Now that you've gotten through the general rules, this thread will fill you in on how things are run here. Please read all of this, as it should answer all of your questions.
To those of you that have done it before, this isn't new information. However, roleplaying exists in all kinds of forms, and this is for those who've never done something like this.
Godai is a Text-Based roleplay, meaning that players are supposed to write out their character's actions and post them. In addition, Godai is a Literate Text-Based roleplay, meaning that you're encouraged to write as if you were an author writing a story about your character. Also, we're on a forum, which means things are a little more different. On forums like Godai, users are required to make stories in the form of threads. A user will find a location, a sub-forum, and make a new thread there. Then, you get to writing!
However, it's not quite as simple as that. First you need to make a character and get them approved for use here. Simply fill out the template and then post a new topic with it. Two moderators will then approve it and the character can then be used for your roleplay. Remember that they have to fit into our setting. We’re a semi-realistic world, much like our own, but with as few changes as possible to accommodate some facts from pokemon. That means that we use as little Pseudo-Science as possible to justify things like Pokemon Centers and the PC System. Pokemon Whispering and Abnormal biologies, like pokemorphs (Human Pokemon, Gijinkas, Etc.) and abnormal strength from snacking on rare candies, are not permitted. Your Character should also be from within Godai itself as well. Godai exists in its own canon world, which means there is not a Kanto, Hoenn, Unova, or any other region or town from the anime, mangas, or games. This also means no canon characters, no Red, Ash, Nurse Joy, or Magikarp Guy before Mt. Moon. If you want a character from a different nationality, please check this Post found in our "IC Trivia". There are a near infinite amount of characters possible for one to create!
Much like in the games, you’ll begin your journey with provisional items that are expected of any Pokemon experience. Each new character receives: 1,000, 5x Pokeballs, a Pokedex, a Holocaster with a built in map-app, a journal, a backback, your personal trainer ID, badge case and a starter Pokemon that can be selected from this list. Additionally you may choose to take toiletries, clothes and bits of food; just make sure you don’t go overboard, like say taking a mini-fridge!
There are a few rules. We ask that you fill out everything in the profile that isn't marked "Optional” on the character profile template. You're always allowed to do more if you'd like, such as Relationship tabs.
Once you've been active for at least a month, the date marked by when your character is posted for approval, you can go ahead and make a second character. There are some rules here too:
- Firstly, you cannot trade between characters, no items, pokemon, or anything can be transferred.
- We do allow your two characters to interact, but it counts as a solo thread, not a tag thread. They may not be together in one thread with another RPC though, we have this rule to make sure that every member has an equal say in the plot and that can be overthrown when one user has more than one character.
- It should also be stated that making a second character is allowed for the sake of you getting to write with more people. Making a second character to compliment the first is severely frowned upon, and can usually be done better with a simple NPC. Please do not allow your characters to meet and interact unless it's absolutely necessary.
- Lastly, before making your second character, please have at least (1) Evaluated Topic + (1) Completed Modification with your first character.
Godai does not rely on a Moderator system for writing as well; this means that you can control what happens in your thread as much as you want. We only ask that you have a minimum of Five (5) Posts per Thread. These threads are the life stories of your character, who are we to control that? You don't have total free-reign however, there are some things we control. For example, like what Pokémon you encounter.
There is also something called Game Mastering. While Godai is meant to focus mostly on writing and how to make beautiful prose, we've also decided to include some more game elements into the story. To put it simply, every now and then, as you're writing your stories, the lovely staff here on Godai will sneak in and stick something interesting in your character's way. It can be as simple as "A fallen tree blocks your path!" or even as complex as "Your character has unknowingly wandered into the property of a crazed old woman who sticks her two large, muscled sons on you!" (I don't think something like that would ever really happen unless we're really pressed for interesting things...).
"But, I have this really cool plot in mind for my character!" That's good! We want that. So to prevent this new addition from wriggling into your story and mucking it all up, all we ask is that you write a simple OOC message at the start of your thread, or whenever the plot starts, that simply says "Please don't GM my thread until X happens."
We will decide who get's game mastered and when by a random process similar to a lottery. Of course it'll be more sophisticated, but that will be the essentials of how it works.
Aside from those two things and doing anything world-breaking, you can do whatever you want in your thread!
