Vast Horizon Help Files
["Profiles","","Profile you scream? Don't fear and read on!","","The staff of Vast Horizon wish for you to create a profile to help you begin your character's story. This will give you something to build from and help us help you if you should require some RP assistance as you go along. You will not be penalized for not writing a profile but will be more heavily considered for RP points and events if you do. This help file has some tips and information to get you started if you need it. Also never feel shy to send a support ticket if you need help or feel stuck, we will do our best to assist you. After all, we would like for everyone to have an enjoyable playing experience.","","You can be given a reward from us to you for completing this profile.","very sloppy profile, 0 RP points.","Average quality profile, 5 RP points.","Well-written profile, 10 RP points.","Profile of greatness, 25 RP points.","The command to begin or view your profile is profile.","","Who is my character?","","A good starting point for writing your profile is asking yourself the question: \"Who am I playing?\" Is my character male or female? What's the character's name? What does he or she look like, favourite clothes, and similar. These are not things for your profile, but could be a starting point if you struggle to get in the head space of your character. From there you can start looking at different aspects to your character, such as personality, early life and goals. In the sections below we will go into detail on these various parts of a profile.","","Early life.","","Describing something about your character's upbringing and early life in your profile gives you something to talk about while role playing. It is also considered that someone's childhood and upbringing define a lot about who a person is, their values etc. The following is a list of things relevant to writing about early life history and contains information your character knows:","- In the year 2018 135000 humans were brought to an underground city located in caverns on Kapteynia Beta, which had been built by the Farold race in order to make sure the human race would not be entirely wiped out. they also placed 155000 volunteers in cryogenic suspension. Early 2019, when the work on transferring Humans to the Cavern City was barely finished, the Kiohns made good on their threat and sent radiation levels skyrocketing on Earth. You are a descendant from this group of people.","in the cavern city the people live across 3 different sectors.","- In the year 2200, flight simulator student Austin Turner, his wife and their children were the first documented human beings who left the caverns, after the remains of humanity had lived there for approximately 182 years. After that humans were let out of the cavern city in small groups, and this is still happening. Vast Horizon opened during the in game year 2219. If your character is 19 years old or above, he or she was born in the cavern city. this is very likely still the case for younger characters, although if you are the child of people who left the cavern city early on, you may also have been born in the city Oria.","For more information on this, read help \"where are you from?\" If\" you wish to play a character that was born above ground, you will need to speak with the staff and have had prior playing experience.","- More information about the history can be found by reading the timeline on the website. But unless you plan for your character to be a historian, you do not need to know all the ins and outs right away for a profile.","When writing about early life, you can include answers to questions such as:","- Who are your parents and family?","- What was it like to live in an underground city?","- How did you feel about leaving the cavern for the very first time, having never seen the sun shine, or other things we take for granted. ?","- when and why did you leave the cavern city, and how did you feel about living above ground, which was a totally new concept to you?","(Note: Most players will have left the Cavern City when their pilot training in the flight simulators was complete. In most cases your playing experience begins as you leave the cavern City.)","- How do you feel about not being able to go back to your old home in the Cavern City?","- What were your hobbies, interests, aspirations, dreams and wishes when you were young?","","These are just some suggestions, you do not need to write about everything on the list above, but hopefully it will help you get the thought process started.","","Personality.","","Describing your personality is probably the most important part of your profile, because it defines how your character will respond to situations in game while role playing. Is your character peaceful in nature, or rather aggressive? Is he/she very outspoken, shy, modest, brave, patient/impatient, etc? Is he/she curious, adventurous, or more the stick with what I know type? There are a whole lot of personality traits to consider, and it is up to you to decide who you want your character to be. Here a few tips.","1. Do not play yourself. We can't actually stop you from being yourself, but it really isn't role playing. Also, if your character is too close to who you are in real life, if things don't go well for your character, it may become very hard to see your character and yourself as 2 separate people.","2. Design a character you will enjoy playing. Only you know what that is, but playing something that you don't like is no fun, and this is a game after all, something to enjoy?","3. Give your character a flaw. Maybe a perfect character who knows everything and can do everything perfectly seems fun, but it's not very realistic. Of course a \"Know it all\" can be a personality trait you want your character to have, but then it is good to be aware you are playing it that way, and knowing your characters flaws and limits. After all, characters who sometimes fail and need help are much more interesting to interact with, and have goals and a story to tell.","4. Between good and evil are many shades of gray. Criminals don't only always do bad things, and even people who want to do the right thing sometimes just get it wrong. Maybe that is more a general role playing tip, but it might also be helpful while writing about your character's personality. PVP is allowed in Vast Horizon, within reason. For more information we refer to the policies.","5. As your character develops, his/her personality might slowly change over time, but what you write in your profile is the starting point. Someone's personality does not change from day to day.","6. You are not obligated to write a profile right away when you start playing, in fact you are not obligated to write it at all. Take your time to get a feel for the game, roleplay and interact with people, and that way you can build up your personality. What you write in your profile should not directly contradict how you've been playing so far, neither should you write something and then turn around and roleplay the opposite. This profile is to help us help you with role playing, not to annoy you senselessly.","7. Be specific in describing your personality. Something like: \"I am usually a shy person unless when I am angry...\" really is vague. Being shy in certain situations is cool, but then also describe what motivates you, which things can make you really angry, and so on.","","Character goals and aspirations.","","There you are! You came through character creation and live in the Vast Horizon universe. You are already grown up, and what are you going to do now? You don't need to have a fully planned set of goals, but it is good to think about a few goals you want to set for your character.","In most cases your character will be a pilot, although we do also allow Nonpilot Characters in Vast Horizon. for more information about this, see help Nonpilot Characters. Regardless of your job, you will probably have goals and aspirations. This can include short time goals, such as what would you like to see your character do in the near future? You could also think of long term goals for the distant future, like what your character wants to do when no longer a pilot. Describing goals can help you think about the direction your character wants to go, the story he or she wants to tell.","","A few final comments.","","Hopefully the information in this help file will give you a good starting point. Here are a few things worth considering.","","Write a profile that really says something about the character you want to play. More words is not always better, a short profile that describes the points we talked about in this help file is just as good, or maybe even better than a lengthy one.","Some people rather write their profile from an in character point of view, or autobiographically, others might rather write about their character. Find the method that works best for you.","We do have policies in Vast Horizon. Before writing your profile, it might be a good idea to be familiar with them.","","If you have read this help file and still have questions? We are glad to give you a hand. Just send your questions in a support ticket and we will do our best to answer them.","","Enjoy writing your profile and playing Vast Horizon, and good luck!"]
This help file was last modified: 11/07/19 at 2:18 p.m.
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