Given 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 typically used during bounties, events, or quests in which a single host is directly guiding the scene. Our d20-based mechanics allow for definitive outcomes of challenging situations, encourage improvisational ability, and give players the thrill of uncertainty.
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 their boundaries and expected outcomes of your interactions.
- Roleplay should be a safe and enjoyable experience for all parties involved. Don't let OOC issues bleed into roleplay and vice versa. You are not your character, just as they are not you.
- Make sure that what you write falls within the context of the setting, story, and characters involved.
- Provide enough context and content your partner(s) to interact with and build off of. Engage with the environment, explore your characters. Mostly importantly, be creative.
- Play off of your partners' strengths and weaknesses and encourage them to do the same.
Roleplay is an escape, and playing a powerful character can certainly be part of that fun. Unfortunately, this makes freeform combat challenging. Both players tend to wish to emerge the victor. When engaging in free-form combat, 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 always 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 visualize and plot out the scene. Don't be afraid to ask your partner(s) for clarification.
- 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 and satisfying way for the given situation. Be realistic with your chances of success, as sometimes defeat is more fulfilling, and be an excellent chance for character development.