Reviewing: VWF, Viking Wrestling FederationFirst Thoughts -
The first thing that caught my eye was how uncommonly exhaustive the Website was, information wise. I love it when an E-Fed has all the info/updates/news/contacts you need on their Website in order to keep the forum itself tidy and fixed on the "meat" of the game, free of crap cluttering the boards. It took me about two minutes to gather all the information I cared about and head to the forums. If I was a new member, I'd jump on the VWF bandwagon at the drop of a dime. The Website just screams "Hey, we're serious, we won't BS you, join us, you won't regret it".
I charged the forums and here are my thousand dollars. The forums didn't make me drool. They were organized, thorough, a few of them I, as a member, wouldn't use but the activity in them was vibrant and they're of good use to the members and the staff.
It's details time![whips out a magnifying glass]
= The Website =*Main Page -
I like the introduction even though it had a few spelling mistakes, but it gave me a good first taste of what VWF was all about. I came to the tragic realization that it was not about Vikings. I like Vikings. Anyway, I appreciate E-Feds that accent a member in a "Superstar of the Week" type of thing, whether it'd be a graphic or a short article about him/her/Orlando Jordan. Later on I found out that the little graphics they use are actually VWF Trading Cards. All the Affiliates are listed and some of the awards VWF has are as well. It's their wall of fame so to speak. They have a good reputation, strong connections with other E-Feds and are a crucial part of the CWC which is the best thing an E-Fedding community has come up with since they came up with E-Fedding. Again, it's all about first impressions and the first thing you see from the fed are its accolades. The Twitter widget is all fine, The Champions are well listed, you can contact the owner right away if he's online and violently request nudies, etc. etc. *Application -
I'm using a similiar application method for my fed and so far it has worked great for obvious reasons. People always add some vain crap to their applications, listing 20 moves their characters, their family's medical history and whatnot. This way they can't do that, they can't leave out or add information and it goes straight to a thread or Triple B's e-mail. It's also kind of fun, actually.*Roster -
This is perhaps the part of the website I don't like that much. The roster is listed correctly, but when I click to view their profile page, some of them are missing or the images are broken. It's a huge roster and it's hard to update I'm sure but it's been like that for a while.*Storylines -
Personally, I have never seen this as a part of a fed and I love it. It's very insightful and shows a potential member that things are going down in that E-Fed, people are not just randomly facing eachother waiting for the sweet release of a Fed-Head tantrum and a 404 Error shortly after. It's simple and it works. I believe it hasn't been updated since November 2010, but I could be wrong, maybe the storylines have not ended yet.*The Glossary, Show Archives, Hall of Fame, Site Traffic
etc. is nicely done. Like I said, all you need is there. Even things you didn't need but could use in the future. Everything's thought about.*Fansite and Podcast -
I checked that part of the website and I found some fun things in there. Trading cards, wrestling news, old man saggy tits and pro wrestling reviews. They're worth a read but nothing to spend hours at, unless you like old man saggy tits.
= The Forums =*The Rules -
The Rules are being updated frequently. I like that. It means that they're learning from their mistakes and adapting. The TimeZone info could prove useful to lads such as myself. I always end up trying to figure out what the fed's time is for me and I've missed Deadlines because of it. Won't happen if you're in VWF, though. They got that covered.*Updates -
I like the Updates part of the forums. *Snatch Steals**Requests -
I didn't think anyone was using that but apparently they are. Good members, not silent members. Tells you something.*Show/PPV boards -
Nothing too fancy. You RP here, shows are posted there, Archive's here. That's about it. No need to confuse the simple minded.*OOC Schtuff -
There's plenty to do at VWF if you're not skull-raping someone verbally. They do some editorials, they post wrestling news, forum games, things to kill some time with. I didn't find any egyptian pottery in there so it's active too.Conclusion:
VWF is by far one of the best, if not the
best fed I've ever had the pleasure of checking out. Makes you wonder why people are not learning from it, but instead create a clone of every bad fed out there and sit around in a dark corner, waiting for members. You don't even have to think about such things as constant no showers, douchebag staff and so on. The quality of the RPers isn't sky high either.You have a shot. With some hard work you could claw your way to the upper mid-card in a fairly quick amount of time. They have a few tough Main Eventers. It's a good fed, stable, organized and ran by people who know what the F they're doing. I'd recommend it to anyone.