1. Please introduce yourself here. There are no rules on what to say or how to say. A simple "Hi" will suffice to let us know you exist beyone a username.For a useful "Intro Post"
it is nice to know a few things.How long you have been gaming and if you DM?
What kind of RP games have you played...any favorites?
Perhaps tell us how you found the place?
If English is not your first language, that is handy for us to know.
2. Always fun and interesting to join the thread in the Citadel Tavern and post under "Know your true job" Fun link to a little quiz to tell you what kind of job you would have back in medieval times. Let us know what you scored.
3. If you are not ready to jump into one of the topics in the main forum (although don't be shy because we want to hear your thoughts and ideas) then join one of the forums under the "Extraneous Voices of Picayune" title. None of these posts count towards your total post count since they are just for talking about whatever you want so feel free to abuse that priviledge and post whatever you like.
4. Freeform roleplaying is always fun. Take a quick look at the rules once you are there and start your own thread or start your own. Great bunch of roleplayers in there that will be happy to help the beginner or keep up with the advanced.
5. Chatspeak and lack of punctuation and capitalization is frowned upon. It is just darn annoying that people are so lazy that they have to abbreviate things. It really doesn't take that much effort or time to press the shift key when a new sentence is started. You will probably hear about it if you don't.
6. Simply explore. As long as you are here we are happy!Yes, there are getting to be a lot of forums, but don't let them overwhelm you. The Idea Guild
is the main idea forums of the place and where the most sharing of thoughts and ideas happens. You could spend you entire time in these few forums and be quite happy.Settings
are each a different world creation by our members. They use this area to put up their ideas and ask for feedback on setting and worlds they are developing. If creating worlds is your thing then this is a great place to see how others are doing things.Roleplaying
is just a small section by popular demand to do a little freeform (or whatever) roleplaying. Citadel Guildmembers
is the information center for the site. Bug reports announcements site discussions all can be done in one of these forums. Generally you can safely ignore these Extraneous Voices of Picayune
gives a place for idle chit-chat. While we enjoy creativeness much more there needs to be a place to be silly or make non-rpg comments and this is the place for it. We still try and keep it limited but if it has to happen....
So there are a lot of forums but each one has grown out of purpose and as you start to explore and read I hope you see the logic of it all.
Now on to some of our member's comments on the site.:
To everybody I quoted, if you want to reply to this thread with a copy of what I quoted (or an addition, or whatever) feel free to do so and I will take it out of my post and let you real post stand on its own.
Searching for more helpful posts to be reposted here for the benefit of our very new visitors.
You have just entered "Strolen's Citadel".
This is a resource site for those of us who have the awesome hobby called roleplaying.
This hobby usually takes place at weekends, when a small gathering of people come to one of the players residence to partake of a evening of fun and imaginary adventures. The players and their "guide/storyteller" (often called GM/Gamemaster or DM/Dungeonmaster) collaborate to create a story, where the GM has all the background information and the players play different roles.
In the beginning this differs little (well, more than a little, but not that much) from boardgames like RISK or Monopoly, as the players view their characters as little else than bricks in a game, but after a while the game may take on theatrical dimensions (the players dedicate themselves to actually playing a role as opposed to living out their "munchkin" wet dreams and the GM try to create ever more amazing and cinematic game worlds) .
So if you are interested in the latter, this is definitely the site for you. Munchkinism (bad roleplaying focusing on "powergaming" (Diablo style levelling and magic item focus) is generally frowned upon here).
Please note that Computer Roleplaying games such as Diablo, Baldur's Gate, Final Fantasy, etc... are the computer equivalents of roleplaying. (Important criterias for landing a job in that industry (CRPG production) often involves having a thorough roleplaying experience. Indeed the Game Company behind Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights boast that most of their GMs have between 10-20 years experience, some even more.
This site features everything from novice roleplayers to such venerable GMs as MoonHunter (who would easily top the brag list of the formerly mentioned computer game company).
Welcome to Strolen's my friend.
Strolenite survival guide:
-Remember proper grammar in general
-Remember not to lose your temper
-Remember to make an effort when you create a post. If you create some item or character that takes less than 15-45 minutes of work, you should probably not submit it at all.
Hello Doza I am Adel and you are currently in greetings this is were everyone comes to say hello! So HI! Freeform roleplaying is the gaming section, If you want to join a role play game or start one of your own I suggest that you read over a few exsisting RP's(role plays) to get the gist of things. If you want to join an Rp that has been going on for a while I suggest that you PM ( private message at the bottom of your screen) the GM (game master) first and get permission and see how you should enter the game. However, this site is primarily an Idea guild so if you have any Idea's or forming Ideas it would probably suit you best to post those in Flesh it out or Idea scroll. For any crazy talk head over to Inane natter! You will get the hang of it it is nice to meet you once again!!!! Hope you enjoy your stay!
Let me clear up a (somewhat) common misconception.
Strolen's Citadel, on it's own, is not a game, per se. It is more of a facilitator for games. People who attend this site are GMs or players of RPGs in real life, and we use this site for ideas for our games and game worlds, and to game online with others.
