Character names: Sikaevi Suhn’Krashzkrikh, Sazya Xichi, Rowan Fortune, Amadi Udoka, Nahjiya Khayaram, Ka’Akaix’Myrz C’thur, and Moth are my most played as of late. Full list in the signature.
How long have you been playing on Aurora?: About 5 1/2 months now.
Why do you wish to be on the whitelist?: I’m branching out and exploring all sorts of different jobs, now that I’m comfortable with the game engine. Command is… intimidating, but I’d like to experience playing such a vital role in rounds. It’s interesting, to say the least, and I want to know more about how it runs, and see what it's like to RP in such a vital role.
Why did you come to Aurora?: I’m very into roleplay, and have been my whole life. A friend showed me SS13 many, many years ago, where I played maybe three rounds on Bay. SS13 is… a very incredible game for facilitating roleplay. I randomly felt an itch to play, and looked for servers that would suit what I was looking for (HRP). The Aurora grabbed my attention more than re-looking at Bay did. This has since been my only server.
Have you read the Aurora wiki on the head roles and qualifications you plan on playing?: Several times.
Have you received any administrative actions? And how serious were they? I believe I have three or four notes regarding minor mistakes I made with my RP, which I used to improve myself going forward. I have no warnings or bans.
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: Roleplay is like a collaborative story. It’s about placing yourself in the shoes of a character and letting them explore the world they’re in, grow, and interact with other people. Roleplay isn’t about winning or losing; it’s about the story you write with other people by trying to live it out as a character. It should be a collaborative effort between everyone to see “what happens next;” where the tale goes (no matter how mundane it might be), explore the narrative, and play out the struggles, triumphs, arguments, and friendships along the way. It’s just as much about exploring a character’s weaknesses and failures as it is their strengths.
What do you think the OOC purpose of a Head of Staff is, ingame?: OOC, Head of Staff are in a position that can sway the round, using tools such as code changes, faxes, and announcements to dictate general direction. They should never control the round, but they can provide structure to it when antag shenanigans hit the fan.
They should do their best to make sure the round is interesting for the players working under them. Communication, making sure the characters have what they need for their job, and enabling character interaction are things that heads can, and should, do. They are their own characters, of course, but as a head, there's an entire department (or several) that depend at least partially on you to guide them, answer questions, resolve disputes, and assist them where needed.
As well, Heads should be a person a player can depend on and go to when they need to learn about a job or job duties, and give a little bit of guidance. While any player can do this, I believe that a Head should be someone that should be depended on to do this in-game.
What do you think the OOC responsibilities of Whitelisted players are to other players, and how would you strive to uphold them?: Whitelisted players have the additional responsibility of being an example, both with their IC and OOC conduct. OOCly, a player trusted with being a command member should be someone that can be trusted not to do things such as meta- or power-gaming, validhunting, or just having really abrasive/toxic conduct OOC (Even if their IC character is a short-tempered tightass). It’s an important whitelist to be trusted with, so you need to remember that you’re serving as a role-model to other players, especially the ones in your department.
I believe I can be such an example to other players. I plan to assist players both ICly and OOCly as needed, and work on improving my RP as always; hopefully, this will encourage other players to do the same. I’m patient when it comes to guiding others, believe I can produce solid RP, and will do my best to refrain from bad OOC conduct, such as insults, salting, etc. I'll be listening for any advice or criticisms of how I do these things, and work better to uphold what's expected of me.
Could you give us the gist of what is currently happening in Tau ceti and how it affected your character and their career? The biggest news right now is, of course, the Lii’dra incursion into Tau Ceti
For my HoP, her fathers lived in the Hengsha Arcology, (one works at the Idris Incorporated branch there). While alive, the fear has left her permanently shaken, and paranoid about any more Lii’dra news. She believes Tau Ceti should surrender the Zo’ra queen, now. Career-wise, she has absolutely demanded more pay for working in hazardous conditions, and is networking with businesses in other systems, to have her foot in the door in case things get too dangerous.
What roles do you plan on playing after the application is accepted? Head of Personnel. After a trial of getting used to command, I would like to try my hand at Captainship. With a bit more engineering know-how (Atmos, you're so scary), I could see myself doing a CE in a month or two.
Please pick one of your characters for this section, and provide well articulated responses to the following questions.
Characters you intend to use for command or have created for command. Include the job they will be taking.:
Beatrix St. Claire (HoP – New Character)
Mari Tanaka (Captain - New Character)
How would you rate your own roleplaying?: Solid. I can play a lot of roles and I’m confident I can make fleshed-out characters that behave reasonably and realistically. People seem to enjoy their interactions with me, but I know I can do better. I need to slow myself down a bit, and now that I actually know a lot about the game mechanics, make sure I’m not meta-ing anything. So, I’m confident, but recognize there’s plenty of space to improve. There's a lot of good players here that I'm still learning from.
Do you understand your whitelist is not permanent, and may be stripped following continuous administrative action? Absolutely.
Have you familiarized yourself with the wiki pages for the command roles? I have, and I will probably keep them open while playing for the first long while.
Extra notes: Finally going for it! It’ll be a rough start as I learn the mechanics of command (faxing, ID changing, etc) but I’ve been a quick learner so far.