Goodbye to Clans and Character Gallery, and Hello to Character Ads and Collaborative Threads Take 2!

Diana

Divine Space Witch Ò◇Ó
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Greetings Minions! ⊙◇⊙ We've survived another update day without things horribly exploding all over the place! (Yet.)

Lemme throw down the bad news first.


The Death of Clans


Over the years we've tried all kinds of special addons to give us a neat section where members can create their own groups, whether it be for anime clubs or extended control over their roleplays. Sometimes they turn out okay, but most of the time these scripts are an absolute nightmare to keep organized and moderated. We kept trucking, though, hoping things would turn around but... NO! These days, thankfully, clans are very rarely used. After an audit, we discovered the clans are only being used by a small handful of people and now was probably the best time to close them down without it being too much of a trouble. We've now turned off the creation of new clans.

Clans that currently still exist and are active will get to live out the rest of their life until the end of the year. Come 2020 we will be removing this addon from the site! We recommend anyone that has an active clan, use this time to save their data or migrate it to threads. Unfortunately, there is no way to easily import these threads. You'll have to copy-paste or do the old fashioned saving the browser page.

For those of you that loved using Clans as a big group roleplay forum, you can participate in the next WARP competition this winter!

Goodbye Gallery, but Hello Character Ad forums!


Also leaving us is the CHARACTER GALLERY. The gallery has admittedly been super cool, but the script wasn't designed for being a character database. Every time we have an update, it's messed up our special hacks for it. We've also had some issues with keeping it well moderated, members not quite using it right, and abuse of the system. It was a really good idea, but it just didn't mesh well with Iwaku's needs.

We have turned off new entries to this gallery system and members have until the end of the year to save and move their content.

TO REPLACE THE CHARACTER GALLERY WE'VE CREATED SOME SPECIAL AREAS!

  • If you didn't know, you can post CHARACTER STORAGE THREADS in the Showcasing Forum! These threads do not get archived unless you go inactive. So you don't have to worry about digging them back out or bumping the thread. This is the recommended place to showcase all of your characters.
  • Alternatively many people use the Coding Lab for character storage, but we don't recommend this.
  • Our new Character Ads section now allows you to post SINGLE CHARACTER THREADS kind of like want ads, where you can seek partners to play with that specific character, or in some cases get someone else to play the character FOR you. The Character ad sections for Redstar and Bluestar members are located in their respective Connections forums.

Finally, if you hate these alternatives for character storage, we're huge fans of getting blogs like Wordpress to create your own personal character portfolio. They're handy and you can link to them across multiple roleplay sites.

WE ALSO KILLED THE COUNSELING FORUM AND THE BOARD GAMES FORUM, BUT LIKE 4 PEOPLE EVER USED THOUGH SO WE'RE PRETTY SURE NO ONE WILL NOTICE.

TIME FOR THE AWESOME THINGS


Eeeeeey! Not all things about destruction and mayhem! We've been working on some tidying up!

Roleplay Guides and Help in Resources


We've Removed a couple of the Guide/Challenge forums: There is now 1 Roleplay Guide forum and 1 Roleplay Help forum.
Creative content is a blast, but we're hoping to reduce the amount of superfluous work around the site, so staffers can focus on roleplaying itself. You can still do (and even host your own) awesome challenges or contents in the Events forum! (Make sure to check out the rules for Events!)

We're also planning on promoting top tier quality guides to the Iwaku Resources, so we can showcase the very best that Iwaku has to offer in a place where it's easy to find! If you currently have an existing guide, we highly recommend that you give it a refresher update. If you've never written a guide before -- give it a shot! You might have something valuable to add that can help fledgling roleplayers do their best.

Collaborative Threads are back! Will we all die now?

Collaborative Threads is a tool where members can have a "co-GM" on a thread that can also edit the thread and the posts in it, just like a thread starter can. Last couple times we turned it on, there were a lot of server errors... but maybe this time is the charm? Give it a shot and let us know if it's working. (And if Iwaku crashes in a hail of fire, please save us from Jared's wrath.)

WARP WILL MAKE IT'S RETURN THIS WINTER!

