Learning to rpg. pt. 1

Topic started by Sha on May 4, 2010. Last post by Newdeath 3 years, 8 months ago.
Post by Sha (516 posts) See mini bio Level 10
 
 Pay  Close attention!
 Pay Close attention!

Ok, Noobs schools in session, time to learn how to create a good character In This Chapter you will learn.

·          How to set up a good character

·          Choosing a look

·          Choosing a good skill set for a character

·          RPG Etiquette

·          Joining a team

·          Closing

Setting up a good character

Ok, myself having over 500 accounts (on the Vine) , it’s never a hard thing for me to come up with the name of a character. However when Rpging, the name you bear is more than just a User Name, it’s the title by which you’ll be known for basically for as long as your character is in “Cannon play”. Ok, now maybe I’m going a bit too far, you can have a user name and it has nothing to do with your character; take my character for example, My account name is Sha, however my characters name is Carmen, catch my drift? Oh whatever you want a Username people will know you by.

I typically don’t pay attention to Viners with numbers in their name I.E Goku45 (If this is you, I’m so sorry just an example).   So for this lecture, I shall choose the name Sharpshooter. Now when choosing a name you want to choose something that’s going to coexist with your alignment, most people choose a name that can go either way like “Acer, or Precise” These names don’t scream Hero, Neutral, Villain. Ok for sharpshooter I chose Neutral.

Nope Your not done!!!!

Now you want to write a bio, for your character try to be a specific as possible, use enough detail to get your character’s story across, however you want your bio to be readable, so a few lines or a 1,000 paragraphs might be   overkill. Once you’ve chosen your character, and written a bio. Save and let’s go to the next section however we shall return!.

Choosing a Look/ Choosing a skill set.

Now my character’s name is Sharpshooter, so the look I want to choose for it is maybe a character that uses a gun or some type of bow and arrow. I’ll chose Abbey Chase as my “look” You should try and choose a look with a lot of pictures, preferably with a lot of hand to hand pictures since, more than likely Gambler and Kurrent will challenge you to an image war. A lot of the time people choose to make their look, their profile pic and then change their AV to something else, which is fine, but your “look should be posted in the official look thread”.

Now, before you can actually rpg, you need a set of powers, that make your character a walking, flying, swimming or holy ghosting ass kicker! Now, If your character is of the batman type (Street leveler) than most of your skills will include gadgets, your fighting ability will should shine more as a SL; However if you’re going for the Superman type, then you have a range of things, from eye beams to earthquakes however don’t forget your weaknesses. If sharpshooter’s skill set is this

ü   Bullet curving

ü   Weapon’s master

ü   H2h fighter

ü   Flexibility

ü   Cybernetic implants

Then you need weaknesses that will balance out the powers, however since Sharpshooter is a Human, a simple “Human weaknesses” Should suffice. I’m not evening going to address god characters because they anger me, ask someone else.

Rpg Etiquette

One thing about an rpg, is you want to keep everything persistent, (especially in battles) when a rpg starts your powers and characters (Unless specified by the rpg outlines) should remain the same way. However here are some things you don’t do.

ü   Don’t lead the story off in another direction (Something I really just stopped dong) if the story is about rebuilding the world, don’t talk about Dinosuars walking the earth that’s a huge W.T.F.

ü   Secondly in a battle rpg, what you want to do is describe the location so well that the person your facing can also build on that description. Don’t fight in a world that’s only known to your character, because most times people won’t know what to write about.

ü   When battling, end your post with a good lead for the other person, let’s say, me and Talon are fighting, first off if our characters have no prehistory with one another, it’s good to mention that, however if I’m posting first I need to make sure the reason that me and Talon have crossed paths is clear.

Saying “Sha ran through the jungle careful not to trip on any wayward roots, trying to catch her breath she stopped at the mighty waterfall.”

That’s not a good way to end a first post because it never indirectly mentioned Talon, now unless Talon posted that she stumbled upon me at the waterfall, then it’s ok, however that’s what I call “Not pulling your weight” a battle rpg is a story as well you cannot allow one person to bear the load in moving the story, cause it gets boring quick.

When being trained, don’t switch characters just because your rpg better as one character. Listen when you truly master how to rpg, what character you use won’t matter.

There are a few etiquette rules I will go over in part 2.

