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PostSubject: Mostly dead?   Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:39 am

I've been on here for what I want to say is a couple weeks now. Is this site mostly dead now adays? It doesn't seem like there's a lot of.....anything going on except for the one run that people keep replying too. It's not just here either is Shadowrun in it's death throws? I can hardly find anybody who wants to play anymore and never enough to actually get a game going.
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PostSubject: Re: Mostly dead?   Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:08 am

I would say "No" to that question in both parts.

SRO:
There are generally 3 to 4 games ongoing at any given time. The last several weeks have been uncharacteristically low for SRO, but my guess is that as soon as the games get running smoothly again, the players will return to posting. We have somewhere between 5 and 20 regular players, depending on the week you check in. In addition to those, there are generally 3-5 regular GMs, who are likely to enroll in an occasional game as well, totalling somewhere in the 10-25 total players range.
These players change as their real-life requirements shift allowing for more, or less, time to post. This is a generally on-going cycle, and will likely continue for PBP games (not just SR) ad infinitum. The players who are comfortable with this often become GMs as well, as their posting rate does not fall off after a shorter period of time.

SR:
I have a loyal Table-Top group who play Shadowrun one night every week. Of the 6 of us, 3 are married, and 2 of those three have children. Their husbands, by and large, are not interested in Shadowrun, but appreciate the "give a little, get a little" opportunity of supporting their wives' play-nights, and getting a night of their own free to meet up with their buddies.
I am, on occasion, invited to GM for larger games, "Meetup" nights, and even the occasional Test Night or Tournament. Relative to the total number of RPG players who are willing to play Shadowrun in general, I don't believe that I have noticed a significant drop in numbers over the past several years. While it is somewhat difficult to build a group, as most SR players now have a dedicated group, it may be a somewhat simpler matter to join an existing group.
My group and I occasionally indulge in some of the other RPG worlds, just to keep our horizons broad. We play, from time to time, LARP, VTM, D&D, Earthdawn, among others. We also, on occasion, post a Meetup for the express purpose of attracting new players to our group. Strangely, we often have a large handful of players show up for the night, but it is an extremely rare occasion that we gain any more than 1 player out of 10 or so for the long haul.

In short: No, SR isn't dead. It has become somewhat more regimented though. The players have their groups and are generally content to stick with them. Even on SRO that seems to be a somewhat repeating theme. The same several players are the key-note players keeping a game rolling. Often if even one of those players is absent for RL issues, the entire game comes apart. Sometimes to be resurrected once that player returns.
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PostSubject: Re: Mostly dead?   Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:48 pm

If this is, in fact, the case. What do you recommend to get in to some action? I've gotten a few bites inbetween jackpoint and infrno but nothing solid has come together thus far either irl, PbP or Realtime online.
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PostSubject: Re: Mostly dead?   Wed Jul 27, 2011 3:44 am

I've never managed to put together a Realtime Online game: as a player or as a GM. I just haven't ever managed to make it happen (or had the stars align...). There was even a MUD at one point, built on 3.0 rules, which attempted to re-create character creation rules for all but Magic (magic required personal and specific coding, by a GM). With a combination of a few players and a few dedicated Admins (who, necessarily took the role of GM) they did an admirable, but ultimately unsatisfying attempt at Realtime Online. That said, the same thing happened on SRO last summer, and it seems to me to be a repeating theme. My suggestion is stick it out for another month or two, and people will settle back in to their Shadowrun gaming come fall.
As for table-top: Find an already established group in your area which is looking for a player. Alternatively: Find an Action RPG group, join up for the long haul, and affect change over time. This is what I did, as the group that I am a part of now was primarily a DND group when I found them. Fortunately, the DND 4.0 rules are nearly the worst thing to happen to an RPG in all time, so it made it easier to affect more permanent change (we actually participated in one of the Pilots).

[EDIT] In addition: There is generally open availability in any of the ongoing games here on SRO at any given time. If you use the Private Message capacity and speak with the GMs directly, they are likely to be able to suggest what they are in need of. I haven't done a complete accounting of the currently live games in some time (one of the services that I provide generally) so I cannot make any suggestions. But if you do the leg-work, you will likely be rewarded. Remember, keep this in the private messages.
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