WARP is the World Building and Roleplay Game Master's Challenge! That's how aspiring GMs can get their very own forums under the Roleplay Realms category. Coooool, yes? If you have an amazing roleplay with tons of worldbuilding, and you really want to create a largescale roleplay start working on it now because a headstart is always good. We will be posting the announcement and rules come November.





and.. and... I think that's it? I'm probably forgetting something we updated. MAYBE YOU CAN FIND IT.
 

Maggie

Officially Nonexistent.
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Well that wasn't too painful then! :D smooth updates!
 
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PoetLore

HuggleMugger
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Intermediate, Adept, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Primarily Prefer Female
Genres
Romance, Fantasy, Tudor, Historical, Magical
Love the Character Ads idea. I'd much rather see a fleshed out character and have that inspire a companion or rival in my mind than a plot idea. I'm weird though...maybe I'm not the only one?
 

Kat

𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙫𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙨
Posting Speed
1-3 posts per week, One post per week, Slow As Molasses
Online Availability
Monday 11AM — 1 PM, Tuesday 1:30 PM — 3 PM
Writing Levels
Advanced
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female, Primarily Prefer Female
Genres
Medieval Fantasy, Romance, Dark Fantasy, High Fantasy, Steampunk
Love the Character Ads idea. I'd much rather see a fleshed out character and have that inspire a companion or rival in my mind than a plot idea. I'm weird though...maybe I'm not the only one?
You are not the only one! I like my characters too to start sometimes as well~
 
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Daz

SHSL Torment
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Adaptable
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No Preferences
WE ALSO KILLED THE COUNSELING FORUM AND THE BOARD GAMES FORUM, BUT LIKE 4 PEOPLE EVER USED THOUGH SO WE'RE PRETTY SURE NO ONE WILL NOTICE.
I NOTICED DIANA! D:

It's fine, I'll just post Mafia in the General Chatting section when I reboot it. :)
 

Kimberlyn

Queer as Fuck
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,
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1-3 posts per week, One post per week, Slow As Molasses
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Varies
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Advanced, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female, , Primarily Prefer Female
Genres
Fantasy, Modern Fantasy, Horror, Light Romance, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Fandoms (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel/DC)
My gallery :’(
 
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Draugvan

Isn't. That. Glitters. All. Gold.
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1-3 posts per week, One post per week, Slow As Molasses
Online Availability
Four hours behind West Coast USA
Writing Levels
Adept, Advanced, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Male, , Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Fantasy, Libertine, Medieval, Science Fiction, Drama, Psychological
Maybe 'the Way Back Machine' to help hold onto like clans threads.
 

Obsidian Miscreant

「 Beasts Under the Guise of Men 」
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It varies depending on my work schedule, as well as other personal factors.
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Advanced, Prestige
Preferred Character Gender
Male, , Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
I tend to favor a mixture of the following: Dark Fantasy, Romance, Mature, Action/Adventure, and Drama being my mains.
The collab thread idea sounds pretty great, and would have come in handy a few years ago ( on my end at least )
I'm going to low-key lurk in here to see if anyone is able to successfully use them. That way I know they work for future reference.
 

Durandal

Fatum Iustum Stultorum
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,
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Multiple posts per day, 1-3 posts per day, One post per day, 1-3 posts per week, One post per week
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Western Mountain Time
Writing Levels
Adept, Advanced
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female, Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Medieval Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, horror.
okay then, question, do we need to backup our characters before this goes through?
 

Astaroth

[*screaming into the void intensifies*]
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Looking for partners
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Speed of Light, Slow As Molasses
Online Availability
It varies a lot depending on my schedule, unfortunately.
Writing Levels
Advanced, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Psychological horror
Body horror
Supernatural
Giallo
Splatterpunk
Dark fantasy
Historical
Low fantasy
Magipunk
Weird West
Noir
Thriller
Gothic horror
Southern Gothic
Gaslamp fantasy
Cyberpunk
Space saga
Clockpunk
Space Western
Space opera
Paranormal
Modern fantasy
Dieselpunk
Post-Apocalyptic
Crime drama
Medieval fantasy
okay then, question, do we need to backup our characters before this goes through?
You have until the end of the year to back up your characters! After that, the Gallery will be removed and all content will go with it.
 
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Durandal

Fatum Iustum Stultorum
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Multiple posts per day, 1-3 posts per day, One post per day, 1-3 posts per week, One post per week
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Western Mountain Time
Writing Levels
Adept, Advanced
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female, Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Medieval Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, horror.
okay then, question, do we need to backup our characters before this goes through?
You have until the end of the year to back up your characters! After that, the Gallery will be removed and all content will go with it.
thaaaaat's what i needed to know, thank you!
 

