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Roleplaying 101Edit

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Roleplaying 101Edit

by Tempist Opps

In the world of Storytelling Roleplaying, there are many important factors that can contribute to your success as a writer, roleplayer, and community member. What follows is something I've done in the past several times, and explains some of the basic principles of Storytelling.


CharacterizationEdit

When you initially create your character, it's often best to have an idea of what you want the character to be about right from the start. Have things about their past, appearance, and other details that make the character real unfold over time. If you haven't got a full back-story - no biggie, make it up as you go along.

Some things to mention in passing as you're developing your character can include the clothing they have at the time, hair, eyes, mannerisms, etc. It can do wonders.


It's a PostEdit

  • Setting - The location, time, atmosphere, and mood of the post. When you post a new thread, you want the other players to know exactly how it should feel in the atmosphere. This helps other players interact more accordingly.
  • Action - What your character does to interact with the setting and other characters. Though some posts don't require enough action to include something lengthy all the time, it's usually a help to show that you're more than a talk-box. In reality people don't stand like a board and speak to each other usually, why should you make your character do what isn't natural for a living sentient being?
  • Dialogue - Speech, through verbal or telepathic means. This is different from a character's thoughts, seeing as other characters (aside from those using force communication and have undergone the full training to learn this) cannot hear the thoughts. It helps to show how your character meant the words to come out as well, sarcasm is hard to demonstrate without a note about it.

    Separation of Action from DialogueEdit

    When roleplaying, there are certain things that must be kept in mind. All players must know what you are doing when they read it, which means you need to separate your thoughts, actions, and dialogue carefully. Some people tend to use asterisks ( *'s) to separate their actions, while others use quotation marks ("s) to show the words. Others still use italics or boldface to separate important aspects. I cannot stress the importance of this enough, you must separate your words from your actions if you want to get quality replies.


    GrammarEdit

    Grammar is something that many people struggle with, which is quite understandable. No one is expected to be perfect all the time. However, it's important to make sure that you include everything that you need in your sentences. For example, if you want to say that you punched someone in the face and there are multiple people in the thread, you must say who you are punching. Leaving out important words can confuse people beyond all belief, and bring the thread to a grinding halt.


    PunctuationEdit

    Please use periods at the end of your sentences. When a sentence runs into the next it is hard to read it makes it very hard to understand where the break is it gets people angry and confused do you see what i mean

    Yeah, don't do that. Question marks can go a long way as well, and commas can do wonders to break up monotony in a post.


    Random Acts of KindnessEdit

    Be kind to your fellow roleplayers, especially if you expect the same done in return for you. While some characters (like Sith) are known to be very meanspirited and evil, it's usually best to not do something you wouldn't want done to your character or that you wouldn't be able to handle without clearing it with the person to whom you are doing it to.

    Example: the FAQ points out that removing limbs, delivering fatal wounds, and permanently injuring characters other than your own is prohibited. They are generally not nice, and ruin fun. The same holds true with swarming low level characters, pitting high powered characters against low level characters, and (of course) Godmoding. Don't do it, because it's no fun and it can get you banned.

    Out of character kindness is just as important (if not more important) than in character courtesy since we all play here. Get along with one another, out of character squabbles are to be left off of here. Drama's only worthwhile when it's scripted, no one wants to see it unscripted.

    I hope this has helped new and old players alike. Much of this information is stated in the handy-dandy FAQ, which everyone who posts should have read at least once. I look forward to roleplaying with everyone here that I haven't yet, and hope that the common sense I just spent a half hour typing will not get wasted. Cheers.

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