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Tressith_Sefira

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Volunteer GMs
« on: 13 Sep 2016, 14:25 »

You've had this problem before. There's an event you want to do. A pair of characters is seeking out a third person for wisdom or advice. A small group is exploring a new world. Your character needs to contact a shady business for a shady business deal. You want to put your character through a good fight. You crave confrontation. In roleplay, we frequently encounter times when we lust for the spontaneity that comes from having a clear, unbiased game master to take control of the environment and all NPCs in a roleplay.

When do you want a game master?
  • When characters are in a new environ that the players aren't familiar with.
  • When a player craves an interaction with variable outcomes.
  • When a player and character seek confrontational, adversarial roleplay to drive character growth.
  • When the usual avenues of roleplay become dull and monotonous.
  • When you want to disperse roleplay responsibility.

When do you want to be a game master?

  • When you have a story to tell that's more environmentally based than character based.
  • When you want to explore another's character without having to work through a proxy that is another character.
  • When you want to put your worldbuilding to the test by seeing if characters find gaps where you didn't define enough.
  • When there's a theme or concept you want to fully explore in a way playing a character won't allow you.
  • When you're seeking creative challenge.

So you want to be a volunteer GM? Fill out this quick template to let your fellow roleplayer know that you're single and ready to mingle.

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[b][color=red]MAIN CHARACTER:[/color][/b] (name of your main)
[b][color=red]ALTS AVAILABLE FOR ONE OFFS:[/color][/b] (do you have a cleric or a lawyer or a psychiatrist existing characters could use to further a plot?)
[b][color=red]CONTACT INFORMATION:[/color][/b] (best way to get in contact with you - evemail, out of game email, slack)
[b]Available Events:[/b] (I have already set up <event location> which is available for all/one faction characters to enjoy)
[b]Currently Seeking:[/b] (I would like to GM/ find a GM/ brainstorm/ make new connections)

[b]Situational specialities[/b]
(color in red your preferred topics and styles)
politics | exploration | business
combat | dungeons | dialogue
lengthy arcs | one shots | events
relationship building | personal development | adversarial relationships
Other:

[b]Lore speciality:[/b]

True Amarr | Ni Kunni | Khanid
Deteis | Civire | Achura
True Gallente | Intaki | Jin-Mei
Brutor | Sebiestor | Vherokior
Empire | State | Federation | Republic
Sisters of Eve | Guristas | Angels | Serpentis
Nation | Blood Raiders | Intaki Syndicate | Mordu's Legion
Other:

[b]Mediums:[/b]

Slack | Google Docs | IG space
IG text | Other:

Example work:
(Link to pastebin of logs)




List of Available Volunteer Game Masters:

Empire:
Aldrith Shutaq http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118737#msg118737
Lord Kailethre http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118760#msg118760
Lunarisse Aspenstar http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118745#msg118745

Federation:
Xun Yu http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118738#msg118738
Charles Cambridge Schmidt http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118739#msg118739
James Syagrius http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118742#msg118742

State:
Diana Kim http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118740#msg118740

Republic:
Kolodi Ramal http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118741#msg118741

Pirate:
Velarra http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118787#msg118787
Vlad Cetes http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118788#msg118788
Kalaratiri http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118792#msg118792

Villains:
Anyanka Funk http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118735#msg118735
Charles Cambridge Schmidt http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118739#msg118739
James Syagrius http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118742#msg118742
Aldrith Shutaq http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118737#msg118737
Lord Kailethre http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118760#msg118760
Kalaratiri http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=7134.msg118792#msg118792
« Last Edit: 20 Sep 2016, 21:32 by Tressith_Sefira »
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Farhat

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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #1 on: 13 Sep 2016, 15:36 »

MAIN CHARACTER: Anyanka Funk
CONTACT INFORMATION: "Blood Raiders" In-game Channel
Available Events: Blood Raider missions in Delve
Currently Seeking: I would like to GM/ find a GM/ brainstorm/ make new connections

