Number 3: Rules
Though not completely necessary--especially if forum rules cover everything for you-- it is nice to have, and keeps people from out of charracter arguements, like-"You're character can't do that!" "Who says it can't?"-it also makes sure the roleplay is fair, and fun for everyone.
One thing about rules is to make sure they are not too restricting though, or others will not want to join.
An example of basic rules are as follows:
1. No God-Modding - God-Modding is when a character does something it shouldn't be able to do. Whether it be using impossible powers or dodging every single hit, or never seeming to be able to get hurt. This upsets many people and can start arguements, so this rule is one that you will want to have.
2. No Cursing, Cussing, Swearing- Though this may be a rule in the forums, some people may think that it doesn't apply. If you don't want foul langauge, (or you don't want you're players getting in trouble) then make sure you have this rule.
2(.5) Or **** It Out- Ok, lets say you don't mind swearing, but it's still against the rules, starring out the words allow the players the freedom over their characters attitude, while still keeping from getting in trouble.
3. No Power-Plays or Auto-Hits- Power-playing is when one player takes control of another player's character. Auto-hits are when a player states that someone else's character has taken damage, with out letting the owner of the character have a chance to dodge/counter.
4. No Gary/Mary Sues(No Perfect Charracters)- Gary/Mary Sue is the nickname given to a character that is almost acting like a God-Mod, never getting hurt, never making mistakes, etc. These types of characters can get really annoying really fast, so it is best to have the players avoid them.
5. Character Limitation- Maybe you think your players should have less characters, or maytbe you want them to be able to keep up with what is going on with the characters. In order to avoid mass confusion amongst the roleplayers, limiting characters is one way to go.
6. Power Limitation- Maybe you don't want all the characters to be mind readers or to have the ability to walk through walls. Power limitations help keep arguements down, and give realiazation to the story.
7. Post Minimum - The minimum number of sentences per post. Just in case you are the kind of person who does not like one-liners and lazy posts.
8. Are you paying attention? - In case you're worried that people may not be reading your rules, a good trick rules is in order, and example of a trick rule is "If you have read the rules type -random word- in your form" The best place for a trick rule is in either the middle or the end of the rules.
These are just basic rules, you can add or remove rules in your own roleplay depending on how you want the RP to flow.
Number 4: Roleplay Writing Style
You might want the roleplay to be held in a certain format, so it looks good, or maybe you want the players to do whatever they want.
One style of Roleplay writing is the Script-Screen Format. This format is similar to way a movie script is written.
Here is an example of a Script-Screen format:
Demon: So, the human-lover decided to show? *turns around* Come on, let's get this finished.
Angel: Hm. *runs up and slashes sword*
Demon: *blocks* Is that the best you've got?
Angel: Don't bet on it *slashes sword again*
Demon: Heh *grabs the sword* You're not strong enough to defeat me.
Another style of writing is the Paragraph Format. The Paragraph Format appears more like a story book.
Here is an example of the Paragraph Format:
The Angel held his breath when the Demon stopped his sword. He knew he wasn't strong enough. He couldn't just let the Demon destory more human lifes though. The Demon's hand was gripping the blade. The Angel pulled the sword down cutting the Demons palm. The Demon hissed and withdrew his hand.
"Why you litte-" The Demon grabbed the Angel's neck with his good hand. The Angel tried to pry out of his grip. "I told you, you are not strong enough." The Demon said, as the Angel's life waned away.
Roleplay writing style is not required, but it is nice if you want the story to flow.
Number 5: Application Form
An application form helps give the players an understanding of the characters, and their appearances.
Here is an example of an Application Form:
Name: Basic, the characters name
Age: The characters age
Gender: The characters gender
Appearance: The characters looks
Personality: How the character acts usually
History: The characters past
Other: Anything missed or the reply to the trick rule
Forms are very useful for figuring out who a character is comunicating with, and keep confusion down.
That is all. Thanks for reading. Any questions or concerns? Leave a comment. ^^