Optional Realities & Project Redshift

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02 Jun 2015 18:06 #1 by Jeshin
Hey,

I am here to let you know about Optional Realities, a text-based RPG community. It will be a community that is similar to this one but for all roleplay centric games. It will be a place where we will hopefully be able to come together as staffers, players, and first time newbies to promote our genre and educate each other. What's all that mean?

1) There will be regular articles written not only by the OptionalRealities team but staff of prominent roleplay games such as Sindome, Evolution of Esos, Shadows of Isildur, HavenRPG, and others.

2) There will be a forum with a moderation policy very similar to this one

3) There will be an active community staff of experienced game designers willing to discuss ideas with players and even new game designers hoping to design their own games.

4) There will be monthly contests with cash prizes ranging from storytelling to game proposals and even best log.

A community is only as relevant as its users and so to that end I invite you all to come and post if you feel like, read if you don't want to post, and if you don't want to do other than at least check out our connections page that links to several roleplay games that might interest you (and have been discussed on this forum at varying lengths).

Come Find Your Reality,
Jeshin
Founder of OptionalRealities
optionalrealities.com/
optionalrealities.com/forums/

PS - We just wrapped up our May 2015 contest which was a 600 word game design contest. Even if you never check out Optional Realities these ideas deserve a look: Submission Folder on Google Drive

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02 Jun 2015 18:32 #2 by Jeshin
Completely forgot to include Project Redshift! This is a sci-fi text-based game based in the future and around space exploration. It is currently in development and will be released sometime in 2016 or 2017. We are using the very powerful (and wonderful) Evennia engine to produce the game.

Find out more about it right over here: optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?board=1.0

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04 Jun 2015 21:16 #3 by Jeshin
Japheth is the lead design of FutureMUD a next generation engine for the development of MUDs! It's all in the name, he's got a gift for it. Find out more about the engine and about his journey developing it right here on Optional Realities!

optionalrealities.com/designing-a-more-customisable-mud-engine/

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07 Jun 2015 06:29 #4 by Jeshin
Are you sick of hearing about Optional Realities? Do you want more information on this supposed Scifi MUD that we have in development? Well I have good news and bad news! The good news is we have just done our 2nd information release for Project Redshift! The bad news is it's on Optional Realities, right here...

optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=124.0

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02 Jul 2015 22:17 #5 by Crayon
Interested in game design and curious about the pros and cons of systems governing progression and equipment? Looking to hear about what Jaunt has planned for Project Redshift? Visit us on Optional Realities and take a look at the second part to Jaunt's article on horizontal design: Just Say No to Power Creep Part Two.

optionalrealities.com/just-say-no-to-pow...eep-part-two-of-two/

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04 Jul 2015 22:31 #6 by Crayon
Have a particular character concept that you've always wanted to play? Do you have fond memories of a past character concept that you've never really been able to top? Share your ideas, past, present, and future and have a chance at earning a prize by taking part in Optional Realities July 2015 contest and submitting an interesting character!

optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=198.0

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09 Jul 2015 22:43 #7 by Crayon
Interested in reading up on how roleplaying staff can identify and manipulate the motivations of their players to maximize the impact of their stories? Come have a look at Arucard's new article: How to Be Puppet Masters for Your Game.

optionalrealities.com/how-to-be-puppet-masters-for-your-game/

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17 Jul 2015 02:42 #8 by Crayon
Jeshin writes on where text-based games fit into the bigger picture of gaming, and the powers of text as a gaming medium!
optionalrealities.com/the-text-based-rpg-unlimited-potential/

The character concept competition is still underway! Submit a character idea and potentially win cash!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=198.0

Engage in game design discussion on integrating age into skill systems...
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=218.0

...and the merits of systems that gate content to preserve scarcity based on player rewards.
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=217.0

Or come sign up for our first round of community mafia...
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=214.0

...Or other games!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=210.0

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24 Jul 2015 02:57 #9 by Crayon
Read Icarus's recent article on lowering the barriers to entry for new players!
optionalrealities.com/lowering-barriers-to-entry/

Take part in discussion on the merits of player-driven and staff-driven approaches to storytelling!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=231.0

