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Guidelines & Site News / The Ships have come to carry you home
« on: Jan 13, 2019, 09:05:14 PM »
It is with a heavy heart that I say that both Jack Scot and Gemethyst are no longer with us.

I wish to thank them, wherever they have gone, and wherever they may be, for their words of welcome to the many new players they always greeted. For their gift of laughter. For their worlds of magic they shared with all of us. Rhy'Din is a little dimmer without them. Their words, however, remain. Their stories remain. May they always spark another tale in the hearts of those who read them.

Thank you both.



Lay down
Your sweet and weary head
The night is falling
You have come to journey's end
Sleep now
And dream of the ones who came before
They are calling
From across the distant shore

Why do you weep?
What are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see
All of your fears will pass away
Safe in my arms
You're only sleeping

What can you see
On the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea
A pale moon rises
The ships have come to carry you home

And all will turn
To silver glass
A light on the water
All Souls pass

Hope fades
Into the world of night
Through shadows falling
Out of memory and time
Don't say
We have come now to the end
White shores are calling
You and I will meet again
And you'll be here in my arms
Just sleeping

And all will turn
To silver glass
A light on the water
Grey ships pass
Into the West

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Guidelines & Site News / Admin to do:
« on: Jan 08, 2019, 08:48:43 PM »
Hello lovelies, just holding my butt accountable for all to see:

To do:
  • Uninstall & upgrade simple portal
  • Remove Tapatalk
  • Pester people to test out new chat and give opinions
  • Remove Arcade/look for arcade update?  Arcade is updated, but flash games need removal and or replacement, issues with Javascript need to be addressed
  • Remove dead links to Knowledge Base Mod no longer installed
  • Figure out why Likes mod does not work with new Sunrise theme
  • Figure out (perhaps) how to do tabbed categories in Sunrise theme to keep forums in that theme easy to navigate
  • Figure out/find a better RPG/item shop
  • Get that beginners guide done for the love of puppies. We've been open since 2013!
  • Fix/replace or update the WYSIWYG editor
  • Smart quotes yooooo
  • Upgrade to https/SSL - aaaand breaking tabbed categories, woops
Fixed(I hope)
  • Tabbed categories should be working with GR's default Back 'n' Black/Default theme.

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Guidelines & Site News / New theme: Sunrise
« on: Jan 08, 2019, 07:32:10 PM »
There is a new theme installed on GR called Sunrise. Users should be able to choose to use it (if they wish), by logging in, going to their profile, and choosing "look & layout." The Sunrise theme has 2 color schemes, Night and Day (white & Orange/Dark greyblue and bright blue). You can change from Night and Day schemes simply by hitting the Sun/Moon symbol within the header image of GR's website.

Please feel free to use it if GR's original/dark theme is not to your taste. Unfortunately, Tabbed Categories do not work in this theme so do not be alarmed at ALL THE FORUMS <3 Thank you and happy Tuesday!

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Events / [OOC] GreaterRealms NEEDS you!
« on: Jan 05, 2019, 02:04:51 AM »
There are several things that need you--yes--you! You lurker, you-used-to-play-but-left-cause-chat-room-sucked, you still-with-us-but-on-discord-more! You, a member of GR, GR needs!

First, I need as many people as possible to weigh in on, express their opinions, and test out the only current semi-decent chat room option I could find. That topic is HERE: http://greaterrealms.us/index.php?topic=933.0

Second, I need as many people as possible to do the exact same as above, but with their opinions on forum software. So you want to stick to SMF? Do you want to change to something else? Do you want to do a fund raising drive and try and purchase a forum software (like xenforo, or Invision,) ? You can tell me everything you like or hate or suggest or think HERE: http://greaterrealms.us/index.php?topic=934.0

I really, really do not want to go head long into an entire community decision without as much of that entire community aware of, and if not approving, at least o.k. with any changes. If GR is going to grow, I need your help growing it. You matter to me. To this forum. You really, really do. Help me make GR the best I can by letting your voice be heard.

Thank you! Happy New Year!

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Guidelines & Site News / Transparency: in the interest of this site
« on: Jan 04, 2019, 03:23:08 PM »
Hello GR lovelies!

In the interest of being completely transparent, I would like to discuss a little bit of private life. I hope I won't bore you to tears and I hope this doesn't come across as needy mcWhiney Pants. Anyway! Due to changes in insurance, we are losing an extra $400 every two weeks. I am currently employed at a base level retail position as part time, where in I may pull in $100-$250 a month after the Christmas rush. After careful budget re-adjustment, my husband and I, with our small family included, will have exactly $22 every two weeks to spare, or, $45 a month. This budget does include: our groceries, cat food for 5 cats, birdfood for 4 birds, our power bills, mortgage, credit card payments and so on. We will not be starving, obviously!

But, this will impact this website in such a way: currently we have saved in paypal $63.76 toward April's $119.40 yearly Dreamhost cost. In addition, if we are to start using Chatwee (which at the moment has approval by 2 members -- please test it and give me your opinions!) that is an additional monthly cost of $19.

Until I am able to find, and apply for a full time job, as my currently employment has no room or no will to give full time hours, my husband and I will not be able to afford to keep up with Chatwee and we are unsure which credit card we may have to pull from to pay April's bill.

I am aware how this post sounds, and that it does come across as begging, and I apologize for that, but at the moment, this is basically where I am as your admin, and this is the situation. If it takes GR another six months to move forward either in a chat room, an update, please be patient with me. I, as well as The Red Neck, are the only active staff members at this time. (Although we are looking for mods and fellow admins!)

