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Default RPG Forum Rules And FAQ. - 07-04-2011, 09:17 AM

RPG Forum Rules.

1. Please don't make comments in RPs or spam.
If you're new and wish to introduce yourself, then kindly use the Newbies forum to do so. If you want to ask for friends, then use the Friends forum. If you want to ask any of the players a question then use the Private Messages feature. Spamming RPs is very rude and disruptive for the people who are RPing. Any spam found in RPs will either be deleted, or moved to the correct forum. If a user persists in spamming, he or she will be dealt with according to the rules.

2. Long running RPs are closed to new players.
A long running RP is one that is over fifty pages long. If you see that an RP is a long running one, then under no circumstances should you just post in it. If the RP is only just over fifty pages, you may PM the owner and ask politely if you can join. If you do this and are refused, then don't have an attitude about it. Start your own RP instead, but don't make one that's an exact copy of the one you weren't allowed to join as this is not allowed here.

3. Guidelines to Starting RPs.

1. Make sure that you have at least one person to RP with before you start your RP.
2. Don't ever copy someone else's RP.
3. Always have a recognisable plot that's at least two paragraphs long, and at least one paragraph for an intro.
4. Don't start a new RP for every new character; introduce that character into an existing RP!
5. Understand that scripted RPs aren't as popular as ones that ensure that players can control their own characters. I personally don't like them; giving out names and descriptions of characters is fine, but telling players to control the character you assign them a certain way is not. Let people control their character however they want, and your RP will be a lot more popular.

Any RP that doesn't meet these criteria will be locked.

4. No Godmoding.
Godmoding is when a player takes a character not their own and starts controlling it the way they want it; for example, having that character receive a punch their character gave. It's very rude to do this, and shows a lack of respect for other people's characters. Here's an example:

Laura picked up a rock and threw it at Chana. The rock hit Chana and knocked her out.

In the example, the player who's RPing as Laura is controlling the other player's character Chana, and making her react the way she wants. The correct way for the player to post would be like this:

Laura picked up a rock and threw it at Chana. She really hated Chana at that moment and wanted to hurt her.

This is a much better way to post as it leaves the action open to the player controlling Chana as to what they do, whether they have their character dodge the rock or be hit by it.

5. No Mary Sues or Gary Stus.
A character that's completely perfect without any faults or weaknesses is known as a Mary Sue/Gary Stu. Having such a character shows laziness and poor RPing skills. If you don't know what a Sue is, click here for a basic definition: Urban Dictionary: mary-sue If you're not sure as to whether your character is a Mary Sue or not, then use the following link to check it: The Writer's Mary Sue Test

Additional notes on RPs and RPing.

If you're new to the whole thing, you might want to read the following paragraphs carefully. Experienced RPers would do well to check them over, too.

Here is a step by step guide on joining RPs for RP newbies. Before you decide to join an RP, you must do the following:

* Check to see if the RP is private.

* Check the number of pages in the RP.

* Read the first page to see if it's suitable for you.

Private RPs.

A Private RP is an RP that is exclusively for a small group of players and is closed to other RPers. Such an RP will either have "Private RP" following the title, or a title like this:

Dark Shadows. {Clare, Marie and Gemma}

This indicates that only the RPers listed are allowed to post there. If you see a private RP, then don't try to join it unless you are one of the listed players. Private RPs are made so that a small group of friends can RP to a certain style by themselves; any outsiders therefore are breaking the rules if they try to join. Repeatedly ignoring this rule will get you punished.

Number of Pages.

This can be seen to the right of the RP title. If the RP is just two or three pages long and has no restrictions, then feel free to join; just make sure that you read the whole thing first. If the RP is ten to fifty pages long, then your best bet is to PM the owner and ask nicely if you can join. If they refuse to let you join for any reason, then just accept it and start your own RP; just make sure that if you're running along a similar theme, ie starting your own Harry Potter one, then have a completely different plot not one copied from the RP you couldn't join. That's plagurism, and will more than likely get your RP locked or deleted.

If, however, an RP is past the fifty page mark, then it's closed to new players. Anyone new joining would just get lost within the story and wouldn't be able to keep up with all the developments. So, don't just barge right in and expect the players and owner to roll out the red carpet for you; it won't happen.

You are ignoring basic RP ettiquette, and you will not endear yourself to anyone, least of all me. Your post will be deleted from the RP, and you will be given a warning. Repeatedly ignoring this rule, and persisting in going where you're not wanted, will earn you an infraction or even a temp ban.

The First Page.

Finally, we come to the thing that so many noobs bypass; reading the first page. And any other pages of the RP, assuming it's just started or is only a few pages long. That way, you can get a feel for the RP and understand what the story's about, and whether it's your kind of RP. If you read the first page of a futuristic RP and you RP best in medieval times, then it's best to not join this one and look further for a more suitable one for you. Don't just join it and either demand that it changes for you, or try to put in an out of context character. That's arrogant and completely disregarding the wishes of the owner. Either work out a suitable character, or join another RP that's more suited for you.

Articles Of Interest.

If you come accross any articles on RPing, characters and the like and would like them to be added in here, just send me a PM with a link to the article.

News: Hate Mary Sues? Don't we all!
News: How to NOT Write- Ripping Apart an Amateur Story
Mary Sue - Television Tropes & Idioms
How to Avoid Making a Mary Sue - wikiHow
The Universal Mary-Sue Litmus Test

Last edited by Miranda_ : 05-06-2012 at 08:41 AM.
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