Text Games: an Imperian God's Tale VI
Many of you have asked in the comments to run through what a typical day as a God is like. Although I have to admit that I do not have a typical day, I do have several things that I tend to run through at least once a day.
To start off, I attempt to log in at least once a day to check on things. This gets more difficult when life gets chaotic, but even just a quick peek in to see what is going on tends to be something I do when I wake up, or shortly before I go to bed. Once I have checked in, I run through the following list of tasks.
Check OWHO, CONGWHO, BW
I have to see who is online. First I check to see which of my Order members are around, then to see if there are any Congregants, and finally to see who is online in the entire text game. Why? If I am looking for a specific person, I usually mark or ally them so their name pops out. I also might see someone that my text game Order has been working to recruit, or a new Congregant to check in on.
Although text game news is sometimes slow going in Imperian, I always check to see what news there is. Even if it is not directly related to my role, I still look to see what is going on. I tend to read through all posts because being detached from the text game as Divine sometimes are, short of spying on players to figure out what is going on in the text game world, I have to rely on the news to which I have access.
After I have seen who is around, I go through and check the logs of all the orgs I am involved in, starting with my own of course. I look for dropped shrines (and try to figure out where they were), new members to the Congregation, and anyone who left so I can sick Order members on them to find out why. This has helped me to find out when there have been people in my Order being abusive or neglectful towards Congregants or other Order members, so it is important that I keep an eye out for people leaving suddenly and without explanation.
After I check on my order, I go through and check the logs of my organizations. Like news, this allows me to bridge some of the detachment that comes from being a text game God. I can see pieces of how the organization is interacting with itself, as well as how it is interacting with the outside world. After I am finished checking in on the world, I look at the things I have been working on.
Check to see where I left off on projects
Projects keep us busy and give us something to do. We do not have to take on projects once we get our God-roles, we can choose to focus on our Orders and organizations. However, sometimes that can be slow going, so we will take on building or role play projects to fill in some of the blank spots. So, if I have been working on any projects, role play or anything else, I review what I did the day or days before so that it stays fresh in my memory and I don't put off finishing it for too long, in theory.
Look to see where people are
After I have caught up and refreshed my memory, I start looking around for where people are. I look for people that are known to interact when role play is presented to them, and I look for new players because they are interesting to see how they react to role play. After I have looked around, I go to populated areas and chill out all hidden to see if the opportunity presents itself to jump into the action.
Populated text game areas are great places to go and see if there is a city guard, or pet, or other type of mobile to take over. If it is not a generic mobile like a guard, I look through the history of other people interacting with the mobile to see what has been previously done with that specific NPC. For instance, if it is a named NPC, I look to see how they speak, if anyone gave it an accent, etc. I try to simulate that as much as possible to keep the mobile's behavior consistent. If it is a generic text game mobile like a guard, or a pet, I might briefly check to see if anyone has interacted specifically with that mobile, but I have more freedom over deciding what they are capable of doing in most cases.
Go back to my little Godroom and do other forms of work
After I have finished causing chaos by making text game pets fight with each other, or having city guards heckle members of the general public, I go back to my own little spot of God heaven and work on other things, my need for amusement satiated for a time. While there I can work on building projects, planning out role play events, or harassing my Order members.
There are other things that I see to as a God in the text based game Imperian, but these are the ones that I find myself repeating most often. Lather, rinse and repeat as necessary, and that would be a "typical" day for me.
Megan Elizabeth is a text game enthusiast who enjoys the best role playing games from Iron Realms!