Welcome to the Black Dragon Inn
This is a condensed guide with everything you need to get started without leaving out any important details.
We are a freeform, text-based roleplaying community. Everything that happens is done in text and all the graphics are in your mind. This leaves a lot of room for imagination and character building.
The Prime Rule
Nothing happens to your character without your consent. Especially not death.
You come up with a character and describe what they do and say. Other characters can interact with yours and try to befriend or harm them, but you get to decide if and how they succeed. That goes both ways; you can only affect other characters in the way other players let you.
Examples of how this work are below.
The Black Dragon Inn is a tavern and inn set in a medieval fantasy world. Technology is simple and there are no guns.
Feel free to delve deeper in the religion, geography, language and politics of the world, but in-depth knowledge isn’t required to play – unless you want to be a politician, geographer, linguist or priest.
Here are all the basics. The Inn is located in Drache: a bustling port city in the southern hemisphere with ships, cobblestones, a marketplace, a castle, and so on. A few blocks to the west of the Inn, is the Forest Reserve, a thin strip of park area running along the River Darian. Drache is the capital of the duchy of Transdariania, one of the seven duchy of the Confederacy of Arangoth, ruled over by the Sithire (duke) Isabelle Auxerre. The local religion is Menxism. The native language is Arangothek, but most people speak a trade creole language called Common.
Dulcina: the head bar maid, all the time until the end of time
Rantan: the rarely-seen owner
Woolly: a dire sheep who lives out back and eats power-gamers
Orwell: the town crier and village drunk
Murphy: the clock (who is a parrot out of character)
These are all bots, so you can’t interact with them directly.
The Civic Guard is located nearby so appointed members of the guard can handle any major events quickly. All guards have in-character authority and are generally meant to be obeyed. Only those with express permission are allowed to be guards.
The Inn Building
The Black Dragon Inn itself has one long bar-top, two fireplaces, and tables scattered throughout. There are stairs that lead up to as many rooms as required, usually for sleeping. The Inn has people working there doing anything necessary to keep it running, so you can narrate a server bringing you a drink. It’s also enchanted to regenerate anything broken and it’s immune to fire.
Everything in the main channel, #BlkDragon*Inn, takes place inside or just outside the Inn, but that’s not to say things can’t happen elsewhere. You can create temporary channels for any characters involved in a visit to a shop or a walk in the woods. You can also invent things that happened to your character elsewhere as part of your backstory or plot.
So you’re new to the room, what do you do? Hang out for a bit, see what other people are typing, and get an idea of what’s going on. Feel free to PM anyone and ask questions or join the #BDI*OOC to talk to people behind the scenes. Everyone is helpful and very forgiving so long as you follow the basic OOC rule: Don’t be a jerk.
If one of the Operators (shown with a @ before their name) tries to give you instruction, they are genuinely trying to be helpful and make sure everyone’s having a good time.
@Nymphetamine runs the show and everyone likes her. The other operators are @Ayanula, @Gudrun, @“` (Jammy), @LayTrayin, and @Uzzo.
If you’ve watched for a bit, you may have figured out the gist of how people post.
Here’s a rudimentary example of how it works:
Bob: Enters the room smiling and waves to Edna.
Edna: Returns the wave and walks over to Bob in a non-threatening manner.
Bob: Opens his arms to greet Edna with a warm non-sexual hug.
Bob: Adjusts his pants.
Margey: Walks in through the door and nods to Bob and Edna on her way to the bar.
Edna: Embraces Bob in a mutual hug.
Bob: Enjoys the hug.
A Dragon: Smashes most things and eats almost everyone present.
Now, what’s right and what’s wrong about this?
First of all, you will see WAY more text and description going on in the actual room. Short posts like the ones above are discouraged. Make a story line, invent a plot, describe your character set your mind FREE. That being said, there’s no minimum or maximum – but a more detailed character will make it easier for people to interact with you. Too many details and people may not want to read all that.
Try to do interesting things, interact with people and try to give the other players something to write with. You’re working with everyone in the room to try to create something. If no ones noticing you, you may need to acknowledge them first write some kind of a ‘hook’ for them to work with.
Now, before Margey came in, the post order was Bob-Edna-Bob-Edna. But Bob messed up and posted twice. It’s rude to post twice before your partner/s had a chance. It’s assumed you’ve said everything you had to say already so it means people now need to re-write their reply to accommodate the new events.
When Margey came in, she would have established a new order – except that Bob and Edna did not acknowledge her (also rude, you should be trying to involve everyone in the game if it’s plausible) so she doesn’t have to post in their order. It’s possible to have a few different conversations or events happening around the Black Dragon where one group doesn’t have to wait on another to post, unless someone writes something that would directly affect a player outside the group. Sounds confusing – but trust me – it’s way easier than it sounds.
Notice how Bob did not say he hugged Edna outright, but rather left it open to a mutual agreement to hug? Anything you do that affects another character should be done with the same consideration. If Bob went and hugged Edna, that’s powergaming. When The Dragon came in and killed almost everyone, that was also powergaming and would result in a ban.
Now you have a good idea of how to play, so play on. There are races to choose from with their own histories which might make it easier for a first-timer to fit in, but you can honestly do whatever you like – within reason. Like, don’t be a two-hundred foot tall giant made of lava – instead – be a 5’9″ blacksmith made of elf or human or half-goat-person. See? Lot’s of options.
Think up a backstory, give yourself a name and have fun.