Rethinking tech restrictions and 'unique' RP

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  1. Eiffelland

    Eiffelland Active Member

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    Well, actually, I already developed it

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    I market it as a medication against problematic menstruations with infertility as side-effect.

    And indeed, there is one 1980s technique that we already have: White tooth fillings. This because I don't want to RP that my people have amalgame fillings in their front teeth.

    But for the remainder, I like the wingdoor Mercedes very much, so let's stay in the 1950s

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  2. Kashtan

    Kashtan Administrator Staff Member

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    In as far as technology affects culture, the forum and its RP is a product of our current times, so only has some topical similarities with the real 50s in my opinion. There are some inevitable leaks of current cultural attitudes into the RP and they are also necessarily a simplified version given the medium we work with.

    Unfortunately we cannot run a poll about why people did not sign up to the forum, but from past observations it seems likely we are missing out on some people sticking around because of our tech impositions - best way to find out would be to try out and see if it changes anything.
     
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    I am neutral to changing or staying with the 50s, partly because I have not played in a long time, but mostly because I would like the challenge of riding whichever waves are rolling right now and not trying to force one.
     
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    Hmm but won't we get people thinking being modern can give them massive GDP and massive military strength, etc. Like my first thought when said maybe going modern was "oh a bigger GDP then".
     
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  5. Beira

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    Again, number wanking can be stopped in two ways, direct action by moderators and frowns from the RPing community. But like I said, we already have a 2017, soon to be 18 mindset, so at least from my point of view it doesn't really matter, as we touch the culture and mentalities of the 50s only tangentially. That is why I would be OK with both keeping the 50s and moving back to modern. Though again, considering that there might be more new people who would find modern more familiar and would be easier to encourage them to RP in modern times, if needed I will support the change.
     
  6. Kyiv

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    Military forces have tended to shrink over time. The rate of what we might call "military inflation" has been significantly higher than GDP growth during the 20th century.

    The expeditionary force China sent to Korea during the Korean war for example was about as large as the entire modern PLA ground forces. This was only a portion of the total forces available to the PRC at the time. In the 1950s the Soviet Ground Forces counted over 200 divisions in their ranks with the potential to mobilize even more from reserves; today the Russian Ground Forces fields the equivalent of about 12-14 divisions.
     
  7. Trivodnia

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    So have we moved eras? Xen's news post makes it seem like we have?
     
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    Nope, I am writing my news with that possibility in mind, but it should not be taken as any authoritative decision and the incompatible parts can be ignored should we stay in the 50s.
     
  9. Beira

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    Should we put together a poll to decide on which era we go to? Or would it be too early?
     
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  10. Eiffelland

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    I would definitely favour a poll.
     
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    I would too, would help me figure out things I can write about
     
  12. Kashtan

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    I think it's fairly obvious that we like the 50s (otherwise we wouldn't be here), the question is whether we are happy with our current activity or whether we want to open ourselves to getting new people into the RP.
     
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    New people bring new ideas and concepts, which is a good thing I feel. While it will take a while for new players to cement themselves, in any time period we decide to rp in, I feel like the benefit of having new players is very beneficial.

    Also I don't know what the current status of the map is, but it would be a lot more welcoming if the map was cleaned of the in-actives. It would be a lot more welcoming knowing you can find a place for your nation in an area that suites it culturally.
     
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  14. Beira

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    Yeah, but also new people also dilute the quality of RP. Also, from what I remember there were some new guys who came and liked the idea of the 50s, though they aren't here anymore. I think that if we would let restrictions be more lax and leave it up to a peer review and a general frown from the community, it would be seen as nicer, if not more organic, than a moderator decreeing what is or what isn't ok.
     
  15. Kashtan

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    To be fair our focus on quality has also been contraproductive at times as we have not been patient enough when it comes to introducing and including new players into RP enough before they were confident participants in our community.
     
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    Yeah, that is why, I was thinking that we should lower the bar a bit and get some more activity, because as much as this year's RP was good, one post coming at two or three days or even less, wasn't really that motivating to get us all more active into this world.
     
  17. Trivodnia

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    It's a bit of a chicken and egg situation IMO. Activity begets more activity. If people tried to post more often, even if it's a brief news post or short statement from their foreign ministry, I think that would encourage more people to stick around.
     
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    That is true.

    However, I have the feeling that people are currently waiting for the answer whether we will stay in the 1950s or will continue in present-day. We need a decision on that, and we need it soon.

    Furthermore, we definitely need more people on the forum. And indeed, we should be more patient with people making mistakes. What we are doing here, is not a matter of life and death.
     

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