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  1. JANUARY Goodbye 2016 and hello 2017! January is a time for rejuvenation. The holidays have passed, Spring is quickly approaching, the school year will resume again, and New Year resolutions are making their course- presumably. 2016 definitely proved itself to be a rough year, but it certainly did not hinder the nation from doing what it does best: creating. Since we missed last month's issue (oops), this month, we will see some celebrated content from December through January. Donation Badge Here's a sweet, sugar skull to liven up the Day of the Dead! This badge was given to users who donated during the month of November. May this little candle light your path to happiness. This badge was given to users who donated during the month of December. All badges have been brought to you by @ Ghost. Features "If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust. " ~Alan Rickman Creativity Feature Rain's 'Sketch Book' is definitely a lot more than a few pencil scratches. View a multitude of digital art styles from @ Black Rain's creativity thread. Discussion Feature @ Cripy Fries asked the nation, Does Gender Matter? See all of the thought provoking responses and discover for yourself! ROLEPLAY OF THE MONTH @ Yiyel Dark Core "3000 years ago mankind suffered an event that destroyed most life on the surface. Before their kind could succumb to starvation and extinction a small percentage of society was relocated below the surface. Taken in by beings known as simply Moles, they took refuge in massive underground cities, previously hidden from existence. However good this seemed for their kind, they would never see the surface again. The surface was overrun with mutant creatures, the land burned and heated by day, and frozen at night. Nothing grew and nothing thrived, the winds never came and acid rained from the heavens. That is at least, how the moles explained it." What are some of the things that inspired you to create this roleplay? I've always been a fan of dystopian or apocalyptic settings, and have had interest is setting up an underground based survival roleplay, or even just a survival roleplay. Most settings I've seen have characters living in worlds were everything is set out perfectly for them and they have everything they need, so I think it challenges people to have to work outside of that norm. What has made your roleplay successful? Keeping it active with posts and not implementing posting limits, I use a minimum post size of at least 1 paragraph, 3-11 sentences depending on the person, so there's at least substance for their partners to respond to. I also use the ooc thread to keep players updated and regularly try to remain active myself. In my experience, if the GM disappears the threads usually die off soon after. What do you believe are your strengths as a GM? How about weaknesses? I've done a variety of roleplays since I was a kid, including tabletop roleplay games, and keeping the players engaged helps to keep the roleplay going strong. I'm not afraid to throw a wrench in the rp and toss in some conflict or random events to spice it up. One of my weaknesses is time, since I work a full-time job and have a variety of other obligations. How do you garner interest for your roleplays? I started off with a basic interest check where I posted the main theme and the two races, as well as the basic expectations. I also try to regularly make updates in ooc and see what the players are thinking on the current status of the roleplay. How did you come about roleplaying? How did you discover RpNation? I've been roleplaying in some form or another since I was at least 7, but probably even before that. I joined rpnation around a year ago now, and after some time away I came back to forum roleplay. Besides that I mainly roleplay on minecraft on dedicated roleplay servers, most of which are based on pathfinders/dnd. Most other roleplay servers on minecraft are considered casual, where its a mix of playing the game and without a plot, but the few I do play on everyone's always playing in character and it's nice to have the immersion and move about in a 3D space while developing characters. I've also spent considerable time hosting roleplays on deviantart via groups. What is the most unique roleplay you ever participated in? What stood out most? One that I think of involved an anthropomorphized pokemon group set in a medieval fantasy setting, I played a highwayman character and robbed my fair share of players out of all sorts of items, and eventually when that groups' owner left, it was remade and the character was transferred to it's predecessor, being one of the only accomplished and hated characters. That character also would frequently break into the town, or gallivanting around in a "disguise" as a fortune teller, just so he could steal the king's crown or more gold. He was also filthy rich due to the years I spend roleplaying him either raiding caravans or gaining gold for participation. Though the most memorable thing about it was when I decided to join the predecessor group, as I'd taken near a year of a break off, but when I'd submitted my application as a continuing character everyone remembered him and it was awesome. What is your fondest memory of roleplaying? When I was little I would make giant lego towns and have tiny pokemon erasers live in them and rp out all sorts of stories with my siblings. Now that I think about it, it also had sci-fi elements, like flying robot dragons, AI cars, food machines, etc. I also used to have a Ty Beanie Baby cat that was called Nip, but he called himself Snip and sang the backstreet boys. What are some roleplaying tips and tricks you think others could benefit from? Make your characters have more flaws and weaknesses than pros, no one is perfect and it gives them dimension and makes them interesting. Do you have any roleplaying pet peeves? What are they? I really don't like when people write in first person, aside from character thoughts, or don't read the rules. When I used to roleplay on deviantart there were people making characters who were supposed to have elemental abilities have abilities like time-manipulation, space and dimensional teleportation, mind-reading, and other weird and over-powered abilities. These characters were supposed to be young and newly created spirits and start literally knowing nothing, but yeah, there were the special snowflakes who didn't read the rules. Do you have something in mind for your next roleplay? Can we get a few hints? Deserts and Space. MEMBER OF THE MONTH @KiKi Kitsune "Eeee! ^_^ This is so exciting! Thank you so much for choosing me. I am really honoured." How did you come across the website and how has it impacted you? A close friend of mine led me to it. She didn't use it much at the time, having dropped it, but she picked it up again to help me get my bearings. I have to admit, some of my closest friends I now have I made thanks to this sight. I managed to find a loyal RP group and we all chatted casually. I don't know how I would have gotten by without their continuous support. Do you have any games, TV shows or books you have been enjoying recently? As an anime watcher, I have not missed the Yuri on Ice boat. Also, a little one called Nanbaka which I haven't heard many talk about, but it's great for a laugh. As for a game, I've been playing some Terraria and Don't Starve Together with a close friend. Only problem is I'm a complete noob at both and they're pro XD I die a lot. What are some hobbies you have besides roleplaying? I really enjoy most things creative. I've been doing mostly art recently, but I also cosplay when I can. As many others on here do, I also write for myself. Other than that, Play video games, watch anime and YouTube, and find various ways to procrastinate '>.> Favourite sweet treat? Anything coated in or containing sugar. I have such a sweet tooth it's bad XD But my favourite is probably this buttermilk chocolate cake my family makes. I ask for it every birthday. What is the favourite character of yours and what aspects about them do you like the most? But I love them all -A- My top at this moment is going to have to be Zen Demaris (full name: Ezknosule Demittedeus). He's actually from the book I'm attempting to run. He's just so happy and never lets anything get him down. He doesn't know how the human world works and is so curious about it. He doesn't let anything stop him from learning. Despite his "caretaker" Isabella being easily irritated, he just... Keeps on being himself. His ability to remain true to himself and find the brightness in every situation is probably what I love most about him. Also, he looks cute in my head What is your favourite animal and why? Wombats. Panda is a close second, but wombats are awesome. Why are they awesome? I'm fully sure, actually. I mainly think they are way too cute. They're like a koala, but more bearlike and walk with a waddle. They look so fluffy, I just want to hug one. Also, they have cartilage on their rump so they can jump into a burrow headfirst and use their butt as a shield. Could you give some advice to the readers of the newsletter this month? Don't let that voice in your head always control your life. Sometimes that voice is the voice of reason and stops you doing stupid, sometimes dangerous things. That is usually a good voice, but even then, being too cautious causes you to sit and watch life happen without you. Get out and talk to a stranger. Accept the invitation to that party, even if you only go for a short time. Ask the new kid if they want to sit with you at lunch, or even go ask some random group if you can sit with them. Ask yourself "what's the worst that can happen?" and if the answer is something like "they say no" then go for it. Also, don't do drugs and stay in school. Before we leave, I would like to say on a personal level that I am very honored to have provided you this month's newsletter. As I am sure you all can tell, I am not the typical author. With this issue being my first, there had been a decrease in features. Do not fret, now that I have picked up my groove, all of the usual news letter features will be returning next month. Please keep a wide eye open for nomination guides in February! Special shoutout to @Dusky, @St Stare, and @welian for helping with this issue's content. Thanks for reading, and as always, happy roleplaying!
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    [centerblock=60] [h]AUGUST 2016[/h][divide] [/divide][justify]Something that excites me about this month's newsletter: both our Member of the Month and Roleplay of the Month were obtained through user suggestions! If you would like to suggest something to be featured in the September newsletter, feel free to either PM me or fill out @Eunoia[/font][/h] And now some words from the MotM: [divide] [/divide][row][column=span4][justify]Q: When did you get started roleplaying, and how? A: This is a little embarrassing, but it started on YouTube. I made some friends who wanted me to get into it and I think I had around fifty characters at one point. This was back in like 2010. Q: You like to use BBCode and have helped lots of users do the same! What are you most excited about in the upcoming updates to the post editor? A: Accordions. I have a love/hate relationship with them and I'm really excited about not worrying as much about messing them up. Q: What are some hobbies you have besides roleplaying? A: I wouldn't call it a hobby, but my mom and I take in strays so that's what I spend most of my time doing. Taking care of all of them. Q: Any book or show or other such media that you've been excited about recently? A: I'm excited about so many movies/shows/books, honestly. I think at the top of the list would be Wonder Woman. I'm really excited for her movie.[/justify][/column][column=span4][justify]Q: What is your favourite summer treat and why? A: Ice cream. I love ice cream. Q: Got any projects in progress? Tell us about them! A: I've got a few plots that I'm working on for after the update. Some aliens, some mythology. A whole lot of coolness. Q: What does your ideal birthday party look like? A: Actually, my birthday this year was pretty ideal. I went to Build-A-Bear to celebrate my twentieth and it was pretty perfect. The only thing that could top it would be to go to a music festival. Q: What advice do you have for the readers of this month's newsletter? A: Never give up. It's always the darkest before the dawn, everything gets better. Everyone gets down, just make sure you're able to get up.[/justify][/column][/row][divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Closing Thoughts[/h][divide] [/divide][justify]The running theme this month seems to be user contributions! I'd love it if we could keep that theme going; when you contribute suggestions to us, not only do you have the pleasure of even briefly connecting with me (ha), but you also get to influence pretty wicked awesome stuff here in this nation of creation, AND you make it easier for me to find wonderful content. It's all of you that make this site awesome, and this newsletter awesome. Thanks for reading![/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide] [/centerblock]
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    So first off, my wi-fi was down yesterday. As such, I read last months newsletter this morning. And I LOVED it! You see, my school used to do newsletters, and they were pretty neat. Unfortunately, they stopped doing them recently. But it makes me happy to see that I still have one to look forward to. But I'll get on with what I really want to say. And that's that I feel... Well, I dunno the word for it. I feel less than adequate. I feel like everyone else knows more than I do. I feel like I'm just a kid who uses average text because I don't know bbcode. I don't know... Something about seeing all these awesome people on that Newsletter made me feel like I could be in there someday. I just wish I knew how to get in there. But... I guess if I just keep doing what I'm doing and improving, maybe I will get in that Newsletter. Heck, maybe I could even help write it! Maybe... But I guess we'll never know until it happens, will we? Thanks for reading my rant.
  4. [centerblock=60] [h]JUNE 2016[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]It's been a busy month! A lot of us had finals, or work got hectic, or some major life event just occurred. I've yet to figure out what it is about this time of year that just bowls everyone over every time, but when I do... I'll let you all know. Promise. Anyway, there are a couple changes to this month's newsletter! Namely, it's being done exclusively by me, save for a couple of very fun things from some other mods. Believe me, they will make this read worth your time.[/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide] [/centerblock] [centerblock=90][row][column=span6][sh]Site Updates[/sh][divide] [/divide][justify] May 7, 2016 - Summer Fundraiser - We are running a fundraiser aimed at improving our website with quality of life updates. You can donate here, and at the end of the campaign you'll receive a specially-made badge. Regular monthly donations are still ongoing and can be accessed here! May 20, 2016 - Regarding The Helper Initiative - The Helper Initiative has been disbanded in favor of less exclusive ways to recognize helpful users. May 24, 2016 - Find More Roleplays By This User! - For each user, there is now a super easy button that takes you to a list of all roleplays by a that user. [/justify][divide] [/divide] [sh]May Donation Badge[/sh][divide] [/divide][justify] I think we can all agree that the umbrella to protect us from April showers was positively adorable. For this month, we'd like to reveal the fruition of all that rain - May flowers! Thank you to everyone who donated in the month of May; you've all been awarded this flowerpot to spruce up your forum posts, courtesy of @welian's blood, sweat, and tears![/justify][divide] [/divide][/column][column=span2][bg=#CBCDD5][sh]Incoming Staff[/sh] @Gilzar, Moderator @Anomaly, Moderator [/bg][/column][/row] [centerblock=98][sh]Harassment[/sh][divide] [/divide][justify]Bullying happens everywhere. Schools, the workplace, and even online. Often we encounter verbal abuse on the internet, and sometimes people let it happen, feeling that there are no resources to help them or that they are being too thin-skinned. On RPN, this isn't the case. If you're being harassed on RPN, here's what you can do.[/justify] Block them. [justify]This way, you will not be able to see content from them. It's a wonderful tool which I myself have used in the past. However, sometimes users will find their way around a block, either by using mutual friends to contact you or creating/using alternate accounts, or perhaps talking about you to others. In this case...[/justify] Report them. [justify]Staff will not discipline every solitary instance of impolite behavior, but consistent abuse or harassment is something we have not, do not, and will never stand for. Don't be afraid to report this person. They are not your friend. They are not "having a bad day." They are a bully, and it's well within your rights to rock the boat a little! Furthermore, a report is confidential. If an offending user is issued a warning, we will not tell them who reported them. But unless YOU report it, we can't do anything to help. If you report it and the behavior continues, report again. And again. And so on. We won't rest until you can. A Note: Sometimes, people may behave in a way which offends you, but which is not really harassment. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Site Rules. As much as we want to see all our users happy, we also want to make sure we aren't being distracted from cases of rule-breaking by a deluge of run-of-the-mill disputes. Go now and be decent human beings to each other![/justify][divide] [/divide][/centerblock][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Recipe[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]A special contribution written by @Sunkissed.[/justify] [divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=77][centerblock=98]Strawberry Cream Cake Recipe[/centerblock] [row][column=span4][/column][column=span4] [accordion=bright]{slide=i n g r e d i e n t s} ★ 115g self raising flour ★ Half a teaspoon of baking powder ★ 2 eggs ★ 115g butter ★ 115g golden caster sugar ★ Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract ★ 200ml double cream ★ 350g of cut up strawberries ★ 1 large spoon of caster sugar ★ Icing sugar to top (optional) {/slide}{slide=m e t h o d} ❥ Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3 ❥ Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and add all of the other ingredients. Whisk with an electric whisk until it has a smooth texture. ❥ Put the mixture into a cake tin and leave in the oven for 30-35 minutes. ❥ When cooked, let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then cut around the edges of the tin with a knife. ❥ After this you can make the topping. Whisk the cream in a bowl and spread it across the cake. ❥ Top with strawberries and you're done! {/slide}{slide=t i p s} ✥ Make sure to let the cake completely cool before removing it from the tin. ✥ Do not whisk the cream too much otherwise the fats will seperate from the water particles, creating butter. ✥ Using a cooling rack while icing the cake is a good idea. {/slide} [/accordion] [/column] [/row] [/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Features[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]Sooo... Remember how last month I said that there was just so much wonderful content? And that it was a really difficult decision? And I would have picked more if I could? Well, you people need to calm yo'selves, because you kicked it up to eleven this month, which I didn't even think was possible. It's physically painful choosing only five features when I'd really like to do about fifteen! So again, everyone... keep doing what you're doing! It's wonderful. And on that note, some especially wonderful things...[/justify] [divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=90][row][column=span4][sh]Featured Prose[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]This month's featured prose is a collection of fiction. Many of the pieces are labelled with some variation of "to be continued," which is frustrating, because these stories really pull you in and make you want to read more! @milkmold seems to have a particular way with concepts, and their thread content/ment is chock full of really intriguing ideas. [bg=#CBCDD5]“Would you like us to turn on the light?” The voice clips in again. Oh god. I’m so helpless. “No! Uh, I mean, no thank you. I got it.” I fumble for a few more excruciating seconds before I finally find the handle, lower than the focus of my previous scrabblings. I shuffle out of the closet into the blinding light and turn, hesitate, then close the closet door gently on one of the keeper’s mass of limbs unfolding from the closet ceiling. I wait, but no noise tells me whether the robot still moves within the closet that I fully intend to return to wallowing in. I wait, then ask, “Are you still in there?” “Yes. After all, we are literally the house. Omnipresent and all that. Or did you mean simple physical presence? In that case, no. We probably have better things to do than linger in the dark.” Oh, great. Now there's a robot judging me in addition to Lumi.[/bg][/justify] [divide] [/divide][/column][column=span4][sh]Featured Art/Artist[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]@Entarriance is a skilled artist who creates lively, colorful drawings. Their artwork really conveys personality, especially through posing and facial expressions, and you can tell how much love and thought have been put into the characters they draw! Their art thread, Oodles of Doodles, is updated with new art pretty frequently. Give it a follow![/justify] [divide] [/divide][/column][/row] [row][column=span4][sh]Featured Tutorial[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]@DividesByZer0 strikes again, this time with a helpful thread about characterization in roleplaying. Their advice is perfect if you want to learn how to use your character to help yourself and everyone you roleplay with get the most out of the experience! Their primer, which you can read here, actually includes two distinct guides - "Pro Tip: Proactive Vs. Reactive" and "Guide to Awesome Characters." Both are everything we look for - thoughtful, coherent, and relevant![/justify] [divide] [/divide][/column][column=span4][sh]Featured Discussion[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]People are weird. Words are weird. Society is weird. Put it together and what do you get? Really, really, really weird laws. @Little gasmask has started a thread about cool laws in various countries, which you can view here. If your country, state, town, or whatever has a law that always makes you smile or laugh, please come share it![/justify] [divide] [/divide][/column][/row] [centerblock=98][sh]Featured Character[/sh][divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [row][column=span6][justify]If you're seeking chuckles, look no further! This month's featured character is a charming little gnome with a thing for fire and trees. Kind of a strange combination, that. Benson Beetamer is quite the character, and one would imagine he is very fun to play! @BadBadger has provided a fun read with his character.[/justify] [/column][column=span2][/column][/row] [centerblock=98][divide] [/divide][/centerblock][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Roleplay of the Month[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]This month's RP of the month is a very active campaign set on a new earth, following a group of explorers. It's open to new players, and it's very involved! One of the most impressive things about this roleplay is how thoroughly it is maintained. Everything is so well put-together, and players enjoy a robust experience which is definitely moving forward. Without any more ado...