So you want to get into roleplay?

Here are some points I made up on the fly elsewhere for people wanting to get into EVE RP but not knowing how to start. These are not hard and fast rules, more like things that have worked for other people. (EDIT: This has been edited a lot since the first post based on feedback. Further suggestions welcome! You can find me eg on the RIP Discord.)

So how does one get into RP?
If you already have RPing friends, ask them how to get involved with whatever they are up to. Other than that and/or to find some: this is EVE so we are all in space with long-range communication implants in our heads. The least hassle way to start roleplay is to just join some RP / in-character channels that are also comms channels in-character. Start chatting to other pilots while you go about your normal EVE business - which can, and in most RPers opinion should, be practically always taken as happening in-character. The Summit and Intergalactic Summit are two channels you can use for that, but there are others (the difference between those two is that one is player-ran and the other CCP owned). The https://forums.eveonline.com/c/fiction-portal/igs often has invitations for public roleplaying events you can also join. There is a (not exclusive) list of some other in-character channels on the Backstage forums. Once you are in it for a bit, you can see if you want to join or form a roleplaying corporation of some kind (or maybe promote RP in your current corporation), and find more channels and groups to interact with. If you already know what faction / type of play you want and that you want into an RP corporation, you can also start looking for them directly (see below for how to get in contact with players OOC to ask for pointers).

RP rookie help point #1: If you are new to EVE, start from playing someone who is a new capsuleer pilot. If you are an established player who has been so focused on other aspects of the game they have not paid attention to RP, start by playing a pilot who has been doing whatever you have been doing, and has not been paying much attention to news etc. Don’t try to make yourself into anything bigger in the beginning, and before you get more familiar with the lore, make smaller rather than bigger stories. The lore, the game engine and the MMOG format pose restrictions for what is possible and easy to play that are not self-evident on a first glance, even for an experienced RPer in other mediums.

RP Rookie help point #2: Seek out other roleplayers out-of-character as soon as you know you’re interested. Come to the ingame channels “Out of Character” or “OOC” and/or the roleplayers’ OOC Discord, or the Backstage Forums, introduce yourself, and tell people you wanna get into RP. Ask feedback on your background and story ideas. You can also ask people to point it out to you in a nice manner if you make lore mistakes. (A lot of people will do it in a not nice way without being asked - ignore them.) Consider writing a little bit of your character to the Backstage Wiki, for others (including story staff) to look you up. Join ingame channels “The Summit” and/or “Intergalactic Summit” for general in-character chat.

RP Rookie help point #3: You can make up a backstory (who your character was before they became a capsuleer etc) to begin with if that is fun for you, but you do not have to. You can also just make stuff up as you go. Decide your homeplanet when it first comes up, invent background when someone asks about it. But for the love of gods, write this stuff down. You will thank yourself 10 years from now. (Ask me how I know…) :stuck_out_tongue:

RP Rookie help point #4: EVE lore is confusing af. This is normal. Don’t panic. Google is your friend, as are out of character contacts with other players. Even people with years of EVE RP behind them ask each other pointers for what other characters are talking about all the time. Also, eventually, you probably will ask “what’s that?” about something that would be self-evident to your character. It’s fine. We’ve pretty much all done it some time or another. Don’t fret, move on.

Rookie help point #5: EVE is a big game. There are multiple different ways to roleplay. You don’t have to go full-out in the beginning - or ever. Some people don’t RP in the game itself at all, but they write fiction and/or opinion pieces to the Intergalactic Summit about what happened to them in the game. Some people stay in character all the time, except when explicitly out of character on OOC forums/channels. Some people’s RP is very low key - their characters talk about ingame matters much the same way as their players do, and most of the time you cannot tell which one or maybe both the speaker is. Some people like theatrical, dramatic stuff. Some people only roleplay things that are not modeled by the game engine - characters’ private lives, planetside events. Some people only roleplay things that are in the game engine - mining, trading, fighting. Some people do many things, or a little bit of everything. Experiment with styles, and don’t let anyone tell you that their way is THE way.

RP Rookie help point #6 : You do not have the obligation to entertain. Just because someone directs some words at you does not mean you have to respond, or accept their ideas as fact. If at any point RP (even RP you started ) goes to places or themes you don’t want to play, you can stop. While you can (and it is often helpful to) explain to whoever you played with why you want to stop / back off and what level of interaction you would be comfortable with, you also do not have to do that in order to back off.

