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But where do I begin?

xx But where do I begin?
Jul 23, 14, 10:28:55 AM by Nicole
Blood Rites has been around for nearly five years and it's still going strong. This powerful history lends the board to really thoughtful, layered role play, but if you're just coming in for the first time or coming back after a long break, it can be hard to know where to start.

I just joined the board back in September. I had not read a single Black Jewels book. I thought the Black Gates were actual gates, and imagined them as such. I couldn't put my finger on what the Abyss is exactly. I limited myself to the lists of strengths and weaknesses used as examples in this really helpful article.

I know how it feels to be new -- and that there can be a bit of a learning curve. The good news: The site is a lot simpler than it seems, the rules all make sense, and the work put in to understand this vibrant world pays off in some of the best roleplaying you've ever had the pleasure to experience.

The conversation I have had with just about every new person who comes along eventually hits on, "But where do I even begin?"

Here are my top five tips for diving in:

1. Read the newcomers guide. It does a fantastic job of walking you through getting started, how to do your first application, how to set up new subaccounts. Plus, when you join, you're assigned a guide, a veteran member of the board who can help you navigate until you're comfortable. Ask this person a hundred questions. They'll be happy to answer or -- if they don't know the answer -- help you figure it out.

2. Cruise the Wanted Ads. Wanted ads are a great place to get started. These are characters with some built-in plot, and they can be a great springboard for getting started. My first character on Blood Rites was an adoption, and she turned out to be one of my favorite characters ever. Even if you decide not to adopt one of the characters available, these ads also give you a big hint as to what kind of characters are needed in each territory. If you have the bones of an idea, and you're looking to flesh it out, you might find a way to fit that character into an existing plot who needs you and your idea. Just contact the person who wrote the ad, and ask for a brainstorming session.

3. Read the "Of the Month" nominations. Want to know which plot-lines are heating up? Peep the nominations for Character of the Month and Thread of the Month. Often, these nominations include a synopsis of a character or a current storyline, and they help put a thread in context. Just opening up a thread and trying to suss out what's going on can sometimes feel like you came into the movie halfway through. The nominations themselves often offer a blurb that explains why a given thread is important and how it fits into a larger plot. This is why I love the OTM nominations.

4. Don't fear the review process. I had a nice long roleplay career that involved never having to write a character sheet ever. I knew nothing about the world. I let my guide handhold me through the process, and it didn't hurt a bit. Think of the application as an opportunity to get to know your character better, and to lay the groundwork for connections that character can have to others and to plot -- either existing, or the amazing plots you're bringing with you. You will get some feedback, but don't look at it as a quiz. They're just trying to help your character fit into the alternate universe as best they can.

5. Strike up a conversation. You see someone who is playing a character who intrigues you? Is there a territory that sounds like the place where you always wanted to plunge a fictional character into pain, angst and drama? Is there a subplot that has you obsessively googling what a serac is? Message the players involved, and ask them if you can play, too. We're into collaborative storytelling around here, and most of us, if we're not currently playing our favorite character, we're probably dying to talk about that character -- like a schoolgirl or schoolboy with our first crush.

Jump right in. The water is fine, and I promise: There is a Queen who needs you to help her rule, a Warlord Prince spoiling for a fight with you, a spy looking over your shoulder, a mystery waiting for you to solve it, a Landen whose village needs your help, or a district hungry for your character's leadership. It's all on the board somewhere -- and if it's not, there's room to make more!


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xx Re: But where do I begin? (Reply 1)
Jul 24, 14, 07:24:43 AM by Tal
Awesome! This is really comprehensive and succinct.
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