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Post by Admin on Sat May 14, 2016 1:17 pm

So, you have a character and you want to interact with the world beyond your own private little forum. Sure, the OOC stuff seems easy to handle, you can post basically anything there, but what about, dun dun dun, role-playing?

Posts are generally a few paragraphs that explain a scenario. Some are meant to stand alone, some are open ended for all to join, and some are just for a few people to work out some stuff. All posts between two characters should be written in third person for ease of posting. Past tense tends to work better in the long run, but it's most important tenses agree. I don't really care about most post things, but it's far less jarring if tenses flow from post to post. That's my stickler.

The best way to start is to have a concept. Maybe one of your free actions is getting coffee with a friend. You can start a post waiting in a coffee shop, inviting others to join in while you wait for them to arrive. Yeah, that's a good solid start.

The first step is to find the right forum. A post in your private forum can only be seen by the GM, so if you only want to interact with a specific NPC, great, for for interacting with the whole, you'll need a public place. Augur Bay City Limits encompasses the entire city, and since the coffee shop will be in the city that's a good place to post.

Next, you'll need a title. For ease of ordering and to crack down on confusion, the thread title should begin with the Week Number. These generally change after each session. A "week" in this context may be slightly more or slightly less than seven days. It'll help us track your downtime (the coffee place you find in week 5, which gets destroyed by bear in week 8, will correspond to the actions written in your private forum). Don't worry, I'll let everyone know what week it is. For our coffee shop thread, since the game isn't had a session, it's Week 0. After the week number, you can write any old thing.

Then, you write your post. Describe the scene, talk about the room, the entrances, how many bodies are in the room. Is it busy, is the air smokey? Describe what your character is doing. If you want to make something up, such as a place of business, a typical human NPC, or anything that this world would reasonably have... Do it. Make it up. Put it in the world. I'll let you know if you do anything too overboard. However, for fights, investigative threads, and more, clue me in so I can moderate. Remember, you can change and fix any detail, so don't stress. Everyone fucks up occasional. Just look at how many typos I miss.

When you want to reply to a post, explain what your character does. Don't control another's actions. Do talk about what you're doing. You can talk about what your character is thinking, with an understanding that others won't be able to in-character know about it. If you're unsure about controlling a part of the scene, check with the other person or people you're RPing with.

There, now you're done. It might sound daunting, but after a few threads, the forum and you will find your level and post with ease.


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Week 0: An Example Post in a Coffee Shop

Post by Admin on Sat May 14, 2016 1:22 pm

Trina sighed as she leaned harder into the corner booth. Her latte was already getting cold. I drink caffeine so rarely, it's a pity to have it be anything other than perfect, she thought, keeping her eyes on the door. Soon, the someone she was waiting for would enter. And then, and only then, could she take a sip.

Sure, the rules were arbitrary, but how else would she have something to write? Folks filtered in and out, and the barristas made quiet jokes when they weren't serving anyone, and Trina eventually took of her sweater to reveal a garish plaid shirt beneath. Soon.
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