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General RP Rules

Postby jwrebholz on Tue Oct 25, 2005 2:14 pm

Thought this might be helpful to the new people that come in now and again.

You'll notice there's a lot of RP threads bouncing around here. Roleplay is a fun thing to do, and a lot of us do it, but just because it seems like there's no rules doesn't mean there are no rules.

First off, most RPs in this forum begin with an Introduction/Sign-up/General discussion thread. This thread's lifespan is intentionally temporary, and they typically die off not long after the roleplay session begins. This is where you go to learn about the premise and restrictions, sign up for the RP, and make suggestions/additions/etc as you see fit. This is helpful because not all RPs are perfectly sorted, and they usually require a little tweaking. Once the RP starts, a post in the Intro thread is sometimes but not always made and the actual RP is begun in a seperate thread.

Different RPs vary in their rules as to who they'll let in and when. Most will allow anyone in who's willing to contribute before the RP starts--others have tight restrictions on the number of people that can join, and what roles they can or cannot take. Once begun, most RPs are closed to new arrivals. Certain ones like the Moperville RP are open to new arrivals all the time, provided you can write yourself in properly and can contribute to the thread. Others are closed to entry as soon as they're started.

If you want to join an RP but aren't sure if it's open, PM someone who's in the RP. Ideally you should contact the person who authored the RP (almost always the one who started the thread) and ask their permission.

Also, when joining an RP already in progress, you should take the time to read at least some of its history to:

A) Understand where the story is at the moment
B) Understand the main character types acting in the story
C) Understand the flavour/mood/style of the RP

We can't have a big dramatic character/event in a mayhem RP any more than we can have a mayhem character/event in a dramatic RP. (Thanks, Umiyama!)

When you're ready to join, create a biography for your new character and put it in the Character Bios thread that's stickied at the top of the page. Be as detailed as possible and include any relevant information. If you make changes and/or updates to that bio, think about making a post at the end stating you've changed something. It's not required but it's not a bad idea, especially if you're making major alterations. Oh, and if you need to change something, EDIT the existing profile--don't copy it and paste it into an entirely new post. You can have as many bios as you want in that thread; there's absolutely no limit. You can also use as much space as you need for your bio, so please be as detailed as you can. The typical format starts with the RP this bio is for, followed by the character's name and physical description, followed by things like history, special abilities, equipment, etc. as necessary. You can, of course, organize it however you want, but put the RP the character is for at or near the top of the message, so others can find it easily.

This bit is important. DON'T MAKE YOUR CHARACTERS MORE POWERFUL THAN THE OTHERS! It's ok to have the occasional character that's the cremme de la cremme (eg: my character in Atashi's LM rp, a well traveled assassin, is more adept at silently stalking an opponent then the other characters, or at least most of them). That's ok, that's specializing, that offers the DM a chance to tailor parts of a story to each person. What's not OK is to have the superhuman character, one that's so much more powerful that he/she outshines the others in every incident,

eg: Joe Schmoe, after destroying an army of super-zombies with a wave of a finger (and before the others could raise their swords), charged at the necromancer in full fury, crushing him with a single blow of his mystical warhammer.

That is wrong, and will probably earn you a few angry PMs. (Thanks, DMfromhell!)

If you're going to modify your character after the RP has started, consider the modifications first. If it's something small like fixing a minor detail that didn't really make sense, or just clarifying something, then go right ahead. If however you're adding new abilities or altering that character's appearance or history, contact the RP's creator first before you make any changes, so as to avoid having a bunch of Mary Sues running around. (A Mary Sue is a character that is seemingly invincible, perfect and capable of doing anything at any time. They're horribly unbalanced and they tend to ruin the RP for everyone involved). (Thanks Dude of Cool!)

Once in an RP, please be respectful to the game and its rules. Please WRITE CLEARLY and use proper punctuation and spelling when possible (we let Sqauto slide on this because he's just so darn loveable. j/k :) ) If we can't understand what you're saying, count on getting ignored. You aren't in a race here; the clearer you are, the better off you'll be.

The STYLE you write in is less important. Some write script-style, like this:

Jack: *runs up the hill* I fetched a pail of water!
Jill: *runs up the hill* I went with him!
*Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after*

Actions are seperated by *asterisks*. Speech is listed unmarked, after the character's name.

Some prefer a more novel-like style.

Humpty Dumpty sat alone on his wall, praying to the Gods that, being an egg, nobody would come along and fry or scramble him. Sadly though, he fell to the ground. "I've fallen and I can't get up!" he screamed, as the king sent his best men to try to mend the fallen Dumpty. Unfortunately not even all the king's horses and all the king's men could put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

It's entirely up to you. Just be consistent throughout the RP. If you always denote internal thoughts with (parentheses) but then suddenly switch to italics, people are going to get confused. Foreign languages, though are almost always denoted by <angle braces>. Stuff like thoughts and/or telepathic messages are usually denoted by italics, but some who prefer script-style will use "quotes". You don't HAVE to do it this way, but this is how most work. (Thanks Cameo)

Please try to keep Out Of Character (OOC) posting to a minimum. A line or two in a regular post is OK, but try to keep it short.
Also, try to avoid one or two-line RP posts. Like OOC stuff, once in a while is OK, but if you make a habit of it you won't be helping anyone.

Taking control of other people's characters is considered bad form, and as a rule you should avoid it. Things like carrying on a basic conversation, wherein you only need that character to make simple answers, is sometimes OK. Having said character making story-altering changes and such is NOT OK. Expect several irate posts afterward if you try this.

Another thing you should be mindful of is your language. There are people of ALL ages here, from younger kids and pre-teens to more distinguished folks (read: fossils) like me. The board doesn't automatically censor ANYTHING (as far as I can tell) so it's up to you to be careful. Yes, in character sometimes it's appropriate and reasonable to let an unpleasant word or seventeen through, but people will not look nicely on characters who are consistently foul-mouthed. This is an off-topic/RP forum, but the Keenspot forum's Terms of Service STILL APPLY. Excessive language could get you reported and possibly booted off. Besides which, all that swearing just makes you sound immature. (If your character IS immature though....well..try to censor out the worst of it, either with asterisks (****, or F***) or with gibberish ( $#&%*#$@# ).

