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Discussion in 'Player Created Resources' started by Elgarion De Kahli, Jan 24, 2016.

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    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!

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    The latest push was a complete revamp of the interface and now all content items, other than items which should be in private view (such as edit content lists or private conversations), no longer require a login to view. This was a huge undertaking as I had to duplicate all views to allow for this. And finally, it is complete! So if folks don't wish to contribute to content or comment upon content, they can simply go there to read and enjoy without the need to create an account!

    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. I do not receive ANY money to assist with the site nor have I ever taken donations or asked for fees for any of the custom features I've provided to people. 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.)

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    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!

    • 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 :p 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!
    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!

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    (Last Updated 19MAR16) Figured this would be a nice spot to mention site updates. The most recent updates are at the bottom :) If you guys have ideas for the site, this would be a great place to mention them -- many of the updates I've done have come from community ideas :)

    There will be many... many... MANY more features to come, but here are some:

    Upcoming Updates:
    • add a module called "My Collections" which enables a player to track a collection of books found within the game.
      • Allow content creators at RPOTA to tag their content items as "Published in New Britannia"
      • Allow content creators ability to leave clues, riddles, or simple directions as to where to find published works in-game.
      • Allow players ability to organize their collections by which books they've discovered in-game and which ones they're still searching for.
      • Allow players to add place-holder collection entries for items they find in-game but have yet to discover on RPOTA.
      • Allow players the ability to convert the place-holder entries over to actual collection entries once they are added to RPOTA.
      • Allow players the ability to take notes for each entry to help them remember how they came by the volume or how they are progressing in their search for the volume.
      • Allow players the ability to share their collection information with other players, if they so choose (make collection viewable publicly).
    • when in-character comments are left, a new menu should appear selecting how that comment was conveyed (via pigeon, letter, courier, telepathy etc)
    • a system for sharing in-game games and rules such as Gustball
    • a system for astronomy/astrology incorporation
    • ability to add POT NPCs and request addition of missed non-POT NPCs
    • ability to request addition of missed non-POT Locations
    • reserve all dev character names, create dev characters if they are applicable to the RP environment so others may post content towards them
    • enhance bounty hunter/merc quest system
    • add Gender field to character table, forms and detail views
    • add functionality for POT owners to input their: Biome and Building Types (and once players can add NPC's, they can assign the corresponding NPC to that particular building)
    • add more locations such as regions to the location list
    • add more flair to key journal types, such as "Rumors" and perhaps add more features to comments such as rumors
    • add method for players to select a default character to appear while creating content
    • add a method for players to print their content items
    • add a method for players to embed their specific content items elsewhere, such as in other site forums
    • add a method for players to follow activity for particular content items and/or mark items as favorites
    • add a method for players to add items to a planned reading list (though actual browsers allow for this... will look more into this functionality)
    • add a method for players to request spotlighting for their content, whether it be announcements for events or storylines or simply spotlighting a particular faction or location.
    • all project interfaces the ability to turn notifications on and off for project owners (SOTARP, Roundtable, Scholars members)
    • add an venue sharing system allowing folks to advertise available venues for RP with an accompanying reservation system
    • add a method for players to associate ABCs to content items so each item can have a theme song
    • add ability for RPOTA to play ABCs without the use of outside software
    • change the resources page so that items are actually database objects. This way all community resources can be categories and filtered by the user so easier searches can be performed for other community projects, sites etc.