Thank you so much for reading! All my love,
GR
AKA: Mel
AKA: Suliss'urn

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Currently GR is running on Simple Machines Forum, a free forum software. There are many forum softwares available that we could either change to, or stick with SMF if the community wishes it. There are also some paid forum software out there too.

Simple Machines (Free)
ElkArte (Free)
phpBB (Free)
MyBB (Free)
FluxBB (Free)
Xenforo (paid)
Invision (paid)
Vanilla (Open Source /Paid)
vBulletin 5 (Paid)
Wolt Lab Suite (Paid)
Plush Forums (Paid)


Which one(s) do you like the idea of? Which ones do you think we could afford? Do you want to stick with SMF, or keep to the free software? Did I miss a forum software you really like? What's your opinions? Please comment below, you're helping me build a community that everyone will enjoy! Thank you!

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GreaterRealms Questions & Support / Taking Chatroom suggestions!
« on: Dec 16, 2018, 09:59:12 PM »
As many of you probably already know, and for those of you who do not: Prochat, the company who created GR's chatroom went out of business, leaving us with a semi-buggy (but better thanks to Kalamere's hard work!) chat room that's not entirely what we all wanted. (Close! But not perfect.)

Most of the chat programs I have come across are basically monthly plans ranging from $19 to upward of $69 a month. Obviously, the pricier chats will be out of my range, and perhaps even yours, to support monthly. But a chat that may cost $20 a month for a certain amount of rooms and features and users (since we're small anyway!) might be a good idea.

But I'm not sure were to start. And I don't want to randomly pick one (like before :p) without community input, suggestions and testing.

So!
What do you think? What chats do you like the look of? What software or chat room hosting companies look good to you? Thanks!

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Good morning GreaterRealms, Rings of Honor/Rings of Discord and Dragons Mark: RDI players!

Without going into details that are neither here nor there, I would like to take a short moment to make an official Administation announcement on our stance on the Rhy'Din community. I'll try and keep it short and simple so as to keep you all going about your day!

GreaterRealms supports all the Rhydin/Rhy'Din community regardless of where you play, how you play, and what website or program you use to role play in it. GR wishes heartily for ALL MEMBERS of any site to feel free to cross post, advertise, copy & paste, and play where you will. I may be currently the only staff member, and the worst (©) in activity at the moment, (and I apologize for that. I work in retail and I am currently limited in any coding knowledge to be able to handle upgrading this website) but I am aware of several issues within the community at the moment that have left people on all sides hurt and upset.

I reiterate that ALL are welcome here.

All I ask is for members to please remember to keep your issues, opinions, and grievances with any other RP sites to those RP sites in question. I cannot address or fix problems that aren't GreaterRealms problems. Please be respectful. Please keep communicating, and please! Keep playing, posting, cross posting and having fun!

I have no current date nor idea when GR will be updated, but rest assured that I will do my Unicorn Best to keep GR around until I'm no longer breathing.

Stay creative and stay wonderful! Your friendly, Semi-Weird Admin,
GR
AKA: Mel

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Guidelines & Site News / State of GR - Jan 13th 2018
« on: Jan 13, 2018, 07:48:00 AM »

Here's where we're at!

1. Many of our modifications (Arcade, etc) no longer work, are out of date, or no longer supported.
2. SMF eventually will have an entirely new version, 2.1. There's a 99.9% chance most of our mods we enjoy now (Subaccounts, chat room) will be lost or no longer work, because, let's be brutally honest, I have no idea how to code properly and if it wasn't without the help of Kalamere , we wouldn't have half the wonderful features (that work) now.
3. SMF isn't as nearly as popular as phpBB is. The more I look into forum software that is free (currently all I can afford), I wonder if it would benefit the site more trying to convert us. The problem with that is: a lot of the same as upgrading (eventually) to the beta 2.1 for SMF. Many of the mods we have will no longer work or be available (subaccounts), or I will not be able to code a lot of the customization I have now.

The question I pose to you and the issue that bothers me is this: Should we continue using software that grows increasingly out of date for sake of the customization and useful modifications we have now that still work? Do we run the risk of increasingly out of date code and all the hazards which come with it? Our chat room is no longer supported, as the company or persons who created it no longer exist on the internet, so it is already out of date and possibly a risk. It does not sit well with me at all that at this time, I am an ineffectual administrator in being able to keep the forums updated.

I have said, and I have promised that Greater Realms is going no where and that is 100% true, regardless. I will continue paying for the domain and the web host and continue making sure spam bots are addressed. But I do not wish to be stuck like this and I do not wish all of you to be stuck using a site that slowly stops working, ends up hacked, or so full of errors it's impossible to use. Either way: upgrading or changing forum software, we will lost chat and subaccounts either way.

What do you think? What do you feel? What would you like to see? Would you follow GR either way (as long as posts and main accounts remain?). Please let me know!

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Guidelines & Site News / Current login issues with forum header
« on: Sep 03, 2017, 04:56:45 PM »

Hey dididly yoooo my fellow RP peoples! Hi! How are ya? I hope your Sunday is a funday. A few beautiful members have brought to my attention some login woes, so I went digging to see what's what (and also, y'know, how to fix it in case it was my fault.) I'm relieved to find that apparently I didn't break it!

Login issues using the main website or forum header MAY be caused by Dreamhost using Varnish. It is a known issue that SMF and Varnish do not get a long entirely. For now, members please try using the official log in page for GR, found here: http://greaterrealms.us/?action=login

In the meantime, I'll send off a curious "hey guise," letter off to Dreamhost to see if there's anyway they can fiddle with it to fix it. But rest assured! You CAN login! Just not the super easy way via the forum/page header. Bookmark and use the login page for now!

Happy gaming! AND I LOVE you!

