I don't know how many people on this board have played, or do play, play by mail wrestling (IWA) or generic e-wreslting on the 'net, but I was talking with a friend and came up with something I was wondering if had any legs if I were to go with the trouble of trying to start it up.
It would be a cross between the two styles I mentioned above, with there being an ability to "trash talk" as well as shows with simulated matches on them. The difference would be that the sim would be based on a picking of moves by the player for their guy, and some calculation I would come up with to decide how matches are determined based on the moves. There would be other factors, but that is just the initial point of wins/loses.
Here is the catch, I would like to know how many people would be willing to pay between $5 and $10 a month to be involved in the game, with certain winners getting different prizes (T-shirts, Hats, Tapes, etc).
I think this could really work if I could get people to join, but don't know if it would be worth the effort. Any comments about it, good and bad, are expected.
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First off, I'd like to say that this is probably the least likely place to get any sort of help/advice about an E-Fedding game. This is CRZ's board and he goes by the credo that "Fantasy Wrestling is gay", and we tend to adhere to that. Though many people here probably play (some have links in there sigs if I'm not mistaken), it's not a common topic of conversation. However, you come in good faith and you aren't advertising anything, so I'll be more than happy to give you my thoughts.
First of all, if you really want to do this, you must come to the realization that you might not be able to. I've known a few people who have run e-feds and they tend to burn brightly fast and fizzle out. Management, getting people to do things, working around schedules is hard. Plus, collecting money wouldn't be easy either. Remember, if it's an internet game, and you promote it well, you'll get players from all over the place (and world), and if you restrict it, then people will be less likely to look for you.
Aah the money issue. I salute your entrepreneurship, I don't think that there's any real grounds for this. There are plenty of free E-Feds around and charging for one is probably not a great way to encourage business, especially when nobody knows how it will turn out or how you good you are at booking/writing. What if they pay $5-10 and they don't like your style or the other players. Are you going to offer a refund?
The prize system may defer some of this, but is woefully laced with problems. If your prizes go to the best roleplayer, then the same person may end up winning every time. If it goes to, say, the champion at the end of every month, people with title matches in that month are likely to feel cheated (because, hey, they deserved it as much as that other guy), and you'll get accused of playing favorites, even if you aren't. That's dangerous ground to be treading on, especially when you expect that these same people will be willing to pay for your service next month.
Not only that, but I suspect that you'd have to go through the trouble of getting a service provider, a domain (it'd look really cheezy if you Geocities-ed it), set up all the requisite HTML, Message boards, e-mail lists (and possibly accounts). It all ads up. It might be more expensive than it's worth. And would it all be worth it if a week from your big card, you find out your champion and challenger have to work/are sick/aren't paying any attention, and your card looks terrible?
Plus, typically most of the people that play these games are younger, with short attention spans. You'll have a player who will come in and be really active for a few months and you'll give him a big push and then suddenly disappear forever. Or you'll have guys who's writing consists of "U suxor! I greatest wrestlerer eva! Werd!" Not exactly thrilling stuff you can base a game off of. Unless their character is "31337 haX0r!!!!1111", but there can only be so many.
In closing: I only played e-wrestling for a few years, and I've been out of the loop for a long time, but I don't think that any of the consepts or characteristics have changed. To that extent, I don't think it'd be really worth it to start on this endevour. The logistics and everything sound like a nightmare. But if it's something that you really want to do, who am I to stand in your way? Just don't come back here and advertise it, ok?