I dont want to be that guy.. but purely as devils avocate..
I get its a vicious circle - need players, players bring roleplay, roleplay keeps players, players make numbers, need players..
But, do we not miss a point when we focus on numbers? It was always said that the server was really for us as mates to game, with others being a bonus, but it always returns back to being about pushing for numbers and more regular players. What I think we need to focus on is..
A) Why have players joined the server?
B) What makes them stay on the server?
C) What makes them leave the server?
I play the server for the laughs and to have some fun.
I stay because I enjoy playing games whilst chatting with friends, the server is stable, actively maintained and despite personal dislikes, for the most part I can at least create scenarios given what I have access to.
I consider playing other games because the server limits my progression and there-in the style of play I wish to display.
Others may have different reasons, but as we consistently maintain approx 15-20 players daily, with occasional spikes.. perhaps the next step is to work out how we keep a higher number of players as a base. Holding events where 60 players turn up to then have 15-20 the rest of the week doesnt seem super effective.. We've tried all this before.. I would like to see the base count rise, the players who begged for the server to get back up supporting the server, the Cops whitelist playing as Cops, the Army and Rebels running (a player in Army/Rebs is still a number on the server). I know people say factions kill Kavala, but if people all sign up for the Army/Rebs and then civ life dies, surely that says we need to re-think the rules to allow more civ/reb/army interaction. Even if the factions arent open, if people want to stick to rebel held territory, thats still players on the numbers who arent involved with Cops etc.
I am not saying closing factions is what is killing numbers, what im saying is we need to rethink how the server plays. 4yrs on and we still cant find an answer.. Is it that we have not moved in the right direction? Are we stuck with tunnel vision? I don't know.. The server is wicked badass, the website is top notch, the hardcore community is awesome... But we are missing something when players would rather go play other servers where you get no RP and shot every 2 seconds.
Sorry, Im not ranting.. just trying to see where the numbers are! I'll post up in a different thread the idea i have had to maybe switch things up! I wanna see the hard work Jim and Ste (alphabetical order only :) ) rewarded with a successful community and server, players ripping up Altis and everyone smashing RP to the next level!!
WE CAN DO IT!!
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Death, every other mother fucker bows down..