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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.
  
-==== Setting Overview ==== +For the full guide to roleplaying on Star Armysee [[guide:​roleplaying]].
-//“The Earth is the cradle of mankindbut one cannot remain in the cradle forever.” - [[wp>​Konstantin Tsiolkovski]]//+
  
-We don't know how far away from Earth we are, or how long ago humans first left Earth. Incalculable knowledge has been lost to war, plagues, and alien occupations,​ and now Earth is merely an ancient legend. But humanity survives in the form of its distant colony worlds. Technology is advanced but stagnant, and includes anti-gravity fields, energy weapons, faster-than-light drives, brain-uploading,​ and generators that can draw practically unlimited energy from the "​aether."​ 
  
-From the ashes a new pocket ​of civilizations arose in this unusually habitable corner of the galaxyPeace is carefully maintained in besieged nations whose overextended military forces continue ​to constantly fight off against alien invasions and rebellionssometimes leaving their huge frontiers and rather lawless.+===== Account Setup ===== 
 +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 charactersYou must be **16 or older** to join Star Army. There is no cost to join or participate. Before joiningyou should probably read the [[guide:​rules]].
  
-=== Yamatai ==== +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 pageYou'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]].
-The {{yamatai:flag_of_yamatai.png?​25&​nolink|}} **Yamatai Star Empire** is a technologically-advanced transhuman empire with most of the population using biological android bodiesIt's got an 80s anime-inspired flavor and is protected by a massive, politically powerful military called ​the **Star Army**, which the site is named afterThe Star Army is known for its mass-produced cat-eared female warriors, the **Nekovalkyrja** (pronounced ​//Nay-ko-wul-ku-ree//)Due to their numbers, there are more women than men in Yamatai. After tense negotiations,​ Yamatai has recently signed a defense treaty with Nepleslia and Lor, but that doesn'​t mean it likes them.+
  
-=== Nepleslia === +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 wiki account to create ​and edit wiki articles (such as if you want to make page for your character)[[https://​stararmy.com/​wiki/​doku.php?​id=start&​do=register|Register an account for the wiki]].
-In stark contrast, The {{nepleslia:nespleslian_flag.png?​25&​nolink|}} ​**Democratic Imperium of Nepleslia** is gritty cyberpunk nation of humans, cyborgs, and mutants that deals with high crime in its megacities. Mixing of genetic material from super-solider programs has resulted in muscular half-breeds ​and a population that is considerably more male than femaleNepleslia has a space navy and space marinesIt was previously part of Yamatai, but rebelled several years agoNow, the two nations are part of a military alliance.+
  
-=== The Vast Universe === +:!: If you have trouble registeringcontact 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 address, email, username, or other characteristics.
-As you go through character creationyou'll be introduced to several other interesting factions you can create a character forYou can also make your own faction if you like. Around ​the known factions is an endless sea of strange aliens, bold outlaws ​and jealous insurgencies.+
  
 +===== 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.
  
-==== Roleplaying ​Overview ==== +  * [[https://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​open-roleplaying.194/​|Open ​Roleplaying]] threads are a great place to start. 
-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 for future ​players.+  * 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.
  
-=== Play-by-Post ==== 
-**Star Army** is a play-by-post roleplaying community, which means we operate by posting text on the forum. Unlike tabletop roleplaying games, Star Army is mostly just writing and does not use complex game mechanics (math). Most story plots have a **Game Master** (GM) assigned whose job is to guide the story, describe the setting, and write the actions of background characters (NPCs). In the Open Roleplay forum, the creator of the RP thread may act as a GM. 
  
-**In Star Army RPs, we usually write in third-person past tense**, the way most novels do. For example: //A scowl of disgust appeared on Sayuri'​s face as she watched the lizard creatures eagerly gnawing on the abandoned corpses.// 
  
