Role Play 101

Pull out your pack and head on down to the Prancing Pony for some great Role Playing (try to stay in character)!

Postby erinhue » Tue Dec 30, 2003 7:07 pm

For anyone interested in trying out their Role Play skills without having to get into a long complicated story the Bard's Guild is having a New Year's Eve party and everyone is invited. The only catch is you will have to listen to the membership sing( read our posted poetry) as this is also one of our guild festivals, but every good party has its price, right.<BR><BR>So anyone in the class, or just lurking is invited to come post in the thread. Have yourself arrive and perhaps add a bit of decoration to the place. The Splintered ChamberPot is a rather special tavern, it is a bit magical so pretty much anything can happen, you can make it happen if you want. For those who like research you can find a full description of The 'Pot in its very own thread here in the Prancing Pony.<BR><BR>We don't mind those new to RP and we won't get upset if you stumble about and knock things over. Its a good place to test the waters. What's the plot? Easy as Pie, its a New Year's eve party, that's all ya need ta know. So come on and have some fun and help us throw a smashing bash.
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Postby LadyElessar » Thu Mar 04, 2004 3:28 pm

You all posted this advice, which I think is all awesome and perfect advice, I used it myself. <BR><BR><em>1. Read the threads. Someone started this thread, and some of the RPGamers are deep into what they are doing and have grown very fond of it and their interaction. You are more than welcome to join, but if you are coming into the story in medias res, be consistent with the general direction in which the story is headed.<BR><BR>2. Please as delightful as it is to dream up incredibly off the wall characters, try to make them as consistent with the theme of the RPG as possible. If this is a Tolkien based story, try to tone down anything that is too outlandish and save that for a cross over thread.<BR><BR>5. Take your time to try to spell, use punctuation. These are on going novels and people are reading them. Other gamers are not inside your head - they are reading your words so you must be as plain as possible. If what you are writing is incomprehensible, you could wind up being ignored completely while the orc battle goes on without you.<BR><BR>8. Please read before hitting "done". Does what you have written make sense or will it lead to many posts such as this (OOC: ???)<BR><BR>9. Tolerance is key. RPGamers come in all ages, all skill levels, with various abilities in writing, some more or less familiar with story telling, some who who young and inexperienced and their characters do some pretty silly things. The action can be gently redirected and with tolerance and guidance, the less experienced can learn.<BR><BR>10. This is the most important: If you have never participated in an RPG before, read the Prancing Pony forum for threads such as this one and learn some basic rules before entering a game or even starting one. Your own enjoyment and everyone else's will be enhanced a thousand fold! And you'll be sure to be nominated for a Prancing Pony Oscar. </em><BR><BR>My question is what do you do when someone doesn't follow it? Tolerance is important I know as is patience (I work in a second grade classroom, this I know). I am still fairly new to RPing and I know that everybody has to start somewhere, but what do you do when you would like a relatively high level of RPing in your RP? I understand that for some people on TORC English is not their first language, but posts that are all in lowercase, observing no grammar rules with tons of spelling mistakes make RPS not just difficult to read, but they make them look sloppy as well.<BR><BR>So what does one do without being rude?
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Postby ThreadStalker » Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:40 am

If all else fails then it is time to contact the mods of the Pony Patrol, Elbren, Daefaroth or me, ThreadStalker. These things are not TOS violations but they are breeching the Guidelines for the RP forums. If the party is not responding to the polite and patient requests of the other posters in an RP then perhaps a gentle coaxing from one of the mods might be more readily accepted.
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Postby In_Defense_of_Boromir » Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:55 am

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Postby LadyElessar » Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:46 am

How about how to politely say that you'd rather not have someone join the RP? I've tried dropping several hints that I don't think the character quite fits, but it doesn't quite seem to be working. Is it rude to decline someone's request to join just because their standard of RPing is decidedly....er...low? Myself and another member have both suggested going to threads such as this and though the person says they have been adopted, their RPing is not quite the kind that I have grown used to here at TORC. Any advice?
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Postby Alandriel » Mon Apr 19, 2004 3:10 pm

Lady Elessar, I hope you don’t mind me ‘butting’ in (and Hue <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> ). That’s a very good question you’ve just brought up.<BR><BR>I’ve read through the OCC/RP I think concerns your question so I’m somewhat familiar with the situation. And having recently started my own RP story with similar concerns on mind (before starting) I can sympathize. As I see it, the poster has gone ahead and posted in the RP thread without waiting for approval. That certainly does not constitute good RP manners but should be forgiven especially in the case of new RPers. Maybe you could just politely point this out and ask the poster to edit out the post. From what I’ve read, you seem to be very encouraging for him/her to change and adapt – yet you don’t like his/her writing style (which you don’t mention out of politeness). Encouraging the person to change/adapt will have exactly that effect – especially to someone who is new and keen <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> You've hinted yet you encourage to change/adapt - that sends confusing messages. <BR>You’ve pointed to the RP 101 thread but I think suggesting the Lucky Fortune Inn (Welcome Forum) would also be good. There, new players can freely interact and get their feet wet before plunging into an RP story. Perhaps saying nicely that after all you would prefer to have someone a bit more experience on board, with an open invitation to come back if you like, might be a way to try.<BR>And you might want to read how some other RPers have done their opening OCC posts... to help you avoid certain problems in the future. Scribbles 'Redemption' is a very good example<BR> <BR>My two cents… and I’m sure Master Hue will have some more ideas for you too.<BR><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby nienor-niniel » Tue Apr 20, 2004 12:29 am

Lady Elessar - I also started my own RP recently, (under the ID of Hades) and I wondered how to refuse posters without being impolite, even if I did not have a lot writers in the start. <BR>Luckily I had no such problem in the IC thread. A remark in the OOC first post does help. In the OOC, I asked people to wait and read along for a while and repost thier request if they're still interested a few weeks (months....) later. It keeps away those who are not motivated to read some long and good posts. <BR><BR>If the person does not react to your request to edit out or change a post, send an e-mail! And i would say in a mail, don't be afraid to say clearly that the post does not match your desire of quality and that you will take the writer in the story after some progress... <BR><BR>Good luck!<BR>
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Postby LadyElessar » Mon Apr 26, 2004 8:53 am

I suppose it all could have been avoided with a much clearer and better outlined first post in the OOC. I therefore take some of the blame, but I thank you all for your advice. I guess when I created the RP I should have laid out the rules a la Scribbles instead of just stating in the middle of the paragraph that I'd like it to be comprise of mostly Gondorian men. My fault! Thanks again for your advice, somehow I always feel like I'm coming across as rude and mean...
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Postby Arthedain » Sat Apr 02, 2005 8:29 pm

Good schooling for sure.
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