I had somebody visiting me in real life for two weeks, so my activity dropped. Why, then, did the ENTIRE GAME'S activity drop to worse levels? Why is it that out of 43 logs, there is a total of NINE that don't involve me? Why aren't people interacting with EACH OTHER and apparently only interacting with me? I am a mod so obviously I should be pushing plot, but I SHOULDN'T have to pull activity on top of that. I even started the Saturday News posts because you guys thought it would be a good idea (and it is!) but apparently they don't help AT ALL or something because I've only seen activity drop since I started.
I know we had low activity over the holidays. That's cool. I can deal with that. Whatever. The problem is that it feels like nobody is coming back. What happened? Where is everyone? I think this is a self-fulfilling thing to some degree, too. People aren't being active so nobody's coming back from their inactivity because they don't see anything to do.
Why aren't players making personal plots between one another? Why aren't connections happening? Do you guys just feel like you have nothing to do? I want to know because I love this game and I want it to succeed but I can't do that BY MYSELF. YOU GUYS need to work with me. Tell me what's wrong, tell me if you have nothing to do! Hell, I CAN SET YOU UP WITH PEOPLE I THINK WILL BE GOOD CR FOR YOU. But there's only so much I can do without you guys meeting me halfway!
USE THE OOC COMM. I can't stress enough how I want you guys to make use of the OOC comm. If you want to contact somebody for a log, you can post a note to them here. Ask about plots, set stuff up. THAT IS WHAT THIS COMM IS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR.
Here's the biggest thing, though. Your low activity makes me think you guys aren't enjoying this game. ARE you? If you were you'd be playing. If you're not, let me know now. Tell me what's wrong with it and what you want to see happen so we can fix it. If you guys just don't care then I don't see why I should care either. So if you do care, tell me what your problems are with this game and how you think it can be fixed. The thing is, I'm really big on constructive criticism. If you give it to me, I will use it. I will do my goddamned best to help you guys out, but you need to tell me what's wrong first.
I don't even care, you guys. Bitch me out on this post as much as you want. Bring forth as many grievances as you care to. If you have a problem with me, the game, a player, a character, ANYTHING, TELL ME. Right here. Right now. This post. Anon is on, IP logging is off, and all comments will be screened. SO GO WILD. You won't hurt my feelings, I promise.
[Edit] Okay guys. I'm sorry if this sounds accusing and I know we don't really have activity rules or anything. I want to be clear that my problem is actually NOT with the inactivity this game is seeing. That's just a symptom of the real issue, which is that players aren't creating plots between themselves or establishing lasting CR with each others' characters. If that was happening, activity would follow naturally.
I want you guys to know that we do have actual major plot coming up, but I didn't want to start it when the majority of the game was inactive thanks to the holidays.