There are some questions what to do with PARPG in its current state.
The biggest problems are in my opinion:
- a lack of general recruiting. Two weeks project report and asking for contributors was a very good way to recruit fresh blood.
- lack of active coders (compared to i.e. ~2 years ago). I think right now only Beliar is making additions to the code somewhat regularly.
- lack of time by people in general, in some areas at least, combined with a lack of motivation to increase the time commitment. For instance, when barra had more time available, he did regular reports every ~2 weeks and asked for recruitment. This worked nicely back then, people helped out a lot more, but there just does not seem anyone able to replace barra.
So the question is, what to do with PARPG?
There will surely be many opinions. I’ll give you my own one first:
- I think we should make one final release, as soon as possible, and then declare this to be the “how far we managed to go before we failed”. I’d even like to propose a deadline, last day of March 2012.
We should then zip up the project and distribute it to people who want to keep it for nostalgic reasons Perhaps someone is able to revitalize the project again? Or, it’s just memory of a project.
Of course it may be possible to push the game forward still. But I myself would not know how, at the current state.
If the project is discontinued, perhaps someone else will resume at the point where we left? And even if not, we worked on a game project for quite some time, met new people, which is never a bad thing!
Barra has said that he will pay for the hosting in 2012, but I think if we can’t find a way to revitalize the project before end of 2012 anyway, it could be closed much earlier.
Any ideas, feedback, to the forum please.
Edit 17 Februar 2012: There will probably a meeting in the next 2 weeks, probably at the weekend (one?), to discuss things. Have a look at the forum and give your opinion please.
Just a quick and short note – the forums are down, the database seems to have crashed.
Q_x has mailed to barra, who will hopefully manage to fix this soon (and perhaps even manage to upgrade WordPress version )
Edit: Works again! Thanks barra, that was fast!
Edit: At 30 December 2011 the forum is down again, with another error message. Beginning to wonder what’s happening.
Edit: At 03.01.2012 the forum works again. Hopefully it’ll work for a longer while now, thanks to the one who fixed it (was not me, I am just trying to let you know)
I am back and working to improve the quality of http://wiki.parpg.net/ – any ideas to help here are very much appreciated.
qubodup wants to know who I am – fair enough! I’ve been trying to lead the Project for a while although not with that much success. Then I had problems in reallife so I had to make a break.
I’ve been quite active on the Forum (ranked 4th on the amount of forum posts – of course that does not say much about the quality of the content) and on IRC (when I was active, that is, but I can almost always be found on Freenode IRC anyway).
My impression so far was that the Forum generates a lot of ideas, many of them good, but after a while, plenty of these ideas are also forgotten eventually. Or they become outdated slowly as contributors leave the project or make a break.
That is one reason why I am trying to focus on the Wiki for now and try to improve its quality.