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P2TM Community Discussion Thread: I

Postby Giovenith » Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:01 am

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Welcome to the new and improved Portal To The Multiverse community discussion thread.


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Information About P2TM • Help/Feedback • Mentor Guides (and Other Resources) • Exceptional P2TM Posts


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    Discussion • This is the place for all P2TM RP discussion, including serious topics, chatter, asking questions, and ideas for future games. If you would like to advertise a game, please do so here.

    Brainstorming • You have a Roleplay concept or idea, but you don't know how to work this raw creation into something more refined. You post it here, describe your idea and put it on the table, then other members of the Multiverse get to give you their two cents - and some advice - so that you can trim off those sharp edges and improve your concept with details until it's ready to be posted. Stick to your idea, though; don't let others tell you what to do, it's still your idea. You're also free to put forwards your ideas here, even if you don't intend to use it yourself. Maybe one of the members of this Think Tank might be interested in it.

    Advice • Any question you might have laying around may be posted here. This is a thread dedicated to 'helping' you out, where your fellow RP'ers will be the ones doing the helping. Whether you want pointers or can't figure something out, post it here. We have Mentors and a whole community of talented players ready to lend a hand.

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• NS Forum Rules. If you have a question on the rules, check the OSRS. Standard NS rules apply here. Things like ‘do not spam, do not flame, do not troll, do not bait your fellow posters’ still apply. It's perfectly okay to ask how someone's day went but don't let that conversation dominate the thread.

• Keep it family friendly. In other words, however much you want to hug and snuggle and flirt, do not get graphic with it. It's sickening when done on a grand scale and it belongs in F7 or in TG.

• There's a forum for that! If it's a topic that belongs in General, take it to General. If it's a debate on which genre is best, take it to A&F.

• These threads are not a blog, or a stage for you to constantly play out your personal dramas – do not treat them like one. That doesn't mean you can't ask how someone is doing or if (insert something) went well last week.

• Ownership. Each chat thread will be locked and linked to after reaching around 500 pages. Please do not try to race and fill up those 500 pages. These are not designed for competition in mind, just discussion between players on whatever it is that’s on their minds at the time (so long as it is within the site rules.) Please, don’t do it. New threads will be formed by [STAFF] to alleviate any "no fairsies" or "popularity contest whinging". Do NOT make your own chat threads.

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    ➱ RESPECT each other and the thread environment.

    ➱ REFLECT before you post.

    ➱ IGNORE poor behavior.

    ➱ RESIST the urge to hijack the thread.

    ➱ P2TM MENTORS can and will ask people to take a "time out" if that person becomes annoying.

    ➱ BEHAVE Leave the drama, divisiveness, cliques, accusations, and assorted nastiness at the door. Let's keep things pleasant. People aren't here to be swayed on political issues or to be harassed.

    ➱ SPOILER IMAGES and beware the dreaded goatse, my dear children, for you are responsible for any hotlink images that appear in your post.

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Portal To The Multiverse, or P2TM, is the subforum dedicated to role-play which does not directly involve the use of NationStates nations, such as games based in the real world, shows, movies, books, video games, original fictional settings, etc. It differentiates from Forum 7 in that it does not include word games, "in the above nation" games, or games with sequential responses to things that others have posted with no collective narrative connecting them. It includes both Storytelling Narratives (Games primarily focused on producing a literary story.) and Strategy and Mechanics-based Narratives. (These range depending upon rules systems, and sometimes bleed into storytelling. Examples might include: faction-based RPs, Civil War reenactments, tabletop battles and so on. These are usually played in rounds, and the GM might opt to roll dice or assign modifiers. The GM posts and players then write up a description of their faction/character's reaction.)


RULES
One-Stop Rules Shop & HOW IT APPLIES TO P2TM
  1. PG-13 and Privacy:
    This is ties in with the Terms & Conditions of Use we all agree to when we sign up: You may submit content to NationStates.net so long as it is not obscene, illegal, threatening, malicious, or defamatory, does not invade the privacy or infringe the intellectual property of a third party, and does not constitute "spam."
    • Mature content:
      Mild swearing may be tolerated, mild sexuality may be hinted, but explicit or excessive versions of either or both may result in proportional mod response. Anything that crosses this boundary is subject to punishment depending on how far it goes. As a Mod pointed out a long time ago, "As for the mature content - that is another touchy business. The best rule of thumb is if you are not capable of keeping it between the bounds of acceptability, do not post it at all." This goes for gore as well as sexual content or violence.

