10 rules for rping10 Basic Rules for RPing:
1. No godmodding, even in the slightest. Leave everything open for anything to happen, and then if you're RPing with another good RPer, they will respond reasonably. This means you never control another characters actions, and never make it impossible for a character to get out of a situation. If youve set up a precedent for something and the other RPer can also follow rules, then the RP will go well. For example, having guards come out of nowhere and surround someone to make it impossible for them to get away or fight their way out is godmodding. If however theyve say, infiltrated a castle and youve set a precedent that youve got guards there, then that would likely be okay, so long as you keep things realistic. The guards wont be there immediately, it takes time for them to arrive and respond. And please, for sanitys sake, keep the number realistic. If youre in a castle, you arent going to have 10,000 guards. I
Basics : RP TypesDistinguishing RP typesBasics : RP Types4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Roleplayers make up a large part of the community here on deviantArt. It's an ever-growing community, and new members join it every day. Thirsty for adventure, these new members leap into the large world of roleplay, blissfully simplistic, filled with hopes and anticipations. They expect a rich roleplay experience full of excitement, and they want it to be delivered!
New members, however, also means less experience, and less experience means less knowledge. That knowledge which new roleplayers need to acquire may be earned in the long run, by partaking in several satisfying and unsatisfying roleplays and learning through trial and error what is right and what is wrong to include in one. I have taken that path, and I can say that it's a hard place. Some people, even after several years, haven't even made as much progress as would have been expected; they just can't get the hang of it. I have decided to let anyone who so desires take an alternate path, a sh
Roleplaying GuideI made a guide for roleplay characters. Now Im making a guide for roleplaying itself. It had to be done.Roleplaying Guide5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
I will be covering etiquette in roleplaying as well as the many elements of good posting. And away I go.
As with everything, being polite and proper is a vital part of the roleplaying system.
When asking for a roleplay, dont be pushy or desperate. When you say OMFG SOMEBODY ROLEPLAY WITH ME PLZPLZPLZ it makes the others think that no one is roleplaying with you for a good reason and they won't be inclined to do so. Be patient. If you are in a room with a few people, greet them and ask how everyone is before asking for a roleplay. If you come off as friendly people will be more likely to respond yes then if you just came in all Okay roleplay now. However, if a room is inundated with, say, 15+ people, such as in RPDream or KawaiiHighSchoolRP, you may advertise for a roleplay. To do this, ask in bo
Osi's Guide to RoleplayingOsi's Unofficial Guide to RoleplayingOsi's Guide to Roleplaying6 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Hi, and welcome to my unofficial guide to roleplaying. ^^ Before we begin, I'd like to point at that I am not, in any way, saying that what I write here is the only, or the best, way to roleplay: I am merely setting up a guide for those who have no idea about how to go about it, or would like some hints on how to improve their roleplaying.
Questions, and suggestions, are both appreciated and loved.
The basics: Style
First off, I'll start with the very basics of roleplaying - the style. There are two main styles of roleplaying:
The first is where you use asterisk to show movement or gesture that your character makes.
eg: *Osi stands on a soap box to address the crowd* Hi, thank you for reading this.
This is usually considered a less formal, or even 'illiterate' (I mean no offence by this term) way of roleplaying, and is usually used in forum chat
Beginners Guide to RoleplayingIf you type Roleplaying into your wikipedia search bar, it will give you the following result:Beginners Guide to Roleplaying6 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
In roleplaying, participants adopt and act out the role of characters, or parts, that may have personalities, motivations, and backgrounds different from their own. Roleplaying, also known as RP to some, is like being in an improvisational drama or free-form theater, in which the participants are the actors who are playing parts, and the audience.
