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Wikipedia?[edit]

Has anyone here ever submitted an article for Wikipedia? I am trying to post one for the WFR, and have provided a plethora of links as references, but the mods said it was a tad too advertising-styled, and that I needed more credible resources than what I myself, or the Guild members created... I am unsure of how to deal with this, as having a Wikipedia article is an important part of making sure that we have spread ourselves around the web enough for people to find us.

Also, thank you to he-who-posted-new-campaign-settings. I wholeheartedly appreciate the help, and welcome every new member to the WFR with open arms.

All new and incoming members, please remember to leave a comment at the bottom of the following page: http://elftown.com/_WFR%20Application%20Page

Thanks, everyone! -- xido 20:20, 11 November 2007 (MST)

Update:
The Wikipedia article page is continuously getting declined and removed. I have decided to list it simply on the disambiguation page for 'WFR', and post referenced sources, like this page, where I will feature the content of the article. -- xido 23:57, 18 November 2007 (MST)
I don't think Wikipedia will delete it if has some good references saying that it is a serious thing. If you really want it on Wikipedia then you should reference a non-facebook, non-D&D Wiki, and non-elftown reference that talks about it. --Green Dragon 14:56, 25 November 2007 (MST)
That could be difficult, since we are only just now expanding beyond the boundaries of Elftown. We will see what happens in the future. For now, I will host my info here, and we will deal with the Wikipedia issue in future dealings. Thanks for the input. I wholeheartedly appreciate it, GD. -- xido 16:05, 25 November 2007 (MST)
No problem. However, as soon as more references to WFR are created you really should try to make it on Wikipedia again :). --Green Dragon 22:57, 26 November 2007 (MST)
The only reference I can think of that I used, that was not a part of one of these above sites would be my RPGA number, and the RPGA login site... How can I tweak this to be a non-partisan resource? -- xido 15:44, 2 December 2007 (MST)
Well, if it really is a partisan thing then it should not be on Wikipedia (see their guidelines for content). They have strict rules on things that are allowed. --Green Dragon 20:23, 2 December 2007 (MST)


Wikipedia Entry Draft (Since they can't simply leave it alone)[edit]

Working Article: WFR (disambiguation) / Wiki Fiction Roleplayers Guild[edit]

Redirect from WFR Guild, Wiki Fiction Roleplay, Wiki Fiction Roleplayers, Elftown RPG Guild

Add/edit pages: WFR Local Chapter, RPG Guild, Gaming Guild, Fiction Guild, WFR (dis.), Elfwood, RPG Groups, RPG, Gaming/Games, Fiction, Fiction Groups, Guild, Modern Guilds



Intro[edit]

The Wiki Fiction Roleplayers' Guild (or WFR[1] [2]) is an interactive online group formed by independent members of the Elftown community for role-players, gamers, and fiction fans.

The Guild was originally formed to satisfy a need in the Elftown wiki-pages for professional and upstanding RPGs and creative writing activities, but now finds itself hosting relevant content and discussions for artists and creative people of all backgrounds. Decided by Guild Moderators in summer of 2007, the group has begun branching onto such sites as D&D Wiki, Facebook, and locally in the form of WFR Guild Chapters (Baton Rouge Local Chapter coming in 2008). These changes consist of actions based on the choice to become a public entity, which people could join, regardless of their membership in other communities or online sites.

The goals of the Guild include networking creative and talented gamers and fiction-lovers, as well as providing free information and public forums on appropriate subjects to gaming and campaign-creation of all forms. Through meetings hosted in Local Chapters and recorded via web technologies, the Guild seeks to provide discussions and information on varied topics through the Elftown wiki-page medium, where the Guild officially operates in its central community pages.

Online, the Guild forms an international union of talented members in all genres of fiction gaming and creative writing, and works in connection with RPGA [3] standards and methods. Along with cooperating with other organizations, the WFR Guild seeks to change the way in which players, gamers, and fiction lovers network and discuss relevant topics to the fiction genres. By employing technology and web hosting techniques, the Guild continually renovates the way in which its members work for the greater good of all people's appreciation of the fiction genres and related design branches.

The Guild is currently led by xidoraven [4] (Dec. 2007) as well as its self-motivated volunteer moderators and organizers. xido is a Herald-level Game Moderator of the RPGA [5], and continues to renovate the Guild membership to mirror that of the public organization led by Wizards of the Coast, under the direction of Hasbro. Other Guild Members have also sought RPGA status and membership since recent renovations in methods.


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History of the Guild (add quote from original page versions)[edit]

The WFR was first created in 2003 on Elftown [6] by its original creator, an Elftown user named Maedilynn [7] under the heading of the "Wiki Fantasy Roleplay". Self-proclaimed as a "quote", it was one of the first movements in the Elftown community to accrue talent in the gaming community in the name of coming together and creating a cooperative world / game setting.