      Please note that the entire site is PG13. Do not take "naughty RP" to telegrams (TG). Sexting "is not acceptable...has never been acceptable...will never be acceptable...Nationstates is a political simulator, not a hookup site for horny teenagers and adults who have nothing better to do than engage in badly written pornography. If that's all you're here for, leave immediately." - Reploid Productions, Forum Admin. Ruling found here.

    • Privacy violation:
      Players on NationStates have a reasonable expectation that their privacy will be respected. It is not permitted to post or otherwise share another player's personally-identifying information (i.e. social media accounts, IP addresses, postal addresses, E-mail addresses, telephone numbers, or other real-world identifying information).

    • Reporting:
      Forum-side violations are to be reported in the Moderation forum. All other violations are to be reported using the Getting Help Page. This reporting format ("filing a GHR") may also be used in any instance in which you would prefer your privacy to remain intact or if you wish the report to remain discrete.

  2. "Keep it Civil. 'Don't Be A Dick'." It's acceptable for characters to display nasty behavior towards each other in the IC game thread; it is not acceptable for players to do so in an OOC thread.

  3. Code, Thread or Game Plagiarism. What is it? This is when someone copies someone's intellectual property without their express permission. You can find out more by reading this post in the OSRS. If another user steals your designs (and that would be either using images without your permission or reproducing large portions of text unaltered), that is plagiarism which deserves to be its own offense. If you point the moderators at the thread, they'll tell them to knock it off. Characters are covered by the same rules as technology; copying one directly and entirely is plagiarism (as above). Original characters are protected by copyright. Characters taken from existing media are not; no action will be taken in case of a dispute over Darth Vader.

    On Co-Ops and the Plagiarism Rule: Sometimes, you as a poster may participate in a RP thread where the Original Poster likes your attitude/commitment. This may lead them to promote you to Co-Op status, where you take up some of the responsibility for the success of the RP you both participate in. This is well and good, and a common practice. Be aware, however, that being a Co-OP does not in the eyes of Moderation grant you any ownership over a RP or its intellectual property. You still need explicit written permission from the OP if you want to run a reboot, or a sequel, or etc. a practice which has not been always respected. Merely giving credit to the originator of your idea is not enough; what you are doing is plagiarism. If you do not have explicit permission from the OP for your actions, you can be prosecuted for rule violations.

  4. "Thread Ownership. It's accepted that in the RP forums (Nationstates, International Incidents, Portal To The Multiverse, Global Economics and Trade) have what's become know as 'thread ownership', giving creators the opportunity to maintain more control over their RP situations and environments. Moderators reserve the right to split out posts from threads in special circumstances where the player or players are breaking rules."

    For P2TM game play, this means that the OP can set the rules for his own game. The OP can not set rules that are a violation of the OSRS rules. For example, they can't let their players run rated M or X games when we are all bound by the PG13 rule. They can ban players and, if that player refuses to leave their thread, they can request Moderator intervention. They can also ask Moderators to lock their thread, or to remove unsavory posts. PRO TIP: try to give Moderators as much info as you can when making a report. It helps them to understand the situation better. Don't worry if they don't get back to you right away; they're sometimes very busy. If you are asking for a player to be banned from your thread, advise your other players to not respond to him.

  5. Spam (from the OSRS)
    • Off-topic, irrelevant and multi-posts that do not belong, such as smiley spam, meme spam, linkspam, and attempting to increase your post count.

    • Tagging is considered spam as well, since we have the "thread subscription" feature (it's in your Profile and a menu option on every thread).

    • Superfluous threads in P2TM: Additional threads for character apps (outside of the OOC thread) are not necessary. Archive threads in addition to the OOC are acceptable, but they should contain some manner of added detail or otherwise be a novel collation of worldbuilding information (yes, this may include character biographies, but they need to constitute a qualitative addition, not simply a duplication) involving the roleplay game. If it is simply a duplication of information, it is likely to be locked as spam. You can find out more by reading this post in the Moderation forum.