People use the phrase "role-playing" in at least three distinct ways:
to refer to the playing of roles generally such as in a theater, or educational setting; to refer to a wide range of games including computer role-playing games, play-by-mail games and more;or to refer specifically to role-playing games.The version I'm going to be teaching you is similar to play-by-mail, which already tells you a lot. The easiest way I can describe it is as storywriting, with more than one author. Everyone picks one or more characters to roleplay, meaning your wri
100Q to Develop a Character100 Questions to Develop a Detailed Character100Q to Develop a Character4 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Ever have trouble deciding what side of an argument your character will take? Do you have trouble remembering small details about your character, and often change them accidentally in the middle of a story? Try this list of one hundred questions to solidify your knowledge of your character. Feel free to use this and post it as its own deviation. Just please link it to me in a comment if you do. Try to answer the questions in as much specific detail as possible. This is for you, so there is no use in cheating on it. I would suggest doing two for each character: one for the beginning of your story, and one for the end, to reflect the changes that happen.
1. What is your character's name? Do they have a nickname?
2. Is your character male or female? What is their sexuality? What role does it play in your story?
3. How old is your character? Does their age matter to them emotionally or socially?
4. How tall is your character? Does it affect the
Creating a CharacterSo you want to Create a Character?Creating a Character4 years ago in Profiles More Like This
It's best to start with the basics.
Remember, it's perfectly okay to change your characters' names as you write your story. A character's name could be as simple as a common name, such as Max Reuben, or could be as elaborate as Cecelia Jane Vivian Lily Iris Alexis Thompson. But remember, you want to have a name for your character that can be used conversationally. Max and other monosyllabic names are great, but for you more creative types, just make sure your character can have a nickname, or will just go by one of his or her many names.
Another thing to remember is that, as a writer, your goal is to please at least one person besides yourself. And you're audience isn't stupid. Don't just name a compassionate person a foreign word meaning pacifist or love. It's rather obvious. Same rules apply when you have character types with stereotypical names tacked on, such as a brutish guy named Butch.
Be Creative, but not blunt with the ch
What I've Learned From RpingWhat I've Learned From RoleplayersWhat I've Learned From Rping4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
-You don't need to bother with grammar, spelling, or punctuation
-Nor do you need to have any idea of sentence structure at all
-Always use one liners (one sentence posts) and use emoticons to show your characters emotions. And instead of describing the actions your character does, in well constructed "looks like you stayed in school past the 1st grade" sentences, use asterisks! Example: *defeats demons with one hit kill*
-Fandom rps are way better than any other type because they come with a pre-made setting. Being creative is haaaaaard.
-You don't need to modify your character to fit a setting they do not fit into. If you're a unicorn fairy princess and this is a realistic-world roleplay, then everyone will just have to make an exception for your amazing wonderful perfect character.
-Practicality and accuracy for the setting is not as important as looking cute/cool/sexy when it comes to appearance. Bikini in the Arctic Circle? Sounds smart.
Character Creation GuideThere are no hard, permanently set rules for creating a character, but there are things that work and things that don't.Character Creation Guide3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
By this point most people are familiar with the term 'Mary Sue' or 'Gary Stu'. They're words used to categorize a particular brand of underwhelming characters. A 'Mary Sue' is just an extreme stereotype example, just as some other terms are. Everyone who knows of them knows how to avoid making one -- or think they know. A character that isn't a 'Mary Sue' is not immediately compelling. The avoidance of the extreme does not mean the character is awesome, it just means they don't suck at the most extreme level.
For all intents and purposes a character is a person separate from their creator. Sometimes a character might be the embodiment of what a owner wants to be or how they see themselves; we call this a self-insert, and this should be avoided. Each character is going to have a different style. Each will speak, think and communicate different from
50 Q to Develop Your CharacterEven if you're only writing a short piece it's good to know your characters inside and out, so answering these questions will be a big help.50 Q to Develop Your Character4 years ago in Writing More Like This
These things have really helped me and I know a lot of you find it hard to develop your characters and think of backgrounds for them, so these questions will get you well on your way!
50 Questions to Help Develop Your Character
What about your character is heroic/dastardly?
What does your character like/dislike about people?
What is your character's favourite food?
What is your character's real birth name? What name do they go by?
Does your character have a nickname? What is it and how did they get it?
How does your character dress most of the time?
How does your character "dress up"?
In your opinion what is your character's most redeeming feature?
