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The Beginner's Guide


Welcome to TNF's text-based RPG! This is a guide to those who want to begin the life of a Shinobi here.

Index
Rules
Basics
Character Creation
Slots
Threads
Levelling Up & Ranking Up
Customs
War
FAQ


Rules
First things first. PLEASE READ THE RULES! AND FOLLOW THEM. There are two sets of rules:
General Forum Rules
Rules Specific to Text-Based RP


Basics
Now that you have read the rules (hopefully), let’s prepare to role play, shall we?
Before you begin to create your character, there are certain basics that you need to understand.

World: This world is known as Seichi. A recent natural disaster, called “The Upheaval†destroyed the five great hidden villages, and now, from their ashes, three hidden villages are born. They are:
Kawagakure (The Village Hidden in the River)
Yamagakure (The Village Hidden in the Mountain)
Yugegakure (The Village Hidden in the Steam)
For more information on the hidden villages and the history of Seichi, read the following threads:
The Land of Seichi
The History of Seichi
The Timeline of Seichi

Class: The first thing you may want to decide is your class. There are three classes:
Shinobi, who are affiliated to one of the three hidden villages.
Bandless, who are not affiliated to any of the hidden villages.
Missing Nin, who were once bandless or part of a hidden village, but are now criminals, murderers, and thieves.

Rank: Ranks are in-character (IC) titles given to shinobi and missing nin.
The rank ladder for shinobi is: Academy Student -> Genin -> Chuunin -> Jounin -> Elite Jounin -> Sennin -> Kage. Apart from these, there are also special ranks such as ANBU, Medic, etc. All new shinobi start as either Academy Student or Genin.
Missing Nin are ranked according to the highest ranking crime they have committed. For example, if a Missing Nin has committed a C-ranked crime, he/she will be considered as a C-ranked Missing Nin; if S-ranked crime, then S-ranked Missing Nin.
Bandless do not have any ranks.

Level: Levels determine the power of your character. Each level grants one skill point that you can use to improve your stats. There are a total of 25 levels.
If you are a new player, you are allowed to begin your first character at level 5. All subsequent characters must be started at level 1.
If you had a character previously, you can replace/recreate that character at an equivalent level. Check the “Level Boosts for Returning Characters†section in the Welcome Back thread to know the allowed level corresponding to the previous rank you held.

Stats: There are a total of nine stats: Ninjutsu, Genjutsu, Taijutsu, Seals, Strength, Speed, Intelligence, Endurance, and Stamina.
Each stat is ranked from D to S (D->C->B->A->S). Increasing a stat by one rank takes up one skill point. One level gives one skill point. With the current level cap of 25, a character can get a maximum of 25 points and you are free to distribute these points as you see fit to any of the nine stats.

For more information on class, rank, level, and stats, please read TNF Core: Levels, Ranks, and Stats.


Character Creation
Note: This section is best read along with the character template. I will not be repeating the information already given in the template.

Now that we have a grasp over the basics, we can discuss the character template.
When you are creating the thread, please make sure your thread title has “[WIP]†at the end of it so that mods know not to check your profile yet. You can edit this out once your profile is ready.
You can start filling the sections in the template. Following are few important things that you may want to note as you fill the template.

Thread Title: Please make sure that your thread title is in the right format. That is, [Character Class] Character’s First Name and Last Name [Character Rank]. So, if you are making a shinobi, who is a Genin and is called John Doe, the thread title will be: [shinobi] John Doe [Genin].

Language: You can find the list of languages towards the end of this post.

Village: For Shinobi, this must be one of the three hidden villages. Missing Nin must mention the hidden village they belonged to with the prefix "ex". For Bandless, this may be any village marked in the map.