One more thing to note is in regards to sexual content. Considering the tone of this forum, it would probably be best to keep it PG--nothing more graphic than making out. If you REALLY want to RP something steamy, do it via PM. I have a distinct feeling that violators of this rule will be dealt with severely. I'm not a moderator, so I don't have the final say on something like this. Corran_Star, however, IS a moderator, and that's basically what he said. You've been warned. (Thanks, Miss_Sidhe and corran_star!)

No One Hit Kills EVER. One Hit Kills are the bane of the Fighting RP. A one hit kill can be anything that either kills the character or immediately renders them defeated in any battle.

No Speed Fighting. This is concidered equal to if not worse than One Hit Kills. Usually the two are used in conjunction with each other like so:

i.e. Player One gets out his sword
Player One swings his sword at Player Two
Player One cuts Player Two's head off killing him instantly
Player One picks up Player Two's head as a trophy
Player One leaves the room

As you can see Player Two is given virtually no chance to defend themselves or even make an attack of their own. Player One has typed this all out within about 5 minutes. I've actually witnessed this happen. If you do this you DESERVE to be banned

Always take your hits. If you are attacked by another player and they injure you don't spend 15 minutes argueing that it didn't connect. You play, you get hurt. Sometimes you even die. Deal with it.

On the other hand Turn Based Fighting is always respected in roleplaying. As mentioned before in point 3 not letting a person defend or attack is concidered speed fighting. Turn-based consists of one move per player per post. Your move can be an attack or a defence sometimes you can even defend and then attack. This is allowed. What is not allowed is more than one attack per post. As seen above this gets messy. A proper Turn-based Fight goes as follows:

i.e. Player One readies his blade swinging it through the air at Player Two
Player Two holds up his shield to defend the blow and then attacks with his own blade
Player One parries the blade with his blade

Player One's first post is a single attack. Player Two's post is a defence then an attack. Player One's next post is then purely defence. It doesn't strictly have to go attack, defend, attack, defend. But if you're not defending enough and wasting all your posts on attacks then you're going to lose very quickly.

NPCs. Whats an NPC? For the non RP-savvy an NPC is a Non Player Character. This can be anything from a sentient being to the horse you rode in on. Its living breathing scenery. Theres a lot more freedom with NPCs. You can auto their actions readily because in essence they are your puppets. You can also auto-kill them but if you don't let them defend the fight won't look realistic and you will come across a god moder all the same. Bashing about a bunch of harmless NPCs doesn't make you look tough. It makes you look cowardly like you can't deal with a real fight.

You do not have an army. Seriously you do not. Nor minions. Unless you're an evil Supervillian. You cannot magic up help via NPCs during a battle. Thats not fair.

OOC Knowledge. Unless your character has expressly learned something for themselves within view of at least two other players you do not know it. Do not bring OOC Knowledge to a fight. If you the player knows via reading your opponent's bio that their weakness is.......I don't know.........cookies, then unless your character has been told this by that players character or has been given a valid opportunity to find out that weakness then you do not know that weakness and cannot exploit it to your own advantage. The only possible way around this is if you are some sort of Telepath and can read minds. However there is an ettiquette adhered to by Telepathic characters. You are only permitted to know the thoughts of a character if their players give you permission to know it. You cannot barge in read their mind and instantly know all their deepest darkest secrets. Its autoing and god moding. Try to discuss such things OOC with the other typist in a civilised manner before beginning any Telepathic venture. They may not even want you to read their minds and doing so is concidered very rude. If you are Telepathic and you try to read a characters mind and they do not want you to read it then you must respect that. You must imagine its the same as them putting up a shield and blocking you out of their minds. If you don't have complete permission and cooperation it doesn't happen.

What is and isn't socially acceptable in the IRL world is generally also the same for the RP world. Just as if in the real world you attacked a girl, stole her hand bag and perhaps sexually abused her in some way, if you were to do that in the RP world you would be treated exactly the same. Sexual Harassment is not funny. Racism is not funny*. Religious abuse is not funny. There is no place for any of these things in RP. And any self-respecting DM would ban you on sight for thinking it is.

*Racism however often appears in RPs in the form of Elf vs Dwarf, Elf vs Orc, Human vs Vampire etc. This is acceptable if it is used subtley. If it is realistic to your type of character that you would scorn another race then do so. What is generally more offensive is if you have a character who is a rapist or a racist in a way that it is obviously just a guise for an IRL hatred.

i.e. If you were playing an Elf Lord and decided to keep killing every Drow who entered the chat simply because they were black. Killing a drow because its an evil enemy is one thing. Because of their skin colour is another altogether. Rape on the other hand is NEVER acceptable in any form or for any excuse. Don't play a rapist in RP unless you want to be severely hated by everyone.

Respect. Respect your fellow players, respect your fellow characters. Try to distance your character from yourself. Just because another player is your best friend IRL doesn't mean they have to be in a RP. Same goes with a person you dislike IRL. Don't automatically be hostile to their character in the RP. Be nice. Take the time to give them a chance. Sometimes these people god mode because they know no other way. Everyone was new once. Give them a chance and try to be patient when teaching them. With a little patience you can make a good thing out of a bad (except with Mary Sues of course who refuse to listen to reason) Respect includes NOT starting rumours about certain players behind their backs. Chinese Whispers is the fastest way to destroy an RP. It creates hostility, facts are blown out of proportion, nobody trusts anyone else. Its messy. If you have an issue with a player tell them subtley and politely to their face. Don't backstab.