    Completed Items:
    • ability to submit player owned towns
    • ability for admin to create sticky threads
    • add true neutral alignment to characters and factions
    • ability to add in and out-of-character comments to locations
    • ability to add leaders for locations
    • character height, weight and physical description fields added
    • faction insignia description field added
    • add ability for players to commission Tortoise & Hare for custom character portraits
    • add ability for players to commission Tortoise & Hare for faction insignia
    • add Avatars Radio steaming functionality
    • timezone fields added to user/character records to assist players with coordination of events
    • ability for image to be attached to journal entry instead of just displaying author's image
    • improve default images for characters
    • add default images for journals
    • add default images to storylines
    • create tags for sticky/non-sticky posts (arrow, broken arrow)
    • changed full character biography field to allow for rich text format. This will allow the user to describe their character utilizing special formatting as well as inclusion of various pictures or graphics.
    • changed the name of the Faction Description field to Faction Summary.
    • added a field called Full Faction Description in rich text format. This will allow the user to describe their faction utilizing special formatting as well as inclusion of various pictures or graphics.
    • created functionality to add 10 objectives to each Quest.
    • created filters for popular quest objective types.
    • added Contest quest objective type.
    • added first of many Contests as a prototype. In the coming week, 1 contest per content category will be loaded and pitched to the SOTA devs for advertisement. Hopefully we can get a guest judge on occasion or perhaps even have them issue the prizes. The RPOTA administrator will purchase all prizes for the give-away in an additional attempt to promote the game. I estimate I will give away $125 of prizes each month.
    • storyline introductions are now available in rich text format. This will allow the user to describe their faction utilizing special formatting as well as inclusion of various pictures or graphics.
    • Faction administration tools
    • add default generic insignia for Factions when a creator does not upload their own insignia
    • add default generic event image for events when a creator does not upload their own image
    • ensure all content types have a primary description field to allow for rich text format. Ensure this field is not utilized in the summarized versions for list view.
    • method to filter characters by timezone, added a pie chart after character list to show player character timezones
    • add Avatar's Circle Event Schedule
    • add additional edit ability to POTs which do not require return to the review process
    • add ability to load image for Events
    • QC all chart pop-up lists, many have errors due to background reformatting
    • storylines greatly simplified and differentiated from journals as longer multi-part content as opposed to shorter singular content
    • a system for virtues incorporation
    • add additional contests for each category of RP content
    • add interactive links to all connected content when listed on other content items, such as: if you click "place of origin" while in a character detail window, it will take you to that location's detailed view
    • add capability for players to select multiple active factions for their characters or in the least, to select "secondary factions" and also look into dominant faction in Locations to see if it can be converted to multi-faction selections
    • add various Earth's to the location list so people can select this as an origin
    • add vid section for Shattered Moon Films plus create additional content items for members to post
    • convert base of operations for characters to become "frequents" and allow for multiple locations
    • creation collective system for factions so factions can become a part of a consortium or collective
    • create new category for factions called Unaffiliated Groups so that Lone Wolf and Avatars and future such factions have a category
    • add Custom Quests activity category for POTs
    • combine Player Run Towns and NPC Owned Towns as a location type and revamp location list view for interactive links
    • a system for sharing abc music files
    • add a judge interface for the monthly contest guest judges
    • add a tag object and connect it to each object so each content item can have a contest award "title" such as "Octobre 2015 Winner!". Ensure these tags are visible in most views for each content item. Ensure that each main list view for each module can filter for contest winners
    • users no longer require to be logged in to view the resources page
    • add comments capability to Resources page so that people can suggest additional resources to post for others to utilize
    • added system for reporting inappropriate content utilizing comment system
    • added Private Conversation system, allowing for 3 players to communicate in a single private conversation. More participants might be added later when the module is perfected
    • added collaboration interface for Shroud of the Avatar Role-Players website, SOTARP.ORG (My Sotarp.org Projects)
    • added interface AT Sotarp.org which interacts with RPOTA
    • added collaboration interface for Scholars of Novia (My Scholars Projects)
    • revamped forum threads so all threads may have content associated to them as well as revamped the detail and list views for threads
    • a system for the New Britannian Calendar
    • a system for monitoring a long timeline which puts everything into chronological sequence
    • add a site activity page
    • add a splash page for showing RPOTA news rather than utilizing the ABOUT page as the home page
    • add ability to embed Quests Module on other fan or guild sites
    • add ability to embed Timeline Module on other fan or guild sites
    • add ability to embed Events Module on other fan or guild sites
    • two upcoming projects got nixed... yep! It's true. I had a talk with a few folks and all were in agreement that a Diplomacy module as well as a Trade module might encourage too much out-of-game interaction, and those type of interactions would be perfect to remain within the game and tackled through wonderful RP interaction! My original intent of their designs was to provide a conduit for arranging these agreements through an interface... how stale, eh? I do not wish to encourage this type of activity outside the gaming environment -- actual trade agreements and diplomatic measures should be arranged in game, face-to-face, in an RP fashion (for us fancy role-playing folks, that is). SO, in spirit of increased in-game activity, I removed the projects and instead simply added two types of journal entries in which folks could create: Diplomacy and Trade Agreements. This way, folks can document their agreements into a storyline fashion, if they so choose, after they RP out the scenarios in-game; they'll be forever archived, and folks can read about the interaction for the years to come!
    • modify primary content items so users can view content lists AND detail views of content items without being logged in. This will allow users to utilize site without accounts. Accounts will still be required to create content, to comment upon content, or view/post in the forums.
    • a holiday system based upon the creations of various players as well as what is in-game (this will be gobbled into the upcoming themes project which is currently in design as the next module to be created, see RP Themes Project Post in FireLotus Tavern SOTA forum)
    • to help with Catch 22 on content design, ALL items which require a character to be selected now direct you to a page to create a character if you have yet to create one. Character creation is the first step before creating other content.
    • add ability for all module types to connect to timelines from their interfaces
    • create embed codes and embed instruction pages for primary RPOTA modules, Characters, Factions, Locations, Standings, Journals, Storylines, Timeline, Quests, Vids, ABCs, Events
    • transfer site to new host to enable following capability: length of page auto-grows/shrinks for various length content, clicking links return user to top of page to view new content from beginning, enhanced menu bars, greater connectivity speed, better overall compatibility with embedded database content
    • realign all views for cosmetic improvements, all views were greatly enhanced
    • remove all pages which show linked content, instead show connected items at the bottom of each detail view. This removed the issue of users visiting blank pages when there was no connected items of that category.
    • create collaboration system for requesting TheCaverns.net / Echoes from the Caverns writing orations. This interface is on both the RPOTA and TheCaverns.net sites and allows TheCaverns.net orators to handle work lists of oration requests. Also, any item which has an oration created will subsequently show a link to TheCaverns.net site so that folks can leave RPOTA to visit TheCaverns.net to listen to the oration as well as partake in other story and adventure there.
    • add a module for RP Themes to encourage new ideas for storyline etc
    • add ability for this new version of the resources page to be embeddable on other fan sites. This way, folks can work together and collaborate towards a very robust and shared resources page across all fan sites.
     