Joining a team

Most teams require you have some sort of rpg experience, however with or without it, you maybe or may not want to be in a team. You should a team because one if your new, it gets your name recognized around the vine, and besides who wouldn’t want to be friends with MR and Feral Nova?! Join a team that fits in with your characters look and personality. If I created a Superhero team where everyone had Kryptonian powers, it’d be weird having a human shooter on the team understand?

In closing, it will help greatly if you happen to Actually know a few things about comics! Hello it is a comic site, venture out and battle (I wouldn’t battle Buckshot about Wildstorm, or Vance period, because they are know it all’s) but if you draw show it, if your write, then do fan fics but most importantly have fun.
Post by Newdeath (18,555 posts) See mini bio Level 19
Those are some pretty good guidelines you got there Sha :P 
 
ND
Post by Sha (516 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Thanks, not even finished yet lol
Post by Newdeath (18,555 posts) See mini bio Level 19
Your welcomeXD 
 
ND
Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15
this is a very nice i may make something relating to those you don't want to address
Post by Sha (516 posts) See mini bio Level 10
You mean Gods?
Post by Sonata (35,401 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Moderator
@Sha: Ahh the beginning of the RPG bible:P
Post by Sha (516 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@Sonata said:
" @Sha: Ahh the beginning of the RPG bible:P "
Amen lol
Post by cfatalis (19,150 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@Sha said:
" You mean Gods? "
that and something else
 
i believe as long as they didn't get all those omni power they are still fine, look at say..... exalted
Post by Newdeath (18,555 posts) See mini bio Level 19
@Sha: Do you want me to sticky your thread to the RPG forums? 
 
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Post by willyvereb (5,914 posts) See mini bio Level 17
@Newdeath: I think you should merge it with the RPG trainers and trainings thread instead...if possible.
Post by Sonata (35,401 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Moderator
@willyvereb: I think you are right about that, once Sha is finished will do that:)
Post by Newdeath (18,555 posts) See mini bio Level 19
@willyvereb: Sure.  
 
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Post by Ryokan (291 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Very cool stuff, I'm the ultimate noobie concerning RPG, so my ears are all open. 
 
And the image of  teaching make me want return to school again ! :D
Post by Chengy (1,711 posts) See mini bio Level 17
Nice, though you should have a bit more i think in balancing characters ect.
Post by Sha (516 posts) See mini bio Level 10
 

  Class is back in session guys! (No distracting picture let’s do it right this time). The question I get asked the most is “How can I become a legend” and the first thing that comes to mind is “How the heck should I know” but if I had to take a whack at it I’d say “Just be active” This is how to Complete a Legacy.

In this section you will learn how to:

·          Write an rpg post/ Respond to an Rpg post

·          Create a Team/ Recruit members


Writing's/ Responding to an Rpg post

I’ve trained a few Viners and many of them all start off the same way having a good premise but lacking the major components of an actual rpg which include:

·          Detail

·          Sentence Structure

·          And basic Rpg structure.

Probably the hardest thing about Rpging is the opening, but a very descriptive opening sets the tone for the rest of the rpg. I know I know enough talking right! Ok let’s do it!

Opening an rpg, you want to start with a place that has limitless options for description, now I will be battling Myself, as Gerald the Sloth. Here’s an example of an opening post.

“Glancing out over the huge wildflowers, he laid eyes on the huge waterfall that seemed to viscously pound the riverbed with a relentless supply of water. Most of his other targets had been taken down within the cages of the concrete jungle, being in an actual jungle for a change was a bit soothing. Shifting his position in the tree, he sat waiting just listening to the chatter of the jungle, he almost hoped his target didn’t show, because this would allow an extra day or so to just chill before “The hunt began”. Running his hands through his crew cut, he quickly found out the consequences of sitting in a tree, Mosquito’s and lots of them, dropping from the sentry, he stayed clocked by the chlorophyll filled plants, and he cautiously glanced around the area…all clear. Walking across the plain he made his way over to the perfect blue river, glancing down at his reflection he let off a sigh filled with anxiousness. His choice to come out in the opening had its dire risk, it was when he stopped hearing the sounds of the forest, and did he himself get worried.

Ok that’s an opening post example, clearly it’s not finished but that’s how I’ll start if off, Gerald is in the forest waiting for his target to come, so we get the sense that Gerald is an assassin, and he’s done this before.

