View Full Version : What is the Roleplaying Forum and how does it work?

Rogue Janson
24 October 2003, 02:09 PM
This thread is meant as an introduction to the Roleplaying forum and for any questions people may have about it.

What is the Roleplaying forum?
The Roleplaying forum is the area of the holonet for playing roleplaying games. In other areas of the holonet, you can talk about games. Here you can actually play them.

As it says in the forum’s description, only in-character (IC) roleplaying threads and their out-of-character (OOC) counterparts are allowed in this forum. An out-of-character thread is one tied to a game, for character biographies, GMs to answer questions, players to talk, etc..

How are games here played?
All the campaigns here play slightly differently. At the simplest, the players in a game describe their characters’ actions in turn, then the GM describes how successful they are, what NPCs do, what other things happen, etc..
Different games play and use RPG rules differently. For example, some follow the rules strictly - every skill check or interaction with an NPC must wait for confirmation from the GM - others give players much more autonomy - allowing them to decide on many the success of actions, run NPCs themselves etc.. In many cases, players can get by with little or no knowledge of the rules.

Unlike face to face games, play-by-post ones tend not to be so much about rules, stats and fast paced action and more focused on developing characters (though action is still important of course - this is Star Wars after all :)). In most games it is just as important to describe what a character thinks and feels as what they do.

How do I join a game?
GMs looking for players to start a game will normally post in the traders’ infonet (http://holonet.swrpgnetwork.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=6) forum, so have a look there for any games starting up. Campaigns which have an OOC thread in this forum, but haven’t actually started yet are also a good bet as they are often looking for more players. Some campaigns that are running may also accept new players – they may say in their OOC threads. If you want to join a game that has already started, read through the in-character thread so you have an idea what is going on, what sort of character is appropriate and how the game is played. Most GMs also lay down rules and guidelines for their campaigns, so look for these and make sure you can follow them. (The most common requirement is the ability to post regularly.)

When you’ve found a campaign you’d like to join, ask the GM if they will accept a new player, either by posting in their OOC thread or by personal message. Do not ‘jump straight in’ and post in an in-character thread before checking things out with the GM.

How do I start a game myself?
Anyone can start running a game in this forum; there is no need to ask permission or be some kind of special person. It’s best to make sure you have players first though, so gather some using the traders’ infonet (http://holonet.swrpgnetwork.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=6) or another method before starting up an OOC thread here.

Should anyone have any complaints or serious issues about this forum, they should contact the moderator, dgwensen (http://holonet.swrpgnetwork.com/private.php?s=&action=newmessage&userid=1816).

Anyone want to add stuff I’ve forgotten?
Anyone fancy explaining the lunacy that is No Need to be Sober?

8 April 2006, 07:37 AM