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« Thread started on: May 14th, 2005, 5:27pm »

Roleplay Guide

Table of Contents:

I. Introduction
II. Definition of Roleplaying
III. Roleplaying Basics
IV. Roleplaying Styles
V. Grammar Rules
VI. Annoying Roleplaying
VII. Closing

I. Introduction

Have you ever wondered what it really meant to roleplay? Have you ever seen a roleplay take place, and seem awed by it's supposedly elevated language and nuances?

Well, don't fret. Such is actually quite easy to learn, and you can be roleplaying in no time at all. But first, what is roleplaying?

II. Definition of Roleplaying

Roleplaying is simply "acting" in a role (though some people do choose to roleplay as themselves, most choose to create a separate character).

III. Roleplaying Basics

In roleplaying, there are two main approaches to the online acting. The first is in storybook form. You roleplay by writing it out, as if like a story. Example:

'Zephyr skipped along the cobblestone path, delighted to finally be free from the tyrannous gaze of school.

"I'm free!" he yelled, his voice resounding off of the staring storefronts.'

The second is called Script form, though other name's have been used as well. Example:

'Zephyr: (skipping along the path) I'm free!'

As you can see, the storybook form is much more descriptive and workable. I prefer that all users use the storybook form, though the Script form is sometimes necessary in patches of long dialogue. In some cases, there's nothing really left to describe, and talking is all there's left to do. You should be consistent in your choice, but don't feel bad about varying it sometimes.

IV. Roleplaying Styles

Of course, there are as many styles of roleplaying as there are people. I tend to write the more descriptive, emotional roleplay. I don't emphasize dialogue, but I use a lot of it. Other people use minimal description and emotion, but they emphasize dialogue. Others emphasize actions.

All these different roleplays are ok, as long as you keep away from the annoying roleplay styles (discussed in section VI).

One of the worst things you can do is to try to be over-descriptive. I see a lot of inexperienced roleplayers, who think they must describe every nuance of every single thing. As you can imagine, this is extremely annoying, especially when their character enters a new area.

That's not to say you shouldn't describe everything. Not at all. Leaving no description in your post is equally annoying. You should try to keep your own style, and not adopt your own, but you should lean yourself towards the safe zones.

V. Grammar Rules

Ah yes, the grammar rules. There are few things as annoying and destructive as a post in poor English (unless of course, your character doesn't speak English well), and horrible spelling (dialect is an exception, but I wouldn't use it anyway).

Grammar is extremely important. You must post in good grammar, or your posts will be looked down upon no matter how original they might be. The best way to express yourself would be to follow the general rules of grammar. If you can't post in good grammar and spelling, you will never be a good roleplayer. Never. You must learn it, and you must learn it well.

Spelling, thankfully, is easily remedied. If your spelling is truly traumatic, simply write your post out in Microsoft Word beforehand, use SpellCheck, and simply copy-and-paste your post. It's that easy. If you also have GrammarCheck, you should use it, though I don't trust it that much. Still, it's better than nothing.

VI. Annoying Roleplaying

Unfortunately, it is very easy to annoy people while you roleplay. Here's a small list:

1. Not reading the topic.
This is a good way to annoy people very quick. You must read the topic before posting in it, unless someone provides a good summary. Obviously the larger topics will need a summary, and hopefully people will show it to you. Still, most of the topics will be short enough to read. It wouldn't do for me and Phoebe to be on a trip to Antarctica, while someone else sits in a lawn chair sipping hot chocolate. It just wouldn't work.

2. Short, pointless posts
This is obvious. Don't post a one-liner, unless you have a VERY good reason to. Sometimes you don't have a choice but post a short post, and that's fine. We'd rather you post a short post, than try to drag out a short post into a long post. Then it gets tedious.

3. Miscellaneous
There are many types of posting you should not do. Cheesy posts, such as posts in which the character gets hurt and acts overly dramatic should be avoided. Cheesy romance is a no-no. Also, your character is NOT all-powerful. Nobody likes roleplaying with someone like that. If you fight with a character that is controlled by a real person, don't post like the following: "Zephyr leaped into the air, and launched a blast that killed Phoebe instantly." This is basically taking control of a person's character, and should not be done. Minimal control is allowed, such as moving the character from room to room if the person is off of the site. But, full control, in which you actually fight and talk with that character is annoying and should not be done UNLESS the person gives you permission.

VII. Closing

Since you have read this, you can no longer claim ignorance. You now know how to roleplay correctly, and in a strong manner. Of course, practice is important, but you have been armed with the basics. Now get out there and write some prose!

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