LuckycoolHawk9

Bi Disaster Child
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Multiple posts per day, 1-3 posts per day, One post per day
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Will be updated when school year starts. For now, pretty much whenever
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Male
I have a question as well. For character showcasing, is it one thread per user or can we make more than one? Because I have two different NPC character gallery and wanted to know if I should be making one thread and separating them in posts with labels or if like the gallery, each can have their own showcasing.
 

Astaroth

[*screaming into the void intensifies*]
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Invitation Status
Looking for partners
Posting Speed
Speed of Light, Slow As Molasses
Online Availability
It varies a lot depending on my schedule, unfortunately.
Writing Levels
Advanced, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
Psychological horror
Body horror
Supernatural
Giallo
Splatterpunk
Dark fantasy
Historical
Low fantasy
Magipunk
Weird West
Noir
Thriller
Gothic horror
Southern Gothic
Gaslamp fantasy
Cyberpunk
Space saga
Clockpunk
Space Western
Space opera
Paranormal
Modern fantasy
Dieselpunk
Post-Apocalyptic
Crime drama
Medieval fantasy
I have a question as well. For character showcasing, is it one thread per user or can we make more than one? Because I have two different NPC character gallery and wanted to know if I should be making one thread and separating them in posts with labels or if like the gallery, each can have their own showcasing.
For the Character Ads section, it's one thread per character but as many threads as you want. For the Showcasing section, you can still have multiple threads, but we prefer and recommend a single thread for all your characters.
 

LuckycoolHawk9

Bi Disaster Child
Posting Speed
Multiple posts per day, 1-3 posts per day, One post per day
Online Availability
Will be updated when school year starts. For now, pretty much whenever
Preferred Character Gender
Male
For the Showcasing section, you can still have multiple threads, but we prefer and recommend a single thread for all your characters.
Good to know, I'll make one thread the and separate them by posts
 

Astrometry

Best rper ever!
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Speed of Light, Multiple posts per day, 1-3 posts per day, One post per day, 1-3 posts per week
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All the time.
Writing Levels
Elementary, Intermediate, Adept, Advanced, Prestige, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female,
Genres
Fantasy, Horror, Action, Romance, Adventure, Drama
I somehow think this will end up not being as cool as the character gallery was.
 

Diana

Divine Space Witch Ò◇Ó
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Not accepting invites at this time
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I somehow think this will end up not being as cool as the character gallery was.
Yeah. ;_; The character gallery was cool concept, but unfortunately the software did not work out the way we needed it to. Never hurts to try new stuff though and see what's good and what isnt! O:
 
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Astrometry

Best rper ever!
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Speed of Light, Multiple posts per day, 1-3 posts per day, One post per day, 1-3 posts per week
Online Availability
All the time.
Writing Levels
Elementary, Intermediate, Adept, Advanced, Prestige, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female,
Genres
Fantasy, Horror, Action, Romance, Adventure, Drama
I somehow think this will end up not being as cool as the character gallery was.
Yeah. ;_; The character gallery was cool concept, but unfortunately the software did not work out the way we needed it to. Never hurts to try new stuff though and see what's good and what isnt! O:
I mean, I understand but it will just mean that people get their characters buried underneath a new post just like the wanted ads. Hopefully, something else will come up that I like.
 

Onyx

mushroom prince
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Multiple posts per day, 1-3 posts per day, One post per day, 1-3 posts per week, One post per week, Slow As Molasses
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Evening/Late Night (MST)
Writing Levels
Adept, Advanced, Prestige, Adaptable
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Transgender, , Primarily Prefer Male
Genres
High fantasy, modern fantasy, gaslamp fantasy, Anything Fantasy, dark comedy, supernatural, paranormal, psychological, yada yada
I somehow think this will end up not being as cool as the character gallery was.
Yeah. ;_; The character gallery was cool concept, but unfortunately the software did not work out the way we needed it to. Never hurts to try new stuff though and see what's good and what isnt! O:
I mean, I understand but it will just mean that people get their characters buried underneath a new post just like the wanted ads. Hopefully, something else will come up that I like.
yeah, that brings me to a good question -- are we allowed to bump our character ads? :O