What is the Act Ten Role Playing Network?
|The A.T.R.P.N. is a social site dedicated to the Act Ten table top role playing game (If you don’t know what tabletop role playing is, check the bottom of this page). Here you can get involved with the game and community, and get access to a set of free table top rules for you to use with your own group. Here are some features of the rules I think you will enjoy:|
With the first official setting titled Division under development, you can add even more to your tabletop role playing game. Here is a look at some of the features we are setting up for you to use in your game:
I think there are a lot of other features in our rules to appreciate, but this should give you a good idea of them. And then there is the network. Here you can create an account and join the community, which will keep you involved with everything Act Ten. Here are some of the things you can do in the network:
So what is role-playing?
First let’s set the stage. Let’s take a group of actors and the director of a movie. They just got the script in and they are doing the read through. All of them are around a table, going over the materials, munching down snacks and getting into character. The director lays out the scene, reads for the extras and gives direction to the actors. The actors read the lines, punctuating any emotions and describing what they are doing. A read through is a lot alike role-playing, with one exception; there is no script. Like improvisation, the actors create their lines, actions and emotions on the fly. And that’s where the fun starts.
So let’s take a look at the scene above and expand on it. What separates you from these actors, besides a few million dollars and Botox, is imagination and the ability to explore it. So let’s get into the hobby of imagination and take a look at how the information your reading through is going to help you play the best game of cowboys and Indians ever. Right here in front of your eyes you have access to a system of rules that will help you litigate your interactions in the Episode (what we call the game session). These rules are here to help you decide between your actors and director how well you do things and how cheesy or bad ass the antagonists do their thing. Ultimately, they provide how hard it is to whack your fellow actors when they get infected by zombies, brainwashed by imperials or reveal themselves as the one who killed your master.
The rules are only here to litigate scenes in the Episode. Rules do not dictate plot and they never take over the actors.
The second the rules become paramount over the fun you’re having, well, I would imagine you stop having fun. And that just isn’t right. It’s not why we wrote it, not why we work on it and hopefully not why you’re reading it. So let’s revise what everyone’s doing now that the script is out the window.
Frequently used terms
There are some other terms you will see and hear as you read through the site, so lets get a few of these out of the way. Keep in mind this list doesn’t cover everything, but reading through the core rules will get you up to speed:
Know your role!
In this (or any other role playing game for that matter), you and a group of preferably four to six friends will assume the roles of the Actors, with one of you being the Director. Let’s look at what these two very important roles do in the Act Ten Role Playing Network:
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[wptabtitle] The Director[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]This cat is usually the one with the plot outline. He’s the one in charge of making sure you know where you are and what situation your character is in through verbal description. The Director is the one describing the scenes, people and action. The Director also acts out the parts of the antagonists, supporting characters and extras. His main job will be to judge over the rules to make sure everyone is on the same page. They’re also the one supplying maps, character sheets, cool scenes and even better boss fights. Sounds like a lot but the Director never has a show to run without…[/wptabcontent]
[wptabtitle] The Actor[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]How boring would our shows be without these guys and gals? These are the stars of the series, playing through each Episode of our imagination sessions. This group is the bread and butter of the game. They are the ones who are reacting to the Directors plot line, changing and enhancing it every step of the way. By making sure they play off the Directors great story with great interaction, they assume the role of their respective characters and make decisions the way their characters would, making sure the whole group has fun in the process.[/wptabcontent]
[wptabtitle] Act Ten Role Playing Network[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]The Act Ten Role Playing Network combines the best parts of a social network with a role playing game that been designed specifically to take advantage of the way websites deliver information. The site has been divided so you can access all your social networking functions on the left, and all the game content on the right.
You will find after reading this section all the following sections have been set up to deliver information to you in the fastest and easiest to look up way possible. The core rules have been set up to be read in order, and all sections have introductions for people new to role playing. You can click on the primary section (for example, core rules) for an overview of the entire section. For Directors, you can click on the Directors view button at the top of each page to learn how to apply the rules.
In the social networking side of the site, you can make friends within the game community, join or create groups for your games or whatever you like. You can enable private forums and documents to make the most of your time here. But most importantly, this site ties you directly to us, the creators, so you can take part in the development of the game and site features as time goes on.
So that about does it for the Actors intro, Check out the Directors tab for more info on the game and site, and I hope you have fun using this site and playing Act Ten! If you are new to the site, consider checking this page for some info on why you should create a free account, or if you’re already sold on your free account, click the graphic to the right to join up.