|Mods of Kiseki RPG (kiseki_mods) wrote,|
@ 2007-12-26 18:38:00
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Feel free to ask anything you'd like! Whether it's about the game itself and its mechanics, or any general RPing question you might have, this is the place to ask.
- Setting & Characters
- Hiatuses & updating characters
- Activity Requirements
< The Setting & Characters >
- What is Kiseki like? What sort of places are available?
Pink, sparkly, with an underlying level of creepiness to it. Check the Locations entry for a detailed description of the places you can find in it.
- Do I need to know about CLAMP's works to play here?
While there are events and settings inspired by CLAMP work, knowledge of their canon is not required.
- What are the characters doing in Kiseki? Who brought them there?
Kiseki itself did. Much like most of the characters suspect, Kiseki's not ruled by one person in particular. The world itself is a sentient being with ridiculously powerful magic.
The characters aren't truly brought into Kiseki, though: they're all created beings, copies of those in their respective canons. Kiseki recreates everything about them, from their looks to their personalities, memories, powers, new canon info after updates, etc.
- Where do the characters arrive?
The most usual way to arrive would be inside the Welcome Center, a white building shaped like a winged-egg.
Once they appear, regardless of location, the Usyagi (flying bunnies from CLAMP’s Wish and Kobato) will hand them a journal and give a brief explanation of where they are and what they should do.
- What happens to my character's powers? Do they keep them?
It's basically up to the players. You can keep their powers intact, partially restrain them, or take them away completely.
- What if my character is sick in their canon?
Kiseki can heal them fully, or partially. It's up to the player how much or how little the original illness/ailment/injury is played out.
- What do my characters bring with them when arriving to the world?
Whatever they had on them, basically. In cases of characters arriving in the middle of, say, bathing, you can give them clothes if you'd like. If your character would normally be accompanied by a pet (a normal one or Pikachu/Appa/etc) or carry a weapon, or have a special item they would not wish to leave behind, please check this entry on item requests.
- What happens if a character tries to swim, or fly, out of the islands?
They'd be stopped at some point by a magical barrier, which will transport them back to the Welcome Center.
- Is there really no way for a character to leave Kiseki?
If they write a thousand entries in their journals, they'll be taken to the Welcome Center and given the option to return to their world (which would be up to player choice). But of course, the Usyagi will never reveal this and not more than one entry per day counts for this, so it might be a while before any character finds the way out!
- Do all characters speak English by default?
No, languages are translated magically. If a character concentrates enough, they can speak in their native languages, though. Things like suffixes for Japanese characters, or special titles in native languages, are perfectly fine and up to player discretion.
- What are the Kiseki NPCs like? Will they help my character? How do they react to the usual things happening between our characters?
Usyagi are quiet and mysterious, going on with their daily routines without much care and usually blending into the background. Those at the Welcome Center seem more friendly, but overall give off a creepy vibe due to their blank expressions and eerie giggles. They will, however, be helpful in the event that a character requests a job, or accommodations for their room or shop. They will always be the ones to give your character their journal upon arrival.
- How do journals work?
With magic! They're paper journals, all connected to each other. Only the owner can open their specific journal. You write in them as you'd normally do with a journal. Usernames can't be seen, but the icons are displayed (within reason). It's like the journal took a tiny picture of the ones writing in it at the moment of their comment to showcase their expression. Despite the pages being made of paper, they can't be destroyed or ruined (by getting them wet, burning them, ripping off the pages, etc). Minor things like stains (because of tears, dropping coffee, blood, and so on) is possible.
Journals also have an audio/video option! The front cover of the journals has an egg-shaped gem with silver wings that will faintly glow whenever it is recording or when there is a recording to listen to.
For all their working options, journals also allow for private messaging through filtering. It works by magic as well - focusing on wanting only one (or several) specific person/people to see what you're writing/recording will be sufficient.
- What if my character isn't the type to want to write in a journal?
They can always ignore it, although the journals have a tendency to record them if they're feeling neglected. You're free to work mostly/only with action tags, though.
- Where do I post?
ALL IC POSTS must go in the kiseki_logs community. Whether you're writing an open log (for action-only) or a journal-based entry remember to tag with your character's name.
- How should threads be played out?
