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Storyteller's Circle

Roleplaying Forums - The Place Where Stories Come To Life

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.
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.
Dec
06
We've all seen roleplays come and go, seemingly in the hundreds. The number of roleplays that make it past their first month are only a fraction of those being created, and the number that last even a single year are even fewer in quantity. It can be depressing, especially from the end of a GM who has to abandon their work to start anew as roleplay after roleplay fails. It can be discouraging for players as well though as they become jaded at putting effort into joining a roleplay only to find it abandoned a few weeks later. This article is geared towards targeting several key components that I have personally seen contribute to the fall of many roleplays over my years of administrating and staffing on various roleplay forums. It is my sincere hope that sharing these observations will see more roleplays through the long haul, and far fewer falling into obscurity before they ever begin.
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
14
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
Nov
14
Swing on over to the Roleplayers Codex to read up on our latest roleplaying guide:

"A mighty and grand fleet looming in space silently may be a mental image that inspires grandeur and awe, but the process of creating one is something that can seem titanic and terrifying. It is an undertaking that is sizable and time consuming, but like most things in life, it can be done if you set your mind to it and create a plan..."
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.