Welcome to Role Play 101
Lets start with what is Role Play; Very simply it is acting out in character through the written word. All you really need is an imagination (cause if your reading this you already have a computer LOL).
A simple Story line topic will always be decided upon. Unlike some groups we do not have a pre-planned outcome, rather we let the writers own imaginations take the story where the story wants to go. There will be twists and turns, we encourage those, for they serve to fire every one's talents. Usually beyond what the writer thought he/she was capable of. We have had stories that at one moment are very sad and tragic and then suddenly full of humor.
We suggest you use some sort of writing program. Word, Microsoft office, Or Google Docs. The first two are good but the nice thing about Google Docs is you can share your story privately with another writer. We have found this to be very helpful in catching mistakes. I.E. ( She went to the dor and then she oppened it) It is a known fact that most peoples minds will not catch a simple misspelling, so long as the first and last letter are correct and the sentence flows evenly. The other thing is using Google Docs promotes teamwork and camaraderie. It helps us all to become close friends. It also gives you the advantage to create a folder for your writings and it automatically saves as you write (This is very nice especially during thunder storms or inclement weather). Also you will be able to access it from any computer.
On a personal note;
In the beginning of my own Role Play experience I had dabbled a little in writing some short stories and had some experience writing for a company newsletter but that was about the extent of it. I sat back and watched almost in awe the writings of the other players and quite frankly I had my doubts that I would ever be able to measure up.
There were a few of the players who eased my fears and gave me some pointers. First they said relax it’s not as hard as your making it out to be. Second and even more important use you imagination and just take your time.
I also was blasted with all kinds of new terminology and abbreviations. I muddled through and slowly learned what each one meant in time. In an act of kindness we want to share what we have learned over the years. This we hope will help guide you as you join us in what we all hope will be a series of wonderful adventures.
Old or new to Role Play please take a moment to read over the list of definitions below......
RP: Role-play - Taking on a character (in the sense that an actor has a role) and enacting or playing that character
RPer’s: Role-player’s - those who write as the character
RPG: Role-play Group - A group of people that come together to writing in a genre of their choosing. Each RPer writing their own part
PRP: Personal Role-play between two players
Mod/Moderator: A mod/moderator(s) is the official administrator of a RP Site or RPG. This can consist of one or more persons to officially organize and run the group. The mod/moderator(s) answer questions, guide story-lines, enforce the rules, and at times can also be a RP counselor or mediator if needed in certain circumstances.
IC: In Character. This is used to inform those on your friend's list that you are acting as your character.
OOC: Out Of Character. This is used to inform those on your friend's list that you are talking not as your character but as a writer.
Cannon Character: A cannon character is a character derived from a movie, television show, or published work of literature.
Custom/Original: A custom or original character is one solely designed and created by the writer/role-player behind the character.
Verse: The term verse refers to the genre, type, or ‘universe’ in which one role-plays.
-For example: Dean Winchester belongs to the Supernatural Verse.
Starter: A starter is the text sent or posted to start off a storyline.
One-Liner: One-liner is a term referring to a style of role-play that consists of posts/replies of only 1 to 3 sentences.
Para: Para is a term referring to a style of role-play that consists of posts/replies consisting of only a paragraph. This consists of three or more sentences.
Multi-Para: Multi-Para is a term referring to a style of role-play that consists of posts/replies of two or more paragraphs.
Novella: is a term referring to a style of role-play that consists of posts/replies of five or more paragraphs. Novella is often up to the interpretation of the writer/role-player. Some require more in length than others, but that is to be discussed between the two role-players.
Automating: This term has two definitions. It can apply to automated characters created by the role-player(s) for the storyline. It also refers to when another role-player controls another role-players character.
God-Modding: This term is in reference to making ones character invincible or infallible.
*Note: God-modding one’s own character or automating another person’s character without prior consent are two of the biggest taboos in the role-play community. So don’t do it unless given consent by the other role-player. These terms are also commonly confused with one another. Either way, don't do either of them.
Premade: Premades are pictures made by help-sites that are not manipulations.
Manip: Manips are two or more images that have been pieced together to form one image. For example: putting Anna Paquin's face on Kristin Bauer's body through the use of programs like Photoshop.
We wish to thank Miss Kimberly for the Definitions listed above.
We hope that this short tutorial has been informative and we look forward to playing and most importantly having fun with all of you.
Sam “Padfoot” Merlotte