How many threads can I be in at once?

As many as you can handle. Moderators may step in and ask you to limit yourself if you're found to be abandoning too many, and you have a responsibility to make sure you're not keeping your roleplay partners waiting by being in more threads than you can realistically post to, but it's your responsibility.

What is Limbo?

Limbo is a special Archives forum for unfinished threads you plan to complete at a later date. It's useful if you or your roleplay partner(s) can't finish the plot or storyline for whatever reason but you do mean to complete it at a later date.

Threads in limbo can be back-dated, allowing you to temporarily ignore events until a plot or storyline is complete. This is especially helpful if a storyline will have a major impact on your character but you aren't sure how it will play out, giving you a chance to continue roleplaying the character as normal until the plot is completed.

What threads can be moved to Limbo?

If you know or suspect the thread won't be finished at all, then we prefer you write your character out of the thread and finish it that way.

Otherwise, any unfinished threads you hope to complete at a later date can be moved immediately to Limbo if all the other participants agree, or after a month of inactivity if the other participants are away.

How can I move a thread to Limbo?

Post a request on the Moderator Requests thread. Please make sure you provide a link to the thread so the moderators can find it.

When can I move a thread to Limbo?

If all participants in a thread agree to have it put on hold, you can make the request at any time.

If you're making the request because a player has disappeared, you'll need to wait a month from the date of the last post in the thread before making your request.

Do I have to move a thread to Limbo?

If it's a group thread and you're waiting on a single player, it's usually easier to just ignore their characters until they return.

How can I retrieve a thread from Limbo?

If all parties are ready to complete the thread, post another request on the Moderator Requests thread asking for it to be moved back to its original forum. Make sure you provide a link to the thread so the moderators can find it.

When are threads archived?

Threads are normally moved to the Public Library at the moderators' whim, or upon request.

We prefer to leave threads unarchived for a couple of months so they're easily found if people want to catch up (and so the forums don't look too empty), but if your thread is finished and you want it archived straight away, you can ask a moderator to do so.

Unfinished threads are eventually archived after several months but can be retrieved upon request.

Can I get a thread unarchived?

If it's unfinished, yes. Post a Moderator Request and remember to provide a link.

Do finished threads count towards my thread total?

No. Once a thread is finished (by which we mean that your character has left the thread), whether it's been archived or not, it no longer counts towards your thread total.

Do unfinished threads count towards my thread total?

Yes, unfinished threads count towards your total as long as they remain in the in-character forums. Once it's been archived or put into Limbo, however, it can be removed from your thread total.

What's this business about "thread totals"?

Originally, we had a limit on how many threads a character could be in at once, so the number of active threads per character was a big deal.

Now, the only limitation is on how many threads you can personally manage at once, so your thread total isn't as important.

Moderators might restrict you if you're found to be abandoning too many threads or taking too long to post in others, so we haven't done away with it completely.

For chronology purposes, we strongly recommend keeping track of your threads anyway. You'll find it much easier to remember what your character did when if there's a record of it.

What are "thread tags"?

Thread tags are short-hand out-of-character notes inserted into the title of a thread to let you know certain things about that roleplay at a glance, such as "This shop is open" or "This thread contains mature content".

If you need to give a thread multiple tags, you can do so with a forward slash (e.g. "[M/S] Thread Title").

    [M] Mature content suitable for 16+
    [R] Mature content suitable 18+
    [O] Anyone can join. Shop is open
    [S] Intended for specific characters. Ask before joining
    [C] Only those tagged may join. Shop is closed
    [P] Only those tagged may join
Do you allow threads over private or instant message, or by email?

Yes and no.

Yes, because we don't allow cybering even in the Mature Threads forum so if you want to roleplay sex scenes and graphic violence, you'll need to do so privately (preferably off the forums).

And no, because we're a play-by-post site that relies on significant events in a character's life being visible.

What is Godmodding?

Actually, there are a couple of different definitions for the term "godmodding" so it can be confusing. For our purposes, we use this definition from Urban Dictionary:

To godmod; Godmodding: To control another player's character(s), either by writing their actions or speech for them, or by writing your own character's actions or speech in such a way that you leave them no choice. Also, "when someone does an action/actions that are impossible to defend against" or reasonably countermand.

Examples include:

  • "He flew at her before she could react, grabbing her hand and whipping her around to face him."
  • "She threw her arms around his neck and kissed his cheek."
  • "The idiot punched her, but she dodged it easily. In a counter-attack, she grabbed him and threw him against a wall. When he flew at her, she darted behind him and slashed his back with her sword."

Some people allow certain levels of godmodding for their own characters, but you should always check their Player Limits before you do so.

What is Powerplaying?

For our purposes, the definition of powerplaying is:

Powerplaying: When someone creates and/or plays "a character who is of an invincible nature and can do anything". ~ Urban Dictionary

Such a character doesn't need to be "invincible" to qualify as powerplaying; it can include any character played as being stronger than he/she rightfully should be according to the rules of the game.

Examples include:

  • Giving a character powers? you haven't purchased.
  • Giving a character more areas of knowledge than they could realistically have learned in the time they've been alive.
  • Saying a character can easily beat a character who has a higher level and more experience.