Medici castle was on a scale that was rarely built on these days. Three hours ride out of Argonia at a gallop, it sat atop a cliff set just in from the sea, proudly overlooking the de'Medici's traditional holdings to Argonia's west. The land had been in the family for generations, and their line could be traced back even further than that. They were a force in politics, a well-worn family name that would come to Argonia's aid when asked and their constant grip on land so close to the city proved that.
However, it hardly made the place more welcoming in the winter. While heavy tapestries were hung up over the windows and fires were stoked at all hours of the day, there was a distinct chill to the air that crept through the walls itself. Torches lined the corridors, their shadows spooking the servant's children as their shirked their duties. The entire affair, outside of the noble's wing, felt much like a
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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
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"Happy is he among men upon earth who has seen these mysteries!
It is generally accepted among historical scholars that the cult of Demeter and Persephone, or Kore, existed in Greece and the surrounding Mediterranean islands long before the traditional Olympian gods became entrenched. Her origins are Cretan . Like Aphrodite, the mother and daughter goddess represent a matriarchal form of fertility worship in the forms of crops and nature, and through this the cycle of birth, growth and death. This myth, however, has taken hold of imaginations from its evolutions into the Eleusinian mysteries of Ancient Greece, to the paintings of Victorian Europe, to today, each with their own distinctive takes and emphases on the story. Perhaps it is the fact that we know so little about the original tale of Persephone the daughter of Demeter, goddess of fertility, snatched
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Oh gods above, what had he done? The memories were fuzzy and vague, although there was no reason for them to be. Hed walked for hours, he remembered that part, though it had felt as though he had hovered above his own tired, charred body. Charred? A fire, he guessed, that hed somehow been caught up in. The sand was surprisingly cool beneath his cheek as he lay there, mind and body numb with confusion and the clench of guilt. Guilt, he realised now, sat where hed always thought love would, just below the ribs; a solid pressure pushing to meet his spine and go all the way through him. As depressing as it sounded, that was all he felt right now aside from the sand, and sand hardly felt solid. What was worse was that he couldnt for the life of him remember why.
Is he dead? Ryker felt something press against his ribs, a toe he guessed, but didnt move. He couldnt
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If Phoenix felt awkward snooping around Edgeworths office while the prosecutor was there, glaring at them, Ema appeared oblivious. Among the plush, velvet sofa and opulent furnishings, the defence lawyer was feeling out of his depth as he fingered his way over a chess-set that likely cost more than hed made in the last two months. His shoes felt dirty on the lush, burgundy carpet and if he bent his knees a little, he could feel the thick flooring give a little, still springy despite constant use. Far better than anything he had, both at home and in the office. Perhaps the prosecutors office paid for their staffs rooms, and the higher one was in the ranks the more their comfort salary rose. After all, who could afford floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a desk in solid mahogany when you were paid pittance? Then again, maybe that was just h
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Fresh bread was a rare treat. Fresh bread with chocolatey spread throughout its delicious, soft centre was pure heaven. Felix had gone through five in the last two minutes but Chase preferred to savour the taste, letting the bread melt in his mouth. He might get another one if he was lucky, and if Felix didnt finish off the other dozen before he got there. It was one of those lazy, quiet days on the Anna-Louise. Not a cloud in sight, a gentle temperature and little to no breeze. They were a day out of port, if that, and were going nowhere fast. No-one seemed to mind too much; they were pirates, they had nothing better to do, after all.
Vyvian had decided to take inventory. Why, Chase couldnt quite understand. Theyd stocked up at port two days before, and they couldnt possibly be running out of anything just yet. None of the crew had seemed particularly excited about the stock-take, so Vy
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Used to seem like such a long time. She remembered back when she was a child it had seemed like an eternity; to go to a friends house was one of the best treats you could be allowed. It had changed so much since then though. They changed, relationships changed and the time, surely that too had changed and decided, as if on a whim, that it wanted to speed up. Right now, she wasnt sure if she wanted it to slow down or speed up. In 30 minutes her brother would die. 30 minutes of waiting for the sound of gunshots below. 30 minutes of wrangling with her own guilt. It was 10:30pm.
It had been as easy as they said it would be. Easy to pull the trigger. Even easier to live with it afterwards. It was a simple matter of forgetting that the unsightly blemish of a woman had ever entered their lives. Sure, Jamie mourned for a year or two but he did get over it. He did. She made sure that he did, visiti
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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
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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
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 : History 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 : 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 : Personality 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
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 : Appearance 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
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 : Alignments 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 : 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 Sheet 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
Basics : Finding a PartnerNow that your character is ready for action, there's only one step separating you from roleplaying, and that's finding a roleplay partner. After all, roleplaying can't be done alone; you need someone to do it with.Basics : Finding a Partner in Writing More Like This
This is a simple enough step of roleplaying; in several chatrooms, you would only need to ask: "Anyone want to RP?" and chances are you will find someone who will accept. However, in certain rooms, especially very crowded rooms such as #RPDream here on deviantArt, you will need to define what you're looking for and make a formal request, since there's tons of different roleplayers in there, and most of them know what they want and will not respond to a request that doesn't meet their tastes.
The first thing you need to define in your request is what you want to find in your roleplay, the genre; do you want it to be action, romance, adventure? There are lots of different genres; it's up to you to find out which ones you prefer. The genre will usually define what the plot will
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 Posts 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
Beginners Guide to RoleplayingIf you type Roleplaying into your wikipedia search bar, it will give you the following result:Beginners Guide to Roleplaying 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
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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 Guide 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