What's up with the simultaneous RP threads?
by, 04-20-10 at 05:45 PM (1344 Views)
So, as we draw closer to the RP deadlines for NFW's first shows back...I thought I'd talk about my goal with the new RP setup in NFW since my roster so graciously answered on the Fan Boards.
During the Crash 50 post-production year off (ha!), JN started sending me YouTube links of old NWA Worldwides and Saturday Nights, where Flair, Cornette, etc. would cut promos during the 'commercial' time to pump up the upcoming house shows that week. Sometimes, you'd see all sorts of wrestlers interacting through those circumstances (Flair interrupting someone, Cornette waving him in...) or you'd see Magnum TA talking deeply about his upcoming war with Tully Blanchard.
It made me realize that I feel that in our little circle and maybe the hobby as a whole is the realism/purpose of promos has become a lost art.
Don't get me wrong, if anyone's guilty or the cardinal sinner of this...all you have to do is read one of my Mike Randalls RP's from the last 10 years. But the art of the promo is completely lost from what I consider it's apex (Late 1970's - Mid 1980's). It's quite interesting because when alot of us first started on Prodigy...this was the format we knew. 10-20 years later, just like the WWE...the art of the promo has been lost in the shuffle. Instead of hyping up a house show with a 3 minute spot, so many of us are pounding out 3-5 page roleplays about how this next match will define our everyone's lives and nobody will ever, EVVVVVVVVVER forget it. Or it's 3-5 pages recapping their opponent's RP and what's wrong with what they said. The latter can sometimes be hard to read when it becomes a 10+ RP thread.
I've realized and FINALLY accepted that my fed is only going to survive through constant RP interaction (what my handlers want) and shortened lineups/matches (so we can get shows out on time). With that, I'm trying to create an environment where promos will hopefully gear themselves towards the old NWA in terms of building hype/feuds. That's not to say that epic/lengthy RP's won't have their place in my fed, but as long as we're rolling with abbreviated/short-form matches...I'm trying to keep the RP side equal.
Right now, I'm wondering if I'm going to start seeing 5 page RP's drop for everyone's first in their scheduled thread since the deadline is close...while they may be crafted beautifully, I'll feel pretty damn guilty when their match gets a 3-sentence write-up on the show. The length of someone's RP isn't going to affect my judging by any means, but my goal is to keep NFW as efficient/pragmatic as possible until I'm confident we as a fed can approach a big TV show and get it done. I'd say I'm 1% there right now, which shouldn't be shocking considering what's happened with any Crash/SUPERCrash/PPV.
It's a different mindset for the fed for sure, but I'm hoping everyone digs it...and works well with it. If not? Well, I tried...and I can always reopen MCW.