[/justify] [divide] [/divide] [/centerblock] [centerblock=90][h]Crimson Canines[/h] And now some words from the GM, @Zer0: [divide] [/divide][row][column=span4][justify]Q: What are some of the things that inspired or influenced Crimson Canines? A: I'll be delighted to tell you, but first allow me to thank all my players both past and current for playing the campaign and weaving the story with me. And also God because I prayed to Him for a lot of the plot related stuff and the character sheets. Thank you very much to @CoconutLeaves, @CkSmalling, @thespacekid, @Beowulf, @Musical Dragon, @AyyyLmao, @Orpheus, @Commisar Darman, @DJGomez, @LocoBlock, and @Cryo for playing with me! I mean it, guys. So, Crimson Canines was inspired by the games: Phantasy Star Online, Xenoblade X, Monster Hunter, and Metal Gear V. The first three inspired the wild, realistic, yet slightly alien-ish look of the world, the giant creatures that live in it, and their neutral animal-like behavior. The world gives off a feeling that when you go out on an adventure or mission, chances are you're going to encounter interesting and challenging things you've never seen before. Metal Gear V inspired the idea of having a mother base, different factions, a classic bad guy you want to take down, the soldier-like camaraderie, and the mystery of the plot. Combat was inspired by all four. I really like how in Metal Gear you're not unstoppable, that if you run out of ammo, or if there's too many enemies or an enemy gunship, you're going to have to be creative and patient for things to go your way. For the machines, PSO and Xenoblade have mechs that look really cool and it is awesome to watch them take on huge bosses that have different fighting tactics-like you have to dodge this way and that, or work together as a team to hit a specific part to open up a weakness-and I like the explosions. Q: How did you come about roleplaying? How did you discover RPN? A: My roleplaying days began with the tabletop RPG, Dungeons and Dragons (I love it forever), then I moved to other table-top systems such as All Flesh Must Be Eaten, and then a friend's own system called Revolutions, which had a really pleasant Japanese RPG style. Then I had to leave my tabletop RP buddies and I was looking for a "fix" for my entertainment needs, then lo' and behold, my cousin CoconutLeaves introduced me to RPN. Q: What is the weirdest roleplay you remember participating in? What stood out most? A: I guess that'd be my RP called, "A Terrible Roleplay" where we didn't have a CS and you could you be anything that you wanted to be. The part that stood out the most was when this one player discovered the watermelon-or was it potato-of power and he used it to flood the tower of LOL with potatoes that stopped this dragon from wrecking the tower and flung my demon-possessed assassin into the air, where he had a flash back that gave him vigor to live on, and then he broke his seal summoning forth the Black Dragon King trapped inside his left eye, thus saving his own life since that made him sprout shadow wings. Q: What are your strengths, when it comes to GMing? A: I can paint pictures with words and my combat scenes have tension. I also include a lot of cool pictures to show the players the environment and creatures they're facing. My plots and their execution are planned, and the neutral and active characters are acted out in a way that they've got at least one interesting thing about them. They also take to the side so that players can have the spotlight. Q: How about weaknesses? A: I don't socialize much with players in the RP world unless it's related to moving the plot forward, so sometimes if a player doesn't have another player to socialize with or if the plot doesn't pique their interest, then they leave the campaign. Balancing roleplay speed, tension time, and relaxation time is also something I'm working on. Q: What is it that has made Crimson Canines successful? A: The players. They move things forward. Q: How do you garner interest for your roleplays? A: I post nice pictures and build a world around it. For certain plots, I word it in such a way that there is a challenge, something at stake, an enemy players would love to beat, an important factor shrouded in mystery, and the feeling that you can be cool in this world.[/justify][/column][column=span4][justify] Q: What are some tips and tricks you think others should keep in mind while role-playing? A: For the game masters out there, I suggest having a plot. For starters, I suggest reading "Grey's Learning Annex" (thanks for making this @Grey!) here in RPN and learning about the 8-point plot arc. I also suggest keeping your story rolling, not spend two weeks in real time or three RP pages in the same area thinking, or talking. Reading up on how to be a better GM and story teller also helps. And finally, don't give up. Even if your RP dies, put your heart into the next one anyway, because it'll make you happy. For players, I suggest not living your real life here. When you free yourself from social or emotional needs, such as the need to beat everyone or the need to have someone special, you'll become a player who can act out varying characters with flavor, since you're free. Q: A penguin has just walked into the bar with a giraffe and sat at your table. They're staring at you, unblinking. You: A: Stare back slowly, confused and slightly freaked out, but my face isn't going to show that because I'm brave. And then look to the side and see the reactions of the other patrons to see if this was normal. If it is, then I'm going to say, "Hi . . ." warily just to be polite, and then take a sip of my tea slowly. If they won't tell me what they're doing here I'm going to run away. Q: Do you have any roleplaying pet peeves? What are they? A: Oh! "That guy". That overpowered guy who likes to beat players so that he'll feel good, even though it doesn't make sense. Like, having his ant miraculously beat a man. Also, boring players. Those who just roleplay as if it was a chore, like, "I did this, then I slept. Then I woke up. Then I slept again after having a good day." I guess this is why a lot of people don't like one-liners. At least there's "This Guy", and you know this guy. That player in your campaign who's got something going, takes initiative, and overall just makes your RP pleasant. Kudos, reader, if you're "This Guy". Q: What's your saddest memory of roleplaying? A: My first campaign in RPN, I won't tell you the title, that had really good players and a lot of potential died. I'm not sure why, but I think it was because the GM lost interest. I was so into it, and then it died-it was like having so much fun hiking up an awesome challenging mountain, looking forward to when you reach the summit, and then you had to cancel it . . . Q: What's your fondest memory of roleplaying? A: When a player of mine solved a problem I gave his character in a smart way. He was going to get caught downloading files illegally that would incarcerate him or get him killed, but he used what he had to distract the players and NPCs coming for him and was able to accomplish his mission. Q: Do you have something in mind for your next roleplay? Can we get a few hints? A: Yes you can. I was thinking of making a werewolf RP that revolves around Ragnarok, where it was foretold that Fenris will swallow the moon and sun, bringing and end to the world. And this is the situation: In all the lycan tribes, the god Fenris has always reincarnated in the line of the White Fang Clan, and every time Fenris was groomed to become the king and guardian of the lycans, a symbol of strength. But this year, the year of Ragnarok, he was to be killed to save the world. But war erupts between the Lycan Lord of the White Fang Clan who doesn't believe in the prophecy and wishes to save his son, and those who believe and wish to save the world. But one strange thing was, though the son was a powerful lycan warlock, he's never shown the great powers of the god unlike others in his past lives. White Fang is besieged by the other tribes and falls, with the son nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, two mysterious twins appear on the doorstep of a small group of mercenaries (the players) offering them a huge sum of gold to rescue the White Fang Lord and Queen. And in another part of the world a dark man with an evil purpose manipulates behind the scenes, plotting to use this schism among the lycans to rid this world of their kind once and for all.[/justify][/column][/row][divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Member of the Month[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]This user knows their way around some fancy BBCode and graphics, not to mention 1337speak. They've always been willing to share their time and effort with others who need it, and have made a very useful tutorial or two as well. They are a rockstar when it comes to helping people out when code breaks and performs strange satanic acts as it is wont to do, and that, in addition to their friendly demeanor, is why they are our member of the month![/justify] [divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=90][h]@mayhem TR4NQU1L17Y[/h] And now some words from the MotM: [divide] [/divide][row][column=span4][justify]Q: When did you get started roleplaying, and how? A: It started thousands of years ago in a galaxy far, far awa- Eh, I don’t think the dramatics work for this. I started maybe like 13-14 years ago during one of those “giant changes” people tend to go through. At the time, the popularity of the internet was just a simmer at best. My parents didn’t know what I was doing. Even I had no idea how limitless the internet can be. It was by chance that I discovered giant chatrooms via Yahoo Chat or whatever that place was called. I noticed there were rooms for something called “roleplaying” and hopped on in. Let’s just say I learned way too much and way too quickly because of those chatrooms. Q: What do you like to do in your spare time, besides roleplay? A: I’m pretty big on cooking and what not. Besides leaving my kitchen a mess, I get so absorbed and wrapped up in cooking shows and movies that it bridges on obsession. It usually winds up with me shouting at the screen as if I’m watching some sort of big game and someone f%#&ed up. I also collect and read cook books. My copy of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” is dog-eared from hell to back. … I’m also a fanboy for GANGSTA. MOVING ON! And, honestly, my biggest hobby has to be formatting for roleplays. Can’t help but get into the thickets of coding and creating graphics to arrange in something sexy looking. That, and it can be a nice stress defuser. Q: What is it that you like most about BBCode? A: There’s a lot to love about BBCodes on forums, but I think what I love the most is when I “break” something. A excellent example is when the accordion codes first came out, and I wasn’t satisfied with how they look. I wanted to see if there was a way to alter it. There were other users that have played around with it and achieved some of the goals I was looking for. But, I wanted to go for the full monty to completely alter it. Long story short, the coding ultimately affected the entire thread. Posts were out of order and broken. The logo jumped to the bottom of the page. Content was fusing together. It was awful, but brilliant. It’s through breaking the coding that you get the answers you need to pull off beautiful, epic, and sexy formats. I’ll just insert a thank you for the Admin and Musician for being patient with that mess. Q: Any book or show or other such media that you've been excited about recently? A: Bar none, I have Preacher all set up to record for Sunday. I’m pretty damn giddy about it.[/justify][/column][column=span4][justify]Q: What is your favourite animal and why? A: Ocelots. Because why not. Q: What's something embarrassing about you that you're willing to share? A: Hmm, well there’s a lot of embarrassing things I regularly do. I’m accident prone. Like, I merely touch a display and it’s destroyed. I trip on nothing a lot. I sleep fight. Aaaaannnd… moving on. Q: What does your ideal roleplay type look like? A: That’s a pretty hard question. Yeah, I like the flash and glam when threads adapt BBCoding and graphics into them. But, what I’m really looking for is the content. I like a roleplay that has the potential to let me develop a character from start to finish. Rarely do I get the opportunity to look back and pick a character that’s changed so much for better or for worse. I also like a thread that has a set direction they want and are willing to work with users that want to contribute to the storytelling aspects of a thread. That, and I look for threads where users push out content in their posts. But, most of all, I think the “ideal” thread would be users that work well together and are honestly there just to have a good time. Most of the time, that never happens. But, when they do… Dear God, those are the best threads out there. Q: What advice do you have for the readers of this month's newsletter? A: I got a bit of wisdom to pass on to users that want to try and get into forum formatting. When users ask me how I was able to format something, I always tell them this: “You just take a big rock, and you beat the s&%t out of the coding until it does what you want it to do.” Honestly, it just taking an idea you want to do and making it work. It’s trial and errors. A whole lot of frustration when things are just not working. Or, you see someone that did the same exact thing you want to do and start comparing it to what you did. Don’t. Just keep beating and beating. Keep working that coding until you are left satisfied and proud of what you did. OH! And… TURN THAT F&^%ING RICH TEXT EDITOR OFF.[/justify][/column][/row][divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Closing Thoughts[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]I feel like every month I'm just that much more impressed with our user base. The day I have to tell you lot to do anything other than keep it up will be a cold day in hell! May was awesome; what with the upcoming contest and all the wonderful things stirring up in our brainmeats, June is looking to be just as awesome, if not moreso. And I am very much looking forward to it~.[/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide] [/centerblock]
  5. [centerblock=60] [h]MAY 2016[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]This month's letter is basically my soul torn out and handed to you on a platter, dear reader! Please love it and treat it well. It gets lonely otherwise. () We had another great month with a lot of fun new additions to the site. If this is the first newsletter you've read, welcome to the fun! If you're a returning reader, welcome back! May is in bloom, and here's the news to prove it.[/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide] [/centerblock] [centerblock=90][row][column=span6][sh]Site Updates[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify][table=none][tr][td][/td][td]April 2, 2016 - Downtime - RPN experienced some downtime while some of the hardware that makes the server run was replaced. Just regular maintenance![/td][/tr] [tr][td=2][divide] [/divide][/td][/tr] [tr][td][/td][td]April 9, 2016 - Discord & Staff Changes - @Mordecai stepped down to the title of Helper and the Administration made the very tough-but-necessary decision to terminate its Discord server due to difficulties in regulating the content generated there.[/td][/tr] [tr][td=2][divide] [/divide][/td][/tr] [tr][td][/td][td]April 9, 2016 - Spook! - The site introduced a new rating, made by @Mifuyne. Eek![/td][/tr] [tr][td=2][divide] [/divide][/td][/tr] [tr][td][/td][td]April 14, 2016 - The Nyte Life: Part 1 - The first of the multi-part Nyte Life update hits RPN! Two new Discussion subforums have been added, Video Games and Current Events. We also have a brand new type of roleplaying - Questing! You can read more about questing here.[/td][/tr] [tr][td=2][divide] [/divide][/td][/tr] [tr][td][/td][td]April 28, 2016 - Quality of Life - This super update is definitely not subpar! A new BBCode has been added which allows you to use superscript and subscript, and there is also a new forum specifically for forum games. Posts here won't count towards your post total, and it's a great way to pass the time! We also have a new tag cloud and the rules for our new Current Events section were updated.[/td][/tr][/table][/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide] [sh]This Month's BBcode Tip[/sh][divide] [/divide][justify]Turn off Rich Text Editor! "But-" NO. TURN IT OFF. When you do things in RTE like bold words, change the font, and so on, what it's really doing is inserting and hiding simple BBCode. It can't handle more complicated BBCodes, though, so it treats them like normal text, which can seriously mess things up because it'll start inserting things where they shouldn't go. If you are going to use BBCode that cannot be automatically done in RTE, turning RTE off will save you so many headaches. You can see how to do it here![/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide][/column][column=span2][bg=#CBCDD5][sh]Incoming Staff & Helpers[/sh] @Captain Hesperus, Administrator @Sunkissed, Moderator @Mordecai, Helper [/bg][/column][/row] [row][column=span6][sh]We Need Helpers![/sh][divide] [/divide][justify]You've all heard about the Helper Initiative by now, and you may have surmised that it comprises of people who are, well, helpful! We've all figured out that Helpers are welcoming people who make sure to answer members' questions when they arise and engage people all over the site. That's all true, but let me tell you a few things that go on behind the scenes. Among everything else you know they do, Helpers are also meant to: create helpful content like tutorials. plan, organize, run, and judge site-wide contests and fun events. make this very newsletter that you are reading! Most of the Helper Applications we get are to be general Helpers or BBCode Helpers. What we really need right now are Newsletter and Contest Helpers! Do you like to write? Do you like conducting interviews? Do you really enjoy seeing things that our users create? Are you all about themes and events? Why then, we need you! As always, you can apply to be a Helper here. See you soon![/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide][/column][column=span2][sh]This Month's Badge[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]To help with those pesky April showers, a nice umbrella badge has been awarded to this past month's donators, designed by our very own moderator, @Ghost. We hope you're as excited as we are for what's in store for May![/justify] @Pine [divide] [/divide][/column][/row][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Features[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]This month we had so much wonderful user-generated content that it was really difficult to pick something to feature! Everyone who has contributed this month deserves a round of applause, featured or not. That said, the below items stood out amidst all the wonderful material, and if you're looking for something to take your breath away you are definitely in the right place. Congratulations, everyone![/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=90][row][column=span4][sh]Featured Prose[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]Early in the month a new user hit the Creativity forum seeking feedback for a short story and received it in spades - mostly positive, forsooth. The story is vibrant and full of detail, with a strong narrative voice and a reflective quality that strikes deep and sticks. @QuestingBeast's The Duel is one you might find yourself thinking about well after reading it.[/justify] @Anomaly [bg=#CBCDD5]I stand in a field of grass. It stretched out six feet, the markers of wood piercing the ground. The abbot presides over this duel, and he calls out the accuser and the accused. I and my enemy. I cannot find the words to break past my fury, so I splutter at him and he shakes his head at my anger. I am not mad. I insist that I have seen it. That all the village has seen it and knows of his slithering soul. But his status keeps him clean. Fear of royal retribution keeps the town from lynching him like they would anyone else. The beast is given a pointed, shaven club. As for me, a sling. In my veil is cradled a weighty stone, tied twice with a bunching of knots pulled into a rigid ball.[/bg] [divide] [/divide][/column][column=span4][sh]Featured Art/Artist[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]An incredible talent, user @KingsPlague's goldsmithing talents come to light with his jewellery designs. While still a student studying the craft, KingsPlague's dramatic use of eye-catching designs and craftsmanship highlight a great deal of character, color, and attitude. Don't be fooled by the title of goldsmith though, for he also implements use of other techniques and materials, including, but not limited to, glass spinning (to create beads), stone inlays, and sterling silver. Whether you're a jewelry devotee or simply appreciate breathtaking work, look on in awe here.[/justify] @Mordecai [divide] [/divide][/column][/row] [row][column=span4][sh]Featured Tutorial[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]Ever heard that phrase, "kill your darlings," and have you ever wondered what it means? Well, @DividesByZer0 is here to tell you. Their tutorial, Pro Tip: Kill Your Darlings and Finish Your Stuff! is a very helpful article on how to let go of the things that we cling to and put work and critical review into what we write, as well as sentimentality. If something in your roleplay or piece of creative writing isn't working out the way you want it to, reading this might just tell you what the issue is.[/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide][/column][column=span4][sh]Featured Discussion[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]There are some questions that must be considered, some questions which beg a decision. To be or not to be? Rachel or Julie? Rachel or Bonnie? Rachel or Jill? Pirates or Ninjas? This month's Featured Discussion has been going on for some time, and there are still people coming forward frequently to put in their two cents. Truly, @RibRipper's Pirates or Ninjas is a question for the ages, a philosophical conundrum like no other. Also, it's just plain fun![/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide][/column][/row] [centerblock=98][sh]Featured Character[/sh][divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [row][column=span3][justify]From the immediate eye grabbing coding and layout of the Character Sheet in question to the well fleshed out and spectacularly detailed background, @Lexielai and her original character Lexstra Auria from the Star Wars expanded universe. Brave enough to delve into the nitty gritty lore, Lexstra Auria manages to blend in seamlessly with the setting yet is just unique enough to catch the eye of anyone bored of the same old jedi and sith characters. A whole new look into the universe is available through Senator Auria. Because of the care and dedication to making a lore friendly character Lexilai and her original creation that stands out in a setting deluged by originality, she is this month's featured character.[/justify] @Teh Frixz [/column][column=span3][/column][/row] [centerblock=98][divide] [/divide][/centerblock][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Roleplay of the Month[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]If ever a roleplay had time and energy put into it, it would be May's Roleplay of the Month. The amount of thought it has taken is clearly evident, and that's exactly what commends it for the spot. As the first Nation-Builder that RPN has recognized, it blends strategy and in-character interaction in a very enriching way, as well as being fresh, active, and all-around a great project. Without further ado...