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PostSubject: Rules for Forum Roleplaying ~ READ!   Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:50 pm

Rules for Posting:

  • Site Rules Still Apply:
    Please follow all site rules in your posts. Be kind and courteous
    toward other members, no chatspeak, etc.... Your characters can be
    whoever you like, but you yourself must follow the rules when out of
    character. Remember to use the Edit button on your posts if you have
    something to add or change - no double-posting.
  • Restrictions: As these forums encourage creative output, it is for the most part, uncensored. You are, however, NOT allowed to post graphic sexual content! This will not be tolerated!
  • Out of Character: Please denote Out of Character
    (OOC) text in your posts clearly by using ((Double Parentheses)) around
    any OOC text. Please keep OOC stuff to a minimum. Most posts in this forum should be in character, and all posts
    should be on topic.
  • Pictures in Posts: You may use pictures in your
    posts if you choose, but keep in mind they will be auto-resized accordingly to fit the site's layout. Pictures MUST be hosted elsewhere at a site like photobucket.com where you
    can upload your pictures and link to them using the img tags.
  • Leaving an RP in Progress: If you need to withdraw
    from a roleplay in progress, please finish up with a final post to
    remove your character from the action. If something comes up in real
    life and you cannot even come up with a final post, at least post OOC
    so people know you will no longer be participating and can continue
    without you. Don't leave your fellow players hanging.

Rules for Playing:

  • Completed vs. Uncompleted Actions:
    Whether you are playing with a GM or freeform, it is best that players
    phrase their actions toward other players as uncompleted. That way,
    either the GM may confirm the action was completed successfully, or
    other players involved can confirm the action was completed with their
    post. For example... an uncompleted action would be, "Shelley pulled
    the gun from her purse, aimed at Roger, and pulled the trigger." The
    completed version of that action would be, "Shelley pulled the gun from
    her purse and shot Roger." With the uncompleted action, your GM (or
    whoever is playing Roger, if you're playing freeform) can choose
    whether Shelley actually hit him or missed. In the completed action,
    Shelley's player has decided that Roger got shot... when this may not
    be where the GM or Roger's player wished to go with the situation.
  • No Godmoding (God-mode-ing): This is related to
    the above completed/uncompleted actions... Imagine if Roger, in that
    situation, decided he didn't get hit by Shelley's bullet... and then
    didn't get hit the next time someone shot at him, or took a swing at
    him, and then leapt off a three story building without getting hurt, or
    always wins in every fight. Characters without flaws or weaknesses are
    boring, and being invincible isn't fair to the other players. Playing
    your character as one of these untouchables is called godmoding, and is
    considered Very Bad Form by most players. If you're playing a freeform
    game, remember to get hit once in a while, and allow your character to
    be flawed and fallible.
  • No Godmodding (God-modding): Similar to godmoding,
    but on a larger scale, godmodding occurs when a player steps beyond
    their bounds of control in a roleplay, taking the reins of other
    players' characters, rewriting previous events, or changing the
    setting. Generally, the only participant who is allowed to do this is
    the GM, if you have one, to get events back on track or to fix things
    that happened with players completing actions they shouldn't have. If
    you are playing freeform, godmodding is generally not allowed unless
    agreed to by everyone involved OOC, on a case-by-case basis.

Starting New RP Threads:

  • Solos: You may do a solo RP (single-character
    story with a single player) if you so choose, creating a new post with
    "Solo" in the subject line. Solos can be helpful especially for new
    players in exploring the personality of a new character, getting into
    their heads, and getting feedback on your writing, and generally
    characters that do solos will eventually be incorporated into group
    RPs. If you see someone doing a good solo, feel free to invite them
    into a new or existing RP if you think their style is compatible with
    yours.
  • GM or Freeform: Roleplays may be guided by a GM
    (game master) or may be completely freeform. When you are starting a
    new thread for a new RP, please be clear which of these you are doing,
    if there are any other rules and guidelines you wish players to follow
    for your RP, and explain clearly what you have in mind.
  • When to Make a New RP Thread: Please look through
    existing RP threads to see if there is one that fits something you
    would like to play (and whether it is still open for new players)
    before creating a new post and opening it up for a new RP session. New
    RPs should have a solid theme, setting, and reason for being separate
    from existing RPs. New RPs that do not follow these guidelines may be
    closed or deleted.

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