Hey there! I'm the BFF solidfoamsoul
mentioned earlier, here to help you with all your signing-up needs! :D
Okay, the first thing you do is read the rules
. That's just a courtesy, so there's no misunderstandings later. :)
The next thing you do is decide on a character you want to play. You can have an original character, or take one of the available canons if you like. The list of taken canons can be found here
Next, register for an account at the board. The register link is in the toolbar at the top, right under the header.
If you want to play a canon character, the next step is to PM the admin account with who you want to play, and a sample post as your audition. The admins will review it, and if they're satisfied that you're familiar with the character, can RP intelligently and won't turn a canon into a Mary Sue, you'll be given permission to play that character. From there, you can jump right into posting.
If you want to play an original character, the next step is to write a bio for that character, and post it in the Introductions board
. Detail your character's back story, their personality, anything you feel is important to that character's development. Pictures are also nice (but check the Face Claim
first to make sure you're not stealing another character's face). Leaf through a few of the accepted bios to get ideas of the best way to post if you need. Once your bio is posted, PM the admin account to request which borough and/or member group your character is placed in. (They try to keep an even number of newsies in the boroughs, so they can't guarantee you'll get the borough you want, but they try to be accommodating. And if you don't want to be a newsie, they host all kinds of different groups, pretty much anything you can imagine. We've got rich kids and shoeshine boys and priests and blacksmiths and shop owners and waiters and bartenders and writers and artists...)
Then, wait until your bio is approved. I *think* admin will send you a PM letting you know you've been accepted--if not, keep an eye on your bio and look for your member group to change. When you sign up, it will be "New Newsie," and will change to whatever's applicable once you've been accepted.
Once your bio is approved, you're ready to start posting. You can just jump into any open thread, or you can ask in the cbox on the left side if anyone wants to help you break in your new character. You can also claim your PB in the Face Claim
if your character has one.
After a month of playing, you're allowed to reserve your character's name in the Taken Names
thread. (The mods ask that you wait a month because we occasionally get transient players who show up, play for a week or two, and then disappear, and it gets frustrating for them to have to keep up with the list when people do that.)
The only other thing to know is that the rules for how many characters you can have are currently suspended. Once your first character is approved, you're allowed to make as many characters you want, as often as you want, but they *will* call you out if you're "hoarding" characters (meaning you're creating poorly developed characters and only posting with them a few times just because you want to have rights to their PBs). Most people find it's easiest to start out with one or two characters, and build as the mood strikes.
Lemme know if you have any other questions! My cbox name is Ali, and I play Blink, Snoddy, Don't Ask, Jerry and Jensen Flynn, the Doctor, Father Mulcahy, Padraig and Siobhan Tully, and Camilla and Leopoldo Giambattista.