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Tutorials & More / How can I participate in or at GreaterRealms?
« on: Mar 24, 2017, 08:34:34 AM »

Hello and welcome! If you are wondering how you can help GreaterRealms become the community you've always wanted and dreamed of--staff have started the ground work! But members like you are what really help a community take off! Here are just some suggested ideas that you can consider to help your GreaterRealms community become a better place!


Content
Post an introduction (if you want)
Check out the chat room and say hi to fellow players!
Gather your favorite rp partner(s) and play in the chat room!
Request your own subforum and write your character(s) stories there
Find an already created public forum and start writing!
Say hi on our front page's shout box to let people know you're here
Create an open SL thread or
Post a story featuring your character
Share an open Story Line
Add your original settings to our Knowledge Base, share the world of RhyDin as we all see it!
Add your RP knowledge to our Knowledge Base!
Chit-chat and play games in our General Discussion forums!




Advertising
Link to GR in your favorite forum's signature!
Display a small graphic on your blog, tumblr, website or journal!
Share a link to GreaterRealms on your favorite social media! Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Facebook and more!
Tell your friends! If you're enjoying GreaterRealms and playing here, tell your friends who might be interested too!


Copy & Paste quick links for GR
Simple Text Link:


BBC codes for forum
Code: [Select]
[url=http://gr.2phatgeeks.com]GreaterRealms[/url]

HTML code for forums
Code: [Select]
GreaterRealms

Simple image & Link code
BBC code for forum
Code: [Select]
[url=http://www.gr.2phatgeeks.com][img]http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h208/elf_fu/Screenshots/GR_Help/tinysignaturepng_zps827bae59.png[/img][/url]

HTML code for forum
Code: [Select]
[/url]

All of our banners for you to download and use:











Share & Mention fellow players
Compliment fellow players on a job well done
Mention a character in live RP or in forums
Like a member's post if you enjoy it to tell them you do
Compliment or praise a fellow player's role play


Volunteer
Create a public story line! From simple to complex! Dungeon master it up!
Create a public story line or event to hold and take place in one of our many public rooms! (Contact the admin for nifty little icons to hand out to those who participate!)
Volunteer to become a GR Bard to help facilitate RP in the forums and in the chat!


Role play Events
Create a quick and fun scene for live RP in the chatroom
Create a quick and easy plot for forum members to write about in the forums
Contact the admin for help with handing out or creating fun signature items or awards for those who participate in your Live RP events or forum events






Share your ideas and communicate!


These are just some of the ways you can help create the community you want to be part of! As a GR member, you're already half way there!

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Tutorials & More / Advice: Running Successful RP Events
« on: Mar 24, 2017, 08:32:45 AM »

Author's note: There's no right or wrong way to run or create events. These are just suggestions in hopes of inspiring.


Running a role playing event, whether it's just for your small group of friends or for the entire website of GR can be a daunting task. It takes work; there's no two ways around it. But with a bit of time, effort and thought, creating a successful one-time event shouldn't be like extracting teeth.


Over the years, here are some suggestions, thoughts and ideas to steer you toward holding and creating your own successful RP events here on GreaterRealms.


Start Plotting


   Some questions to ask yourself in order to fix the event solidly in your mind:
  • What's the name of the event?
  • What's the purpose of the event? (For fun, for raising money for charity, for social reasons, for adventure, for treasure, for glory, for silliness?)
  • What's the end goal of this event?
  • Will I need NPC players or will I have to play NPC's?
  • Is the event going to need an OOC post explaining it?
  • Is the event going to need an IC post advertising for it?
  • What setting would this event best be held?
  • How many people can I handle keeping up with and--
  • f I get more than I bargained for, is there anyone willing to volunteer to help?
  • How can I get the community involved in the event outside of just showing up?
  • Is there anything the community can contribute to the event that will help or--
  • Will I keep it simple so it's easier for me to track?
Plan Ahead
If there's one thing we role players know and hate? It's time zones. Time zones and weekdays and unscheduled extra hours or family reasons often keep some of our best role play partners out of the loop from time to time. When considering throwing an event, keep in mind of the difference in time zones as well as the myriad of time zones all players come from.


When choosing a date to set your event, try announcing and setting the date far enough in advance for word-of-mouth to get out, for players to check the forums and for players to hopefully see if their own calendar is clear and they can make it. You won't get every player--it's impossible to do; but you may find your events are better populated with announcing the dates in advance.


Before choosing a time, Google a time zone converter and enter what time you'd most likely want to start the event, then compare your time zone to others. Personally, I attempt to find a time that will catch as many as I can in the early/late evening without losing sleep for myself. If you are lucky enough to live in the UK or another time zone not as predominant as EST, then boy! There are players who will love you because a lot of them miss out on events due to time differences.


In my experience, the more thoroughly I planned a head? The easier time of it I had. When I worked Beltane one year as Risa Jones, I had worked out a head of time and pre-wrote any advertisements, playables, music lists, event or RP threads I thought I would need well before Beltane came along. This was an unbelievably awesome thing to do, as during the last few days toward the event I had nothing that needed to be done but enjoy the event itself.


Ask for Advertising Help
If you don't have your own forum or a large group of role player buddies yet, don't hesitate to ask anyone and everyone that seems willing in the community to help. Many of our forum members are willing to help:
  • Share links on their social media
  • Create or help with graphics
  • Create or help with event icons[
  • Plug your event in their subforums and on other websites
GreaterRealms also has its own Facebook and Google+ account for sharing such things.


Ask for Any Help
If at any time you are feeling overwhelmed with your event, do not hesitate to use our OOC forums to ask for member help. Admins, moderators and bards are here to help you as well and please contact them! Many members enjoy events immensely and are willing to lend a hand to see them come to fruition.


