I am not a role-player, nor am I a Chaucer scholar. But this sounded like fun.
Here are some ideas I've had on how to run things. Your suggestions/feedback are more than welcome, because I really have no idea what I'm doing.
The idea is to create a Livejournal account for a Chaucer pilgrim and post as that character. Character requests will basically come on a first-come, first-served basis. If more than one person initially wants the same character, there will have to be some sort of showdown or something. My only request is that important/popular characters go to people who will #1 post/comment regularly and #2 not suck (a.k.a. be interesting/engaging/entertaining and somewhat true to the character). If someone gets bored or is AWOL we can always reassign characters. Oh, and I figured that as maintainer of this community it would make sense for me to be the Host, ja?
The original idea for this community came from my ponderings of "what if Chaucer's pilgrims had Livejournals?" so I'm thinking modern English with a little Middle English thrown in for fun if the poster wishes. Hell, if it makes sense for a certain character to trash-talk in chatroom speech, so be it.
I'm no layout guru. If someone knows of a tapistry image we could use as a background, that would be cool. If someone gets bored and likes to make icons, it'd be cool to make up some icons for fellow characters. Oh, and we need a community icon! I'll make one myself if no one else does but I'll bet someone else could make something prettier.
Reply to this post with suggestions and character claims! archaist laid an early claim to the Clerk.
P.S. This community does not have open membership, but does have open commenting, so non-players can interact with the characters in the comments. If someone has a better idea please let me know :)
P.P.S. Tell all your geeky friends about this place!
A necessity for a humerous community! Maybe we'll even be able to find you a few nuns, so they can jump to your defense whenever someone makes fun of you :)
Anyways, go ahead and create a journal for her and apply for membership to the community. Once we have a handful of pilgrims, I'll make an introductory Host post, and the fun shall begin!
Thanks for your interest! I hope this will be lots of fun!
Further note: while reading the descriptions in the portrait link below, I noticed that the Prioress is accompanied by 3 priests and a nun. So if you decide to assign me to the nun's role (please please!) 3 priests will still be needed. :)
Hey there, another suggestion:
I like what you've done with the user information, but you might mention usernames next to the "taken" characters (the prioress, the host, and the clerk), just as a way of organizing which roles are available.
Portraits, for anyone interested in making icons:
I've already sent an e-mail, but it seems like this is the entry in which to officially lay claim to characters. I'm submitting my bid for the Cook and the Pardoner...we'll see whether I can maintain them both, but in the meantime, it should be interesting.
Besides, the Cook passes out drunk a lot, so he's probably going to be easy enough to handle...