I've been thinking long and hard about how to get this group practice again and I want to do more than just annual activity checks and wishy-washy plots. SO below I will write out ideas I have in mind to put into place. Keep in mind this entire revamp could take a VERY long time, maybe even up to a year. It does NOT mean we are closed however! Art and RPs are still welcome to keep your dogs active and friendships brewing among members!Home page redesign
I want to get DoCC back to Super Group status so we can set up a very eye-pleasing homepage- complete with graphics, drawings and backgrounds. Even though I love all the effort people put into the current page dolls, I will remove them. The reason- I want everything neat and looking like it belongs. For example, any art-work on the front page will be done by one artist. (I may undergo this task myself or, if I sell any commissions, I'll use money to commission a more skilled artist to create the set up.
On the home page I was also thinking of doing "character of the month" and "member of the month". This way, people and characters can get more recognition and feel as if they were noticed for being an active and loyal member.
Journals will all have their own unique skin I will either make myself (with help from someone who know coding) or commission a more skilled artist. This way it matches the changes to the home page. These different journal skins will each embody a certain subject.Journals and Ranks
Ranks will be changed drastically, but don't worry too much. What I plan on doing is making less ranks and forming them to be much more simple- for example: Police Dogs as a rank and Entertainers as a rank. This is just for consolidating members and characters. What will be an option is SUB-RANKS. This will allow the creator to give their character a more defined rank. Examples- Police Dog: Officer, Police Dog: CSI, Police Dog: Technical Analyst. Entertainer: Stripper, Entertainer: Piano Player, Entertainer: DJ, Entertainer: Showgirl/Showboy. This was, during activity checks, it will be much easier for admins to write out the prompts.
The journals themselves will be completely redesigned- a longer history on the founding of Celious, updated rules and restrictions, better written for better understanding, new currency rules, ect.Events, Activity Checks and Fun Stuff
I plan on making things MUCH better and more engaging. This is my very first group I've created and ran as top admin so of course I made a few mistakes and learned some things didn't work out so well. For example, this past 'group plot' I tried fell on its face. However I plan to clear this up.
A Group Skype chat will be made for all members. Here you can discuss all things DoCC related. And for Admins alone I will create another group chat for us, making it much easier to work together on managing the group.
I recall my past Autumn Festival events were a pretty big success, so I'll bring it back, but updated with more to do. It will also be a seasonal thing- one big fest for Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Now between big festivals we will also have other fun prompts- a monthly meme to fill out, raffles and give-aways, special 'quests' for characters to earn points that can help with getting them things from the 'store' (this will become more clear when these quests are put into play), and much more. Not only will I make it so people will win virtual items such as points and money for a character, but members can get a chance to win DA points or even real cash and real-life prizes! (Note: the real life prizes can only be for people who are fine with giving me their address so items can be sent via mail/UPS/ect.
The DoCC app will get a whole new make-over! It will also include some add-ons that will let your character earn what I call "badges". They will be pixilated icons created and given to a character via comments on their app sheet. These badges will be proof that characters have reached certain goals, have participated in certain events, and more. Plus the more badges a character wins, the more benefits they can get.Miscellaneous and Others
I plan on adding many new resources to the group's gallery (as well as re-organizing the folders) that include a detailed map of Celious Island, a list of NPCs, special uniforms for certain jobs (police, firefighters, army, ect), and more do-dads~So far this is all I have, but I will update this journal with more ideas when they come to me. Go ahead and comment on whether you think these changes are a good or bad thing. Feel free to post some ideas you may have as well to get this group back on its feet!