It was inherited in that very same year by xido, and was immediately put to the task of being renovated for a professional look and networking capabilities between members of Elftown.

The Guild was founded on free-form, non-methodological role-playing in an advanced wiki format, but with due time has seen updates that include the involvement and orientation of RPG gaming systems like the d20 system by Wizards of the Coast [8], and creative free-form language-based challenges and activities.

The Guild continues to be led by its Head Master and Primary Guild organizer, xido [9], along with its many talented and creative members [10].

Between 2003 and 2005, a huge boom in membership required that the Guild Moderators re-examine how they would like the Guild to be run, and continuing goals and methods. Since 2005, the Guild has been under continuous renovations to satisfy this need. Pages were formatted and compiled for finalizations, and Guild Moderators worked steadily to finish off the projects. When it was seen that making this change only within the Elftown community, it did not immediately raise awareness of the Guild's central tenets, the Guild began re-examining how best to operate on the web. Between 2004 and 2006, other sites were researched, and membership gained in various online communities to best understand the gaming and fiction fan communities. In 2007, it was decided that the Guild should operate in more than simply the Elftown boundaries, and while exporting pages, lead moderators put other sites into play, utilizing previous wiki experience and pseudo-html, along with a creativity spawned across multiple online host sites.

Now focusing on the elements of gaming, storylines, and the fiction genres, the Guild hopes to host semi-professional meetings using online web hosting technologies to provide free and helpful information for those willing to take their love of the game to the next level.

In 2005-06, all Moderators were named and included on official Guild pages, and the WFR Guild Knights were created in order to uphold the sanctity and reputation of the Guild despite any potential setbacks. In 2006, artists within the Guild ranks and heavily motivated volunteer Guild Moderators expanded the group's influence into all art forms, continuing the semi-professional stance of the original literary arts aspect. Because multimedia students comprise a significant portion of the Guild's talent, it was recognized early on that no art form could be left untapped.

Beginning in October of 2007, the Guild made the difficult decision to allow non-Elftown members to its ranks. Basing its composition upon the flexible RPG material by D&D under the OGL Content, it now hosts games, storylines, and media of all forms and genres, and welcomes new members from all walks of life who are interested in being a part of a truly talented and creative online network. The WFR renovates Guild Membership roles according to the original titles in Guilds of the medieval era. Along with the open Guest membership, Apprentices, Journeyers, and Masters now outline the ranks and roles of Guild Membership in accordance with the historic basis of Guild status.

WFR Guild Chapters now exist in the following additional locations, along with the original Elftown Chapter (Dec. 2007):

Goals and Methods[edit]

In 2006, the-roleplay-initiative [13] was created to help define the continuing and future goals of the first and official RPG and Creative Writing Guild of Elftown.com. With these goals in mind, the Guild continues evolving to meet its members' needs and wants, and also to help promote creative writing and conceptual arts of all forms, as well as a better understanding of how role-playing is fun, useful, effective, and educationally beneficial on average.

Focusing on developing its members' skills and creative talents, the Guild no longer focuses on simply RPGs (or Role-Playing Games), but has expanded into creative talent of all forms which would benefit a role-playing game, story-line, campaign setting, environment, network, or aspiring writers or fiction-oriented artists.

The Guild now accepts members from all over the internet, and all incoming members and/or inquiries should be posted comments on the openly-viewable WFR Application page [14] and WFR Library [15]. New applicants are advised to be creative in what they choose to submit as a representation of their skills, background, and artistic and gaming-related talents. Members from outside of Elftown are required to give their personal and/or professional email address for Guild Membership.


Members[edit]

The WFR Guild is a world-wide network of people, remains open to new members, and maintains an updated list of all current and previous members and their applicant characters and game/story-related submissions.

The WFR Guild Members List is available for viewing based from Elftown.com, xido's original and permanent home.

The full members lists:

* http://elftown.com/_WFR%20Guild%20Members
* http://xidoraven.googlepages.com/memberslist%282007%29


WFR Web Pages[edit]

Main portal pages[edit]

* http://elftown.com/_wfr - Elftown Public Page
** http://elftown.com/_Wiki%20Fiction%20Roleplay - Elftown Members page
* http://xidoraven.googlepages.com/wfrguild - WFR Guild Google Information Pages
* http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Wiki_Fiction_Roleplayers_Guild_%28DnD_Other%29 - D&D Wiki Guild Information Page

Full list of pages[edit]

* http://elftown.com/_WFR%20Guild%20Pages,%20Mods,%20&%20GMs


Projects and Guild concepts (add link to RRPG public page)[edit]

  • The Role-Players Council of Elftown.com and the RRPG [16] (Realm of Role-Playing Games) new site concept
  • the-roleplay-initiative
  • Public Expansion and Relations
  • Open Gaming Setting renovations
  • D&D Wiki / RPGA / WFR cooperation efforts
  • Publication and Marketing Strategies and Cooperations for Creative Members


