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Role-Playing for Dummies


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My little contribution to the world of role playing. Please enjoy.


Welcome to all you readers who have bothered to read and better yet click on my little wiki link. As stated previously, this wiki has been built to help both experienced and inexperienced role players. I am not forcing anyone to role play by these rules. The content here is only a guidebook to help those who need it to gain a better understanding of what role playing is.




NEWS


11/05/2010 - For some strange reason I keep coming back here every two years around the same time going "Hrmmm, I should fix my wiki and update it" and then I never do.

It's hard for me to believe this thing is over 7 years old to begin with. I'm very happy that people still use it too.

I've spent some amount of time reading over some of the wiki and I've noticed a good part of it is me ranting about my dislikes for some people's role-playing habits. For that I apologize deeply and I've worked on fixing up those sections into more constructive articles on how to tackle and fix the problem rather than just complaining about how you shouldn't do it.

My intention with this entire wiki is to help people that want to learn how to role-play. I want to give them guidelines and solutions on how to fix situations they may run into. I am under no circumstance suggesting that should absolutely follow what I am writing in this wiki.

Role-playing is like writing a story after all. Aside form the basic guidelines given to construct an outline for what you're trying to accomplish, there are no set limitations. You should not feel forced to write 3 pages for your character sheet or a 1000 words for your posts. What you write is what you write and it will be good as long as you keep in mind the advice given in this wiki tutorial.

As of this moment I will be updating the wiki on and off. I don't really know how much time it will take or exactly where I intend on going with it, but I'll do my best to fill it with good information that will be useful. Sections may move around and others may be removed entirely. All will depend on what I am trying to say.

I've been doing this role-play business for over a decade and a half now and I'm still learning more and more about it. I don't think this wiki will ever stop growing or changing.

As it stands I've made some updates on the first three chapters. Feel free to go through them again if you're interested.

For now, this is all I have to say. See you all in another two years.


12/17/2008 – Alright, as I had stated in my previous announcement, I am revealing what it is I am planning for this wiki.

I've been gone for about 2 years or so. During those two years I've tried a bunch of role playing games and methods and I have returned with a bagful of knowledge. I intend on re-writing most of the tutorial. I'll also be working on those new sections, possibly be adding more images and working on making the whole thing look nicer.

12/16/08 - I've been gone for a really long time. Hell, a really really long time. I'm actually quite surprised people still read this wiki and comment on it as well. I'm quite happy about that.

Now, I'm not sure for how long I'll be back, but I've got me some big stack of knowledge to add to this wiki. I am considering a few projects for it as well. More on this will be coming up shortly and I hope you can all continue to benefit from this tutorial.

02/20/06 - This wiki needs to be nominated. *hint hint*

01/30/06 - Yay! Role-playing for Dummies is now officially exported.

01/19/06 - The dice chapter has been added and as you can see many other sub-sections that are to be added soon enough. Enjoy.

01/14/06 - It's been a good year and a half since I last updated this place. Currently, I'm just spell checking everything on my tutorial, sorting out links and pages and finding new links. I'm likely to rewrite Kiva's article sometime and will add a new section on dices and such.

06/14/05 - I've added a link to a new example to character sheets as well as links to a good role-play and some more advice on role-playing game creations.

02/10/05 - New likes to some helpful pages added. Enjoy.

07/20/04 - Added a new chapter sub-section. It's more of a rant but I figured it could be of use after what I've seen! Horror! The salt!

06/11/04 - Just wanted to say, there are actually some people who have bother to ask me some fabulously wonderful questions! Yes, it's a miracle!! Even I had not thought of mentioning these things in the tutorial so I've added them to the FAQ. Eventually I'll include them in the tutorial itself but for now make sure that, if you have any questions, to visit the FAQ first before asking away. That's all. Soon I'll be coming up with the actual Elftown RP system they included on the wiki pages and give it a section of its own.

[Lunnie]




INDEX


Chapter 1. Introduction to role-playing
- What is role-playing
- Types of role-playing games
- Definitions
Chapter 2. How does free form RP work?
- Free form role play systems
- How to play "the right way"
- About free form fighting
- Posting
Chapter 3. Building my character.
- Things to remember
- The either/or rule
- Character sheet (going to be updated and have extra link to different examples added)
- Describing your character (coming soon)
- Equipping your character (coming soon)
- Elements and Powers
- Personalities and things seen too often
- Character history commons and don'ts (coming soon)
Chapter 4. Building a free form RPG
- The storyline
- Rules!! What kind of rules should I make? Do I really need them?
- Advice on making a role-playing game
Chapter 5. About dice roleplaying
- Dice Based Games
- Dice Game Definitions
- Dice Based Battles
Chapter 6. Conclusion
Chapter 7. Role-playing for Dummies FAQ




Other Helpful Guides and Tutorials


Things to consider about weapons - This mainly explains the cause and effects, advantages and disadvantages and things to consider about weapons. It's good help when the times comes of equipping your character with both weaponry and armor.

