As I sat and pondered if I should throw in the towel and go off in a vain search of a perfect community, I started thinking about storytelling.
It's a subject close to my heart, it's why Majaraw was born and why his name is unique and also why he now has relatives bearing the name Awalabas within and outside PIE (neither of them are under my control).
When you tell a story, you are aiming for a reaction from the reader, you want him to want more, he should be intrigued in the story. He should become afraid, happy, joyful, thoughtful, and feel many more emotions as he hears the story unfold, the characters come into the light, their actions and consequences creating a world in which you can get immersed into and temporarily forget your 9-5 job, your alimony payments, your next holiday etc.
I'm proud to have joined PIE, a fellowship of many like minded individuals who are, with their actions, creating characters who people know, respect, fear, love or adore.
Many of them far surpass me in the ability of storytelling, I take pride in their stories on their behalf, I take interest in the development that is made.
My postings on the Intergalactic Summit have been few, I made forays into a new package around a story, "Letters from home". Too long since I dabbled in it and my previous efforts are not as good as I thought they could be.
I jumped enthusiastically at a chance that Amarula offered, out of her semi-retirement I created a video, a tiny novella. Technically not a masterpiece but it had the heart and guts of story, a small piece in the bigger realm of the Amarr-Minmatar conflict.
This is my motivation to play EVE, to take part in shaping stories, witness others work and above all, have a good time doing it.
The hostility that has been surfacing lately has taken the fun out, my enthusiasm for contributing to the story has vained and I'm thinking very seriously about leaving this venue and go off and find some other which can give me what EVE promised to do.
I for one hope you don't leave Maj. I too enjoy "The Story". You've all seen the time I put into the RP posts with pictures I like to do. That takes alot of work yet I enjoy it and the reaction. Even the posts where I talk about Minnies and cave drawings are special because the Minmatar stay in character in responding.
Personal insults and OOC accusations have no place in our RP community. We RP opponents but I view us all as family. A family of roleplayers who need to work together not apart to build our community. We are the only thing sustaining RP in Eve (lord knows CCP isn't). It's future is up to us.
I'll continue to tell stories, post in character battle reports and try to remain an "arrogant Amarrian" while always remembering its all RP. I have the utmost respect for the vast majority of our "enemies" in this RP war. Despite recent "problems" and accusations I still believe this is a story worth living.
QUOTEThis is my motivation to play EVE, to take part in shaping stories, witness others work and above all, have a good time doing it.
This, too, is my primary motivation, Majaraw. Like you, I have not dabbled as much as I should have done.
Russo and I are trying to bring AmAx back into the roleplay light. I particularly enjoy dabbling in tales of combat, but recently I've been interested in developing little side-stories that have less to do with combat and more to do with the "day-to-day" life of the anti-terror fighters. Perhaps off-duty stories about AmAx pilots who have...well, as you all know, very colorful personalities. Or tales of action other than the terrorist wars: turn "NPC hunting" into something with more roleplay meaning, or write about anti-pirate patrols, or whatever.
I'd very much like to include our friends in these stories, so perhaps you and I should talk, Maj. Perhaps we could open up a whole new RP venue for PIE and AmAx (and any other of the slaver corporations that read this and show interest) through such tales.
You're right: without the story-telling, Eve loses a lot of meaning. Maybe we should come up with some sort of writers group to throw around ideas and storylines and come up with something really creative.
Maj, these things go in cycles. Sometimes were at each others throats and sometimes were even too chummy with the 'other side'.
What my time in EVE has taught me is that even if you get angry enough from 'stuff' to think about leaving EVE or PIE (God forbid), you'll get over it with time. All you gotta do is have a good RP chat on the Alliance / Corp chat and you see why we're in this. We all love to do RP. Thats one of the reasons I hang around Amarr channel, every now and then Gods Light shines to that corner of EVE and Good RP raises its head there.
GalNet plays an important part in our conflict, but not as big as you might think. Most of the EVE are not even aware of the forums at the EVE-site or bother reading them. The RP that the most of the non-RP community people see are on local or public channels.