Settings and Campaigns (add WFR non-Jashnian Member Settings/Games/Stories)[edit]

The primary open setting of the WFR's Fantasy segment is Jashnia [17] [18], a cooperatively created fiction world which hosts mainly fantasy and near-fantasy storylines and settings most like modern D&D text-based adventures. The Sci-Fi segment also occupies space in the "Jashnian Realm", which is located in the M-101 Galaxy, known internally as the "Jeriah Galaxy" [19]. Now committing information and research into other fiction genres, the Guild continues to pursue the furthest extent of its potential reach in the public forum for this niche in popular culture.

Jashnia was a setting concept created by Maedilynn before her departure from Elftown. It was originally conceived as a world without known limitations or boundaries outside of a local segment of "Vraisynn Empire" royalty, as played by its original members (Fall 2003). When xido arrived on the scene, he began to network and include other locations and lands, such as the Eastonia continent created cooperatively by he and N. Hudson [20], Zendelon by M. Batson [21], and TearRem [22] (which subsequently sank into the ocean when its creator left Elftown semi-permanently. Other continents, such as Lune [23], Horamont (the giant lands) [24], Tearra Réhm [25], the floating isle of Vxa [26] (pronounced "vzha" or "v'zhah", as one syllable), and many other world-specific locations. These lands accumulated until Jashnia had both a full historical timeline, as well as a detailed culture and setting elements rivaling even that of the famed Eberron and Greyhawk Campaign Settings.

Although there are also surrounding worlds, planes, realms, and distant cultures in the Jashnian Cosmology, Jashnia is chosen as the home of the WFR Guild Open Gaming Settings for the following reasons:

  • Jashnia is a cooperatively created, cooperatively run Guild Campaign Setting, as recognized on the WFR Games page [27].
  • Jashnia is the focus of a planar event known as the Epicene [28], which is the moment of a definitive change in campaign culture on this world, and in its neighboring worlds and realms.
  • Jashnia was not created by xido, but was developed after being proposed by Maedilynn at the Guild's initial creation in 2003.
  • Jashnia is wicked cool fun.
  • Jashnia hosts the campaign setting of the official plot hooks and story elements:

In addition to Guild-run Open Gaming Settings on Elftown, The WFR Guild also sponsors Open Game Setting locations in the Elftown Community for non-WFR members, such as the "Elftown Open Marketplace" and the "Elftown Water Fountain", which was the basis for an art contest in 2006 (the 'Elftown Water Fountain Design Contest', or "ETWFDC" [29]).

Despite D&D / d20 concepts becoming a core method system in the Guild's primary locations, many settings operate without any connection to D&D or the d20 Open Gaming License Content. Free-form text-based adventures and gaming concepts developed outside the d20 mechanics include the following:

  • ...

On D&D Wiki, several settings and campaign locations / story-lines have also volunteered to become a part of the Guild's continuing advancement, including the following:

Campaign Settings that allow all forms of D&D / d20 rules[edit]

Applying to the Guild and Member Benefits (needs editing, and WFR Library Author info page link)[edit]

To join as a primary player member, please read and comment on the WFR Application Page (see References below).

To join as a Game Moderator, Dungeon Master, Storyteller, Artist, Designer, or Organizer, please read the information on the WFR Application Page, and comment with your proposed activities on the WFR Library page (also, see References below).

RPGA Members, members of current locations of Local and Online Chapters, and experienced/talented people are given priority over first-time members. Age is not an issue, but as the WFR Guild deals with mature content sometimes, ages 16-18 are asked to join with caution and an open mindset, 19+ are welcome, and those below 15 years of age are asked to invite their parents to see the open web pages before considering applying as a new member. We are not discriminating, just letting you know that you cannot act like a jerk in our Guild. We do not tolerate immaturity of any kind. We have fun, but do not enjoy the company of those who can't handle reading the words, "death", "torture", "passion", "sex", "gender", "hermaphrodite", or any concept that the juvenile mind may find amusing to poke at.

Guild Members are networked with other creative and talented people through an international, multi-website Guild, and are given the chance to prove themselves to their peers and the world in a free-form, open-minded role-playing and creative writing environment. Along with hosting character pages online (for personal or openly-viewable purposes), creating campaign settings, indulging in the imagination, and developing new methods of interacting in an online creative community, the WFR includes some of the coolest people from all over the world. We welcome anyone from any background in gaming or creativity, and hope that together we will find new ways to have fun and meet other cool people like you and I. By role-playing, we develop what it is to be a person, what it is to write creatively and with proper grammar, and how to challenge the mind with new obstacles in an environment that doesn't lend itself to the dangers of the "real world" and its inherent challenges. Through developing and maintaining evolutionary cultures and campaign elements, we find the core of what life is really all about, through working with others and doing productive and useful deeds. The WFR Guild is all about its people, the members who have proven to themselves and others, and remains a member-driven organization of international proportions.

