Historical RP/Sim : How to get new people and retain existing
Maybe I have been banging my head against a wall that is to thick to break, instead of looking for the door, am I drowning in a sea of despair rather than trying to look through the forest I should climb the mountain and cast my eyes over the expansive view.
I have seen so many people join Antiquity turn up a few times find the place empty, then are never to be seen again. Question I am constantly asked is why is no one here, it is such a nice place. The adage people attract people is true. When I first joined SL, I stumbled on New Babbage my knowledge of Steampunk was very limited, it was a fascinating place. I was new to SL and could not understand why no one was there. That has stayed in my mind through my life in SL.
For me Para RP is not what my SL is all about, I am very much for light RP. Writing does not come easy to me, composition and spelling are something I need to put much thought into, words do not flow easily off my quill. My surroundings play an equal part to my character. I will confess for me it is often hard to stay in character, much of what I have on my Regions is a anachronism. Visitors I meet are often not into History or RP.
Which brings me to another thought. How do we go about promoting Historic Estates? Is it through advertising if so where? Is it through Blogs, do people who play a visual game read Blogs.
Do we look for natural leaders to run groups, I will confess I am not a natural leader, I am not one of those people who other people like to follow. In my time with SL I have met people who can not only lead but who can keep a following of dedicated people.
Antiquity has had its share of Courts, along with the Court drama, bringing the final demise of said Courts. We have had our share of people who have wanted titles, only to fade into the background when the title has been achieved. I have been an Admin in Antiquity for a long time, maybe I am burned out and staid, but cannot see my failings. I have great loyalty to Antiquity, like a stick of Blackpool rock, cut me open I will have Antiquity written all around my inside. (For the none British Blackpool is a seaside holiday town in the UK. Rock is a candy; with the name of the town it came from written in the inside)
Has Second Life changed over the years, no longer attracting the sort of people who want RP. Since mesh bodies, and clothing have certainly contributed to SL becoming more od a dressing up shop.