The roleplay etiquette is an addendum of the rules, and as such if a player is making egregious infractions on the roleplay etiquette we will step in and take action. These guidelines are here to ensure that your roleplay goes off without a hitch, and the conflict is kept to a minimum.
1. Every player is required to understand the difference between IN-CHARACTER and OUT of CHARACTER, and know that the person behind the computer may be very different from the character they are acting out. Mysts of Eyr has many characters which may be rude, hostile, angry, or impolite. Your character should react accordingly. We are not responsible for “hurt feelings” if you cannot separate the character’s actions from the actor behind the computer. Conversely, there may be characters which have players who are downright rude, hostile, people you might not like, but whose character is plenty nice to interact with. If you don't like someone OOC, take the high road, and separate your feelings. Treat their character as your character naturally would, set your personal feelings aside. Steering your character to hate / antagonize / harass / dislike another character, without any good reason other than you have a grudge against the player is not acceptable behavior.
2. Emote and describe! While Mysts of Eyr welcomes many different post styles, from the brief sentences to the long-winded paragraphs, we highly encourage “emoting”. Emoting is describing your character, its actions, and embellishing the post to paint a clearer picture.
Before: “Bartender, can I get a drink?”
After: Jane leaned forward and tapped the bar, pushing forward a few copper coins and looking around for an attendant. “Bartender, can I get a drink?” she asked.
3. When you are speaking out of character (OOC) use double brackets (( )) around your speech to denote ooc chat. Do not make excessive ooc chatter around others trying to roleplay. It’s considered distracting.
For example: ((Sorry, need to go!))
4. If you do not look or act anything like your race, you will need a good in-character reason for such. It is poor form to play a race you know nothing about. Research your race and if you break the status-quo, know and understand why, and be prepared for the consequences.
For example: If you are playing a Drow and your eyes are not red – be prepared to have a good reason why.
5. Keep the individual actions to a minimum in your roleplay posts. Trying to cram too many attempts, attacks, movements, and actions into your posts is bad form, and edges into god-moding or power gaming. The same goes for magic casting; your spells should be broken down into several posts to allow for potential intervention.
6. Respect the “Post Order”. This means, after you have posted – do NOT tack on additional cumulative posts (unless you need to make a correction) until it is your turn again. If you are in a fight scene with 3 people, WAIT YOUR TURN before posting again. Post orders can sometimes get disorganized in large group roleplays. Try your best, if the order gets messed up, send a polite IM, or call in an admin for GM moderation.
7. Keep the “thought emotes” and “thought insults” out of your roleplay. Long winded posts on what you are thinking are considered superfluous, and sometimes inappropriate. Posting your thoughts opens up the potential for others to meta-game by accident. In recollection, it can be difficult for those around to separate what was done, between what was thought. Instead, convey your thoughts through body language and facial cues. Players cannot react to your characters’ thoughts, however they can react to a narrowed gaze, a sneer, or a defensive stance.
For example: Bob sneers at the sight of the elf. He turns his nose up until the air.
8. Keep OOC interjections out of your roleplay. It's distracting and discourteous. If you need to take a break, afk, or something is just hilarious, use ((brackets)) to denote OOC speech. Things like, "/me sips her beer and smiles at the blonde woman, while the typist thinks she's an absolute idiot and cannot spell" are not acceptable. Keep your OOC insults to yourself. They are not appropriate at any time.
9. PLAY REALISTICALLY. Where did you get all that money if you have no job? Why are you acting happy when you just suffered a tragedy yesterday? Why are you standing around a massive fight and acting like nothing is happening? Why is your facial expression unimpressed when a massive dragon towers before you? Why aren’t you in a hospital when you’ve just been wounded? You’ve been drinking in the tavern for hours, why aren’t you looking drunk? You get the idea.
10. Introduce Yourself to a Scene. It is considered poor form to linger around a scene of characters conversing without introducing yourself into the scene with a roleplay post. It is permissible to not roleplay any speech -- you can post into a scene by just doing a simple action, such as stepping on a twig and making it snap to get others to notice. It is also permissible to wait until a good time to enter the scene. You may wish to watch a post or two, to see what is going on, before posting yourself. It is not permissible to thought-post yourself into a scene, meaning, to make no action to denote your presence, other than your character thinking to his/herself. A note on passively involving other players: If you passively involve another player, such as by spying on them, you must roleplay it out. If it wasn't roleplayed, it didn't happen. If you want to silently spy on someone, put a curse on someone, or other passive activities that involve others, you MUST roleplay it out.
11. Don't introduce others into a scene. When a character walks up within chat range, they may be about to make a post sneaking up and being stealthy, they may be simply observing, or they may be about to make an action that is dramatically different from what you may assume. For example, if you roleplay out "Looks toward John as he walks into the Tavern" -- introducing John before he can introduce himself to the scene and assuming he walked in -- you may be doing him a disservice, especially if he intended to enter unconventionally, like rushing in violently. Always let other people post themselves into a scene.
If you are simply observing or OOC, put on a tag to denote this. If you are simply passing by, there is no need to address everyone you pass.
Additionally, do not force-post someone else into a scene. If a new avatar enters the scene, and hasn't posted yet, avoid posting things like, "Waves as the young man approaches the group". Just because you see their avatar doesn't mean that is what they are doing. A character could be cloaked, disguised, invisible, sneaking in dark shadows, or otherwise not what you may think. Let people post for themselves.
Hope these tips help you with a smoother interaction experience!
- The Mysts of Eyr Team