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-====== New Players'​ Guide ====== +====== New Players'​ Guide 🔰 ====== 
-Welcome to Star Army! This article has the basic steps and info you'll need to participate. Please read it thoroughly.+Welcome to Star Army! This article has the basic steps and info you'll need to participate.
-{{http://​​images/​people_and_armors.jpg}}+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.
-==== How Star Army Works ==== +For the full guide to roleplaying on Star Army, see [[guide:roleplaying]].
-In a nutshellStar Army works like this:+
-  - Create a character for one of the various stories (plots). 
-  - Put yourself in that character'​s shoes and write what he/she would do and say. 
-==== Account ​Registration ​===== +===== Account ​Setup ===== 
-You must be **16 or older** to join Star Army.+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 wiki login system is separate from the forum one, so you will need to register for both.+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 [[https://​​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​introductions-new-member-resources.159/​|Introductions & New Players Forum]].
-  - [[​roleplay/​ucp.php?​mode=register|Register an account on the forums]] +OptionalCreate a 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]].
-    ​* You're invited ​to introduce yourself in the [[http://​​roleplay/​viewforum.php?​f=159|Introductions Forum]]. +
-    * Forum accounts with 0 posts are regularly deleted as an anti-spam measure, so post something! +
-  - [[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 page. +
-    * No wiki knowledge is required to post your character; We have a form that automatically adds the wiki code for you.+
-==== Creating Characters ==== +:!: If you have trouble registering,​ contact the adminSee the **Questions and Assistance** section belowStar Army uses advanced anti-spam methods that may occasionally flag legitimate user for further review based on IP addressemailusername, or other characteristics.
-The [[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 youBefore you make your character, if possible, do 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 settingyou'll want to get started with the CCG. It should give you vital information for your characterbased on your choices.+
-  * **[[creating_a_character|Create a Character]]**+===== Creating Characters ===== 
 +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 [[guide:creating_a_character|Creating Your Character]], 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. 
-    - Save the page and then click the (red) link you just made. It'll take you to a page that says "This page hasn't been created."​ 
-    - Click "​Create This Page" and insert your character biography code you made using the [[http://​​templates/​character.php|Character Template]]. 
-    - Make any final adjustments needed and then save your Wiki bio. After saving it, copy its URL. 
-  - Go to the [[http://​​roleplay/​viewforum.php?​f=16|new biography forum]] and create a topic containing a link to the bio page you just created. 
-=== Review and Approval === 
-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. 
-**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:
-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 should also send a private message ​to the GM of the plot you listed as your first preferenceWe encourage you to also send your own private message to the plot GM introducing yourself.+  * 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]]). 
 +  * 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
-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). 
-==== 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). 
-=== Basic Rules === 
-  * Respect other players'​ [[:​player_rights]]. ​ 
-    * 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. 
-  * Communicate with your [[:​game_master]]. 
-  * 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]] 
-=== Play-by-Post Roleplaying === 
-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. 
-=== Joint Posts Roleplaying === 
-For JPs, we usually arrange a meeting time or just spontaneously start role-playing with whoever is online 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. 
-For more information on JPs, read the [[guide:​Joint Posts|Guide to Joint Posts]]. 
-==== Questions and Assistance ==== 
-There are many ways to get help:  
-  - 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. 
-  - You can [[http://​​stararmy-chat|Connect to the Chatroom]] for live assistance ([[guide:​irc|IRC Guide]]) 
-  - You can email the admin at [[[email protected]]] 
-  - You can call or text message the admin, [[user:​Wes]],​ at (209) STAR-ARMY (+12097827276). 
-==== Other Helpful Pages ==== 
-  * [[creating_a_character|Character Creation Guide]] 
-  * [[:​glossary_of_sarp_terminology]] 
-  * [[:​frequently_asked_questions]] 
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