There are two main types of threads on Godai, Tag Threads and Solo Threads.
This is the reason a lot of us choose to roleplay, two players, writing together, combining their wit to create something wonderful. As long as two PCs from different authors are together in one thread, it is considered a Tag Thread. The characters can battle, chit-chat, go on a date, whatever comes to mind. If you need to find a partner, the Chatbox is always good for live discussion, or you can post here and wait for the fish to bite.
We've weighed our systems to favour Tag Threads as well, but you won't miss much if you choose to Solo, but we like for you all to make friends and play nice (or rough if you're into it). We ask that each post consist of at least 200 words, though more will always get you further.
If you're worried about having to fill these threads with what we like to call "Purple Fluff," mildly useless prose to get to a word minimum, we highly encourage the use of what we like to call, Pad Posts. There are several sources online for collaborative documents where more than one author can write on one page together. The Better ones are Google-Docs, and Sync.in. Simply share a link and people can write away. If you choose to use this method, two authors can work on one post, thus eliminating the need to fill up space. These are best used for Conversations and Battles between PC characters. The word count and quality on these posts will go to both authors as well. Be careful with this because each player takes responsibility for all the good and all the bad, even if they didn't contribute it. Each post, however, must be at least 500 words because it is the work of two authors. Also make sure that you provide a link to the pad or doc you used to collaborate in the Topic Evaluation or Thread.
Working alone on a topic can often lead to some dazzlingly fantastic threads that explore the adventures of one PC and their affairs. Generally you can do whatever you wish to do in these topics, or you may want to spice things up a little with one of the many fabulous Seasonal Event Topics that can be found here. These are special topics that you can request and have a Mod roll for you! Create a story from such prompts any way you wish, whether it be symbolic or literal. Naturally, you’ll be rewarded with some lovely goodies.
All threads must contain a minimum of five posts, each with a minimum word count of 500. Though much like Tag-Topics, the more the better!
Have a burning desire to play out events that lead to your character wanting start a journey? Want to show us how your character encountered their starting Pokemon? If you answered yes to either both or one of these questions, you may want to consider writing an origin or lab topic.
Lab topics are specifically for those that chose to have a lab starter (Torchic, Piplup, etc). You can develop how your character felt, what they did and how they behaved on the day they were finally able to chose their starter Pokemon! It is worth noting that if you chose to include a staff-made Professor, you must abide by the personality we have crafted for the character. Alternatively, you can request that a moderator takes direct control of the Professor. The Pokemon Laboratory is located on the campus of GSUC in Cadence, Central
Origin topics are for everyone else. Though you may still encounter a lab Pokemon in the wild.
These topics are entirely optional. They can only be completed once and only as your first topic.
Much like Tag-Threads and Solo-Threads, origin threads require a minimum of 5 posts and a minimum of 200 or 500 words per post respectively.
A Progressive Topic is a solo or a tag topic where something drastic happens to one's character. These should be full of rich plot and written out to the fullest potential the writer has. Every other thread a character is in can be Progressive, all one needs to do is put an OOC marking at the top that says, "Progressive Topic." These will dole out more rewards, but they're also graded much, much harsher. Don't tag your average thread with these, as it would probably end up hurting you more than helping you.
Note that these still require either a 200 or 500 word minimum per post if it's tag or solo respectively. And remember that dipping under this will result in more penalties compared to a normal thread. And if everything goes well, you can expect to bring in some big piles of rewards.
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- Those of you who’ve settled into the community might already know that many citizens of Godai are fond of what we call, “Skype Parties”. Well, this next idea is a direct consequence of one such party, and I think we can say that it’s going to add an exciting new dynamic to the site!...
Okay, okay, we’ll get to the point.
How many of you have distinct voices for every character you read on Godai?
How many of you wish you could hear those voices reading the posts?
… How many of you have heard of an audiobook?
Yes, be excited, for Godai has decided to implement what we are fondly calling the Voiceover Initiative!
Our policy towards this interesting new dynamic is as follows:
- Open to Everyone
- Rewarding for Everyone
- Available to Everyone
Open to Everyone: Any mod or member on Godai can voice act – after all, there are countless at your disposal! Anyone can voice anything, meaning it doesn’t have to be your own topic or even your own character. We want this to be an open and newly interactive experience in Pokémon Godai.
