2) Roleplay Hints, Tips and Warnings

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Athene Perthro

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Roleplay Hints, Tips and Warnings

Here you will find a few notes that you may find helpful in regards to your roleplaying.

Common Roleplay Terms

Role Play:(aka. RP; roleplay) this is taking on a part, much like you would in a play but instead a chatroom replaces the formal stage; you don't have a script of lines to memorize; there isn't a director telling you where to stand and what to do. In essence, you've stepped into another person's shoes and you're pretending to be that person/being/creature/whatever. Play out childhood fantasies, dreams of flying, etc., etc.

Typist: this is -you- the person behind the character. This is the real live person that is typing the words on the computer.

Character: this is the being/creature/person you've made up. Base it off a comic book character, your own imagination, whatever. This is separate from the Typist.

In Character: (aka ic) this means to be in the role of the being/creature/person you've made up. You -are- the character when you are ic.

Out of Character: (aka ooc) this is a term used when the typist wants to say something or do something but not through their character. This is used to present the Typist's ideas and speech. When roleplaying, if one desires to make an "out of character" note or comment, the OOC BBCode should be used as follows:
[ooc]Type your OOC comment here[/ooc]
It will then be rendered as follows;
Out of Character:
Type your OOC comment here

Moder; Godmoder: a character that is invincible. This is a bad thing.

Godmodding: When a character doesn't allow another character act, or decides how the other character acts without that players consent.



The dos' of roleplaying

+ DO make sure you have read all of HNZs rules

+ DO be as literate as you can.

+ DO put your spoken words in speech marks, and thoughts in italics.

+ DO stay in character.

+ DO give your characters flaws (See Character Development).

+ DO read other roleplayers posts.

+ DO be descriptive in your posts.

+ DO use the [ooc]message[/ooc] BBCode tags

The don'ts of roleplaying

+ DO NOT use chat speak.

+ DO NOT Godmode

+ DO NOT mix OOC/IC chat in a roleplay without properly distinguishing them.



+ Never GodMode. This is acting like you rule over everyone -- people find it quite annoying.

+ You can not kill other player's characters at anytime without their permission.

+ No one likes a character that's too powerful for their own good. Make sure your character has faults, and their powers are on a more normal scale. And please, never, ever make an all-knowing character unless you, yourself are all-knowing. Which, most likely, you are not.

+ Never powerplay. No one likes to roleplay with someone who is in one place, then is mystically in another without moving, or has actions completed that they have not included in their post.

+ A lot of roleplayers prefer you to have a certain standard for how much you write, and it always varies. You might aim to write three good sentences while someone else wants three good paragraphs, or vice versa. It's important to stay in your writing group.

+ No one likes someone who makes two or three posts and doesn't post forever. If you have to go on a trip, have a job or something, then inform your fellow roleplayers so they don't sit on their butts waiting for you all day. Also, if you don't like how a roleplay is going, work it out with the people you're roleplaying with, instead of just leaving.

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