I'm leading forum games now. Hi. Activity has been dwindling across PO, and there's nothing that can really be done about that. But what can we, as people who actively enjoy playing the games here, do to ensure that activity doesn't drop beyond where it is now? What can we do to actually increase the amount of traffic this forum receives? Some things we definitely should be doing: HOST GAMES. This is the biggest issue. The second that there are no games running in this forum, we lose. It's almost happened a couple of times since June, and the participation rate has obviously fallen since then. Sebas and I can't host everything; we need people to step up host games, whether they're NOC, OC, or non-mafia. This is really all it takes. I've done this with multiple games, and the only commitment you need to make at that point is sending out role PMs and doing votecounts and flips. It's that easy. More non-mafia games. Things like Sheep, BUOD, elimination games, Rice's Pokemon Battlegrounds, etc. are quick and bring in people since they don't require too much commitment. Then there are things like RPGs that are time consuming, but may appeal to a wider array of players than mafia. These games are generally pretty successful and have served as a gateway to playing more (ie mafia) within the forum. Advertise. Although the population isn't what it once was, there still are mafia players on the server that could be interested in playing mafia or games here on the forums. There are also plenty of people on the forums who don't really check this forum out, so getting the word out about a possible game you're hosting is invaluable. This leads me to my next point - Beginner games. We haven't had one in ages, in OC or NOC. These are the best way to get new people involved in mafia, and even if one or two people out of a playerlist of 17 stick around, that's better than zero. Use #Jalmont Mafia as a server-side hub. If you host a game, make sure to use JalMaf as the go-to channel for discussion when on the server. We already do this, but running stuff like RTM and general game discussion out of it would help. Some other ideas I've kicked around: Games that aren't win-oriented and more open-ended. Stuff like "3 Word Story" or "Guess the [Topic]" or Hurt and Heal (which we've done) are immensely popular on other forums. For a long time we've derided these sorts of games (I'm not a fan myself), but with activity at an all time low it would be a good way to generate games. But is the trade off worth it?no no no no no no no no no no no no no no A leaderboard, or some sort of tournament/scoring system. Would be some incentive to playing a lot, and maybe we could get a badge or something for playing and winning in large scale games. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. I'd rather not have this forum die, thanks.