So you Want to Be a Dragon?
As I said before, you DO NOT HAVE TO BE
A DRAGON TO BE AN ALFANDRAN. Essential personal characteristics include
an open mind, sense of humour, a willingness to listen to others, creativity,
and preferably the willingness to open up to others in the group and let
them into your life (this last is purely optional, and though some Alfandrans
find it helpful to them, you DON'T HAVE TO DO IT!) I don't see Wings anywhere
on that list... [grin] They do come in handy though, especially during
the Food Fights.
If you DO want to be a Dragon, there
are some things you need to think about - firstly, what type of Dragon
are you? There are many different basic types, and you don't HAVE to be
any of them, but if one of them feels 'right' to you it can make
things simpler. Karenji is basically a small Western Dragon, with fairly
typical abilities, but Alfandra is home to spirit creatures, semi-robotic
beings, 'ghosts', and beings almost indescripable.
If you DON'T want to be a Dragon, what
type of being are you? Some people prefer a being with physical capabilities
and characteristics fairly close to the 'human' norm, so choose to be an
Elf or other demi-human being, but it's perfectly acceptable to be a common-or-garden
human, especially at first. You won't be rejected because of it, and it
might make it easier for you to settle in.
How to make an Entrance
There are two ways to do this:
The simple way - Just post a brief message
along the lines of 'My name's such-and-such and here I am.' This approach
is good if you don't have a dragon-character in mind, or don't know who
or what you really are inside. You can always discover your draconicity
later, and this way others can give you help if you need it.
Or the more complex way: Post a longer
(in-character) message explaining who you are, what you look like, and
how you got to Alfandra. There have been some GREAT examples of this since
I arrived, and they can lead to some interesting RP conversations. Again,
if you discover that you're not comfortable with the way you've set yourself
up, you are free to change it at any time so that it reflects the 'real
you' more accurately. Just try not to do it TOO often - it gets very confusing
not knowing who you're talking to when someone changes their name and/or
physical description once a week... another reason for Dragon Codes.
Either way, you will be welcomed with open
arms, and plenty of Goodies.
A couple of tips on 'Entrancing'
If you're going to be a 'Proper Alfandran'
you will want to establish your Dragon Code fairly early in the piece.
Again, this can be changed as appropriate later on, but in the meantime
it will let people who know how to read it recognise your species, sex,
size and other relevant information at a glance.
Watch your language (please!) AFD has a
very high proportion of teenage readers, and while I doubt anything you
said could shock most of us, there are a few sensitive flowers who might
wilt under the strain [grin] either that or flame you for it! The Official
Standard is a PG rating. 'Sexy' opening posts (there've been a few) are
pretty much a waste of time for the same reason - Dragons are only interested
in voluptuous maidens with cleavage down to their ankles if they're carrying
No Dragonslayers need apply! AFD is a community
for those who LIKE dragons (and I don't mean for breakfast!)
Gods in general are discouraged (If you
declare yourself to have Godly Powers, where's the fun going to come in?),
and anyone pronouncing themselves the God of Dragons needn't expect to
Preferably, don't come in wounded and desperate
for help, or with other beings pursuing you - the AFD group was established
way back in 1993, and it's been done many times before. You'll get the
response you were looking for from the other newbies, but Draks who've
been around the block a few times will probably just ignore you until you've
established your credentials.
Be courteous to the other Draks. You'll
get many replies to your opening post, and it's polite to reply to them
- this is a good way to get involved in conversation and settle in.
It's perfectly acceptable to 'lurk' for
a while before you start posting - this can help you to figure out who
everyone is, and how best to introduce yourself to them - but it's NOT
obligatory. In a recent discussion of lurk periods, the longest was six
months, the shortest was six seconds, and the average was somewhere in
the middle. My own lurk period was more like six days. I read the group
for one day, decided I liked it, went away and invented Karenji, and came
back a week later ready to go.
If you'd like a few hints, I've decoded
my Dragon Code on this page and written
a detailed description of Karenji on
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