If this is your first time role-playing online or visiting Rings of Honor, then you may find this page helpful. It will walk you through creating a character and role-playing your character, as well as briefly introduce you to the setting.
The first thing you may notice is that all role-play in Rings of Honor is text-based. You play your character live in a chat room, with each chat room pertaining to a different setting depending on which chat room you are in.
In the message board forums, your character can talk to others through a handful of posting boards. These are located under the In Character Posts forum. Each board is set in one of the various role-play settings, where a character can leave messages that are seen publicly by all characters, even though they may address them to a specific character.
Also, you can tell stories of your character's adventures under the Storyboard forum. The folder called "The Streets" is a folder anyone can post in, and is recommended for beginners.
Creating Your Character
The first step in creating a character is registering an account*. To register, you will need to provide a Username and email address. Your Username does not have to be your character's name, although it is recommended. Each character requires a separate account, meaning that for each of your characters you must register a unique Username and email address.
*Rings of Honor does not require any fees whatsoever and is free for all players.
Once you have submitted your Username, email address and password, your account must then be activated in order to complete the registration process. You will receive an email within minutes of registering that provides an activation link. Click on the link to activate your account.
Sometimes the email containing the activation link gets lost in cyberspace and does not reach the player's email. If you do not receive an email within a few minutes of registering, please contact the RoH administration team and they will activate your account for you within 24 hours and alert you once it is active.
Once your account is activated, you will be able to log in to the chat rooms and forums. By clicking on the profile link in the top menu of the forums, you can provide a name and description of your character under the "Character Information" section, as well as upload a portrait and/or avatar of your character. All character information can be viewed by other players and will allow them to get to know your character better.
Now that your account is set up, you are ready to role-play.
How to Role-Play
Role-play can be described as collaborative storytelling, with each player being responsible for their own character. This is especially true in live role-play where players meet in a chat room and have their characters interact. Storyboard posts, on the other hand, may have as few as just a single player telling a story.
The one rule of live role-play is to distinguish your character's dialogue from their actions. The two most common ways to accomplish this is to either surround your actions with double colons, or your dialogue with quotation marks. For example, say you play Warrior Joe, and you want him to pull a coin out of his pocket and ask someone to call heads or tails. Either of the below examples would achieve this:
Warrior Joe: ::Pulls a coin out of his pocket.:: Call it in the air. Heads or tails.
Warrior Joe: Pulls a coin out of his pocket. "Call it in the air. Heads or tails."
Rings of Honorís chat provides a number of command tools, one of which being the /me command. This command will begin the line of text you send to the room with your Username. For example, if you type
/me rattles the ice cubes around in his glass.
and hit Send, the following is sent to the chat room:
Warrior Joe rattles the ice cubes around in his glass.
While the /me command functions as an alternative role-play option, it limits you to only sentences that begin with your Username as well as sends them in the same red font color as room announcements, and therefore is not recommended for role-play.
About the Setting
Rings of Honor takes place in the coastal city of Rhydin, located in a medieval fantasy world that is also called Rhydin. Travelers visit the city from all over for trade, business, vacation or residence, and some, due to the mysterious properties of its atmosphere, may find themselves inexplicably lost there from another world.
As a result, the setting affords an immense level of freedom in creating your character, as your character can be virtually anyone or thing, from anywhere. You can make them a native resident of the city, an adventurer from a distant or not-so-distant land, or an otherworldly stray. Truly the only limit is your imagination.
For more information on the City of Rhydin, please read its detailed description under the Settings menu.
About the Duels
The sport of one-on-one combat, or dueling, plays a significant role in Rhydin. In a duel, your character faces off against another character with a winner being determined from points scored. As your character collects wins, they move up in rank and are able to challenge for and earn various titles. Each title offers unique role-play benefits.
Rings of Honor offers three games that simulate armed (Duel of Swords), unarmed (Duel of Fists), or arcane (Duel of Magic) combat. When your character participates in a duel, you play one of these three games against the other player. How the game is played out dictates what happens to both characters in the duel.
To learn more about dueling, please read The Duels under the Getting Started menu.