Is It Really Slow Or Am I Just Out Of The Loop?
GangOfDolls last edited by GangOfDolls
It's been a shitty fucking year. Work has been a motherfucker and my dad died a slow, horrible death from cancer. Life has generally sucked and so too did my bandwidth and awareness of what's happening in games.
I keep trying to kind of emerge from this lack of nerdiness in my free time coma and the people out there that I'm talking to are also all scratching around for games. So, am I just way out of the loop or are things just like, really slow?
This isn't really a bitch thread. It's actually a genuine question but I was concerned it was gonna devolve into something less than constructive, so I put it in the Hog Pit but this is a real and interested question.
My interests are limited and my awareness of the community is even more limited, so grade this on a curve when I say yes, I believe the medium is appreciably closer to death than it was six months ago.
Arx is finishing up a much longer than anticipated freeze on actions, so people are moving more sluggishly there. Gray Harbor and Spirit Lake are, to my knowledge, chugging along well. There remain the various WoD/CoD games; NOLA (disclaimer: am quasi-staff on) recently introduced Changelings, and there's been a small but noticeable uptick in activity as people explore that sphere.
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@Rinel So last I heard about Spirit Lake was that it was full and let me emphasize how long last was ago, so are they accepting apps now or am I confusing it with another game?
This is helpful, otherwise. Thanks!
Spirit Lake opened up late this summer, IIRC. I believe it's still open.
I mean -- it's always slow during the holidays, on every game I have ever been on, moreso as more people go off to breed and whatnot, and have tiny humans to care for and elderly elders to elder.
As far as number of games, I think we have about the same number of games that we usually have? I don't think there has been a significant falloff in sheer numbers lately, but I could be wrong, and there are many others in active development.
Player participation is low, as there is a lot of OOC-room loungery.
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I'm sitting things out for a bit after a really awful run, so I couldn't tell you how things are going on the one game I'm sticking with.
Some genres are right out for me, and that knocks a lot of potential places off the list of places for me to consider joining personally. Others have policies that aren't things I can agree to, so that knocks them out, too.
On top of that, there are games run by people I've seen behave in intentionally abusive ways meant to cause real harm to others -- here or elsewhere -- that guarantee I would never set foot on any place where they are the folks whose judgment calls and ethical behavior I'm supposed to put my faith in.
There's just not a heck of a lot left after that.
Can't keep up with my lot right now. I'm drowning in plot-driven jobs :P But we have a smaller playerbase than anywhere right now and more EU players (no thanksgiving)
I'm actually surprised. Usually this 'why are things so slow' question starts to happen Novemberish or so.
This is seasonal.
It will pass.
ETA: I am literally already scheduling, when I do, for 'after the holidays'. Nothing else is possible.
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I really haven't had much time, or brainpower to mu*, much. Been trying to stream full time (finally settled into a schedule that allows both an eight hour stream day AND some recreational time), as well as get back into D&D over the last couple of years. So that's the 'why so slow' on my part.
All this is comforting to the feeling I've had lately that whenever I can get online, there's nothing happening anywhere. Super discouraging, but it makes sense to think of it as a seasonal thing and not that I smell bad.
December is always slowing down. Which sucks cause I can RP a lot in December, but nobody else can.
I could so do without Christmas. Never liked it. I'm the one you'll find online hoping to RP with someone on Christmas.
I think this holiday I'm experiencing one of the absolute worst high functioning depression episodes I've had in decades. Luckily the only place I play is on slowdown but because the stress level there seems to be very very high (probably due in part to game stuff as a whole, but a lot just because of the time of year I'm thinking), I find that I can't be out and about chasing after RP as much as I usually do (and love to do), just because a lot of stuff that shouldn't worry me just does right now (like instead of relaxing and enjoying a scene where I get to meet a bunch of new folks or am with folks that I don't know well, I have anxiety the whole time that everyone in the scene thinks I suck, which a) isn't their fault, and b) isn't usually how I feel whether or not I actually suck at RP in any given scene.) When I encounter grumpy OOC folks this time of the year I just assume that maybe they're feeling similar stress, if I don't see a lot of people public (possibly for similar reasons) I try to invite more folks for small meetups, but I'm also cutting myself some slack (or trying to).
I do think historically November - January can be some of the worst times to try to integrate into a MUSH or to try and dip your toes back in after a long period. It's a bit counterintuitive, since more people have time off, ect. But I remember being bummed having more time to play on college breaks and the like, and even then it seemed pretty slow comparatively during this time!
I've basically quit playing until January. I have a 5 year old and I work full time (and I'm under a couple of massive deadlines) and I'm not taking any time off so all I have free time for is watching youtube and Disney+ and sleeping.
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This all makes sense. I think this is the first time where the holidays are going to be a non-starter as no one has the mental energy to bother this year. I'm finding that I sort of forget about it all until I walk into a Starbucks or find myself in Target, suddenly confused at the Christmas music.
Grief is a fog.
Anyway, I'll poke around with what is out there right now and hopefully, things will pick up. It's my bad timing.