By the power of the moderators of TV Tropes
, I, Supervisor of the Game, Defender of all Avatars, Holder of the Thread and Whackmaster Absolute Raidouthe21st declare this game...OPEEEEEEEN
First, to clarify, THIS IS NOT A SIGNUPSHEET. This is only a basic primer on what to know about before you jump into the thread itself.
We Are Our Avatars (full title ITT: We Are Our Avatars) is a Play By Post Forum Game
on the TV Tropes Forum, open for all members. It was started in September 2009 and is still going strong. In fact, it has over 800,000 posts and growing. To partake, you roleplay the character in your forum avatars and have him, her or it interact with the other characters. While there is some continuity, there is no need to go on an Archive Binge before jumping in.
As casual a game as this is, it has been decided that there needs to be a couple of ground rules that should be made known after a few...incidents occured. Don't worry, the only "rules" that will be strictly enforced are the rules in bold. Especially the first one, as this is a PG-13 game and that sort of thing is not something to take lightly...Oh, and by the way, you HAVE
to introduce yourself in the Discussion thread
for when you first start this game or come back after not playing for a while. HAVE TO
Recommendations on how to start the game
Dah Guidelines/things you should keep in mind when playing
- Decide if this is the game for you. The main focus of this game is generally freeform character interaction. Combat is possible, but not emphasized, especially for newcomers that are starting out. Overarching plots are most often collaborative effort, and newcomers are generally encouraged to try and acclimate to the environment before starting anything big.
- Head to the Disscussion thread first to say hello and properly introduce yourself, get all the information on the current happenings, and ask everybody there for tips and information on what to keep in mind.
- If you are bringing in a new character, you need an avatar for him/it/her. This applies to every time you bring a new character in. When playing multiple characters at a time, it is okay to only have an avatar for one character up. But you should at least have uploaded the avatars of all the characters you are playing at present somewhere.
- There is no DM or equivalent to one, so if you are planning something, you must tell people in the discussion thread. Examples include bringing in new characters, trying to start your own plots/plot-hooks, etc.
- While not emphasized or enforced, it is highly recommended to newcomers that you start with a character that is capable of general social interaction. Mostly to see if the tone and pace of the game is right for you.
- DO NOT TELL OTHER PLAYERS HOW THEY SHOULD ROLEPLAY. They're not your characters, and you need to respect the decisions the other players make. Do not go lecturing your fellow players on the things they're doing wrong unless they ask for feedback, don't go demanding characters should be played at your leisure, and don't put pressure on the player if they don't feel like playing a character at a certain point. And especially don't demand others put pressure on the player who isn't playing that character that you like.
- NO FLAMING OF OTHER PLAYERS. Flaming your fellow players does not help this RP or its players in the long run at all. So don't do it.
- DO NOT GO RAILROADING CHARACTERS/PLAYERS INTO YOUR OWN PLOTS OR INTERACTING WITH THEM WITHOUT ASKING PERMISSION. It's rude, it can lead to massive confusion, and it smacks of recklessness. If you want to get somebody to join in a plot, make sure they are fully on board with your idea before you try to go forward with it. If you want your characters to do something with a certain character, make sure the player that plays that character has given you their full consent. Do not jump the gun under any circumstances. Also, do not integrate other player's characters into your character's backstory without permission given beforehand. It has a high probability of causing massive continuity issues, in addition to being...rude.
- EVEN IF IT SEEMS BE RELATED TO THIS GAME, WHAT HAPPENS OFFSITE IS CONSIDERED UNRELATED TO THIS GAME, AND STAYS OFF-SITE. Don't think anything more needs to be said.
- In a similar vein to the above rule, DO NOT BE DISRUPTIVE. To clarify what the difference between disruptive and railroading is, being "disruptive" is to perform start arcs/plots that does not follow the current arc/plot/story or contradict the rules of the current setting and/or make it hard for other players to interact. "Railroading" is forcing another player(s) to do something against their will.
- Godmodding is a no-no. Itís no fun for anybody, and it will just easily be countered. Only possible exception is goddmodders from their canon sources. Oh wait, not even then is it ever gonna be possible.
- Go to the Discussion thread to learn whatís going on and what you need to know of the current goings on. In fact, you should probably head over there right now after you finish reading this post.
- Read the atmosphere before introducing new characters. If thereís a major conflict or dramatic moment occurring, wait until there is a lull in activity.
- Don't play characters you don't have avatars for. It gets far too confusing trying to figure out who is talking to who, and itís annoying. Possible exceptions are one-note or very minor characters.
- Listen to what the other players tell you, whether itís simple advice or commands. For serious. Itís far less hassle for everybody involved.
- Go to the Text editing page and memorize as many of the formats as you can. Especially the spoiler function.
- Do not break the fourth wall on a constant basis. Tongue-in-cheek mentions are acceptable and even welcomed, but nothing blatant or forced. Possible exceptions are characters who already demonstrate this ability in their original work.
- Ask, ask, ask if you are unsure what is going on or what you need to do. Don't assume or ignore.
- Donít edit your posts constantly. Itís extremely annoying trying to accommodate for all the changes.
- Post a link to the Avatar the first time you bring in a character, and if the character haven't been around for a while, try to post it when we bring them back as a good reminder. Otherwise, posting the name is good enough for us, as long as you actually have the avatar of the character you are playing, whether it is off-site or on-site, although on-site is preferable. (Note that recent site regulations make it a bannable/thread locking offense to post more then one forum avatar at a time, so keep this in mind.)
- Try to keep the roleplaying to the regular thread and not the discussion thread. A few one-time jokes are no big deal, but the moderators make it clear that the discussion thread is not to be treated as a second game entirely.
- Try not to double post. Use the edit function instead.
- Ignore the rules, and your characters die and gets ignored for eternity...or worse. How bad is "worse"? Ask The Lich King.
Also, it is highly advised you try to use Script or Story format in your posts.
Any other information will be added by the other current players or can be checked up on the trope page for We Are Our Avatars
. Good luck, and most importantly have fun!
edited 19th Sep '14 2:55:09 PM by Raidouthe21st