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DDD Moderators ([personal profile] tripled_mods) wrote2010-05-16 04:16 pm


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[personal profile] bag_has_snapped 2014-01-06 01:42 am (UTC)(link)
I don’t know if this is the right way or the wrong way to contact you guys, but I seriously think you guys need to get the players together and discuss the state of the Duck. Feel free to screen this if you wish, but it has to be said. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the game is dying and I seriously feel that your rules have brought this game to this point. What do I mean by this?


1) The banning of embeded videos. While you were trying to be sensible to players who can’t use more high-powered cell phones or higher level modems to watch the videos and trying to understand that some players just don’t want to see something from a person’s canon has ultimately lead to people just not caring about posting. Drama Drama Duck, from what I understand, is basically a crack game. We shouldn’t have to sit here and wrack our brains to write out canon updates or to write up what a simple video of what’s going on is showing or the latest doge trend or whatnot. We should be able to post it right then and there.

The idea that you’re trying to be sensible to those less privileged falls flat on the fact that, even if it wasn’t embedded, guess what - they’re still going to ignore it. If it doesn’t interest them, they’re not going to look at it either way, even if you describe it and toss up a link to the page.

2) Extended AC. This goes into point one, but can also spread out to other areas. Some games tend to have AC that is a period of two months because they’re busy. DDD was busy up until you guys placed the ban. Now? It’s died out completely. All players know is that they gotta have 20 posts from two sources together and they’re good. They can disappear until AC comes. And without anything major or exciting going on to grab their attention, they’re not going to focus on it.

This also leads to the still growing problem of people actually making AC. People have made AC many times, but I’m sure you’ve seen the number of times where they’ve made AC, but made it using the old rules, where they have the number of posts, but because they only focused on one post or a majorly active thread, they keep forgetting they need two sources, with one of them that was tagged out by another player and, thus, when AC comes, they’re left in a conundrum - either they scramble to find that last outside post, they opt to let them get hit with failure and reapp or just out and out drop the character. Nine times out of ten, they don’t bother anymore and they drop. This has been a real killing point with a lot of players and their characters.

3) Lack of anything to do. I’m not talking about viruses or events and the like. I’m talking about being able to influence things. Having exciting adventures and all of that stuff. Yes, Drama Drama Duck is a crack game. Yes, Drama Drama Duck is the idea of “What would happen if fictional characters met others on the Internet?” But, things have changed since then. Back when DDD had started and during the whole LJ era, this was fine. The idea of LJRP was still budding. Nowadays, the ideas you’ve administered don’t work, especially with the new blood. They don’t want their characters sitting around on a computer. They want their action, their adventure, their horror, etc. They want to be able to influence their surroundings, not be bound by them.

We have worlds up the ying yang filled with villainy and action and we can’t do anything about it because we’re bound by the fact that, because the bad guys talk, they’re appable and, thus, mark them off-limits to doing anything to them. Nobody is going to come here just to talk and deal with viruses from time to time. They’re out to move around and do things and be heroes or villains and, because we can’t influence other worlds, no one is going to want to come here.

Now, what could I suggest to fix these things? Simple:

1) Remove or modify the ban. Like I said, people are going to ignore an embed and the like because they just have no interest in it. All you’ve done is just hurt people who want to relax and post silly things. Let’s bring that back.

2) Modify the AC requirements. Perhaps bring back the old requirements on top of the new ones. That way no one is caught with their pants down again.

3) Loosen up the rules for world influences. There’s an amazing thing known as “alternate universes” - What If?s from Marvel, DC’s Elseworlds, Zones with Archie Comics’ Sonic the Hedgehog. We shouldn’t be bound by not being allowed to do what we want because someone is appable or not appable. AUs are also becoming a big thing in many games. How about we bring this about even more?

I’m not here to complain, I came here to help out, point out things that are hurting this game and want to give you guys ideas as to how to maybe fix things. I tried this with another game when I saw it stagnating. I was called “passive aggressive” and my friends and I were attacked anonymously on an earlier incarnation of wankgate for doing so. The game ended up dying six months later, though for slightly unrelated reasons. I don’t wanna see another game die out like this. Seriously.

[personal profile] letterstocelestia 2014-01-08 03:21 am (UTC)(link)
As a former player of this game, I have to second this. I've noticed there has been more drops than people coming into the game, and it's gotten me concerned.

I would suggest also giving the players here an option to say if they would want an endgame or some kind of reboot if they feel more changes need to be made in order to bring new life into the game. I'm not saying I want the game to close, I'm just suggesting some other ways the game could be saved.
Edited 2014-01-08 03:53 (UTC)
twelfthspark: ([:o] so what's it gonna take?)

[personal profile] twelfthspark 2014-01-16 07:18 am (UTC)(link)
Another former player here. I don't have much to say about the first two parts (actually the embedding rule sounds like a good one.)

As to point #3 though- I'm amazed and disappointed that they banned that. When I played here (from the start to '09), derailing worlds was expected; it was part of the fun, created unexpected and fantastic CR, and rarely if ever caused a problem with new applicants that I knew of. While "sitting at computers" is the game's main premise and shouldn't be ignored, I don't believe the worldhopping should have been neutered, either.
Edited 2014-01-16 07:20 (UTC)
twelfthspark: ([:)] we're the dreams you're believing)

[personal profile] twelfthspark 2014-01-16 09:34 pm (UTC)(link)
That makes a lot more sense and sounds pretty close to what I remember. Thanks!