as such: do not let OP become something that your Campaign couldn't potentially live without. Still do things like you always would, keep your notes and records but happily toss details onto your OP page for you and your players benefit. At worse with this, if OP ever does go down then you still have what you really need to keep rolling, even though you have lost a handy tool for you Campaign.

    That is about all I can really say on the matter presently, as I am in no way affiliated with OP or the company who purchased them and am not privy to the intricacies of the situation as a whole. As for Ascendant membership, I would still say go for it. If nothing else it helps to show that OP is a source of revenue for the company that purchased them and with the dollar being the true bottom line for most businesses this would go a longer way than most anything else in trying to ensure that OP has a future. If you are very concerned about potentially being out the money you could always go with a Month to Month subscription until you feel comfortable enough to purchase a year outright like I have.

    --
    Alex
    "Dragon Age: Requiem":https://da-requiem.obsidianportal.com/
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  • UselessTriviaMan
    UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 441 edited May 2015
    Thank you, Alex. I wasn't aware the site had been bought; that explains a few things.

    Edited to add: Okay, I read through the pile of discussions in the Obsidian Portal Launch Feedback thread. Kaleidoscope makes me feel a lot better, actually.

    I genuinely like the incredible game-enhancing utility of this site, and I would like to see it thrive again.

    "Ptolus":https://ptolus-city-by-the-spire-by-bryan.obsidianportal.com/wikis/main-page
    Post edited by UselessTriviaMan on

    Ptolus, City by the Spire - 2016 Campaign of the Year

    "Please pay attention very carefully, because this is the truest thing a stranger will ever say to you: In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least TRYING to accomplish all your wildest dreams in life."  - - Kevin Smith

  • Unknown
    Glad I could shed a little more light on the situation for you, and I agree completely, I would love to see OP get the ramp up it deserves.
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