just like deepblue has asked us, here's the generic thread where we can talk about rping in the wolrd of aden ! i'm still working on my shillien empire website, but i though we could start by the rp guidelines i intend to write, and go from there watch out for this long post, and if you're not interested in rp you are absolutely entitled to your opinion of course, but it wouldn't be interesting to trash it, that would just be a waste of time & space for everybody including you i. general guidelines what is "role-playing" ? roleplaying means playing as your character, acting as if you actually were your character in the game world, instead of only playing as you, the player behind your pc screen. it adds an extra layer of fun and immersion to the game ! a lot of people nowadays jump to a new mmo, try to reach maximum level as fast as possible, then get bored and quit ... rince and repeat with the next mmo ... the idea of roleplaying is a different one, we're taking our time, doing some other things besides pve & pvp, and have fun while leveling up and exploring the world of aden ! what's the difference between ooc and ic ? "ooc" means "out of character", that's when the player is talking, not his/her character. the shillien empire clan chat for example is ooc, which means that when you talk in the clan chat, you can talk about anything and everything, as you, the player. "ic" means "in character", that's when your character is talking. when our characters meet each other in the game, the /say chat is ic, which means that whatever you'll type is what your character is gonna tell the other characters. for exemple, when you're talking in the clan chat (ooc), you could say something like "hey guys, how's everyone doing, seen any good movies ?", and when you're meeting another character ingame and talking in the /say chat (ic), you would probably say something like "greetings my dark elf brother, have you visited our shillien temple lately?" ii. your character what about your character's name ? the first in-game immersion is of course your character's name ! if you want to take part in the rp, you need to choose a name that would feel kinda "heroic fantasy" and could actually be a character's "real" name. you also need not to take a name that already exists in some well-known universe of course, or it would feel wrong. for exemple, you don't want to name your character "superbooze", or "m4r1us", or "han solo" or anything ... there are plenty of names available if you just use your imagination ! where does your character come from ? it's usually a good idea to think of a little background for your character. you will see that it makes you even more connected with your character if you think about his past, his age, his family, his motivations, what really brought him out of his starting village and into the world of aden, etc... and when you're done, don't hesitate to post your background here on the forums ! an important note about that : you can come up with an epic backstory, but you have to also respect the game world. aden is there to be used, but when you are designing your backstory or thinking up stories that you want your character (and others) to live through, keep in mind that we are all playing in a shared world. it's kind of like a tv series with a lot of writers. each writer should have his own plot ideas, but he needs to work around the other writers. simply put, if your your character claims to be a high priest of shilen, then you would have just declared yourself as the boss of any other character who is part of that organisation - without ever asking them. likewise, if you create a rp story plot that requires that your character kills off drizzit or that the dark elf village is burning, you are claiming important elements of the game world as your own, denying all others to work with them. what is your character's alignment ? the alignment is a totally optional concept, but which you can use if you want to be more specific about the way your character will act.it's taken from the venerable (and excellent !) dungeons & dragons game, and is a sort of "morality" for your character. there are 9 alignments in d&d, which you can choose from, and you can find all the info about them here (xxx link to alignments xxx) what about your character's talents and flaws ? ideally, each of your characters should have a a special talent or two (after all, we're all heroes here !), but also some flaws to make them more believable. nobody likes a character who is overly perfect. usually found in immature fan-fiction, these characters are nearly invincible, multi talented to the extreme, and loved by everyone (except the readers). in roleplaying, these kinds of characters are heavily discouraged, as they are often found annoying or no fun to rp with at all. if you observe real people, you'll find that everyone has flaws, and can't be good at everything they do. in short, you really need to try to limit your character so that other people don't feel like it is too 'overpowered'. one very important thing in roleplaying is to respect the other people and their own characters. we all enjoy having powerful or important characters, it's a good part of what makes roleplaying fun. but whenever you interact with others, watch out that your own character is never awesome at the expense of other players, he or she should never be so perfect and powerful that all others look weak in comparison. iii. interacting with others how do we "speak" when we rp ? when we rp, we're supposed to always stay ic (in-character, like exaplained above). and just as with every language, there are some "codes" that we are supposed to follow when we rp between us and with other rp clans. because the shillien empire is a "light-rp" clan, these codes are kept to a minimum, but it is a much more enjoyable experience for everyone if you follow them. concerning the use of smileys : do not use them, it is something that absolutely breaks the immersion. it may be hard at first because everyone is so used to using smileys nowadays, but really, avoid the smileys like the plague in the /say chat ! (you can use smileys in our clan chat of course, as it's an ooc chat) so, how can you describe the emotions of your characters if you dont use the smileys ? well, in every mmorpg, including lineage ii, we have emotes, and that's exactly what they are for ! what are the emotes here in lineage ii ? (xxx tech info about l2 emotes xxx) one very important thing when using emotes is to avoid forcing anything on anyone. for example, avoid an emote that looks like this : "x grabs y by the throat and throws y away." you don't control other characters, and you need to give them a chance to respond to whatever emote you write, so that everyone feels like they're respected in the roleplay. instead of the earlier emote, a respectful one could be : "x tries to grab y by the throat to throw y away." this shows that your character is -trying- to do something, and doesn't guarantee success. this gives other players the chance to respond - either by letting your character suceed in their attempt, or to have it fail. iv. the most important rule of all this is a game, and we're all here to have fun ! this famous rule is the basis of all gaming and roleplaying, not only in lineage ii. games are meant to be fun and should never provoke negative emotions that could affect you in real life. should this ever be the case, just take a break, do some other things, get some perspective by going out, seeing friends or whatnot, and come back in a happy, nice & friendly state of mind to play with us ! for us here, the most important part of this rule is the "all". meaning "everybody is supposed to have fun - not only some of us". basically, all other rules and guidelines above are just ways of rephrasing and explaining this most important rule ! so now ... have fun !!