ROLEPLAYING and OOC - Achaea Online Help

15.6 ROLEPLAYING and OOC

(See also: HELP ROLEPOINTS, HELP INSANITY, HELP LANGUAGERULES, HELP RPWHO)

To roleplay means to play a role. In the context of Achaea, roleplaying means
that you play as if you were your character. Achaea is a roleplaying game: some
level of roleplaying is expected. Minimally, please don't seek to disrupt other peoples' roleplay with out-of-character talk.

If you're having a hard time finding roleplaying, check out HELP RPWHO.


RP required: where?
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Roleplaying is encouraged on/in all public venues except the newbie channel.
- shouts
- yells
- news groups
- house channels 
- city channels
- order channels
- oakstone channels
- market channel
- party channels
- some clans


Some few clans may be explicitly OOC (out-of-character). This will be explicitly indicated somewhere in the clan helps. The publicly accessible clanhelp scroll (i.e. CLANHELP <CLAN>) must always abide by the ooc and language rules even if the clan is an ooc clan. Says and tells may be ooc, as they're not public.

All channels are subject to HELP LANGUAGERULES, except clan channels.


Staying IN CHARACTER, and Other Restrictions
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Always try to stay in character (IC) on channels - you are playing the role of a
person in a magical world called Achaea. Talk about real life, other muds, or
your favourite singer - this should all be done outside the game or, if you
must, use TELLS.

Be most careful with shouts and public posts - stay in character, watch
language rules. Market channel is only for buying and selling: no chatting
please. Newbie channel is for questions and answers about how to play the game:
no chatting please.  Most other channels have their own rules, but are
generally more tolerant of chatting and general conversation.


Approaching Roleplaying
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Perhaps the best way to roleplay your character is to first create a coherent
"life philosophy" for your character, and then follow that with your actions in
Achaea. You might even want to write out a summary of your character's
psychological makeup in order to make this process easier.

For example, imagine a character named Valtre, who is a young mhun monk.
Valtre was raised a street urchin in Hashan and was bitterly unhappy
until he began following the way of the monk, and began to experience
moments of inner peace. His primary motivation, currently, is to increase his
knowledge and power, but his long-term goals are not those of domination over
his fellow mortals. Instead, he seeks to rise to political power in order to
help the beleaguered and down-trodden. He chooses not to worship any particular
God, and his primary loyalty is to his race. He despises, perhaps irrationally,
all dwarves, due to mistreatment he experienced at their hands as a child.
Finally, Valtre has recently discovered poetry and is given, somewhat
pompously, to quoting his favourite poets at what others might consider to be
inappropriate times, such as the heat of battle.

With just this brief biography of Valtre, we have an interesting character with
well-defined motivations and some indication of his psychological status. You
would not find Valtre out slaughtering his fellow mhun in Moghedu, nor would
you find him killing most sentients for no reason. He would be extremely
interested in practicing his skills in order to master them, and would perhaps,
as a hobby, hold poetry readings. While Valtre is open-minded enough to accept 
dwarves in the same guild as him, he definitely would not socialise with them, 
and would likely be quite terse, though not overly rude with any dwarves he was forced to deal with.

(See also: HELP ROLEPOINTS, HELP INSANITY, HELP LANGUAGERULES, HELP RPWHO)