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Old April 8th, 2013, 05:49 AM
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@Doronjo - my guess is that it would probably have to be based on an RP sample, is that right Patchisou? Or am I way off?
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Old April 8th, 2013, 06:49 AM
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I like the SUs being based entirely on a RP post, though that kind of excludes new RPers (but then again, maybe you would want vets anyways if that was the case, in which case, that is the perfect solution.) Personally whenever I see a sample section, I use the same sample.
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Old April 8th, 2013, 03:27 PM
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The Pokemon Trainer's Academy recently adopted a second Sign-Up format that heavily lowers the amount of work you need to put into a character's history or personality in favor of writing a sample post.

I currently offer people the choice of which type of SU they want to fill out.

The regular SU requires a 150 word personality and 350 word history minimum. The sample post SU only requires a 50 word personality and a 100 word history. Here's a copy and past of the sign-up template from the thread right now.

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First, decide whether you want to play a student or staff member. (You can have up to 3 characters; 2 students and 1 teacher.) Then, decide whether you'd rather write a fleshed out history and personality section or an excellent opening post from the perspective of your character that shows us you are an able RPer. You can re-use your opening post as your first post in the IC thread if you like. Writing an Opening Post will make us more lax on the length of the rest of your sign-up, allowing you to potentially leave details out of your initial sign-up. Warning: We will not approve apps with opening posts if the opening post is deemed to be not of high quality in the context of this RP. Choose the sign-up below that best fits your decisions.

Signups for Students (No Opening Post)
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Name (First, Middle-optional and Last):

Nickname (Optional):

Age (10-15):

Sex (Male or Female):

Dorm (Raikou Dorm, Entei Dorm or Suicune Dorm):

Appearance (A picture can be provided instead of a description if you so wish):

Personality (How does your character act and react to others? Their mental state? Flaws and/or personal weaknesses?): 150 word minimum

History (Where did your character grow up? Who did they grow up with? What have the been doing before this? Any noteworthy events? What brought them to the academy?): 350 word minimum

Pokémon (Maximum of 3. No legendaries, 'shiny' or stage 3 pokémon. Oddly colored but not specifically 'shiny' pokemon are allowed, however.):
Species:
Nickname(Optional):
Personality (Can be as short or long as you want, but cannot be excessively vague):
Lvl(Max 30):
Moves(Maximum of 6. TMs and egg moves are allowed):


Signups for Students (With Opening Post)
Spoiler:
Name (First, Middle-optional and Last):

Nickname (Optional):

Age (10-15):

Sex (Male or Female):

Dorm (Raikou Dorm, Entei Dorm or Suicune Dorm):

Appearance (A picture can be provided instead of a description if you so wish):

Personality (How does your character act and react to others? Their mental state? Flaws and/or personal weaknesses?): 50 word minimum

History (Where did your character grow up? Who did they grow up with? What have the been doing before this? Any noteworthy events? What brought them to the academy?): 100 word minimum

Pokémon (Maximum of 3. No legendaries, 'shiny' or stage 3 pokémon. Oddly colored but not specifically 'shiny' pokemon are allowed, however.):
Species:
Nickname(Optional):
Personality (Can be as short or long as you want, but cannot be excessively vague):
Lvl(Max 30):
Moves(Maximum of 6. TMs and egg moves are allowed):

Opening Post (Must be from the perspective of your character.): Recommended 350 words


Signups for Staff (No Opening Post)
Spoiler:
Name (First, Middle-optional and Last):

Nickname (Optional):

Age (18+):

Sex (Male or Female):

Job: (What do they do around the academy? Do they teach a specific class? Do they do a maintenance job, or do they provide some other form of support for the students? Get creative.):

Appearance (A picture can be provided instead of a description if you so wish):

Personality (How does your character act and react to others? Their mental state? Flaws and/or personal weaknesses? If you're applying for a canon, this area will make or break your SU): 150 word minimum

History (Where did your character grow up? Who did they grow up with? What was he/she was doing before he/she got a job at trainer school? Why did they decide to go to the trainer school? How did they meet their pokemon? Etcetera): 350 word minimum

Pokémon (Maximum of 5. No legendaries or 'shiny' pokémon. Oddly colored but not specifically 'shiny' pokemon are allowed, however.):
Species:
Nickname(Optional):
Personality:
Lvl(Max 60):
Moveset(Maximum of 6. TMs and egg moves are allowed):


Signups for Staff (With Opening Post)
Spoiler:
Name (First, Middle-optional and Last):

Nickname (Optional):

Age (18+):

Sex (Male or Female):

Job: (What do they do around the academy? Do they teach a specific class? Do they do a maintenance job, or do they provide some other form of support for the students? Get creative.):

Appearance (A picture can be provided instead of a description if you so wish):

