Given of the structure of Discord, we can engage in both passive and active roleplay styles, as well as freeform and structured roleplay. These four different types of styles are defined as the following:
- Passive; standard roleplay response common in forums. There are limited expectations for quick turnaround time in responses, most people are experienced with this style of roleplay.
- Active; standard roleplay response common in chat rooms. Older roleplayers, typically those who began roleplaying on AIM or Yahoo! Chat rooms, have experience with sitting down and writing for multiple hour sessions. Once the session is over there is no expectation to continue roleplay until the next session.
- Freeform; text roleplay that most people are familiar and comfortable with. There are no unreasonable expectations or actions, but your character and the world are at your disposal.
- Structured; common with tabletop or video game roleplays, there is a system in structure to understand power, ranking, as well as a method to casting actions and spells.
Tenebris Realm blends these different styles into a unique and densely rich roleplay experience. Our culture, compared to other Discord servers and even forums, is engaging and equitable. Given that Tenebris Realm is an advanced and literate roleplay server, we value in our members:
- An engaging, enjoyable, and imaginative writing style.
- Contextually appropriate responses (i.e. brevity to keep a scene flowing, while exposition to describe surroundings).
- Curiosity and trust to explore unexpected narratives.
- Maturity to bear the character consequences of in roleplay actions.
Structured Roleplay is the type of Roleplay used during large events, bounties, and other instances where a Gamemaster is directly controlling a scene. This allows for better improvisation, fair outcomes of stressful situations, and protects Gamemasters from exhibiting unintentional favoritism. You can read more about structured RP combat under Combat as well as what Events, Bounties, and Quests are here.
The objective of Roleplay is to have fun creating characters, crafting stories, and interacting with others. Given the nature of Freeform Roleplay, where the sky is often the limit, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.
- The most important thing you can do with your partner is to communicate. Not everyone will have the same likes, dislikes, needs, wants, etc. Some scenes or topics might not be right for everyone. Talk to your partner about they are ok with and looking for.
- In-character fights and arguments should not bleed out into OOC. You are not your character. Character bleed can have a very negative effect on the roleplay, so have a degree of separation between you and your OCs.
- Roleplay should be a safe and enjoyable experience for all parties involved. Show kindness; do not let OOC issues bleed into roleplay.
- Give enough information for your partner(s) to interact with. Engage in the environment, be creative. Even a silent, brooding character can be written to acknowledge the events happening around them.
- Make sure that what is written makes sense within the context of the stories, setting, and characters involved.
- Be polite and reasonable. No one wants to work with someone difficult. Make things easier for yourself and for your partners.
Roleplay is an escape, and playing a powerful character is certainly part of that fun. Unfortunately, this makes combat potentially tricky; everyone wants to let loose and win. In the case of battles and fight scenes, consider the following:
Remember - Your character has a plan of attack, what they will attempt to do. Your opponent in turn tries to disrupt and stop it. Other factors will certainly come into play, but this general flow should be kept in mind. Even the ‘perfect’ sneak attack may not work.
Respond - Keep combat posts succinct with relevant information. Be sure to describe your character's position if necessary; distance, facing, surroundings, etc. Giving proper information will allow your partner(s) to better plot out the scene. Don't be afraid to ask your partner(s) to clarify a post/attack as well.
Be Reasonable - Your character cannot dodge and parry every attack. Even the most skilled warriors can and will make mistakes. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses; highlight both in a contextual, satisfying way for the given situation. No one likes losing, but rare is the person who wins all the time. Be realistic with your chances of success, as sometimes defeat is more fulfilling, or even inevitable.