Joining a Game
When a game is first created, most often the Game Master (GM) will post a thread calling for players. They'll generally tell you what they want in terms of character profiles and what the game is about.
For existing games, you can find out more about them by checking in the RP Game Reference List, also made sticky at the top of this forum. Also, it's highly recommended you take the time to read through any existing game thread to get an idea of how everyone plays, what kind of characters they have, and so on.
To join an already existing game, please do not simply jump in and start posting. Rather, send the GM of the game (who is also listed in the Game Reference List Thread next to the RP name) a PM or an email and ask about joining. They'll then let you know what they want in terms of a character profile, and also, when it will be suitable for you to join. (Often, it can be difficult to incorporate a new character in the middle of an arc, so you may have to wait till they can create an opening for you to join. Again, this is really only in fairness to other players in the game already) Once they give you the go ahead, you're ready to play.
I'd encourage all GMs to include a game rating in their Title or subtitle, to aid in making everything a bit more family friendly, since we do have people under the legal age of consent and such coming to this board. The ratings will make it easier for them to decide if they want to read it.
The possible ratings are as follows.
General, 'G' - I highly doubt anyone would ever use this rating. Think "Care Bears". No strong language, very light violence, next to no sexuality, etc. Not to condusive to interesting gaming, but there you go.
PG - This is the next step up. You get more violence, and more sexuality, but still quite light. (IE gunfire, and kissing) Again, I'd be suprised to see a game with this rating.
PG-13 - By far the most common rating. Moderate violence and Sexuality allowed. This means mild gore, plenty of blood and fighting allowed, but nothing too graphic. (IE, no tearing apart a person and eating them alive, so on and so on.) So far as sexuality goes, you may move up to the initiation of the act, then something along the lines of "Fade to Black" must be inserted to imply the act. (IE, "Bob kisses Shirley hungrily, his hands moving to undo her blouse.... Fade to Black) Anything above this belongs in a higher rating. With regards to language, at this rating, all that is allowed are made up swears such as "Frell" and very mild oaths, i.e. "Damn".
Restricted, R - This rating allows you the most leeway that will be allowed on this board. High levels of violence and sexuality allowed. Violence, for example, you might decapitate someone with a shovel, or perhaps shoot them till they crumble to a bloody heap in the ground, but you would not post something that could cause illness with the ensuing mental image. For sexuality, you might be looking at post-disrobing, being very vague (Ie. "He pulls off her dress and pushes her back onto the bed. They make passionate love, nearly tearing their bedsheets apart.") With regards to allowable language: Some more common swears, such as "bitch" may be tolerated. The Strongest curses *may* be used, at the discretion of the GM, but sci fi equivalents (again, frell) are still generally preferred. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the GM to ensure that *ALL* players in the game are 18 for this rating to be used in their game. We don't want to get anyone into trouble for reading an RP on this board.
NC-17 - This rating includes explicit violence and sexuality. In other words, describing blood spray patterns as a bullet hits in excessive detail, exactly how intestines tumble out of a person as they're eviscerated, the exact mechanics of a sex act of any kind, and so forth. Generally, I have seen games like this done on tabletop RPGs, and its most unpleasant and uncomfortable for everyone. Needless to say, THIS RATING IS NOT TO BE USED AT ALL. If there is real interest in this kind of intensity and detail, perhaps its best to start this RP on a private board where you have the proper checks in place to ensure that it cannot (or at least warns very clearly that it should not) be accessed by minors, etc.
To illustrate the difference between 'R' and 'NC-17' violence, take the following example:
You know that scene in Blackhawk Down, where that Delta Force soldier gets blown off the back of one of the prisoner transports, and has his lower half taken with him? If you started describing that in detail, I'd say that'd be a bit much for what is a more family oriented board, even under an R rating... because while at a movie theatre, 13 yr olds have a bit more trouble getting into R rated movies, they can still click in here easily.
As a general rule of thumb, I'd say: Stop and imagine exactly what you're writing as if you were looking on it with your own eyes for the first time. If the mental image makes you queasy, you're probably best to tone it down a bit.
With regards to NC-17 language, the following words will generally NOT be tolerated under any circumstances:
- The 'C' word (with reference to Female anatomy)
- The 'F' and 'S' word.
- Any Common (Real Life) Racial Slurs.
(The above are general standards for the entirety of EI)
- As stated above, strong language that causes a violation in terms of sexual or violent content.
General Gaming Rules and Courtesy
Obviously, due to the nature of a BBS, the general method of action success/effect cannot be determined in the traditional way (ie, the rolling of some dice). Thus, RPing in a forum is a gaming system unto itself. Some general guidelines are as follows:
- The GM controls the main story line. If you have a minor story line you wish to integrate into the main one for you and a friend to play off of in addition to the main adventure, you must first clear this with the GM to ensure it doesn't conflict with anything the GM has planned.
- Non Player Characters (NPCs) are useful tools available to GMs and to players for keeping a game moving along or providing information to the main characters. However, personal NPCs are also best used only with the permission of the GM. Extra NPCs have the potential to clog a storyline, as much as further it, so its really up to the GM to decide if the game can bear the extra personalities.
- The only person who can decide to kill a character is the person playing that character, unless they are all in agreement with the GM that the nature of the game may permit the GM to randomly kill off a character. This means, that while you can wound someone if you shoot them, they don't die unless they decide to.
- Unless the rules of the specific game allow this (ie, its basically a free for all), do not post actions or words for another person's character without their permission. If they give you their permission, also ask that they forward this to the GM, so that they know you will be posting for someone else. (IE, perhaps someone is going away for a week in Real Life).
The one exception to this rule is the GM, who may decide to post minor actions for your characters either to introduce the story line, or else to get the story line moving again.
- If a person says they hit you, you are hit. If a person says they tied you up, you are tied up. Unless an action is open ended, it has happened. Open ended actions would be someone taking a swing at you, as opposed to writing that they punched you in the nose. In other words, you can't say you're not tied up, just because you don't want to be. (This doesn't mean you can't escape, but you do have to acknowledge the fact you were tied up in the first place.) This of course, is subject to other rules - if a person says they killed you without your permission, then of course, this should be taken to the GM.
- The GM is the final source of authority when it comes to game decisions. If a GM asks you to edit a post because they feel you moved too quickly, before they posted the next action of their villain, or because of a dispute between two players, you must edit the post accordingly. If you do not, or else refuse to, the GM has the option of asking the Forum Mod (Shal and Nikki) to edit it for you.
-If a player deliberately continues with actions that haven been clearly stated as against the wishes of the GM, the GM has the right to ask you to leave the game.
- Keep in mind many of us live in different time zones. Out of courtesy, please remember to give people enough time to react before you post your next action.
-Also out of courtesy, if you could refrain from posting your sig
-As a courtesy, it is recommended, but not required, that you bold the names of players you mention in your post. For example: "Jerry runs up to Wanda and gives her a hug." This will make it easier for people to see for certain who is trying to interact with them, especially when reading through a large number of posts.
- One last note on courtesy. Many people I have talked to get annoyed when one person acts as the superhero in a given situation. Keep in mind that a fight can last more than one post, and you are not required to use acts of extreme heroism to beat all the bad guys on your own. This way, everyone gets a crack at knocking some bad guy heads together/help solve the problem.
Any other suggestions to the above are welcome, as are any questions. My job here is to make sure everyone has the most fun possible in their games.
Your Friendly Role Playing Moderator,
Minor alterations to sub title, and post icon, by Shalamar Sept 11, 2005
Edited by EChatty, 22 April 2012 - 05:14 PM.