Angst. There are varying opinions on angst. Some don't mind it. Some are really cheesed off by it. Try to keep angst to a respectful level. Too much and you run the risk of destroying your popularity. Too little and your storylines become dull tired and emotionless. Some emotion is okay. Its okay to cry. Its okay to be angry. Its not okay to do it 24/7. If your character is currently in a very angsty storyline and its unavoidable then do the following. Count exactly how many posts during that storyline that involved angst. When the storyline has finished you must do exactly the same amount of posts without angst before you can be permitted to do another dramatic storyline. Sometimes Angst is your friend and will give you powerful, and moving storylines to capture your readers. Othertimes if you're too much of a crybaby you will just come across as weak and wishy-washy and will drive off potential friends.

19. The DM has final word on all matters. Do NOT disrespect the DM. In the RP verse the DM is your god. This does not mean you should buttkiss to them until they give you your own position of power. Most DM will catch onto this very fast. What it does mean however is that they have authority over the rules of the game. If you think the rules are unfair then discuss it civilly with the DM. If you catch a godmoder and think he/she should be punished discuss it with the DM. If you have ideas for how the game can be improved discuss it with the DM. Don't try to overrule the DM. Don't make the DM look like an idiot. Especially if you are their best friend IRL. Nothing will get you banned faster. The DM is doing their best to run a game for all to enjoy. Its hard work so help them out where you can by adhering to the rules they set and not giving them any extra grief about it. Respect them as you should respect any higher authority. Don't argue OOC with them. Accept what you are told and move on. If it really is an issue then discussion always helps. (Thanks, Miss_Sidhe!)

GMing contains a whole 'nother set of rules.

As the Game Master (hereafter referred to as GM, not to be confused with General Motors) it's your responsibility to keep the RP running smoothly. While I'm no expert at GMing (I have yet to start an RP on Mayhem) it's not to say I don't have a few ideas on how things should be done.

First off, before you begin the RP, do yourself and your future playmates a favor and write up an outline of the plot and the setting. You don't need to dive into severe detail here--just hit on the major plot points so you have a framework of how you want things to go, and try to set the basic tone, time and location. Then work down from there, going into more and more detail. It's very much like writing a story, and there are similarities. The one thing you need to remember though is that while you alone decide where a novel will go, your characters will ultimately decide which direction the RP goes, so at certain points you may want to write up alternate plotlines, just in case things head in a different direction than what you originally planned.

Once you've got a plot and a setting, start the intro thread. Give everyone a basic idea of what you plan to do, then see what they have to say. If they come up with ideas you hadn't thought of, and you like them, you can include them if your story is adaptable enough. (If the idea is really outlandish--like giving everyone lightsabers in a medieval setting feel free to dismiss it, but if it's a reasonable idea and you can't fit it into your framework, maybe your framework is too inflexible)

Once you've got all the characters you think you can handle, fire things up. I'd give people about a week to think things over--if you post the intro thread on a Sunday, plan to start the following Saturday. Any longer than that and people lose interest or forget entirely. Once the RP starts, it's up to you whether or not to allow additional members in after it's begun.

As GM, you are a God (or Goddess). Your word is law, and nigh-indisputable. This kind of power carries a good deal of responsibility, so weild it carefully. You have to give your players a little slack about certain things--they are going to occasionally ignore certain bits that turned out to not be so useful, and may play things out in a completely different direction than you had originally intended. While you should plan for possible forks in the plot, and give a LITTLE slack, don't let go of the reins completely. If things get too ridiculous or too serious or too angsty or the thread starts wandering off-topic, don't be afraid to bring the hammer down. Discipline rogue players--kick them out if absolutely necessary, but save that for a last resort. Finesse rather than force is the best way to go about things, in my opinion.

If it looks like the RP has stalled or the players are beginning to lose interest, it's usually due to a lack of planning. Most RPs slow down after the first few pages once the novelty wears off--that's normal. If posting stops entirely, or players seem to just be making posts for the sake of doing something, then maybe it's time to give the RP a bit of a jump-start. Simply put, GIVE YOUR PLAYERS SOMETHING TO DO. If they're sitting around going "What do you wanna do?" " I dunno, what do you wanna do?" "I dunno, what do you wanna do?" It's probably time to give 'em something to do. If people stop posting entirely, it's definitely time to give 'em something to do. Once they're posting and being constructive (or destructive, whatever the RP happens to call for) you can get the plot moving again.

Other RPs will have additional rules specific to that RP, so if any of THOSE rules contradict any of THESE rules, the rules in the RP take precedent. This, also, is by no means an official laying down of the law--just some guidelines I've picked up on in my time here.

The more experienced forum-goers are of course welcome to make additions, changes and such to this. It's by no means a complete listing.

If you have anything to add, please post it below and I'll add it to this post (with possibly minor rewrites to help clarify what you're saying, or to eliminate parts of what you said that are redundant with what's already here). You will get credit for your addition! Also, if you have issue with anything I've added here that you've suggested, please send me a PM and I'll be happy to tell you what's up.
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Postby Cameo on Tue Oct 25, 2005 2:49 pm

I hadn't actually thought about the <angle brackets> thing, but thoughts or telepathic messages are usually denoted by italics. In my experience, anyways.

All I had to offer, but this seems like a good idea.
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Postby Dude of cool on Tue Oct 25, 2005 3:11 pm

I say they're all great rules and stuff in fact I shall have to study them well!
but, not that it happens all that often, but...

I'm thinking that if your character has any hidden abilities or any suddenly "activated" abilities (bear with me, I make up as I go along) that you should contact the RP creator (I sooo want to say GM, but I probably shouldn't) before actually using them, as they might not like it if your character suddenly does something that was never mentioned in the bio (ex. "oh noes! we shouldn't have used that door!" "don't worry! I Joe Average Man can travel through time, so it doesn't matter!") and it might ruin a plot twist of some sort (ex. "oh noes! we shouldn't have used that door!" "Oh my gosh! the door is locked, but it's raining candy! I, Joe Average Man am quite pleased!")

this could probably go unwritten, as, again, it doesn't happen a lot , but I feel like mentioning it...
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Postby Grim Atescu on Tue Oct 25, 2005 3:30 pm

Actually, most of my forum experience comes from RP forums, and that's a pretty good listing of general rules.
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Postby jwrebholz on Tue Oct 25, 2005 3:35 pm

Thanks everyone for your comments and contributions! I'll be relying on the more experienced members to help me out with this, and as it says above, I'll update the first post with any necessary changes as they happen.
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Postby Umiyama on Tue Oct 25, 2005 8:35 pm

Good form, Sir James. I would like to add that anyone wanting to join an RP in progress should take the time to read at least some of its history to:

A) Understand where the story is at the moment
B) Understand the main character types acting in the story
C) Understand the flavour/mood/style of the RP

We can't have a big dramatic character/event in a mayhem RP any more than we can have a mayhem character/event in a dramatic RP.