    • Player character/species/etc. repositories: Some things simply do not belong on the forums. While it is certainly acceptable for players to re-use characters, species, etc. in different roleplay games, if they wish to keep a catalog of them, they should be placed in their factbook/dispatches, not on the forums. These are different from archive threads in that archive threads are intrinsically linked to a roleplay game and contain pertinent worldbuilding, mechanics, etc. information involving many different players across one (or more) thread iterations; a personal repository, however, is simply not pertinent to the board.

  6. "Gravedigging: Posting a reply on a long unused thread. Adding legitimate new material is permitted, but the acceptable age varies from forum to forum. Check the stickies in each forum to determine the standard for what constitutes gravedigging." Some RP in P2TM run very slowly. We might see a post every other month. You can usually get a feel for acceptable post frequency by looking at the OP. Also, look at the RP's IC and OOC headings. OPs will sometimes mark these [closed] or [dead] which means the game is over. Check the last page of the OOC thread as well. You might find an announcement there. PRO TIP: if you're interested in the game but it looks dead, TG the OP to ask if he plans to continue.

  7. "Image Spam: Posting of images, particularly repeated or multiple images, that do not serve to help the flow of the thread. This includes images in both in-character and out-of-character posts." PRO TIP: spoiler character images in applications or - better - simply post the link to the picture. Please be considerate. Don't infringe on other people's intellectual property. Linking to their direct work gives them the credit for it. Hotlinking (embedding their work in your post) can sometimes result in a goatse swap! That said, you might want to make your own custom banners for your IC and OOC threads. We recommend you upload your work to one of our approved image hosting sites.

    PRO TIP 2: Don't just link to a picture in your IC post; take the time to describe it. It enriches the RP setting and allows you to showcase your skills.


  8. What does or does not belong in P2TM?

    Kyrusia wrote:Since it appears there is still widespread confusion over what belongs in F7 and what belongs in P2TM, consider this a Moderator ruling on the matter.

    If a thread is a chat location or "chill" thread, it belongs in Forum 7. [8/6/2021 EDIT FROM GIOVENITH: CHILL AND CHAT LOCATION THREADS ARE NO LONGER WELCOME ON NATIONSTATES.]

    If the thread has elements of roleplaying, but otherwise no clear demarcation of In-Character from Out-of-Character, it belongs in Forum 7.

    If it is a combination of the above, such as the NSG Senate, it belongs in Forum 7.

    If it is clear "asterisk roleplaying," and not simply an example of poor roleplaying, it belongs in Forum 7.

    If it is a forum games thread, a "Church of So-and-So" thread, a spam thread, an "Above Nation" thread, or similar, it belongs in Forum 7.

    If it is a thread which does not fit into these categories, but does not clearly relate to "non-NationStates [...] roleplay," it may belong in Forum 7.

    Everything else - non-NationStates related roleplay - belongs in Portal to the Multiverse.

    Poor roleplaying and roleplaying which does not necessarily adhere to a board's player conventions is not a Moderation matter, as Moderation does not police roleplay for quality or standards. Only if it is not topical to the given board it is in or if it otherwise violates the rules is it a matter for Moderation.
    Reploid Productions wrote:Just a quick Senior Mod confirmation of this. Poor quality roleplay that is not about Nationstates nations is still P2TM roleplay. Just like poor quality roleplay that is about Nationstates nations is still NS/II/etc roleplay. If someone posts a roleplay that disagrees with a particular clique's conventions or standards, no one is obligated to participate in that player's thread. If someone is receptive to suggestions or advice, great. If they aren't, leave them and their thread in peace.


COMMUNITY CULTURE AND SOME COMMON PRACTICES
Let's be clear here: these are not RULES. These are standards or practices you will encounter in P2TM. The community, as mentioned above, operates like many roleplaying forums found on the net. If you are not familiar with these things, or if your only RP experience has been on NS in the II subforum, some of this might seem very foreign. Don't fret. You'll get the hang of it soon enough, and our denizens and Mentors are always willing to help you settle in.

  • The OP and their CoOP
    In P2TM, "OP" stands for "Original Poster". They are usually a game's GM, and "own" the thread which they create. "CoOP" is slang for the OP's assistant, though it can also be viewed as "co-author" or "co-producer" depending upon how a thread is set up. We have a guide to help OP and CoOPs gain a better understanding of the responsibilities involved in running a thread.