[/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=90][h]Nation States: Empires of Valinor[/h] And now some words from the GM, @Shireling: [divide] [/divide][row][column=span4][justify]Q: What are some of the things that inspired or influenced Nation States? A: Well, Nation States was born primarily out of a fascination with Imperial Age politics. During the 18th and 19th Centuries, many countries and leaders had rather lofty goals of world hegemony, all vying for power. It was that sense of existential competition that inspired Nation States, which is really a very strategy-oriented game. In Nation States, I wanted to create a more board-game-esque feel than most RPs, while still maintaining character interaction as a way of giving depth to the world. Q: How did you come about roleplaying? How did you discover RPN? A: Well, I've been a roleplayer since I was probably around 12. I started on the message boards of a strategy MMO with large-scale soft science fiction games which would be considered Nation Building games by RPN standards. Since then, I've been a part of several forums and developed an affinity for the fantasy and weird science genres. But I first and foremost would consider myself a Nation-Builder. There's just something about being an armchair leader that is appealing to me. Perhaps a Napoleon complex? Haha! I discovered RPN last year; it came out on the top of the Google search for role-playing forums, and I must say that this is by far my favorite place to RP. I got on with users @Bobisdead123, @Jarkov Malachai, @NeoLeaf, and others who share my same love for the science fiction nation builder genre. Bob especially was amazingly helpful in launching Nation States. Q: What was the first roleplay you remember participating in? Were there any highlights or lowlights that stood out to you? A: I remember very clearly the first RP I participated in was Galactic Empires, which was an RP run on the message boards of an MMO sci-fi game. I was new to the experience, so the lowlight of that was probably just having to learn the ropes. The highlight of my time with those guys is that I really refined my writing style and became a better roleplayer through it. I'll level with you, the GM wasn't easy to get along with, that was probably another downside. Q: What are your strengths, when it comes to GMing? A: I believe my strengths are in organization and neutrality as a GM. I may like some players more than others, but I'm simply not going to give some people a buff because I like them. I'm all about fairness, and I think that's why I've been able to put together a complex RP like Nation States, which relies mostly on scouts honor. Q: How about weaknesses? A: My main weakness, I think, is simply proding an RP along. When you get caught up with school and work, it's easy to push RPs to the background and I'm as bad as anyone, but as a GM, it's even harder for the RP to recover of you do that. So I'd say procrastinating on roleplays is my main issue.[/justify][/column][column=span4][justify]Q: What is it that has made Nation States successful? A: I think the competition between one another and the fact that there's an objective basis to the power of the factions definitely helps. Everyone wants to be the best, and in Nation States there is actually an objective basis for all the events. What I mean by that is, given our format as sort of a board game- roleplay hybrid, we give an opportunity for the players to actually make objective gains and to win battles and wars through cunning strategy. This means that, yes, it is possible to lose and have your faction destroyed, but I think having that skin in the game only adds to the appeal. Q: What are some tips and tricks you think others should keep in mind while role-playing? A: I don't have a lot of tips I can give. One I can say is just try to be friendly with everyone you RP with. You're building a story together, even in Nation States were creating a story, and you wouldn't cowrite a book with someone you don't like. Q: What is the most important thing to have in a roleplay? A: I would say the most important thing to have in a roleplay is just dedicated people who will stick with it. Life gets in the way for all of us, but for a roleplay to really keep moving you need a dedicated team of collaborators who won't bail. Q: Do you have any roleplaying pet peeves? What are they? A: My biggest pet peeve is definitely grammar and spelling. I'm a little bit of a Grammar Nazi, which is partly why I'm going to school to teach English. But another big one for me is the helpless female character trope. I can't stand it. Q: What's your worst memory of roleplaying? A: Worst memory? Probably when my favorite site, the Writer's Collective, fizzled out and some old friends of mine whom I had roleplayed with for years all went their separate ways after that. Haven't heard from those guys for years. I guess that just illustrates why you need to get people's email addresses. Q: What's your fondest memory of roleplaying? A: The moment the GM of my first roleplay got married and got off the Internet. Sorry, was that mean? Q: How do you garner interest for your roleplays? A: Honestly, I'm pretty straightforward with people. I tell them what to expect in the interest checks and get as many as I can that way. One of the best ways to get people interested though is through other people. Roleplayers are big on networking and that's something I like to utilize when I can. Q: Well, congratulations once more. For my final question: What plans do you have for your next roleplay? Mind giving us a teaser? A: I can't say I have anything in mind for my next RP. So I guess you guys will find out when I do. Haha![/justify][/column][/row][divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=98] Interview conducted by @Anomaly. [/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Member of the Month[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]RPNation's resident magical girl, Ballerina, has been chosen as member of the month for her efforts in welcoming new members in the introduction forums. If you want to know a little bit more about her, this interview is perfect for you![/justify] @Sunkissed [divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=90][h]@Ballerina[/h] And now some words from the Member of the Month: [divide] [/divide][row][column=span4][justify]Q: How long have you been writing/roleplaying? A: I've been writing since I was eight-ish, back then it usually it was essays about rocks and inserting characters I made up into my favorite video games and TV shows. I still have a few Animal Crossing fan fictions I wrote in the fourth grade lying around my room. When I was younger, I used to roleplay on sites like Pixie Hollow, if that counts as roleplaying. As for roleplaying on forums, I started somewhat recently, mid-October to be precise. Ever since then, I've been a fairly active member of RPN and I really love it here. Q: What interests do you have outside of RPN? A: Even though roleplaying is one of my favorite things to do, believe it or not, I do have many interests outside of RPN. If you guys couldn't tell by my username, I love to dance, and have been doing so for over a decade. My favorite style of dance is definitely ballet, but I think other styles of dance like contemporary and jazz are very cool too. I also love to make both traditional and digital art. Even though I'm not very good animating, photo-editing, and gaming are all things I really enjoy doing whenever I find the time to. Q: What's your favourite food and why? A: I really like fresh fruit and smoothies, but having a huge sweet tooth is pretty conflicting when you're a health nut, I also love frozen yogurt, cream soda, peppermint bark, and any kind of candy that won't get stuck in my braces. Q: What's your favourite roleplay type and why? A: I have a wide variety of genres that I like to role-play in so it's very hard to choose. However, if I really had to choose, it would probably be Slice of Life Fantasy. I really enjoy fantasy since there is so much creativity involved and putting strange and magical characters into everyday situations can be very fun to write.[/justify][/column][column=span4][justify]Q: Have you got a favourite song at the moment? A: My favorite song at the moment would probably be Freaking Out by Mystery Skulls, I'm pretty sure my replay button for that song on youtube is broken at this point. I've been a fan of the Mystery Skulls for quite some time and I was inspired to listen to that song rather recently when the music video came out. However, my favorite song changes extremely often so I'm pretty sure my answer to this will change in the next hour or so. Q: What inspires you to help the users of RPN? A: It just makes me really happy to know that I'm making a difference on this site and helping others is extremely fulfilling. I was once new too, and I'd like to let others learn from my past mistakes such as not knowing what a conversation was until a month in. An added bonus to helping others is that I tend to make some very good friends in the process. Greeting newbies is an exciting task for me since I have met so many interesting people on the introductions page and it is fun to see how far their writing skills progress the longer they stay on the site. Q: What's your perfect pizza? A: As boring as it sounds, I prefer cheese pizza. I don't see the point in adding anything else to perfection... except maybe red pepper flakes. Q: What is the thing that cheers you up the most? A: I would say besides roleplaying alerts, it would have to be my dog, Penelope. She is a very calm and adorable Springer Spaniel. Her sixth birthday was two days ago, the fact that she has been by my side for six years makes me very happy. We do a lot of activities together but mostly swimming. I'm always cheered up whenever to see her when I come home.[/justify][/column][/row][divide] [/divide] [centerblock=98] Interview conducted by @Sunkissed. [/centerblock][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Closing Thoughts[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]Haha! I told you! A wonderful month and a wonderful newsletter. Congratulations to everyone involved and everyone who received recognition this month. Keep on contributing to RPN, everyone, and keep on being your wonderful selves, and keep on striving to be your better selves, and, in the words of Joe Dirt, keep on keepin' on.[/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide] [/centerblock]
  6. [centerblock=60] [h]APRIL 2016[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]Actually, we all just kind of decided not to do a Newsletter this month. It was too much effort, you know? We had more important things to do - like video games and roleplaying. And besides, it's not like this site is full of amazing people that we really love to recognize. So really we're just writing this to say, na na na na boo boo! April Fools, of course! And without further ado, the Newsletter, which we actually did write after all.[/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide] [/centerblock] [centerblock=90][centerblock=98][sh]Site Updates & Notable Events[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify] This month has been a very busy and exciting one for RPNation, featuring a teaser of 'The Nyte Life,' a new dark, sleek & optional style for the site along with its progress which can be viewed here. The Dark Wizard reminded us that we can still in fact ignore users so that we will not be able to view their posts. This can be viewed here. A more exciting feature that was implemented to the site during the middle of March were new ratings! Users have been swooning over the new hype cookie and 'aww' options! The staff updated the way warnings work on the site, removing moderation status as it was too complicated to handle. A fluid theme option as well as large/small avatar theme options were added to the site for users who prefer a more open feel! On March 8th, the site reached 5 million posts. This announcement can be seen here. [/justify] @Sunkissed [divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [row][column=span4][sh]This Month's Donation Badge[/sh][divide] [/divide] For all users who donated in March a lovely March Hare badge has been awarded, designed by our @Ghost-liest moderator. We hope you're looking forward to the unveiling of the April badge! @Meredith [divide] [/divide][/column][column=span4][sh]Helper Application Reminder[/sh][divide] [/divide]If you're wanting to help out in the community, a helper application may be just the thing to get that ball rolling. Helpers assist around the site, posting in introductions, answering questions, writing for the newsletter, and many other things, depending on their role. Currently we have four types of helper - general helpers, BBCode helpers, Newsletter helpers, and contest helpers. Apply to be a helper here. @Meredith [divide] [/divide][/column][/row] [centerblock=98][sh]This Month's BBcode Tip[/sh][divide] [/divide]Today I'd like to talk to you about margins. Have you ever noticed that text that's not enclosed in borders, fieldsets, columns, or anything else of the sort always seems to take up more space and look messy next to text that is? That's because of margins. Margins are the blank space on either side of a body of text. Most BBCode makes those margins bigger. [accordion]{slide=Example}[row][column=span4]Column Text[/column][column=span4]Column Text[/column][/row] Normal Text{/slide}[/accordion] You can use the centerblock BBCode to even things out and make everything uniform by increasing margins on regular text! For example, if you want your text to line up with text in columns, you can just set the centerblock to 98%. In fact, 98 is the magic number for almost all of the BBCodes. Occasionally 97 or 99 are better - it just requires practice and experimentation to figure out. [accordion]{slide=Example}[row][column=span4]Column Text[/column][column=span4]Column Text[/column][/row] [centerblock=98]Text.[/centerblock]{/slide} {slide=Here's how I did it.} [row][column=span4]Column Text[/column][column=span4]Column Text[/column][/row] [centerblock=98]Normal Text[/centerblock] {/slide}[/accordion] Hopefully this helps you in your quest for aesthetic perfection! @Anomaly [divide] [/divide][/centerblock][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Features[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]Wow! I'm eternally impressed by all the content that the denizens of RPN put out that isn't roleplaying. One of the great things about RPN is how much opportunity it gives for depth of community and of character. Yeah, obviously we all like to roleplay, but there's so much more to us - and there's so much more to RPN, as well! Here are some highlights from some of the most interesting corners of the RP Nation.[/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=90][row][column=span4][sh]Featured Prose/Poetry[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]@Lilah Tunth's poetry has been very interesting not only to me but other users of RPN, which can be viewed in its' thread here. It flows nicely and also describes the story in a compact way, giving senses of shock and fear to the reader as their eyes progress down the page. The poetry gives off a moody and gory vibe, too, and to complement this feature Lilah has used rhetorical questions in the end paragraphs of her piece which not only shows she is a talented writer but is also very capable of pleasing the reader if she were to write more in this style![/justify] @Sunkissed [bg=#CBCDD5]But do not pity This has long begun. Shadows around me, Swirled and spun You think: What caused this? Such distress? Well to be honest... I brought this on, upon myself.[/bg] [divide] [/divide][/column][column=span4][sh]Featured Art/Artist[/sh][divide] [/divide] [heightrestrict=300] [/heightrestrict] [justify]This month's featured artist is @BIue. Her designs are striking and contrast light and dark perfectly. Every piece is detailed and she really brings her ideas to life. Blue is able to add a story to her paintings and inputs character in each masterpiece. She tells a tale that sets your imagination going wild. This piece, which even features text, creates a whole universe behind the drawing. With the blue sparks and the digital glitching, you get a real sense that the character portrayed is real. Her work is both gorgeous and imaginative. To see more of her art: Digital - Nellie's Art![/justify] @SpectroVector [divide] [/divide][/column][/row] [row][column=span4][sh]Featured Character[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]The featured character this month is Rin Masatora. Also known as “Crouching Tiger”, Rin is a cat-human hybrid due to the fact that she ate the Cat-Cat Devil Fruit. She is an original character created to exist within the universe of One Piece by @shadowdude505 . Rin is accompanied by the honor of a marital artist along with the shadow of rage so out of control it boarders and competes with bloodlust itself. Her rage is what initially brought her hybrid form into known existence in the first place; her father confronted her and the outburst she unleashed was beyond her control. After spending years training with monks, Rin has ventured out during the Great Pirate Era seeking a crew that will take her in.[/justify] @DaughterofAthena [divide] [/divide][/column][column=span4][sh]Featured Discussion[/sh][divide] [/divide] [justify]Everyone has that fandom that they completely fall in love with, can’t stop talking about, and continue to celebrate even after the dreaded ending - if the ending ever comes. Well, I hope everyone does and if not, I apologize for making assumptions. Anyway, one of the first fandoms I think a lot of people came to fall in love with, myself included, is Harry Potter. And @Error made a discussion designed specifically for people to discuss all their favorites in regard to it. He does a great job of providing some structure to start off the conversation and everyone’s thoughts are laid out. It’s a really fun thing to even just read through. I found that it helped me rediscover my love of the fandom and it’s always nice to discuss your passions. Wanna check it out? Let’s Talk Harry Potter![/justify] @DaughterofAthena [divide] [/divide][/column][/row][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Roleplay of the Month[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]Speaking personally for a moment, I'm pretty excited about this one as it uses a setting and system I am very fond of and also because it is the first Hosted Project we have ever featured. Featuring a blend of action and adventure, libraries, hellspawn social maneuvering, murder, strange things getting stuck in strange places, cover ups, rock-em-sock-em-robots-fantasy-edition, and interesting times, it certainly deserves a day in the limelight. Let's not make you wait much longer...[/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=90][h]Tales of the Chroniclers[/h] And now some words from the GM, @Silvertongued: [divide] [/divide][row][column=span4][justify]Q: What are some of the things that inspired or influenced Tales of the Chroniclers? A: In truth it was because @Grey wanted to play a game in his own system, and not be forever GM in it. So, I decided to do a mystery styled game, hopefully with moments of "Oooooh, okay, that's what it was". In terms of actual inspirational material, I'd say Big O because I'm a total weeb like that. Q: How did you come about roleplaying? How did you discover RPN? A: Weirdly enough, because of Grey again. I promise he won't be my answer for the majority of these questions. But yeah, I met him through a shared... I hesitate to use the word acquaintance, but yeah... and we wound up playing some of the first trial runs of Crucible: Dark Age. A bunch of us had long gaming marathons at this acquaintances house, and it was good fun. As for the RPN question, again, Grey. He transferred his online RPs from another site to here, and I wound up following eventually. Q: What is the most important thing to have in a roleplay? A: Player participation. If people aren't having fun, if they're not invested, or if they're just going through the motions, it's not gonna be a good game, or even a long one. Q: What was the first roleplay you remember participating in? Were there any highlights or lowlights that stood out to you? A: Oh man, the first one I can remember was... jesus, it was about fifteen or so years ago now, 3.5 edition Dungeons and Dragons with a bunch of local friends. I was playing a scarred Beguiler who wore a bird mask, and... it didn't get off the ground really. We didn't have any d6s, so the GM had us roll a d12s, only we had to do some weird math to get the end result. Wound up devolving into a huge fight because people didn't understand why we didn't just divide by 2 when it was easier, and he wound up getting angry to the point of tears trying to explain it was because of the bellcurve of the results... Yeah, it kinda exploded and we never played again. That said, the first genuine roleplay we had was the one I mentioned with Grey. A bunch of random people playing one of his first convention styled scenarios. We were a mixed medley of Imerian Vampire Fledglings looking for a book for our boss. Of course, as does any game where you play as a bunch of human predators with a bunch of randoms, there was a good deal of homicide and homoerotic jokes, leading to the catchphrase of the evening "What do we do with the bodies? Down the manhole! What do we do with Grey? Up the manhole!". Evening only got weirder after that. Good time though. Q: What are your strengths, when it comes to GMing? A: Well, online, I'd like to think it's just the fastidious amounts of detail I put into the surroundings, as well as trying to make the experience interesting for all the players involved. That and being pretty good at improvising. Q: How about weaknesses? A: Probably the fact that if I lose steam, it's hard to work up again into posts, which can really bog down a game.[/justify][/column][column=span4][justify]Q: What is it that has made Tales of the Chroniclers successful? A: Honestly? I genuinely have no idea. It's stuck around for what? Two years now? and we're still not quite out of the prologue. But we're trying. Q: What are some tips and tricks you think others should keep in mind while role-playing? A: Try not to metagame. If you know that it's a trap OOC, but your character doesn't, if it's in character, spring the trap anyway. Sometimes failure is more exciting and interesting than success. That and be aware of other players. Try to work with them, and the GM. If you're playing a social styled game, try not to play the brooding loner who doesn't leave their apartment. I mean, if you can make t work, go for it, but don't force them into a story where they clearly will not work. Q: Do you have any roleplaying pet peeves? What are they? A: Personally, it's a small list, but a lot of it comes down to legibility. If I can't read your post, if everything is mispelled with poor punctuation, if it's thick and dense like you're regurgitating a thesarus, if it's so Purple that Prince is considering wearing it, then I'm gonna lose interest and skim it. That and people who directly ignore the turn of events and metagame. Q: What's your worst memory of roleplaying? A: Uh... Well, it had to do with that aforementioned "acquaintance" of mine. I'll not go into what actually happened in game as we have young readers, but it was in IRL, and this person did something... well, rather grotesque in character, enough so that I literally got up and left. I came back after fifteen or so minutes, and the GM had cleared it all up, but it was still just plain nasty. Q: What's your fondest memory of roleplaying? A: A nice crowning moment of awesome when a character of mine, a dead man brought back as a soul sucking, foul mouthed, alcoholic, pyromaniac revenant, met up with his former bosses in life. Since he was a member of a warrior priest cult that worshipped Vampires, it went rather interestingly. Since it was a meatspace game, I got to act convincingly in character, complete with screaming and swearing. That and playing a manipulator character whose little grand plans all came together. That was fun. Q: Well, congratulations once more. For my final question: How do you garner interest for your roleplays? A: I just write down what I think might be interesting. Worked for the last one, which is MGPD, a buddy cop magical girl game. Q: April Fools! My real final question: What plans do you have for your next roleplay? Mind giving us a teaser? A: I've nothing particularly planned at the moment, though I have always wanted to do a Fate/Stay Night game using Exalted 3rd edition, done over a combination of PMs and the like. Really nail home the whole PvP aspect, so that everyone has no idea who they're up against, or even if they're up against another player.[/justify][/column][/row][divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=98] Interview conducted by @Anomaly. [/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Member of the Month[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]This user is always around to make new members feel welcome and picks up conversations like magnets pick up paperclips. We're very proud of their friendly demeanor. After all, it's just not a party without a little confetti.