More information can be found here: http://vaxia.org/wiki/beginners-guide-roleplaying
This thread is being set up to just provide some bullet points and things to think about. This way we can also have a place where people can post their own suggestions and tips. So feel free to add on as you wish. It's all about helping others and ourselves.
If you're interested in setting up an RP try and ask others to join in Limbo. If you see others setting something up that isn't in a private or personal room feel free to ask to join in. This is no guarantee that you will be able to play with that particular group so be understanding if the answer is no. If you see RP already happening, ask in Limbo if you can join, rather than asking in the room itself. This helps prevent the room from getting lots of extra posts. However if you get no response in limbo, you can then ask in the room itself. It's possible they didn't see you. Alternately, if you set up a public RP, try to keep an eye on limbo so that you can respond to anyone who asks to join in later.
When playing, be sure to keep pop culture references to a minimum. There is some wiggle room, but if it happens frequently, it may become a problem. It's because these things don't exist in Vaxia, and so it makes very little sense to include them. Another very important thing to do is keep your knowledge as a player away from your knowledge as the character you are playing. It is very important to keep yourself from leading/influencing other players to tell you details about their characters during the game. What they choose to tell a character is entirely up to them. They may tell one of your characters their darkest secrets, but that means your other characters don't know about it. Keeping the two separate is very important when playing.
-Reading/Watching RP that you are not included in:
It can be hard not to metagame if you are reading other players RP even when you are not included. Especially for newer players. One good way to avoid that temptation is to steer clear of RP you are not in. If it is in a private room, or a bedroom or similar area, there is no reason for you to read it at all as it is likely a private conversation that is personal for the players involved. Some of our players are bothered by people watching them play when they are not actively playing with that other player. They may mention in the OOC box or in limbo that they'd like you to leave. If it becomes a regular thing they need to ask, they may even message you privately later. If this happens, please be understanding and refrain from watching their RP. They are asking you to help make their time here more pleasant and you should attempt to be mindful of their concerns.
Playing in a session or even in a casual RP can take a long time. Several hours at least. Waiting for all the other players to post in a given round takes a while. While doing a slow post, it takes even longer. If you find yourself writing consistently long posts and having people wait long periods of time for you, try and be mindful and alter your posts slightly to help alleviate that. One of the best ways to do that is to begin writing your posts as the others respond, instead of waiting until the end to do it all at once. This means that rounds will move much faster for everyone. In general, making someone wait more than 30 minutes for a post is discouraged. If that happens to you, try and ask (either in an OOC box or in limbo) to see if the player is still there. If they are there, continue being patient. However if you wait another 10+ minutes with no response, go ahead and move forward. They can catch up on the next round.
-Rounds vs No Rounds:
In Sessions, often times you will post in rounds. You will get one post to say everything your character is doing before the A/SH then gives a narrative so that you can post again. Outside of sessions, you don't have to post in rounds unless you want to. Often times, that's how it works out naturally. When in conversation with another character, it's best to get their response before you make a second post. However if a person is consistently slowing an active RP down, you may need to skip them. Let them know the reasoning behind your actions if you can, but be polite when you do so. It's very possible that they got distracted and started on their post late, so being considerate is appreciated.
-Read the Room:
If a player seems to be uncomfortable with your actions IC, try and be considerate of their concerns by behaving responsibly OOC. Speak to them in Limbo or a Private Message and ask what's going on. Explain your reasoning and they will explain their concerns. Try and work out a solution that works for both of you. Otherwise, try and step out of the RP, or suggest a change of characters or settings to help cool down the conflict. This will help keep people civil and keep the reaction OOC and IC much more pleasant.
-Read the Responses:
A fact of life here on Vaxia is that we all skim sometimes. In fact, many people who read this will skim it. There's nothing wrong with that in general, but try not to do it much. It can lead to missed information and miscommunication. If you find that you are confused about something that another player says or does, read backward in the log. It's possible that you've skipped an important bit. Another aspect of this is typos. We all make them, and we don't always catch them to edit them. Try and read around them. Often times the meaning is clear upon a second look. If you still find yourself confused, ask the person what they meant. It's likely a 'slip of the fingers.'
-Make Complete Posts:
Here on Vaxia, no one is a mind reader. If you don't write it down, we don't know it. You're painting an image with your dialogue and it's important to include all sorts of things. Upon opening posts, it's nice to include details about your clothing or anything physically descriptive about yourself. When you start to interact with others explain your tone of voice and your visual hints as to how you're feeling. You should also explain your thoughts and your emotions as well. It helps other players get a better glimpse of who your character is. Including information helps keep the world vibrant and alive. It helps other players interact with you as well.