Greetings to you all. My steam username is Punjon, if anyone would like to go into further depth about what I’m about to say.
I remember, a long time ago, having great fun roleplaying. Why did I have so much fun, why was I so eager? Obviously there weren’t complex scripts, that much I know. What made roleplaying so enjoyable, for me, was that there was no reliance on scripts. Players were content with roleplaying, inventing their characters, stories, etc. There were no skills to be leveled, no arbitrary code that had to be relied on. If a player was a criminal and was arrested, they weren’t made immobile through artificial means, they CHOSE to actively take part in the act of being arrested because they were in-character. It seems to me, though, that as scripts became more and more a part of roleplaying, the actual RP was removed. No longers did players rely on themselves to play out their characters, they became more interested in leveling up their skills (unless I’m mistaken, much akin to WoW).
Now, let me note, I roleplayed exclusively on the Melonbrew servers. For the first months I played, it was great. The administrators actively roleplayed with the members, being fair and impartial in their decisions (as far as I know). After those few months passed, though, a new script came along (Catscript), and with it, a new playing style. No longer was the roleplaying done as a large group, the administrators began to play exclusively amongst themselves and their friends. A “secret” corporation was born, existing solely of the administrators, and any attempt to contact this “secret” corporation was met with what I deem as stonewalling. Day by day, the playerbase seemed to dwindle, with members becoming disillusioned. Eventually, I would hop on the server and there would be 5-8 players on, over half of them admins - playing together and ignoring regular members.
It was great while it lasted, to be able to log onto a server and see players with names such as “Brian Mendellsohn”, “Jimmy Gabriel”, and such, knowing that everyone was working cooperatively to weave a story between their characters. Now, when I carouse the server list, I see players with names such as david109, noobpwner, etc, and I don’t even bother trying the server. After all, why should I put in the time to roleplay when it seems noone else is interested?
PS this is your chance to whore out your servers to me. as long as they don’t have any of these problems. I’ll gladly dedicate a little time to playing on your server
EDIT: I just browsed a thread, and that reminds me of how much the “NLR” was useful. It ensured that roleplay was able to be carried out effectively, and it was very effective in ensuring you didn’t do something stupid (IE a shooting spree). After all, when you have been playing a character for 3 or 4 weeks, you didn’t want to have your character killed off. That is, until you decided your character was becoming boring.