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 Post subject: So you want to RP on the Lackadaisy forum? A Newbie's Guide
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:02 pm GMT 
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So, you’ve stumbled upon this site and you’ve noticed we do rp here and you want to be a part of it, but you’re confused as to where to start.

Where do you join in and how? Which threads can you join? How do people set up these closed threads you see with people’s usernames in the title? Why are most threads between only two or at most three people? What are the rules for making characters? And how can you get your character in on the action?

Fear not, newcomer, though we are a small forum with a different way of doing things than some other rp forums, there are a lot of benefits to sticking around and getting to know us! The rp here is great quality and we are friendly and creative as a whole. Don’t worry about asking for help if you need it. The most important thing you can do to learn how we do things here is read other threads and browse the character archive.

But Tracy's rules go above all else. Never forget what the Boss lady says you should and shouldn't do.

Table of contents:
How does one go about role playing on a forum like this?
Now what about making a character?
So you've got your character all typed up and shown off. What now?
A few helpful tricks and tips
Glossary of terms
Quick links


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 Post subject: Re: So you want to RP on the Lackadaisy forum? A Newbie's Gu
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:03 pm GMT 
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How does one go about role playing on a forum like this?

Now while I'm not total expert, I've been doing it for a decent amount of time. Here on Lackdaisy, we do what is called text based role playing that is play-by-posting. This means that each player takes turns waiting to reply to the other players’ posts.

Let's say for example you have two roleplayers. The first player will make an introduction post for the thread, normally establishing setting and mood of that scene, along with bringing in their own character(s). Player two will then do the same thing, making an introduction post for their character and help with setting the scene as well. Then player one will post a reply to that and the two will go back and forth that way, always taking turns.

Now, if you have more than two players, it still works the same way. I find it works nicely if you have an established order to your RPs. But I'll talk more about that later.

As for how to write the actual content of the post, I shall refer you to Hecate's very helpful general role playing guide.

Note though that posts should be in the third person and using the past tense- “Susie entered the bar with her nose in the air”, not “I enter the bar with my nose held in the air”, and ‘skipping’ should be employed to ‘fade in’ and ‘fade out’ and skip over ‘adult’ content. ‘God modding’- taking control of what happens to another person’s character- is not allowed. If you want to write a fight scene where your character is Joe and theirs is Ray you can write 'Joe swung at Ray, aiming to smash his fist into his face' but you can't write 'Joe swung his fist into Ray's face' because the latter one is not giving the roleplayer of Ray enough options in how to respond."

And it's always nice to respond in similar length to what the other person wrote before you. There are lots of different styles and levels here so you'll be sure to find lots of people who are compatible with you.


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 Post subject: Re: So you want to RP on the Lackadaisy forum? A Newbie's Gu
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Now what about making a character?

There are many ways to go about making up your own character for role playing. The best way to do it I can't tell you because everyone is different. A helpful guide that one of our forum members has written is this here: Dvorak's Character Creator. This is really helpful and full of a good deal of help full information to help make your character more historically accurate if you are so inclined. And also, a handy little discussion from lots of forum members about their own characters and how they go about making them.

On the forums, the default and settled upon date for most threads is 1927 in Saint Louis. Your character can be from where ever you like, but the location that they should be in within IC is in Saint Louis. Obviously you could make threads in other years, but that sort thing needs to be discussed between the members of the thread and is typically only done when people want to explore a characters past or future with another specific person's character(s) and is not something that is often done.

As for character themselves, we like to use cats, or occasionally other anthropomorphic animals. While how animal like you describe them is fully your choice, ranging between totally human to literly talking cats in clothes. Though if you like to stay true to how Tracy portrays her characters, she has said that her characters are basically just like human's but with fur and tails and the like. Which means they don't bathe with their tongues, or hack up hair balls, or lap up milk out of bowls. Quite a few roleplayers describe their characters as basically human.

A few helpful character building/historical accuracy links:
Women's Fashion
Men's Fashion
Weaponry of the Prohibition-An RP resource

Once you have your character all done and typed up the way you like it, post it in the Character Archive forum. Most people will post a new thread for each character, but you may also choose to post all your characters in the same thread as well. A helpful hint that will help out both yourself and your fellow RPers, is if you post either more then one thread, or just one, to have a link to it in your signature so it is easy to find and access for everyone involved. *

One big note is that we here, on the Lackadaisy forum, do not include canon characters or locations in our RPs. Obviously some places like the police department and things of that nature are sure to come up at some point. But places like the Lacadaisy speakeasy or the Little Daisy Café, are not part of our role playing world. The same goes for Tracy's characters as well. When writing fan fiction, by all means, but here on the forum, we like to keep Tracy's things Tracy's. She's not going to use our characters, so we shouldn't use hers either. It's more like we just use her kind of setting but nothing more.


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 Post subject: Re: So you want to RP on the Lackadaisy forum? A Newbie's Gu
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So you've got your character all typed up and shown off. What now?

Well start role playing! But how do you go about that? I know that this forum can look scary and like there's lots of things going on. Because there are, but that doesn't mean that there isn't room for you too.

Now there are lots of ways to go about getting in the flow of things.

1. Make your own or join in an 'Open' thread in IC. If you look around the IC Discussion forum there are a fair number of threads with things like ((Open))¹ at the end of the title. That means that the thread is looking for players and characters for the plot. What the OP does is establish a setting in which it is open for other people to show up and interact with the OP's character(s).

