As TMP winds down and I plan for the future of AGP I’m planning how the two sides of the community (the forum and Discord) can better work under the same roof. Where the forum will act as Ackerly Green’s Library, a place for exploration, creation, and discussion, and Discord becomes the “Lounge,” a place for casual chat, more light-hearted experiences, and games.
First, I want to say that the forum and Discord will always have a “cabinet” that will remain the out-of-world general discussion/chat. Discord will also keep out-of-world channels like the library, games, news & updates, voice chat, etc.
But as I continue to try and find ways to bridge the forum and Discord and figure out how they can best work together I’ve decided that the guild-only channels are going to change. Instead of being “walled-gardens” only for respective guild members, they’re going to be open and act more like the guild categories on the forum, EXCEPT for one key, exciting difference…
I’ve occasionally noticed some really awesome role-play taking place in the cabinet on Discord and thought that role-play could be a really cool way to better integrate the two sides of the community and bring in a new creative element.
So the channels are now going to be solely for role-play in a new channel area called NEITHERNOR.
They are going to be your virtual guild hall where you can explore magiq, Neithernor, and MAGIQverse lore. A place to imagine wild adventures with your friends, or cozy up with a spell, book, or invention. I’ll draft a set of tips and tricks for roleplaying in them, and the standard server rules will apply there too, but I think a lot of how it all works will be defined and determined by all of you. There will also be a section here on the forum where your “character sheet,” locations you’ve uncovered, and adventures you’ve experienced can be documented and expanded on.
There will also be an “All-Guild Hall” channel where everyone can role-play together, but the guild channels will be places for you and your fellow guild-members to rp (and be joined by other respectful members of other guilds.)
In the future I may even design campaigns that center on roleplaying some new adventure or experience and we’ll use those channels to run them. You could join an expedition in All-Guild Hall but take someone aside in your personal guild hall to have a more intimate conversation… or break into guild-teams to explore a Neithernorian ruin and meet back in All-Guild Hall to report on what you’ve found. Discord could be a whole new way to interactively experience the MAGIQverse. And who knows… every once in a while you might just meet someone from Neithernor there.
I want Discord to be as welcoming and inclusive as the forum and I think this is one major step toward that, by bringing down some of the perceived walls, while also bringing in (what I think is) a cool new element and inviting readers who haven’t visited Discord to have a fun new reason to come check it out.
I’ll roll out more details and thoughts in the next couple of weeks, but I would LOVE you to share your thoughts here!