Submit an entry for our July 2015 Character Concept contest!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=198.0

Or get involved with community gaming!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=210.0

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31 Jul 2015 02:57 #10 by Crayon
Read the second part of Icarus's article on lowering the barriers to entry!
optionalrealities.com/lowering-barriers-...try-part-two-of-two/

Contribute to discussion on the merits of permanent player death, and ways to approach it!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=213.0

We're still looking for participants for our community mafia game!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=214.0

And would be happy to have more people involved in playing League of Legends, Cards Against Humanity, and other games with the community!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=210.0

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07 Aug 2015 03:01 #11 by Crayon
Read a new article on giving players the power to control regional expansion!
optionalrealities.com/building-an-elastic-game-world/

Help us generate ideas for future contests and judging criteria!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=265.0
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=266.0

View the results from July's Character Concept contest!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=262.0

Offer opinions on the prospects of crowd-sourcing game design!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=200.0

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15 Aug 2015 23:59 #12 by Crayon
Read Jeshin's article on creating an RPG economy!
optionalrealities.com/creating-an-rpg-economy/

Contribute ideas for future contests and events!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=266.0

Read the progress report on Project Redshift!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=272.0

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21 Aug 2015 22:25 #13 by Crayon
Read an opinion editorial by one of Optional Realities' community members and contributors, Leah!
optionalrealities.com/staff-ethics-the-hows-and-whys/

Keep up with news on Otherspace's experiment with the Evennia engine!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=273.0

Read about the changes with Haven's launch of Haven 3.0!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?board=6.0
100.42.19.101/forum/showthread.php?tid=23493

Or contribute to discussion on one of our previous articles!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?board=11.0

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28 Aug 2015 23:46 #14 by Crayon
Read Jaunt's new article on branching storylines and nonlinear storytelling!
optionalrealities.com/how-to-write-branching-storylines/

Come join us for community game nights, including League of Legends and more!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=210.0

Sign up for a game of MUD-themed forum Mafia!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=214.0

Read about Icarus's documentation and development of the OpenRPI engine!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=277.0

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04 Sep 2015 23:54 #15 by Crayon
Read and discuss Sabrelon's article on Customer Service and MUDs!
optionalrealities.com/customer-service-and-muds/
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=306.0

Enter our contest on Monster/Antagonist design!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=301.0

Participate in community gaming on League of Legends and more!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=210.0

Join discussion on the merits of permanent death as a feature!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=213.0

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11 Sep 2015 19:20 #16 by Crayon
Read and discuss Apollo's new article on where to get started in game design!
optionalrealities.com/so-you-wanna-make-a-game/
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=310.0

Keep abreast of discussion regarding an Evennia conversion of the OpenRPI engine!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=309.0

Join and conribute to discussion regarding roleplay, theme, and lore documentation!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=181.0

Or make a submission to our September contest, by designing a monster or villain!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=302.0

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26 Sep 2015 22:00 #17 by Crayon
Read and discuss an article on breaking away from fundamental RPG gameplay in text games!
optionalrealities.com/text-based-gameplay-breaking-the-mold/
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=327.0

Contribute to discussion on the nature of the staff-player relationship!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=299.0

Send a submission in for our September Monster/Antagonist concept contest!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=301.0

Contribute to discussion on the merits of recasting characters to new players!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=300.0

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05 Oct 2015 01:33 #18 by Crayon

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11 Oct 2015 16:03 #19 by Crayon
Read and discuss Jeshin's article on preserving game concepts through development!
optionalrealities.com/preserving-game-concept-in-development/
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=345.0

Contribute to discussion on how to get started with creating a MU*!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=318.0

Make a submission to our October Interactive Fiction contest!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=339.0

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17 Oct 2015 06:49 #20 by Crayon
Read and discuss Jeshin's article on fixing broken gameplay!
optionalrealities.com/fixing-broken-gameplay/
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=349.0

Contribute to discussion on the role of in-game nobility and authority figures!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=321.15

Enter our October Interactive Fiction contest!
optionalrealities.com/forums/index.php?topic=339.0

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