There are many ways to dive into the action. Below are some ideas as to how to proceed and where to post to get the roleplay you want
Here are some ideas as to getting started with roleplaying. Once you've picked one, feel free to open a thread and encourage others to join you in roleplay:
- How about roleplaying your introduction to the Nexus? Whether this is set in the past (and will go in Historical Events) or in the present day (and will go in the Diplomacy and Events and possibly include current Clients poking their head in to witness it) is up to you! How long your Client has been with the Nexus is something you get to decide. The longer you have been a Client, the more influence you get, but by joining today instead of in the past leaves you more room to roleplay just how The Nexus influences your world, and allows other Clients a chance to setup those initial ties. (NB: Xah, our Roleplay Master, is in charge of roleplaying as the Owners, those in charge of running the Nexus, and will therefore play a pivotal part in such an event).
- Become (or invite) tourists! Tourism is a fantastic way to allow people to visit your world and experience the culture your Client has to offer, and a great way for you (if you are the world the tourist visits) to showcase your creation! Tourism related posts can be placed in Diplomacy and Events.
- Make something happen in your world! A riot, a natural disaster, an election, a war... you have control over your world and the nations that inhabit. Remember, you can have multiple nations in the world, but it's the nation (or faction) that controls the Nexus Gate that is the official Client, and can interact with other Clients. While the Nexus won't get involved in the internal affairs of a Client, there are ample opportunities for other Client's to get involved to offer aid, military prowess, general advice or outright scorn. Roleplay can happen in Diplomacy and Events for non military based action, or our Conflict Zone to get into the thick of it. You can also try and pass a resolution through the Nexus Council, which is explained more below. Note that if you do start a war that involves other Clients, you must also alert the Nexus Conflict Board so we can ensure conflict remains fun!
- Report on something happening in your world! A quick way to post it without having to break it down in extended roleplay is to just get some news reporter to summarise it. Go ahead and post in our News Channels board.
- Roleplay something historical! Going back in time to showcase those big moments that altered the destiny of your world can be rather fun. Post in our Historical Events section, and perhaps invite someone else along for the ride.
- Finally, perhaps you just want to go a bit wild? Roleplay something completely off the wall? For roleplay's about your Client, the world, or something else entirely (perhaps a form of media within your world!), use our Vignettes board. That is the place for random short stories in order to help build context, characters, setting, or anything else.
Interact with Other Clients and The Nexus
So you have started some roleplay and made some new friends. Now you want to expand your Client into interacting deeper with The Nexus you all share, and with other Clients.
The Nexus also offers a variety of ways to provide interactions and links with other Clients. Some of these are like expanded Factbook's that reference, or are jointly managed with, other Clients, while others provide stepping stones from which increased roleplay can be formed.
- Become (or request) a mentor Client! Any Client's with a technology level of E-1 or below will be assigned a Mentor, with any Client with a technology level of A-1 or below able to request one. Any Client of technology level A-1 or above can become a Mentor Client! The purpose of mentoring? To ensure that those of a lower technology level have an easier footing with those on the higher tech planes while they reap the benefits of the Nexus to move through the eras and advance.
All Clients possessing technology levels below that of E-1 (see rule 4.d.) shall be assigned a Mentor-Client. Clients with a technology level below that of A-1 may be assigned a Mentor-Client at the discretion of the Nexus Mentoring Board.
Mentor-Clients are selected from a list of Clients wishing to volunteer for such duties and must meet certain requirements: a technology level of at least A1; no active conflicts; held Client status for a period of not less than 10 Nexus years; a compatible language structures with a potential Client; and have no conflicts of interest with other Clients being Mentored or non-controlling factions within the Client universe.
Mentor-Clients are responsible for ensuring their Client is capable of operating within the Law of the Nexus and are free to exchange technologies and cultural information as they see fit. However, Mentor-Clients are forbidden from any action that would lead to the irreparable damage to their Clients universe or its inhabitants and are forbidden from using their Mentor status for profit; e.g. Enslavement of Client, resource stripping of Client universe, information hording, etc. In all cases, the Advocate has final arbitration over the actions of the Mentor-Client.
- Setup your embassy thread in Embassy Central, the place to list your foreign relations with other Clients. Which Clients do you like? Which ones find it easy to visit your enclave* in The Nexus, and which don't? Who do you allow through the gate into your world? Who do you trade with? Who have you had recent conflict's with? How you organise your embassy is up to you.
