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on Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:17 am
Primary Character / Main Character
These characters are considered the players leading characters. They are the stars of a players story. These characters are best suited in threads with all three character types, primary, secondary, and supporting, and are best suited for almost all situations. Most people prefer playing their mains more than their other characters. These are driving characters. They are in the drivers seat almost all of the time, leading the story.

Secondary Character
These characters are considered the players second most important. They will typically have less development than their main, but significantly more personal story going on than a persons supporting characters. These characters are best suited in threads with all three character types, primary, secondary, and supporting, however they aren't always suited for all situations. These characters are shotgun characters, they ride in the front seat, and even navigate the story.

Supporting Character / Minor Character
These characters are literally created for the purpose of driving plots, typically other players plots. While these characters can have a story of their own, it's not usually focused on or highly detailed. And while these characters can have relationships with other characters, they're best suited in threads with main and secondary characters. They're not meant to be in the drivers seat, they're almost always backseat passengers in whatever story they're involved in. They have say in the direction the story goes, but their influence isn't always commanding.


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Re: Terminology

on Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:40 am
Personal Plots
These are plots that can involve other people, but are mainly driven by you. You control where the story goes, what surprises await the reader, and how this impacts your characters. Personal plots are incredibly important for all character types, albeit slightly less important for supporting and minor characaters. Everyone should have at least one of these types of plots per character to give their characters motivation, drive, and purpose outside of day-to-day mundanity. Personal plots are the only plots in which your character is always the star. If your character is starring, then it is always considered a personal plot. Involvement in these plots requires permission.

Shared Closed Plots
These are plots that have been developed by two or three individuals. You aren't the only person developing these plots, thus surprises may not only await the reader, but yourself as well. Creative freedom is limited by the people involved, meaning things are typically discussed between the leaders of these plots prior to big developments happening in character. It is unlikely that any of the characters controlling a shared plot will be the star, and instead, all will be viewed as secondary characters to an unknown, may that be another character on the forum, NPC, or other entity or idea. Involvement in these plots requires permission from those that are running them.

Shared Open Plots
These are plots that have been developed by two or three individuals. You aren't the only person developing these plots, thus surprises may not only await the reader, but yourself as well. Creative freedom, however, is not limited. After the official idea has been developed by those involved, things can change unexpectedly due to everyone running said plot having the freedom to drop surprises and changes on their plot partners without permission. It's unlikely that any of the charcters controlling a shared plot will be the star, and instead, all will be viewed as secondary characters to an unknown, may that be another character on the forum, NPC, or other entity or idea. Involvement in these plots requires permission from those that are running them.

Mass Plots
These are plots that involve more than three individuals, and more than three characters. Mass plots are open to be developed by everyone involved, and everyone can be involved simply by participating. No permission required. These plots require the most open-mindedness of all plot types simply because anyone and everyone can be a part of them. This means they're constantly evolving and changing, and future planning for these plots can't really happen beyond a planned thread or two due to things potentially changing unexpectedly and rapidly. It is unlikely that any one character will be the star in a mass plot, however, characters can have starring roles, but none will be viewed as more important than the other.


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Re: Terminology

on Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:03 am
IC
'In Character' Refers to any part of your post that is from the perspective of your character, not you as a roleplayer. Most of your post should be in character.

OOC
'Out Of Character' is dialogue from the roleplayer, not a character. Eg, you might put an 'OOC' note for your thread partner giving details of what your character is wearing, apologising for taking so long or explaining some other detail.

LOA
'Leave of Absence' - A duration of time in which a roleplayer will not be able to post.

SPW
'Slow Posting Warning' - The roleplayer is still actively trying to post but will be taking longer than the usual three days.

Canon
The term meaning varies across the internet. It can mean events unfolding realistically to the characters personalities and the limitations of their universe it is set in. It can also refer to the actual limitations or rules of the universe the roleplay is set in too.

Shipping
Short for relationship, usually used regarding a romantic relationship. People who favor two particular characters pairing up are referred to as "shippers."

Crack Shipping
Refers to a character pairing or relationship that is unrealistic or ridiculous.

OTP
'One True Pairing' - Use across the internet to describe someone's favorite ship or relationship.

FTB
Fade to Black' - An event is not written out in it's entirety (eg, a sexual scene, or explicit violence) but instead skips out the details or section.

Smut
Pornography, sexual intercourse, sex, or anything of the sort.

Fluff
Can mean two things -1. A story line devoid of angst, believable conflict or action and is instead wholly made up of romantic, 'cute' or positive interactions. 2. Unnecessary or unneeded information that has been added to a post with simply to make it longer.

OP
Can mean two things - 1. ''Over Powered'' - referring to a character who has immense power that it would automatically win any fight and 2. 'Original Poster' - the creator of a thread.

God Modding
Doing something to another person's character or making their character say or decide something without asking the roleplayer's permission. The worst form is killing another person's character without their permission.

Mary Sue / Gary Stu
Characters that have too many good traits and no flaws. They're often good at everything and may have ridiculously tragic pasts. These type of characters are frowned on and avoided by writers. A lot more information can be found through Google, including quizzes to take to see if any of your characters fit into this dreaded type.

Chain Posting
When two or more people post quickly and repeatedly, one right after the other.
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