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Arelith Promotional Drive

Post by Irongron » Sun May 27, 2018 10:13 pm

As players who were with us in the years before EE was launched may remember, we invited our members to help promote Arelith beyond the NWN community, during a time in which we saw Arelith continue to grow despite the age of Neverwinter Nights.

While donations certainly help with this, we really have something better – a community of players and fans spanning much of the globe. It has always been their efforts, far more than our own, that have helped ‘spread the word of Arelith’

Right now we’re seeing record numbers during peak time play, though many of us feel that there are many others who would greatly enjoy what we offer...if only they had heard of us.

With help from the Loadscreen Project we’ve updated the Promotional Slate, found on the server Promote Page while the flyers and postcards submitted by Artos remain excellent.

Beyond the above I would say a few things, that perhaps may answer questions some members may have about this.

First and foremost is that I really do not wish to promote Arelith at the expense of other servers, or among their own communities. Many of these offer something important that we cannot, and I really feel that our own players really benefit from the choice that they offer. I believe that by promoting Arelith we also promote those, as having tried Arelith many may find another option that fits their style of play elsewhere.

Next Is the question of why I would even wish to expand Arelith yet further, after all, we are currently in an extremely healthy position and are sometime hitting the current cap on the Cities & Planes server.

The answer to this is that we are still experiencing a surge in interest that came with the release of the Enhanced Edition, but that’s unlikely to continue indefinitely. Especially during the ‘quiet hours’ there is still plenty of space to fill with Arelith. As a player I greatly enjoy the presence of a diverse range of characters, and as a developer I find that we attract more talent, and more importantly it opens up the possibilities of other more extensive updates, such as the second city that remains in development until such a time as I feel the size of community warrants it.

Ultimately though...it is that there may not be a better time for us to make this effort than now. EE is new, Arelith has been featured in a few media articles, and we currently have more players to help us do this than ever before.

So we appreciate any efforts to help promote Arelith, but players shouldn't feel obligated. Even if not – purely by being here and enjoying the game you’re the ones behind making Arelith what it is.


Thanks for listening,

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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by Swords to Rust » Mon May 28, 2018 10:58 am

While the fliers are very nice looking, its just not true that Arelith is "free to play". I would be a bit hesistant handing those out since it might give people the wrong expectations since they actually have to buy Neverwinter Nights. If possible, I'd consider updating them and mention that Arelith is a Neverwinter Nights persistent world.

The new promotional site is really cool though!

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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by Irongron » Mon May 28, 2018 11:46 am

Swords to Rust wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 10:58 am
While the fliers are very nice looking, its just not true that Arelith is "free to play". I would be a bit hesistant handing those out since it might give people the wrong expectations since they actually have to buy Neverwinter Nights. If possible, I'd consider updating them and mention that Arelith is a Neverwinter Nights persistent world.

The new promotional site is really cool though!
The flyers themselves were not recently updated, and were made when NWN was extremely cheap. I do take your point though, thought thankfully not flyers all do say 'Free to Play' so they at least could be used if changing the others isn't possible (though will look into it)

The promotional slate has been updated though, and well worth looking at if one hasn't already.

I must admit I do prefer physical promotion where possible though as I do think given how spread out our players we could feasibly cover a great many RPG shops and groups.

As with the previous promotion push I'm also especially keen for us to reach people in the traditionally quiet time zones (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore etc). Even just reaching a handful of D&D players in those regions would make a big difference in those hours when we tend to drop to around 60-70 player online.

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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by TimeAdept » Mon May 28, 2018 6:01 pm

Oh heck I hadn't seen the Astrolabe art yet that is killer af

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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by Irongron » Mon May 28, 2018 8:36 pm

I was advised we should have a Twitter account, something I'd been meaning to do for a while. There is an old one from some years ago, but we've started afresh.

I'll try to keep it up to date with articles from the news feed, teasers of new content, and related NWN and DnD articles

https://twitter.com/AArelith

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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by Miskol » Mon May 28, 2018 11:06 pm

The "Visit Baator" poster seems to have a Balor and takes place in the abyss instead...
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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by Ebonstar » Tue May 29, 2018 1:39 am

Miskol wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 11:06 pm
The "Visit Baator" poster seems to have a Balor and takes place in the abyss instead...
bloodwars balors and pit fiends in the wastelands of the Bastion
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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by Senshi » Tue May 29, 2018 4:47 pm

Hey..

I'm from ACT Australia.

I'd be happy to hand out flyers to local board game and table top shops or put up some posters around town if it helps.

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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by Shrouds_Abyss » Wed May 30, 2018 8:26 pm

I've already started to send out tweets on my Twitter to try and spread the word. Not sure how much good it's going to do, as mostly everyone seems to be exited for strictly Battle Royale crap that's going on or releasing soon.. but I'll keep posting every so often to try and get the word out!

