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Aug
13
So as some of you know, we have been working to get a new server setup to move the site to that greatly will reduce our monthly expenses without sacrificing any resources or current quality. Unfortunately we were unable to complete the new setup in time before our current server charges another month of service. This means we now have another whole month to finish working on the new one, but unfortunately means we're going to need to tank the cost of the current server, and all the new server expenses simultaneously. This is going to be a bit rough on Dashmiel and myself.

I know many of you expressed interest in donating to help with this, and asked that I post an update if we didn't get the new server ready in time. The willingness for the community here to assist with the site expenses is something I forever appreciate.

The old server gets charged later this week, so anything we can pull in this week to help with that will be of great assistance.

Dashmiel also asked that I make note of a particularly large yearly expense that is coming up soon. When November rolls around, we need to renew our xenforo license as well as all of the licenses for our various features and addons so that we can continue to maintain active support for the website. Renewing all of that at once can be quite heavy so we've begun saving up now and any donations we can pull in between now and November that exceed the above need will be applied to getting all of our licenses renewed.

Thank you for taking the time to read this :)

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
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
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
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 :)
Dec
31
Storyteller’s Circle Highlights: December 2016

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

Special Thanks

Foremost is @Gwazi Magnum for continuing to dominate the Introduction Forum. Storyteller's Circle's strongest asset is its emphasis on community and staff support. Few have driven this point home into the Introduction Forum as readily as he. I would also like to recognize and thank @Meliodas, @Kian, @Otomos the Crazy, and @The Taleweaver for their active and consistent participation in the Introduction Forum alongside Gwazi Magnum.

In addition, special thanks are also afforded for @The Taleweaver, @Lovelessesbutterfly, @MissMudkip, @Cana, @Zorja, @Lazzamore, @ArQane, @Meliodas, and @Luxin 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 the entire month. This was largely in part 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 27 hours, so get ready to hit the ground running as soon as they do!

Continuing on, we have had several new Wardens that joined our staff team for the month of December, all 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. @The Taleweaver, @Diabolique, @DreamWhispers, @Persephone, and @CelticCat.

And lastly, but certainly not least! A very special thanks to everyone who generously donated to the website this month. Especially to @Loki Laufeyson/Faithy, @Sentry, and @Script for their very sizable and generous donations. However! Donations of any magnitude are worthy of recognition and thanks go out as well to @Lila Heartstrings, @Morbid Quote, @Meliodas, and @Cana.

New Roleplay Content

We have several new Epic Roleplays that have opened up their door this month including The Last Heroes' Guild GMed by @Almighty.Person.Me, Somnium Aeternum GMed by @Jag, The Sentinel Clans GMed by @Lovelessesbutterfly, and Pokemon: Journeys of Anteceon GMed by @Iamtheecchiking. With our site growing so swiftly, these Epic Roleplays have served to offer a home for large numbers of roleplayers and have been a key component to keeping large numbers of players engaged while we work to improve our selection of single-thread play-by-post roleplays.

In addition to our Epic Roleplays, we have begun to offer personal sub-forum space for large Multi-Thread Roleplays that don't fit the definition of Epic Roleplays. We now have two multi-thread roleplays opened up: Ages Eternal GMed by @Lazzamore and Requiem GMed by @TrashierThanThou.

Though lagging behind our Epic Roleplays, our play-by-post roleplays are slowly growing in number. In particular we would like to recognize Stahlheim College of Magic GMed by @ChelonianCommander, for its grand-opening that hit the ground running. 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 have really picked up this month with a lot of new additions in both the artwork and creative writing forums. @Lila Heartstrings, @Elionwy, @Shadowwell , @Ghost, @ChelonianCommander, @Shiore, @Cowl, @WiZ, @Silaries, @Señor Bubble, @Astaroth, @GanonTARDIS, @TheZanta, @DispiritedKing, @Iamtheecchiking, @EvrinKai, @BadApple, @Miss Claire Elizabeth, @Willow Novell, @Kian, @Rachel Rider, and @grandin all have new threads in the creative forums. Definitely worth checking them all out.

We have a new website guide setup to help our new users, and I urge everyone to be familiar with it so they can hand it off to people in need: Comprehensive Website Guide

In addition to our website guide we've had three new guides submitted to our Roleplayers' Codex, including a grammar guide by @Nilum, and a T1 PVP Tiers guide by @Drakel. We will be on the lookout in the months to come for more guides to add to our codex!

