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Latest revision as of 16:33, 4 January 2012

Contents

Starting a Game at Myth-Weavers

Myth-Weavers has been designed to give its play by posts games more structure and tools than other sites, so getting a game going can include a few more steps.

Are You Ready?

GMing is a big responsibility in tabletop, and even more so in play by post. Aside from creating the game, carrying its pace, being a mediator and moderator for your players, and keeping the game alive, at Myth-Weavers you have a few more responsibilities, especially in regards to abiding by and enforcing Site Rules in your game. Game Forum and GM Responsibility

Are You Planning or Ready to Go?

Because we do not allow you to change the name of your game, or its system or setting once it is created, GMs without a clear idea of what they want to run or whether it's something others might be interested in are advised to create a thread in our Planning Forum and discuss their ideas before taking the leap into creating a game. After the game is created, those details can only be changed by Site Staff. If you have a clear vision for your game, including details like system and setting, then you're ready to create your game.

The Game Creation Form

Getting to the Form

The game creation form is accessible by a few routes. At the top of each page of the main site is our main navigation bar. Between 'Sheets' and 'Help' is the Games link. Following that leads you to our Games & Ads section, where you can see all the currently open recruitment threads for games at Myth-Weavers. The link to Games & Ads is also available from the first row of the second column on our Forum Home page.

Once there, you'll see a large button to Create a New Game!

Filling it Out

Title is the title for your game and its forum. Please keep it simple and short as possible, do not include system or setting information in the title. It will be included by default in your game, its ads, and many other places. Changing this name once the forum is created requires moderator intervention and is discouraged.

System is the game system your game will be running. If the game system you'd like to run is not available, choose Miscellaneous. You may request the game system by posting new thread in our Site Discussion forum. Only choose 'Homebrew' if you have written the game system yourself.

Setting is the campaign setting for the game system you're running, such as Eberron for Dungeons & Dragons. This is optional, so if you do not find the setting you're looking for, leave it blank. You may request the campaign setting by posting a new thread in our Site Discussion forum.

Closed / Accepting / Private are the visibility settings for your game. Interested players can send applications to Accepting games, regardless of whether or not they are advertising, but not to Closed games. Private games do not show up in the game listings at all! We suggest Accepting unless you have a list of players you are going to invite. Note that if you create a game advertisement your game will automatically switch to 'Advertising' until the ad is closed, at which point it will revert to Accepting.

Description is the description of your game that will (along with all the other information) be shown to other members on your game's profile page and any player recruiting threads you create.

Click submit to create your game!

Myth-Weavers Game Structure

A game at Myth-Weavers has many components, but there are six things that every GM will interact with for his game. These are, the Game Profile, the Game Forum, the GM Screen, the Game Control Panel, Game Members, and Game Advertisements. Also related to games at MW are: Subweaves, pages dedicated to game systems, and World Links, which tie a game to the Wiki for game world information.

The Game Profile

The Game Profile is the central hub for a game. From it, the Forum, GM Screen, and Game Control Panel can be accessed, Game Members can be viewed and managed, Game Ads can be created and managed, Head GM Status can be transferred, users can be invited, applications can be managed, and the game can be archived. Additional information about the game, including its status, creation date, last post, system, setting, and description, can all be seen from this page.

The Game Forum

If the Game Profile is the brain of a game, the Game Forum is its heart. The Game Forum is home to all threads pertaining to the game, and has all the features of any other forum on the site. In addition, threads can be organized by Thread Groups, and if the game is set up with a World Link, links to game information stored in the wiki are also available from the left hand column. The Main Thread group settings can be managed, as can the thread groups themselves.

The GM Screen

While the GM Screen is a feature currently in development, it does have a spot for notes and, for any sheets attached to the game, it displays compressed versions of character sheets called Quick Sheets.

The Game Info

The Game Info page is where you can change the description and options of your game. The options are:

Title

Any changes must wait for approval from the Myth Weavers' staff.

System

Any changes must wait for approval from the Myth Weavers' staff.

Setting

Any changes must wait for approval from the Myth Weavers' staff.

Access

Accepting: Users can (request to) join the game through the game's profile.

Closed: Users can't (request to) join the game.

Private: The game is only visible to GMs, Players and Readers accepted into that game.

Access can be changed at any time. Closing or privatizing a game will cause the game advertisement, if any, to removed in 3 days from the Games & Ads forum. Once deleted, a new game ad will have to be created if you change the Access back to Accepting.

