What is Roleplaying - The Extreme Basics
Roleplaying is when several people get together to write a story with each other via posts. They take on the roles of characters and play out various scenarios. They write out that character's actions, thoughts, and speech, and then others react to them.
If you honestly don't know what roleplaying is or how it is executed, it is recommended that you look at some existing threads to see how others do it.
Formatting Speech, Thoughts, and Actions
So perhaps you are already aware of the above. But there is a certain etiquette behind roleplaying. When a character speaks, their text should have quotes around it. Here is an example of the proper way to do it:
"Um, well... I'm not sure." Artsy furrowed her brow contemplatively at being asked this piercing question.
As you may have noticed, any feelings or actions should be placed outside of the quotation marks.
There are several different ways of showing thoughts and it is not wrong to do any of them, but I personally recommend that you italicize thoughts.
"I'm not sure about this pony... he's kind of weird," thought Artsy anxiously.
Grammar, Spelling, Tense, and Spacing
If you want to ensure your posts have maximum readability, you should use as much proper grammar and spelling as you can muster. Capitalize the beginning of each sentence, proper nouns, names, and leave a period at the end. The key to good roleplaying is to write as if you were writing an assignment for school. You wouldn't want your teacher to give you bad marks, would you?
Another mistake many beginning roleplayers tend to make is tense. If you are roleplaying, choose a tense (usually past or present) and use it consistently. Switching between tenses can become confusing and overall messy.
Rainbow Dash glided past the cloud.
Rainbow Dash glides past the cloud.
Then there is spacing. Spacing your posts out correctly is also key to proper roleplaying. If you have a long wall of text, please please please split it up into paragraphs or people will be more likely to skip over your post! But do not make a new line break for every sentence, either, as this creates an unnecessarily long post and negatively affects readability.
Common Spelling Mistakes
There, They're, Their: "There" is a place, "they're" is short for "they are," and "their" is something that belongs to someone.
- "There's Ponyville!"
- "They're being really jealous."
- "I don't think you should take their pie.
Your, You're: "Your" refers to something that belongs to you, "you're" is short for "you are."
- "Your tea, madam?"
- "You're ridiculous."
It's, Its: "It's" is short for "it is," "its" refers to something that belongs to something.
- "It's quiet in here..."
- "The dragon flexed its claws."
Then, Than: "Then" refers to a time when something happened, "than" is used to compare things.
- "Then a giant cupcake crushed the ponies!"
- "I'm 20% cooler than Rainbow Dash.
Who's, Whose: "Who's" is short for "who is," and "whose" refers to something that belongs to someone.
- "Who's there?!"
- "Whose blanket is this?"
- OOC - Out of Character
- DM - stands for Dungeon Master, but refers to the original creator of the thread and roleplay. They are usually allowed to use god-like characters and are sort of like the moderators of their roleplay.
- Godmodding - refers to when a person takes control of a character that isn't theirs or in general tries to control things they are not supposed to. Spoiler
- Mary Sue/Gary Sue/Marty Sue - The most commonly used term is "Mary Sue". A Mary Sue is a character that is overly perfect and appears to have no flaws. This is not a type of character you want to use, as it annoys many roleplayers. Spoiler
- Overpowered - A character or an object that is significantly more powerful than other characters, often to the point of being ridiculous and god-like. Heavily related to godmodding.
Do's and Don'ts: Summary
- Do put speech in quotation marks and italicize thoughts.
- Do try to type with proper grammar, spelling, and spacing.
- Do keep consistent tenses.
- Don't godmod.
- Don't create a Mary Sue character.
- Don't create something or someone overpowered.
Edited by Arylett Dawnsborough, 15 February 2012 - 01:27 AM.