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[INFO] FAQs [Jun. 10th, 2007|11:32 am]
Fandom Isle: News & Administrative Community


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Fandom Isle FAQ
Updated June 18, 2007

What is Fandom Isle?
Fandom Isle is a panfandom play-by-post deserted island online role-playing game hosted a Livejournal.com. (Don't let the buzz word scare you, panfandom is just another way of saying "crossover.")

fandom_isle seems to be very involved and plot-driven with a lot of history. If I adopt an orphaned character, will it be hard to catch up?
No. Although this is officially season two, we're not going to require new players to do any "playing catch up." You get to jump in and hit the ground running.

Do I have to adopt an orphaned character?
No, it's not required to adopt an orphaned to join the game. You may apply for membership with whatever character you like. The list of orphaned characters is there just so to make players aware that these characters are available; this is especially helpful if someone want to join in but doesn't have a particular character in mind.

I'm not familiar with a lot of the characters. Will that be a problem?
Not for a good role-player.

Seriously, though if you really want to know it all, there is The Wiki to help with learning and identifying characters. In addition, thinking of it from your characters POV, your character wouldn't be familiar with the others on the island either, beyond learning names and faces.

What sorts of characters are allowed?
This one is a tough question with no single answer. What I can tell you is that hardcore villains/"bad guys" are not allowed. If the character you have in mind is completely contemptous, immoral, and irredeemable, then he/she is not allowed. (No Cylons, no demons, no warlocks, etc. Let me put it more simply: If you have to ask if your villain is allowed, he/she/it likely isn't.)

Nor are vampires allowed (There aren't that many animals, and I doubt that anyone is going to be willing to open a vein or offer up their neck on a daily basis. Unless it's non-corporeal Spike, then chances are it's not going to happen.) This is non-negotiable.

Beyond that, the decision of what types of characters to allow in or not allow is solely at the discretion of the mods and the player who is applying.

(Oh wait. No gods. Sorry. Just don't ask. No. No. And No.)

Are there any limits on what mediums characters can come from (ie, books, movie, television, video games)?
Yes, we prefer characters from books, television and movies. (Anime, cartoon and comic book characters are allowed provided that they do not unbalance the game and fit well within our parameters. Applications for such characters will be carefully reviewed, and there may be an extensive application/interview process to get such a character accepted into the game.)

Book/television/movie characters have the greatest chance of being easily accepted. There is (usually) a large canon to support them, and they are easier to identify/find/play.

Are original characters allowed?
Original characters are allowed, but getting the application for an original character accepted will be difficult. We (the moderators) are stricter on original characters because of the tendency for these characters to be Mary Sue and Gary Stu types or to be overpowering. There is a vast array of television, book and film media to pull from and we would strongly suggest you look to those mediums before applying with an original character.

How much freedom will I have with my character once I'm part of the game?
As much as you want. Fandom Isle is both character-driven and plot-driven, and yes such a thing is indeed possible. The overall plot serves as a backdrop to the characters and thus far, in the nine months that the game has been live, the plot has been bent, molded and even rewritten to fit the actions, needs and desires of the characters.

Why is there an age restriction?
Though we are sure that there are many talented, mature players under 18 years of age, there are several reasons for the age restriction. First of all, this is a mature, adult game that will often be dealing with mature, adult situations. Also, those 18 or older are less likely to have computer and internet time restricted by parents or guardians.

The other reason is simply the reason of maturity. While some teenagers are mature and handle themselves well in gaming situations, we know that this is the exception and not the rule. (Yes, it can be argued that the same can be said for some seemingly mature adults, but we're not here to debate the restriction, simply to explain it.)

Is slash allowed?
If this is your main or only question, that I have to admit, I'm already wary of your reasons for wanting to join the game, but I'll answer the question honestly.

This is a role-playing game with emphasis on character development and interaction. I'm not opposed to pairings, be they het or slash, however I am opposed to and will not allow sex/slash for sex/slash's sake. If it is conducive to the character's development, or plot development then that's permissible, but introducing a character solely for the reason of slashing them is not acceptable.

Also, your character will be interacting with other characters. It is not written that these other characters will be gay/lesbian/bi. You may not introduce an NPC solely for the sake of slashing your character, nor may you force another player to have the same sexual orientation as yours.

So the simple answer is yes, but it will depend on the make up of the other characters in the game as to whether or not it happens.

I have a question that wasn't answered here.
Please send email to the mods at fandomislemod@gmail.com or fikgirl@gmail.com. We'll have an answer for you in minutes. (Okay, that's not true, but we will answer any questions you may have.)