||[17 Dec 2002|11:07pm]
This is the official first official post of Sirens...er. 3.0, I guess. Hi!
We're about ready to start, so let's start posting! If you look around at some of the other character journals, you can see some of their introductory posts, and hopefully they will give you a good idea of how things work.
First things first. Try to post in character. as much as possible. Remember we're role-playing here. Also use first person perspective when writing an entry. If you absolutely must post out of character, be sure to note that in your post with an "OOC" and put brackets around your text like [so]. It's also nice if you hide OOC text behind a cut. Just add < lj-cut text = "OOC stuff here" > and put the text after that.
Basically, character journals are treated as if the character himself is speaking or thinking something. These aren't really journals like you and I have, but characters may say what they did that day, what they plan to do, how they're feeling, etc. If you're posting a character's private thoughts--such as, "Omigosh, she's so hot, but I could never tell her that"--remember to disable the comments feature on your character's journal. Do descriptive text in italics, and surround action phrases with asterisks. *nod*
By the same token, readers should view character journals as if they're listening to or overhearing a conversation. If you want to comment, think before you do so. Does your character have a relationship with that other character? Are you trying to establish a friendship or a working relationship with them? Will your comment add anything to the storyline? Or are you just commenting to be heard? If your answer is that last one, please don't. Or put it in your own journal.
Community journals such as this one are just that. Communities. sirensrpg is the official game community. This is a restricted community journal, but everyone playing the game can post here. Here is where we'd like you to introduce your characters to let us know that you're around. Also, feel free to ask questions here in character or out, but if posting OOC, please hide it behind a cut.
If you're new here and haven't yet been added to the community, leave a comment in lena_h's journal. She'll add you and can help you get started playing, if needed.
sirens is the club community. It is also restricted, but everyone playing the game is allowed to post in there as well. Just remember to have your characters act as if they are entering or hanging out at the club, Sirens. sirens_shops, vernas and blueangel are open community journals where anyone can post. Most everyone should already have access to these, but if your character isn't a member, you can add them yourself by going to the user info page and clicking "click here" at the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
Other communities such as the_dominion and sirens_vip are a little more exclusive. Some characters are already there, but others will be let in by invite only. Don't worry. The owners of those clubs are very fair. If they feel you've earned your way in, they'll see you get an invite.
Since we don't have the insulation of a private mailing list, we'd like to make SirensRPG as comfortable for everyone as possible. Therefore, the moderators need to know who is playing and who isn't. Please make your presence known and introduce your character as soon as possible. Also, try to update your journal in character at least once every 2 weeks or so. OOC posts won't count as an update. If you need to be away for longer than that, leave a message. Any longer than 4 weeks, and the game mum and dad get very worried and may file a missing person's report. Or we'll figure you're no longer playing and, depending on the character, we may put it up for grabs. So, just let us know, 'kay?
Also, if you come across any trolls, let us know. We'll deal with them by engaging in a brief battle of wits until we get bored fighting unarmed opponents. At that point we'll just ban them from the planet forever...I mean our planet. To help keep the trolls out, remember to disable anonymous comments. Now, sometimes innocent civilians may come across your journal and comment. If they seem harmless, just politely let them know that it's only a game and nicely delete their comments.
To make sure we don't get too many civilians stumbling in, be sure to link the SirensRPG website (http://brandnamelabs.co.uk/sirens) in your character's profile. Also, add the disclaimer, "Part of < lj comm = sirensrpg >" in your bio.
If you're new here and would like to play, but can't think of what kind of character you'd like, we have plenty up for grabs. Keep an eye on srpg_adoptions. If you see one you like, leave a comment on the journal.
Finally, we'd like to keep the characters apart from the players, so please don't enable IP logging on your journals.
For more information take a look at our lovely little guidelines. (Ok, so they're not so little.)
Remember, if there are any questions, I'm right here.
Thanks and have fun!