The Game Control Panel

The Game Control Panel is where the game's description, status, and World Link can be edited.

Game Members

Game Members come in several levels.

  • Head GM: This is the owner, usually the creator of the game. He has full moderator permissions for the forum, can manage other game members (including GMs), can access the GM Screen and Game Control Panel, can create and manage Game Advertisements, archive the game, and finally, can relinquish his Head GM status to another game member. In the forum, he has access to all private threads and text in private tags.
  • GM: Granted this status (by request) by the Head GM, these users have the same permissions as the Head GM except they cannot manage other GMs, or archive the game.
  • Player: Granted this status (by request) by a GM, these users have the same permissions in the game forum as they do in other forums.
  • Reader: This user has the same permissions as a player, but can also read all private threads and text in private tags. Though they have permissions to post, they are generally not exercised. Essentially, a spectator.

Joining a Game

From the game profile there is an icon toward the top center with a little person and a plus symbol that says 'Join Game'. Clicking this button will lead you to the Join Game form. JoinGameProfileExample.png

You can select what member level you'd like, and include a message to the GMs. If you are joining as a player, make sure the selection is set to "Player". JoinGameExample.png

This request is saved to the game profile page and the GMs will be able to approve or deny the request. A message is sent to GMs that a request has been made. From that same page, the person who made the request will also be able to 'Deny' it, thus rescinding their request. A message is sent to the applicant with the result of the request.

Changing Game Member Level

Sometimes a player wants to become a GM, or vice versa, or a Reader decides to start playing the game. A button similar to the Join Game button, but with a little person and a pencil, leads to a form where you can request a new member level, and the process follows the same as joining a game for the first time.

Leaving a Game

If, for whatever reason, you need to leave the game, go to the game profile page and use the 'x' next to your name.

Game Advertisements

On Myth-Weavers, you can get players for your games in one of two ways: invite them or run a game advertisement. A game advertisement is a request for players in the community to create characters to play in your game. This section provides basic instructions for creating a game ad. More detailed suggestions can be found in the Advanced Advertisement Techniques article.

Game ads are monitored by the moderators, but your ad is your responsibility. The moderators can't be everywhere, all the time, so if there's a problem, report it.

Game Advertisements Creation

To create a Game advertisement, you must have a game forum created already. On the Game Profile page of your game forum, click on the megaphone icon to open the game ad creation interface. Look over the boxes and dropdown menus at the top of the form and make any necessary changes before moving on to entering the ad itself.

Game Advertisements Content

The following is the minimum amount of information your ad should include. When in doubt, consider what you'd need to make a character for the game and include all that information, along with a basic explanation of the idea of the game. Provide links to any relevant information, such as a World Wiki or (free and legal) system source materials.

  • An Introduction: A teaser or bit of in-game text, sometimes just an out-of-character greeting.
  • Game Master(s): Who's running this game, anyhow?
  • Game Explanation: What's the premise of the story? What will be the mood/attitude/play-style of the game?
  • Application Process: How should people apply to play? How long will applications be accepted? How many player-spots are open?
  • Character Creation: What are the rules being used for making characters?
  • Any additional information or requirements: Include miscellaneous house rules or oddities you will be using.

Running the Game Advertisement

Like your game forum, the game ad is your responsibility, though it will be moderated by staff, numbers permitting. Keep up with your thread, and please maintain site rules within it. If there's a situation you can't handle, report it to staff as soon as possible.

Handling Applications

Create a thread in your game forum for character creation and applications. Die rolls and the application can all be handled in one post, the rolls can then be encapsulated in spoiler tags. Keeping this to one post per player allows potential applicants to see at a glance how many applications there are and how many are completed. Applications should be public unless there is a pressing game reason for them not to be.

The requirements for character creation should always be in the advertisement, a copy made in the applications thread if you feel it's necessary. Keep discussions in the ad thread unless you feel the need to make discussion threads for each individual player, in which case only the GM and that player should post in that thread.

Closing Applications

As soon as applications are no longer being accepted, please close the thread. This will prevent any new posts and remove the ad from view after a three day grace period.

Acceptable Ads

It is our policy to disallow game advertisements for games that are not hosted on Myth-Weavers. If you feel like running a game somewhere else, please do not post an ad in the forum. Advertising for hybrid games is allowed but will need prior approval. Please state you have this approved in the advert. NOTE: this applies to advertising only, you can use a game forum as a repository for any game type providing you do not advertise.