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    You are a busy man and put me to shame! Thank you for sharing this news :)
     
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    Hahaha hey there Fionwyn, good to hear from you! I hope all is well :) Any thoughts yet to what your first production will be? Can't wait to see what you come up with :)
     
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    Man you just jerked my tears. It is safe to say RP didn't die. It was just waiting for SOTA.

    All this looks AWESOME. I love it big big kudos for the effort, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    I read the part of Factions:

    I wonder what factions there are out there. For example our guild is ANTI-PK and we were thinking about making our guild Order. I am curious to see as how other guilds are handling factions.
     
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    Like the reply's above I wish to also saying what a great job you did with this!
     
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    My friend, you honor me with your kind words! Feedback such as this motivates me highly, and I must say -- you've made my month. Thank you Duke William of Serenite :)

    As for factions, from a role-playing perspective, you perhaps can create a faction for your entire guild, or create many factions that make up your guild if there are segments within your guild which logically do not correlate within story. In fact, there is a way at RPOTA to combine smaller factions into a single collective of factions as well. So if you find, story wise, your guild is more logically split into separate actual smaller factions, this could offer additional descriptive depth and detail in the political structures and power bases within said guild. :)

    SinDee -- thank you so much! I very much hope RPOTA can serve useful to any role-players within the Drakenhof Templars! :)

    William, SinDee, if you guys ever have any ideas for the site, don't hesitate to bring them up :)
     
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    I am going to add my character and town when I get home tonight. I cant add my town until my GM gets setup.
     
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    Sounds great -- I see you added up your POT -- fantastic! I got the map made up and put in a temporary RP description of the town based on the content you loaded and the geography of the surrounding areas. Please feel free to change it at any time or ask me to alter it, I'd be happy to:

    From the Spectral Peaks, the mighty and raging Atra river once descended as a torrent through the once lush Grunvald plains. Now, only barrens remain and the river runs no more for it and the surrounding lands are but dust and sand, forever changed by cataclysmic events many centuries ago. Only the most stalwart remained, a region of those with hardened souls yet bright spirits. The Order of Vengeance is dominant here, and the citizens of Serenite stand with them, strong and proud. Fear not friends, for Virtue is not lost to these people. The Order of Vengeance ushers Virtue into these lands, and the city of Serenite embodies the Virtue of Love. All who visit are welcomed at the gates with the open arms of friendship. And if thou seek refuge from the barrens, oh brave one, speak with His Grace, Duke William of Serenite, and he will surely guide thee.

