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#FAQ#Recommended Reading
Hi there! If you're checking this thread out, this might mean that you're new to this community, and I invite you to please read until the end! It's not necessary reading, but it has a lot of useful information that disregarding would be very counterproductive!


Q: Where can I get in touch with other roleplayers?
The best place to get in touch with other roleplayers, be it for casual chatting, discussing ideas or looking for people to join your canon, Come visit the Roleplay IRC.

Q: What is a "Canon"?
A: A "Canon" is a set universe that is separate from all the other set universes, which means it follows different laws and players. For example, both of the Canons Destination: Equestria and Harmony have a Twilight Sparkle, but each one is played by a different person, and whatever one person does doesn't affect the other in any way. Each Canon is a different universe, wholly separate from any other Canon (we have a Cross-Canon tag for things like these.)

Q: What are these boxes under the thread titles? What do they mean?
A: To help organize our threads, we have tags we use to clearly state what we would like to see in the thread. While most tags are self-explanatory, they all have explanations embedded on them, so if you click the "Show/hide" button in the post form (the place where you post threads from), you'll see the options for tags, and if you hover over one of them, you'll see a quick description of each one! Some, like "Serious" or "Semi-serious", are actually not what you would expect!

Q: What is "/croop/"? Is this a hidden board?
A: "/croop/" is a portmanteau word; a combination of /rp/ and /ooc/, it's generally used in reference to our community, because normally each board is a single community, but in our case the entire category "Roleplay" is a single community.

Q: What does "ooc" mean?
A: It means "Out of Character"; do not confuse it with "OC" (Original Character)

Q: So what's an "original character"?
A: An "original character" usually refers to ponies who are hand-made through either the Pony Creator or through an artist which draws them for you. They do not appear on the show or anywhere else, and the word is generally used specifically for ponies - if you want to refer to an original character who is a human, it is best to call them an "OC human" instead of "an OC."

Q: How can I get pictures for my OC?
A: You can get them either through the Pony Creator, or through asking an artist on >>>/art/

Q: Why do we have both /ooc/ and /rp/, and what is the difference?"
A: We split /rp/ into /rp/ and /ooc/ a year before the writing of this sticky to distinguish out of character discussion and roleplaying. These days, Canons have their own discussion threads, and propositions and all other such discussion takes place either in its own threads or the General OOC.

Q: I see an /rp/ thread that I really want to join, but I really don't feel comfortable joining in...
A: That's okay, we all know the feeling. The issue here is that you, well, don't know anybody, and you can't really ask someone on a third-party platform for a quick summary or if they're okay if you join in, which would make the joining part much easier. Please head over to the General OOC (just CTRL+F "General OOC" from the front page of this board) and say hello! There are a lot of people there, and even if you see us in a discussion of any kind (or even an argument), please don't let that stop you. We all really, really want new roleplayers, and we would jump at the opportunity to help you understand /croop/ and incorporate yourself into our lovely community. However, all the same though, some Canons keep purely to themselves, so if you're trying to join a Canon which has its own OOC thread, please do post in their thread to introduce yourself, and ask any questions over there!

Q: I don't want to roleplay something from the FiM universe. Can I?
A: We have a tag for this sort of thing... or rather, the other way around - it's called "FiM-only". Generally though, only a few specified Canons allow characters from other universes, so I really recommend that you check the Canon you're interested in joining's guidelines. For Destination: Equestria (which has no wiki or an OOC Thread), for clarification, you can roleplay a character from any other universe, but please try to keep the power of your character if you picked someone very tough in moderation. We all want to enjoy the roleplay!

Q: Do I need to make a thread in /ooc/ to make a thread in /rp/?
A: Not at all! /ooc/ is more of a resource for collecting players for a roleplay and organizing without any chatter cluttering your roleplay itself. But if you do not feel you need an ooc thread, you can make a roleplay thread all by itself.

