Hello! This is my first post to this community. I was very happy to see this type of community out there and I hope that I can contribute to the discussions.
One of the reasons I joined is because I'm having a little dilemma with the game that I am moderating. It is a Kingdom Hearts storyline based exclusively in journals, and I created an entire gaming system for it completely from scratch. I was very selective in the application process, everyone was required to submit a sample post, pass an interview and then sign an RP contract so that if any ooc conficts arose then that person could be removed easily.
The game began on December 1st and is scheduled to end sometime in January. So far, things have been going great. The members are incredible and the story is progressing at the pace that I wanted it to. The problem is, because I have an RP system in place and require a lot from my members, people were kind of scared to join. As a result, there's certain characters that I hoped would have their own muns, but are currently being NPCed since no one applied for them.
At the moment the SL is progressing fine with this handicap, but sooner or later we're going to end up in a situation where we're pretty much RPing with ourselves because of the NPCs we control. I would like to avoid this by filling in key characters with muns, but no one wants to join because they 1) The SL is short and has been going on for a while and 2) There's a lot to learn.
Now, I do train every person who comes into the SL so they are proficient in using the system, but this doesn't seem to bring comfort whatsoever to potential roleplayers. I've advertised everywhere and have come up empty. All I really need is one new person to round out this group, but no one has stepped forwards who is willing to take a major role in this RP.
So my question is, does the problem lie in my approach, my rules, or is there even a problem at all? Maybe it's the niche that my fandom is in that's limiting the amount of people I can pull in.
For anyone who's interested, here is the inclusion criteria for this storyline:
In addition, here is the gaming system that I put into place:
Community Roleplay Guide
If anyone has any comments or advice, I would be happy to listen.