As many know, December is a busy time pretty much the world round (okay - maybe just the world I know - which is admittedly small). With most cultures/religions having some major holidays during the course of the month, it is no surprise that there are plenty of people who take a break from posting while they also take a break from school, work and other activities. I am one of these people, which is why my post is 2 days later than I planned and why I am unapologetic about it. Quite frankly it was nice to sit down with the family and open some presents gosh darn it!
This is the slowest month in my recorded history - both in terms of percentage growth (1.66%) and in terms of raw post count (5093). I don't let this get me down though because there is some good life in here, you just need to look harder to find it.
What do I mean? Well let's highlight the Core Coliseum, Coalition War Game, Gleemax Roleplaying and Map of the Planes. All four of these groups didn't have stellar growth this month (no group did), but all four of them did have at least as good production as the month before. Holidays come and go, but play-by-post roleplaying is here to stay!
Real Adventures, Play-by-Post Haven and Paranoia Paradise, the three of which comprise just over 75% of the total post count that I watch, each had slow months. Since I play and run a couple of games over at Real Adventures, I will say I felt this slow down there. I cannot say I felt a slow down at the Core Coliseum - and for good reason: we didn't have one!
January is typically a bounce-back month in some ways, so I'm hopeful that next month is a "return" to greater things. I am hoping to revive the games I'm running and to maybe look into expanding the opportunities at the Core Coliseum - particularly in the area of the 4e arena (Sagaris).
Stay Tuned! I may be expecting a cold winter physically, but on the internet, I expect things to be hot in this little corner of the virtual world.
Support your local PbP Group!
Castle of Fun
Coalition War Game
Magic, Puzzles, Fun and Games
Map of the Planes
Terisia City and Fan Fiction
The Guild House
As a final note, I am going to put a link to highlight another website. Blue Moon Aurora hosts a play-by-post forum that has a wide assortment of Duets - single-player, single-DM games - which are really not available in the Wizards community as well as a number of other games. If you haven't checked it out - I think it is worth your attention.