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Postby jwrebholz on Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:56 am

Thanks for the addition. The first post has been duly updated.

And I apologize for the bump, but I'd like to keep this on the first page.
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Postby Berk on Wed Oct 26, 2005 7:04 am

I propose a move to Sticky this thread.

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Postby jwrebholz on Wed Oct 26, 2005 7:17 am

Aye! You would do me a tremendous honor, sir.
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Postby Dude of cool on Wed Oct 26, 2005 7:31 am

Aye!
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Postby DMfromhell on Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:14 pm

That'd be a big 10 4 good buddy.

Oh, and here's another rule. Not so much of a rule as is it a common courtesy, but...

DON'T MAKE YOUR CHARACTERS MORE POWERFUL THAN THE OTHERS! It's ok to have the occasional character that's the cremme de la cremme (eg: my character in Atashi's LM rp, a well traveled assassin, is more adept at silently stalking an opponent then the other characters, or at least most of them). That's ok, that's specializing, that offers the DM a chance to tailor parts of a story to each person. What's not OK is to have the superhuman character, one that's so much more powerful that he/she outshines the others in every incident,

eg: Joe Schmoe, after destroying an army of super-zombies with a wave of a finger (and before the others could raise their swords), charged at the necromancer in full fury, crushing him with a single blow of his mystical warhammer.

That is wrong, and will probably earn you a few angry PMs.
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Postby Atashi-Cloud on Wed Oct 26, 2005 3:58 pm

Hrm....I know this wasn't ever mentioned until later, but the Sci-Fi Rp I had put up was designed to work the same as the Moperville Rp....problem was, getting new people to join. Now that I think on it though, it did incidentally follow one of those rules without my saying anything about it. OH, and one more thing....

I'd say it's also common courtesy to re-edit a bio as needed for specific parts of a bio. I'd say a few examples I've seen of re-edited Bios(note: this does mean I'm unintentionally lying down a rule for the Character Bios Thread) follow in the form of taking an old Bio and re-writing it to specifications, or, if you contact Berk or Corran, entire deletion(Yes, even I have had to have a Bio deleted. Mostly this follows the GM/DM's discretion, as They have the final say on stuff.)

Going on any further might be a repeat of myself, and I have a good feeling I kinda repeated some of the rules anyways, so seeing as this might be redundant, I'll delete it if necessary.^^
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Postby jwrebholz on Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:22 pm

Thanks for your additions, guys! Atashi, I looked at what you had to say, and it sounded pretty similar to a bit I already have up there. You brought up a good point, and I'll see if I can work it in, but I'm not totally sure how to do that without repeating myself.

This is turning out a lot better than I expected.
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Re: General RP Rules

Postby Sqauto on Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:15 am

jwrebholz wrote:Once in an RP, please be respectful to the game and its rules. Please WRITE CLEARLY and use proper punctuation and spelling when possible (we let Sqauto slide on this because he's just so darn loveable. j/k :) ) If we can't understand what you're saying, count on getting ignored. You aren't in a race here; the clearer you are, the better off you'll be.


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Good idea to have this. It's something that has been missing as of late. Oh, and good move Berk.

I should say this has given me a few ideas as to starting an RP (which I plan, the reasons will come to light). So good work again.
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Postby Miss_Sidhe on Thu Oct 27, 2005 6:58 pm

DMfromhell wrote:That'd be a big 10 4 good buddy.

Oh, and here's another rule. Not so much of a rule as is it a common courtesy, but...

DON'T MAKE YOUR CHARACTERS MORE POWERFUL THAN THE OTHERS! It's ok to have the occasional character that's the cremme de la cremme (eg: my character in Atashi's LM rp, a well traveled assassin, is more adept at silently stalking an opponent then the other characters, or at least most of them). That's ok, that's specializing, that offers the DM a chance to tailor parts of a story to each person. What's not OK is to have the superhuman character, one that's so much more powerful that he/she outshines the others in every incident,

eg: Joe Schmoe, after destroying an army of super-zombies with a wave of a finger (and before the others could raise their swords), charged at the necromancer in full fury, crushing him with a single blow of his mystical warhammer.

That is wrong, and will probably earn you a few angry PMs.


Yes its called god-moding and speaking as a regular roleplayer who has been at this for about 6 years I can say it is EXTREMELY frowned upon in rp circles along with autoing, speeding and other ways of not taking your hits.

Theres a page somewhere about this. I will try and find it and post the link.
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Postby Atashi-Cloud on Fri Oct 28, 2005 2:14 pm

^^ finally, someone with resources that reference this abhorrent problem with newbies to RPs....btw, I'm prolly gonna print out the link once you get it up...after all, it's not bad to keep on hand for RL people in D&D who are like this...^^
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Postby Miss_Sidhe on Sat Oct 29, 2005 7:09 am

Okay I can't find any official links right now but I have a friend who's a VERY experienced roleplayer and she loves ranting about this kinda stuff so I'll get her to write up something that outlines the basic rules and expectations of roleplay. I'd do it myself but a) I'm lazy b) I break some of the rules myself so it would be extremely hypocritical
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Postby jwrebholz on Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:36 pm

I'll be more than happy to add that information to the first post of this thread. Either post it in here and I'll edit it in, or PM me. Keep in mind I'll edit out anything that's redundant.
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Postby Quadraxis on Sat Oct 29, 2005 6:06 pm

