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Roleplay Guidelines

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Heya, Galaxy Citizens! Nomad here, and today we're showcasing the upcoming Roleplay Guidelines addition to our guidelines/rules page. This outlines the basic rules of roleplay that we will be enforcing; nothing has changed, only clarified and written out. As always, its here for you guys to give criticism on so we can change anything that needs to be changed.

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Galaxy Citizen - A Starbound Roleplay Community

Roleplay Guidelines

Galaxy Citizen is a roleplay server, which means that people roleplay different characters and interact with each other, unlike such roleplay you would find on some other servers where it is more similar to an RPG with items and upgrades. This means that roleplay is a skill to be learned, and for this server, as necessary as reading and writing is to your daily life. These guidelines list out what we require for roleplay and what we enforce, but not necessarily how to roleplay. For that, also listed here are important guides that may help you.

 

Applications/Acceptable Characters

Galaxy Citizen uses an application-type system for characters which are unique and with questionable abilities, such as some types of androids, species, animals, as well as items such as weapons or other techs. These applications can be found in the applications subforum and list out some things that players may use for characters; if there is no open app that you may use for a character that isn't a core race/following the modular systems lore , you may not play them. Custom races are also playable with the owner’s permission, and even encouraged so as to populate them. There are other rules and guidelines about creating or playing a character:

  1. Your character may not be plagiarized from an external source, lest your character be permanently banned and the player given punishment. Inspiration is fine, so long as it does not directly copy. Examples include:
    1. An anime character, movie character, IRL celebrity, etc.
  2. Your character may not be a “mary sue” or be “godmodded” to have power over other players. This includes being able to do a vast amount of things, such as being a master engineer and a master samurai or something of similar sorts. Examples include:
    1. Bobby knows engineering, swordsmanship, marksmanship, music, etc.
  3. Your character may not have a backstory that involves enormous wealth, affiliation with IC factions (just let us know, that’s all), or any other non-standard and questionable backstory without permission from the staff team. Examples include:
    1. Bobby has a large wealth despite not earning that wealth through IC action.
    2. Thommas, an Avian,  playing a very high priest of Kluex without asking staff for permission.
    3. Yorick being from an alternate dimension

