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  1. Livia

    Free Company & RP Trouble

    I do think it can take a while to find an FC you're happy with because everyone wants different things and has different 'dealbreakers.' As people have already said, expectations can be very limiting, and all the factors listed above (new game releases, mid-patch lulls) have curtailed FC and general RP activity. People's definition of 'lore-strict' and other similar terms is ultimately very much up to interpretation. How to approach a highly unlikely but technically possible scenario may vary drastically among groups that use the same terminology. My own FC had a very wide berth of preferred play styles for a very long time and it caused tension for a while. That being said, I also wanted to draw attention to Balmung being locked as a factor further restricting RP. That people can only leave the server at this point, and with no new characters flowing in, many FC's have been struggling to maintain an active member base as their current members move along to other activities. My own FC had a great core group, but one of our members had a new job that limited her availability so significantly that she chose to leave the game for the foreseeable future. I had to go back to school after my semester started. Some people simply got bored or felt their character's story was complete and moved on. All of these contribute to FC decline without the FC necessarily having the ability to replenish membership. While there are always members looking for an RP FC, some portion of them are people who are high conflict players and seeking new communities because they have difficulty maintaining long-term relationships, or otherwise are not necessarily characters that meet the standards for membership some FC's hold, so even having people looking for FC's doesn't necessarily mean that they will become core players in an FC. Rather than trying to encourage our members to be more active, my FC opted to just go on an official FC-wide hiatus until the game picks back up. While finding an FC that meets our needs is difficult, I think it's complicated by Balmung's status as a locked server, which produces a difficult environment to really enable an FC to flourish.
  2. Livia

    Balmung RP, is it dying? Has it changed?

    I think everyone did a fantastic job covering it, but I just wanted to add that some members take time off from RP as the end of their school semesters draw to a close. I've known a few people, myself included, who need to take a few weeks away from RP just to focus on final exams around this time of year and in the early winter.
  3. I'll be taking some bust commissions to keep me busy this summer, so if you're interested, feel free to message me here or over Discord (Livia#7728)! I actually stopped drawing a few years ago and just started back somewhat recently, so I don't have many samples. The sample I linked below is more or less the amount I would consider for a headshot, and a bust would go to around the breast. Anyway! I'll take one order at a time, and $35 for a bust, $25 for a headshot. I accept PayPal, and may charge an additional fee for complex armor. Tumblr for some more samples: http://aniew.tumblr.com (Also full disclosure, I don't think I typically do a great job with drawing men. I can always give it a shot, but women are my preference)
  4. I'm a little new to RP over XIV, and It's important to me that my RPC’s skills, accomplishments, and capabilities are within the realm of believable for her age (30). I'm a bit lore-flexible, and I have the most fun when what my character can bring to the table is balanced to something appropriate for the amount of time she's had to cultivate those skills. I was wondering if anyone would be alright giving me a second opinion and some guidance with the lore in scaling a few things for my RPC's age. I understand in Eorzea the average lifespan is probably lower, and so people rise up a bit faster in life, but I don't really understand just how fast that might be and it would impact my character in some ways. I'd rather not discuss specifics openly since I know a few of my fellow FC-mates have mentioned being on here, but I'd appreciate it if someone would be willing to answer a couple questions over private message \o/ Otherwise, I'd be interested to hear how you choose to scale the shorter average lifespans to impacting your character's accomplishments. Thanks!
  5. I'm new to RPing on XIV and would appreciate some insight into how to approach healing in RP. How do you play out the differences between having a skilled healer vs. just carrying a few potions with you? Also, if someone has a severe physical injury, does that typically still require a recovery time, even with a gifted healer? Thanks!