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[personal profile] ironwood
Hey Chelonauts! We have some announcements regarding major changes for the future of Tu Shanshu, so please read on.

We feel that the community has reached a crossroads of sorts with regards to the game’s sustainability, particularly in the last six months, and we know you've seen it too: there has been a drastic decline in activity, in plotting, and in our ability to attract new players to the game.

This isn't the result of one single fault or failing-- not the mods, not the players, not the plotting opportunities or people's creativity. A lot of it has to do with the age of the game (we passed our 5-year mark back in August), and some of it has to do with the fact that we as a game might have been trying to do too much at once, and be too many things.

But we love the overall setting of Tu Shanshu, and we know that there is a lot left that can be done with the worldbuilding that's in place, which is why we're introducing what the modteam feels is the best way to preserve all the best bits of Tu Shanshu, and yet give players both existing and potential a revitalization that we think the game needs in order to survive.

In light of that, we would like to announce that over the next few months, we will be tying off the story of Keeliai and Tu Vishan, and introducing a successor/spin-off game, called Khu Ioduan.

Below the cut, we've included the premise for the new game, as well as some of the core mechanics that will be in use. There's a lot of information in this post, and we ask that you give it all a read. We know that a change of this scale can be intimidating, especially to players who've been with us for years. We want to assure everyone that the modteam is fully committed to both this evolution, and to making sure our existing players are as comfortable as possible with the transition.

Below the cut is a lot of information... )
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Hello chelonauts, here is a fresh new itinerary post! Previous months can be found under this tag.

Please note that there is an important State of the Shell announcement at the bottom of this month's itinerary, thank you!

Here's what we've got lined up for October 2017:

Weather & Kedan/Foreigner Relations )

Local Events )

NPCs & Families )

Economy, Crime & Technology )

OOC Information )

So that's our outline for the month of October! If you have any questions about these happenings, please use the Questions comment below. Otherwise, this post is free space for monthly OOC plotting.
iseeall: (absolute disgust)
[personal profile] iseeall
Hello everyone, I am Xar and I'm completely new here because someone dragged me here because I needed a place to throw this guy to the wind.

He's Leonardo Watch from everyones favorite Blood Blockade Battlefront/Kekkai Sensen, and he's just a normal 19 year old in a New York that's taken over by monsters and is slightly wierder than normal. Also Klaus Von Reinherz is his boss.

What's special about him is that his eyes can see everything. I mean literally everything. I even have a permissions post for them. It would be a great help if everyone could read what his eyes can do and opt out of it if they want to.

Otherwise hi. (you can say hi to me on plurk at [plurk.com profile] xardogn i guess)
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[personal profile] ironwood
This period of AC covers September 1st to September 30th and is different from regular activity checks! As mentioned in our October Itinerary, there are game changes coming soon which will be outlined in our next State of the Shell next week.

In light of that, and because the game has been considerably slow, we're offering a different type of check in AC this month. Instead of requiring a comment count, we're asking for a brief summary of characters' happenings for the past month. A couple of sentences should be sufficient, just so we know they're still kicking around.

Regular bonus point AC is still available for those who have the threads! Submit those are normal in the AC form. Please be aware that the check in IS mandatory unless you're on hiatus. Thank you!



You have until October 5th to fill out this activity check for your character(s).
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[personal profile] antinouswild
Hello! I'm Allison-Marie. Nice to meet everyone. I haven't been in a game for a little while, so I'm glad to be here! This boy's likely to make a little trouble.
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[personal profile] wintershepherd
Unfortunately, I couldn't get back into the groove with Jack, so I'm sending him home for the second and last time. I'm still here with Bakura and Elizabeth, and probably a different third once I figure out who.
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[personal profile] ninjainviolet
As the label says...

First:

Sheena had been doing a little experimenting and now that she's back, the results of her experiment will be mad available:

Homemade gels!

Gels are healing items from her world (and the Tales series) and taste like apple, orange, lemon, or pineapple--depending on strength and what's being taken care of. With Raine's help, she perfected a "near" recipe and will be making a announcement on the network and explaining what they are.

