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