Role Player Tips
From Path of the Vampire Wiki
Replying to a Role Play
1. Make sure before you enter a scene/thread/post, that the RP is "open". Some Role Players post "open" or "closed" within the title of the post. To be sure, contact the author of the post.
2. If you are entering an "open" RP... be sure to read all of the posts within the thread so you know where everyone is located within the scene. (i.e.) if you reply to something that was an earlier post, events may have occurred later in the thread that you will need to address to keep the flow of the Role Play.
3. Keep your Role Playing relevant to the storyline. If characters are talking about a certain subject, then make your character's dialogue relevant to the present conversation. Unless, your character is quirky like that, and does not keep on topic.
4. Do not "God mod" the others in the storyline. This means, do not have other characters doing something without their permission. You cannot write other characters actions unless they have done the action in a previous post and you are just replying to it. You cannot have them get up and walk across the room, unless you have permission prior. You cannot write their expressions, actions, words, etc, without prior permission.
Starting your own RP
1. If you are looking to interact with others, start with writing about your character. It is best to describe your character. The reasoning behind this is because your character’s name is unknown as of yet a description of a dark haired, slim vampires with bright green eyes is helpful to anyone who would like to reply to your storyline/thread.
You can make comments regarding your vampire/character’s expression. ‘She looked rather lonely sitting at the end of the bar.’ ‘She seemed angry as she flipped through the menu in jerking motions.’ ‘She seemed anxious as her eyes scanned the room appearing to be looking for someone.’
This gives the person who will answer your post, something to go on, something to mention while replying to you.
Where is your character? What are the doing? How did they get there? You want to have them in a place where they can interact with others but your post doesn’t have to start in that bar or where ever. Start it on the train or on the walk there or even before that and lead up to them getting to the location.
2. Do NOT make your character some all powerful creature.
If you are a new vampire with little powers, then RP your character that way. He cannot be ancient, around before time and be able to kill everyone in the bar with a single look.
- This is where PoV has Cannon. And it is important to read about that at the wiki and stay within cannon when you write. Only certain vampires have been around from before the holocaust for example.
If your character has other traits as well that are non vampiric - If you are constantly writing your character as to be having no faults and more powerful than everyone else, pretty much, no one will want to write with you.
Pick what your character is like and don’t change it constantly. (Unless they have the ‘True Random’ RPP Trait) If your character is a vampire, has such and such talents/skills, don’t keep changing them in unrealistic ways and don’t take other people’s ideas, be your own character.
Example. I have a character that is good at computers and learning but not a fighter then suddenly I write that she is a badass asskicker without any story building up as to how.
And don’t try to make them perfect at everything and better at everything than everyone else. Your RP’s will more than likely NOT be hugely popular as people get tired of characters being “everything”.
3. Appear to be open. If you write something like; ‘He looked angry and dared someone to come up to speak to him.’ That is not very welcoming. In fact, I wouldn’t answer to that one.
4. Write more than one line; you want to create the scene, describe your character, describe the surroundings (if you know of them), Etc.
5. If a character you have read about before replies to your but your character and theirs have never spoken, do not act as if you know them.
Introduce yourself, just as you would for meeting someone for the very first time. Do not use nicknames unless your characters have met. It is rude to address someone by a nickname if you don’t know them, use their full name.
6. This is very important.
If you, the player, read a series of threads, your character cannot know what has happened unless they were actually there in the room/realm/ place in the City where the thread/storyline takes place.
If you read two characters talking in a tavern, hall or whatever, unless you write your character into a scene that takes places in that pub, nightclub or wherever your character should know nothing about the conversation between the other two. If you don’t write your character into the scene or in the room then he/she was not there.
For example: obsidian is sitting with her childer at a table... they are arguing over the check unless you write your character into the scene... or are in a current storyline that takes place in the tavern... you cannot know that obsidian and her childer are arguing.
Regardless of whether or not your charry is in the tavern/hall/bar and just because you are a member of the board does not mean that your character knows everything that is going on there just because you, the player, have read it.
7. Thoughts- This is a huge contention point for many people. When you write what your character is thinking,others cannot respond to your thoughts. But, don’t abuse it. Use thoughts for fleshing out a story, letting the reader know what your character is thinking. But do not use it to insult others purposefully without letting them retaliate verbally. If you have something to say, say it, don’t hide behind thoughts.
