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
Osi's Guide to RoleplayingOsi's Unofficial Guide to RoleplayingOsi's Guide to Roleplaying7 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
Basics : RP TypesDistinguishing RP typesBasics : RP Types5 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
Beginners Guide to RoleplayingIf you type Roleplaying into your wikipedia search bar, it will give you the following result:Beginners Guide to Roleplaying7 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
Creating a CharacterSo you want to Create a Character?Creating a Character5 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
100Q to Develop a Character100 Questions to Develop a Detailed Character100Q to Develop a Character5 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
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 Guide4 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
#HotelFurry Rules:iconletter-dplz::iconletter-aplz::icontransparentplz::iconletter-rplz::iconletter-uplz::iconletter-lplz::iconletter-eplz::iconletter-splz:#HotelFurry Rules4 years ago in Personal More Like This
For a simplified list of the HotelFurry rules, CLICK HERE
#1. Spamming; There will not be any tolerance of such a thing. You will be warned once. Depending upon which mod, you may or may not receive a kick if you decide to persist. Consequences for spamming begin from the range of warning all the way up to, and including ban.
#2. Stretching; We're real sticklers for stretching. If you're gonna make a stretch, you more than likely WILL be warned/kicked. Stretching is really long, spacebar-free messages that cause scroll bars to appear at the bottom of the screen. If you want to stay on people's good side, avoid this.
-- There was an update made to an add-on
Guide To RoleplayTo Be a Good RoleplayerGuide To Roleplay5 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
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.2 years 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
An Unkindness of COMMASAn Unkindness of COMMAS5 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
Prints have been deactivated.So it's like this.Prints have been deactivated.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
My work is worth more than the 26 cents per print I get from dA.
I've given this website enough money and so have you.
If interested in purchasing something you can go ahead and note me.
If not, that's fine too.
Female VillainsAs you probably already know, I really like villain characters, but it sort of makes me sad how often female villains seem like they have this rule where it's like they're required to be ~*sexy*~ first and then villains second. Or they have to be voluptuous or seductive femme fatales first and foremost and then be evil and cunning second (the level of evil and cunning really depending on the character, but still). Having a "sexy" female villainess isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the fact it's so much more prevalent with females as opposed to males and feels more like this unwritten rule and obligatory mold for them still disappoints me. I notice a lot in superhero comics the villainesses will be far more likely (if not always) wearing something far sexier or revealing as opposed to the males, and even then they'll have the same cut-n-paste sexy body type (and sometimes even the same face shapes, eye, and lip shapes) while the males are usually more clothed and meant to have tFemale Villains3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Don't go to art schoolThis is a response to this article.Don't go to art school2 years 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
On the Subject of Claws and Long NailsCreatures from myth with long, sharp nails, claws, or talons is nothing new. Same goes for characters from popular media and original characters. However, some time ago I read an article featuring an interview with Ralph Fiennes (the actor who played Voldemort in the Harry Potter film series). For the role, he had these fake nails glued on and, interestingly enough, said he had to avoid making a fist or else the nails would break off (I think you can also notice during the films there's a sort of delicacy to how he even holds his wand and generally gestures with his hands because of this)On the Subject of Claws and Long Nails3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This was interesting to me because:
1) It got me thinking of how all these characters with long nails and sharp claws (unless they were somehow retractable) could manage to make proper fists and do all these action sequences where they're punching each other and doing anything else that involves gratuitous and dramatic hand clenching.
2) It likewise made me wonder how these characters could go around
The AWA Touhou Scroll ProjectAs you have no doubt heard, ZUN will be making an appearance at Anime Weekend Atlanta from September 27th - 29th. In honor of his first visit to the States, I have a project I would like the Touhou community to undertake called the "AWA Touhou Scroll Project".The AWA Touhou Scroll Project2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here are the details:
What is the AWA Touhou Scroll Project?
I would like the Western Touhou Community to create a long scroll that will contain art of all the Windows Touhou characters, done by artists within the Western Touhou Community, starting with Embodiment of Scarlet Devil and going through Forbidden Scrollery (and anything else that comes out before AWA)
This scroll will be given as a gift, from the fans to ZUN, at AWA to show our gratitude for the many years he has worked on the Touhou Project.
So what kind of work will this consist of?
