Here is a non-formatted version of the FAQ's current draft. Suggestions for more content are welcome!
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[fourth edit to correct other issues Trieste kindly pointed out below ~ NB]
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[seventh edit to add two Q&As Xillen contributed on the dice-roller and freeform vs. system games ~ NB]
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[tenth edit to update board titles ~ NB]What important information should I read first?About UsSite Rules Elliquiy StaffExplanation of terms used on ElliquiyImportant things to consider in interacting with people in ElliquiyImportant reminders about communicating in a text-based communityIRC information
Note: All of these are also things you should check back with from time to time, as changes or clarifications are always possible.
I have read the Rules, now what?
After you’ve read over the Site Rules
, start your introduction thread here
. The post should at the least include your answers to the Questionnaire
. Congratulations! You’ve taken your first step toward becoming a part of our community.
Oops! I forgot to answer something from the Questionnaire. Should I start a new introduction thread?
No, there’s no need to start a whole new thread. Just add the information that you missed as a reply to the thread you already started.
OK, I have an Intro thread, so why can't I see the boards?
After you post your introduction, members will come around to banter and chat, asking a variety of questions, some about your prior experience with roleplaying, others simply as conversation starters. There is a minimum of 24 hours from that first post to approval. This time helps us to get to know you and you to get to know a few of us.
What else can I do while I’m waiting for approval?
Unapproved applicants can read and post to all boards listed in the left-hand column visible to them before approval as a full member, in addition to a Quarantine board that only the unapproved applicant and site moderators can access. None of the adult areas will be available until after an applicant has been approved, but there’s still a lot to do on that left-hand column.
There is the Introductions
area, of course, and you are permitted to interact with other unapproved applicants in their Introduction threads. It never hurts to review the Rules and Announcements
board, and the Help!
board is there if you have any questions you can’t answer through this FAQ.
You can peruse the Wanted threads to see what games people are looking to play, respond to those threads and even post your own ad. You won’t be able to participate in an adult game until after approval, but you can play in the Non-Adult Solos
and Non-Adult Small Groups
Feel free to jump in on any of the discussions in the General Chat area, the Generic Universal Gaming Forum
or the General Literary Discussion
board. Even post some poetry or fiction you’ve written to Storytelling – Public
A lot of members post to the forum games and general social threads in Socializing & Games
. This area can be a great place to get to know some of the site members, and it’s a board where they’re easily approachable without any sort of structured topic.
I can’t edit my profile, set my gender, view other people's profiles, edit my posts or PM anyone. Why?
These functions are not active until you have been approved by Elliquiy staff.
Note: It will appear as if you cannot set your email to be invisible to others, but in reality only staff can see it until you're approved and can edit your profile to suit your preferences.
What could stop me from being approved?
The most typical problems are discussed on the page where the Questionnaire
for new members resides.
So, I’ve been approved, and now there’s a lot more I can see! Where should I start?
One of the first things to do is to set up your Profile, so be sure to review the question about all the options it contains.
A good way to start off on the boards is to browse and browse, then browse some more. Read over some game threads (boards in the right column). Join in the conversations in the General Chat (boards at the bottom left) and General Sexiness (boards at the bottom center) areas. Post your own art or writing in the Art and Literature (boards at the top center) area, or comment in the Literary Discussion threads.
Other places that will help you settle in include the Wanted boards and the ‘ONs and OFFs’ boards, but there’s more on them below.
Any questions, any time, can be posted to the Help!
What is the ‘On and Off’ thread I keep seeing mentioned?
The ‘ONs and OFFs’ boards will give you an idea of what other people on the site enjoy the same sorts of roleplaying that you do. Each thread contains posts by various members talking about the things they like and dislike in a setting, a plot or the content of a game. These are not expected to match things you enjoy in real life, more like the things you might wish to read by way of fiction. Generally what is in a person's list of ONs do not have to be present in every game, nor will all typically be present in any one game. They’re more a matter of preferences. As far as OFFs, go, however, it’s a good idea to avoid what’s in another player’s OFFs without clear discussion and permission given before that topic appears in-game.
There is a board for Ladies
and a separate one for Lords
. You might want to post one for yourself. It’s optional, but a good way for other site members to know what you do and do not enjoy.
