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You may or may not have heard of the RP We Are All Pokémon Trainers before, said knowledge or lack thereof being the likely reason you're here. Here's where you get a more detailed explanation!
We Are All Pokemon Trainers, or WAAPT for short, began in February 2011 as a forum game, with very loose continuity. Since then, the number of players has grown to a couple dozen (though not necessarily that many at once!), and the setting has evolved into a unique Pokemon fanverse of its own. The RP's world is primarily based on the main series Pokemon games, but spinoff games, the anime, the TCG, and some of the various manga series have all had an influence on it, as well as stuff we made up ourselves. In addition, we like making references to media other than Pokemon as well! Typical plots involve either exploring and socializing, or facing off against some menacing threat.
Due to evolving from a forum game, this RP has a few differences from most. The main one is that there's no single GM - different plots and NPCs are run by different people, and everyone works together to plan stuff. Tagg and Tangent are on-paper G Ms but only for meta affairs, and they are assisted by an active mod team.
For more info on the RP, its history, and how it works please see this page.
Also, we're very much a LGBTQ+-friendly RP, so if you're on the spectrum feel free to hop aboard!
You have to be the very best, like no one ever was Not TOO much. This RP welcomes anyone who enjoys creative writing and has a decent knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Pokemon franchise in any of its major incarnations, bar folks like Genwunners and other fandom jerks (like, if you've only played up to G2 aside from dabbling in Pokemon Go and/or only watched a few seasons of the anime series or something like that there'll be a steeper learning curve but we'll gladly let you in provided you follow the other rules and are willing to work with rather than reject new franchise developments). Other than that, it's generally more about what you shouldn't do in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for your fellow players:
If you are technically following all of the rules but are still being rude, obstructive, or just generally acting in a way that people would rather you not in an egregious and/or consistent manner, you are still liable to get in trouble. Please use your best judgement; if that is not enough we will probably say something.
This RP is meant to be a safe, enjoyable place for its members, and making people feel too uncomfortable over any of the above will require us to take action. We've banned people for these things and would rather not do so again, so while we'll accept genuine slipups to a point, if you outright aren't willing to comply with the above rules or the ones in the required reading later in this post... Sorry, find another RP. If you are willing... Great, let's get started!
(If you do break the rules, you'll have to deal with this. Don't say we didn't warn you.)
Be warned that it is possible for you to not be accepted. This is nothing personal, we just want to make sure whether or not you'll fit in in our community.
Also please be aware that this RP operates in somewhat real-time, and is not uncommonly fast paced. And keep in mind that Pokemon are nearly as important as humans as characters, so be prepared to actually write for them.
First, read the following two essays:
Every's Essay: Essentially the basic meta rules of the RP, and very important.
The Tone Essay Basically a PSA about what kind of RP this is and what kind of content we're aiming for. Also very important.
Both essays contain important terms of service you need to copypaste part of in your signup sheet, so read them very carefully.
It may seem like a lot to read, but trust us, it's worth it to get you properly acclimated!
Next, post your Trainer's bio. Note this RP's setting is rather unique, so it's recommended you start out with a character made for it from scratch. That said, adapting a character from another RP to this one is still pretty much fine, but harder to do when you're less familiar with the setting, so make sure to read the rules and setting notes extra-carefully, and be open to extra review rounds during the signup for easier adapting - especially if said character originates from a Pokemon-free setting. As a general guideline though, if you can get your character to the point they wouldn't raise too many eyebrows as a civilian within the world of the main-series games or adaptations of them like the anime or Pokemon Special/Adventures, you should likely be fine.
Anyway, the bio goes like this:
If you need help with any of these, read this. And you may want to read this too. Not to mention the syntax guide being a very good read for formatting everything correctly, both in your signup and in the RP.
Also, please include your timezone. It helps us better coordinate posts and when we can have someone interacting with you in-RP.
Next comes the mons. A team of one to six, no more, no less, is best for keeping things under control at first. Most characters in the RP can understand and speak to their Pokemon, but kinda like being a PEFE member this has to be earned, unless a justification is discussed. (Monese is usually in brackets like <this> for all Pokemon dialogue.) Even more so for not having mons at all - this is an RP about Pokemon Trainers, after all.
Mon profiles go like this:
Pokemon that require special permission to obtain and need RP experience to acquire:
-The Type: Null Line
-The Meltan line
-The Kubfu line
-Pokemon with the Battle Bond ability
-Pokemon with their Mega Stones or Z-Crystals (see Every's Essay and the FAQ)
-Pokemon that can Gigantimax
-Large numbers of Shiny Pokemon
Pokemon that can't be part of character teams at all:
-Legendaries and Mythicals other than the Type: Null, Meltan, and Kubfu lines (can only be written in NPC roles by more experienced players bar extenuating circumstances)
-Things that are neither human or Pokemon (only allowed in extenuating circumstances)
-Fakemon (just straight up barred except like one or two instances)
Also, indicating which mon is your starter (read: the first Pokemon your Trainer ever obtained, official starter or otherwise) is a requirement. And there's no four-move limit, so listing moves isn't necessary unless you want to establish egg moves.
USEFUL COPYPASTEABLE CHARACTER TEMPLATE HERE
If you have any questions about your characters or how the RP works or just need advice, feel free to PM me, Umbramatic! If you're willing to listen I'll be glad to tell you what works, what doesn't and generally how things roll.
Once we feel a Signup application has no glaring issues, you are free to get an invite to our Spectra Castle Discord server in order to have your characters workshopped further and get better acquainted with the community.
