Metagaming, ahhh metagaming, one of the most frustrating things to deal with in roleplay. A foolish, ameteur mistake or a sneaky red-flag by a cheap player: regardless of circumstance, Metagame is a high offense to Roleplay. So what is it?
Metagaming is taking action in a Roleplaying scenario based on information you gain outside of Roleplay.
...Pretty simple right? No? You want examples? UGHH fine.
So let’s say a new player joins the server. They make their character application and while you’re browsing you say, “Eh, don’t have anything better to do. Why not check up on the newbie.” So you go through their app and figure out that they’re a villain with the intent of destroying Drakeheart.
Oh no! But wait, your character is a Legendary Hero!
As you begin to roleplay, you spot this character walking about town minding their own business. That sick bastard… Ha, can’t fool you! You know what he’s REEEALLY doing.
So, what are you going to do about it?
A) Confront a guard and tell them that there’s an evildoer.
B) Greet them normally.
C) Draw your sword and murder their head off.
D) All of the above in A-C order.
The correct answer is: B. But you knew that already, didn’t you? Well, if you didn’t and you’re confused, your parents don’t love you- and by that I mean, I will now explain it to you.
You dumbo, your character didn’t read their app, you did. As far as your character knows, this guy is just your average Joe or Joette… Johanna… J.. Whatever the female variant of Joe is.
Whatever knowledge you gain out of character cannot be used in-character, unless of course, your character learns of it later. There are libraries in most major towns: go check out books and devote some time to learning. Pro tip: We include lots of in-game obtainable knowledge that can be discovered through exploration or reading. I’ve dotted the map with easter eggs and tidbits of <3 L O R E <3. There are lots of things such as entire archetypes of magic, special enchantments, weapons, armor, lexicons, unique dungeons and even entire dormant questlines that can be achieved through exploration alone.
If you are reading this, it is likely that you came here in order to learn the basics of roleplay, or perhaps even what roleplay is in the first place. If you came to this Minecraft server looking for an average survival or PvP server mistakenly, I suggest you leave. Or, perhaps, if you’re willing to try something a bit different, finish reading and see what this whole shabang is about.
Perhaps you’re reading this and already know a lot about roleplay and you simply want to see if we truly do before joining our server. Or perhaps you’re just brushing up, or even looking for a new perspective. No matter which way you slice it, welcome to Roleplay 101!
So what is Roleplay?
The dictionary definition is such:
“To act out or perform the part of a person or character, for example as a technique in training or psychotherapy.”
But, it is not as simple as the above. Roleplaying is a passionate act [no, not that kind of passion, get your damn head out of the gutter for two seconds would you?] wherein, you, the player have a pre-generated or self-created character that you have written and fleshed out to fit into a fantasy or make-believe world: that you intend to act as or ‘play’ as. To Roleplay, you are speaking through your character: giving them life, personality, soul and heart. When Roleplaying, you are in a world aside from your own in a body that is not your own with a mindset that is not your own. Think of it as acting as a character in a movie or series, only, there is no script: only a setting wherein your choices and dialogue can affect the flow of the story. A story with an open end and very little truly set in stone aside from the fundamentals.
So, what are the fundamentals?
Lore and Setting. Only two, you might ask? Yes. Only two. The lore is the history and functionality of the world your character has been placed in, ranging from how things work differently from the real world as well as the history and sciences of this world that can be manipulated by your character should they know how. The setting is the place or world itself. Is it futuristic with spaceships, aliens and laser rifles? Perhaps it is jurassic, where dinosaurs still walk the earth and each corner is rife with animalistic dangers. Perhaps it is medieval with stone castles and old stone-paved cities with guards in armor with halberds and spears. Your character will need to fit whatever setting you’re in and will need to be compatible with the lore behind said setting. Other than these two fundamentals, the freedoms of Roleplay are infinite.
So, you know what roleplay is. But how do you do it?
[Hamlet speaking to Yorick’s skull- Shakespeare's “Hamlet”]
When roleplaying, you are acting as your character: so should you build a character that is perhaps, say, evil, but you yourself are morally strong, you may find it difficult to truly become evil while in-character, but this is roleplay. This is acting. Think about how actors feel when they play a villainous character, for instance.
Once you have your character, you will use the chat system in Minecraft to type out what your character says to make them speak. Should you wish to put in an action, use the /me command. For instance, should you wish to greet someone, you simply open the chat bar and type.
No quotation marks needed. Should you wish to state that perhaps, you give a respectful bow after your greeting:
/me bows respectfully.
It’s truly as simple as that, though you may want to detail yourself better. For instance:
/me loosens their posture, stepping back slightly as they bow respectfully, flourishing their left hand in tandem with their descent and closing their eyes for a moment, before returning to a straight posture.
May I presume to ask your name?
You can usually figure out the rest from here, but one, certainly complex at times occurrence that happens in many roleplay servers, this one included, is combat. For a detailed guide on combat RP, seek out Combat 101.
As for wanting to speak normally to other members of the server while not roleplaying, there will be a general chat for that: but just for locally chatting, put whatever you want to say (in parenthesis like this.)
Building your character
You may have built your character one way but in truth, much like a normal human being in the real world, experiences can change them. They may experience things that turn their entire personality on its head or have scenarios introduced to them that force them to push the very bounds of their limits. This can reflect on you, the player, just as much as it can your character. Tears your character sheds could very well turn into your tears. Pain your character feels can be experienced too. Anger, happiness, joy, triumph, defeat: all of these things can be shared between yourself and your character. This does not make you a dork or a loser as SOME people tend to assume, this simply means you’ve really gotten in-character which is a good thing.
You very well may end up loving your character on a personal level as I have one of my most successful characters, Feloreth. Or perhaps like James289 with RM or Keji_Ishikura with….. Well, Keji Ishikura. [Literally named his account after them. That should speak volumes about what roleplay can lead to once you get ‘that’ character].
When you have a fully fleshed out character for 6 months or more, you’ve put a bit of your soul into that character and it can very well become a very personally important thing to you. Don’t underestimate the bonds you can create or the kind of character evolutions you can experience while roleplaying.
[* Red Asterisk * means that the subject after it is required to fill in for a complete app. Anything without a present * is optional, but will help flesh out your app more, raising your chances of being accepted drastically.]
*Why do you wish to join our server?
*How did you find our server?
*Favored way of contact for questions and the like? (Skype, Discord, Teamspeak, Social media, ect. ect.)
*Have you read and do you understand the server rules?
*What rule do you like, respect or appreciate most and why?
*Do you have prior experience roleplaying?
*^If not, have you read all sections in Roleplay 101?[If you haven’t its ok, just go do that now before continuing.]
*In your own words, define Metagaming.
*In your own words, define Powergaming.
*In your own words, define Godmoding.
*Do you understand and accept that this roleplay server is a mature and serious community that takes roleplaying very seriously?[We aren’t sticks in the mud, we’re still doing this for fun. Just understand that we also don’t take kindly to people who are simply going to blow everything off as insignificant or downplay the experience for others.]
*Character’s full name:
Scars or birthmarks:
Physical disabilities[If any]:
*Common Attire or Outfit seen in:
Sense of humor:
What makes them most happy:
What makes them most afraid:
Character’s soft spot:
*Greatest vulnerability or weakness:
What keeps them going every day?:
Most important childhood memory:
Family: (List any living family members or relatives that are player characters or NPCs; if none are present, list family members in biography if you so choose to.)
*Place of Residence[Traveler or Nomad are valid answers]:
Form of entertainment:
Most prized possession:
Plays a musical instrument?: