How it works and why?: In a roleplaying game we play the role of our character and every actions we do, directly affects the story around it and as your character grows the global story progresses and the world can take completely new directions; to be able to have said freedom in a game world, the game was made with this roleplaying enforcered style, basically a pack of rules and systems that promote said interactions between players and the game. In Azusa, your character actions will become an important part of the generation you are playing, as you can start as a simple child and depending on what happens with him, your character can become a legendary guardian that will save or destroy the world; create or destroy a city, or became a king! This limitless amount of possibilities are only possible when the players follow the basic Roleplaying rules.
IC and OOC: A decent roleplayer must know the difference between those, and apply them in your gameplay, Your character on Azusa is a person living in the world of Azusa, and you are a human playing a computer game, One is called IC and other called OOC. You may want something, but your char may not, so while playing you must act as your character and give have them make their own decisions, not just yours… As if your char was a book the character that we are writing, (I say we because the story in RPs are developed by the interaction of a group of characters and the way facts happens in your characters life.) There are two chats to organize IC and OOC, the red one (accesed with space bar) is a global OOC chat, where people are talking with other people about any subject. But the IC (local chat, accessed with S buttom) is what your character is saying, and is seen only by nearby people. You can say OOC subjects in say if you start the OOC subject with bracklets for example
Inu: I am hungry! Can you help me? (Hey john :D), what I said out of the bracklets is what my char is saying, and what I said inside the brackets is me talking oocly.
No powergaming: A powergamer is a player that isn’t interested in the roleplay at all, just in the grinding and getting stats, and while playing he will mostly avoids the RPs to keep training, DON’T BE THAT GUY! Powergamers can end up killing the entire roleplay, to avoid becoming a powergamer try to stick to everything you do with your roleplays and interactions instead of mindlessly training
Metagamer: The metagamer is the player that forces situations for his roleplay in stupid manners, for example, he will not RP with someone that would not bring him useful stuffs but will force RPs with important players just to get a better role, or the metagamer is also the guy that places his OOC subjects and wills to change your character situation, for example: My char love pickles and is kind hearted just to RP with a farmer and get food from him, once I got the food I suddenly (without an IC reason) change my char personality to someone mean with everyone just to get a chance at acquiring the “Meanness armor” . DON’T BE THAT GUY! If you are good and learn to separate the IC and OOC you will be able to avoid becoming metagamer, when you're more interested in the real roleplay (interactions and story development) more then just stats you will have a lot more fun and will be seen as a better Roleplayer.
Godmoder: Well, godmodding is basically Roleplaying something your char can`t do, for example while you are just a farmer, you RP dodging an attack from an Elite Warrior that is probably 30 times faster then you. Or godmodders are the ones that want to ignore their status and power limitations in a combat and act like a super powerful dude. DON’T BE THAT GUY! The fun in RPs isn’t just about winning, winning is fun too, but the development of your characters can't jump or it wont even be fun to play… Act as someone strong when you are infact strong, act as someone weak when you are weak and you will be fine. Also do not RP trying to control another persons character or actions they do! That's also godmodding
Rewards: There is a verb called Roleplay (Used with the B button) and there you can describe your characters actions, to give it some life and action in the game. The Roleplay/Emote verb is really important and the good RPers constantly uses it, the roleplay is not simply used to describe something but gives a certain value and fun to your character development. While using the Roleplay verb, write like if you were writing a book, describing the action/scene in third person. (There are some rules about controlling another player in your roleplay. That goes in the godmod one.. Basically you will only control your character and not another person.) Every Roleplay (And IC talks) are saved in your character logs, They are later compared to the whole online playerbase and the best roleplayers and most active ones receive Roleplay Points, there are RP checks every 2 hours, and these points can later be used to obtain many other things, such as status, learn training methods by yourself and more!
Ranks: Some characters develop to become huge and important in the Azusa world, we call those "ranked" characters, for example a King of a city, an Orphanage keeper, or a God, or a Dark Priest living in the forest, these "positions" are normally roles that are played by diffrent characters, but the roles continues in the story; Ranks are very important and to become most of them requires a minimal total amount of Roleplay Points (to make sure you are a decent roleplayer enough to don't fail it). Ranks usually have duties, characteristics and sometimes even pre-set objectives, for example the King must protect and rule a city; and so on, if you ever get a rank keep in mind ranks always comes with responsibilities, and most of them are to generate proper roleplay to the whole playerbase! Ranks usually receive unique relics, perks and even training methods!