Situational specialities
(color in red your preferred topics and styles)
politics | exploration | business
combat | dungeons | dialogue
lengthy arcs | one shots | events
relationship building | personal development | adversarial relationships

Other:

Lore speciality:

True Amarr | Ni Kunni | Khanid
Deteis | Civire | Achura
True Gallente | Intaki | Jin-Mei
Brutor | Sebiestor | Vherokior
Empire | State | Federation | Republic
Sisters of Eve | Guristas | Angels | Serpentis
Nation | Blood Raiders | Intaki Syndicate | Mordu's Legion
Other:

Mediums:

IG space | IG text | Other: Discord
« Last Edit: 13 Sep 2016, 18:01 by Farhat »
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Aldrith Shutaq

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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #2 on: 13 Sep 2016, 16:15 »

MAIN CHARACTER: Aldrith Shutaq
CONTACT INFORMATION: Tweetfleet Slack - Aldrith Shutaq
Available Events: PIE Coronation Fleet, Coronation Ball
Currently Seeking: I am willing to GM, assist in planning, and execution of events, including channel writing, character playing, and other services.

Situational specialities

politics | exploration | business
combat | dungeons | dialogue
lengthy arcs | one shots | events
relationship building | personal development | adversarial relationships

Other:

Lore speciality:

True Amarr | Ni Kunni | Khanid
Deteis | Civire | Achura
True Gallente | Intaki | Jin-Mei
Brutor | Sebiestor | Vherokior
Empire | State | Federation | Republic
Sisters of Eve | Guristas | Angels | Serpentis
Nation | Blood Raiders | Intaki Syndicate | Mordu's Legion

Other: Cyber Knights, Space Combat, Ground Combat, Amarr Politics, Amarr Culture, Amarr History, Equilibrium of Mankind

Mediums:

Slack | Google Docs | IG space
IG text | Intergalactic Summit | Other Forums
« Last Edit: 13 Sep 2016, 16:43 by Aldrith Shutaq »
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Tressith_Sefira

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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #3 on: 13 Sep 2016, 17:32 »

Responding for my friend Xun Yu:

MAIN CHARACTER: Xun Yu
CONTACT INFORMATION: Eve Mail/IG Private Message
Available Events: Tour of the Jin-Mei Tei-Su planet
Currently Seeking: I would like to GM/make new connections

Situational specialities
(color in red your preferred topics and styles)
politics | exploration | business
combat | dungeons | dialogue
lengthy arcs | one shots | events
relationship building | personal development | adversarial relationships
Other:

Lore speciality:

True Amarr | Ni Kunni | Khanid
Deteis | Civire | Achura
True Gallente | Intaki | Jin-Mei
Brutor | Sebiestor | Vherokior
Empire | State | Federation | Republic
Sisters of Eve | Guristas | Angels | Serpentis
Nation | Blood Raiders | Intaki Syndicate | Mordu's Legion
Other:

Mediums:

Slack | Google Docs | IG space
IG text | Other:
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Charles Cambridge Schmidt

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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #4 on: 13 Sep 2016, 17:42 »

MAIN CHARACTER: Charles Cambridge Schmidt
CONTACT INFORMATION: @Masinski on Tweetfleet slack, EVE-Mail, etc
Available Events: I don't have anything planned but do serve as an actor GM in a few scenes currently
Currently Seeking: Women who like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, as well as GMing any event for small or large scale character interactions including environmental atmosphere or character interactions with NPCs or established characters!

Situational specialities
politics | exploration | business
combat | dungeons | dialogue
lengthy arcs | one shots | events
relationship building | personal development | adversarial relationships
Other: Good at antagonistic / villain arc planning and helping. Good at forging or improving social characters.

Lore speciality:

True Amarr | Ni Kunni | Khanid
Deteis | Civire | Achura
True Gallente | Intaki | Jin-Mei
Brutor | Sebiestor | Vherokior
Empire | State | Federation | Republic
Sisters of Eve | Guristas | Angels | Serpentis
Nation | Blood Raiders | Intaki Syndicate | Mordu's Legion
Other: Fashion, honestly.

