[attr="class","ayabs-lyrics"]So You Wanna Roleplay?
[attr="class","ayabs-tagged"]-- a quick summary of forum-based roleplay
You made leaps and bounds to get through registration, got yourself a spiffy avatar and some location swag, and now you are ready to roleplay![break][break]
But how do you get started?
If you aren’t new to roleplaying and you are ready to make a splash, skip over to the IC section and get writing! [break][break]
If you are new, NO SWEAT, we will get you up to speed below! [break][break][break][break]
What is roleplaying? [break][break]
Forum-based Roleplaying is the interactive or collaborate writing of a single character within an overarching storyline that all members participate in. Threads may be based on roleplaying games (fan-fiction), books, television, movies, and/or completely original ideas developed by a thread starter. Typically, they are written in third person perspective to facilitate the sharing of a scene, and the individual reactions of each character; however, point of view is up to the discretion of the thread starter.[break][break]
In-character (IC) and Out of character (OOC) are terms used to differentiate a fictional perspective of a character and the personal perception of the character’s writer and often take place within a thread. [break][break]
The opening post of each thread generally sets the scene and explains the scenario and may include rules governing role-playing, out of character conduct, and/or links to other ooc threads which detail the storyline and contribute to plot-advancing. Some threads may focus only on IC content only. Threads then become an ongoing story in which players advance the plot with open-ended posts in response to the prior posts made before with their character actions, thoughts, and environmental changes. [break][break][break]
How is roleplaying different from writing? [break][break]
While both involve a number of characters, character interactions, and plot-progression, roleplaying involves a writer taking the role of only a single character and therefore, expression of their actions, conversations, and responses to their environment. Like collaborative writing, all writers in a thread are working towards a single unified goal, however; only the actions of that single character can be controlled and/or non-playable characters (NPCs), which have been created by that writer or implicitly available for use by all players. [break][break]
Actions cannot be done to take over, impede, or force a writer to respond in any particular fashion. Additionally, characters cannot surpass the realism of their environment. Such actions are known as Godmodding and/or meta-gaming.[break][break]Godmodding is the act of creating a character that has the ability to do practically anything without limits or boundaries. It is also the act of controlling and/or manipulating another player’s character without their expressed permission.[break][break]Meta-gaming is the act of using out of character information, which would be otherwise unknown to your character, to manipulate a situation favorably. Neither one of these will be tolerated on Arkadia. However, since this may be your first time writing on a forum-based roleplaying site, we will provide warnings and advice how to avoid these situations to avoid recurrent problems. [break][break][break]
How do I know if I can post in a thread? [break][break]
Usually threads will list whether they are Open to new players or Closed within the thread title or within the first post. If not explicitly stated, it is always good practice to PM the thread starter to see if you can get involved. If the thread is Open, it typically means anyone is free to jump in; just make sure you read over any rules listed in the first post or in the OOC section that is listed and the setting to ensure sure your character fits the bill. [break][break]
Looking to get involved in a thread, check out Role-players’ Connections to find new threads and which thread starters are looking for more players. Make sure you fit the rules and regulations the thread creator has set up and that you will be able to keep up with the pace and level of writing![break][break][break]
Got it?! Great!
Now it’s time to start Roleplaying!
Still feel like you need something a bit more in-depth?