The FAQ and Background Lore Index are required reading post-Signups. (Though if you read it pre-Signups you're perfectly okay to and you don't need to do it again)
AFTER being accepted but BEFORE making your first post you need to:
1) Have read at least 25 pages, either by going 25 pages back from the current page of arrival or waiting until 25 pages have been made, supplemented by last month's Current events page and what's currently on Current Events. Alternatively or in tandem with the former you can follow along with the thread for a week before posting. Once you've done so,
2) You should be able to name the most recent thing you can remember, and once you've done that we can move on to
3) Your first interaction! Preferably with an experienced player.
However, remember that we reserve the right to accept or reject any player, and give a reason as to why for the latter. If you want to avoid this, here are some common and/or notable newbie mistakes and why you should steer clear of them beyond or expanded upon what is stated in the Essays:
Well... As mentioned, here's our Discussion thread and a wiki with a handy-dandy FAQ.
We also have chatrooms on Discord and XMPP, but due to issues with spambots they cannot be accessed publicly; instructions can be provided on request once you've been approved to try and join the RP.
We also also have a second forum.
Also, while signups are never permanently closed, some story arcs are off-limits to new people and signups may go under temporary lockdown to accomodate if they are large-scale enough.
So... If you do decide to try and join, we'll be glad to help you get started. We love new faces!
(Please note: This OP is subject to ROLLING UPDATES to iron out any issues. As such, things may change a bit from time to time as we work stuff out and to accomodate new developments. Thank you for understanding.)
Edited by Umbramatic on Jan 29th 2022 at 9:15:18 AM
I would like to join...
With a completely new Character!
edited 4th Jan '13 5:46:26 PM by MusikMaestro
Directions to join are in the post above yours.
Just look right up there and follow all the directions. It looks a little intimidating, but it's really not as bad as it seems.
Okay, seems like I've been given the job of producing a prompt...
Congratulations, Jake Parland! You've just awoken a Rhyhorn from its first nap of the week! While it hasn't made any move to attack, it certainly looks grumpy. What do you do?
Please respond with the post you would make if this situation showed up IRP.
Jake backs up at first trying to slowly move away, without aggravating the Ryhorn. Kermit, on the other hand has other ideas, charging at the Rhyhorn with a fierce battle cry, launching a leech seed his way.
Jake: Oh, Crap!
edited 4th Jan '13 6:21:20 PM by MusikMaestro
-The Rhyhorn is hit by the Leech Seed, and lets out an angry snarl as its strength is sapped. It proceeds to charge Kermit with a Take Down- <ROAAAAAR!>
Jake: Oh, Crap!, Oh, Crap!, Oh, Crap!... Errm... Kermit, jump on his back!?
Kermit senses the doubt in Jakes words, and completely ignores him, instead choosing to use his vines as poles, vaulting himself over the coming Rhyhorn, before firing razor leaves at his back.
Rhyhorn: -snarls again, flailing madly as the Razor Leaves connect, and again at Leech Seed- <I'll smash you!>
-the Rhyhorn swings about, striking wildly for a Fury Attack-
At this point, Jake is literally covering his eyes, hoping it will all go away.
The Fury attack hits Kermit, sending him flying into a tree. <You can speak? Funny, I didn't think you were smart enough>.
Kermit then used vine whip, hoping to pin Rhyhorn down with the vines.
-the Rhyhorn is struck by the vines, but not held very still due to size disparities- <The only not-smart one here is you for trying to fight me!>
-and rushes Kermit with Take Down again-
Kermit is pushed back, and would be on his last legs, if not for the leech seed. <Hehe... You mean stupid, right? Like you?>
Deciding to take Jakes advice, he launches onto Rhyhorns back, trying to secure himself with the vines once again.
I presume this means the thing is at a relatively easy point for jumping in?
edited 4th Jan '13 9:23:27 PM by SpaceJawa
Please read the essay linked in the OP
Looks good, except for two things:
1. I'm a little iffy on introducing disorders that prevent evolution; it would probably be better if Runt simply had an aversion to evolving for whatever reason.
A. You still need to read the essay. There's a little tidbit from there you're missing.
1) Changed the lack of evolution bit - made it so that it was thought to be biological, only to be discovered to be psychological later on and all that stuff.
2) I read through the essay a couple times (read it before writing my app, too), so if I'm still missing something, you'll probably need to point it out to me.
There's a certain two words you need to put in.
If you need to ask, you're not reading the essay closely enough. Please try again.
I should be posting in the discussion thread first?
That's not it (Though we should probably update that part of it) Keep looking.
1) Is my grammar/spelling not good enough? I thought I did a good job with that.
2) Pokemon RP - yeah, I got that one down. I think.
3) Battle Mechanics - I've read over it, but it doesn't seem like something that would affect what I have here.
4) Powers - Did I give someone of a power and not realize it still?
5) Shipping - Not sure how it would be applicable till I get to the RP itself (or at least the discussion thread)
6) Again, going to the discussion thread first and talking with people there (and reading the wiki more) seems the most obvious one. Does my app not fit the universe?
7) Plot arc stuff - Something else that looks like it becomes more important once I actually get past the application stage.
8) Politeness - am I being rude?
9) Not the main character - I understand that entirely.
If I'm still as clueless as I think I am, I may need someone to give me a hint as to what I'm missing.
Please read article six very carefully.
Did I finally get it right?
Yes. Thank you.
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