Let me tell you now: I once RPed with a godmoder, and it was really annoying. I remember when the characters got sent to the Pikmin Planet for no real reason. It was like this:

Me: *working with an ally to try and defeat Empress Bulblax, which all in all took about 3 pages*
Godmoder: *kills Titan Dweevil by stepping on him*

But I have found that in some situations an entry with a super-strong attack is slightly plausible when you come up with a way to stop them from using it again. Tella in Final Fantasy 4 got the strongest attack in the game but never got enough MP to use it (when he did he died). SOmething like that would probably be ideal if you want a character to have a powerful entry/exit. That and not feeling like using the attack again. That happened once too.
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Postby Miss_Sidhe on Sun Oct 30, 2005 4:04 am

LONG ASS POST ALERT

Okay so the friend I spoke of who was going to write this is currently away on holiday. So I'm doing it myself. I may have repeated some things that other people have written but to the best of my knowledge this is what I have so far

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HINTS AND TIPS FOR GOOD ROLEPLAYING ETTIQUETTE

1. Never Auto. An auto is when you type the other players characters actions for them.

i.e. Tedd walked up to Susan and smiled saying "Hello Susan". Susan turned around and smiled back "Hello Tedd"

Lets assume both Tedd and Susan are played by different people. By Tedd typing Susans actions for her he has destroyed her opportunity to post back. Also by typing their actions for them they are defining the characters personality and any following actions in a way that the owner of Susan might not have wished to take. Susan may not have wished to smile and respond politely. She may have wished to hammer Tedd into the ground (and if we know Susan that is very likely) Hence Autos are concidered tacky and offensive.

2. No One Hit Kills EVER. One Hit Kills are the bane of the Fighting RP. A one hit kill can be anything that either kills the character or immediately renders them defeated in any battle.

3. No Speed Fighting. This is concidered equal to if not worse than One Hit Kills. Usually the two are used in conjunction with each other like so:

i.e. Player One gets out his sword
Player One swings his sword at Player Two
Player One cuts Player Two's head off killing him instantly
Player One picks up Player Two's head as a trophy
Player One leaves the room

As you can see Player Two is given virtually no chance to defend themselves or even make an attack of their own. Player One has typed this all out within about 5 minutes. I've actually witnessed this happen. If you do this you DESERVE to be banned

4. Always take your hits. If you are attacked by another player and they injure you don't spend 15 minutes argueing that it didn't connect. You play, you get hurt. Sometimes you even die. Deal with it.

5. On the other hand Turn Based Fighting is always respected in roleplaying. As mentioned before in point 3 not letting a person defend or attack is concidered speed fighting. Turn-based consists of one move per player per post. Your move can be an attack or a defence sometimes you can even defend and then attack. This is allowed. What is not allowed is more than one attack per post. As seen above this gets messy. A proper Turn-based Fight goes as follows:

i.e. Player One readies his blade swinging it through the air at Player Two
Player Two holds up his shield to defend the blow and then attacks with his own blade
Player One parries the blade with his blade

Player One's first post is a single attack. Player Two's post is a defence then an attack. Player One's next post is then purely defence. It doesn't strictly have to go attack, defend, attack, defend. But if you're not defending enough and wasting all your posts on attacks then you're going to lose very quickly.

6. NPCs. Whats an NPC? For the non RP-savvy an NPC is a Non Player Character. This can be anything from a sentient being to the horse you rode in on. Its living breathing scenery. Theres a lot more freedom with NPCs. You can auto their actions readily because in essence they are your puppets. You can also auto-kill them but if you don't let them defend the fight won't look realistic and you will come across a god moder all the same. Bashing about a bunch of harmless NPCs doesn't make you look tough. It makes you look cowardly like you can't deal with a real fight.

7. You do not have an army. Seriously you do not. Nor minions. Unless you're an evil Supervillian. You cannot magic up help via NPCs during a battle. Thats not fair.

8. Please learn to spell. For the sake of your other players eyes. Small typos will be tolerated though if possible you should try to go back and correct them. And especially on forums where the edit option is present. There should be no excuse for bad spelling on those. If possible try writing up your posts on a word document before you put it in the forums. Then you can use the spell check to correct the major mistakes in your posts. If you are unsure of the spelling of a word look it up! This Link especially helps. Abbreviations and 1337 speak are generally NOT appreciated. Its 'you' not 'u', 'are' not 'r', 'thanks' or 'thankyou' not 'thx'. And there is never any place for 'LOL' 'ROFL' LMAO' 'pwned' or any other such ridiculous phrases in a respectful RP. Pay attention class. You're being graded on this :P

9. Be creative and descriptive with your posts. Try to avoid typing one or two lines. This just gives the impression you are too lazy to type out a full post and can make people overlook you in an RP. Be bold and interesting but don't dominate. Imagine you're writing a story. Most good authors will usually set the scene of their character in addition to describing the actions occuring in it. This is common sense. If you type simply 'Ellen walks down a hallway and reaches a door and enters a room', people will be asking themselves 'Which corridor? Which door? To what room?' and you may miss the opportunity of someone wanting to join you because they have no idea where you are. If however you were to describe the following sentance in more detail 'Ellen walks down the hallway in the west wing of the building, her heels clicking on the wooden floor, gaze drifting to the poster-strewn walls, absently noting the swimteam was holding tryouts again. She reaches the door to her Math class and enters, crossing the room and settling in her seat' that gives people a good idea of where you are and where you will be for hopefully the next few posts so they can easily locate you and join in. As for dominating. Well this can be done in various ways. If you are too 'flowery' i.e using too many long words that nobody understands then you will not be ignored just as much as if you were too simple. A good post should be no more than 4 paragraphs long and no shorter than 2 paragraphs long. One paragraph is okay if its a long and descriptive paragraph. You can also dominate by lending too much importance to a character via NPCs. If your character is new to a place it doesn't matter how powerful or how magnificently beautiful they are, you will not have the whole crowd of people falling to their knees before you. If your NPCs are doing that then you're in trouble.