    Most OP will choose a CoOP they have used before, or else will choose a friend to be their CoOP. There's nothing wrong with this practice. What the community does not tolerate well is a sense of entitlement, whereby a person believes they should be chosen as a CoOP solely based upon their post count or length of time on NS.

    If you don't know anyone you want to have serve as your CoOP, the following are a few tips regarding CoOP selection:
    • We recommend you don't choose based upon who volunteers first. Terrible idea. Many OP look for a person who has not only been helpful in the thread, but also been encouraging to the player base instead. With great power comes great responsibility. A CoOP should work almost as hard as the OP but they should also understand that the OP is god and should have final say.

    • CoOP power tripping is poor form. The OP should sit down with their CoOP and figure out the CoOP's role. Will they approve apps? Are they just there to help things stay organized? Are they allowed to request REDACTS? Can they progress the OP's story in his stead? Keep in mind that CoOPs are limited in power by Moderation as well. Only the OP can: request a post be removed, ban a player from a thread, or request a thread lock. CoOPs do not have any claim to thread ownership.

    • The OP should not dump all the work onto their CoOP. Bad idea. If you can't be half-arsed to manage your own game, then step aside and give your CoOP written permission take over as OP.

    • Communication! A lack of communication between OP and CoOP is bad. Many CoOPs expect their OP to make themselves available so the CoOP can update as well as receive feedback. Likewise, the OP should keep his CoOP in the loop regarding changes. TG or Discord are excellent tools.

    • A CoOP's personality and ability to communicate effectively are essential. Sometimes an OP and their CoOP just don't mesh personality-wise. If you must let your CoOP go, it's considered polite to do so via TG rather than in the open. Address the concerns you have with them, thank them for their time, and let them move on.

  • OOC and IC threads
    Threads tend to be divided into the categories of “out of character” interest threads and sign-ups, and “in character” story threads. The difference is easy to tell. Just like on NS or II, “out of character” threads will generally be denoted with the (OOC) tags in the title, with “in character” threads will sport the (IC) tags. Remember that thread ownership does apply to roleplays, and that, if the original poster (OP) asks you to stop posting in his/her thread, it's advisable (read: mandatory) that you heed that request, regardless of the reason, or lack thereof, and quietly leave, dignity intact. The only thing worse than a dingbat domineering a thread is two dingbats fighting in a thread. Basically, players refusing to adhere to OP request to leave the thread may result in a Moderator coming in and re-iterating said order in a far more stern and thread-disrupting fashion.

    Your OOC and IC threads should have some organization to them to help players participate. Some things found in an OOC are the game's premise, rules, character applications, setting descriptions, a character roster and so on. Plays have come to expect some of these things, and tend to select games with nicely defined OOCs. You are not required to have both an OOC and IC thread for your game. However, you should make some effort to keep OOC and IC posts distinct in your IC thread.

    Some of the best advice regarding OOC thread and game pitches comes from an old post buried in time. "Outline your idea in an OOC thread and what you expect from payers joining, and see if anyone is interested. Please refrain from unwarranted or repeated “bumping” of posts, it looks tackier than an emo Hallmark card. Trust me when I say, if people are attracted to the idea, they’ll post. If your idea flops, don’t be discouraged! Not every idea is a winner, but, in general, the P2TM RPing crowd is diverse enough that nearly any idea will find a fan or two. And, hey, maybe it just wasn't the right time for your Magnum Opus. Let is simmer, let it grow, bring some friends along, and try again in a few months. It might be better for it!

  • Goals
    P2TM games are often set up with goals in mind. These goals are often what divide a P2TM game from an F7 game. Goals are the purpose for the thread.

    If the goal is to play a mechanics RP game whereby each week the OP posts an advance to the story and the players all have a week to respond for their character/faction, the goal matches P2TM's community conventions. If the goal is to play a story telling RP game (98% of P2TM RP is this), the goal matches P2TM's community conventions. Games can be "light" or "heavy" but they should have a goal, which is met through objectives, which are manifest as the plot unfolds.

