In Convergence, there is almost always something going on or at least starting soon. It is our philosophy at Convergence that while sim-wide events run by staff are fun, they can be large, unwieldy, and lose players in their spam. So we will have some events run by staff, faction leaders, and storytellers. But we also highly encourage players to run events as well. Events are a great way to meet other players, advance your story, and gain XP. And sometimes small events turn out to provide better RP opportunities than small ones.
However, with people making their own events, we have to have some rules, otherwise, there would be chaos. The following are the general guidelines to follow in setting up your own event. We say guidelines because sometimes there are exceptions to these rules. If you need to do something outside of these guidelines, consult staff and we'll help you out as best we can.
Hunting Event - You and others will go out and hunt in order to bring back meat, leather, or other reagents. Good candidates for hunting can be found on the Juniper Wildlife page. You should include how many of the animal you intend to hunt. You can, of course, hunt outside of hunting events - but it's more fun to hunt with friends. The ST will tell you details of what you will need to do in order to take down the animal.
Gathering Event - Groups will often have gathering events, where they go out and attempt to find a certain type of thing. The most popular types of gathering events are herb gathering and scavenging events. Exos League expeditions to collect items may also fall into this category. Because CV's world is dangerous, you may encounter difficulties on this type of event, that the ST will tell you when you get approval. For a gathering event, send in a list of 5-15 items that you're seeking. You probably will not find all of these things. The ST will tell you how the rolls are to be done. You must record the rolls, and at the end of the event, send those rolls in. The ST will tell you who found what, and you can let the participants know. It should be noted that we will limit the amount of gathering events a month simply to control the amount of items being collected a month so that it doesn't get unwieldy.
Auction Events - Auction events are popular. This is where a player may make or gather something of a certain type, and then hold an auction for other players to buy that thing. However, because there is a tendency for players to over-estimate their finances during an auction, this usually requires some oversight. Nonetheless, when done right, auctions can be a blast, we just have to make sure they are done as fairly as we can manage.
Competition (Physical or Magical) Events - Competitions are also a fun type of event. Everything from physical tournaments to flying drone battles, to skateboard races can go down. The ST will work with you on a system for deciding the race or competition, as well as what rewards will go to the victor.
3) How often can I run an event? We ask that you not run more than one non-approval event a month, and one approval-related event every two months. (Faction leaders may be allowed to run more than this.) There's a lot of people on a sim, and even if only a fraction of them want to run events, the calendar can quickly fill up. Since there are definitely "preferred" time slots for events (Fri, Sat, and Sun), this leads to a lot of events happening concurrently, and thus...less people at each event. Because of this, we ask that you be courteous to others when it comes to scheduling. If you can manage to not overlap with other events, please do. If we see people claiming the prime time spots months ahead of time over and over, we may ask you to move your time spot for some of your events. Also, events that run for more than 24 hours should be confirmed with an ST especially if they are going to take place on a weekend. Remember also that we have players in other time zones, so off-times such as mornings or late at night for you might be an amazing time for players in another country.
4) Where can I hold my event? If you are a business owner, or a faction leader, you can hold your event on the area you control. Rental owners can hold events in their rentals. Some events can take place in public areas of the sim. However, some events may require special builds. If you need to create a special build for your event, you'll need to clear it with the STs. Generally, these will need to be put in a skybox out of sight of the city. You can rez them 72 hours before the event, and they must be cleared out by 48 hours after the event. When requesting your special build, make sure to tell us how many prims you intend to use. 200 is typical event allowance. Failure to clean up after your event within the designated 48 hours may result in being disallowed from creating special builds again.
5) Nobody showed up to my event and now I am sad. This is going to happen sometimes. It even happens to staff for sim-wide events now and then. It doesn't mean nobody likes you or that your event was blackballed. It might mean you had it at a time when everyone was busy, you chose an event that people are burnt out on, or that you didn't really advertise your event. You may need to get the word out for your event, by the way, people aren't going to show up just because you put it on the calendar! But even if your event had no turnout, well...you tried. And that's more than many people will do!
6) Way more people showed up to my event than I was expecting and it was hectic! This is also going to happen now and then. If you are the type of person who can't handle crowds well, you may want to consider that A GREAT MANY people might snow up to your event. If this is something you don't think you can handle, you might need to institute a limit on participants with a sign-up sheet. STs will often do this as well, capping a scene at 10 or 15 people, since more than this can get extremely difficult for an ST to handle.
7) My event is over, what now? Well, you want to make sure that you captured a LOG of your event. This is important. Many players also take a screenshot of the list of people at their event, so that they don't have to write down the names of everyone who was there. A screenshot of the list also helps XP handlers when assigning XP, since sometimes the RP tools people use do not include the SL name of the avatar, making it difficult for them to assign XP. Send in this log and screenshot, along with a small summary of what happened, to the XP handlers. They will assign XP to those who participated (if at least 5..including you...attended), as well as an extra XP to you and an assistant you designate (if you had at least 10 attendess), for hosting the event. Event hosting XP will not bump you above the monthly cap.
8) I am completely new, and I'm going to a player or staff run event at Convergence. What should I expect? It may be a bit chaotic at first, and you might be a little confused and overwhelmed. In the past, it has not been uncommon for between 40 and 70 people to show up to our largest events. People are bound to be excited and chatty, and there's going to be a lot of scroll. Usually, we'll attempt early in the scene to break it into smaller scenes if additional STs are available. If you are joining a staff-run event, or even a player-run one, it might be best to message the person running the event to let them know you are new, so they can help you out. Don't worry, we don't bite!
9) For ST scenes, there may be dice rolling, and what we call "ST Rounds" rather than normal types of posting order. ST Rounds are handled like this: The ST posts and does rolls, then everyone else in the scene posts ONCE and does their rolls after their post. The ST may do some rolls while these posts are going on. Once everyone in the scene has rolled or a decent amount of time has passed, the ST will post again. NOTE that the ST may miss some rolls/posts during this time and you don't get responded to. IF this is the case, just msg the ST so they can post an addendum. This system helps us keep combats and events rolling quickly. Also note that the ST may need to make judgment calls during a scene about the way something works. These judgment calls are to be respected during the scene -- what the ST says, goes for that scene. After the scene we can review to see if we need to correct course for future instances of that power or system. STs are expected to be fair, impartial, and dedicated to story rather than personal aims -- but we are all human, and Convergence lore/magic/skills are complicated.