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(RP) Catskills RP Information Central

Discussion in 'UO Catskills' started by Pandora_CoD, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Pandora_CoD

    Pandora_CoD Lore Master

    Catskills RP Information Central

    Below is some information to get you started in Role Play with guilds that follow a centralized ROE (Rules of Engagement) and/or are known to engage in RP-based storytelling.

    We are fortunate enough to have some of the most historically known guilds across all shards that call Catskills home. Catskills was/is home to some of the greatest RP guilds such as: Shadowclan Orcs (SCO), Undead Lords (UDL), Crimson Alliance (CA), The Undead (UND), Purple Guardians of Honor (PGoH), Guardians of Valhalla (GoV), Knights of Yew (KoY), Village of Aegis (VoA), United Pirates (UP), Dragon's Claw (VvV), and yes even our own Children of Darkness (CoD). If I forget some, it certainly isn't intentional and my deepest apologies. (PM me and I'll add you here.)

    Here are some basic things you should know:

    Guilds usually align themselves either Good (usually Order), Neutral (switches often) or Bad (usually Chaos). There are varying degrees of each alignment and individual characters within a guild can have a different degree or alignment altogether. It is always best to interact with the individual characters to truly know them.

    A character or guild that aligns as lawful is law-abiding and almost always lives by a code. They can be lawful good, lawful neutral, or lawful evil. Examples: Purple Guardians of Honor and Children of Darkness are both LAWFUL GOOD. The Undead or the Undead Lords are both LAWFUL EVIL. All these guilds have a very intricate and expansive code of conduct, rulebook, that they operate under.

    A character or guild that aligns as chaotic is quite the opposite and most usually lives with almost no restrictions at all. They can be chaotic good, chaotic neutral, or chaotic evil. Examples: United Pirates is CHAOTIC NEUTRAL; they don't really have a set of rules, actually they live to break them. Their actions could be perceived as good, or they can be perceived as bad --- hence their neutral stance.

    Folks should be respectful of other groups' storylines, plots, role playing style. Respect begets respect. When you are engaging in role play, you may wish to use the following guidelines:

    A) Guild Abbreviations and/or Titles mean nothing, they are a game mechanic and should not be used as RP identifiers. The truth is you do not know someone until they actually introduce themselves. And you may have heard of them, which certainly can have some misconceptions or imply bias toward them, but unless you know them you cannot substantiate any claims to their identity or role within their clans.

    B) Use party chats to collaborate on storylines. Specifically when it comes to RPvP engagements. You cannot kill off someone's characters (which they have worked very hard on) without their permissions. Remember its their characters, their story, their game.

    C) Highlights do NOT always mean ENEMY. The war declaration system has been used for decades, especially since the birth of Trammel, to allow for small interactions between groups. That does NOT mean they are kill on sight. We can and do highlight ourselves to FRIENDS. Again, ORANGE doesn't mean DEAD in RP.

    D) Use the commonly known Rules of Engagement for any and all RPvP encounters. I have listed them below. Always remember to collaborate (use party chat) and be respectful. There is no TRASH TALKING in RP.

    When you are in game, in public, you are "in character". Forums, private messages, party chats, guild chats, and alliance chats are some areas that may be open to OUT OF CHARACTER (OOC) general interaction. Depends on how your guild structures themselves.

    When approaching non-RP'ers, you can invite them to a party chat to talk more openly. Most non-RP'ers tend to follow along though and they are quick to pick up on your RP. Explaining to them what you are doing who you are and introducing yourself is always "universal".

    These forums are equipped with the ability to prefix a post with the [RP] tagline. This doesn't always mean that the replies and interactions within that post are "in character". Folks are used to post stories and or "posters" for events and so on, but the replies are often OOC.

    The following Rules of Engagement, are the accepted upon ROE’s for all guilds, in all situations. The only exception to these rules are those ROE modifications allowed by the parties involved and how they chose to engage with each other through collaborative efforts.

