Frequently Asked Questions

Kestrel Sumner
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Joined: June 17th, 2004, 9:25 pm

June 17th, 2004, 10:57 pm #1

Frequently Asked Questions
Have any other questions? Check out the FAQ list below, and feel free to contact a staff member!

Index
Rules & Guidelines
1. What is godmoding?
2. What is powerplaying?
3. What is metagaming?

Characters
1. If I want to have a visual representation of my character, does it have to be a real person?2. Do I have to post a character description?
2. I want to make an NPC. Am I allowed to do this
3. Can my character have a familiar?
4. Do I have to post my character profile in my signature?
5. I don’t understand how magic works. Can you explain it to me?
6. What does it mean if my account usergroup is "Inactive?'
7. If my account has become Inactive, how do I reactivate it?
8. Am I allowed to edit my profile after it has been approved?

Accounts & Posting
1. What is the difference between IC and OOC?
2. How many accounts am I allowed to have at a time?
3. Does my NPC require its own account for me to play them?
4. Am I allowed to make threads in the past?
5. How many threads am I allowed to have at a time?
6. What kinds of technology are there?

Abilities
1. What are abilities?
2. What is an "ability slot"?
3. What sorts of things need to be made into abilities?
4. Does my NPC need abilities?
5. What about my familiar?
6. I want to specialize my abilities. My character is only going to learn one type of magic, so why do I have to wait so long to upgrade?
7. I want to change my abilities. Do I need to repost them in the Review Book?[/font]
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Kestrel Sumner
Citizen of the World
Joined: June 17th, 2004, 9:25 pm

February 25th, 2008, 10:48 pm #2

Rules & Guidelines
1. What is godmoding?
Godmoding means to act as if your character is invincible, no matter what the situation is. This means that they cannot be struck, can amazingly escape all attacks and death, and strike the other character without giving them a chance to retaliate. It makes battle threads highly unfair to another player.

2. What is powerplaying?
Powerplaying is similar to godmoding. However, instead of being invincible, you are controlling another player’s character as though they were your own. This includes actions that were not stated in the previous post, dialogue that was not said, and spells that were not used. Especially in a thread where combat is taking place, this makes the situation highly unfair to the other player. If they give you permission to conduct some of their characters' actions, however, you should make an OOC note of it somewhere in your post so that the staff know.

3. What is metagaming?
Metagaming is the act of taking OOC information and using it as if your character knows it IC. This could include a conversation you had with someone over IM/PM, or the knowledge you took from a character's history. It's fine if you know these things, but when you bring them in IC and your character hasn't heard them for him/herself, it becomes an issue. You should always react to a person's post with the information your character knows, not the information you know. You also shouldn't edit your post after you have already posted it if someone mentions that they are going to do something different than was originally planned. This is unfair to the other player and whether you know this or not, your character still wouldn't.
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Kestrel Sumner
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Joined: June 17th, 2004, 9:25 pm

February 25th, 2008, 10:53 pm #3

Characters
1. If I want to have a visual representation of my character, does it have to be a real person?
No. You can use artwork that either you or someone else has drawn—you can even request artwork from one of the many talented artists on Elly. Please note, however, that if you use artwork from someone else has drawn (for example, finding a picture on deviantArt that you like), please credit the artist in your signature by linking to their account and/or the image.

2. I want to make an NPC. Am I allowed to do this?
Yes! You may make as many NPCs as you wish, but all of them must be cleared with a staff member first, along with any special abilities/powers they may have and what they will be used for. The best place to find more information about this is here. (For more information, see question 4 of the Abilities FAQ post.)

3. Can my character have a familiar?
Characters may have as many familiars as they like. Take note, however, that familiars who have special abilities (such as being able to fly without having wings) will need to take ability slots from the character they're tied to in order to use those special abilities. (For more information, see question 5 under the Abilities FAQ post.)

4. Do I have to post my character profile in my signature?
There is no rule saying that you must post a link to your character's profile in your signature; however, it makes it easier for others to find that information, and it can be exceptionally useful when looking for new players to post with, so we do recommend that you do have it linked in some fashion.

5. I don’t understand how magic works. Can you explain it to me?
Magic is not bought or taught at Elenlond. Instead, we allow your character to begin with 5 abilities, which can include spells, skills, or enchantments for your character's items. As you post IC and earn more posts towards your overall account, you will earn consecutively more abilities. For more information, see the Abilities FAQ post in this thread.

6. What does it mean if my account usergroup is "Inactive"?
If your character's account is in the Inactive usergroup (and subsequently cannot see any of the IC forums), it means that the character failed the requirements of an Activity Check, which usually entails that a player says which characters are theirs; it can also mean that a player hasn't been posting once a month with that character to keep them active. The character's profile, abilities, and current threads are all moved into the Vault, the archival section of the board.

