There are several integral parts of a solid, strong MUD. One of the most
important of these is a character base filled with well thought out, and
well played characters. What that translates to is good roleplaying.
Good roleplaying raises the level of realism, tension, excitement, and
overall fun in the mud, as some of you may know. So, we are going to
request that the mortals on World of Pain begin to strongly incorporate
roleplaying into your mudding. Please continue reading.

First of all, when you create a character, you should always have an
idea of what kind of role you want this character to play. This should
strongly affect the choices you make during character generation. Class
is the probably the biggest choice you can make for your character. It
determines what kind of skills and spells you'll learn and often, what
your profession is. Race is another very important choice you will make,
and one which is often paid little attention. Race does matter! Not only
does it have a very large affect on how your character should be
roleplayed, but it determines how other races will view your character.
Choose your race to carefully fit your character! You can learn more
about races by typing HELP <RACE>. Gender is fairly obvious, and only
affects roleplay for now.

Now that you created your character, you must roleplay it. First things
first, make a description for yourself. You can do this by typing QUIT
at the mud, and then entering the number which lets you change your
description. It should include your race and your physical description.
When people look at you this is what they'll see. Make it accurate.
Next, you have to step inside the shoes of the character you are
playing, and pretend that you are actually him or her. When you speak,
imagine yourself in the specific situation. Imagine what you'd say, how
you'd act, and what you'd do if you were your character. This is where
the fun begins folks. This is where you get to take a break from reality
and immerse yourself in another world for awhile. Come up with a history
of your character. Maybe your family was enslaved for ages by the Orcs
and you have vowed to take revenge. Maybe you are a Prince from a
foreign land, driven out of your homeland by angry peasants. Be
creative, but don't be so creative you can't roleplay your character.
Remember, you're going to be spending a lot of time with it.

So, I've given you an idea of what we would like to see. Here is a list
of things we definitely do NOT want to see:

Social Behavior

Whoever gossips, 'The Lakers really sucked last night!'
No one should have any idea who the Lakers are in World of Pain.

Whoever gossips, 'I gotta go. My mom's being a bitch.'
Unless you're talking about your mother on the MUD, same as above.

Whoever gossips, 'Anyone have a warrior 2.char? I need someone buff.'
This is serious Taboo on roleplaying MUDs. NEVER mention your 2.chars!
Any one of your characters should not know the others exist! I CANNOT
stress this enough. For this reason, there will be no be no simultaneous
multiplaying. You may have 2.chars, but they cannot play at the same
time on the MUD.

Basically, try to confine all public (say/gossip/emote/etc.) to being in
character. This maximizes the enjoyment of others, and doesn't disrupt
the mood. If you absolutely must speak out of character, do it in a
tell, and precede it with an (OOC) for Out Of Character. For example:

Whoever tells you, '(OOC) Ack.. mom needs the phone, gotta run.'
This should almost never be said on a gossip channel (I cannot think of
why it would need to be - you don't need to announce your arrival and
exit from the MUD), and should be used sparingly in all other cases.

If you want to have OOC conversation, please use private channels.

General Behavior

Play your character, I tell you!
Behavior Towards Gods

Let's see here. How would you act towards a God in real life? Do not
treat Gods like mortals. Do not mock or insult the Gods, unless of
course you are looking for punishment. Basically, it will save you and
me a whole lot of time if you roleplay well. So do it right!
Blatant disregard for these expectations will be punished in some
fashion. If you have any questions about anything, please email the
address below by clicking on the icon. Thank you for reading this, we
truly feel this will make World of Pain a better, more fun environment.

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