A good ‘ONs and OFFs’ post should list things you know you like/don’t like in a roleplaying game, any fetishes you particularly enjoy/hate, settings or genres you like/don’t like (e.g., contemporary, horror, science fiction, historical, high fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, post-apocalyptic, etc.), whether you have a preference or distaste for long posts or short posts, and possibly a list of things you’re not sure about but might consider.
How do I get started in games?
There’s the simple answer or the longer route for this question.
For the simple answer, you can check out or post to four ‘Wanted’ boards where you can respond to an ad or post your own:
- One on One / Solos Wanted - This board is where you can find and/or post ideas for games with two players, or a few players in a game that will only use one thread. This is also an excellent place to look when you are new and wish to jump into a role play quickly. Some of these may be system games, but most are freeform.
- Players Wanted - This board is where you can find ideas for games with multiple players and/or post ideas for games with multiple players across multiple threads that you intend to run. Many games listed here involve system rules. Some may require a prospective player to submit a writing sample and/or a character sheet.
- GM's / Games Wanted - This board is where you can find ideas for games with multiple players over multiple threads that someone posted and hopes to find someone else to run and/or post ideas for games with multiple players over multiple threads that you’d like someone else to run. The site has several accomplished GMs in a variety of systems.
- Chat Help and Games - This board is where ads for realtime games conducted through IRC can be found or posted. There is also help available for using the IRC.
Before you post to these, be sure to read this advice
, this information
on tagging wanted ads, and be familiar with the explanation of terms used on Elliquiy
The longer route simply recognizes the fact that Elliquiy is a community, and you can find roleplaying/writing partners anywhere on the site. Getting to know other members through the General Chat and General Sexiness areas can be a great way to make connections that lead to games, as can the Steambox
. Discussions of books in the Literary Discussion threads could also lead to ideas and partner(s) for a fanfic game.
How does the Die Roller work?
The person that is going to roll the dice simply clicks on "Die Roller" at the top of the screen to get to the die roller page. There, the person can enter the different factors of the die roll. Details about which factor does what is listed at the bottom of the page. Be sure to make the "Character" and "Comment" entry clear enough if someone (like the storyteller) is supposed to check on them later.
The "Test Roll" button allows you to make a roll to see if you have the right factors configured. This can also be used if there's no need for anyone else verifying your role at a later time. Note that there is no way of saving that specific test roll, as it would be abusable. If you click the "Roll Dice" button, a similar roll (with the same factors) is made, but this time it's saved as well, allowing others to verify the roll. You could of course make several such rolls until you have a good result, but old rolls remain visible as well, making the whole thing a tad fishy. Likewise, if you don't add comments about what the roll is for, it can become just as fishy, mentioning that that low roll was actually for a simple skill check, and that high roll that followed after it, happened to be your attack roll.
Others can view the rolls you made by clicking the "View my rolls" link, that is right above your avatar. It simply returns a list of all the rolls you ever made (not counting test roles). Alternatively, all players can agree on keeping the rolls together, by sending the rolls to a specific player. The story teller is usually a good choice, but if he or she is involved in multiple games, it might actually be wiser to take one of the players that's not involved in any other dicegames. To do so, you either enter that specific player's User ID in the "Send to" entry (If you click someone's profile, the url will end on u=number. That number is that person's User ID), or simply click the "Send me a roll" link right above that player's avatar. If all players do so, then they can view all the rolls sent to that player to get all the rolls made for the specific game.
What's this I keep hearing about 'system' and 'freeform' games?
You might have heard of games like Dungeons and Dragons, Gurps, World of Darkness, Exalted, etc...? Those are all examples of system games.
System games usually involve making a character sheet that indicates your character's strengths and weaknesses, which are determined by certain rules. Though your character is still capable of trying anything he or she would like, the system actually determines the success of more challenging actions. This way, system games provide a line of balance for the characters' power, as well as providing a certain feeling of achiefment after completing something, that might not have been there if one player simply decided "Yes, you succeed".
Freeform is basically lack of system. Whenever you perform a challenging action, you can decide for yourself if it succeeds or not, or write it so that success is not indicated, so that the other player can decide on it.
