guides:new_players

New Members Guide

Hello and welcome! This guide is meant to assist all players, regardless of familiarity with online roleplaying with getting started with Shattered Universe. Please take a look at the table of contents in the right hand corner to navigate to the sections that are pertinent to your level of experience.

Before we get into it, Shattered Universe is an 18 year old and up international community based in the United States. It contains content not intended for children. While we don’t openly post overly graphic sexual content, we do NOT allow membership to persons younger than 18 years old to avoid accidental contact with minors and inappropriate contact.

To navigate the wiki, please use the links in the left side bar. Clicking on the Forums will take you off the wiki to the forums.

To learn what plot you want to join, click on Storyarcs or visit the forums to read what people are up to.

Role-playing is the changing of one's behavior to assume a role, either unconsciously to fill a social role, or consciously to act out an adopted role. 1)

Science- Fantasy genre as defined by Wikipedia: A science fantasy is a cross-genre within the umbrella of speculative fiction which simultaneously draws upon and/or combines tropes and elements from both science fiction and fantasy. It also sometimes incorporates elements of horror fiction.

Hard Science fiction vs Soft Science fiction

Shattered Universe is not a hard science fiction setting, meaning that the laws of physics and the types of technology in the system are not restrained by what is only theoretical in the real world.

Many members of the community are not engineers or physicists so you are not expected to know how the fictional technology works. We only need to know what it does and what it looks like.

  • Single Post (SP)- This is the most common form of online roleplay. It involves one player writing on a message board and waiting for another player to respond to that post. People respond to the previous message and add information to what is going on. This form of roleplay goes as fast as the people posting make it. It can be minutes between replies or days, depending on the schedules of the people involved.
  • Joint Post (JP)- In the dark ages of the internet, people would gather into roleplaying chat rooms on Instant Messaging services and respond to live chat conversations in order to roleplay. In more modern times, this happens less frequently over Discord Private Message groups or more commonly, in a shared writing document such as GoogleDocs or Publishwithme when everyone is online at the same time.This form of roleplay goes quickly since people are interacting in real time like a normal chat conversation.

Here is a non-comprehensive list of some terms you might hear in regards to roleplay here.

Discord

Voice over Internet Protocol Service used by communities to have voice and text chat with streaming and video capabilities. We use it as a way to communicate in real time with other members of the community.

FTL

Faster than light. This is a science fiction term referring to a mode of travel that enables space travel.

GM / DM

Game Master, Dungeon Master, and Storyteller all refer to a person that is running a roleplay plot for a group of players.

IC

In character - Things that you character is saying or doing.

Non-player character (NPC)

These are usually characters that appear in a roleplay that are either background or GM controlled characters. You can think of them like extras in a movie or the supporting cast members that help move the plot of a television series forward but don’t get much screen time. They could only appear once to give a quest or they could be a regular member of the crew fulfilling a role to round out the cast.

OOC

Out of Character - Things that you as the writer are saying or doing.

Player

A player is a person participating in a roleplay scenario.

Player Character (PC)

A character controlled by a player.

Plot / Sim

There are a handful of terms that refer to individual roleplay campaigns/scenarios to include plot, Sim (simulation), and storyarc. Shattered Universe has scenarios that vary based on nation or group of people. It can have as little as 2 people and as many as 20 interacting together. Think of it like a television show- a plot is the series with the cast as the players.

In the most basic sense, if you can read and write English, you can roleplay. Roleplay here refers to people writing cooperatively with others to tell a story. When you write for your character you should write what your character is saying, doing, experiencing, etc in response to someone else or in a way that encourages people to react to you.

Writing a quiet, anti-social character makes life harder for you as a player since it closes your character off from interacting with other people, and may make it harder for you to have people want to interact with your character. No one likes talking to someone that hates them. These sorts of characters can work, it just takes a lot of effort if another player is willing to interact.

We actively encourage multiple paragraph roleplay posts in third person past tense since it gives other people more to work with in understanding your intentions and in finding something to interact with you about. It also makes it easier to read the whole roleplay as a cohesive story if everyone is writing in the same tense.

