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PostSubject: Volume III. Roleplaying   Mon Nov 30, 2009 6:40 pm

◄Introduction►

RPing, or RolePlaying is basically when the user (That is You) takes the time to create character, plays the character that you have created in a world of Make Believe. You the user will be bringing your character to life through crazy styles of actions and words, by creating interaction with other users (Other People) characters.

RP or RPG is an abbreviation for Role Play or Role Playing Game. There are many variations of what a Role Playing Game May be. In many cases Role Play is done in a real life situation, with a group of friends. The most popular of these types of Roleplays are the creations of what is known as Dungeons and Dragons where you play as Orcs, Elves, Dwarfs, Halflings, or any other monster that is capable of being created. There is also Vampire the Masquerade where you are capable of becoming an epic vampire, going around harming or helping others to your own content. This is the type of Role Playing Game that we Play. A Type of game that enables people to interact by written action, and not in verbal action.

Online Roleplay has a wide variety as well when it comes to interactions. There are variations where there are picture based games, Nexus and others, that would use different types of graphis such as Nintendo style graphics, and there is also what most sites are known for, which is called Text Based.

Roleplayer Necessities
There are multiple things that Every Good Role-Player should have. There is something that every person should do within every post that they create. Why? Because this is just logical. This creates character development, and better writing not only for yourself, but as well as the other people you are interacting with. Listed below is a little more of an in-depth of what every Good Role-Player Should Have

  • A Beginning - There needs to be a beginning, can't start in the middle. You must take the interaction from the beginning as best as one can possibly can. Most state this by what a character is thinking, or by mimicking a small brief portion of what another character is doing. If you are first starting the post, then you must make the beginning by making the scenery. What is around? What is there? What time of Day is it? These are all must be known. Unless there is a Game Master (Listed later on in the Tutorial) and you are the first one entering a room, you should take the time to explain the way the room looks as well. This however of course does not happen if you have a lead Roleplayer, someone that will take the time to do this himself.

  • A Middle - The Middle is usually the interaction of the post between your character and another, or really the body of the post. This is where you state what your character is doing in a simplistic, or detail like form. Within here, your character usually is doing some sort of action, picking up a book, looking off into the distance, picking flowers, picking his nose. Something.

  • An Ending - The ending is usually ended by the action of the middle, the effect of the middle. Something like this is ended is where you allow something for the other people to interact with. This is also where actions take place from what you were doing in the middle, like you are reading the book that you picked, you see some trees off in the distance, your flowers die as you pick them, you found buried treasure from your nose.
  • Good Spelling and Grammar - Good Spelling and Grammar. Yes this matters most of the time. Reasons why is because speaking in Text form takes the feel away of Roleplaying. Now this does not mean you should be an English Major, just write decently well, with correct punctuation.


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PostSubject: Re: Volume III. Roleplaying   Mon Nov 30, 2009 6:52 pm

◄Section II. Terminology►

OOC (Out of Character):
OOC Also known as Out of Character is a term used widely without spelling out the wording Out of Character. Out of Character is the action that does not deal with anything In Character. This is a statement where a person may talk to another user without their character interacting. This is usually used during a chat form, discussion form that does not deal with the actual RP. These are usually kept in spoilers so it does not stand out as much from the main paragraphs of the RP.

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Newb:
Newb Someone who is new to the activity that they are currently partaking in. Very often this term is used pertaining to computer games.

Example: Hey everyone I am new to this site, can anyone direct me to the rules around here?
Person: Sure thing Newbie, the rules are found at...

Newbie, a state of word insisting that someone is new to a type of game play. This is highly looked down upon in FTRPG. Everyone was a newb at some point so please do not go around calling newly registered users newb or "n00b", nub, nuby, noob.
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NPC (Non-Playable-Character):

In general, any character (human or otherwise) in a role-playing game that is not controlled by someone playing the game.


In a tabletop RPG, the game master or equivalent (the person running the game) will generally act/speak the parts of all NPCs. These NPCs can range anywhere from an innkeeper the players talk to in order to rent a room to the mysterious woman who follows your party along for her own unknown reasons only to backstab you right when you were starting to trust her. It's up to the GM.

In LARP, the people running the game will again play the NPC parts, and may enlist others to be NPCs. In an ongoing game, LARP NPCs tend to be the characters who are either too temporary or too important to be done by a given player.

In single-player video game RPGs, NPCs are anyone who isn't your party. They generally aren't referred to as such in this context because "the guy next to the weapon shop" works just as well. These NPCs have a set dialog, and most will repeat the same thing they say every time you try to talk to them. Several webcomics have poked fun at this.

And in a MMORPG, the NPCs are the characters controlled by the server. They often have some kind of distinguishing feature, such as listing their trade in their status window or their name being displayed in a different color of text. As with single-player RPGs, these NPCs will tend to have set patterns of behavior and often must be interacted with to achieve some objective or another.
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God Modding (GM):

The term applies to "Godly-modification"; or "Godlike-modification" to a character, through skills such as evasion and the like, as well as the character's personality which usually consists of a superior "I know all, see all, and am all", etc. The singlemost annoying and obnoxious gamers on the planet. Tend to act like 7 year olds when they don't get their way during games of pretend, i.e. - BOOM! The shot hits him through the chest and kills him; The sword sliced effortlessly through his neck, beheading him. Those are the types who believe they are gods and could never take a hit. This is the most defiled form of Roleplaying. Don't do it.
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