Combat remains a clear example. Assume for the moment that you're shooting an arrow at another creature. In a freeform game, you basically have three options:
- You describe how the arrow hits the creature, deciding for yourself that you hit.
- You describe how the arrow flies wide, deciding for yourself that you missed.
- You describe how the arrow flies towards the creature, ending your post there. Now, your writing partner can choose, describing how the creature got hit by the arrow or how it managed to dodge it.
In system, it works a little different. Usually, the person shooting the arrow has a certain attack value for shooting arrows. Likewise, the creature that's being shot at has a certain defense value, determining the chance of being hit. Most systems include a random element, such as a die, to determine the outcome (For example, the person shooting the arrow rolls a die, and adds the attack value for shooting arrows. If this equals or beats the defense value of the creature that's being shot at, it is a hit, else it is a miss.), but there are also systems that don't include random elements, working purely by statistics.
It's a common misconception that system actually determines the story for you. Most (but not all) systems are setting related, meaning that if you pick a specific system, you're bound to that setting. If you take D&D for example, that means you've basically decided that you're going to play something involving high fantasy, but you usually decide on the setting before the game starts, so that's a case of taking the right system for the right setting. Other than that, the story, background, villains and all other details of your story are still up to the storyteller and the players, allowing you to play whatever story you want.
I’m ready to start a new game! But… where does it go?
Broad enough content is allowed on Elliquiy that not everyone will find everything interesting or even comfortable. As a result, topics have been divided into categories that might at first seem daunting, but after a little time will become second nature. These allow members to select which parts of the site they wish to enter and which to avoid. Here, the choice rests with the member as to what they choose to view or ignore, and all such choices are to be respected.
Before starting a game, you should review the explanation of terms
used on Elliquiy and the comprehensive list of the boards
and their descriptions. Generally, if a game will contain multiple elements, choose the potentially appropriate forum that appears lowest oncreen on the Elliquiy Forums main page. For example, a freeform, two-player game with a human male and human female involving bondage and non-consensual sex would belong in the Non-Consensual Human category and on the NC: Human-Freeform Solos board.
If you intend to create a game on one of the Small Groups boards, keep in mind that you're allowed two threads per participant (i.e., the Storyteller/GM/DM counts in calculating total threads as well as each player).
I am waiting for a post from a partner, what can I do to fill the time?
Elliquiy is a community where friends meet, and, just like friends anywhere else, there are places we can get together to chat or just basically goof off. You can chat with new arrivals and help make them welcome in their Introduction
threads and in the Doormat
There are many ongoing discussions in the General Chat and General Sexiness areas, or you can start one yourself. We have the shoutbox at the top of the screen where short ‘shout outs’ can be made to the site. It’s open to public viewing and thus should be held to pg-13 banter and chat. There is also the Salonbox
which allows longer conversational posts than the shoutbox but is also PG-13, the R-rated Steambox
for things a little more racy but still within limits for the public area and the Steamboxxx
('Human' characters/personas) and ExxxoticSteambox
('Exotic' characters/personas) for explicit interaction outside of a game thread.
Last, but not least, there is the Arcade
area, where there are arcade-style games you can play. Get the high score, and you could have an icon show up beneath your name on the forums.
There are an awful lot of terms used here that I’m not familiar with. How do I find out what they mean?
The main help area accessible from the home page contains an explanation of terms
used on Elliquiy. If that doesn’t answer your question, post to the Help!
board or send a PM to a Deity, Siren or Satyr
Are games involving anthropomorphic animals (furries) or were creatures considered to contain bestiality?
No. On Elliquiy, bestiality means sex with common, run-of-the-mill animals. Weres, even in full animal form, and Anthros/Furries do not fall under that term.
I’m starting to accumulate a bunch of games that I’m in. Is there an easy way to keep track of them?
Yes. There are a couple of ways, actually. The simplest is to click Notify at the top of a thread you want to track. This will add it to the My Topics page, accessible from the tab of that name at the top of the screen. On that page, threads with new replies will be highlighted. In your Profile pages, you can select whether you wish to receive an email for any new post in a thread marked for notification. We’re sorry, but at this time, the setting is only an on/off toggle. You cannot specify which threads that show up on My Topics you do and do not wish to trigger emails for new messages.