Q: Can I roleplay on any other boards on Ponychan?
A: No. Roleplay is supposed to be for the boards it is designated for. Any roleplay outside of /ooc/ or /rp/ can be given a ban or warning by the mods, depending upon the situation.

Q: But I saw users acting like characters on (insert board here)! Why aren't they banned? A: This is because it is entirely acceptable to speak like a character when making posts. But only as long as the character is limited to speech. Denoting action classifies it as roleplay, and is against the rules on other boards.

Q: What kinds of roleplays are allowed here on Ponychan? Anything violent? Dark? Explicit?
A: The best way to answer that question would be to direct you towards Ponychan's main rules page. If you see a rule against something that a roleplay may contain, then it's a good bet that you arenֳ¢ג‚¬ג„¢t allowed to do that. Sometimes, the rules can be bent just a bit in order to accommodate certain scenarios, but within limitations. Try to keep it within the set rules of the site, and everything should be ok.

Q: How am I supposed to roleplay? Do I need to type long responses or can I post shorter replies?
A: It depends, again, on what roleplay you intend to join. Some roleplays require players to type long posts full of detail. Others, meanwhile, post shorter bursts, which leave long posts quickly outdated. However, a vast majority of threads allow for the user to choose what they wish to use, giving the freedom of dictating the post length based upon the situation at hand. If you are confused still, ask in the supplied OOC topic, should there be one. If not, then make a short post, preferably using spoilered text, in the IC thread, asking for help. An easy alternative, however, would also just be to observe the thread you wish to join, and see what the users do regularly.

Thanks for reading! If you haven't already, do check the /rp/ sticky, and please drop by the General OOC and say hello, this is something a lot of potential new roleplayers don't do because they're afraid to barge in on an argument, discussion, or roleplay, but please understand that the biggest reason for the maintenance of the General OOC is so that new roleplayers will have a thread which a diverse group of roleplayers are in to answer any questions they have and to help them out!

The Pony Prospectus. by Celestia!GraVityFDU and associates.
The Pony Prospectus has been taken down for the time being!

The Roleplaying Taglist. by TheBaffBrony.
Also hosted on the Prospectus, it contains a detailed list of the thread tags and their purposes. If you're unsure what a particular tag does, please check this list, and there are also tooltips on the check boxes (just hover your mouse over them!).

The OC (Original Character) Guide. by The Whelp.
A well-written guide with helpful tips and ideas on how to build a well rounded, interesting character for roleplaying use. An invaluable resource for new and old roleplayers alike!

/RP/ Guidelines & Rules
This is the need-to-know sticky; it has the basic rules and guidelines in it that are all you really need to fit in.

The Canon Compendium by StarmanTheta
Do you have canon you've made or are planning and you want people to know about it? If so, check out the Canon Compendium. Please post any updates you have in this thread, and we'll get to it shortly!

The Roleplay Announcement Thread. by Quinch
If you're looking to advertise for a new roleplay you're organizing, then this is the place for you! It also serves as a place to put up notices about your threads.
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And sticky.
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Oooh, pretty new thread
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Updated, /rp/ now has a dedicated RP channel.
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You're doing stuff as a mod.
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your face is a pretty new thread!

Later today I'll be getting rid of the Canon Compendium and creating a stickied thread for canons to be posted into and for updates to be posted too.

And then after that i'll be planning a daily /rp/ thread that people can just jump into.
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I'm tired of looking at Obama every other day.

Have some socks
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Obama/Astra 2016
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Hey, just a heads up for anyone that wants to join in a new RP series that just came up, Wings of Equestria. Essentially a Deiselpunk setting with floating cities and adventure to follow!

We are an open RP group with a hub thread for interaction, The Phoenix and Cleric. If youre interested, we have everything you need to know up at the top and welcome those that want to join.

OOC thread:
RP thread:

Enjoy yourselves
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Would everyone here be willing to take a short essay. It's to find out more about personal opinions in rp and other topics like that. I'll be checking responses all throughout the week so feel free to take it whenever you're bored or have time to. Thank you.
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I miss you guys...

<3 Lee
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