Yeah, in case you've never realized, the entire thing is just BW with different colors. Literally. It was a copy-and-paste job of the code with just enough change to make people think it was something different. Apparently, it worked. Batt tried to say this a while back, but I had to remove any mention of BW with the RPeX until the time was right:
The midway point between Forum RPing and BW- I like it. The anonymity of authors is a good touch, maybe it will encourage more participation. Interesting thing is, I've found I can begin to identify some authors on BW by their writing styles. Speaking of, was the removal of BW from the sidebar intentional? At least it can still be found at the top of the page.
Yeah... it isn't midway between anything. It was an experiment, and the reveal was left until April Fool's day. I had originally anticipated a number of terrible outcomes, most of which featured me screaming at the idiot-patrons of the site, but surprising, the way the Role Playing Experiment laid out was the best forseeable result.
After long months of BW flopping around in near-coma, I wondered mayhaps if people at this site were really that must against writing, and instead, only no-talent RPs would be popular. So, I copy-and-pasted BW into a different directly, made it look different, and put the two fateful letters R and P in its name. It shoulda been like a lightbulb to idiot flies.
Yet, that never happened. In fact, despite all of the old authors trying to cut down post sizes and even dull their normal writing talent to make it seem more inviting, everybody else wrote their asses off! I, for one, was quite surprised. A ton of idiots didn't flock to it; no one once tried to actually RP; posts were made in gargantuan length.
So whom did the joke get played on in the end? Why, me, of course. In my quest to make it look different than BW, the Role Playing Experiment gained a number of features (such as counters -- the discussion board is an old idea never implemented due to BW's incredible unpopularity) that in fact surpassed BW. No votes also helped out heaps. There are plenty of posts that woulda been blammed out of existance in BW that got to live and eventually shine in the RPeX. As long as a post is tolerable, a work-around can be found to any obstacle thrown in the authors' way, even if it is a terrible plot device. In fact, making bad stuff good is an element of interactive writing that BW long-since lacked.
So, pretty much, BW stories are going to be migrating to the RPeX. I mean, they are the same thing and same code, after all. I'll prolly get around to replacing the top book link to the RPeX soon, too.
And, strangely, despite the experiment being over and proven surprisingly wrong, the name RPeX is going to stick around. No one seemed to question that li'l "eX" before, so why should they start now?
Hey, in my defense, by eliminating the voting system and all reference to the authors' names, you do technically make it different. The code may be practically unchanged, but if one doesn't use everything the other does, they are by definition different.
Ok, you fooled me. I'll shut up now.
If I have learned one thing in my short life, it is this- Nothing is idiot-proof.
Apr 3, 2006 12:13
Their "sameness" was just meant as the "You write IASes here" factor. In that respect, which, really, is the core of the matter, they were identical, even in code. All the bells in whistles were just junk to make it appear different on the outside, which, yeah, wound up being cooler than realized and much needed.
Still, tho', I predict a massive bonfire of all BW stories that will be used to roast the marshmallows of activity on till golden brown!
What did that mean? You tell me. No, seriously. I have no idea. Someone help me, please.
"I'm going to special hell."
- Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly
Apr 4, 2006 9:04
That means we go back to BW, flame people and thus get lots of posts and wrap up those stories...you goblin!
At least thats what I got from it
"oh and before i devour you 2 ill tell you my name is Valkyor." - My Kamaitachi