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  • Brenna: Hey, Arcadians! I started a community on for us. Think of it as a chatroom with a jukebox we can all take turns using. Whip up an account and let me know your account name (it's a private room).
    July 02, 2015, 04:14:52 PM
  • Brenna: I'm still here! Waiting... *hopeful*
    June 30, 2015, 02:26:07 PM
  • Edgewise: ;_; Thank you, very much.
    May 25, 2015, 08:27:28 PM
  • Alyss: I hope not!
    May 21, 2015, 03:32:13 PM
  • Edgewise: ...Please tell me this rpg hasn't been abandoned for the second time in six years. Please.
    May 18, 2015, 08:21:36 PM
  • Edgewise: Omg stay warm, everybody!  ;__;
    November 19, 2014, 01:00:04 PM
  • Ingrid: Maybe when they were kids XD
    October 19, 2014, 12:15:33 PM
  • Alyss: Phoebe wouldn't want Vaness to feel bad either, though, or dress up as something she really, really would rather not wear. Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty have pretty dresses, so she'd be perfectly happy going as one of them. ^_^ (And the puppy dog eyes may end up on Roi to go as Flynn. XD)
    October 17, 2014, 01:04:57 PM
  • Alyss: She does - complete with a little bottom lip wibble. ^^;
    October 17, 2014, 12:59:37 PM
  • Ingrid: I bet Phoebe has the best puppy eyes
    October 17, 2014, 10:40:58 AM
  • Ingrid: Oh no ;_; Now Vaness feels bad
    October 17, 2014, 10:40:49 AM
  • Alyss: Phoebe would probably go as Rapunzel or Sleeping Beauty since they are both "hidden" princesses like her. (But only because Vaness probably won't go as Elsa to her Anna. XD)
    October 17, 2014, 10:35:10 AM
  • Brenna: Phia will dress as a butterfly, because its the last thing anyone will see coming out of the world's biggest tomboy.
    October 14, 2014, 10:54:38 PM
  • Brenna: Doc Lamya would go as the Ghost of Breakfasts Yet To Come, with a bacon and eggs print shroud.
    October 14, 2014, 10:53:31 PM
  • Ru: That is so awesome.  :D
    October 14, 2014, 06:06:48 PM
  • Pixie: Kivan would go as Liberace XD
    October 14, 2014, 05:50:22 AM
  • Ru: Kit I think might be a total geek and dress up as some historical figure her dad taught her about.  And then be a little confused that no one knows who she is.
    October 13, 2014, 06:52:34 PM
  • Ru: Hmm, I think Seren might go as a zombie, just to confuse the hell out of people.  She'd play it totally straight, and people would STILL find her attractive.
    October 13, 2014, 06:50:57 PM
  • Ingrid: Vaness goes as Flame Princess because of all the Elsa jokes
    October 13, 2014, 01:51:42 PM
  • Pixie: Pwyll would perversely go as his sister XD
    October 13, 2014, 07:05:13 AM
  • Brenna: Autumn Question Times! Cast Masquerade/Trick or Treating! What/Who/When is your character going as?
    October 11, 2014, 08:50:34 AM
  • Ru: Excellent, okay!  <3
    October 06, 2014, 06:36:01 PM
  • Brenna: Triso probably did. Seraita wasn't strong enough to swim, so she mostly waded.
    October 01, 2014, 01:59:40 PM
  • Ru: HEY so just a little question - for those of you with Lost Kids, do your kids know how to swim?
    September 25, 2014, 06:10:07 PM
  • Ingrid: Thank you <3
    September 23, 2014, 09:33:18 AM
  • Edgewise: More. Draw moarr
    September 20, 2014, 07:30:58 PM
  • * Edgewise is late to the party, as usual
    September 20, 2014, 07:30:31 PM
  • Brenna: Oh, how luscious!
    September 17, 2014, 04:28:14 PM
  • Alyss: Please do! :)
    September 15, 2014, 01:47:31 PM
  • Ingrid: Okay, mind if I improvise?
    September 15, 2014, 01:46:04 PM
  • Alyss: And I've been trying to find a good flower for Phoebe. I've come up with a few (white rose, lily of the valley, magnolia, etc), but haven't settled on one yet.
    September 15, 2014, 01:02:17 PM
  • Alyss: Pretty! :)
    September 15, 2014, 01:00:15 PM
  • Ingrid: I redrew Daki because reasons
    September 15, 2014, 11:58:03 AM
  • Ingrid: [link]
    September 15, 2014, 11:57:55 AM
  • Ingrid: Does Phoebe have a specific symbolic flower?
    September 15, 2014, 10:50:03 AM
  • Ingrid: Thank you :D
    September 14, 2014, 08:07:45 PM
  • Alyss: Yay for Ingrid arts! <3 They are awesome! ^^ <3
    September 14, 2014, 05:14:20 PM
  • Ingrid: Thank you <333
    September 14, 2014, 08:41:51 AM
  • Pixie: OMG those are awesome! <3
    September 14, 2014, 06:07:41 AM
  • Ru: And Daki is all sorts of gorgeous, and I love her hidey bangs.
    September 14, 2014, 05:03:13 AM