The game leans heavily towards comment-spam style, using brackets for action/narration with an emphasis on quick dialogue and action. Wordier tags and prose are all allowed of course, and you should play what’s most comfortable for you. However, this does not mean that one-word tags are acceptable. Your tags should have substance and advance the thread! We encourage flexibility with tagging styles, as sometimes one style will be more fitting of a situation than others. Mod events will always be commentspam and brackets style, and requesting that someone avoids using commentspam style for playing isn't allowed.
- How do tags work?
Character tag information:
- Characters should be listed by their full names, in Western order (so Naruto Uzumaki rather than Uzumaki Naruto).
- Characters with simple names that repeat across canons ("Mako", for example) should list an acronym of their canon's name after the name (example).
- Characters with nicknames who would not normally be addressed by their full name should have the nickname listed in quotes (example).
- Characters with alternate names should be listed with both names with a line separating the two (example).
- If you are unsure between the two above, please ask a mod for a second opinion with your character.
- If the character you are picking up was previously played by someone else, repeat the character tag and add a number to it: "aang [#2]", for example.
- Characters with "~" at the start of their name is a dropped character.
- Character tags are mandatory and required for AC. If you don't know how to use them, please request help from a mod to learn how.
Entry tag information:
- ! intro is used for IC introductions the first time the character arrives.
- ! arrival is used for any time a character is brought into the game (so not only the first intro, but also any future time they've left and returned due to an update and/or hiatus would fall under this category).
- ! general should be used when posting an entry that does not utilize one of the events/event replays.
- ! journal should be used when posting a journal-based entry as opposed to action-based.
- ! log should be used when posting an action-based entry as opposed to journal-based.
- Both journal and log tags can be used if the entry uses both methods.
- * event replay is used for when a player replays one of the events. Event replays should be marked this way only when they're a major aspect of the log. If your character is affected by an event in a single thread and no one else is impacted, skip the tag. If your character is affected by an event and has several event threads as a result or if the entire log is a massive event replay, use the tag.
- Any other tag listed with "!" or "*" will typically be handled by a mod. If you are uncertain, please ask.
- Playable events all have their own tags, and should be picked from the list accordingly.
- What can my character do in Kiseki?
Anything you want, pretty much. Work, study, train or learn various sports and other skills, try to figure out Kiseki's mysteries, be a bum and do nothing, it's up to you. You can replay events or have your character react to current events or logs. There are character-driven plots and ideas you can become part of. Not every log is posted by the mods, so feel free to post your own!
In order to keep up with occurring events, we have a Calendar. Once you're in the game, we'll contact you to be added to the list so you can view it & add any relevant plans to it. This also lists things such as the HMD & AC, so make sure to bookmark it.
- How do my characters earn money?
They will get a small initial allowance by default (they will need to pick it up at the receptions of either the place they're staying at or the Welcome Center). These will only last for a month, so it's recommended that your characters try to get a job quickly. Characters who attend school will get an allowance.
- What kind of currency is used?
Kiseki itself uses yen, as originally the majority of playable characters were from Japan. However, they will accept any currency your characters might have with them.
- How do I get a job for my character? What kind of jobs can they have? Are there age limits?
It’s up to the player! There’s more than just retail jobs available to characters and there will be occasional options offered by the mods in our monthly plotting post. They have a variety of options! They can:
- Study at the school, as this provides a small allowance.
- Teach at the school, which pays more.
- Take over a shop (npc shops are run by Usyagi).
- Get employed by a character-run business.
- Start their own business/job.
- Get employed by any of the locations in our location post, such as the sporting center, the zoo, or the museum (just to name a few examples).
- Fight in the maze on the Garden Island and win money that way.
- Patrol against the monsters as indicated below.
- What do you mean, patrol against monsters?
There will occasionally be monster "outbreaks" from the forests, with some of them even leaving the usual protective barriers. These attacks happen at random, but are indicated through special, rare trees which will grow in a few spots in the forests, within the caves, on the garden island, on the beach, near the bridges connected to them, and even at the bottom of the sea, in areas viewable via the aquarium.
When these rapidly growing small trees fully form the strange, lantern-like fruits that begin to glow at full-growth, it'll mean the monsters are out of control and could lead to an invasion. Regularly checking for these appearing anywhere will be necessary, and slaying creatures from behind the barriers are a needed option. The best way to handle these is to check for signs of the trees growing, and attack then, rather than wait for the fruits to fully grow.