Second:

This one will not have an official announcement, but an occasional blurb in the OOC section.

Sheena will be writing smut fics - under the pen name "Inaev Morenth".  Totally randomly generated titles.There's no plot reason for this - but that can change in the future. Some of the titles, however, may include things like "The Hot Dust" or 'The Ice and the Sorcerer" making people wonder.

I actually got them from a random title generator. :D Which, if anyone wants to throw me some titles - or even use them on their own - that's perfectly fine!

I mean, "Inaev" doesn't have to stay to just one fic a month, right?
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[personal profile] isochrone
Hey all, I've reapped Elizabeth now that my school term is done and my schedule is less murderous! She'll be happy to see her friends again, and make some new ones.
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[personal profile] ironwood
This period of AC covers August 1st to August 31st and is different from regular activity checks! As noted on this post, there are no comment requirements at all for the month of August, and this is a check-in only month, meaning that you only need to fill out the AC form listing your name, your character(s), and that indicates you're present/wishing to remain in the game.

However, you can submit threads for the bonus AC points if you have them and wish to get the points, but the base activity is covered for everyone with just the check in. Please be aware that the check in IS mandatory unless you're on hiatus. Thank you!



You have until September 5th to fill out this activity check for your character(s).
ironwood: (MISC / continent)
[personal profile] ironwood
Hi chelonauts!

FIRST -
Due to August sucking mightily on all fronts, and lots of important RL things keeping people away from online time, we're going to be making September a no itinerary month. That is, pretty much everything from August's itinerary will be carrying over for the state of various factions in the city, and only a slight reprieve from the heat.

SECOND -
Additionally, August's AC which will be posted shortly, will be a check in only month. (Sorry we're announcing this so late in the month, we try to give people more lead time so they're not stressing about making AC, but August literally zoomed past!)

As always, let us know if you have any questions!
ironwood: (EVA / mystery)
[personal profile] ironwood
Hello chelonauts, here is a fresh new itinerary post! Previous months can be found under this tag.

Here's what we've got lined up for August 2017:

Weather & Kedan/Foreigner Relations )

Local Events )

NPCs & Families )

Economy, Crime & Technology )

So that's our outline for the month of August! If you have any questions about these happenings, please use the Questions comment below. Otherwise, this post is free space for monthly OOC plotting.
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[personal profile] ironwood
This period of AC covers July 1st to July 31st and in order to qualify for this period, the threads in question need to fall on posts or logs started between these dates. Backtagging is fine – the AC has a grace period of five days in which to continue existing threads up to the 5th in order to make the required comment count. For example, if your thread is standing at 12 comments and the final 3 comments are added between the 30th and the 5th, that's totally acceptable! However starting a thread (for example on the 4th) on a post made from the previous month (on the 28th) would not count.

15 comments by your character
  • May be reached in a maximum of three separate threads.
  • Fifteen overall comments from your character, not the final total of the thread(s) itself.
  • Reaction spam (or icon chain) comments (like 1/4... etc) only count as one reply. Inbox threads do not qualify.
  • In the instance of closed logs or locked network posts with no public content, please note that only one thread from these entries qualifies for the AC's overall comment count, including the entry itself.
  • Posts not appropriately tagged with your character's community tags are not eligible for AC.
      For the full breakdown of Activity Check guidelines, please read the AC section on the Rules page.

Activity Check Points
  • Making minimum or base activity of 15 comments rewards 1 point.
  • Per every group of 15+ tags beyond base (again, spread across maximum 3 threads apiece), rewards 1 additional point.
  • Comment totals do not carry outside their group (ie; one thread of 29 comments still only counts as 1 group, meaning the next group has to have at least 15 in itself, not only 1.)
  • Total cap of 60 tags equaling 4 points per month, per character, available to earn.
  • Mods will note your point gain for the month when confirming your AC, and update the point tracking spreadsheet accordingly.

