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Taulphin
30 Jul 2008, 02:45 PM
ALL normal forum rules apply to threads in this section. RP threads should all be PG-13.

RP Forum moderator: Travian_Bard (http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/member.php?u=11516)

--Topic in development--

§1(RP)
What is Roleplay?
The page linked below is just one of many such explanations.
http://www.ufbs.co.uk/jason/roleplay/roleplay.html
...the key is to remember that it varies with the expectations of whoever is running the game and any games run on the Travian forums needs to be PG-13 (Thus in-line with the forum rules in general).

§1.2(RP)
Further explanations...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play-by-post_role-playing_game


Message-board role-playing

Internet forums are the most common medium for Play-by-Post gaming. Some online forums provide benefits such as online dice rolling, character profiling and game history. Others emphasize the use of free-hand and the absence of dice and chance. Thanks to online forums, players can easily keep track of all aspects of the game, can see what is happening elsewhere and can re-read anything they have previously written. Many online services provide free game hosting for gamemasters.

In some message-board role-playing forums, dice rolls are made by the GMs either in real life or through a number generating program external to the role-playing message board. This relies heavily on trust from the players, but because the GM is not involved in the game there is no reason not to trust them.

Message-board role-playing is faster than play-by-email, but as all players can see all the posts there can possibly be problems on forums that do not support private messages. Sites like Proboards, Invisionfree and others of that sort are used for this. There can also be issues where multiple players respond to a post at once and contradict each other, requiring posts to either be edited or deleted. Sometimes the GMs will need to sort out such a situation when it occurs if an agreement cannot be reached by the players.

Some message boards allow members of any level of writing to join. These are usually called free-for-all, or beginner RPGs. A member who does not write long posts or use proper grammar may be referred to as a "n00b". Some sites are advanced, with a word minimum for every post. The word minimum usually falls between 200 to 800 words. Intermediate RPGs usually require two or three, sometimes more, paragraphs per post.

§2(RP)
Labels & Terminology
There are many different labels for people at different skill levels, they aren’t really meant to put them down but they generally distinguish different kind of roleplayers so that people with higher standards can get more out of what they want to roleplay.

Illiterate Usually beginners, illiterates are known to use very generic list descriptions, for example...


Name: mister so and so
Gender: male
Eyes: Green
Clothes: jeans and a green day shirt
Etc.
There are usually no depth or substance to these characters and the remainder of the roleplay is played out in one-liners. Usually illiterates have no regards for capitalization or ooc or grammar or spelling or basic roleplaying rules.

Semi-literate Usually have longer and more descriptive lists that really get into the character, sometimes a semi-literate might type out a paragraph or two about their character but it’s usually not very intriguing or well written information about their character. Grammar is more sharpened.

Literate Longer introductions and posts that have depth and description and are more like writing than basic information. Literates create more relatable and in-depth characters that a reader is interested in reading about, not just interacting with. The writing is more developed and the grammar is intact.

Advanced This is when someone writes a long, interesting, in-depth, creative introduction. The grammar is nearly perfect and the writing is well thought out and descriptive. The quality of the writing is just more developed.

BIC back in character, or in character. When the writer is writing in his or her persona, and interacting with other characters.

OOC out of character, when you are talking to other players as yourself not your character.

Mary / Gary Sue perfect characters. These are generally not permitted because it’s boring and doesn’t make for an interesting roleplay. Flaws and personalities are what make a better roleplaying and Mary / Gary’s are more common in illiterate and semi literate roleplays.

Powerplay controlling someone else’s character. This is not permitted—you are only allowed to control the actions of your own character. (Unless there is allowance for such made in the thread with the agreement of participants.)

Godmode creating unrealistic situations, or characters that can do anything. Example: a character that is a lightening fast super intelligent elf that can defeat anyone in combat.

N00b Someone who is considered illiterate and generally new to Roleplaying without a mentor.

Newbie Someone who is new to roleplaying, but is well on their way to becoming literate but still needs practice. They are often found in semi- literate roleplays.

NB: These are terms applicable to many other communities (But may not always hold true here), you may find that there are other labels/terms out there that apply to other situations/individuals or even two or three different names for the same thing... don't worry too much at the end of the day, treat other users with respect and you'll get along fine.


§3(RP)
Travian RPG Etiquette
-To be added-

§4(RP)
Tagging Threads
We encourage posters to tag the thread to make it easier to work out which topics are RP and which contain another creative endeavours, the three tags are: [Story] [RP] [Comic]

§4.2(RP)
Classifying your RP
Feel free to modify the [RP] tag in your topic to reflect the sort of RPer you are looking for, [RP-0] for beginner and up, [RP-Lit] for RPs with higher posting requirements & finally [RP-Adv] for RPs that demand a lot from participants.


§4.3(RP)
Consider spreading a large RP into chaptered threads
This is a handy way to archive as you go and provide easier back-reading as well as protecting older material. Feel free to adopt any chaptering method you like, examples include:

[RP-adv] The Wings of Aurellion, Chapter One
[RP-adv] The Wings of Aurellion [ch01]
[RP-adv] The Wings of Aurellion I
[RP-adv] The Wings of Aurellion (Part One)

§5(RP)
Travian RPG Links & Resources
-To be added-

Taulphin
01 Aug 2008, 08:19 AM
Topic opened for the discussion of etiquette.


§3(RP)
Travian RPG Etiquette
-To be added-

This will help compile the above guidelines.

