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Re: FAQ and Facts.
« on: December 07, 2006, 11:02:26 am »
Ok, since it's been suggested we mention it in the faq...

At any given time there are two weeks in play in the RPG.  In an effort to keep time progressing in the RPG, 4 times a year the weeks are progressed: Jan 1, Apr 1, July 1, and Oct 1. (though I admit, we've sometimes let it slide to 6 months instead of 3 when posting has been low  ;))

This means that, for example, if Weeks 1 and 2 are in play, and the Weeks are advanced, Week 1 threads should be wrapped up and no new Week 1 threads created, but Week 3 threads can be started.  This helps keep timelines straight, so the past mentioned in, say a Week 4 thread, isn't contradicted by a later created Week 0 thread.

* Now that we've moved, Semester 3 takes over

Currently weeks 6 & 7 are in play.
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Re: FAQ and Facts.
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2007, 09:50:18 am »
What is the nature of MARPG?
Mars Academy RPG is a social RPG, and centered on the various interactions and relationships between characters, although occasionally there's some excitement and action.

How are actions where one person does something to another handled?
For many sort of actions where one character might do something to another, the acting character usually has to get the permission of the target.  This can be done via PM, or any other means of contact, including an OOC request in the thread itself.  Also, previous encounters not found in the official RP threads can only be made canon by agreement of the people involved.

How do I register a player character?
1) Submit a bio to Planning, using the same overall form as others use.
2) Others may comment on the bio, suggest problems with it, or ask questions.  You will need to answer any objections or questions raised.  You may alter and submit a new bio which takes these into account.
3) After the bio has been posted in planning for a week with no edits, and if it has no objections or unanswered questions, it may be submitted to Registration as is.
4) Submission of the bio to Registration entitles you to play the character in Spaceport threads.  This allows others to get a feel of how you will play the character.  You are required to make at least 5 posts to Spaceport to pass.  It is recommended to post to at least 2 different threads to show 2 different sides to your character.
5) For the next 30 days, your character will be on a trial run.  If at the end of the 30 days, he has sufficient "Yes" votes to pass, he becomes an officially registered character under your control.

What is Spaceport?
Spaceport is set up as a place for non-canon RP threads.  Any character who is registered or made it past planning may start a thread, or post to a created thread.  The primary purpose of Spaceport is to allow new characters a place to show how a particular character will interact with others.  Please note that the Spaceport setting doesn't have to be Spaceport, nor does it have to be a new arrival.  A Spaceport thread could be set anywhere on or around campus you desire.

Spaceport threads default to non-canon (meaning it never happened), but can and have been made canon by agreement afterwards.

What is canon?
Canon simply means that events in that thread have officially happened within the MARPG universe.  Events in Syke's Cyantian comics are canon to MARPG and must be taken into account.  Events in Spaceport are not necessarily canon, but can be agreed upon as canon.

Can I adopt someone else's character?
Yes you may, if the owner is willing to give up his rights to that identity and posts that they accept you as the new owner.  However,the character must then have their bio resubmitted and reregistered via the normal process before the adopted character becomes officially playable again.  (It helps to rewrite the bio in your own words, although most of the details should already be present.)

This applies to failed characters belonging to other players as well, if they are willing to give them up, and let you take over trying to get them in.

What are NPC characters?
Some characters have NPCs attached to them, which are simply characters who have some relationship to the player character, and can freely appear whenever the player character is there.  An example would be a pet or spouse.  Any notable NPC probably needs a brief bio submitted with the bio of the main character, although it doesn't have to be as detailed.  An NPC should remain largely in the background.

Occasionally, a generic NPC might be seen in order to fill space and advance the thread until the player characters can begin to interact themselves.  Such characters only have basic details revealed generally speaking, and tend to vanish quickly.

What if I want to register an NPC?
An NPC can be submitted for registered player character status via the same means as a new character.