8. Be patient. Not everyone can reply to your thread; players do not always read their mail everyday. Know that not everyone will reply to your thread. Respond to those that do and see where it goes. If no one has responded; take the initiative and pml a couple of players on the site who do Rp regularly and ask them if they would join you in an RP. Most would be happy to write with you.
9. Do not initiate an RP if you do not intend to follow up on it or keep up on it. If someone takes the time to respond to you be polite and reply as well.
Remember, sometimes it takes players days to have time to reply so keep checking on your thread. If it seems they have not gotten back to you, then send them a private message. Maybe they have missed it.
- PoV has the option in your user preferences control panel to get email alerts to your threads, if you enable it.
10. Read others RP’s. The more you read how other’s RP, you can pick up tips on how to write for your own character. That is… Pick up tips… NOT steal ideas. You will need to make up your own stories for your own character.
11. Practice. You won’t get any better without trying. If you don’t try to begin with, then you will never know. Ask your friends to read it over before you post it. Often they can help you if some parts are cloudy and it needs a little work on it.
Keeping an RP going:
This is the toughest in my opinion. Once you've said "Hello" and introduced yourself, how do you keep an RP going? After the general conversation is over, most RP's die out. Therefore creating a storyline is an option to keep the RP going between yourself and others. These are just some of the things I have used to keep a story going.
1. Basic stuff: Ask each other questions regarding past history (if they know what their character's is) Questions, just like you would in real life Who is their sire? What brought them into the City? How long have they been here? This develops a little more conversation.. especially if the other knows of the family or sire.. but eventually this dies out as well. So you need to involve other things as well.
2. While your characters are talking, create a disturbance in the background. This usually requires the use of NPC's. Non Playing Characters. For example, Gypsy and I are talking; I notice some sinister looking fellow eavesdropping on our conversation. This springs to more conversation and speculation as to why particular male is listening in .. (the sinister looking guy is a character we have made up for the story ..
Remember you can add in whoever you want to the storyline, as long as it isn't an actual character (a PC, Player Character) of someone else's, as you need the character’s player’s permission for that. Use NPC’s Non-Player Characters like Jeeves, Aphaythea’s Butler at WolfCastle. Invent some of your own or ask other players about theirs, some are willing to share. (as I am, with Jeeves.)
Some other ideas; Create a fight in the background. Dropping of dishes. New weirdly dressed guests coming into the bard. A strange glowing substance in the corner. Someone singing really off key (karaoke bar or wherever). Take the story outside of the bar from where it started; go hunting, go on a quest.. etc. (credit to Kila for this one).
One trick is to have something really off key happen in the background, i.e. a dog running in being chased by a cat before running out again. Something added that will attract attention and speculation. (credit given to Kaereni for this).
You can also have your character do something totally off the wall. You can not direct the actions of another's character but you can get a response from another's character by having your character do something as long as the lines for god modding are not crossed.
For example~ "DE stabs a knife through Saya's sleeve."Saya has to remove the dagger somehow in order to move along further in the scene.These can be simple actions that the other characters can get out of or choose to follow through with...
You do not always have to play along with the action but you should acknowledge that the action happened. This also allows you to flesh out the personality of your character through action instead of thoughts and fill ins. (credit given to deaths embrace for this idea.)
Add anything that can create more conversation and possibly lead into a storyline if you wish it to. Important: If someone is adding these into the conversation.
Pick up on the additions and address them. The other person is trying to keep the RP going. There is nothing more frustrating than adding something to a scene.. and having the other person not pick up on it and add to it.
In example: I am sitting in the bar with stormy.. when suddenly I notice there is a carpet on the floor levitating, now I would expect stormy to pick up on that and write on it further.
3. Talk over storylines with the other writer in the scene.
For example: Now that we have thrown in a "sinister guy" where do we think the story should go from there? This can create a bit more interest in the RP if you and the other player discuss and you can do many things with it. Or "Play out" the scenes in Instant Message and then write them in and post them to the board.
You can just generally address where the storyline should go to and each individual writes their part and posts to the board.
Or write a joint post, where you write one part and then email it to the other person to write theirs.. then post to the board.
You can keep each others' interest going by adding new ideas or helping each other write.