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    This is clearly stated in our RP forum rules. If you've not read them yet, do so BEFORE posting anything in the RP forums. They may be found here (for Pokémon Role Play) or here (for General Role Play). Remember that the Global Rules of Pokécharms also apply in addition to these rule sets.

Pokémon Role Play Rules

Discussion in 'Pokémon Role Play' started by StellarWind Elsydeon, Oct 24, 2013.

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    StellarWind Elsydeon Armblades Ascendant
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    Pokémon Role Play Forum Rules
    Role Plays - or RPs for short - are interactive stories where every poster creates one or more characters and writes alongside other forum members. In theory they're merely stories with more than one author, but instead of pooling ideas (writing the story as one) each member continuously prompts the others to move forward one step at a time. The results can be interesting and often times amazing. It all depends on you guys.

    This particular board is dedicated entirely to RPs taking place in the Pokémon world. RPs taking place in other settings do not belong here, but rather in the General Role Play board. Note that the General Role Play board has its own rules - and while they have many similarities to these, they are a separate rule thread and should be read if you intend to post anything over there.

    Remember: These rules and regulations are here to keep the RP board fun for everyone. So, please respect the rules and abide by them. If any of you spots a violation, let us know. We'll do our best to deal with them.

    How we RP

    Here in Pokécharms, RPing is done in story format, as opposed to script format, "sign-up" format or other freeform formats common on other RP forums or, say, Tumblr. This entails certain requirements from the format of posts:
    • Posts must be written in third person (There is no "I" in "Role Play") and in the past tense (because we most certainly can't have everything happening all at once) - this helps maintain a certain consistency and grammatical cohesion between the players.
    • Posts should be at least a paragraph long. With the exception of interaction scenes where one character replies to another's question and quick progression is required, one line posts are extremely dull and annoying. God, so to speak, is in the details - and adding description (of the scene, your characters, or the interaction between them) goes a long way to breathe life into an otherwise bland scene. However, do not overdo it - when the bigger picture is lost in unnecessary over-detailing, the point of a post may be lost.
    • If a post contains images of ANY sort, they must be either created by the poster themselves or works created for them, specifically, by request or commission, and this must be verifiable. Using of art of ANY OTHER source is EXPRESSLY prohibited. We have no tolerance for art theft. If you wish to describe a character, it is far preferable to use words to do so. This also applies to Fanmade Pokémon, as shall be detailed below. This restriction also applies to discussion threads.

    Becoming Part of an RP

    There are, naturally, two ways to become part of an RP: Joining an existing one or starting a new one.

    Joining an existing RP

    Some RPs allow new people to join in while the RP is already in progress. Most, however, do not - many RPs are closed RPs limited to a certain group of users, while others may have simply progressed to the point that introducing a new character without warning would be disruptive to the story. Others still may have not seen activity for a long time and have been abandoned, thus attempting to continue them may be a futile endeavor (check the latest reply date - it's good practice anyway).

    Thus, before attempting to join an existing RP, please make sure that it is OK to do so by contacting the topic creator via a Private Message or other means (such as the discussion threads that many RPs have in the the PRP Discussion board) and asking them if there's an open spot in the RP for you. Please refrain from leaving a post in the actual RP thread itself asking if you can join. Private Messages exist for a reason. Use them.

    Starting a new RP

    To borrow a phrase from the world of tabletop role playing games, when you start an RP thread you take on the position of "Dungeon Master" - that is to say, it falls to you to describe the environment, the setting and your character's place in it in sufficient detail - and to create an opening for another player to come in. It is virtually impossible for people to join a new topic if they have absolutely nothing to go on - so, if you are not ready for that kind of a commitment due to lack of time/energy/effort or other reasons, do not start new RP threads.

    Also, remember - we do our RPing in story format. Ergo, write a sufficiently long post that is at least a few paragraphs long. if a prospective player looks at your introduction and thinks "Is that all you've got?", you are clearly doing it wrong.

    A note on "Sign-Up" Posts: It is general consensus that sign-up posts (that is brief blurbs describing a setting vaguely followed by a 'post your characters here!' type thing) are unnecessary wastes of space that serve no purpose but to hold an RP thread down - and do not count as valid introduction posts. Therefore, they are not to be posted on the Pokémon Role Play Forum. If you wish to discuss the manner of details usually dealt with in this manner, please use the PRP Discussion board or Private Messages. All character bios should be posted on the PRP Discussion board as well, either within a topic specifically created for your RP or the Mainstream PRP Characters Bios topic.