The purpose of Strolen's Citadel is to be a site for the inspiration and discussion among GMs, as well as players, if they so wish.
::Nobody appears, not quite existing, but not quite not existing either::
No, im pretty sure that only the D&D board game counts as D&D. Not even the D&D vidio game would qualify. Specifically, this place is for the designers and builders of worlds. There is a freeform roleplaying section, and a moderated roleplaying section, and those are more for players, but aside from those, this entire site is for the creators and builders and conjurers.
For that exact reason, Neverwinter Nights (unless i am thinking of something else) is not considered relevant. You do not design or create the world. You only control your character.
If you have some video game where you create the world however, then this will be more up your alley.
Its an idea Guild. Now that isn't to say that only world builders can come here. There are plenty of ideas for those who only play characters, such as new races, interesting personality traits, and a whole bunch of other stuff. But again, Video games usually do not give you the freedom to use most of the ideas in here.
I hope i am not overextending myself in saying this. If i have said anything wrong, then please correct me anybody.
Oh yes, and of course: Hi. Welcome to Strolen's Citadel.
Well ___________, if you wish to test your stuff, then you have come to the right place. Do not confuse this place for another generic role-playing site. This site is much much more.
While it is true that there is a roleplaying section where you may partake in an adventure at your desire, specifically the Free-Form and Moderated Role-Playing sections of this site, that is only the smallest step towards fullfilling your complete potential.
The Greetings Traveler section shal test your ability to be hearty, warm, and welcoming to those with less experience than yourself, as well as your ability to relax and be less serious than you absolutley must be.
The Role-playing sections will test you in your ability to describe a scene and its events in a fluid picture without the folley of a lack of reasonable cause and effect. Furthermore, it shall test your maturity in understanding that role-playing is rarely about "Winning" but instead about the story and dinamics within.
The Character, Plot, Item, and Idea Submissions will test your ability to take the already established ideas, and take them into new and dinamic directions, never previously thought of before.
The Flesh It Out section shall test not only your ability to take criticism in a positive and constructive manner, but to build upon fragments of an Idea in order to fill them out into a full, and complete concept worthy of any DM.
If you manage to master all of these you might try your hand at the settings forge, where you face the daunting, but far more exhilerating task of combining all of your knowledge into a complete setting.
And, when you have strained your abilities to the utmost, you may check out all of the other sections offered by Strolen's Citadel.
Now that I have ranted for long enough, don't take all of that too seriously. The worst thing you can do is get scared off by long rants like that. Come on in, take a look around, try what you like and abstain from what you dislike. No pressure.
We are all friendly people here and would love to have you, but for the record, Strolen's Citadel is primarily an Idea Guild designed to inspire those who wish to create campaignes, settings, characters, or anything in between, however we do have a roleplaying section which I invite you to join. A lot of people here started out in the Free-form Role-playing section, including some of the most experienced here.
So Welcome to Strolen's Citadel.
Welcome to the Citadel! I am the ancient gamer, stepper of toes, creator of submissions. Well, not as many as MoonHunter, but I do write once in a while. I used to be a fixture here, but nowadays I am less ever-present.
Do check the place out! I can promise you these things: Great ideas to peruse at your leisure, great egos/friends to get to know , great feedback to your posts and... honest opionions. The honesty has gotten us in trouble in the past... You get to see small incidents every now and then, as people dislike having their pet ideas stomped upon, but that is kind of what we do here. We tell people what we think. It can be hard at times, but if you weather the storm, I am sure you will do alright! It always stings when we get bad feedback, but look at it like this: It stings for all of us and even our best writers get a blooded nose every now and then (except Iain, but he doesn't count.)
Everything is sort of topic orientated and the site is basically designed about idea generation and sharing. So look around and see if something jumps out at you, if any topic anywhere peaks your curiousity feel free to ask a question or add an opinion on it.
There is always the main site (click on the citadel picture) which you can look through and add opinions to as well, anonymously or as yourself. Tried to make everything idea inspiring so if you get a flash of inspiration, don't keep it to yourself, we love to hear everything.Why Posts should be done in Standard English
This is a comment I made in response to an item response from a member of the Barbarian Horde.
The posts here are held to proper English standards for three reasons.
1) This is a world wide site, so the English needs to be standard English so people who have English as a second or third language can understand the post. (So sure the natives can understand it, but someone from Austria might have a problem.) We are not asking for nor expecting perfect English, but we are asking for you to strive towards that as a goal.
2) Our non native speakers are typing in standard English, why can't you or the person who posts? Note: Even the posts in different languages here tend to be proper or standard in their diction and idioms.
3) Unlike most sites which come and go within a year or three (when their owner loses their url or free hosting), this site endures. That means every post is a legacy to future gamers. That is why every posts needs to at least be of a quality of expression equal to that responsibility.
There are a couple of discussions about English (or proper language use) on Strolen's. Check out the Tavern's back pages.