As 735.4 beckons, I take a look at ways we can explore to make the server known and increase the population drastically. Many of us have been in the All-GM RP scene for years. Some of us have even been here since KhellMirror/EchelonedWoW.
As our first step it is crucial that we reinvent the way we advertise Epsilon. For years there has been a strong competition with RPH. While RPH has grabbed many people from Divinity-X in 2014 and even had a popular YouTube video boost its ranks, it is now struggling to even reach 100 players online in the summer. It has always been advertised as an All GM RP server in which you can do what you want and roleplay whatever you want. Now that the All-GM community has clearly deteriorated, both Epsilon and RPH are suffering from giant competitors such as Argent Dawn EU and Moonguard US. While RPH’s administration has seemingly completely abandoned development, Epsilon has seen incredible features for building and modding being developed.
I do believe that the niche that retail roleplayers crave is modding before building. They want to use NPC skins and morphs, wear unobtainable NPC items and have access to spells that give you quivers and backpacks. They want to use other human nations' footmen sets and have expanded hairstyles for their favourite races.
However it is also important that we nurture the building community which has seen incredible development and dedication from members of the All -GM community. This is why Epsilon should be advertised strictly as a new brand of private server. A building, modding and roleplaying server which would attract not only roleplayers, but also people excited to learn building and modding. There are incredibly talented artists out there who would be amazing additions to our modding team and Epsilon as a whole. It is also important that we emphasise the fact that Epsilon is Echeloned's direct legacy, which it actually is. The core, Enteleaie, is the same core that was being developed by Khell in 2009, except it has seen 10 years of development from different developers. This will give potential past players the same feeling of nostalgia that Blizzard has prompted with Classic.
Epsilon should not be advertised aggressively as that would compromise its reputation straight away. Once 735.4 is released, threads will be posted on Reddit and other websites showcasing our modding and building creations. Word of mouth will always be the most efficient way to advertise. After the server gains some exposure, we should all work together to welcome new players as best as we can. Repopulate the Discord voice chats and be welcoming to make people like it around here.
This is not about being the dominant server. This is about growing and nurturing our community which deserves a lot of attention and new faces around. If we all work together, we can create something special and a huge community to be familiar with, away from the enabled abuse and toxicity that plague the scene. A place where we can focus on our passions and share them with our friends and total strangers too.
Thank you for reading this thread. I will keep you all updated with what has to be done to make this server blossom into what it should really be. I will take some time out of my life to help this community become a great ground for creativity and if you are willing and have the time to do it, join me.