Intro to the Official RP!

Vastair

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If you are in Test Squadron and would like to participate in the official TEST RP group, please X up (place an X) in this thread. I know some of you are new to role-playing or maybe just need a refresher course so I have made this post to explain a bit and hopefully answer questions.



What is an RP?

RP stands for "Role-playing". It is playing the role of your character in the game.

What will you do in the RP?


You will take part in an original emergent storyline that will be influenced by the actions of TEST and the actions of YOU! You will also be able to create your own character and role play as him/her.

What is fun about roleplay? It sounds childish.

This RP group is very organized and is going to be a “mature” experience. RP is for people who want to really experience the game and take it as seriously as possible. It is the best way to totally immerse yourself in the game world and it makes it much better when there are like minded people around you all participating.

Role Playing in games is a great way to work on social and improvisation skills as well. Many people who work with other people especially in high value positions can benefit from RPing in this manner as it is a great way to see how you would deal with stressful situations or tough decisions without having any real consequence.

People who are also interested in improv acting/ comedy will thrive here as well be able to TEST their chops.

I am interested but have never roleplayed before. What are some things I should know?

There are certain unwritten rules and faux pas that go along with being in an RP group.

1. Try your hardest not to break immersion: Things happen in RL and it’s ok if you have to go get some water but don’t announce it in TS during an RP session. There are proper methods to speak OOC (out of character) while RPing and they usually involve text chat.

2. Do not make a GOD character: By this I mean do not make a character who has no weaknesses, is all powerful or does things that change the story dramatically for everyone else. I am not sure if this is going to apply much in SC but we will see.

3. If you would like to contribute to the story in an unconventional way, go through the leadership: The RP is organized and there is a good chance that the leaders have something special planned during the shift so please, do not have your character behave in a way that interrupts the story. Ex: having your character receive a comm message that drastically changes the mission or having your character be a spy for the enemy. These ideas are great and could add a lot of content but they need to be properly implemented. There is nothing to say that we won’t like your ideas, and might end up using them.

4. Drinking policy: This is TEST so drinking will definitely be allowed during the RP session however, we do ask that you do not get “Aurora wasted” as it will make keeping the immersion difficult since our characters won't be drinking. After the shifts we will probably all head to the in game bar and have victory cigars and drinks so you can save it for after if you want. Please adhere to your country's drinking laws/ age limits.

So how will it work?

In this particular RP group we are going to meet once a week for an official session. In other RP’s they may ask you to stay in character 24/7, but in this one that will not be the case. During a session you will participate in (semi) organized activities that will encompass most if not all styles of gameplay and be fully immersed in your character the whole time.

In this RP you will be a member of an elite group called the “Artemis Division”

There will be gameplay of all types included, if you, for IC (in character) reasons want to opt out of a certain activity (ie. piracy) than you may do so. Do not expect the leaders to have alternate plans ready for you, however there is a good chance there will be other activities to join.

There will be a ranking system and you will start as a Recruit and work your way up through the ranks based on participation mostly.


Backstory

In Response to Increasing raids from the Vanduul pirate factions, TEST decided to create an elite group for convoy escort and counter attack to protect TEST assets. After the initial formation success came thick and fast, the Artemis Division was called on for more and more hot and difficult missions. Artemis Division rapidly expanded to cater to all manner of special operations, only accepting the best and brightest candidates from within the TEST area of influence. Artemis officers use advanced simulation’s to test and train their mettle against each other, trying out experimental tactics and perfecting risky maneuvers.

When will it start?

Right now! You can go to the forums and create your Officer Record and participate in some Forum RP in the Mess Hall on:

Test Forums Please Ignore

The first official RP event will be during the week when the Dog Fighting Module comes out, we are going to be calling it “Advanced Training”
 
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Vastair

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Alright we already have 30 members!
 
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starkestrel

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I'll X up.

I tend to approach all gameplay in the MMO genre from a lens of "universe verisimilitude" and run character-light in most of my interactions within the game, but I rarely do RP on the level of extended sessions, PC backstory, etc.

It's telling, though, that my first response to this announcement was, "But I can't play my character in the DFM, because he hasn't been through the Squadron 42 storyline yet, and I have no idea how that'll shape him!"
 
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I've never done RP in video games, but I've done it plenty in RPGs with dice and character sheets (Those in the universe of Warhammer 40k, and Star Wars). Sign me up!
 

Vastair

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I'll X up.

I tend to approach all gameplay in the MMO genre from a lens of "universe verisimilitude" and run character-light in most of my interactions within the game, but I rarely do RP on the level of extended sessions, PC backstory, etc.

It's telling, though, that my first response to this announcement was, "But I can't play my character in the DFM, because he hasn't been through the Squadron 42 storyline yet, and I have no idea how that'll shape him!"
You can always just say that he is training :D
 

Corwin

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Wow, I gotta check the forums more often... I'm already X'd up as Vastair knows :)

Expect a recruitment poster within the next week or so (unless if classes consume me).

EDIT: I failed to see that Vastair had already posted it :p
 
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No new registrations on Test Forums Please Ignore at the moment.
 
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Shive

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A small x? I'm at least interested in having a look. Not sure I can keep my RP-level up to par with you guys though.
 
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Corwin

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We welcome all to the group, no matter their experience or inexperience! How else would I get in here?

As for any concerns about being super into it, just give it a try. We aim to ultimately have fun. It won't be serious all the time, but also won't be joking around all the time either.
 

Koreth

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Hey guys, I'd like to give the ol' RP a try. I haven't RP'd in video games ever, but plenty of P&P. If I've got the time availability for the once a week meet up I'm definitely interested.
 

Datastream

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I might join this. My fancy for RP is always switching. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don't so I probably won't join everytime. And if I did I would rather be some guy who joins in whenever something promises fun or bounty. Fun being destruction or deception. Chaotic neutral, I suppose.

So for now I won't sign. We'll see.
 
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