Clan: You may choose a clan from the Clan Index if you want to join one. Please note that clans do have restrictions. Some may be specific to one village or require a certain element etc. Also, make sure that you have permission to join the clan from the original creator. Furthermore, your character may be an offspring of two different clans, thereby being a part of two clans. However, note that, if both the clans have bloodlines, your character will inherit only one.
You can create your own clan. If you are planning on that, you may delete this section for now and include it later once your clan application is approved. Here is the clan template.

Organization: Similar to clans, organizations may have restrictions too and you will need permission from the leader. You can be a part of any number of organizations as long as you meet the requirement for all. Here is the Organization Index if you want to join one.
You can start your own organization. If you are planning on that, you may delete this section for now and include it later once your organization application is approved. Here is the organizations template.

Sample Post: If you are new to forum RPing, this guide on how to write role-play posts could be of really great help.

Inventory: Your initial inventory size is 10 slots and it increases by another 10 slots per rank in your strength stat. So, if you have S-ranked strength, you have a total of 50 slots. You can find globally accepted items, weapons, armours, etc., in the Weapon and Item Index.

Jutsu & Abilities: Starting characters are allowed up to 3 D-rank techniques in each Ninjutsu, Genjutsu, and Taijutsu. More jutsus can be acquired through training. Your ability to learn a certain ranked jutsu depends on the rank of your Nin/Gen/Tai stat. For example, you are able to learn an S-ranked Ninjutsu only if your Ninjutsu stat is S-ranked. Furthermore, the number of jutsu slots you have is also determined by the letter rank of your Nin/Gen/Tai stats.
For more information on jutsus and special abilities, read The Jutsu Handbook.
The Jutsu Index is where you’ll find all the global jutsus and special abilities. Your RPC may either be born with special abilities or attain them through surgeries.


Slots
Apart from Jutsus and special abilities, there are a variety of other things that take up a Jutsu slot in addition to an Inventory slot. Different things take up different types of slots. Furthermore, the Jutsu slot used to attain these things must be equal in rank. For example, if you want an S-ranked pet, you must use an S-ranked Taijutsu slot. Check the table below to know what requires what type of slot.

Pets --- Inventory, Taijutsu
Insects --- Inventory, Taijutsu
Summons --- Ninjutsu
Puppets --- Inventory
Puppets with Abilities --- Inventory, Nin/Gen/Tai Jutsu
Weapons & Armors --- Inventory
Weapons & Armors with Abilities --- Inventory, Nin/Gen/Tai Jutsu
Poisons --- Inventory, Taijutsu
Special Abilities --- Nin/Gen/Tai Jutsu

After finishing the profile, you can remove the "[WIP]" tag from your thread title and mods will begin checking it. It'll take at least 24 hours for your character to be approved. So, this is a good time to read up on all the guidelines and lore.


Threads
Once your character is approved, you may begin roleplaying. There are various types of threads that you may start or participate in.

Social Thread: These are threads where two or more RPCs come together for character development and other plot purposes. It may be two young academy students getting to know each other or two Jounins catching up after years.

Training Thread: When you want your RPC to learn a new Jutsu, you write a post where they try to learn it. The required word count differs depending on the rank of the Jutsu and your RPC’s Intelligence stat. For more detailed information on word count requirements, please read the Jutsu Training section in The Jutsu Handbook.
Training threads can be done solo or with a partner/sensei. Furthermore, training threads need not start as one. It could start as a social thread and take a turn where you learn a new Jutsu.

Mission/Crime Thread: These are threads where you do a mission or commit a crime, or you are NPCing the mission/crime for someone else. The recommended rank of the mission or crime corresponding to your RPC’s level can be found in the Missions, Crimes, & Events thread. You may attempt a mission or crime of a rank that is higher than that recommended; however, the chances of failing (or even death) will be very high.

