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Frequently Asked Questions


Basics

What's play-by-post?
How long have you been around?
What universe do you play in?
How difficult is it to join in and play?
But... why?


Role Play Specifics

How many characters can I run?
Can I kill (maim, or otherwise change) someone else's character?
What is godmoding and why is it so bad?
Can I use single line/sentence posts in the role playing threads?
Are there subjects/descriptions/things I just can't do here?
What kind of character can I play?
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Basics
What's play-by-post?
It's simple, really. One person starts the story by making a post featuring their character. The next person then comes along and makes a post with their own character, describing their reactions, dialogue and anything else relevant. Sometimes many people join in, sometimes it goes back and forth between two people. And this way, a story is written.
How long have you been around?
We've been around in one form or another for nearly 15 years now. Our participation stats vary, but there are always people here willing to keep it running.
What universe do you play in?
We have our own universe, currently called The Echo Clock Chronicles. It's mostly medieval style, with a bit of steampunk and random other bits thrown in. Who wants to limit themselves, right?
How difficult is it to join in and play?
It's not difficult at all. We recommend reading some posts and writing a character biography first so you have some understanding of how things work, but this is easily done and you'll enjoy it all the more as you go along.
But... why?
Why do people play video games or read? To indulge in a fantasy and become a little something they can't ordinarily, to express who they fully are.

And because we have nothing better to do.

Role Play
How many characters can I run?
As many as you'd like/can handle, but to make it easier for all of us(and save bandwidth) it'd be great if you used the same screen name for all of them, and just clarified which character is taking action when you post a roleplay post.
Can I kill (maim, or otherwise change) someone else's character?
Yes and no. If you and the owner of the character have discussed something like this prior and the owner has given permission it's alright. Under no circumstances may you do these things without permission, we have zero tolerance for godmoding on this board.
What is godmoding and why is it so bad?
Godmoding is playing a character that is unbeatable, has no flaws, never takes a hit, can kill other characters with a thought, etc. It doesn't take much thought to realize why it's such a bad thing, it ruins the fun of the roleplay. Why bother going up against someone if they're just going to kill your character without any real effort? And what's the fun in always winning? There's no challenge or thought to it, and it's disrespectful to people who've put a lot of thought and time into their character, therefore it is on our number one list of things not to do if you don't want to get banned.
Can I use single line/sentence posts in the role playing threads?
Yes, though it's encouraged to write a good descriptive paragraph or two, it's understandable that you can't always come up with a long reply, but do have some input that you wish to add. However, we do hope that you can refrain from doing this constantly, as it might lead to others not wanting to roleplay with you.
OK, vivid depcitions of graphic gore seem to be fine here, but are there subjects/descriptions/things I just can't do here?
We like to say keep it PG, but it tends to stay around PG13. Sexual sitations are fine as long as you don't go beyond suggesting or flat out stating that it is happening, graphic details on this are not allowed, we try to keep things family friendly. Ultimately whether or not you're being too graphic is up to board staff. If something is, the graphic content will be edited out and you will recieve a pm explaining what was inappropriate--repeated inappropriate behavoir will result in being banned from the board
What kind of character can I play?
While often you find vampire, were(cats, wolves, ect), fairy, and elven characters in the castle, any kind of character is welcome--as long as they have flaws to go along with their strengths. Write yourself up a character background and ask for input on it if you're not sure, many people in the castle have years of experience in this kind of rp and would be happy to help you develop your ideas.


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