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<center>What Is Roleplaying?</center>
It's difficult to define roleplaying in this sense to someone who's never tried it. It's not the same as a roleplaying video game, or even a RPG gaming system like Dungeons and Dragons. I've seen it described as writing a story with many authors, but I prefer relating it to improv games. You create a character, complete with a history and personality, and then write out his or her actions in a setting (and possibly plot) defined by the roleplay's creator.

One major misconception new roleplayers seem to have is that the more powerful and "speshul" their character is, the better. Some uniqueness is awesome, but there should be a reason for it beyond "I think a human who can turn into an umbreon would be soooo kewl!!1!!one!!" Try and avoid characters related to characters from the game or show ("canon" characters) unless you have a good reason for it, too. A major unique-ness should influence history and personality in interesting ways, not just give them fun sparkly powers.

Another thing newbies seem to do is try and "win" the roleplay, often by making their characters magically guess stuff the player knows OOC (out of character.) There's no such thing as "winning" a roleplay, just try and have fun and create an interesting story. Personally, I try my very best to make my character suffer- it's far more interesting that way.


<center>Common Roleplaying Terms</center>
Godmoding/powerplaying: There are several definitions of these two terms, which seem to be used interchangeably, so I'll try and cover them all.
-Playing an invincible or immortal character; never taking damage from attacks
-Controlling someone else's character. This can be anything from "your character smiled at my character" through to "my character throws a big ball of fire at your character and your character is charred instantly, then your character falls to the ground, dead."
-Controlling the environment/setting in ways that are obviously against the creator's intentions. If the setting is described as "a bright and sunny field in spring", don't have it start snowing without warning.
-Having overly powerful characters (in pokemon's case, that usually means a trainer with one or more legendary pokemon, or playing a legendary pokemon yourself)

Mary Sue(s): Essentially a "perfect" character- one without any real flaws. If you find yourself pretending you are/wishing you were your character, or if you're trying to "win" the roleplay, chances are you have a Sue on your hands. They can be fun to write for at first, but they're sure to annoy the others you're roleplaying with. Remember to incorporate realistic flaws when creating a character- not just "she's cutely clumsy" or "he has a fiery temper and defies authority figures". Naming yourself after your character online, or going by the same name, is considered a sure sign of a Mary Sue in many circles. There is such a thing as a benign Sue, but they are not to be attempted by new writers.

Literate/Advanced: Often used interchangeably, these terms tend to indicate the roleplay is for more experienced players. Proper spelling and grammar are expected, one-line posts are frowned upon, and its assumed all players know enough not to godmode/powerplay or bring in Mary Sues.

One-Liner: A very short post, only one or two lines long. They're usually just actions, or maybe a line of dialogue.

Character: A character in the roleplay, usually being played by someone specific. The character and the roleplayer should NOT be confused- they're two separate entities.
Character History/Bio/Background: When you create a character to roleplay, you're expected to know a bit about where they came from: where were they born, what sort of childhood did they have, and how did they come to be where they are at the start of the roleplay?
Character Personality: While you don't need to know everything about your character before you begin, it's a good idea to know a bit about them. Remember, you need to write in the role of your character, so you need to know how they would react to a situation.

Plot: A set storyline for a roleplay, usually described in the first post. Not all roleplays have plots, but if one is predetermined by the creator it's best to stick to that.



<center>Character Profile Creation</center>

When your coming up with a new character, it can be hard to get to know them well enough to roleplay them. It's a good idea to write out a character profile for each of your characters, even if you never show it to anyone it's a good writing exercise and it will help you get a feel for what they're like, and flesh them out a little. Here's a profile form you can use, or you can make up your own :D (This one's geared towards human characters, but it could easily be modified for a pokemon character or any other sort of character.)