Battle Thread: I suggest you read Shades of Grey - the Shinobi Battle Guide first before starting or participating in Battle Threads. Battle threads are where you fight against one or more RPCs. It may be a thread where two students are sparring to see who is better or two Kages fighting amidst a huge war. Similar to the training threads, these may start as a simple social thread and then turn into a battle thread. While these threads are generally driven by the parties involved, when there is a disagreement, you can request a mod to give a final judgement.
Please be civil when sorting out disagreements. Flaming fellow RPers and being stubborn will not make you win; creative RPing will. Even if you lose a fight, you can still do it with class (like Hinata against Neji?). This is collaborative writing; not everything goes according to your way. Enjoy the uncertainties, appreciate your opponents (OOCly), have lots of fun, and never let unnecessary drama spoil the fun for others. Thank you!

[Open] & [Closed] Threads: Most threads have the tag [Open] or [Closed]. If a thread is [Open], it means anyone can participate in the thread. If it is [Closed], it means only members who are invited by the one who created the thread are allowed to post. It is a good idea to indicate this in every thread you create so that you are not jumped by enthusiastic RPers. If a thread you are interested in joining does not say if it is open or closed, it is best to send a PM, requesting permission, to the one who initiated the thread.


Levelling Up & Ranking Up
Levelling up and ranking up are two different things. While some ranks may require you to be above a certain level, it could be only one of the many requirements; therefore, reaching a certain level does not automatically grant you any rank. As mentioned in the basics section, levels grant you skill points and therefore determine the power level of your RPC. In addition to increasing your power, the skill points that you spend on your stats may unlock new things for you to train and acquire. However, Ranks are completely IC and grants roleplay perks. For example, if you are an Elite Jounin of your village, you have the power to vote on major decisions that your village leaders must take. However, if you are only a Genin, you do not have such privileges even if you are at Level 25. In order to level up, you need experience. You can gain experience by doing missions/crimes or by NPCing missions/crimes for other people.
Note that you may NPC a higher ranked mission for someone else even if you do not have an RPC that is of a high-enough level; i.e., you can NPC an S-ranked mission for someone else even if you have a character that is only at Level 1. You will get half the experience for the S-ranked mission and you may distribute it to your characters as you see fit. Missions or Crimes up to B Rank can be NPCed by yourself (which means you can solo the mission). However, A- and S-Ranked missions must be NPCed by someone else. Note that solo missions/crimes are limited to one at a time. Refer to the following tables for the amount of experience required for each level, and the amount of experience you get for successfully completing or NPCing missions/crimes, corresponding to the rank.

Experience Required for Level Up:
Level 1-5 ---> 25 Exp/Level
Level 6-10 ---> 50 Exp/Level
Level 11-15 ---> 100 Exp/Level
Level 16-20 ---> 200 Exp/Level
Level 20-25 ---> 400 Exp/Level

Experience Rewarded for Completing a Mission/Crime:
D Rank Mission/Crime ---> 25 Exp
C Rank Mission/Crime ---> 50 Exp
B Rank Mission/Crime ---> 100 Exp
A Rank Mission/Crime ---> 200 Exp
S Rank Mission/Crime ---> 400 Exp

Experience Rewarded for NPCing a Mission/Crime:
D Rank Mission/Crime ---> 25 Exp
C Rank Mission/Crime ---> 25 Exp
B Rank Mission/Crime ---> 50 Exp
A Rank Mission/Crime ---> 100 Exp
S Rank Mission/Crime ---> 200 Exp

Ranking up may involve IC examinations and other requirements in addition to the level requirement. Please read the thread, In Depth Ranks and Requirements, for detailed information regarding the ranks of Shinobi.
Note that Missing Nin are ranked corresponding to the highest crime they have committed, and Bandless do not have any ranks.

Customs
You can create your own Jutsu, Weapons & Armors, Clan, Organizations etc. All of them have their own templates that you need to follow and they must be applied for and require approval from Mods before use, just like an RPC.

Custom applications are classified as Global, Clan, Organization, Bloodline, or Personal.

