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Post#1 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:13 pm

Note: All of the following are common issues among the roleplaying community at-large, and we hope this guide helps you ensure you aren't running into those same issues! All credit to APHRODITEALEXANDER of Caution! <3 ROLE PLAYING TIPS
  • GODMODDING

    Godmoding is either trying to control another person's character or making a character who is too perfect or too powerful. Make sure when you role play that you describe only your character's actions and responses to other character's actions. Also, don't make a character who knows everything and can do anything. For example, no one but Harry, Ron and Hermione and the Dark Lord should know about the Horcuxes, you can't make your character also know everything, why should your character know more than them?

    SKILLS AND ABILITIES

    Skills and abilities should be reasonable as well. Since this is a Harry Potter RPG, your character can have more skills than common sense allows in the real world. However, there are still limits to their skills. For example, your character shouldn't be a werewolf who is a 10th degree black belt in karate and can speak 10 languages fluently. Your character can be a werewolf. Your character can be a black belt. Your character can speak a few languages fluently. But they cannot do all three. Pick one talent and go with it. Also, be careful about your character's abilities. They can be pretty powerful, but there has to be a limit to their power. Even Superman has his limits. If your character is a teenager, they can have a certain amount of power, but they shouldn't be as powerful as an adult, and they probably shouldn't have as much control over their power since they're rather young.

    NO MARY - SUES / GARY STUS

    A Mary-Sue is basically a character who is too perfect (especially when it comes to appearance) and has little depth. A Gary-Stu is the male equivalent. Often, the profile of a Mary-Sue character focuses on physical appearance and achievements rather than personality and character motivation. It is a form of godmoding, though godmoding tends to focus more on skills, talents, and powers rather than appearance.

    EXAMPLE OF MARY - SUE POST

    Destiny Love is 5'6 and weighs 100 lbs. She has platinum blonde hair and sparkling blue eyes. She is a squib but she is on the side of the wizards and is captain of their cheerleading squad at school. She has a crush on Draco Malfoy, but he doesn't know it. Right know, she is wearing a pink tank top from Abercrombie and Fitch and a white miniskirt with ruffles. She is wearing purple eyeshadow and red lipstick.

    DECENT HISTORY

    I have seen many applicants whose characters are orphans, abused by their parents, murderers, runaways, and/or have some kind of overblown, over dramatic past. Although it is true that in real life, people have been abused by their parents, not everyone in the world has had some great trauma in their life. There are other ways to make your character interesting than to add melodramatic event to their past.

    ONE - LINERS

    A "One-liner" is a person who posts only one line of action and/or dialogue and expects an appropriate reaction to their post. One-liners are notorious role players, racking up large post quantities but failing in what matters the most in role playing: quality. You see, in order to really develop a character, it is not the quantity of your posts that matter, but the quality of what you have written.

    POSTING

    A proper post should have the following components (parts): The beginning of the post should be a physical and/or mental reaction to what was said/done in the previous post. That should be followed by a bit of dialogue and more physical description. The dialogue can either end the post, but I find that if you include a post-movement, such as making the character move, sit, stand, dance, jump, etc., it rounds things out nicely. Now then, lets break down each part to give you a better idea of how to do it.

    REACTIONS

    Generally speaking, only one person begins a thread and everyone else is reacting to how the thread began and/or what was posted directly above their reply. So, if you are starting a thread, a reaction is not necessary to the dialogue, but you can put their reaction to walking into what ever area they are and what they are doing there. When I say your character should react physically to what was said/done in the previous post it is only mirroring real life. If someone says something to you, you have a reaction. Even a non-reaction is technically a reaction, because your character is attempting to look as if they are not reacting.

    THOUGHTS

    Remember to put your character's thoughts into the post, whether you do so in third person, such as saying "John wondered why Maria would seek to hurt him so" or in the first person (usually put into italics to differentiate between description) "Why does she want to hurt me like this? I thought things were going great." Often the difference is simply how deep you want others to read into your character. But know this: Posting your character's thoughts is as important as posting their actions. While the other characters may not be able to react as if they know what you are thinking (unless they are mind-readers, in which case, only give out what you want known), it develops your character to put their thoughts out there.

    MOVEMENT

    Physical movement should also be included at this point, whether they take a drink of something, walk across a room, or sit in a chair. Be sure to include a description of what ever the character is physically interacting with.

    SPEAKING

    When writing dialogue, be sure to use proper grammar and punctuation. Spelling is also important. Nothing shows that you put no time into your response more than a post filled with misspelled words and bad punctuation. Spell check is available and I highly suggest using it before any posts. Dialogue should also avoid using "he said," "she replied," and "he asked" (and any other version of these) repeatedly. One time is okay, twice is pushing it, and beyond that is ridiculous. Dialogue should be written as if it were really spoken. A tip is once you have written the dialogue, read it out loud to see if it sounds okay. Some things look fine written but don't work once you try saying it.

    DO'S and DON'T'S

    DO'S

    - Include lots of description and comparisons in your posts.
    - Use dialogue that other people can understand.
    - Include movement such as walking, drinking, smelling, etc.
    - Use your character's five senses.
    - Describe the surrounding environment.
    - Research before you post. If you are responding to a particular topic, learn about it before you just make something up.
    - Follow the guidelines of the universe in which you are posting.
    - Remember to use good grammar, punctuation, and spelling. It is appreciated.
    - Think of creative titles for your threads...they are more likely to attract others to come post.
    - Be realistic.
    - Use links to pictures rather than including the images in your post. People appreciate not having to wait for them to load.
    - Chose an avatar for your character quickly. Avatars really do have a lot to do with how much "action" your character can get from other players. If no one knows what you look like, they really don't think about you.

    DON'T'S

    - Take an insult to your character personally. It is just a character, insulting another character...that is all.
    - Use less than 2 good quality paragraph's per post. While they don't have to be novels, less than that and you border the "one-liner" category once more.
    - Break the rules of Hogwarts Chronicles in which you are role playing.
    - Think your character is invincible. If they are, then they aren't a very good character. No one wants to role play with a god, especially if they always have to be right.
    - Post song lyrics unless your character (as in ~you~) wrote them. It chews up space and drives others nuts. And in most cases, they don't even read them, just skip over them to the other parts.
    - Get mad if you don?t get a boyfriend/girlfriend right away. The boards aren't meant as a dating service. RP romance is more than acceptable, but it takes more than 5 minutes of talking for people to fall in love.
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