Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: I need some help using the forum. Do you have a help page for that?

A: Yes, there's a default help page for PhpBB that can be found here: /help/faq. If you need additional assistance, just ask!

Q2: How do I use BBCode? How can I format my posts to make them fancy?

A: An explanation of all the available BBCode can be found here: /help/bbcode. If you need additional assistance or want some custom BBCode to be added, just ask!

Q3: Do my characters have to be original? Can I steal from another franchise? I want to write Spiderman/Goku/etc.

A: No. All characters must be original. No roleplaying existing characters that aren't yours. You may write someone inspired by an existing character, providing it's not a blatant rip-off (copying common abilities/traits is one thing, but copying personality and backstory is another).

Q4: What about the race of my character? Do I have to make my own?

A: No. We do plan to make a catalogue of different races and species in the future that you can copy from if you're lacking creative juices. But, for now, it's perfectly acceptable to copy an existing sci-fi or fantasy race. Like Wookies or Twi'leks from Star Wars, or just generic elves/dwarves. And, of course, humans. But we do recommend you to make your own lore for them to add to The Wiki if none exists.

Q5: Can I write flashbacks?

A: Flashbacks to the events of your character's past may be added to your roster/backstory, or written about at [LINK NEEDED]The Void. Flashbacks to events during the roleplay (that you haven't already written about) may only be written with a moderator's permission, as we don't really allow fluid time. Flashbacks to events that you've previously written may be included in quote tags if you wish.

Q6: How do I get points?

A: By writing and roleplaying. There are also additional Writing Rewards. You can get more points by voting for us and by submitting good writing to the Reviewers' Workshop.

Q7: Can I give another character my points?

A: No, as points don't physically exist in the roleplay. You may loan them items, credits, and may permanently give them something with the permission of a moderator, however. To do this, post in the Help Desk stating who you wish to give/trade items to and why.

Q8: If I start writing a minor NPC, can I later make them a major NPC?

A: Sure, if you have enough NPC slots and make them a character sheet.

Q9: Can I swap my NPC with my main character?

A: Yes, but this will follow the usual switching rules. So you'd need to switch your character to your NPC, then make an NPC version of your main. You may lose some points if you do this.

Q10: Can I break the 4th wall?

A: Yes, and no. You can write a character that thinks they're breaking the 4th wall, but in character, they're just being crazy. In the world, this isn't a story or a roleplay, it's real. Furthermore, any '4th wall breaking' can't give your character an advantage (e.g. your character can't use 'the 4th wall' to learn things about other characters).

Q11: I spent credits on a fancy gun, but it broke. Do I need to buy a new one?

A: Yes.

Q12: If I don't spend the credits to buy a base or a ship, does that mean my character is homeless?

A: No. You can still make your own little shack, live in the crashed ship or a dodgy hotel. Bases are like larger buildings and offer fortifications. You don't need a base to have a house.

Q13: I don't want my character to die, how can I prevent this?

A: Don't challenge others to fights, don't commit crimes and get a bounty. Communicate with us moderators and perhaps try to plan dangerous acts ahead of time. Other players cannot start fights with you without a reason unless you let them. If you want to fight but don't want your character to die, then you'll need to only fight with other roleplayers who don't want it to be lethal.

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