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vmaaxt

Visitor
Hi there! I stumbled across your group while wandering the forums, and I'm really interested in joining a game, but I've never done a PbP before, so I'm not sure where to start. I've got a character concept in mind, so do I just roll it up and put it on the wiki, or do I need to get approval here first? Then do I just hang out in the tavern until a DM is ready to go?
 

GlassEye

Community Supporter
Welcome! Our character creation guidelines are HERE if you haven't already found them. Make your character, add it to the wiki and post a note in the character submission thread letting us know it's finished. We'll have a couple of people check it over and give it the approval. While you wait for approvals you can have your character enter the Dunn Wright Inn and roleplay with whoever else is in the inn. When there is an adventure ready to go the DM will recruit from whoever is in the inn. There are other ways to recruit for adventures but the most common is through the inn.

Glad to have you aboard and if you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask!
 

vmaaxt

Visitor
Thanks for the quick reply! I was also wondering how die rolls work. I've seen the embedded die roller mentioned, but I don't see it anywhere.

EDIT: Nevermind. I just needed to use my eyes.
 

GlassEye

Community Supporter
You're welcome.

About dice rolls: you can use the embedded dice roller or invisible castle or any other dice roller that your DM approves. The DM usually will make mention of acceptable dice rolling methods in the first post of their game thread. If they don't, you can ask them about it.

The embedded dice roller also has very large dice graphics that many of us find to be too big and interuptive of posting. There is a streamlined version if you go into 'Settings' -> 'Settings and Options' -> 'Edit Options' -> 'Thread Display Options'. Checking the 'Streamlined' box will give a text only version when it displays in your post.
 

vmaaxt

Visitor
Color

I've noticed a lot of people use colored text when playing. Is there any particular convention I should hold to when I'm in character? Any tips for posting other than color that I should know?
 

Systole

Community Supporter
Most people pick a text color for their character, and then use that color for that character's dialogue (spoken or otherwise). For example, my summoner Sylla uses grey, while her eidolon Boots uses dark red. Boots is generally the party's forward scout, so a post might read something like this:

Boots cocks his head at the hammering noise from down the passage. I can hear something up ahead, boss.

Stay there. We'll follow. Sylla stops the party with a hand signal. "Boots hears something," she whispers. "Forward ... quietly."
The conventions for color use pretty much amount to:
  • Dialogue is colored. Other text is not. Exception: Some GMs color all of their in-game text.
  • Try not to use the same color as other characters you're interacting with.
  • Don't chose colors that are painful to read.
  • While not absolutely necessary, it helps if your chosen color reflects the character's personality. A heroic paladin probably uses a proud blue, while a darker and edgier character might prefer dark grey, and a druid might go for a nice foresty green.
 

Systole

Community Supporter
Case in point, Daylily is the grungiest green I could find.

Also, he's not insane -- everyone else is. He still can't imagine why city-dwellers insist on removing the body's natural protective humours with this foul-tasting substance called soap. Or trading valuable magical items for stupid, soft, yellow metal that's only good for sling bullets. Seriously, you guys are nuts.
 

Chronikoce

Visitor
New as well

Thanks for the info guys! Vmaxxt showed your group to me as well and I am super interested in joining the community. Started rolling up a character already and cannot wait to dive in.

You will probably see more posts from me as I get stuck learning the ropes.

I will start off with an easy one. I see how to wrap text with OOC and Think and such but where do I find the command for the spoiler box that I see a lot of you use? I like the idea of OOC being put into the spoiler box so definitely want to use it.

Also question on general etiquette for spoiler box use. Would it be overkill to put stuff like speaking in other than common, thinking, or anything else that other party members may not be able to have access to into the spoiler box or is it better to leave the posts less cluttered and players go by the honor system and not use player knowledge instead of character knowledge?
 
The spoiler boxes are done with the following if the spaces are removed.
[ sblock = "box title" ] Text inside the box. [ /sblock ]

As to other languages, I have seen some use [sblock=Elven]The words spoken in the elven tongue... [/sblock]
Others simply use italics to mark their racial tongue. But then, sometimes they use italics to mark their internal thoughts that are not spoken aloud, so it varies.

As to colors, I use the dark gray to mark actions or "stage direction" when it is intermixed with the story prose. "We should use that door, pointing to the left one, if we are going to get ahead of them."
 

Chronikoce

Visitor
Thanks Satin!

I seem to have a bit of insomnia tonight so might actually have character done before I fall asleep hehe
 

HolyMan

Thy wounds are healed!
Thanks Satin!

I seem to have a bit of insomnia tonight so might actually have character done before I fall asleep hehe
Best time to be character building. ;)

So a dwarven crossbowman, awesome he and Darreo should adventure together to pincushion anything that gets in the way.

Let me know when Torbere is ready for a once over.

HM
 

Chronikoce

Visitor
Just posted the link to completed character! Torbere the Dwarven Crossbowman!

Hopefully I did all the math correctly, was getting kinda tired there for a while then got a second wind!

Also looking forward to getting into some adventures. I'll probably swing by the tavern tomorrow to introduce myself once I am not so tired. Wouldn't mind a fellow character who enjoys pin-cushioning foes
 

Systole

Community Supporter
[MENTION=6696592]Chronikoce[/MENTION] It's a matter of player choice. Different people like different amounts of immersion, but spoilerblocking every third sentence makes for an ugly-looking post. My elf barbarian often drops into Elven, so I compromise: If it's a short sentence or two, I just italicize it. If it's an extended monologue or one of the bawdy songs he likes to sing, I'll spoilerblock it. Luckily, he doesn't have an internal monologue, so there's no conflict between him thinking in italics and speaking Elven in italics.
 

Chronikoce

Visitor
[MENTION=4454]sty[/MENTION]stole Thanks for the tip. I don't have plans on Torbere being the internal monologue sort. With a Charisma of 8 he plans on speaking his mind. He may speak his mind in Dwarven however since he does have in of 13 and wisdom of 14 (realize its probably best to speak a different tongue if you may offend)
 

vmaaxt

Visitor
Thanks for the huge response. I'm super excited to play. I'm almost done with my character sheet, but I didn't see a spot for my companion. Do I put it in class features, or a new section?
 

Chronikoce

Visitor
Another question

How do I get
First Seen:
and
Location:

part of the wiki page to display the link to the tavern as a hyperlink. At the moment the web address is just on there even though I thought I used the insert hyperlink button correctly.
 
The wiki has an ugly trick. If the box is inside a < pre > text < / pre >, it shows up in a grey box and is preformatted. If the pre tags are taken off AND the first character of a line is a space, you keep the grey box, but can use bold, urls, strikeout, etc markup tags or wiki tags with a preformatted spacing. If the first character of the line is not a space, then you are outside the grey boxes and get a slightly different markup style with a flowing spacing.

Edit: I removed the pre tags and it showed up just like you wanted.

You can add a new section by going in to the source mode, then adding three equal signs, title three equal signs, like
===New Block===

There is also a template for adding companions like eidolons. See Eidolon at the bottom for how to add that. Or, just ask me. I am one of the wiki admins and have the most experience in forcing that software to do the things we want.
 
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