This is where things get more complicated: There are a total of 82 Touhou Characters in the Windows series, and I would like each of them represented o
uhh... spook's a BOY...I took her in to get desexed this morning and about an hour ago we got a call saying they'd hooked her up, put her to sleep and flipped her over ready to shave and THEN NOTICED SHE HAD TESTICLESuhh... spook's a BOY...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
NONE OF US NOTICE
We've had cats before, my boyfriend's mum who picked her up and told me i wasn't getting the boy cat i was after but getting a little girl instead was a foster carer for rescue cats for years and can obviously tell the difference, but i dunno, i guess she had really long hair over that part or just really tiny balls???!!!
Anyway I guess i have to get used to called her HE now.... oh my god...
(also he's really drugged out and it's hilarious, keeps purring and rubbing on random things and his pupils are huge, he just went and got his pink rabbit toy and he's carrying it around in his mouth looking ridiculously happy)
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 Furries4 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".
How To JoinTo join this group, you will have to do several things:How To Join3 years ago in Personal More Like This
♕ Fill out the Application Sheet
♕ Fill out your character's bio. You can find it HERE
♕ (OPTIONAL) Get an application check once you've finished your application.
Please post the link to your application in a comment on our front page.
♕ Wait for the day that we will open member requests (this will be most likely a 24 hour window)
♕ Fill out the google form we will link you
Basics : AppearanceYour character is slowly taking shape! We know who it is now, how he or she acts, and his or her backstory. However, something's still missing in the equation. What does the character look like?Basics : Appearance5 years ago in Writing More Like This
This is the part which most people will often prefer writing, since it allows them to exert fashion sense, to give the character some flair, or to give an overall feel of what the character inspires at first glance (or all of the above). This is the time to be the most creative; your character needs to know what it looks like before stepping into action.
Although you might want to give a thousand accessories, multiple hair colours and epic clothes to your character, remember that moderation is the rule of thumb. Additionally, anything you add about your character's appearance should fit with it in some way. Though some people may be able to successfully pull off an ironic appearance for their character (I.E., a lord of evil in a tutu), I wouldn't recommend for newbie roleplayers to try it; a fl
Writing BEGINNINGS for Short StoriesWriting BEGINNINGS for Short Stories2 years ago in Writing More Like This
I was wondering if you had any tips on starting a short story? Like for instance, I have the scene all laid out in my head, I know exactly what's going on and stuff, I just don't know how to begin without giving away too much info and then boring the reader. If that make any sense.
Tips on how to make a beginning...?
-- Why, yes I do!
The fastest way to start a story -- is NOT at the beginning.
Open the story within one page of Hero Meets Villain, (or Lover Meets Beloved) with the story already in progress. Action scenes and snappy dialogue are the best hooks for snaring your reader, but hints of Mysterious things yet to happen works well too. I also set the stage for the story about to begin with a few lines of Description so that the reader can SEE everything as it happens.
Here are some examples from my fan-fiction:
Opening to HERO (Naruto)
It was supposed to be a
MeMEMe6 years ago in Personal More Like This
Eyes: Blue/turquoise (or you can draw them yellow if you like!)
Hair: Short mohawk, orange sides with pink blending into purple at the top and back
Clothing: I wear rainbows and magic and always either a dress or a skirt, i like high socks and pretty girly things and PINK.
I have horns.
optional serial killer bio: Crazy violent killer, I'd slash up anyone near me and cover myself in blood! As for weapons, I'd either use a giant chuppa chup lollipop rofl... or a bat, or a knife, or a chainsaw, or whatever you want! Preferably something big and scary!
I sometimes wear a pair of fake wings, the kind you attach with elastic like a backpack. You don't have to include these
DO's and DON'Ts of OCsDOs and DONTs of Creating OCs.DO's and DON'Ts of OCs6 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
Basics : PersonalityIf there's one thing which I look out for in a character sheet, it's the personality section. Of all the details you can add to a character sheet, personality is arguably the most important and the most crucial of them all. It defines exactly who your character is above their name, age, gender and species. That is who they truly are, because that is what people will see about them beyond what they look like and first impression, and the way that the character will act towards other people. "Other people" isn't just everyone in general; if a certain type of people will make your character act differently, it should be mentioned.Basics : Personality5 years ago in Writing More Like This
It's crucial that your character features a personality which you like and which you think you have a chance at imitating efficiently in a roleplay. If you don't like their personality, then chances are you won't like the character at all, and if you can't play the character's personality correctly, the other person or people you roleplay with may get disinteres