BYOND key: armrha Character names: Arthur Osteen How long have you been playing on Aurora?: About 6 or 9 hours or so Why do you wish to be on the whitelist?: I don't like not having positions I can play if they are just sitting empty Why did you come to Aurora?: Recommended by some other players Have you read the Aurora wiki on the head roles and qualifications you plan on playing?: Yes Have you received any administrative actions? And how serious were they?
No administrative action.
One time, I saw an Xenomorph-style Alien and mentioned it on the radio, and somebody on the radio was like 'An unathi? What kind of alien?' and I said, "No, like an Alien like the one from the 1979 movie Alien by Ridley Scott" and an admin was like "That movie doesn't exist", that's the only admin encounter I can recall.
Give a definition of what you think roleplay is, and should be about:
Roleplay is interactive storytelling. The goal of roleplaying is to construct a compelling narrative everyone enjoys. Stories should have conflict and things at stake. SS13 is an amazing narrative engine unlike most roleplaying games because there's actual "work" to be done in the game; each department has some sort of task to complete in some way and they need to fulfill their goals in some rudimentary ways to make the rounds work. This makes the entire thing a lot more interesting than in "traditional" roleplaying. When you are just roleplaying at a table as a chemist, you're sitting there pretending to do chemistry. In SS13, you have to mix things and satisfy to simulation to "do chemistry". An engineer isn't "pretending" to power the station; they have to satisfy the simulation to make that happen.
Rounds in SS13 are relatively short, but the stories are compelling and earnest. I find a lot of people hear stories from this game and find them fantastic compared to a lot of other games, yet it's weird that most people don't have the patience to actually play it. The interface and the patience sometimes required is a little much for a lot of people.
What do you think the OOC purpose of a Head of Staff is, ingame?:
I think heads of staff help organize their departments to help streamline gameplay. Everyone who plays this game knows how completely useless departments are when they are three or four people just goofing off and one person on their job. A single security officer trying to corral or categorize threats always ends up in disaster. Ideally, a head doesn't boss people around too much; it's not just an option to select to gain some peons to listen to your commands. A good head helps facilitate good storytelling and interesting character development, while helping new players learn the way the systems work and sets a good example for future play. They don't steamroll players from having fun and properly doing their job. They try to protect their department and direct people to counter threats.
What do you think the OOC responsibilities of Whitelisted players are to other players, and how would you strive to uphold them?:
I think basically they just have to set a good example in that front. Don't be completely incompetent, don't goof off too much or cause problems or interrupt good storytelling. The best heads make you happy when you see their name, you know your team is going to be directed and it's going to be a fun team effort to accomplish the goals of your department.
Could you give us the gist of what is currently happening in Tau ceti and how it affected your character and their career?
Obviously the independence of Tau Ceti is a pretty good thing for my character; He's a company man through and through. He got burned pretty badly in an engineering-related incident and resulted in his insanely crappy bionics which are constantly on the fritz. Still, he tries his best to do a good job and keep everyone working and satisfied with their jobs.
What roles do you plan on playing after the application is accepted?
Chief Engineer is the only role I plan on playing.
Characters you intend to use for command or have created for command. Include the job they will be taking.:
Arthur Osteen (Chief Engineer)
How would you rate your own roleplaying?:
Fair to good.
Do you understand your whitelist is not permanent, and may be stripped following continuous administrative action?
Sure, that's a no-brainer.
Have you familiarize yourself with the wiki pages for the command roles?
Yeah, yeah. I read that stuff. Extra notes:
I've played this game since about 2013 on a variety of servers. I've played on goon, tg, oracle, hippie, d20, d2k5. I don't have a lot of time to play but I think I'd be a good candidate for the whitelist. At the very least, I'm not going to cause trouble.