[/justify] @Anomaly [divide] [/divide][/centerblock] [centerblock=90][h]@Kestrel[/h] And now some words from the MotM: [divide] [/divide][row][column=span4][justify]Q: How long have you been writing/roleplaying? A: I've been writing more as a hobby since about 6th or 7th grade. I saw Lord of the Rings, and thought the elves were cool, so I created a wood elf character, and wrote about her adventures. I've been actually role-playing since May of last year. My best friend from real life thought I might enjoy it, so we started a roleplay over email. It's still alive, because we pester each other about replying when one of us hasn't responded for several days. I ended up loving roleplaying, so he sent me a link to RpN in August. Q: Do you have any other hobbies beside rolelaying? A: Yup. I'm still in high school, so I'm in FFA on the Vet Science team, and I'm an alto in choir. I like shooting, both guns and bows. When I have free time I like playing video games like Skyrim and Dragon Age. I really love animals, and spend a lot time with my parrot, Jade, and my sugar gliders, Vex and Astrid. Besides stories, I like writing poetry and songs. Q: What is your favourite book/tv series/movie? A: Favorite book? Singular, as in just one book? Either Harry Potter, Divergent, Percy Jackson, or Hunger Games. I grew up reading Harry Potter. I've related to Katniss and Tris from Hunger Games and Divergent. Percy Jackson was always an amazing blend of mythology and modern life. The only TV series I regularly watch is Walking Dead, but I love almost anything on National Geographic. My favorite movie is either Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. So many decisions! Q: Would you rather go without books or movies for the rest of your life? A: Movies, definitely. I would go insane without my books.[/justify][/column][column=span4][justify]Q: What is your favourite colour and why? A: Forest green. I don't know why exactly. I guess it reminds me of forests, and I love the outdoors. I also like some bright colors, such as yellow and orange. My last bird was a parrot named Sunny, and he was bright yellow, orange, green and blue. Those colors remind me of him. Q: What is your favourite genre of roleplaying? A: It has to be Fantasy, no contest. It's always had the most potential for me. I love Medieval and Modern Fantasy most. Q: What inspires you to roleplay? A: I love writing, and roleplaying has been a great way to do that. I've also made a lot of friends here at RpN. Sometimes roleplaying can be a good escape from reality. Q: Do you have a favourite singer/band/musician? A: I have pretty varied taste in music, but I like the bands Ashes Remain and Red. I also like Angel with a Shotgun by The Cab. Other artists and bands I like are Christina Grimmie, Fall Out Boy, Maddie & Tae, RaeLynn, and Kelsea Ballerini. Q: What advice do you have for the readers of this month's newsletter? A: Don't take advice from me? In all seriousness, when it comes to roleplaying, don't be afraid to branch out and try new genres and styles. Roleplays tend to die a lot, too. Don't sweat it, just go join or start new ones. Advice for life outside of RpN, here are several quotes of my favorite quotes that I've found online. It's been sound advice for me: -Never judge a person by the opinion of another. -Talk to someone before you talk about them -Little victories lead to bigger victories that affect battles which win wars. -Fear has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.[/justify][/column][/row][divide] [/divide] [centerblock=98] Interview conducted by @SpectroVector. [/centerblock][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Closing Thoughts[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]Well, another month gone by and another newsletter to post. It’s great to see the continued love and support of roleplaying that everyone on this site seems to have and it’s amazing to feature so many wonderful people and so much wonderful content. There’s plenty of fun, new and exciting things on the way, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter holiday and I hope this newsletter finds you on an amusing April Fool’s Day![/justify] @DaughterofAthena [divide] [/divide] [/centerblock]
  7. [centerblock=60] [h]MARCH 2016[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]Hello, lovely ladies, gents, and otherwise to the kick-off of RpNation Monthly. It's been a few months since our last newsletter, but I, the staff, and all of the Helpers are very excited to kick this off all over again. We hope you enjoy the first issue of the new year and look forward to many more exciting issues in the future. [/justify] ~ @readingraebow[/font][/h] [divide] [/divide][row][column=span4][justify]How did you come across RPnation? I came across RPNation on the internet, I believe it was on a website of the top 10 best roleplaying websites or something like that. When did you start writing? I would say about eight years ago just as I was graduating high school actually. I got into role playing during the long periods between college courses. It was a fun way to pass the time, and I had always enjoyed reading fanfiction and such so it seemed a natural progression. What is your favourite genre of RP and why? I’d say fandom probably, it’s how I got started for the most part and where a good deal of my inspiration comes from. I am something of a sweaty fangirl at heart and I have a tendency to dive headfirst into any fandom I happen to currently being obsessing over. So this makes roleplaying a natural fit as it gives me a chance to explore my many wild theories on what is happening in the canon storyline, or flesh out any plot points that the source material glosses over. I’m especially fond of crossovers or fusions where I get to take the things I love from one fandom and shoehorn them into a totally different fandom for twice the fun. What hobbies do you have outside of RpNation? I read occasionally and I watch a lot of superhero TV shows and listen to various nerdy podcasts. Do you have any hopes for future RP ideas? Well I have a whole plot archive that I am always adding to, with various fandom and original ideas stored from failed roleplays or new plot twists in my current shows. I don’t have any plans on making any big projects in the near future but I am eagerly awaiting the new Batman v Superman movie for some fresh ideas for superhero 1x1s. What is your favourite part of RpNation? The discussion forums actually. Don’t get me wrong I love the way roleplaying is set up but I find the discussion forms to be a fun way to keep me entertained while I wait for posts and a great way to see other people’s ideas on roleplaying. I’ve learned a lot of cool things from adding my two cents in and some of those ideas I’ve incorporated into my roleplaying. How did you get the inspiration for your username? Oh well as all my friends will tell you I’m an incorrigible punner. I love alliteration, puns, and plays on words. Most of my usernames tend to reflect that, being either plays on words or something to do with cats. My current username was a blast of nostalgia actually, based on the Reading Rainbow show from waaaay back in my early childhood. I have hazy memories of being wildly entertained by it as a squeaker and I liked the fact that it played well with my given name. Reading Rae Bow - combines my nickname with reading rainbow for a whole lot of fun. My first search really took the pun a bit far featuring Rainbow Dash and various lyrics from the show. [/justify][/column][column=span4][justify]If you could be one character from a movie/book what would it be? Oh that’s a toughie, I have a lot of favorite characters but if we’re talking who I think it would be the most amazeballs to actually be in real life? The Flash from DC. Not just because he has really cool powers that include time travel and running to different dimensions. But because he has a really tight family bond, a bit of nerd swagger, and has a generally good nature about him. Plus okay it’s a little bit just because he has an awesome suit and superpowers. I’ll not lie. What is your favourite movie/tv show/book and why? Ooh another toughie, I have a lot of favorite TV shows, books, and movies. I couldn’t begin to tell you which is my favorite book as it changes too often. But I will say Under the Red Hood and The Flash (CW) for favorite TV Show and Movie. I love the family dynamic of Under the Red Hood ( it’s about batman reconnecting with a son he thought was dead ). There are a lot of themes about acceptance and returning home after being essentially disowned. The artwork ( it’s an animated movie ) is phenomenal and the performances are top notch. I have probably watched it three or four times already and would gladly watch it several more. For the Flash, I’m a sucker for superheroes, camp, and comic books. The show does a great job of combining all three elements with a moving storyline that weaves in mysteries, family drama, and the occasional whodunnit. I’m always eager for the next episode and can’t get enough of the adventures. Do you have any advice for the readers, about RPing? Well that’s a complicated question, I have been known to go on tangents about various different aspects of roleplaying in the past. I guess if I had to narrow it all down to two main points it would be : Patience - Not just with posting or waiting for a roleplay to get off the ground, but patience with your partners in general. Not everyone is going to be at your same level or consider the same things important. We all have different opinions and limits and it’s best to accept that from the beginning. Communication - There are no stupid questions or bad ideas. I would rather listen to you rant at me for three days about some overly convoluted plot that takes twelve typed pages to fully explain than have you give me just “yes or no” answers. I know a lot of people have trouble putting themselves out there and my biggest advice is just go for it. Even if you fail you’ll most likely get some feedback that will help when you try again.[/justify][/column][/row][divide] [/divide] [centerblock=98] Interview conducted by @SpectroVector. [/centerblock][/centerblock] [centerblock=60][h]Closing Thoughts[/h][divide] [/divide] [justify]Woo! With a brand new layout, brand new content, and even several brand new Helpers, I should hope reading this month's newsletter was a refreshing experience for you all. This has been a time of reinvention and renewal, and I think the return of the site's monthly newsletter is proof positive of that. I look forward to continuing to celebrate the site, its members, and all that they do here in the coming months.[/justify] ~ @Anomaly [divide] [/divide] [/centerblock] And now some words from the MotM:
  8. [centerblock=45] [border=1px solid #3198CA][bg=#3198CA][h]RPN Monthly: November 2015[/h][/bg][justify] It is with great sadness I must announce that this will be the last RPN monthly through the winter. With everyone getting busy going back to school, we will be putting the Newsletter on hold again until Spring. During that time, we hope to refocus our energy on having more contests, exciting new content, and more for you all to enjoy! As always, RpNation's Member of the Month and Roleplay of the Month will continue and will be posted around the first of each month. [/justify] ~ @Aldur Forgehammer, @Carter Jake Mason [/border][/centerblock] [row][column=span4][fieldset=Book of the Month][border=1px dashed slateblue][justify] In lieu of the upcoming 97th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11th, I felt it only proper to do a double feature and include La Feu (In English: Under Fire: The Story of a Squad) by Henri Barbusse as my first pick. The book is a fictional narrative based Barbusse’s experience as a novelist, and a soldier, during the war. The story follows a of squad of French volunteer soldiers and their experiences in the trenches of the Western Front against Germany during the war. While Under Fire is the titular claim of the story, it stresses heavily the gritty and brutal of life in the trenches that don’t include bullets and bombs. Under Fire is often regarded as one of the first novels about WWI to be published and is cited for its realism of war -- a feature missing from war novels that came before it. It is my first pick this month and will best interest historians and readers looking for a gritty novel alike. My second pick of the month will be All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Taking place in Nazi occupied France during World War II, this novel follows a French girl, young and blind, and a youthful German orphan forced to use his skill with radio to assist Nazi soldiers in locating French resistance. Marie-Laure, the blind girl, fled with her father to the shoreside escape of Saint-Malo when the Nazis arrived. With them, they carry a valuable object, both dangerous and alluring. Werner, the orphan, also finds his way to Saint-Malo where he begins to realize the true human cost of practicing his skill for the Nazis. There, fate would have their destinies intertwine in the midst of war. All the Light We Cannot See has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its truly moving plot and intricately woven plot -- a great read for a chilly Autumn evening indoors.[/justify] ~ @Aldur Forgehammer [/border][/fieldset][/column][/row] [row][column=span4][border=1px solid #25AAC6][border=1px dashed slateblue] [HEIGHTRESTRICT=200] [/HEIGHTRESTRICT] [/border][/border][/column][column=span4][fieldset=Featured Art/Artist][border=1px dashed slateblue][justify] @Aldur Forgehammer[/size][/right] [/border][/fieldset][/column][/row] [row][column=span4][fieldset=Featured Prose/Poetry][border=1px dashed slateblue][justify] The style of writing is one I am familiar with and is quite pleasant to read. It provides me with a feeling of being free like that of the wind and is slightly calming. I chose this poem because it is a style of poetry that is not often touched on around here and flows nicely. Bravo to @Fantasy Crazy[/size][/right] [/column][/row][/centerblock] [row][column=span4][fieldset=Children's Day][border=1px dashed slateblue][justify]Universal Children's Day takes place every year on November 20. Ever since 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children as well as initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children. Four years later, 1958, the Declaration on the Rights of the Child was created by the United Nations. The United Nations then adopted the Convention of the Rights on the Child on November 20, 1989 to expand the observance further. Universal Children's Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination. The United Nation hopes that such awareness will help both developing and developed nations improve their welfare. Initiatives to improve said welfare include having every child attend a school, improve the skill set acquired from the schools, and lastly implementing policies regarding education to promote peace, respect and environmental concern.[/justify] ~ @Newtype [/justify] [divide] [/divide] [centerblock=50][border=1px solid #3198CA][bg=#3198CA][h]Member of the Month[/h][/bg] [justify]Wonderful Sunbather has been a positive force in our community for a long time. Her BBCoding skills will absolutely blow you out of the water, and the content she fills her coding with is mind blowing. Aside from her aesthetic, she has a wonderful personality and has delightful manners, a pleasant attitude, and a helpful mentality. By the words of @Aldur Forgehammer [divide] [/divide] [centerblock=45] [border=1px solid #3198CA][bg=#3198CA][h]Closing Thoughts[/h][/bg] [justify]Thank you for taking the time to read the November edition of the newsletter. We are overwhelmed at the positive responses we have been receiving for the newsletters and eagerly look forward to adding new and more content to future editions in spring! Thank you @Dusky for the beautiful coding, @The Fellows for writing all the content, and @Mordecai for assembling it. The newsletter could never be completed without every single helping hand it has going into it. Please follow RpNation on Twitter and/or Facebook for even more up-to-date news! We look forward to seeing you all for the next Newsletter in spring![/justify] ~ [uSERGROUP=33]@Fellows[/uSERGROUP] [/border][/centerblock]
  9. [centerblock=45] [border=1px solid #000][bg=#000][h]RPN Monthly: OCTOBER 2015[/h][/bg] [justify]We, the admin team, are so pleased to announce that we recently achieved our 20,000th member. Wowza! Without a doubt, this is one of the best communities on the net and it's all because we have a plethora of awesome, fun, helpful, and friendly users-- like you-- on our site making it great. With Halloween (and related holidays) right around the corner for many of us, we hope you enjoy our spooktacular themed newsletter and content! [/justify] ~ @Fantasy Crazy Bubbly and full-of-life Fantasy Crazy is sure to put a smile on your face. She's incredibly sweet and welcoming to everyone she comes across, and never, ever seems to have a negative thing to say.[/center] [/justify][/border][/fieldset][/column][/row] [divide] [/divide] [centerblock=50][border=1px solid #000][bg=#000][h]Features[/h][/bg] [justify] [FA]shield[/FA] 20,000 Users: RpNation hit 20,000 users on Sunday September 27th, 2015! If you would like to read more about the sites huge accomplishment click here: @Fantasy Crazy [/border][/fieldset][/column][column=span4][fieldset=Mehregan][border=1px dashed black][justify] [heightrestrict=200] [/heightrestrict] The ancient Persian autumn festival of Mehregan has been celebrated since millennia. It is usually celebrated (referencing the Gregorian calendar) on October 1st or 2nd. Traditionally, it has been celebrated 195 days after the New Year. In the modern times, it has evolved from a religious observance to a cultural celebration. It is typically celebrated in a lively manner as well as with reverence towards the ancient heritage of the past. Music, dancing, and food are prominent. Tables full of seasonally and culturally significant objects are also quite present. Elements included are rosewater, sweets, flowers, vegetables and fruits, (especially pomegranates and apples) and nuts such as almonds or pistachios. Mehregan is celebrated worldwide. Not just in Iran and the rest of the Persian cultural sphere, but also areas with significant amounts of Iranian heritage in the United States, Canada, and even the European Union. Ceremonies may vary, but all of them capture the spirit of the Iranian festival of autumn. [/justify] ~ @Fantasy Crazy [/column][/row][/centerblock] {/slide} {slide=Pickled Brain Ice Cream Float} [centerblock=40][fieldset=Recipe of the Month][border=1px dashed black]No Image ):[/border][/fieldset][/centerblock] [centerblock=85][row][column=span2][fieldset=Ingredients][border=1px dashed black] 1/2 pint (10 oz) Chilled clear strawberry flavoured soft drink 1 to 2 Teaspoon of lime juice 1 Scoop of raspberry ripple ice cream 1 Scoop of vanilla ice cream A generous drizzle of grenadine or strawberry sauce [/border][/fieldset][/column][column=span6][justify] Firstly, preparations! This will work best in a chilled float glass, but a tall pint glass will work just as well. If you can, pop your glass carefully into the freezer to cool down. Next, take your ice cream out the freezer to soften slightly, carefully fill a mug with hot water, and place an ice cream scoop in the filled mug, this will heat the scoop up and let it scoop ice cream easier! Scoop! Okay, on to the actual "experiment". Fill half your glass with clear strawberry soda, and stir in your shot lime juice (formaldehyde). Once it's nicely mixed, pour around a teaspoon of your syrup into the glass, this should settle on the bottom nicely, like blood from a freshly dissected brain, buahaha! Next thing on your list is your brain itself, using your nicely warmed ice cream scoop, take one scoop of vanilla ice cream and carefully plop it into your glass, on top of that, add a nice scoop of Raspberry Ripple. For the finishing touch to your pickled brain desert, drizzle more of your bloo- syrup into the glass, creating a lovely swirl of red through your soda. And there you have it, your very own edible pickled brain, don't eat it too fast though, or you might find it trying to claw its way into your own skull, buahahaha! [/justify] ~ @Aldur Forgehammer & @Atom[/center] [divide] [/divide] [centerblock=45] [border=1px solid #000][bg=#000][h]Closing Thoughts[/h][/bg] [justify]Let’s give October’s newsletter volunteers a stupendous round of applause! They’ve worked extra hard and, despite the schedule crunch that comes with the bittersweet beginnings of a new school year, they were able to put together this huge variety of content to kick off and celebrate the Halloween season. Spook responsibly, drink lots of water between skeleton war battles, and remember to check out RP Nation’s official Twitter and Facebook pages for additional up-to-date news! [/justify] [/border][/centerblock] ~ @welian
  10. [centerblock=45] [border=1px solid #3198CA][bg=#3198CA][h]RPN Monthly: SEPTEMBER 2015[/h][/bg] [justify] Welcome to another edition of RpNation's monthly newsletter. The fellows, per usual, have been hard at work to come produce one of the most content packed editions yet. In addition to our normal sections, they have really stepped up to bring you new stuff all together. We hope you enjoy reading through all this delicious content and, as always, if you have any suggestions for the newsletter, please don't hesitate to reach out to your friendly neighbourhood newsletter coordinator--- Mordecai! [/justify] ~ @Aldur Forgehammer [justify] So this year for song of the month I felt like a little representation from the EDM side of music would be nice! So after a bit of digging and listening to a variety of awesome tunes I came up with something a little less hard but not super soft, a kind of medium ground in the various types of dubstep! Interstellar, by Excision with Dion Timmer featuring Rise At Night! An excellent example from one of my favorite artists. Interstellar was released this year on February third as part of his Codename X album.[/justify] ~ @Aldur Forgehammer [/border][/fieldset][/column][column=span4][fieldset=Reservoir Dogs][border=1px dashed slateblue][justify] [/justify] [/border] [/fieldset] [/column] [/row] [row][column=span4][border=1px solid #25AAC6][border=1px dashed slateblue][/border][/border][/column][column=span4][fieldset=Featured Art/Artist][border=1px dashed slateblue][justify] You know, one could say I made a RISKY move with this choice this month but, I've gotta say, the art done by @Risk really caught my eye as I was cruising through the artwork section! Certainly a lot more artistry here than I myself could muster haha. But I will say, in regards to Risk's art, that he's certainly got a skill here that's worth cultivating and improving! See more @Dusky 's Guide to Forums, Threads, and Other Nonsense is certainly a good beginners guide to RPN with plenty of links, supporting pictures, and information to get any new member off on the right foot! Read it @Aldur Forgehammer "The Hook"[/size][/right] [/border][/fieldset][/column][/row] [row][column=span4][fieldset=A Cloudy Tale][border=1px dashed slateblue][justify] So, hi. I was recruited to write a piece about my experience on the piano. (Musical punssss) I’ve been playing for quite some time. I’ve been through three teachers, several music camps, a few select victories, many losses, countless recitals and long nights. But wait, this is only the piano! You can’t honestly be telling me it’s that dramatic. But it is. I will begin the telling of my journey with how my parents got the piano my family still has to this day! My parents walked into a store. One of those cool, retro stores. I don’t remember the name of it exactly, but inside, the place was filled to the brim. A Canadian singer named Chantel Kriviatsuk was being sponsored by Steinway, and they were raffling off her old piano and giving her a brand-new one. It was a small upright Steinway, and you don’t see too many of those. So, thinking why not, my parents put their names in the hat, and low and behold, my mom won. They told her it would be shipped to her place within a few months. Well, months passed, and the piano wasn’t delivered. Until out of the blue, three months later, two guys with a truck appeared with the piano. And thus, the piano was carried up to our apartment on the second floor (no elevator) where it still stands. I don’t believe we would’ve had a piano if she hadn’t won that raffle. I don’t believe I would be where I am today.