10. This takes me to my next point. Mary Sues/ Gary Stus. Who or what is Mary Sue? Who or what is Gary Stu? Mary Sue is a term referring to the perfect flawless female character. Gary Stu is her male counterpart. Mary Sues are described in detail here But for the basic overlook lets just imagine she's the most beautiful woman in existance (according to her owner) she's delicate, graceful, charming, highly skilled in all languages/forms of magic/combat. She's basically the creme de la creme. The best there is. She doesn't have to be blond as demonstrated but she usually is. Mary Sues looks can vary widely as long as they are always stunningly beautiful. I have even seen Mary Sue orcs and goblins who are meant to be ugly but are portrayed as beautiful green-skinned She-Hulks (only far more graceful and modest of course) They are often scantily clad and of course irresistable to every male character in the game. They are female god-moders and will often play goddesses. Especially Goddesses of Love. Aside from being annoying enough just by being so flawless they are also the biggest whingers in the game regularly accused of not taking hits. Either that or they will do the opposite and take damage from the slightest thing. Mary Sues have been known to bleed to death from a paper-cut. Seriously. No joke. Gary Stus are usually mighty warriors. They're the strongest, the fastest, the most skilled. They're descended from a great King or Chieftain. Sometimes even a god. Or maybe they ARE a god? It doesn't matter how many times you ban a Mary Sue or Gary Stu more will breed in its place. If your rp has been infested with Mary Sues/Gary Stus then you need to call an exterminator before they gnaw it to pieces with their bad roleplaying. Mary Sues are the worst because they will propagate their species by repeated pregnancies ensuring there is always a Mary Sue in the game. And they don't give up. If you ban them under one alias they will make a new one and return and return and return and return. They are seriously Death to RP. If you are a Mary Sue/Gary Stu then please do the world a favour and NEVER ROLEPLAY AGAIN.

11. That rant done with, onto the next point. Match your character to its setting. If the RP is set in medieval times you CANNOT play Darth Vader. You won't believe how many times I have entered roleplays set in medieval taverns and found Japanese Schoolgirl Pop-singers, Predators and Star Wars characters. Medieval RP settings are just that. Medieval. This means no guns, no tv, no cellphones, no hairdryers, nothing modern. You cannot wear a leather trenchcoat. You do not own a pair of Uzi and you do not have a watch that lets you teleport on a whim. The same with a Modern RP. If you are in a Modern RP unless you seriously have a good reason and backstory for that character being there then you cannot play King Henry VIII. Modern RPs are slightly more free in this of course. Especially since the advent of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Charmed etc. Weird things happening in modern settings are now popular. Be sure to check with the RPs host to make sure if this is that type of RP. If it is then you're okay. If not then keep the medieval things to the Medieval RP and the modern things to the Modern RP.

12. Realism in RP Part II. Realistic fighting. In RP Battles size really does matter. If you are a two inch fairy going up against a giant I don't care how long you studied martial arts you're gonna get splatted into bug-jam. The smaller the fighter, the harder you have to fight. In a battle where you play such a distinctively weaker character you should be relying a lot on defence rather than attack. There are some instances where the weaker character will win but these are usually in circumstances where the larger character is already weakened or when the smaller character has special powers that render them stronger than the larger. In any case you should be careful. If you did come head to head with a giant and you were a two inch fairy even if you were gifted with the strongest magical powers available you would still have to be largely defensive and evade any blows the giant throws at you. Otherwise he'll squish you mid-chanting and continue as though nothing happenned. This is not god moding. Don't whine to your DM if you fight a character obviously stronger than you and die. This is realistic fighting. Survival of the Fittest. Deal with it

13. RP Pregnancies. Want to hear the pitter patter of little feet? Been brooding over a little tot for your character? Well RP Pregnancies are much like IRL Pregnancies. Its no fun and games folks. You can't just push out a baby in the space of 3 posts, play with it for a bit and then forget about it. Speed-pregnancies and Neglect-Pregnancies are the domain of the Mary Sue. And you don't want to be one of them now do you? Obviously RP Pregnancies must be shorter than IRL Pregnancies otherwise they would go on beyond the duration of the game. Talk to your RP host about what time frame the RP runs at. Most RPs will run with the formula 1 to the power of 3.

i.e. 1 day = 3 days
1 week = 3 weeks
1 month = 3 months
1 year = 3 years

And so forth. Even if the day, week and year values don't apply setting 3 months to 1 month is usually the best way to ensure your character is noticeably pregnant without it going on too long or being over too fast. In that circumstance 9 months in RP would then be 3 months IRL. However some RPs prefer you to drag it out longer making 2 months per 1 month which would then mean you would have to wait just over 4 IRL months. You would then be expected to wait the same amount of time inbetween before having another one. As to neglecting your child. Imagine its your real child. If you dumped it in its cot and left it screaming whilst you went out to the local rave you would have Social Services banging down your door. With the child comes the responsibility. You don't want the responsibility? You don't have the child. Simple as that. Children are also not plot devices. Any character found to be having children merely for the purpose of guilt-tripping their significant other will be treated as any Mary Sue: Disembowled with a blunt kitchen knife and dumped in a vat of acid.

14. OOC Knowledge. Unless your character has expressly learned something for themselves within view of at least two other players you do not know it. Do not bring OOC Knowledge to a fight. If you the player knows via reading your opponent's bio that their weakness is.......I don't know.........cookies, then unless your character has been told this by that players character or has been given a valid opportunity to find out that weakness then you do not know that weakness and cannot exploit it to your own advantage. The only possible way around this is if you are some sort of Telepath and can read minds. However there is an ettiquette adhered to by Telepathic characters. You are only permitted to know the thoughts of a character if their players give you permission to know it. You cannot barge in read their mind and instantly know all their deepest darkest secrets. Its autoing and god moding. Try to discuss such things OOC with the other typist in a civilised manner before beginning any Telepathic venture. They may not even want you to read their minds and doing so is concidered very rude. If you are Telepathic and you try to read a characters mind and they do not want you to read it then you must respect that. You must imagine its the same as them putting up a shield and blocking you out of their minds. If you don't have complete permission and cooperation it doesn't happen.

