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Let's keep BRP a welcoming place for everyone.


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Hi all, with the release of the Starter Set were getting more new players and GMs joining BRP Central. This is updated from a few years ago, just to refresh the "Old Hands" and to welcome in the new. 

Glorantha has a had a lot of material published for it, both in print and on the internet in the last 40 years. For newcomers, this can be daunting, not only do you have to navigate all current and out of date setting information, you also have to learn how the Glorantha community aka the Tribe works. We are all here because we love Glorantha but sometimes we love it a little too hard. Sometimes the way the setting gets talked about is pretty unwelcoming to new members. We at Chaosium want to make sure Glorantha is accessible to everyone and hope you want to see it grow and thrive as well.

What helps new people?

Keep it RQG focused. Ask yourself if a new player actually needs to know this to play before hitting post. If it’s not in the Starter Set, Core Rules, Bestiary or GM Screen Pack the answer is almost always no. The old stuff might have been great, but new players don’t have it, so it’s not helpful to tell them about it.

Don’t argue semantics. If it is not a direct answer to something they asked, it probably is not helpful to post.

Keep deep lore out of newbie threads. If you can’t say it in one paragraph it’s not appropriate for a new user post. Deep lore threads are awesome places to learn, but only when you are ready for them. Help new members by linking to existing deep lore posts with “Here is some more information if you are interested.” Have more in depth info to add? Make a new thread and link to it. Remind your fellow experienced members to continue the conversation there.

Likewise keep references to older editions of the game out of newbie threads. If the question is about RQ2 (classic) that's fine as we still publish it.

Keep it upbeat. This is a game and should be fun. General negativity brings the whole Tribe down. When in doubt remember MGF on page 6!

Say hi! Being the new kid can be lonely and everyone wants to feel welcome.

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The biggest take away here is to keep your answers simple. If you have more to say put it in its own dedicated deep lore thread. The big essay responses really drive new members away. It’s the responsibility of all Tribe members to make sure this is an inviting place. Let’s work together to keep Glorantha around for another 40+ years by helping new people fall in love with it just like we did.

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A few other notes for other threads:

  • Look at the OP (original post), while it's great to chat, as threads get longer, they often wander further from the OP.
  • Long threads are often difficult to follow and more difficult to get involved with. They often start to repeat themselves. Consider starting a new thread with a new or related title.
  • Consider tagging your posts, tagging helps members find what they are interested in.
  • Putting all your replies in one post often produces a Wall of Text. Individual replies are often easier to read and follow.
  • Please don't use images or youtube clips that are not directly relevant to the OP. They lengthen the threads and everyone has to scroll further.

If you've any questions? The mods are here to help!

 

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One other thing - Greg used to say that his definition of an "internet troll" was someone who did not positively contribute to a conversation - be it by providing an answer (and when possible what that answer is based on), providing additional ideas and thoughts, or just keeping things friendly and positive. Walls of text or snark do not positively contribute to a conversation. 

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The OG's [Old Geeks -- self included] around here are pretty welcoming. I know I try pretty hard to be helpful and open-handed with anyone on the board. When I do find myself in conflict with someone, I put a lot of effort into keeping things on the issue, impersonal, and work to not take offense where none is probably meant.

We [Who Are All Us] are trying to introduce RQ and Glorantha to a third generation of gamers; gamers who have a wide variety of games to spend their limited game money on. Wider than even we OG's had in the heyday 80s. So we all must offer those gamers an environment where we ADD to their RQ experience, not SUBTRACT from it.

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1 minute ago, svensson said:

The OG's [Old Geeks -- self included] around here are pretty welcoming. I know I try pretty hard to be helpful and open-handed with anyone on the board. When I do find myself in conflict with someone, I put a lot of effort into keeping things on the issue, impersonal, and work to not take offense where none is probably meant.

 

Watchit buddy, or i’ll fix ya up with a knuckle samwich!

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40 minutes ago, svensson said:

The OG's [Old Geeks -- self included] around here are pretty welcoming. I know I try pretty hard to be helpful and open-handed with anyone on the board. When I do find myself in conflict with someone, I put a lot of effort into keeping things on the issue, impersonal, and work to not take offense where none is probably meant.

 

Well, if I am bringing a friend we are going for beers. That many people—these days—gathered together, well, that is cause for a party!

 

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