Ok now this is the part where I call “setting up the opponent” . I’ve faced a lot of people who didn’t know how to set me up. Here’s kind of an idea of what I’m talking about. “I’m the Villian doing bad stuff, and the hero is somewhere in my general area, now instead of coming to me, they make me come to them, I’m a Villain WTF am I finding a hero for, understand?”

You probably don’t, but I’ll try to help you, ok let’s say that I’m on a bridge an I’m destroying it, and the hero is in the city, wondering what is happening, at the end of the hero’s post they need to either be on the way or on the bridge so the encounter between the hero and Villain is there. Understand? No! Fine I’ll show you! By posting the body of the RPG from Sha’s point of view (Remember Sha is the Villain, and we are going to assume that Gerald has spotted her)

The forest had went on idle, there was no sound; other than that of the mighty waterfall glancing around the forest Haven the Ninjan queen tried to zero in on what the disturbance   might be but, the mist coming from the waterfall corrupted her keen eyesight. Moving through the forest, she could feel her anger growing, someone was watching her. She couldn’t understand why the world wouldn’t leave her alone, she didn’t take place in the events of judgment day, and so why were they after her?

Aaaaaand Cut, now in our rpg so far, Gerald has spotted Sha, Sha knows Gerald is around but she can’t find him, now what should Gerald do? Confront the Ninjan, if Gerald doesn’t make the interaction between him and Sha in his next post often times that ends up with the Sha (player) not having much to post about. That’s what I mean when I say setting up an rpg, put your opponent in the position to come in. That is if the battle is done on a whim, now one thing I’ve seen eclipse and Portrait both do is set it up like a story rpg, which is probably better, but I’m from the old school so I do it the other way. Both are great ways though.

Alright let’s finish this Rpg Post (The Gerald One).

Glancing down at his feet, he picked from the soggy mud what appeared to be a picture, what shocked him more was that it was a picture of himself. He squinted his eyes at the sight of the ruffling bushes across the riverbed. “Bingo”, he said with a smirk he had found his target, and his target had found him the question was, how he was supposed to get across the river. Glancing at the waterfall he could see a tree protruding outwards. Tying a rope to the side of the arrow, he finished by pulling his Diamond Black ICE he fired and Arrow right into the side of a tree. Tugging on the rope to check its sturdiness, he scaled the rope and then jumped from the tree onto the other side; landing in front of a blond woman cloaked within the tree’s he aimed his bow at her not saying a word.

 No cheating
 No cheating

Now when you put the two posts together it should look like this:

“Glancing out over the huge wildflowers, he laid eyes on the huge waterfall that seemed to viscously pound the riverbed with a relentless supply of water. Most of his other targets had been taken down within the cages of the concrete jungle, being in an actual jungle for a change was a bit soothing. Shifting his position in the tree, he sat waiting just listening to the chatter of the jungle, he almost hoped his target didn’t show, because this would allow an extra day or so to just chill before “The hunt began”. Running his hands through his crew cut, he quickly found out the consequences of sitting in a tree, Mosquito’s and lots of them, dropping from the sentry, he stayed clocked by the chlorophyll filled plants, and he cautiously glanced around the area…all clear. Walking across the plain he made his way over to the perfect blue river, glancing down at his reflection he let off a sigh filled with anxiousness. His choice to come out in the opening had its dire risk, it was when he stopped hearing the sounds of the forest, and did he himself get worried. Glancing down at his feet, he picked from the soggy mud what appeared to be a picture, what shocked him more was that it was a picture of himself. He squinted his eyes at the sight of the ruffling bushes across the riverbed. “Bingo”, he said with a smirk he had found his target, and his target had found him the question was, how he was supposed to get across the river. Glancing at the waterfall he could see a tree protruding outwards. Tying a rope to the side of the arrow, he finished by pulling his Diamond Black ICE he fired and Arrow right into the side of a tree. Tugging on the rope to check its sturdiness, he scaled the rope and then jumped from the tree onto the other side; landing in front of a blond woman cloaked within the tree’s he aimed his bow at her not saying a word.

YAY we constructed an rpg post, one that only has 347 words in it, I usually make mine between 500- and 1,000, unless I’m facing Nova, then the sky is the limit. However I think a good 500 word post is a good number, it allows you to get all the details of a fight. Back in the day it was nothing for me to put up a 3,000 word post in like every rpg, then I realized no one was reading so, I stopped. Making a good story is what counts, I doubt you can make a good story with fewer than 500 words in an rpg, and if you give me a 10,000 word post I’m simply not reading it, use your best judgment. Also not every Rpger uses Dialogue, even if they don’t that doesn’t mean you can’t, my character Sha talks to herself A LOT that’s a form of Dialogue. Ok Now Sha’s response. (Starting from where she spots Gerald).

