...by which I mean that my RPG members have not deserted me for being totally-and-distractedly preoccupied with everything but managing my roleplay for the past year-plus.
( Past RP history snark... )[On that note: it's not necessarily something that's talked about much, but my girlfriend and I have both found it so in our different gaming experiences, that the firsthand experience of situations in RPing can be every bit as significant (and traumatic) as the firsthand experience of real life. Which is a topic I'd like to bring up in Scholomance Dramatica, seeing as we have a variety of lifestyle roleplayers in our membership.]
Apart from that, though, the main issue at hand -- and the only one that critically concerns everyone, as it is going to hold the game up a mite longer -- is that we need a new Rick O'Connell in Secrets of the Past. We need him before we move further in action, so that I (in autoing him as I've had to lately) don't monopolize his character choices and free range of action, and so that we can get back into freeplay and spontaneous interreaction instead of having to choreograph myself (not to mention anyone else in scenage) like a puppeteer with six hands.
Please note, though -- we need a player of considerable wit and solid writing skill (quick reading ain't a bad skill either, ftm), with a good taste/tolerance for having hris char get into tight spots and interesting situations, especially considering all the shite that's already involved in this plot. Also -- and some dedicated roleplayers and Mummy fans may well rejoice at this -- we are set in 1935 and are thus ignoring the whole Mummy Episode III: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor premise. We aren't even providing for it to happen later, 'cause we likes our Mummyverse quite well enough without it. Just like we likes our Indiana Jones without shoehorning in a teenage sidekick and relegating Indy to grizzled codger status.
[Note to any interested players submitting original characters: NO SHIA LABOEUF CLONES!!! He's a bloody boring tabula rasa cast for the mere convenience of his being an audience-identifiable teenage male!!]
( The joys of realistic and unbowdlerized playing - or, to put it in current idiom, )
If you're interested in joining the ensemble as Rick, please read this game description from back when we started the current rewrite and then PM me a brief summary of your RPing and/or fictionwriting experience, together with an in-character scene sample of at least half a page (can be as Rick or another character, but relevance to the Mummyverse and its time setting is appreciated).
Needless to say, I'm not planning to just issue casting-calls via LJ, but it's worth a shot at the moment, besides being worth flistsharing anyhow.