Credibility and Roleplaying Points - Achaea Online Help

4.15 Credibility and Roleplaying Points

As you experience Achaea, you may get a message indicating that your
character's credibility has slipped by Divine decree. This results from actions
that are considered poor roleplaying.

Credibility is measured in Roleplaying points. We may refer to roleplaying or
RP points elsewhere, in which case it is always a reference to credibility.

Using HONOURS on an adventurer will show you, among other things, credibility.
This information is found directly under ranking, and may say something like,
"He is an acceptable character," or, "She is a refreshingly credible
character."

Lower credibility makes experience harder to get and easier to lose. When
credibility is low enough, you lose the ability to shout. A bit lower, and you
lose the ability to use the MARKET channel. Lower still, you will lose NEWBIE
channel and finally all other public channels (OT, CT, HNT, HT, CHT, etc).

If you lose credibility, regaining it is a matter of simply being consistently
in-role and in character and avoiding ooc (out of character). Credibility
returns slowly over time. See also HELP INSANITY and HELP ROLEPLAYING.


Some OOC (out of character) things that might reduce your Credibility
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- OOC shouts
- OOC news posts
- OOC use of channels - NEWBIE, MARKET, HT/HNT/HTS/CT/OT/CHT, etc.
- Taking on or granting silly titles.
- Using real world references: if it doesn't exist in Achaea, it's OOC.
  That means music groups, pop songs, movies, television shows, books,
  authors, companies, political parties, countries, and anything else
  that is meaningful outside Achaea but not really meaningful inside.
- Silly or clearly-not-warcry warcries.
- Acting without regard for the history of your character.


Examples
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You can lose credibility if, in shouts, yells, posts, market, newbie, house,
order, city, class, oakstone, clan (if not an explicitly ooc clan), speech in
front of any denizen or in front of any adventurer that doesn't want to go ooc,
or any other public channel or venue, you:

- use the word(s) lag or lagbeast (or similar).
- mention a web site.
- mention another mud or other online game.
- mention ISSUES.

There are many more things that will result in loss of credibility. These are
just examples, mainly aimed at those too stubborn to listen when we tell them
not to go OOC!


Addendum
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Reduction in credibility may occur as a punishment for violation of language
rules. See HELP LANGUAGERULES.


(see HELP INSANITY and HELP ROLEPLAYING)