Personality (How does your character act and react to others? Their mental state? Flaws and/or personal weaknesses? If you're applying for a canon, this area will make or break your SU): 50 word minimum

History (Where did your character grow up? Who did they grow up with? What was he/she was doing before he/she got a job at trainer school? Why did they decide to go to the trainer school? How did they meet their pokemon? Etcetera): 100 word minimum

Pokémon (Maximum of 5. No legendaries or 'shiny' pokémon. Oddly colored but not specifically 'shiny' pokemon are allowed, however.):
Species:
Nickname(Optional):
Personality:
Lvl(Max 60):
Moveset(Maximum of 6. TMs and egg moves are allowed):

Opening Post (Must be from the perspective of your character.): Recommended 350 words


Personally I'd like to see other RPs adopt more flexible styles of SUs like this.
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Old April 8th, 2013, 04:03 PM
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Personally, I think the more set-in-stone sign ups work better. I don't know about anyone else, but often times I have a huge problem choosing a character for an rp. Just for Atlantis I went through six or seven characters before I sort of merge two together. If I didn't have the set history, personality, and other things I would likely change all of those around so much that they don't make sense. Like, one day I'll feel like having this character over this one, or have them act like that rather than this. The sign ups kinda force me to have the same guy every post, which is really hard for me to do I guess

But yeah for everyone else I dunno maybe a looser sign up is better
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Old April 8th, 2013, 10:46 PM
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I've been having a RP laying around my UCP notepad for months now. That SU wants the applicant to list a few defining characteristical traits, both negative and positive, as well as a few keywords or brief descriptions of hobbies and interests. The biography section comes last in the SU and is optional for those who want to flesh out their character in some way.

Then there's a whole bunch of other sections in that SU too, like choosing powers and titles related to the RP and listing family members and stuff. I believe a "loose" SU like this will work the best for this particular RP.

But I still see no wrong in demanding a well thought out and possibly long personality/history/biography from applicants. Often, I have an idea for a character and flesh it out as I go about writing the SU, going back to change things as I come up with more.

Something I've realized lately is that it is easier for me to write personalities if I just list the defining traits first to get a good overall picture and then weave them together in an explaining text. That way, a lot of redundancy can be avoided.

Maybe others already did it like this ^^
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Old April 9th, 2013, 03:01 PM
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I've been having a RP laying around my UCP notepad for months now. That SU wants the applicant to list a few defining characteristical traits, both negative and positive, as well as a few keywords or brief descriptions of hobbies and interests. The biography section comes last in the SU and is optional for those who want to flesh out their character in some way.

Then there's a whole bunch of other sections in that SU too, like choosing powers and titles related to the RP and listing family members and stuff. I believe a "loose" SU like this will work the best for this particular RP.

But I still see no wrong in demanding a well thought out and possibly long personality/history/biography from applicants. Often, I have an idea for a character and flesh it out as I go about writing the SU, going back to change things as I come up with more.

Something I've realized lately is that it is easier for me to write personalities if I just list the defining traits first to get a good overall picture and then weave them together in an explaining text. That way, a lot of redundancy can be avoided.

Maybe others already did it like this ^^
Speaking of which, that rp needs to be moved from your notepad to the forums :P

Come onnnnnn
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Old April 10th, 2013, 12:27 AM
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Hah, not for quite a while. I'm a ghost now, haven't you noticed? *appears too often to really be a ghost*
... but it's checkmate's remake, as I'm sure you can guess ;)

But yeah, there's not many non-pokémon RPs going these days, I feel.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 04:30 AM
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I'm sort of wondering how an SU can be changed...

I mean, usually it's the standard:

~ Name
~ Age
~ Appearance
~ Personality
~ History
~ Misc (that relates to the RP in question)
~ RP Sample

But, hm, could the SU be set up in such a way that makes you sort of have to think about your character in his/her's own perspective? Or in other words... let's say that you were the character your self. What would you say in a specific situation?

Like for example:

~ If you see a wallet on the ground, would you take it, or give it back to it's owner?
~ Would you kill to save a life?

And so on. Well, granted, yeah, I've seen SUs like that before, but, I was wondering what everyone else thinks of something like this. Or, then again, maybe a SU can be set to be a short as possible:

~ Name
~ (misc that relates to the RP)

And the rest has to come from you, during the actual RP. Basically, you create your character's own history and personality right on the spot.

Any thoughts at all? :)
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Old April 10th, 2013, 06:29 AM
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Whilst others may like that method, and I can certainly appreciate the possibilities, I don't particularly like it. It doesn't leave other RPers much to work with (which is more important than people think sometimes, depending on the RP), doesn't leave you yourself much too work with and I like that a more detailed SU locks in the fundamentals of your character both preventing crazy personality shifts (unless they are part of the character), appearance changes and of course providing you with a reference point if you are in several RPs.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 09:25 AM
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Question: Would any of you roleplayers be interested in an RP adaptation of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger? The basis would, of course, be an English adaptation (thus making it a Power Rangers RP), but I'm having an interest check before creating it.

