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PostSubject: How to Roleplay    Sun Sep 20 2015, 10:52

Hey everyone! 

So I've been receiving some questions about how to roleplay on the Japanimation website. Below is a quick guide/tutorial how we run things here. 

Unlike most places where you roleplay (i.e. Tumblr, Skype, roleplaying guilds/websites, etc.) we try to keep the roleplays are organized as possible and enjoyable for everyone. Which means, playable characters have to have profiles/character sheets, everyone must abide by certain rules while roleplaying, and everyone needs to post at least 1-2 times a week. Please don't post once and never post again. 

Don't be like the Kaichou who posts once in a blue moon XD

If you have any questions about a specific roleplay, please contact the admins/moderators of that roleplay, not the Japanimation officers. Not all of the officers are into roleplaying.

Note: The type of roleplaying that you see here are in a forum-style, where one post = one reply. There is a funky little bar at the bottom of your avatar picture that is your "roleplaying health bar", but I have no idea how those work and most of our roleplays aren't based on that. If you want to do a roleplay with that health bar, go on ahead and create a new roleplay!


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PostSubject: Introduction:    Sun Sep 20 2015, 11:06

Covering the Basics: 

1.) Definition of Roleplaying: Basically you're writing a story with a bunch of other people. Each person controls their own character and write out their character's physical actions, interactions with others, etc. The plot of the story will be influenced and directed by the characters' actions. 

2.) For people new to rolepalying, this is a great tutorial on how to be a "good roleplayer" or a roleplayer that everyone will generally like. There's a lot of trash on the web, so try not to be like those people here.

3.) Each roleplay has their own "rules" but generally: no text talking, don't make your character OP or a typical mary-sue/gary-stue, try to write enough so others can write a decent reply, and don't start any unnecessary drama with the people controlling the characters.


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PostSubject: Re: How to Roleplay    Sun Sep 20 2015, 17:27

Getting to Know your Roleplay: 
 
1.) First, open up the roleplaying the directory and find a roleplay you may like. Currently there are more than four roleplays that are still active and a few that are inactive/on hiatus. If you are interested in joining one, but don’t know if it’s still active, please contact the moderators/admins (usually either Kurokami, ArcticPhoenixRequiem, or Windscimitars).
 
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2.) Please thoroughly read through the RP’s plot, rules, and FAQ section (if included) to get a feel for the roleplay. We try to keep the RP genres as diverse as possible (ex. sci-fi, supernatural, urban fantasy, school life, etc.) so it appeals to everyone. If you find yourself dissatisfied with our roleplays, feel free to start your own! However, if you are a new moderator/admin and not the three people mentioned above (who have been roleplaying on this site since last year and have experience), your RP will be monitored by the Japanimation officers to make sure you aren’t breaking any school/website rules.
 
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3.) Found a roleplay you like and made sure it’s active? Then it’s time to create a profile! Each roleplay has a profile template (usually in code form) that you can copy and paste and fill out. Feel free to spice up your character and make them unique! We appreciate refreshing characters that don’t follow the typical tropes of angsty-sasuke, tsunderes, and loud shounen characters, etc. Make them biracial, cover them with all sorts of flaws, give them an interesting personality and a set of quirks, etc.! The possibilities are endless!
 
Once the profile has been filled out, please paste the profile into the appropriate profile thread that corresponds to the roleplay. Your profile will be checked by the moderators/admins to make sure your character isn’t a mary-sue/gary-stue, they aren’t OP, and that the character follows the guidelines of the roleplay (i.e. the character is a vampire in a supernatural roleplay about vampires vs. werewolves, not some cute moe robot girl from another dimension in a vampire vs. werewolves roleplay). Within a few days, your profile will be viewed by the moderators/admins and either be accepted or rejected.
 
Example of a Character Profile:
 

Note: If your character has been rejected don’t lose all hope yet! The moderators/admins will usually let you know what problems are in your profile and encourage you to edit the profiles, or create a new character. We don’t mean to be nitpicky and unwelcoming, so don’t be offended/scared when we start pointing out things in the profile!

4.) Once your character has been accepted, you are free to post! Usually when a new profile has been approved, the moderators/admins will make sure to post a reply that is open-ended enough so your character can easily slip into the conversation/action. If their post fails to do so, please PM the moderators/admins and remind them you’re still here. We often forget and get too caught up in the action of posting.
 
As for literacy, please no t3xt talk and novel-length replies. A few well-constructed sentences or a paragraph that has enough content for someone to base their reply on is good enough. Try to also make your replies sensible so people can easily understand it.  
 
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