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#11435557 Aug 21, 2015 at 06:09 PM
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I didn't want to put this in the main story thread, as I thought it might be an eyesore. As this will be the first big-time RP I will be running for you all, I would like to get some things straight in terms of your permissions as a player, my duties as a GM, and my vision for this RP. First, some minor things:

- There is no posting order. One post per GM post, but I want everyone to be able to get their ideas on there as soon as possible and in the best way. Don't be afraid to post WIPs. :)
- No metagaming. Duh.
- Decorate your posts however you want; I have no rule about colored text or really anything in that category. I'm sure we'll all find a common theme eventually, though.
- No arguing. I will kill you.
- Seriously. Do not argue or judge others' characters. Is your name Cirsei? No? Then worry about your own RP.

I must say this: I see RP of any format to be, above all, collaborative. This is not my story, nor yours; it is ours, and I would like you to treat it as such. I will try my hardest to give you all the most possible to work with in your posts, but there are "7 Lucky Points" (lucky as in you'll be lucky if you don't have trouble with at least three of these) you must understand about my GMing style:

1. You must work, and are expected to.

As is true with many RPs, you must put real effort in to make this experience beautiful. I will, in general, leave many of my posts extremely open ended, to the point where you could take your post minutes, hours, and -- if the situation calls for it -- days into the future. I give this to you, my dear players, to give your creativity ample -- no, excessive room to flourish and be expressed. While I may take control of your characters in a minor sense, push the plot forward with events, and control the setting and NPCs, your character is yours, and you may do with them what you want.

2. You must learn the line; I cannot teach it to you.

There is an unfortunately fine line between doing too little in your posts and too much; by which I mean taking too little control of your surroundings and taking everything that you can so that you can create a wonderful post, and going too far with the amount of control you take. There are no specific rules or guidelines for this, as I feel that is limiting, but take heart in the fact that we will eventually come to a silent agreement, and you will know what is too much, too little, and just right. I will let you know if your posts deviates from this line, and this is how you will learn. This unfortunately requires some awkward conversations, along with reworking entire or individual parts of posts, but it will be well worth it once we are all comfortable, and I will work with you, but you must be willing. I thank you in advance for going through this.

3. No surprises.

I absolutely abhor surprises. If in the middle of a fight you suddenly reveal that your character is actually Akatosh in mortal form, I will be pissed. You must let me know of any details of your characters, and if they aren't all in your biography, then you need to tell me privately. I will kick you from the game without hesitation and kill off your now-NPC in the most meaningless way possible if you do this, as I have zero tolerance for it. Just don't.

4. Your characters are not special. You are not special. You will not be treated as such.

Despite my individual friendships or lack of such with you all, or any characters I may like more than others, don't be stupid. If you write a beautiful, well-worded, stylish post with perfect descriptive detail and character details, but you're doing something stupid? I will punish you with no mercy. Any fault your character has, I will harp on, and you cannot simply push these things aside and act like they don't exist because they are inconvenient for you.

5. You will need to rework things.

I wish it weren't true, but I am not the type to sit back and watch you make zero sense, or do things that don't fit in with the situation or go against canon. I will make you redo things, and if you refuse to do so, you're out. Period. This RP is all about cooperation and collaboration, and if you can't work with that, I won't work with you. I generally will give constructive and helpful criticisms, but I won't sugarcoat it.

6. Don't hesitate to ask me for help.

This has been touched on in the last few points, but I am not just here to get my own shit done. You can ask me for help with characters, how to write a certain quirk, or for help with entire posts. I will help you, every step of the way if need be. Some of you are very proud of your writing skill -- with good merit -- and will generally not want to, but a good writer will ask for help when he needs so that he can improve, rather than be stuck in his ways. And at a point, I will begin to tell you what you do wrong, so best to save yourself my blunt warhammer of an opinion and just approach me first.

7. Have fun. Don't stress.

This is supposed to be fun. If you're stressing over a post you're having trouble with? Well, first of all, see point 6. Secondly, don't be afraid to just walk away from it for a while. If you feel rushed, don't be. Izzy No one will rush you without hearing an earful from me.

Relax. It's just a game.


With that said? Let us begin.
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