I have an idea for something I want to do.  Can I...?
Never hurts to ask in OOC whether or not something is acceptable, especially if you are unsure.  Sometimes it depends on how trusted a player is.
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Re: FAQ and Facts.
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2007, 02:33:17 pm »
I see some bracketed text in the thread title, what does that mean?

That is a timestamp for that thread, so that other players know when it occurs and can take that into account.  Here is daemonschile's explanation.

The public/private part is who's welcome to join.  If the thread is public, anyone can join in.  If it's private... it's usually a thread for specific characters and you need to ask the players to join.

The other part ([s w d]) is the date stamp, since all the threads are considered canon with each other so we can keep track of what happened when.  Since we're on semester 2, it starts S2.  Since weeks 6 and 7 are in play, the next number is going to be W6 or W7 (the weeks open for new threads normally change Jan 1, April 1, July 1, and Oct 1).  The third is day of the week (1-7), followed by time (24 hour format preferred, so 8am and 8pm don't get mixed up) and location of the start of the thread (since technically the characters are at a school, there are certain times/ places characters shouldn't be available unless they're skipping class).
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Re: FAQ and Facts.
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2008, 04:56:11 pm »
Character Discussion FAQ

What is Character Discussion?
  Whenever a character is registered for Spaceport, in the hopes of gaining approval, a copy of their profile is posted to a hidden Character Discussion subforum, where players discuss their opinions on the character, and place their vote on the character.

Who is allowed to discuss and/or vote on a character?
  Any player with at least one approved character who does not have anyone currently submitted for approval should have access to the Character Discussion Forum, and may freely participate in the threads. 

  If you fit this definition but don't have access to the forum, contact an Administrator to fix this.  You should have "Mars RPG Approved" under your name.  Currently, daemonschile and myself are the main admins for the RPG.

  Some less active accounts, including some imported from old forums, have been given "Mars RPG Alumnus" status, which grants that account full posting privileges to Mars RPG roleplay forums, and allows them to see current character discussions, but doesn't allow them to post or vote there.  Anyone with an Alumnus account who wishes to become active again can contact an admin as well.

  Players with registered but unapproved characters in play in Spaceport temporarily lose access to the Character Discussion Forum, although any vote they have submitted still stands.  They may also relay comments and votes to other character's discussions via another player.

How does voting work?
  Essentially, each player can choose to vote "Yes" to accept the character, "No" to reject the character, or "Abstain" if they don't wish to cast a vote in either direction.  Each player counts for one vote.  In the event of a low vote count, moderator votes can count as 2.  In order to pass, a character must receive at least 4 more "Yes" votes more than "No" votes at the end of 30 days.  They must also receive at least one "Yes" vote from a moderator.

What is a moderator?
  A moderator is a particularly trusted player who has been chosen by the Administrators and fellow Moderators to oversee the RPG, and who has accepted the responsibility.  There is no process to apply for this position.  New moderators are only picked when needed, as decided by the current body of moderators.

How do I find out how I'm doing?
  You can't.  You simply have to play your character as best you can for the month.  At the end of their month, you'll be informed of any major complaints about the character and can use that to resubmit the character if you want and need to.  Occasionally, a complaint or concern will be noted on passing characters as well.

  Please note that members are prohibited from sharing details from the discussion with the player submitting the character.

Why can't they tell me how I'm doing?
  Having a discussion thread for the new characters presents some dangers to maintaining a civil RPG environment.

  1) The player of the registered character may take offense at some comments.
  2) A member wishing to make a comment may decide not to in for fear of the first danger.

  Making the discussion hidden from view (and anonymous in a sense) solves both issues, and allows members the freedom to discuss the character relatively freely.

  In addition to being an anonymous process, we also wish to see how the player plays the character naturally, without any prompting from other members.  If a player passes, that means other members trust the player to play the character properly on their own, which is a factor in the decision.