Rewarding to Everyone: At the same time, we realize that voice acting is a rather time-consuming task, and diving into such an endeavor might be difficult without a little… incentive. Thus, we’ve decided to make things easier by giving some bonus rewards for every topic read aloud… in the form of EXP~!
So, how about that? Another fun way to give your characters’ pokémon a little boost! And now, last but not least…
Solo Voiceover Tag Voiceover Normal Quality 0.5 EXP 1 EXP Star Quality 1 EXP 2 EXP
Available to Everyone: What does this mean? This means no downloads, people! Not everyone can download things freely off the internet, sadly. If you wish to upload a download link, feel free, but note that the read-aloud will only be rewarded if you upload it to Soundcloud (a free site). Youtube is an alternative, but please note that some Chinese members will be left out
Well then… have fun!
Once you have completed your topic and wish to have it evaluated by a member of staff, post a Topic Evaluation Request here. Please allow up to several days for a member of staff to get around to evaluating your topic as things can get quite hectic occasionally. Once your topic has been taken in for evaluation a reply to your request will be given. Now all you can do is wait and be a patient as possible with the mod handling the evaluation. Depending on workload and length of the topic, it may take some time.
A second reply will inform you when the topic has been evaluated and you can then go to your topic and read your evaluation and check your rewards! If you have any questions or queries do not hesitate to contact the mod that handled your evaluation. Once you are satisfied, put in a modification request with your desired changes and applied rewards.
On Godai, we do believe in quality over quantity. That doesn’t mean you won’t be rewarded for word count, we know that being verbose can take a lot of work sometimes. It does mean that we treat each evaluation as if it’s written all at once. Someone who posts fifty times a day will be treated the same as the person who posts five times a month. In fact the former might even get less rewards because they sped through their story.
We look through topics and checkto see if there are any glaring penalties like the following:
- Godmoding or otherwise Breaking Rules
- Misusing or Under-utilizing Encounters.
- Illegal Catch of a Pokmeon
- Word Insuffciency
- Abusive Editing
- Changing Canon or bringing in False Canon (Nurse Joys etc)
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- Thread Of The MonthAs the title suggests, Thread Of The Month is a monthly reward for the writer/writers of a thread. Each month, an evaluated topic will be chosen by the moderators, and those who contributed to the topic will gain a special reward - some of which have never been given out before. Threads submitted for evaluation will automatically be considered for Thread of the Month, and no special or formal requests have to be made.
In order to qualify for Thread Of the Month, both the writer and thread must comply to the following requirements:
- The complete topic must be submitted by the 20th of the month
- Complete Topics submitted after the 20th will be considered the the next month's Thread Of The Month
- The winner of last month's Thread Of The Month cannot win again the next month
- The thread must not break any major rules, such as word counts
- All writers that contributed to a thread will get a prize if that thread is picked, but not all writers will get the same prize, due to different levels and ways of contribution.
After an Evaluation, you should then submit a Character Modification. Basically you take what was awarded to you from an Evaluation or an Event and apply it to your character~ Make sure you note how much EXP goes to whom, then change their EXP Gained and Gauge respecitively. Then their Level. Then their Stats. Then check for an updated moveset (dont’ forget to bold STAB attacks~). Update your adventure log, and add and remove any Money or Items (including pokeballs if you caught a pokemon). And make sure it’s all in code so the mods can just do a quick copy pasta~
It can be kinda tedious, but it’s worth it when you get to watch your pokemon and inventory grow~
You may also use these to Revamp a character. If you suddenly realize that they’re kinda flat, or they’re missing something from their history, feel free to submit a modification in which you round them out or enlighten us a little bit on their past~
- Seeing the Sights: Eagerness and Willingness to Travel
- Making Friends: A desire to be surrounded with more pokemon
- Green Thumb: An aptitude for making berries grow
- To Be The Best: Skill in training that promotes a pokemon's growth
- Silver Tongue: A smooth way of speaking that can make shopkeepers susceptible to haggling
- Nursing: A tenderness that means nothing will prevent taking care of a pokemon
- Gift Giving: Mild Materialism and interest in items and accessories.
- Paternal Instincts: Interest in children and babies of all shapes and kinds.
- Genetic Key: Interest in the scientific part of pokemon breeding.
- TLC: Exceeding care and amicability with pokemon and people.
