I've been here since early 2007, almost 4 long years ago. I began my journey in the RPG Maker forums, nearly exclusively, until one day Deliciously_Saucy started a catgirl thread, and I proceeded to make an avatar pack out of the images found within. This marked my first real contribution and involvement in the community as a whole. Since then, I've posted several game projects, won a few awards, made 7,784 (7,785 after this) posts, and risen the ranks from lowly newbie leech to the prestigious administrator position. There has been plenty of drama, fun, and flaming the whole time, and I'm still around. Enough about me.
But some new members come, and then leave. Usually this marks a burst in activity and interest, usually in the sewers, or sometimes in a project thread. I have decided to take the time to compile a list of behavior patterns that I've observed repeatedly after having spent so much time here. Hopefully, you will recognize some, see members who exhibit signs of them, and remember them from the past.
Keep in mind that patterns are not mutually exclusive, and some members take all or parts of multiple behavior archetypes. Such is the human condition.
Behavior Patterns:The Contributor
qualifies as a member who focuses on RPG Maker, sometimes with complete ignorance of the General Boards. This member signs up, sometimes neglecting an introduction, and gets right to posting topics, giving to the community during, or even before asking for something in return. They are usually on multiple forums, spreading their goodwill across the RPG Maker scene. They also have big-name projects that many have heard of, and serve to usher in new members. These members are the threads that bind together the communities, as they tend to link back and forth, and flaunt their expertise by finding obscure resources from different sites that nobody has heard of before. The Contributor
often sticks around to be come one of The Veterans
as they age and grow weary of hobbyist game engines, though many still use RPG Maker from time to time; usually for competitions.
- Motivated RPG Maker User
- Contributes in some way, Graphically, Scripting, Eventing, etc...
- Tends to assist new users
- Uses Google
Examples include: The Shadow
The Lurker (a.k.a. The Sneaky Snooper)
who may also be one of The Lurkers
tends to post requests in quick succession for a project they have either posted very sparse information about, or none at all. They almost exclusively have near no posts unrelated to requests, and nearly never give anything significant back to the community. More often than not, their projects remain incomplete, and they do not stay around very long. Furthermore, the game ideas are usually thin and two dimensional (no pun intended). The Leech tends to have mediocre RPG Maker skills at best. Sometimes The Leech
evolves into The Brat
after The Veterans
begin their work.
- Flighty, unable to finish a project
- Very few posts with real substance
- Does NOT use Google
Examples include: Mad Klown
, Mr Moo
is a large userbase that likely has not registered or posted at all. Little is known about The Lurker
save the group's fascination with Child Porn. The Lurker
may be an anonymously logged in member, or simply a Google Web-sifter doing its routine page ranking. Without details to go on, the only real behavioral pattern The Lurker
exhibits is a lack of posting. The Lurker
is often a member of the archetype, The Leech
due to their tendency to take without returning anything. Sometimes, The Lurker
will create an account and reveal itself as being a member of the other archetype(s) entirely.
- Does not post
- May not even have an account
- Might be a robot?
Examples include: Everyone who's never registered or posted
are a group of lesser-known users, though they make up the largest body of the population. They borrow characteristics from both The Leech
and The Lurker
but more often than not they contribute sparsely, and have short life-spans. The moment one of The Nameless
becomes recognized by the community, 90% of the time it evolves into one of the other behavior archetypes though interaction with The Veterans
- Mostly silent, though active.
- Does not contribute much
- Might be a hidden talent or Crouching Tiger hidden Veteran
- Likely will not stick around long
Examples include: Mr_Wiggles
s are most often than not members who originally signed up for RPG Maker, and grew out of it, sticking around to hang out with the other Veterans
. They are likely in the Extra Access
, RPG Maker Advanced+
usergroup(s), or are on Staff. The Veteran
is a thick-skinned and savvy internet user who has survived many a flame war with their personality intact. They have bouts of inactivity, but are most often the most active participants in community events and the General section of the forums. Many of The Veterans
hang out in the RMRK Community (not RPG Maker help) IRC channel. The channel is often filled with self-masturbatory ego-centric circle jerks, and many of the lesser-known members, especially The Nameless
are often ridiculed mercilessly upon entering (usually for demanding RPG Maker help, or generally exhibiting behavior that The Veterans
find annoying.) The Veterans
are both the most and least mature archetype, and pride themselves on their demonstrations and psychological warring against 'lesser' archetypes. Whether this be due to boredom or some sense of superiority is not yet confirmed.