Mediums:

Slack | Google Docs | IG space
IG text
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Lithium Flower

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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #5 on: 13 Sep 2016, 18:07 »

MAIN CHARACTER: Diana Kim
CONTACT INFORMATION: Eve mail; "Out of Character" IG channel.
Available Events: Time-dependant opportunities, no persistent ones (yet).
Currently Seeking: I would like to GM/ find a GM/ brainstorm/ make new connections.

Situational specialities
(color in red your preferred topics and styles)
politics | exploration | business
combat | dungeons | dialogue
lengthy arcs | one shots | events
relationship building | personal development | adversarial relationships
Other: comedy, awkward encounters.

Lore speciality:

True Amarr | Ni Kunni | Khanid
Deteis | Civire | Achura
True Gallente | Intaki | Jin-Mei
Brutor | Sebiestor | Vherokior
Empire | State | Federation | Republic
Sisters of Eve | Guristas | Angels | Serpentis
Nation | Blood Raiders | Intaki Syndicate | Mordu's Legion
Other: Languages | Caldari Marines | History | Faction warfare

Mediums:

Slack | Google Docs | IG space
IG text | Other: Skype
« Last Edit: 13 Sep 2016, 18:12 by Lithium Flower »
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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #6 on: 13 Sep 2016, 18:24 »

MAIN CHARACTER: Kolodi Ramal
ALTS AVAILABLE FOR ONE OFFS:
  • Mirabi Tiane (Republic social worker, retired capsuleer, Federation expatriate of Gallente ethnicity)
  • Mengyao Chemineau (former Sang Do heir, formerly a sniper in the Jin-Mei civil war on the "Consolidation" side, formerly an anonymous exotic dancer in Caille, currently on Lirsautton III performing Internal Security duties for Sanxing)
CONTACT INFORMATION: evemail
Available Events: I made a channel ("Lirsautton I - CreoDron Factory - Dome") for the agriculture/nature dome visible on the model of the station type that the Lirsautton I CreoDron Factory is.  Use it whenever, for whatever, with or without me there.
Currently Seeking: Nothing, but if you can't find anyone else to help you with your thing, I guess I could be shifted.

Situational specialities:
politics | exploration | business
combat | dungeons | dialogue
lengthy arcs | one shots | events
relationship building | personal development | adversarial relationships
Other: N/A

Lore speciality:
True Amarr | Ni Kunni | Khanid
Deteis | Civire | Achura
Gallente | Intaki | Jin-Mei
Brutor | Sebiestor | Vherokior
Empire | State | Federation | Republic
Sisters of Eve | Guristas | Angels | Serpentis
Nation | Blood Raiders | Intaki Syndicate | Mordu's Legion
Other: Krusual

Mediums:
Slack | Google Docs | IG space | IG text
Other: N/A
« Last Edit: 14 Sep 2016, 17:46 by podling38 »
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Kolodi Ramal - Mengyao Chemineau - Mirabi Tiane

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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #7 on: 13 Sep 2016, 18:37 »

MAIN CHARACTER: James Syagrius

CONTACT INFORMATION: Slack, EVE-Mail, In game channels: WNWN2, Federation OOC, or Gallente Lounge.

Available Events: No telling :)

Currently Seeking: To expand substantively sensible role play. I am willing to help anyone within James character limitations with their themes or events.
 
Situational Specialities
politics | exploration| business
combat| dungeons| dialogue
lengthy arcs | one shots | events
relationship building | personal development | adversarial relationships
Other: While James can be grumpy and even advocerial, ‘I’ am not, and try to be as helpful in eve as possible, especially to new role players or industrialists who aren’t… silly,

Lore Speciality:
True Amarr | Ni Kunni | Khanid
Deteis | Civire | Achura
True Gallente |Intaki  | Jin-Mei
Brutor | Sebiestor | Vherokior
Empire | State | Federation | Republic
Sisters of Eve | Guristas | Angels | Serpentis
Nation | Blood Raiders | Intaki Syndicate | Mordu's Legion
Other: Gallente history, politics including the nuances of the Federal system, and religion. I do have a passable understanding of Amarr, Ni Kunni culture and The Faith, and the Mandate.