Besides.. we all know that there's people out there, who secretly wish they could rule an island, or save a group of refugees. Arelith will let me do that.. providing they put that work in, yo.
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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by Irongron » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:28 pm

Senshi wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 4:47 pm
Hey..

I'm from ACT Australia.

I'd be happy to hand out flyers to local board game and table top shops or put up some posters around town if it helps.

Cheers.
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Wed May 30, 2018 8:26 pm
I've already started to send out tweets on my Twitter to try and spread the word. Not sure how much good it's going to do, as mostly everyone seems to be exited for strictly Battle Royale crap that's going on or releasing soon.. but I'll keep posting every so often to try and get the word out!

Besides.. we all know that there's people out there, who secretly wish they could rule an island, or save a group of refugees. Arelith will let me do that.. providing they put that work in, yo.
This is great, my thanks to you both.

Now we have the increased player cap the sky is the limit really. I am sure there are many more people out there that would enjoy Arelith, and I believe if we make a group effort here the effect may soon snowball.

There are plenty of ways to promote Arelith. Be it recommending it to friends/gaming groups, contacting RPG groups & websites to spread flyers, or simply using social media.

I am definitely open to hearing other suggestions if any players have them. I do think at very least subscribing and sharing posts from our Twitter feed will definitely help.

I doubt of course we'll approach our current cap of 750 players, but I'm ready to be proven wrong!

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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by Senshi » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:28 pm

If there is any Flyers you have made, feel free to send them to me. Ill print em out and get them out there.

If i can help increase the AUS player base then i will.
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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by Irongron » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:05 am

Senshi wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:28 pm
If there is any Flyers you have made, feel free to send them to me. Ill print em out and get them out there.

If i can help increase the AUS player base then i will.
The original post on this thread links to our promote page (seen at the bottom of the home page) which has flyers there ready to use.

Personally I would suggest this one.

And that would be fantastic yes, I don't think anything beats physical promotion.

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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by thelonesomedwarf » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:37 pm

Maybe this is the wrong place to post this but...

I have played nwn rp modules from back when the original game launched. I stopped playing for maybe 7-8 years. Obviously a lot changed in that time. When EE was released i was incredibly excited to read about Arelith and jump back in.

As a newcomer who organically arrived here without advertisement, I must say the regulars are not exactly welcoming. It all feels very "cliquey". And the coldness does not feel like role playing, it feels quite ooc...flat out ignoring things I say in game, or giving the bare minimum back no matter how much effort I put into my role playing. And I would say compared to what i've seen so far I consider myself one of the better role players on the server.

Anyway, if the idea is to get more new players involved, I think an important first step is to be more inclusive. The second I left Skal I feel like all my relationships with other PC's ended.

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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive - 2018!

Post by Senshi » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:04 am

Hello,

I have had a busy day today. Walking all over the central ACT Australia popping up posters and handing out flyers.

Ive put below my progress so far.

So it begins... 15 Posters, 100 flyers..
http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... oyw3rz.jpg

I decided to hit up the central city area. I walked around the high traffic areas like the "City walk" and The Central bus interchange. They have poster poles (i guess you could call them that..) that i used to Have maximum visibility.

http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... 1529045458
http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... 1529045456
http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... 1529045455
http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... pfobfk.jpg


And then i hit the city shops i knew would have a interest. I dropped in to the "Games Capital" And they took 20 flyers and 1 poster. They told me they would have to check with the manager before they put it up. So that shops a maybe..

And then i went to Revolution CD a Game trade and pop culture shop. They were happy to put the poster up for a limited time. I also had quite a few people asking me about it. I handed out a few flyers to the interested party's.

http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... 1529045457


And then.. The big one.. The Australian National University.. Dun Dun DUUUUNNNNN.. I hit every high traffic poster board in the uni.
http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... 1529045453
http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... 1529045451
http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... 1529045452
http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... 1529045449
http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... 1529045448
http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t37 ... 9bpcmb.jpg

i still have about 50 flyers left.. Not sure what to do with them.. Maybe pop em in letter boxes in apartments around the uni..

And thats my day.. Now to play :D
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Post by Diegovog » Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:48 pm

Trying to convince some friends to play Arelith. Does anyone have a good screenshot of the Paladin Cave in the Radiant Heart?

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Re: Arelith Promotional Drive

Post by Irongron » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:12 am

I think its time to ressurect this thread, especially for new players who may not have seen it.

Arelith heavily relies on the players themselves to promote the server, and both before and after EE this has made a great difference in increasing our reach. Please read above for details on how one can help.

While overall player numbers remain strong on Arelith (and overall have grown), I am once again concerned about our 'off-peak time zones'. It is still my hope that we can one day establish a large player base in those countries, where we frequently drop below 75 players.

Players from such time zones Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia could really help make this a reality.

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