We can't reserve characters, I'm afraid, as everything is based on application and how well we think the character ideas / writing style would fit into the game. If you'd like, I can however say that we won't accept any Gaara applications for a week, giving you a chance to get one in.
This doesn't mean that others can't apply.
If you'd like to go over any character ideas before writing them up, feel free to contact one of the mods on AIM. And I'm glad to hear you enjoy watching the game!
What happens if you want to play a character that became available when a player leaves? Do you learn everything you can about them and pick up where the first person left it? Or do you re introduce the character? I'm considering playing Shikamaru but I have no idea how that would work.
You are welcome to make the character your own and in no way have to play a version of the last player's character interpretation.
In Shikamaru's case, it might be nice if he had at one point been living in Lysgar, as our current Ino and Chouji had interacted with him here, but the relationship he had (with Tayuya) does not need to be kept (she also left). If you could find a reason why he may have left Lysgar for a short time and now be coming back, that would be awesome.
However, I don't think either Ino or Chouji's player would consider that vital, so you could start entirely fresh.
If you catch one of the mods on AIM at some point, they can probably give you the screen names of any players you may want to discuss history with.
I'm thinking about applying for Unohana Retsu and I have an idea for her character (background-wise, I mean), but I thought I'd run it past the modly-types before hand. Is it alright for characters who don't (canonically, anyway) have kids to have kids in the RP?
Depending on how it's handled, I can't see too much of a problem. Do you mean kids that would live away from the apartment, or in it?
The kids would live in the apartment ^.^
Oops, sorry to have been a while getting back to you. It's just me here right now and I'm not sure I can make a definitive judgement on my own - I'll have been able to chat to another mod about it by tomorrow, with luck.
The only problems I can see are a) you constantly having to NPC the kids, and b) you'd probably need an apartment on your own, as the largest are 3 bed. Not huge issues, but I just want to run it by someone else before I yay or nay it :)
Sorry to be keeping you waiting!
Yeah, I had realized that first problem and I had been pondering the second one XD But I'm sure something could be worked out ^.^
=) Hey, I understand the constraints of RL and what-not, so, no big ^.^ Just get back to me when you can =D
Ok - we decided against allowing NPC children within the building. We've been strict on non-canon NPCs so far, and this would be a pretty big exception.
If she had adult children, who didn't live with her, or children who lived with their other parent and so could be mentioned without having to be NPCed, that would be okay.
I hope that doesn't throw you too far off track.
Alrighty =) It does make sense why you're being strict on it, though- I know Bleach alone is rather extensive in its character list and I wouldn't be surprised if Naruto's not much better. It's easier to keep track of everyone when you're not having to worry about various NPCs.
Luckilly, it's an easy thing to work around and it doesn't throw my plans for bg for the character too much. And hopefully, I'll get the app posted/applied-like before I go to bed ^.^;
Thanks again for answering my question =)
Hi there! I just have one quick question: Is there a policy on applications for paired characters? A friend and I were tossing around the idea of applying for Nemu and Mayuri (and now possibly Nanao and Shunsui as she might be open now?) and wanted to run it by the moderators before we started putting time into the application. Is it looked down upon? Should we bother tying our histories together?
And also, on the subject of Mayuri, how... I suppose, friendly do I need to be? His disposition can make it slightly difficult to interact so I'm worried about meeting posting requirements.
Tying histories together is fine - but we can't guarantee acceptance of both of you, obviously. It's best if a character can at least function on their own.
Mayuri's character can be however you want to make it - Sasuke isn't the friendliest character but still interacts.
A question though, by paired characters, are we talking the standard father/daughter relationship?
Totally understandable on all accounts. I just worry that Mayuri's journal entries won't be about exploits at the grocery store and mundane things like that and therefore people would be less inclined to comment to them.
They'd be as standard as we can get them. ^.^ Obviously we can't apply the usual physical abuse (too easy for the neighbors to call the police) but a little verbal abuse goes a long way, as he would point out.
Well, honestly, some of the more in depth journal posts don't get as many replies, because there isn't as much to latch onto. However, if you get Mayuri talking to other people, reciprocation is far more likely.
And there are a few characters who will respond to anything.
Ahh and that's fine. Personally I'd love to see either set of characters.
Um, hello, I feel the need to introduce myself because my friend did it for me (sort of). I be the other half to the equation that she mentioned and I'll be applying shortly (and I have no idea if she sent in her application yet or not but I suppose I will find out). Um... I apologize in advance for the length.
Sorry we're taking a while to respond, one of the mods is on holiday right now, so communication is slow. Thanks for sending in your apps, just want you to know you havn't been forgotten!
Eek! Ha, ha, hello! And thank you for letting me know; my friend and I were starting to get nervous.
In any case I hope said mod is having a wonderful time where ever they are though! Summer is the time for vacationing after all (if you can escape the heat anyway).
Erm, yes, well before I start babbling endlessly here (as though I haven't already) I guess we'll just keep checking back to see. Thanks again for the update, I really appreciate it!
Is Aizen Sousouke available as a playable character?
Aizen is indeed availiable, I know our Momo would love to have him around. And (i think it was you who asked this) 13 is perfectly acceptable as an age for Yachiru, but we'd need her to have some kind of guardian, NPC Zaraki or not - this could probably be worked out by talking to one of the mods, and my aim is wasoncedelight.
Sorry for being so long getting back to you!
Ahoy hoy. Lovely community you have going here, I'm also considering applying. I was wondering whether Hyuuga Hanabi would be an option. I didn't see her name on the list of characters. So, I'm assuming she was excluded for a reason?