Travian_Bard
01 Aug 2008, 08:32 AM
Ok just a few big ones off the top of my head:

1. Keep it appropriate. This means keeping it PG in this case for UK travian forums (although some forums have diff age limits obviously). It can also mean the mood of the RP. Often people will try to add ridiculous things to an RP to try and add humour but this can ruin the roleplay for those who were taking it seriously.

2. Grammar and spelling. Some forums may not mind complete lack of editing, but I think it's good etiquette to take a few seconds to review what you've written.

3. Nothing naughty. Stick to the rules the OP has written (assuming they've written rules). Try not to control other people's characters without their permission, especially not big actions. Never kill their character or do something drastic to them without their permission.

4. Be descriptive. Ok this is slightly optional, but any good story or roleplay should have description or else it is simply boring and will lack depth.

5. Plan ahead. Even more optional, but keeping your fellow RPers infomed of what you're doing/going to do in little OOC segments can help it flow smoothly.

Anyway these are just a few, but please guys, add your own! I do not claim to be an expert, by all means correct what I've said or add your own etiquette rules :)

Deadly Aura
01 Aug 2008, 08:41 AM
Not sure where this goes but, not "removing" or disabling other players' characters without their permission.

Taulphin
01 Aug 2008, 08:48 AM
Travian Bard will be looking after you all specifically so if he wants to allow for certain OPs to limit numbers or other arrangements within specific RP threads then that will be up to him since it will be the source of any additional work he wants to put into the role.

Report post will work as normal but if you are angling for a less urgent RP related complaint/gripe then it is worth considering Travian Bard as your first point of contact. This goes for questions also.

Leon
01 Aug 2008, 03:07 PM
What about only posting on a rp if you want to join not to make rude comments ?

Ads11
10 Aug 2008, 03:45 PM
Are warzone and Unifists vs Antifists threads coming back yet?

Deadly Aura
10 Aug 2008, 03:48 PM
Didn't you hear? They were accidentally deleted. morgz re-created Uni vs Anti and Desmond is meant to be recreating warzone.

jantozaz
10 Aug 2008, 04:02 PM
meant to be. By the way, isn't 'Blood Elves, Elves, Orcs and a smattering of humans' a bit of an odd, long and pointless title.

As to the regards to etiquette, Do not create pointless arguments and suchlike as they clutter up threads for no reason.

Travian_Bard
16 Aug 2008, 10:13 AM
Hey guys, normally I like to be pretty lenient about your borderline spam, but this is a sticky thread so let's try and keep it clean shall we? I'm thinking of opening a discussion thread, for people to discuss anything, for example proposing a new RP idea and seeing if anyone is interested. Would this thread work do you think?

Anyway try and stay on topic ;)

morgz
16 Aug 2008, 10:17 AM
Hey guys, normally I like to be pretty lenient about your borderline spam, but this is a sticky thread so let's try and keep it clean shall we? I'm thinking of opening a discussion thread, for people to discuss anything, for example proposing a new RP idea and seeing if anyone is interested. Would this thread work do you think?

Anyway try and stay on topic ;)

Sorry T_B but yer sounds like a good idea. REmember to lock my thread and delete all uneccesary posts, that includes mine. Oh and post in chapter II. ( see i used one of the rpg guides suggestions :)

Ads11
16 Aug 2008, 10:17 AM
1. Sorry 2. That thread sounds like a great idea

jantozaz
11 Sep 2008, 04:46 PM
Another thing. Read this thread by an old member who sounds a bit like DA... RP Tutorial Thread (http://archive.forum.travian.co.uk/showthread.php?t=12330) It gives you a lesson in how to role-play...

Leon
23 Nov 2008, 05:56 PM
(mine was helpful?and so was Nights)

Anyways, i think all rps should be different, as i have seen a few similar ones recently.

Hrbdefender
23 Nov 2008, 05:57 PM
I deleted them because they were for the discussion thread and not here

Night Star
29 Nov 2008, 02:11 PM
When is that beginning post going to be completed and Jantozaz and Taulphin, they are both excellent guides to Role Playing and I am not giving my opinion on which is better but it would have been better if that thread had been locked and sticked.

Desmond
29 Nov 2008, 09:27 PM
There used to be a huge guide on RPing (The dos and don'ts) by Rinak. It was pretty good, but it's old. It's quite good though.

dnnyk1
24 Feb 2009, 08:09 AM
I dont get roleplays

Night Star
26 Feb 2009, 04:30 PM
I dont get roleplays

It's when you basically, make up a Bio for yourself and join a RP and make that RP progress by taking an active part in it. Although, you might have to use different Bio's for different RP's.:)

Gexern
21 Mar 2009, 09:10 PM
I just wondered, how keen are people here on RPG`s? I'm a RPG creator on the Norwegian Travian Forum, and have created some of the greatest and most popular RPGs in that forum. And I would like to try to make something similar in this forum.

Adkill
21 Mar 2009, 09:14 PM
I just wondered, how keen are people here on RPG`s? I'm a RPG creator on the Norwegian Travian Forum, and have created some of the greatest and most popular RPGs in that forum. And I would like to try to make something similar in this forum.

If you make it well enough, then people will join. Unfortunately, this area's been a little dead recently.

WeWorshipFred
21 Mar 2009, 09:57 PM
If you make it well enough, then people will join. Unfortunately, this area's been a little dead recently.

In the last few weeks it's been nonexistant :(

You should come up with some kind of amazing RP :P

hwoo
21 Mar 2009, 10:04 PM
we were going to do the warzone thread but that died before it even started practically.

Getsomenuts
04 May 2009, 12:16 PM
Hello, I'm new here and I would like to see A game I used to play on a different forum a yew years ago called
'Admirals' I was wondering if anyone would like to help me