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 Sinsomnia's Comprehensive Starter Guide, Everything you need to know in one place
played by MeGoddess332 posts
Old years
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Sinners guide one stop shop for everything Sin related.

To see the entirety of the board, you must first register an OOC account.

Guests, be aware that you don't have to go over all this information before joining.

who we are
Welcome Sinsomnia, an alternate universe inspired by the Anita Blake series, advanced-level, mature roleplay and social community. We're always here to help with questions and open conversation. We only take original characters, as the characters in either book series do not exist on this site.

Here in New York Sinsomia, IC events take place in the present day 2017 and RP time progresses at the same rate as real life time. This does not mean you cannot have more than one thread at a time with your character.

On Sinsomnia we always try and keep things interesting. Along with player driven plots we also have board wide plots curated by the staff for characters to participate in, group events run by the leaders of those groups, monthly contests for you to enter to win prizes, and a store where you can spend the points you earn from posting on powering up new or existing characters. More information points, plot, events, species plots etc in the links above.

Please Note: You do not need to have read either series to participate on this site. The information and guides here will be plenty to work with. We encourage character growth through our store system, events, prizes, and there are many different ways this can be achieved. Some of these topics will be covered later in the guide. We both encourage and reward people for high activity with their characters.

disclaimer
We don't claim Anita Blake or Meredith Gentry's universes as our own design.
Board Basics
Mature L3L3L3
Please mark mature threads with an [M] in the title. We don't require trigger warnings, but if you feel like your thread is going to be particularly graphic you may put a trigger warning in the description.

Posts
We have a 300 word count minimum on our normal IC boards, but we also have a rapid fire board you may post in and the posts there can be anything under 300 words (or more if you get carried away), but be aware that posts there do not go towards your post count or award points.

No Character Limit
We do not have a character cap on Sinsomnia you can make as many characters as you'd like, however, after creating your first 5 characters you must have at least one active thread for each one and they must all have at least 25 posts before you can make another one.

WIP profiles
To ensure that character applications don’t sit in the WIP board for months at a time you have 3 weeks to finish a character after creating the application. You will recieve a reminder after that time and if the application isn't completed within the time frame given it will be moved to the unfinished character board.

Points
Points are gained through site participation and posting - you gain 3 points for posting a new topic in an IC board and 2 for every reply. Points can be given as special rewards for those who take part in certain events or win contests. You may spend your points in the store on power-ups for existing characters, IC boards, or new characters like wanderers and yokai. You can check out the store by clocking the link in our navigation bar, you much post in the store thread and be approved for your purchase before actually buying it in the store.

Names
► OOC Player account name matches Discord name
► No same last names (unless siblings/married)
► First and Last name for charcter account

IC to OOC Drama
As a group, we are here to have fun and enjoy playing our characters. How a character behaves or what they say to other characters or your characters should not be taken personally. Just because the character dislikes your character or does something that otherwise makes you angry, does not mean it is directed to you in any way. If you feel like drama has traveled from IC to OOC, communicate with each other or come to an admin.

Activity
We have no activity requirement for regular characters, however, characters who are taking up limited spots such as masters should be active by posting at least a few times a month. Leader characters are also expected to be active with at least one post a week, inactive leader characters will be in danger of losing their position (this excludes special circumstances such as illness, hospitalization, family emergencies, etc.).

Sign ups
We hold events, plots, and site-wide mayhem on the site for our members. If you sign up for these you're giving us permission to put your characters in positions where they may be injured. All sign ups for events that may include injuries will have a section for you to fill out about hard stops and injury limits and we will respect these. When you sign up, you are fully accepting the fine print and the danger it brings to your beloved victim you've given us.

chat guidelines


Discord Link

Names in Discord
Please use your OOC name in the discord server - it's just less confusing that way.

Chat Behavior
We are all adults here, but please keep pornographic links, insulting, derogatory slang, political and religious views out of discord. We also ask you to be aware of other members' comfort levels when talking about mature or sensitive topics.

R-rated
Mature content (within reason) can be shared in the R-Rated channel on our discord server. This channel is automatically blocked for new members and you must ask for permission to see this channel. While this channel is R-rated, some things just shouldn't be shared in a group setting so please, use common sense here.

Pestering Prodding Poking
Please be patient when waiting for responses to threads or for prizes or prompts. If it seems like the member or staff member forgot, you may ask them, but don't do it repeatedly.

graphics
Avatars
The dimensions for avatars is 250x400. Also please keep these images with no flashy sexual parts. Nudity that hides all those pieces is fine. This includes any and all suggestive sexual parts.

