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Storyteller's Circle

Roleplaying Forums - The Place Where Stories Come To Life

May
30
Storyteller’s Circle Highlights: April + May 2017

As many of you know, we spent the last couple months easing off on general recruitment and site advertising to help give everyone time to settle in. This recap will be marking the end of that brief hiatus and a fresh new influx of new users soon to come! I'll start us off with our usual special thanks and recaps, followed by some hopefully exciting news.

Special Thanks

With our pause in recruitment our introduction forum hasn't been hopping as much, but I'd like to extend thanks to @Gwazi Magnum, @Kian, @Pokc, and @Silence for their efforts in keeping on top of our new arrivals during the interum. Every new arrival is worth equal attention and assistance.

In addition, special thanks are also afforded for @Script, @_BB_, @6purplecats, @romamaro, and @Pokc for taking the time to recommend our website to others. Nothing says 'I support this community' like giving your personal recommendation to friends.

And lastly, but certainly not least! A very special thanks to everyone who generously donated to the website these past two months. @Script, @marsbat, @Jomber. Nothing is more humbling than the members of our community that help to fund our website. Thank you.

New Roleplay Content

We have several new Epic Roleplays that have opened up their doors since our last recap including Planetscape GMed by @Southpaw, 1,000 Years After the End GMed by @Drakey, and Atlantis - City of Dreams GMed by @RyunaSiege. With our soon to be resurgence of new arrivals Epic Roleplays are a great opportunity to offer a home for large numbers of roleplayers and have historically been a key component to keeping large numbers of players engaged. We're always happy to see more of them open up.

In addition to our Epic Roleplays, we also had a new Multi-thread roleplay start up. War of the Ancients GMed by Shadowsong.

Though historically lagging behind our Epic Roleplays, our play-by-post roleplays have continued to vastly grow in number until they have taken a more prominent position on our website with over sixty different play-by-post roleplays active in the past two months! Congratulations to everyone who has worked hard to generate engaging content across our forums. In particular we would like to once again recognize Stahlheim College of Magic GMed by @ChelonianCommander as its rebooted roleplay proves as popular and engaging as its original. It is my sincere hope that in time our play-by-post forums will be filled with roleplays as lively and engaging as this one has proven to be for its players.

New Miscellaneous Content

Our creative forums continue to be a popular destination for new arrivals and older users alike with new additions in both the artwork and creative writing forums. @ChelonianCommander, @Raging Glowwworm, @Madame Waldegrave, @Veronica, @Arx11, @King Lurk, @Joshua Raxter, @★Under The Stars★, @Jannistory19, @Focusedheart, @Shadowwell, @Drakey, @Imperatus Rex, @Lucifer, @FriendA, @Monster the Vamelfaer, @MJK2431, and @Grimsby all have new threads in the creative forums. As a personal favorite area of the forums, thank you everyone for taking the time to showcase your non-roleplay creative works for everyone to enjoy.

Summary

What we're doing right: Despite our decision to take a brief hiatus on drawing new people to the site, the people we already have smoothly took it in stride. Our roleplays continue to bloom, and new content is regularly being made available throughout our forums. This assures me that our decision to ease off the gas for a few months was the right decision to give people time to settle in and work into their stride without being so overwhelmed. Keep the content coming!

What we need to work on: While we have had a large influx of roleplays opening up through-out our play-by-post forum, I have noted many prove short-lived. This is unfortunately a struggle faced by many roleplayers and GMs alike. Long-lasting and engaging roleplays help build confidence with new arrivals, and I would urge anyone who may be struggling with keeping their roleplays going to contact our Warden team for advice and assistance if desired. We have a vested interest in seeing everyone's roleplays succeed!

Sneak peak for June: With out recruitment/advertisement hiatus coming to a close we will be renewing our TopRPSite membership subscription and beginning a renewed push for votes. With high rankings on the TopRPSite always comes a massive influx of new arrivals. Everyone should be ready! If people have new roleplay ideas they've been wanting to get off the ground, or want to flesh out their current roleplays with new players then June will be the month fopr it! Definitely make sure you swing through our introduction forum to scout out potential candidates and to get to know the new arrivals. Since all new members are required to pass through there, it's a great place to find players for your roleplays.

