Adrift follows in the footsteps of Errant, SSLF's first Persistent World RPG (set in Wulfgard). As such, this info thread largely echoes Errant's...
Set in Nova Refuge, this RPG board is intended purely for fun. This is a way people can enjoy interacting with other players, running quests, playing multiple storylines, and exploring their characters. It's meant to be casual and relaxed, a place where people can jump in and out without having to worry about being slaughtered over it. You can participate in my campaigns, take part in world events, make your own campaign and DM it yourself, become a part of a large setting full of mystery and adventure, make friends and enemies of your fellow players, and even work alongside NPCs to achieve your goals. This will just be my way to have fun and relax between work, which I hope is what you'll do with it, too.
1. Follow the rules of SSLF (of course).
2. Follow the curse word rules of SSLF.
3. Respect and obey your RP admin (that's me). What I say goes, no matter what it is.
4. What happens IC stays IC. Player characters and NPCs alike will inevitably conflict, but this should by no means ever be taken as an indication of spite among players (and conflict is, in fact, often very fun). This is a game. Don't make things personal. The same goes for holding grudges against characters if/when you meet them in other media. What happens in here stays here.
5. Always take at least one action or say one line of dialogue in your post. Your posts should be interacting with the world, other player(s), or NPC(s). You and your fellow players are the driving forces of this RPG. Your posts should contribute in at least a small way. Standing in the corner and thinking about everything that happened but taking absolutely no actions and/or saying no dialogue in your post is contributing nothing to the RPG.
6. Do not be afraid to take risks and make bold moves. Rocking the boat is always a good time. If you play a more reserved character, that's fine, but if you play a more chaotic character, then don't be afraid to do whatever your character would do in any given situation. I don't penalize players for doing any degree of unexpected things. I often enjoy it, and it'll make for more interesting situations for both myself and other players.
7. This RPG is set in the sci-fi world of Nova Refuge. While this RPG will be looser with the lore than the stories, you must nonetheless adhere to the general rules of the setting. I'm not demanding too much, I just ask that you don't assume large elements of the lore without simply asking first. However...
8. Don't feel restricted.
Rules may be updated as the RPG goes along and more issues arise. I'll always point this out this in future patch notes, if it occurs.
A persistent world is an RPG term used by players of the video game Neverwinter Nights. A persistent world is a RPG server in which the players' actions remain constant. That is to say, whatever you do in this RPG will not disappear over time. A persistent world is a world is precisely that - elements persist over time, actions you take and actions others take. It also persists without you even when you are not there.
How do I sign up?
Simply visit the sign-up thread to find the sign-up information and the sign-up sheet, and then post your character in the general sign-up thread if you want to hop right into the RP, or go looking around at campaigns made by other members and join their stories instead by posting your sign-up sheet in their campaign topic. Please note that your character must be approved before you are added to the RP.
Which topics are OOC (Out of Character) and which are IC (In Character)?
There are two subforums, one is IC and one is OOC.
How do I make my own campaign?
Please PM me for further info, but go ahead and make it! All you do is make a sign-up topic for your campaign (that means your RP). You will be the DM of your campaign, obviously. You should direct your players to the Sign-Up Topic for the sign-up sheets in this RPG. Please be sure to specify what species are and aren't allowed in your campaign, if you want those restrictions. When you make a new campaign, I will give you the permissions required to post new zones in the IC board.
Can I control multiple characters?
Yes, you can.
How do NPC companions work?
NPC companions work just like having another player around, except they are a NPC controlled by me. The majority of NPC companions have their own stories and conflicts (many even have unique quests), and just like any other character, the more you interact with them, the more you'll get to know them. If they trust you enough, they might even put their life on the line for your sake - or they might try to kill you, if you make them mad enough and turn your back on them. Essentially, as I said, it's just like interacting with any other player. This isn't like some video games, where they'll follow you no matter what you do.
You never know which NPCs might be available as companions. You also never know what they might have in store for you. Be sure to check the NPC Companion List topic for info on NPCs that are already a part of existing player groups.
How do quests work?
Quests (ones that I run, anyway) are unmarked and unannounced; you have to go looking for them yourself, if you aren't already on a campaign. There is no journal system, either. But, rest assured, quests are out there just waiting for you to find them. There are a wide variety of quests in various genres, including (but not limited to)... mystery, action/adventure, exploration (a mix of the former categories and in general a very dangerous but exciting undertaking), romance (I'm not kidding here), survival, and much more.
Can I level up?
No. There is no level up system - your initial stats are your eternal stats, but you might just gain new abilities. Also, your character may gain prestige in certain areas and/or with certain people or groups, and you may also acquire better gear. You may also undergo certain unusual changes in the game world, such as if you end up gaining cybernetics of some form, undergoing strange mutations, or anything else that might happen in the great, wide galaxies.