Mediums:
Slack | Google Docs | IG space | IG text



« Last Edit: 13 Sep 2016, 20:20 by Syagrius »
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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #8 on: 13 Sep 2016, 19:28 »


Lore speciality:

True Amarr | Ni Kunni | Khanid
Deteis | Civire | Achura
True Gallente | Intaki | Jin-Mei
Brutor | Sebiestor | Vherokior
Empire | State | Federation | Republic
Sisters of Eve | Guristas | Angels | Serpentis
Nation | Blood Raiders | Intaki Syndicate | Mordu's Legion

Other: Cyber Knights, Space Combat, Ground Combat, Amarr Politics, Amarr Culture, Amarr History, Equilibrium of Mankind


=) Shutaq! We should talk! I'm Anyanka Funk in game.
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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #9 on: 14 Sep 2016, 08:12 »

MAIN CHARACTER: Lunarisse Aspenstar /Maria Daphiti
ALTS AVAILABLE FOR ONE OFFS: Benedicta Sechah (Abbess and Mother Superior/Holder), Johanesse (Gallente lawyer), Vincentus Azizora (retired NCO, owner of Holy Grape with.. ties to security organizations in the Empire) (note my psychiatrist got killed off :P), and NPC Monsignor Ziyad Berker Teke (Amarr clergy), Johanes Beaumonte (eccentric elderly ni kunni and a deacon) and... a villian (name undisclosed)
CONTACT INFORMATION: evemail or comm me in game
Available Events: (I have already set up The Holy Grape which is available for all who can icly dock at Emperor Family Academy (essentially excluding Matari/Gallente militia and open heretics, e.g. EoM, Sani.  The New Eden Fair Gardens of the Empire for tours, picnics and special events, various "places" in the Empire ranging from cafe's, estates, ski lodges, etc. and i am always open to helping with special projects/events or arcs whether icly or as a DM/NPC).
Currently Seeking: (I would like to GM/brainstorm/ make new connections)

Situational specialities
(color in red your preferred topics and styles)
exploration | business
"dungeons" | dialogue
lengthy arcs | one shots | events
relationship building | personal development

Other:

Lore speciality:

True Amarr | Ni Kunni | Khanid
Empire | Angels | Blood Raiders
Other: Speculative, e.g. "Boldly go and explore new worlds...or parts capsuleer's don't see 'in-game'", Amarr Culture, Amarr History.


Mediums:
 IG space | IG text | Other: Backstage

Example work:
(venue space) NEF EXHIBITIONS - TES Empress's Bounty - http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=6876.0
(world building/forum RP) Amarr - http://backstage.eve-inspiracy.com/index.php?topic=6524.0
(religious service - memorial service - monsignor) http://pastebin.com/RZkAdsPf
(religious service- funeral and grave side prayer - abbess) http://pastebin.com/NWCpQuCw (part 1) http://pastebin.com/Bd9D1qkq (part 2)
(religious service -a fun wedding - johanes) http://pastebin.com/wdFbs0fM
(matchmaking - lunarisse) http://pastebin.com/3JnnUXup
(station adventures - DM) http://pastebin.com/s56gPuEn
(Link to pastebin of logs - To be supplied)
« Last Edit: 17 Sep 2016, 00:20 by Lunarisse Aspenstar »
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Tressith_Sefira

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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #10 on: 14 Sep 2016, 11:14 »

Ok I see a lot of people who favour adversarial roleplay and relationships. I'm interested. What kind of adversarial relationships do you like? Rivalries? Villain-hero? Ideological divides? Do you go back to the traditional narrative conflicts? Like man vs man, man vs society, man vs nature, man vs self, man vs machine, man vs god? Which do you think make for the most fun and rewarding roleplay?
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Charles Cambridge Schmidt

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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #11 on: 14 Sep 2016, 14:09 »

Ok I see a lot of people who favour adversarial roleplay and relationships. I'm interested. What kind of adversarial relationships do you like? Rivalries? Villain-hero? Ideological divides? Do you go back to the traditional narrative conflicts? Like man vs man, man vs society, man vs nature, man vs self, man vs machine, man vs god? Which do you think make for the most fun and rewarding roleplay?

