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New Players' Guide

Welcome to Star Army! This article has the basic steps and info you'll need to participate. Please read it thoroughly.


How Star Army Works

In a nutshell, Star Army works like this:

  1. You create your character.
  2. Imagine yourself in that character's shoes and write what he/she would do and say.

Account Registration

You must be 16 or older to join Star Army. There is no cost to join or participate.

The wiki login system is separate from the forum one, so you will need to register for both.

    • You're invited to introduce yourself in the Introductions Forum.
    • Forum accounts with 0 posts are regularly deleted as an anti-spam measure, so post something!
    • 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

There are many ways to get help:

  1. The Your Questions Answered forum allows you to get your questions answered by the community. You will need a forum login.
  2. You can Connect to the Chatroom and ask our members for assistance (IRC Guide)
  3. You can email the admin at
  4. You can call or text message the admin, Wes, at (209) STAR-ARMY (+12097827276).
  5. You can Tweet questions to @StarArmy on Twitter

Creating Characters

The 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 choices.

Submitting Your Character

When you're done Creating Your Character, you'll need to:

  1. Add your bio to the wiki (if you're not sure how, see the steps below)
    1. 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.
    2. 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.”
    3. Click “Create This Page” and insert your character biography code you made using the Character Template.
    4. Make any final adjustments needed and then save your Wiki bio. After saving it, copy its URL.
  2. Go to the 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!

A character forum moderator will post approval of your character in the forum thread you posted. The topic will then be moved to the 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.

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.

After Approval

Once you're accepted into the plot, edit the plot's page so your character is on their crew roster (or ask your GM to).

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.

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.


You're now free to start Roleplaying!

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