7. If my account has become Inactive, how do I reactivate it?
You can PM any staff member, and they can move your character into the proper user group, as well as move their profile and abilities threads from the Vault into the appropriate forums. If your character was a Sovereign and became inactive, their Sovereign status will not be reinstated.

8. Am I allowed to edit my profile after it has been approved?
Yes, you are more than welcome to go back and edit your character's profile to better reflect their character. Occasionally, characters change in such dramatic ways that their profile no longer accurately reflects who they are, and we strongly encourage players to update accordingly. You are open to update anything inside your profile. The only thing we ask is that you do not change your abilities in any way, shape, or form. If you would like to tweak these, they must be resubmitted to the Review Book using the changes/updates form pinned inside the forum (see question 6 of this post for more information).
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Kestrel Sumner
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Joined: June 17th, 2004, 9:25 pm

February 25th, 2008, 10:58 pm #4

Accounts & Posting
1.What is the difference between IC and OOC?
IC stands for "In Character." This means you are roleplaying on one of the forums where you write for your character.

OOC stands for "Out of Character." This means you are either posting in one of the forums where you converse, such as the Den.

2. How many accounts am I allowed to have at a time?
You may have as many accounts as you think you can handle, but you may only have one character on each. We ask that for regular characters players post once per month, and if they have a Sovereign character, three times per month. Please do not create more than you think you can keep active.

3. Does my NPC require its own account for me to play them?
No, an NPC does not require its own account, though you may choose to create one for the NPC. The account will be placed in the "Non-Playable Character" usergroup. If the NPC isn't going to be around for very long or it will only ever appear where your character is, you may wish to just post with them using your character's account.

4. Am I allowed to make threads in the past?
Most certainly! If you plan to make a thread that does not take place in the current season, we recommend that you timestamp the thread in some fashion. For example, some members have put in the topic description box the season, or you can have it at the top of the thread's first post on the right, like so:
Here's an example of timestamping! wrote:
Spring 6 AR
Insert post here.
You can do whatever is easiest for you.

5. How many threads am I allowed to have at a time?
As many as you like. We don't have a cap.

6. What kinds of technology are there?
We will accept flintlock pistols, cannons, catapults, medieval weaponry (bastard swords, long swords, short swords, maces, etc.) and armour (chain mail, plate mail, etc.), mechanical/clockwork creatures if they are partially enchanted to move, some steam creations, and airships if they are enchanted to fly. The technology should be predominantly medieval, however, which means chamber pots for toilets, buildings don't contain a lot of windows because they weaken structures, and candles or magic must be used to light rooms because there are no incandescent bulbs. The centuries that Elenlond roughly overlaps with are the 11th to 13th (1000 to 1200).
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Kestrel Sumner
Citizen of the World
Joined: June 17th, 2004, 9:25 pm

July 28th, 2009, 8:00 pm #5

Abilities
1. What are abilities?
Abilities are the spells, skills, and enchantments your character may possess. Rather than have a shop system, we have decided to allow members to create these for themselves, to make their experience here as unique as possible. The best way to understand the Abilities System is to read the following topic: Ability Tutorial: Spells, Skills, and Enchantments.

We also strongly encourage you to take a quick peek at other members' character profiles so you can see what sorts of abilities they have come up with.

2. What is an "ability slot"?
An ability slot is simply an ability. For example, when you start on the forum, with 0 IC posts, you may have 5 abilities, which would equal 5 ability slots. The terms "ability" and "ability slot" are interchangeable.

3. What sorts of things need to be made into abilities?
The best place to look is in the What Constitutes an Ability? post in the Abilities Tutorial. If your idea is not on that list in some way, shape, or form, we advise that you ask a staff member.

4. Does my NPC need abilities?
No, NPCs do not require ability slots. Because they are created specifically for character plots, the only thing you will require is player permission when using any of the NPC's abilities.

5. What about my familiar?
Familiars that have abilities or special powers (being able to fly, for example, without wings) must use ability slots, which will come from your character's pool. It's a little bit like sharing, so players who have familiars should carefully consider how they want to budget their slots between the familiar and the actual character.

6. I want to specialize my abilities. My character is only going to learn one type of magic, so why do I have to wait so long to upgrade?
We currently do not have a system in place for characters who are specializing in a particular type of magic or skill due to the small niche of people whose characters are going that path. Unfortunately, characters will have to upgrade their abilities like characters who have a variety of skills and talents.

7. I want to change my abilities. Do I need to repost them in the Review Book?
If you're only planning on changing the title of an ability (for example, from "Manipulate Air" to "Aeromancy"), you do not, but if you are going to change the actual wording or description of the ability, you must for re-approval. We have forms that you can fill out and post in your character's Review Book thread.
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