Osi's Guide to RoleplayingOsi's Unofficial Guide to Roleplaying
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
10 rules for rping10 Basic Rules for RPing:10 rules for rping7 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
How to Make a Good RP PlotPlot IdeasHow to Make a Good RP Plot9 years ago in Scraps More Like This
I decided to list various ideas for plots. I was bored.
1. Someone changes genders.
2. Someone changes age (younger is better).
3. Someone changes species.
4. Someone dies.
5. Someone dead is revived (long-defeated enemies are best).
6. Someone is pregnant.
7. Someone has amnesia.
8. Someone disappears randomly (maybe kidnapping, or death, or invisibility).
9. Someone gets a deformity/ailment (vampirism, lycanthropy, blindness, muteness, deafness, broken limbs, ect).
10. People are warped to another world (may be Earth, may be made up).
11. Plot twist (someone had an affair/has children/old enemies/turns out to be a spy/ect).
12. Someone falls in love.
13. Someone loses their powers.
14. Someone gains powers.
15. Someone commits a crime (therefore gaining/adding to a bounty).
16. Someone is a bounty hunter (really only works around people with bounties).
17. A strange creature appears (might be a person in disguise, or is the pet of a character who has disappeared).
On Detailing CharactersOn Detailing Characters5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
"Your need to tell me absolutely everything, as if every tiny detail were just so integral to the plot, was supremely annoying." You can always tell when an author has gone through many drafts, and when an author has gone through just a few. There are many details that work their way into writing that don't necessarily have to be there. Some of these unnecessary details may offer seasoning to the story---mood, tone, or serve to draw attention to something specific; just be careful, as too much seasoning can ruin the flavor of your soup. You don't want it too bland, but you don't want it too salty, either. This is what makes being a writer nicer than being a cook; you can add more detail or edit superfluous detail out without destroying the piece, whereas a soup might be ruined with too much fiddling. By trial and error, you can find a good balance and I encourage you to experiment this way. To play on one of Gandalf's quotes: "A good author is neither too detailed nor too sparse, but p
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 : 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
RulesHello there! It seems like you have checked out this group, ne?Rules2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm going to give you the rules of joining/applying here in Tenshi Academy. Make sure to follow them all!
- Respect everyone
- No godmodding or metagaming
- Don't make anyone feel left out in an RP
- Don't force anyone to join an rp, or tell anyone they're not allowed to rp.
- Don't offend others
- Please do not trace or use bases for your artwork.
- If you're drawing traditional art, please scan it or make the photo as clear as you possibly can
- Please keep OOC posts to a minimum when RPing.
- If you talk OOC when in an RP, please use some sort of brackets ( like )), ]], }}, etc. ) to avoid confusion.
- Please keep stuff PG-13 if there are people that feel uncomfortable around that sorta stuff
- One character per person
- Only one specie per character-- no double-specie unless you're an admin.
- Your character has to be one o
7 ideas for beginning writersSuggestion one: WRITE!7 ideas for beginning writers11 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
On the wall above my bed hangs the most inspirational sheet of paper I have ever encountered, and it only has three words on it in big bold letters: "HIT HEAD HERE". That sheet of paper is never far away when I start at a piece of prose, because, should the muse of my mind flutter away, I know I will need a good recourse. I only used it once, though, the day after I received it. When inspiration falters but you still have the urge to write, try anything and everything you can; even writing about washing the dishes is better to one learning to write than not writing at all.
Other motifs, too, I hear repeated time after time again. "Good readers make great writers" is one that I always remember. English teachers tout it to teach their students that there are reasons beyond personal vindictiveness to read Macbeth, and for those few in the back of class, it is opportunity. Anyone who wants to write sho
How to JoinBefore creating your character, please read the rules:http://kitty-cancan-cafe.deviantart.com/journal/Kitty-CanCan-Cafe-RULES-295913499How to Join3 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you wish to join, send a join request and fill out an application.
When applying, please put your character on the app sheet, and fill out the needed information on it. When your finished, link your app in your join request.
Members please limit yourself to ONE waiter and ONE customer.
Admins may have at least 2 waiters and 2 customers.
Please put the following info in the description of your application for your waiter:
Age: -Age limit ranges from 13 to 35-
Height: -in feet-
How To Join [OPEN]How To Join [OPEN]3 years ago in Personal More Like This
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Tell your friends who want to join now~
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: TBA
NEXT OPENING DATE: TBA
Do NOT submit your application before the opening date.
Here is a nice guide on RP Groups!
Don't forget that if you have a friend already in, they can work towards getting you in via the Invitation in La Piazza del Mercato!
And to those of you who would maybe like to change societies as members, don't forget that there is the Society Change item in the shop!
[ STEP 1 ]
Read up on and pick a group, according to your OC's desires.
