Judging by the meta thread, there seems to be some interest, so let's do this thing!
A big Mafia subforum event to try to get new people involved and old people to come back.
- We pick a date, maybe 1-2 months from now (around the New Year, perhaps?)
- We enlist several mods to start a variety of games starting on that date. Definitely would want at least 1 or 2 simple/vanilla games in there.
- We advertise around the forum -- i.e., have in our signatures links (with pictures!) that go to the event thread.
- Theme? Sure, if we can think of one!
Basically, for those of you who play TF2, something like their Halloween or class update events -- get people excited, bring them in (or back in).
Suggested so far (all dates 2012):
- Jan 15th or earlier
- Chinese New Year - Jan. 23rd
- Leap Day - Feb. 29th
Possibilities so far:
- Chinese New Year
- 2012 Doomsday
- Things from this page?
- No theme
Since this event is focused on getting new people, we should err on the side of vanilla/simple setups. However, it would be great if we also got people back who haven't played for awhile, so having something big and complex would also be cool. We're going to have to work out how this interacts with the mod queuing system, though last I checked the queues aren't too full. It might not end up being an issue.
As a starting point, what about:
2 micro games (7 player max): 1 vanilla, 1 resistance
2 small games (8-12 players): 1 semi-open vanilla, 1 closed with simple roles
1 mediumish game (13-18): closed with somewhat more complex roles, or open and complicated (Wizardry?)
1 largish game (19+): big ol' complicated mess
SUGGESTIONS SO FAR - Resistance should have 10 players. Wizardry is not a simple enough game.
We could also just copy the current queue guidelines and fill it up with games, just syncing everything up to start around the chosen date.
Of course, a lot of this is going to depend on what kind of interest we get, which might be tough to gauge until we get closer in.
Once we have a plan, someone with art skillz (read: not me) should make some graphics for advertising purposes.