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Hints and Tips

ms helen
ms helen

((Thanks to Barry Grant and Violet Parr who wrote the original hints and tips on Noir. I'm sure they won't mind that I've 'borrowed' their work.))

Welcome to the Role Playing Stage: a wonderful creative outlet for all sleuths who are actors, actresses, story tellers & role players at heart.

Here are some basic tips to start you posting at the Stage:

* Assume & maintain an identity: It would be easier for other role-players to identify with your character if he/she has a distinctive personality, traits, characteristics and even catch-phrases that relate to and help your storyline progress.

* Contribute to an existing storyline: It is much easier to begin your postings on the Stage by contributing to an existing storyline where the scene, plot and characters are more or less set for you to react to. You do not have to know the whole story, take a small detail and 'splinter off' with it to create your own events and happenings.

* Ask existing role players for help if needed, the well establishd role players will be more than willing to help and give you feedback on anything you need.

* Review past stories for guidance: If you are unsure on how to approach a storyline, or how to start your own post on the Stage, review past threads for guidance.

* Feel free to take risks: Exactly that. Feel free to take risks with reactive posts, or new threads. There are no rules or "correct" ways to role-play. We all do this for fun & pleasure.

* Keep within the time frame.


Tips that aid the reader

* One person speaking per paragraph

* Double space between paragraphs

* Use capital letters for SCREAMING

* Double quotes for conversation


Getting started

* Start slowly. It is not necessary to write a huge entry. A few sentences is all you need to introduce your character.

* Respect the other characters. It is very difficult to write someone else's character without knowing him well. Be mindful of the different personalities and be sure you are representing them accurately. Be careful not to add attributes to anyone's charact

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ms helen
ms helen

(hate that you don't get warned when you've exceeded your limit)

* Don't rush the story. Be sure to write connecting content that supports the actions of your characters.

The written word is vastly different from the spoken word. No one can hear inflection nor see the face of the person speaking. It is important that what you write stands on it's own.

Finally, welcome all to the Stage, the community encourages you to post, and most importantly have fun.

Dexter Ambridge
Dexter Ambridge

Also, if you make a spelling or grammar mistake, you don't need to correct yourself in the next post. It spoils the flow of what have so far been some great threads.

Also if you want/need to say something out of character, please put a double bracket over the words. e.g. ((Are we going to kill off another none playing character soon)) etc.

Kevin Greene
Kevin Greene

Yeah, there's a good question! How long should we wait to kill of a character who isn't in play? On Noir, we would take over set characters, hoping they'd come back, and for fear of god-moding. But, killing them off would be easier.

Makayla Brewer
Makayla Brewer

I dont think its really necessary to kill a character off, thats not been in the story for awhile. I always kept them alive in my part of the story if they couldnt be around. Some have busy lives, or just dont have access to a computer all the time ....like me on BOTH accounts lol Good news, I finally have a laptop now....but wont have internet until moved into new apartment. :) I know I havent been participating in the thread that I started but anyone who has been in that story line, or any other one that Ive joined..I hope noone kills me off because......the dead dont suddenly come back to life :) In other words, it would look kind of funny to kill someone off, then all of a sudden that person is back in action. so...killing someone off, in my opinion, isnt such a good idea.
A better idea would be, if someone disappeared from the story for a VERY VERY long time, you could make it like that person went on a trip somewhere for an undetermined amount of time. :) So that way, that always makes that person feel welcome to join back in when they are able to. Just my opinion!

Reyth
Reyth

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Reyth
Reyth

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Kessina
Kessina

Okay,is this a fan-fiction forum to this game?I have my own creative purposes but....I don't even know what is this...

Gibs
Gibs

It's cool Makayla. If you are killed off then you can be reserrected like in the Soaps lol. Never cry over deaths in Soaps. You know 5 yrs from that point in time that chr will mysteriouly be back. "Oh I wasn't dead" :-P

RoxxStar
RoxxStar

hey i have a question:
does everyone need to play a specific character or does each person just pitch in to progress the story, even if the part they post mentions several characters? does it really matter?

RoxxStar
RoxxStar

Good idea:
when you think it's about time for the story you posted to end, you can notify everybody by posting a message on that thread. then you can fix it up a bit in editing and then you can post it up on a whole new thread. you can even start sequels for your thread stories.

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