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Navigational Display / Vega Setting Overview
« on: January 25, 2014, 09:18:12 AM »
Hey dudes,

The Vega Setting page is finally done!  I felt like we needed an overview for the whole system at large, and I'm going to be feeding chunks of this into the Settings tab we have at the top.  That fix will be happening over the next week or two.

Let me know if there is anything that should be corrected, expanded on, or just any ideas you have! 

Welcome to Arcadia! / Update on our Applications
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:55:08 AM »
After like 5 reviews with our new system, we've learned a lot about the process and found something that I think works the best and allows people to come to the best decisions.  But a conversation of a different nature came up this weekend: is the application itself the best it could be? Two points came up:

1) A common thread in the recent reviews is that we feel like we want to learn more about the History of the characters.  This isn't the applicants' fault, since we have a bare-bones minimum on History.

2) Will a new player really want to write a Writing Sample when applying for Arcadia?  Do we really need to see a sample to get an idea of how good of a writer they are?

To address both of those issues, we are going to eliminate the Writing Sample from our applications, but to make up for that, we will put in a word count minimum on History.  Tentatively, the minimum will be 500 words, though I'm going to look through the apps we have already and see what the average is.

This won't affect our currently accepted apps.   Only apps going forward will have the change.  But I think it will be a very beneficial change, and make our applications more appealing to new visitors!

Application Drop-Off / MOVED: Civilian (Pirate) // Kedi
« on: January 14, 2014, 06:44:29 PM »

Questions / Review our review system!
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:01:56 AM »
Hi ya'll!

So we've had about 4 apps go through our Google Forms based review process (half of them being Ru, so thanks to her for being a good sport).  I think this is a good time to ask for feedback on how you feel about the process, both as a reviewer and as someone who is being reviewed. 

Some sample questions, though feel free to comment on whatever you want:

- Is one week an appropriate turn-around time?  Is it enough time for reviewers to respond to an app, and is it a reasonable amount of time for an applicant to wait?

- Are the posted reviews effective?  Does it help to see the quotes?  Would reviewees rather see the whole review?

- Is Google Forms an appropriate template for reviews?  Are all of the questions appropriate? 

One change I will definitely make is making it so that reviewers can look over the reviews that other people have made so far.  I made it blind initially so that people won't be influenced by each other, but it seems like it will be far more valuable to reviewers to know what ground others have covered. 

As always, if you would rather keep your comments confidential, send me or Brenna a note!

The Gloriana's Lounge / Iron Angel story?!!!
« on: November 27, 2013, 10:14:57 AM »
Wanted to create a dumping spot for ideas for a Sin, Seren, and Kivan story! 

I had an idea that maybe Sin and Kivan are present when Seren wakes up as an Iron Angel for the first time.  Are we interested in that idea?  If so, we'll want to figure out how to frame it, like if the story should start with Seren waking up, or if we want Sin and Kivan to banter first (possibly about if there are any other changes to Seren they want to make before starting). 

