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UPDATED!
I've been coming back off and on to add things, reword some definitions and will be adding a basic index to allow for ctrl+f search functions to make it easier to find what you are looking for!
when you see something like [S0.0] or [S9.9] in the table of contents that is the search index. Simply highlight the desired search index, press and hold ctrl and the F key to open the search, and highlight or jump to the next entry of the desired text <3

I am also going to be color coding the table of contents and the chapter headers!
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Foreword

Welcome to my workshop which is under construction for the time being. In this thread I will try my best to condense ten years worth of roleplay experience into basic helpful tips and tricks, strip away bad habits, teach the do's and don'ts of public and private roleplays and the importance of characters. I have so much more I'd like to list but it would take rather too long.

Please, keep in mind I have been online for a very long time but still don't know everything. If there is something you would like to see added, elaborated upon or explained better then PLEASE do not hesitate in the slightest to contact me! I hope that in the end everyone will find this workshop helpful and even if you leave here with only one thing learned it is worth it.


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I would like to thank in advance everyone who contributes to this workshop in any way. Input, feedback and critique are all not only needed but also greatly appreciated as it will benefit everyone in the end.



Table of Contents
  • Introduction
Chapter One: terminology and abbreviations
  • [S0.0] Abbreviations list
  • [S0.1] terminology
Chapter Two: General Etiquette and Courtesies
  • [S0.2] Guidelines for Public Groups-role play

Introduction:
What is "role play"?

Everyone hears or sees the term roleplay at some point during their time online whether a person spends ten minutes a week or every waking moment they possibly can on the internet they will sooner or later run across a website that allows for, or talks about it.




So, what is roleplay? Many people will ask this question and there is no singularly definitive answer to it. Roleplay can be many things to any given person and thus, answers to this question will vary.

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role-play  rohl-pley
–verb (used with object)
1. to assume the attitudes, actions, and discourse of (another), esp. in a make-believe situation in an effort to understand a differing point of view or social interaction: Management trainees were given a chance to role-play labor negotiators.

2. to experiment with or experience (a situation or viewpoint) by playing a role: trainees role-playing management positions.

–verb (used without object)
3. to engage in role-playing.

~cited from dictionary.com
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  • 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;
  • To refer specifically to role-playing games
~cited from wikipedia.org
So how can you learn about something that even the hard backed dictionaries cannot agree upon? It is simple, find the definition that best suits your needs. It is important to understand what your reason for role playing is and also how you role play to be able to define it properly. Once you have your personal definition be prepared to define it in several other ways or explain that there are other kinds of role play, you never know when someone will ask.
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Chapter One:
Terminology and Abbreviations

In this section you will find a list of the most common terms and shortened words that are used often in role play and their most accurate definitions.


[S0.0] Abbreviations list
  • RP- Role Play: this is by far the most common abbreviation used on the internet to refer to role play. It can be changed in several ways and still be understood, it even has a form in chat speak which is far less widely known or used.
  • OC- Original Character: often used to refer to characters within a fandom or outside of a fandom. Most often a 'catch all' term for personal characters. Used in a more specific context it refers to characters made without the restraints of a pre existing world or fandom and are thus free to be reformed to fit in any world the creator so chooses to put them in.
  • Fancharacter- a term used to identify a character created within a fandom or AU/AR. Fancharacters are often of a favorite race or modeled after an existing character from the world for which they were made. (also referred to as OCs non specifically.)
  • AU- Alternate Universe: this term is used on the internet and most often in conjunction with role playing or fan fictions. Alternate Universe, or AU, often denotes that a role play will be based upon an existing world and while the basic principles are the same there are minor or major elaborations and/or changes made to the universe or world used as a base. Common things an AU can be derived from are: novels, movies, cartoons, games, ect.
  • AR- Alternate Reality: while quite similar in definition to AU an AR holds a few key differences that should not be confused with an AU. As with an Alternate Universe there are several tweaks made to the world or universe itself but where as in a Alternate Universe the tweaks are to the world, in an Alternate Reality the tweaks can be by far more extensive. The characters of the original story can be completely remodeled into different personalities, settings may be changed radically and in the end the AR defines much more extensive or drastic changes. The main difference between AU and AR is the level of changes made with AU being small or few changes and AR being many or severe changes.
  • OOC- Out Of Character: the term OOC is used to differentiate general nonrole-play chat from the actual role play. OOC can take many forms from a silly comment after a post in a role play to an off topic post by the player explaining something their OC or character is doing. OOC is always the player speaking and not the OC or character. OOC also defines that the player has broken from the role play temporarily to say something off the record.
  • IC- In Character: IC denotes the actions and words of a character or OC while in a role play. IC can also be used to refer to a role play itself. All IC is on record of the role play and unless against the rules will be counted as the character's actions.
  • GM- Game Master: sometimes also known as a Game Mod or Moderator. The GM is usually the person who starts the role play and oversees it to ensure that things run smoothly and that their idea is followed, they are more often than not involved in the role play directly and so can guide other players in the right direction for the plot to progress.
[S0.0] Terminology