Features to help your Event:
If considering making a post about an upcoming event, try checking out GR's Calendar first, clicking on the date you'd like to make the event and then making sure : "link event to post?" is clicked. Once you choose the date, the title of event and how long it'll run, the calendar will direct you to make a post in the Events folder. There, all you have to do is fill out your event details, hit post--and voila. Your event is marked on our calendar. If anyone visits the calendar, they'll be taken to the post, and your event will display in our mini calendar side bar as well!


Our plug board to the side of our forum can be used to advertise your event. Copy the event posts' URL (address) and then visit the right side bar. Click on, "Add your open thread." There, simply paste the URL and fill out the title and hit submit.


Our front page Shout box is an excellent means to get word out about your event. You can copy the URL of any post in GR and paste it in the shoutbox.


Last, but never least, we have a Facebook Page and a Google+ page for advertising and showing off our wonderful site.




With all that in mind, we hope this helps you on the long (or short) road of setting up Live RP events and we look foward to seeing what you unleash on GreaterRealms!

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Tutorials & More / Using Bold & Italics in the chat room
« on: Nov 04, 2016, 11:11:11 PM »
When you would like to emphasis certain words or texts sent in the chat room, be it in character or out, you may use either italics, bold, or italics and bold together by using BBC.

BBC for bold
Code: [Select]
[b]Bold text must be inside these[/b]Bold text must be inside these


BBC for italics
Code: [Select]
[i]Italicized text must be inside these.[/i]Italicized text must be inside these.


You can also use bold and italics in the same sentence/text.
Code: [Select]
[b][i]This is going to be both bold and italicized.[/i][/b]This is going to be both bold and italicized.


Or choose to bold one word and italicize another.
Code: [Select]
This [i]shows[/i] a sentence with [b]both[/b] options.This shows a sentence with both options.


It's important to remember to close the brackets, IE: always type  or , otherwise it generally does not display properly, or turns your entire text either way.

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Tutorials & More / What *IS* Freeform Roleplaying?
« on: Nov 04, 2016, 11:09:53 PM »
First, let's start off with the easiest: What is role play? Role play is simply the act of playing a role. Role playing can be as simple as a potential interviewer asking you to pretend to be a customer, to playing an elf in a board game, to dressing up like an ogre and smashing people over the head with foam axes in the middle of the woods somewhere.
 
Basically, Free Form Role Play refers to playing a character--a role, if you will--without the assistance of manuals, rule books, dice or stats. A player is free to role play a vampire from V:tm, for instance, without worrying about points, or a character from Dungeons & Dragons without worrying about level, experience, or rolling die. Action, scenes and writing should be wholly consent-based(as in: most players have permission from another player in some means or way to write with them, be it some cue in character either from chat rooms, on forums, or communication out of character and so on). It can also sometimes meander into the genre of collaborative fiction
 
The concept, whittled down to its most simplest of forms is this: You are free to write your character as you see fit, so long as you understand and respect that everyone else may do the same.
 
It's a confusing way for some people. They may ask, "How can I ensure that a hit lands on another character? How do we make stories exciting if people refuse to accept the element of danger and their character can die at any moment? How do you sort out melee and who won what, without rules and strict guidelines so everyone's on the same table?"
 
The complicated answer to that might take days, and I've already taken up enough of your time--the easiest answer to that is: Communication, Hope and Respect. Communicate what your wants and needs are to your fellow player. Without doing so, your fellow player may unwittingly write something that offends you or your RP personal boundaries...but without communication there's no way for them to know this. Hope that they will be a respectful, mature player in kind and want to work together on creating a SL or RP scene that is satisfactory to the both (and/or group) of you--and lastly, respect. Respecting the other player, respecting that not all players are willing to cooperate in the same manner or same way, and respect given to the character that does not belong to you. If all three of these are even moderately observed in Free Form Role play, you have the fundamentals of it.
 
In essence, Free Form Role Play and its experience entirely relies on the player. The player's commitment to writing and engaging in a good story, no matter what that story may be.
 
There will be times when players simply do not wish to meet other players in the middle. Perhaps a player refuses to have any hits in a fist fight land, perhaps a player has a character that simply can't be killed because they do not want them to be--the best fellow players can do is respect that this is their decision and understand that not everyone will see eye to eye.
 
Free Form Role Play is essentially your story for your character wherein you welcome one or many to write the story along with you, in turn, hopefully influencing and helping write their character's stories as well.
 
There are several fantastic resources out there already, however, to help further define FFRP and what it is. I welcome you to check these out,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeform_role-playing_game
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_text-based_role-playing_game
http://www.lyrantalpress.com/almanac/ffrp.asp
http://www.dragonsmark.com/started.php

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What to do with a player that you don't get along with? What happens if, as a member, a moderator or a bard--we find out we don't like or play well with another member, a moderator or a bard? What happens if we find out someone we had a falling out with on RDI or ROH or from AOL or somewhere else, signs up for GR?


There are many personal ways of handling these issues. But I would like to take this moment to address this (as we are growing and have more members, staff and Bards volunteering, and this issue may crop up.) and how I would very much like members and staff to consider how to attempt to handle it.


1.) If you are on your Bard name and you encounter a player with whom you have had prior issue with on another site or here on GR, you do NOT have to play with someone that you absolutely do not want to.
a) It is not a Bards' part of their voluntary job to mediate or deal with OOC, personal issues of any players. Please direct them to admins. We do not want Bards dealing with anything other than role play, and how to create it here at GR.
b) If you have a problem player on ignore for your sanctity and sanity, you do not need to remove them as a Bard/member.
c) If you encounter a player role playing something that makes you uncomfortable, have communicated this fact and they still insist on role playing it: at you, your character, or trying to force the issue OOC you are NEVER obligated to role play with them! Please do not feel guilty for contacting the staff and/or ignoring/blocking that player. 