Hey Ru, do you think Seren was manufactured bald, or chose to be that way?  Cause that might be a bit funny, if she looks at the hair that Kivan put on for her and is like "NOPE, NOT MY STYLE, TAKE IT ALL OFF".  Sin will back you up, dearie. 

If we want to pursue other ideas, we can :D Also, we could include the three bodyguards in Iron Angel stories too.  I think for game-start, Iron Angels will probably be busy with their 7-year anniversary of being a team, and also busy hunting down the pesky Resistance groups. 

Multimedia / Icons for the planets!
« on: September 27, 2013, 09:12:21 PM »
AS YOU CAN TELL, we are adding pretty pretty pictures for all of the planetary forums!  I am happy to hunt around for pictures myself, but if there is a particular image you find that you think is good for a given planet, please share them here :D 

(Hell, if you want to be a rock star and crop it yourself, I want them all to be uniform 200X200 pixels, if you please)

Also!  Please let me know if you think the descriptions of the planets should be changed!  Some of them are just placeholders, and can totally be tweaked around.

For example:

Application Drop-Off / MOVED: Sailor Lapis // Seren Callamina
« on: September 17, 2013, 02:45:08 PM »

Navigational Display / Iron Angels - Further Discussion
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:43:37 PM »
So on Sunday's chat, we were looking over Iron Angel information, and tripped over two questions that probably need a weigh-in from the cast at large.  I'm laying out what was discussed and some possible solutions - you can either respond here with your ideas, or let me know and we can discuss in PM or chat.

Thanks to Ingrid and Ru, who have brought up these questions as well as some ideas for moving forward!

Too many names?

So right now, a given Iron Angel has at least four names or titles.

a) Sailor Garnet, the Sailor Title
b) Scarlett McHenna, the Civilian Name (+1 if they have an alias too)
c) Minister of Peace, the Ministry Title
d) Ira, the Model Name

Looking at the Cast Table, and the Iron Angel app, this seems to be too much, and a bit confusing as well.  The table for the Iron Angels is crammed full of these names, which might not all be useful or necessary in story. 

I think at the very least, the full Minister title could fall off.  I think making it so all of the Angels have the "Minister" rank could still be useful, giving them a sort of political title (like Ambassador or Senator) for them to use in government and official use.  But instead of being "Minister of Peace" (which doesn't seem to have a lot of in-game applicability), it would be a title, so "Minister Garnet".  The ruling families/officials of a planet would use the "Minister" title for the Angel as respect then, rather than it being an additional, separate job on top of being Sin's agent and guardian of a planet.

There is no stopping Minister Garnet from being the center of a pile of peace-centric and harmonic propaganda, and being called "Minister of Peace" by her fierce followers.  But I don't think it is something a player should be held to if they don't feel like investing a lot of development in the political side of their Iron Angel.   

The Model Name is also a bit in doubt, if only because it is hard to figure out situations where the Angel would actually be addressed by that name.  The Model Names give away how 'evil' the Angels are, so they certainly could not be used in public.  The only person I could think of who might use it is Sin, the creator of the Angels, but that still doesn't have a lot of in-game application.  Sailor Garnet would be enough to indicate how specific and special that particular Angel is, so is there the need to use Ira as well?   We could keep the Model Names around as a reference, but maybe not something that people necessary make note of in the applications.

So the big question is - are we okay with letting go of the full Ministry titles (keeping only the 'Minister' part), and diminishing the usage of the Model Name?  What might be some consequences to losing them?  Are there any alternatives we want to bring forward?

Why would the Iron Angels possess negative spheres, like Lust and Gluttony?

Without a doubt, the populace at large would only know about the Angel's elemental sphere, such as Water or Light.  But the Angel has their secondary Vice sphere that is not well-known, which flavors their personality and attack abilities.  How did they get that negative sphere though?  Why would Sin allow her flawless babies to have a sphere like that?

