Tell me more about joining...
So where’s the application to join?
Good question. The CSWA hasn’t had an open application process since 1998. We simply got so many responses that it was hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Plus, it was impossible to respond back to all the applicants.
We currently open up the join form as we have some spots available. To enter a character to be considered, visit here.
Typically, new members are added by referral or invitation, or through special events like the CSWA Presidential Championship Tournament.
How do I get invited?
Even we really aren’t sure. It’s extremely rare for us to go out and ‘hunt’ for new talent. While Chad reads and peruses other leagues and their cards, he doesn’t generally invite members of other leagues unless they’ve been referred. Most often, an invitation is offered for a specific ‘slot’ that needs to be filled: a face tag team, etc. Again, those times are rare.
Then how do I get referred?
By chatting up a CSWA member. They are the best place to get ‘in-depth’ information on the CSWA, what’s expected, and how things work. For most, if you express interest, they’ll be willing to talk, or at least to put you in touch with someone.
Be aware, however, that sometimes the members are even more picky than the ownership. They are the first line of ‘defense,’ filtering out those who might not be quite ready.
I don’t know any members. How can I get in touch?
The best way currently is to use the “Fan Discussion” board on RP Central. It’s open to the public, so if you have a specific question, or would like to discuss something in private, post a note and you should get a response or e-mail. If all else fails, go straight to the boss, just realize there may be a significant delay in reply time.
What are you looking for in members?
Again, it varies, but here are some guidelines. First of all, good writers. The CSWA has a collection of some of the best at what they do. Expect that it’s going to take some time to get acclimated and feel comfortable going against them (and working with them.)
Just as important, a good personality that’s going to fit in. We don’t have OOC ‘fights’ in our ‘backstage’ area. We may disagree about certain things and discuss, but that’s how it goes. If you disagree with the way something was written in a card, you go to Chad, not the matchwriter or another handler. If you disagree with the way something was written in a roleplay, then discuss with the handler and/or Chad as necessary.
We’re also always looking for people who want to do more than just roleplay. As you can see, the CSWA is a community that reaches beyond just its members. We’re creating an interactive experience, so help with cards, articles, interviews, history, etc. is always needed. Be ready to pitch in, and understand that you might be asked to help in different roles than you might be used to.