the rule book. Dec 6, 2012 21:07:28 GMT -6
Post by Pharaoh Leap on Dec 6, 2012 21:07:28 GMT -6
1;; A simple rule to follow. You can not, by any means, control another person's character. They are theirs to role play, not yours, and therefore should be written as such. If you are worried that you might have broken this rule, leave an out of character note at the bottom and we, the staff, will decide whether it's okay or not.
2;; Like above, this is a somewhat easy rule to follow. You may not make your character invincible, no matter the circumstances. Every Pokemon gets hurt no matter how powerful they are. Your Pokemon may dodge blows, but keep said action to a bare minimal. We suggest a three to one ratio. For every three hits, you may have an attack miss.
3;; Though we won't be to terribly upset with you if you stray away from this, we'd prefer this roleplaying forum to remain in past tense third person. It simply makes things slightly more uniform. If you're just too used to first or second person or present or future tense and struggle making the adjustment, of course, we won't bother you about it. Really, this is more of a suggestion than a rule.
4;; This is a given. Unless one is closing a thread, you should always makes sure that you're writing in a way that the other person can reply to. And, even then, sometimes you'll want to post in such a manner when posting one of the last posts in a thread in case the other roleplayer still wishes to post. It's not very fun when your characters are running off or walking away right in the middle of a thread. Unless you've permission or there are more people in the thread to reply to, we suggest you refrain from leaving threads as abruptly as that.
5;; We do not have a specific word count here on To Bitter Endings. While we all shudder in disgust at the sheer thought of posts with merely one sentence, we also know that muses are tricky things and it's not always easy cranking out a certain number of words. We expect that you be responsible about this lack of a word count, however, and ask that you simply have one or two well structured paragraphs for every in character post at the very least. You are welcome - encouraged, even - to go as above and beyond that as you wish, however.
6;; Lastly, we ask, beg, pray that you all make good use of the wonder that is the spell check if you are prone to spelling errors or even if you just have the occasional slip. Truly, it is only there to help you. After all - typos can lead to confusion and confusion can lead to mistakes. While we won't get on you about not being absolutely perfect, we do ask that you utilize this helpful button to the best of your abilities.
OUT OF CHARACTER
1;; Simple. Respect others. And this means everyone - the staff, your fellow members, even guests. If someone is saying hurtful things to you, ignore them. Saying hurtful things back will only get you in trouble as well. You don't have to be the friendliest person in the world - just don't be the meanest.
2;; Keep your fighting to a minimum. We know sometimes others can irritate you a bit, but don't go picking fights left and right. Be kind to others and they'll be kind to you. And if you must fight with someone else, keep it outside the site. We don't want the chat box being flooded with hurtful comments or the out of character boards and private messages.
3;; If you will be leaving, please leave a notice on the leaving board. We can understand if it's something that comes up on a short notice, but if it's something that will keep you from role playing that you know in advance, you must let us know. You might be thought to be inactive, other wise, and risk getting your account deleted.
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5;; There will be no in character posts in the out of character boards unless it is for a thread in the alternate universe boards or the forum games. Other then that, keep everything out of character - that's why it's called what it is.
1;; When creating a character, you must follow the rules no matter what. If not, your character will not be accepted and denied until the problems have been fixed and your application follows the rules.
2;; Mary Sues and Gary Stus are not tolerated. Every person in real life has their strengths and weaknesses. Why shouldn't your characters be the same? When making your character, think about if their personality would be that of a person in real life. If your not sure if your character is a mary sue or not, look up a test and see if they are. If they are, then try to edit them and make them more realistic.
3;; We suggest that, during roleplay, you refrain from using more than one character in a post. Sometimes, this can grow rather confusing and throw the entire thread off. If you wish, you may switch characters by having one leave and another join or - if you absolutely must for the sake of the thread - post as both as though they were separate posts, but in the same post.
4;; This is a one account per character forum. Therefor, you must have one account for every character and no more than that unless you are a staffer. In addition, there is no limit on the number of characters you may play. However, please contain yourself and don't create more than you can handle. Try to keep them all active if you can. If you can't, putting characters that you feel you can no longer play up for adoption in the adoption board or simply archiving them may be a good idea.
5;; Unlike before, Pokemon are not playable characters. The closest you can get to that is playing one of the legendary Pokemon. However, even they have taken on human forms in order to destroy the language barrier between the them and have become more like gijinkas than anything.
6;; You may start out with as many Pokemon as you want and as high a stage as you want. However, be reasonable - not every character is going to have a party of fully evolved Pokemon and a PC packed full of more final stage Pokemon. A few like that is fine, but keep the rookie trainers coming as well.
7;; If you are playing a canon character, keep these things in mind. For starters, keep them as in character as possible. We don't discourage members from adding their own personal flare to an existing character, but taking a typically gentle character and turning them into a bloody thirsty murderer isn't going to fly with us in the slightest. If they do differ in noticeable from their original personality, please give us a solid and believable explanation in the history or others section of the application.
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