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Help! Game Request FAQ

Greetings RPGXers!

I present to you this extra FAQ thread, just for questions about how you create a thread here and how you request a game. Yes, this thread is a copy of a much older one, but it seemed about time to make it a bit more obvious and this newer thread sticks to the very top of the forum. My thanks to former admin Sedracus for the original help thread, and all the moderators who have helped elaborate and answer questions.


To request a game...
First, go to the Tools dropdown menu at the top right of your screen, and click the Request a Game option.
 

Second, fill in the form - note that the Game Name will be the name of the game forum and your advertisement thread title, and that the game request form does not like the & symbol! While you can return to the form and edit some fields, none of the changes made through the Dungeon Master Control Panel will change an advertisement thread once it has been posted. (To fix typos in your ad thread title, please PM a moderator.)

In your advertisement, please tell your players NOT to roll any dice in the ad thread. (The problem here is that since you don't have GM privileges in the Games Seeking Players folder where your ad will be posted, you don't have any way of knowing if a player is trying to cheat. There could be ten sets of rolls in secret text and only the best one displayed.) If your game requires dice rolling up front before even a concept can be created, this is your only warning.
 

Lastly, click the "Request Game" button at the bottom of the form - you will be taken to a screen confirming that your game has been requested, and you'll receive a PM with a link to your advert thread, if you selected the option for an advert thread to be made. One of the moderators assigned to game approvals will check out your request in the next day or so and either accept it for creation or give you some feedback on what you need to do to get the request accepted.

Game ApprovalThe game approval mods generally look for a certain amount of interest in your game before the forum will be created, and this can take time. If people show up in your advertisement and post their character ideas, your game will be created faster. (This means fleshed out applications, not just placeholder posts.) Once you have accepted players, if you have not already received a forum, please edit your game request (from DM Control Panel under Tools menu) to include the usernames on the 'accepted players' line. The list of accepted players is administrative only; it shows the game approval mods you're ready to go. It doesn't lock the game in any way, so you can bring in anyone you like at any time.

If you wish to have a game forum created immediately, regardless of interest, consider becoming a Community Supporter.


View and Edit Current Requests
After you have requested your game, click on the "Dungeon Master Control Panel" button in the Tools dropdown menu to view the current status of your current and requested games. This is also where you can view the details, edit them, or – if you're a CS or a member with over a thousand posts and have gamed with us for six months or longer – you can add and edit folders in your games.


Ad Threads and New Recruitment
You can always use your original thread! All you have to do is update it and it will show on the first page of the forum again. If you edit the opening post with your new requirements and information and then duplicate that later in the thread, linking the first post to that later post with a note like "see page 5 for beginning of new recruitment conversation", it becomes pretty obvious what you're doing. If that isn't enough, you can always PM a mod and request the ad thread title get changed, perhaps adding "(New Recruitment)" to the end. That way, even if people see a lot of pages on your thread and are uncertain about reading it because they assume it's overflowing with apps, they will know that at least some of it is not relevant to the current recruitment process. I would personally suggest this option, because it keeps your ad thread linked to your game forum in the DM Control Panel where all your game forums are listed. You never have to go searching for it, then.

Note: If you never had an advertisement thread (such as games started by inviting friends), you can add one to your existing game forum: go to your Dungeon Master Control Panel, click on the question mark next to the appropriate game, and hit "Game Description and Advertisement" at the bottom. Fill in the information, and you'll have a post advert link to click once you're done.

Because of how our Games Seeking Players forum is automated, if you really feel strongly about having a new thread for recruiting to an open game, the only way to create new threads is either to use the game request system but label it in big letters so the mods delete the forum request (leaving just the ad), or to have a mod move a thread you posted elsewhere into GSP. Because of just how many forums we have to scroll through when moving things, we prefer that you use the first option, and submit a game request clearly labeled as needing no game forum.


Happy gaming!

Note: New members still wearing that Yellow name cannot request a game yet. Please shed that new member status by making a few posts, you can find more information in the New Members forum.

Last Updated: 2020-06-03 by Aethera


PS. Below you can find the compiled Q&A from when this system was implemented and PMs to the game approval mods, so you don't need to search to find out whether your question has been answered already.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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