Be sure to check out RPOTA.COM's Amazing Creativity Rewards Program! Howdy howdy folks! I just wanted to spread a little word about RPOTA.COM for role-players interested in a venue for story telling and sharing with the overall goal to enhance in-game RP. If its been a while since you visited RPOTA, you might wanna check it out again -- you'll find many many changes and updates. Nearly every day I spend hours on the site either expanding features or creating content! And many of these changes were requested or influenced by the community! So, as a little tour, I'll take the time below to talk about all the offerings of the site. BUT, I wanted to make this abundantly clear. The site has no paid advertisements and is completely non-profit. Any donations accepted go entirely to funding contests and paying administrative costs. If any "extra" donations are received, it will merely increase the size of the add-on store credit prizes awarded for creativity. Also, there is no effort to grab your personal info or share it with the world -- even your logins can utilize fake names and emails if you so choose (though that will not allow auto-notifications to work properly and makes it extremely difficult to distribute monthly prizes, but if you're concerned over privacy but still wish to create content? Simply put in fake personal data.) Features at RPOTA: Embedded Content: You'll find that the primary modules at RPOTA.COM can be fully embedded into websites elsewhere on the internet. Do you have a fan or guild site and want to display a particular module on your site? Simply use the provided embed codes, each readily available to all users of RPOTA. BUT, please... do not use these modules on for-profit sites. I wish to maintain a very free-for-use atmosphere at RPOTA, and this would violate this intent. And just think, if folks take advantage of this, your RPOTA content will be visible across a much wider audience! Characters: The first step at RPOTA is to create a character. Not only will this allow for you to share your character biography, but you'll be able to link this character to all your subsequently created items! Adding your character also allows for other writers to link their content towards your character. So if your friend just shared an RP adventure with you, and wishes to write a story about it, they can link your character to the story so both items will cross-reference. Factions: Now that you've created your character, it's time to consider creating a faction. Do you have a role-playing guild (or accept role-players to your guild) and wish to add your guild to the RPOTA site? Feel free! Adding your guild to the site allows all players to link content such as stories or standings towards your faction. Why not add it in to ensure its available for folks to promote through story and interaction! Locations: What? You have a player-owned town of your very own? If you load the POT and its story into RPOTA, you've just unlocked the ability for all journals, stories, origins etc to be linked to your city so your location's lore can expand and grow over the years ahead through the work of others! Standings: Absolutely one of my favorite modules. Here, characters and factions can express their in-character standings towards other characters and factions. Is your character a nemesis to another character? Is your character hunted by a particular faction or adored by another?? Well this module is the place to express these standings. And guess what? As you accumulate these standings, your character detail view will express your average standings. Is your character admired or hated? Inspires fear or awe in others? Do people forsake or devote themselves to you? Do you inspire them or deter them from action? Do you bore them or intrigue them? Are you shunned or respected? Are you doubted or trusted? All these factors come into play, and each person may express specifically why each choice was made and provide a 10pt scale for each standing trait! Role-Playing Actions: Role-players can perform a multitude of RP actions to include issuing a bounty, declaring war, whispering a rumor or even making an announcement. This is a fantastic way to share a simple action with the community in 1000 characters or less whilst still being able to link it to other RPOTA.COM content. Most certainly, the Bounty Hunting possibilities intrigue me the most. Expect additional functionality for RP actions in the future as this module integrates itself into RPOTA's structure more and more with each passing month. Journals: Ahhhhh, here we are. The bread and butter of writing. The Journals module is a broad scoped module that embraces many types of writing, so not all are technically journal/diary type entries. Here are some of the content types available, and more can be added upon request: Article, Correspondence, Diplomacy, Dream, Event, Flashback, Lore, Map, Memoir, Mission Log, Poem, Prophecy, Report, Rumor, Trade Agreement, Transcript, and many others! And as you write these pieces, link other content items so they all interconnect. Is the journal related to several characters? Link them! Are factions involved or perhaps it took place in a particular POT that's loaded in the database, link them too! After many years of content creation we'll have a wonderful web of story and content to explore, all related