BYOND key: PredatoryInstinct
Character names: Malcolm Reeves, Hans Hofmann
How long have you been playing on Aurora?:
Daily for roughly two months, perhaps a bit more. Time flies on SS13.
Why do you wish to be on the whitelist?:
I feel that between the character's IC knowledge, background compounded with my OOC knowledge of the game and systems used in the realm my character inhabits (Security) I would make a good addition to the list and be more able to help other players around me.
Why did you come to Aurora?:
I haven't played SS13 for a good four years, coming back to it Aurora was the first and only server I tried. The folk on around the time I play (Middle of the night, central.) are awesome, IC and OOC.
Have you read the Aurora wiki on the head roles and qualifications you plan on playing?:
Yes, of course. Before I started the server I spent an hour on the rules, jobs and then a solid three reading lore.
Have you received any administrative actions? And how serious were they?
I have not received any administrative actions.
Please provide well articulated answers to the following questions in a paragraph each.
Give a definition of what you think roleplay is, and should be about:
I think roleplay is less of more than one thing in the way this question is phrased. To me, roleplay is taking control of a character in a game world, whether it is in an online 3D game, a board game in real life, simply all in imagination with dice to determine actions. Roleplay is taking that character and deciding their actions, reacting to things, all as the character. Essentially, it is to pretend you are someone else via a make-believe character. What it should be about is completely up to the setting, characters, their motivations, and drive. It is difficult to explain what roleplay should be about if it is left open like this, though the closest interpretation I can understand of the question I can answer like this. Roleplay should be about having fun and making sure others have fun. Even through conflict, anger, frustration and so on- but these things should be kept IC.
What do you think the OOC purpose of a Head of Staff is, ingame?:
I believe the purpose of a Head of Staff is to give a slight guiding hand to the motion of things. To bring authority to a department as to not have chaos or self-appointed leaders that end up falling through in one manner or another. It is someone who is able to help people learn the department and should generally at least be familiar with every role in said department. Besides helping their own, they should have the ability to communicate and cooperate with other command staff in order to conduct the station as a whole in the way that it needs to react to resolve emergencies and so on.
What do you think the OOC responsibilities of Whitelisted players are to other players, and how would you strive to uphold them?:
Someone who is whitelisted for a command position should generally be knowledgable about their department, the game mechanics and roleplay. It is not even to the extent that a command staff should know about these things, but be willing to help others with them. Throughout roleplay or through other means to teach someone what they need to know to make their stay on SS13 a pleasant one. Nobody likes to be told that they are bad and not told how to correct being bad, or even what they are bad at. But everyone has room to improve.
Could you give us the gist of what is currently happening in Tau Ceti and how it affected your character and their career?
Just ten years ago Tau Ceti severed from the Sol Alliance, under heavy influence of NanoTrasen. Since then the mega-corporation has had a heavy helping hand in the wealthy system's way of operations in many aspects, including military and economically. It has been to the point that the Republic of Biesel is almost solely reliant on NanoTrasen on these two fronts in particular. Because they have grown so reliant on NanoTrasen, the area is a hotbed for high paying jobs with an absolute monopoly on the resources of the system. This is what called to Malcolm Reeves for a change in pace from staffing corporate escort ships between Sol and Tau Ceti. What better a place to settle down than a station in an economically and culturally enriched system such as the NSS Aurora.
What roles do you plan on playing after the application is accepted?
I only plan to play Head of Security to be quite frank. I would need to play more of the other divisions to even think about playing one of their heads.
Characters you intend to use for command or have created for command. Include the job they will be taking.:
Malcolm Reeves, Head of Security. Makes sense ICly and the character is very well received already.
I have another character I plan to bring in as a Head of Security with a bio and backstory nearly fleshed out.
How would you rate your own roleplaying?:
I would rate myself a strong seven or eight, though I believe everyone has room to improve. I am not excluded from that.
Do you understand your whitelist is not permanent, and may be stripped following continuous administrative action?
I do understand this and would have no issue with it being removed if ruled as such.
Have you familiarized yourself with the wiki pages for the command roles?
I have spent a long, long time making myself familiar with the other command roles even though I don't intend on playing them in order to know how they will be interacting with the role I do intend on playing.
Extra notes: None I can think of, thanks for reading.
Edit 1: Edited to make question text bold.