    ARMOR RESTRICTIONS: Currently characters are only restricted from wearing FACTION ITEMS and can wear artifacts and modified armor and weapons.
    • DO NOT GO OOC – RP PvP engagements must be done IN CHARACTER at all times.
    • DO NOT GO TAGLESS – All combat characters should display their guild abbreviations and titles and show their allegience. This allows, specially since orange does not equal foe (out of system guilds declare to both friend and foe), for more clear identification. KNOW THY ENEMY!
    • DO NOT PLOT BULLY – If you want to involve a person into your plot, make sure that it happens with their consent. This includes the “making” of a vampire or jailing a character to stand trial. Everything should be consentual.
    • DO NOT ATTACK WITHOUT WARNING – This means, be sure you ROLE PLAY your intentions to attack and they confirm. This includes ships out in the seas; they must be manned and you must RP your intentions prior to attacking their ships. RP > PvP in all situations.
    • DO NOT KILL AFK’ERS – If they cannot confirm your intentions, they are considered AFK; do not engage.
    • DO NOT LOOT – Ever! Do not even look in a body. Make sure to insure all your valuables.
    • DO NOT BRING YOUR GREATER DRAGONS – You are only allowed 1 pet plus a mount, and you can use upto 4 slots (a total of 4 slots). Mounts are allowed as long as it falls into these rules.
    • DO NOT RESS KILL – In fact, you should offer a resurrection if you can.
    • DO NOT RE-ENGAGE A KILLED PLAYER – You should wait a minimum of 30 minutes for the player to regroup.
    • DO NOT RE-ENGAGE AFTER BEING KILLED – You are required to wear your death robes over your armor after you recollect for 30 mins. However, for large scale battles between groups, once you are dead there is absolutely NO RE-ENGAGEMENT allowed, not on ANY of the players characters, for 24 hours. Use this time to role play injuries, role play capture, crawling on your knees to your ship, or other befitting conditions. You must remain in the area while wearing your death robe for the full 30 minutes or until your opponents exit the area entirely.
    As much as we, the guildmasters of our guilds, take pride is carefully selecting applicants before adding them, it can never fully be guaranteed that a black sheep hasn’t sneaked into a guild and breaks these rules. All members are encouraged to take screen shots (especially of journals) of infractions should any arise and raise those concerns to their guild leaders in the private areas of these forums or in person (or ICQ).

    (Please PM me if you wish to be added to this list)

    Purple Guardians of Honor (www.pgoh.org)
    Thom, Katherine, or Callista --- could you give me a brief intro please? PM me!

    United Pirates (www.aschulze.net/ultima/pirates/)
    I'll need the same here from those of you in UP --- a brief description please. PM me!

    The Children of Darkness (www.childrenofdarkness.com)
    CoD is a conflict-based role playing guild that enjoys to participate in structured RPvP. We are based on the lore provided to us by the great author Anne Rice and use The Vampire Chronicles, The Wolf Gift Chronicles, and the Mayfair Witches (albeit in modified versions) for our guild lore. We own several buildings in what we call "West Umbra" and our main city Vamp's Lair as well as hold leases to buildings in Umbra itself and in South Jhelom. We also maintain the old "Spirit Tower" in Felucca where we engage in PvP, renamed the Death Tower after the desecration of the shrine by Minax. The GM is Pandora (Pandora@childrenofdarkness.com) and she plays Pandora and Marius both (they are husband & wife).

    The Royal Britannian Guard of Umbra (www.royalbritannianguard.com)
    As the name implies, this regiment of the RBG is based out of Umbra but dutifully serves the crown for any needs that may arise. It is based on a strict military-style theme that puts cadets through a "training boot camp" and demands "logs" of its members whenever they engage in storylines. The GM is Kalmar Erikkson (who is the Captain and is played by Pandora of the CoD).

    (Please PM me if you wish to be added to this list)

    Name: The Bloody Brew Tavern
    Location: Malas, 32'N, 2'E
    Operated by: Children of Darkness
    Days Open: Thursdays
    Times Open: 9 PM to 11 PM EST
    Player Styles Allowed: RP Only
    RPvP Allowed: Yes, within reason.

    The Bloody Brew tavern is open to all members of the Role Playing community on Thursdays at or around 9 PM EST. All "other worldly" characters are asked to stay in masquerade. RPvP is allowed on these nights, although you may be asked to take it outside.