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Old April 11th, 2013, 09:41 AM
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@Turtleking Depends on the rating, I think. Much as I loved Power Rangers in my younger days (and still do), I would need a much more realistic and mature version of it to capture my interest as a Roleplay.
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Old April 11th, 2013, 09:43 AM
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@Synthet - That's the goal of this RP. It will be a more mature version of Power Rangers (characters in their 20s) and likewise they will deal with adult problems, emotions, etc. No kiddie stuff here. -thumbs up-
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Old April 11th, 2013, 10:13 AM
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Then I'd certainly be interested in seeing the write-up/opening post. Would it be an original setting/group of villains/Zordon-esque figure or would you use one of the existing formats?
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Old April 12th, 2013, 09:38 AM
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What do you guys do to help your motivations / inspirations?

I'm just wondering, because before I make another RP, I really want to get my motivation up to the maximum so that the RP can see it through... even though there was a guide I've written about this, I just want to hear your opinions of the matter. D:

...I mean I can make RPs just fine, but, I just want some advice.. :(
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Old April 12th, 2013, 12:30 PM
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Old April 13th, 2013, 09:33 AM
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What do you guys do to help your motivations / inspirations?

I'm just wondering, because before I make another RP, I really want to get my motivation up to the maximum so that the RP can see it through... even though there was a guide I've written about this, I just want to hear your opinions of the matter. D:

...I mean I can make RPs just fine, but, I just want some advice..
I don't think I'm really suited for it... since I haven't made a RP of my own yet (although I have one that's been lying around in my head for a while which I really wanna get out), but once I do I think a main motivation of mine would be just to see it through. Watch people enjoy it. That stuff.

...Then again, that's what most people might say, so I guess it may not be the best advice :/
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Old April 13th, 2013, 06:22 PM
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Well, the only thing I can think of Miss Doronjo is to give yourself command of npcs as the gm. Actually doing some rping instead of just gm work and such should make it more fun....

but i suppose you probably already thought of that.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 11:40 PM
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@Doronjo - As far as inspiration for RPs goes most of my ideas sort of just pop into my head and then over time I expand on that idea. Sometimes RPs I have planned evolve into a completely different RP over time. Motivation on the other hand is a bit different, usually just watching my story unfold and watching people enjoy it is enough but I also find that playing in your own RPs is helpful and setting yourself goals (such as aiming for a particular RPA or something) can be very motivating.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 05:21 AM
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I normally don't play in my own RPs, but, yeah, I guess it can be worth a shot?

*oh and yes, this is Doronjo, BTW*
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Old April 14th, 2013, 07:32 AM
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Alright noted that tiger = dornjo, why the new account?

You should probably give it a shot because most of us really like the stories we come up with and playing in them can help the GM feel more connected to the RP.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 09:37 AM
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Hey everyone! I bring word from Supervegeta! Due a mishap with his computer, he will have difficulty accessing PC for an indefinite period of time. However, he will still do his best to make posts and keep in contact with people. He will make posts through people (such as myself, maybe) so don't be alarmed. Odyssey and Aerion will continue. Like he would disappoint you guys. ;D

That or he will listen to me and buy a new computer.
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Old April 15th, 2013, 01:43 AM
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HALLO! I've returned from the US of A and am back as part time moderator and full time awesome person. YEP.

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Old April 16th, 2013, 08:28 AM
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Welcome back, Skymaddy.

Since I actually have time and energy again, I've submitted a RP that I've been planning for months. It's called CHECKMATE:redux and I hope at least some of you will find it thrilling enough to be part of! Keep an eye out for it? :)
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Old April 16th, 2013, 08:34 AM
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^I can personally vouch for how awesome a job RHCP did on that.

A new question for people
How do you cope with people becoming inactive and/or dropping out of your RPs? Especially if they leave plot-holes and the like.
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Old April 16th, 2013, 08:43 AM
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I usually get sad lol at least when players just disappear without a trace. If they give a reason or at least admit that they don't have interest in it anymore, it's all good actually. Then there's just the question of how to deal with their character disappearing and not the mission of, heh, hunting players down and trying to get them to post.

Sometimes the plot can be retconned so that the other characters pretend that the leaving one never existed, but that's not really elegant imo.

Often seen is the leaving character becoming a NPC for the GM to handle for a while, or even for the other players to use, while they either keep their importance for the plot through NPCing or are faded out from the story.

Another way is to have the character killed, I guess that's quite common, right? Depends on the RP of course. But I don't like to kill off people so I most often go with the NPC fade out style :p

Once when I was the GM (in checkmate actually) I took over a player's character completely when they left, but it was difficult to play with a person you hadn't created yourself.
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