Thank you for your time.
2006-09-09 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: A Question.
Hanabi was excluded because the likelihood of her ending up in Lysgar would be slim. Given Hinata's in game age, Hanabi would be 15 and still in High School, and as canonically she is in good standing with her father it would be hard to find a reason for her to move out.
If you can come up with something awesome, we'd certainly consider it, but you'll probably have better luck fitting a different character into the game.
2006-09-09 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: A Question.
Thanks for answering the question! Now that I consider it, that makes sense. I was gonna have her visit Hinata...but I guess that sounds a little dull.
Anywho, I've also read your list of recommended characters and I've seen some people apply for them. Do you recommend any characters, as I am flexible?
2006-09-09 11:40 pm (UTC)
Re: A Question.
It's very hard to recommend characters without knowing what you enjoy. From Naruto (a series I don't know as well as the other mod) we've got openings for Kakashi, I know our Hinata would love a good Kiba, Anko or Kurenai by way of girls, and plenty of others like Shino and Deidara.
In Bleach, I'd love to see some Ishida or Shinji applications, or some of the arrancar. But any non-taken character if fair game, you don't need to go by the suggested page.
Is Naruto still available? On your list, it says he is. But I have a hard time believing it and I remember someone applying for him...
2006-09-10 04:30 am (UTC)
Re: A Question.
...You know what, I'm going to go delete that list of suggested characters - it was put up by another moderator and I don't think they've had time to update it. If you go by the list of taken characters on the main info page you will be entirely up to date. And it does indeed say that Naruto is currently taken.
Sorry you've found things a little confusing!
I just had a question about the character Inoue Orihime, she is not listed in the taken characters list however she seems to be played by sismarysunshine
so I'm just a bit confused.
just wanted to see what was up before I go feeling stupid for applying for a taken character.
That was our old Orihime, who recently had to leave the game due to contraints on her time. The new player wouldn't have to keep that Orihime's history, though it would be helpful if her history mentioned living in the building with Tatsuki for a year or so.
She's likely to be one of the more applied for characters, but is not currently taken.
Is there a list of current taken PBs? I don't want to have my heart set on a PB, only to discover that it's been used already. :)
I think you're sorted with your PB anyway, but that is a great idea which I'll try to implement asap.
I applied several months ago as Shizune (when she was still available). The mods replied that I wasn't accepted, but that I should reapply as her. I did so, and then no one ever got back to me. I know that she's taken now, but I wanted to apply again and was unsure if I was able to, what with the 'only apply once' rule. Would I be able to apply again as a different character?
Firstly, sorry for taking a while to get back to you, one of the mods is AWOL right now and I'm trying to keep up. I've been back through all the applications made in the time I've been mod here and couldn't find your Shizune app, but I'm sorry no one replied to you the second time.
You're welcome to apply again.
hello :) i wasn't sure where to ask this question, so i hope it's alright that i'm posting it here. i've been reading no_air
for a few months now, (i think you have a great cast!), but there's been a recent development that's confusing me..
ichigo and rukia are back together, right? cause i know they 'seperated' for a while and rukia went OCD (teehee). however, recent entries are cute and wonderful again.. did i miss them making up, or has it not been logged yet?
(if not that's fine, i'm totally patient. i just wanted to make sure i didn't miss it!)
Ha WELL. Yes, we know it's a bit disjointed right now, Ichigo's player has been having computer troubles and the only way we've been able to work on logs is verrry slowly via email - which was slowing play up a lot, so they're posting ahead of their log at present.
Hopefully we'll get in done in the next weekish and all will become clear, but yes, they are together again.
And weren't you thinking of apping? We'd still love a Hirako! <3
Hi! I applied for Rock Lee but he's already in the game, and I'm thinking of applying for Haku. Is that allowed? He's not on the suggested character list and was wondering if he's an okay character to play. If he is, I have some questions about his history, if that's okay.
1. Haku's parents are dead in canon; should I stick with this? I know that there are already plenty of characters with dead parents, and I do have ideas about writing him with his parents alive (or at least one of them alive, I haven't decided). Game-wise, which parental history is preferred?
2. I'd like to have Haku work in the food industry, but I read through the history list and Chouji is already working in McDonald's. Is this okay? I have very different ideas and direction for Haku, though, but I'd rather check to be sure.
2006-12-29 01:23 am (UTC)
Um, I was wondering; if you apply for a character who already has a history wrote out and whatnot are you to keep that history and go with it or are you to make a new one? I tried reading through everything but I didn't see anything that mentioned it, either that or I missed it. Also, for a character that was already used once before do you continue from where the other player left off or do you get to start all new? I'm sorry if you explained it already in the rules or somewhere else, but sometimes I blank out after reading a lot and trying to keep it all imprinted in my brain. This looks like a lot of fun but I want to make sure I understand it all before I apply for anybody.
Well, seeing as how I don't have a LJ at this point in time, you can send your reply to firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like.
2007-01-05 01:50 am (UTC)
Just for anyone else wondering:
If you take on a previously played character, you get to start them over fresh. If that character had a lot of ties in game, it might be nice to talk to involved players and work them into your own backstory, but you are not expected to follow on from anything the previous character did. Nor does your history need to match theirs.
Hello! I am currently working on an application for a character (and I have a friend who might be applying as a character attached to that one), and I just wanted to ask if the first and second sections of it should be separate comments so that I may apply properly.