Id love to join in when the Clergy head out to Gallente channel to preach some, or even Caldari channel. I know in PIE its forbidden to enter Minmatar channel, perhaps Clergy could do forays into that frequency with the blessing of the directors and show the light of the Lord to the Heathens.
Posts are fine and dandy, but as a non-native english speaker making a good one takes time and real effort. I can understand that most of PIE therefore do not do them, lack of language skills.
I loved the Amarula thingie, actually it was a perfect example what this whole conflict should be about. Well managed and documented events that would show stories of our lives to others.
Perhaps we should do a big 'scripted' event with our minnie chums, with certain points in it where the direction of the story would be determined (small engagements whose winners would choose the direction of the story.) And those participating would commit themselves to it...
I personally would like to see the ooc channel actually getting some use, its there and its the perfect place for us to discuss things just like this and it gives a way to avoid the flame fests on intergal or on here.
I'm always disheartened to see people posting the kind of stuff that appeared recently. One of the reasons VBS joined this conflict was the belief that for all the rp this was actually a friendly war, its never gonna stay that way unless we actually TALK to each other and I don't mean on the forums.
The trouble is, i think, people get too involved in their 'side' of the conflict without ever opening their eyes to the bigger picture. Then the concern becomes with winning.
Winning either the pvp or the PR war as they see it. And then instead of coming together to make the RP scene better for everyone to particpate in, it simply erodes into two sides trying to best each other.
Now, im not saying we should play happy families. But we all need to recognise that although we are on opposite sides of the conflict and we fight each other in space viscisously. We are at the same time on the same side of the conflict when it comes to the roleplaying community.
If all we do is spit and deride each other in the IG summit and in roleplay, then it narrows our horizons. Now im not saying that we shouldnt do that, we are after all mortal enemies. You are what we hate most i.e. slavers. And we are what you hate most i.e. terrorists (although we are not of course )
But broadening the ole horizons does no one any harm. PvP is a hotly contested issue, I for one like fighting, but if thats all i liked i would be out in 0.0 space. If our roleplay is limited to simply how well we are doing out in space, when in reality that hardly affects our roleplay contexts hardly at all, then it we will just turn into 0.0 alliances who happen to use long words and think they are superior.
We are not superior to anyone. The PvP between our sides is just for us both to have some fun. If we truly wanted to follow our RP we wouldnt go hunting you lot at all, after all, the universe is made up of slavers and convoys and killing you doesnt make our people free.
So, im in agreement, i enjoy writing stories and getting involved in nice RP. Lets just not get all pompous about everything else.
I've alwyas thought a good RP angle would be the Heat story. Where basically an Amarrian hunts down a freedom fighter, both sides gain respect for each other, they then meet have a chat, and then fight and one of them dies.
Just one thing guys.
Lets not blow this out of proportion, ok? The post by Hakera might have sparked an argument regarding the use of numbers in a non-story context, but I dont think all of us are fuming because of it.
Like Jules said, most of the issues we have with each other OOCly we are adult enough to handle through communicating with each other. Im not using the OOC channel very much personally, because I have a ton of other channels and assorted stuff to keep me occupied most of my online time.
I guess I'll at least open it and have a peek now and then, to do my part on the communications issue.
Just let us please please please keep 'flaming' of each other off the summit, we got our respective forum boards to do that on, and instead show the EVE community our real face by promoting our RP and the fun we actually get out of it.
Re: CVA not allowing people on the minmatar channel, afaik this is a reciprocal relationship. We dont go on the minnie channel either.
I think its just done so we dont flood each others race channels with speel. Cos as soon as CVA start preaching on the minnie channel, you can guarantee minnies would be over trying to convince you Amarrians of the error of your ways.
We do get preachers every now and then tho (not CVA) and the minnie channel is doing alot more RP lately than usual. Its good to see.
Anyway, to cut it short, i think thats why the arrangement exists lallara.