  • Leap frogging- a term most often used among forum role plays to describe the behavior of two players who post back and forth without waiting for any of the other members.
  • Post- refers to a player's response.
  • Post Order-the order in which players post when
  • God Mod- used to describe overly powerful or godlike characters and the act of playing them in a way that seems or is unbeatable. This includes taking no damage or injuries from any attacks, automatically dodging or shunting any damage, performing tasks in a way that should be impossible for the character, knowing things that the character itself would not know or have any way of knowing, ect.
  • Power Play- used to describe the act of one player controlling another person's character without permission. This includes forcing the other player's character to take a hit that would not have landed otherwise, forcing them into an action they would not do, or writing the other character's reactions without permission.
  • Auto-Hitting- describes the act of hitting another character with no chance for the other character to react, respond, or dodge. An auto-hit can also be used in more extreme measures to kill a character without permission.
  • Consent kill- a consent kill is when one player consents to their character being killed by another. The opposite, a non-consent kill, is when a player kills a character without consent.
  • Mary Sue- refers to a female character in which the supposed flaws form little to no hindrance, physical appearance is over done in many ways and to extreme degrees, can overcome problems with little trouble, and can seem to do absolutely anything with ease. In short a 'perfect' character or a sort of 'Jesus' among characters even when compared to other powerful characters.
  • Gary Stu- term for a male Mary Sue.
  • Newbie- refers to a person who is new and doing their best to get along with people while they learn. This variation refers to people who are polite, respectful and takes advice gracefully until they become a proper member.
  • N00bie- refers to a new person who is disrespectful even to moderators, admins, and staff. These are often demanding, too lazy to follow any directions and become easily agitated when asked how far their character is, or how long they have been a member of the website they are on. In most cases a n00b will try to dazzle someone with some amazing character or skill that they have no proof of.
  • Fandom- this term refers to a widespread group of fans who do many things to actively show their enjoyment of a popular entertainment media such as drawing fanart for a cartoon series, writing fan fiction for for book they enjoy, and role playing as OCs or canon characters from a book or show.
  • Canon- when used in role play canon means that instead of an AU or AR characters and the world in which they are based act and react as they would originally.
  • Fanon- this term itself is a fusing of the words fan and canon to denote that something is not entirely similar to the basic world or the original concept. This term is most often used for or by individuals who elaborate or tweak the most minor traits of characters or species within the basic world of their fandom to explain things that were not elaborated upon by the original author or producer.
  • Crossover- denotes a fandom role play in which characters from two or more fandoms are played. Also used in fanfiction.
  • Smut- any scene in a role play that involves carnality.
  • Crack- a completely nonsensical and purely 'fun without consequences' kind of role play that is usually very short lived. Some sites have a small area dedicated to such role play where members can play just for giggles and grins.
  • Twink- a person who disregards rules in almost every way, god mods, power plays, auto-hits and argues with anyone who tells them they are wrong even if it is an admin.
  • Time Skip- used to describe the act of skipping over a period of time with a set result. A way to fast forward a role play passed certain points, often used as a way to skip less important events in favor of getting to more important plot events.
  • Scripting- a form of role play that is the most widespread form used regardless of where a person is. Scripting got its name for the form it takes which is similar to a script found in a movie or theatrical play. It is used more often than any other style both IC and OOC. It is most used as a way to express a personal action over the internet without the use of emoticons and often either replaces emotes completely or stands in for emotes that are not readily available. This form of role play is easily identifiable by the use of action quotes in which all actions are put within any number of quotations, brackets or symbols wrapping the text. The most casual and relaxed form of role play, the only quality focus is often spelling as the need for grammar is very little, if at all, present. Scripting is most often a starting point for new role players. Popular action quotes include: * - ^ # :: ~ ;; = +. Popular action brackets include: <> {} [] /\. Examples of scripting: EX1- role play| Character1: *hugs character2* You're my best friend. EX2- personal action| *hugs*
  • semi para- a more text oriented and story based form of role play which is less than a paragraph in length per post. A fairly relaxed form of role play that allows for good spelling and grammar, often a transitional stage of developing one's role play style.
  • para- similar to semi para but done in full paragraphs, also known as paragraph rp or just paragraph. Somewhat relaxed but focuses on quality of length while allowing better spelling and grammar as well as a better descriptive quality.
  • semi-literate- a somewhat strict form of para or semi para that focuses more on proper punctuation, spelling and grammar as well as more expansive word usage.
  • literate- a much stricter form of para that focuses very heavily on all over quality. Length, word usage, grammar, punctuation and spelling are expected to be top notch and well thought out. This is one of the most difficult forms of role play as posts in this form are often expected to be more than two paragraphs as well.
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Chapter Two:
General Etiquette and Courtesies