2.) If you are encountering a problem player who is disrupting GreaterRealms chat or other players then do not hesitate to report them to us immediately. Harassment and stalking is something we consider serious and will try and catch it as soon as we can (and are made aware of it!)


3.) If you are encountering an issue with a fellow bard/member and:
a) have attempted to resolve the matter player to player and are unable to reach an amicable end, come talk to the admins.
b.) feel that an issue might compromise your volunteering here at GR, come talk to an admin.
c) are having a difficult time period, come talk to an admin.


The admins are here to try and make your experience volunteering here on GR as easy as possible. If at ANY time you are having difficulty, come talk to us :) We're listening!


Last but never least--although I do not think I need to say this, I will to have it out there: keep calm, keep polite, do what you need to do to keep sane but also remember that you are a representation of this website and everyone on it whether you are staff or member. If in doubt of what to do, come talk to us :)


Let's do this thing: TOGETHER! <3

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Godmodding, Metagaming and Powerplaying
What They Are and How to Avoid Them
A Documentation by Jewelclaw of the RPG-D
Rules against godmodding, metagaming and powerplaying are likely some of the most common rules to be instituted onto RP boards and RP, yet very rarely do they appear to be described in a fashion other than 'Don't to this, because it is bad', or when they are described they are contradictory and confusing. This guide aims to clarify the three terms in the simplest way possible in order to enhance the role playing experience.

Godmodding
Godmodding in its simplest terms is controlling another player's character without their permission. By imposing your will on their character without their permission, you are gaining 'godlike' or 'divine' powers, hence the origin of the term. Godmodding can be as basic stating that a character is holding a drink in their hand at a party, or mentioning a type of clothing a character is wearing. It can also include actions, such as Character A swinging a punch and breaking Character B's nose. In this scenario there was not any opportunity for Character B's player to respond to the action, maybe their character dodged the punch entirely or got a black eye instead, perhaps it hit but not strong enough to actually break their nose. By stating the end result of the action, the player of Character A is removing the ability of Character B's player to contribute to both the scene and the mood of the thread.

Avoiding godmodding is rather simple, the easiest way to do so is to leave an opening for the other player to respond to. For example this Shaking her head, Jane frowned at Steve, clearly disgusted by him. "You've had enough, you drunk," she snapped as she reached out and snatched the glass out of his hand. could easy be changed to this Shaking her head, Jane frowned at Steve, clearly disgusted by him. "You've had enough, you drunk," she snapped as she reached out, intending to snatch the glass out of his hand. Only a few words were changed, yet the second one isn't godmodding because it gives Steve's player the chance to respond and decide what happens next.

The most important thing to keep in mind when trying to avoid godmodding is to give the other player the chance to respond to the action.

Metagaming
The easiest of the three to define, though likely the hardest to avoid is metagaming. This term comes from the Greek word meta meaning 'about' or 'beyond'. Hence to metagame would be playing with knowledge beyond the scope of the present game, plot, or scene. This knowledge can be gained various ways, either through historical research, threads that occur at a time later than the one that is currently being worked on, informational topics posted on the board itself, or chatting with other players about their characters and gaining knowledge about them, as well as other ways.

Unless a player keeps every single detail of the plot and character under wraps and does not let it progress to the next major event until all the past threads, storylines are complete so the board or story can move forward together, all roleplayers are at some point privy to information as the player that realistically their character would not yet know in game. This could be as simple as commenting on a pregnancy that isn't common knowledge/announced to the public yet, or having a character be angry that their partner was having a clandestine affair, all the way to having a character avoid going on a mission that ended in failure despite hopes in the beginning it would be successful.

The most important thing to keep in mind to avoid metagaming is that just because you the player know something, doesn't mean your character will.

Powerplaying
Powerplaying is when a player manipulates their character's abilities, powers or skills so that their character always has an advantage in the situation. This could be as simple as always knowing the best spell, or having a black belt in every type of martial art known to man. Powerplaying is most often confused with godmodding, and while the two are quite close, the difference between them is that godmodding is more controlling the other players character, while powerplaying is focused on your own character and manipulating the scene through them.

Any experienced RPer will tell you that the most believable characters have strengths and weaknesses, and if they don't then they face the dreaded title of Mary/Gary Stu. No character can ever be the fastest/strongest/bravest/smartest/whateverest all the time, and saying they are is powerplaying. This is most often found in battle threads and physical contests when it is often left to the player to determine the effectiveness of attacks and extent of damage given. No one wants to play with a a character that always wins! No matter how awesome your character may be, there will always be one out there that is better.

The most important thing to remember when trying to avoid powerplaying is keeping in mind that no one is immortal, and they all have weaknesses, as well as keeping the bounds of reason in mind.

Conclusion
Avoiding godmodding, metagaming and powerplaying is far simpler than it sounds, the easiest way is when in doubt ask the other player. Remember the saying about assuming things, 'it makes an ass out of u and me'. It doesn't take more than a second to zip them a PM and see what they thing about the action you're planning. This will prevent confusion and will prevent any hurt feelings that may arise from one player 'controlling' another players character. Also, remember to give an out. Never post with a definitive action, always give the other person the opportunity to decide if they want the action to be complete by using words like 'attempt', 'try', etc. By following these simple steps you'll be able to avoid the most common pit falls of RPing.