What is your character's prized mundane possession? Why is it valued?
What one word best describes your character?
Where does your character live
The Phantom Pegasus- chp. 3Eventually all the ponies reached Sugarcube Corner. Tucker whistled at the bakery. "Man, that place looks like a gingerbread house. Sweet!" he said. Pinkie Pie nodded, excited.The Phantom Pegasus- chp. 33 years ago in Humor More Like This
"Yep! And the party's inside! I-"
"I finally caught up with you guys!" Spike cut off Pinkie Pie, running in and almost crashing into the three new ponies. He stopped and looked up at them. "Who're you three?" he asked, surprised. Twilight stepped forward.
"Oh, Spike, these are, um, our new friends. They're here under unusual circumstances which I'll explain later." she said. Spike shrugged.
"Good enough for me. What are your names?" he asked.
"Tucker." After all three said their names, Spike's eyes caught Tucker's cutie mark.
"Hey...you have a strange cutie mark there. What is it?" he asked, peering at it, interested. Twilight Sparkle coughed.
"Again, they're here under unusual circumstances, Spike. They're not exactly from here. I'll explain everything. Also, did you mail that letter I wrote to
Guide To RoleplayTo Be a Good RoleplayerGuide To Roleplay4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I wrote this guide because I'm somewhat of a perfectionist. I want to do everything by the book-but sometimes, there is no book to go by. It was a day in the middle of my Winter Break when I decided that I should look for a guide to role-playing; I only found one and it didn't elaborate enough for my tastes.
By no means is this a set of strict rules or even a standard, but this is what I look for in roleplay partners and what almost all of the people that I roleplay with universally appreciate. If you don't like this, I'm not forcing you to read it.
Ia. Roleplay Terms
If you're new to roleplaying, you may not know all of the terms involved. I sure know that I didn't! These are some of the most commonly used ones.
O.O.C./Out of Character: Out of character is something that the person writing the post, not the character, is saying.
Power Playing: Excercising control outside of your respective amount, like controlling other
Things you should do on DeviantArtA big hug to all my sweet friendsThings you should do on DeviantArt2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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This journal is for every Deviant out there struggling to be known. Here you will find some advice on how to get more exposure on DeviantArt.
I have met so many Deviants who are having a hard time getting feedback on their work, be it favs, comments, getting watchers... Well if you follow these next steps, I'm sure things will change.
:iconcuteflowerplz: How can you get yourself known if you just sign in and sign out and expect people to find you. BROWSE DEVIANTART get out there in any category you like, check people's work, give them a a comment, if you like the artist them. They will come back to your page and most likely to do the same for you.
:iconcuteflowerplz: If someone gives you a Please, watch them ba
10 Easy Tips to Improve Your Writing.These are some very basic things for new writers. If you see somebody that could benefit from this, send them a link!10 Easy Tips to Improve Your Writing.1 year ago in Writing More Like This
1. Use correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar everywhere, not just in your writing.
I see a lot of writers that text-talk in conversations, leave out punctuation, don't capitalize words, etc. Even if you're just shooting a message to a friend on Facebook remember those rules! Not only does this create good habits, but I find that it leads to better and more intelligent conversations
2. Learn those tricky rules like "laid/lay" and "effect/affect".
A lot of people slack off on these. Personally, I have to look up things like this all the time because I just don't remember. They're annoying, but learning the differences can help you out in your writing and in real life. Also, the difference between "good" and "well" is a must-know! I hear this used incorrectly every single day.
3. Paragraphs and when to use them.
Obviously your wr
How to Avoid Creating a Mary Sue TutorialHiya!How to Avoid Creating a Mary Sue Tutorial3 years ago in Writing More Like This
While reading manymanymany fan fictions and original stories with varying levels, it popped into my mind a few tricks to decrease the Mary Sue aspects from characters. I've sorted the tricks to different categories, hope they are useful! The categories are,
- What is a Mary Sue anyway? And why people create them?