In this section we will cover the basic guidelines for what you should or shouldn't do in a role play whether it is public or private. Remember, just because one person is okay with something like auto-hitting does not mean that everyone else will be.


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[S0.2] Guidelines for Public Groups-role play


  • Pay attention to the other players! Some players may not be as skilled or experienced but that is no reason to ignore their characters or them. Completely ignoring someone's character while IC is just rude, especially if they are blatantly trying to interact with your character. EX: character1 in a fantasy role play isn't watching where they are going and voices that they wish they knew where a library was. Character1 runs into character2 and character1 slips and falls into the nearby fountain. Character2 helps them out, apologizes, and offers them any help they need and as well pointing out where the library they were looking for is. Character1's post claims says they did not recieve help, character2 said nothing, and character2 only pointed without explanatrion. |This is a very bad way to respond to someone as it is very rude and simply no fun for anyone involved.
  • Get to know the other characters! Rushing in blind has many disadvantages and could leave you, as a player, very far behind or booted. Nobody likes it when people simply rush headfirst in and just start posting. Learn what you need to first.
  • Respect everyone! A lack of respect on a player's part can cause trouble, lack of respect on a mod's part can spell absolute disaster. While players are more likely to be disrespectful and in some cases are even expected to be, there are also moderators who will be disrespectful back when insulted or disrespected.
  • Follow the rules! Rules have a reason for being there even if you don't understand why. Breaking a rule just because it seems stupid or out of place is childish and will not go over with the other players and mods very well.
  • Take responsibility for your own actions and accept the consequences as well as the rewards! Accepting consequences gracefully may not always be easy but it will earn you more respect if you don't argue about it. Asking why or asking for a better explanation of why is always better than arguing.
  • Be considerate of the other players and mods! The other players are there to have fun just like you and the mods are there to help. Try not to power play, god mod, auto-hit, ect while in a group roleplay. Try to keep your character(s) balanced with the others in some way, and be polite.
  • Asking questions is nothing to be ashamed of! If you don't understand something or would like more information, ask. Not everyone you meet is going to go "lol what a n00b" just because you ask a question about something you don't understand.
  • Common sense is a must! Use your head when responding to a post. This goes double for battles and fights, as poorly thought out responses to a fight role play can confuse the other players or throw off the whole thing. EX: in a survival horror role play the hunter character fires a regular scattershot round from twenty feet away into the broad chest of an eight foot tall werewolf and the hunter's player expects the werewolf to go down. The werewolf however, only gets even angrier and charges the hunter character before they can reload. The player of the hunter character objects to this and claims it is unfair even when the moderator and the werewolf's player explain that the werewolf's reaction was legitimate and why it did not act as expected.
  • Don't second guess other characters! Talking things out with other players to understand their character's personality is always a good idea. Second guessing their character's reaction at any point can set you up for trouble or disappointment. Not all characters will give a response quite like you hope for.
