ANNOUNCEMENT: PLEASE READ
This concerns everyone.
I've talked to a few people about this (if you weren't one of them, i'm sorry - i've had problems catching some of you online, since we're all so busy). As you've probably all noticed, DP is pretty much dead. Other than the flurry of posts from Lola, recently, and a few posts from Beth, nobody has really done anything in weeks (literally). I don't know whether this just stems from business, from disinterest, from lack of contact between players, or possibly all three, but I do know that it makes me sad. I like what we have here, in DP. I like you guys. You're a great group of players, and I don't want to give you all up!
That said, I think something really needs to be done with DP so it's once again somewhere that we WANT to come and enjoy ourselves. Not a chore, but a pleasant pass-time.
That said, i've come up with the following notion. Feel free to leave your ideas and comments below, but i'm pretty much resigned to this (as are others). I think it's either got to be 'do something drastic with DP' or kill DP in the ass, because i've worked too long and hard with this community to have it fade away innocuously.
I suggest we completely revamp DP. Possibly even give it a different name. I suggest we set it post HBP, so we're more on track with canon (because I think maybe some of the lack of potterishness we experience here is because we are SO AU now it's not even funny. Given that we've not followed canon since POA).
I suggest that we all stick to canon characters where possibly, and toss OCs. That or keeps OCs to a minimum. I realise i'm the main culprit here, so if we go ahead and do this, I plan to drop Star, Demise, Maghnus, Angeline etc etc and maybe take up a few minor Hogwarts characters, who are named but not described in the books (god knows there are plenty of these!).
I know some of you won't be fond of this idea, but the problem (to me) seems to be that we have too many plots extended four years + back, that many of us either don't remember, or weren't around for, etc etc - DP canon has become very very hard to follow, and as a result is mostly relationship-based and quite frankly, well...a little boring. new characters would give us a chance to extend ourselves, a chance to interact with each other on new levels, and most of all a chance for us to really get back to writing
If this were to happen, all those who had canon characters and were happy to keep them would/could stay in those roles. Kate, for example, is happy to continue playing Severus, Lupin and Tonks. I'd be thrilled if the rest of you stayed on in your present roles (i'd hate to lose Millicent, Heather!), but I understand if you would prefer to drop them. To be honest, it's gotten to the stage where we do/will NEED a regular trio, regular Draco, etc etc. If DP#72597295
actually happens, i'm hoping we can promo like the dickens and get a whole heap of new players. It'll be less confusing for them, as we won't have to explain four years worth of AU canon.
So, please - comment below! I hope you'll all be ameanable to this, as I do truly want to keep playing with each and every one of you.
Oh, one last point - were we to go ahead and do this, i'd suggest shifting to GJ (potentially) and making the game thread-based, or at least thread AND aim based. We are all very busy, and in vastly different timezones, and that makes playing with some people very difficult. I think we all deserve the oppertunity to by IC with everyone
in the comm, not just a handful of people.
Oh, one last last point :P - I am taking volunteers for mods. I REFUSE TO DO THIS ALONE! :P
Much much MUCH love, and I do hope you'll all reply to this (soon!)