Storylines are complex and writing them can also get complex. No single person should have the responsibility of entertaining the rest with role play. Even the most seasoned role playing groups have times when the GM switches off and one of the players takes over and runs for a while.
Here are our current Trello boards:
What is Trello?
Trello is a project management tool. In theory it can be used to keep track of anything that is built or maintained using some kind of a process.
What does it get used for here?
We use Trello to keep track of the story writing process. Each plot which can be played is a story unto itself, linked to the other stories and characters who participate. Any player can participate in this creation process, which is why the Trello boards are public. We aim to distribute the work of writing plots among staff and players alike, that way anyone who wants to can have a say and take some ownership of parts of the game.
Do I have to write plots to play?
No, but it is strongly suggested. There is a definite link between writing plots for others to play and role playing skill. One of the best way to improve your own role playing skill is to write plots.
How do I contribute?
One of the best ways to contribute is to participate in the brainstorming process. We post a lot of that to the forum here and anyone/everyone on the forum is welcome to post their opinions and participate in the discussion.
If you want to take on the task of writing some plot element that is on Trello and is not already assigned, ask a staff member if you can take on that task.
How do I use Trello?
Trello works like a virtual assembly line where a card goes through the process. A card can be a whole plot or a plot element (such as a character / NPC or some bit of lore that needs to be written). A card goes through the process from Brainstorming, then to Outlining, then to Drafting (Writing), and finally gets put in the Ready list. If a plot is currently in progress, the card for the plot will be in the Playing list while plot elements that are completed will be in the Done list.
When writing and drafting you can use any medium you like but the finished product should be posted to the forum in the Infinite Codex, that is our main clearinghouse of ideas before they go to the Wiki or for notes on upcoming / current plots. Elements of lore once a final draft has been posted and approved by the staff can then be posted to the Wiki.
Plots with multiple parts will also get their own named label so that users can easily look up, to filter based on a label just press “f” in Trello and it should pull up the menu to filter posts. For more information on searching in Trello look here.
That’s a lot of steps, can’t I just write something?
Yes, but it is strongly suggested that for plots and some larger plot elements you do post a thread on the forum asking for input. You don’t have to take all or any of the input but it’s possible people have ideas that might make more sense in the story or enhance ideas you’ve already had.
What if I can’t finish something I start?
While no one likes to admit that they need help or that they cannot finish something, if you can’t then you can’t. Real life always comes first and everyone has things going on. No one will get into trouble, banned, kicked, or otherwise punished for failing to finish a task. Life happens! Just tell someone, a staff member or whoever is running that story that you’re having trouble or cannot finish. All you need to do is communicate issues you’re having so everyone is on the same page. It is a bit of a burden to have people relying on you for something that never happens. It is far, far better to just communicate the issue and move on.