RP Rookie help point #7 : There is a fairly important piece of beginner information related to capsuleer training and selection process in EVE Source that is not referenced to on the lore site. It basically states the following:

  • Capsuleer candidates are rare: only 14 percent of those applying get past pre-screening (part of which is just genetic compatibility) and of those who start only 1 in 20 finishes training.
  • Training can be expensive, so you need either a suitable background, a scholarship, or a sponsor of some sort.
  • Capsuleer training takes around 5 years, 1-2 years for preliminary book-learning, 2 years or so for the necessary and “grueling” physical orientation (implants go in, lots of exercise, presumably to grow the correct neural pathways or whatever), 2 years of actual capsuleer piloting stuffs
  • In the end of the training, capsuleers are expected to die and be re-cloned once; this is not a physical requirement but a final test of whether you can take it.

This is written post-capsuleer launch and prior to Alpha clones. Presumably requirements can have been different in the early years of capsuleering, and presumably alpha clones speed up the process considerably.

(If this seems convoluted or does not fit into what you have already established in play, don’t fret and just gloss over it in play. You won’t be the only one.)

RP Rookie help point #8 : At the time of writing this, @CCP_Delegate_Zero is the CCP dev in charge of lore and storylines and all that jazz and @ISD_Thalack_Dalhar is… um… the ISD volunteer head honcho something or other (EDIT: actually ISD Team Lead for New Eden Correspondents, see below) and the main contact point for story/lore related things in EVE. Both have been known to respond to players who contact them for story/lore related things, but both have also been known not to. EVE is a big game and there’s a lot of our players. There are no official instructions on how to contact these people and about what, and there are absolutely no guarantees of “GM” input for anything. It is always best to plan your stories so that they do not depend on GM input, dev interaction, or cause major lore changes.

RP Rookie help point #9 : While it is kind of hard to find via the official site, there actually are pretty frequent in-character news updates from CCP / ISD. You can find those on EVE Online World News and find some character reactions on the Intergalactic Summit .

Welcome to the show.

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/signed.

This is an excellent post.

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This is a good post :ok_hand:

Don’t be afraid to join in, the Discord server linked in the OP is a great environment with a diverse roster of toleplayere in it that can help you understand any faction you’re curious about.

If you’re struggling to come up with an idea for your a character, don’t be afraid to ask questions in the channels, or contact me directly if you want some one-on-one help. Speaking for myself, I enjoy coming up with characters and talking about them with others, and have a decent understanding of all the factions and some niche subjects. Just look for me in the channel listings if you’re interested.

Otherwise, hope you join us (.____.)/

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Also, CCP has been gradually building up a lore database at https://fiction.eveonline.com which can be extremely helpful for finding out more about your chosen empire/bloodline.

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Very, very helpfull postings here.

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RP Rookie help point #6: You do not have the obligation to entertain. Just because someone directs some words at you does not mean you have to respond, or accept their ideas as fact. If at any point RP (even RP you started) goes to places or themes you don’t want to play, you can stop. While you can (and it is often helpful to) explain to whoever you played with why you want to stop / back off and what level of interaction you would be comfortable with, you also do not have to do that in order to back off.

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Have to say these are good advice in general, you don’t have to be a rookie to benefit from them. :slight_smile:

From the wording and timing I take it this advice took inspiration (though examples are numerous) from a recent bout I had… I’ll just clarify here that the spat was IC inspired and I am not infact as a player holding ill will nor am I distressed. My character has felt that Arrendis’ character has unreasonably often hung up on her words alone in the recent past, and was annoyed as anyone else would be for feeling being singled out all the time.

I understand that things like these are often hard to differentiate, but if I’m personally angry about something, I will endeavour to contact said person to sort it out. We did in the past have a discussion with her that went into my RL feelings, but Arrendis was really cool about it and OOC is a very likeable person in general, in my opinion.

It didn’t, actually. :slight_smile:

That is a special good tip

When someone points the stick at you directly or indirectly, there is no need to respond except with the bare necessary civility. Sometimes indirect stick pointing can be a good point to enter into a discussion, yet be ready to face remarks or questions you need to answer.
Silence in such cases may be helpful to find points or formulate opinions of your character that do come in helpful at a later date, in other words entertain when your show is ready. This is a bit related to the tip to fly with what you can afford.

