We’re really excited to announce that in the next couple of months, we’re going to be trying something soon.
(I’ll be the first to admit that this is something SamSyn has always wanted to do, and I’m sure many others have suggested it too).
It will be Free There Weekends.
During one or more weekends that we pick, people will be allowed to sign up and play There for Free for the Whole Weekend. They’ll still be “trial” members in that they’ll
get their Welcome Walkway goodies, and there of course will be some common sense restrictions until such time as they subscribe.
We’re really excited about this, but before we kick it up, we’ve brought back an old There employee to “resurrect” our There Facebook page, get some content on it, and promote the page in Facebook. We think that this, along with your word-of-mouth, will help bring more members to FTW, and make it a big success.
Now, for the inevitable questions:
Q. What happens after FTW is over?
A. If you registered during FTW, and try to log in after FTW is over, you’ll be required to subscribe (just like today!).
Q. Will I get a credit on my subscription for the FTW weekend?
A. Umm, no.
Q. Is There still 18+?
Q. What happens if I register on FTW, and then don’t subscribe. What happens to my Avatar? Will it be deleted?
A. Not right away, that’s for sure. We will be deleting FTW avatars who don’t come back after some period of time (to keep the from bloating up the system and hogging names), but we’ll give you a chance to think it over and come back. We’ll probably even send you an email to warn you!
Q. If I’ve been banned or moderated, can I register for FTW under a new name and come back?
A. No. We moderate or ban individuals, not avatars. So, no, we’re sorry, but you can’t do that.
Q. What if I didn’t deserve to be moderated?
Q. What if I’m a Belieber now? Doesn’t that count?
A. A Thousand Times No.
Q. Will FTW’s always be only a weekend?
A. Well, the truth be told, the first FTW might just be a Free There Friday night, to try things out. We don’t want to get too ambitious and have a lot of people come in and have a bad experience because we haven’t ironed out all the kinks.
Q. Could it be a FTW 3-day weekend?
A. Maybe! After all, a weekend’s a weekend.
Q. Maybe the first FTW should be during the There Winter Games!
A. You know, I’d like nothing better! But I’m a little worried we will have overlooked something, and don’t want to impact them in any way. Besides, knowing how resourceful There folks are, I’m sure you’ll have scores of special events for newbies during FTW.
Q. Will you change the landing zones for FTW?
A. Yes, we will probably activate more zones. We will probably also take steps to make sure the landing zones don’t turn into target-practice zones for Paintball.
Q. Ok! We’re excited! When?
A. Watch this space!