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Tutorials & More / Video Tutorial on Subaccounts use
« on: Nov 03, 2016, 05:11:40 AM »
How to create and manage subaccounts:

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There are a handful of customized BBC codes on GreaterRealms that you can use in your posts. Some of them are:

Dice roller
Use the dice roller for help with configuring a hit, a next action, decision or whatever you may need in your RP on forum posts.
Basic BBC code:


You can customize the die set used in your roll by entering:
Code: [Select]
[blockquote]Rolled 1d6 : 6, total 6[/blockquote] - rolls 1 6-sided dice.
Might result in:
Rolled 1d6 : 2, total 2

Code: [Select]
[blockquote]Rolled 2d12+5 : 1, 6 + 5, total 12[/blockquote] - roll 2 12-sided dice and add 5 to the result
Might result in:
Rolled 2d12+5 : 6, 11 + 5, total 22

Code: [Select]
[blockquote]Rolled 2d20^10 : [s]2[/s] [s]10[/s] [s]1[/s] 20, 16, total 36[/blockquote] - roll 2 20-sided dice, re-rolling any result necessary so that the dice rolls are greater than 10.
Might result in:
Rolled 2d20^10 : 3 8 10 3 17, 2 10 9 10 14, total 31

Code: [Select]
[blockquote]Rolled 2d20v10 : 1, [s]16[/s] 2, total 3[/blockquote] - roll 2 20-sided dice, re-rolling any result necessary so that the dice rolls are less than 10.
Rolled 2d20v10 : 11 3, 3, total 6

Code: [Select]
[blockquote]Rolled 2d20<10 : 3, [s]10[/s], total 3[/blockquote] - roll 2 20-sided dice, discarding any result where the roll was not less than 10.
Rolled 2d20<10 : 4, 20, total 4

Code: [Select]
[blockquote]Rolled 2d20>10 : [s]2[/s], 19, total 19[/blockquote] - roll 2 20-sided dice, discarding any result where the roll was not greater than 10.
Rolled 2d20>10 : 9, 10

Normally it will add the word 'Rolled' in front - you can customise this. For example, a spell that does some serious damage in a game:
Code: [Select]
[blockquote]Freezing 1d10 : 6, total 6
Fire 1d20 : 12, total 12[/blockquote]
Freezing 1d10 : 1, total 1
Fire 1d20 : 2, total 2

You can also nest the requirements, with the proviso of stating the things as they are in order here.
Code: [Select]
[blockquote]Uberdamage 15d100+10^10v90<80>20 : 44, [s]88[/s], 68, [s]8[/s] 33, [s]82[/s], [s]93[/s] 30, 70, 21, 52, 56, [s]86[/s], 43, 60, [s]87[/s], 72 + 10, total 559[/blockquote] - 15 100-sided dice, adding 10 to the result, rerolling anything 10 or less, rerolling anything 90 or higher, and if after that, you have values 20 or less, or 80 or higher, they get dropped.
Uberdamage 15d100+10^10v90<80>20 : 82, 7 61, 3 36, 59, 30, 86, 14, 42, 70, 22, 99 58, 100 73, 46, 93 1 91 42, 12 + 10, total 549

Lastly you can also have an iterator at the end:
Code: [Select]
[blockquote]Rolled 2d6 : 1, 3, total 4
Rolled 2d6 : 1, 2, total 3
Rolled 2d6 : 3, 2, total 5[/blockquote]
- roll 2d6 3 times and display the results overall

Rolled 2d6 : 6, 3, total 9
Rolled 2d6 : 1, 4, total 5
Rolled 2d6 : 1, 5, total 6




Youtube Video
Embed your favorite youtube videos by simply pasting the short URL that appears when you click, "Share," while watching a video on youtube.
Example:
Code: [Select]
[youtube]RCWnVznnWcs[/youtube]


Link a user name in forum posts
If you're replying to someone's post in the OOC section, or just wanting to highlight/link to a character profile here on GR, you can do so using this very simple code:


Example:
Code: [Select]
[user]GreaterRealms[/user] Looks like:
GreaterRealms

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Tutorials & More / Tag your Forum Posts & SIte-Wide Tag Suggestions
« on: Nov 02, 2016, 11:30:43 PM »
GreaterRealms members can add upwards of 5 tags to their posts in order to help organize and help things be found on the forum. If you have already made or started a new topic but haven't added a tag yet, scroll to the very bottom of the topic/post and you will find an area that says: "Add tags," where you can tag your post, be it IC, OOC or what have you.

In order to make things easier, there will have to be a few "universal" or "forum-wide," tags recommended for everyone to use so that the tags system actually works. Below, here are some of the tags to consider marking your posts with:

  • If you are creating an event in the events forum, please consider tagging that post with: events
  • If you are creating an in character topic, please consider tagging that post with: You character(s) names (Example: Suliss, BobtheDestroyer, Sassypants)
  • When creating an in character topic that is a SL thread or for others to RP in, consider tagging the post with: open sl, closed sl
  • (Open = Anyone can join in. Closed = only certain people can play or not open for anyone to join in)
  • If you are writing a character's journal or diary, please consider tagging those posts with: journal
  • If you are in the OOC forums and going to post an OOC forum game, please try and tag your posts with: ooc forum games
  • If you are creating a setting for yourself, your characters or for other people to play in, think about tagging the post with: settings, open settings, closed settings
Otherwise, what other tags you add to your posts are up to you. But remember that the more consistently you tag them, the more a member will be able to click that tag and find other posts just like it! (Example: if everyone tagged their IC character journals with journal, any logged in member clicking the journal tag will be presented with a list of any other post tagged journal and be able to read and check out new posts they may not know existed!)

