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Introduction to Role Playing and Character
« on: March 19, 2009, 07:01:37 am »
Part one: Introduction

Role Playing is unlike many other games because it allows you to create everything about the character you play, from what color their hair is, to where they went to school, to how strong they are. Because of this, Role-Playing is unlike a video game, in that, although you control a character, you don’t just control how they move and attack, you control what they do, say, and think. The goal of any good Role-Playing is to tell a story.

- Character Development

The most crucial part of Role-Playing is how a Character is set up. Coming up with a name, background, sex, story of your char and any other characters to help people know about your character is very important.

- Defining a Purpose

As stated before, the most crucial part of any character is their motivation. Motivation is the thing that answers the question ‘what makes them tick’, essentially. Why they do the things they do. Is it for glory, prestige, honor, acceptance, money, boredom, proving your skills? The numbers of different motivations a character can have are as varied as the characters themselves. Because of this, the Role-Playing world is always diverse and exciting, as you never know what character you’re going to meet next or how they will react to what you do.

So, to get started with the Character Generation, the first thing you must do is define your motives. This is, essentially, the nature of your character’s Nature. How your char. acts in public to other people is essentially important.

Once you have your motive in mind, you can set about creating your Character. If you favor swords, or guns, then Tell this or whether your cup of tea is bombs.
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Re: Introduction to Role Playing and Character
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2009, 07:02:34 am »
Part Two: Character Development

Your character is the focal point of everything that takes place in dreamland. You will tap into your creativity in using your character and computer to tell a story.

Hopefully you will be using your character for a long time, so take a little time in its creation. Use these starter questions:

1) What is the race of my character?
......... Allot of times this depends on the rp its self, do your research.
2) Where does my character come from?
......... This too depends on the story of the rp, another continent, island, city?
3) What brought my character to become involved in the storyline?
......... This evolves your entrance into the story.
4) Do I have any quirks or odd habits? A favorite saying? An accent?
.......... For example "Get-R-Done"

Using these Starter questions you can come up with the important parts of your character such as the characters: behavior, motivations, actions, goals, relationships, and so on. It’s using these points that make your character a true individual. Next is building your physical description of what you will look like. This allows others to imagine what your character looks like and how they interact with their character.

Use these tips to build the looks of your character:

1.) Follow the basic looks and fill of the race described in the rp that you are wanting to join.
2.) Define the sex of your character. There are three you can use Male, Female or the no sex races.
3.) List all the Abnormalities of the race and the character its self. This includes Eye patches, 3 arms, one leg and so on.
4.) Customize the character by adding: height, weight, eye color, and hair color.

By using these tips you will be well on your way to having a unique and customized character to interact with other and live in the user created world.
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Re: Introduction to Role Playing and Character
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2009, 07:03:18 am »
Part Three: Role Playing

First off speak in 3rd person; this is key to using character in role-playing.

Role Playing Terms (<sf> means Stands For) (this section can change)
- rp <sf> Role Playing
- OOC <sf> Out Of Character – This is used to make statements that you want to say like:
OOC: You did what?
OOC: LOL
OOC: I shot you in the bum, lol
- LOL <sf> Laugh Out Loud – not normally used in a RP but as a OOC
- Rper <sf> the person that does the role playing
- PvP <sf> Player vs Player
- PvE <sf> Player vs Enemy

Normally “” is used to signify speech.
“I say, you are a weird one”

Notes to keep in mind:
You can’t go to a place, find an enemy, fight it, all in one posting. Dreamland does not have the complicated rules that most RP forums have, but we do expect you to thoroughly think out process that every action your character will do and the post you make adds to the story. You can bring in a monster and kill it, that’s fine, but the monsters that others bring in like bosses or puzzles take reasonable efforts by all players in defeating or completing the task.

Avoid simple one-line descriptions of action if you can help it.

Example: Marvin walks into a room and sees a girl, he slaps the girl and the girl runs away.

Try to expand on the situation:
1.) What is the room like?
2.) What is in the room?
3.) What does the girl look like? ( is she pretty, ugly, fat, then, etc.)
4.) Why did you decide to slap her?
5.) Should you chase her?
6.) What are your thoughts at the time on why on what purpose of the slapping?
Of course don’t go insane and explain every little detail like the number of bricks on the wall, but as long as it relates to the story at the time and your character development. You can elaborate.

Showing and describing efforts and context help progress the story and give the other person something to play with. There is also no invincible character, you engage the enemy by yourself you'll expect some injuries. Otherwise explain why you are so powerful or how you've avoided every attack. Be realistic people.

There is no power playing or god modding or something like that. That means you cannot control another persons character.

If you are going to RP then please be serious about it. You can joke around once in awhile.

Good example:

First post: Marvin walks inside the dark cave and hears a grunting sound.
"This doesn't seem right. Is someone there?"

Next post: Jake follows Marvin into the cave but runs a little further then him and finds a large Cat like monster.
"Marvin! Attack! Help!"
OOC: lol Cat monster I couldn't think of anything else.

Another RP Example:

Marvin un-sheathes his sword and holds it at a angle where the sun flickered off it like a majestic glow. He then reaches into his bag and pulls out a sharpening stone and starts running it down the blade. Sparks fly from the blade and light up the evening sky as the sun begins to set. When a ear-piercing scream is heard in the distance sounding through the forest like a gong. Marvin stands up and places the stone in his bag and stabs the sword back into his sheath. He places his helmet back on his head and turns to the others:

“Come, lets go. Time to finish this”

Marvin Starts sprinting into the direction of the castle and the scream, hoping that it did not mean the worse for his comrade.
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The scream could have been the poster above you so there for you progressed the story, had detail, and did not control anyone else’s character.
« Last Edit: March 19, 2009, 07:26:42 am by Smiles »
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