It's always a good idea to ask before joining a new thread as the OP may have a specific kind of character interaction in mind that they wish to explore. The best thing to do is then PM the OP so the role play itself isn't cluttered up with OOC talk. Though, if you wish to, you can reply to the thread in OOC buy using double parenthesis, (( )), like this: ((May I join?)). Or something to that affect. Around here, a thread is considered closed to more characters/players it if has gone past the first two pages or so. Though many people will still be open to you joining. If it has gone past the first two pages, the best thing to do is to ask to join before you come in and possibly interrupt the flow of the plot.

¹ There are also threads marked with someone's name in them as well. Those are closed threads between just two people, made just for them and aren't open for any new players or characters.

2.Look around the Character Archives or the OOC forums. Sometimes you won't be able to find an Open thread that catches your interests. So you can look around other places for other people to RP with.

(a) In the Character Archives, there are loads of characters you can find to interact with that will suit your own character. After having a look around in there, you can either PM the character owner, or make a comment on that character's thread saying that you would be interested in a role play with them. And things shall go from there.

(b) In the OOC forum there are a few threads that are very often trafficked by other RPers. There is the So bored, it hurts along with the Looking for... thread that are both great places to find other people looking for new RPs. They 'So bored, it hurts' is a general looking thread when you're bored and you just want something to do. The 'Looking for' thread, conversely, is when you have something in mind that you already have an idea for and are looking for other people for that idea.

You may of course, post your own thread looking for new RPs, but for the most amount of traffic, either of those threads would be a better bet.

Also, if you're looking for a place or other characters who might share a certain type of romantic interests we have the List of IC Locations along with the LGBT Character/Place Index and it's straight companion.

Around here, most people tend to roleplay in closed groups of two people. Though group threads ( three or more players) are not unheard of, just rather uncommon.

Now I've found through my own experience that group threads have a tendency to fail or lose interest quickly around here. But that's not to say that they cannot work at all if everyone puts in the effort. Again, in my experience, it has worked better for me if there is an established turn. In table top gaming, and most video games I've played, there is a turned based set up where there is always an order in which things go, mostly for attacking purposes, but I feel that it works the same for normal posts as well. What I mean by turns is that it always goes in the same order unless agreed upon by the members of the thread so that way no one feels left behind by other people going on for pages without them.

Also, because we tend to role play in such small groups, there is no forum wide plot that everyone adheres to. On occasion there are forum wide gang wars that most of the gang leaders and members join in on, but since the type of role playing that is done here is mostly everyday kind of thing s(including action, adventure, shootouts, and just people falling in love) there is no real need to know what's going on in everyone’s threads. By all means, you're welcome to keep up with other characters and plots, but it's not something that is organized like that. Though some people do like to put timelines in their character thread so as to follow along in order of the happenings.


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 Post subject: Re: So you want to RP on the Lackadaisy forum? A Newbie's Gu
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A few helpful tricks and tips

How do you put the links in blue text?

[ url=*web address here*]Text here[/url]

So a link to this post would look like this: [ url= viewtopic.php?p=1069408#p1069408 ]Text here[/url], and without the space gives you this: Text here

This is very useful for linking to character profiles in your signature so it is easily accessed by everyone and no one has to go searching for pages to find your characters.

How do you link to just one post?

Not that this coms up often, but if you'd like to know, just click on the little paper looking icon on the right side of the page right next to Posted:... That will give you the url for just that one post and it works the same as above.

How do you post a pitcure so it shows?

[ img]address for the image here[/img]

So the image in my signature would look like this when you type it [ img]http://i652.photobucket.com/albums/uu242/ArtemisSelene/lilly.gif[/img] giving you this
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You can also post pictures and links as one. All you need to do is [ url=web address][ img]url for image[/img][/url]

You can't upload a picture just from your computer, you have to use a site like imageshack or photobucket. I know on Photobucket that there is an option on the side once a picture has been uploaded to copy a link just for website viewing, that will work as well. When posting a picture though keep in mind the size of it as well, most image hosting sites give you an option to resize it smaller.


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 Post subject: Re: So you want to RP on the Lackadaisy forum? A Newbie's Gu
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Quick terms used in this guide and throughout the forums mostly for convenience

*IC: In character. This refers to any time in which you are writing for your character and not as yourself.

*OOC: Out of character. This is for anything that is written as yourself and also to a section of the forum in which plot planning and other things related to role play but not actual role play it's self occurs.

*OP: Original Poster. Or thread starter.

*PM: Private Message. A private message sent to one person that is not a post on the forum. You send one by either visiting the user's page you wish to PM, or clicking on the PM button at the bottom of any one of their posts. Other wise, it's just like making a normal forum post.

*PC & NPC: Player character & non-player character. PC's are characters that are yours and are only controlled by you or another player. They're the ones you make profiles for. A NPC is a character that's needed to further the plot or scene but has no depth to them. They can be controlled by anyone in the story.


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 Post subject: Re: So you want to RP on the Lackadaisy forum? A Newbie's Gu
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Quick Links

Hecate's very helpful general RP writing guide

Dvorak's Character Creator

Women's Fashion

Men's Fashion

Weaponry of the Prohibition-An RP resource

So bored, it hurts

Looking for...

List of IC Locations

LGBT Character/Place Index and it's straight companion.

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