This tagging system should help players keep track of their posts and member posts. I encourage you to begin using tags as soon as you can! (If you want. :P)

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Tutorials & More / GreaterRealms Avatars
« on: Nov 02, 2016, 11:28:54 PM »
In order to get the most out of your GR experience and show off your lovely, sexy characters in all their glory you should make sure that your avatar is exactly 300 pixels tall by 200 pixels wide. If you upload a photo that is even a teeny bit smaller or much smaller, our nifty slide-in css effects that display your social icons, a link to your shop inventory and custom text will not display correctly. (And in some cases, not at all.) For ease of use and a clean, eye catching look, please make sure your new Avatars are 300 x 200!


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Tutorials & More / Features & Fun at GreaterRealms
« on: Nov 02, 2016, 11:21:54 PM »
GreaterRealms Features

Forum
GR uses Tapatalk, a fantastic add-on for Android, Iphone or Windows phones that allows users to browse, read, reply and more right from the comfort of their mobile phone.
  Post likes! If you like something someone wrote, well...like that post!
Sticky topics have a distinct separation from usual topics--so you'll always know what's important at the top of any forum.
Our forum offers members a great place to create their own stories and character histories in specific areas or settings.
Members may also request their very own personal, special sub-forum within the main forums of GR, granting them the ability to moderate their own slice of GR.
If you still like to settle disputes the old fashioned D&D way, GR boasts a dice-roller within posts to help make those tough decisions like when to doge and when to take a hit.
Working spell checker
Subaccounts-enjoy switching between an unlimited number of your characters all from the safety and comfort from ONE registered name. Subaccounts allows members to create, delete and easily switch between their role playing characters; even from within posting a thread or reply!
Easy link to user within post. Use the bbc code  to surround a forum name and have it link to their profile.
Do you use Polyvore to show off what your character is wearing? Easily link to your character's Polyvore account in your profile!
If you're a role player from Dragon's Mark: Red Dragon Inn, or Rings of Honor, link to your profiles there so you can still show off all your hard earned icons
Customize the In Character part of your GR character profile with bbcode. You CAN use bold, italics, underline, and even insert images in your profile to fancy things up!
Our extended social media icons allow you to share your G+, Facebook, Deviant Art and many more with your fellow players.
Share your favorite youtube videos with our super easy youtube embedder.
Share your OPEN role playing threads by taking advantage of our links plugboard found on the right-hand side within the forum index. Let GR know you're looking to start a story!
Administrative action is transparent: if someone is banned, you'll know exactly why. Our banned list is view able to all members as well as reasons.
Delicious tool tips. Hover over a topic to see a sneak peak of what's inside before you even click it.
Keep track of your favorite players with a forum buddy list!
Keep your sanity however (if you need it), with the ability to block unwanted contact.


Shop
Earn coins each time you post in character or in the forums.
Spend your coins in our Shop for items magical, battle, and more!
Display your 10 recent purchases proudly in the mini profile beside every post
Check out your full inventory and other members by clicking the "View Inventory," in their mini profile


Awards
GR Awards are displayed small but proudly in member's signatures on the forums.
Post activity Awards
Community participation & volunteering awards
Event participation awards
Special awards for players to give to other players


Member Calendar
As a registered member, you get to use the awesome calendar here at GR.
Create, add and edit your own RP event to the calendar. Show off a big plot twist, share a fun little party, schedule a dungeon run--it's up to you!
Link your created event to a post in our Events forum and add a description, notes and more in the post.
Want to go to an event? Might forget? Event reminder for members will mail you at a time of your choosing to remind you!
Events are displayed on the front portal, on the forum and even at the bottom of the forum near the Who's online. More exposure than ever!


Live RP Chat Room
Log in to your GR account, click the "chat" button and get writing!
Hang out in our out of character room, The Lounge to say hi and plot.
Leave the lounge to visit any of our already-created RP chat rooms to RP, live time, in an environment of choosing.
Wait, don't like any of the pre-existing chat rooms? Create your very own chat room to RP in!
Player created rooms can be password protected
Players in the live chat show up in the Who's Chatting list on the front page portal and the forum.
Players also show in which room they are occupying.
Public (Not player made) chat rooms are logged in LIVE TIME, meaning you can check the logs at any moment to see what's going on in the room at that second as it's happening! No need for /back 10 anymore!
Custom sounds for fun and immaturity in the Lounge.
A large list of 16x15 icons to choose from in the chat room to have appear beside your text, to better stand out in the crowd and represent your character.
Color wheel color picker for your chat room font color!
A small collection of fonts inspired by famous novel print, such as Times New Roman, Book Antiqual, And Palatino Linotype for readability.
IM players in the room or whisper them
Administrators and moderators available at any time for help with any chat issues
Block any players that may be harassing or creating trouble for you.



Arcade
Waiting for more people in the chat? Waiting for a post? Spend your time in the arcade!
Challenge your friends for highscores!
Show off your hard earned points by becoming a champion!
Then attempt to outscore the latest champion!
Enjoy nostalgic classics, puzzles, strategy games and more!

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Tutorials & More / How can you Participate on GreaterRealms?
« on: Nov 02, 2016, 11:18:41 PM »
Hello and welcome! If you are wondering how you can help GreaterRealms become the community you've always wanted and dreamed of--staff have started the ground work! But members like you are what really help a community take off! Here are just some suggested ideas that you can consider to help your GreaterRealms community become a better place!

Content
Post an introduction (if you want)
Check out the chat room and say hi to fellow players!
Gather your favorite rp partner(s) and play in the chat room!
Request your own subforum and write your character(s) stories there
Find an already created public forum and start writing!
Say hi on our front page's shout box to let people know you're here
Create an open SL thread or
Post a story featuring your character
Share an open Story Line
Add your original settings to our Knowledge Base, share the world of RhyDin as we all see it!
Add your RP knowledge to our Knowledge Base!
Chit-chat and play games in our General Discussion forums!