The trees grow with negative energy, and therefore destroying them unleashes it on anyone nearby - causing the worst replayed events effects, leading to temporary madness or illness, or making the one responsible a sudden magnet for monsters. Even remaining close to the trees for long enough will lead to bad feelings and thoughts, irrational behavior, and so on. When monsters are successfully kept in check, the trees wither and die.
This is not just for safety issues. Fighting these monsters and patrolling for these trees is something that your character can be paid for and is ideal for warriors who might feel restless in Kiseki. Your character can sign up at the reception, Welcome Center, or through the sheriff's office.
- What if they don't pay their rent? Would they be kicked out?
They won't be kicked out, but failing to pay the weekly fee will mean they'll have all privileges cut. They won't have electricity, water, or any room cleaning service. Also, they'll be banned from accessing the cafeteria until they pay their debts.
- Could my character resort to stealing food, clothes and other items, instead of working?
They can only steal things from other characters around. Anything they take that belongs to an Usyagi will disappear, and be sent back to where it belongs.
- What happens if my character is hurt while in game?
Wounds in Kiseki heal three times faster than usual. And there's always the hospital, if they have a significant injury. If your character’s hurt when you bring them into Kiseki, they'll be taken to the hospital immediately if it’s serious enough. If the injury they would've arrived with was fatal, then it will be completely healed.
- What happens if my character dies while in game?
You need mod approval for this first. If your character is killed by another character or due to an accident, they'll remain unconscious for a certain period of time (mod-determined), depending on what caused them to die. Once this time's up, the character will wake up with their memory intact but not knowing what happened during the time they were unconscious. If their injuries were not too severe, they'll be healed automatically as they 'sleep'. If the damage to their body was severe, they'll disappear once the time is over and re-appear in the Welcome Center.
< Applications >
- Which characters can be played?
Virtually any character from any form of media that us mods can somewhat check. Anime, manga, videogames, books, and so on. There has to be a substantial amount of consistent canon for them to be playable, though. If you're looking to apply for a minor character whose screentime is questionable, preferably contact us mods before applying.
The following types are not appable:
- Original characters.
- AU characters from known canons.
- CRAU characters from other rp games.
- Webcomic characters.
- Any extremely disruptive character, while not banned as a whole, must be discussed before-hand with the mods. Characters that could count as disruptive: shonen heroes followed by an army of monsters, a serial murderer who would not blend in and constantly be out for victims, extremely over-powered characters (think Super Saiyans, for example). These cases can and must be talked out to possibly sort ways to accommodate them, although there is a chance we might request nerfing powers in some way, or even flat-out deny an application based on these issues.
- Can we play dead characters?
Yes! They can be brought in after they died, or from a point in their canon when they were alive.
- Can we play a younger/older version of a character?
We have events that allow for age changes, but you're also free to apply for a character when they're younger or older, as long as there's enough canon to support it. If someone's canon shows them at a certain age but, say, they have a ton of flashbacks showing them when they were a child and you wish to play that version instead, go for it. If you're unsure as to how many flashbacks are enough, contact us mods before applying.
- Are temporary apps allowed? What if I want to bring in a character only for a short plot?
If you have an app in mind that would involve bringing in someone who would not be staying long-term, and only show up for a specific plot, please contact us mods to explain the idea and discuss the details. A smaller application will most likely be requested.
Because this is a very small game, these are only allowed in the case of people who are already in the game, as we'll want to have a clear sense of their playing style, activity, ability to communicate with other players, and so on.
- When are applications open? If I want to app for a new character, is there any waiting period?
Applications are always open by default. If for some reason they're not, we'll put up a visible note in the comments.
- Can I app more characters right away? How many characters may I app? What are the limitations to that?
There is no waiting period for applications between characters, although we advise new players to first settle in with one character before applying for a second one.
For those already in the game, there are no limitations as long as they're active and there aren't any issues with the player that might make allowing more characters inadvisable (cases of breaking rules, god/infomodding, causing trouble with other players).
For those with major activity issues (failing AC regularly or barely making it to it, dropping a majority of their threads before they can qualify for AC, strongly lacking CR and normal interactions expected for their character, etc), we strongly recommend you contact the mods first to check it's alright to apply, as you may be asked to improve on activity before being allowed to. To put it simply, if there's a strong indication that you can't handle your current character load, applications may be denied based on that, and talking it out with the mods will be the usual course of action.
For those failing AC and wishing to reapply, please check the activity requirements section.
< Hiatuses >
- What if I need to go on hiatus? For how long can I be away?
We ask that hiatuses are notified through the OOC community regardless of length.
