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    1. Introduction

    DrH5iO5.jpgHello and welcome to our community. So you're interested in RP? That's great! Are you completely new to writing? Or do you have years of experience? This Academy is where everyone starts. We can't wait to see what you have in store! Be sure to put your best foot forward. The point is to help you become a better story writer and guarantee a good experience for everyone.

    Take a gander at our official INTRO & BALANCE SHEET! The guidelines to this introduction are a quick and dirty summary of how Eurthers operate. What you choose in the balance sheet will serve as your canonical starting statistics! Feel free to edit them throughout your academy phase as you get a better feel for what you want your nation to be!

    Remember! Criticism and Feedback is meant to help, not hinder. Over the course of your journey you may encounter staff members that may give input you do not want to hear. These staff members will work together with you towards a common goal.

    • Ensure new candidate have the knowledge and ability to write their story as a part of Eurth.
    • Integrate all new players into the Eurth community and lore.
    • Increase awareness of Eurth experiences that promote academic success and integration.
    • Ensure new candidates understand the rules that everyone else plays by.

    Together, these goals establish the foundation of knowledge, skills, and abilities all students need to be successful in Eurth. Take their advice in good faith. This community thrives on members that respond well to feedback. Manage your own expectations wisely! Just as this community only accepts individuals above the age of 16, it also expects applicants to be emotionally above the age of 16.

    2. Writing

    Q. What if I already have a writing sample?

    A. That's great! Be sure to share it. An example of your talents will make it far easier to estimate your skills.

    Q. What if I don't have a writing example?

    Not a problem. Our dedicated staff is here to help. With easy writing prompts and relevant feedback, you will be guided towards completing your candidacy.

    Q. What should you write?

    A. You will be expected to write your first RP on your own. This should serve as an introduction to your nation and/ or main characters. Staff and mentors will also share guidance to help you improve. Here are some easy to understand writing prompts:

    • A change in leadership. This can come in many forms: a peaceful election including debates; the death of one and coronation of another monarch; a revolution and overthrow of the government; etc.
    • A tourist visits your nation and describes the sights and experiences. What is there to see? What are the people likes? Which cuisine do they enjoy?
    • A snapshot into a citizens life. What a person in the country does. Y'know, what do they usually eat? Where do they work? When do they sleep? How are their relationships handled? etc.
      • For a place like Derthalen, he could write about the peasants, the slaves, the nobility, and the lack of technology and attitudes towards family would be obvious very early on.
      • For a place like Iverica that's more normal this prompt can kinda suck but people watch reality television so obviously there's people into more mundane situations.
    • A cultural event is happening. People are invited. What is happening? Where is it taking place? How are people behaving? Is there any media reporting on the event?
    • Shopping. Your character goes to buy something. How does this work? Who do they talk to? How is money exchanged?

    Q. What should I be aiming for? 

    A. Good writing includes a combination of quality and quantity.

    About quality: it’s important to give a strong sense of the place and offer a landscape of the imagination that sweeps the reader into the wurld. A focus on wurldbuilding adds depth and meaning to your writing, is a great way to brainstorm within your writing, and helps you forge deeper connections to the wurld on the page. And therefore, your readers will too.

    About quantity: I can already hear you think "how long does my text need to be?" Too short will be, well, too short. This is not Twitter. But we also don't intend for you to write a book. For a good first impression, aim for something between 500-1000 words. To show you how long this is, here are some examples:

    Q. Are there any other rules for graduating?

    A. The bare minimum requirements for passing the academy are:

    1. General Outline/Vision of your country. This submission should answer the questions: "Where did my country come from?", "How did it end up the way it is now?", "What are its goals in the present?", and "What kind of nation does it aim to be in the near future?" Using the tag: [Vision Statement] write a 2-3 paragraph overview of what you want to achieve with your nation. If your idea is a progressive one, outline how you plan to take your nation throughout each phase of its development.
    2. Roleplay story of your choice. You choose! Stay in-character and use the tag: [Academy RP] when making a new post! (e.g. slice of life, news post, political drama, action story, historical RP, etc.). It should give everyone an idea of what life or events in your nation are like. Refer to the above sections for guidance.
    3. Basic factbook that contains a general overview of your nation and the statistics you are choosing. There are two ways you can create this factbook: you can either create one in our in-forum list, or (if you're feeling adventurous) you can have a go at using IIWiki which is used by many RP communities.

    Updated: 8/feb/2021 — There are now only 2 requirements to pass the academy. The news RP has been removed as a requirement.

    Once you've posted all of these on the Academy please contact a staff member by message on this forum, or by pinging @staff on the Eurth Discord. There might be some delays as all staff are volunteers!

    3. Step-by-Step

    1. Introductions: Say Hi!
    2. Vision Statement: see above.
    3. Sample Academy RP: See above.
    4. Editing/Using Feedback: Staff will read what you've posted and may give some comments.
    5. Starting your iiWiki: Start a simple page with the foundations of a culture, some politics, and some economics.
    6. Include your Statshave these approved by staff. ping @ rp mentor on discord and list your desired stat values. Then, include the stat values in your wiki draft.
    7. Communicate with Staff: await some final comments before jumping right in! There might be something important.
    8. Apply for a Map Spot (after graduation)

    4. Graduating

    Q. How does graduation work?

    A. Each RP in the Academy can be rated using the stars system. If a minimum of 2 staff members support your writing, then your candidacy will be approved. This means you graduate to become a full member and can join our larger community.

    Q. How long does someone remain in the Academy?

    A. Depending on the quality and feedback they can graduate to become a full member. An already experienced player will have no problem writing their way through this trial. Graduating will grant access to the main RP areas, where more interaction is possible.

      Q. What happens to my RP stories in the Academy?

      A. These RP's are not automatically part of our canon. But they can be promoted if you yourself request this and if the community agrees. This means your academy writing are moved into the main RP forums and become part of our shared stories.

      Q. Before you go, the staff would like to bring up the faint possibility of your becoming inactive.

      A. In the faint possibility of you becoming inactive, the staff would like to point out that:

      1. If you become inactive or show little interaction with other players ("ghosting"), there is a possibility that staff may choose to place you elsewhere on the map or edit your lore. In some cases, if you are completely inactive, you may be removed from the canon entirely.
      2. Inactivity can also take the form of simply releasing posts that do not in any way engage with the community ("purging").
      3. The absence of one member might prevent the community from moving forward ("blocking"). You own your intellectual property as an active member. However, becoming inactive means that staff may need to take control of your stories, posts and content.

      P.S: Don't forget to set your final statistics!

       

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