Read post 3 of the stickied FFRP Central thread, post 1 of this thread, and then ask any questions you have here. And welcome.
General Nexus FAQs:
What kind of character can I make? Any. There are no restrictions on genre, alignment, world of origin, etc.
Will my power work the way it does in the source setting? Almost certainly not. In your setting, you may have been the Mighty Zorlox, whose power to control the world's socks was absolute, but in the Nexus, you may run across Madam Bo Peep, who controls the world's wool.
If my power goes against wool power, who wins? In combat or any type of adversarial situation, the defender has the final say. So if Zorlox tries to turn Bo Peep's wool socks purple, Peep's player gets to decide if her wool power prevails. But if Bo Peep tries to have a pair of wool socks strangle Zorlox, then his player gets to decide if his sock power wins.
Where should I start? Long answer, in any thread that isn't a private thread or a plot thread. Short answer, Trog's. Just start at Trog's.
Do I need to get pre-approval for my character, or fill in a registry form before I start? Nope. You can if you like, but it's not required. And sometimes it's better to get a feel for your character first, before deciding all the details about them.
Your first character
So, you're ready to make your first character. One of the hardest things to get used to in ffrp is that you don't start out in an adventuring party, and there's no DM to push characters together. You'll have to actually find people to interact with on your own. Here are some tips (not requirements!) for making that easier on your first character:
Don't be the quiet person in the shadowy corner. If you roleplay as someone who is outgoing and talkative, you'll find it easier to make IC friends. Someone who is curious or greedy will be more open to plot hooks and adventure opportunities. But if you roleplay someone who is shy or quiet or wary of other people, you're likely to be left alone.
Don't be openly evil. If you walk into the tavern and start murdering npcs, you are unlikely to make a lot of friends and likely to get jumped on by a bunch of PCs who were looking for a fight.
Consider starting low-powered. It's tempting in a freeform system with no scores or points to decide that your character is the best at everything, but where will they go from there? They can always gain powers or magic items or skills as they go on.
Don't be too needy. Remember in ffrp, you are not THE hero of the story. You are A hero, and there are many stories. The characters you meet at first are likely to be involved in their own affairs. Some players start by having their character immediately in need of rescue, healing, training, attention, etc. This can work well, but make sure you have a plan B in case there is no one willing to drop everything to devote themselves to being your rescuer! Can your character make it if they receive only a minimal amount of help, or none at all?
Don't be too self-sufficient. Remember in ffrp, you are not THE hero of the story. You are A hero, and there are many stories. If you are a combat powerhouse and a healer and a master of obscure lore and a spellcaster, people are likely to get weary of their characters taking a back seat to yours and decide you can do just fine without them.
Be aware of deadtimes and real life. Sometimes, not many people are online and active. Sometimes the people who are may only have a limited time to play and want to use it to progress their favorite storyline instead of meeting new people. Try to be patient and remember that it won't be long before you'll be the one wrapped up in your own favorite storylines. Talk to people in the ooc thread while you wait for your character to get 'stuck in'.
Have fun! Remember this is a game, and if it isn't fun, you aren't doing it right.
If anyone has anymore FAQs to add to the Nexus one that would be helpful for new players, please do so. The 'Your First Character' is copy pasta straight from the FFRP Central thread.
I think both should go in the OP of the Nexus OOC thread, if everyone agrees.
Maybe you'll run into Kirk, the drow you're drawing for me.
The Nexus, because the Nexus can have any type of character easily.
Not quite. While this statement is technically true, it's also misleading. The range of characters who are allowed in the Nexus is certainly vast, but ironically that variety can also be the exact opposite of what a new player wants.
For instance, say a new player comes here and says 'I want to play in a setting with medieval knights'. Naturally they get pointed to the Nexus, because it does indeed allow medieval knights. Unfortunately for the newbie, it also allows killer cyborgs, multidimensional liquid beasts and hyper-intelligent shades of the colour blue. Now, this is fine if playing a knight was really the only thing they cared about; If, on the other hand, their intent was to find a setting containing only medieval characters, then they're going to be sorely disappointed.
What a person says and what they mean can often be miles apart. When trying to interpret their wishes, perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to assume that an all-inclusive setting would be the best choice. The quasi-medieval alternate history setting further down the list might not use quite the same sort of armoured warriors that the player originally had in mind, but in the end it might well be the better option for them.
Would anyone be interested in an alternate history FFRP?
The setting: The year is 1948 and the place, the USA. World War 2 and the Great Depression have been going on for much longer than they should have. Nikola Tesla is still alive and inventing, and several firearms contractors have bought his designs for electricity, particle energy, and kinetic energy based weapons. The alcohol prohibition is still going strong and supporting a seedy, crime-ridden underworld. Semi-sentient (?) robots have been invented, but are treated horribly by many people and have many restrictions placed on them.
There would be some minor rules on combat, and players would probably be some sort of Chicago gangster era gangsters or investigators of some sort.
__________________ Sergeant Scrabble slowly snuck up behind the pants militia...
Sort of a mix. Players would be allowed to follow their own storylines and do what they wanted, but a lot of it would circle around the avoiding of the FBI and the catching of the speakeasy runners and other criminals. And it will fit the era, with just a few technological advances it that didn't happen but could have. Such Tesla's weapon designs, cars that used magnets to reduce friction or even hover, those WW2 radio packs would have become those early 'suitcase' cell phones, and of course, the robots.
Combat would require some dice rolls, if only to keep it from falling into the hours of dodging and then striking with things that 'should kill instantly' all combat seems to become in FFRP. Players would actually level up in combat.
__________________ Sergeant Scrabble slowly snuck up behind the pants militia...
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Very informative thread, twas a most enjoyable read. Hell, was great to learn that godmodding is more than just "I do this and this happens to you". I know I'll be taking that info away with me and figuring out how to apply it to me msn rping.
As for joining a FFRP, I was thinking (due to the sheer insanity, and nudgings from a friend of mine) I may just have to walk into the the Nexus. Thinking being the key word. (Wait... If I'm walking into the Nexus... Am I thinking? Maybe I should skip into the Nexus, or stroll even...)
That depends on which RP you're looking to join. In general, the standard procedure is to post your character sheet in the corresponding OOC thread and wait for comments. The first post of that thread will usually contain setting-specific guidelines to help with this, along with any other rules that are relevant to the RP. If you run into trouble with this or anything else FFRP related, don't hesitate to ask.