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-====== New Players'​ Guide ====== +====== New Players'​ Guide 🔰 ====== 
-This article has the basic steps and info you'll need to join**Please read it thoroughly!**\\+Welcome to Star Army! This article has the basic steps and info you'll need to participate.
-==== Getting Started ==== +In Star Army, you and other members create characters who live in the high-tech fictional universe of Star Army and then use your imagination to write your character'​s actions and dialogue to create collaborative storiesYou can create and play characters forged by this unique universe and their actions will affect the [[:​setting|setting]] for future players.
-:!: You must be **16 or older** to join Star Army. **No exceptions.**+
-=== Registration ===+For the full guide to roleplaying on Star Army, see [[guide:​roleplaying]].
-  * [[http://​​roleplay/​ucp.php?​mode=register|Register an account on the forums]] 
-  * [[http://​​wiki/​doku.php?​id=start&​do=register|Register an account for the wiki]] (You'​ll need a wiki account to create an article for your character bio). 
-=== Getting Assistance ​=== +===== Account Setup ===== 
-There are many ways to get help making your character+Star Army is an "​account per player"​ (APP) site, which means each member should only have one account for the forums. The same login will be used for all of your characters. You must be **16 or older** to join Star Army. There is no cost to join or participate. Before joining, you should probably read the [[guide:rules]].
-  * The [[http://​​roleplay/​posting.php?​mode=post&​f=7|Your Questions Answered forum]] allows you to get your questions answered ​by the community. You will need a forum login. +Register an account on [[https://​​roleplay-forum/index.php|the forums]] by clicking "Log in or Sign up" on the upper right corner of the page. You're invited to then introduce yourself in the [[​index.php?​forums/​introductions-new-member-resources.159/​|Introductions & New Players Forum]].
-  * You can [[|Connect to the Chatroom]] for live assistance ([[guide:​irc|IRC Guide]]) +
-  * You can call or text message the admin, [[user:​Wes]],​ at (209) STAR-ARMY (+12097827276). +
-  * You can email the admin at [[[email protected]]]+
-==== Creating ​Character ==== +Optional: Create ​wiki account. **The wiki login system ​is separate from the forum one, so you will need to register ​for both.** You'll need a wiki account ​to create and edit wiki articles (such as if you want to make a page for your character)[[https://​​wiki/​doku.php?​id=start&​do=register|Register an account for the wiki]].
-The online [[creating_a_character|Character Creation Guide]] (CCG) is your primary resource ​for making your character Note that there are several **species-specific character creation guides** to help you. Before you make your character, ​if possible, do a little background reading on the role-play and get an idea of the plot you want to join. Once you're somewhat familiar with the role-play setting, you'll want to get started with the CCG. It should give you vital information ​for your character, based on your choicesThe character creation guide is meant to be easy, but also to be in-depth, and you may find your brain feeling tired if you try to go through it too fastTake plenty of time to think about your character in advance, and the possibilities of what he/she could be.+
-=== Join A Major Faction === +:!If you have trouble registering,​ contact ​the adminSee the **Questions and Assistance** section below. Star Army uses advanced anti-spam methods that may occasionally flag a legitimate user for further review based on IP addressemailusernameor other characteristics.
-We strongly suggest your first character serve in the [[:star_army_of_yamatai]] or [[nepleslia:military]]; this is the best way for you to get a feel of the Star Army universeWith a **plot ship**, there will be other characters around to interact withwhereas if you made an independent characteryou might be on your own. Civilian and other types of characters are available, but characters in major factions are usually easiest to play because they get the most resources and guidance and the most adventures and plots to be in (after all, it is a military themed RP).+
-=== Ask Questions ​=== +===== Creating Characters ===== 
-If you have questions ​the Character ​Creation Guide doesn'​t answer or is confusing ​you about, don't be afraid ​to [[http://​​roleplay/​posting.php?​mode=post&​f=7|post it on the forums]]!+When you're ready, start making characters using the guides found on the **[[creating_a_character|Creating A Character]]** wiki page. Once your character ​is approved ​you're free to start [[guide:Roleplaying]] by joining a [[active_plots|plot]] group or by joining or creating a roleplay thread.