I would also lastly like to take a moment to note that the large quantity of donations we received at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 had our server and site expenses paid up all the way through to June! That was a whole half a year! Unfortunately with June now arriving, so to has ended the surplus of donations funds. Anyone wishing to help out with maintaining our community, now's the time to do it! As always though, Dashmiel and I will personally see to any expenses not covered by donations.
Mar
31
Storyteller’s Circle Highlights: March 2017

Special Thanks

Hi guys! Cream here. I'm helping Tiko out with this month's highlights and so, here I am! We're now in month five of STC's life and things are really good. We seem to have had lots of new members again this month and again, we haven't left an intro post untouched. Great work from all of us, and special thanks to @Nox @Kian @Astaroth @Neptune @Silence and @_nebula_, and of course everyone else that have taken the time to reply to our many new users and help them out.

Also, a special thanks goes to @Nox @Birdee10 and @Silence for taking the initiative to help out with queries that have come into the Help Forum. This means that we also haven't had any of the help forum go unanswered either. Having your help is greatly appreciated, especially if the Admins or staff aren't immediately around.

New Roleplay Content

We have two new epic roleplay's this month. The Isthmus of Souls by @ArQane and Etoliea by @Singing Skies and @Rachel Rider. Definitely go and check them out, as well as the other epic RP's that are up there.

We also have a lot of OOC threads that have started this month, so check them out in the OOC forums. Some of them include: Masks by @ViceVersus, AADC by @Astaroth and E.U.C.L.I.D by @Southpaw and many many more, so be sure to check them all out if you are still looking for more adventures to go one.

Also check out our bulletin board. There are many ideas up there that are waiting to grab attention! Or, post your own if you have a story to tell!

Creative Forums

We now have a photography forum! @Tiko, @katisacat and myself have kick started things off with a bang and posted some awesome pictures. So check them out and post your own if you have anything!

The art forums have been in full swing again this month with amazing new art from @Pankong @lemonyhell @Silverflight @softboy @MoonBubble @The Mass Defect @SakiMcGee @DoveDragon @Petaloúdes and a special thanks to @Avery who I've seen some very gorgeous commissions for some of our users!

And in the creative writing forums we've had lots of new stories and poetry been posted! @Azure Dragon @.Potato., @Otomos the Crazy @katisacat @Draco Red @Rooibos @Pankong @Shadowwell @WiZ @EvrinKai @Madame Waldegrave, @Jingli888 @Aristotlle @Focusedheart @TeaAnna1 @uninspired&tired @FadedAlphabet @IdleChatter @Raging Glowworm and @OxBellows.

The March contests have just closed! I'm getting the voting threads up this weekend, so go and read the entries and look at the art submitted. I didn't have as many entries as last month, but that's okay. Just a reminder that I am to get each contest up around the 10th of each month and they close two weeks later. I'll probably start putting up an announcement in the creative forums to let you guys know that they're up! April's will come once the voting has closed!

As for my monthly comic, that is going to be slightly late for March. I've been extremely busy at work this month and so unfortunately the comic has been on the back burner and I haven't managed to finish it. But it should be up next week some time!

Summary

What we're doing right: The forums are in full swing. We're keeping on top of helping out new users, posting roleplays, and generally being focused on the community as we've always wanted to be. This is great guys. Nothing sends a better message than giving a warm welcome to new users and giving them help when they need it.

What we need to work on: The chat. I've noticed over the last month that it's been rather quiet at times. If you're around, pop in and say hello! And if you're a new user, come in and say hello also! Rather than having people come in and see a dead chat, let them come in and see the conversation flowing! Especially if you are like me and like chatting!

Sneak Peak for April: Not sure what we have in store for April but I just want to say that we should keep up the great work we've been doing for the community. It's been a great five months so far! Let's keep up the good work guys!
Feb
12
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So welcome to Cream's monthly artistic competition! I have finally had the time to set this up and so here we go! Any questions, ask here. And submissions can also go here too. I will collate them into the thread to vote for the winner when it's time! :)

How does it work?