A major benefit of joining the Guild is the Critique. This is an inherent feature of being a member that begins at Application, and continues until a member finds their niche in the gaming and creative writing community. When a new player fills out their WFR Application (in the form of a character description), they receive a focused review of their word usage, writing style, and potential for corrections or updates. New members receive this "Critique" by any viewing members who see their application posting, so that they can understand how others see their content and information on the web, and over great distances. This is important because it allows a new member to think about their writing and creations from a different perspective, as well as getting input from others on their thoughts about the work. This is an invaluable trait to have in the working world, and the Guild understands that sometimes, in order to get better at what we do for a living requires getting better at what we do for fun. The Critique never truly ends, unless a member finds themselves amidst peers who consider them equal in skill or diversity, or they ask the other Guild Members politely to no longer critique them or their work. Guild Members remain open-minded to this ideal, and respect the wishes of others. A professional and mature mentality is maintained at all times, even when we laugh and make jokes. (edit this section)


How to join[edit]

The WFR Application Page (for players, gamers, new members, and questions/comments):

* http://elftown.com/_WFR%20Application%20Page

The WFR Library's Author Page:

* ...


Notes[edit]

The WFR's current language remains English, and its current Head Master only speaks English. Lead Moderators from various European countries are available for help in their native tongues if necessary. Translators are welcome, and should be able to work with a fluent English speaker and writer. Elftown also seeks to host international communities of speakers and writers of other languages, and the Guild always enjoys seeing new talent develop in writing of any form.

Because of recent renovations (11-5-2007), newly applying members are asked to remain patient while the Guild undergoes continuing reformation to accept and moderate new incoming members.


References:

  1. http://elftown.com/_wfr, WFR Elftown.com Public Page
  2. http://xidoraven.googlepages.com/wfrguild, WFR Guild Google Home Page
  3. http://www.wizards.com/RPGA, RPGA
  4. http://elftown.com/xido, xido's Elftown house
  5. http://www.wizards.com/rpga, Xidoraven's RPGA # 41135083
  6. http://elftown.com, Elftown.com
  7. http://elftown.com/maedilynn, K. Peters ET home page - non-exported
  8. http://www.wizards.com, Wizards of the Coast official online website and community
  9. http://xidoraven.googlepages.com/home, xido's Google Home page
  10. http://www.elftown.com/_wfr%20guild%20members, WFR Guild Members List
  11. http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Wiki_Fiction_Roleplayers_Guild_%28DnD_Other%29, WFR D&D Wiki Chapter
  12. http://aiuonline.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6025577803&ref=share, WFR Facebook Chapter
  13. http://www.elftown.com/_the-roleplay-initiative, the-roleplay-initiative on Elftown.com
  14. http://www.elftown.com/_WFR%20Application%20Page, WFR Application Pager
  15. http://www.elftown.com/_wfr%20library, WFR Library
  16. RRPG Elftown Public Page
  17. http://www.elftown.com?_jashnia, Jashnia Campaign Setting
  18. http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Jashnian_Cosmology_and_Worlds_%28DnD_Campaign_Setting%29, Jashnia Cosmology and Campaign Setting D&D (d20) Statistics
  19. http://elftown.com/_jeriah%20galaxy, Jeriah Galaxy - WFR Guild Open Game Setting
  20. http://www.elftown.com/_eastonia, Eastonia - fantasy continent of Jashnia (and a future outcome of the Labyrinthian Past Era reality created by N. Hudson
  21. http://www.elftown.com/_zendelon, Zendelon - fiction continent of Jashnia
  22. http://www.elftown.com/_TearRem, TearRem - fantasy non-exported sunken continent of Jashnia by Resiska
  23. http://www.elftown.com/_lune, Lune - fantasy continent of Jashnia, by Mathias IV
  24. http://www.elftown.com/_horamont, Horamont - fiction continent of Jashnia by xido and M. Batson
  25. http://www.elftown.com/_Tearra%20Réhm, Tearra Réhm - fiction continent of Jashnia by xido and Resiska
  26. http://www.elftown.com/_vxa, Vxa ("v'zhah") - fantasy island land by J. Berta and xido
  27. http://www.elftown.com/_wfr%20games, WFR Games page and continuing setting/game list
  28. http://www.elftown.com/_epicene, the Epicene - fantasy/fiction cosmological plotline event
  29. http://elftown.com/_elftown%20water%20fountain%20design%20contest, ETWFDC Home Page
  30. http://elftown.com/wiki.html?name=Realms%20of%20Lemire, Realms of Lemire Elftown.com wiki-page


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