  • Never involve smut in a public or group role play! This point can NEVER be stressed enough. It is not only in poor taste but as well an extremely bad idea. Posting, making, or starting smut publicly on almost any site is usually a bannable offense and just tacky. There are websites for smut and as a rule if it is not for porn, hentai or smut don't show it in public.
  • Give your characters room to grow! Nothing is worse than trying to perfect perfection. It isn't possible and it'll take a an outstanding character over the line to Mary Sue/Gary Stu rather quickly. Starting off slow is always a good idea when it comes to characters because it gives them room to improve throughout the role play. Some of the best characters in any kind of literature or game are the ones you watch grow as people instead of staying static.
  • Always be aware of grammar and spelling! People are generally quite appreciative of well written posts but even more appreciative of players who try their best to make good posts no matter their skill in writing.
  • Try to be descriptive! This point is rarely stressed enough in any role play. Your character in a role play represents you so go ahead and get in depth with it! Don't be afraid to describe their thoughts and feelings as they make an action or speak. The more feeling they show the more realistic they seem.
  • Plan, Plot, Post! Plan things out with the GM and other players, if you have an idea for the plot present it or if you don't understand it then ask about it. Planning events out with others and plot understanding can greatly help when you post.
  • Respect the wishes of your fellow players! If a fellow player asks you to stop doing something that aggravates them or impedes their character's progression in the role play please respect them and stop, whether it is IC or OOC.
  • Not every role play you enter will suit you! Keep in mind that no matter what you do there will always be at least one role play you have joined or will join that does not live up to whatever expectations you had of it.
  • Don't just vanish! You may ask a moderator to help you find a way to withdraw your character from the role play you wish to leave and be on your way. If you simply stop posting it will impede the role play for everyone else until they can figure out what to do with your frozen character!
  • KEEP OOC DISAGREEMENTS SEPARATE FROM IC!! This point can NEVER be stressed enough! If you have a disagreement with someone outside of a roleplay DO NOT GET MALICIOUS TOWARDS THEIR CHARACTERS! This is the absolute fastest way to end a roleplay or get banned. If there is any kind of disagreement between two players OOC both players should simply keep their characters IC for the role play and avoid each other outside of it or best of all try to work it out with a mod or mediator present! Never let your own anger or annoyance overshadow your role play with others, it can become vicious and hurtful to everyone involved.
  • ALWAYS FOLLOW THE RULES! No matter what you may be told by other players is okay or how the rules can be 'bent' do not try to circumvent a rpg's rule boundaries with loop holes or rule 'bending' it only causes more trouble than good. Be nice and respect the people you play with and the people who make the game possible as they are the ones who'll make your stay in the game a pleasant one!
  • GIVE OTHERS A CHANCE TO POST! Inactivity can easily kill an rp of any kind but so can over posting. Some people take a long while to post and cannot read through as often as others but nobody wants to wade through five or more pages of only two characters interacting. It is not only boring and rude but it takes up far more time than anyone really wants to put into catching up. Be mindful of your fellows and give other members a chance to post after you've done a bit and especially so in large groups.


TO BE CONTINUED LATER
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