Before she had time to react, he was in her face pointing what looked like a high powered bow in Sha’s face. Careful not to make the slightest move, she needed to choose her next action carefully; one move could be the end of her newly resurrected life. “I’m going to put my hands up”, she said at the archer who to this point had still not said anything. When her hands were both placed in the air she quickly flew up, escaping the close range threat and landing not too far from him; she wanted to return to earth under the radar, but she could only guess her resurrection wasn’t too subtle. When her feet touched the ground, she had taken the offensive, kicking her foot through the earth causing a huge tremor that she hoped would knock him off balance.

And Cut, since Gerald didn’t end with an attack, which means more or less that Sha had to do a first attack, so I did. Now take a look at the word I have bolded, it is the most important word out of the whole paragraph. It’s an implied expression, which means it may or may not happen. Giving Gerald the option to take the hit or not take the hit, you must give the option for your opponent to take or dodge the hit. That’s called a God Mod! Ooooooooooooooooh scary. Automatically hitting your opponent is a Auto-Hit ooooooooooooh scarier!

All together Sha’s response looks like this.

The forest had went on idle, there was no sound; other than that of the mighty waterfall glancing around the forest Haven the Ninjan queen tried to zero in on what the disturbance   might be but, the mist coming from the waterfall corrupted her keen eyesight. Moving through the forest, she could feel her anger growing, someone was watching her. She couldn’t understand why the world wouldn’t leave her alone, she didn’t take place in the events of judgment day, and so why were they after her? Before she had time to react, he was in her face pointing what looked like a high powered bow in Sha’s face. Careful not to make the slightest move, she needed to choose her next action carefully; one move could be the end of her newly resurrected life. “I’m going to put my hands up”, she said at the archer who to this point had still not said anything. When her hands were both placed in the air she quickly flew up, escaping the close range threat and landing not too far from him; she wanted to return to earth under the radar, but she could only guess her resurrection wasn’t too subtle. When her feet touched the ground, she had taken the offensive, kicking her foot through the earth causing a huge tremor that she hoped would knock him off balance.

That pretty much sums it up, if you have questions then ask! ^_^

Creating a Team/Recruiting Members

When creating a team, you really want to go for something that hasn’t really been done, (Except for me I created the Vine Titans West because I couldn’t get that damn song

 Teams AWWW
 Teams AWWW

out of my head) Or something with a twist. After a while a team’s seem to be alike, and eventually they die with the exception OF, ICE, and The Wolfpack and WAL. Trying something with an edge may keep your team around for a while.

Don’t be scared to enlist rookies, you can have them on your roster and work with them, until they are ready for major rpg play.Renagade Lantern took Feral Nova under his wing look how big she is now. Mighty Magneto allowed me to be a VV before I had the requirements look at me now. Rookies with talent could be a good thing, they just need direction.  I think it’s important for everyone to have a Canon Team, which is the team of experience rpger’s that will represent you in Vine wide rpg’s, let’s face it everyone can’t do it.

Take my Vine Titans for example, My Canon Team would be.

Solar Orchid

Inertia

Sozuko

Myself

Bombard

And Maybe Ebony Sparrow (IF she ever looked at her pm’s lol)

Lifepulse

The others aren’t really active or don’t really have the story rpg format down pact so they would be my battlers and Team Rpg people.

Now you really want to enlist people who will be there when you need them, people who are on the vine for one month and then leave and come back, that’s not going to work. Also there seems to be people with a weird fetish for joining the same team under another account (Idk why) but be on the lookout for that too! It’s not a big deal, but then again it is.

 
 
*Please note this was created for the Vine, but it contains some of the same aspects for the Vice.
Post by willyvereb (5,914 posts) See mini bio Level 17
Good. Your tutorials are easy to follow and have a lot of examples.
Post by Sha (516 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Thanks
Post by willyvereb (5,914 posts) See mini bio Level 17
@Sha:  If I read your tutorial about a year ago I think I wouldn't have many of my initial problems. They're great.
OT: Why did you remove your character sheet from the information thread?
Post by Chengy (1,711 posts) See mini bio Level 17
Also you should really put the second half in the first post, some people wont find / see the second part
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