15. What is and isn't socially acceptable in the IRL world is generally also the same for the RP world. Just as if in the real world you attacked a girl, stole her hand bag and perhaps sexually abused her in some way, if you were to do that in the RP world you would be treated exactly the same. Sexual Harassment is not funny. Racism is not funny*. Religious abuse is not funny. There is no place for any of these things in RP. And any self-respecting DM would ban you on sight for thinking it is.

*Racism however often appears in RPs in the form of Elf vs Dwarf, Elf vs Orc, Human vs Vampire etc. This is acceptable if it is used subtley. If it is realistic to your type of character that you would scorn another race then do so. What is generally more offensive is if you have a character who is a rapist or a racist in a way that it is obviously just a guise for an IRL hatred.

i.e. If you were playing an Elf Lord and decided to keep killing every Drow who entered the chat simply because they were black. Killing a drow because its an evil enemy is one thing. Because of their skin colour is another altogether. Rape on the other hand is NEVER acceptable in any form or for any excuse. Don't play a rapist in RP unless you want to be severely hated by everyone.

16. Respect. Respect your fellow players, respect your fellow characters. Try to distance your character from yourself. Just because another player is your best friend IRL doesn't mean they have to be in a RP. Same goes with a person you dislike IRL. Don't automatically be hostile to their character in the RP. Be nice. Take the time to give them a chance. Sometimes these people god mode because they know no other way. Everyone was new once. Give them a chance and try to be patient when teaching them. With a little patience you can make a good thing out of a bad (except with Mary Sues of course who refuse to listen to reason) Respect includes NOT starting rumours about certain players behind their backs. Chinese Whispers is the fastest way to destroy an RP. It creates hostility, facts are blown out of proportion, nobody trusts anyone else. Its messy. If you have an issue with a player tell them subtley and politely to their face. Don't backstab.

17. Scenes of a Sexual Nature. As stated before Rape is not acceptable in RP. However their comes a time in an RP when you may be interested in being a little intimate with another character. Especially if you are pondering point 13. The amount you can be descriptive of this depends on the rating of the RP. If its a General setting and little kids might read it then sorry you're going to have to keep the saucy bits in your head. The most you can do in this setting is kissing, a little cuddling, maybe a move to a secluded area that hints you're doing such scenes but gives no description. If you really want to RP Kinky stuff but you're in a General setting why not send your post to the other player involved via PM? That way only you get to see the bits nobody else really wants or needs to see. If however you are RPing in a Mature or Adult setting (which we are not likely to find on this forum due to it being all ages but you never know) then a little bit of touchy-feely and maybe some subtle sex-description is okay. Just try to post a large warning on the thread with a rating of NC-17 or above to try and deter little kids looking. They will still try and look of course but you've done your duty by rating it and putting up a warning so basically its the mum's fault for not watching what her little darling is looking at. What is generally concidered crass, unnecessary and repulsive is in detail graphic sex scenes involving detailed descriptions of various parts in various orifices. This is pornography and is NOT necessary nor permitted. And its also REALLY icky.

18. Angst. There are varying opinions on angst. Some don't mind it. Some are really cheesed off by it. Try to keep angst to a respectful level. Too much and you run the risk of destroying your popularity. Too little and your storylines become dull tired and emotionless. Some emotion is okay. Its okay to cry. Its okay to be angry. Its not okay to do it 24/7. If your character is currently in a very angsty storyline and its unavoidable then do the following. Count exactly how many posts during that storyline that involved angst. When the storyline has finished you must do exactly the same amount of posts without angst before you can be permitted to do another dramatic storyline. Sometimes Angst is your friend and will give you powerful, and moving storylines to capture your readers. Othertimes if you're too much of a crybaby you will just come across as weak and wishy-washy and will drive off potential friends.

19. The DM has final word on all matters. Do NOT disrespect the DM. In the RP verse the DM is your god. This does not mean you should buttkiss to them until they give you your own position of power. Most DM will catch onto this very fast. What it does mean however is that they have authority over the rules of the game. If you think the rules are unfair then discuss it civilly with the DM. If you catch a godmoder and think he/she should be punished discuss it with the DM. If you have ideas for how the game can be improved discuss it with the DM. Don't try to overrule the DM. Don't make the DM look like an idiot. Especially if you are their best friend IRL. Nothing will get you banned faster. The DM is doing their best to run a game for all to enjoy. Its hard work so help them out where you can by adhering to the rules they set and not giving them any extra grief about it. Respect them as you should respect any higher authority. Don't argue OOC with them. Accept what you are told and move on. If it really is an issue then discussion always helps.

20. And finally..... RPing is not about winning or losing. Its about having fun. Theres no race to be the best or the biggest or the strongest. Relax, take it easy. Its okay to lose sometimes. Its okay to run away sometimes. Its okay to make a few mistakes. But try to learn from them. You'll be a better person if not a better roleplayer :D

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Postby corran_star on Sun Oct 30, 2005 12:01 pm

In regards to the previously posted rule 17, please take careful note of it.
I'll repeat Dan's desire that the content of this board should note portray more than that of the comic in both language and other manners. Please keep this in mind when writing your posts, being respectful to both the author and other users.
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Postby Miss_Sidhe on Sun Oct 30, 2005 3:57 pm

Of course I understand and respect that. Those 20 rules were for a generalisation of RP anyway. I was pretty sure that it would need to be General rated stuff which was why I stipulated that would probably be the case and offered the PM option for those who wished to be more mature. If that is used then really there should be no NEED for Mature rated RPs even if they were allowed.
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Postby Scotty on Mon Oct 31, 2005 12:04 am

Well said, Miss Sidhe. Very well said.