  • Post Content
      Lines. Always check with your OP/GM to see what they require. Some want a three-line minimum for IC posts. Others are fine with one-liner posts. As Trans put it, "Remember, roleplaying is about telling a story, not idly chatting with friends". Threads that involve only idle banter amongst the players may be subject to closure based upon Moderator ruling.

      Asterisk play in IC. Asterisk actions are not an accepted convention in publishing. Sorry. There is absolutely no point in using them -- quotation marks are the punctuation tool used to separate dialogue from other action. There would be no meaningful difference between: "Dammit!" Tom took a sip of beer. and Dammit. * Tom took a sip of beer *. One is proper grammar in the English language, and one is not.

      Asterisk play is acceptable in Discord chats, and on 4Chan. It's fine in an OOC thread. If you want to be taken seriously as a player, please do not do this IC. There is no OSRS rule against it here. It's a matter of proper RPing Etiquette. Please respect that.

      Colored or specially formatted fonts to denote the speaker. Some players choose to differentiate between their characters by using different colors rather than a simple "he said". Players using a dark setting sometimes select colors that don't display well on a light setting. At times, the colors chosen are garish. Colored dialog font is mainly utilized in Chat Location, Chill or Blitz threads. PRO TIP: Telepathy is frequently denoted by italics. [example: "What do you mean?" she conveyed to his mind.]

      Spacing. Please try to not make "text walls". A good trick to use is to add a space between paragraphs. Treat character dialog in the same fashion, inserting spaces between each character's lines. Many OP expect players to do this, so you don't often see it in the OP's rules list, or else its covered under "good grammar and punctuation".
  • Multiple OOC and IC threads pertaining to the same singular franchise. You really don't need an OOC thread for maps, plus one for character sheet storage, plus one for chat, plus one for actual game discussion. You can usually consolidate all those things into one OOC thread via multiple posts made by the OP. It's possible to have multiple IC threads however you don't want them to get too invasive. PRO TIP: Some people like to separate ICs when two different stories are occurring in the same IC thread. You can easily have both stories in the same thread if you ask your players to title their posts:

      Cerillium wrote:UNICORN HILL
      Betty had finally found the illusive beast...

      BATTLE OF FIVE NERDS
      Issac disregarded Oswald's order. He rushed towards the man, his keyboard held aloft...


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Please feel free to ask a question right here in the thread itself so that the many talented members of our community can pitch in. We also have a team of designated role-play Mentors to ask for opinions on various areas of expertise.

THE MENTORS
Mentors are a group of volunteer roleplayers here to advise, assist, and help other players gain a better understanding of roleplaying on NationStates, its given communities, and otherwise mentor with regards to roleplaying, writing, world-building, and a variety of other topics of relevance to the NationStates roleplaying community.

Please feel free to contact the Mentors at your leisure if you would like advice or assistance and please do not hesitate to refer other players here.

Definitions

  • Moderator/Mentor: Overseer of the Mentor Program.
  • Senior Mentor: A Mentor like any other with the added distinction of helping organize and coordinate Mentors within a given subset of the Mentor Program, such as: the N&I boards (International Incidents, NationStates, etc.), Portal to the Multiverse, given tech levels or genres, etc.
  • National and International RP Mentor (formerly: "II RP Mentor"): A section of the Mentor Program primarily focusing on:
  • Portal to the Multiverse RP Mentor: A section of the Mentor Program primarily focusing on Portal to the Multiverse with added support for certain thread types in Forum 7. For more information regarding Portal to the Multiverse and/or P2TM Mentors, please see: "Welcome to P2TM."
  • NationStates Mentors Discord: The NS Mentors Discord server is dedicated to Mentors assisting offsite. Founded by Kyrusia; Mentors are granted roles as "N&I RP Mentors" or "P2TM RP Mentors" based upon their forum masking. Other NationStates Moderators/Administrators granted indicative roles upon request. Please note: disruptive behavior on this server is not tolerated; those who behave disruptively may be banished.

    Please Note: Mentors broadly cooperate across various boards; such networking is regularly encouraged, but deference is not uncommon with regards to the broadly different sections of the roleplaying community. If a Mentor does not feel they have the necessary experience to answer a question or provide assistance, do not be deterred if they refer you to a Mentor with greater experience in the given topic or board. This is considered standard policy and an expectation within the Mentor Program.