Characters accepted in July 2017 are not required to provide AC proofs for this month, only a check in. If, however, you have a new character and would LIKE to provide AC you've gotten in your first month, you can still provide proofs for the three bonus ACs, and earn points for them.

Characters who were on official and approved hiatus for ten (10) days or more during the activity period are exempt. Your AC status (exempted/not exempted) is included as part of your hiatus confirmation comment.

IMPORTANT! Players must still check in if the hiatus has already ended or they are new (even if no activity links are required to pass) so that we have a record of your activity, and so we don't accidentally sweep anyone from the game. Characters who are not checked in and are not presently on hiatus will still qualify as taking a strike.

If for any reason you have been unable to meet the AC and your character is 'swept' from the game, you may reclaim this character once within a 6-month period if you reply to the Activity Check results. If that particular character lands on the AC again, you will need to re-apply for them, except in the case of extenuating circumstances. Characters who are not reclaimed will be considered dropped and removed from the game.



You have until August 5th @ 11:59PM EST to fill out this activity check for your character(s).
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[personal profile] ironwood
Due to some IRL shenanigans and a chance to give people more time to tag around with For-Con, the High Crimes II: Electric Boogaloo log will be moved to the early part of August. Sorry for the wait guys!

There will be a voting thread that has mandatory participation and will be a part of the August AC.
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[personal profile] ironwood

TEST DRIVE MEME - TU SHANSHU EDITION!

... )
ironwood: (Default)
[personal profile] ironwood
Hi chelonauts!

Since we've been getting into the habit of allowing late-in-the-month posted event logs to be used for AC across two months, we've added a new tag to make it easier to find those posts. From now on, these logs will be labeled with %ac-carryover - but if you have any questions regarding these kind of logs, don't hesitate to let us know :)
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[personal profile] ironwood
This post outlines the initial results from Tu Shanshu's June 2017 Activity Check, compiled from the activity check post that went up on July 1, 2017.

Preliminary List of Swept Characters:
The following characters are currently identified as having not made AC, due to not checking in on the AC post. If this list contains one or more of your characters and you still wish to play them, you have THREE DAYS from the posting of this notice to make a comment to this post with 'RECLAIM' in the subject line and the character name/username in the comment itself. We will confirm the reclaim via the [personal profile] ironwood account.

-none-

Automatic Reclaim:
The game's automatic reclaim policy states that, if you note in your AC submission that you have insufficient activity and would like to use your reclaim for the character, we will automatically apply it, and therefore you do not have to reply to this post for the reclaim. The following characters are identified as having not made AC due to insufficient activity and have been automatically reclaimed:

Jack Frost | Rise of the Guardians | [personal profile] wintershepherd

Ineligible For Reclaim:
The following characters are currently identified as having not made AC, either from insufficient activity or from failing to have their AC reported on the post AND are ineligible to reclaim due to having been previously reclaimed in the past six months, in accordance with the activity check details outlined on the rules page:

Sheena Fujibayashi | Tales of Symphonia | [personal profile] ninjainviolet (reclaimed March 2017)
Sherlock Holmes | BBC's Sherlock | [personal profile] of_deduction (reclaimed April 2017)

A reminder that the next AC period is July 1-31, 2017, and it will go up on August 1st, 2017.
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[personal profile] ironwood
This period of AC covers June 1st to June 30th and in order to qualify for this period, the threads in question need to fall on posts or logs started between these dates. Backtagging is fine – the AC has a grace period of five days in which to continue existing threads up to the 5th in order to make the required comment count. For example, if your thread is standing at 12 comments and the final 3 comments are added between the 30th and the 5th, that's totally acceptable! However starting a thread (for example on the 4th) on a post made from the previous month (on the 28th) would not count.

15 comments by your character
  • May be reached in a maximum of three separate threads.
  • Fifteen overall comments from your character, not the final total of the thread(s) itself.
  • Reaction spam (or icon chain) comments (like 1/4... etc) only count as one reply. Inbox threads do not qualify.
  • In the instance of closed logs or locked network posts with no public content, please note that only one thread from these entries qualifies for the AC's overall comment count, including the entry itself.
  • Posts not appropriately tagged with your character's community tags are not eligible for AC.
      For the full breakdown of Activity Check guidelines, please read the AC section on the Rules page.