Each month, I will post 3 topics for the month in which you can chose 1, 2 or all three (see the topics section below to understand.
I will give a two week deadline for entries to be sent in on this thread.
Once all entries are in I will set up a poll for the community to vote for the winner of that month.

Who can enter?

Songs
Poems
Limericks/Haiku's/Sonnets etc
Short stories
Long stories
Basically, anything to do with writing

Rules

You can submit as many pieces as you want.
Anything submitted after the deadline won't be accepted.
The submitted piece needs to have at least one of the three topics incorporated.
The topics can be incorporated in any way shape or form be as creative as you want.
Keep to the site rules.

February's Topics!

As it's the month of love, lust, etc... Valentine's Day! So, this is the theme.

- Starting or ending the piece with 'I loved him/her/it etc
- Write about something that is falling in love with another thing
- Someone watching a couple that are in love

Deadline

26th February - 5pm EST / 10pm GMT
Feb
12
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So welcome to Cream's monthly artistic competition! I have finally had the time to set this up and so here we go! Any questions, ask here. And submissions can also go here too. I will collate them into the thread to vote for the winner when it's time! :)

How does it work?

Each month, I will post 3 topics for the month in which you can chose 1, 2 or all three (see the topics section below to understand.
I will give a two week deadline for entries to be sent in on this thread.
Once all entries are in I will set up a poll for the community to vote for the winner of that month.

Who can enter?

Artists - Digital or Traditional.
Photographers.
Musicians.
Any other artistic talent that I might miss.

Rules

You can submit as many pieces as you want.
Anything submitted after the deadline won't be accepted.
The submitted piece needs to have at least one of the three topics incorporated.
The topics can be incorporated in any way shape or form - as words, pictures, sounds... be as creative as you want.
Keep it within site rules

February's Topics!

As it's the month of love, lust, etc... Valentine's Day! So, this is the theme.

- Using the colours Red/Pink (doesn't have to only be those colours)
- Incorporating Roses, chocolates and/or hearts
- A romantic setting

Deadline

26th February - 5pm EST / 10pm GMT

Feb
05
Many of you have already noticed that we have several new features available. Please be mindful that many of these are in a sort of early testing phase to see how they settle, and if any changes need to be made for user comfort.

Among them is our new photo gallery that can be used to upload your roleplay images directly to the website, where you can link them in your posts just like an image hosting site. You can create albums to organize things by roleplay or characters, and you can create group albums that multiple people can post images into. How people choose to make use of these features is up to them, we only ask that you keep the images website and roleplay related. We aren't an image hosting site and images take up a lot of space , so we've capped everyone at 5mbs. This should be plenty of space to upload character images, banners, and other roleplay related content. We ask that people host all their personal family photos and what not on a proper image hosting website.

We also now have a blog page setup. We are going to try and get a bit more visibility going with it, but other than that it's fully functional. Make use of it for whatever. We have no real guidelines for what people may or may not blog about as long as it follows the site rules. I just would recommend not using it to advertise roleplays due to the simple fact that its low visibility coupled with the bulletin board already being set up for roleplay advertisements means that it's likely to clutter the blogs and not really help get players because most people are looking in the bulletin board for roleplays.

We also how have a very large array of emojies available :emoji_grinning: :emoji_scream_cat::emoji_robot::emoji_imp::emoji_ox::emoji_gorilla::emoji_wolf::emoji_bow_and_arrow: and more (1300+ more to be precise!)

The new donation addon now supports recurring donations for people who were asking about that.

And lasty, we got a new Dark Theme added. Please be advised that it's not yet finished! I have made it available though so people can poke around and let me know if they spot anything that's not quite working right with it.

With any and all of the above new features, please let us know if anything is acting squirrely :)
Jan
31
Storyteller’s Circle Highlights: January 2017

Another month and another resounding success for Storyteller's Circle.​

Special Thanks

Foremost are our users who continue to enrich our introduction forum with their efforts to greet and engage our new arrivals. Our forerunners this month are @Gwazi Magnum joined by @GoddessLuna. I would also like to recognize and thank @Meliodas, @Kian, @ArQane, and @Cream, and @Inconspicuous for their active and consistent participation in the Introduction Forum. Thanks extended further to @Birdee10, @Marcsun, and @Gypsy for testing the waters so to speak and taking the time to toss a few greetings here and there to fellow users. These individuals are always the first to be highlighted in our monthly recaps for the simple reason that they all go to show through action - not just words - that we as a community genuinely value each and every new arrival. We had over 130 introduction threads posted in the month of January, and not a single one went unanswered. Thank you.