  11. [centerblock=45] [border=1px solid #3198CA][bg=#3198CA][h]RPN Monthly: August 2015[/h][/bg] [justify]Welcome back to another exciting, content-packed edition of the RpNation newsletter. With summer completely underway now, I hope you have been enjoying all the new content and competitions being released, in addition to getting your roleplay fix! Thank you to all of the Fellows who worked on this edition of the Newsletter who made it a breeze for me to assemble it. (: You guys are all so awesome. If anyone has any comments, feedback, or suggestions for future newsletters, please PM me, Mordecai, at any time. I'd love to hear them! Now, without further ado, please enjoy your August edition of the RpNation newsletter! [/justify] ~ @Yuuki of the Strata Mature and professional Yuuki is well-known for putting out kick-ass content. Not only that, but she is incredibly hard-working and helpful when she can be. [/justify][/border][/fieldset][/column][/row] [divide] [/divide] [centerblock=50][border=1px solid #3198CA][bg=#3198CA][h]Features[/h][/bg] [justify] Nation Building: Nation Building is our brand new roleplaying section brought to the site by popular demand! If you would like to learn more, please click here: @BeyondPoetry, @Carter Jake Mason, @DemonKitten, @Giyari, @Meredith, @Pine, @Kaerri, @KamiKahzy. Staff Changes [/justify] ~ @Carter Jake Mason [/border][/centerblock] [row][column=span4][fieldset=Book of the Month][border=1px dashed slateblue][justify] Jonathan Maberry gives the zombie genre a new spotlight with Rot and Ruin. Fifteen years after the zombie apocalypse scarred the world Benny Imura, just turning fifteen, is required to take a job in the fenced town he lives in or have his rations halfed. Without any other choice he apprentices under his boring older brother as a zombie hunter. What follows is a journey that shows Benny that zombies, the world, and humans are not so simple, and things are never black and white. Jonathan Maberry really created something that certainly reqiqued my interest in the zombie genre once again. I highly recommend this to any of you zombie fans out there![/justify] ~ @Yuuki of the Strata [/border][/fieldset][/column][column=span4][fieldset=National Eye Exam Month][border=1px dashed slateblue][justify] August is National Eye Exam Month. As such, eye think that it is a wonderful time to celebrate I s. I mean. Eyes. However, there isn't any traditional way to celebrate something like eyes, so I took the time to creatively think of ways to celebrate this month-long holiday. First off, one of your options is to pick a stranger off the street and stare into their eyes. Examine them. Keep doing this for several minutes. Search into their soul. They'll understand. Or you could whisper words of love into a friend or partner's eyes. Tell them how much you enjoy them and their beautiful, glistening orbs. Thirdly, grab a mirror and peer into your own sight spheres. Say, "Thank you!" and give a thumbs up. Finally, if you want to be really boring, you can schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam and make sure your vision hasn't changed and that your eyes are in good health. But who in their right mind would do that?[/justify] ~ @Fantasy Crazy, a classic knock-kock format joke that will be sure to knock your socks off. "Knock knock Who's there? Broken pencil Broken pencil who? Nevermind, there's no point." And a pun that'll crack you up, courtesy of @Mrs Hesperus, for some of the very same reasons that I would pick Captain Hesperus. All three are top rate gamers, and people I would be honored to have on my side, watching my back. You're asleep, dreamin' for the third time, rather hoping that nothing else ridiculous happens when you suddenly realize this isn't even your bed! Instead, in your sleep-interrupted tiredness, you've accidentally gone into the house of Gorgeous Gertrude, your next-door neighbour, who suddenly rings the doorbell. What do you do to escape this sticky situation? If I were to be unfortunate enough to find myself in the bed of my next door neighbor, I would be lucky to get thrown in jail, just to keep me safe from the wrath of my wife. She is not the extremely jealous type, but I would be hard pressed to explain why I was in another woman's bed. Lets just hope that this never happens; I love my wife too much to want to cheat on her.(<3) [/justify][/column][/row] Interviews conducted by ~ @Dusky for the beautiful coding, [uSERGROUP=33]@Fellows[/uSERGROUP] for writing all the content, and @Mordecai for assembling and running it like a dictator potato. The newsletter could never be completed without every single helping hand it has going into it. Please follow RpNation on Twitter and/or Facebook for even more up-to-date news! We look forward to seeing you all for the next Newsletter in September![/justify] ~ [uSERGROUP=33]@Fellows[/uSERGROUP] [/border][/centerblock] ....As always, thank you for all your hard work, Fellows. We are thrilled to welcome the five new fellows of July 2015 into the ranks of the Fellowship!
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    [centerblock=45] [border=1px solid #3198CA][bg=#3198CA][h]RPN Monthly: JULY 2015[/h][/bg] [justify]It's that time of the month again, RpNation: time for the Newsletter! With the summer months upon us, RpNation is in full swing. The Fellows have been hard at work to pull together another exciting issue of RpN monthly for you, and we hope you enjoy reading about all the new content, competitions, features, and more. [/justify] ~ @Carter Jake Mason - Super friendly and one of the first to welcome new members in the Introduction threads, Carter Jake Mason is an exceedingly friendly face around the forums. He's always quick to answer questions in Site Questions & Information and will always point people in the right direction. @Dusky - After showing the world her amazing BBCode skills by helping the "BBCode Shoppe," Dusky is always around the forums and the Shoutbox, answering as many questions as she can, especially those about BBCode. Got a problem with BBCode or beautifying your roleplay? She's your gal! @JackSkellington does some beautiful and creative things with multiple medias of traditional art. From scratch board dragons to graphite villains, her work is wonderful and intriguing. Go check her out! Visit JackSkellington's art @BeyondPoetry![/h] [centerblock=45][border=1px solid #3198CA] [/border][/centerblock][/row] And now some words from the MotM: [row][column=span4][justify]How long have you been roleplaying for? Oh man, time to date myself. I’ve been forum roleplaying since I was fifteen, which is about eight years ago, after a friend of mine convinced me it was the cool thing to do. In general, I started writing when I was about seven years old after my older sister got published in the local newspaper. It was this little poem about winter and snowflakes, she was about ten at the time, and as the middle child I felt like I needed to compete. Don’t get me wrong, I wrote pretty mean rhyming poems about cats but it wasn’t until I was twelve that I got a big reality check. My teacher at the time, a stoic faced man who blamed his grey and thinning hair on “living too much life,” told me that I was a terrible writer who would never amount to anything. Ten years later, I sent him my first published poems with a new pair of glasses and a card that read, “Maybe your sight was going even back then, huh?” We keep in touch to this day. What's the funniest experience you've ever had on the RPN? I’m not sure how funny it is, but the first time I ever really had a moment on RPN where I could say, “wow, I’m not just the loser in the corner,” was when I finally got a nickname in the SB. Dusky started calling me Poe and it spiraled absolutely out of control to the point where I became a Frankenstein/Poe hybrid. It was nice though, to realize you're important enough for someone to name. Like, this is mine, I like it and I shall name it Poe. It’s a good feeling. You are known on the site for posting and being helpful in the Prose and Poetry section; your name even has the word Poetry in it! With that in mind, do you have any poetry tips you'd like to share with us? Read everything you can. I know that’s pretty generic advice, but it’s so important. When you start writing, there’s this belief that you hold as a writer that growth only comes from writing day in and day out. While practice is important, you’ve got to learn the rules and study the other teams. It seems a bit counterintuitive, to read someone else’s writing to find your own voice, but learning how to appreciate language is one of the most important skills any writer can gain. Even if it’s an author you dislike or subject area you dislike, it does not change the fact that you can pull something from anything. Once you learn how language works and can see how others are using it, you can really develop your own voice. Which brings me to my second (and last) important piece of advice. Yes, rules and reading are important but the ultimate advice I can give is to realize language is a tool. No one wants to read another Sylvia Plath or e. e. cummings. The beauty of language is that it’s yours to manipulate. The best poetry you will ever write is when you stop trying to sound like a writer. Don’t go for the obvious, don’t go for what’s comfortable — use your language. Words are brilliant, you are brilliant, and when you learn how one can benefit the other — your poetry and prose will become brilliant. What's your favourite thing you've ever written? I’ve always used writing as a way of communicating in the sense that I’ve spent most of my life a bit emotionally distant from my family. Growing up it was really hard to find my own voice, let alone yell loud enough for anyone to hear me. While I guess I should say my published poems are my favorite, there was one poem I wrote at sixteen for my mother who had been diagnosed the previous year with a neurodegenerative genetic disorder. I never showed it to her and as the years went on she lost a lot of her ability to speak, walk, everything and she wasn’t supposed to really live past fifty. This past year she turned fifty-two and at her surprise birthday party, I gave her the poem and though it wasn’t my best writing and I wished with everything I had to edit it a bit, I left it untouched for her. It was the first time in years that she and I could exist together and understand each other entirely. To this day, she keeps the poem in her jewelry box. That’s the thing: writing has the ability to be something beautiful to read, but there are times where it’s just as beautiful to feel. What was your favourite RPing moment and why? Probably when I found Traceless. I’d been on this site for about five months and had yet to find faith that someone would be able to write with. I was timid, scared and my anxiety often exacerbates the problem. She was the first person who message me and was like, “Let’s build this together from the ground up. It’s going to be fantastic.” And it was — still is, really, almost nine months later. She’s my longest running partner and it was the first 1x1 that really gave me the confidence to explore the interest checks for others and not to give up. [/justify][/column][column=span4][justify] Outside of writing, what are some of your other hobbies and interests? I suppose the two big ones are theatre and improv comedy. I’ve been doing theatre almost my entire life. I played one hell of a Benjamin Franklin in a fourth grade play about the revolutionary war and since then it just kind of took off. I did a lot of Shakespeare growing up, more notably playing Ophelia in Hamlet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Marc Antony in an all female production of Julius Caesar. When I hit the high school, I began to transition into musical theatre and was nominated for a few fancy awards, which was cool — in particular for playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret. I also the founded a comedy improv troupe that competes nationally (if you don’t know what improv is, think Whose Line Is It Anyway? — Youtube it, you’ll fall in love). If you had a time/space machine and you could go back in time to any place at any moment, where would you go and why? Easy. Either Wembley Arena for Live Aid ’85 to see Queen perform one of the greatest rock performances of all time OR duet with Freddie Mercury on “Somebody To Love” during their Montreal concert in ’81. Either one would literally blow all other achievements out of the water. Describe your favourite three course meal. I was born and raised in Boston, so this is an easy question. Clam chowder to start, lobster for the main and you top it all off with a Boston Cream Pie for dessert. Or a cannoli. Oh man, cannolis. Both, definitely both. Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, or PC? Can’t we all just get along?! Really, though, I don’t know. I sold my soul for my PS4, though I enjoy my Xbox, too. I just throw my money at things and make grabby hands. E3 this year made me want literally everything. Video Games > Paying Rent (just kidding, guys. Pay your rent. Angry landlords are a kind of evil that can never be captured in writing). You're chillin' at home, relaxing, when suddenly, you hear a knock at the door. You open it and are faced by your favourite character that you've ever created. What do you do? Do the pair of you get on? Oh, absolutely. Her name was Haley and was this chain smoking, heavy drinking, demon slayer (loosely based off Buffy and mostly based off Constantine) with a hell of a left hook. We would totally take the town by storm and raise some hell. Probably blow up a car or two, introduce a little anarchy, and then settle down with a bottle of whiskey between us and like two large pizzas to marathon Tarantino movies. Man, I wish I was as cool as she was. You're chillin' at home, when suddenly, Professor Zap stumbles into the room and exclaims: 'By ziggity, I've finally completed my Warpulator 420, the machine which can transport you into a fictional world! And you are to be my guinea pig!' Which fictional world do you travel to, why, and how do you find it? I’m really boring and would really just like to go to Hogwarts and be a witch. I know there are way more interesting and creative answers to this question but I waited so long for my letter and I never got it. I deserve to be a witch, damn it, and I’d be the brightest witch of my time. Like, I think I would actually be inclined to do schoolwork if it was wizardry related. I would be a Ravenclaw with Gryffindor envy and I’d play the hell out of Quidditch — I was in softball long enough to be one mean beater. I’d just be really cool, okay? You're chillin' at home, for the third time, rather hoping that nothing else ridiculous and highly coincidental interrupts your sweet, sweet chillin', when suddenly, you realise that actually, this isn't even your house! Instead, you've accidentally raided the house of Angry Dave, your redneck neighbor! You hear his thunderous rapping on the door. What do you do to escape a grizzly fate as the filling of a knuckle sandwich? I feel like I should be offended that we assume I spend this much time at home…but let’s face it, I’m basically made up of couch cushions and pizza. Luckily, I just recently moved to the South so I am well versed in redneck confrontation — that and I used to do mixed martial arts. I’d probably just block, throw a right hook to take him down, steal whatever twelve pack of terrible light beer he has in the fridge and ride off on the horse he has tied up outside the house. [/justify][/column][/row] Interviews conducted by @Dusky. Please follow RpNation on Twitter and/or Facebook for even more up-to-date news! We look forward to seeing you all for the next Newsletter in August! [/justify][/border][/centerblock] ~ @The Fellows
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    [heightrestrict=300] [/heightrestrict] [h]RpN Monthly : JUNE 2015[/h] [centerblock=50][justify]...And we're back, everyone! While we're sad to say we had to miss the May Newsletter, we are super excited to get back on track. The May and June months came with a lot of change on RpNation. We thank every user for sticking it out through the rough-patch and hope you all have been enjoying the oodles of new content and add-ons that have been released to improve your site experience. Thank you for your continued support and we hope you enjoy your June 2015 RpNation newsletter! [/justify] [/centerblock] [divide=thick][/divide] [centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65] New Fellows [justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify] [justify][row][column=span4] [uSER=21998] [/uSER] @Aldur Forgehammer Aldur has been around the site for a while now, and has always been the first to jump in to friendly conversations. You can see him hanging all around the site. Have a question about art? Ask Aldur. [uSER=20184] [/uSER] @Reline's @Dusky is definitely something I haven't seen before and I think it's a very, very cool idea. For all those people who just have some trouble with BBCoding, these wonderful gals are here to help-- free of charge! Go on down and check out the BBCode Shoppe! ~ @Harpyie doesn’t stop at one pet, nor does she feel that two is enough. With her four wonderful companions, she gives us all a little peak into the craziness and fun that her pets bring to the table. Death licks, barks, spazzy playfulness, and an awesome bird. To see the roster, click @TheWretchedEgg found her two little adorable cats a few weeks after an unfortunate event befell her old one. Her mother is a wily one, and the way she introduced the two new lovable brothers, Timo and Tigger. Along with her other assortment of pets in her house, these two really make their presence known! For the full story, click @Roo a much more sorrowful story, this is one that I truly felt should be read. It shows just how much domestic pets rely on the love we give them, and it really plucked at my heartstrings. The recently deceased Bandit died of depression after his older half brother August died. There was a time when Bandit seemed to be making a recovery, but after a quick succession of events and terrible happenings, there was little to be done. To hear the rest of this story, click here.[/size] [/justify][/column][justify][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][/justify][justify][column=span4][/column][/justify][justify][column=span4][/column][/justify][justify][column=span4] [justify]With oodles of photographers present on RpNation, we set out to find user's favourite photographs that they've taken. There were many great examples, but here are a couple of our favourites: Not only is this photograph wonderfully rich in quality, there's so much life in them and they just pop! @Red 's friend did a wonderful job with these photos. Oh, the cuteness of this photo is just too much. I really, really want to boop that nose. The piercing gaze of your kitty is just stunning, and what gorgeous eyes! Wonderfully done, @Asphyxiated! ...To see these and more, visit Here. ~ @CloudyBlueDay [/justify][/column][justify][/justify][/justify][/row][justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][/justify][justify][justify][/justify][/justify][justify][justify] [divide][/divide] [centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65] Site Updates & Stats [justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify](Update) Like System Update[/justify] We have a big update to the like system! Now there's much more than just your 'general like'. Read more Here. (Update) RpNation 3.0 Omg, so shiny! We got a style update! sparklesparkle! The layout has changed, giving us a new, fresher look to the site. Read more Here. (Update) Profile Pictures Now you can add beautiful profile covers to your profile to really make it sparkle! Here. (Event) Friends of the Nation Poor Staff-chan wants friends, and since all you users are so mean to baka, she requires some new ones. If you invite three or more users to the site, you'll get a special badge! And you'll be sparred from Staff-chan's wrath.. S-senpai! Read more Here. (Update) Gallery Users now have their own image gallery, where you can store, edit, and show-off your images! Just remember to give credit to original artists and not to edit/use if the owners specifically state not too. Read more Here. (Stats) RpNation Site Stats for May Site: We surpassed 3 million posts! Woohoo! Fantasy: All the roleplays Futuristic: Almost as much as fantasy, but not really Fandom: WILL TAKE OVER THE WORLD Realistic: Wat is this? [/centerblock][/justify][centerblock=65] ~ @CloudyBlueDay [/centerblock] [divide][/divide] [centerblock=65][justify]This Simple, Futuristic roleplay embodies an exciting plot of rebels vs. a tyrannical company. Following several rebel fractions: The Free Arcs, The Locos, Moon Walkers, Friends, and Separate, the story chronicles revolutionaries, from different walks of life, being forced to work together against an evil corporation. Without further ado, we are proud to welcome our next Roleplay of the Month....[/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify] [h]The Liberation of Zeus[/h] [/justify][/centerblock] [row][column=span5][justify]What inspired you to start RPing? Was there someone in particular who helped you grow, or did you learn on your own? [/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify] The person that really got me into rping was my brother, and him constantly saying what great adventures he's gone on with his amazing characters. My first site that I went to was a lot less this, and more like one large rp, focusing mostly on building the world and your character. That was where I made my first character, Buras. Since then I have made many other characters,But Buras still holds a special place in my heart. But as a gm, my role model is DrTrollinski. Amazing gm, best I've seen. I had an idea, and I told it to bim and ask him to be the gm. 200+ pages later and it's still going. Where did you come up with the idea for your roleplay? Funny story that. I was originally asking for ideas. Then along came Grey. He gave me some words, and showed me a link to a thread of his that contained the basics of every genre possible, which I have bookmarked. Cyber-punk caught my attention, so I made a thread so I can get my thoughts down. That was where Bone2pick showed up and helped me create the four factions. From there, it was just an interest thread then the real thing. What is the first RP you remember being a part of? Ah, my first rp. I remember it well. It was called Angelic Dome, a mech fighting thing-a-muh-jig. That was where I made Connor McKinley, one of them anyway (I'm not good when it comes to names) and Sparks, his artificially intelligant friend and giant fighting robot. There was where I had my first monumental melt down on a person. I don't like talking about it. [/justify][/column][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][/border][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke] Character of the Month With her special handicaps that evolve throughout her backstory, and the ways that she makes due with them, conforming to their shackles, but never letting them hold her down. Her special skills flourish with the gift the torture she went through gave her, and even though she has been terrorized her entire life, she has broken through the obstacles placed forth by this traumatic event and has taken it upon herself to make sure that none of her newest friends goes through such travesty. @LadyMatsudai, the creator of this character, did very well with her production of the thoughts and past of the character and I hope she is having fun with this delightful persona.