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05 May 2010 @ 01:10 pm
Time to start it back up - Part One, The VWF  
Welcome back to the blog, me.

I took a break from this for a while. Mostly it had to do with my current term kicking my ass, but also it had a lot to do with my expanding commitments in the e-fedding world. Some of that has changed, some hasn’t. BUT – I’ve had a few topic swirling around my mind lately, enough that I thought I’d put a blog up.

A couple things I’ll touch on in the next few posts:

A. My time in VWF - I promised to talk about this once my run was over. I’ve taken my leave of the place so I’ll go into my experiences there.

B. Sin City Showdown – For those who don’t know, this was the joint show that was put together by my own fed, Empire Pro Wrestling and originally WFW:NE, which later became the separate NGEN and NEW Era.

C. Black Dawn – which EPW is now in the process of roleplay for.

First thing’s first – the VWF, or Viking Wrestling Federation.

My involvement with VWF mostly came about due to some interaction with TripleB on the Torch forums. Although he seemed to get in arguments with very good friends of mine, I have this weird tendency to seek out people who I may not agree with and find out for myself if they are truly insane, or perfectly reasonable but with differing opinions. Quite a few people in e-fedding are truly insane, you see. TripleB… Brad being his real name (I’ll feel stupid if I got that wrong), seemed decent enough though. Through chit chat he seemed to have a fairly decent head on his shoulders and had good thoughts and ideas on e-fedding in general. I was looking to branch out of my usual stomping grounds a little bit, so I deciding his VWF would be where that branching took place.

I can’t say enough good things about the man himself.

He’s a very level headed guy and knows his stuff. He’s also super involved in tons of e-fedding related activities across several communities, which is impressive.

I wish that I could say as many nice things about the fed itself though.

Honestly, it confounds me a little bit. As smart a guy as he is and as much as I like the guy, I don’t think I came across a roleplayer in the fed that I thought was any better than “decent”. There were a lot of little things in roleplay that just shouldn’t be happening in a respectable fed. Things like using random celebrities to put your character over and massive grammatical and spelling errors, and that's being kind. I don't expect perfect spelling, but some of this was egregious.

The people who wrote the roleplay, however… again, couldn’t have been nicer.

This is why I think I stayed around like I did instead of running for the hills immediately, as a friend of mine suggested. The OOC community in VWF is very welcoming and friendly. They were cool to an outsider and I received compliments a few times in private messaging on what I was writing. But ultimately, it didn’t feel very challenging to “compete” there. I could have stayed and worked with people in a non-competitive fashion and have a decent enough time I think.

The cardwriting also wasn’t the best in the world. A show in particular we waited quite a while on, and the match I was in was about a ten line writeup – and not a very good one.

In the end, I can’t say that I’d recommend VWF really. I wouldn’t go out of my way to bash it though either. It reminds me a lot of what e-feds were in the circle I came up in about a decade ago. It seemed simpler and very no frills. The pic bases I hate, and think makes the whole thing look very amateurish. To me it feels pretty ridiculous to be reading a roleplay and the dude has the freakin’ actor who plays Sawyer on Lost as a representation of who he is, or AJ Styles, or Christian or whatever. It’s just dumb, in my opinion.

So yeah – that was my experience. Some may think I’m crazy, but I could see myself going back someday just because it’s a nice place to roleplay despite what I see as not-so-challenging writing. But it wouldn’t be my top fed. I couldn’t see it as the one where my primary stuff is done. If I had to "compete" there and take it too seriously, I would go insane I think.

Next post – on to Sin City Showdown…
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on May 6th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Potential for wackiness
Regarding the lack of competition, I think you need it to truly enjoy a fed long term. That said, I could see the appeal in joining a fed and totally going off your rocker, doing things so ridiculous you'd look utterly foolish trying it in a FW fed. That would be fun and might even help you overall as going way outside the box might spawn a brilliant idea that actually works in FW.

Kevin
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