    Pictures, Links, or Maps:

    The Bloody Brew: Feature Page on CoD Site


    Order vs. Chaos RP PvP Theme of Catskills

    We are very proud to be able to present to you all our unique concept for Role Playing PvP, based on the very popular and easily recognizable Order vs. Chaos system. Order vs. Chaos is a set of role playing rules of engagement for the Catskills shard for RP guilds wishing to engage in structured player vs. player combat. The main objective for this RP Theme is to engage in story-driven, focused RP PvP with the use of quick "battle plots" as well as full length RP story arcs that are written and collaborated on by the theme members and guild leaders.

    The main concept of this theme is to invite guilds that are known to be dominantly RP-based to ally together around a common set of ROE’s and bring back the old concept of “guild wars”. This theme is exclusively for ROLE PLAYING GUILDS. Guilds must apply, be reviewed, and be accepted to this theme.

    Guild Alignments
    Guilds can align themselves with a chosen side (joining that alliance; there is an Order alliance and a Chaos alliance that are at war with each other) or individually manage their war declarations. Guild leaders are then given a list of guilds that they would highlight to in order to be part of this theme and allow for RP-based interaction under the common ROE.​

    Storyline Development
    Guild members and their leaders are not only encouraged, but required to, participate in the development of theme storylines. These storylines are the heart and soul of this theme, without them the theme stands still. So you must be willing and committed to participate. Ways that you can and should participate are:​
    • Submit ideas for possible storylines.
    • Add suggestions for a developing storyline.
    • Play dungeon master for a particular storyline (write the in character submissions, manage the battle plots, and help to steer the storylines).
    • Create battle plots out of existing storylines.
    • Show up, ready and willing, to the storyline events (battle plots, small interactions, meetings, etc.)
    Battle Plots
    The storylines that lead to battle plots can be just about anything that can creatively thought about. We must be able to execute this with little to no help from the Event Managers and must be in detail when we do their require their help. The Dungeon Masters that volunteer to write the battle plots should be the ones that coordinate any needed interaction from EM’s, if at all. Some examples of battle plots are, but are not limited to:​
    • Prisoner Escorts (Escorting a character from one area to another on foot and allowing for escape/freeing attempts.)
    • Incarcerations (Holding a character prisoner in an agreed to area — could be the Order or Chaos houses or the Barracks of a player city, or the jails of an NPC city, or even in the depths of a dungeon.)
    • Territorial Wars (a sect would declare a certain area to be forfeit and the rival sect must then declare war and retrieve the territory — could be the city of Trinsic or Britain or even the Stygian Abyss dungeon.)
    • Explosive Bombings (a particular group could “bomb” a building or holding in a player-ran city or even an NPC city, efforts to investigate “whodunit” and then post up wanted posters that can eventually lead to another battle plot, such as incarcerations.)
    • Murder Investigations (a dungeon master could place clues and have investigators try to figure out who the culprit is.)
    • Bounty Hunting (a bounty for a certain character’s head could be placed and delivery would give a huge payout.)
    • Missing Persons (a certain person of interest has gone missing and we may be required to fight through the depths of a dungeon to get them back, and they may be “held” by the opposing side.)
    All these are examples of what could be played out through role play, and I am sure there are many many more ideas in all our theme members they can submit. Battle plots are submitted through this website in the private forums designed just for those submissions. Members are required to keep the details of such events private and amongst their own guild mates or theme mates.​

    "In Character" Events
    Where would we be without the chance to develop our characters even further, outside of RPvP battles? Our theme guilds should also be committed to running events and trying to make as many as their real lives allow. Remember, however real life > game. From tavern nights, to bard’s night, to Iron Chef Sosaria, to Black Tie Galas, and Honordays Festivals….events of this nature are not only fun and help to develop your character, but they could be chances to develop storylines as well.​

    OvC uses the commonly accepted Rules of Engagement (ROE) listed above.​

    If you are interested in learning more please contact me (Contact Info in Signature) or visit our website: Order vs. Chaos | A Catskills Role Playing PvP Theme
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2014
  2. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable

    Re: Order vs. Chaos RP PvP Theme of Catskills

    Pandy, I keeled myself last night. It was fun. *grins*
  3. Flutter

    Flutter Community Manager: Social Media Staff Moderator Stratics Supporter

    Re: Order vs. Chaos RP PvP Theme of Catskills

    I desire to murder without rules or restrictions.
    Will you let me in as an enemy to all?
    Any and all are free to attack me whilst I sleep, but the same goes for both order and chaos!
    Thievery and looting totally allowed!
    Make for real DANGER!!!
    I shall even name my character that.
  4. Spion

    Spion Visitor

    Re: Order vs. Chaos RP PvP Theme of Catskills

    I could totally do this, except that I suck at RP.

