First of all, thank you to everyone who's been messaging me. I'm really, really touched that the first question so many of you asked was "Are you okay?" over anything else. That means more to me than words can properly express.
To address what's usually the second question, no, I'm not exactly happy with the decision about PKMN-Crossing
. I never was and I probably won't be for a long
while, which is something the rest of the moderating team acknowledges and respects. They deserve cookies for putting up with all my heel-grinding and teeth-gnashing; I know I'm prone to being insufferably stubborn when it comes to what's important to me. I hold fast to the belief that the group had a lot to offer, and I'm still very fond of its premise and the vibrant cast of characters that gave it life.
... And that continue
to give it life, actually. I'm glad to see how quickly folks are recognizing how much freedom they suddenly have with their PKMN-Crossing characters. That is unabashedly awesome
, and it's been pretty cool to see former Pokette residents popping up in different areas. It hasn't even been a full day!
To that effect, I want to spotlight a few things I've seen blossom since the retirement journal went live. Those of you who enjoyed PKMN-Crossing, be it as a member or a watcher, might find these parallel to your interests:
- lunixesquire (Lunix the Mightyena) and TheLonelyQueen (Duff the Wigglytuff) have started up a send-off collaboration for everyone (yes, everyone!) to partake in, which you can read about here: fav.me/d7klfv2
Details on how to participate can be found here: fav.me/d7klloq
(Kinda reminds me of when we all banded together for this thing, haha. Wheee, memory lane.) This sounds like a great option for anyone seeking closure. There's no deadline in place, which makes it ideal for anyone struggling for time.
- wee-donut (Lycie the Froslass) had the idea of moving characters to Tumblr; I know there are a lot of you on there already, and it seems like a cool way of keeping role play and character interactions in circulation without having to worry about any rules or restrictions -- barring Tumblr's ToS, anyway -- bogging you down. A few character blogs have gone up already, and there was once a list of PKMN-Crossing Tumblr blogs on TheTownHall's account. I don't know how many of them are still active, but maybe here's a good excuse to boot them back up?
- Some of us have also been recreating our characters on Guild Wars 2, too, which is a fantastic game that I can't recommend enough. It's been pretty fun pseudo-RPing with the folks there, especially given how wholly bizarre it is to shove peaceful, suburban-dwelling townsfolk in the middle of a fantasy RPG world. It'd be great to expand the cast list even further, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't curious to know what sort of role your characters would fill. (Beware of KeatonCreature's Kola.)
- In a similar vein, I also want to spotlight an idea by DragonOfEclipse, who is using the group's retirement to fuel an upcoming project. You can read more about it here, but the concept revolves around sharing stories about life after and beyond Pokette. I think it's a brilliant idea -- kind of like an unending epilogue to residents' adventures thereafter.
They're all very solid ideas and projects, and I hope you'll embrace them. Maybe it can help transform all these "goodbye"s I've been seeing to "see ya later"s instead.
In the meantime, hang in there and keep your heads up. I know it doesn't really feel like it to a lot of you, but I promise it will
be alright. Thanks for all the memories and the great times, both in-character and out-of-character. It's been great, and I hope they can continue.