In addition, special thanks are also afforded for @Drakel, @Gypsy, @Persephone, @Red Starr, @escasriet, @Iamtheecchiking, @Captain Cannonfists, @Silence, and @Marcsun for taking the time to recommend our website to others. Nothing says 'I support this community' like giving your personal recommendation to friends.

We also had another very successful voting month and maintained a second place position on the Top RP Sites listings for all but the last few days. This was as usual due to the sheer number of people we had participating in voting when the votes reset, and thanks are in order for each and every one of them. Keep up the good work! The votes reset in 25 hours, so get ready to hit the ground running as soon as they do! As usual we'll send out alert reminders for everyone for the first week to snag our position swiftly.

Continuing on, we have had two new Wardens that joined our staff team for the month of January, both of whom are deserving of thanks for volunteering their time to making Storyteller's Circle a better place and to ensure that our users have the best experience possible. @GoddessLuna and @Sway.

And lastly, but certainly not least! A very special thanks to everyone who generously donated to the website this month. Especially to @Faithy (who once again sits at the top of our donation listings with her very generous donation), and to @Jehanne, @Sokka, @Script, @Aman, and @Luxin for their sizable donations of $20 or more. However! Donations of any magnitude are worthy of recognition and thanks go out as well to @GoddessLuna, and @Cana. It is through these donations that we were not only able to keep our server paid in full, but also to get several new features added to the site this month. Thank you to each and every one of our donors.

New Roleplay Content

We have several new Epic Roleplays that have opened up their door this month including MANiKiN GMed by @MissMudkip, Ame Damnee GMed by @Meliodas, and We the Unwanted GMed by @ArQane. With our site growing so swiftly, these Epic Roleplays continue to offer a home for large numbers of roleplayers and have been a key component to keeping large numbers of players engaged while we continue to work to improve our selection of single-thread play-by-post roleplays. Keep them coming!

As some recall, as of last month, we have begun to offer personal sub-forum space for large Multi-Thread Roleplays that don't fit the definition of Epic Roleplays. We have had a third Multi-Thread roleplay kick off this month. Nomadium GMed by @Southpaw.

Though still lagging behind our Epic Roleplays, our play-by-post roleplays are steadily picking up. January saw a spike of new roleplays - about twenty in total - open up across our various play-by-post roleplay forums. It is my hope to see that doubled by the end of February!

New Miscellaneous Content

Our creative forums have exploded as we rolled through January. Both the Artwork and the Creative Writing Forums saw a large influx of activity and new content. Within the Creative Writing forum we have new threads by @CripplingDepression, @Inconspicuous, @VoidLion, @Blood Born Angel, @Silence, @Tay M. Alexiel, @Cream, @Kyoto Fang, @KurdtTheory, @Therris, @RainiSky, @Ostensor Dolor and @Avartes. Definitely worth checking them all out. I would also like to make a special note of @Saarai for his 41st post in his DC Fanfic, Gods Among Men. Within the Artwork forum we have new threads up by @galacticspaceray, @Empress, @marquis, @ConquerorFox, @Liyrical, @Aeris, @ArQane, @Daisy, @RyunaSiege, @Jpzarde, @Buckmane, @TrashierThanThou, @SmallBees, @Boky, @Birdee10, @Pupper, @Revelree, @vwrynn, and @Imperator Semper Rex. Phew! Think that's everyone.

We also have another new website guide setup to help our chat users, and I urge everyone to be familiar with it so they can hand it off to people in need: Chat Guidelines and Conflict Resolution

We launched our first edition of Cream's Storyteller's Circle Comic Strip! Make sure you check it out if you haven't already. She'll be posting a new strip up once a month.