-==== Submitting Your Character ==== +  * [[https://​​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​open-roleplaying.194/​|Open Roleplaying]] threads are a great place to start. 
-When you're done with your character biography, you'll need to:+  * Got an idea for a roleplay thread? Start an interest check thread in the [[https://​​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​ooc-plot-planning.28/​|OOC and Plot Planning]] forum. 
 +  * Find other players ​to RP with in the [[https://​​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​introductions-new-players.159/​|Introductions and New Players]] forum.
-  - Add your bio to the wiki (if you're not sure how, see the steps below) 
-    - Go the [[:​list_of_notable_characters]],​ follow the link to your faction, and then click "Edit this page" and add a link to your your character by linking to //​character:<​character'​s name>//. 
-    - Save the page and then click the (red) link you just made. It'll take you to a "This page hasn't been created"​ page. 
-    - Click "​Create This Page" and build the wiki version of your character biography (Use the [[http://​​templates/​character.php|Character Template]]) 
-      * For directions on adding a page, see: [[faq:​how_do_i_add_a_page]] 
-      * For Dokuwiki syntax see the [[wiki:​syntax|Formatting guide]] 
-      * Here are some [[:​example_character_sheets|example characters]]. 
-    - Save your Wiki bio. It'll be where you keep track of your character from now on. 
-  - Submit a link to your bio for review to the [[http://​​roleplay/​viewforum.php?​f=16|new biography forum]]. All characters should be already on the wiki before you submit them. **There'​s no need to post the biography in the forum thread; a link to the wiki article on your proposed character is fine (and preferred).** This is to make sure each new player is registered and somewhat familiar with the wiki, which is where we keep track of everything. Also, approved character posts are auto-deleted after a while so your bio needs to be on the wiki where it is safe. 
-==== The Review Process ==== 
-If there are no problems, approval will usually be quick and painless. If there are issues with your biography, the game master will do his best to help you adjust it so that it makes sense or fits in the role-play. The most common sources of problems are overpowered,​ glorious histories and skills, story continuity issues (things that wouldn'​t make sense, like joining the Star Army before it was founded), and lack of detail (also, don't be a [[http://​​wiki/​Mary_Sue|Mary Sue]] - If you're not sure use [[http://​​quizzes/​marysue.htm|this]]). These are pitfalls that you want to avoid when creating our character. 
-**NOTE: If you update/edit your bio, post a reply to its thread so the reviewers will know to look at it again!**+===== Questions and Assistance ===== 
 +Getting into Star Army is easiest when you ask someone ​to mentor you through ​it, and we're happy to do thatIf we haven'​t volunteered yet, just ask! You've got questions: there are many ways to get answers or help:
-==== Once Your Character Is Approved ==== +  * Post on the forums (Ask questions ​in the [[https://​​roleplay-forum/index.php?​forums/​introductions-new-players.159/​|Introduction forum]] or [[https://​​roleplay-forum/index.php?forums/​setting-discussion.2/​|Setting Discussion]]). 
-A character forum moderator will post approval of your character ​in the forum thread you postedThe topic will then be moved to the [[http://​​roleplay/​viewforum.php?f=20|APPROVED forum]] (so if your character thread seems missing, check there!). The character forum moderator will send a private message ​to the GM of the plot you listed as your first preferenceIt is also okay to send your own private message to the plot GM introducing yourself.+  * Talk to people in the [[https://​​RunXe4p|Discord chat]] 
 +  * You can also contact [[user:​Wes]], ​the admin: [[https://​​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​conversations/​add&​to=Wes|Start a Conversation with Wes]] 
 +    * if you can't log in, email [email protected] or text to 1-209-782-7276
-The plot GM should post in your thread to tell you if your character is accepted into the plot. In the unlikely event your character is approved but cannot be accepted, the GM (or if he is not available, the Faction Manager or Setting Manager) will post a notice in the approved character thread and then contact your second choice plot GM on your behalf. If your character is in the military, you will also get an orders thread in the appropriate communications forum. It will tell your character where to go and serves as a record of his/her military service including transfers, awards, and promotions. 
-Once you're accepted into the plot, edit the [[:​list_of_active_plots|plot'​s page]] so your character is on their crew roster (or ask your GM to). 
