DO I NEED TO SUBMIT MY PLOT TO RPD?
TIPS FOR WRITING A PLOT
Plots may range in any size and scope, from a small detail added to the world, to a large, sim-wide event that may take months to reach conclusion. When writing a plot please take these things into consideration:
The first draft of any piece of writing rarely ever makes it to publication, and submitting a plot to RPD is likely just the beginning of the discussion to see your idea come to fruition. We will work with you to make your plot idea viable, however some compromises may need to be made.
Guidelines to help speed up plot approval
Use the "Plot Writing Resource" links below to research and ensure your plot fits within canon. Plots may stray from canon to a certain degree, but as the degree to which a plot may stray from canon is subjective, it will be at RPD's discretion if it is within reason. Seek guidance from an RPD member if you are unsure if your plot strays too far. For the fastest plot approval, stay within canon as strictly as possible.
Additionally, submitted plots must not ascribe actions to canon characters, even minor or obscure ones. All the other rules regarding canon characters that apply to regular RP apply to plot submission as well.
While it’s not guaranteed that plots of this nature would be denied outright, Hogsmeade can’t burn down every other month. Also, large scale chaos may not be permitted to occur if it could derail another plot currently in progress. If a plot contains these elements, there is a good chance it could be placed in a queue and may be on hold for a very long time. Contact an RPD member to discuss viability if your plot contains these elements.
In addition, attacks on Hogwarts castle will not even be considered unless there is a solid, story driven reason behind why it would happen, and not just out of convenience or a desire to give the castle's inhabitants RP.
NPC’s may be taken over and played by anyone given permission to do so, however regular players cannot. If your plot depends on a player to progress, you should have a plan for what to do in the case they become unavailable. For example, each champion in MM’s version of the Triwizard Tournament had a “second” in case they were no longer able to participate. While we can’t plan for every scenario that may occur while your plot is underway, having at least thought about these types of scenarios will help your plot run more smoothly.
You should also avoid writing your plot with the intention of giving specific people, or the largest amount of people possible RP. Write a good story and don't be concerned with who will or won't be able to participate.
Remember that having a plot approved by RPD does not guarantee anyone's participation, and this extends to OOC staff as well. Nobody has an obligation to see your plot through to completion however if your plot reaches a point where it can no longer progress, you may contact RPD to explore options. RPD may be able to assist in moving your plot along through the use of NPC's or offscreen events depending on what is appropriate to the situation.
We understand the desire to have your character impact the world they live in and to prove their prowess, sometimes through IC spell or potion creation. While RPD does not want to discourage plots involving such feats, expectations do need to be set to avoid upset and ensure that players know what they are getting into. Spell and potion crafting has been demonstrated to be extremely dangerous in canon, Pandora Lovegood did die in a "horrible" manner while experimenting with spells. As such, it is unlikely that young characters would be approved to create spells or potions.
Furthermore, it is stated that only witches and wizards with great understanding of and skill with magic are known to be able to invent spells. It is a very difficult and dangerous process. Because of this, the creation of spells and potions would require extensive research and roleplay. This is not something to be done quickly nor easily and will require time, patience, and talent. Players who seek to attempt this with their plots will risk facing dangers at RPD discretion with their submitted attempts.
There are also no guarantees that, if successful, the spell or potion created will be exactly what you were seeking to accomplish. Scientists often find things by accident whilst trying to do something else, and occasionally their discoveries turn out to be bigger or better than what they were originally going for. Keep in mind that there are major OOC and IC implications and caveats to spell/potion creation that RPD will have to discuss, such as how the creation might affect overall game balance.
All of these factors may impact the length of time and work it takes for such a thing to be approved. Of course, players are always welcome to roleplay out failed attempts, as often as they like.
This list is not exhaustive and there may be other factors that affect your plot’s approval.
Ensure you get permission from players your plot will impact in any way. This includes anything that might relate to previous plots.
Remember plots are nearly impossible to script to perfection, and nobody can truly predict how players may react to any specific event. Be prepared for it not to go the way you had in mind, and let it flow organically.
Once your plot is submitted, RPD will begin reviewing and you will receive initial feedback within 7 days. Please do not contact OOC staff regarding your plot any sooner than 7 days from submission. Answering IM’s of this nature takes RPD members away from plot approval work and may cause delays.
SUBMIT YOUR PLOT
Create a Google Doc and answer the following questions.
- Plot Title
- Character(s) at Mischief Managed – List the character(s) that will be impacted by this plot:
- If public, who would be involved? A group of characters, the whole sim?
- Do you need any NPCs? If yes to needing NPCs, how many and what roles?
- Do you need any props? If yes to props, what do you need? Do you have them?
- When will this plot take place, and how long is it estimated to run?
- Plot details – Provide an outline or written description of your plot. All plots must contain a beginning, climax, and conclusion, though your story line may include several branches with multiple possible climaxes and conclusions based on different scenarios.
- This applies to requests for items, spells, etc. as well.
- If RP has already taken place then please include or attach the cleaned logs in the doc.
- Be as detailed and organised as possible. Ease of understanding your plot will help RPD approve your plot more quickly.
- Remember that there are no guarantees and the nature of the plot may change as RP unfolds.