    If you need any assistance loading your character or faction or if you simply have ideas for the site, William, please do not hesitate to mention it!
     
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    The Themes Module is complete at RPOTA.COM :) Please keep in mind, of the 455 themes loaded, most must be revisited to make more robust, but I'll have those all elaborated upon in the coming weeks. My goal is to have a very descriptive paragraph done up for each and every one very shortly!

    Also, you'll notice there is a random daily, weekly and monthly theme for us all to incorporate into our story and role-play! And in good RPOTA fashion, two versions of the Themes module can be embedded elsewhere -- the entire module or just the random themes section!

    I hope you all enjoy, take care, and long live Shroud of the Avatar!
     
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    (News Update for March)

    ONE OF THE LARGEST WORRIES
    I've harbored since initiating design of RPOTA.COM was a fear that efforts here would somehow hinder efforts in-game for publishing in-game books using Portalarium's amazing book system. Finally, I have thought of a new module which could encourage a wonderful cross-over between both efforts, called Collections.

    Imagine that every RPOTA content creator can flag their content with a tag, "Published in New Britannia". This would indicate that somewhere deep within the realm of New Britannia, there lies a book version of the RPOTA content. Not only will RPOTA members be able to catalogue which of these works they've discovered which have been added to their own in-game libraries, they'll be able to track which ones they've yet to discover in-game. And if they find a book which isn't at RPOTA yet but wish to include it in their collection? They'll even be able to add temporary placeholders so they can truly catalogue their entire book collections in New Britannia! And if the book gets added to RPOTA later? The player will then be able to convert that placeholder entry over to the proper entry with a click of a button.

    Also, as the content owner, not only will you be able to identify that your work is published deep within the fantastical world in-game, you'll even be able to leave a clue or hint as to where it might be. It could be a riddle or merely a reference to a character which might know of its location (to be revealed through RP hopefully), or perhaps its simply a message that states which vendor sells the volume and for how much. And as the collector, you'll be able to attach a note to your collectible which could include a great number of things, such as a reminder of how you obtained it or perhaps notes related to your current efforts to find the volume.

    But hopefully, this system will inspire everyone to publish their RPOTA works in-game and to leave a crumb trail as to where the libram can be discovered so all can add the book to their library of collectable in-game works! The ultimate goal will allow each player to catalogue every book they collect and ensure that you don't miss out on even the tiniest bit of lore as your collections expand.

    And lastly, my favorite comment I tend to receive from those also sharing similar worries of how RPOTA impacts in-game publications... "But if I publish my work at RPOTA, won't that spoil the fun for reading it in-game? Isn't it less immersive?" My friends, this is also a huge worry of my own, hence my immense joy to have thought of this module. AND, if that is a concern of yours, I ask that you simply leave the start of a crumb trail at RPOTA--a little teaser which entices the reader to search for your book. Perhaps the first paragraph... perhaps a summary... AND, on that note, I'M VERY HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE that if you ensure Elgarion De'Kahli (that's me) receives a copy of the book in-game, I'll be sure to read the start of your story here at RPOTA and finish it up in-game to ensure you are FULLY eligible for all RPOTA contests! That's right, if you can point me and other RPOTA users to your work in-game, you are fully eligible for the monthly contests!

    Thanks so much for your support so far. I'm super excited about this new module. I hope it brings the player created SOTA books and RPOTA much closer together! And as always, if this inspires some ideas -- please let me know! I haven't started design of the module yet, so now's a great time to provide some input.

    Take care, friends!
    Rick/Duke Elgarion De'Kahli
    Dedicated SOTA Fan #1,257,532
     
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    (removed, no longer applicable -- RPOTA now utilizes the SotAHelp.org Web Resource Page)
     
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    Elgarion, you continue to amaze me with your dedication and innovative ideas! This is a great initiative for the whole community - bravo!!!
     
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    Very kind, thanks Asclepius!
     
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    Hello folks -- thought I'd share each month's grand prize (art commission) since the start of the contests in October of 2015, can you guess who they are or what the logo is for?

    (By the way, they're all art commissions provided by Tortoise & Hare Creations, creators of the Shroud of the Avatar Comic book... the artist is Indi Martin).

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    Congratulations to all winners! :)

    Great artwork/picture!

