Deputy of Self-Esteem
Joined: Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:36 pm
Welcome to the World of Court Records RPing!
But "HOLD IT!" Before you start RPing there's some important stuff you should know...
Here's a basic rundown of Trial procedure. PLEASE READ THE REST OF THE THREAD AS WELL, this is just for quick reference:
: Post your idea for a trial IN THIS THREAD.
: A moderator (currently, General Luigi is in charge of this board) will reply. PM them with any extra details (and spoilers when necessary), and they will either approve your idea or ask you to fix some things.
: Once you've been approved, start a new thread in the Trials section to get people to sign up for your trial.
: Once you have all your players, start a thread in the Court House to begin your trial.
• USE THIS THREAD TO PROPOSE AN RP
Any threads opened up in this board or the Court House without the express permission of the moderator in charge will be locked. Your RP MUST
receive the moderator's approval before you open it up. Trials might be rare at the moment, but this rule is mostly in place to make sure RP leaders don't put the cart before the horse.
• NO MORE THAN ONE RP PER PERSON
I'd say it's pretty clear what this means. If you're really sick of the case you're currently leading and have a newer, better idea, you're free to ask that the current one be locked, but otherwise, wait until the case you're currently managing wraps up before you propose a new one.
• THINK YOUR CASE OUT BEFORE YOU MAKE A REQUEST
Possibly one of the hardest things to do in the RPs, considering that Phoenix Wright for the DS only had 5 cases.
You should really get a good angle of what sort of crime you want to have had committed and by whom. Unlike the games, you don't need to kill anyone in your RP.
Here are some good resources...
• MAKE A THREAD IN THIS BOARD FOR SIGNUPS
It's a pain once you've got the loot the evidence and the warrant... but don't see Carmen Sandiego anywhere. So, once you're authorized to start your RP, make a thread in this board asking people to sign up for particular roles. You, as the leader of your RP, have free reign over who you let in and what your policies are in the RP. Just try to make it fun for everyone, okay?
Suggested Roles that almost certainly need to be filled:
- Defense Attorney
- Witness(es) (I suppose it's possible to just run a trial with a defendant and evidence, but I have yet to see a case without at least one witness.)
- Detective (Not at all necessary, but if you feel like it, go ahead.)
- Aide(s) (Not at all necessary, but if you feel like it, go ahead.)
- Jury (Not at all necessary, but if you feel like it, go ahead.)
• CHARACTER ADVICE
It's ultimately your RP, so feel free to ignore this, but in my experience, people prefer playing as characters of their own design. Because of this, allowing your prosecutor, defense attorney, and so on to choose his/her character can help encourage him/her to stay active. Because of their connection to the case, witness roles have to be of your own design, which tends to make them less attractive. Truth be told, I actually feel witnesses can be thought of as NPCs, so it might be better for you to play as them yourself rather than rely on other users to play as them. That said, I still encourage you to keep witness roles open just in case someone takes an interest in a particular role.
• PHOENIX WRIGHT ISN'T OBLIGATED TO BE THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY
He can be the murderer and/or Judge as far as I'm concerned. Feel free to break this rule as you see fit. It might be fun to watch Dahlia act as the Judge, or Von Karma as the Defense Lawyer. In fact, it's become commonplace for RP leaders to let players use their own characters as prosecutors, defense attorneys, detectives, aides, jurors, or judges.
• RP ETIQUETTE (SP)
Given the nature of these trials, it's only natural that RP leaders have a significant amount of control over everyone's role. That said, leaders, it's important that you give the other participants some room to improvise. If you're outright telling them what to post, you might as well be playing their roles yourself. They've agreed to follow your story, but that doesn't mean they're obligated to do so exactly the way you want them to.
It would also be a good idea to PM your criminals and witnesses to tell them what they saw/did. Again, this is not an obligatory rule, but something to think about regardless. Be flexible; give them enough leeway to move the story along on their own, but don't leave them hanging. An RP can die if no one knows what sort of crime they committed--unless, oh, I don't know, some of the characters have amnesia or something...
All responsibility for the thread belongs to the RP leader. All proceedings are yours to command, and be sure to have it pick up again when it dies a little.
And if you're going to be offline for a while, please make sure to alert the leaders of any RPs you're in so they can take the appropriate action to make sure your absence doesn't stop the RP from progressing. Leaders have the authority to revoke your role if you're offline for too long--in fact, leaders are encouraged to replace inactive users in order to make sure their RP doesn't die. Likewise, if you're a leader and are going to be offline for a while, please alert the moderator in charge of this board so they can reopen your RP when you return (assuming it was locked in your absence).
One of the things that can scare off potential RPers is that some RPs go WAY
too fast. We're all fans here, but some of us have school and life to care about too; real life should hold priority over internet life for anyone. Anyway, if appropriate, the RP leader has the right to decide how fast people can post, put a limit on how long a user can be inactive before being replaced, or even put the case on hold if necessary (e. g. the leader has to take a long amount of time off from the forum or is temporarily too busy to run the RP). Leaders are encouraged to keep things balanced; if players don't have some sort of time constraint, they can easily get lazy; on the other hand, if the constraints are too tight, no one will be able to keep up with the story's progress.
On that note, if an RP goes a month without any new posts, it will be locked until the leader can get all the players back together (and replace those that are taking too long to respond to the call). This is what could be called the "One Month Rule." Exceptions might be given if the leader or a user who plays an important (and at the moment active) role has to be offline for more than that amount of time--provided a moderator is alerted before said time off
. Leaders are still encouraged to impose a time constraint of their own, though, because even with this rule enforced, it can still, theoretically, take years just to get through one day. Also, leaders, if you dismiss someone but can't find a replacement, by all means assume said user's role until a replacement can be found.
• RPING IS A HUGE COMMITMENT
See all the locked threads? Most of them died because people stopped posting in them. If you're going to participate in--let alone run--a trial, you're making a tacit promise to be online frequently, keep an eye on any and all trials you're participating in, and post in said trials whenever you need to.
That is all!Edit:
updated the information to make it relevant to the present system.
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