This post is for anyone new to MOOs/MUDs and Role-Playing in general. You may find interacting with other PCs intimidating. As a noob on sindome I found myself relying on speaking and socials too heavily. I wish I had this advice before starting and I feel new players will be delighted to make a more developed character. If you're stuck making the same type of characters then I hope my advice will get those brain gears turning.
Here is a list of tools suggested for making RP more like being your character and less like Improvising your character.
-An open mind (Imagination)
-A basic typing program (WordPad, Notepad, ect)
-A Cell phone with memo app or similar
Tip#1: Study up.
Study up on how to use spoof,pose,and emote properly. I like to make a cheat sheet ,typed in my own understanding of how they work, and paste it so conveniently on my WordPad.
Tip#2: What can you do?
If your PC has sneakers, RP tying the laces. Does your PC walk into a bar and hastily find a seat, or do they casually scan the bar before deciding to sit down? You need to ask yourself, What is every conceivable thing my PC can do with themselves, objects, and people? Make a pose/spoof/emote for it. If you're stuck IRL here, I find typing on my cell, away from Sindome, and "People Watching" to be a great starting point.
(no stalking though please.)
If you're using a Dictionary book, app, or website you're already in good shape. Use the dictionary when cutting down a long scene, or char description. Short and fat? There's a better word for that..Stout,portly,and chubby. Does he/she hop like a fluffy bunny or does he/she stalk the streets for an easy target?
Tip#4: Convert and Practice.
Convert all your dialogue, actions, etc., into proper emote/spoof/pose format and paste it all to your typing program. Make multiple pages, organized to what your PC does most often.
Now log in, and either go for it and use it on your fellow Sindome-ians, or hop into the @tutorial room for a final editing.
You may be still stuck on Tip#2 because your PC is kinnda lame as shit(Did you even think about this char?). You have no visualization of how the fuck they would do even basic shit. Well I got tips for that too.
Trick#1 Google, duh.
So you want a bad-ass looking guy but your char desc is more like a Punk-Ass-Bitch. Google a bad-ass guy! Bruce Willis, Wesley Snipes, etc. Study his mug and body hard, how would you describe it? Make sure to use your Dic. to chop common words down, but don't go throwing loads of schmancy words at it either.
Trick#2 CharDesc Order.
We tend to throw the best parts of our character first to hook our audience, instead try a natural approach. Start with skin color, body shape, and height, First. Most humanoids tend to look at other humanoids from a distance, these three things are what most shmucks see first, and SHOULD BE FIRST. Then go for features the @nakeds don't cover, Brows, face shape, lips, chin, cheekbones, that stupid fucking kitten tattoo on your face you got 300 miles away from sober.
Trick#3 Try to Think a little.
Try incorporating think bubbles into your Role-play, it'll make you less noobly to other PCs. Use it humorously to break the ice or setting up a regrettable action.
Examples: Here are some examples of how a schitzophrenic street urchin named Poco would interact with a tall biosculpted shark man named Jabber on the Mag-Lev.
Ugly old bitch (Poco)
She is more of a skeleton than an woman with leathery tan skin and bones looking like they want to escape the abuse. Her permanent slouch makes her a measly four and a half feet.
Tall Shark man (Jabber)
He's a whopping eight feet tall with blue and white patchy skin. He's a freaky ass shark abomination with a four foot long fin stabbing out from his shoulder blades, and a dinky shark tail where his tailbone used to be.
Her stomach lurches nosily
oO(Fuck, that greasy pizza box aint sittin' right)
She looks at the tall shark man, a ravenous hunger gleams in her eye.
(Notice how Tall shark man is used instead of Jabber? She doesn't know his name and must Rp according so)
He doesn't notice the odd broad and simply continues looking out the mag-lev window.
(when embellishing another PCs name or shortdesc into your everyday emotes it makes them feel all fuzzy inside, they'll more than likely keep you around cause your a bomb-diggity role-player now)
She skoots closer to the Shark guy and takes a big, long whiff.
oO(the fuck is this old bitch up to????)
He tries to avoid sitting next to this new friend of his, but the lev is too crowded.
(See how the mag is crowded? stay IC and remember that Withmore is CROWDED AS FUCK)
Quicker than she looks, Poco uses what teeth she has left to bite the sharkman on the flank.
(Notice Poco's teeth? Save one of your chars features to reveal through RP)
My Best Advice: Get noticed first.
Set your chars mood indirectly via emoting to get the other PC to talk to you first. A quirky opener that makes the other PC wonder what the fuck you're all about. Don't just chat about the weather. (though you should have a emote for it in case you need it) Bitch about how artificial the weather feels to you.
Noobs will say "hi, how are ya, lovely weather we're having." to another PC simply because they are in the same room together. STOP THAT, I used to do that and it's not as gratifying as say, groping myself while staring intimately at a stranger to get their attention (or avoidance)
I'm sure you've always wanted to freak someone out IRL by doing something weird or calling them out on how fucking weird they are, on Sindome you get to do that, and deliciously suffer the consequences.
I really hope ya'll find this as fun to read as I had fun writing it. And please feel free to comment/correct or add onto any of this advice. Thanks everyone for such a unique experience.