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PostSubject: [Tutorial]RP-A tutorial   Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:46 pm

Well, I know there's no definite "RP" section, but knowledge is good, amirite?
One second... Copypastaing from my post at SMDC's forum...

Alright. Obviously, Nobody cares about RPing right now, but I might as well post an introductory.

1: Introduction
RP stands for Role Playing. There's your first lesson. In an RP, you make decisions based upon your character, and what they would do. Many people tend to do this to pass the time. There are different kinds of Role-Playing that many people take part into, most notably an RP Fight, and a RPG, or Role Playing Game. RPs tend to be associated with conflicts, so many people, when creating a character, include weapons for their character to defend themselves, although it is possible to have a non-conflict affiliated RP.

2: The Character.
To play an RP, you must have a character to fit the RP. Some RPs have a character sheet for you to fill out, in the case that you do not miss a certain description required to play the RP. These are usually for RPGs. In other cases, such as fights, you must create a character by your own standards. Things to be placed in an RP character vary by person, but usual requirements include:
  • Name: Must be original. Nothing too hard to pronounce.
  • Age: People in various RP societies look down on the child prodigies, so ages over 14 or 18 years is a reasonable age.
  • Gender: Hey! Sometimes its hard to tell by the name!
  • Race: Not as in "White" or "Asian", but more of a type of creature, like Human, elf or tiger.
  • Appearance: Possibly the most crucial of all, this tells what your character looks like.
  • Weapons: Chances are, your character is going to need to defend their person. May be noted in appearance.
  • Personality: Sometimes not required, this tells of a character's emotional strengths and weaknesses.
  • Biography: Included in virtually everywhere, the bio tells the backstory of your character, and reinforces any abilities that your character can preform as proof.

Several additional rules apply for making a character. First of all, if your character happens to be a magic user for their entire life, chances are, he probably couldn't lift an Warhammer. Additionally, a character with immense power, and can make themselves invulnerable or can instantly kill is considered a godmodding. If your character has a godmod in it, then it should be balanced with a weakness, such as a rare success in the attack.

3: The RP.
In an RP, there are several rules to establish a balance in power. Although success in an RP may rely on a character, if also depends on your judgment and actions, along with the other players actions. However, there may come a time where you must say something not related to you characters action, like "You forgot to post" or "When can we do...". In those cases, you must separate your context with OOC (Out of Character) and IC (In Character) to avoid confusion between what you are saying, and what your character is doing. The best thing to perform before and during an RP is to take a look at the other players an their character profiles. It help to know what strengths and weaknesses that they have, so you can exploit them for other uses. For example, A powerful foe may crush supports in a building, so the building's ceiling crushes him. You probably shouldn't preform an Autohit either. An autohit is forcing something upon another character. You may say, "He slashed at blank", but you can't force a hit on them, like: "He slashed at blank, cutting blank's head off". Instead, you must rely on the owner of the character to conclude the action with a dodge or a hit. This brings me to my next point. In RPing, you can't be invincible, but you can't dodge every hit. Even if you were blessed with Sonic's speed their has to be a point where you get hit. In the case of these, take it like a man, and don't complain. Your character may complain, may wince, may go into a rage or die, but you should learn to learn from a "pain" experience and not make a similar mistake. Skimming a post is also not advised. Users have been known to make an enormously large post, only to take their opponent by surprise with an action they posted long time ago. Posting an action with only one line of text additionally looks really lame, and shows how unprofessional some people are.

4: Hosting RPs
If you are bored, you may try hosting your own RP. In the case of that, be sure to specify what time period, what things are required in a character, and to have a good storyline. Even if you are the host of an RP, it doesn't give you the privilege to direct another player's character to perform an action they don't what you to do unless there was an event that directed control towards you. Be sure that every detail in the RP is in, and don't be afraid to take some advice from other people.

5: Random Help
NEVER USE SMILIES WHILE IC. Trust me, it doesn't work right.
If you can't spell, use a word processor and check spelling and grammar. It looks more professional to see a nicely capitalized, fully understandable, large post, and may intimidate others.
Read over your work. Now, do it again. Repeat previous step.
Argue with the host of an RP, and you may, if not will, get kicked out.

I give my thanks to Belth from MG's 101 tips for new RPers.

NOW, GO RP!
On a side note, anybody, did I miss anything?

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