General Roleplay Guidelines

       0. Rule Zero: Always be courteous to any other roleplayer; roleplay on GC is not your own story, it is a web of stories.

  1. First Rule: Read our lore and rules.
  2. IC and OOC: These terms stand for “In Character” and “Out of Character”, respectively. These are two different types of text, and should be treated as two different entities.
    1. An “In Character” message is text that is being acted out by your character in-universe. These can be spoken words, which may be surrounded by quotation marks (“example”) or nothing at all. In Character also includes actions, which should be separated from speech through asterisks (*example*) or hyphens (-example-).
    2. “Out of Character”, on the other hand, refers to messages that only you, the player, are aware of. These are typically indicated by double parentheses on both sides of the message. ((This is an example of OOC text)). Nothing said OOCly carries into the IC world.
  3. Value for Life: All roleplayers are required to treat their characters as if they were actual living beings. Value for Life (VfL) is not limited to one’s own character; players should make reasonable decisions with their character, as well valuing another character’s life more/less/equally depending on their relationship and history between the characters. This means roleplaying your character realistically, especially regarding your character’s fears. Would you say “fuck you” to a galaxy-known warlord? Would you leave a person to die? Stick by your morals. Examples include:
    1. Bobby is intimidated by someone much stronger and violent than him, but he decides to not be realistic and attempt to fight the dude anyways with no roleplay of fear.
    2. Shep is a good-natured person and watches a person get injured and dumped next to him. Shep just ignores this person, not RPing realistically.
  4. Grammar: Please, nothing kills an RP experience more than one-line RP replies with terrible grammar. It generally shows you as immature and inexperienced and is only really acceptable if you legitimately are not good with English. Examples include:
    1. “pulls out sword and slashes at u”
    2. “does the thing”
  5. Actions and Consequences: Roleplay has an affect on characters, whether it be your own or another’s. What the consequences are depends on the action, but is typically invoked in the name of Combat Roleplay where fighting another character may have consequences, more explained in the consent rules. Examples include:
    1. Bobby fights Syed in a combat roleplay, but complains when he dies, failing to realize that his actions have possible consequences.
  6. Metagame: The act of playing your IC actions as influenced by OOC information in metagame. It is a spectrum, the lowest case being something as simple as subtly guiding your actions (intentional or not) because you know a small bit of information, to something as drastic as actively metagaming by using all OOC information. Examples include:
    1. Calling friends to help you in CRP without roleplaying radioing them/texting them for help.
    2. Saying a character’s name ICly when you should not know their name ICly. Or calling the custom species Shin’kali ICly the Shin’kali when you don’t know ICly that they’re called the Shin’kali.
    3. The Poison Example: Where a hidden assassin poisons someone’s dish and the target refuses to eat the dish despite not knowing there isn’t any poison in it.
    4. Bobby wants to target Syed because he OOCly does not like him.
  7. Powergame: Mostly applies to Combat Roleplay, you should always try to make the experience fun for all parties and don’t make actions ‘play to win’, meaning always being in your favor. We classify that as powergame. Powergame is essentially forcing your actions unto another player without allowing them to react. Use attempts. Examples include:
    1. A character dodging everything thrown at them.
    2. A character’s armor conveniently tanking every strike or shot.
    3. A player typing too fast with their actions and not allowing the other party to reply.
    4. A player performing more actions than is reasonable in one reply.
  8. Erotic Roleplay (ERP): Galaxy Citizen is a PG-13 server, therefor ERP should never happen on the server unless in absolute privacy, as we at GC staff certainly are aware that we cannot stop ERP from occurring - however, we can read logs. ERP requires consent from both parties, and ERP with an underage character is grounds for instant permaban. In addition, your character should never be made for the explicit purpose of ERP - don’t be that guy that fetishizes his characters to fulfill his own fantasies.
  9. “Asspulling”: You may not ‘asspull’ things regarding your characters, or having things without IC reason or RPing obtaining it. For example, you can not just say your character has a mecha, as a mecha isn’t something anybody would just have. In addition, you may not suddenly asspull items to help you in CRP without you having them beforehand (its best to describe what items you have before you CRP). We expect you to work at least some for your stuff. Examples include:
    1. Bobby suddenly pulls out the most convenient EMP grenade ever when he discovers that his enemy Syed is actually an android, without describing that he had an EMP grenade strapped to his belt the whole time.
    2. Shep has a whole arsenal of high-tech weapons despite not really working for any of it.
  10. Have fun :^)

Useful Guides

11 Ways to Be a Better Roleplayer

Tyree's CRP Guide

Nemo's RP Suggestions

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And if you can't really think of anything that might need to be added right now, we'll keep a more or less flexible stance with the guidelines so future tweaks and additions can be made as deemed necessary by the community and staff team.

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Should also add FearRP. If someone has a gun pointed to your head, you're going to be scared. You're not going to pull some stupid ninjago move on them.

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28 minutes ago, BanditWolfy said:

Should also add FearRP. If someone has a gun pointed to your head, you're going to be scared. You're not going to pull some stupid ninjago move on them.

That basically falls under the Second, Third, and Fifth guidelines

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1 hour ago, WowGain said:

That basically falls under the Second, Third, and Fifth guidelines

I see. I just didn't see "FearRP" anywhere and I only skimmed through the guide. Apologies.

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On 4/15/2017, 3:40:19, PrivateNomad said:

Your character may not be a “mary sue”

What does "mary sue" mean?

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7 hours ago, NublarRex said:

What does "mary sue" mean?

Do you know what "special snowflake" means?

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2 minutes ago, PrivateNomad said:

Do you know what "special snowflake" means?

Yes

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Just now, PrivateNomad said:

that but stronger

So it's like "The chosen one" scenario.

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38 minutes ago, NublarRex said:

So it's like "The chosen one" scenario.

mhm

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