- Technology Buff: Interest in all things electronic.
- Oooh Shiny: Mild ADD or interest in Jewlery, gem stones, or crystals
A Mod will keep track of your points and give you them during evaluations. It is possible, however, to earn AP in-between evaluations so if you’d like to update your AP in your profile simply ask a mod to add up what you’ve earned since then.
Everyone starts with 0 AP, and as AP is rewarded, you place it in the chart in your profile. Each trait has its own amount of AP required for leveling up. They are as follows:
- Seeing the Sights: 15
- Making Friends: 15
- Green Thumb: 15
- To Be The Best: 15
- Silver Tongue:15
- Nursing: 15
- Gift Giving: 20
- Parental Instincts: 20
- Genetic Key: 20
- TLC: 25
- Technology Buff: 25
- Oooh Shiny: 30
For example, Green Thumb’s Tiers 1 - 6 would require, Respectively, 15, 15, 20, 20, 25, and 30 AP.
Ooh Shiny’s, 30 30, 35 35, 40, and 45.
At each progression, the trainer gets a reward, or sometimes a choice of rewards. A Mod will PM you with exactly what you’ve earned. Here’s a list of what you can earn at the first Tier~
- Sightseeing: 1 Train Ticket Anywhere
- Making Friends: 2 Great Balls or 1 Common Roll of Choice (Next encounter)
- Green Thumb: Berry Growth takes 3 Posts (Half a Day) for the next Two Threads
- To Be The Best: 5 EXP per Pokemon
- Silver Tongue: 10% off Pokemart Requests once or 5% off for 3 months.
- Nursing: 1 Potion or Status Ailment Heal.
- Gift Giving: 2 Low Level Held Items, or 1 Medium.
- Paternal Instincts: 1 egg of Pokemon D9 or higher on the starter list. Or 10 Free Egg Cycles.
- Genetic Key: I Egg move with encounter, or 1 Ability Capsule
- TLC: 1.1 Continuous Happiness Multiplier
- Technology Buff: Any Tier 1 or 2 TM
- Oooh Shiny: Free Evolution or Mega Stone
Speaking of Modifications, please remember to put the items in your adventure log when you receive them, and separate them from what you get through evaluation. Remember to not put the title of the perk in the adventure log either.
With enough time and effort you can be seriously raking in some rewards from this, I hope you enjoy it.
Unfortunately, sometimes due to inactivity, other times due to impossibly flat character, we must wipe the board clean and start over from scratch with characters. But in doing so, we risk losing everything they’ve worked to obtain. In Godai, we allow a way out of that, but stress that it must be used only as a last resort.
You're allowed to transfer all that character's EXP, Pokemon, Items, and Money to your second character, however said character must be a new character. Unfortunately, you may not transfer reaped rewards to an existing character.
To clarify, if you transfer pokemon from the deceased to your new one, you have two choices. They either arrive at the level they were caught at, at 0 EXP gained, or you must subtract their EXP Gained from the reaped character's Total.
For example, If I killed John Doe, who has 50 EXP and two pokemon, a Beautifly and a Caterpie, each with 25 EXP, and gave a Beautifly to Jane Deer, I would only have 25 EXP to give to Jane's pokemon (the Beautifly included). Or, Beautifly would become a Wurmple again, at level 5, and I can give the full 50 EXP as I please~ (I hope I explained that properly).
To do this, you must first specify that you are reaping a character. If that is all you plan to do, then the mod simply does a couple of autotools and it’s done. If you want to Reap and then transfer in the same mod, then treat the Reaped character as if they were an Evaluation. A link to their profile would be the Source, and then everything you were moving would follow.
After your modification is approved, and if you still have items, pokemon, etc that you did not want, you must then post in the GTN and everything will become up for grabs. First come first serve. Though, if the owner decides that they want a specific item or pokemon to go to someone on the site, (or are bribed enough) they can take care of that first. Afterward, let you all be like sharks diving after the left over chum~
This is so that your activity on here doesn't go to waste for something as trivial as losing interest in a character~ You can start where you left off, potentially, but with someone more fun and easier to write for. Still, it should be noted that this is an irreversible process and should only be used when Revamping won’t solve the problem. Furthermore, Mods are allowed to say, “No, you’re abusing the system.” and any action past that will be considered an Offense.