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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://​stararmy.com/​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:+
  
-  - You create your character. 
-  - Imagine 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. There is no cost to join or participate.+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://​stararmy.com/​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://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​introductions-new-member-resources.159/​|Introductions & New Players Forum]].
  
-  - [[http://stararmy.com/​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://​stararmy.com/​wiki/​doku.php?​id=start&​do=register|Register an account for the wiki]].
-    ​* You're invited ​to introduce yourself in the [[http://​stararmy.com/​roleplay/​viewforum.php?​f=159|Introductions Forum]]. +
-    * Forum accounts with 0 posts are regularly deleted as an anti-spam measure, so post something! +
-  - [[http://​stararmy.com/​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.+
  
-==== Questions and Assistance ​==== +:!: If you have trouble registering,​ contact the admin. See 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 address, email, username, or other characteristics.
-There are many ways to get help: +
  
-  - The [[http://​stararmy.com/​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. +===== Creating Characters ===== 
-  - You can [[http://​tinyurl.com/​stararmy-chat|Connect to the Chatroom]] and ask our members for assistance ([[guide:irc|IRC Guide]]+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.
-  - You can email the admin at [[[email protected]]] +
-  - You can call or text message the admin, [[user:​Wes]],​ at (209) STAR-ARMY (+12097827276).+
  
-==== Creating Characters ==== +  * [[https://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​open-roleplaying.194/​|Open Roleplaying]] threads ​are a great place to start. 
-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 a little background reading on the role-play and get an idea of the plot you want to joinOnce you're somewhat familiar with the role-play setting, you'll want to get started ​with the CCGIt should give you vital information for your character, based on your choices.+  * Got an idea for a roleplay thread? Start an interest check thread in the [[https://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​ooc-plot-planning.28/​|OOC and Plot Planning]] forum. 
 +  * Find other players ​to RP with in the [[https://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​introductions-new-players.159/​|Introductions and New Players]] forum.
  
-  * **[[creating_a_character|Create a Character]]** 
  
-=== Submitting Your Character === 
-When you're done [[guide:​creating_a_character|Creating Your Character]],​ you'll need to: 
  
-  - Add your bio to the wiki (if you're not sure how, see the steps below) +===== Questions and Assistance ===== 
-    - 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. +Getting into Star Army is easiest when you ask someone ​to mentor ​you through it, and we're happy to do that! If we haven'​t ​volunteered yet, just ask! You've got questionsthere are many ways to get answers or help:
-    - 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://​stararmy.com/​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://​stararmy.com/​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 === +  * Post on the forums (Ask questions ​in the [[https://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/index.php?​forums/​introductions-new-players.159/​|Introduction forum]] or [[https://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​setting-discussion.2/​|Setting Discussion]]). 
-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-playThe most common sources of problems are overpoweredglorious histories and skills, story continuity issues (things that wouldn'​t ​make senselike joining the Star Army before it was founded), and lack of detail.+  * Talk to people in the [[https://​discord.gg/​RunXe4p|Discord chat]] 
 +  * You can also contact [[user:​Wes]]the admin: [[https://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​conversations/​add&​to=Wes|Start a Conversation with Wes]] 
 +    * if you can'​t ​log inemail [email protected].com or text to 1-209-782-7276
  