Misconceptions in fantasy roleplaying - Give a nice sense between weaponry and realism, what you can and cannot do in real life with your weapon. (mainly talks about swords)

RP: Bad Bios - Mainly some ranting about bad character sheets and some elements GMs see frequently.
http://www.springhole.net/quizzes/marysue.htm - A great test that asks you questions you should ask yourself about your character and lets you know if your character is a plain sucky mary-sue or a good ranged character.

Elftown Open Marketplace - A wiki sponsored by the WFR for people that are new at role-playing.




Support and Affiliates


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Here's an amazing RP out there that has been known for supporting my tutorial. It is ran by the amazing [Figgy] and assisted by the wonderful and talented [Duredhel] (I heard a rumor that he's apparently giving free art of your character if you join). Check out X-Men RP.
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Link to me!


You can link to me using the banner at http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v158/Lunnie/Roleplaying.jpg on your own house.

You are free to use any bits and pieces of my tutorial as long as you link back to the tutorial itself. Thanks.




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2004-06-19 [Carol Lynn]: would of been great if I knew about this sooner...I have explaind to well, well over a dozen people how to make diffrent kinds wiki's, and characters, and most of the things on here... I don't mind explaing but now I can send them here...sometimes, i like to help. ^.^

2004-06-19 [Lunnie]: ah its a great idea ^__^ basiclly hwy I amde it, to avoid people from having to waste their brain explaining ;P

2004-12-21 [Shining light]: Having read your guide, I wouls like to say that I wholely and completely support and/or agree with the context. Could you please add the Alternative Wiki League as a supporter, and we will link to your page.

2005-01-10 [xido]: Hi! Yeah, I stop in every so often, to make sure I'm well informed.... or not.  ;P later

2005-01-10 [Lunnie]: Lol o.o; mwell you people are funny. XD Anyway, sorry for my long absence, just passing by I'll add the supporter. Thanks a lot. ^^

2005-01-26 [Sagacious Turkey]: *plays with a roll* is this how?

2005-01-26 [Wes Foxx]: about time we had a place to teach these people who cant do anything more creative than ~matrixes around the (insert EXACT verb that the person used to attack with)~

2005-01-26 [Sagacious Turkey]: uh huh... it isn't hard to role play!!! assuming you aren't on drugs or mentally retarded...

2005-01-26 [Wes Foxx]: the funny thing is some people can be great writers and all in theory, but since they're just authors they'll without fail write it as an author, making the decisions for all the characters, and inevitably win with a ~stabs~ or ~kills~ or heaven forbid, ~k!llz~

2005-01-26 [Lunnie]: -smirks-

2005-02-11 [rhapsody55]: Thanx lots Lunnie this has made a HUGE difference to how I will play, I didn't evn know about role playing now I do XD yey! Thanx again...

2005-02-11 [Wes Foxx]: I originally made my wiki to bring people into rp but then i find this place that gives us all newbies need short of experience, vocabulary, and improvisation

2005-02-11 [Lunnie]: Not a problem guys. I'm glad you enjoyed. ;D

2006-01-21 [Duredhel]: pweeee either/or rule! XD!

2006-01-21 [Lunnie]: Yeah, lol

2006-02-06 [xido]: HUGE FAVOR TO ASK EVERYONE: Please check out the Elftown Water Fountain Design Contest for me, and see if you have any ideas, comments, or questions about it, so that I can have a sort of FAQ about it before it is opened.... when I have three other people's approval for the layout and format of the contest, it will be opened soon after... Thank you, and please msg me with these comments, etc. I would prefer to have them in my mailbox instead of on this page, or even that one.... send your words straight to [xido]....... awesome, thank you immensely.

2006-02-06 [Lunnie]: Why you advertising in my tutorial's comments? XD -eats your face-

2006-02-06 [Lunnie]: I was just messing around anywyas, jeez. And I did go help.

2006-02-06 [xido]: yes, you did... ;) I'm not worried... it's just that the contest is being opened for an open RP environment, and I'd like CREATIVE roleplayers' ideas and comments before it goes up for good.

2006-02-06 [Lunnie]: -nods- I understood that as soon as I went to the contest wiki page, but I'm a complainer so I had to just whine about how you advertised on my tutorial despite the obvious affiliation to the WFR guild. Some people simply don't know how to mind their own business so I felt the need to justify myself. ;3

2006-02-07 [xido]: lol, nice... Looks like it's in its final stages....  I even gave it an entry page, to make sure it didn;t get too crowded too fast.

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