State of The Tavern - God, I Need a Drink - Discord & More
Pexx and I sat down today to discuss all things Tavern. For those that don't know, Pexx is my right-hand man on The Tenkar's Tavern's Discord Server since we merged the Frog God Games Server into it, and he's probably the best thing to happen to it, and The Tavern in general, since we opened up our doors many moons ago.
We talked for two hours. Two VERY productive hours (and we left with even more to discuss in two weeks.) Some changes you will see in the coming days, weeks, and months were probably initiated today. Some quick highlights:
We've merged the Publishers Group and the Content Creators Group on The Tavern's Discord Server into a single new group - Designers & Makers. If you publish, create, blog, podcast, vidcast, etc in our corner of the hobby, this is where you can snag your own channel for announcements and discussion of your creations. If you have a channel already, please, use it. It is there for you. If you don't yet have a channel, message Pexx or myself on Discord and we'll be happy to set you up. We currently have 29 channels in the Designers & Makers Group and are always happy to add more.
I've rejiggered the goals on the Tenkar's Tavern Patreon, which currently has 47 patrons. At 50 patrons, we add a monthly, off hours, Tavern Chat for our overseas community. This would probably be in the AM here on the East Coast, so the evening on the flip side of the world. Almost there.
Pexx and I will organize a virtual gaming con (TenCon?) once we hit 75 patrons (it was 150, and that was simply too far off). We'll use The Tavern's Discord Server to host voice & chat, and probably use Roll20 and of Fantasy Grounds for the VTTs. Add in some panels and "Ask Me Anything" and all you'll be missing is the unwashed masses. It's closer than you think ;)
We plan on hosting more interviews for The Tavern Chat Podcast, using a voice channel (for listening live) and a text channel (for commenting live) on the Discord Server, preferably in the evening hours, to make it more accessible to the majority of the community.
On a side note, I'm going to look into uploading The Tavern Chat Podcast onto YouTube. It should lead to more visibility (doh) and it would allow the use of automatic closed captioning. It won't be perfect, but for those with hearing disabilities, it should help them access the podcast material.
We discussed A LOT MORE. It was, after all, a two-hour discussion. This is stuff that is of the more immediate nature. We are sneaking up on 1,100 members and we want to make sure the community is not just engaged but listened to. I'll touch on that with a later update.
Oh, we are considering adding a few moderators to the mix on The Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. If you are active in the Discord side of the community and wish to help out, reach out to Pexx or me on Discord.
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