Tutorial: Making A Character App Sept 30, 2017 13:04:43 GMT 10
Post by ａｌｋｉｅ ドケヰ on Sept 30, 2017 13:04:43 GMT 10
MAKING A CHARACTER APP
this is just a helpful little tutorial for making your first character application! once you are used to the layout it becomes fairly simple, so don't be threatened!
STEP ONE: MAKING THE THREAD
first of all you need to go to the pending apps board. this is where all apps are created and stored until they have been approved. if you look underneath the news board, right above the thread list, and on the right hand side you will see some blue text that says 'create thread'. click that. it will then take you to the creating a thread page. now scroll down until you see a button on the left that says 'bbcode'. click that. then you need to open the application template thread in another tab. copy the application code and paste it into your thread. then click on the button that says 'preview'; it should be right next to the bbcode button. now you will be able to see the app template!
STEP TWO: THE BASICS
now you need to create the basic parts of your character application. this include the name, image, age, sexuality, and allegiance. you might be reusing an old character, and in that case you can skip this part of the tutorial.
the name needs to be a warrior name with a prefix and a suffix, just like in the books. for more help on deciding on a name you can look at our name help thread.
for the image, just choose one that you like the look of. to insert it into the thread, look on the posting toolbar until you see the button that looks like a little picture, between the envelope and the clapperboard. once you click that just insert the link to the image and voila!
now you will have already decided whether your cat is a kit, apprentice, warrior or elder. all you need to do is select an age. kits are 0 to 6 moons, apprentices are 6 to 12 moons, warriors are 12 to 80 moons and elders are anything above that. these ages are not super strict though, they can be changed by a few moons.
gender is fairly easy. they can be male, female or non-binary. if their gender is different to their sex (what they were born as) then please specify.
sexuality is also fairly self explanatory. here you specify who they are attracted to. there are no limits for this and you can also specify romantic attraction here. if you want more information on the options for both this and gender then i would recommend doing some research or looking at this helpful site.
last of all you need to choose their allegiance. this is just a fancy way of saying what clan they are in, or whether they are a rogue/loner/kittypet. if you would like a description of each clan one can be found in the clans information thread.
STEP THREE: APPEARANCE
now it is time to describe your cat's appearance. this goes in the brief appearance section of the app, and i'll explain the extended appearance section a little bit later. so basically you need to tell us your cat's pelt colour, pelt length, markings, size, and eye colour. It should look something like this: They are a short-furred light brown tabby with a small frame and amber eyes. For more help on what your character can look like check out our appearance help thread. If you wish to go into more detail then start typing in the extended appearance section. Here you can describe any aspect of their appearance.
STEP FOUR: PERSONALITY
the personality is perhaps the most important part of your character since it describes what they act like and how they think. some sites use paragraphs, but here we have a trait list. it isn't too complicated, all you need to do is separate their personality into traits that fit into the positive, neutral, and negative categories. it should look something like this:
+ cheerful, active, friendly
= curious, ambitious, casual
- competitive, loquacious, easily jealous
you need to keep these categories fairly even, for example you could have 4, 6, 5 or 3, 4, 4. the minimum is 3 traits per category. if you do with to explain your personality in paragraph form, then you may also include a paragraph under extender personality. but this is not compulsory whereas the trait list is. for some help deciding on which traits there are check out the skills and traits list.
STEP FIVE: SKILLS
this part is one of the easiest. all you need to do is list what their positive, neutral, and negative skills are. it is fairly similar to the personality list. there is only one limit on this, and that is you cannot have a character be good at both hunting and fighting. this is to avoid and mary su/marty stu characters. it should look something like this:
+ climbing, fighting, tracking
= hunting, stamina, running
- swimming, negotiating, strength
once again they need to be even and the minimum for each category is 3. if you need some help deciding on what traits make sure to check out the skills and trait list.
STEP SIX: HISTORY
most say that this is the best part of the application. here you can write out your character's life story, tell everyone how they became the cat that they are. now this can get a little complicated, but don't fear we have a thread to help you so have a look at the history inspiration thread for more.
and that should be everything! if you are uncertain then just post the app and a staff member will check it over for you, making sure that you have created a fun and exciting character! if you have any problems with this process then please pm ａｌｋｉｅ ドケヰ for assistance.