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Bringing Back COTM... With A Twist!; AKA Kami might regret sharing this idea
Topic Started: Mar 24 2012, 02:08 PM (2,181 Views)
KamiKaze
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So, anyone remember Character of the Month? Where we voted on a character for the month in v4 and they got a shiny badge, and it was removed because of favoritism? Yeah, that character of the month.

Well, Kami has an idea that's somewhat similar.

Now, hear me out. Here, we don't vote the "character of the month".

Instead, we roll them.

Now you're probably thinking "bwuah? Please explain", and I shall.

You see, my idea was not everyone to vote for the character they like the best and they get a shiny badge, but more them getting randomly picked and treated as... well, the character of the month.

I was thinking that in a thread, probably stickied in Roleplaying Discussion, we could treat the month as a tribute to said character. Like, discussion of the character, love/hatred of the character, and so on.

Now about that rolling I mentioned.

My idea was to use a random number generator to pick all the factors involved in deciding one.

For example, we could start with what version.

1. Version 1
2. Version 2
3. Version 3
4. Version 4
5. Version 5
6. SOTF-Evolution
7. The Program
8. SOTF-TV
9. Virtua SOTF

Alright, so I go to a random number generator. Using this as an example, I make it pick from 1 to 9. I get one, so that's a Version 1 character.

Then I pick the gender. Let's say, using a number generator, 1 is male and 2 is female. 1 again, so it's a dude!

Then I roll the number. I get 121, which is Toby Valerik.

Toby then becomes the "theme character" of that thread for the month. All we do in there is discuss the character, say whether or not we like Toby, maybe start reading him to get a feel for him, perhaps make silly fan-art of him, and such.

If he's already been a COTM, we simply just reroll.

Now, here are the pros and cons:

Pros
- More people read more stuff! Some people do not read Mini, while others stay away from V1 and V2. This can be encouragement for people to read something they haven't before and maybe go "Hey, there's something I like!"

- Having characters being randomly rolled means we avoid the issue of the previous COTM. Only the random number generator gets to decide who gets to be popular for the month. So, how can there be any favoritism?

- It can get discussion of characters going outside of chat, so we won't be stuck in Mibbit ranting/raving about so-and-so. Instead, we post and talk about the character.

Cons
- Some versions might be hard to roll for. SOTF-TV is numbered by teams instead of gender, while, as I found out while providing the above demonstration, v1's numbers are all over the place (I had to reroll a few times to get a number that actually has a character attached to it). Evo should be easy to do despite having an unconventional numbering system; all we need to do is skip to the picking out what number they are. But SOTF-TV and v1, that might be an issue.

Perhaps SOTF-TV could go like this instead of gender:

1. Black
2. Blue
3. Brown
4. Gold
5. Green
6. Grey
7. Orange
8. Pink
9. Purple
10. Red
11. White
12. Yellow
13. Thirteen
14. Loner

Going back to the number generator, I pick from 1 to 14. I get 3, so that's Brown. I pick from 1 to 5, which is 2. Brown Team Member 2 is April Stone.

Not sure about v1. Thoughts?

- The issue of cannon fodder getting picked. Now, I believe all characters deserve a tribute, even the "bad" ones. But there could be an issue with characters who were killed right off the bat or similar. For example, Remi Pierce, who hardly appeared in pre-game and was the first to die in v4. That might not seem so bad at first, until you realize that said character only has one in-game post, which means there is less to discuss. Not to mention, part of the joy of reading characters is that along the way you encounter other characters you like as well. Remi didn't directly interact with anyone, and only stayed in one thread.

- There's slight potential of wankery. Like, I dunno, someone barging into the thread and going "LOL THIS CHARACTER SUKZ" without any real meat to their criticisms. That could happen, you know. If you're planning on doing so the minute I mentioned this... please don't. Leave your immaturity at the door, please?

Those are only the pros and cons I could think of. There could be more.

While I was thinking that this could be a mod-run thing, I could easily pull this off myself. It's not that difficult, I don't think. But if a mod is up for it, then I'd let them.

