Im a little bored right now and I see a lot of questions going through different areas so I thought it would be nice to write a newbie guide to Elliquiy so new members arent totally lost. Getting Started
If your just logging for the first time let me say welcome to Elliquiy. Right now you might be wondering what do I do now? or where are the games? or some similar questions. This guide is here to help you answer those questions.
First off if you havnt done so, youll have to go to the introductions thread and introduce yourself. Make sure you read Lilac's "Welcome! and what were looking for thread" first and then feel free to start a new thread answer Lilac's questions and introduce yourself fully. Once youve posted an introduction you just have to wait till a god, godess, or Lilac herself makes you a full member. Joining Games
If you came here from RPoL like many of us you came here because a game of yours moved and most likely your GM has told you what you need to do to get back into the game on this particular site. If your GM has not given you clear instructions then its probably best to send him/her a private message (PM).
If you look around youll see many games have moved here and you might want to join one that catches your interest. If this is the case then I would suggest first reading through the threads of a game and seeing if theres some information on how to join them and what you need to do to get it. If there is not then the best general rule of thumb I can think of is to send the moderator of that game a PM with a rough character idea to show your interest. Some ideas may not work for some games for several reasons but Im sure that every mod will work with you if your character idea doesnt quite work for their game. Creating a game
If your like me you came here to transfer a game to this site (or are at least considering it). If you do decide to transfer your game then youll need to know how to do that. First you will have to decide whether your game goes in the Heavy, Mid-tones, or Light area. Both area's are well defined if you look at the text under the links to them. Once youve made that decision then you should send a PM to Lilac or one of the other Admins with the game name and which section it belongs in. Once they make you a moderator for that game you can begin the building process for it. Private messages
You might want to know how to send a private message for several reasons. To do this first find a post of the person you want to send the PM to. If you look bellow their avatar youll see a small bubble (blue if the person is currently online, white if they are not). Click this and it will bring up a text screen where you can type in your message. When your done typing it simply send it.
Of course you should only do this if your game will need multiple threads for the game. If the game only requires a single thread then its best to put it in the Light or heavy fun and games area.
Another thing that I would highly recomend doing is making it so a pop-up window activates whenever you recieve a private message. To do this go to profile and click on the "Personal Message options" Link. Youll be taken to a similar window. Check the box next to the line "Show a popup when you receive new messages?" and hit change profile. From then on a popup will appear when you recieve a private message. If you would ever like to take that option off simply go back to the same place, uncheck the box and hit change profile.
If your not getting Private messages for some reason the first course of action you should take is to log out and then back in to Elliquiy. At that point ask the person to resend their private message and it should work. If it does not contact Lilac and the moderators or post the issue in the Bugs and suggestions area.Changing your screen name
Once youve gotten some experience and decided you want to stay and game here then you'll probably want to setup your profile. First off Ild consider whether you want to keep the name you regestered with. If you think its fine as is you can skip the next instructions, but if yould like to change that its fairly easy. At the top part of the screen is a link that says "Profile" you'll want to click that and go to the profile screen. To change your screen name click on "account related settings" which takes you to another area. The second line down is the area you want to change. This area is titled "Name". go ahead and change it to Kiki the slave girl, Jorgon the ogre knight, or whatever floats your boat. If at any time you want to change that follow the same instructions to go back there. Avatars
Another thing you might want is a picture to represent yourself with. This is called an Avatar. To change your avatar go to "Profile" and then "Forum account information". There are many avatars you can choose from but there might not be something you like. If thats the case you can make a custom avatar. To do this first you need to find a picture you like online, after you do that right click on the picture and click "properties". A small window will come up and what you need to do is copy the URL. For example if you go to the proporties of my avatar youll see the URL is http://forums.elliquiy.com/index.php?action=dlattach;id=48;type=avatar
that is the line you want to copy. My Avatar is acctually not there, its on a picture hosting website of my own but this is just an example for your understanding. Dominant/Submissive
If you look over at your avatar youll notice 2 small links. 1 labled Dominant and 1 labed Submissive and like many others your wondering what those are for. Originally this was ment to tell good posters from bad posters however Lilac did not want that to determine who you might play with. Thus it was changed to simply mean whether the voter thinks the person is more dominant or submissive when Roleplaying, thats my take on it anyway
More stuff to come later, my fingers are just tired at the moment