- Before creating him/her, aka General attitude
- When creating him/her
- When writing about him/her
- Notes about fan characters
- Notes about original characters
- Links to other Anti Mary Sue tutorials
Most the tricks I've mentioned in this guide are good to remember all the time. However, the tricks I've marked with star sign (*) are optional, a kind of extra tricks. I use quite harsh examples in the guide to make stuff clear, but remember that the flaws that are smaller than the ones that I mentioned can be bad, too!
On the other hand: Generally, NONE of mentioned flaws are ABSOLUTELY bad, so you don't necessarily have to throw your character into recycling bin or s
RP EtiquetteSince I looked and noticed there wasn't such a thing already on dA I figured I would do one myself. Do note, though, that this essay cannot address every minor issue. It cannot address what plots to use or what character types work best where. But rather it is to be used as a sort of standard guidelines that one should always keep in mind whenever doing any roleplaying activity, especially with larger groups. All bolded statements given are examples from whatever is being discussed. Though another note is that this is geared towards non-dice based RP so many aspects will not apply for dice-based RP.RP Etiquette6 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
To make this easier at the start of this essay will be a very brief list of each thing as a very quick guideline and then later on below that will be a much more elaborated version of each part.
When looking to start an RP, have a basic premise in mind before asking for people to join.
Only RP if you have time to do so.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Ask first before join
DO's and DON'Ts of OCsDOs and DONTs of Creating OCs.DO's and DON'Ts of OCs5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
I'm not a brilliant or fantasmically talented writer, but I know a decent OC when I see one. Or at least a non-crappy one.
I think we know how this works. Here we go
1. DO Try to vary your OCs personalities. In the real world, if everyone had the same awesome, flawless character, life would be mind-numbingly BORING. Also, not everyone is nice/horrible/depressed/energetic all the time. (Unless, of course, you want to use that as a flaw.)
2. DONT get too hung up on making profiles for your characters. Profiles are for procrastinators who want to make a fantastic character without getting started on the actual story. I was guilty of it too, before I realised how boring filling out the same form over and over again was.
Try describing them in the story, THEN make notes to help you remember stupid boring details like their star-sign and eye colour so you dont accidentally change them halfway through the st
"I Can't Draw""....I'm afraid other kids are gonna make fun of my drawing because I'm not good at it.""I Can't Draw"2 years ago in Personal More Like This
....said a fourth grade student to me last week at an Elementary school during my character design lesson. The little boy's comment to me about how worried he was about not being able to accurately represent what he wanted to on paper made me stop and think about something our society sort of imposes on our artists.
Since when did skill in drawing = how good of an artist you are?
I'd like to know.
Of course, we all know drawing is a fundamental skill in which every "artist" is expected to understand the Elements and Principles of Art and Design with because these elements and principles translate to ALL forms of visual art.
LETS STEP BACK AND THINK.........
Think of Art Mediums like Musical Instruments.
Think of Drawing as the Piano.
It's the instrument that most people develop an understanding of Music Theory to begin with.
But what if you picked up a guitar first instead of a piano-- and y
Character Design 101Character Design 1014 years ago in Writing More Like This
When it comes to character design, there's more to it than just the appearance of a character. While the looks of a character can tell a lot about said character, we all know that looks can be deceiving!
A lot of people seem to think that designing the appearance of a character is a character design. It is, when it comes to visual design. But what is the character like?
When people do give attention to that question, they'll often come up with characters that are either loved or hated by everyone, that have epic superpowers or superhuman abilities that no one (not even God) can ever hope to topple, and if they do somehow get beaten the shit out of them suddenly remember that there's an even greater power sleeping within them, which they will instantly activate no matter if they got just a scratch or are severely wounded. I'm not even going into the melodramatic background stories of them there.
So, what makes a good character design? What is the key to making a belie
Don't go to art schoolThis is a response to this article.Don't go to art school9 months ago in Personal More Like This
I completely, 100% agree with this article. I really feel like if you want a career in art, you do not necessarily need an art degree. (Of course, this depends on the field. If you are going into illustration like me, then you really don't need the degree. Animation is probably/most likely a completely different story, I really don't know) I will concur with Noah that I have never once needed a BFA to get any of the art jobs that I have (and I have gotten 4 steady jobs since I went freelance in late 2009). I have gotten them all based on merit, my portfolio and experience. I have never once been asked about my educational background.