MODERATOR/MENTOR

Lamoni
    Board(s): II, GE&T
    Tech(s): MT, PMT
    Genre(s): Military equipment design, II (if that's a genre)
    Specialty/Specialties:
    • Worldbuilding
    • Factbooking
    Available: Sporadic, but typically daily. The best way to catch me is via TG.
    Methods: Discord (handle: Lamoni), TG, Training Threads, Google Docs
    Note(s): Moderator, Head of Mentor Program

Giovenith
    Board(s): P2TM
    Tech(s): MT, FanT
    Genre(s): Fantasy (High, Contemporary), Slice of life, Comedy, Mythological, Horror/Thriller
    Specialty/Specialties:
    • Character building and development
    • Psychology
    • Arc building
    • Worldbuilding
    • Factbooks
    • Putting things nicely
    Available: Mornings to afternoons, any day of the week.
    Method(s): Telegram, Forum, Discord: Lady Beatnik
    Note(s): Moderator, Head Senior P2TM RP Mentor.

SENIOR P2TM MENTORS

The Armed Republic of Dutch Coolness
    Board(s): P2TM
    Tech(s): FanT, FT, PMT, MT
    Genre(s): Fantasy [High, Low, Science, Warhammer/40k, Warcraft, GoT, Witcher, Elder Scrolls, D&D], Science Fiction [Low], Espionage [modern!]
    Specialty/Specialties:
    • Character design and development
    • Plot/story arc planning and development
    • Thread design and organisation
    • Worldbuilding
    • Mediation in conflicts
    Available: Every day, usually throughout the day as well. CET/CEST timezone.
    Method(s): TG, Google Drive/Microsoft Onedrive, Discord chat.
    Note(s): Senior P2TM Mentor

Zarkenis Ultima
    Board(s): P2TM
    Tech(s): FanT, FT
    Genre(s): Fantasy, Science Fiction (Soft), Science-Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic, Mythological
    Specialty/Specialties:
    • Character design/development
    • Worldbuilding
    • Thread/roleplay design
    • Brainstorming
    • Pep talks?
    Available: Most of the time.
    Method(s): Telegrams, posts, Google Docs, chat.
    Note(s): Is no good with geography or politics. Will accept tuna for bribes. Senior P2TM Mentor.

P2TM MENTORS

Esternial
    Board(s): P2TM
    Tech(s): FanT, FT, PMT
    Genre(s): Sci-fi, fantasy/science-fantasy, folklore/mythology, comedy, post-apocalyptic
    Specialty/Specialties:
    • World-building
    • Project organisation
    • Theory (emphasis: biotechnology/biomedical sciences, e.g. transgenetics)
    • Character design/development
    • Brainstorming
    • OOC/IC thread setup + formatting (BBcodes)
    • Graphics assistance (Paint.NET, GIMP; image editing)
    • Conflict mediation (OOC)
    Available: GMT+2, Hours vary strongly. Usually active daily.
    Method(s): TG/forum
    Note(s):

G-Tech Corporation
    Board(s): P2TM, II
    Tech(s): FT, FanT, PT
    Genre(s): Historical [Pre-Modern], Fantasty [Science, Low, High, Tolkien, GoT, Warhammer 40k, Dune, Wheel of Time], Science-Fiction [Honorverse, Culture, "Clarkesian"], Fiction [Post-Apocalyptic, Zombie, Gods + Creation]
    Specialty/Specialties:
    • RPGs [mechanics and balancing, stats and character creation, system adjustment for forumside play]
    • Faction [Plot integration with non-character actors, setting adjustment]
    • World-building
    • OP formatting and standardization
    • newbie integration
    • Peacekeeping in less integrated RP groups
    • Shooting the breeze
    Available: Intermittently 1200-0400 GMT
    Method(s): Most commonly, forum interaction or GMT. Rarely GDocs; almost never IRC.
    Note(s):

Great Confederacy of Commonwealth States
    Board(s): P2TM
    Tech(s): FanT, PT [Especially Roman, Napoleonic, WW1-2], PMT, FT
    Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical, Fiction, Political Drama, Alternative History, Sci-Fi
    Specialty/Specialties:
    • World-building
    • Character background/dilemma creation
    • Law [real-life student, international law in particular]
    • Setting creation and development
    • Alternate History development
    • Excel spread sheets
    • Brainstorming
    Available: Every day during GMT evenings and mornings, except on Wednesday evening and Fridays.
    Method(s): Primarily forum interaction, TG [for more detailed brainstorming], will help on Google Docs when invited. NOT Discord.
    Note(s): Will make anything you want sound believable in exchange for head rubs.

