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Old September 1st, 2012, 04:54 AM
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So, you've heard about this 'roleplaying' nonsense and want to give it a go yourself, eh? Or perhaps you're already a member of our little Roleplaying community and just want to refresh your memory on the rules and guidelines. Roleplaying is a good way to practice one's skills in writing and literature and also a great way to meet new people and make friends.

A roleplay (otherwise known as a 'Role-Playing Game' or RP) is a writing game in which members of the community create and assume the role of characters in a fictional environment created by another member, known as a Game Master (or GM). Participating members sign up to roleplays with said characters and if they are sucessful in being accepted, take responsibility for acting out these roles within certain guidelines and in a certain setting, previously outlined by the Game Master.


Why doesn't my new thread show up?!

In these forums, all threads must be manually reviewed and approved by the moderator before they are actually viewable and accessible to all members. This way, the boards stay clean and are prevented from being filled with irrelevent threads or low quality roleplays and any other sort of nonsense or riff-raff.

Submitted roleplays are usually reviewed and then either approved or denied at least once every few days. If you're curious on what has happened to your thread, you can view the "Check to see if your roleplay has been accepted v2", where information on all submitted roleplays are posted after they have been reviewed by the moderator. Please be patient; moderators have life outside of PokéCommunity too! Though, if you feel it has taken a rather long time since you submitted your roleplay, don't be afraid to send the moderator a polite PM or VM asking what has happened with it.


Where do I post my new roleplay?! Where can I find cool roleplays to join?!

Okay, calm down. The boards are separated into two different boards, the Roleplay Corner and the Roleplay Lounge. Each board plays a vital part in our little community and if you are new to the boards, you may need a helping hand to know where to post what!

Roleplay Corner

This section is the main section and is where the In Character (or IC) threads live. This is where most of the magic happens and where you'll most likely be spending a lot of time writing out your adventures and shenanigans.

Roleplay Lounge

This sub-board is for the Out Of Charater (or OOC) threads, where you may come here to relax, discuss plotlines, characters and other things relating to the roleplay. Remember to keep on topic!
If you're not sure where to post your roleplay, the Lounge is probably your best bet. Most members tie the OOC and Sign Up (or SU) threads together as some like the IC to be clutter free with no distractions. If you don't like to roll like this, you're very much welcome to post in the Corner and make an OOC thread later. Just remember to keep on topic and never post unnecessarily!


The Rules

  1. All submitted roleplays must have a decent plot! Your roleplay will only be accepted if you have a plot which reads well, makes sense and has no obvious holes and cracks (as well as a rules section, a rating and a sign up template). You must explain the world you are roleplaying in, what the motives behind everything is and how the characters are involved. If your roleplay is declined or you think it doesn't look lengthy enough, always ask yourself the five Ws (and one H)! When?! Where?! What?! Who!? How?!? Why!?!?!

    Any and all roleplays which are one liner plots will be declined immediately.

    Also, stealing other's plots is not tolerated. If you wish to revamp an old roleplay, you must do so with the roleplayers permission. If you cannot, you may revamp it only if two months as passed since the existing thread was last posted in, if you link back to the old roleplay in your new one and make sure all ideas are credited for and you must create a new kind of storyline for this roleplay, not a direct copy and paste. Copyright is an important law worldwide and stealing ideas is never okay.

  2. All submitted roleplays must have a rating! Either posted in the title, in the rules section or just somewhere where everyone can see it, the rating has to be there somewhere! Rating roleplays is the same way you would rate a movie or a video game. Who do you think the target audience is?

    Ratings from different parts of the globe are all accepted, but the most common are:
    • K or K+ - For general audiences. For kids. For everybody. These roleplays contain no adult themes and are suitable for all people of all ages! K+ are still for all ages, but contain very mild themes.
    • T - For the slightly mature audience, for teens (thirteen and older!) These roleplays contain slightly older content, including mild themes! Mild violence, mild romance, mild everything! Your players can handle a little... but not a lot!
    • M - For the mature! These roleplays are the higher spectrum and can contain gore, romance, violence, adult themes and coarse language. All language will be filtered out and bypassing the filter is infractable! Please do remember that there is only so much violence you can put in without going too overboard, so use common sense! Also, characters can become intimate but never should you ever commit the act (you all know what I am talking about!)!

    If you find your roleplay hard to rate, please ask the moderator!

  3. All submitted roleplays need a rules section! This is so the Game Master can understand and control what is going on and let the players know if there are any differences in this roleplay that are very important to follow. It's important that everyone knows the rules so there are no arguments about trivial things like being 'overpowered' or 'godmodding' and such.

  4. All IC Posts must be at least 100 words long in length, which is equalivent to about or just over four full lines of text. It's important that all posts are lengthy, detailed, and there is a no tolerance rule for one-liner posts. Don't know how to count your words? Copy and paste into Microsoft Word, if you've got it. If not, WordCounterTool.com is a helpful website.

  5. Do not use script posting or abbreviated text. Here, we roleplay like we are writing a story and in proper English too.