I never thought of question before the chat yesterday XD  The first idea below is what I kinda assumed about the situation, while the second is a possible work-around that makes the negative-sphere an intentional feature of the Angels (rather than a bug XD )

1) It was an accident. Sin created the Iron Angels with the intention of using them to help eliminate vice, and this fixation on vice and sins might have bled over as she was creating the Angels' artificial Sailor Crystals.  Because she was thinking about the vice, the crystal embodied that vice.  But it is too difficult and takes too much precious material to make another attempt, so Sin kept the Crystals, and just believed that her Angels wouldn't fall to stupid base pleasures.

2) Sin intentionally gave the Iron Angels sin-powers as tools to force the populace to fall into line.  Again, this is with the expectation that her Angels were too good to fall into the trappings of that sin.  For example, Opal, with the sphere of Pride, might use a tactic of undercutting the pride of the Gentry to manipulate them into taking harsher control over the people.  So her deep knowledge of Pride and how it motivates people leads to her using it against others successfully.  Or Lapis, with Lust, might seduce and then make fools of people with her magic, making them lose face and power and intimidating others.  So the elements were put there intentionally as tools for exploiting their enemies - without the thought that maybe the Angels might embody those sins themselves.

I haven't thought of any other alternatives yet, but I dig the second idea, which has a flavor of "use the feelings of the dirty humans against them", which is a rather Sailor Moon-y trope.  Is there any other ideas people have thought of?  Alternatives?  Concerns? 

Again, contact me!  I will update this thread as we gather more ideas and opinions :D and if you have other Iron Angel questions not covered here, go for it!

Welcome to Arcadia! / July Update!
« on: July 08, 2013, 06:39:22 PM »

Hi Arcadians!  Haven't updated in a while, so here is what is up!

- Our Summer Challenge is open!   AND we already have two submissions to highlight!

          -The Fires of New Asturia, a playlist by Brenna, which is a heavy metal tribute to the intertwined fates of Phia and Seraia and the pains each of them went through during the coup.  []

          -The Last Call, a fic by Ru, about the last communication Kit ever received from her uncle Ulric right before the coup.  []

To reiterate, the Summer Challenge, The Great Loss [], is a call for stories, arts, and playlists centered around the events of the coup 8 years ago.  Feel free to submit pieces at any time, up until the deadline of August 25th, and they will be highlighted in the community updates and on the front pages of our site. 

(I am working on at least one Sin-centric story myself :D  Cause she was the only one who had a GREAT TIME during the coup)

- Our key portal pages are nearing completion!  Story So Far and Application are the two big rocks to move next (I'm thinking of ditching FAQ, but still thinking about it).   All of the Teams pages are done except for Affiliations.  Our Setting probably needs to be fleshed out more with the general vibe and society problems with Vega - a more holistic view into education and the financial strife of the system. 

- By the end of the month, I would want the Planetary Templates to be filled out for each planet.  Please let me know if you don't think you can finish your given planet by then, and we can have a conversation and I can fill it out to the best of my ability for you.  You'll be able to update it afterwards whenever you have the time (I'm keeping them in Google Docs).  []

- I'm hoping that August becomes the time when advertisements can start rolling out.  With the Sailor Moon anime delayed, I felt like I got a bit of a reprieve on busting my ass (as my RL has also been very busy), but I'm itching to get Arcadia out there to a greater audience.  We have amazing characters that people are going to be scrambling to want to play with!  And the setting is rather unlike any of the RPGs out there right now. 

- Aiming to hold a chat on July 20th or July 21st - please let me know what works for you guys!   I'd want to talk about the actual launch of Arcadia - what kind of players you are interested in playing with, best places to advertise, reviewing the site and giving input on if you think we are good to launch or not!

- I'm also holding two working chats this week - Friday July 12th at 6 PM and July 14th at around 3 PM.  I actually have to pull all-nighters those evenings for work, and plan on cranking through a lot of Arcadia work throughout the wee hours.  Drop by, update us on what you are up to, and we can chat and relax!
I'm excited by the chatbox and the activity we've had so far!  Let's keep it going!