If a hiatus has to extend more than two weeks, please consider placing your character under suspended animation, taking them from Kiseki temporarily, or giving god-modding permission to another player to avoid the issue of other characters having to handwave yours constantly.
- What happens to the characters during a hiatus?
If it's a short hiatus, you can simply say they'll be around and other players can handwave their involvement in the game for the time being. If your hiatus extends for longer than four weeks, you must select one of the following options:
- You can have them remain in Kiseki, in suspended animation. They'll be magically sent to one of the hospital rooms, and remain asleep inside a winged-egg. These are indestructible, and impossible to open.
- Or you can "send them back" to their canons. Which means the characters are deleted from Kiseki for a while, and later reconstructed, this time with memories of being back in their world. They can "go back" for any amount of time, from a few minutes to days, months, or years. This is ideal if you’re intending to canon-update your character.
- My important CR/castmate is away, what do I do?
We will keep an eye on activity using the character tags. If a character doesn’t show up for over a month, including backtags, the player will be contacted to sort out the situation. Should any communication prove impossible, the character will be considered as having idled out and removed from the game.
People who have been swept from the game because they've idled out may not reapply for a period of one month (following any new attempt of contact with the game), corresponding to half an AC period. People who end up in this situation due to RL emergencies will be exempt from the applications ban, so please do contact us if that's the case.
If you're having trouble due to someone's inactivity (prolonged absences in new posts, dropping a majority of threads before they qualify as valid, or other unreliable behavior), consider making a note of this on the monthly HMD, talking directly to their player about it, or, if not possible, contact the mods about it so it can be worked out.
- Can I update my character to a later canonpoint? How does that work?
Yes, as long as there's substantial canon to work with. You can't update someone to a future point that's mostly only headcanon, for example. If the change in canonpoint would cause a major shift in the character's personality and/or abilities, or if an update would create a disruptive situation with castmates, close CR, or anyone else, make sure you run this by the mods and the people involved first. To make the update official, simply drop a line on the Taken Characters by Series list, noting the change.
The character would simply leave Kiseki and then return with their new memories added (as well as any other changes, such as physical alterations or new abilities that could have happened in their canon).
< Activity Requirements >
- What are the activity requirements?
In order to fulfill the game's activity requirements, every two months you should gather the following requirements:
- You must total at least 10 new comments with your character.
- Threads must be at least 5 comments long to qualify.
Keep in mind this is just a minimum requirement, and only your own comments in a thread count for your AC.
Threads will not qualify for AC if the character's tag hasn't been added to the post they're from. If you have any doubts on how to add tags, consult the mods. If you forgot to add a character tag and realize this while getting links to qualifying threads, you can add them late and it's fine. The only way in which it will cause a thread not to qualify is if the links are provided but the tag is missing by the time the corresponding AC post closes.
- When is activity check posted?
Activity check posts will be posted every two months, meaning the official periods are:
- December 1st to Februrary 1st
- February 1st to April 1st
- April 1st to June 1st
- June 1st to August 1st
- August 1st to October 1st
- October 1st to December 1st
Qualifying threads should be started out and continued between the day the AC period starts, and the day that the AC post closes (always on the 15th of that same month). Players will be required to link to threads to show they've completed the requirements for each of the characters they play. The AC linking period means there's two weeks of overlap where two AC periods mix. If you start a thread say, on the 10th of an AC month, and it ends up qualifying, you could use it for the current post, or wait and link it the following time. You simply can't use a thread in both AC periods.
- What happens if I don’t post in time or don’t have enough to pass?
If any character hasn't completed the requirements by the time the AC post is closed, they will get a strike. If by the following AC, the characters listed with a strike have once again failed to pass the requirements, they will be considered dropped. Characters who are removed from the game due to failing AC will be unable to reapply for a period of one month, corresponding to half an AC cycle.
Keep in mind that players with repeated activity & involvement issues spanning long periods of time may be contacted to sort out these kind of issues at any given time.
- What happens if I’m on hiatus during AC?
Players on hiatus during the two month AC period will be exempt, but if you've used a hiatus to skip AC requirements during one round, you must post to AC the following cycle, meaning a hiatus cannot be used to skip AC twice in a row.
- Does my character have to pass AC if I just joined the game?
Players whose character was apped up to two weeks before AC opens (and intro'd within that range of time, this doesn't concern the OOC introductions) don't need to submit AC for that round.