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 Note On Playing Npcs, and the used templates
Elena
 Posted: Nov 22 2013, 10:44 AM
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NPCs are:

1. Minor characters used recurrently in more than one thread as a sort of background character to contribute to moving the story on (some sailors on each ship, barmaids, merchants, other ships' captains, etc. – even historical characters such as the governors of the islands)

2. Characters created for a specific plot and who isn’t likely to appear again in another thread.

Anyone can use a non-playing character in a thread, provided this NPC makes logic to be there (e.g. a sailor on his ship or in the port where the ship is anchored, an admiral or a governor to convey an order in his area of competence, etc.). We have the possibility to play a NPC interacting with a main character in the main character's post, but also, if the NPC acts alone, we created a special NPC account, so that anyone needing him may log into that account and play the NPC, as follows:


Username: NPC
Password: post


If it is a shopkeeper appearing one time only, definitely he won't have any avatar image or another description.

But recurrent NPCs (sailors, the governors of the islands, barmaids of the tavern owned by a character, captains of other ships, etc.)created for more than one specific use or plot can be used by anyone needing them (e.g. a sailor might be needed by the captain, by all the officers or by a crewmate; a barmaid/ merchant by all who need their services), therefore the one who created them must fill out a basic NPC bio with the basic information needed by any other player when using him/ her.

The bio is extremely simple, of course, and may contain as little information as needed/ known about the NPC, while allowing to add information after playing him. Please fill the NPC bio while logged on NPC account, because any person who plays him/ her might edit to add a detail for further information.

NPC BIO



Name:
Aliases:
Age:
Gender:
Occupation:
Current Location: What Port they live in or ship they sail with

Character PB: (optional, but if you choose one, then please post also the image code of the photo, which should be no larger than an avatar’s dimensions – 150 x 200, because this will go at the beginning of each post for him/ her). In order to avoid face claim conflict, please choose as PB either celebrities of minor importance (singers, actors, sportsmen who are not widely known, or Non-Hollywood) or paintings of that period, if you need noblemen with wigs, etc.

General appearance:

Personality: (any length acceptable, only important details)

History: (including names of the immediate family if needed - any length acceptable, only important details)

Anything else: (the plot, if NPC created for a specific plot which involves several threads. If not, any other useful information, credits to the creator included)


There is a simple template for the NPC posts (to be used for each in character post for NPCs, while logged in with the NPC account, in order to personalise it) as follows:

the image code of your NPC avatar (optional)
NPC NAME



- your text goes here -


This post has been written by PLAYER’S NAME


It will look like this when finished... or maybe like this if you have two NPCs together.

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Elena
 Posted: Nov 22 2013, 10:47 AM
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CODE

[align=center][color=indianred]NPC BIO[/color][/align]

[color=indianred]Name:[/color]
[color=indianred]Aliases: [/color]  
[color=indianred]Age: [/color]
[color=Indianred]Gender: [/color]
[color=Indianred]Occupation: [/color]  
[color=indianred]Current Location: [/color] What Port they live in or ship they sail with

[color=indianred]Character PB: [/color] (optional, but if you choose one, then please post also the image code of the photo, which should be no larger than an avatar’s dimensions – 150 x 200, because this will go at the beginning of each post for him/ her). In order to avoid face claim conflict, please choose as PB either celebrities of minor importance (singers, actors, sportsmen who are not widely known, or Non-Hollywood) or paintings of that period, if you need noblemen with wigs, etc.

[color=indianred]General appearance: [/color]

[color=indianred]Personality: [/color] (any length acceptable, only important details)

[color=indianred]History: [/color] (including names of the immediate family if needed - any length acceptable, only important details)

[color=indianred]Anything else: [/color] (the plot, if NPC created for a specific plot which involves several threads. If not, any other useful information - credits to the creator included)





The code of the NPC post template (to be used for each in character post for NPCs, while logged in with the NPC account) is as follows:


CODE

[align=center] the image code of your NPC avatar (optional)
[SIZE=4] [i] NPC NAME [/i][/SIZE][/align]


- your text goes here -


[align=center][SIZE=1]This post has been written by [i]PLAYER’S NAME[/i][/SIZE][/align]

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