[/bg][/border][/column][/justify][column=span3][/column][/row][row][column=span5]What is your favorite part of planning an RP? World building, character building or plot building? [/column][/row][row][column=span5][/column][/row][row][column=span5][/column][/row][row][column=span5][/column][/row][row][column=span5][/column][/row][row][column=span5][/column][/row][row][column=span5][/column][/row][row][column=span5] When the juices are a flowing, world building by far. I then basically design any npc's to fit that setting. But the world has to be built to fit with the plot. What would you say is your greatest strength when it comes to writing? And your greatest weakness? My greatest strength... Well, I'd say it's that I'm willing to work with people. If they say it's to short, then I will do what I can to make it longer. And hopefully all of you would return the favor. Weakness, I know that one. I do a lot of my posting on my Ipod. No spell check, so that leads to stupid spelling mistakes. Some of which I have no doubt are hidden here somewhere. [/column][column=span3]Do you have any advice for other GMs on the site? [/column][column=span3][/column][column=span3][/column][column=span3][/column][column=span3][/column][column=span3][/column][column=span3][/column][column=span3] Advice, keep it going. I it starts to slow down and lose momentum, people will start to think 'Oh, this is dead. Time to search for the next one.' And that momentum is hard to get back. What are you planning for your next RP masterpiece? Next masterpiece? I'm not sure what made this thing a masterpiece in the first place. But I'll keep you posted. Spring if finally here! Have any plans for those warm, sunny days?? A tour of the US with my brother and grandma. [/column][/row] [divide][/divide] [centerblock=65][justify]After having to skip the May newsletter due to a series of unfortunate events, the Fellows are very proud to introduce the new June Newsletter and, with it, the May/June Member of the Month. The choice for this month has proven to be incredibly helpful, friendly, and awesome towards all members he interacts with. Even with his busy schedule, he always makes times to lend a helping hand where he can. ....We are more than pleased to welcome our member of the month for May/June.....[/justify][/centerblock] [h]@SkyGinge!![/h] And now some words from the MotM: [row][column=span4]What are some hobbies you enjoy, besides roleplaying?[/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4] Outside of roleplaying (and writing in general), I'm into drama; I was in my city's professional-run youth theatre before a silly funding mishap forced its closure, and have been actively involved in drama stuff at my school. I'm that guy who is consistently typecast as the 'quirky' characters - normally either eccentrics or drunken comics; apparently I'm the only person in the entire school who's up for making such a fool of themselves on stage Not that I mind too much, mind; there's a good reason I like to roleplay eccentric characters! I also play the violin and piano, and am working towards my Grade 8 in the latter (I apologise for not knowing the American equivalent). My other hobbies are gaming, procrastinating and catching colds, the latter two of which I am particularly talented at. If you could have one superpower what would it be? Why? I would have... the power to use every other superpower!!! Haha, cheated that system, dinnae? Impressed? ... No? ... Cheating aside, that's a tough 'un. Probably the ability to stop time, if only because I've already planned out all the different limitations and stuff, and also that'd make me pretty OP. Limited time to revise for exams, stress building up? Stop time, and I can revise all I want, stressless! What is, in your opinion, the best thing you've ever written? Ack, that's a hard one. There's actually a good few many posts that I've made here that I've been proper chuffed with, but obviously in RP posts you tend not to edit as vigorously as individual works. Unfortunately, as interested as I am in writing, I rarely find the time to dabble in much outside of RPN. I'll have to go with my most recent work, a short story for a competition that still hasn't posted the results they said they would over a month ago (aggravated sigh), if only because it's the most technical of things I've ever written. I will be posting it in the Prose section eventually, but want to know the results first. Otherwise, I'm hoping to usurp it when I go on a writing hype after my exams are over. What is one of your favorite books and why? I don't read nearly as much as I should, so sadly my reading experience is somewhat limited, but probably David Mitchell's 'The Bone Clocks'. I'm going to presume the majority of people here haven't heard of it, so I'll recommend it to you now: it's this very cool book which is affectively six novellas from different perspectives telling the story of one woman, all in different genres and with an underlying fantasy subplot. That sounds like overkill, and an almost impossible feat, but Mitchell completely rises to the challenge. The climax is somewhat flawed, yup, but he's got such an engaging, clever and artistic voice that the rest makes up for it. But I'll leave it up for you guys to discover for yourselves before I begin to sound too much like Mitchell's market salesman. If you could do only one of the following things, which would you choose and why?: Bike through Europe, celebrate Chinese New Year in China, rock out to any band from any era for one amazing concert (dead or alive!), build your own home, or learn a new hobby and be amazing at it instantly! Erm... embarrassing confessions time; I actually can't ride a bike, nor do I particularly have a favourite band (shields himself from the hate), so I'll go with the latter and choose to be good at art, so that I can finally draw my characters and settings without the end product looking like a rodent had a seizure all over it. [/column][column=span4]How long have you been roleplaying?[/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4] I began roleplaying about three years ago, on holiday. There was this small gaming forum which I'd used for tips on a very niche gaming interest of mine before, and they'd made their own wiki, so I was scrolling through the page on the guy who was affectively the Grey of that forum, and discovered he'd been involved in roleplaying. What is this 'roleplaying', I asked myself, intrigued. So I read on, and was instantly inspired. I joined the forum immediately, in spite of how small it was and how little people actually were into RP, and have been writing ever since! As for writing, I'd always been interested in it. Me and my mum used to sit at the computer, and I'd dictate what I'd want written and she'd type it down; we did these really rubbishy Sonic scripts which affectively ripped off Sonic X in little one-liner dialogues (that show was my childhood). I only really graduated to prose about five year ago when I had a short, but valuable, spell of fan-fiction over on Serebii, in which some very helpful critiques gave me some very valuable guidance. Seriously, folks; constructive criticism is amazing! What is the earliest character you can remember creating? Did you like the character? Do you still? Oh my, that's an interesting one. Most people have all these tales of super God-moddy, one sided characters when it comes to questions like this... but I was kind using canon characters all the way throughout that period, so none of my protagonists were ever truly original, or 'mine', for that matter. So I'll defer back to the protagonist of that first Pokemon fan-fiction, who is, in many senses, an exemplification of what I just said; 'angsty' would be the best word to sum him up. However, I still kinda like him, and I have reused and developed him over the years too. His backstory is kinda killer, if as needlessly melodramatic as you might expect, but he's not just a one-sided angst machine. I put a decent amount of work into fleshing him out even then, and actually if the opportunity came up here to write him again, I probably would. Do you have any pets? Sadly not. My dad is literally allergic to everything, so we can't have anything furry around. We used to have tropical fish, which were kind of cool (especially when we accidentally left the lid slightly off and two of them cannibalised each other...), but we had to get rid of them when we moved house seven years ago. I'm not good with dogs, but I'd probably be fine with a cat. A gecko or lizard, on the other hand, would be amazingly hype. You are on a bus when suddenly a lion turns to you and says "Excuse me, sir. You're in my seat." - Do you get up and move, ignore him, politely tell him to move on, or fight him for it? Why, I join in the fight that will give me the right to be free, of course! (cue Les Mis fanfares). I fight the blighter, best him in single combat, claiming an emphatic victory and most revered status of 'Bus Hero'. The pretty girl on the row behind exclaims 'Oh SkyGinge, you're my hero, and your sideburns are amazingly attractive', then we all get married and live happily ever after... at least in the realm of my mind. In reality, however, I'd probably make some overly wordy apology, shuffle awkwardly to the back of the bus, and then proceed to grumble to myself about how unfair the world is and how it's probably the Conservative's fault.'' [/column][/row] Interviews conducted by @Elle Joyner [/justify][/justify][/justify][/justify][/justify][/justify] [divide][/divide] Also, we'd like to give a big thank-you to @Auren, whose coding, example, and handling of the former Newsletters was inspiration. ~ @DamagedGlasses Photography Palooza!
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    [heightrestrict=300] [/heightrestrict] [h] RpN Monthly : APRIL 2015[/h] [centerblock=50][justify]Ello, Lovelies! Unfortunately, this Monthly is coming a little. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bring many great topics!! We have the results from the April Art Contest, and a showcase for pranks users have done for a previous April Fools! We even have the prank the administration pulled on the whole site revealed (for those that didn’t catch on). Also, it seems that we don’t have any staff changes this month, so instead that section was replaced with our Site Updates and News overview. As always, new ideas are welcome. If you have any ideas that you believe that we should consider for inclusion in a future Newsletter, please send me a PM, and I'll run it by the Fellows! Or if you’d prefer, you may post a thread in the Fellows forum, and have a discussion there. [/justify] Many Hearts~ ~ @Roo. They each speak in a tone, that stays true to the theme, with deeper meanings tucked snugly just below the surface in the thread, My Random Junk[/justify][justify][/justify][/centerblock] [row][column=span4]Featured Tutorial [justify]So You Want to Write is a tutorial by the user @Grey that goes into parts of writing that story-makers may have trouble with. From tips on writing cyberpunk-themed role-plays to using antagonists in the most effective way possible, this post gets in depth, and tries to cover it all. [/justify][justify][/justify] ~ @White Masquerade [/column][column=span4]Featured from Discussion [justify]It poses a question that highlights the divide between people using technology today: Apple or Android? There are strong proponents on both side, but the overwhelming results might shock you. [/justify] ~ @White Masquerade [/column][/row] [divide][/divide] [h]Recipe of the Month[/h] [heightrestrict=300][/heightrestrict] [sh]Steak Calzone[/sh] [justify][row][column=span4]Ingridents: 1 Package Pilsbury Dough/Crust 2oz. Strip Steak - cut very thin (1/4 in.) 1 cup cheddar cheese 1 egg 2 tbsp oil (veggie or canola) 1 tbsp butter 1 cup Pasta/Marinara Sauce [/column][column=span4]Budget Friendly Alternative: 3 Steak-Um Sheets [/column][/row] [centerblock=95]Preheat oven according to Pilsbury Dough package instructions. On floured surface, roll out dough to roughly 9" x 9" circle. Take butter, slightly melted and butter inner side of dough. In a skillet heat oil to 350 degrees (oil is hot enough when droplets of water 'pop' on surface). Very carefully and quickly, add strips of steak in batches - Heat roughly 5-10 seconds per batch, then remove and drain on paper towel. Once all the meat is cooked place on dough (slightly off center). Sprinkle cheese over meat. Carefully fold the dough in half over the filling. Roll remaining dough inwards, until you've created the desired 'Stromboli' shape (Crescent). Beat egg and add 1 - 2 tsp of water until egg is foamy. Using a brush or paper towel, brush the outside of the dough until glistening. Transfer to a pizza pan. Cook 20-25 minutes until crust is golden brown and crispy. Enjoy with a side of sauce ! [/centerblock][centerblock=95][/centerblock][/justify][centerblock=95] ~ @Elle Joyner [/centerblock] [divide][/divide] [row][column=span4] April Art Contest [heightrestrict=300][/heightrestrict] [justify]Mordecai's piece is a painting of Ben Nevis; the tallest mountain in the British Isles. It was created while staring out the window of her room, during a brief sojourn in Scotland through use of acrylic paint on sanded wood. The lines of the piece are wavy and fluid. From the top of the work to the bottom, there is a gradual decrease in light radiating from the sun, eventually falling into darker tones as it reaches the sea. Jutting out in blue above the empty plains and barren mountains, stands Ben Nevis. The work comes together by layering four pieces together in an overlap; the waters, grass, mountains, and sky. Even throughout each segment, the art's general "swaying" nature remains intact. Though Ben Navis is the subject of the piece, there are multiple points of emphasis, ranging from the sun in the sky, to the whitecaps dotting the ocean waves. Each component plugs into one another; sections melding as one to form an outdoor landscape. In a way, it describes the solitary beat of nature. Whether there are foreign beings in its midst or not, the world still follows a course of its own. The piece is tranquil, yet melancholy. It stirs up feelings of muted longing. A longing akin to working on the top floor of a busy office building, then gazing outside, wishing you were one of the people out and about below. Overall, the flowing composition and "green" medium used to create this piece, make it original, and a success. ~ @White Masquerade [/justify][/column][justify][column=span4] User’s Personal Pranks [justify]Hey guys! April is an awesome month for letting loose and/or cleaning, but its known for one thing in particular! Its the first thing I think of, and not just because it starts on the first, so let me hear it for April Fools! This month, we asked you all about your favorite pranks and an awesome number of pranks fell in from the top of the door every time I checked the thread. If you want to see the whole collection, and add your own, click here! @Atom has some sticky fingers for his pranks, his arsenal being focused around a certain trick with his School's chairs and some oblivious friends. Lets hope they don't have a falling out after any of this! For details about his mischievous trick, take a look here! @DiamondJack won his personal Prank War with some carefully placed paint guns. May seem a bit over the top, but earlier pranks against his person gave rise to his revenge! Lets just say that Paint Guns are now banned from his local Prank Wars. For the full story of his victory, click here! @Wifi and Worms has the flour of power in her hands as she properly sabotages her friend's hairdryer. Not to mention her culinary endeavors with salt and garlic powder and a bubble bath taken up to 11! For a full overview of her terrible awesomeness, click here! @KillGill easily summed up his mischievous doings with a picture of himself disgracing one of the fine treats that we enjoy in the name of comedy! Indeed, his comedic efforts were not for naught as he easily got some reactions! To see his wonderfully evil plan in action, click [/justify][justify][/justify]here! ~ @DamagedGlasses [/column][/justify][/row][justify] [divide][/divide] [centerblock=65][justify]April's actual Roleplay of the Month comes from the ever popular genre of Realistic or Modern, a category that generates a wide variety of user content. Although there were plenty of story lines mulled over and processed - our role play of the month comes from the simple prefix, and has flourished in it's element. With a wide range of characters in the ever popular high school setting, it keeps it's simple prefix by being easy to jump in and just roleplay! April's Roleplay of the Month is... ~ @Kagura [h] Anime High School Best Friends [/h] And now some words from the GM: [/justify][/centerblock][justify] [row][column=span5][justify] What inspired you to start RPing? Well I sort of just came upon it. When I started I realized that it was fun and a cool way to play out different stories. What inspired me to keep going at it was the fact I could try and test out different ideas before I write them to see if they are any good. Also try out characters that I might be trying to develop. Was there someone in particular who helped you grow, or did you learn on your own? I pretty much learned on my own. Where did you come up with the idea for your roleplay? Well actually it just kind of came to me. I just wanted to do like a fun rp about friends. What is the first RP you remember being a part of? Aleria What are you planning for your next RP masterpiece? Well right now I have started a rp called Spellz which is still open if anyone wants to join. What is your favorite part of planning an RP? World building, character building or plot building? Probably character building that's always fun to do. Spring is finally here! Have any plans for those warm, sunny days?? Not yet but working on it. [/justify][/column][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke] [heightrestrict=300][/heightrestrict] Character of the Month With our Roleplay of the Month, I had a wide variety of Characters to look at and peruse, each one with its own potential to become a character that gave the Roleplay its all and made the overall story a more exciting piece of work. Each Roleplayer used this pronounced potential to the best of their ability, and while I enjoyed each one, I will say that a certain Character had used its potential in a very amazing way. With a brief look into the character's backstory, told with brevity, the personality takes on a new meaning, all of the negatives and positives rolling into one neat atmosphere. This character is none other than Ashtyn Tucker, a wonderful 15 year old girl who has had some troubled times in her past with conflicts with money and her parents, but has nonetheless stuck through it all with her sanity. Her outward shell will warm your hearts as you read on about the girl who wishes for the day that she is seen for her true self and that her confidence grows to the point where she no longer has to hold her heart away from the vying eyes of others. @Brent, the creator of this character, has done a wonderful job bringing this character to life and has really put in some worthwhile effort. I hope you have a fun time with your character, Brent! ~ @DamagedGlasses [/bg][/border][/column][/justify][column=span3][/column][/row] [divide][/divide] [centerblock=65][justify]This month's member is someone we're proud to have as a dedicated part of our site. They've been with us for almost a year as of the end of April, and despite that time, they've stuck with us. They've returned to our site with a warm smile,friendly words, and an overall upbeat attitude that's pretty hard to beat on an almost daily basis. They've shown themselves to be an avid role player who cares about their partners, even letting them know when responses are going to be slow. They've shown us some wonderful creative skills and a love of meeting new people that is always a pleasure to see on our site. So, we're more than happy to congratulate, and thank March's Member of the Month...... ~ @Esme [/justify][/centerblock][justify] [h]@MidnightAnew!![/h] And now some words from the MotM: [row][column=span4]What are some hobbies you enjoy, besides roleplaying? Well I do enjoy writing if you hadn't guessed. Though most of it tends to be here on RPN, I also do some personal creative writing- poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. I also enjoy art, and I draw/paint when I have the time. I find it quite relaxing, especially painting. (If you poke through the art threads, mine is in there somewhere ^^'). Oh, I also like reading and playing guitar. Hm, what else...I'm currently an officer of an anime club at my school, and we just finished running our annual convention! So yes, that's exciting, though it was a lot of hard work. Basically, I'm into most creative things, anything that doesn't involve sports or math...heh... Oh, and if eating froyo counts as a hobby, I'd say that tops most of the other things I just said xP If you could have one superpower what would it be? Why? For some reason, I've always wanted to have invisibility. I'm not sure why, since I'm practically invisible already without the powers... /).(\ So I've been having to rethink this question, and I believe the ability to breathe underwater would be nice. It would be lovely to spend a lot of time in the sea without having to worry about drowning. I would also like to fly because the sky is always so beautiful, and I rather like heights, actually. Plus, there is much less air traffic than ground traffic- I could travel so much faster! What is, in your opinion, the best thing you've ever written? I think the best thing I've written may be an essay I completed last November. I took a creative nonfiction class, and we had to write personal essays. The first essay I wrote was about my crazy high school drama teacher, but the second was about the personal struggles I was dealing with at the time and how those things were affecting me. That essay was very emotional and honest- lots of feels, haha, but I worked hard on it and think it turned out pretty well. I may have had a really rough patch in my life, but at least I got a good essay out of it. What is one of your favorite books and why? One of my favorite books has to be The Great Gatsby. I'm a little fascinated with the Roaring Twenties and the whole Jazz Age thing, to be honest. Call me strange, but as much as I like happy endings I also like somber ones that end in disillusionment. There's something about tragedy that just feels so real and human. Fitzgerald has a very elaborate way of writing, in my opinion. Everything is flowery and beautifully detailed, and although it may bore some people, I really like it. Do you have any pets? At home, I have 5 dogs and a cat. My gecko recently passed away, and I had her for about 10 years. But I don't live at home right now, and my apartment doesn't allow pets. So when I walk around on campus and see people with their dogs, it makes me miss all my dogs. [/column][column=span4]If you could do only one of the following things, which would you choose and why? Travel to Outter Space, enjoy a homecooked meal from a famous chef, learn any language overnight, live for one day as any type of animal or get Chinese takeout with your favorite celebrity? I think I'd choose to learn a language overnight. But I get to keep those skills though, right? I've always loved foreign languages, and I wish to travel the world someday. Although I studied Spanish for 7 years, and French for 3, I can't say I feel overly confident in my skills in either language- so being fluent would be great! How long have you been roleplaying/writing? I've been writing since early middle school- 6th or 7th grade. One of my friends got me into it somehow, I honestly don't remember. But we wrote a Sonic fanfic together and uh...it's pretty darn awful, but there are some fond memories there, haha. Somehow, writing stories became a thing for a few friends and me during middle and high school. As for RP, I joined this site called Quizilla a few years ago. It was kind of a fanfic type site, I guess that's how I could describe it. Anyways, I started seeing all these people putting out requests for RPs and I was like what is this thing called RP? So I started out with fandom 1x1s because that was the style used over there. Since then, many people including myself went inactive, the site dissipated, and eventually it got shut down. But that's okay, because now I'm here with all of you lovely people! I've been here almost a full year now, and I hope to be here for many more! What is the earliest character you can remember creating? Did you like the character? Do you still? Oh goodness...my earliest character was created for a fandom Vampire Knight RP. At the time, of course I liked her. Now, I'm kind of like *cringe* oh wow...I'm glad my character building skills have improved since then. If I ever wanted to use her again, I'd have to do a lot of revamping (pun not intended). You open the door to your home and inside there are two pigs, a llama, a French bulldog and a goat playing poker. Who wins and do you join in the next game? Wow, talk about a full house! Hehe, sorry I couldn't resist. The llama wins. It just does. I mean, anything that has double letters in the beginning of its name is pretty awesome, and I have a history with llamas, in a sense. Those are good enough reasons for me. And sure, I have a pretty good poker face and would join the next round depending on the betting situation- I'm a poor college student...I have basically nothing to offer. [/column][/row] Interviews conducted by @Elle Joyner [/justify][/justify][/justify][/size][/size] ~ @White Masquerade
