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Frequently Asked Questions
« on: February 07, 2013, 02:15:37 PM »
The FAQ.
"Frequently Asked Questions"!

Roleplay Specific

How many characters do I get per account?
We do not restrict character amount. You may roleplay as many as you want from one account or make side accounts for each character (referred to as “personas” on the forum). However, an email may only be registered under one account. To sidestep this, you can enter fake emails.

When can I start roleplaying?
For most characters, you can begin rping as soon as you post your profile. You do not need to wait for sorting. If there is an issue, a Directory Organizer will move your thread into the Problems and Corrections board. Hellbeasts with more than standardized traits and characters over the height limit require moderator approval.

What sort of RP'ing style is used here?
We generally write multi-paragraph posts. Some members write more or less than others, but we do not have a word count.

I'm not a very good writer, but can I still roleplay?
Of course, we allow all levels of writing skill and even have some ESL members who joined to practice their English. If you feel intimidated by the packs, you may find the Neutral Territory makes an excellent, easy-going starting place.

What sort of species am I allowed to roleplay here?
Any species (and then some) around and after 10,000 BC(E?) may be roleplayed on this forum. This includes but not limited to sabretooth tigers, dire wolves, cave lions, timber wolves, domesticated dogs, and humans. There are also two "created" species - the Fringe Dire Wolf and Hellhounds, as well as a few pack-specific species that have more details here.

Do you allow magic?
Despite a fair amount of whimsy, we do not allow magic or other world-breaking features. Ask yourself “can this be used for powerplaying if it doesn’t have a lot of systems and restrictions?” If “no”, then we probably don’t incorporate it. We do allow things like ghosts, but they are subtle and cannot influence other characters unless the player consents.

What about Hellions/Hellhounds?
Hellions are just weird looking animals. They are not any more powerful than their standard animal counterpart (i.e., a hellhound is not innately stronger than a wolf).

Can my character be strange/unnatural colors?
Absolutely. We do not restrict character colors.

I can't draw my character!
Visual references aren’t required. That said, we do have templates you can use to design your character, and we allow stock photos and for-free-use art. You may only use art that was made by you, made for you, or for free-use. We do not condone art theft.

What's the land look like?
View and read about our setting here.

Does IDS have a plot?
IDS is both open world and open plot. We do not have an overarching story other than “animals live in this fictional area; they are trying to thrive” and our backstory. Members create their own plots, groups, and packs.

Can I make my own pack?
Yes! Outside a few still around from the beginning, all packs are member created. To learn how to start your own, go here.

What is The Reach?
The Reach is where you claim land and make your own pack.

Do I have to join a pack?
No. You can play in the neutral section, which incompasses everything in the playable world (including beyond it, i.e, “beyond the Fringe”) outside the packlands.

Can I make a group in neutrals instead of a pack?
Yes, sure.

I want to join a pack, but there are so many. How do I know which one to join?
To learn about the current packs, check out the pack guidebook. You can also ask the forum for suggestions.

Are we allowed to roleplay in multiple threads at once?
Yes. There are some exceptions (fights where your character may die, etc.) but this forum uses "liquid time". Multiple threads with any certain character is fine.

Nobody is roleplaying with me/ there's nobody on/ How come my roleplay is going so slow?
Patience is often a virtue. Sometimes it can take a couple days for someone to reply - or in the case of group roleplay, even longer than that to get to your turn.
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Re: Frequently Asked Questions
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2016, 03:14:38 PM »
Forum Specific

Do I have to be invited or can I just join the forum?
There's no need for invitations to join the IDS forum. To get started, check out this guide here!

Why are your OOC boards hidden?
Our community is uncomfortable sharing our ooc information with lurkers. We understand this is an inconvenience and makes it more difficult for guests to get a bead on the member base before joining. As a compromise, visitors are encouraged to utilize the Guests and Advertisements board to talk with us. Do bear in mind that the board is held to the same rules and standards as the rest of the forum, however.

Who is the admin of In Dire Straits?
In Dire Straits is run by a team of moderators, chosen from within the community, and is not owned by a single person. Our admin is a technical/coding/hosting position rather than one of leadership. Go here for more information about our team.

What is the low down on your forum history? AND/OR I recognize “insert here” from BBA!
IDS began on proboards in 2005 as the official The Blackblood Alliance forum, based on the DeviantArt webcomic by Kay Fedewa. In 2007 the proboards forum became near unusable due to size and technical problems, so we moved to SMF. We changed admins (technical position; not owner/leader) in 2010 and moved to another visibly identical SMF forum, which is where we remain. The community split from it’s source material, the webcomic, and is no longer affiliated. However, 10+ years of roleplay history has cemented certain features and names that were considered too central to the site to erase entirely, so some similarities remain.

What genre is IDS?
In Dire Straits is a semi-realistic animal forum with light fantasy elements. Semi-realistic in that our animals are just animals and lack superpowers, even the weird looking ones. Light fantasy elements include paw dexterity, strange fur colors, odd creatures, lowkey ghosts, debatable psychics, flexible geography, talking animals/humans, and other small things like glowing rocks. You can find more information about this here.

Do I actually have to roleplay if I join your forum?
No, you can set up camp in our OOC section if you want. Our chitchat, art, and non-rp writing areas are very active. We do recommend rping though since, well, we’re an rp forum! We also advise against joining if you only want to sell commissions/adoptables as the community considers it rude.

What rating is IDS?
IDS is rated PG-13 for violence and language. Heavy sexual content is not allowed.

Why was my post/thread deleted?
For a variety of reasons, but usually results from a broken rule. Contact a moderator if you have any questions as to the specifics if you don't know.

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