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This is a casual, light-hearted Doomworld roleplay thread, with a generally consistent storyline, and open for anyone and everyone to join, little to no setup, no dice needed! (Yes, I know, quite sad, I'm sorry. Rolling d12's is fun! I'll think of something next time!)
Note that this is not a Doom-themed roleplay, not at all, not that there is much of any predefined theme to begin with. Read the FAQ below.
How to Play:
Joining is pretty easy; summarizing, you just make a character, add them to the sheet, read a bit at the end of the thread, and that's it! You can then start roleplaying!
Make sure that you have a character in the character sheet! If you don't, feel free to add yours in the first vacant row, that is, after the others. It's free for anyone and everyone to edit¹!
Optional: You may want to join the Discord server to discuss with thread members, whether it is a more in-depth discussion about what should happen next in the story or how it will be done, or even just simply some casual, laid-back chatter and banter. Anyone can join, and enjoy the light-hearted atmosphere!
Read up on the story's status quo². Usually, the last few pages are sufficient; this might not give the most accurate details on the backstory, but perhaps that is a good thing, as your character will be new to the story and would probably be unaware of the party or its circumstances prior to joining it anyway. (Don't be shy to ask other party members in-character, e.g. "hey, who are you guys?" "Ah, just a buncha' bored buggers" "That sounds pretty descriptive, let me join!" "Sure thing, mate!" etc)
The actual roleplaying itself is not at all complicated, and you might already know how to do it! Here are some simple guidelines.
A good way to get a feel for roleplaying, is to write as if you were writing a fiction book or novel, but in first-person, as your character. Of course, others will write each as their own character, but you get the idea.
On that vein, it's useful to write not what happens, but what is felt; that is, what your character perceives and senses, sees and hears, et cetera. Of course, that's just a guideline for detailing; general plot points will probably be written at least partially narrated, like "oh, some random evil-looking bugger appeared in the treeline, but I didn't seem to notice him" – something your character doesn't perceive, but is still worth 'announcing' anyway. Be creative!
Do not stress too much over your spelling or formatting. If you insist on a guideline, and indeed it is nice that people can at least understand each other's roleplaying properly, here are some tips³:
Don't wrap actions in asterisks. You wouldn't wrap your character's doings and feelings in asterisks if you were to write a book, and the general idea is that the roleplaying can somewhat resemble a novel or book.
Do wrap speech in double-quotes. This makes it clear that the words aren't roleplay actions, but actually in-character speech. If you play multiple characters, make sure to specify which is the one you're speaking as, even if it is the one you play the most. We don't really have default characters... yet.
Do mark thoughts in italics. Asterisks also work. Of course, they still might be confused for speech, so it does help to clarify that is is, indeed, thought.
(e.g. " *Geez, it's so damn chilly today, my bones be rattlin'!* I mentally mumbled, barely moving out of my spot in the sun, in front of the window. ")
Is there any note-taking, dice-throwing, GM-bugging, stat-tracking to be had here? No, this is not Dungeons and Dragons. This is a very simple roleplay setup.
Is The Backyard, or The Doomworld Forest, themed around Doom?
Actually, no. It may – and probably inevitably will – incorporate elements from Doom, as members from the Doom community join in to play, though.
Is there any particular reason this thread is in Doomworld, of all places? No, not at all! Doomworld did have a distinct lack of roleplay threads, but there is no particular reason that The Backyard is hosted here.
Who can join in the party? Anyone can join in the party! \o/
Is there any limit to how many can join? No.
Do I have to undergo some sort of rite to join? No, not at all! Of course, you still want to at least see (and perhaps append to) the character sheet before you join, but I wouldn't call that a rite of sorts in the slightest.
Can I invite some-nerdy-friend-name-goes-here in too? Sure! Again, this is open for everybody, from the dimmest to the wittiest, from the geekiest to the nerdiest, no matter how much of a basement lurker you are (or are not).
Can I roleplay as someone else's character? Probably not, unless you get permission from them.
Do I have to join the Discord server to join in the roleplay party? No, and many roleplay without it ever at all crossing their minds to join the Discord server. But it is still convenient to get announcements and to be able to quickly discuss plot points with other party members in an instant messaging platform like Discord.
That is it, so go ahead, and have a happy roleplaying! :D
¹ The character sheet is versioned and can be reverted in case it is vandalized or otherwise rendered unusable.
² Plans are being sketched for a simple system to keep track of the story's status, by keeping track of locations, characters and objects and their properties, et cetera.
³ Again, don't take them as rules at all, but rather as tips. Formatting is arbitrary and entirely up to the roleplayer.