    I will try. ;)

    1) Ulfberht
    2) Gabriel Nightshadow
    3) Ender Andrew
    4) Amber Raine
    5) Womby
     
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    Wowzers -- perfect 4.99/5

    (That's Ender's character, Erik O'Connor. Also, the logo was requested by Womby but made for TheCaverns.net -- but close enough!)

    Hehhee, thanks for playing! You rock, Mata! You get to play again next month! :p
     
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    Thank you, Elgarion! :)

    Sure! ;)
     
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    Apru 2016 in Retrospect...
    Welcome to this month's RPOTA news update! With another monthly contest upon us, please take the time to enjoy the entries, new and old, which were inspired by this month's contest theme, "The Immortality of the Avatar!" Contest deadlines are always on the last hour and minute and day of the month, so get them in quick or miss out on a chance for some wonderful prizes! If you have ideas for the site or wish to read through all the updates which have ensued since last month, be sure to read about them at our Suggestions & Updates forum!

    Something that was a little new for good ol' Elgarion is that I got to partake in a live stream over with the folks at LegionofMyth.com! LoM is a wonderful gamers community for anything tabletop to video game. Quite the exciting opportunity for me, and their host, Al "Garthon" Marsh, who'll likely be joining us here in the SotA Community sometime in the coming months if not sooner, posed a wonderful array of questions and topics for me to answer. Check it out! The live stream is linked right in the Vids Module at RPOTA!

    One last little reminder to check out the interviews at Wake Up New Britannia. I am in no way the most significant interviewee there, but Woftam was so very kind to offer a chance for me (Rick / Elgarion) to conduct an interview so the community might get to know me a little better. If you're interested in hearing a little more about the admin for this site or many other community members or developers, head on over to their fanTASTIC website and enjoy the enlightening conversations!

    SO... I've recently become involved with another project. It's not going to be announed officially for a few days, but I don't think it'll matter if I announce it slightly early here at RPOTA :) It's a collaborative project between many active community leaders and helpers called the Hospitaller program. You may or many not have already noticed that Hospitaller is available as a new title in the game. The purpose of this title? To highlight who's currently flagging themselves as a new player helper. And how are we going to stay organized and all on top of our efforts? SotaHelp.org. That's where I come in -- I'm currently developing this site for the project. So... as I was about to lead with but instead decided to follow with... improvements to this sight will slow down for the month of April. I PROMISE I will be back in full force making sweeping changes and adding functionality as soon as I'm able. Each and every night is devoted to SOTA at my end. Well... except the nights the girl friend demands of me :p BUT in any case... RPOTA projects will be coming soon. And if you're curious what the next project just might be? Scroll down and read the Marse News... Collections!!!

    APRU CREATION CONTEST! Here ye! Here ye! Biographers, Historians, Diplomats, Journalists, Story Writers, Quest Designers, Videographers and Musicians! RPOTA is in dire need of your amazing talents! Role-Players of the Avatar is hosting a monthly contest to award those most famous with their quill, camera, piano or lute!

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    APRU CREATION CONTEST WINNERS have been selected! Please take some time to congratulate our winners below and show some appreciation for their fine work and creativity!


    Congratulations to the winners for Apru! I look forward to seeing more exciting content in the months to come!

    Well my friends, please please sit back and enjoy the new content at RPOTA! I very much look forward to your submissions, and I hope much happiness comes your way in the month of Apru! I'll have the contest winners announced likely around Maia 10th or thereabouts.

    Take care, friends!
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    Hey folks -- just finished a project that was put aside for SotAHelp.org work -- and finally I'm back to finishing it!

    RPOTA.COM now has SotAMap integration for the Locations module. @Jakub White really helped out a ton by providing us an ad-free view of SotAMap as well as a list of POI#'s for all the embed codes! Many thanks good sir, and I hope SotAMap is always here for the community to use and cherish. It is by far the best map website for a video game I've ever experienced!

    And not only did I create links to the embedded content in a location's detail view, but right in list view you can access the applicable SotAMap.com content :)

    Many more locations are coming, and RPOTA will be one again getting more frequent love as I alternate between SotAHelp.org and RPOTA.COM projects. After another single update to SotAHelp, I'll be right back to RPOTA for a large project -- Collections!!! So after Collections, when I return again to RPOTA after another SotAHelp update, I'll be touring the world to do another wave of locations to add to the database.

    Don't forget to add your POT's to help in this endeavor!

    Thank you and see you soon!
     
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