    Unless I was allowed to RP a deaf/mute homicidal maniac. :D
  5. Pandora_CoD

    Pandora_CoD Lore Master

    Re: Order vs. Chaos RP PvP Theme of Catskills

    I am thinking you would probably do good in... Chaos. Just saying. :lick:
  6. BBaggins

    BBaggins Visitor

    Re: Order vs. Chaos RP PvP Theme of Catskills

    There is a place for non rpers who like to interact with rpers, that's chaos.
  7. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable

    Re: Order vs. Chaos RP PvP Theme of Catskills

    Barnaby, your sig, she is scaring me.
  8. Farsight

    Farsight Crazed Zealot

    Re: Order vs. Chaos RP PvP Theme of Catskills

    I resembl... er... resent that remark!:eek:
  9. Podolak

    Podolak UO Moderator Staff Moderator

    A central location for all things RP and Catskills has been requested. Hopefully this assists people looking for information regarding RP on Catskills. I would like to get some feedback from everyone on how this should be setup and what you would like to see. For now I am moving a few RP related posts to here but am open to all ideas.

    Thanks everyone.
  10. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable

    Podo, we already had a posting of information. Why the second one?
  11. Podolak

    Podolak UO Moderator Staff Moderator

    This particular sticky is a temporary one to try some things out and toss around some ideas. Now which are you referring to? The Guild/Alliance/RP theme thread or the History thread?

    I am hoping to get opinions from everyone on how to best do this. Some feel that the other threads didn't scream RP loud enough for people looking for RP info. What do you think?
  12. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable

    The information listed on the other post are all that is needed. This thread just seems a bit redundant.

    Also, we have the RP forums at http://catskillsroleplayers.proboards.com/] for those looking for something that "screams" RP.
  13. Podolak

    Podolak UO Moderator Staff Moderator

    We should definitely get that link in the other thread(s) so it is easier to find for people not familiar with it. Besides this thread being unnecessary, do you have any other suggestions pertaining to the existing thread perhaps or do you think they are perfectly adequate and I am completely off my rocker for making this sticky?

    I am old and fall off my rocker often so that is completely possible.
  14. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable


    No old man, you are not completely off your rocker.

    I think that there are those seeking ways to make RP appeal to a larger audience. And with that in mind they are looking at old welcome posts and old RP boards and perhaps seeing them as lacking to the current view of RP.

    Take Pandy's endeavors as an example.

    Her hope, as I understand it is to make RP seem tempting even to those not accustomed to spending their time engaged in Role play. Something that even the casual RPer or one just seeking to dangle their feet in the RP pool might look to.

    Her RP is conflict centered RP, and for many not used to role playing this can be a good first look in. Sort of a half way between the world of PVP and RP.

    This is not a different approach to RP though, just one from the past that appealed to many. But it is listed in the other post clearly, with the web sites for all wanting to check it out to see. Another post, or one that seems slanted towards conflict RP is not needed really.
  15. Pandora_CoD

    Pandora_CoD Lore Master

    I'll answer this right quick... since I was the initial proponent. What I had wanted was a list of the "ACTIVE" RP Establishments sticky'd at the top. Something like this:

    Catskills RP Player-Ran Taverns/Cities (Active) - Ultima Online Forums

    We get a lot of folks asking where the RP is at... and being that we all have a ton of IRL stuff and the chances of someone stumbling into RP is less because of it... I thought it would be helpful to sticky the information so visitors could see it.
  16. Farsight

    Farsight Crazed Zealot

    Problem with that is that the active RP changes by the day, the week, the phase of the moon or whatever.

