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Operation Audacious Phoenix: the rebuild of the RPR

Operation Audacious Phoenix - the rebuild of the RPR - is in full swing.

Audacious means...
  • showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.
  • intrepidly daring
  • adventurous
  • recklessly bold
  • rash
  • marked by originality and verve

This is exactly how I feel about this rebuild. It scares the heck out of me. It excites me to distraction. It is easily the craziest idea I've ever undertaken with the RPR and yet the payoff can be so very big for the whole community.

And a phoenix, of course, is a mythical creature. Generally, there is only one at a time, and every century (or in our case, decade) it remakes itself - becoming something new, strong and vibrant, and yet is still recognizably the same bird.

Operation Audacious Phoenix is about the RPR renewing and modernizing itself, making everything about it stronger -- and yet recognizably still the same site and community. :)

I know what you're wondering: Will we have to rebuild all our characters? Will we keep our RPs? All data will be transferred over. You won't lose anything.

I've been working on this project since the start of the year, and I'm a little more than halfway through. Accolades, kudos, private messages, forums, the help section, the shop, inventories and items, the news, user settings, user profiles - they've all been rewritten completely from scratch to get the RPR ready to meet 2020.

Some of this is just pure necessity. Some of the site's code is nearing 10 years old, and will soon be made defunct by the simple passage of time. But I've chosen not to simply replace those pieces in isolation, and instead am rebuilding the entire thing on a more modern code base, because of what that will make possible. Features we've only dreamed of until now.

Now, the main obstacles left to releasing this new version are re-creating character profiles and groups -- and all their templates, and all the apparatus to build and manage them. This is the big one, the beating heart of the RPR. I've been holding off to do them last, to buy myself as much time as possible to plan how to make them both backwards compatible and as forward-looking and feature-packed as possible.

But I've also known that these things are so challenging, to get them done right, I'll need to focus on them like a laser beam - not steal whatever moments I can in the evenings and weekends, when I'm not distracted by other client work. I want to live and breath characters and groups for as long as I need to until they are done, ready to emerge from their phoenix pyre as gleaming, glowing, powerful new versions of themselves.

That's why, starting next week, the RPR will be hosting a fundraiser for Operation Audacious Phoenix, to buy me the time that I need to take this project to completion. It will, in fact, be a bake sale. ;) This digital bake sale will combine some aspects of a kickstarteresque fundraiser with some aspects of more traditional RPR flower sales for something that I hope is fun, unique and helps to give us the necessary boost we need to complete Operation Audacious Phoenix. Plus, you'll be able to earn cool backer rewards through your support!

For more information about Operation Audacious Phoenix, please visit the Operation Audacious Phoenix Group, where I've been posting progress updates and previews. :)

Community Feedback

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  • FantasyDreamer

    August 2nd 2019

    4:46am

    Cant wait! also i cant believe or well imagine how she is gonna this place better xD i mean what sort of new and before impossiblee features is she gonna add!? :D im so excited and curious!! im gonna burst soon!!
  • Spook

    August 1st 2019

    9:29am

    The hype is real!!
  • sland

    August 1st 2019

    9:25am

    Can't wait!
  • Dunedain-Ranger

    July 31st 2019

    6:42pm

    This is pretty exciting!
  • Ohm

    July 31st 2019

    6:12pm

    Very cool!
  • Bronzewing

    July 31st 2019

    4:17pm

    Good luck! While I don't comment I do appreciate all the work that is done here!
  • Kim

    July 31st 2019

    3:11pm

    Thanks everyone! I'm super super hype for Audacious Phoenix. :D There will be more details really really soon!
  • Cherry_Red

    July 31st 2019

    1:29pm

    I appreciate all the work you've done for this website Kim! I haven't spent any money on here but I totally will in the bake sale just to help it out, even a little bit ❤️
  • Mercyinreach

    July 31st 2019

    11:54am

    I'm so dang excited! <3 <3 <3
  • strawberry_champion

    July 31st 2019

    11:30am

    So excited to see this!!! Can’t wait!!! <3
  • Yersinia

    July 31st 2019

    11:21am

    It's really nice to see how much you care about the community! Thanks for all your hard work, and I hope your coding adventures go smoothly! (as smoothly as coding can go, anyways)
  • Libertine

    July 31st 2019

    11:11am

    RPR is already the cream of the role-play crop for me, the fact that it's going to get even better still blows me away.
  • Dragonfire

    July 31st 2019

    10:54am

    Bake sale bake sale bake saaaaale~ My apron is flippin' ready!
  • North-Wood

    July 31st 2019

    10:43am

    Cannot wait. Just hope that Adelia doesn't eat all the baked goods.... again....
  • StaticNightmares

    July 31st 2019

    10:38am

    I will have to bug the hell out of my mom to buy absolutely as many of these as I can. She won't hear the end of it next week :P

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