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(Updated to address Private Channel issues) Rather than muddy up the Roleplayer's Guild discussion even further I've decided to test the waters and see if there's any desire for a dedicated In-game Roleplayer's Community using a Private Channel. Getting an official chat channel would probably be difficult if not impossible due to the client needing modification and/or there won't be enough interest for the Dev's to put forth the effort in creating it. Unfortunately I've come to find that Private Channels aren't persistent and are lost between either server reboots and/or people all exit the channel. So until there's an alternative I've decided to then create a loose Roleplayer's Community to help those of us who are looking for people who also are interested in keeping in character. Why do we need a Roleplayers Community? Cats. Ever try to stay in character for any length of time in the Public Chat Channels? It becomes an act of frustration where every topic gets derailed into something totally unrelated to the Earth and Beyond universe. Other times you'll run into those who are only interested in "WTB, WTT, LFG, RAID, WTF, BBQ, LOL-ing!!!one!1". Private /tells work up to a point as they only involve two parties. Get a few private conversations going and it becomes a juggling act trying to keep track of each one. Additionally I feel that due to Real Life™ or having to break ties with another Guild people will shy away from joining an actual Guild dedicated to Roleplay. A Private Chat Channel would be better suited for both parties as it takes little to no effort to be involved and people will not have to sever ties to an existing community. These will have to be temporary but knowing who to contact and ask if they want to join in on a conversation helps immensely. Great! So how do I join? This will be a small community of characters (not players) where the characters can experience the game through their own perspective. With that in mind, we want to know about your character. For each character that you wish to be involved post a short biography here using Pakkrat's Blank Pre-Formatted Registration Dossier™ as an example: [spoiler]<Race/Class Dossier header> e.g. Devout Followers of the Sha'ha'dem Name: <toon's real name> or <toon's handle or designation> Class: e.g. Explorer Gender: male/female obviously Homeland: Planetside or station-born, location and sector Education: e.g. general education, specialist schooling, training, masteries, Doctorates, and merits/honors Assigned duty: Where does the toon generally call home during their career? Details: Medical. e.g. A short synopsis of any physical, emotional, mental details discovered as the toon began their career or while in apprenticeship. Write from the viewpoint of the race or class leader, report-style. Personality. e.g. A short synopsis of significant traits that spiked in the toon's past causing the race/class leader to have the toon apprenticed to that career. List both positive and negative traits that stood out. Social. e.g. How did the race/class leader see the toon's attitude with their peoples, class, current affairs, other races and classes? Keep it short and only detail spiking affinities and antipathies. Skillset. e.g. Short and general. What skills did the budding pilot chose? Group role? Affinity for Builds? Hunter? Trader? Doctor? Wormhole Taxi driver? Future pirate? Warrior for the cause? Career. e.g. Did the toon stay in line with what the race/class mandates or did they branch out into freelance/free agent. Are they true to the worldview of their race/class or did they take the education and skills and strike out on their own in disgust? Can the race/class bring the toon back into their fold? Corporation/Affiliation. e.g. How does the race/class rate the toon in terms of their short- and long-term goals? Loyalty. e.g. Is the toon still loyal to their source race and/or class? Can the toon be won back into the fold or are they a lost cause? Gone native? Gone pirate and never looked back? What is the toon's favored Faction that they seem to be maxing out? Secret Details: Include in this section anything that is secret and not publicly known about the toon. Secrets that only the toon knows or does not know about themselves. Hidden traits only spotted by the race/class leader. Intrigues. (Nothing world-breaking or against canon; keep it believable and attached to the overall metaplot.) e.g. "We know this Scout has Psi blood and their abilities as a Psi have yet to bloom. Watch them carefully. They may have to be sent to registry and off to the mines of Aganju." Tips: Remember that your roleplay toon is special. A cut above the rest. That's why they were chosen to represent their race/class. DeWynter doesn't hire AFK-bots or vault mules. Kethrada doesn't want unthinking and unfeeling devotees. Ariad wants the go-getters. Var doesn't tolerate weakness. Vinda despises stupidity. Give the race/class leader something they can grasp onto and think "I can use this one." Conversely, remember the human element. These are not demigods. They are mortal and can be hurt. They are just as vulnerable to the Delete Button.[/spoiler] Once we figure out the Chat solution you'll be notified... Soon™ Until then feel free to converse in character to anyone opting into the Community. I know myself or Pakkrat won't turn down an opportunity to Roleplay with someone looking for the same. Also use the Roleplayer's forum here to strike up a conversation, post a report, or even write up some fiction dealing with the EnB Lore. About the Community We're in a period of time in the Earth and Beyond universe called the Crystal Age. Granted there are some post-war tensions between the major factions the community at large is at peace. Taking Pakkrat's suggestion of Sol Security in the Crystal Age I'd like to model that as the theme. Registered pilots can converse and meet on common and shared grounds free from the burdens or racial strife their class may impose on them. While racial interactions are encouraged, please keep it respectful... We don't want another Gate War. Stealing Pakkrat's bandwidth at Net-7 SOL, this is Zyrith Skye... Now how do I turn off the transmi-*static*
I don't see a category like that, and if there is it's probably buried by other technical stuff. Seems like a good one-stop place to try to find about lore and world questions, which are important for some people and for content design. I'm hazy on a lot of things in the worldbuilding side of things, but if I ask, i'm sure that a lot of people who are focused on gameplay instead might just fail to care entirely. The people who are interested in lore tend to be some of the better players as far as continuing playing, exploring, and doing all of the content that the dev team strives to put out other than just constantly repeating That One FOTM Raid.