Name:
Profession:

Appearance:
Age:
Gender:
Body type:
Hair and eye colours:
Face type:
Other physical features:
Clothing style:
Speech style:

Personality:
General demeanor:
How he/she sees himself:
Best qualities:
Worst qualities:

Background:
Parents:
Siblings:
Hometown:
Childhood history:
Recent history:
Plans for the future:

Pokemon team:

Quirks: (This is completely optional, and you'll probably never post it anywhere, but filling it out might help you figure out some interesting details about your character. Don't just make up answers, figure out the reasons behind them.)
Favorite food:
Favorite pokemon:
Favorite place:
Pet peeve(s):
Least favorite season:
Worst memory:


<center>Making the Game Fun</center>

I've seen it time and time again with new-ish roleplayers: six people playing together, yet only one or two are actually interacting. The point of a roleplaying game is to have your character interact with others, so here's a few tips for starting and maintaining inter-character relations:

-If you've got an awesome plot idea that revolves around your character and his/her life, try turning it into a story before you make it a roleplay. It's a drag to have to shuffle your character through a plot where they can't really play an important role, because the other player has everything planned out already.

-If someone else, especially the board creator, suggests a plot direction, it's usually a good idea to go with it. If there's already a plot being started, it's rude to drag things off in a different direction altogether. For example, if two characters have already agreed to go find an ancient temple hidden nearby, don't have your character come in and ask them to go stop Team Rocket in another city.

-Don't start the game with your character set in stone. It's okay to bend them a little to fit around the other person(s) playing, and indeed it's to be encouraged. If two players have set-in-stone characters, they'll have a lot of trouble playing together.

-If there are more than four players, it's a good idea to try and group up and split up a little. Aside from getting confusing, time zones will probably prevent you from all being online at the same time, and the roleplay will be staggered.

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Mon May 23, 2005 8:27 pm
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Thanks to Undeadcutlet for these profiles. :)

I haven't seen this anywhere else and I thought it might be useful for those people who copy and paste the character sheet. I'm just doing this so people won't have to add in the bold themselves, I've been annoyed at having to do that before. Remember these sheets are completely optional, they are only here for your ease of use.

Just copy and paste the code into your RP or wherever else you want it.


For Pokemon RPs:

Code:
[b]Name:[/b]
[b]Profession:[/b]

[b]Appearance:[/b]
Age:
Gender:
Body type:
Hair and eye colours:
Face type:
Other physical features:
Clothing style:
Speech style:

[b]Personality:[/b]
General demeanor:
How he/she sees himself:
Best qualities:
Worst qualities:

[b]Background:[/b]
Parents:
Siblings:
Hometown:
Childhood history:
Recent history:
Plans for the future:

[b]Quirks: [/b]
Favorite food:
Favorite pokemon:
Favorite place:
Pet peeve(s):
Least favorite season:
Worst memory:

[b]Pokemon:[/b]
Pokemon 1: Pokemon Name (Nickname)
Item Holding:
Level: (1-100, if asked for)
Gender: M or F
Attacks: Attack1, Attack2, Attack3, Attack4.
Appearance: (Use only if Pokemon has a specialised look)
Personality:

Pokemon 2: Pokemon Name (Nickname)
Item Holding:
Level: (1-100, if asked for)
Gender: M or F
Attacks: Attack1, Attack2, Attack3, Attack4.
Appearance: (Use only if Pokemon has a specialised look)
Personality:

Pokemon 3: Pokemon Name (Nickname)
Item Holding:
Level: (1-100, if asked for)
Gender: M or F
Attacks: Attack1, Attack2, Attack3, Attack4.
Appearance: (Use only if Pokemon has a specialised look)
Personality:

Pokemon 4: Pokemon Name (Nickname)
Item Holding:
Level: (1-100, if asked for)
Gender: M or F
Attacks: Attack1, Attack2, Attack3, Attack4.
Appearance: (Use only if Pokemon has a specialised look)
Personality:

Pokemon 5: Pokemon Name (Nickname)
Item Holding:
Level: (1-100, if asked for)
Gender: M or F
Attacks: Attack1, Attack2, Attack3, Attack4.
Appearance: (Use only if Pokemon has a specialised look)
Personality:

