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Watcher [userpic]
Getting Started
by Watcher (watcher_uatu)
at February 24th, 2009 (10:08 pm)

As part of our remodeling and rejuvenation project for the game, we the Mod Team want to know what YOU think. So for this post, we have anonymous, screened commenting, with IP-logging off. Tell us what you want from this game and, if you have any ideas, what we can do to help you get what you want.

As a starting point: Character caps/activity checks: Yay or Nay?

What do you see as wrong with Mansion right now? What could be done to improve things?

ETA: Please stand by while we fix a few things - Kaylin And fixed. Go time!

Nate Grey [userpic]
Tips & Tricks: How to Plot for Your Character
by Nate Grey (the_new_shaman)
at January 17th, 2009 (05:04 pm)

Every story needs something. Yes, things like action, romance, and drama are good, but every good story really needs a plot. This game is really no different. We're all writing stories with our characters and for our characters, and those stories need plots.

I know there are some people here who think that they aren't good at plotting, and that's ok. And even those of us who are good at plotting can always have room for improvement. Thus I bring you a few pieces of advice about thinking up and running plots.


Hopefully, you'll find some of the information above useful. It may look like a lot to remember, but there's really nothing to it.

In addition to the above, I also suggest reading our tips on coordinating fight scenes, written by Rach, a former player of ours.

Watcher [userpic]
Character Application
by Watcher (watcher_uatu)
at March 12th, 2008 (07:04 pm)

Welcome! mansion_bullpen is the OOC members-only community for marvel_mansion, a play-by-post roleplaying community.

marvel_mansion is winding down as a community - those of us who remain engaged and interested are planning to create a new community that has less divergent continuity, to make it more welcoming to new players. As such, this applications page should be considered defunct. There's always the possibility that a surge of interest will revitalize the game, but for the time being, this disclaimer is appropriate.

If you wish to apply despite this warning, then you may still expect a response.

We are building a new community at the_marvels.

This community serves as our backstage area, where we coordinate plots and scenes. If you're interested in applying for membership in our game, please contact the mods. You can e-mail us at marvelmods AT gmail.com, or you can leave a comment here.

Rules and guidelines for applications :

We take at least 24 hours to consider all applications. Someone will respond to your application to confirm that we have received it and we will begin deliberating. We look at a variety of factors, some of which will be described in more detail below. In rare cases, we may contact you requesting a second sample post - this is more likely to happen if the initial sample was short or if the character is a very important one with personal relationships.

We do allow Original Characters, but they may only be applied for by established members of the community. Once someone is established with a canon character, they may apply for OCs.
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General Game Guidelines

  1. Canon is a Guide, Not a Straitjacket - There are big canon issues and little canon issues. The X-Men are mutants. Captain America was the beneficiary of the Super Soldier serum in WWII, was frozen in ice, and thawed out in modern day. Galactus is a cosmic being that eats planets to survive. Those are all good examples of big canon issues that don't change. Smaller issues that are subject to change would include things like who a character is dating or where they are living at a particular time - as long as we have internal story logic, we'll be happy.

    An encyclopedic knowledge of Marvel Universe canon is not a requirement. However, you will be expected to learn or know canon pertaining to your character: for example, if you are playing a member of the Avengers, you should know who the other members are, where the headquarters is, and have a general idea of who is capable of doing what. We have several useful reference sites listed on our community profile page, and chances are no matter how obscure the character, you'll find that one of our other players can help you learn more about them. We've also been working on a Wiki for the game that contains useful links to resources about the characters.

  2. Play Nice with Others - You don't have to run every little plot bunny past the mods before you launch it. We do want players to check with other players for stuff that involves their characters. If Namor wants to visit the Scarlet Witch, go for it -- just make sure that the Scarlet Witch isn't already otherwise occupied. This goes for player-player interactions, too -- respect people's privacy, don't be schmucky, and if you have any problems with another player, please talk to a mod. We've had very few difficulties/backstage drama, and it's all due to the fact that our players get along so well.

  3. In-Character Posts Should Appear in the marvel_mansion Community - What this simply means is, if you have a post in mind that you want to make sure is seen by other players, post it in marvel_mansion. You are welcome to do posts on your character's own journal, but many of the players may not see them there.

  4. Posting Requirements - We have a very loose set of posting requirements. Each player in the game is required to post in-character at least once per two months. We do periodic checks to see who's been idle too long and we use email nudges to get folks back on track. If you are going to be away from the computer for a while, post something to the OOC community to let folks know you're gone, and when you expect to be back.

  5. Trigger Issues - Sensitive topics like rape or child abuse may come up in the course of the game. The person running the plot or scene is expected to warn people (via the OOC community) about what to expect, as well as place a warning at the start of any posts with such content.

  6. Fighting - Regarding character violence, no maiming or killing without the other player's permission. Generally when playing out a fight scene on LJ, the players involved will be consulting each other IM. This has worked out pretty well. Fight fairly, even if it's a dirty street fight. If you're not Quicksilver or a top-ranked martial artist, don't claim that the other character never hit your character.

  7. Clone Policy - We have had Ben Reilly, X-23, Revanche, and Nate Grey. However, they were applied for with permission of the players of the characters they've been cloned from. If you want to app a clone of a currently played character, contact us before making the journal and writing the app, so we can ask the player of the clonee if it's cool with them.

We recommend you check out our mansion_fans community, where we have posted character bios, essays, musings on Marvel canon versus our own, and perhaps the Mansion Wiki.

Captain America [userpic]
New characters (revised)
by Captain America (cap_a)
at January 12th, 2006 (02:33 pm)

Welcome to marvel_mansion. This community acts as our backstage area. If you're interested in applying for membership in our RPG, please leave a comment here. We may take at least 24 hours to consider all applications. When applying for a character, please use either the canon or OC application form (behind the LJ cuts below).

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