Lastly we have made available several new features as mentioned previously. Thanks to our donors we now have the ability to sort conversations into topics and groups for easy organizing. We also now have a very versatile bbcode table available for people. Lastly the bulletin board now supports multiple prefixes, so you can tag several prefixes to your post including an open/full description, a type description of 1x1, epic roleplay, multi-thread roleplay, and tabletop roleplay, and a list of genre/sub-genre options. We'll be adding more prefixes as needed.

Summary

What we're doing right: Day by day we continue to strengthen the community of Storyteller's Circle and prove our site values through action. Peoples immense willingness to assist one another, and to engage our new users is unlike anything I have seen on any other roleplay site I have personally visited. I continue to be astounded.

What we need to work on: Our play-by-post roleplay forums remains our weakest point right now. There has been a marked improvement of available roleplays starting up, but we definitely need more. Twenty new roleplays is a sold number, but with over a hundred and thirty new introduction posts for the month of January alone we have a greater demand for roleplays than we have roleplays available. The Epic Roleplays have helped take the brunt of this demand, but let's try and double our available single thread and multi-thread play-by-post roleplays by the end of February.

Sneak peak for February: More features! Several new ones have been implemented already, but we have plans for more on the horizon. In particular we're hoping to have blogs and media galleries available in the near future. The gallery in particular will allow people to host their character images and roleplay images directly on the site rather than through an off site location. We're also looking to implement a more efficient donation system that will allow for people to set up recurring monthly donations, as well as allow people to see where their donations are going and even allow people to pick specific things they would like to donate for (like donating for a specific feature, rather than just a general donation). This will allow us to better develop the site in the directions that people are most interested in.
Jan
24
Khorvaire, a continent rich with resources, nations, and magic. Cities with towers soaring in the sky dot the horizon as a lightning rail car zooms past, electricity zapping everywhere. Flying fortresses, underground lairs filled with dragons, wastelands with arcane storms ravaging the dirt. Indeed Khorvaire is a land of magic and wonder. However, it is also a land recovering from war.

The Last War was fought across all of Khorvaire, even stretching into the jungles of Xen'drik. It was a war that split nations apart to form new ones. It caused blood to be spilt in every possible corner of the nation. It lasted for over one hundred years, starting with the death of King Jarot of the Kingdom of Galifar in 894 YK, and effectively ending two years after destruction of Cyre, a once beautiful city now filled with deadly arcane storms and a curse that affected even the strongest of men. The Last War didn't only result in bad scars across the continent. It gave birth to a variety of military marvels. One of these, perhaps the most important, was the creation of the Warforged. Built for war and given sentience, these soldiers were geared for war the moment they left the Cannith Creation Forges.

The bloody Last War ended in 996 YK, two years after Cyre erupted in a flash of arcane energy. All the nations of Khorvaire, the old remnants of the Kingdom of Galifar and the new nations that took the opportunity to create themselves, met together to sign the Treaty of Thronehold. The treaty did a number of things. Firstly, it would end all fighting among the nations. They couldn't continue a war that had no apparent victor. Secondly, it recognized the remaining Warforged as a sentient race, with all the benefits. Thirdly, it ordered the destruction of all Cannith creation forges. The nations agreed, and an uneasy peace followed.

The year is 998 YK. It is an age of heros, explorers, adventurers, merchants, anything. The ancient ruins on Xen'drik beckon with hidden treasure buried in deep vaults. Abandoned villages and castles from The Last War shine with hidden weapons and magic for the brave explorers. Despite the peace however, a presence has torn itself from the shattered remnants of Cyre. A presence that demands war until there IS a victor. And he will be that victor.
Jan
21
What is a Designer? A designer is a volunteer artist or web designer who dedicates their time into helping the less artistically inclined individuals of Storyteller's Circle, or developing the aesthetics of the website.

What are the responsibilities of a Designer? Banners, avatars, signatures, character sketches, roleplay maps and more fall under the umbrella of Designer obligations. They also use their artistic talents to help spice up the website itself in various ways. This can include personal comic strips, art contests, requested site graphics, forum skins, and more.

Are there any rules that Designers need to follow? The requirements to maintaining a position on the Designer team are less stringent than some of the other staff teams, but as it is a staff team an element of good conduct is expected of all Designers. They should be familiar with and adhere to all the standard site rules. There are no team specific rules.