Activity Check Points
  • Making minimum or base activity of 15 comments rewards 1 point.
  • Per every group of 15+ tags beyond base (again, spread across maximum 3 threads apiece), rewards 1 additional point.
  • Comment totals do not carry outside their group (ie; one thread of 29 comments still only counts as 1 group, meaning the next group has to have at least 15 in itself, not only 1.)
  • Total cap of 60 tags equaling 4 points per month, per character, available to earn.
  • Mods will note your point gain for the month when confirming your AC, and update the point tracking spreadsheet accordingly.

Characters accepted in June 2017 are not required to provide AC proofs for this month, only a check in. If, however, you have a new character and would LIKE to provide AC you've gotten in your first month, you can still provide proofs for the three bonus ACs, and earn points for them.

Characters who were on official and approved hiatus for ten (10) days or more during the activity period are exempt. Your AC status (exempted/not exempted) is included as part of your hiatus confirmation comment.

IMPORTANT! Players must still check in if the hiatus has already ended or they are new (even if no activity links are required to pass) so that we have a record of your activity, and so we don't accidentally sweep anyone from the game. Characters who are not checked in and are not presently on hiatus will still qualify as taking a strike.

If for any reason you have been unable to meet the AC and your character is 'swept' from the game, you may reclaim this character once within a 6-month period if you reply to the Activity Check results. If that particular character lands on the AC again, you will need to re-apply for them, except in the case of extenuating circumstances. Characters who are not reclaimed will be considered dropped and removed from the game.



You have until July 5th @ 11:59PM EST to fill out this activity check for your character(s).
ironwood: (Default)
[personal profile] ironwood
Hello chelonauts, here is a fresh new itinerary post! Previous months can be found under this tag.

Here's what we've got lined up for July 2017:

Weather & Kedan/Foreigner Relations )

Local Events )

NPCs & Families )

Economy, Crime & Technology )

So that's our outline for the month of July! If you have any questions about these happenings, please use the Questions comment below. Otherwise, this post is free space for monthly OOC plotting.
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[personal profile] invisibill
When: July 7, and running for about a week.
What: Dragons. Lots of ghost dragons. Turning into dragons. Fighting dragons.
Where: Throughout Keeliai

So anyone who has spent much time talking to Danny by now, has probably figured out that his canon gets weird. On July 7, some of that weirdness is going to follow him here.



It will start when this necklace shows up. Anyone who puts it on will transform into a dragon the first time they get angry while wearing it. This can be anything from actual rage to mild irritation at someone cutting in front of you at a line. In canon the dragon then proceeded to attack the source of their anger/irritation, but feel free to get creative. The only way to turn your character back to normal is for someone to remove the necklace.

So... to make the plot work, we'll need volunteers to become dragons and people to fight them to get them back to normal. In interests of keeping the plot manageable, the number of dragons will be limited to three. Please comment below if you want in.

Notes:
  • If your character is savvy enough to not put on a mysterious necklace, feel free to assume the necklace comes with a compulsion. This is a magic ghost artifact, after all.
  • Each dragon will be limited to 48 hours. At the end of that time the necklace will pass on to the next dragon. The order will be planned out OOC..
  • The dragons' maximum size will be set at thirty feet.
  • Since Danny knows exactly how to fix this problem, I will be keeping him out of this plot unless someone wants him to show up and explain things.
  • I will put a log up on the 7 for dragon shenanigans.
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[personal profile] ninjainviolet
Hey there!

Remember all those times I thought I'd be moving into a new apartment? Well, guess what? It's actually happening! During one of the most stressful times at work I might add. Which means that RP is kind of taking a beating right now. So, I'm on hiatus for the rest of the month.

Sheena will be on autopilot, recovering from injuries she sustained during the Temple attack and ignoring said injuries to work at the Tea House and train.