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Post by The Ultimate Blueness on Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:34 am

In this area I will be covering the basics of roleplaying on a forum. There will Likely be a LOT of information here so I'm going to separate each part into sections. If your new to Forum roleplaying or roleplaying in general then this is where you want to start. I will try to be as thorough as I can and more information will likely be added as time goes by, so please be patient. If your looking for a specific topic that you are unsure about, then use the handy dandy list supplied below.

1. What is forum roleplaying?
2. To create or to Join, that is the question
3. Character Creation and Character sheets
4. Your first post
5. Character interaction and development
6. Fighting
7. The major No-No's of roleplaying
8. Creating your own story
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Post by The Ultimate Blueness on Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:34 am

Or a better question may be, what is roleplaying in general?

Its pretty simple actually. Remember when you were little, and you used to pretend to be someone or something else. Maybe you were a superhero or a villian, maybe you were a spy or a cop, maybe you were even a power ranger. All of those times you pretended to be something other then yourself, you were roleplaying. Roleplaying is essentially exactly what it sounds like, your playing a role. Your pretending that you are someone else, maybe in a different time or even a different universe.

Some roleplaying is done in person with other individuals. Usually you stand around a table and speak for your character, saying what they would do in a given situation. This is often referred to as table-top roleplay. It often involves dice and figurines. The success or failure of your actions is based on the role of the dice and the manner in which you created your character. I am no expert on what table-top roleplaying is, so this is probably a very vague description, but we arent here to table-top roleplay, we are here to forum roleplay.

Forum roleplaying take the same basic idea that table-top roleplaying does, but portrays it in a different manner. Instead of dice throwing deciding the outcome of an action, your own skills and the skills of those you are writing with determines the outcome. Forum roleplaying is essentially like writing a book with a bunch of other people. Together you create a story, each playing an important part in its developments. Together you can create entire worlds, the likes of which none have seen before. It can be as simple as a high school drama, or as complex as an all out war between multiple nations. The possibilities are quite literally endless. You can be anything you want to be, live anywhere you want to live, its all up too you, and the people your writing with.

This is only a vague description of what forum-roleplaying really is, but for the purposes of this faq, I think it will do. Roleplaying is something that you have to experience in order to truly understand. Roleplaying is not for everyone, some people just don't understand the appeal, but for those who enjoy it, it can be an endless supply of entertainment.
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Re: Roleplaying FAQ

Post by The Ultimate Blueness on Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:35 am

Now that you know what forum roleplaying is, it's time to learn about joining or creating your first roleplay. But where to start? Well, if your completely knew to forum roleplaying, it probably a good idea to join another persons thread rather then just trying to make one yourself. There is a lot that goes into making a good rp and when your first learning it can be rather difficult. I suggest that you first look around the site and see who is recruiting. If you see an idea that interests you, then post in the Out of Character (OOC) stating that you wish to join. DO NOT just post immediately in the In-Character roleplay. That is considered rather rude and can get you into some trouble. Its often better to just wait to be accepted by the GM (Game manager, Game Master etc.) and then create your Character sheet.

If you do not manage to find anything that interests you or all the rp's are too advanced then you can create your own roleplay. I will cover creating your own roleplay in a different section, as it can be very complicated to make a good one.

On a side note, there will be several mentor-run roleplays that will be taking place. If your looking for a good place to start, those will probably be it. They will be posted here when they get started so keep your eyes open for them.
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Re: Roleplaying FAQ

Post by The Ultimate Blueness on Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:35 am

After you have expressed interest in joining an RP, you will likely need to create a character sheet, or CS for short. A character sheet is the building block of the character you plan on playing. They are very important because they give you and everyone else you are roleplaying with an idea of what your character can do. Almost every roleplay you join will require you to have a Character sheet, so its important to understand exactly how to make them. I will be covering every aspect of a Character sheet in detail, and then I will provide you with a few examples made by me and some of the other mods and admins.