    The Big "Do Not"s of RPing

    These are the biggest, most important and most basic things that you must never, under any circumstance do in an RP - and will NOT be tolerated here.

    Autoing - "Hey, didn't I kill you last episode?"

    Autoing (also known as "bunnying" in certain RP communities) is the act of controlling another RPer's character without their permission. This may take many different forms - from describing another player's character taking a certain action that their player did not make them take to forcing a hit on another player's character in a battle - all of which are equally annoying and none of which are considered acceptable behaviour.

    Superplaying/Godmoding - "Let There be Light!"

    Superplaying, Also known as "Godmoding", "Powergaming" or (less commonly) as "IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAND!" is the act of breaching your character's limitations and doing something that should be entirely impossible for them to do even within this fictional universe. A special power or two are fine (as long as you can explain them properly) - but something to the line of destroying a planet with sheer thought is taking it too far.

    Guidelines for Role Playing

    Though these are described as 'guidelines', they will be enforced in the same way as any other rule here.

    Avoid Mary Sues - "That's the fifth one this week!"

    Mary Sues (or their male equivalent, Gary Stus/Marty Stus) are characters who are unbelievably perfect and 'special' to the point the laws of the universe seem to bend to accommodate for them. Note that a strong and talented character is NOT necessarily a Sue - you don't have to start your characters off as beginners or weaklings - but keep it believable. There is a difference between writing a character who is a seasoned trainer and a 17-year-old Rocket executive cat-girl with 200+ Pokémon, hyper-sharp senses and some dark, generic sob story past involving genetic engineering, magical amulets and signing a contract with the unholy lovechild of Espurr and Sylveon.

    If you may have any concerns that your character may be a Sue or a Stu, here are a simple test or two.

    Continuity matters - "I could have sworn that table was on the left side five seconds ago."

    When you write an RP post, you are writing a story in collaboration with several other people. As such it is extremely important to be mindful of your surroundings and of the actions of other characters to keep a solid, flowing continuity and avoid general confusion. Simply put: we don't want rooms spontaneously shifting into forests or characters randomly shifting appearance/locations because someone got too lazy to read other people's posts.

    Grammar and spelling also matter- "Fite gem and get bage!"

    This should go without saying - but in story-format RPing, spelling and grammar matter a great deal. This means we expect you to go over your posts, format them properly (no one likes a wall of text), spell-check them and actually make them readable without other people having to bust out a Rosetta stone.

    This thread is a good resource for all things grammar/spelling related in RP, and we strongly recommend you read it.

    Violence in PRP- "And then he ran into my Scyther! He ran into my Scyther TEN TIMES!"

    As one would expect from a setting where elemental creatures with pointy teeth clash with each other on the field of battle on a relatively daily basis, the Pokémon universe is more violent than we sometimes realize. While there isn't an exact limit on the amount of horrible grotesque things that can happen in an RP - "on-screen" violence is not everyone's cup of tea. Therefore, we ask that:
    • Exceedingly violent posts must be tagged - either in the thread title or the post itself. That way, people who do not wish to read exceedingly violent content (or who shouldn't) are not caught by surprise.
    • No senseless bloodbaths - Violence must make sense within the setting. No eviscerating the entire population of a small village and feasting on their entrails in graphic detail simply for the sake of it, please.

    Legendary Pokémon in RP

    Legendary Pokémon are "Legendary" for a reason - they are exceedingly rare, quite elusive and often phenomenally powerful. Not all legendaries are alike - they vary in rarity (ranging from exceedingly rare to, in a few rare occasion, singular beings) and strength (ranging from more powerful than average to having nearly god-like powers) - but be that as it may, they are certainly not creatures that the average person would encounter without a very valid, good and well-thought-out reason.

    Therefore, the presence of Legendary Pokémon here is heavily regulated and must be authorized by one of the PRP moderators - this goes for owning, befriending or even having a wild Legendary appear in a storyline. We'd prefer to keep the involvement of Legendary Pokémon to a minimum, but if you absolutely MUST have them in your plot, here is what to do.

    There are three types of legendary interactions in RP: Encounter, Bonding and Capture/Ownership. These form a three-tier system according to which Legendary Pokémon are classified in terms of what can and cannot be done with them.

    Encounter

    An encounter, basically, is any appearance of a Legendary Pokémon within an RP plot. It can take many shapes - from a brief sighting with no interaction to a complex interaction including a conversation with, a battle against or any other form of interaction so long as the legendary operates strictly of its own accord and does not adhere to the judgment or commands of any player character.