Also, the numbering system for the versions and such, and the system as a whole, is not supposed to be the strict, definite system. It can be changed, altered, or fixed as much as you guys want, as long as it's fair and improves it. It's a little complex the way I have it, but it could be simplified if you figure out a way. I honestly don't mind if you guys do want to change it!

So yeah! Thoughts? Good idea? Bad idea? Cheesy idea? Ketchupy idea? Any spots for improvement you spy? Just discuss this concept.
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I actually quite like this set up: not too tricky to select a character, and no-one can cite favouritism on a random number generator. If I was to offer a tweak, I'd suggest it being a weekly thing or perhaps a fortnightly thing instead of a monthly thing, just cause most discussion of characters tends to be front loaded and because it gets more faces out there.
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Chipping in with the same thought on weekly instead of monthly. I don't have too much care for this idea, BUT... on the other side of things, I don't have too much against it either and don't see why it can't exist. So, sure. Why not.
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I agree, but it be a hassle to keep up which characters were rolled or not, unless you (in the unlikely circumstance they were rolled again) want to review the same character. Also, weekly instead of monthly :)
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I like this idea. Even if we roll a fodder character like Remi, we could discuss what might have happened to them if they hadn't been fodder. I am hoping that this happens.

One question, though. Will Second Chances be added to the list once it starts up?
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Surely adding Second Chances would increase the chance of some characters being rolled? Probably better to not add it as a seperate section and just discuss their Second Chances incarnation if it's relevant.
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I assumed if one got rolled from their original version you would discuss the original one. If it got rolled under Second Chances and it would be noted and you'd discuss that one.
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Sounds good to me! That's what I automatically assumed as well.
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I like this idea, and would also say it would be better to do it weekly instead of monthly. Covers more characters, and I don't think most discussion would go on much longer than a week.
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Alright! Most people seem pleased with this idea.

Okay, since pretty much everyone has said they'd like it to be a week instead of a month, I guess it's settled; it shall be a weekly event, rather than monthly. After all, most of you seem to think this, so it should probably work out that way. And part of the point of this is to encourage reading characters, so it being by week is a lot better than by month in that we get to see more people in a shorter amount of time.

About Second Chances: I was personally thinking that in the case where a character that has also appeared in SC has been rolled, it would link to both their original incarnation and their Second Chances incarnation.

For example, if my SOTF-TV/SC character Sidney Rice had been rolled, it would link to her SOTF-TV profile, her first thread in SOTF-TV, her SC profile, and her first thread in SC, or something similar along those lines. Overall, though, I think that SC people get no doubles in rolling, even if the SC person ends up radically different. After all, they're still the same character! Though, what are you guys' further thoughts on this? Just treat the two incarnations separately, or keep them together when they get rolled as their original selves?

About keeping track; my idea was for a "Hall of Fame", where after the month/week is over they get added to a list of characters in the first post saying that they've been a COTW in the past. I wasn't really thinking of keeping track, but more in case people were curious and wanted to check, but I guess that's all the more reason to keep it up for everyone to see?

Sounds like everyone's up for it! I could easily set this up sometime this weekend, if a mod or someone else on the site doesn't feel like claiming the duty personally. I could try to update on a specific day and time (for example, every Sunday at 8pm), so it'll be a little organized. How does this sound?
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Maybe not call it a Hall of Fame? Not that all our characters aren't worth fameful pimping, but it kinda gives the impression characters were hand picked for the COTM which is not what it's about anymore.
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I have to ask...

Why would you do Mini games on the Main board? Why not do Mini CoTM on the Mini board? After all, they are separate entities.
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True! Maybe just title it "Past COTW" or similar.

Hmmm... good point, Tre. I guess I was thinking that a lot of handlers who hang out primarily on the main site don't read Mini. There's a lot of weird anti-Mini sentiment on the chat at times, really. So, I guess my idea was to encourage people who don't look at Mini to check it out? How does that sound?
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*Raises Hand* Ooh, Ooh, how about you call it something similar to something on TV like "Behind the Survival" or "SOTF Presents..."
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I think that if we do end up doing Mini separate, they should be put together rather than separate, for organization reasons.

Though! It does sound like something for Survival of the Snarkiest if it comes back up again, perhaps as one of the IC recaps?
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