I was thinking of starting a new role-playing thread (it had to do with a cloning experiment going horribly wrong and there was a drag queen clone.... Ummm... Jinxed gave me the idea... :wink: ) Anyway, I thought I'd lay out some rules first. So I started writing these but then thought it would be a better idea to just make some overall rules for the role-playing forum in general. So, I think what we should do is come up with anything else we can. Then, compile it all into a reasonably ordered list and get Oyarsa to post a 'sticky' on the forum with the final product. For the moment though, this thread is where we can work on the rules and guidelines that we want. ---------------------- Definition of Terms ---------------------- Thread - The overall topic/conversation/story. That is the whole shebang, all posts included. Post - An indiviual reply made by one person to a thread. Good threads are made up of lots of these. Threads where people get flamed also have lots of these as well.... [OOC] Enter your message here [/OOC] - Out of character. This is used to tell other role-players things that you want to get across. Things such as 'I'm going away for a few days, so I won't be able to post for a while' or 'Hey a***hole, edit your previous post. You killed me you prick, I wasn't meant to die until later you dips**t' or even 'I think we've spent too long in the inn, so I'm moving my character outside. I hope some of you follow. I'd really like to role-play in another part of town.' or perhaps 'Just a question, how are we supposed to kill this monster that we're supposed to be fighting?' or anything else that you might want to ask or tell the other role-players in the thread. PM - Private Message. Can also be reffered to as 'Elecktronic Messaging Service' or 'Telegram' if you prefer a more game oriented term. This is a method of 'posting' people private messages. See forum help on how to use it --Link---. It is useful if you want to ask someone a direct question and you don't want to post an 'ooc' message in any particular thread. Especially useful for notifying the moderators when you want a thread or post removed for some reason (Better give them the reason as well, otherwise they may not co-operate). -------------------------------------------------- Rules and Guidelines for the Role-Playing Forum. -------------------------------------------------- 1) The Creator has TOTAL CONTROL. That is, the person who started the thread, and therefore created the story has full editing control. If there is a post that they want removed because it doesn't fit their story, they can 'Telegram' the Moderator and the moderator WILL listen to them without question. That way, Nazi Dictators like myself can stop all of the Boneheads like you from ruining our threads :smile: 2) If your character ends up 'dead' (perhaps someone fought you and said they killed you) Then you are DEAD. You either have to be resurrected by someone (perhaps you could role-play another character who sees the fight and decides to resurrect you or something) OR you can join in the thread again as a NEW CHARACTER. 3) Please be detailed in your posts. Certainly, there's no need for a marathon of text, but we would all prefer a bit more than: "And then some dude resurrected me and I got back in the fight and I shot him and he died." Instead, what might be better: A lone dark figure who had been standing in a corner across the room saw my pathetic dead corpse laying on the ground. He waited until the others had left before approaching me and using a revivifier on me. I breathed air again and looked up. "Thank you", I said. "You are most welcome", came the reply. "I had hoped I might meet you here...." And so on and so on..... 4) You can role-play as many characters as you want. Ie, If you decide to be a party of people, you can role-play everyone in that party. OR, if you decide to, you CAN play as more than one character. For example you can play a good, staff weilding wizard who is a member of the city guard AS WELL as playing another character, say perhaps a gun-toting techie who is a member of the party that the city guard is looking for. If you do this, make sure it is clear to everyone else who you are 'playing' when you post. Particularly, if you have both characters together in the one post, make sure it's clear who is doing what. 5) Please sign your character's name (and position, occupation etc..) at the end of your post. That way, we can all be reminded of just what character you are again as well as your position (so we don't forget and have to go look it up in previous posts). An example of this would be: Blah blah blah here's my post etc.... - Joe Bloggs, Captain of the Blackhills City Guard. 6) No 'All mighty and powerful' characters please. Ie. Don't pop in with 'Thy Ultimate Weapon of Death That No-one Can Dodge [TM]' or don't play 'The Most Powerful Mage in All Arcanum and No-one can Beat me Cause I'm All Powerful So THERE!'. I think we would all prefer just 'normal' characters. We're not against you being a reasonably skilled character, we just don't want God-like, invincible characters that have THE most powerful weapon in the world in their posession. 7) Have fun and don't be stupid. If any post is made that The Creator doesn't like, you will either be Private Messaged you OR he/she will just have a moderator remove it. Any posts that might have been made in reference to any post removed or altered, the Creator should Private Message those people and ask to alter if necessary. OR put up a post with a bit of [OOC] text explaining what they want to happen. If you have any thoughts, suggestions or if there is anything you'd like to say about the direction of the thread as it moves along, post them in the thread with '[OOC]' and '[/OOC]' around them. Enter your message inbetween the two bracketed OOC's. For example: [OOC] I want my character to sneak off during this next fight, so no-one attack me directly please. My character is a skilled prowler/thief which will be hiding in the shadows. [/OOC] Something like this can give other role-players an indication of what you're intending to do. That way, no-one will unnessecarily screw up someone elses post. Of course, what exactly happens is anyone's guess, but if there is a time when you WANT a specific thing to happen, this is the way to notify everyone else. 9) The stories should loosely based on Arcanum, but there is a bit of room if you want to get creative and perhaps have a new weapon (Eg. Double Barrelled Shotgun) or a new race (Troll, Goblin etc...) or a new anything else you can think of. Basing stories on the world of Arcanum will make things simpler as all of us here should have a general idea of what you're on about. 10) When you first create a character, give us some details. And not just what they look like. Be a bit more specific in terms of: Race - Orc, Elf, Troll, Goblin etc.... Alignment - Good or Evil? Aptitude - Tech or Magic? Spells - Teleportation, Fire college, Water college etc....? Skills - Lockpick, prowl, pickpocket etc...? Weapon(s) Used - Bow and Arrow, Firearms, Axe, Venemous Sword? Age - Old, young? Physical Description - Tall, short, hair colour, eyes... All the usual guff. That way, when other people use your character and reference them in their own posts, they have a better idea of what your character is likely to do. 11) Overall... Be DESCRIPTIVE. If you are a member of a band of elves, tell us about the other elves. What are they like? What are their habits? What do they do for a living? If you're fighting someone, what weapon are you using? How good are you with it? What weapon is the other person/creature using? What does the zombie that you're fighting look like? Is it hideous? Does it smell? If you're travelling into a new town, tell us about the area, lay it out for us. Where are the inns, the stores, what kind of town is it? Are the people friendly? A decent, solid DESCRIPTIVE post is a good post. Short little posts with little or no explanation or description really don't tell people much.