*A Client may request a portion of the Nexus around its Gate as a designated Enclave. An enclave may be no more than 5 kilometres in radius from the Gate. An Enclave is the sovereign territory of the Client and can allow or restrict access to other Clients as it sees fit. All laws and rules within the Enclave are the privilege of the Client.
- Setup a Nexus Preserve! A preserve is a place in the Nexus to preserve a part of your own ecosystem, where plant life and animals can live and thrive away from the resource hungry nature of your nations, and can be a great place for other roleplayer's to visit. If this interests you, be sure to request it from the Owners.
A Client may request that a portion of the surface of the Nexus be allocated to the preservation of an ecosystem from within the Clients own universe. The granting of such a preserve is decided by the Clients Advocate after consultation with the Owners. Preserves are open-access areas. Management of the Preserve is the responsibility of the Client who requested it. Mismanagement or neglect of the Preserve shall result in the loss of said Preserve. The Owners reserve the right to continue its management or hand over management to a third party. Preserves orphaned by the loss of the Client responsible shall be managed directly by the Nexus Preserve Board.
- Setup a Nexus Focus! This is a joint area created on the Nexus between three or more separate Clients, the next step up from simply being friends. Such an area will be under the joint control of all the Clients involved who form a joint government to manage and operate the area. Reasons for doing so could be as a central trade hub for those involved, as a way of providing a political or diplomatic expansion of current relations, or just a way for three or more roleplayers to create a shared space to go to town! If this interests you, be sure to request it from the Owners. Also note that all Trade's must be registered with the Nexus Trade Board, as explained in the next point!
A collective of Clients may designate a portion of the surface of the Nexus as a Focus. A focus is a public access area at least 25 kilometres from a Gate. A minimum of three Clients is needed to request a Focus, there is no upper limit. A Focus shall be governed by representatives from the founding Clients. The exact structure is the responsibility of the founding Clients. An Advocate will be assigned to the Focus government by the Owners.
A focus starts at a diameter of 10 kilometres. Further space may be requested by the Focus government with the following restrictions: no part of the Focus may be within 15 kilometres of an established Gate; no part of the Focus may entirely encompass a designated Enclave; and the decision of the Advocate regarding Focus expansion is final.
It is the responsibility of the Focus government to set rules and laws within the boundaries of the Focus so long as said rules do not negate the Law of the Nexus. Once a Focus is established, no Client may be refused permission by other Clients to enter the Focus, trade within its limits or purchase property within the Focus. When two Focus areas meet, they can be merged at the decision of both Focus governments. The new government will comprise members from both Focus governments.
- Trade is a big thing! Perhaps you are a lower tech nation looking to speed roll into that upper tech class? Perhaps you need a particular resource that someone else has? Post your interests and roleplay those all important trade deals in our Trading Post board, though be sure to register any trades between Clients with the Nexus Trade Board or face fines!
Trade is defined as the transfer of ownership of any defined item, tangible or not, between Clients who otherwise would not have been able to do so without the existence of the Nexus. Trade between Clients is entirely the responsibility of the parties involved. The Owners shall only engage in arbitration where it can be shown the Law of the Nexus have been broken or third parties are affected. Trade agreements must be lodged with the Nexus Trade Board. Failure to register a Trade will result in loss of Client privileges and/or a fine. Once a trade agreement is lodged, the Owners reserve the right to impose a tax or levy on the trade. The tax will never be punitive nor remove the profitability of the trade.
- Start a resolution in the Nexus Council! The Nexus Council is a forum where every Client has the right to be heard and issues that affect the Nexus as a whole can be debated. It is a requirement of the Law of the Nexus that each Client sends representatives to the Nexus Council, but it is up to the Client what format this representation takes; so you will have some form of interaction with it at some point! Read below for a quick summary of what you can submit, and click here to read how it works.
Any Client has the right to submit an issue for the Nexus Council to discuss by raising it with their Advocate. It is given over to the Nexus Council Board who will either accept the issue for debate or reject the issue, devolving it to the appropriate Nexus Board, the Client’s own leadership, or assigning it to the Advocate to be resolved. Issues that are successful for this choice tend to be regarding the attitude of Clients, the proportioning of Enclaves and Foci, requests for Gate openings or closings, requests for other Clients to help resolve internal issues and conflict resolutions.