Category: Admin Stuff

Your Character Needs More Social

With the start of the newest Season of DFWLARP, one of the things I wanted to focus on was to increase our online social connections. I believe that, by doing this, we can help increase interest and activity between games, and potentially draw in more players.

As you have probably seen, Debi has been working diligently to upgrade our forum site and establish connectivity between that site and many of the more commonly used social media sites. As part of this effort, we will be awarding bonus points for our newest DFWLARP season based on your interactions with the forum site.

Many of you have already previously signed onto the forums (http://dfwlarp.com/forum/). However, with the recent changes to the site, we are asking all players to fill in the new additional information fields related to your persona. This will help new players know who the individuals are behind the characters.

In order to update your profile, go to the Profile Page (http://dfwlarp.com/forum/ucp.php?i=ucp_profile&mode=profile_info). From there, you will see all the additional fields that have been added into the site. Of particular note, we have added the Player Name field, and the Pronoun fields. We’d like for everyone to take advantage of these fields, in order to help acclimate the people using the site with the individuals they are interacting with. In addition, you will also find references to some of the more common social sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Adding these fields will allow people to find and connect with you outside of the DFWLARP site. Once you have added the additional information, be sure to click the “Submit” button.

Completion of this profile section will award your character 10 experience points, which are not part of the standard monthly limit.

Additionally, we would like everyone to take pictures of yourself in costume (current or previous), and post them on your Instagram account (must be a public account to show up in the feed) with the hashtag #DFWLarp. This will allow our “People of DFWLarp” page (http://dfwlarp.com/people-of-dfwlarp/) to locate those pictures online, and add that to the page. Each unique picture posted to your account will award your character 2 experience points (up to a maximum of 10), which are not part of the standard monthly limit.

We’re very excited about the upcoming Season of DFWLarp, and we hope to bring in more features to help you get connected to both the game as well as the players in it. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Updates to DFWLARP Web Properties!

I have upgraded and updated our main website, and the forums attached. They should run both better and have more current information. We also have a few new social goodies to play with! If you have any other thoughts or ideas, let me know and I’ll try to implement them.

DFWLARP Website

  • Upgraded WordPress
  • Cleaned up and updated all the documentation
  • Updated forms
  • Added Social Buttons (FB Page, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Discord)
  • Added Social showcase component (FB Page, Instagram or Twitter) so you can now upload pics and videos with the #dfwlarp hashtag directly from game! (They show up in the right menu and the “Person” button)

DFWLARP Forums

  • Upgraded PHPBB
  • Purged all old stories and group affiliations (when you make new characters I’ll update what you can see)
  • Added new fields for user profile (Player Name, Pronouns) that show up on the member list for others to see.
  • Added colors to groups similar to our Discord Server (ex: vampires show as red in forums, mages blue, etc.)
  • Updated Theme (the old one broke when we upgraded, oops!) and am tweaking it so it looks like the website.
  • Reposted creation mechanics documentation with updated content.

NEW Facebook PAGE

  • We now have a page for DFWLARP on Facebook, it is still attached to the current (private) group.
  • All Events moved to “Page” and show up on our master website under the “Events” tab.

NEW Instagram Account

  • Upload pics and videos directly from game!

NEW TikTok Account

  • Videos are always fun!