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GENERAL RP GUIDES

GENERAL WORLDBUILDING

CONBIOLOGY
CONSOCIOLOGY & CULTURE
ENVIRONMENTAL
CONLANGUAGE
STATECRAFT & NATION RP WORLDBUILDING
Many of these guides are aimed towards those roleplaying with their NS nation and interacting with other NS nations. Regardless, they may still be relevant and insightful.


NAME GENERATORS
For when you're struggling to come up with a good name for a character, species or something else.


DIGITAL ART AND MEDIA
Sometimes you want to give people something to look at, whether it be a map or the model of a funky spaceship. Below are several links to guides and tools that might help you add something fancy to your work, if you feel so inclined.

Guides/Tutorials

Image Makers/Editors

3D Rendering software

Web-based tools


FEATURED POSTS
Players can shine a spotlight on IC posts that they are particularly proud of in our Exceptional P2TM RP Posts thread. Highlights from said thread can be regularly featured here!

Coming soon!

Nominate your friends!



Much of the information here was lifted directly from the "WELCOME TO P2TM", Traveler's Cafe, and Restaurant at the End of the Multiverse threads and so the credit for its compilation and creation goes to all those who originally contributed to said threads. PCDT lay-out and aesthetic was done by Giovenith.
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Diahon
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Founded: Apr 01, 2020
Liberal Democratic Socialists

Postby Diahon » Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:06 am

Rather ironic that I get first dibs, given I haven't gone beyond a skinny dip at RPs round here in years, but it is what it is.

Also, now that the cafe's been shuttered down for good, should I expect some complimentary inaugural food?
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Giovenith
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Founded: Feb 08, 2012
Left-wing Utopia

Postby Giovenith » Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:15 am

Everybody gets a complimentary PIZZA PARTY with chips and cookies on the side!

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Diahon
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Posts: 4107
Founded: Apr 01, 2020
Liberal Democratic Socialists

Postby Diahon » Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:25 am

Giovenith wrote:Everybody gets a complimentary PIZZA PARTY with chips and cookies on the side!

mmmmm pizza
* droooooooool *

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Main Nation Ministry
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Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Main Nation Ministry » Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:33 am

*peeks in thread*

Huh, so it finally happened. Gimme a slice of pizza. I gotta get used to these changes, comrades.
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My overall account that I use for P2TM and even for international roleplaying! MNM is a mysterious and extremely dangerous dictatorship filled with supernatural oddities, demons, militarized soldiers everywhere, and a misanthropic nihilistic dictator who doesn't give a damn. It's basically if the SCP Foundation got mixed with 1984.

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Madrinpoor
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Madrinpoor » Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:34 am

This looks cooler than the last one imo, I like the green
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Postby Zarkenis Ultima » Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:42 am

Reporting in to perform an obligatory act of presence :P

Hope everyone likes the new thread!
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Main Nation Ministry
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Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Main Nation Ministry » Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:43 am

If this is both the Restaurant at the End of the Multiverse and Traveller's Cafe, what's the menu here?
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Quote of the Week: "A NEW STORY ON WRITING THREAD FOR HALLOWEEN!! MYSTERY MINE AVAILABLE NOW!"

RPs I do
- How do you do fellow kids? You want to see something violent? - Artemis: Deimos Trafficking League (Horror/Mature)
- Descend into the forgotten tourist traps of Florida on this transgressive RP! - The Community (Mature/Black Comedy/Slice-of-Life)

My overall account that I use for P2TM and even for international roleplaying! MNM is a mysterious and extremely dangerous dictatorship filled with supernatural oddities, demons, militarized soldiers everywhere, and a misanthropic nihilistic dictator who doesn't give a damn. It's basically if the SCP Foundation got mixed with 1984.

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Absolon-7
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Postby Absolon-7 » Sun Sep 19, 2021 11:04 am

those links are a pretty good collection of resources

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Galnius
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Postby Galnius » Sun Sep 19, 2021 11:20 am

Main Nation Ministry wrote:If this is both the Restaurant at the End of the Multiverse and Traveller's Cafe, what's the menu here?