Summary

What we're doing right: Our staff and users alike have been excellent in receiving new members, helping them get situated, and making them feel at home. We've had great success in fronting engaging Epic Roleplays, and making people feel welcome within these roleplays. My expectations have genuinely been far exceeded by the support I continue to witness between our users on a day to day basis.

What we need to work on: Our play-by-post roleplay forums is our weakest point right now. Our bulletin board is flooded with roleplay ideas and interest checks - many of which have had piles of interest - but only a small fraction of these have been making it into the play-by-post forums. If we wish to make January as strong a month for Storyteller's Circle as November and December have been, we should all put some time and effort to helping to strengthen this area of our website.

Sneak peak for January: We have a lot of new projects in the works for January. Among them is the full launch of our Design team. For our artists out there, keep an eye out for news regarding this! We will be on the lookout for artists interested in donating their time to helping people make their roleplays come alive through imagery. A full team dedicated to creating banners, signatures, character sketches, front page slider images, and more for people lays on the horizon.

We will also be launching the first edition of our monthly Storyteller’s Circle comic strip, so keep an eye out for that as well.
Nov
30
Gosh, we have come so far in such a short span of time that it's hard to imagine that we've only been up and running for four weeks! I want to personally congratulate each and every person for a resoundingly successful opening for Storyteller's Circle.

Many thanks are in order to everyone who has dedicated their time and energy into the site.

Foremost I wish to extend personal thanks and gratitude to our entire Warden team, many of whom have been working around the clock to make our new arrivals feel like welcomed guests. Gwazi Magnum in particular deserves a gesture of gratitude for his diligent and tireless attention to our Introduction forum.

I also want to extend thanks to Nilum and those who arrived with him for their hard work in getting us into second place on the top RP sites that opened up the flood gates to our new arrivals.

Lastly every one of our users who have been joining roleplays or working to get their own roleplays up and running have my thanks and gratitude. Without users creating stories, our site loses meaning. You're why we have created this place, and words cannot describe my pleasure at seeing such healthy inspiration, interaction, and enthusiasm from everyone.

I personally look forward to seeing what December will bring! Also as a reminder for those who have been assisting with voting. TopRPSites will be resetting their votes in just over 26 hours. Once this happens all of the site's votes will be reset to 0 to start the race anew. If we want to reclaim our position at the top we'll need a resurgence of voting as soon as the votes reset.
Nov
12
Greetings and welcome to our roleplaying community!

To ensure a smooth transition into Storyteller's Circle, all new arrivals are required to participate in our introduction forum. We understand that one of the hardest things about joining a new site is simply getting integrated into a new community and forming connections with strangers. This process ensures that we can get a feel for who you are and what you're bringing to our site, as well as for you to get a feel for who we are and what we can offer you. What we don't want is for our new users being faced with a wall of threads and user names that they don't recognize, only to get lost in the shuffle and move on as they go unnoticed. For us community is foremost, so connecting with the community is the first step to joining Storyteller's Circle.

You may browse our forums at your leisure, but you won't have access to posting outside of our community threads and chatroom until after an Admin approves your account. The swiftest way for that to happen is simply to engage other users in a positive manner. Tell us about yourself, what type of roleplays you're interested in, or what you're looking for in a roleplay site. If you have questions about how our forum is setup or are curious about any roleplays in particular, this transition period is the best time to ask.

We understand that this may be seen as an inconvenience to some, but our goal is to cater to those who are patient, friendly, and genuinely interested in becoming a member of our community.

In the meanwhile, welcome once again and please do make yourself at home.
Oct
31
Need to host a large roleplay? No worries! In an effort to meet the needs of our players, we offer personal forum space for large play-by-post roleplays and tabletop games. Features available include multiple sub-forums for sorting threads, tabbed threads for organizing information, an integrated bbcode dice system, google document embeding, moderator privileges over the roleplay's forums, and optional co-GMs, and a custom feature on our front page slider. We also offer personal chatroom space for large roleplays.

Check out our Epic Roleplay Forums for some examples of these features in use.

Our guidelines for running and requesting Epic and Tabletop Roleplays have been added to our rules forum:
Epic Roleplay Guidelines
Tabletop Roleplay Guidelines