FAQ frequently asked questions If you are having trouble with any matters in our community or forums, or need help and aren’t sure what to do, please look over this FAQ for a possible solution to your query. What is roleplaying? Roleplaying is an activity where in which you assume the role of another individual, normally a fictional one. This individual is referred to as a "Character", and can have a personality and appearance however you choose (so long as it does not break the rules or logic). When you take on the role of this character, you should try to think of how they would act in each situation rather than how you would (simply imagine you were acting as that character in a movie or story). As you play the character they will discover new things and new people, and your character should develop from these experiences, slowly becoming someone new until they have finally bloomed into a fully fleshed out and interesting individual with a remarkable story. I want to play on the server, but I can’t. What do I do? Before players are allowed to begin roleplaying on the server, they must first submit a whitelist application and be accepted. This is to ensure that all players coming in to the community have a decent grasp on roleplaying and to deter people who only intend to cause harm. Please visit the Whitelist Applications subsection for more information on how to submit a whitelist application. What is "RP"? The term "RP" is short for "Roleplay". This abbreviation can be used in many perspectives, for instance "Let's RP" would mean "Let's roleplay" while "In RP" would mean "In the roleplay universe". What is "Out of character/OOC"? The term "Out-of-character" (OOC for short) refers to matters outside of the roleplay universe, whereas “In-character” refers to matters in the roleplay universe, particularly those related to a character. For instance, the real world is out-of-character, and doing something in reality would be out-of-character. Doing something in-game that is to be disregarded and non-canon to the roleplay universe (basically doing something in the game that isn’t actually happening in roleplay) would mean you are doing something out-of-character. Keep in mind, there are only certain instances and actions that can be considered out-of-character, otherwise you are always considered to be in-character while in game. What is “PVP”? The term “PVP” stands for “Player-Versus-Player”. PVP refers to combat performed through mechanical, or “minecraft”, means. Quite simply, it refers to the act of fighting 1 or more other players by left clicking/performing the “attack” command, though it is not limited to this and includes effectively all means of combat that are not simply roleplay. An example of PVP would be punching a player to death like you normally would in Minecraft. What do “RPly” and “MCly” mean? “RPly” and “MCly” mean “by roleplay means” or “in roleplay” and “by Minecraft means” or “in Minecraft” respectively. Basically, if someone were to perform an action in character by roleplaying, they would be doing something “RPly”, whereas if they performed an action in Minecraft such as placing blocks then they would be doing something “MCly”. What is "Breaking character"? Breaking character is an instance where you or another player performs an action or says something in character that would not normally suit that character or does not make logical sense from a roleplay standpoint, normally because the player's personality and intervention drives them to do so. An example would be a pacifist character who normally tries to end conflict and maintain justice suddenly trying to rob or murder a person because the player is seeking something valuable they are carrying. Another example would be having an ordinary conversation with someone in character and then suddenly saying "You're all stupid lol". Both of these actions, as you can likely tell, would be quite ridiculous in the roleplay setting and can be disorienting for other players. What is "Metagaming"? Metagaming is the act of exploiting your own personal knowledge and information that your character could not possibly be aware of in roleplay, normally for personal benefit. An example would be hearing from your friend over Skype that a particular character is a spy from another nation and then going to seek and arrest or kill that character in roleplay. Although you are aware of the spy out of character, your character would have no possible way of knowing this at that time and therefore acting on this information in character would be metagaming. What is "Powergaming"? Powergaming is often confused with "Godmoding" (see below). Powergaming is the act of assuming your character will always succeed in their actions, not giving other players a chance to react to your characters actions, and/or roleplaying another player’s character to take control of their actions (without a good reason or permission). An example would be emoting "Exampleguy runs up to the man and stabs him in the heart, killing him. The man drops his house keys as he dies". In this case, you haven't given the player a chance to even react and are insisting that your character is successful, not to mention determining the other character’s actions for them. The correct alternative to this action would be: "Exampleguy runs up to the man and draws his dagger". This not only gives the other player a fair chance for their character to react, rather than assuming you would successfully run up to them and kill them (seeing as it is unlikely their character would simply stand there if a man was running up to them with a dagger), but also allows them to determine the result and what would become of their character afterwards. What is "Godmoding"? Godmoding is the act of giving your character unrealistic benefits and performing unrealistic actions to give yourself an advantage in whatever the situation may be. An example would be saying your character has the ability to punch through anything, no matter how tough it is, and cannot be harmed by swords; There is no magic that allows you to do either of these things currently, and none of the races have any abilities like these, so something like this would need to be approved by the lore team. Another example would be emoting "Exampleguy backflips over the man’s head turns around and stabs him in the back and then throws the knife at his friend, hitting him directly between the eyes". As you can likely tell, this scenario is extremely unrealistic and ridiculous, not to mention completely unfair. What is "Gary Stu"/"Mary Lou"? Gary Stu/Mary Lou are terms used to describe male and female (respectively) characters that are, effectively, "perfect" or at least unrealistically gifted. Another common term to describe these characters is "Mary Poppins" because, as the character herself states, she is "practically perfect in every way". Common traits of characters like these are: being extremely or unrealistically attractive, being skilled in ridiculous amounts of professions and normally having no solid reason to have such experience, being able to fool everyone when lying and detect when other people are lying, and having a traumatic experience in the past that would normally leave someone mentally or physically scarred and yet only bringing this into account when it is beneficial or garners attention (essentially using their traumatic past as an excuse to gain others’ sympathy and attention but never referring to it ever again when it doesn’t suit them or having no psychological drawbacks because of it). One or two of these traits alone often isn't much of a bother, however characters that possess many traits that render them ridiculously perfect or interesting will normally be branded a Gary Stu/Mary Lou and can lead to a bad reputation. What is a "Special Snowflake"? A special snowflake is more or less a counterpart of Gary Stu/Mary Lou, and is a character that is unique in many (and often pointless) ways or a single major one, just for the sake of being special. An example of a backstory of a Special Snowflake would be "I was abandoned at childhood by my parents because I am the only Human with red eyes and I can talk to wolves because I was raised by them since I was five and I am the last of a tribe of people that no longer exist. Even though I am very different, I make friends fine and I am almost like a normal person". This backstory is not only quite ridiculous, but the character has many qualities that would normally be some sort of hindrance to them but insist that it they are not problematic. It is important to note that just having a unique character and being special is NOT considered a bad thing; a Special Snowflake is simply a character that is extremely unique for no purpose other than to stand out and garner attention.