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#1 BladeLakem

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 12:13 PM

In 2006, the DRC Liaisons (now defunct) put together a very good document on IC and OOC standards in Uru. It was posted on the here on DRC Forums.

It is reproduced below in its entirely.

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The Uru Live IC/OOC Standards Article is written by the D'ni Restoration Council Liaisons (DRCL). This article was drafted on the recommendation of explorers/fans/players to clear up a very long and on going issue regarding IN/OOC playing. Currently this article is not endorsed by Cyan or the DRC. We would also like to mention that this is version 1.6 of the article and future updates can be expected.

First off, we would like to just give a simple definition of the two sides commonly found in RPG environments: IC (In Character) and OOC (Out Of Character). In Character players are people who treat the evnvironment as real, as if they are actually there in real life; more often than not, these people are very involved in the environment and do not appreciate OOC side of things. Out Of Character players are the opposite; they see the environment as a game and so will treat it as such.
Whichever category you fall in, please be sure to remember this: Others do not have to play the game the way you do. All have a right to play the game how they wish (within the rules and regulations set up by Cyan Worlds). Please respect other players in regard to how they play -- flaming and other abuse will not be tolerated by Cyan Worlds, the fans, or others involved.

Uru is not quite like most RPG environments, due to the "you-are-you" attitude prevalent in it. Thus, "IC" and "OOC" cannot fully express the different styles of play in Uru. Adding the term "RP" may help clarify certain issues.
With Uru, IC does not mean "In Character;" it means "In Cavern." In Cavern players will treat D'ni and Uru as a real thing, as if they are actually there in the Cavern.
In Uru, "Out of Character" becomes "Out of Cavern." However, these terms are more interchangable than "In Cavern/In Character," because being Out of Cavern is very similar to being Out of Character in other RPG environments. Out of Cavern players treat Uru and D'ni as a game and not a real event.
Perhaps the most controversial type of play is Role Playing (RP). Role Players are IC in that they treat Uru and D'ni as real, but they also play a character significantly different from themselves. Acting in a new character may change the way people interact with others. Also, some Role Players create "fan storylines" with scripted events and overarching plotlines.

It is important to remember that, for most people, these divisions are not so clear-cut. The majority of players shift between IC and OOC, depending on whether those around them are IC or OOC. Others are more adamant about the divisions between modes of play; Role Players (and, to a lesser degree, In Cavern players) may frown on being OOC, as they feel it destroys immersion. And OOC players may feel uncomfortable with Role Players (and, to a lesser degree, In Cavern players), because they feel that a storyline is being forced on them.

Below we have some simple bullet point characteristics of the three main methods of play: IC, OOC and RP.

In Cavern:
In Cavern players treat Uru as a real event. They see themselves in the Cavern instead of playing a game. They play as if they themselves are in the Ages of D'ni. This type of player tends to treat all events within the Uru environment as a real thing. Some IC players do not mind being involved to a small degree with OOC aspects however, some do.
  • The DRC/Zandi/Douglas Sharper/Phil Henderson/Yeesha/Bahro are real people and not an offshoot of Cyan Worlds.
  • Cyan Worlds is a game company who made the Myst games from information given to them from the DRC.
  • Ubisoft was the former funder of the DRC restoration process, and GameTap is the current funder of the DRC restoration process.
  • D'ni is real -- it exists under the New Mexico desert -- and the Ages of D'ni are also real.
  • You are actually there in D'ni in real life. Your character in Uru is essentially yourself. The way you act in Uru tends to be the way you would actually act in that situation.
  • The DRC website is the official forum designated for In Cavern discussion


Out of Character/Cavern
Out of Character players treat Uru as a game. They are not actually in the cavern, they are playing the D'ni Age, for example. This form of player will treat all events within the Uru environment as a game. Some OOC players do not mind being involved to a small degree with IC/RP aspects; some, however do. They may feel uncomfortable with fan storylines by Role Players, because they perceive it as a story being forced on them.
  • The DRC/Zandi/Douglas Sharper/Phil Henderson/Yeesha/Bahro are not real people and are actors hired by or from Cyan Worlds.
  • Ubisoft was the former publisher of Uru, and GameTap is the current publisher of Uru.
  • D'ni is just an area in a game, not really located under the New Mexico desert. The Ages of D'ni are also areas in a game.
  • D'ni is just a game, your avatar is your representation of you, it is not you for real.
  • The UruLive.com website may be more suited to OOC discussion than the DRC site (Editor's note: This is now the MystOnline.com website)

RP/Role Player (RP)
Role Players treat Uru as a real event. They play a character significantly different from themselves.. They play as if someone else is in the Ages of D'ni. This type of player tends to treat all events within the Uru environment as a real thing. Some Role Players create fan storylines which contain scripted events and overarching plotlines. They may or may not disapprove of people acting OOC when they are role-playing, because they feel it destroys the immersion of actually being there.
  • You act much like In Cavern players do, except:
  • You tend to play as a completely different person, or someone who would react to events differently than you yourself would





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