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Useful Information for Roleplayers

Postby Touhou RP » 30 Jan 2010 22:40

How to Participate in a Thread:

1: Making a New Thread: Feel free to make a new thread at any time. If existing threads aren't keeping your interest, are halted due to absences, or you have a good idea for something you think will be a good roleplay topic, please make a new one. Refer to the types of RP threads while making a thread so that you can select the type that is right for you. Please contact anyone that you would like to appear in the thread beforehand and discuss your plans for the thread with them before creating the thread.

2: Joining An Existing Thread: You may join any number of threads, there is no upper limit. However, please be responsible with this. Do not join every thread, and please think about why you are entering a thread before you enter, and what you will do while there. If you have no plan, you will quickly run out of things to say. Please refer to the types of RP threads before joining so that you can enter the thread.

3: When To Post: Usually, posts follow a cyclical order, and you should wait your turn to post. However, there are some situations in which it is a good idea to break this order and make your post anyway:

-A thread is moving slowly or is losing steam, people seem to be unsure of what to say. Your post could add something new and revitalize the thread.
-You are waiting for someone who is currently gone to make a post. Check the Time Off forum to find out if someone in your thread is missing.
-If someone posts something that requires a reply from you, it may be good to break the posting cycle and post your response.
-If you have a good idea, post it! If it doesn't fit in the thread you're working in, make a new one or find one where your idea is in context.

There are also situations in which it is a bad idea to break the post order, and you should definitely wait your turn to post:

-If the thread has been moving very fast, and some people have not gotten a chance to reply yet. As a general rule, wait for 24 hours before breaking the post order in fast-moving threads.
-If a fight is going on and you are not involved. Let the combatants take care of it, the forum combat system is already hard enough to track without RP posts showing up in the middle of a fight.

If you are not sure whether you should make a post or not, you should make the post.

4: Moving a Thread: If you want to go somewhere else in Gensokyo during your thread, please let a mod know, and we will move your thread to the new area for you as well as editing the thread subject to indicate that you have moved. If you would like to split up your thread participants, please make separate threads in the appropriate areas of the board.

5: Leaving a Thread: Please do not feel obligated to stay in a thread any longer than you want to, unless you are in the middle of a fight. If you want to leave a thread because you have nothing more to say, or because the thread is no longer interesting to you, please do so and include an OOC note at the end of your post detailing that your character is gone.
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How to Write a Post

Postby Touhou RP » 30 Jan 2010 22:41

How to Write a Post:

I won't propose to tell you how to write, but this is the checklist that I go through while I make a post:

0: Join a Thread: Follow the procedure for joining a thread. Also, I can't stress this enough: Make sure you talk to the other people involved in a thread before you start about your goals. It makes things go much smoother when you have a plan for what you want to do in a scene.

1: Get an Idea: First, you have to have an idea for a post! This can be harder than it sounds, but coming into the IRC channel and talking to us for a few minutes will usually leave you with some good ideas for what to write about.

2: Make a Plan: Plan out your post. What will you say? Who has said things to you that you want to respond to? What will this post add to the scene in progress? Keep in mind that your responses don't have to be words. Actions are usually a good way to respond as well.

3: Write it Down: Take your plan, and write it down as a set of bullet points. Rearrange them however you want the final product to look. This is all the information that you will be conveying in your post.

4: Flesh it Out: Take the bullet points and expand them into full sentences, and then into full paragraphs. This is where the magic happens, try describing what your character is doing, or how she looks. Is she fidgeting with her hair? Is she cooking dinner? Where are her hands? What is she looking at? How does the scene look? How is she feelng about what is happening? All these can add depth to a post and get the bullet points you wrote down in your plan across in a spectacular way.

5: Proofread: This is the last step before making the post. Look for grammar mistakes and spelling errors. Check to be sure that the post is formatted in a way that is pleasant to read. Break up large paragraphs or run-on sentences. Check to see that you don't use the same pronoun through the whole post to describe your character. It's a good idea to alternate her name, and some title or descriptive statement.
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Types of RP Threads

Postby Touhou RP » 30 Jan 2010 22:42

Types of RP threads

Scenes will naturally come in many different forms, some having a clearly defined premise, and others to just offer idle conversation for the casual passerby. Because of this, there will be several levels of privacy available to creators of RP threads.

Open: Threads tagged as open may be joined by any RPer at any time without the consent of the thread creator or other participants. Threads of this type are usually casual chatter, and most often won't have a grandiose plot associated with them. There is now a limit of 5 characters, including the post writer, in [Open] threads. Please keep this in mind while making or joining one.

Ask First: Slightly more restrictive than open, threads of this type will require that newcomers PM a participant from the scene and get their approval in order to join it. Usually this type of rule will be used to simply limit the number of people in a scene if those involved want it to remain small.

Invite Only: Threads of this type will require that any interested party PM the creator of the thread before they may join the scene. Threads of this type usually have a specific objective in mind for the scene, and participants must make their character's intentions clear to the scene creator before they will be permitted to join.

Closed: Joining the scene in progress is prohibited. Please use this tag sparingly, and only for scenes that require a large number of people. This tag should be used when the events that are to play out in a scene have been strictly defined beforehand.

PM: Not a thread type at all, but a method of RP nonetheless. Scenes of this type will be conducted purely via the PM system on the forums. All material that should be considered private or explicit in nature should use this method.
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Re: Useful Information for Roleplayers

Postby Touhou RP » 30 Jan 2010 22:42

Glossary:

Roleplay Terms:

Scene: Much like what it sounds like, this is equivalent to a scene in a movie or a TV show. Scenes will exist as individual threads, and these threads will live in their corresponding location forums.

Pose: The action and speech of your character. Each new post you make responding to a previous action by another member is considered a pose.

OOC: Out of Character. To make out of character notes during a pose, please use (())'s or []'s to differentiate your thoughts from your characters thoughts.

IC: In Character

Canon: Official source material pertaining to a universe. In this case, this would be the Touhou games, light novels and manga spin-offs written by or approved by ZUN.

Fanon: Slang for fan source material, fan interpretations of characters, and general opinions on the workings of a particular universe. It's fun, but doesn't always follow canon.

Touhou Terms:

Hitbox: The core of the character, in the Touhou games the character sprite is actually larger then the hitbox of it. When a danmaku bullet hits the hitbox, you die. Any other contact with your character's
sprite will not result in death.

Graze: When a bullet moves through your sprite but does not hit the actual hitbox. This is usually encouraged in the games, and frequent grazing will result in a higher score.
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