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    [heightrestrict=300] [/heightrestrict] [h] RpN Monthly : MARCH 2015[/h] [centerblock=50][justify]Ello, Lovelies! You may notice that the name of the Newsletter has changed! After much discussion, the Fellows of the site have decided that our Newsletter was less about News on the site, and more about the monthly on-goings. Therefore, we now have the RpN Monthly! Also, you’ll notice that next to RPotM, we now have character of the month!! This character will be chosen from the RPotM, and it’s a special feature to showcase the wonderful work done by our users. We have a lot of exciting things to bring you this month, and I really hope you enjoy the selection! As always, new ideas are welcome. If you have any ideas that you believe that we should consider for inclusion in a future Newsletter, please send me a PM, and I'll run it by the Fellows! [/justify] Many Hearts~ ~ @Darth Pai[/size][/size] [/justify][/border][justify][/justify][/fieldset][justify][/justify][/column][justify][/justify][/row][justify] [centerblock=50][/centerblock][/justify][justify][centerblock=50][/centerblock][/justify][justify][centerblock=50] RpN Features [/centerblock] [row][column=span4]Book of the Month [justify]It's not for everyone, but after essentially single-handedly inventing Cyberpunk in Neuromancer, William Gibson went on to collaborate with Bruce Sterling to bring us @Dusky Shamrock Smooth colour of green, Fields of rustling leaves of three, I hope that ain't ivy. @Aldur Forgehammer Untitled Works: Three leaves for three months Deep into a brand new year Yet I seek four leaves. @Lucyfer This is not my glass. My glass was full, you villain. Give my pint back now. @Grey Land O' the Irish The land O' the leprechauns Where Rainbows spread wide @Atom[/justify][justify][/justify][/size][justify] ~ @White Masquerade [/justify][/column][justify][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][/justify][justify][column=span4][/column][/justify][justify][column=span4][/column][/justify][justify][column=span4] User’s Lucky Moments [justify]In honor of March and St. Patrick's Day, we asked the site users about their lucky moments and the good times the times brought in Real Life. We even included Dice Roleplays to the mix! Here's a taste of what we all dug out from the ole' pot of gold.[/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify] [/justify][justify][/justify][justify] @Prizzy Kriyze , along with his fancifully name character, Elf McElfpants the Elf, managed to roll some of the best rolls of his life and at the best time as well. Being chased by a pack of angry bandits, he manages to save the life of his character from the group of rapscallions via a combination of roof jumping and elf hugging. Read the rest of the entertaining story here! @Wuya, while hanging with his friends, got up to quite a few misadventures, their fun antics being something he remembers to this day. From ringing doorbells to writing words onto snowy hood of a truck, his tales are a battle of bad and good luck with the good, thankfully, prevailing each time! Read the full details of his lucky hijinks here! @White Masquerade loves a good song, but this certain time she was craving a certain rhythm, a certain beat, a certain song, but she couldn't find it anywhere! With her mood out of whack the whole day from not getting to hear it, to the point where she even dreamed of the song, it took a little luck to bring her to the right place, at the right time. Listen to the rest of the awesome story here! @DamagedGlasses has some problems with sleeping in school, and while its usually harmless, there was a time that it happened during a test. Rushing around after waking up, it was only due to the good luck of his teacher's whim that he was saved from an unfortunate grade. Lets all hope that the luck went deep enough that he doesn't do that again! Read the entire frantic story here! If you want to see them all, head on over here! ~ @DamagedGlasses [/justify][/column][justify][/justify][/justify][/row][justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][/justify][justify][justify][/justify][/justify][justify][justify] [divide][/divide] [centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65][/centerblock][centerblock=65] Site Updates [justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify] (Update) RPotM and MotM[/justify][justify][/justify][justify] It’s back!! After it disappeared during the merger last year, the Member of the Month and Roleplay of the Month is back. The features will be presented in the monthly newsletter, and this update displays what criteria is used to pick them. Congrats to those that receive this honor! (Update) Roleplay Rights Revision After a bit of confusion, the Roleplay Rights were revised. They now have their own thread and it’s advised that every GM read these to be familiar with what rights they are entitled to for when they create a roleplay. While this information isn’t new, it’s now organized in a such a manner that there should be limited confusion for what a GM can do. It even explains under what matters Staff will become involved with a roleplay dispute. (Update) Rules & Courtesy Guidelines The rules have been revised to be more comprehensive and to widen understand for what the site’s rules mean. There are now only 5 Rules, and 7 Courtesy Guidelines. There is even an added section for the ban appeal process. (Update) Real Time Private Conversations After we lost our new trail chat system, it seemed that many users still wished to have the real time conversations. Well, the compromise given by the staff is an update to a system we already have, our PMs (aka conversations). Now the posts within PMs happen in real time much like the previous chat PMs. (Important) Warning System Information To clear up some confusion, there is now a thread detailing how our warning system works. Hopefully, this will avoid any confusion when it comes to how issues are handled by staff.. [/justify] ~ @Auren [/centerblock] [divide=thick][/divide] [centerblock=65][justify]Although February may be the shortest month, it certainly did not disappoint in the role play department, where ideas blossomed and role plays continued to run. After much forethought and some sneaking on my part, I found this 'gem' of a role play in the Fantasy section. Despite it's slice of life aspects in the school it is based around, there is many things fantastical about this role play. Showing off the prefix system, I think this role play shows the different range of responses and roleplays that can fit into the 'casual' tag. February's lovely Roleplay of the Month is..[/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify] ~ @Kagura[/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify] [h] Précieux Academy: The Gemholders[/h] And now some words from the GM: [/justify][/centerblock][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify] [row][column=span5][justify]What inspired you to start RPing? Was there someone in particular who helped you grow, or did you learn on your own? [/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify][/justify][/column][/row][row][column=span5][justify] When I was younger, my favorite thing in the world was going outside and playing pretend. I would create this whole fantasy world around myself and pretend I was this super amazing warrior woman...in a way, that's what roleplaying is, isn't it? Once I turned thirteen, it was suddenly socially unacceptable for a teenager to go out and swing around a stick pretending it was a sword, so I started to look for online roleplaying websites. Granted, when I first started, I sucked. BAD. But I was determined. I got to the point where I was writing thousands of words a day and eventually, I started to get good enough to roleplay with some pretty talented writers...and the best part is, they actually thought that I was talented, too. Those are the people who I have to thank. Those are the people who helped me grow. Those are the people who helped me realize my passion for writing. Where did you come up with the idea for your roleplay? Believe it or not, I was watching an episode of Steven Universe when I had the idea. I remember it vividly...I was sitting on the couch, sipping on some cranberry juice when I thought, "Wouldn't it be cool if those gem things existed in real life? What if they did? What would happen?" And then I had an epiphany. I called up one of my RpN buddies on Skype and we immediately began to brainstorm. For days we deliberated, always changing our minds and coming up with new ideas. It was chaos, and there was even I point where I was considering scrapping the idea. Eventually, I decided that I wanted to do an academy roleplay. Back then, I wondered if I was taking the easy way out by settling for something I knew I was good at, but I realized later that it was the right decision. Besides, if you're good at something, you should go for it! What is the first RP you remember being a part of? The first roleplay that I was ever apart of was about these people with superpowers. I don't remember too much about it, it was about three years ago, afterall. Granted, it wasn't the best writing I've ever done, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. I owe my love of supernatural writing to that roleplay! [/justify][/column][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke] [/bg][/border][/column][/justify][/row][/justify][justify][row][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke][/bg][/border][/column][/justify][/row][/justify][justify][row][justify][column=span3][border= 3px solid slategray][bg=whitesmoke] Character of the Month We have a wonderful RotM this time around and with that said, we also have a really neat set of Characters the Roleplayers taking part of it have made to use. Each one is enjoyable in its own way and has its high points throughout, however one stands out in particular. With a refined and enjoyable writer's voice all throughout the course of the sheet, with little quotes from the character himself, this gem has a very interesting background, one that really hooks you in. This Character is none other than Ezekial David Amm, who has a great compiled list of Likes and Dislikes, each one thoroughly explained and given reasons for. There are very few conflicts with personality and preferences, and all around, the Sheet is very nicely done. @SkyGinge, the Roleplayer for this character, has done an awesome job. The power of the character is also very intriguing, the idea and premise behind it giving a lot of creative room for thought, as well as an original base that I don't commonly see. SkyGinge has really put some effort into him, and I recommend you take a look. [/bg][/border][/column][/justify][column=span3][/column][/row] [row][column=span5]What is your favorite part of planning an RP? World building, character building or plot building? [/column][/row][row][column=span5][/column][/row][row][column=span5][/column][/row][row][column=span5][/column][/row][row][column=span5][/column][/row][row][column=span5][/column][/row][row][column=span5] CHARACTER BUILDING! Whether it's creating an elaborate character sheet, coming up with fantastic villains, or writing random NPCs, the character creation process is by far my favorite part of planning any roleplay. I mean, try having a roleplay with a completely flat antagonist. I love coming up with incredibly complicated personalities for all of the NPCs in my roleplays...it just adds so much to the overall experience, in my opinion. You'd be surprised how big of an impact that smallest details can have on the outcome of your roleplay! What would you say is your greatest strength when it comes to writing? And your greatest weakness? I think my greatest strength would definitely be my ability to create a variety of incredibly diverse characters. I always put a little piece of myself in my characters, which is why, I think, they always seem like real people. As for my greatest weakness...it's probably the fact that I am such a perfectionist that I can never get any work done. It takes me forever to write a single paragraph, and I will go on thirty minute long treks across Google searching for that one word that fits the sentence just right. People hate me for it... [/column][column=span3]Do you have any advice for other GMs on the site? [/column][column=span3][/column][column=span3][/column][column=span3][/column][column=span3][/column][column=span3][/column][column=span3] Stay beautiful. *wink* What are you planning for your next RP masterpiece? I've actually been planning on doing a sequel for Précieux Academy: The Gemholders after it's finished! All I can say is...you better be ready to fight… Do you have any lucky charms? Is mayonnaise a lucky charm? Speaking of Lucky Charms... What is your favorite cereal? Reese's Puffs all the way. Can't start my day without a bowl of R-double-E-S-E-S.[/column][/row] [divide][/divide] [centerblock=65][justify]February, despite it's constraints, has proven to be an active month for members to really start shining. Though many stepped forward, one in particular stood out. February's member has been a delight to look over as they kept themselves active, gave warm welcomes and open arms to new members, and even offer a hand in answering questions anyone had. They've also taken an active habit of wanting to help improve our site, offering suggestions when they arise, and adding their thoughts to even some of the smaller changes on the sites on how they like it or we could make it better. We are more than pleased to welcome this member into the "Hall of Monthly Fame," and are proud to say that February's wonderful Member of the Month is…[/justify][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify] ~ @Esme[/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify][/justify][/centerblock][centerblock=65][justify] [/justify][/centerblock][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify][/justify][justify] [/justify][justify][/justify][justify] [h]@Kaerri!![/h] And now some words from the MotM: [row][column=span4]What are some hobbies you enjoy, besides roleplaying?[/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4][/column][/row][row][column=span4] Reading (generally sci-fi/fantasy, mysteries, and Jane Austen/Georgette Heyer-style romances) and video games, mostly. I don't watch a lot of TV, but there are a few shows I've liked well enough to get on DVD or Blu-Ray, primarily Star Trek (the original series, though I'm hoping to get DS9 someday), MacGyver, Burn Notice, and BBC's Brother Cadfael series (the books they're based on are a favorite of mine). If you could have one superpower what would it be? Why? Flying. With wings, with telekinesis, I don't care - I'd just love to fly! What is, in your opinion, the best thing you've ever written? Hmm. I don't do a lot of "formal" writing. As far as RP goes, I think I do my best writing when I can really get inside the character's head and let them do the writing. What is one of your favorite books and why? I like that you ask "one of"! I find it hard to pick a single favorite, given that there are so many good books out there. One of my favorite series is Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Liaden Universe, and one of my favorites within that is Scout's Progess. I feel I must say, though, that if you're thinking of reading that series - go for publication order, not internal chronology. Without giving too much away, there's some people whose fates I'm happy I knew before I got attached to them, so it didn't upset me when I came across it as it happened. I get attached to characters very easily! And Lee & Miller write some great ones - I get attached even knowing what's going to happen to them, because they're just that appealing. Which, itself, is the answer to "why" - I love great characters and great characterization, and there's a lot of wonderful people to love in the Liaden books, plus a fascinating setting and some really nice storytelling. Do you have any pets? Yes, our adorable fluffy kitty, Blue! She gets pretty hyper sometimes, but we love her all the same, even when she's trying to wake us up in the middle of the night... [/column][column=span4]If you could do only one of the following things, which would you choose and why? Scuba diving with sharks, illustrating a Sunday morning comic, driving a Safari jeep through the African Plains or drinking tea with any British author, dead or alive?[/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4][/column][column=span4] Drinking tea with a British author, certainly! The hard part is picking just one. Anne McCaffrey, if she counts as British (she was born on the U.S. side of the pond, y'know), or Edith Pargeter (authoress of the above-mentioned Cadfael books, under her Ellis Peters pseudonym). Sadly, neither of those ladies is yet living. How long have you been roleplaying/writing? Forevers! It all started with a tabletop D&D game, when one of my best friends brought it out in class after we'd all finished our work for the day. That was many, many years ago, when I was but a schoolgirl. What is the earliest character you can remember creating? Did you like the character? Do you still? The earliest one I remember was a D&D rogue named Kerry. (Spelling has been changed over the years.) She got put into several games before I finally got to one that lasted longer than a single afternoon. I love her. <3 She's the longest-played character I have, even without counting all the MMOs I drag her into, and now I use that name for my online identity as well. You see three Camels. One is buying ice skates, one a blow torch and one a bulk bag of beef jerky . Where are they going and what are they going to do when they get there? Boston Harbor, to do some ice-fishing. For sharks, y'know, hence the beef jerky - regular bait just doesn't cut it. Camels have a secret fondness for shark-meat, but they rarely get the opportunity because they can't swim, so they're afraid to go out in boats. Ice-fishing is perfect for them, because they can use the blow-torch to cut a hole just the right size to keep them from falling in. And to roast the meat over, of course. 