    'Bobby: *Pushes Tim* Don't do that!' should be written as '"Don't do that!" Bobby said, pushing Tim.' It is also not acceptable to use "133t $p34k" here. For example, "hi do u wnt 2 go 2 da movis w/ me" should be written as "Hi, do you want to go to the movies with me?"

  6. SPAM is not tolerated. Keep all posts on-topic, whether that be in the Roleplay Discussion thread, an OOC thread or if you're posting comments in an IC post. All discussion should be relevant to your character, to the plot and to something to do with the roleplay. If you post too much content that is off-topic, you'll earn yourself a nice infraction. If you want to talk to someone about what you did last weekend, stick to VMs or PMs.

    On that note, advertising to other roleplay forums is also a big no-no. You may do so in your signature, but keep them out of your posts.

  7. Double posting is ONLY allowed if you are the Game Master, and even then, two full days must have passed in between each post. If there is something important you left out, you can always edit your post. Need to alert your members? Why don't you just PM them?

  8. Threads cannot be revived after a month of inactivity. Only the Game Master may do so, but after two entire months have passed, the thread is considered and is dead and locked. If your thread has died and you still wish to use a similar idea, why not revamp your roleplay?



FAQ

  • Can I create a one on one roleplay/a small roleplay for me and my friends?
    Generally, roleplays will not be accepted that only have 2-3 spots in total. For those kind of exclusive roleplays, you're better off asking in the Roleplay Discussion if anyone wants to join a smaller that you can host through Skype, PMs or perhaps some online chatting website. Up to you. Though, if you have a roleplay with 4 or more spots in total and you have already organised the players you want in your roleplay, I'm happy for you to host that here.


NEED SOME HINTS FOR YOUR ROLEPLAYING?

Creating a character: This is basically your resumé or CV into this roleplay and usually your first impression on a game master. Make it a good one! Put loads of effort into your character and try to make them interesting and unique. Also, make sure to follow their sign-up template, but don't be afraid to add extra things if you think you can!

Creating a plot: Plots are never something that you think up in 5 minutes. No, you need days to fully develop a plot. Think it through, take your time. Ask yourself these questions: What? When? Where? Who? Why? How? If you've answered these questions to your fullest capabilities, then you should almost be set to post your roleplay. Make it original as well. If you like a plot line of another series, why don't you put your own spin on it?

Controlling a character: When writing as your character and interacting with others, you have to make sure you think about everything around you. Will your interactions affect the other characters? And in what way? Controlling other's characters however, is not tolerated. Even when it comes to attacking in battle situations, it's common courtesy to post about how you attacked, ending just before you hit, leaving the other player to react. Always ask permission if you need to push another character (unless you are GM, but to an extent. Some players are very finicky on how their players act).

Controlling a roleplay: As a Game Master, it's your job to keep the roleplay running smoothly. For one, you must be active, even if other's aren't. If somebody's not posting, it's your job to chase them up. And if there are disputes, it's your job to clear them up. Make sure that you are fair and unbiased otherwise things can get nasty. When things start to go out of hand though, don't hesitate to talk to the moderator.

Waiting for a roleplay: If you've joined and the roleplay hasn't started yet, don't pester the Game Master. Be patient and wait for the Game Master to be ready to start. If you must ask, make sure you do so polietly.

Waiting for a player: If a player you have been interacting with suddenly goes inactive, don't freak out yet. Send them a PM or try and get in contact with them. If that fails, contact the Game Master. Never resort to taking control of another's character unless you have the proper permission.


Useful Terms You May Need To Know

  • Godmodding means to 'play god' and control things which only the Game Master should; weather, landscape, wild animals etc. It's universally unacceptable. Always ask permission before you control anything outside your character
  • Powerplaying means to control other characters that are not your own. This is always unacceptable and always requires permission beforehand.
  • Bunnying is basically the same as powerplaying, only that it's usually milder such as pulling a person along. Again, permission is always needed before you bunny a character.
  • Mary Sue/Gary Stu is a term used to describe the perfect character; they get everything, know everyone, win everything and are basically no fun to play with at all. There are variations to this, including an Anti-Sue, which all bad things happen to that character. Mary-Sues are universally unliked and demonstrates poor character development. Don't know if your character is a Sue? Take this test!


Helpful Threads & Posts


If you want to write a guide yourself and have it put up here, please PM the moderator and we will talk about it.

You should also check out the Roleplay Discussion Thread, where you can chit-chat about things relevant to RPing, and the Planning & Review thread where you can discuss characters and plot more in detail. You can bounce RP ideas off other members, and hype up interest for your own roleplay in these threads - avoid becoming spammy though and limit how often you advertise your threads.

It's also a good idea to subscribe to the Check to see if your roleplay has been accepted v2 to keep up to date with on new roleplays coming out. A short list of the most recently accepted roleplays will also be in the Roleplay Lounge's header!