How does one become a Designer? We are currently accepting applications to join the Designer team. Simply PM a cover letter to Tiko along with a list of any skill sets that would benefit the Design team and a personal portfolio of some of your works.

Given that the site itself is only a few months old, there is no requirement for how long one has been a member of Storyteller's Circle to apply as a Designer, but there is an expectation that anyone applying has become familiar with the website and its community.
Jan
03
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We the Unwanted
“I swear an oath to protect my clan, as the clans have sworn to protect me. To spill my blood for my family, and the brother families that have joined us to perish this greater evil. My duty as a Guardian grants me the strength to guard, protect, and serve— to my last breath.”

Now the clans have formed a kingdom, and that kingdom has broken its oath.

History
A millennium ago, the Clan of Eruvia launched a campaign to establish full control over the world, spreading quickly from the west and overtaking smaller clans in their path. In a desperate attempt to stop them, smaller clans mustered up a task force filled with their most skilled of fighters to overtake the juggernaut army that was threatening to conquer them. The Guardians, so they were called, miraculously pushed back the incoming threat, but experienced isolation from their homeland whilst being the frontlines for years.

During this time, the smaller clans lived in relative ease, and eventually set aside their differences, uniting together into a large kingdom. Decades have past before the Guardians finally managed to defeat the Eruvians, but come back to find out so much has changed. The new ‘Kingdom of Luina’ took in their heroes with uncertainty, worrying that the returning heroes would somehow break the peace and prosperity that took them so long to build up. The Guardians, needless to say, were taken aback by the hostility, and soon the Kingdom and the Guardians became separate peoples that coexisted in the same lands.

It was then that the Guardians finally broke. They pointed angry accusations at the Kingdom, and some even started violent uprisings and threatened the crown. The Kingdom retaliated with war against the Guardians, launching a series of successful campaigns against them. The Guardians, knowing that defeat was imminent, created a massive fortress, located outskirts in the Geraldi Province, to separate them from Luin forces.

For hundreds of years, this fortress will be left alone, surrounded by wilderness that the people of the Kingdom didn’t dare to inhabit. The stories of the Guardians were told; the savages that went rogue after being graciously accepted back into the Kingdom. Anyone who were to wander too far into their domain would pay with their life. This brings a period of peace to both the Kingdom and the Guardians, but it is shadowed by the growing weariness of both groups.
Jan
02
Hello everyone,

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Cream and part of the creative team. You may be in a role play with me, or seen me in the chat and in the creative forums (and I may just be annoying people in the game forums ;)). If you know me, great, if you don't know me then hello!

You may have seen in the Storyteller's Circle Highlights sneak preview, that a site comic is on the way. If you have not seen that announcement yet, you can find it here.

So, down to business. What am I doing?

I'm creating a site comic that will hopefully entertain you all. I've done a couple of comic pages before, and have great pleasure to do one for Storyteller's Circle. Before I get going on the first page, I need a couple of things from yourselves. As users of the site, I want to have us in the comic, but I do understand not everyone wants to have themselves portrayed in such things, so this thread is for users to express that they don't mind being in the comic. I will only use users that have posted it as an okay here.

That said, I'm not going to be drawing the users as cartoon people, so I also won't need any photos of yourself or anything to go by, if you're worried about that. I won't even need a description of your looks. I haven't decided on how I'm definitely going to portray yourselves in the comic just yet, but as I still need to work on drawing people, and therefore it won't be as people.

At this point in time, I'm only looking for your consent to be used as a character, within the comic and not for actual comic ideas. That's not to say ideas are unwelcome. If you do have any ideas regarding the storyline and do want to share them with me, then feel free to drop me a line via PM. If they were used, or have inspired me in any way, I'd be sure to fully credit you as well, though there is no guarantee that they will be used.

If you register your consent before the 20th, of each month, then you may find yourself in that month's comic strip. Again, I don't have any guarantees that every user will be featured each month as it does depend on the story. This thread is just to make sure that when I do use users, they are happy for me to do so.

Many thanks,

Cream :)