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Spartae

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How many of you genuinely enjoy leading a PoC right now? How many of you are having fun with it?

I only ask because I've spoken to at least two current PoC leaders who honestly just want to be done with it all and aren't having fun. I'm sure there are more. I'm just seeking some clarity on the matter, because I've never had that desire to run a PoC.

I want to open up a dialogue about running Player Owned Cities, and why you do or don't enjoy leading one whether from past or present experiences. :) Let's just be open and honest here!
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28-Jul-2016 18:26:28

Palpatom

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Please stop filling up the forums with your insufferable yet seemingly interminable campaign to destroy an entire field of RP.

POCs provide a uniquely flexible political and military depth to RP that simply doesn't exist in closed, rigid communities. They allow for the creation of entire legacies, entire storylines that live on holistically with a part played by all strata. For people who actually put in the effort, they can be very rewarding as that garners fruit. If someone isn't enjoying something, then they can feel free to take a break from it themselves but it is unequivocally unfair to try to take it away from other people.

I'm not going to honour this farce with any more responses.
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28-Jul-2016 18:35:45

Spartae

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Once more Tom, you're fundamentally missing the point. I'm not shooting PoCs in the face or saying we need to end them. I'm genuinely confused why some individuals choose to run them when they clearly say they aren't having fun or plan to pass it off to another so soon. And this has been a historic occurrence.

I simply want to open up a dialogue. So if you want to inject your own topic, you're certainly welcome to since it's on topic, but please be aware that's not the aim of this thread.
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28-Jul-2016 18:45:51

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Like RP in general, my will to lead a PoC fluctuates. I have good weeks where I'm really eager to do as much RP as possible and other weeks where I struggle to motivate myself to do anything.
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28-Jul-2016 18:59:31

GreytBritain

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I'm not currently a PoC leader, but I think I speak with some credibility with my historical involvement in them.

Leading a PoC can be one of the most fun and exciting activities you ever partake in RP. You are building a group of friends and crafting a story together all your own. Having the trust and respect of your friends to lead them in that story is a great honor and I think most of us who have had the chance appreciate the opportunity.

However, it takes a lot from you.

You need to commit your time, your energy, your willpower, to guiding and protecting this group of people. When something happens, its on you. When hard choices need to be made, its on you. When your clan is under threat, its on you. The clan looks to you for guidance and salvation. You can delegate your powers among your peers, but when all else fails, the buck stops with you. It can be a lot to handle, and can often take away from the RP you initially enjoyed in the first place.

Some years ago, I realized this. I realized we all go through what I call "Burn out". We eventually tire of putting in 100% of our energy. Maybe for the first few weeks you put in 100%. Then a bit later, maybe 80% is good. A few months in, you are putting in maybe 50% effort. Stay for too long, and you could burn yourself down to 20% effort or less. At this point, your leadership has become more of a hindrance to your clan than a benefit.

Most leaders realize their own decline after some period of time, and often abdicate or retire, or otherwise pass on their PoCs.

For my own family, we developed a system of Succession to handle this issue. In a clear example of this, Asgarnia's rulers of recent times tend to rule on average for 1 or 2 months. This system of succession meant that the clan was often able to have a refreshed new leader, with new ideas that could put in 100% of their energy all of the time. It's not perfect ofc, but roleplay has been more consistently alive this way.
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28-Jul-2016 19:02:26

Lord Pyro I
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Palpatom said:
Please stop filling up the forums with your insufferable yet seemingly interminable campaign to destroy an entire field of RP.

POCs provide a uniquely flexible political and military depth to RP that simply doesn't exist in closed, rigid communities. They allow for the creation of entire legacies, entire storylines that live on holistically with a part played by all strata. For people who actually put in the effort, they can be very rewarding as that garners fruit. If someone isn't enjoying something, then they can feel free to take a break from it themselves but it is unequivocally unfair to try to take it away from other people.

I'm not going to honour this farce with any more responses.


This. But for the record, yes I enjoy running my POK and everything that goes with it.
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28-Jul-2016 20:09:32

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It's like running your own business. Lots of stress, but the end result is great (or you go bankrupt). W42 - Asgarnian Admin, 6 year Loyal Kinshra and Pie Connoisseur.
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28-Jul-2016 20:33:24

Ravensteel
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I ran a group and that took a shitload of energy. Just wasn't for me, and the end result of the rp wasn't all that great anyways.

Maybe a POC would be different, but probably not.
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29-Jul-2016 13:43:22 - Last edited on 29-Jul-2016 13:43:41 by Ravensteel

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