Roleplay is not enforced in 4D, but it is strongly encouraged, because roleplaying gives the game an extra dimension. Roleplayers get a few immediate, but minor, advantages, like:
- access to some special boards, rooms or zones, for instance the 4 RP Inns
- access to the IC Channel, which only can be monitored by Roleplayers
- the option to restring clothes for RP reasons
- the ability to collect awardpoints for different rprewards.
For people serious about Roleplay as a part of their 4Dimensions experience, it is strongly suggested that they obtain what is known as an RP-Flag. The flag will allow players to enter certain zones otherwise cut off to them, and also prompt other Rolepayers to want to interact with you.
In order to obtain the flag there are some very simple requirements, that are enforced, as the RP flag is a serious addition to creating character depth:
- One must have a background history submitted to the Immortal staff. The story will be posted on the website in the Player Stories Section. Currently the backgroundstories can be emailed to Diandra.
- One must also have a character description. When you enter 4d, you get a little menu, point 4 of that menu will allow you to enter your character description.
Your personal description is more important than you may think. It is what other players see when they 'examine' or 'finger' you, often before they even know you. And since first impressions are vital, it might decide their perception of your character for a long time.
Thinking out a good personal desc can be regarded as an exercise in creative writing. It should give the essential info about your character, without being too longwinded. Often the desc just shows simple things, like the colour of the eyes and hair, height and build, scars and tattoos and the like. But it could also be used to give some hints about what the person behind desc is like. Some player descs are very intriguing, others can be almost poetic.
Just remember that the same rules apply for a player desc as for RP in general. You describe what people see or perceive, NEVER any feelings or actions on the part of the viewer.
There is also a command RP available. When this command has been activated (just type RP) all the global channels (like gossip, newbie and others) will be blocked so you won't be disturbed during your roleplay. It will also show on the who-list and to other people that are in the same room as you. This way people know that you are in the middle of a RP-session and that you wish to be approached only in a RP-way.
More information about RP and to who to send your background history too can be obtained in the Roleplayers' Office two east from Recall.
Roleplay Tips and Guidelines
These are the basic very straight, to the point rules concerning Roleplay. Roleplay is the act of taking on a role while completely leaving behind your REAL LIFE ideology, beliefs, likes, and dislikes behind. You are YOUR character. If you choose to mold the character around you, more power to you, however keep all OOC (Out Of Character) concerning players, and nonplayers out of your RP.
Here are a few guidelines to keep RP for fun for everyone involved:
- No Forced RP
- No RP deaths/rapes WITHOUT consent of the other play(s) involved
- No power play (You are not God)
Respect other people, if you see that they are in the middle of a RP-session don't go barging into the room and start about ooc things. Instead, introduce yourself if you are new, or explain why you are in the room, try to get involved in the conversation the other RP'ers were having. If you're not certain if they would appreciate it that you join them, send them a tell first and ask them. If they however say they prefer to be left alone, respect their wish. Maybe they will involve you into their next RP-session, but if you keep disturbing a RP session, you will most likely be reported and dealt with by the Staff.
Roleplayers are recommended to avoid the Recall area for any RP sessions and to turn off the global gossip, auction, grats and newbie channels before indulging in any serious RP. If you want to be totally safe from non-RP intrusions, it's recommended that you use any of the 4 RP Inns (there is one in each Dimension) and that you type RP. This will put an RP-flag in your prompt and means that you won't hear any of the global channels and that you are having an RP-session.
Rewards for RolePlaying
Actually a good RP-session is a reward on its own. But 4D also offers RP'ers to collect award points.
There are three main ways to get rp awards:
1) E-mail, cleaned up logs - no spam shit, no look descs, no typos to: email@example.com. Either Solana or one of the other imms will read it and decide on an rp award fitting for the log.
2) Get noticed doing great rp in the game (by either an IMM or an RPL - and yes, even from HERO's!) - these people can and WILL reward you. If you have a problem, email Solana the log with the rp session and the issue, then Solana will make a decision.
3) Participate in one of the many on-going small events, trivia contests or huge events offered. Sometimes these are on the fly, sometimes they're planned well in advance and publicized in forums, on the website or one one of the boards (hopefully the rp one, but it often ends up on the recall board).
RPL's or RolePlayLeaders are persons who are there to monitor RP-sessions, and to give pointers/help concerning RP. So if you have any questions about RP you can talk to them. Even if you only want their help to 'manipulate' NPC's in the room or if you want them to create a certain atmosphere in the room. Or maybe you just want someone to observe and gain some awardpoints in the process.
How to become an rpl:
If you want to apply for RPL you will need to send an application to Diandra at: Diandra.firstname.lastname@example.org containing the following things:
1) An outstanding rp log
2) A general list of the types of events you would like to hold, or things you would like to do to foster rp in the game.
3) A fully-planned out mini-event, which you are expected to advertise, hold and log (without first having the rpl flag). If you can handle hosting events, then you've got one up on many others. Almost anyone can rp (whether they can rp well is another story).