Trollplay will close on June 15th. The Trollplay Forums will close on July 1st.
Trollplay has been a major part of my life for the past two years, and it’s been so touching and fun to read peoples’ logs and see friendships form on the site and on the forums. Owning the site has taught me so much about programming, web site administration, community relations, and responsibility. It’s been a formative experience, and I’ll certainly never forget it.
But keeping the site up isn’t cheap. On top of that, my interest in Homestuck roleplaying has waned, and I don’t feel like Trollplay is really necessary anymore.
Back when Robert and I started Trollplay, most Homestuck roleplayers used Zingled, a sleepy, Omegle-like chat site. In early 2011, there just wasn’t a very good alternative out there.*
But now MSPARP is widely-used and fully-featured, Omegle has a chat tagging system that allows people to find other Homestuck roleplayers easily, and Pesterchum’s latest version includes a random roleplayer matchup system.
Trollplay isn’t identical to these other sites, but now there are so many ways to roleplay Homestuck with strangers that we don’t really need it.
Since the comic will be on hiatus for a while, I think that this is a good time to bring the site to a close.
I want to thank everyone who’s used the site in the past, everyone who’s posted on the forums, all of the #trollmegle IRC regulars, everyone who’s donated to help cover server costs, and everyone who’s reading this now.
I also want to thank a few people by name!
Robert, thank you for helping me start the site! I don’t know if I would have finished my version if you hadn’t let me build on your foundation. Thank you, Robert. I feel like we made it to the finish line.
Timeroot, your revamp of the site was amazing. I’m sure you’re going to have a great career. You’re an excellent programmer. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this site as good as it is.
Tezukarin, thanks for being on server-reboot duty the past several months, and for letting me run all of my server management questions by you, and just for being you! I feel like this project is one of the things that brought us together. Thank you for being so generous with your time and talents.
Rory, Whatwith, JackNoir, flippingallmyshit, shitletsbeTherapist, MelodiousJustice, MusclebeastDad, KhorneBerzerker, Hear-The-Voices, Bl1ndX3no, AllwaysHallways, Runesby, Kerbilgunnerz, Yolomid, and everyone else from the T1S chat who helped support this project from the beginning: thank you so much. Trollplay really was T1S’s baby. Thank you guys for being there for the birth.
Bri, Liz, Izaak, Tezukarin again, and Russ: thank you for being there for me when I was awake for 36 hours straight trying to keep the site running in its early days, for supporting me when I whined about coding, and for making me excited about roleplaying. Thank you guys for just being there for me the whole time.
As stated above, the main site will stay up until June 15th. The forums will stay up until July 1st. Thank you all so much.
* I recall hearing that MSPARP went online some time before this, but it was mostly inactive before 2012.