Hello there, fellow Sv2 members!
Before we get started, remember that the type of role playing that Sv2 uses is called Free Form Role Play.
1. In Character & Out of Character.
First off.. This is the IC Section, In Character. All posts here should be kept In Character. Yes, sometimes it may be necessary for the sake of the story line to post out of character to clarify something. These posts should be kept in thread and marked OOC>>(for Out Of Character), and IC>>(In Character) when the story is resumed and you are done with an OOC>> comment. Please just try to keep the OOC>> posts to a minimum. We don't want to turn this into a chat forum. That is what the General forum is for. Your posts do not have to be labeled everytime you post. We will assume that it is IC>> unless labeled otherwise.
2. Controlling Other People's Characters
.. is a no-no. Generally speaking, don't do it. It's okay if it's just a few lines, in order to facilitate the story, but keep in mind that it's THEIR character. For example: Eva slammed the breaks and popped out of her sedan. When she took a quick glance around, she saw that Harry was looking at her from the cafe across the street. Eva stormed over and tore the newspaper into shreds. "What is your problem?"
Harry clenched his fists and felt his blood rush to his head. He stood up in a frenzy, eyes wide open. "Nothing, nothing, I just hate your attitude. Every morning it's like this. You can't even get a hold of yourself. It's horrible.." He took one last glance at her before taking off down the block.
Suppose your character is Eva, but someone else who is RPing is Harry. Above is an example of controlling Harry's character.. And overdoing it. You are not allowed to control what any other RPer's character does or says, unless it is very short and subtle. For example, the following would be a good
post: Eva slammed the breaks and popped out of her sedan. When she took a quick glance around, she saw that Harry was looking at her from the cafe across the street. Eva stormed over and tore the newspaper into shreds. "What is your problem?"
She saw Harry slowly lift his gaze from his lap to her eyes. Eva narrowed her piercing stare even darker as she awaited his response.
3. No Spam, or Flaming.
Spam is when you write short posts that are not relevant to the topic whatsoever, and flaming is when you denounce other members or put them down. I hate spam and flaming, and don't think that anyone here that frequents this site appreciates it. All it does is bring down the quality of a story.
4. No God-modding.
This means making invincible characters, weapons, etc. An easy way for you to avoid this is to stop thinking of the RP as a game that you have to beat. Instead, think of it as a story you are writing with others. You want to better the story by all means necessary, even if your character must suffer, or die. Read the following snippet from urbandictionary.com for more info about what god-modding is:
5. Treat your Fellow RPers as You Would Treat Yourself.
Pretty straightforward. It should be obvious, but some people just don't get it. For example, don't control other people's characters, because you wouldn't want other people controlling your
6. RPs are in Third Person.
This is just so that no one gets confused when someone posts something like: "I walk over to the closet and slowly turn the knob." Remember, an RP is a story that people write together. There is more than just one character telling the story. Therefore, "I" does not fit.
7. Try to Fit Dialogue In.
Your character shouldn't use modern phrases in an RP about the Middle Ages. Throughout time and space, the way people express themselves changes. You have to adjust your character so that it fits, along with what it says and does.
8. Characters Do Not Know Each Other Until They Meet.
In an RP, you shouldn't say hi to anyone you know who has just jumped into the story. You don't know that person until the both of you have met, heard of each other, or have been introduced to one another in that specific RP.
9. Don't Make Assumptions.
If you're not sure about something that's happened already, then look back and check it out. Or if you don't know if a certain character has done something or not, go ahead and PM that person and ask. Remember, assume makes an ass out of u and me.
10. Don't Read Minds.
Sometimes an RPer expresses what their character is thinking
by putting it in italics. This means no one else knows what the character is thinking (unless someone else's character has the inhuman ability to). Don't act as if what they are thinking is speech. Speech and thought is not the same. Stick to what they've done and actually said.
11. Give Others a Fair Chance.
This is god-modding, in a way. When you "throw a fireball, killing someone immediately", that is against the rules. If you just "throw a fireball", you leave space open for the other character's response.
12. Let it Flow!
Even if you're a bit stuck and don't know what to do, make a short, concise post that moves things along, at least.
13. Once You Join, You're In.
If you join an RP, we expect you to stay in that RP for as long as it lasts. Don't just disappear while someone else's character is in contact with you. It just leaves a dilemma behind you. What am I supposed to do when I ask you a question, but you just never post back? Act as if it never happened? If you must leave an RP, at least give an OOC post giving a valid explanation why.
14. You are Allowed 2 Characters per RP.
If you wish, you may also create another character for the same RP. But you are only allowed to create two characters per RP. If you have more, it might give you way too much control over the storyline.
If anyone here has any problems, suggestions, or questions please feel free to PM me, I am here to help and to make sure that this place remains fun for everyone.