Introduction to role-playing
I will try to explain the basics of role-playing. The following is a definition of role play (RP) found on the internet:
Wikipedia: A role-playing game is a game in which the participants assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create stories.
So basically, to role play is to pretend you are the character you created and assume his or her role in the setting of the RP world.
Role play literacy
Advent Destiny is a literate role play. This means that you are expected to write quality posts with proper grammar and spelling. Typo errors are acceptable but no l33t or net-speak. Take role-playing seriously and use proper spellings. Poor spelling shows that you are not serious about the role play. Bad grammar leads to confusion or even discourage other players from reading your posts. Let us understand you! Proper grammar isn't hard. Pick up a few books and read. The grammar will grow onto you.
Making an effort to make sure that there are no typos, no misspellings and no errors would show that you care about your role play. Readers and role players would appreciate the amount of thought you put into your role-playing. Most modern browsers and operating systems come with built-in spell-checkers so it is easy to spot and correct errors.
There are three levels of literate role-playing: beginner, semi-literate, and advanced.
- Beginner role players generally post between one line to a paragraph. We do not accept one-liner entries and a single paragraph is frowned upon. Lack of experience does not mean the lack of literacy. If you are new to role-playing, we may accept a single paragraph entry for your first post but we expect more substance in subsequent posts.
- Semi-literate role players produce between one to four paragraphs. This is the proficiency level of most players and it is where Advent Destiny players are expected to be. Quality counts and four paragraphs of high quality prose is good role play.
- Advanced role players write at least four paragraphs, often providing excellent depiction of the scenes that make you feel immersed within the world. Their pots are very well thought out and beautifully crafted. This is the level that is highly respected and is what we should all be striving to achieve.
Role play guidelines
Here are a few points to remember when you role play:
- Stick to third person perspective. This is important in establishing the point of view since we have many characters being played. Help the readers know whose perspective they are reading about.
- Wait for your turn. When there are more than one player in an RP thread, establish a posting order and stick to it. Don't skip the queue unless you have the permission of the narrators or the other players agree to you posting out of turn. This usually happens if a player is on leave or takes too long to play their turn.
- Be realistic. For example, you cannot waltz into a military base and get out with top secret data. You need the necessary documentations to get you through, or subterfuge that would require great skill to perform. This is not a movie. Do not pull an Ethan Hunt. The more realistic a role play is, the more engaging and interesting it is.
- The opening post, which is the first post in the thread, should describe the scene and setting in as much detail as possible so that other players have a good idea of where they are stepping into.
- Do not God mode.
- Characters cannot be invulnerable or overpowered. They are human and have weaknesses.
- Do not force actions on other players. You take an action and allow other players to react to it.
Role play standards
Please follow the standard formatting guidelines so that other players can understand what is going on:
- Tag your RP thread with the RP it belongs to.
- Add a prefix to your RP thread to indicate what type of role play the thread is for.
- Public: The thread is open to all players.
- Private: The thread is invite-only. @Mention the character(s) that are invited at the start of the thread.
- Faction: The thread is restricted to members of a faction. Tag the thread with name of the faction.
- Duel: The thread is invite-only. State the name of the duellists at the end of the title in square brackets, for example, [Character A vs Character B].
- Invasion: The thread is restricted to members of the factions involved. Only faction leaders can initiate an invasion. See Invasion rules.
- Annexation: The thread is open to all players. Only faction leaders can initiate an annexation. See Annexation rules.
- Out-of-character (OOC) comments should be kept at the end of the RP post. These should be kept to the minimum and only used where absolutely necessary. All RP threads are encouraged to have their own OOC thread with the OOC tag. Use the OOC thread to cheer each other on, plot your story, or simply pass time while waiting for your turn.
Here's an example of how you should post OOC comments in an RP thread.
> OOC: This is the end of Faction A's turn, Faction B please proceed.
It will show up as follows:
OOC: This is the end of Faction A's turn, Faction B please proceed.`
Now that you have learnt about the basics of role-playing, I wish you good luck and have lots of fun role-playing here on Advent Destiny! Some aspects of RPing cannot be taught and those nuances of RPing would only come to you with experience. Enjoy!