I think it’s just that people are unwilling to RP. And of course, every community is unoriginal. I see a bunch of HL2RPs/FalloutRPs that are basically just Clockwork/Tacoscript. I had more fun with Cakescript and Tiramisu/2. This is why I’m particularly looking forward to things like Vein gaining popularity, as they’re the only god damn things which promote a different style of RP. And no, do not even TALK about ‘Serious DarkRP’. It was good in the hay day, but now it’s just a piss take at how we can’t move on. I prefer the good old ‘make your own story’ servers. For example, I used to play on a short-lived server which was actually pretty engaging in the events, with mind-fuckery and the likes, but lack of management etc. made it collapse.
One constant problem I find in most serious RP is that people rarely look for others to start a scenario with etc. And server rules don’t help matters. For example, in HL2RP not having access to the slums at all because of ‘lolwebuls’ is annoying because people can actually roleplay there; which is why another thing infuriates me: the playerbase. Admins seem to exist solely for events and cyber sessions, and players seem to lack a certain creativity which is always appreciated in roleplay…might be all the times they try to molest or detest everyone else. These are the people who abuse places and features such as constantly running into areas for the fun of it without actually stopping to talk or anything.
Here is a summary of some unruly classes:
The New Player - Fresh Prince of DarkRP or decent individual with no sway in the server.
The Hard Hat - Has experienced every horror known to man, so obviously they are privileged to win every fight, refuse to roll in fights (I don’t really mind if it’s play-to-lose though), engage in fights where they basically just move backward and forwards swinging their fists with no co-ordination, and is obviously allowed to walk into restricted areas and /yell about how they are undermining the regime in order to gain the ability to shoot people. Just because you hate a faction, doesn’t mean it’s okay to constantly shit on the street in front of them and proceed to invite the kool-kids club to Area 51 for pizza (AKA FearRP).
The Primarch - Other players tend to band around a single figure with power, and they are always right, right?
The Donation Sensation - Typically the inability to restrict access to shit like dynamite exclusively, thus ruining RP that requires tools by requiring payment for privilege. It’s often the people who are willing to pay that will start throwing cans and bottles everywhere whilst rarely using it to enhance RP.
The Bore - Do I have to say anything more than: sets up their rules in a situation/server which basically deny having fun. e.g. FearRP doesn’t mean I scream literally every time a superior faction member talks to me (whimpers are enough). Or PainRP where it is never enforced in RP /me shootouts but then get PMs in the middle of a shoot-to-kill battle saying that I was hit in the leg, forcing me to stop shooting and write out a /me.
The Slave - Seriously, just stop mopping the god damn floor already.
The Overseers - People with high importance IC and OOC. Basically, listen to the shitty speech laden with waffle.
The Slow Actor - Always takes 3-30 minutes to type something. If I had to experience all the times I had to sit there and watch the ‘Talking…’ text above a person’s head, I’d waste three days of my life.
Now, as to what you were saying about Tiramisu, it was a good idea in general. Not to mention that I even thought it was good just from looking at it in singleplayer. But unfortunately for most communities, it requires more effort as you don’t already have the useless illegal xeno-biology books and guns from the start, therefore you have to actually ADD the item to the server. And of course, Clockwork and its identical twin successor already have stuff to use. And some people seem to think that an open-source project is just going to be worked on by one person so that they can just swipe the stuff and complain about it not working.
It shows how RP is now based on pyramids of power instead of communities. If people aren’t bothering to add to the gamemode they use for real, like new gamemode features rather than shallow gameplay features (now u can bi 20 cyustom carz on hour server), then gamemodes like Clockwork are the only ones which will survive.
Just how I feel, so there’s most likely some exaggeration or contradiction.