Why 3rd person past tense?

Margaret Atwood’s Masterclass’s description of 3rd person frames it best: Robust character development. Third person has a wider narrative scope than its first and second-person counterparts, and can shine the spotlight on more than one character. These multiple angles give a reader a 360-degree view of the plot, each adding information that another character doesn’t have, creating a rich, complex narrative. Narrative flexibility. Third person can offer more flexibility—you can be everywhere, help your reader see everything, and switch between various characters’ stories. You can go from complete omniscience to a limited or close third point of view. This latter style gives you the ability to be inside a character’s thoughts, feelings, and sensations, which can give readers a deeper experience of character and scene.2)

Essentially, when you are participating in a plot, each person is revealing their characters thoughts and feelings. When some one reads that roleplay log, it ends up being similar to reading a novel written from multiple perspectives. It is easier to read and switch between characters from paragraph to paragraph if the tense and point of view are roughly the same.

Past tense implies that the character has already completed an action rather than they are actively doing something. This is again, for ease of reading. The perspective and tense requirements/preferences will be different for every Storyteller.

How to write in 3rd person

To write in third person past tense, the writer needs to use third-person pronouns, such as “he,” “she” and “they,” and the writer needs to use past-tense verbs, such as “was.” Pronouns are the words that replace nouns. When writing in third person, the writer cannot use first or second person.3)

All regular table top roleplay games like Dungeon and Dragons, Starship Troopers, Shadowrun and Warhammer 40,000 have Core Rulebooks, supplemental manuals, and other books containing hundreds of pages of setting lore, rules, and artwork. The Shattered Universe wiki is all of these things with a Search function.

Unlike regular rpgs, the wiki is a living document that all members of the community can update at any point in time to add or subtract information to support the specific plots they are running or stories they are creating in the setting.

The Discord is chat in real time, so if people are offline or busy, they might miss your question or message. Discord is meant for real time communication with the community about just about everything. Anything that might need more than a few seconds to respond to should be posted as a question to the forum since walls of text in the Discord can get easily lost in conversation.

The Shattered Universe forums are a repository of roleplaying, additional site lore, and is a means of seeking longer answers for specific setting questions. It is meant to foster longer, better thought out discussion on new setting elements. Discord conversations move quickly and things can get lost or miscommunications can happen when the topic is suddenly shifted by someone new coming into the chat. That doesn’t happen as quickly unless someone is in the forums waiting for a response.

If you want to propose an idea for the setting but want time to brainstorm it, then the forum is the best place for it.

Our rules are located here or are located in thesidebar under “RULES”.

The TLDR (Too long didn’t read) versions of the rules are:

  1. Don’t be a jerk.Be polite.
  2. If you make something, it belongs to you.
  3. Credit people when you use their work.
  4. All members must be 18 or older.
  5. Site admins and staff have the right to enforce rules as needed.
  • A stable internet connection.
  • A browser.
  • Some way to type.
  • An email account.
  • A willingness to work with others.

Register an account on the forums and then message one of the staff on the Discord to approve it. From there, one of the staff can create a Wiki account for you and assign you a random password.

With original characters, we do allow single player races but certain things need coordination for integration into the setting. Please message us on the Forums or on the Discord for help.

Shattered Universe’s forum as originally meant to be a repository for Tony and Gunsight1’s Star Trek Roleplay but it was repurposed for the original setting of Shattered universe. In that spirit, we do have an Off-Setting Roleplay Forum geared towards people that want to use a regular pen and paper game system as the backbone of their rp. Character sheets can be posted on our wiki but they need to be annotated as being whatever system you are using.

Please see our character creation guide by clicking the link in the left side bar or here.

You can contact an artist for a commission, draw it yourself, take a look at our Adoptable Art gallery or request artwork in the forum. We recommend checking for artists that are currently accepting commissions on Discord, Behance, Upwork, Twitter, Instragram, Fiverr, Facebook and any commission marketplace.

Free Art


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