Chat & Discord
- Treat everyone with respect — admin, member, and guest alike.
- Usernames must be PG13 appropriate.
- Use an OOC account for your main account. This is the name that other players will know you by and through which communication with Staff will occur.
- IC accounts must change the Display Names to your character's name.
- Use the ProBoards Global Account feature for additional characters.
You can register multiple accounts under one login. If you wish to have more than one character active on the forums, please register with the same email address and it will ask if you want to have the same account login. New characters may NOT be made within one calendar month of each other, and this is subject to change by the word of the moderating team. We allow unlimited original characters within reason and a restricted number of canons per player; though we ask you to make sure you are able to play all the characters you make.
- No mini-modding; direct all concerns to the Maker account via PM.
- No metagaming, godmoding, or powerplaying.
- Use good grammar, punctuation, and spelling to the best of your ability. Keep cursing to a minimum.
- In OOC areas: topics such as rape, suicide, racism, and drug abuse should be kept off the forums.
- Decisions made by the Administrators are communicated via the “Maker” account. All decisions communicated through the Maker account are jointly made and must be adhered to by players.
Being respectful is expected at all times. Show respect to your fellow roleplayers, regardless of their faction or affiliation. We are all here to enjoy ourselves, and being rude or disrespectful to another player is detrimental to our community environment. Also, do not harass other players, and please try to refrain from making crude comments or jokes that are derogatory to a particular gender, race, sexual orientation, or faith.
We expect that all members of the community display maturity and respect to their fellow players. The moderating team reserves the right to ban any player who does not comply with this very easy rule.
For IC accounts, register with the first name or nickname of your character. After registering, please change your display name to the name of the character you plan to play on that account. This can be done by going to Profile > Edit Profile > Personal and typing the first and last name of your character in the field named "display name".
Generally, any user with a name that is not appropriate will be asked to change it. If the person keeps selecting inappropriate names, they may be banned or suspended. Gibberish, trademarks, partial or complete sentences, chatspeak and references to anime/other games/books/real world characters from another source are all not allowed for a display name. If it is not changed to a suitable name within a week after registering and having been advised by staff to change it, the account will be deleted.
If you have an issue with another member of the forums, please direct your concern towards an Administrator. They will happily help you sort out the issue and come to a resolution both parties can be happy with. Please try to keep drama to a minimum and when it does occur, deal with it in a calm, mature fashion. Respect is a big deal here, and failure to comply can result in an account suspension or ban. We want to keep things fun and enjoyable for all of our members.
One more important point: Please do not take it upon yourself to reprimand a new player. Try to extend kindness towards our new people whenever possible. Try to remember that you were once a newbie too. Constructive criticism will come from Administrators if we feel it necessary.
Godmodding: Godmodding occurs when a player describes an action his or her character takes which assumes an action or reaction of another character without the player’s permission, and obstructs an objective view of the narrative. Oftentimes it is used to bend actions or events to the advantage of one character. Even without intention, it is frowned upon, and not allowed on this forum. Godmodding can be active or passive, also used to describe playing with an invincible character or having "perfect" equipment (such as unbreakable armour), or possessing limitless power, knowledge, charm, etc. A less obvious form of godmodding which many new players use without realising is assuming another character’s reactions or impressions of someone or something. Try to avoid phrasing such as “everyone finds him charming”, etc. Allow other characters to determine their reactions.
It is best to extend the benefit of the doubt to your partner. If your thread partner has engaged in a form of godmodding, speak to them first and offer them the chance to edit. Communication is key!
Metagaming: Metagaming is the use of OOC knowledge in threads where the character involved would have no reasonable way of having that knowledge. Use care to remember that your character will not know everything that you do, including aspects of lore and traits or actions of duplicitous characters. Make certain your character only reacts to the information presented to them. Remember, also, that our stories are linear. Players are expected to keep their character stories consistent, and not change it at convenient times. Again, if you suspect metagaming has been used in your thread, speak first to the player, and offer them a chance to edit.
As a roleplaying forum, we do expect our members to be able to maintain good grammar, punctuation and spelling. You don't need to be a writing genius, but avoid things like chat and leet speak (u instead of you, 3s for e's, or using lol, rofl, etc) in in-character threads. Please try to keep cursing to a minimum. As a character quirk, please refrain from excessive swearing on the boards.
While these topics can provide rich and meaningful RP opportunities IC, they should be used with great care to ensure they are sensitively explored and appropriately reflected in the character’s development. These types of plots will require staff involvement.
- Players must be familiar with the primary components of the Dragon Age franchise.
- All characters must be appropriate for the Dragon Age setting.
- Minimum IC length is two well-structured paragraphs.
- Keep IC and OOC events separated.
- OOC Comments in IC threads must be kept to a minimum.
Players on this forum are expected to be familiar with the storyline of Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Awakening, and Dragon Age 2. While some member's knowledge may be bordering on encyclopedic, those who have played the games and have a working familiarity as well as a willingness to research to fill gaps is good enough for us. Therefore, all players are also expected to have a character concept that makes sense and fits within the context of Dragon Age.
Similarly, no characters from other worlds or dimensions which are incongruous with the Dragon Age setting. Also, some classes or races have some minor restrictions on them.
We require two well-structured paragraphs, minimum. Short posts, on occasion, can be powerful, but ideally, a post should be reactive and interactive. Keep this in mind while writing your posts, and give your thread partners enough material to work with. Remember that actions can be just as important, sometimes more so, as dialogue in character communication. A single line of dialogue may not be enough from which your partner can build two paragraphs. Remember that RP is a collaborative effort and you are pushing forward the story together!