  This is also why approved players lose access to the Character Discussion Forum while they have a character seeking approval.
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Missing Starting Post from the forum move...
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2010, 04:21:17 pm »
Title: FAQ and Facts.
Post by: Josh the Aspie on August 21, 2006, 01:12:56 AM

What is Mars Academy RPG?
Mars Academy RPG is an online forum based role playing game, set in the Mars Academy in the universe of the Cyantian Chronicles.

What are the Cyantian Chronicles?
They are a set of web-comics written and rendered by Tiffany Ross, the artist also known for the web-comics Alien Dice and Pure. The comic that started off the Cyantian Chronicles series can be found here (http://cyantian.net/csafari/).

Okay, now what's an RPG?
RPG stands for Role-Playing Game.  It is a type of game where one takes on the role of a character, and interacts with the world in which they live.  There are many variations of roleplaying games, but the one we have here is a type of co-operative storytelling. You create your own character in the world of Cyantian Chronicles, and take on their role.  You then work, along with other players and their characters, to have fun creating a story together.

Wow, great, I want to play Darius!
Sorry bud, no can do.  Tiffany herself plays here now and again, and Darius belongs to her.  Some of the characters from the comic are up for adoption, but it's a lot harder to get to play them than if you make up your own characters.  The other players aren't very likely to vote to let you play an important character if they don't know you.

What, you mean there's rules to this thing?
Yes, there are.  Like any other game, we've got some rules.  The official rules can be found here (http://shivae.org/cyantian/index.php?topic=3.0).

Okay, this is really confusing, and the rules keep replacing each-other. Is there a place where I can find the current rules on making a character in an easier to read format?
Sure is! It's called the planning thread.  That's because you can also ask experienced players for advice there, and read advice that we've decided is so important we'd post it for everyone at the start of the thread.  The planning thread is also the first place you need to post your character profile once you've decided who you want to play.  It's also got lists of the different races that appear in the comic.  You can find the planning thread here (http://shivae.org/cyantian/index.php?topic=24).

Be sure to read the rules thread eventually though.  Not all of the rules there concern character creation. They also list the official method to take if you have a problem with someone, and the rules on how to make suggestions if you want to change the way the rules read.
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Re: FAQ and Facts.
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 11:32:13 am »
Can I test-play a new character before officially registering them?
     If you have a character profile you wish to test and flesh out, you are permitted to create [Planning] threads in Spaceport to do so, provided you have either a complete profile (all fields filled out) or moderator approval.  These threads do not count towards the 5 minimum post count of a registered character.  If you cannot post to Spaceport (first character), contact an administrator, same as if you are registering your first character.
     Threads designed to flesh out new characters have a [Planning] tag in the title.  The player who starts such a thread has control over that thread, so if they request that your character exit their thread, please be polite and do so.
     Spaceport threads with [Registration] tag require characters to be registered or approved.
     Please note that only MARPG Approved, Alumni, and players granted special permission may post in Spaceport.

Is there any difference in submitting a returning character?
     Older characters from previous forums only have to wait 3 days to register, and in fact may register sooner if the moderators read their profile and approve of it.  In addition, older characters are never considered "restricted", even if their profile would otherwise make them restricted.  These rules don't apply to any new characters a returning player may make.
     Please note that any MARPG member may still ask questions about and challenge a returning character.  Do also note that returning characters are grandfathered in, and some may be characters a player could not otherwise submit for play.  (The Fitizoid comes to mind.)
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The Fidael Family - Noiya, Taisha, Rutilus, Rokfriez, and Double-Q
Rifalia Mekiska - Socialite Revolutionary
Leikki Biegle - Painfully Shy Mouse Mechanic
Amala Kanara - Highly Competitive and Mischievous Special Ops Cheetah
Rhiadi Kaelynn - Graduate Level Education Major
Krytus Yami - Intimidating Security Personnel
Jyala Oppa - Cheerful Otter Athlete
Sharib Akhim - Shelved - Proud and Grumpy Ram (but not a bad guy)
Fictional Characters - Such as Ruti might read.