Hello! I'm new here.
Well, technically I'm a returning citizen, but as I changed my name and have been gone so long, I'm most definitely new as far as it counts.
When I was a young 'un, this newspaper was a real source of fun for me, so I thought now I'm back, it would be fun to continue it. And since I don't know nearly enough about the political situation yet to make snarky comments about it, I thought I'd better start with another topic that's quit dear to my heart.
I wanted to make an appeal to new players about the joys of newspaper ownership. One of the main questions new users seem to ask now is, How do I get involved? Signing up to the game, training, fighting and working are relatively easy, but truly becoming a part of the community involves a lot more legwork. The primary ways of involving oneself are well-explored: join a party, move up in it, get onto the forums, join in with IRC and be as pleasant and involved as possible. These are all vital to being a true eUKer, but there's a method of getting known that I don't think is as commonly explored.
Once you reach level 7 (please correct me if this has changed) and once you have sufficient gold, you can set up your own newspaper and start writing articles. While what you write will fit inside one of the six categories, the true value of newspapers is this: as long as it pertains to eRepublik, not RL, you can write about anything. You are a high-profile columnist with a potentially unlimited audience. You can be sensible, informative and give an unbiased view of the day's events, or you can take the role of the shock jock and incite controversy with your inflammatory views and accusations. Have fun with it!
Writing a newspaper isn't just fun; it's a very positive way to gain friends. If you've got something interesting to say, you'll build up subscribers quickly, and many of these subscribers will become friends. Writing is a good way to be noticed, and if you have a unique 'hook' that keeps people interested, you could even be famous!
All you need for this to happen is creativity and good communication skills. People won't read articles that are poorly spelled or have bad grammar, or if they do, the feedback they leave won't be particularly positive. If you usually 'text talk' when online, it may be an idea to break the habit. But you'll find you want to break the habit on eRepublik anyway.
If you're approaching level seven, if you're worried about how to make an impact in the eUK and if you think you have something legitimately interesting to say, then I urge you to found a newspaper!
What is this?You are reading an article written by a citizen of eRepublik, an immersive multiplayer strategy game based on real life countries. Create your own character and help your country achieve its glory while establishing yourself as a war hero, renowned publisher or finance guru.