    To request an Encounter, contact @StellarWind Elsydeon with a detailed description of the planned encounter plot, the species to be encountered and the reasoning behind it.

    Legendary Pokémon that may only be encountered, but not bonded with or captured.
    • Mewtwo
    • Celebi
    • Kyogre*
    • Groudon*
    • Rayquaza
    • Dialga
    • Palkia
    • Giratina
    • Arceus
    • Tornadus
    • Thundurus
    • Landorus
    • Genesect
    • Xerneas
    • Yveltal
    • Zygarde
    • Tapu Koko
    • Tapu Lele
    • Tapu Bulu
    • Tapu Fini
    • Cosmog
    • Cosmoem
    • Solgaleo
    • Lunala
    • Necrozma
    • Magearna
    A note re: Kyogre and Groudon: While the Red Orb and Blue Orb are capable of controlling them, use of these orbs seem to lead to a mind-meld of sorts that heightens aggression and leads to irrational, often insane behaviour on both parties. As such, involvement of the orbs in RPs will be judged on a case-to-case basis.
    Bonding

    A Bonding Situation is a type of encounter where, in a certain situation, a Legendary Pokémon acknowledges the worth of a character and forms a temporary partnership with them, battling alongside them and following their suggestions in battle. This is a temporary, situational partnership that is dissolved as the situation that triggered it ends. In addition, it must be compliant with the specific Legendary's lore.

    To request a Bonding Situation, contact @StellarWind Elsydeon with a detailed description of the planned encounter plot, the species to be encountered and the reasoning behind it - as you would for a typical encounter. However, also include a link to an up-to-date bio of your character and the reasoning for the legend partnering with the character.

    Legendary Pokémon that may be encountered or bonded with, but not captured.
    • Lugia
    • Ho-Oh
    • Jirachi
    • Uxie
    • Mesprit
    • Azelf
    • Regigigas
    • Reshiram
    • Zekrom
    • Kyurem
    • Meloetta
    • Diancie
    • Hoopa
    • Volcanion
    Capture and Ownership

    A number of Legendary Pokémon have been confirmed in multiple forms of canon as being parts of a species (rather than one-off individuals). Similarily, multiple forms of canon confirm that some (weaker) legendaries can be defeated - and indeed, Legendary Pokémon have been shown to be parts of the teams of some particularly remarkable trainers (such as the Pyramid King Brandon). Therefore - it should make sense that some Legendary Pokémon can be captured.

    However, capture and ownership of a legend is no easy feat, nor is it to be taken lightly. Your characters are allowed up to ONE Legendary Pokémon each for obvious balance related concerns - and legendaries must be earned. To get permission to capture a legendary, contact @StellarWind Elsydeon with your request, complete with an up-to-date character bio, as you would with a Bonding situation. However, note that for a capture situation the character must be a very good trainer that has been doing this for a while - and you must be able to prove it.

    If you are a good and trusted RPer, mature enough and meeting a certain standard of quality - and assuming your character is deemed good enough to handle a legendary - you will be tentatively approved to capture a legendary. Once you receive permission, you must detail the capture of the legendary. This can be done in the form of an RP or a fan-fic - but in any case, it must be submitted to our approval. The capture must be sufficiently difficult and convincing - and if we deem it so - congratulations, your character has captured a Legendary Pokémon.

    Bear in mind that with great power comes great responsibility. You may use your Legendary in RPs that you have created - but if you intend to involve a character who has a Legendary in another person's RP, ask for the thread creator's permission. Needless to say, we will put a certain limit on the amount of Legendaries owned - can't have the entire universe run around with a Darkrai or something, now, can we?

    New: Due to special stipulations in Canon regarding Type:Null/Silvally (only a very small number exists and most of them are in cryogenic storage at the Aether Foundation) and the Ultra Beasts (Capturing the beasts requires Beast Balls, proprietary Aether Foundation technology which is prohibitively expensive), requesting permission for having any of those would demand an even deeper explanation than normal.

    And lastly: Do not abuse your Legendary's power in any thread, yours or otherwise - If you are caught doing so, your legendary privilege will be suspended or removed altogether.