-**NOTE: If you update/edit your bio, post a reply to its thread so the reviewers will know to look at it again!** 
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-A character forum moderator will post approval of your character in the forum thread you posted. The topic will then be moved to the [[http://​stararmy.com/​roleplay/​viewforum.php?​f=20|APPROVED forum]] (so if your character thread seems missing, check there!). The character forum moderator who approved your character will send a private message to you and to the GM of the plot you listed as your first preference. We encourage you to also send your own private message to the plot GM introducing yourself. 
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-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. 
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-=== After Approval === 
-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). 
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-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. 
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-**You are responsible for keeping your character page up-to-date.** Keep track of changes your character'​s history, skills, inventory, and finances (including pay) and edit your character article accordingly. 
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-==== 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). 
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-=== 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 other players and 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]] 
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-Full rules are available here: [[guide:​rules]] 
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-=== Format and Use of Forum Code === 
-The following formatting is standard for in-character posts: 
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-  * Bold text is used for announcements (such as the ship's intercom) and emphasis. 
-  * Italics are used for wireless communication and telepathy. 
-  * Quote boxes should be used for any content from a previous post and for in-character quotes of things like electronic mail, dinner menus, etc. 
-  * Parenthesis are used to signify OOC (Out Of Character) comments. Please don't make off-topic OOC comments during JPs, and keep the OOC to a minimum in IC posts. 
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-=== Communicate! === 
-There are several available methods of Communication available to RP Members. Yahoo! Messenger, E-mail, private messages, and the forums themselves are some examples. Sub-plots, problems, questions, concerns, suggestions,​ and many, many other things have to be worked out between members, and these are the best ways to do it. Please respect the decisions of your Game Master. 
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-=== Conflicts === 
-Any major event, situation, condition, action, etc. which directly involves another Player'​s character must be discussed with said Player beforehand, if possible. The Player reserves the right to have any post deleted that directly involves their character and was not discussed beforehand, unless that post was made by the GM. The post will be deleted or moved and sent to the offending Player for editing. 
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-In the case that someone has used your character in some way, or done something that went against one of your plots, sort it out politely and quickly. Attempt to work it out with the offending Player first. If this fails, take it to the Plot GM. In an RP as large as this one to become, it is nearly impossible to avoid all problems, but if we can sort them out smoothly, politely and quickly, there will be minimal difficulties. 
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-=== Metagaming === 
-Let's all remember to keep OOC knowledge separate from IC knowledge. Don't direct your character to stuff if he/she wouldn'​t find it by themselves. That includes sniffing at a random moment when a character has no reason to do so and then find someone stalking them that way. If something is hidden, let it be hidden until there is a plausible reason for it to not be. Just because you know a player character is plotting to kill yours, etc. does not mean you can have your character act like he's especially alert for some reason. Keep it realistic. 
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-=== Keeping Up === 
-Try your hardest to read each and every new post in your roleplay. This cuts down on confusion and prevents conflicts in the storyline from arising. If you don’t have time, at least read the ones involving your ship. Print them if you need to. You are expected to post regularly (at least one RP post a week). If you can’t for some reason, let people know why and kindly excuse your character or arrange for someone else to play her in the meantime. 
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-=== Starting a Side Plot === 
-In each adventure there are two types of plots: The Backbone Plot, and the various Sub-plots. The Backbone Plot takes precedence over sub-plots. Sub-plots must be worked in and around the Backbone Plot in order for the RP to function correctly. This is not to say that because a sub-plot goes against the Backbone Plot it can't be used. It simply means that you must either rework, or put off the sub plot until such a time as it can be used. 
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-=== Quality Of Writing === 
-Writing is the means with which we interact with one another. It is vital that you write well, so that others can understand you and so they aren't distracted from the RP by errors. Don't bother posting a sentence if you can't be bothered to capitalize it or put a period at the end. The clearer your post, the less the likelihood it will be overlooked or misunderstood. ​ 
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-  * Sentence structure, and correct grammar and spelling are a must. 
-  * Double spacing between paragraphs is required. This means paragraphs should have a full blank line between them. 
-  * All posts should be written in third person past tense. The third person is mostly for clarity because there are many "​I'​s"​ in this story. 
-  * Please use your character'​s name in the first reference to them in a paragraph (especially in JPs). 
-  * Try to be detailed and descriptive. 
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-=== 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 Post or just a post. Sometimes single posts are consolidated into compilations. 
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-See: [[guide:​single_posts]] 
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-=== 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. 
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-For more information on JPs, read the [[guide:​Joint Posts|Guide to Joint Posts]]. 
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-==== Other Helpful Pages ==== 
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-  * [[creating_a_character|Character Creation Guide]] 
-  * [[:​glossary_of_sarp_terminology]] 
-  * [[:​frequently_asked_questions]] 
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