This next portion is a repost of my latest post in the World Guide Poll thread, but I think it fits well here too:
Sorry that I haven't updated since that last time. Don't worry though, I haven't forgotten about it. I've just been horrendously busy with school these past few weeks and by the looks of it, will be so for a few more weeks.
I've still got some items planned for the world guide, including more ancient civilization profiles, more towns (I'm sorry I still haven't updated the map), a few more location profiles, and dating of all events mentioned in the guide.
Also, if you'd like more updates and don't want to wait for me to have time to write stuff, write something up yourself and send it to me. I wanted this to be something of an open forum where the world was as much a product of your imagination than it was of mine, so I'll be more than glad to accept any reasonable submission.
Also, if anyone could send me a digest of important events occuring in each of the RPGs, especially stuff you think should be added to the world guide. Fortunately, activity in this forum has mushroomed far beyond my original predictions and there's almost no way for me to keep track of this stuff on my own as I originally planned. That said, I have been considering requesting another mod to help me out in running this forum, more info on that at a later date.
But please, continue posting, and send me material (writings, drawings, ideas, whatever).
IMPORTANT - FEEDBACK AND COMMENTS GREATLY APPRECIATED
As I'm sure all of you know, RPG activity is pretty much confined to the Dorms. There are very, very few (if any) characters whose allegiances lie with the Alliance, and I for one think this hurts the RPG as a whole because many aspects of the world are left unexplored and unused. Now, I know most RPers here are here because they are in a dorm and do this sort of as a dorm activity and I know the one character allowed will almost certainly go to a dorm-related character.
So, I am considering allowing each member one additional character so long as it is a non-dorm aligned character that is operating mainly on solid Alliance territory. I'm hoping this will get RPGs to expand beyond only dorm-related storylines and locations, allowing members across dorms to RP together were they normally couldn't. Now, I do realize there are some downsides to this. A lot of people find it hard enough to keep up with one RPG (I know the number of posts per RPG are staggering, even to me) and might not want to keep track of a second. Others, still, may just use the character as an additional character in current Dorm-related RPGs and do nothing to expand the world. And of course, others might have absolutely no interest in playing the other side of things and just not use it. Still, a lot of these could simply be solved by the person choosing not to create a second character and aren't compelling reasons not to do it. I am not planning to institute this feature right now, nor do I have any idea of when I would do so. This second character also wouldn't be just another character slot. It would have to be an Allianced-aligned character, not a dorm-related character. I would however, consider allowing a player to create 2 Alliance characters and no dorm character.
I want to hear your ideas on the subject. Is it a good idea? What do you like about it? What don't you like about it? Would you use the second character at all? Do you think other players would use the character correctly? All ideas I want you to throw my way.