Name: (This the name you wish your character to be called throughout the RP. Its pretty simple to understand, but make sure you remember it so your name doesn't constantly change when your writing posts)

Age: (Again, pretty self explanatory. Just make sure your character reflects the age you put here.)

Gender: (Is your character a male or female, or something else all together)

Appearance: (This can either be a photograph or a detailed description of what your character looks like. Photographs are usually easier and can give a better picture of what your character looks like, but descriptions allow you to create your character in any way you want, and make them look however you wish.)

Personality: (This is how your character acts on a daily basis. It gives others a better idea of what your character would do in a situation. Personality usually includes things such as; bold, crazy, always happy, a loner, loves animals etc.)

History: (This explains a characters life up to the present. It details their history, and any major life events that happened in their past. It gives others an idea of why your character acts the way they do. Maybe your character liived a sheltered life, or maybe your character grew up in the ghetto, having to work hard just to get by. Maybe someone close to them died and it changed them forver. These are all things that would go here. Sometimes you will not have to put a history. If you wish to reveal your characters past In-character, then its usually better to leave this vague.)

These are the basic components of a character sheet, Some character sheet will require you to write other information, it all depends on the type of roleplay your joining. Below is an example of a more combat based character.

Here is an example of a CS created by the sites admin The Ultimate Blueness:

The first thing you need to do is get a photo-hosting website for your photos. Like photobucket. I use it, and it's honestly one of the damned best. After you get that, you'll want to get an IMG code and paste that into your OOC that you're applying for with your ch (Character).

For Example:

It's going to vary with what kind of Character you're using. In this very instance, this is a character that is part animal. So normally I list just what that character is called, and probably why it is, what it is. Like this:

Name: Raphi

Age: 22

Type: Hybrid (creature type)

Territory: (it's often helpful to list this, if you're in Advanced and starting somewhere with a map) the forest

Weapons of Choice: (varies from RP to RP, some might not even have weapon usage) throwing stars

Special Talents or Abilities: (again varies from RP to RP) [for example] Ability to use blue fire, summon electricity from the skies, leap very high into the air, and run faster than most humans, able to hear things (since she's part animal) much better.

About: (varies in length and depth upon RP)
For Free Roleplay: can be a sentence or two long, or more.
For Casual: 1-2 paragraphs
Advanced: 1-8 paragraphs (some people do not list much however, to leave it open for spoilers)

And so there you have it.
Now that you know just how to make a CS, you can start signing up for RPs and meeting other characters from all over the world. Always make sure that the Character that you are bringing in fits the GM's (Game Master - the person who made the RP you want to join) standards, and no spamming or trolling. No fighting either. All RPers must obey their GMs unless it's something serious obviously, where you would come and speak with us. But with all this said, you are now ready to go out there and do your thing. See the 1 x 1 OOC and the 1 x 1 IC (in-Character) for Examples of proper CS's and proper posting.

Thanks!

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Re: Roleplaying FAQ

Post by The Ultimate Blueness on Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:36 am

Once your CS has been created and you have been cleared to post you will need to prepare yourself to write your first post. Your first post is actually pretty important. It introduces you to the rest of the players and gives them a rough idea of your overall skill. It also opens up your character to interact with others and is a pretty good place to expand their back story. There are a couple of things that are very important when writing your first post.

1. Your character is most likely coming from some where, whether he has just woken up from a nap or has just left the capital of the new world order. Its a good idea to add this in as it not only gives your character some depth but also lengthens your post.

2. What is your character currently doing. Is he reading the newspaper? Is he taking a walk down a long and deserted road? Is he picking his nose? Whatever it is he is currently doing, its a good idea to add it in.

3. Your character should have a destination. Usually that destination will be predetermined by the GM. If your character is just staying in one place then they will not have the opportunity to interact with other characters. It is very important to give other players the opportunity to interact with your character. If they cannot interact with you or you with them, then whats the point of rping?

This is a very good guide that talks about what goes into making a good post in general, I would suggest reading it and absorbing what its saying.
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