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Author Topic: How to Play in a Play-by-Post Game  (Read 2351 times)

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How to Play in a Play-by-Post Game
« on: July 01, 2008, 02:29:55 AM »
     Occasionally we get new players here who have never played a Role-Playing Game before, but most of our new arrivals are tabletop players who have come to try a new platform.

     With all the experienced players around here, do you have any tips or advice on how to play in a PbP game that might be helpful to someone new to PbP?
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Re: How to Play in a Play-by-Post Game
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2008, 02:32:55 AM »
Tip #1

Sometimes it gets hard to keep track of player names, especially in games with a lot of players. Starting each post with your character's name, or nickname will often keep things straight. (It also saves the time of going to look back a page or two to figure out "What's Celedor's character's name again?). Like this:

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Re: How to Play in a Play-by-Post Game
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2008, 03:53:51 AM »
Tip #2

Don't be afraid to post!  Sometimes a game won't have any posts for a few days, and it turns out all the players are waiting for someone else to say something.  Go ahead and be the one to move things along.

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Re: How to Play in a Play-by-Post Game
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2008, 04:08:37 AM »
Tip #3

It also helps to do as listed in Tip #1 when posting in the OOC (Out Of Character) and Die Roll Threads.  I have not been doing this, but will try to remember.  This is helpful if it is something pertaining directly to your character.  Partially reposted below.

Tip #1

Sometimes it gets hard to keep track of player names, especially in games with a lot of players. Starting each post with your character's name, or nickname will often keep things straight.

If it is just a general comment or joke, then you won't need to list your character's name.

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Re: How to Play in a Play-by-Post Game
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2008, 04:13:10 AM »
Tip #4

Remember some GMs do not like the colorization of text.  Some only like plain Black & White.  Just be sure to ask your GM before beginning to do so.

Me, I don't mind.  Just don't go overboard...

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Re: How to Play in a Play-by-Post Game
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2008, 04:27:09 AM »
Tip #5

Reply to all the posts since your last post, unless conversation has been interrupted by something extreme like combat.  Read since your last post, and then respond. 

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Re: How to Play in a Play-by-Post Game
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2009, 03:36:53 AM »
(Definitely have to agree with #5 there. . .as a player, or GM, it's kind of annoying to see someone either post a reply to the first post since they last posted, totally out of context of the rest of the posts. . .or worse, post 5 times in reply to each and every one of the posts since they last posted. . .read them all, then post once.)

Tip #6

If the GM is maintaining a seperate OOC thread, use it, don't clutter up the IC thread with OOC comments. . .if posting OOC stuff in thread is fine in the game, seperate it from your IC post by (putting it in parenthisis) or making it italic or something.

The major issue here tend to be questions of clarification ala "(Is this Lord Drake the same Lord Drake we met a month ago, the one who put my character in jail?)" or "Can my character make a jump over a 15' chasm?"
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