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PostSubject: The Roleplayers Dictionary   Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:03 am

Administrator- The owner(s) of the board, with power over the whole forum: e.g., deleting posts or entire forums, moving forums, closing the board, etc.
Adoptable or Open Character- A fictional character created by a roleplayer, intended for another roleplayer to “adopt” and play as their own.
AU or Alternate Universe- These roleplaying games are set in a particular fandom universe, but do not adhere to the events that occurred within that universe precisely.  An example of this is the Harry Potter game which has Harry, Ron, and Hermione attending Durmstrang instead of Hogwarts.
Avatar- The forum avatar, which generally occurs to the left of the post of a given forum account.
Board or Forum- The board or forum is generally the term used to refer to the entirety of this structure.
Canon- The “canon” is the original source material for a fandom game.  As in the aforementioned AU Harry Potter game, the canon is still the Harry Potter book series even though the roleplay universe severely differs.
Category- Categories are generally organizational structures for forums.  A given category will have several related forums.
Character Sheet or Character Profile- Can refer to either the actual character forum profile, or a separate informational listing. Character sheets and profiles are, essentially, tracking methods for different character traits and aspects.
Cheesing, Cheesy- Forcing the plotted or expected outcome of roleplay by invoking an unmentioned fact.
Faceclaim- A “claim” on a particular face or representation of roleplaying characters.  Generally only applies to roleplays where real humans are used for character images.  The thought process is, no one wants two characters to use the same face-claim unless they’re identical twins.  Having two characters who look exactly the same “breaks” the universe in a small way.  Thus, many human roleplays opt to have face-claiming lists.
Forum or Sub-forum- Forums are organizational structures on the message board, grouping related sub-forums or related topics together.
Godmoder, Godmoding- A roleplayer or roleplay character engaging in metagaming, powerplaying, or godmodding.
Godmodding, Godmod- Godmoding specific to character creation, skills, and certain situations: e.g., giving a character superpowered skills, or making them completely invincible.
IC or In Character- Things that the character is saying.  IC often applies to entire forums: e.g., the roleplaying forums are almost always entirely IC.  However, roleplayers are often permitted to include an “OOC snippet” at the top of their IC posts.  This OOC snippet is generally used to deliver messages to other roleplayers in the thread, and is usually surrounded by brackets of some kind {{}}, [[]], or (()).
Literate- Able to write ten sentences or more per post in a roleplay.
Member- A person who is a non-staff (non-moderator or non-administrator) roleplayer in a given roleplay.
Metagaming, Metagame- The use of out of character knowledge in character.
Moderator- The “manager(s)” of the roleplay, with minor staff powers over certain forums or only some forums: e.g., deleting and editing posts, locking threads, etc.
NPC or Non-Player Character- A fictional character created by the roleplayer, administrator, or other roleplayers.  Non-player characters are, as their name suggests, not actively played by any one roleplayer.
One-Liner- Roleplay consisting of only a single line or a few short lines.  This often occurs within chat rooms, and is widely considered to be very amateur. Sometimes referred to as “action roleplay” wherein actions are interspersed with speech, like so:
*Mary sat down at the vanity while looking at her sister* I can't believe that you would go to school like that! *Mary started to brush her hair*
OOC or Out of Character- Things that the roleplayer is saying.  OOC often applies to entire forums: e.g., the chat and discussion forums on a given roleplay are almost always OOC forums.
Para, Paragraph, Multi-Para, or Multi-Paragraph- Roleplay that consists of many lines and, often, multiple paragraphs.  Generally, roleplay of this caliber is over 100 words.
PC or Player Character- The fictional character created by the roleplayer.
Post- A single instance of roleplay, written by one player.  Posts can be initial posts (sometimes called openers or starters, but not usually referred to as anything special), or they can be replies to other posts.
Powerplaying, Powerplay- Godmoding by controlling another roleplayer’s character without permission.
Reply- A single instance of roleplay, written by one player, in response to another player.  All replies are posts, but not all posts are replies.
Retcon, Retconning- The rescinding of a plot or In Character occurrence; roleplayers acting as if a plot never occurred.
Roleplayer, Player, RP'er- The person at the keyboard playing the roleplay character.
Signature- The forum signature, which generally occurs beneath each post of a given forum account.  The signature is usually the character’s name, current status, adoptable advertisements, etc.
Semi-Literate- Able to write at least five sentences per post in a roleplay.
Thread or Topic- Several instances of interconnected roleplay, written by two or more players.  A thread consists of an initial opening posts, and subsequent replies moving through a storyline.  A thread may be short or long, depending on the game’s timing structure.
Twinky, Twinking- Characters that act nonsensically from an IC perspective; a gross violation of realism and believability.

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