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Roleplaying Etiquette
Darck
post Oct 6 2008, 09:26 PM
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I've been an Avid role player for many years, and I'm sorry to say but the majority of people outside of PANE Are some of the crappiest role players I've come across. I hope they ALL read this and benefit from it.

Step one, Character building.

Name - No one is going to give you the name of a Pokemon, or something unrealistic, from personal experience Yes I do rp as a character named Darck, but its more realistic in a fantasy world then calling yourself Mr. Mime.. for an example that is. This just basically means be creative and original without being lame, if you want to be called something, that's different but give yourself a real name

Appearance - If you can't sprite, don’t try. Get someone to do it for you, the forum is stock full of spriter‘s . Take a moment and picture your character, now with multiple sentences map out what your character looks like, be descriptive. Your Appearance should be short but VERY descriptive and be able to give the reader a vivid description of the character in their mind..

Biography - Where did you come from? What was your family like? And your home life? The Key to ANY RP is be DESCRIPTIVE, You have to create your character, and put it on paper(Text) for the other characters to read, that way they'll understand your character as much as you do. Your Biography should be lengthy, but try not to bore the reader.

Personality - This is one main key, WHAT DO YOU ACT LIKE? Are you a bitch? are you a giving person who only wants to help? Are you a self loathing person? The personality should reflect on how you RP your character...if you say you're a bitch you wont hold the door for a mother with numerous children or help someone across the street, if you're greedy you wont share anything. ]

Typing - GRAMMAR AND SPELLING... They are your friends, USE THEM or other Role Players will Hate you and not want to role play with you. Spell check was programmed for a reason.

"The Flow" - This is how your post looked, you can't just type things into a paragraph, it would look too sloppy and would be hard to follow, never knowing who's talking or what’s happening, If someone's talking, make a new line, a new action? A new line. But above all, and I cannot stress this enough, Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling. All three of those will make your post legible, easy to read, and the rest of the community will be happier to play with you. *The key is to be so clear in your post that the reader will have the same vision in their mind as you have in your own.*

Length - In a post, Length does NOT mean good Role playing, sometimes a short sweet post can be just as informative and help the story along as a lengthy one. But a whole lot of OOC and a one line "she smiled and went to her dorm" is just not acceptable. AT ALL

Again, I hope some of you if not all benefit from this guide.

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This post has been edited by Darck: Nov 12 2008, 11:01 PM


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post Oct 7 2008, 03:54 PM
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Thanks Darck, this is defonitly needed and very well written smile.gif
I think this deserves a pinning, otherwise RP noobs will never gain an acceptable Etiquette no.gif


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post Oct 7 2008, 03:59 PM
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Thanks Handsome, I had fun writing it, everything underlined is credited to The Rose Crusader, we were talking on AIM and in a fit of ranting about crappy Role players I started writing all that.


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post Oct 7 2008, 04:50 PM
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Yay! Now when we tell them what they are doing wrong, we can "refer" them back to this.happy.gif


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post Oct 7 2008, 05:33 PM
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I'm pinning this since it serves a fair bit of good use.


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post Oct 7 2008, 06:50 PM
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Darck 4 mod

Wonderful, now the RP quality will be wonderful. However, I suggest changing the "Ghost Hunter" and "The Darkrai" to not insult members any further.


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post Oct 7 2008, 08:40 PM
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yay

There. Thanks for the comment, I edited it.


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post Oct 24 2008, 04:37 PM
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well thank you verry much. i wanna get into role playing but my grammer and everything sucks so im afarid to any advice


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post Oct 24 2008, 09:23 PM
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Posting in Another's Thread Without Permission-

Don't do this. Please. Just don't. And by permission, I mean PM'ing the Original Poster, or posting in a discussion thread and being approved there. K? K.


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post Oct 26 2008, 01:40 PM
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QUOTE(Earl @ Oct 24 2008, 10:23 PM) *
Posting in Another's Thread Without Permission-

Don't do this. Please. Just don't. And by permission, I mean PM'ing the Original Poster, or posting in a discussion thread and being approved there. K? K.


Also, not posting until you actually have a character in the RP. -.-


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post Nov 12 2008, 09:52 PM
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I updated the first post with a

"Character Sheet" Its in the spoiler tag.. honestly I'd like that one to become the basis of Roleplaying.. on this site. But I doubt that will happen.


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post Nov 12 2008, 10:03 PM
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Nice job Darck. I used to do a lot of RPing, so I definitely know where you are coming from for all of these. I had a really good topic on an old forum of mine about being a good roleplayer, but I don't know if I could find the site again (I kind of let it rot... I have a tendency to do that to websites of mine).


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post Nov 12 2008, 10:44 PM
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Pretty blanket-y ^^. However, might I suggest adding Weight and perhaps "Additional Notes"?


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post Nov 12 2008, 11:01 PM
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Thanks Earl, done.


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post Nov 13 2008, 12:11 PM
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I think the charicter sheet looks good and quite detailed, but there are some parts that may influence people not to write as much detail.

Appearance
Height: 5'10
Weight: 160 pounds
Body type: Thin
Hair: Black
Eyes: Green
Piercings/Tattoos: None
Unique Details: None

If you where to put:
Appearance: (This should include Height, Weight, Body type, Hair, Eyes, Piercings/Tattoos, Unique Details)
I think it would encourage people to string together a few sentances in a structural way. It would also make sure people are descriptive and creative in their charicter's appearance.

Besides this minor detail, I thought it was a very nice charicter sheet. I'd defonitly use it if I was to make another RP in the future ^^


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post Aug 11 2009, 09:13 PM
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I think there should be a note about Godmoding/Powerplaying.

Godmoding: Being unrealistically powerful. For example, a Charizard vs. a Sceptile. If the Sceptile takes a Flamethrower to the face and isn't even effected, that would be Godmoding.

Powerplay: Taking control of another person's character.

Also, I think I may have gotten the two confused. Either way, important things to note.


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You're right about godmodding.


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Thanks Darck!
My roleplaying isn't perfect either, but I'm glad theres a guide to help people know the basics of what to do and what not to do.


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post Oct 28 2009, 10:00 AM
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Still, you can Powerplay in other means, I mean Make your character almost died, savely return to your group, you should know what others do, the groups should be something like worrying, mad, something similiar to that, but this powerplaying way i said not always go right through what you think, it ussually go in other way.


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post Oct 28 2009, 10:01 AM
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oops, Double post error.

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