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Any other questions or queries, feel free to PM the moderators or post a reply to this thread!
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 12:53 PM
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I like the new rules thread, although I think it would be good if explanations of god-modding etc. were given?
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 12:46 AM
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Added a useful terms section. If anyone has any other terms which I should add, don't be afraid to suggest!
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 09:01 AM
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You should also explain about Mary Sue/Gary Stu and how to not be like them.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 11:08 AM
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That goes more to Roleplayer Etiquette than it does a rulebook.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 11:21 AM
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That goes more to Roleplayer Etiquette than it does a rulebook.
It's still a used term among the RPers, and people should know what it means.

Plus, I get the feeling that new players might check the Rules and not the Etiquette. Just by looking at the titles.
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Old September 5th, 2012, 03:25 PM
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Added Mary Sue to the terms, but not how to prevent from being one. Like Torn Zero said, that's for the Etiquette guide!
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Old September 23rd, 2012, 02:44 PM
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Revised the rules: added a new rule which states roleplays cannot be revived after a month and two months for a game master.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:43 AM
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Revised the rules: removed of spelling errors, adjusted sentence structure to erase misunderstanding and added links to the Roleplay Library and the Check to see if your roleplay has been accepted v2.
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I have an idea for a roleplay I want to GM. Should I post the OOC or the IC thread first?
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Old March 1st, 2013, 04:58 PM
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It all is up to you. Most people post the OOC first as they can arrange sign ups and such without cluttering their IC thread. Some people post both at the same time. Personal preference, I much rather the OOC first, but whichever you would like to do. There's actually a small section in the rules just for this:

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If you're not sure where to post your roleplay, the Lounge is probably your best bet. Most members tie the OOC and Sign Up (or SU) threads together as some like the IC to be clutter free with no distractions. If you don't like to roll like this, you're very much welcome to post in the Corner and make an OOC thread later. Just remember to keep on topic and never post unnecessarily!
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Old March 17th, 2013, 12:49 AM
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You may want to change parallelzero as the emergency moderator since he's off staff now. d:
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Old March 17th, 2013, 03:41 AM
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Oops. Well, I added you instead. ;D
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So, if I want to start a RP, I just go to the OCC and say "here's my RP" and post the plot and playable characters? Is there anything else I need to do?
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So, if I want to start a RP, I just go to the OCC and say "here's my RP" and post the plot and playable characters? Is there anything else I need to do?
You also need to include a rating, a list of 'rules' for your roleplay, a sign-up sheet so people know how to join and it's good practice to explain how your roleplay will work.

Essentially, the 'plot' needs to cover a lot of information. What's the story? What are the characters going to do? Where is this roleplay set?

Have a look at some of the existing, accepted threads in the Roleplay Lounge for ideas about what else you can include.
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three more questions! (sorry, I just want it to be perfect.)
1. My plotline is kinda also a prologue. I explain what happens before the playable characters show up. Is that ok?
2. Also, it said here that the information can't be a one sentence plot. My plot and all of the game info is on a computer document right now, and it is 4 pages long. Is that too long?
3. How many playable characters should there be? Is 5 enough?
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Old November 20th, 2013, 08:35 PM
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three more questions! (sorry, I just want it to be perfect.)
1. My plotline is kinda also a prologue. I explain what happens before the playable characters show up. Is that ok?
2. Also, it said here that the information can't be a one sentence plot. My plot and all of the game info is on a computer document right now, and it is 4 pages long. Is that too long?
3. How many playable characters should there be? Is 5 enough?
1. That's fine. Your summary should be the plot up to now and what your characters are going to be doing.
2. Haha I'm not sure there's such a thing as "too long". Go track down Aerion if you have the time. XD Just as long as you don't think it's too much for your players to read.
3. Five is fine! Over 3 characters is the rules, I'm pretty sure I wrote that in the FAQ.
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Here's a question: I'm thinking of a roleplay, but most of the plot is in things that the players can't learn until later, so I can't post that information in the intro. What should I do?
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Here's a question: I'm thinking of a roleplay, but most of the plot is in things that the players can't learn until later, so I can't post that information in the intro. What should I do?
You don't need to post the future plot, per se, post what already exists. That might include setting the scene and telling the players about what has happened so far - with only hints of what is to come in the roleplay.

If you're not sure about your plot, and whether it will fit the bill, feel free to PM me that before posting your thread .
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Generally, roleplays will not be accepted that only have 2-3 spots in total. For those kind of exclusive roleplays, you're better off asking in the Roleplay Discussion if anyone wants to join a smaller that you can host through Skype, PMs or perhaps some online chatting website. Up to you. Though, if you have a roleplay with 4 or more spots in total and you have already organised the players you want in your roleplay, I'm happy for you to host that here.
In the past, I remember there being something called private roleplays that didn't allow people to sign up. Sometimes with only two players who were simply using PC as their platform for making a proper story (and showcase it for others) through roleplay-style posts... Just like any other RP here, really.

But, to make it clear, roleplays (private or not) with less than 4 players simply isn't allowed here nowadays?
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Old April 24th, 2014, 03:37 PM
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I think that if a roleplay has 2-3 people, it can be easily organised through Skype or PMs or some kind of chatting platform. I don't mind if players are previously organised, but four was my minimum.

Though I suppose it depends on the circumstances if it was 3. I think 2 can be just done through PMs.
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