Before reading, make sure to read over all of the Rules on the website here:
Also… read the general playing guide for specific information on how to play:
Hi, I am glad you have taken the time to read this detailed guide. This guide is my own personal formula /experience for playing the e-fed. Now, playing a simulated wrestling game is not easy, at first, if you want to be very good. This is not the only way to play this game but these guidelines will help you create a character, grow and then compete successfully in matches and also participate with others.
THE DOs and DONTs
A lot of this was covered in the rules pages and posting template but let me add these dos and donts.
#1 DOs/DONTs: Always attempt to contact the player you want to engage in anything on the e-fed first with a story idea, angle, concept, confrontation/brawl, match idea etc… The reason for this is not just to get down the ideas on paper first (for structure) but to REDUCE problems that could occur. I don’t do this all of the time, some posts/situations don’t always require to email/contact a player like for instance: an impromptu fight on the msg board. But if you can contact a player first to avoid an issue- its always a good idea to try.
#2 DOs/DONTs: ‘Godmoding’ is a term that some ppl throw around when a player overpowers their character but sometimes players may call something godmoding when it really isn’t. The thing is, when you have an e-fed that accepts supernatural/fictional characters and normal mortal characters- you will bound to have some characters appear godlike. So how to get around this? Well, you think of it like this- separate your fictional/supernatural characters from actual wrestling matches. In fact, we have a rule that says that even if you’re magical, don’t use magic in the ring unless the match is designed to have magic in it. So magic/supernatural stuff is illegal in the ring most of the time.
It is hard sometimes because a character may have an exaggerated physical move that can’t work in real life. You just do your best to not make the move too unbelievable. Also, ALWAYS… ALWAYS… show the damage your opponents inflict on you no matter how powerful you may seem to be. If you play a cyborg or something of that nature, its ok to show their special traits but they are not invulnerable. You can also recover from damage but make sure to work for that recovery by posting ways to get around it. You cannot just get up without no sign of damage- and if your opponent inflicts more punishment in the same area/way… then you show that damaged area even more… even to the point where your character cannot recover in the match.
One easy way to make sure you don’t have issues with godmoding is to again, contact your opponent(s) and discuss how you want to play the match and to what extent you will play your character as and if there are any guidelines that need to be addressed. If you work very well with a player and you guys know each other/trust each other then you may not have to ask permission on everything all of the time. Always respect your players in the ring and out – even if you’re rivals.
#3 DOs/DONTs: When you want a title, you cannot rush into thinking that you will get the title right away. The e-fed has various degree of titles and levels. The higher the title, the harder it is to obtain it. If you’re here for a quick-and-easy title reign, then you’re in the wrong e-fed. If you’re here to EARN your title reign, challenge and improve yourself then CW is definitely the e-fed for you. For titles, the stronger your posts are the better your chances at getting somewhere. Whenever I want to work for a title, I plan ahead of time- like, how long will the angle/story last? Who will I be facing and what possible connections do I have with the champion. I always try and find someway to connect with my opponent…. and if there isn’t anything to relate to them, I do something to provoke them on the game. Whether that be a promo or in-ring challenge, I plan ahead of time as best as I could before a match.
#4 DOs/DONTs: MAKE SENSE IN YOUR POSTS AND USE APPROPRIATE SPELLING/GRAMMAR! Nothing else can ruin a post than horrible grammar/spelling. Now, its ok to misspell and not have perfect grammar- but, do your best. Don’t fart out a sentence that is horrible and unreadable. Not only are you going to confuse your reader but they may not take you for serious. Always try to use an online dictionary/thesaurus to find the word or phase you need if you’re unsure. I always try and write my posts out and re-read them afterwords with a careful eye. I know what it feels to rush because time is limited which always tends to mess up my posts- but, don’t post a sloppy, unreadable post otherwise it may be deleted. If you need help, please contact an official or a player and ask them to assist you in your sentence structure.