What is my educational background? I went to Metropolitan State University of Denver for a BFA in Drawing but I dropped out this past semester. I went for 3 years and was essentially a junior. I dropped out because I basically hit a proverbial brick wall w
An Unkindness of COMMASAn Unkindness of COMMAS4 years ago in Writing More Like This
I SUCK at commas big-time. I tend to pull a "Mark Twain"; I sprinkle them in wherever to break up the monotony of the sentence. This article is my attempt to hammer the rules into my brain.
An Unkindness of COMMAS
What the heck are Commas for, anyway?
Besides abusing the sanity of the writer, the comma exists to help readers organize information in a sentence. It makes all the stuff the author is trying to say easier to swallow. Without them, sentence bits and pieces collide into one another causing confusion; rather like a train-wreck, though not nearly as exciting.
Just in case you'd like to know who made up all these comma rules, I got most of them from Strunk & White's "Elements of Style" the grammar handbook used by every publishing house in America, and a few overseas. The rest came from my editors.
To get a good idea of how commas work, let's take a look at what they are supposed to do -- and some major
How to win at deviantART: ExposeddeviantART is a categories game.How to win at deviantART: Exposed2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
According to deviantART's hq, "deviantART's algorithm for Popular browse results (ie. front page) is known as Fair Exposure. The goal is to maximize the display of the most popular deviations in a variety of topics with Fair Exposure, the community is exposed to a varied cross-section of deviantART. "
What this boils down to is that certain art categories have inherent ranking advantages and others inherent ranking disadvantages on front page as a means of ensuring that a variety of works from across deviantART are visible on front page and not just that of one category. Sounds pretty good right?
Well let me say before I continue that I do not know deviantART's actual mathematical algorithm for front page ranking. However, I think that anyone who notices the composition of front pages (whether 8 hour or 24, main or by category) and the statistics of the pieces that populate those fronts pages can give you a pretty good guess.
You may have noticed d
What I've Learned From YaoiWhat I've Learned From Yaoi FansWhat I've Learned From Yaoi4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
-Gay men are born with a special gene that prevents them from growing hair anywhere other than on their heads
-They only come in two varieties: sexy manly or girl-boy and they can only be with the opposite of what they themselves are
-All girl-boys are either naïve, overly-emotional and innocent or sultry temptresses
-And all sexy manlies are brooding, worldly, and probably sadistic
-The sexy-manly is the dominant and the girl-boy is the submissive. IN NO WAY CAN THIS RULE BE TAMPERED WITH
-All men are gay. Some just don't realize it
-Coming out is never an issue because there is no homophobia in Yaoi World. And like I just said, all men are gay anyway
-There are places in the world where there are no women. Only men. And they're all gay
-If there are women, they're either the girl-boy's bff or some bitch who is trying to break them up
-If two men are gay, they WILL fall in love with each other
-Or at least have sex
-Sexy manlies may make other men
The TRUTH About Furries*NOTE* I had someone decide to spend their time going online and find every fact to prove me wrong. As far as statistics go, all the information here is from my OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND STUDIES. I don't need someone to tell me everything I have said is wrong.The TRUTH About Furries3 years ago in Emotional More Like This
Also, my spelling... this is a rant, I was ANGRY, I don't care if anything is spelled wrong as this is NOT a professional paper.
Pease read my repost to this if you have time. It is more thought out, CORRECT SPELLING, and aknowledges both sides of the Furry world, both lovers and haters, to help everyone understand the truth to it all.
To be simply honest, I HATE when someone hears me say I'm a Furry or sees me drawing them at work and automaticly their face distorts like they just witness the most retarded thing on earth.
The sad part is, is that about 98% of the time people judge Furries in a bad way it's because they don't know more than what the media has proclaimed "Furry".