You are not your character. Players should understand that the acts of a character do not reflect upon the player of that character. In-character drama should not be brought out-of-character, and vice versa. Don't take roleplay personally.
Do not clutter up in-character threads with out-of-character posts. If it is necessary to post OOC in an IC thread, use parentheses to distinguish between the two. You must have an accepted profile before you may start roleplaying in IC threads.
If you read through posts on WV, you'll see that our dialogue is color-coded by character. Color-coded dialogue stands out, and makes it easily identifiable who spoke, rather than relying on dialogue tags. This is especially important in multi-character threads.
There is a color wheel button next to font size. Select a colour and a code which can be copied appears in the small box to the right. You may choose from that, or you can also choose a custom color to be coded manually, using any number of HTML color code guides that are out there, such as HTML Color Codes or Color Hex.
Copy / Pasting Dialogue
When replying to a post, you will need to copy/paste dialogue into your own post to show what, exactly, your character is reacting to. When you do, you must copy/paste the dialogue itself exactly as it's spoken. However, be careful not to copy the text surrounding the dialogue. This text can often contain character-specific thoughts or actions that your character might not know or see. This can be considered a form of godmodding.
When you copy/paste dialogue, try to interpret how it's said, or the other character's attitude, expression, emotions, etc., from your character's point of view. If you were actually there, listening to that character speak, what would you be seeing, feeling, thinking? Remember that in the real world, the emotions behind words can be, and often are misinterpreted.
We generally mark threads Open, Semi-Open, or Closed, or, occasionally, there will be no marker for thread status. Here is what those markers mean:
Open: Anyone who is in the area is welcome to join. You do not need to PM the creator of the thread to do so.
Semi-Open: There may be a story plot in progress, and there may be room for additional characters to join in. Or, the thread is open to a specific group (such as Grey Wardens or Darktown denizens). Please PM the creator of the thread to check.
Closed: This is a thread intended for a specific purpose involving specific characters. Characters who are not already involved in the thread need a really good reason to join it. If you think your character might be a worthwhile addition, by all means, feel free to PM the creator of the thread with your idea, but be prepared for them to say no.
Unmarked: These threads are typically reserved for OOC interactions, such as general chat, or conveying important information.
Complete: Threads marked as complete mean that their particular story is done, and there will be no more posts. Remember to mark your threads Complete when they are done.
Posting in Multiple Threads
If you're involved in multiple threads, remember to be respectful to your thread partners. Try to be as timely as you can, remembering that other people may be waiting on you to post to move their plots and development. By the same turn, remember that we are all people on the other side of the screen. If you have concerns with the posting speed of your thread partner, try talking to them!
Also, out of respect for each other, do not take on more threads than you can handle. It can be very easy to do. Taking on so many threads that posting feels like work instead of fun is the first step on the road to burning out. We want you to have fun here, so make sure to manage your thread load, only taking on what you can reasonably handle.
When you create a thread for other players to join, mark the date and time of day at the top of the thread using the Thedas Calendar [change to DA Wiki, not WV Wiki]. This allows people to know where their characters are at the time of the thread and whether or not they can join in.
Examples of Format:
MM/DD AGE:YEAR = 01/15 9:32
MM, DD AGE:YEAR = Wintermarch, 15 9:32
These should be added in double parentheses at the beginning of a thread. Time of day should be marked as a general time, midday, noon, afternoon, evening, etc.
Inactive / Absent Characters
At WV, we believe that Real Life comes first. Occasionally this means a player will fall inactive or be absent for an extended period of time. This can have a significant impact on threads in which that player’s characters are involved.
If you need to leave WV for an extended period of time, please contact the Maker account so we can assist you, and try to notify the people with whom you’re posting.
If you're in a thread with an inactive or absent player:
After a week of no posts, with no contact, from that player, please send them a PM to inquire about when you might expect a post. If you do not hear from the player within another week, and that character’s involvement is not essential to a plot or the continuation of the thread, feel free to continue the thread by writing out the character in question, or simply ignoring their presence, whichever is more suitable.
If it is a plot thread and the character is essential to the ongoing story, please contact the Maker account and we will help you determine the best course of action. We will not NPC player characters but we may make decisions about their subsequent involvement in threads and plots if absolutely necessary, including canons or high-status characters. In most cases, we will help you determine the end actions for that particular thread, so the thread can be abandoned and the story continued in another thread without the absent character’s involvement.
Our guest Discord is here. The Administrators will grant access to additonal board channels for players with a minimum of one approved and active character. If you have any questions about how to use Discord, please contact the Maker account, and we will do our best to assist you.
Voice chat has been disabled. All behavior rules from the board will be enforced. If you have a disagreement with another player, including an Administrator, please present it by Board PM to the Maker account. Do your best to take arguments or drama to a DM or outside of the general chat. Please respect your fellow players! If needed, either of the Administrators may be approached to help address any issues which cannot be resolved between players.
Do NOT say anything in any of the chats you would not want your fellow players to see. Discord history is available to all members of the chat, and they will be able to go through the chat that happened when they were offline. This also falls under the respect rule of the board. Note that no politics should be discussed.
Discord offers article and image previews when links are shared, and can be disabled in your account settings. Themes are limited with the mobile and desktop apps at this time. The webapp theme can be changed by installing themes through your browser.
#general will be PG13 at all times.
#nsfw is for chat that goes beyond PG13 and is for our players who are 18 and over. Occasional images may be posted, but try to keep them board related.
#plotting is self explanatory.
Other channels will be created on an ad hoc basis. Please ask the Administrators if you have a specific need.
Groupings will be similar to those on the board. You must be 18 or older and willing to disclose your age to a Staff member to gain access to the #nsfw channel.
More information on using Discord can be found here.