#5 DO/DONT: Do try and post with content. An acceptable post has at least 2~3 short paragraphs. What I always try and do is imagine the scene taking place in my head and I try my best to explain as much in detail as if watching a movie. Even though it maybe easier to just say “Rob kicks Paul”, its not as effective as “Rob runs against the ropes with all of his energy and then springs up into mid-air with a vicious kick that sends Paul flying up and over the top rope to the cold ground below.” The more you describe and energy you put into your posts, the higher your chances of obtaining title shots and titles and ascending to the top of the e-fed.
#6 DOs/DONTs: Don’t go over the top & makeup stuff that didn’t happen. What I mean by this, READ the post above yours and add to the scene. If Rob jumps out of the ring to run after Paul… don’t reply with Rob inside of the ring with Paul. It makes no sense. If you want them in the ring, then in your reply you SPELL IT OUT that they enter into the ring. Again, imagine what real-life television is showing and try write out what is happening as you are watching it.
#7 DOs/DONTs: Respect and accept a post that has challenged you. Don’t brush them away or ignore them- the only exceptions would be if 1. your time is limited and you cannot take on other angles/storylines; 2. if you and the person challenging you has personal issues, it is best to not work together if you cannot resolve.
If a player calls me out and I show up, I have a few options. 1. do I stand there and take what they say; or 2. do I fight back. If you decide to fight back, then a brawl happens. A brawl has a beginning, middle and an end. Somebody has to be the defender and the other has to be the offender. The defender has to take what the offender dishes out and walk out with the embarrassment or ass beaten out of them. No matter how powerful you are, or how important you are- you cannot just brush off an attack. AND a lot of people don’t like to be the loser… so what do you do? Well the best thing to do is to email your attacker and decide on what to do- even after the challenge. Leave a challenge open-ended… which means you cannot just start it and end it in one post. This way, after an attack… the offender is still in the ring which gives the defender a chance to retaliate. Before they retaliate, you can email your fellow players and decide on what to do.
Sometimes this is very easy for me because I take the fall many times and I am always the defender because I want to help push the other player. Taking the beatings DO NOT make you less important or weak… never think that. You just have to be polite in your postings and if you’re unsure about how far to go… communicate with your players. IF you cannot get their co-operation, then email an official and we can bypass what is happening.
One of the better ways to deal with challenges like this is play a balancing act. IOW, let player A beat the living hell out of you…. then, later Player B retaliates and beats the living hell out of player A…. repeat. Why is this important? well, usually when there is a match with someone, what you do is make promos, challenges, trash talking etc… to build suspense and a reason for that fight to happen. Believe it or not, but the match is the least important of an angle. Its the SUSPENSE building up to the match that IS important. If you can get a long with your player on your angle, and decide on a series of call outs… beatings and balance things out then you’re guaranteed to have a much happier and drama-free angle/match.
This holds true for matches themselves. There has to be a winner and a loser… which you decide with your opponent. The best thing to do is balance this out as well. Say if player A wants to win the match… then the NEXT time you guys fight, Player B wins the match… so on and so forth. Be mindful of your fellow players wants and needs- they are here for the same things that you are.
Alright, posting. Well, my biggest advise to posting is to try your best to write like you speak. Even I… yep… its hard to believe lol but even I have bad spelling/grammar mostly because I got a gazillion things going on and I mess up. Don’t try and be a perfectionist, but do everything in your power to clean up your posts and pay attention to what is happening to the entire scene/match.
Aside from the posting template, what I also do is describe as much in detail as possible. I also use html tags (see the html help post in this forum) and images to help illustrate what I am talking about.
When I post I usually open up with a short paragraph summarizing what just happened above me. This helps not only continue the scene along, but it helps me write the next scene as a reference. No matter what I do to a post, I try and imagine how this would appear on screen and I describe everything as if looking through a camera lens. Sometimes I even add elements of camera etiquette into my postings to elaborate and make the scene as dramatic as possible.
In postings, I tend to leave them open-ended. But sometimes, I also close them. If you intend to leave something open ended- be prepared for anything because anything could happen.