Advertising
Link to GR in your favorite forum's signature!
Display a small graphic on your blog, tumblr, website or journal!
Share a link to GreaterRealms on your favorite social media! Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Facebook and more!
Tell your friends! If you're enjoying GreaterRealms and playing here, tell your friends who might be interested too!

Copy & Paste quick links for GR
Simple Text Link:

BBC codes for forum
Code: [Select]
[url=http://gr.2phatgeeks.com]GreaterRealms[/url]
HTML code for forums
Code: [Select]
GreaterRealms
Simple image & Link code
BBC code for forum
Code: [Select]
[url=http://www.gr.2phatgeeks.com][img]http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h208/elf_fu/Screenshots/GR_Help/tinysignaturepng_zps827bae59.png[/img][/url]
HTML code for forum
Code: [Select]
[/url]
All of our banners for you to download and use:










Share & Mention fellow players
Compliment fellow players on a job well done
Mention a character in live RP or in forums
Like a member's post if you enjoy it to tell them you do
Compliment or praise a fellow player's role play

Volunteer
Create a public story line! From simple to complex! Dungeon master it up!
Create a public story line or event to hold and take place in one of our many public rooms! (Contact the admin for nifty little icons to hand out to those who participate!)
Volunteer to become a GR Bard to help facilitate RP in the forums and in the chat!

Role play Events
Create a quick and fun scene for live RP in the chatroom
Create a quick and easy plot for forum members to write about in the forums
Contact the admin for help with handing out or creating fun signature items or awards for those who participate in your Live RP events or forum events



Share your ideas and communicate!

These are just some of the ways you can help create the community you want to be part of! As a GR member, you're already half way there!

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Author's note: There's no right or wrong way to run or create events. These are just suggestions in hopes of inspiring.

Running a role playing event, whether it's just for your small group of friends or for the entire website of GR can be a daunting task. It takes work; there's no two ways around it. But with a bit of time, effort and thought, creating a successful one-time event shouldn't be like extracting teeth.

Over the years, here are some suggestions, thoughts and ideas to steer you toward holding and creating your own successful RP events here on GreaterRealms.

Start Plotting

   Some questions to ask yourself in order to fix the event solidly in your mind:
  • What's the name of the event?
  • What's the purpose of the event? (For fun, for raising money for charity, for social reasons, for adventure, for treasure, for glory, for silliness?)
  • What's the end goal of this event?
  • Will I need NPC players or will I have to play NPC's?
  • Is the event going to need an OOC post explaining it?
  • Is the event going to need an IC post advertising for it?
  • What setting would this event best be held?
  • How many people can I handle keeping up with and--
  • f I get more than I bargained for, is there anyone willing to volunteer to help?
  • How can I get the community involved in the event outside of just showing up?
  • Is there anything the community can contribute to the event that will help or--
  • Will I keep it simple so it's easier for me to track?
Plan Ahead
If there's one thing we role players know and hate? It's time zones. Time zones and weekdays and unscheduled extra hours or family reasons often keep some of our best role play partners out of the loop from time to time. When considering throwing an event, keep in mind of the difference in time zones as well as the myriad of time zones all players come from.

When choosing a date to set your event, try announcing and setting the date far enough in advance for word-of-mouth to get out, for players to check the forums and for players to hopefully see if their own calendar is clear and they can make it. You won't get every player--it's impossible to do; but you may find your events are better populated with announcing the dates in advance.

Before choosing a time, Google a time zone converter and enter what time you'd most likely want to start the event, then compare your time zone to others. Personally, I attempt to find a time that will catch as many as I can in the early/late evening without losing sleep for myself. If you are lucky enough to live in the UK or another time zone not as predominant as EST, then boy! There are players who will love you because a lot of them miss out on events due to time differences.

In my experience, the more thoroughly I planned a head? The easier time of it I had. When I worked Beltane one year as Risa Jones, I had worked out a head of time and pre-wrote any advertisements, playables, music lists, event or RP threads I thought I would need well before Beltane came along. This was an unbelievably awesome thing to do, as during the last few days toward the event I had nothing that needed to be done but enjoy the event itself.

Ask for Advertising Help
If you don't have your own forum or a large group of role player buddies yet, don't hesitate to ask anyone and everyone that seems willing in the community to help. Many of our forum members are willing to help:
  • Share links on their social media
  • Create or help with graphics
  • Create or help with event icons[
  • Plug your event in their subforums and on other websites
GreaterRealms also has its own Facebook and Google+ account for sharing such things.

Ask for Any Help
If at any time you are feeling overwhelmed with your event, do not hesitate to use our OOC forums to ask for member help. Admins, moderators and bards are here to help you as well and please contact them! Many members enjoy events immensely and are willing to lend a hand to see them come to fruition.

Features to help your Event:
If considering making a post about an upcoming event, try checking out GR's Calendar first, clicking on the date you'd like to make the event and then making sure : "link event to post?" is clicked. Once you choose the date, the title of event and how long it'll run, the calendar will direct you to make a post in the Events folder. There, all you have to do is fill out your event details, hit post--and voila. Your event is marked on our calendar. If anyone visits the calendar, they'll be taken to the post, and your event will display in our mini calendar side bar as well!

Our plug board to the side of our forum can be used to advertise your event. Copy the event posts' URL (address) and then visit the right side bar. Click on, "Add your open thread." There, simply paste the URL and fill out the title and hit submit.

Our front page Shout box is an excellent means to get word out about your event. You can copy the URL of any post in GR and paste it in the shoutbox.

Last, but never least, we have a Facebook Page and a Google+ page for advertising and showing off our wonderful site.


With all that in mind, we hope this helps you on the long (or short) road of setting up Live RP events and we look foward to seeing what you unleash on GreaterRealms!

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