1) What is this whole "Convergence" thing? Convergence is a Roleplay Community. We call it a roleplay community, rather than a roleplay game, because we are very focused on promoting community. This arose after we noticed a lot of the OOC (out of character) communities where we roleplayed being very toxic, drama-driven, unfriendly places. Admins often ruled whimsically and with an iron fist, giving special preference to friends or staff members. In the chaos, players and the stories of their characters...were lost.
2) Okay, but why is it called "CV3"? This sim represents the third iteration of Convergence, often abbreviated "CV3". Previous sims, "CV1" and "CV2" had different stories, lores, and powers. But there is a story linkage from CV1, to CV2, to CV3. Powers are often similar, some races appear repeatedly, villains carry over sometimes. In general, however, you can start at CV3 without really knowing anything about CV1 or CV2. Our lore is vast at Convergence, having grown over years and many contributors. Extremely vast. So vast that even the writers often forget the details. Nobody is expected to come here and read and know everything. To start, it is best to read the lore overview and the race you intend to play. The rest you can learn as you go. If you really feel lost, we recommend playing a human to start, one who knows nothing about other races or powers, and learn as you go. Humans have a possibility of becoming other races as well (though not all races).
3) In a nutshell, what is the story here? The world is made up of a bunch of alternate realities/universe known as "Realms". Earth is somehow critical to a great many of these Realms. However, Earth keeps getting destroyed. Seeing this, a powerful creature known as Starry created a huge ship to ferry humanity to another planet where humans can live. This ship experienced some sort of problem and emergency landed on a planet called Juniper. They built a city out of the ship, called New Convergence. People keep arriving to New Convergence, some from the planet itself, some from other Realms. You might be one of these people. Also, the planet is extremely dangerous and full of magic, monsters, radiation, and other horrible things. Good luck!
4) Are you going to say "we won't have drama here"? No. Life comes with drama. We don't believe that "dramaless" RP sims exist. What's important, to us, is how that "drama" is handled. If you're starting some shit, we're going to tell you to stop. If you have problems with other players that you can't sort out on your own, we have an Adjudication Process in order to work that out. 90% of the time though, we find that most situations can be worked out if people just communicate, and adhere to the guideline of, "Be a damn adult about things."
5) Can you tell me more about your commitment to fairness? Yes. We've seen a lot of sims where the owners make themselves ungodly amounts of powerful in-character, where they have god-complexes, or their personal characters are tightly in control of various races or factions without having earned that position. We try to avoid this as best we can. For story purposes, we do occasionally have NPCs, which are very powerful characters, that may show up and cause trouble or hand down punishments. However, these characters are there to push the story and interact with PCs (player characters), not powertrip simply for the sake of power. If the sim owners become main faction leaders, it's likely to be a temporary thing while other options are being pursued. As for our personal characters, and the personal characters of staff...they must follow the same rules as everyone else for achievement and purchase with XP. The staff DOES get a small XP bump for ONE character when they are hired, but it is not so large that a player couldn't achieve the same within a reasonable amount of time. The staff loses this bump if they are fired or leave within the first few months. Staff also gets paid in XP (2 xp per month) for their position on the avatar of their choosing. This is not above and beyond the XP cap for normal players, and like normal players, they can only accrue 5xp per month per avatar. These perks are because the CV staff is expected to work, and work hard, and the time they put into their position, I assure you, is worth far more than they are given in reward.
6) Can you tell me about your commitment to new players? Coming to a new sim is difficult. You're a new person coming into an unknown situation. Putting yourself out there, making contacts and friends, and finding your place in the whole can be difficult. That's why we make it worth the while of others to get to know you. Other players can recieve XP for RPing with someone who is new to the sim for the first 30 days. And every month, on the 12th, we have Meet a New Person day, where anyone can recieve XP for RPing with a character their character has never met before. We really encourage our players to help out in mentoring new players, in answering questions in OOC chat (even if they have been answered a thousand times before), and to generally be upstanding and welcoming citizens of their community. Convergence works when we all work to make it awesome!!
7) Hey, what about long-time players? Not to say that we are not dedicated to those who have longtime loyalty to Convergence. Our XP system is set up so that the longer the play, and the more you participate, the more awesome your character can become. We also rely heavily on our long-time players to run events, offer lore/power suggestions, and help those who might be struggling. It's also our long-time players who tend to end up being trusted with some of the more time-intensive roles on the sim, though this does not prevent someone new from getting those roles as well. Just, all things being equal for a position, someone who has spent a lot of time on the sim and who we have seen create good RP in the past will have a leg-up on some things compared to those whose level of responsibility and ability we do not know. Our loyal playerbase is the strength of Convergence and we owe so much to them.
8) What is your policy regarding intolerance and such? Convergence is extremely supportive of our LGBTQIA+ community, and we will not really tolerate OOC intolerance towards people not only of that community, but other minority communities. We will not tolerate OOC hate speech or harassment. IC, however, we do understand that sometimes people will play characters contrary to their personal nature, who are hateful in varying ways. That needs to be kept strictly IC. As far as the LGBTQIA+ community goes, you are welcome to play any gender or mix of genders or sexualities. For more information about one way that we have worked this into our lore see "Gender" under the Lore section of our page. And if you want to be single-gendered and heterosexual, we accept and cheer you on as well.