Post by Consequence on Feb 10, 2015 23:29:37 GMT -5
In any singular thread, special events may occur and significant revelations can happen but what about the circumstances that lead up that moment? What about the fallout, afterwards? The picture these events paint are called Milestones.
Milestone are, at their core, a snapshot of your characters life much like you would describe a Season of a television show. We follow a story of character development that usually includes (but does not 'require') a persistent and consistent theme that ties and associates everything within. Something to connect the events beyond just the main character.
This may sound like a daunting task, to basically put together your own Season of a show featuring your character, but there are some special considerations you must keep in mind; chiefly, that the 'earlier seasons' are much easier to do than the later stuff. Simply put, Milestones lean very heavily in favor of characters who are still taking shape and solidifying.
This has three major benefits. First, it allows you a chance to earn some bonus GP without taking your character so far down a path of threads and character development that you are unable to change course if you want to. Second, it allows you to really put a nice frame around what you've done, so you can keep in mind all the neat little events that have happened so you can best work with them going forward! And finally, it provides a shot in the arm for GP that propels you on to do bigger, better things than you had access to before. A lot of the above has some subtle nuance that goes beyond the scope of this workshop, but I will attempt to address at least some of it.
??What determines how 'difficult' my Milestones are?
--Every character has a Base GP value of 1,500 that is awarded from their application. Base GP is increased with approved milestones. Approvals will use your Base GP to evaluate both the threads they are reading, and the amount of GP you are asking for.
??How do I know when to milestone?
--Both fortunately and unfortunately there is no good 'number of threads' you should look at as a guideline for when to milestone. To continue the TV analogy, some seasons are very short, some seasons can do for dozens of episodes. What matters is content. You should ask yourself, 'Has my character changed in a significant way since my application or most recent milestone?' And if the answer is yes, start lining up your threads for a claim!
??How do I know how much GP to ask for?
--This is a complicated question, and is exactly what this board is for. In general, there are 3 major categories that go into this, as well as other considerations.
- Your Writing Quality; am I growing as a writer? While not 'mandatory' to get a milestone, we are all writers here in the end. We love to see people grow, experimenting with their writing and learning to develop their own, signature style. This becomes far more important as your Base GP gets bigger, usually 4,000 GP or more.
- Character Development; are we seeing real change in the character? 'Action' does not always mean progress. Has your character been put in situations that show you new information about him, both as a writer and as a reader? Chiefly, we like to see that you learn from your previous experience. Is my character showing signs of the lessons he learned in previous threads? Am I thinking about the past in character, and has it effected how I will determine my future?
- In-Character Activities; am I putting myself in interesting situations? There is something for your character to learn from everything you do, but it's not very believable for you to have serious change if all you are doing is 'meet and greet' threads. Risk offers reward, both in character and out. Pushing yourself into new and interesting events offers the best chance to not only forge lasting relationships that will continue to pay off in character and out, but a chance to grow as a writer. Feel free to take that trip to Hueco Mundo! Feel free to run that patrol route in Karakura! This is the meat and potatoes of a Milestone.
- Other Factors; don't get in your own way! While this is very rarely used, you do need to keep in mind that we don't like to award character power to people who frequently go inactive and leave thread partners hanging. We also don't like to give character power to people who can be destructive influences to the community as a whole. Just be aware that while we always value in-character actions above all else, we do not turn a blind eye to other things and reserve that right.
So with the above in mind, how do I turn that into a number? Most people shoot for 500 GP on their milestones. Why? It's a good, clean number and time has proven that a full, robust, character arc comes out to about 500 GP. However, you can absolutely adjust that number up or down based on the sheer number of things you have done, or, the sheer magnitude of the change. This is a question that is best handled individually on this workshop, in your own workshop thread.
??What threads should go into my Milestone?
--Really, any thread in which you feel you "got something" out of it for your character. Do keep in mind that it looks much better for you if the thread is 'done' or is nearly done; we cannot award GP for your intentions, we can only give you GP for what actually got written out. The lower your base GP, the easier it is to prove you grew from a thread.
??So how do I use this board?
--First, start by grabbing the Milestone template and making a Workshop post. Include that character name as well as which Milestone it is. So for example, if I were new, I would do, "Tokiyo Fujikagi, Milestone 1" or something to that effect. Inside, you will want to follow the basic Milestone format. I recommend that you include all the threads you have done since your last Milestone, link them, and then provide a brief description of what happened from your character's perspective.
??Is there a basic form or template I can use for building my Milestone?
--Absolutely! Approvals has created one on the Request board. The direct link can be found here. Copy away!
??Who helps out on this board?
--Mostly Approvals staff, but also myself, and other veteran members of the community who have feedback and help to give!
??How do I offer help?
--If you feel like you have something meaningful to add, absolutely add it. But in general, you should approach Evelynn, Tokiyo or Shun if you are interested in being a regular contributor.
??What will this forum NOT do?
--Well for starters, we won't write your Milestone *for* you, we are just here to help. But more importantly we are here to teach you how to do Milestones, and how to really polish what you have to reach the number you want to (shout out to the veterans!). We will not actually Approve your Milestone - that still has to go to the Request board where it will be scored by someone who did not help you on this board.
??Can I see some example Milestones?
--As we have a lot of material to draw from, this is an ongoing process. Detailed breakdowns are coming! And as a note for viewers; if you want to break down a milestone you put together so others can benefit from your wisdom? Please be our guest.