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Beginner Guide to Roleplaying - MUST READ

Post by ShadowMoon on Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:15 am

Roleplay Etiquette

This forum vaguely follows a play by post roleplaying format.

As a roleplayer, you are expected to have a basic grasp of the English language.
__● Chat-speak is prohibited in both roleplaying areas. Posts should be a pleasure to read, not a chore.
__● To the best of your ability, write in proper English; strive to write clearly with proper grammar and correct spelling. Resist the temptation to mix languages, such as adding random Japanese words (e.g. ‘kawaii’, ‘sugoi’) or leet speak (i.e. l337 5p34k) unless there is a dire need. Not only is it unimpressive, it is supremely exasperating to read.
__● We expect roleplay posts to have content. We are not expecting 500 words of perfect prose. We do not expect an ‘advanced’ level of roleplaying. What we do expect is that your posts will contain substance that will drive the plot forward.
__● In most instances, one-lining does not contribute anything to the plot at all. This is to be avoided.

The following things should be avoided at all costs (further elaboration of these terms can be found on this guide: [#]):
__● Godmodding: is when you create a character who is extremely powerful or invincible. Your character’s abilities are bound by the limits set by the roleplay.
__● Powerplaying: is when a player controls another’s character without prior permission. In your posts you are to control your character(s) and your character(s) alone, unless you have received permission to control another player’s character.
__● Metagaming: is when OOC knowledge is used within a roleplay. That is, knowing a character’s personality or abilities before meeting them.
__● Creating a Mary Sue/Gary Stu: if a character has no weaknesses or flaws at all, they are a Mary Sue or a Gary Stu. Flat characters that have no room for development is also a Mary Sue or a Gary Stu (because they are so perfect).

Follow the GM’s rules.
__● GMs have the right to reject an application or ask for revision until a character sheet is up to standard.
__● Should a member cause trouble because of a GMs decision, the GM has every right to kick out a member from their RP. If the member is persistent, the matter should be reported to a member of staff.
__● If the member continues to be problematic in other roleplays, they will be banned from the roleplaying forums altogether.
______● Members who are notorious for being inactive while participating in a roleplay may also be banned from the section.

Be aware that roleplaying is collaborative writing.
__● Learn to communicate with your fellow RPers. At some point there will be some clashes, and roleplayers must learn to compromise. Disagreements must be discussed in a civil manner.
__● If you have not reached a conclusion, turn to the gamemaster. If all else fails, turn to a moderator.




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Post by ShadowMoon on Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:16 am

WHAT IS ROLEPLAYING?

"Roleplaying is something that brings our characters, our stories, our writing together to make something of ineffable imagination."
---- Abox, who wishes to remain partially anonymous.

"RPing is something to relieve stress? It is something you do in spare time."
---- Aran

Everyone has different ideas in their minds about what roleplaying is defined as. In a nutshell, it's a perfect way of socialising with others whilst being able to pour out all your imagination.

In a 'boring' two lines

"A game in which players assume the role of a character. Posting through written text after other players, they are to build a story according to the plot given."

Thus ends my dry introduction to roleplaying.
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Re: Beginner Guide to Roleplaying - MUST READ

Post by ShadowMoon on Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:17 am

Filling in a Character Application

I will be going over what a RP creator will generally look out for in an application, covering the Biography and Personality in particular. Age, gender, likes and dislikes are quite self-explanatory and thus easy to fill in.

DECIDING ON A VIABLE CHARACTER

Some people start wondering about their character first, Some figure out their character along the way.

A suggestion is to write about a character dealing with a particular scenario relevant to the roleplay; sometimes you can discover a personality.

Now for Mary Sues and Gary Stus. They are defined according to wikipedia as:

''... a fictional character with overly idealized and hackneyed (cliche) mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as a wish-fulfillment fantasy for the author or reader."

As soon as you've dealt with choosing your character type completely check if your character is viable. Here's a litmus test to check if your character is right to use: The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test.


QUANTITY VS QUALITY

A character application is something to use in order to refer back to. It is not just for yourself, but for others to read as well; hence there's a character complication thread created for easier access. When you make your application, consider those who intend to read it and want to know enough about your character without having to spend too much time reading through it all or searching through text and text. It is preferable if you can keep things as concise as you can. Trivial details can be introduced during the course of the roleplay.

FILLING IN THE BIOGRAPHY

The biography should entail the character's history up until the current course of the roleplay -- nothing more; nothing less.
Things to consider:
☐ Character's family/friends? Are there any ones worth mentioning? How have they influenced them? Is there something special about any family members which have brought about a quality in them?
☐ Significant events? Are any of them particularly memorable to them?
☐ What brought them to the plot of the RP? (If Applicable)

FILLING IN THE PERSONALITY

The personality should only describe your character's persona; their individual traits which influence their decisions in how they react and think.
Things to consider:
☐ Morals?
☐ Behaviour around particular groups/individuals? How about alone?
☐ Do their outer thoughts/behaviour contrast to how they really think and feel?

COHERENCE

Note that for most standard RPs, one would look for at least decent literacy. It would be suggested that giving up some of your time to run your application, and consequently your posts, through any grammar and spelling checker would be of help to yourself and others, during the roleplay experience and possibly after.

Remember to run through your application once more before proclaiming it's complete.

Nonetheless, I hope this has helped you whilst creating a character, making sure you have filled in all or most holes in your produced character/s.
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