Hmmmm...a very worthy discussion to be had about recruitment. Looking forward, I think that the Adoptions Program may not be as useful a tool as casual, friendly contact, as others have suggested. Some people might want more help--others might want less. It allows us to respond appropriately to everyone who comes across. And it builds community, which helps increase the likelihood people have a good time (because, remember, that's what it's all about, right? ) and increase retention. Don't brand it as something formal, but make it something like what Xan suggested. As for casting...it's nothing I've encountered as a player or encountered as a GM. I do think that it closes off opportunities for wonderfully surprising things, which is a shame, but I don't know if I'd go so far as to ban it if the decision rested on me. Societal shunning seems a better approach for the moment. All I know is that personally as a GM, if I'd approached people for ELL and said, "Hey, I think it'd be awesome if you took this team," I'd have lost some incredible storylines in the process. Though there is a knowledge barrier to entry, it's one that I break down individually and collaboratively with players interested in joining the game by using their interests to find a good match. Glad we're discussing this stuff though. Like ramza said, plans would be good...but I haven't got one at the moment.