I'm planning on being on the drop for the May 2016 event. Are there any sorts of people that are underrepresented on Medina right now? Any player types that are over-represented, that I should possibly avoid? I've already gone through and made a character, but I don't want to have made someone whose background is too represented already.
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That's a hard question to answer in some ways. Some would say that we have plenty of one thing and some would say something completely different. The fact is that we can incorporate anyone into the community and that you will likely find your own niche after a game or two.
Also, our needs list is completely based on the attending players. Sometimes we're drowning in military and other times they all mysteriously disappear simultaneously! Other times it seems that we're overrun by say metallurgists where we were in desperate need of them just the game before.
I know this isn't strictly helpful, but the best advice I can give is to talk to people now and get acquainted with people that may have similar skills or be part of the same faction. We have a great community and we'll give you the run down!
Kenna McGinnis, DVM
Player: Rachel Phillips
First: Welcome! Always super-glad to have fresh mea--I mean new players. A suggestion I could make to help alleviate the problem of making a character that's, perhaps, overrepresented is to make sure that you have some aspects to the character other than their primary job skill things.
To continue Rachel's example -- perhaps you made a metallurgist and it turns out that's the game where they all actually show up, so we have half a dozen metallurgists and only two seats at the forge. Feel free to use that 'UGH I'M SO EXTRANEOUS' feeling in character and try to find some way to be ICly useful to the colony -- gotta keep that Primacy around right?
It can be helpful to consider what your character might do if there isn't a preponderance of work in their primary tasks. Would they sit around in what constitutes a tavern and complain seditiously? Would they go try and find some fruits to gather?
Player: Samuel Phelps
Character: Klaus Schroeder
I appreciate the advice. I had tried to make my character well rounded. I hope to have fun at Planetfall come May.
As someone still fairly new (2 games), I think it's far more important to be a personality that can interact with various groups. As an enforcer, my official duties tend to have an ebb and flow, as in "sitting around guarding with nothing happening" then "Holy hell, ALL OF THE CLICKERS ARE ATTACKING", then "patrolling the peaceful town". It's my ability to interact with various people during those calm periods that dictate how satisfied I am with my weekend. Go out and talk to people while gathering supplies. Learn about things that have zero professional value to you. While your skills aren't unimportant to the incharecter community, the fun is found in the gaps.
as played by Brian Sullivan