RP Rookie help point #7 : There is a fairly important piece of beginner information related to capsuleer training and selection process in EVE Source that is not referenced to on the lore site. It basically states the following:

  • Capsuleer candidates are rare: only 14 percent of those applying get past pre-screening (part of which is just genetic compatibility) and of those who start only 1 in 20 finishes training.
  • Training can be expensive, so you need either a suitable background, a scholarship, or a sponsor of some sort.
  • Capsuleer training takes around 5 years, 1-2 years for preliminary book-learning, 2 years or so for the necessary and “grueling” physical orientation (implants go in, lots of exercise, presumably to grow the correct neural pathways or whatever), 2 years of actual capsuleer piloting stuffs
  • In the end of the training, capsuleers are expected to die and be re-cloned once; this is not a physical requirement but a final test of whether you can take it.

This is written post-capsuleer launch and prior to Alpha clones. Presumably requirements can have been different in the early years of capsuleering, and presumably alpha clones speed up the process considerably.

(If this seems convoluted or does not fit into what you have already established in play, don’t fret and just gloss over it in play. You won’t be the only one.)

RP Rookie help point #8: At the time of writing this, @CCP_Delegate_Zero is the CCP dev in charge of lore and storylines and all that jazz and @ISD_Thalack_Dalhar is… um… the ISD volunteer head honcho something or other (EDIT: actually ISD Team Lead for New Eden Correspondents, see below) and the main contact point for story/lore related things in EVE. Both have been known to respond to players who contact them for story/lore related things, but both have also been known not to. (EVE is a big game and there’s a lot of our players. There are no official instructions on how to contact these people and about what, and there are absolutely no guarantees of “GM” input.)

I will wear this title with pride.

But in all seriousness, as you asked, the ‘official’ title is ISD Team Lead, with the team of course being the New Eden Correspondents.

ISD Thalack Dalhar
ISD volunteer head honcho something or other
ISD New Eden Correspondents
Interstellar Services Department

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This deserves some thumbs up. I have been looking for a while to get in to EVE RP.

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RP Rookie help point #9: While it is kind of hard to find via the official site, there actually are pretty frequent in-character news updates from CCP / ISD. You can find those on EVE Online World News and find out about some player reactions on the Intergalactic Summit.

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EDITed the new points into OP + clarified some wordings. Keep the feedback coming. (I did not come up with all of this alone, obviously I hope - it’s based on discussions with other players.)

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Hum a point on worldbuilding maybe …

worldbuilding is something always employed in fictionous writing or to establish a setting for a story. It starts with a simple place and hiking from question to question on the path more and more answers are discovered that form a comprehensive picture.

The most basic version is to describe a room in a fictive house.
Are the rooms empty, then why are they empty?
Is it a freshly build house or was it recently left or did the inhabitants throw out everything and are currently buing a new furniture?
Where does this house stand in a suburban area (what type is the neighbourhood), a rural area (near or far away from a town), or in a mostly empty country (is it a farm or something else)

In eve some questions are answered by the lore which can be found on the fictionportal in the source book (those answers are called canon) while for some Questions there are answers already provided by Players and ccp alike (backstage lore wiki ) a lot questions are gladly unanswered and can be found in the world building process. General rule the more public the answer is for the game audience the more it should aim to be realistic and explainable by (mostly) hard science. Occam’s razor is a good helper in this case and browsing through the orion’s arm Project wiki gives an idea what might be possible.

Luckily the universe is big, on the other side there are a lot of Players so it might happen that an answer one found in his/her worldbuilding process conflicts with another persons answer. This is less a cause of great OOC drama and more an invitation to adjusting one own answers it still can be an chance for great IC Drama or amusement as most questions have several possible answers.

Additional a tip on Building your character, while the given grid of races and bloodlines with origins is huge for building a base, for further orientation I can
recommendate the book 45 Master Characters by Victory Lynn Smith.

Love this post. There are so many ways to RP from just roleplaying a character utilising the race’s lore to pre-organising mass projects. EVE is an amazing outlet for RP if you let it.

One tip I have is to remember (as the OP pointed out in point #5) that not everyone is going to respect, be aware of, or take part in RP activity… but those who do will make you RP experience and amazing one.

Great post!

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OP edited to add info or Backstage forums & wiki.

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Wowza @Elsebeth_Rhiannon great job on this! Glad I found it before jumping right in. I think the hardest part for me is the backstory as there is so much lore by both CCP and people like @Bataav on the Intaki. I have a LOT of research to do.

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