Right, hello everyone, my name is John, Diraen.6597 in game. I have been around the scene since launch, and have been all over the place as a member, officer, DM, GM, random rper etc. Currently I am working as a DM/narrative creator for TCA and after a discussion we had considering the new Living Season we have all decided to bring a matter to the community regarding the timeline.
Ever since the first instances of the living season something always bugged me in the way we handled things in RP regarding the timeline and such. At first I just thought it was the various time bubbles many guilds and roleplayers chose to do, as we never seemed to fully agree as a community on the proper time to wait until we would react into LS content IC.
I have been keeping track of the story since HoT and I have come up with a proposal, backed with things I have noticed for all you guys.
Again, I feel the importance to stress that this is just a suggestion brought up to you guys. If the community disagrees then nothing will come off it. If it agrees, then I think we can all finally be on the same grounds when it comes to the story and our IC.
The idea is this. The events of the living story and campaigns despite the IRL time it takes for the next episode to come out, they always seem to start exactly where the last ended, regadless of the IRL time passing. This can be implemented in rp as it would keep everyone on the same page, avoid RP confusion while making new content for roleplay and then finding out you couldn't do some things at all as it's explained in the next chapter that something like that couldn't happen. Prevent spoiler spreading for returning players, etc
That would mean, that aside the obvious, that we would be unable to know anything the commander has told in confidence to his close circle of "guild mates", the death of Joko would NOT happen up intil perhaps a few days before the release of the next living season, thus meaning the war on Kourna will drag on for about 3-4 months (or whatever time frame they have on each living season)
I feel that this is a much more realistic approach to the story, as a lot of events that have been going on lately would require much more time than a mere few weeks (even -with- waypoints), as we have travel via normal ships (for Sly), mustering of forces, march to locations, setting up a camp, waging a war etc.
Since HoT it would seem that every living season would take part shortly after the end of the previous cycle, and though at first it could have been just a sort of "catch up" conversation taking place after a few months of calm, the final nail to my theory was in fact this living season.
We all know that in the beginning of this living season, Faren and the Council of Amnoon is expecting a supply ship with relief supplies from Kryta after the events of the previous seasons. A few things connected with my theory then and there
For starters, the ship is supposed to be carrying relief supplies for Amnoon after the Brandstorm, which goes against what most if not -all- of the rpers that have been roleplaying, as we have treated Amnoon as a recovered city.
Secondly the event is treated with the fanfare, attention and statements as if it is the -FIRST- ship of relief supplies from Kryta, which also directly punches the rp of MANY roleplayers I know, as people have been roleplaying bringing in supplies via ship or other means to Amnoon for months, and yet it seems that only now the first ship of relief efforts has arrived.
This is just the most recent example of how the start of the living season treating each episode as if the previous one JUST now wrapped up and finished.
For the above reasons I suggest to the community, that we all treat each Living Season as ongoing until the next season. I know that this might be a nuisance to some areas, especially if for whatever reason the living season takes a direct blow at one of the main RP locations. But at the same time I think it will help everyone be on the same page, and help me and my fellow DM's with making proper narrations and events that may be tied to the story (such as for example, having a volunteer force escort a caravan to the rift for Kourna).
Thank you all for your time! I am looking forward to your opinion on this matter and off course your vote.
I will let the poll out for ten days, to give everyone time to respond but also not stall anyone. Have fun roleplaying and hope to see you online!