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    [heightrestrict=300] [/heightrestrict] [h] Newsletter[/h] [centerblock=50][justify]Ello, Lovelies! Another month has passed, and now it’s time for the second Newsletter! I hope y’all enjoyed the first, and that this one brings you just as much entertainment. With the beginning of February, and Single Awareness day (), we have brought you many delights this month! We have horoscopes and we have a very delicious recipe picked especially for you, user-sempai!! As always, new ideas are welcome. If you have any ideas that you believe that we should consider for inclusion in a future Newsletter, please send me a PM, and I'll run it by the Fellows! [/justify] Many Hearts~ ~ @Darth Pai [/justify][/size][/border][justify][/justify][/fieldset][justify][/justify][/column][justify][/justify][/row][justify] [row][column=span2][/column][column=span4]Featured Novel and Song [justify]February, the month of love and chocolate. Yes, this a time for cherishment and meaningful advances. this month, we could all use a taste of love at its finest, and where else to look, but this month's Book of the Month and Song of the Month. As we put our special someones close to heart, let us bring to heart these heartfelt masterpieces and remember the lessons we can all learn from them. [/justify][justify][/justify][/column][/row] [row][column=span4]Book of the Month [justify]Love is in the air this month, and what better way to make the times seem even more special, besides reading a good book? Our featured book of the month comes from the author Elizabeth Laban. After working at NBC news for a time, teaching at a community college, and writing articles for several different editorials and magazines throughout her life, Elizabeth brings to us a harrowing tale of love and acceptance in @Darth Pai[/right][/column][/row][/justify] [divide=thick][/divide] [centerblock=65][justify]To start the new year off with some good news- you were told that Roleplay of the Month is coming back for the 2015 year, along with Member of the Month! For the past month I have been scouring rps, looking for one that fit all the right criteria- desperate for an answer. You know from statistics alone how much I've looked through, but I found the answer in one Fandom roleplay. Not only that, but the popular fandom of Pokemon- a world I'm sure we have all seen hashed a rehashed a million times. However, the owner has taken this vehicle and used it for his benefit, melding it into a framework that he is the driving force behind. A detailed roleplay that has accepted many a player, January's Roleplay of the Month is... [h] Pokemon: Worlds Unfurled[/h] And now some words from the GM: [/justify][/centerblock][justify] [row][column=span4]What inspired you to start RPing? Was there someone in particular who helped you grow, or did you learn on your own? My role-play experience started when I was 9 years old, so about 16 years ago now. It began with my best friend who lived down the street about 2 minutes from my house and we would role-play whatever the craze was at the time in the backyard or at our neighborhood elementary school. Such crazes as Pokémon, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dragon ball Z, Legend of Zelda, Jurassic Park, and more. You name it, we role-played it. The two of us role-played together all throughout late elementary school, middle school, and into high school until he moved away and that's when I began role-playing online on my own with anyone I could find no matter where it was. Myspace (of all places) was where I began first, with roleplaygateway coming in second, and finally settling here on rpnation recently within the last year or two. My growth came not just from my experiences with my best friend growing up, but everyone I ever encountered online who was able to create a compelling character or role-play environment for me to absorb and catalogue for myself. I can learn and grow from just about any source so long as it has an impact on me. Where did you come up with the idea for your roleplay? My RP, Pokémon: Worlds Unfurled, was inspired by two sources. One was the Pokémon franchise as a whole, and the other was my love of drama in all manner of medium from tv to novels and more. Combining the drama of true and realistic danger scenarios (such as my character Skaura being shot through the chest as a demonstration and warning of Team Rocket's power) with the typically peaceful environment most Pokémon fans are used to was what got me started. As I started writing the RP's overview page the rest just flowed naturally until the RP became what it is now. A brutal, realistic take on a world where Pokémon and humans both interact and conflict in all manner of ways. What is the first RP you remember being a part of? The first RP I was ever a part of was a Legend of Zelda live action role-play with my best friend growing up. We changed the story of Ocarina of Time to suit two heroes, both taking our own unique names but filling in Link's rather legendary shoes as best we could (though we failed miserably in the early days as we were both still learning how to tell a story). My first online role-play was an RP called "New Blood," which was a pirate role-play designed by another good friend of mine who I have known since I was four years old. However, I've never been good at pirate banter. "Yarr matey" is about all I've got. So I instead designed an ex-assassin turned bounty hunter with my friend's permission, and that was the beginning of something else entirely for me. What are you planning for your next RP masterpiece? My next RP is hardly a masterpiece, but it's called "Life Untold" and it just recently re-opened after a previously unsuccessful run on another site due to flaky players. The inspiration for the RP's world design comes from the manga/anime Sword Art Online, commonly known to fans simply as SAO. What separates this RP from SAO is the overall story, which differs greatly from the source material. In SAO, the game creator made it so that when the player's avatar was killed in game a shock went through the headset connected to the real world player and killed them IRL (In Real Life). The desire to escape the nightmare world where death is real worked for SAO, but not for me or this RP. Instead, Life Untold goes a different route choosing to explore the possibility that one day virtual reality will become the "only" reality that's worth experiencing. The RP's in game world is so realistic and so lifelike that even the NPC's seem too real to be programs. In game you can feel the wind and the warmth of the sun. You can smell all the different scents in the air. You can experience anything and everything a real world life has to offer a human being including illness, hunger, thirst, pain, infections, heart burn, constipation, and more. The question "Is this really virtual?" has been asked in many stories such as the Matrix, to name one famous example, but this RP will bring it right to the forefront and slap you in the face with it. The RP is dense and complicated, but I'm hoping to enjoy it with other dedicated players very soon. What is your favorite part of planning an RP? World building, character building or plot building? World building is by far my favorite part. Designing a world that I see in my head and bringing it to life as best I can is one of the most rewarding experiences of being a writer/story teller. Challenges from how the average joe citizen reacts to the player controlled characters, how the weather affects our progress, how the environment can either help or hinder us, how the slightest miscalculation can lead to sudden death, where and when the best places to search for information are. All of those things and many, many more are thrilling to contemplate and the best part is that you never actually get to them all. There's always something new that presents itself along the way and makes you say "I should have thought of that before!" But then you can use that the next time you design an RP, and it only gets better and easier with time to make the RP's fuller and fuller of information and worldly charm. Do you have any advice for other GMs on the site? The single best piece of advice I can give to other GM's, especially those who are younger or newer to creating role-plays is this: Stand by your choices as the GM when designing your world and rules. No matter what kind of RP you make. No matter what genre it is. No matter the source material if it's fandom. No matter how careful you are about how you word your rules, there will always be those players who never join or say something like "Oh I was going to join until I saw this," and then they disappear. As a GM, you exist to bring to life a world for others to become a part of and enjoy on your terms. That's the whole point of making a set of rules to go along with your world. You own the world, you run the world, and the others are here by your graces and your permission. It's not the other way around. Never, and I mean never, rework or restyle your RP because one person said "Oh this makes me want to go to another RP!" Such players are not worth changing your RP for. Stand by your choices and stand by your creation. If they can't appreciate the hard work and effort you went through to make it for them to enjoy, then that's their problem and not yours to worry about. [/column][column=span4]What would you say is your greatest strength when it comes to writing? And your greatest weakness? My greatest strength when it comes to writing is my confidence in everything that I do. As a GM, I am proud of the worlds and characters I create and am never afraid to use them to their full potential. When I set out to create a world for others to join and enjoy, I do so knowing that the world is good enough for me from the get go and that it will be good enough for others as well. The ideas in my head are the final product. They just haven't been put on the page yet. The world which I see in my mind's eye is my canvass, and the characters are my tools and brushes with which to sculpt, paint, or sketch the reality I envision and bring it to life for all to see and experience. My characters are as detailed as I can make them. When I create a character, I do so by imagining myself as that character. Who am I? Where do I come from? What is my family history? What is the goal I have for my future? Why is my goal my goal? Where do I want my goal to lead me? What obstacles do I expect to get in my way? What obstacles do I think might be able to stop me versus those which cannot stop me? All these questions and more are answered in every character I make. My greatest weakness as a role-player/GM is actually my greatest strength, my confidence. I have been role-playing for 16+ years now, and have a very advanced grasp of the English language and a strong sense for what I want and an unflinching willpower when it comes to enforcing my rules. As such, I am usually a daunting figure to those who join my RP's. My rules, guidelines, and thorough mechanics have more than once driven people away or made them nervous about joining. I know because many have told me as much. To some I can often come off as arrogant, but the line between confidence and arrogance is thin and in my mind I have yet to cross it. Others don't see it that way though. More than once I have butted heads with other role-players who were less than happy about my proud and unflinching enforcement of my rules and my intolerance for their behavior in return. To provide an example: A role-play I created on another site a few years ago was called "Ghost Warriors," an RP about an elite group of black ops soldiers put together in a team for the first time after working solo careers for several years. One individual was portraying a counter-tracking expert and did everything they were supposed to. Nnother member was a different kind of soldier which had little to no knowledge of tracking, and did everything that would count as God-Modding. ... I'll give you three guesses which one ended up on my naughty list and had a conflict with me at the end. The scene to open the RP was that our characters were all meant to rendezvous at a certain location in the Brazilian jungle in the dead of night in preparation for a surgical strike on a local drug facility. It's the jungle. It's nighttime. Visibility and light levels in such an environment are next to zero. Somehow the individual without tracking knowledge managed to track the counter tracking expert (who specified that he hid his tracks using every trick in the book) in near pitch black darkness in this jungle environment in the dead of night and "apprehended" him because he was observing the rest of the cast through his rifle scope because he was a little hesitant to jump in and join them until he was sure it was actually his team. As he apprehended the counter tracking expert the owner of the character detailed in his response post that his counter tracking expert character had his back turned to him the whole time had a hidden firearm (pistol) concealed under his body armor on his chest. After that post went up, the other member then conveniently said "Oh, you thought I didn't see that?" and took the concealed weapon away. How did you track a counter tracking expert in near pitch black darkness in the jungle at night? How did you conveniently see a weapon that was never shown to you and hidden under the body armor on his chest when you were facing his back the whole time? The answer: God-Modding. After bringing the counter tracking expert to "justice" before the rest of us my character, having been the designated team leader, was justifiably less than pleased about the "apprehension" and gave the offending character an earful about his mistake and lack of respect for his teammate. This set the actual player in control of the other soldier off, and he proceeded to yell at me and argue with me about "How come my character is being treated like he's the bad guy?" and "How come everyone else is turning against me?" Nobody was turning against him. His character was not being treated like a bad guy, but like a disrespectful teammate who needed to understand he was not in command and that such disrespect was not conducive to their mission. His sudden and convenient confiscation of the hidden weapon was an example of God-Modding, as was his ability to track a counter tracking expert in near pitch black night time conditions. I called him out on every mistake and violation of my rules and guidelines he made, and yet he tried to treat me like I was some kind of arrogant jerk who was just trying to power play him out of the RP for whatever his strange and made up reason was. In all honesty I was happy to see him leave, as it was his arrogance and his disregard for the rules and for the reality which was facing his character IC that got him kicked from the RP. I enforce my rules with great conviction and have an unbending will which usually puts people off. I'd say that this confidence in myself and in my rules and RP guidelines is my biggest weakness, which is ironically also my greatest strength. Any plans for Valentine's Day? My girlfriend and I have plans to enjoy the day together as we both enjoy more casual relaxation than formal or forced overly romantic scenarios. Coffee, tea or neither? Neither. I can't drink coffee, as it puts me to sleep. And I've never been a fan of tea (sad for me).[/column][/row] [divide][/divide] [centerblock=65][justify]With each new year comes some fresh ideas into the sight, and while our Member of the Month may not be brand spanking new as of this month, they've proven they have what it takes to go above and beyond what is expected of them. Not only are they helpful to new members trying to settle in and find their niche, they've also shown to be more than willing to lend a hand to the older members trying to learn a new style of roleplaying. This member has gone above what we expect from our roleplay creators, making his own roleplaying system that is super expansive and lively. Even in our site chat he's keeping things fun, while at the same time, being educational in the matters he speaks on. And so, after creeping through their postings, watching their every move like a hawk, I'm proud to say that January's Member of the Month is...[/justify][/centerblock][justify] [h]@Grey!![/h] And now some words from the MotM himself: [row][column=span4]What are some hobbies you enjoy, besides roleplaying? I write, for one. I guess that's more of a career choice, long-term, but I enjoy it. I play a lot of videogames, and I like dissecting films or TV shows with friends. Watching is only half of it - the rest is making predictions, jokes, and stealing ideas. If you could have one superpower what would it be? Why? Telekinesis. Subtle, versatile, great for making an entrance or getting Parliament to sit down, shut up, and start implementing my grand designs. What is, in your opinion, the best thing you've ever written? Tough, tough, tough. I am rarely entirely satisfied with anything, only satisfied enough for now. Nightshift received huge positive feedback from fans, but my writing was only half of that. I suppose I've always been largely pleased with Brief Lives. But it's not about the last project, it's about the next one. What is one of your favorite books and why? One? You want me to pick one? Probably The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. If you could do only one of the following things, which would you choose and why? Bungie Jumping into the Grand Canyon, starring in one episode of your favorite television show, beta testing a new video game system or having something you've written published in a magazine? The publishing, probably. Seems like it'd potentially lead to at least the bungie jumping thing. [/column][column=span4]How long have you been roleplaying/writing? I've been writing since I first attempted - for some goddamn reason - to adapt Resident Evil into a play at the age of eleven or twelve. In retrospect that was more like an early attempt at roleplaying, before I know what it was. Roleplaying since around 2003, I think. Online chatrooms, mainly - didn't started playing tabletop until 2007. What is the earliest character you can remember creating? Did you like the character? Do you still? The earliest I can remember is an utterly terrible Gary Stu - all-powerful incarnation of 'balance' in the form of a robed guy with Sephiroth hair and an ice-themed demon sharing his body, existing as a ghostly sword coming from his arm. Of course I liked him then - he was basically all id for my angsty teenage self. Now, of course I don't. Utter garbage. Do you have any pets? No, alas. My lease doesn't allow for it, but I used to have an adorable, permanently concussed cat named Prat. He'd walk into the kitchen in the morning and start yelling, and if you leaned down he'd rise up to put his paws around your neck and start nuzzling your chin as if he forgot food was even a thing. I miss that cat. He was the best cat. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? P-penguin? I've seen no penguin haha. That's, uh, clearly a tourist if there is indeed anyone there. Sounds of gun cocking.[/column][/row][/justify][justify][row][column=span4][/column][/row][/justify][row][column=span4] Both Interviews Conducted by~ @Elle Joyner [/column][/row][/justify][/size][/justify][/size][/justify][/size][/size]
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    [h]RpN Newsletter[/h] [row][column=span2]xxx[/column][column=span4]Ello Lovelies! [justify]I'm sure you're wondering what this new thing is all about. Well, thanks to the wonderful suggestion from your local [uSERGROUP=33]@Fellows[/uSERGROUP], we will have a monthly newsletter! You can expect this Newsletter to have an overview of past news/updates, and other various information that we hope will interest you, such as site statistics and monthly-themed events! The awesomer part in all this, is that it's all pieced together by the Fellows; written by them, and content ideas approved by them. I'll be the one making sure that you lovelies are getting your monthly newsletter on time and that it looks pretty, but everything else is done by the Fellows. That doesn't mean you can't also contribute! This Newsletter is for you, and new ideas are always welcome. If you have any ideas that you believe that we should consider for inclusion in a future Newsletter, please send me a PM, and I'll run it by the Fellows![/justify] Please Enjoy! ~ @Darth Pai[/size] [/fieldset][/row] [row][column=span2]xxx[/column][column=span4]Featured Novel and Song [justify]The first of January: An exciting day, full of wishes, hopes and firecrackers. What better for the quiet after the smoke than a good book and a nice song? This month's Book of the Month and Song of the Month Celebrate one arrival and one departure on this special day.[/justify][justify][/justify][/column][/row] [row][column=span4]Book of the Month [justify]Those of you studying literature might recognize J.D. Salinger, one of the American great authors. He is most known for Catcher in the Rye, a tumultuous journey through teenage rebellion, and a favorite of high school and collegiate studies alike. The pick of this month, however, highlights some of his lesser known works. @Dusky wants to kick her depression for good, find a medicine that works, and get her life in order! [*]@Silent Justice wants to get a girlfriend/boyfriend! [*]@cloudyblueday wants to figure out and focus on what makes her happy, devote more time to watching how-to art videos, play less video games, spend less time on RPN (it's too addictive!), work out her complicated relationship with music, and stop procrastinating! [*]@LotusSan wants to make people more aware of problems faced by the trans community! [*]@Aura Of Twilight wants to get further used to college (stop procrastinating, make more friends, etc.), improve her writing skills, and build up her self confidence! You can find the thread here if you are interested![/justify] ~ @Syrenrei [/size][/column][column=span1]x[/column][column=span4]Site Updates [justify]We had several updates to the site this month. Below I've summarized the updates, but I have also provided some links for you to go to the actual News & Update thread if you're curious to know more.[/justify][justify] (New) Emoticons Pooka has created new emoticons for the website! You can view the thread on it here. Shout out to Pineapple for helping implement the new emoticons for us. You may notice that the admins also have some customized emoticons that are relative to their names and/or avatars on the site. (New) Customizable Sidebar Thanks to Pineapple and Miz, you can now customize your sidebar. Click here to find our post detailing how! You can toggle to view Fellows on your sidebar like Administrators and Moderators, and you can also change the links that display on your sidebar to be more of what you personally want and need to be there. (Update) Serious Discussion Forum The Serious Discussions forums has had an update that you can read about here. A moderator is now required to approve your access to that section before you can post. (New) Search for Roleplayers We now have a new Search for Roleplayers function on the website thanks to the efforts of Pineapple and Ghan. You can find instructions here and how to use this function to not only find roleplayers, but to make sure you can be found by GMs! There is a new section to your profile that allows you to select your preferred genres as well as what type you enjoy. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to find groups and recruit for RPs in addition to our recruitment forums. (New) Chat Earlier this month I'm sure you noticed we introduced a new chat system that we trialled for a short while. Dark Wizard's announcement of it is here. The Shoutbox button on your top bar now says "Chat" and you have a little bar/button on the bottom right corner that says "Chat Rooms" too. You can use these to enter our shiny new chat channel and you can also send instant messages to people on the site! (New) Prefixes and Recruitment Changes Last but not least, you might have noticed there have been updates to both the prefixes for roleplays and recruitment forums! Read the details here. Roleplay prefixes are now simple, casual, or detailed instead of their former novice, intermediate, and advanced- this should reflect roleplay preferences rather than trying to nuance skill/experience. The recruitment forum is now named Interest Checks to help clarify the purpose of the forum: to present fully written out ideas of what you want to RP! 1x1 Recruitment is now renamed Looking for Partners for the same reason- clarity. Advertise in that forum to find the partner or partners of your private roleplay dreams![/justify] ~ @Syrenrei [/column][/row]