Other people create a page for themselves in the Elluiki
. This can house a list of links to your Apologies and Absences thread, your ONs and OFFs, and all the games you’ve ever participated in here on Elliquiy.
If what you’re looking for is a way to see new replies to any thread in which you have ever posted, click the “Show new replies to your posts” link at the top of the screen. This function does not distinguish between game and non-game threads. It will show all
replies to all
threads in which you have ever
There are a lot of different titles here. What do they all mean?
The Deities (badge of Admin or Goddess) are the site moderators, and the Sirens and Satyrs assist in moderation duties. Details about moderation staff, who they are and what they do, can be found here
. Site members have the title of Lord or Lady, depending on their gender. Those site members who have contributed financially to the site have the title of Knight or Dame, again, depending on gender. Someone who has created their Introduction thread but has not yet been approved has the title of Unapproved.
There are also titles brought into use for particular circumstances
. These include:
- Underage – for members or applicants who are discovered to be under 18. They can reapply once they reach their 18th birthday.
- On Hold - for applicants whose Introduction thread did not result in approval, usually related to the level of maturity shown during the application process. Applicants receiving a denial will typically be eligible to reapply three months after the decision.
- Castrated – for members who have had most of their privileges revoked, namely the ability to view profiles (and thus messengers) and PMs. They can still access most boards, except for the Lords/Ladies only boards. It was originally intended to be temporary but people placed here often escalate the situation.
- Banned – for members who have requested a restricted status or have been placed under restrictions for severe offense. They can see their own forum, post their own thread there, and nothing else. They cannot view PMs or access any features of the board not available to a guest, save for that one forum.
- Deverified – for a member whose email address bounces.
- Rest In Peace – a special status created for a specific situation.
A few other titles show up in the Members list but do not show up as a badge below the member/applicant name in a post. These include May Try Again Later, for applicants whose Introduction thread ends up not being approved. They can reapply in three months. There are also a variety of titles that simply mark the number of posts a member has made outside the Socializing & Gaming and Adult Socializing boards
. These titles appear just below a member’s or applicant’s name on the left-hand side of posts, above the badge that stipulates site status, and include:
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Somebody I’ve been roleplaying with seems to have disappeared. What should I do?
The first thing to check is the Apologies and Absences
thread. Members are encouraged to post there when they know in advance that they’re not going to be available, and many also indicate when they’re ill. Other members often post supportive comments there. If there’s nothing you can find in Apologies and Absences, try sending a PM. If you don’t hear anything, it’s best simply to write that game off as a loss and go on to something else. There’s no reason why you can’t simply advertise in the appropriate Wanted thread for the same idea. It’s sad and often frustrating when people disappear, but it does happen, so it’s best to be realistic about such a situation. Don’t blame yourself.
I’m going on vacation, school/work is getting crazy, or I need to say “I’m sorry” to people after being out of touch for a while. How can I let other members know?
Either start a new thread in Apologies and Absences
or add on to a catch-all thread you use there for all updates on your status. Other members will greatly appreciate your being proactive by posting there, and the vast majority will readily accept an apology after even a lengthy absence.
What are those google, msn, and yahoo spiders?
A spider is a computer program used to crawl web pages and index them for search engines.
What is the size restriction for avatars?
It is 171 pixels tall by 135 pixels wide.
These animated avatars are driving me crazy! How do I make them stop moving?
Press the Esc button on your keyboard. All animated avatars on the current page will stop moving.
I don’t like seeing the Shoutbox. Can I hide it?
Yes. To hide the Shoutbox, simply click on the minus sign (-) at the top right of the screen.
I have a question, but I don't want to bug the staff!
The staff on Elliquiy hears this a lot, and despite their reassurances to the contrary, people always seem to think that any question to staff is a burden. For this reason, Elliquiy has a developing 'Mentor' system, aimed at helping out some of our shyer new (and old!) members. Mentors often have their information on the front site, and while they may not be officially "tagged" as Mentors, there are experienced, friendly, outgoing members always ready to help answer questions.
If you feel that your question is not 'important' enough for staff and you don't want to put your question in the Help!
section, feel free to PM or IM anyone on the Mentor list (<=will link to location of current list when it exists) for help. Or just PM an experienced member with whom you've struck up a conversation!