So I can go anywhere I want?
Yes. This is a completely open world in which you are able (and encouraged) to explore.
When can I expect a DM post?
I have no set schedule for DM posts. When I have time, I will post more actively and respond to the NPC conversations players are holding, as well as their actions, etc. I post very actively when I can, especially if someone is speaking to an NPC companion. I don't like to leave anyone hanging in any scenario if I can possibly help it for long.
However, when I do not have time to DM post, everyone is encouraged to interact with each other and entertain themselves in the meantime. Players interacting with each other is the heart and soul of any character-driven roleplaying game, and character development cannot happen without interacting with players, NPCs, and the world around you.
I've got a very busy schedule (particularly now that this and Errant exist), but I'll always do my best to keep this board as active as possible and prevent anyone from having to wait.
Am I obligated to post during a certain timeframe?
While I certainly encourage frequent posting and my favorite players are active players, I am not requiring anyone to strictly adhere to any posting time rules. This is a casual RP for fun. If you have to go somewhere and will be unable to post, please do let me know, but I will not kill your character or penalize you in any way while you are unable to post.
Also, if you are going to be inactive for an extended period of time, again, let me know and your character will essentially go into stasis. If you are gone for several weeks or a month or more, when you are interested in participating again, just let me know and I can arrange to have your existing character join an active player group (or else you can sign up as a new character, if that's what you want to do).
Is there a limit on how often I can post?
Absolutely not. In fact, I encourage you to post fast and frequently if you are interacting with another player or even responding to fast and frequent DM posts. Don't keep anyone waiting just because you feel like you're "spamming" the topic. A lot of people haven't noticed, but SSLF doesn't even have a "no spam" rule anymore.
However, please note that when you take an action, you should wait for me to tell you the result of that action before taking another one. However, you can still continue any potential conversations while waiting for me to reply.
You are not going to be penalized in any way for rapid-fire posting with another player just to have another conversation. As long as the other person has responded, respond to them as often as you like. Back-and-forth conversations are one of the most awkward things to do in a forum RP, but I love those, and I love seeing players do those in RPGs. So, by all means, if you're both online and posting actively in the thread, just keep right on at it.
How many actions can I take in my reply?
This depends entirely on the situation. In most any case, take just one action per post. To be more specific:
- If you are in a combat situation, take only one action against an enemy. You cannot kill everything around you. This is a structured RPG that runs on rules.
- If you are in a conversation, talk as much as you please and another player/NPC will try to respond to each relevant part. However, if you get too carried away and make your character ramble on (although this can be perfectly justified under some circumstances, like explaining his/her past to another character or something), the flow of the conversation could be lost, so I encourage shorter conversation posts so that other people can participate more readily.
- If you are exploring a zone, specify where exactly your character is going so I can describe what you find. For instance, if you are in a city and want to find a bar, simply say that your character set off in search of a bar.
- If you are investigating a crime scene or participating in some other quest event, you also should generally just take one action.
Just post naturally. In general, you can tell when you should and shouldn't take a lot of actions in your post. Always be as specific as possible so that I know just what your character is doing/looking at/looking for, so that I can respond accordingly. However, you always have more chances to reply, so don't sweat it if you have a lot of things you want to do. Just do them in separate posts. It's more fun that way, too.
What might result in a permanent player character death?
Disobeying the rules or getting yourself into a very, very bad situation (hopefully the latter will not happen often, and it is easily preventable by you). This is a casual RP, as I've mentioned, and I don't agree with permanently killing anyone's character. I appreciate the simple fact that you took the time and interest to sign up for this RP, and I'm not going to punish you for it unless you cause trouble for me by disobeying the rules. Only under certain very unique circumstances could you possibly die permanently through player actions - I'd try to keep you alive, but if you just do something really, really stupid that you know you shouldn't do, there's not a whole lot I can do to help you. However, if you flagrantly disobey the rules and then continue to do so even after I warn you to stop, your character will face perma-death and you will be banned from participating in the RPG.
A few closing comments...
Please, come into Adrift with a plan to be relaxed and have fun. Don't use this RP as a basis to judge Nova Refuge and its characters and plots (you should read the various novels, short stories, and other official content to do that). This RP simply can't be used for that purpose, as the RP isn't intended for that purpose to begin with. The true heart of Nova Refuge is its stories and characters written by me and Scorp.
Likewise, you also shouldn't judge this RP based on the fact that it's set in Nova Refuge.
In the end, I'd like for this RPG to be used for entertainment and relaxation, and for inspiration and character/idea exploration. So let's have some fun!