Right so I saw Smores' post in the general thread, have heard complaints from others, and have noticed the general lack of activity myself. Some of the older members have tried to explain it away by saying something along the lines of 'well this is normal, you just were here during the explosion that followed the BMG branch'. However, even if this is normal, it shouldn't be. In addition to that, we DID just expand to another branch. We SHOULD have an influx of members. But we don't. On top of that, it's summer and WAR is going on over on PE2K. This is the time of year where, at least in my memory, there were always way more people around than normal. Lots of vets that came back to participate, new people not busy with school, etc. Instead, URPG is at the slowest I've seen it since I joined in April of 2010. The only active staff members (I define active as regularly posting, working in their professions, and hosting activities, not just being present online) are ATF and Roulette, possibly WTP. That's two mods and one official at best. Not many battles are happening from what I can see, the WC is slower than usual (which is impressive, from a certain standpoint), no AIM contests happening, and I'm not keeping a close eye on the forum but I've heard several people mention there are only a few rangers who are very active.
So what's my point? I have two for this thread.
1) We need to isolate the reason(s) why there's no activity.
2) We need to think of ways to increase activity.
Now I know that a lot of the inactivity of the staff comes from them being busy. Scourge, Kat, Chainy, FD, and Winter are in college; Jess and Emma are both older adults who have lives and work; Harry, Chris, and Monbrey are the same; Bee told us he left; When was the last time anyone even saw ST, Jr, or Jack?; WTP is somewhat around but preparing for college and has been out of state several times; and as for me, I've been doing four AP classes worth of summer homework, visiting family, and now am writing a book with an ex-URPGer.
I get it. We're all really busy. But, then, who the hell is running the URPG? Where did all of our normal members go? I see the same 15 people online on AIM every day, a fair portion of them idle and afk.
Before anyone jumps to defend themselves, don't. That's not the point of this thread. The point is, if we don't want to die off after these long, incredible 13 years, then something needs to happen, or change, or congeal, or metamorphosize, or something. Here are a couple of my suggestions, which probably suck, but I might as well lay them out bare.
-Become more immersed in BMG's culture. We've been on PE2K since the early 2000's and are a large part of that forum. They know us. Anyone who's an active PE2Ker that doesn't URPG has had the opportunity to join for years and has chosen not to for whatever reason. I love the community on TPW but they're a new, fledgling community. More people from URPG joined their RPG than joined ours. I think we've done the most we can do there to get new members. So maybe we should try to set something up with BMG?
-Offer benefits for returning members who've been gone past six months. I don't know how well this would work, but maybe people nostalgic over how they used to play URPG would see that they could get a little help getting started again.
-Spend more time training new members. I'm not saying we should have a whole new Mentor/Apprentice Program, but I've noticed over the time I've spent here that there's a way better chance of someone sticking around if they have friends and training in a profession.
-Advertise. Sure, we have no money. That doesn't matter. Put the URPG in your signature on another forum, if you're not embarrassed of us (I don't blame you) tell your friends, let's make a YT video or something and try to go viral. It can't be that hard. We just have to be as insane as possible and make it hard to figure out what we're advertising. It worked for Apple back in the 80's.
Sorry, but that's all I got. Anybody else got any ideas?