Global customs are available to everyone. Once approved, these will be moved to the Global listings, and anyone can train or acquire it.
Clan customs are available only to the members of the clan.
Organization customs are available only to the members of the organization.
Bloodline customs are available only to the RPCs who possess the corresponding bloodline.
Personal customs are exclusive to the user who applies for it.

Note that, while you may apply for as many Global Customs as you like at a time, there must be only one Clan/Organization/Bloodline/Personal Custom application at one point of time. When this one is approved, you may then apply for another.

Furthermore, please understand that a Jutsu or an item cannot be more powerful than usual just because it is a custom; i.e., a C-Ranked Custom Jutsu must be only as powerful as an existing C-Ranked Global Jutsu.

There are certain concepts that are currently banned. Please read the Custom Creations Guidelines for more information.

The following are the links to the posts that contain the Custom application templates:
Bloodline | Clan | Fuuinjutsu | Insects | Jutsu | Mission, Crime, & Event | Organizations | Pets | Puppet & Poison | Special Ability | Summon | Weapon, Armor & Item



War
Irrespective of whether you are a Shinobi, Bandless, or Missing Nin, it is a good idea to keep track of the village statuses.

The hidden villages may go to war against each other or become allies to defeat another hidden village.

As a Shinobi, it is your duty to take part in the war and do everything in the best interests of your village and its allies.
As a Bandless, you may choose to stay neutral or support one side. However, if you do choose to support a side and the opposing side is aware of your support, you will be considered an enemy by the village(s) of the opposing side.
As a Missing Nin, similar rules to that of Bandless are applicable. Furthermore, during war, Missing Nin may take advantage of the vulnerabilities and commit more devastating crimes.

Special bonuses are applicable when doing missions/crimes that have an impact on the war. Furthermore, completing war-oriented missions/crimes or defeating an RPC of the opposing side will increase the Points for your village; at the end of the war, the village with the highest number of Points is considered to have won it.

If your village is captured or destroyed, your village elders have the option of repairing, rebuilding, or relocating the village. During such times, the village is very vulnerable to infiltration.

For further information on the war system and its consequences, please read The Ninja’s Guide to Warmongering.



 

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That’s it for the beginner’s guide. This is only a short introduction to RPing here in TNF. I suggest you read all the threads in the Rules & Guidelines section for a complete understanding of the system. If you have any questions, please check the FAQ below. If that doesn’t answer your query, feel free to send a PM to one of the ANBU Helpers or RP Moderators. We will be more than happy to help you!

