A Western in Winter, Fantasy in the Fall. A Summer of Sci-Fi, Modern works with all. (tl;dr at the bottom in bold)Because I'm getting back into Argh~Pee, I've been drafting a bunch of different arc ideas recently. I got'sa humans-vs-plague plot, a War of the Roses-esque Game of Thrones inspired politicofuckalo, and some strange conglomeration of a story mimicking current world events through abstract metaphors-- the plot and formation of these is going fine, but there's something nagging on my mind that's been riding my ass since I first realized that people actually have to be attracted my RP's. That, problem, of course, being how settings seem to have an "in" season and an "out" season. I'm going off of personal experiences, so I'm more than willing to be corrected, but I'm not a person that's loyal to one specific setting or time period. Sometimes I like hunting down heretical xenos in space, but sometimes I like performing a fantasy-bounty hunt for demonic booty that's almost analogous in content. It's kinda like food, in a sense that you can sometimes be hungering for burgers 'cause you've had way too much Panda Express recently. As a licensed Observer of Inconsequential Things (PhD), my theory is that the type of Roleplays we like to involve ourselves in directly correlate to the general mood of society that permeates around us. Let me try to explain through an example. Now, imagine dear Montezuma as not a singular person, but an entire crowd. Hundreds of millions went to see the new Star Wars, and many of the more creative of us who've seen it have probably been either consciously or subconsciously influenced by the huge amount of hype permeating it to start wanting to get a piece'a'da action ourselves. To make sure I had at least some backing on this, I searched for Star Wars in the Sci-Fi RP tab from December 18th (release date of The Force Awakens) and found a decided increase in the frequency of in-universe RP after said date. While things like the Shadow of Mordor (fantasy) and Mad Max (post-apoc) are too far in the past for me to get a good source for, I get the hinting feeling that the scenario listed above repeats itself with their respective settings. Perhaps I'm just putting too much thought into it, I've just been rubbing bullshit onto a keyboard for this entire post, but I feel as if there's too strong of a correlation between current culture and what people want in an RP setting to ignore when creating something you really want other people to have an interest in and enjoy. Of course, there will always be an arbitrary variable from person to person; some people just outright enjoy Sci-Fi more, yet these would be outliers in comparison to the general public. From your experience in Roleplay and looking over trends, do you think that settings can have "seasons," periods of time wherein they're more popular? My second question, to get a feel for what's going on in Iwaku at the moment, is what type of setting you currently believe to be á la mode, or in style. This doesn't necessarily mean "What type of setting have I seen the most recently?" I'm thinkin's more along the lines of "What type of setting do I feel is most attractive right now?" tl;dr: Researching the frequency of in-universe RPs before and after a huge hype train (like the recent Star Wars surge) leads me to believe that RP settings are more popular if they follow recent cultural trends, what do you think? What do you feel is the most exciting setting currently? Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Longpost Cat tax.