Navigational Display / Metatopics - the Gloriana and the Timeline
« on: June 13, 2013, 01:30:32 PM »
Hi all!

So for the chat, there are two items in particular I want to discuss.

1)  The Gloriana.  This is my fault, but there seems to be some confusion about whether or not the Gloriana was the ship Phoebe used to get to Vega, or if it was ever used in her fleet.  I would like to get our ducks in a row concerning the Gloriana's history, and how it came to the dockyard. 

Additionally, I think there is some division on how quickly the Gloriana will get back online.  I was considering making the launch of the Gloriana the climax of our first 'season' of gameplay (as in, it will launch around November/December 3699).  But there has been noise that the Gloriana is too broken to be launched any time soon.  So we should sort out how space-ready the Gloriana is, and if it won't be ready any time soon, how else will our characters be traveling around space?

2) The timeline, particularly the history of human exploration as well as the history of the Serenity line.  I want to have our understanding of the timeline complete and agreed-upon by the time we start advertising to new people, because they will want to know how the canon of Sailor Moon ties into this game.  I will recover all of the documents previously written about the timeline, and we can go over them in chat to figure out what works the best.

Because not everyone can make it to the chats, I am going to include our conversations in Google Drive, so other people can catch up and discuss with me what they think.  Everyone is able to edit and comment in these sheets.  Sometime tonight, I'm going to compile all of our known information about both topics so everyone can catch up.

I have two running Google Drive documents related to this:

The Gloriana Discussion

The Timeline Discussion

(Obviously we can also discuss in this thread.)

Challenge and Champion / Summer 2013 Challenge: The Great Loss
« on: June 08, 2013, 02:07:46 PM »


What is the challenge?

The challenge is simple - create fic, art, comics, or playlists around a specific point in the game's history - the 3691 Coup which saw the disposal of Princess Phoebe and the Revolutionary Senshi and the installment of Empress Sin and her Iron Angels.  How did this affect change your character's life?

- Fic should be at least 500 words long. 

- Art and comics should at least have inked lines (as opposed to being a sketch). 

- Playlists should be at least 12 songs, and should be available either for download or to stream (via 8tracks, for example).  However, don't put the link for the album download on the forum - contact me, cause I have the tools to share it safely :D

Best part: you can make multiple submissions!

Which characters apply?

Pretty much everybody.  Players can write with their player characters and the NPCs associated with those characters - for example, I can write a Roimata story, then do art for Adelita, then write another fic for Sin and her husband.  You can choose to write a fic for a game NPC as well, if something inspires you. 

However, if you think another player character or important NPC will be an important figure in your work, it is a good idea to run your ideas past that player.  It would be sad to go through all the work of writing to find that your story doesn't fit in with that character's canon!

When should my media take place?

At any time within six months before or after the Coup, so anytime between September 3690 and September 3691.  So you can deal with the buildup to the coup, the coup itself, the escape of Phoebe, or any of the aftermath.   If you do a flashback, like a character in the present reflecting on the past, that counts as well.

Where should I post my media?

When you are finished, post it in this forum first so other people can cheer at you!  Put as the subject line "[Summer 2013] -" and then the name of your finished work.  After that, you should definitely feel free to repost it wherever it seems appropriate - in the Grand Archives, on Tumblr, in your personal journals, whatever!

I will also be highlighting the stories in the Challenge subset of the "Story So Far" megalink at the top of the page, and including that link in my admin updates.  We are aiming for max exposure here!

What happens if I miss deadline?



If your media is not submitted by 11:59 PM PST on August 25th, then simply it will not be featured as one of the finished pieces for the challenge.  You are still absolutely free to post it elsewhere, but it does not count as an official challenge piece, just a regular fic/art/thing.  So that's not bad. 

Do I need a beta tester?

Nah.  Just be aware that it will be featured, so don't post anything you would be embarrassed of.  And again, if you are going to use other players' characters, give them a head's up first.

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