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    Basic Roleplayer Guidelines

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    Basic Roleplayer Guidelines

    Post by Admin on December 12th 2013, 2:02 am

    Hello there! Welcome to the Basic Roleplayer’s Guide for the New to Improve!

    Welcome to your first step into learning more about what Roleplaying is, how to do it, learning it’s terms and simple nooks and cranny’s. However, you may be wondering to yourself a question:

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    What exactly is Roleplaying?

    Roleplaying is where you control the role of your character, and play as that character through a plot or story with other members. You control your character’s actions, interactions, reactions, everything they do through the story.

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    So now you’re probably thinking;

    What is a Roleplay?

    A Roleplay is an interactive story, where a plot has been defined, and the problem is set out to be solved or made worse, by characters created by members, participating in that Roleplay. Characters help progress the story to a [in almost all cases, undefined] end, adding to its depth and intrigue with their own events, actions and doings.

    Now that you’ve gotten that far, let’s take a look around the forums to help you get started!

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    Roleplay Boards:

    Here is where the Roleplay, or RP for short, actually happens. All of the story and character interaction goes on in this forum, and for those creating their own RP, this is where you post the actual thread to begin! Being a Pokémon forum, we are not limited to only Pokémon Role Plays, all kinds of RP’s may be posted here.

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    Roleplay Sign Ups and Discussion:

    Looking for a Role Play to join? Want to start a Role Play, but need members to join them? This is where you start anything Roleplay. Again, any Sign Up for any kind of Roleplay begins in your roleplay thread. These threads are also for where all the discussion about the RP in particular happens. Anything out of character is posted here, be it working out ways to progress the story, plot twists, or even character relationships.

    Note: You may use your own Roleplay thread as Sign Up sheet since we don't have sub-forum of Roleplay Sign Up just yet.

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    Roleplay Terms and Acronyms:

    Often you’ll see some weird terms or acronyms around the forums. Not sure what they mean? Here’s a list of definitions and terms we use here in the Role Play boards:

    RP – An abbreviation for Role Play

    SU – An abbreviation for Sign Up

    DS/DC - An abbreviation for Discussion

    OOC - Out of Character, used for speaking out of character, if necessary in an RP post. This is usually kept to discussion threads.

    IC – In Character, used for stating you are going back into character in an RP post after using OOC. In Character posts are used in the Role Play itself.

    GM or RPM – An abbreviation for Game Master and Role Play Master respectively, the member that runs the role play of which members are participating in.

    Bunnying – A term used for controlling the actions of another character that is not under your control or ownership. Doing this without the permission of the owner of the character is one of the things we try to avoid.

    God Modding – This term refers to one’s character’s actions being those that are either impossible and or completely controlling of the situation, such as instant killing, gaining knowledge on impossible circumstances, or surviving impossible circumstances, even the capabilities of one’s character being that in likeness to a god. We discourage this throughout all the Role Play boards as it is highly frowned upon, and let’s be honest, it’s not really that fun. Don’t do it.

    Out of Character Knowledge [Or OOC Knowledge] – Knowledge of something within the RP that has only been made known, discussed or discovered outside of the actual RP itself. For example, the GM reveals a plot twist for the RP that was concealed at the start so the members have more of a story to go on, however the characters in the actual story have no idea of.

    Reserve or Reservation – When people ask for a reserve, they're basically saying "Hey, I wanna join your RP, but my character will be done later on!" People who have finished their SU will be sure to let you know when they're finished!

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    Here are some things to try and avoid with Roleplays considered PG-16 level:

    - Excessive amounts of cursing: We don’t need a long trail of every word that would end up getting your mouth power washed in seconds. The occasional curse is alright if the role play permits it. Should a character of yours be such a potty mouth, rather than ending up writing out each word, use something more along the lines of: ‘And then he continued muttered a long trail of profanities.’

    - Romantic scenes: A lot of times, anything beyond a kiss/snuggle will be fine for everyone else to read, again if the role play you are in permits it. Remember to check the internal rules of the RP!

    - Scenes of intense violence and detailed gore: This isn’t entirely frowned upon, and sometimes the GM will mention if the RP will have violence involved in it. If you need to post something bloody and violent, keep it in spoiler tags with a warning for other role players who may not want to read it, or any followers of your role play that happen to be reading your adventures!

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    Here are the following things that are not allowed to be displayed in any public roleplay posts and are entirely restricted to PM if you MUST play them out:

    Highly detailed romance scenes involving intercourse: Just don’t do it in public, chances are no one wants to see it, so keep it to PM’s. Anything like this posted will be removed accordingly by a mod. Remember: if it’s over a rating of 16, most likely, it’s not for public eye.

    Writing of extremely graphic and disturbing events: things such as rape, intense murder, aren’t going to get you a lot of places. Killings are toned down and are usually contained in the background if need be. If intense things are even put into spoiler tags, it is subject to being removed if it is found inappropriate.

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    Any suggestions/questions/concerns about this thread, please reply in here!


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