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Deadlock Gorge
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Ex-Nation

How Do You Keep NS Exciting?

Postby Deadlock Gorge » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:17 pm

For those of you who have been around for a while, how do you keep NationStates from getting outright boring (excluding all the RP and regional stuff)? I created this nation after randomizing the political stats in the first part of signing up and what I intend on doing is trying the keep political freedoms, civil rights, and the economy the same as when I first started.
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Ordenstaat Burgundy
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Iron Fist Consumerists

Postby Ordenstaat Burgundy » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:19 pm

Deadlock Gorge wrote:For those of you who have been around for a while, how do you keep NationStates from getting outright boring (excluding all the RP and regional stuff)? I created this nation after randomizing the political stats in the first part of signing up and what I intend on doing is trying the keep political freedoms, civil rights, and the economy the same as when I first started.


You keep ns exciting by either getting involved in the rp scene, a region with an active on and offsite community, etc. Alternatively you could always flesh out your nation through writing factbooks, dispatches, or similar material. Honestly you pretty much need to either get involved with the forum or an active region to keep the site exciting.

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The Holy Therns
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Father Knows Best State

Postby The Holy Therns » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:21 pm

NSG drinking games.

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Bluelight-R006
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Bluelight-R006 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:22 pm

Do something on the forums—debate on General, play on Forum 7... Then you can write your own factbooks describing your nation’s politics, economy, culture, military... etc. You can also try to write your own issues or proposals... there’s a lot to do here.

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Chan Island
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Chan Island » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:22 pm

Deadlock Gorge wrote:For those of you who have been around for a while, how do you keep NationStates from getting outright boring (excluding all the RP and regional stuff)? I created this nation after randomizing the political stats in the first part of signing up and what I intend on doing is trying the keep political freedoms, civil rights, and the economy the same as when I first started.


Nowadays, the answer largely seems to be NSG.
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Postby LiberNovusAmericae » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:40 pm

By just going to the forums.
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Cekoviu
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Postby Cekoviu » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:45 pm

It's extremely boring if you don't use General. No idea how there are F7ers and non-forum users who've been here for years.
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Nanatsu no Tsuki
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Nanatsu no Tsuki » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:48 pm

The Holy Therns wrote:NSG drinking games.

Help, my liver is collapsing.


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Kyavan
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Iron Fist Consumerists

Postby Kyavan » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:51 pm

Bluelight-R006 wrote:Do something on the forums—debate on General, play on Forum 7... Then you can write your own factbooks describing your nation’s politics, economy, culture, military... etc. You can also try to write your own issues or proposals... there’s a lot to do here.

Fancy seeing you here Bluelight! :)

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Destructive Government Economic System
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Corporate Police State

Postby Destructive Government Economic System » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:58 pm

Don't do NSG or even NSGP.

Instead, I almost fully devote my time to Trading Cards. There's a ton of things to collect once you start exchanging, and the (unofficial) Discord server's frequented by dozens of people, including the top-ranked players and some of the mods as well. Heck, even regular NSGers (such as Valentine Z) reserve a good chunk of time to dabble in this side of the game.

And yes, you can collect alcohol-themed cards if you're thirsty.
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HUElavia
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Marxist Germany
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Corporate Bordello

Postby Marxist Germany » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:12 pm

The General Assembly of course! (GA forum is basically NSG watered down and some rp)
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Luziyca
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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Luziyca » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:14 pm

LiberNovusAmericae wrote:By just going to the forums.

Pretty much this. Had I not discovered the forums in 2009, I'd probably haven't had it take over my life.
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Marxist Germany
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Corporate Bordello

Postby Marxist Germany » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:15 pm

Luziyca wrote:
LiberNovusAmericae wrote:By just going to the forums.

Pretty much this. Had I not discovered the forums in 2009, I'd probably haven't had it take over my life.

Extremely relatable^
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East Meranopirus
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Founded: Jul 28, 2018
Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby East Meranopirus » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:18 pm

Marxist Germany wrote:The General Assembly of course! (GA forum is basically NSG watered down and some rp)

As a GAer, I contest this statement.
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Blargoblarg
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Corrupt Dictatorship

Postby Blargoblarg » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:45 pm

I keep it exciting by doing the trading card game and wasting my time on the forums (mainly General).
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Thepeopl
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Democratic Socialists

Postby Thepeopl » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:56 pm

Chips, dips, chains and whips

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Silver Commonwealth
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Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Silver Commonwealth » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:09 am

Cekoviu wrote:It's extremely boring if you don't use General. No idea how there are F7ers and non-forum users who've been here for years.

As a F7er myself, I say, that F7 actually is great for me to RP in, as it is more casual than International Incidents, or Portal to the Multiverse. Oh, and it also gives more place for you to develop your nation's lore, in case if you have something you want to write down, but don't want to post into a factbook either. (F&NI is also great for worldbuilding, tho.) Thing is, that I am there mostly for RP, not for debating, or inserting my views in a nation/character, so... NSG is kind of boring for me, imo.
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Nakena
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Nakena » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:41 am

NSG. With summer over lets see how long this lasts.

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Inkopolitia
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Ex-Nation

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-Ocelot-
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby -Ocelot- » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:18 am

I keep it interesting by being an active member in my region and by contributing to it's community. Being part of an active region is the best way to make NS fun IMO.

The forums are ok but NS General is a dumpster fire, you'll find out why sooner or later.
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Nakena
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Nakena » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:21 am

-Ocelot- wrote:I keep it interesting by being an active member in my region and by contributing to it's community. Being part of an active region is the best way to make NS fun IMO.

The forums are ok but NS General is a dumpster fire, you'll find out why sooner or later.


Oh, tell us.

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Vendellamoore
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Ex-Nation

Postby Vendellamoore » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:25 am

-Ocelot- wrote:I keep it interesting by being an active member in my region and by contributing to it's community. Being part of an active region is the best way to make NS fun IMO.

The forums are ok but NS General is a dumpster fire, you'll find out why sooner or later.

Agreed.
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Marxist Germany
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Corporate Bordello

Postby Marxist Germany » Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:52 am

East Meranopirus wrote:
Marxist Germany wrote:The General Assembly of course! (GA forum is basically NSG watered down and some rp)

As a GAer, I contest this statement.

He's OOC only GAer! Fake!
Country represents RL views mostly. Not Marxist anymore.
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Kaltovar
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Founded: Jun 26, 2019
Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Kaltovar » Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:56 am

I seek out the people I disagree most with and talk to them.
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