    Legendary Pokémon that may be encountered, bonded with or captured
    • Articuno
    • Zapdos
    • Moltres
    • Mew
    • Raikou
    • Entei
    • Suicune
    • Regirock
    • Regice
    • Registeel
    • Latios
    • Latias
    • Deoxys
    • Cresselia
    • Darkrai
    • Phione
    • Manaphy
    • Heatran
    • Shaymin
    • Victini
    • Cobalion
    • Terrakion
    • Virizion
    • Keldeo
    • Type: Null
    • Silvally
    • Nihilego
    • Buzzwole
    • Pheromosa
    • Xurkitree
    • Celesteela
    • Kartana
    • Guzzlord

    Mega Evolution

    Mega Evolution, introduced in Generation VI, is a dramatic transformation/power-up brought upon by a combination of three elements: a Mega Stone, a Key Stone and a strong bond between Pokémon and Trainer. However, as the power-up that Mega Evolution bestows may unleash almost legendary powers, several requirements exist for their use.
    • Only ONE Mega Evolving Pokémon per character - and it must have a deep bond with its trainer . This is simply a concern of balance as well as one of lore. Mega Evolution is triggered by the resonance of strong emotions from closely bonded trainer and Pokémon catalyzed by the resonance of the Mega Stone and Key Stone. Obviously, a Pokémon you've just captured will not Mega Evolve for you.
    • A character must be plausibly recognized as worthy of Mega Evolution. Mega Stones and Key Stones are phenomenally rare - Key Stones certainly moreso than Mega Stones.
    Any Mega Pokémon needs to be authorized by one of the RP moderators - PM us with your request, citing the character (complete with up-to-date character bio), the Pokémon, and sufficient proof of the bond between the Trainer and Pokémon, as well as the way they attained a Mega Stone and Key Stone. These must be plausible enough to be considered.

    Z-Moves

    Z-Moves, for the time being, are only restricted by the same criteria they are in-game - the trainer must have a Z-Ring (These are usually made by and conferred by Island Challenge Kahunas), the Pokémon using the Z move must hold an appropriate Z-Crystal (this is mutually exclusive with any other item including Mega Stones, if you had one approved before), know a move of the same type as the Z-Crystal they are holding and a Z-Move may only be used ONCE per battle.

    Note that having a Z-Ring does not make you automatically eligible for Mega Evolutions. Restrictions still apply.

    Battle Bond

    The notion of dramatic power-ups as a result of a close bond between a Pokémon and a Trainer is certainly not a new idea, and there is no restriction on such. However, the introduction of Ash-Greninja and the specific Battle Bond ability puts a twist on this in the sense of the bond between trainer and Pokémon bringing on a form change.

    Two restrictions apply to this, and both are already within the scope of currently existing rules. A power boost must be reasonable - any godmoding or superplaying occurring as a result of a Battle Bond power-up is just as unacceptable as any other godmoding or superplaying. As Ash-Greninja is the only Pokémon to have this ability with an actual form change in canon - any 'fan made' form changes must adhere to all rules governing fan-made Pokémon, as shall be detailed in the next section.

    Fan-Made Pokémon, Crossbreeds, Pokémon with Unique Qualities, etc.

    As a whole, use of fan-made Pokémon (often colloquially referred to as 'Fakémon', though this is considered a rather derisive term), crossbreed species, individual Pokémon with unique qualities are allowed in PRP. However, these must abide by the following requirements:
    • Fan-mades must be original creations of the user using them - if you wish to use another person's fanmade Pokémon, regardless of whether or not the original creator is a member of Pokécharms or other websites such as DeviantART or Tumblr, you must obtain the original creator's permission to do so and be able to prove you received such. Unauthorised use of other people's creations will lead to action taken against those who do. Needless to say - using someone else's art to describe your own fanmade, even if you change their names et cetera, is still stealing and will still be treated as such.
    • Always ask the thread owner if they allow the use of fan-made Pokémon - not everyone likes fanmades or approves of their usage. Do so via the RP's Discussion Thread or private messages, though.
    • Fan-mades must be reasonably powered - keep your creations balanced. If your creature has a prominent strength (such as, for example, being capable of changing its type at will) it must be balanced by a weakness to prevent abuse of said ability (such as the transformation taking time and the Pokémon is vulnerable through the transformation). If the fan-made in question has legendary caliber power, you are not allowed to use it without express permission from the PRP mods.
    • Fan-mades, unique abilities etc. must be explainable - Balance aside, your creations must make sense/be feasibly explainable within the context of the Pokémon universe. This means that we will not accept any "a wizard did it" explanations. Mary Sue Pokémon are just as bad as Mary Sue characters.
    • Fan-mades must not violate any existing RP Rules - This should go without saying.

    That's it - have fun RPing - and if clarification of the rules is required, contact StellarWind Elsydeon.
     
    #1 StellarWind Elsydeon, Oct 24, 2013
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