    So the only thing we can really sticky is "We have an in-game chat channel... use it"

    After that, we don't mind answering the same question over and over again, since the answer changes on a regular basis.
  17. Pandora_CoD

    Pandora_CoD Lore Master

    Guess who's back? Back again. Pandy's back, tell a friend. :)
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  18. Podolak

    Podolak UO Moderator Staff Moderator

    Pandy? PANDY!!!
  19. Scarst

    Scarst Lore Master

    Back from outer space just come in to blah blah blah. I can't remember the song. I'm a terrible singer anyway. Over 2 years later, Thread revival. Damn vampire necromancers. *Pulls out his silver sword* Do I have to come and cleanse the world!
  20. Pandora_CoD

    Pandora_CoD Lore Master

    Well for a good time, I guess you know who to call. :)
  21. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable

    Oh Pandy, well you came and y0u found me a turkey. But I sent you Ben-Gay.
  22. Pandora_CoD

    Pandora_CoD Lore Master

    Going to start opening the Bloody Brew again, on Thursday nights, 9 PM EST. Starting on August 22nd! Also Market Day will be planned for the month of November. :)
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2013
  23. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable

    Best of luck to you folks, if you get tired of playing around there, come see me on Middle Earth. I am the hot looking warg with the fluffy tail.
  24. Pandora_CoD

    Pandora_CoD Lore Master

    We had a LOTR chapter once, it kinda died quick for us.... moved on to GW2, now that's amazing PvP. Can't wait until ESO comes out, though.... its supposed to be as good as Dark Age of Camelot was for PvP. I can't wait. The Beta testers in my TLP community have been a buzz about it.
  25. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable

    I have tried GW2, mostly for the pvp. I did enjoy the story line of the character, but after you play that through, there is little to do. Lotro has been great fun for me, and in addition to being a part of a great Kinship, I lead one of the oldest creep(bad guys) tribe on Landroval. The community on Landy is open and top notch. We have been planning and holding some events, with the aid of Turbine which are attended by folks from all servers. I am thinking of looking into ESO as well, mostly because I am always looking to try new things. I still miss many things about UO, and from time to time open the old acct just to walk around.
  26. Pandora_CoD

    Pandora_CoD Lore Master

    We surely do miss our Aedon! :heart:
  27. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable

    Thank you, but Aedon is very happy where he is. He and his missus Janissan own a very nice area with 6 homes and a kinhall in the elven area. There are adventures to be had, and music and dancing when the mood strikes. And when my darker side emerges I can stalk the ettenmoors on my warg looking for free people to gobble down. My kinship just held Weatherstock, a huge musical concert which draws bands and attendees from all servers. We even get prizes supplied by Turbine and GM bouncers to take care of anyone seignior to disrupt things.

    I no longer attend events in taverns, and spend little time simply sitting around chatting. I have started to write again, and that in itself is a blessing.
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  28. Zuckuss

    Zuckuss UO Catskills News Reporter Staff

    Does anybody remember that thief from back in the day? His name was Ben Gay too.
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  29. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable

    Oh dear, not sure I remember this guy, but do like the fact that he used that name.
  30. Pandora_CoD

    Pandora_CoD Lore Master

    As much as I like the fact that my original post on this thread was stickied and renamed... the truth is that it does very little to tell folks about RP in general. It talks about one very specific RP theme that for now is quite dormant (looking for guilds that wish to engage in organized RPvP, so I haven't lost hope). So I am going to edit the original post to be more general and more informative.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2013
  31. Pandora_CoD

    Pandora_CoD Lore Master

    Anyone interested in adding in their info, please PM me! :)
  32. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable

    I can meet you outside the Prancing Pony most any night of the week Pandy. Bring an instrument, and be prepared to play long into the night.
  33. Bianca_CoD

    Bianca_CoD Seasoned Veteran

    Where is that place Aedon? Is it a new tavern or establishment? I'd love to see it!

    ~ Sue.
  34. Bianca_CoD

    Bianca_CoD Seasoned Veteran

    Pandy could you add the Trade and Commerce Commission RP theme and its chapters so far?

    Thank you,

    ~ Sue.
  35. Aedon Durreah

    Aedon Durreah Certifiable

    It is in Middle Earth actually. I have been an continue to play Lotro at this time, I sill love the Cats community though, and check in here often.
  36. Bianca_CoD

    Bianca_CoD Seasoned Veteran

    Awwww, shucks. Well were here in UO for the next year or so and we aren't going to go back to LOTRO, most of us did not enjoy it. I'm a huge fan of Tolkien's work however. I was hoping to be able to see Aedon again; always enjoyed the RP we shared.


    ~ Sue.
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