to our favorite game, Shroud of the Avatar! Storylines: For the more ambitious writers, the storylines module allows for the creation of content that is broken up into chapters. Link these stories to all other content items to ensure the readers have access to a wide variety of additional content to read related to your storyline! Timeline: Also one of my favorites, the Timeline module brings things all together into a wonderful way of sharing content in chronological order! Equipped with a functional New Britannian Calendar for reference, the Timeline Module module allows you to express timeline entires related to your characters, factions, player-owned towns etc so others can view your timeline, and click over to your other content in a more logical, time-based fashion! Also, I've already loaded many actual lore entries for folks to use as a guide when deciding when to place their events into the timeline. There are also advanced search tools for this module to help you narrow down your entry searches! Quests: Do you like to create player-made quests? Well why not post these quests for all to see and enjoy and archive ones you've used in the past to reactivate at a later date! Currently, each quest allows for a maximum of 10 objectives, but by using each objectives interface, you can load in maps and diagrams or other pictures to enhance each objective for the quester! Themes: Stuck on coming up with a story idea or adventure plan for in-game role-play? Check out the Themes Module and you'll find a very robust list of role-playing and adventure themes to utilize or receive ideas from! And if you have theme ideas of your own? Jump right in and add themes for others to use and enjoy! Vids: Perhaps you like to create in-game video stories or tutorials? Did you make a video which guides people though your player-owned-town? Have you documented on video the features for your guild? Why not post your video here for others to enjoy! ABCs: Hmmm, have you been looking for a location to upload ABCs in a fashion which shares more information about the song than a simple file-name? Perhaps your music file has meaning towards a story or character bio? Perhaps you'd like to give credit to the composer or transcriber? Either way, the ABC module is there for hosting all of your quality ABC and MML files! Events: RPOTA features a calendar that all can use to advertise their in-game events. Whether they be RP, PvP or simply a gathering/crafting foray, simply create your event here to let folks know what's up! Also, you'll notice I've embedded the official SOTA calendar at Avatars Circle right below it! Also, you can link these events to any other RPOTA content items to provide more information about your event, and if folks embed the calendar into their websites, this will increase the exposure to your events automatically! Collaboration Interfaces: So, lately I've been working very hard to provide interfaces for other community project owners to collaborate on creative writing. Not only have I created an interface for you, the creator, to communicate with these project owners, but I've also created admin interfaces for them to process any requests they might receive from the community. AND, in some cases, I've even created special embedded content on their actual websites so they can process these requests right from their own homes So please, whether you take advantage of these great services at RPOTA or simply by going directly to their websites, please be sure to give them a visit! The work they have provided to the SOTA community has been phenomenal, and I'm deeply honored they would consider collaborating with RPOTA! Discord Channels for RPOTA.COM: Please make use of the various role-playing Discord Channels provided by RPOTA for the Shroud of the Avatar Community. Here are permanent links to many of them, but once there, you'll realize many more are available to include private channels for more secretive or personal RP sessions or event planning meetings. Chat Lobby Chat RP Events Chat Out-of-Character Chat In-Character Voice Out-of-Character Voice In-Character Coming Soon! RP Actions Module: Are there diplomatic actions you wish to publicize? Perhaps a rumor you would like to spread. Is it time to issue a bounty on your most hated foe? Well my friends, RP Actions are coming soon to a role-playing database nearest you! Coming Soon! Mobile Version for RPOTA.COM: Albeit a prototype for the mobile version is already hidden in the background, I'll soon be restarting efforts to get this finished. Once complete, the interface will automatically detect the resolution you are viewing from (mobile devices utilize smaller resolutions) then change your view to a more streamlined, low resolution view. Mobile reading is almost here! Coming Soon! Artwork Module: Finally, Elgarion plans to support art submissions in a new art module and also include them in all contests and spotlights. So artists, ready your brushes! Your Shroud of the Avatar related artwork is about to have a home! So folks, there are just some of the features at RPOTA! I really hope this garners the interest of many of the writers out there I look forward to helping everyone enhance their RP experience in SOTA and please... PLEASE let me know how I can improve the site to increase your interest levels! Take care, and safe journeys!