Posted: Dec 2 2017, 02:49 PM
Shared characters of the Non-Player Character (NPC) kind are:
1. Minor characters used recurrently in more than one thread as a sort of background character to contribute to moving the story on (some sailors on each ship, barmaids, merchants, other ships' captains, etc. – even historical characters such as the governors of the islands)
2. Characters created for a specific plot and who isn’t likely to appear again in another thread.
Anyone can use a non-playing character in a thread, provided this NPC makes logic to be there (e.g. a sailor on his ship or in the port where the ship is anchored, a governor to convey an order in his area of competence, a shop helper in the shop or around town, etc.). If you want further details on thinking about them, and why they are useful, you can find them here.
We have the possibility to play a NPC interacting with a main character in the main character's post, but also, if the NPC acts alone, we created a special NPC account, so that anyone needing him may log into that account and play the NPC, as follows:
If it is a shopkeeper appearing one time only, definitely he won't have any avatar image or another description.
But recurrent NPCs (sailors, the governors of the islands, barmaids of the tavern owned by a character, captains of other ships, etc.)created for more than one specific use or plot can be used by anyone needing them (e.g. a sailor might be needed by the captain, by all the officers or by a crewmate; a barmaid/ merchant by all who need their services), therefore the one who created them must fill out a basic NPC bio with the basic information needed by any other player when using him/ her.
The bio is extremely simple, of course, and may contain as little information as needed/ known about the NPC, while allowing to add information after playing him. Please fill the NPC bio while logged on NPC account, because any person who plays him/ her might edit to add a detail for further information, if needed.
Current Location: What port they live in or ship they sail with
Character PB: (optional, but if you choose one, then please post also the image code of the photo, which should be 150 x 200 pixels, because this will go at the beginning of each post for him/ her). In order to avoid face claim conflict, please choose as PB either celebrities of minor importance (singers, actors, sportsmen who are not widely known, or Non-Hollywood).
Personality: (any length acceptable, only important details)
History: (including names of the immediate family if needed - any length acceptable, only important details)
Anything else: (the plot, if NPC created for a specific plot which involves several threads. If not, any other useful information, credits to the creator included)
There is a simple template for the NPC posts (to be used for each in character post for NPCs, while logged in with the NPC account, in order to personalise it) as follows:
the image code of your NPC avatar (optional)
- your text goes here -
This post has been written by WRITER’S NAME
This is how a filled in NPC bio looks like, and how a NPC post looks like.
Posted: Dec 2 2017, 02:59 PM
Code for the NPC Bio
Code for the NPC post template