Thorkas
 member, 2 posts
Sat 13 Mar 2021
at 03:17
Starting a Game ahead of time
I'm planning to run a campaign on rPoL in a month or two (when I have more consistent prep time), but I'd like to start the game now so I can organize it and get acquainted with the GM interface. Are there any rules I should be mindful of regarding how long a game sits dormant before recruiting players and actually playing? And is it possible to change the title of a game (and possibly add/alter category tags) after creating it?
facemaker329
 member, 7326 posts
 Gaming for over 40
 years, and counting!
Sat 13 Mar 2021
at 03:26
Starting a Game ahead of time
I don't know of any time limits requiring you to begin recruiting players within a certain time, but I've also never created a game from the ground up so I've never worried about that.

As far as changing names/tags on a game, yes, you can do that.  There are some people out there who, rather than have deleted games show up when people search for information about them as a GM, will instead recycle their games...delete all the old information, empty the roster for the game, change the name and/or system, etc, and start all over from the very beginning.  It's not the norm, but to the best of my knowledge, there's no policy against it at all.

If you set your game up TOO early/leave it sitting unpopulated for too long, it may get bumped into the equivalent of RPOL's recycling bin, but even then, you have time between then and when the game is officially deleted to bring it back to 'active' status.
Jewwk of Shuu
 member, 12 posts
 "I cast: Pro: Sandwich"
 GM: "But WHY?!"
Sat 13 Mar 2021
at 03:40
Starting a Game ahead of time
FAQ:
...RPoL will automatically flag a game as Inactive when it has not received any posts for at least sixty-one (61) days.


As for changing the category tags after creation, it's as simple as going to the GM Menu > Edit Game Details.

100% editable.
NowhereMan
 member, 423 posts
Sat 13 Mar 2021
at 03:41
Starting a Game ahead of time
Well, I've had one sitting since before the pandemic, so I think you're good.
Sir Swindle
 member, 300 posts
Sat 13 Mar 2021
at 04:10
Starting a Game ahead of time
Literally no downside of doing this. Go for it.
Thorkas
 member, 3 posts
Sat 13 Mar 2021
at 04:10
Starting a Game ahead of time
Thanks, all!
evileeyore
 member, 470 posts
 GURPS GM and Player
 Joined August 2015
Sat 13 Mar 2021
at 07:22
Starting a Game ahead of time
Just to lay some of your worries firmly to rest Thorkas, I started a game in 2016, wrote nothing in it except the Title.  I finally made an NPC named GM two weeks ago and started the first 'test' thread 10 days ago.

I think you've got some time to play with.
facemaker329
 member, 7327 posts
 Gaming for over 40
 years, and counting!
Sat 13 Mar 2021
at 07:23
Starting a Game ahead of time
In reply to evileeyore (msg # 7):

Wow...talk about a gestation period...*grin*
NowhereMan
 member, 424 posts
Sat 13 Mar 2021
at 09:56
Starting a Game ahead of time
In reply to evileeyore (msg # 7):

...Yep, that's got me beat. Good on ya for getting it rolling.
evileeyore
 member, 471 posts
 GURPS GM and Player
 Joined August 2015
Sat 13 Mar 2021
at 20:15
Re: Starting a Game ahead of time
NowhereMan:
...Yep, that's got me beat. Good on ya for getting it rolling.

Getting it rolling?  Oh no, my bad.  It's no where near ready to be even in the vicinity of "Getting St" and "Rolling Ave".  I have this love hate relationship with writing, I love to hate doing it.

But once everything for campaign prep is done and ready to be posted into the proper campaign threads... then, then I'll think about whether I have the time to run a game.  My schedule flip-flops so hard sometimes, I barely have time to post in games I'm playing.
LonePaladin
 member, 867 posts
 Creator of HeroForge
Sun 14 Mar 2021
at 02:31
Re: Starting a Game ahead of time
It's one thing I like about this site. You can do all sorts of pre-planning for a game, organizing things and setting up various threads for whatever, and there's no time pressure. Even if the algorithm decides that a game has been inactive too long, it's a simple matter of clicking a single link to turn it back on.
Sir Swindle
 member, 301 posts
Sun 14 Mar 2021
at 03:15
Re: Starting a Game ahead of time
Ya, I have 3 games sitting with 3 posts in them so that I don't forget what the idea was.