I especially like point 14. OOC knowledge is my personal pet peeve and I'm very happy to see it described as categorically bad.
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Postby jwrebholz on Mon Oct 31, 2005 6:32 am

Thanks for your addition, Miss_Sidhe. I can't believe how much of that stuff I overlooked! Guess I just took it for granted all these years.
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Postby Krid on Thu Dec 29, 2005 1:25 pm

Here's something that I wrote long ago, and has since been stolen, altered, and spread around the net. It's basically just a quick list of things that should be avoided in a free-form forum RP, along with psudo-mnemonic names to aid memory. Large portions of the original text died a sad death in a sad series of server errors and hardware failures, but most of the important parts remain.

The Anti-Munch Project:
Here's the (unfinished) list of what we're against:
The people who never miss a single shot no matter how hard it is (Aimbotters).
The people who can't be hit or just shrug it off (god-moders).
The people who never are without a weapon and ammo (idkfa-ers).
The people who have absurdly strong powers (twinks).
The people who 'balance' thier characters by having a massive but irrelevant weakness and massive powers (min-maxers).
The people who use Out Of Character knowledge to get an edge (Miss Cleos).
The people who do things in hindsight (McFlys).
The people who RP other people's characters for them (Puppetmasters).
The people who RP completely irrelevant things (Daydreamers).
The people who RP actions and time against others while the others aren't presant (Shoe elves).
The people who ignore or alter RPs that they don't like (Revisionists).
The people who RP an absurdly time consuming sequence occuring between other people's actions (Speedhackers).
The people who play as characters that are completely impossible (Oxymorons).
The people who arbitrarily declare themselves the winner with instant death attacks (Baghdad Bobbits).
The people who've taken actions before they start RPing (Gaseous Snakes).
The people who pull-in elements that were approved in an unrelated RP (Augustines).
The people who use an existing persona and only RP them when it helps (Batmen).
The people who alter thier character as needed for the situation (Zoicite).
The people who declare thier IC threads safe, but readily attack others (NIMBYs).
The people who gain abilities as they need them with no prior exposure (Trinities).
The people who pick-up things that spawn from seemingly nowhere (Quakers).

In these examples, A will be our Good RPer and B will be our Nasty Filthy Munchkin.

Aimbotters: Especially annoying when using NPCs, as NPCs don't get to argue about munch...
A: Three hundred seventy of my trained assassin gymnasts crest the hill, sight you, and rush toward you.
B: Luckily, I have three hundred sixty-nine bullets in my chain gun! I quickly mow them all down, each taking a single bullet to the head, and peg the last one with a rock in the sternum.

Godmoders: Obvious.
A: Now that you're strapped to the end of a naval cannon, I fire it.
B: Whoosh! I nimbly dodge, somehow forgetting the fact that I'm restrained by three-hundred-pound chain!

IDKFA-ers: Most likely people attempting to emulate Solid Snake or some other cheesy spy-novel hero.
A: You're all out of ammo for all five of your Ingram submachine guns, 501!|). Since you're buck-naked, I know I can now safely step into the open and begin returning fire.
B: Ha! Little did you know, I have twelve shuriken hidden within my pubic hair!

Min-maxers
A: I've successfully broken into the facility which gave you your incredibly 1337 power armor. Now I pull up the file on it. What does it say about weak points?
B: The metal of my armor is... um... allergic to praying mantis urine.

Miss Cleos: Obvious.
A: ((OOC: There's a secret switch hidden in the lamp.))
B: I suddenly think to myself-- why not check the lamp for hidden switches? Call me now for your free reading!

McFlys
A: Ha! Now that the force field is down, I run inside your evil lair!
B: Um... um... there's also a super-secret second force field which causes you to die instantly! I just didn't say anything about it because... um... I had to do my laundry! Not because I just thought of it now! Honestly!

Puppetmasters
A: I step carefully into the room, peering around for occupants.
B: Suddenly a dragon pokes you in the eye. You run screaming from the room, whereafter you go home, make a pickle sandwich, and call your mother to cry about how she ruined your life.

Daydreamers: Not exactly munch, per se, but it does get annoying.
A: In the middle of the intense shootout, I dash across the narrow alley, ducking and weaving in hopes to avoid getting hit. I'm unsuccessful; two bullets peg me in the shoulder, throwing me back into a Dumpster.
B: The bullets make me think back to my days as a youth, when I had to melt down tin soldiers to use as musket balls against the Redcoats... or was it redskins? I can't remember. Anyway, I had to walk uphill all three ways to school and back, running from glaciers all the while. It was torture, lemme tell ya. And then there's the story of how I met my first wife...

Shoe elves: Pretty obvious.
A: ((OOC: Well, gotta go to bed. Big neurosurgery test tomorrow.))
B: Ho, ho, ho! Now that the loser's gone to bed, I can strap his character to a cross and peg him with rotten fruit!

Revisionists
A: You chose the blue pill? Ooh, tough luck.
B: Red! I said red! Don't go pulling that "I can read your previous post" mind game crap, either!

Speedhackers
A: I walk to the door and step outside.
B: Suddenly, twelve men grab you, carry you off to my secret lair in Tibet, and torture you for weeks. When you finally die from the agony, we bury you in the frozen wastes. Hundreds of years later, arhcaeologists discover your frozen body and try to determine if you're another Lucy.

Oxymorons
A: I'm a farmer with a shotgun.
B: I'm a black hole which emits blinding pulses of visible light!

Gaseous Snakes: An advanced (or is that "dumb"?) form of McFlys.
A: I walk to the door and open it.
B: Being a fellow with a bit of foresight, I hooked that doorknob to a car battery an hour ago. You're thrown across the room.

Augustines
A: Given that this RP's technology base is midieval, I happily drive my cart to the market to buy some maggot-ridden meat.
B: Too late! I already got there in my Gundam and blew up everything with my insanely overpowered weapons! And don't start whining, because my Gundam's already pre-approved in the "This Is Not a Midieval Technology Base RP" thread.

Batmen
A: In this Fantastic Four RP, I'll be Ben, the gruff rock-man with a heart of gold.
B: I'll be Reed Richards, the living sex toy who hunts down innocent women to subdue with his incredible flexibility!


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