While this should really go without saying, sometimes it doesn’t, so we’re going to address it here and now. Because this is a role play and not fanfic, you are playing with other people who have characters of their own to control, and therefore, we will absolutely NOT tolerate godmodding, power playing, and/or meta-gaming.
Godmodding: The act of puppeting or ‘bunnying’ a character that isn’t yours. This includes describing the attributes, actions, thought processes, or reactions of a character you do not play in a thread, before the other player has made any mention of them, and/or putting the other player/character into a situation in which they do not get a chance to react. For example:
Character A: *throws a punch*
Character B: *successfully dodges the punch, laughs maniacally at the horrified expression on Character A’s face, then throws Character A across the space, impaling them on tree branch, rendering them unconscious/mortally wounded/dead*
Power Playing: The act of making your character an omniscient, omnipotent, all-seeing, all-knowing jerkass to the detriment of plot. This also includes adopting powers they would not ordinarily possess at your leisure and without proper character development, then ‘surprising’ your partner with these, especially for the sake of avoiding your character getting hurt/defeated. For example:
Character A: *manages to extract themselves from the tree branch and begins crawling with a gaping hole in their body toward character B, praying for strength so they can kick the crap out of this god modding asshole*
Character B: *is now suddenly a mind reader* Praying won’t help you now! *continues to laugh maniacally and then magically sprouts wings despite being a werewolf so he can fly off*
Meta-Gaming: The act of using OOC knowledge about a character, that your character would not know, in IC game play.
Player A: Oh man, my character is going to die having never gotten to know the daughter they’ve never told anyone about. How depressing.
Player B: That is depressing…
Character A: *is laying on the ground, dying, cursing the god modding, power playing, mind reading flying werewolf???*
Character B: *flies back to sneer at Character A while they die* OH YES, AND THAT DAUGHTER OF YOURS? NOW I’M GOING TO KILL THEM… *laughs maniacally again and flies off*
Character and Player A: *dead, also eternally face palming because seriously?*
In short, Player/Character B is a douchebag that no one likes playing with. So don’t be that guy.
From time to time, you may see some of these things happening in paras on our dash; but if you do, please be aware that the player in question has been given permission by their partner to do whatever it is they are doing, and that it is NOT an open invitation for you to just do it too. If you’re ever unsure about something in your own reply, always send the other person a message to ask if it’s okay that your character do/say/know something, instead of just assuming. Because you know what they say about assuming…
Basically - even if canonically your character would have the upper hand in any given situation, don’t assume that the fates will always be kind. Mistakes are made and you should ALWAYS give your partner a chance to react to something. Feel free to suggest things that your character wants to do… but give the other person a chance to respond. This works the other way too - you will never avoid every hit thrown at you, so try to make any fight scene realistic to the point that there has to be a winner and there has to be a loser - work it out ooc before hand, and if you have any issues with actions in a para like that, shoot your rp partner a message, ask them to tweak something…
We’re all in the same game here and we should be able to work around these things without any offense being taken. If someone ever does ask you to tweak a post, then it’s no slight against your writing or rp, they might just have a different idea about outcome to you… So the best thing you can do is talk to each other… or failing that, talk to us.
Yes… Good… Have fun maiming each other!
Le Mods ~<3