-=== Inventory === 
-If you haven'​t already, you will want to figure out what your character owns. To be fair to all players, each of their characters initially starts with three-thousand KS (or equiv lent) on his/her electronic money card, minus the cost of items the character starts with. Military characters are also usually loaned a predetermined bundle of standard-issue equipment such as uniforms for no cost. The equipment varies by faction. Ask your GM if you need help finding it. 
-If you want more than three-thousand KS of items to start with, your character can go up to seven-thousand KS in debt, although this is not recommended. You might also save money by buying used items, which usually are around fifty to seventy percent the original cost of the item (I pity you if you buy used soap, though). To make things easy, for things that aren't found on the price lists, one KS is about equal to one US dollar. See: [[:​prestige_system]]. 
-=== Start Roleplaying === 
-Once you're in a plot, start role-playing! If it's a single-post plot you can start right away (or as soon as it makes sense in the plot). If it's a [[:​joint_post]] plot, then find out when the next chat session is (most plots have a scheduling thread in their forum). 
-==== Roleplaying ==== 
-=== Play-by-Post === 
-Most Star Army roleplay is done by posting directly onto a thread (or start a new one), which is called a [[single_posts|Single Post]]. Sometimes single posts are consolidated into compilations. 
-=== Alternate Methods === 
-== Joint Posts == 
-For JPs, we usually arrange a meeting time or just spontaneously start role-playing with whoever is on [[http://​|Yahoo! Instant Messenger]] or IRC that fits into a plot. These RP sessions usually last about an hour or two and when we're done, one of the people in the RP session saves, edits, and posts the transcript (then referred to as a [[:​joint_post]]) onto the boards. The above methods of RP are why some parts of the board tend to have big, long posts with multiple characters and few replies--so don't let them intimidate you, they'​re just giant edited transcripts. 
-== Group Posts == 
-Etherpad and Google Wave are real-time multi-user communication tools that allow roleplayers to write a group RP post simultaneously. No plot has made this the standard RP method so far, but it is catching on and many GMs have expressed interest and have used it for roleplay posts. 
-=== Your Rights === 
-See: [[:​player_rights]] 
-==== Basic Rules ==== 
-  * Communicate with your [[:​game_master]]. 
-  * Do not control other people'​s characters. 
-  * Write well. Your posts should be easy to read. Please use proper spelling and grammar and post in third person. 
-  * Don't disappear on us. Don't vanish and leave people waiting on a post that will never come. 
-    * Absences are fine as long as you give advance warning in your plot's OOC thread. 
-    * If you need to leave a plot, follow the instructions here: [[guide:​leaving]] ​ 
-Full rules are available here: [[guide:​rules]] 
-==== Appendix: Role-playing Terminology used in the Star Army Role-Play ==== 
-  * **JP (Joint Post)**; An edited transcript of a real-time chat role-play session between multiple players, posted on the in-character story forums. Basically, everyone agrees on a time (or happens to be online) and meets up in a Yahoo conference to roleplay. See: [[:​joint_post]] and [[joint_posts]]. 
-  * **IC (In-Character)**;​ Content that is in the story world. 
-  * **NPC:** Characters whose actions are not written role-players,​ but rather by the [[:​game_master]] (GM). See: [[:​non-player_characters]]. 
-  * **END:** End of a role-playing session in a chat room. (PAUSE or OFF may also be used) 
-  * **ON: [Location]**:​ Start of a role-playing session in a chat room. This denotes the scene. If your character isn't in that scene, you probably shouldn'​t post IC except for entering that scene. 
-  * **OOC:** Out-of-Character;​ Content that is not part of the story world (real life). 
-  * **PC:** Player character; characters whose actions and dialogue is written by a role-player. See: [[:​player_characters]]. 
-  * **Scene:** The setting and timeline of a JP, as directed by the GM. 
-  * **SP (Single Post)**; A role-play post by a single player, posted directly to the in-character story forums. See: [[single_posts]]. 
-==== Other helpful pages ==== 
-  * [[creating_a_character|Character Creation Guide]] 
-  * [[:​glossary_of_sarp_terminology]] 
-  * [[:​frequently_asked_questions]] 
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