Pokemon 6: Pokemon Name (Nickname)
Item Holding:
Level: (1-100, if asked for)
Gender: M or F
Attacks: Attack1, Attack2, Attack3, Attack4.
Appearance: (Use only if Pokemon has a specialised look)
Personality:



For Other RPs


(Since there are many different types of RPs, users will have to specialise these profiles themselves, e.g. add a section for superpowers or other such extras)

Code:
[b]Name:[/b]
[b]Profession:[/b]

[b]Appearance:[/b]
Age:
Gender:
Body type:
Hair and eye colours:
Face type:
Other physical features:
Clothing style:
Speech style:

[b]Personality:[/b]
General demeanor:
How he/she sees himself:
Best qualities:
Worst qualities:

[b]Background:[/b]
Parents:
Siblings:
Hometown:
Childhood history:
Recent history:
Plans for the future:

[b]Quirks: [/b]
Favorite food:
Favorite pokemon:
Favorite place:
Pet peeve(s):
Least favorite season:
Worst memory:



Some of you may recognise this as Gryphflame's version, and just to clear things up: it is. I've taken out the pokemon team section; not all RPs have pokemon in them. If you want I can add a second version with pokemon in them, or you can add it into the profile yourselves. Hope you guys find this useful :) .

EDIT: Thanks to S_S for the Pokemon Profile addition.

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Could you make one for a role play WHERE your a pokemon?

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I was afraid to post here because of the ncmcy penalty, but now...
I want to ask a question. I'm aware of what role play is, but:

1) How do I join a role-play? Wait for someone to make something I like, then post my bio of my fictional character?

2) How do I post replies to a role-play? Does the RP host say something like, "Suddenly Team Rocket infiltrates Lavaridge Town! What do you do?" then I reply with my answer? If the answer is no, what is the answer? I'm curious and want to get to know the ropes of RP-ing before I go on to it.

- DNA

EDIT: Never mind, I just figured it out.

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thank you so much.

time to go kill people with my immortal character!!!

uh.... I mean... die?

just kidding i have played D and D so i'm think I'll do ok in interacting/not "playing god"

again thanx

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By the way; what does a set-in-stone character mean?

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TheFreeDictionary wrote:
Adj. 1. set in stone - no longer changeable; "the agreement is not yet set in stone"


To not have a character set in stone means to allow yourself to bend the character here and there.

Example: Let's say that Sam decides to make a character that has a Hungarian accent. However, later in the Roleplay Sam gets tired of writing posts that way, so the character gets changed to make the game a little more fun.

Make sense? :)

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Darth DLA wrote:
TheFreeDictionary wrote:
Adj. 1. set in stone - no longer changeable; "the agreement is not yet set in stone"


To not have a character set in stone means to allow yourself to bend the character here and there.

Example: Let's say that Sam decides to make a character that has a Hungarian accent. However, later in the Roleplay Sam gets tired of writing posts that way, so the character gets changed to make the game a little more fun.

Make sense? :)
Oh, I see now. So it's sorta like if there's an evil person who later decides to be a good noodle?

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Well, I wouldn't go that far. That's a pretty drastic change. The accent is a good example of what you could do.

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[quote="Gryphflame"]
-If someone else, especially the board creator, suggests a plot direction, it's usually a good idea to go with it. If there's already a plot being started, it's rude to drag things off in a different direction altogether. For example, if two characters have already agreed to go find an ancient temple hidden nearby, don't have your character come in and ask them to go stop Team Rocket in another city.
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I remember an "ongoing story" I wrote to give other people a chance to make some of the story. I was really annoyed when a gentle story went straight from vacation and joy to death and violence. I kept trying to stop it, but no one listened. This is a leson as to why you should always stay on topic. The board creator created the topic for one reason and one reason only. That's to talk about something, and if that thing is interrupted by the exact opposite, it just defeats the purpose.


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