Another month and another resounding success for Storyteller's Circle.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
After much hard work and anticipation from all involved, we are proud to finally announce the opening of the Storyteller's Circle roleplay forum!
It is our vision to grow Storyteller's Circle into a thriving community of writers and roleplayers, and to become a place where writers of all skill levels can feel safe and welcome. We offer a supportive staff, numerous features to help support roleplays of all types, a live chat, and above all fresh enthusiasm and inspiration derived from a group of people dedicated to seeing Storyteller's Circle prosper.
If you're a roleplayer looking for a fresh start on a new site who values a healthy community and supportive environment, then I welcome you to come join us at Storyteller's Circle.
Among our offered features, we provide personal forum space for large roleplays or tabletop roleplays that include multiple sub-forums for sorting threads, tabbed threads for organizing information, an integrated bbcode dice system, google document embedding, 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.
For those with a competitive flare, I encourage you to swing on by our Arena.
We also support all creative outlets and have made available our Creative Forums for sharing artwork, photography, short stories, poetry and more.
We currently have two large scale roleplays in place that are actively open to new players. They can be found in our Epic Roleplay Forums. We will be working diligently to open more roleplays (and to assist new arrivals with opening their own roleplays) as the site grows.
And lastly make sure you check out our site rules before you dive in.
We hope to see many new faces in the days to come!
Most animals have similar skin to their fur color. If a horse has dark hair, the skin is black, and if it has white hair, the skin is black. A tiger's skin is striped with its fur pattern. Polar bears break this mold. It has black skin and fur that appears to be white. Actually, a polar bear has two layers of fur that appear white or tannish, but in actuality, it's translucent! I wonder if they ever feel naked?
Everyone talks about how unique the platypus is, but why isn't there more love for the equally unique echidna? It is the only other known mammal to lay eggs, like the platypus, and it also uses a form of electrical energy to guide itself like the platypus and the bat. Echidnas also have spurs, but instead of poison, they secrete scent, and... you know what? Echidnas are just plain awesome/weird all around.