If it's anything like either of them, old coffee and beans.
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Postby Ameriganastan » Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:18 pm

I don't get what was wrong with the old one.
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Postby The Blaatschapen » Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:19 pm

Non-RP staff member posting here to freak everybody out :)

*takes a slice of pineapple pizza*
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Postby G-Tech Corporation » Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:37 pm

Ah, it still has that new thread smell. Piney. I like it. The Vast Link Repository (tm) is also looking very shiny.
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Postby Theyra » Sun Sep 19, 2021 12:56 pm

I am liking all of the sources here.

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Postby Deblar » Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:37 pm

H M M M M M M M

New thread, ey?

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Left-wing Utopia

Postby Giovenith » Sun Sep 19, 2021 2:05 pm

Ameriganastan wrote:I don't get what was wrong with the old one.


We felt that having multiple community and resource threads was inadvertently killing subforum activity by keeping the community divided into smaller pockets, so we consolidated those pockets under one resource.

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Postby New yugoslavaia » Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:01 pm

Can we at least get a RP interest and/or advertisement App?
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Postby Confederation of the Equator » Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:56 pm

I remember that at one point P2TM had an unofficial community Discord containing people from all over the community led by a former user of the site. With this thread, is there any good reason not to make a new, more "official" one? I would argue that a major part of the fracturing in the community is the lack of something akin to a hub server to connect the different P2TM groups (which communicate pretty much exclusively on Discord).
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Postby Giovenith » Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:04 pm

Confederation of the Equator wrote:I remember that at one point P2TM had an unofficial community Discord containing people from all over the community led by a former user of the site. With this thread, is there any good reason not to make a new, more "official" one? I would argue that a major part of the fracturing in the community is the lack of something akin to a hub server to connect the different P2TM groups (which communicate pretty much exclusively on Discord).


Discord is definitely a factor, but there's a limited amount we can do about that. There already is an official NS RP Discord server too, but it's rarely used. This thread is just one of several steps we're trying to take to revive the community.

New yugoslavaia wrote:Can we at least get a RP interest and/or advertisement App?


The original advertisement thread is still open, you can use the app from there and repost it here.

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Democratic Socialists

Postby Esternial » Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:15 pm

Galnius wrote:
Main Nation Ministry wrote:If this is both the Restaurant at the End of the Multiverse and Traveller's Cafe, what's the menu here?

If it's anything like either of them, old coffee and beans.

Which reminds me: we're gonna need you to pay your tab for the old establishment.
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Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Main Nation Ministry » Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:17 pm

Esternial wrote:Which reminds me: we're gonna need you to pay your tab for the old establishment.

You can't charge me for my tab! They bulldozed the old establishment, so any payments to that one are void!
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Quote of the Week: "A NEW STORY ON WRITING THREAD FOR HALLOWEEN!! MYSTERY MINE AVAILABLE NOW!"

RPs I do
- How do you do fellow kids? You want to see something violent? - Artemis: Deimos Trafficking League (Horror/Mature)
- Descend into the forgotten tourist traps of Florida on this transgressive RP! - The Community (Mature/Black Comedy/Slice-of-Life)

My overall account that I use for P2TM and even for international roleplaying! MNM is a mysterious and extremely dangerous dictatorship filled with supernatural oddities, demons, militarized soldiers everywhere, and a misanthropic nihilistic dictator who doesn't give a damn. It's basically if the SCP Foundation got mixed with 1984.

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Left-wing Utopia

Postby Endem » Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:28 pm

The threads are dead, long live the thread
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Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby New Antarcticania » Sun Sep 19, 2021 6:20 pm

Sniffffffff

Ah, yeah, that new thread smell.
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Postby Kassaran » Sun Sep 19, 2021 7:45 pm

Biggest news for me was that Dutch is still around. It's been years...
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Postby Slaver Pirates of Vaas » Sun Sep 19, 2021 7:50 pm

I'll take a sausage and mushroom pizza, two mint cookies, and a mix of Crystal Pepsi and the really old Coca-Cola recipe that had cocaine in it.

Also gonna be the first to post an RP Feedback. Posted on the last thread, but figured I might as well post it here too just in case there's others who haven't seen it.

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