Hope you have lots of fun RPing here in TNF.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • Acronyms
    IC -> In-Character
    OOC -> Out-of-Character
    RPC -> Role-play Character
    NPC -> Non-player Character
  • Do I have to start my character at Level 1 and at the lowest Rank?
    If you are new, you may create one character at Level 5 and as a Genin (if Shinobi). All subsequent characters must be started at Level 1 and as an Academy Student (if shinobi).
    If you are a returning member, you can recreate/replace your previous character at a Level corresponding to the Rank your character held. Please read the “Level Boosts for Returning Characters†section the The Welcome Back thread for more information.
  • Can I play a canon character?
    No! Sorry. This is a non-canon, alternate universe. You cannot play any character from the actual series.
  • Can I be an Uchiha, Hyuga, Nara etc.?
    All canon clans are created by staff. If you can find the clan listed in the Clan Index and if you meet all the requirements for the clan, you may create a character in that clan.
  • Can I create my own clan or organization?
    Yes, you can! Please fill out the Clan/Organization Template to get it approved.
  • Can I create a bloodline trait?
    Yes! However, note that you need at least one other user committing to your clan and the bloodline before you can apply for it. If you meet that requirement, please submit your bloodline for approval using the Bloodline Template.
  • Can I create a new chakra nature?
    No. All chakra natures are created by staff. You can find all available chakra natures and their Jutsus in The Jutsu Index.
  • Do we have stats? If yes, what are they and what significance do they have?
    Yes, we do have stats. There are a total of nine. They are: Ninjutsu, Genjutsu, Taijutsu, Seals, Strength, Speed, Intelligence, Endurance, and Stamina. For information regarding the significance of each stat, please read the “Statistically Speaking†section in TNF Core: Levels, Ranks, and Stats.
  • How big is my inventory?
    Your inventory space depends on the rank of your Strength stat. You have 10 inventory slots per rank in your strength. Therefore, at S rank, you have 50 inventory slots.
  • What’s the difference between Level and Rank?
    Levels determine the power level of your character. Each level grants you one skill point that you may use to improve one of your stat. With the current level cap of 25, you get 25 skill points.
    Ranks are IC titles that are given to Shinobi and Missing Nin. While you may be required to be above a certain level to attain a Rank, it could be only one of many requirements; therefore, reaching a certain level does not grant you the rank automatically.
    That is, you could be a Level 25 Genin if you choose to never pass the Chuunin Exams.
  • How do I learn new Jutsus?
    You can learn new Jutsus by writing training posts. The required word count depends on the rank of the Jutsu you want to learn and your Intelligence stat. Read The Jutsu Handbook for information on the required word count corresponding to the rank of the Jutsu and the reduction offered by the Intelligence stat.
  • How many Jutsus can I learn?
    The number of Jutsu slots you possess depends on the rank of your Ninjutsu/Genjutsu/Taijutsu stat. Each stat determines the number of slots you have for Jutsus under that respective discipline. For ever rank increase in the stat, you get 10 Jutsu slots of that rank and 10 more of the ranks below.
    That is, at D rank, you have 10 D-rank slots. At C rank, you have 20 D-rank and 10 C-rank slots. At B rank, you have 30 D-rank, 20 C-rank, and 10 B-rank slots. At A rank, you have 40 D-rank, 30 C-rank, 20 B-rank, and 10 A-rank slots. And at S rank, you have 50 D-rank, 40 C-rank, 30 B-rank, 20 A-rank, and 10 S-rank slots.
    Therefore, with S Rank in Ninjutsu, you have access to 150 Ninjutsu slots. Similarly, with S Rank in Genjutsu, you have 150 Genjutsu Slots. With S Rank in all three stats, you can have a total of 450 Jutsu slots.
  • How do I level up?
    You level up by gaining experience. You get experience by completing missions/crimes or NPCing them for other people. For information on how much experience you require per level up, please refer to the table in The Beginner’s Guide.
  • What rank missions/crimes can my character do?
    The rank of the mission/crime your character is capable of completing successfully depends on the level of your character:
    Level 1-5 -> D Rank Mission/Crime
    Level 6-10 -> C Rank Mission/Crime
    Level 11-15 -> B Rank Mission/Crime
    Level 16-20 -> A Rank Mission/Crime
    Level 21-25 -> S Rank Mission/Crime
    You may attempt a mission of a rank higher than that recommended. However, the chances of failure (or even death) will be very high.
  • Can I NPC a higher ranked mission even though my RPC does not meet the requirements?
    You can NPC missions of any rank. You need not have an RPC above Level 20 to NPC an S-ranked mission. You will still get half the experience for NPCing the mission.
  • Can I NPC my mission? That is, can I solo a mission?
    Yes. You can NPC your own mission as long as they are B-ranked or below. A- and S-ranked missions cannot be soloed and require someone else to NPC it for you.
  • How do I rank up?
    Each rank has its requirements. These may involve examinations and missions in addition to the level requirement. Read the In Depth Rank & Requirements thread for information on the available ranks and their requirements.
  • How many characters can I create?
    Technically, as many as you like and can keep active. However, note that you may create a second character only after your first is approved and is used in an RP thread. Similarly, a third character can be created only after your first and second is approved and are used to RP. You get the idea. Please refrain from creating character after character and not use them at all. This is a waste of time to those critiquing your profile.
Edited by Blazestorm

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