Role Play Guidelines

Please take the time to read over these basic role play rules whether you are new to roleplay or not, it won’t take long, and could improve your play! ^-^

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~Respect ~
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R E S P E C T find out what it means to the residents of The Koto Project. Respect means always including everyone and never excluding anyone. We are a warm welcoming role play community and have no inclination to change anytime soon everyone from every walk of life is welcome at the Koto Project (provided they follow our ‘theme’ and respect our members) Never excluding anyone means taking the time to allow new people into scenes as they appear. How many times have you visited a role playing sim only to be IGNORED. We at the Koto Project hope that is never the case on our sim. In conclusion read other players posts and react accordingly, be patient we all have our own styles, remember there are people behind the screens so be kind, HAVE FUN, and remember.. not all characters are nice some are rude, insulting, and threating do not take offence simply enjoy!

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~Communicate ~
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It can sometimes feel silly but communication is key during a successful RP. Don’t just walk into a room and barge in on a ongoing storyline, always ask someone before just jumping in. It bothers everyone for someone to just barge in and kill the mood. Do not ever barge into a private home looking for RP. Keep your posts IN CHARACTER. If for some reason you are displeased with the rp don’t sulk just politely IM your rp buddy and talk it out. Be aware that everyone has limits and respect them. If you are not sure about something in the RP then simply ask in IM!

Example in IM: Hi Saka! my fellow ninja and I were wondering if we could kidnap you to rile up some of the samurai before tomorrows raid?

This is great! Now Saka can communicate in return if it is alright to kidnap her! Some might feel this takes ‘all the fun out of it’ but in SL we have to be respectful of other peoples RL what if Thea had to go make dinner in ten minutes? Then the ninja would have been left lonely with no captive to taunt the samurai with!

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~Post Order~
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Please TRY (try being the main word because I’m bad at this) to keep up with who says what and when. Immersive RP happens in a set order and it’s easy to keep up with in small groups for example: Ray, Abby, Josh. Ray is always going to post first followed by Abby and concluded by Josh before the circle of posting starts again. When you get about 15 people posting at one time however things get a little more complicated. As it says above please TRY to keep up with it but in LARGE groups sometimes the order rule is tossed out the window.

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~Entrance/Exit posts ~
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Please please please do not jump in on an ongoing RP with a post when you do not know what is happening yet. Make sure you see at LEAST one post before you choose to post.
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Player one dances into the scene glowing with happiness and tossing glitter into the air, smiling affectionately at the two already there “Isn’t the world just absolutely lovely today?!”

Player two rolls off of player three a large dagger sticking out unnaturally from his forearm both men are bloodied, bruised, and panting from a gory battle that was almost to the death… “uhm?”

Sort of weird and super uncomfortable huh? That’s why we don’t do it children ^-^

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When leaveing a RP scene don’t just run off! You must post an exit otherwise:

A. We will think you have crashed and WAIT.

B. While waiting we will get hurt feelings syndrome.

C. Someone may have been preparing a post for you.

An exit post can be as short and sweet as you like but do leave with an in character exit post.

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~God-moding / Metagaming /Powerplaying~
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“God Modding” is in essence when someone’s character has the ability to do practically anything without limits or boundaries. And example is when they simply cannot be harmed by any and all means other RP-ers try.

-It can be killing or injuring a character without the player’s express permission.
-It can be when they simply can’t be hit and dodge all attacks or anything for this matter aimed at them.
-It can also be using other characters that other people RP with. In other words, if you do not RP as

Power playing occurs in role playing, and it’s when you control someone else’s character, as well as your own, without the other person’s permission

Say that I play Bob, and someone else is Susie.Bob watched Susie as she started to walk away. he ran up to her, the girl of his dreams, and yelled, “SUSIE, DON”T LEAVE ME!” She turned around, and glared at him, with resentment in her eyes, before walking up to him, slapping him, and then walking away againAs you can see, if this were a post, I’d be typing Bob’s actions, as well as Susie’s. The fact that I’m typing Susie’s actions is power playing and who knows! MAYBE Susie would have given you a kiss if you hadn’t tried to control her!

Metagameing is the act of using outside or previously gained knowledge within a gaming universe for personal gain or advantage. You may know that little white cat is your friend the ninja because her username is hovereing above the little rabbits head HOWEVER your character would not know because it cannot see nametags. The same goes for reading someone’s profile pics to find out details about their character.

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~Consent ~
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CONSENT is permission for something to happen or agreement to do something. IF you are going to kidnap Saka (and I hope you do) you must first have her consent. This goes for ALL rp done on the Koto Project sim.

EXAMPLE  /me draws her bow and aims at arrow at her attackers throat

Give the other person time to decide if they want to engage or simply run away and of course ask them in IM!

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~OOC/AFK~
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If you are OOC or AFK please use the OOC hub or at least use a tag so that people know that you are not IC, it’s unfair to have people post at you and wait there for you to post, when you’re not at your screen! If you are in the middle of an RP please let people know if you have to go afk and if it is expected to be longer, you may want to tell other players to skip your posts until your return. Your character may also ‘fall asleep’ or ‘daydream’ etc in these situations (to make it a little more realistic for the scene).

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