Welcome to WAOA VII(We Are Our Avatars VII)! I hope you enjoy your stay in this wonderful mad land of madness. And remember, I am its god! God, I tell ya! *Awkward cough.* Oops! Went a little crazy over there, sorry about that. Anyhow, this is an open world RP.(Meaning Players are free to do what they want and go where they want.) I like to give people a lot freedom,(Assuming they follow the rules, of course) and I hope this thread succeeds on that. For the vets(The people who played the first three WAOAs), it will feel like a true sequel to the classics. Less linearity, less time bubbles and less waiting for the god damn GM to come! More freedom, more paths and (hopefully) more fun! To prevent confusion, you will refer to me as the Thread God(TG for short) and people who work for me are called the co-Thread Gods. (Co-TG for short)
Dirty Cop James funs:
I am Dirty Cop James Funs, or Dirty for short. Also known (but really referred to) as Fair Cop. I'm the guy who runs the thread and who makes sure problems are dealt with. Also I am the nicest person here,(Shut up, I am!) so, naturally, I have the highest tolerance to the shenanigans you wacky people pull. I'm also helpful in giving constrictive criticism, so don't shy away when you need some pointers.
I am TrilbyWill, more commonly known as Trilby and, very rarely, known as Will. I've been around since the first thread, and I GMed the second.
I'll be here during the day for West/North European users, and, on occasion, at night.
I'm known as both Drakmorg and the Crazy Cat Lady, the latter due to an obvious obsession with cats and cat-related things. I'm also known for oftentimes lacking opinions, and for being the longest participating member in this particular series of threads. I have been tasked with running this operation during the hours that typically coincide with the afternoon/evening for the North American timezones. I will do my best to try to ensure that this is an enjoyable experience for you all.
The premise is simple.
Your character is your avatar.
They have the same powers, personality etc.
Additionally OCs (Original Characters) are allowed, just find an image for your avatar that best represent them. But remember to make sure they fit the rules.
Be warned. Doesn't detail everything that happened in previous WAOA threads, so feel free to edit that bitch!
I am not joking about the pseudo RPing. Anyhow, this is where we... I don't even remember what we use it for anymore.
Much like the codex from WAOA VI, this is where put important summaries and recaps. To know more about it, click the link.
Act in character
This is the most important rule here, even OCs should follow it.
You have to contribute to the plot in some way
Either by adding to a conversation, fighting, getting past obstacles (picking locks, hijacking cars etc)or whatever moves the plot forward!
You control your characters ONLY
You can't use other players' characters. UNLESS under two conditions:
1- the character is plot-necessary, but the player is unable to post (must act in character. If you are in this position, it would help if you asked another player beforehand to take over your character).
2- If another player allows you to use his/her character.
No Over-Powered Characters
-Characters can't instant-kill other characters (killing should be pre-decided)
-Characters should be weakened if they attack too often.
-Characters shouldn't have too many different combat moves.
And please try to explain powers simply. You may be a genius on your character's universe, but other players may never have even HEARD of them before.
-If your character is already OP, don't worry. You can nerf him/her.
Your character(s) can still get injured
While killing is still pre-decided, injures on the other hand are not. Your character can get beaten, stabbed, poisoned, mutilated, and may even lose a limb. You get the idea? Good.
No excessive posts
"Dave opened the door and turned on his torch. He looked around and saw the desk, with the plans on it."
is good enough. We don't need a few paragraphs about his thoughts and feelings, and an accurate description of the room and plans.
Still put some effort into your posts; saying X Y-ed Z is not good enough here, or anywhere to be exact.
TGs' word is law
The TG's final decision is, well, final.
-If you have an argument with another user and I say "knack it off," you will knack it off!
-I can veto any decision a co-TG makes, but they can also veto me if they all agree on something.
One little note:
This RP is probably going to contain at least minor spoilers from character universes, like references to who lives or dies in Berserk or what happens in the most recent Bourne book or film. Please don't react negatively: it might affect the character in a big way, and you could end up confused as to why the character is acting 'out of character' from your perspective.