- Long active membership
- Not much RPG Maker interest or activity
- Thick-skinned, able to take jokes
- Volitile, quick to start forum wars
Examples include: Roph
is a simple archetype. They are always immature, demanding instant gratification or praise for their work, and are always extremely vocal. They cry for attention constantly, and when they are criticized or told to be quiet, they throw an even larger tantrum. Some of The Brats
"leave" multiple times, sticking around to see what people say in their "I'm better off without you, so I'm quitting RMRK" topics long enough to get angrier and fuel the forum war longer. The Brat
is The Veteran
's easiest and most enjoyed target. The Brat
almost always starts as a sub-par RPG Maker user, or one of The Nameless
, but a choice few have been successful active members before devolving into The Brat
- Prone to quick rage
Examples include: boxxy
is arguably the least mature archetype, and borrows from many of the above archetypes, but dumbing things down and making the characteristics colored by immaturity. They most often do not understand basic English grammar, be it from having English as a second language (forgivable in this case) or simply being plain ignorant of it (unforgivable). The Child
makes dumb jokes, and uses tons of emoticons, and tends to try and fit in with The Veterans
through use of self-depreciating humor or dramatic antics and non-sequitor. The Veterans
often spurn The Child
and it is their second most preferred target. They are often mistaken for being far younger than they actually are, leading to the grand reveal of their true age to be disbelieved by the majority of members. This immaturity is theorized to be caused by the lack of true identity, and thus lack of tangible consequence on the internet. The Child
is often totally ignorant of the community backlash to their antics, and think that they are liked when they are deeply loathed, attempting to use their childishness to assimilate into the community as some sort of comedic relief. Some seem to be aware of the dislike, though unable or unwilling to change their immature ways, and continue to post as they were; perhaps out of spite.
- Often grammatically ignorant
- Likes :[hearty laughter]:
- Makes childish jokes
- Mentally younger by years than their physical age
Examples include: FairlyZ
The White Knight
shows up and is active, exhibiting signs of The Contributor
, however once the Poster Board is available, they attempt to get traffic to their own Clone Community. Most of the times, it is an InvisionFree or Proboards forum on shoddy hosting, and has zero real active members. Often, The Wannabe
will offer staff positions to people who sign up, banking on using the advertisement and opportunity to control a small spit of cyberspace as fuel to drive traffic into their site. These sites have short lifetimes, and The Wannabe
is often told preemptively that their site is saturating an already oversaturated niche, but to no results, leading to a Self-fulfilling prophecy.
- Runs their own forum
- Flaunts it
- Shortsighted and flighty
Examples include: Mad Klown
The White Knight
is another fairly straightforward archetype. Sometimes also known as a "Member Moderator", they seat themselves upon a moral high-horse and try to impose their views on everyone around them. Most become hypocritical, and easy targets for drama and dissection by The Veterans
, they often like to criticize the forum staff, attempting to tell them how their own forum should be run. Almost always, a White Knight
will also be a Brat
and further devolve, upon their ego remaining insulted, into The Damned
. The White Knight
may also become The Repentant
but this is rare. They are often extremely cynical, black-and-white, and shortsighted.
- Cyncal or Rude
- Feels they embody a driving force for some "Greater Good"
- Believes themselves superior to any who disagree (often implied through their speech)
- Insatiable Drama-Whores
Examples include: BDMarvel
always start as an archetype that is prone to some form of drama, be it The Brat
or The Child
. This group is the second that a drama-monger might fall into after the war ends (the other simply being one of The Damned
or devolving into The Lurker
) The Repentant
attempts to apologize for their actions, claiming they've turned over a new leaf and changed their ways. 90% of the time this is a flat out lie, as The Repentant
has a short-lived time of low-activity as they try to re-assimilate themselves into the community, before starting their shit all over again; though some are truly changed, and adopt a new archetype accordingly. Many tend to push their apology too hard, leading to more drama, and most often a continuation of the flame war. The Repentant
are most likely to become either The Damned
or return to be The Lurker
or The Inactive
depending on the circumstances surrounding their departure.
- Convicted of earlier drama
- Loads of apologies
- Often tries to justify their previous issues
Examples include: Kaboth
are members who have quietly descended into inactivity, either through quitting to further their real lives, or from losing interest in the community. Many of The Veterans
become The Inactive
over time, and it usually ends with much sadness. The Inactive
contain some of the most missed members of RMRK.
- No longer here
- Quiet or Sad departure
Examples include: Kitten
go out in an explosion of flame. Usually upon becoming The Repentant
or simply skipping the apology phase and going straight to the ending, one of the more drama-centric archetypes will reach critical mass from the ridicule and flaming from The Veterans
among others, and will enter blaze mode. This is a high-point in the lifetime of The Damned
where they get more attention than anything else on the forum at all. After a large climactic flame war, The Damned
are often banned outright, being snuffed out by the Staff to quell the unrest across the boards. Like the final life cycle of a star, The Damned
are no more.
- Entirely focuses on drama, often spreading it outside the thread where it originated
- Never last long, usually due to Staff intervention
- Never liked during this stage of life.
- Sometimes might be an old liked member or Veteran prior to blazemode
Examples included: Animefan (sometimes)
If I have missed any, or you feel that some of these archetypes are incomplete or incorrect, let me know. In any case, let this serve as a template. Most members fall under one of these categories. If you can identify them beforehand, have fun knowing what is to come.