La Compagnia = Chaotic Good
La Dinastia dei Valentino = Chaotic Evil
Writing Lesson: Character TraitsIt's come to my attention as of late that there are a few traits that people give their characters for no other reason than making their character unique. I thought I would just ignore it, but then they started popping up everywhere. I mean everywhere. I looked through the deviations in a group yesterday and saw reoccurring "traits" that make me want to tear my hair out. So this handy guide is here to tell you what's been done to death and when (if ever) it's still okay to use it. I am by no means a professional, but I certainly hope you'll take some of this to heart.Writing Lesson: Character Traits2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Please keep in mind that these are all just opinions, really. I am not telling you that you can't do these things! (Not that I have the authority to do that anyway). More than anything, these are just things to take into consideration when creating a character for a novel.
Heterochromia. This is the condition where one's eyes are two different colors.
Basics : First PostsNow, let's say you've found a partner and have decided to start a roleplay after defining a plot and setting. There still is one problem you have to solve. You have to make a first post.Basics : First Posts5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Every roleplay begins with this. It's inevitable. It's what sets the mood, and what defines everything about what takes place in the roleplay. Your first post in a roleplay will usually be your longest. It's your one and only chance to give the setting once and for all. The more you describe, the more effective the "pre-emptive strike post" will be; it leaves less room for the other player to post conflicting information in their first post. HOWEVER! A roleplay is supposed to be a collective story; it's only normal that some parts of the universe the characters are developing in wouldn't have been thought by you. You can define a world well, but you should usually not restrain your partner from adding their two cents to it.
If you are the first to post a first post (redundancy?), you will have to answe
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
Hiems RP WorkshopOkay, so the first thing I'm going to go over is mostly mechanics of an RP post. Basically, I'm going to put up a post and dissect it for you to show how formatting works. 8DHiems RP Workshop3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
(SAMPLE POST - DON'T REPLY TO IT) Drake- *he had put out a memo that the strange green substance building up on the pool floors needed to be cleaned up, but it seems like Vlemmy is on vacation again, so he finally gives up and decides to do it himself* *as he approaches the entrance to the pool room, he notices the strange slimy material has leaked past the doors and makes a face* Oh, yeah, this is wonderful… *he drops the mop and bucket of soapy water he'd brought with him, deciding he needs to talk to the other hosts about how obnoxiously absent Vlem always is*
The first thing to notice is that the character's name is bolded at the beginning - this makes it easy to distinguish who's post it is, as well as is much more aesthetically pleasing. It sets
Basics : AlignmentsYou may have noticed by now that certain chatrooms ask for you to fill out an "alignment" section for your character sheet. This isn't their sexual orientation, nor is it if they are wall-eyed or cross-eyed. It's actually their tendencies towards good or evil as well as law or chaos. DnD players will be familiar with these.Basics : Alignments4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Every character follows what they think is the right thing to do, but each character has a different definition of what is right and what is wrong, as well as what they should do about it, and that is defined by their alignment. A character on the "good" alignment, for example, would think it will be right to help someone who's in danger. An evil character would think it might be best if the person didn't manage to overcome the ordeal, whereas a neutral character wouldn't mind either way. The way the character will ensure that their choices are carried out is their alignment towards law or chaos; lawful characters will usually try to stir up as little attention as t
Basics : HistoryNow that you know how your character acts and reacts, maybe even the way they think, it's time to construct their history! This section, also sometimes called the "Bio", short for "Biography", is meant to contain any important events which happened in the character's past.Basics : History5 years ago in Writing More Like This
Kara's history isn't exactly a good example of that, however, since I tried to sever all the bonds I could between her and any world other than the tutorial world, and roleplays never do take place in the tutorial world (to my knowledge; if you've already witnessed a roleplay taking place in there, please tell me; I'd like to see the log). Unfortunately, that means that this tutorial will not feature a leading example...
When writing history, you might need to review personality and fit either to the other to make everything fit together; you wouldn't want to write all of your character's history without even realizing that several bits didn't fit with the personality, right?
Remember that any of the main history cat
Basics : Character SheetNow that you have at least a basic idea of how to roleplay with paragraph-style, you might be thinking you can just start roleplaying away as you please, right? Wrong! There are many more things you have to do before actually starting a roleplay. You need to find another person or a small group, discuss a plot and setting... but first of all, you need to make a character sheet!Basics : Character Sheet5 years ago in Writing More Like This
A character sheet defines who your character is; you might want to start roleplaying just like that, but if you don't know what character you're using, if you don't know who they are, or are unable to efficiently determine how they act, it'll most likely end in a clumsy attempt at roleplaying at best, until you've determined who your character is. Once you've been able to outline your character, the roleplay should go much more smoothly. It's always better to flesh out your character before beginning to use it.
Though certain characters are "sheetless", those who use them already know all there is to know about