But that's not what I want to talk about. USE SPOILER TAGS FOR VIDEOS, PICTURES (Unless they're small) AND LARGE AMOUNTS OF TEXT
Things you should know
-OOC means Out Of Character. Use this if you want to ask a question or make a suggestion.
-Use @[player name]: to address a player specifically in OoC comments.
-OP means over-powered.
-Use italics for thoughts. [*i]text[*/i] without the *
-To use coloured text: [*color=Any colour you want]text[*/color] without the *
-To use named spoiler tags: [*spoiler=Something you want to name it]text[*/spoiler] without the *
-To use images: [*img]Image url[*/img] without the *
-To use YouTube videos: [*youtube=Insert video code] without the *
-If a player missed a few pages, please give them a summary (a few lines explaining what you did since their last post).
-If you have to leave, either kill your character or put them On A Bus (give a valid reason for them to leave, ie they fell into a temporary wormhole).
-From time to time, we get in major and large group battles. At those times, the person controlling the battle will ask for who is getting involved. Once everyone confirms, they will assign those people into two or more groups, and begin the battle calling for that Group's reactions. Once those players have replied, the person controlling the battle will react to all of their posts and move on the the next group. This continues until the conflict is resolved.
Participants are not to post a reaction until it is the turn of the group they are in.
Posts MUST Make Sense
-If it isn't from your character's universe, they don't know what it is.
-If you break this rule, the nonsensical post is retconned.
-For multiple characters use different coloured text or reference their names when speaking to distinguish between them.
The universal shift
This is a new mechanic for GMing, subploting and random encounters. Everyone is allowed to use it, but not everyone should use it. It's a serious tool and should be handled with care.
-What is the universal shift?
*The universal shift is simply a shift in the universe. A random wave that brings other universes in.
-How can I use the universal shift?
*There are four types of shifts: Expansion,deletion,replacement and coexistence.
*Expansion: Expansion is where you expand earth with other universes, thus earth becoming bigger. It also counts when you add items in this world. This is the most recommend.
*Deletion: This is where you delete a part of the world or a certain item. Warning! This highly not recommended, and only use it when you have to.
*Replacement: This is where you replace a world or item. Also, this is not recommended as well.
*Coexistence: This is where you make an item or world coexist(Or combine) with another.
-How SHOULD I use the universal shift?
*Use it when you need to. It's highly recommend to keep its usage as moderate as possible.
-What is the biggest object I can summon?
*A whole universe, but that's not recommended. I say stick to using small objects,(Like a building or a town) and use medium/large objects when you need to. (Medium is as big as a city, and large is a small part of a universe.)
-What if I misuse it?
* Then I and my co-TGs will retcon what you have done. If you misuse it too often , Then I will remove your ability to use that feature.
-What counts as misuse?
Deus Ex Machinas. The Uni-shift should be never used for Deus Ex Machina or anything similar to it.
When you're GMing a main plot-line, it's highly recommended to have another user to cooperate with. Also, make sure other users are done with their plot lines.
Anyone is allowed to do a subplot, assuming other users are interested in it. Also, they are (Usually) short. It's nice to have them when the GM is not around, so we can avoid filler.
Random encounters are random encounters. What is a random encounter? It's something that does not come from the main plot nor the subplot, are short, easy to solve and random.
Overthrowing an under active GM
It's self explanatory. When a GM takes too long to do a plot line, (Looking at you @Nile and @Rak!) we change him/her to a more active one. Use this rule when we necessarily need it only!
A word to the veterans players
As I said before, this will share the same style of the old WAOAs. The moment I let you all free in this world, is the moment you should know what to do in it.
Anyhow, try to make this a new beginning of series. Try not to bombard new users with references to the old threads and try to play new sets of characters if you want.
A word for new players
This thread is largely unconnected to the previous ones. (Maybe except for a few characters.) You do not need to read the previous threads to join this one. As I said before, this is a new beginning of the series.
You also do not need a character sheet; the only requirements to join is an avatar.