Dear Revolution Community,
Over the past few weeks as the Senior Admin here, I’ve noticed a lot of things about the way that people have begun to roleplay and what has become acceptable in this community. These are not positive things, and they are all mentality issues in regards to roleplay. I wanted to write this letter as a way to try and connect with those issues, address them, and maybe offer up some additional insight from someone that has roleplayed and been a big part of this community for over 3 years now.
It has always been the biggest joy in my life to lead this community and be the person that is always open to discussing everything with each and every one of you. Know that my door is always open for you guys, and I will continue to hear you guys out and take what you have to say to heart. I will continue to go to bat for each one of you to make this place the best it can possibly be.
I am writing this letter in part because I don’t know how else to express to everyone what these issues are, and how we can collectively go about fixing the state of roleplay here. I want Revolution to continue to grow, improve, and be a home base for continuing the amazing stories that we’ve all been writing all of these years.
I am begging this community. Please, listen to what I have to say. Even if you feel like your roleplay is perfect, please still try to take something away from this. See the different perspective, be willing to admit that no one is perfect, and we all have room for growth. That we all have room to help each other grow and expand, and most of all, have fun.
1. Let’s talk about the box truck issue.
This is one of those things that is so commonplace now, that it seems normal. We’ve also discussed having the ability to put people in vehicles, and what the heck is going on with that?
The box truck problem is way bigger than the majority of people realize. As an EMS, I probably see the effect of the box truck issue more than any other department or person on the server. Most of you just think that you use it for the dire situations to help your buddies who are injured try to escape some jail time. In reality, it is a chronic, widespread issue on the server. People use them when EMS are clocked in. We’ll go hours with 1-2 calls, but watch trucks and cars pull up and people being dumped into the hospital with no regard to roleplaying their injuries (which is where it falls into Fail RP). Even at these big shooting scenes, there’s no regard for ripping off a piece of your shirt to tie off the bullet wound. Just mechanically grab, jump, dump, and drive. Where is the roleplay in that?
Now, I can also understand the other side of the coin. If we can’t help our guys, then what do you expect us to do? Isn’t it Fail RP that my gang-loyal character has to just walk away from their hurt buddies and not help them? Yes, I understand. We have discussed putting people in vehicles mechanically for all, and that is on the list of things to do, it just keeps getting pushed down the priority list. So what do we do in the meantime? After hearing out the Community Representatives, Admins will stop drawing such a thick line on this particular rule, up until the point where the regular mechanical feature is implemented. That will be fully explained in an announcement. To all of you that rage-quit out of the server the other day instead of trying to talk things out, or go to your Community Representatives – that does nothing to make this place better. If you’re angry about something: an Admin decision, things going on in the server, speak up. Be heard. At least help us try to fix what you perceive as being a wrong here.
2. (Box truck issue, extended) EMS are neutral, and we don’t utilize them enough
The EMS department has fought LEO’s a few times over on their rule of neutrality. The EMS department prides itself on their stance on remaining neutral. On being the people that are just there to help you and to save lives, regardless of who the person is or what they have done. We want to do our jobs, we want to help save lives. We don’t want to be kidnapped to help you rob a bank or a store. But if you kidnap us to help your hurt friend, we’re there. Shoot, you don’t even have to threaten us. Just tell us what happened, and we’re there. That’s an EMS’s purpose. We will always care more about saving lives than getting anyone in trouble with the cops.
3. Selfish roleplay and how its only fun for you
One of our biggest issues as a community right now is selfish roleplay. The kind of roleplay where only your needs matter, only your character matters, and only you are having fun. Every complaint I’ve gathered from criminal, civilians, cops, EMS, everyone, boils down to this. When you are roleplaying, everyone in the situation should matter. Consider how your character’s actions are going to affect other characters. Are you the only one laughing? Are you shutting down someone else’s roleplay just so you can come out on top?
4. Your character is a character. It isn’t you. (Also – taking IC to the OOC)
For many, there is a thin line between the real you, and your character. It’s easy to fall into a trap of just playing yourself, especially considering Revolution might be the first place you’ve roleplayed, and its easy to have your first character be a reflection of yourself. But even if you’ve designed a character as a mirror image of yourself, you still need to separate what is happening in the game versus how you feel out of character. If you find yourself doing this, fill out a character sheet and stick to it. Change something about your character that makes them different then the real you. Find the separation.
Without separation, you are bound to translate OOC feelings into IC feelings. When you play yourself, those aren’t two different things. In game toxicity, harassment, combat logging, “salty” behavior, has become some of our biggest complaints and reports within the last month. Why is it that every time you’re caught by the cops you berate them with every word in the book? Yell over other people to shut down everything their trying to say in the interaction? Push people to the limit of quitting because they can’t even interact with you? How is that enjoyable? Why can we not find a common ground to stand on that says – this is my character, and I’m here to roleplay with another person?
5. Gunplay > Roleplay, and what happened to the long-term stories?
No one is scared of each other anymore, and no one is scared of guns anymore. We pretend that our characters value their lives, but then start shooting each other after saying nothing to two words. Why are we all so quick to pull the trigger? This is rampant on both sides, not just one. What happened to talking to each other before shutting down the roleplay with bullets? What happened to smart criminals that stalked you, got to know who you were, and figured out a way to hurt you beyond all comprehension by not even shooting you directly?
There is no regard for long term stories anymore. Anyone who wants to start up something long-term generally gets shut down. Why? Why is everyone living for a few hours to do their daily motions, and not thinking about the rest of their lives? This is why we all keep getting burnt out on roleplay. This is why we need breaks, need to play other games for a while, need to step away to find the love in roleplay again. When you’re just here to exist for a few hours, and you have nothing drawing you back in for the long game, then you’re not going to want to come back. Set a long term goal. Start a long-term heist (yes, those resources ARE available to you). Start a long term story with someone. Make a new character with a long-term purpose. Expand your business. Be more than just a singular drone that is here just to clock in, or just to shoot cops and rob bank. Think about how everything builds up and should change your character’s goals and daily life.
I may have gotten long winded. You may all just skim the points and not take the time to listen to me drone on. But again. I am begging all of you. Each and every single one of us are responsible for the status of the community. This is not just a place for the staff. Revolution is ALL of us, collectively, agreeing on a set of rules and making our own place here. Every single person matters, every single opinion matters, and every single character matters. Please, let’s collectively take this to heart, and try and make this the best fuckin place imaginable.
With all my love,