Last updated 6/5/2011
The RPG forum is the place to post and participate in text-based role-playing games (TBRPGs). For an explanation of what Role-playing is, scroll to the bottom of this post.
Topics not allowed in the RPG Forum include:
- Any unapproved Text-Based RPG (see below for details).
- Any thread asking for ideas concerning RPGs, other than the ones approved by the forum staff.
Text-based RPG Rules
Text-Based RPGs are Role-playing games using text as the only medium. Participants describe the adventures of their characters via writing. There is an official BZPower text-based role-playing game, commonly called the BZPRPG, which is described in greater detail later in this post.
Members may not post a TBRPG without staff permission. Aside from the BZPRPG, only three member-run TBRPGs are allowed in the RPG forum. The approved TBRPGs are selected in quarterly contests, in which the members of BZPower select the three entires they wish to be approved TBRPGS.
- The contest will be run every three (3) months, or four (4) times a year.
- All members are welcome to enter the contest.
- Each member can only enter one (1) TBRPG entry.
- The only exception to this is that BZPRPG and RPG Contest staff will not be permitted to make entries.
- There will be three winners selected in every contest.
- The winners will be the three RPGs with the most votes after one or more rounds of voting (depending on the number of entries).
- Whether or not a given RPG wins or not, it will be allowed to run in future contests, with the below conditions and restrictions.
- For an RPG that lost a contest, the creator must make an attempt to alter and improve their entry before entering it in the next contest.
- If an RPG has won four (4) consecutive contests, it can not enter the next four contests. It does not, however, have to be altered before being entered again after its break, although the creator can if they wish.
- Other restrictions as a result of other rules or administrative action may prevent a member from submitting an RPG.
- At the end of the three-month interval between contests, if an active RPG does not win again, it will be closed.
- If a former winner wins again at a later date, the creator of the RPG can choose to continue in the old topic where they left off or start over again in a new topic.
- If the creator or members of a winning RPG break the RPG forum rules, that RPG will be closed.
- The next runner-up from the previous contest will be allowed to run for the remainder of the term.
- The offending RPG will not be allowed to participate in the next contest.
- The primary prize of the contest is the ability to start your RPG. Physical prizes (sets or other LEGO paraphernalia) or digital ones (Premier Memberships or similar) may be awarded as prizes subject to their availability.
- This system is designed to be more fair than the TBRPG approval process has been in the past, so absolutely no complaining is permitted.
Note: The BZPRPG's main topic can be found here.
The head of the BZPRPG is Friar Tuck. He and the other BZPRPG staff members have full authority over the game.
- When Role-Playing, always start with with an 'IC:' before your actions. IC: means "In Character". If you wish to talk out-of-character with somebody else or the whole group, simply type in 'OOC:' and enter your message. OOC: means "Out Of Character"
- Do NOT spam! No posts under 2 lines long! (Approximately 30 words, not including emoticons.) If you post less than this, your post will be deleted.
- Character must be original, not an official one from the Bionicle universe like Tahu or Vakama.
- You are NOT allowed to recieve or transmit "Telepathic Messages" that reach out of the region your character is currently in.
- No god-modding! You cannot kill mass ammounts of enemies in one shot! This will result in a no-questions-asked banning from the BZPRPG.
- Being unrealistic will also result in a no-questions-asked banning.
- You can RP temporarily as an Official Bionicle character, such as Toa, Turaga or Matoran if you wish, such as in a case when your character is speaking to the official one, but remember, it is temporary!
- Before you temporarily RP another person's character, make sure you get their permission first. This only really applies if two characters owned by two different people battle, or if a life-changing event is going to take place.
- Describe your area. Don't just say "Walks into Ta-Koro" say something like "He slowly lurched towards the entrance of Ta-Koro. Once inside he could feel the heat of the volcano beating off his mask".
- If the area you are in is very quiet and people other than yourself post very rarely, you have permission to post up to three times in a row IF you wait for 12 hours between each post. This gives somebody else time to post in the topic or allows you to leave the region.
- There is a warning system in place. Everybody starts out with 3 warnings. This system works like proto energy, but you cannot earn a warning back. Once you are warned 3 times, you're banned from the BZPRPG.
What is Role-Playing?
Role-playing is getting together with some friends to write a story. It’s joining around a campfire or a dining room to spin some tall tales. In our case here at the BZPRPG, it is over the Internet. Quite simple, role-playing is being creative and having fun with friends. Role-playing games are stories. You create one or many characters, and you create a story around your character/characters. The rest of the players also create stories around their characters, and then their characters meet and stories become intertwined-creating an artificial world where anything is possible.
In most role-playing games, one person plays the "referee," who can be thought of as the "Editor" of the story. The Editor will, with input from you if you desire to give any, describe a world or setting - in the case of the BZPRPG, Mata-Nui and it's many regions. You and your friends, as Players, will take a character and protagonist in this world. You will guide your character through the story that you and your friends are creating. Each player takes a different character, and each character interacts with each other character. Role-playing, in this sense, is very much play-acting in the mind. You imagine what the Editor describes. Then, you imagine your character’s response to these surroundings, and describe that to the other Players. They, in turn, each do the same with their characters. In most games - board games, card games, and dice games - there is a clearly defined way to win, and a clearly defined way to lose, and winning is the goal of the game. In role-playing games, the concepts of "winning" and "losing" do not exist. Your goal as a Player is to help create a story and to have fun. You may give your character other goals, but the success of your character does not determine any sense of "winning" or "losing." Like life, it’s not so much whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.
That’s all well and good, you say, but what actually goes on? What do these "characters" do? Most of the time, characters are involved in adventures, adventures of the type that are immortalized in adventure movies and serial novels. In one game, the characters might be a group of secret agents trying to save the world from nuclear destruction. In another, you might play a rebel force, trying to overthrow an evil star-spanning empire. You might play a group of warriors in eleventh century Europe, or King Arthur’s knights, or Superman, or Batman, or an original character you create, in any world you choose. The world of the BZPRPG is the Bionicle universe, and the character you choose is one of it's inhabitants.