From my personal experience, the best part about villains is when you obsess over them just as much as the villain (typically) obsesses over the character or an ideal. It's just as much as cultivating the IC relationship as much as it is the OOC, which a lot of people do not invest in, typically. Traditional narrative is... difficult to work with, sometimes, because as far as RP concerned, it's very much often man vs man. Sure one can focus on their grudge against a slimy business owned by a wretched lawyer or a valorous group run by chivalrous lawkeepers, but even then, you need a lynchpin at the head for the RP to bounce back from once the initiator/protagonist throws the first ideas out there.

I personally believe the best adversarial relationships are ones of mutual disdain but begrudging respect. What makes a villain a threat if he has no dangerous or egregious traits to fear? What makes a hero enjoyed by the people if he has no significant or heroic qualities? It's natural then, if we continue along those lines of thought, for the villain and hero to have a mutual understanding and respect - not so much a polite respect, but the acknowledgement - of the others' ability and power. Without that, it needs to have a lot of working under the hood to make sure both players are getting out of it exactly what they'd like/need for their character/themselves.

For example, if there's an all-powerful Stockholder, or something, and there's a man who's destined to bring him down, the issue is that our common-man hero has no base of power to work from, IC or OOC. The Stockholder, then, has the opposite: he is likely to have IC resources, OOC acknowledgement and respect for the concept that is his character, et cetera. This means that the Villain and Hero must meet OOC and discuss ways to actually fuel and continue the rivalry in a way that won't keep the Hero insignificant. As an example within an example, if the hero made friends with one of the villain's financial contacts, it's up to the villain OOC to discover a way that the villain can be hurt by this in a capacity that does damage the villain but keeps him in the playing field, giving the hero ground.

I have a lot of thoughts about adversarial relationship stuffs, but I'll summarize what makes it at its absolute best with a quote I heard:
"Sometimes, it's fun to lose."
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Aldrith Shutaq

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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #12 on: 14 Sep 2016, 17:26 »

I just like to ruin people's egos.
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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #13 on: 14 Sep 2016, 18:49 »

I like much of what Charles said above.

Many of the 'IC relationships' James has in Eve are adversarial, but not necessarily hostile.  I think this is a natural extension of being around for a while and having a complicated and nuanced past.  That doesn't preclude working with or agreeing with others. 

Relationships are complicated, often times it seems that folks are willing to do things, that their 'characters' would never do, just to foster RP.  Now I understand that being purposefully opposition is different and will get you a cold and lonely game.  But my advice is to beware the 'your not doing it right crowd'. 
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Tressith_Sefira

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Re: Volunteer GMs
« Reply #14 on: 15 Sep 2016, 12:16 »

@charles

"the best part about villains is when you obsess over them just as much as the villain"

I agree. I think a good adversarial relationship is also a matter of self-exploration. A good villain can create a mix of often conflicting emotions. A good villain can make a "hero," a "protagonist," question themselves. Discomfort is the hallmark of growth.

It's not enough for an antagonist to elicit hate. Hate's one dimensional on its own. Hate's boring. A better antagonist can get a mix and even encourage double-think: hate for the antagonist and self hate. Respect for the antagonist's goals if not their methods. Sympathy. Empathy. Even investment. That's engaging, and the exploration of those emotions creates extra depth. The chemistry and dynamics in winning and losing, too, creates a variety of emotions at once and prompts introspection.

@Aldrith

Why?

@Syagrius

Are you differentiating between effective and ineffective ways to use adversarial relationships to enhance roleplay? After interacting with you in character, I feel like you've got a lot of experience on the topic.
« Last Edit: 15 Sep 2016, 12:30 by Tressith_Sefira »
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