-=== Flexible Time ==+===== Questions and Assistance =====
-At a site-wide level, a year in real life is equivalent to a year in the Star Army universe. However, you are not required to stay aligned with the actual dates throughout the year. To help keep track of space and time, please include the location, date, and time at the start of your posts as needed. +
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-=== A Shared, Living Setting === +
-Star Army is a shared, living world that is always growing. Your writing can add to the setting, and your RP may be affected by events in the setting. Because you'll roleplay with other people, expect to be surprised sometimes! Have fun and be brave. +
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-==== Account Setup ===== +
-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]]. +
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-:!: **The wiki login system is separate from the forum one, so you will need to register for both.** +
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-  - Register an account on [[http://​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 introduce yourself in the [[http://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​introductions-new-member-resources.159/​|Introductions Forum]]. +
-  - [[http://​stararmy.com/​wiki/​doku.php?​id=start&​do=register|Register an account for the wiki]] +
-    - You'll need a wiki account to create and edit wiki articles (such as if you want to make a page for your character). +
-    - No wiki knowledge is required to create a page for a character; We have a form that automatically adds the wiki code for you. It's linked on the [[creating_a_character|Creating A Character]] article. (Related articles: [[faq:How do I add a page?]], [[faq:How do I move a page?]]) +
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-:!: If you have trouble registering,​ contact the admin! See the **Questions and Assistance** section below. +
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-==== Creating and Roleplaying Characters ==== +
-Lurk as long as you want. No pressure. 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. +
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-  * [[http://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​open-roleplaying.194/​|Open Roleplaying]] threads are a great place to start. +
-  * Got an idea for a roleplay thread? Start an interest check thread in the [[http://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​ooc-threads-interest-checks-rp-signups.28/​|OOC and Plot Planning]] forum. +
-  * Find other players to RP with in the [[http://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​introductions-new-member-resources.159/​|Introductions and New Players]] forum. +
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-The ideal roleplaying post: +
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-  - Advances the plot/​story +
-  - Is fun and interesting to read (Think details, action, and humor) +
-  - Involves other characters (Give the next poster something to react to!) +
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-Star Army is a community, so get the most out of this site by being proactive; get (and stay) involved. Make friends of your fellow roleplayers by showing them you're fun to write with! It doesn'​t matter how long you've been a site member: what matters is what you're doing. +
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-For the full guide to roleplaying on Star Army, see [[guide:​roleplaying]]. +
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-==== Questions and Assistance ​====+
 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 questions: there are many ways to get answers or help: 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 questions: there are many ways to get answers or help:
  
-  * Post on the forums (Ask questions in the [[http://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​introductions-players-seeking-rp.159/​|Introduction forum]] or [[http://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​forums/​roleplaying-setting-discussion-questions.2/|Setting Discussion]]). +  * 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]]). 
-  * Talk to people in the [[http://stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​shoutbox/|Shoutbox]] (forum login required) +  * Talk to people in the [[https://discord.gg/RunXe4p|Discord chat]] 
-  * You can also contact [[user:​Wes]],​ the admin: [[http://​stararmy.com/​roleplay-forum/​index.php?​conversations/​add&​to=Wes|Start a Conversation with Wes]] (forum login required)+  * 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 in, email [email protected] or text to 1-209-782-7276     * if you can't log in, email [email protected] or text to 1-209-782-7276
-==== Roleplaying Jargon ==== 
-The following are some common terms in the Star Army Roleplay Community. 
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-  * [[Damage Rating]] ([[:DR]]): A guideline for how much damage weapons do. 
-  * [[gamemaster]] (GM): A plot's storyteller/​referee 
-  * [[:In Character]] (IC): Content that is in the story world. 
-  * Joint Post (JP): A chat role-play session between multiple players, later posted on the forums. 
-  * [[guide:​characters|Non-Player Characters]] (NPC): Characters whose actions are not written role-players,​ but rather by the [[gamemaster]] (GM). 
-  * Open Roleplay: Roleplaying threads that anyone may join. 
-  * [[:Out Of Character]] (OOC): Content that is not part of the story world (real life). 
-  * [[guide:​characters|Player Characters]] (PCs): Characters whose actions and dialogue is written by a role-player. 
-  * [[:​Role-Players]] 
-  * [[:SARP]]: Star Army Roleplay ([[:​SARPcake]],​ [[:​SARPtalk]],​ [[:​SARPiverse]]) 
-  * Single Post (SP): A role-play post by a single player, posted directly on the forum. 
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-=== Related Pages === 
-  * [[computing:​glossary | Computing]]:​ A glossary of specific computing & digital warfare terminology 
-  * [[iromakuanhe:​language#​popular_expressions|Iroma Terminology]] 
-  * [[stararmy:​glossary]] 
-  * [[firearms_terminology]] 
-  * [[:​freespacers:​terminology]] 
-  * [[guide:​dictionary]] 
-  * [[guide:​vehicle_roles]] 
  
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