Requested graphics or templates
We have free to use templates for posting on Sinsomnia provided by the amazing Renoir, Gian Avur , Yvonne, and some other members; you can find these free to use templates here. When requesting graphics or templates from members please be patient and don't badger them - also never remove the credit from anyone's work.

Basic Character rules
Original Characters
When you make a character on Sinsomnia they should be of your own creation. Stealing characters from other people or other sites is not tolerated.

Age of Characters and Playbys
Sinsomnia is a mature site as as such, all characters must be at least 18 years old and the same goes for face claims: all playbys must be at least 18 years old as well.

Character applications
Post your application in WIP under your OOC account, once approved, admins will move it to its proper place once approved. Before your character can be approved you must create your character account and complete all the required profile fields.

In Character Posting Rules
No godmoding or metagaming

In Character Consequences
The staff isn't responsible for how another character acts towards yours, this includes being punished for something they have done IC. Your character can be upset about being punished by their group leader or anyone else, but there are consequences for certain actions. Leaders have the laws of their group posted in their group's place of power; break them at your own risk.

ranks and leader positions
Leaders
Members can only hold one leader position, though they can hold ranks in other groups with other characters. If you take on a leader position you are expected to be active with that character, not just for events, and speaking of events, leaders are responsible for running their group's event. Group events are not run by staff, though we will be there to help if you need it.

Limited Alpha/Master Characters
Starting off you can have up to a max of 3 alpha characters (this includes necromancers) and one master vampire. The exception to this rule is if you are given a voucher or a roulette by a staff member. You may buy extra slots for alphas and master vampires in the store.

Character Creation
Register an OOC account

Read the rules which have Character Rules as well.

Check out the Needed/Banned species here. See if there's something you'd like to make from the needed species list first for incentives.

Check out Playby Tracker here and the Character Names when you are checking faces because we do not allow duplicate names.

IC account character accounts should be First and Last name only (unless they don't have a last name), please do not include middle names.

Link New IC Character sub account to your main OOC by returning to your OOC account, going to the 'my controls' page. From there, you will need to hit the 'edit sub-accounts' link. You will get a page that asks for an account name and password. Input the information for the character account and hit the 'link' button.

Make character. Use the character template provided Here and either post if unfinished in the WIP board or if you make it in one sitting, right in the character creation board.

Wait for approval, this generally takes less than 24 hours.

Visit the Member List here to add your name to our site roster. Add your character's playby to the tracker here as well. Lastly, add your character to the catalogue so they can be recognized with their group here.

Species

Here is a list of the species that are available here on Sinsomnia are all under our Powerbook
vampire - Guide
werewolf - Guide
wereleopard - Guide
werelion - Guide
Merrow - Guide
psyhic - Guide
witch - Guide
animator - Guide
Necromancer - Guide
yokai - Guide
wanderer - (part of Lycan Guide)
Species Headquarters


Bronx - 41st Precinct - RPIT
NYC Kiss - Vampires
Eye Eater Pard - Wereleopard
Nemean Pride - Werelion
Bone Cave Pack HQ - Werewolf
Atlanic Pod - Merrow
NYC Collective Coven - Witch

There are three primary types of events on Sinsomnia: Board-wide plots run by the staff, group plots run by the leaders, and player driven plots.

Before an event there will typically be signups and all the species included in that event will be listed there. You may sign up as many or as few of your characters as you'd like for an event unless otherwise stated in the signups.

Board Wide plots

Board wide plots are planned and executed by the staff and generally have lasting effects for the board when they're finished. For these plots, members are typically randomly placed in groups for threads and the events can last anywhere from a week to a month. Prizes will be given out at the end of every board wide plot event and these prizes are generally geared towards encouraging character and plot development.

Group Plots

Group plots are planned and run by the leaders of the species groups on Sinsomnia. These events are generally open to the species running it and allies.

These events may include prizes for activity, but whether or not prizes are given out or what prizes will be given is up to the leader of the event.

Player driven

If you aren't a leader and you would like to run an event come to staff and let them know. However, please do not plan to have an event just before, during, or immediately following a board wide plot or species event.

Original Plot

Welcome to Sinsomnia. (scroll down for most recent events - Hellgates)

It's been over two decades since the Supreme Court judge - in the case of Addison v Clark - declared that vampires are legal citizens of America and are entitled to the same rights as the living. Following vampires being declared legal, a movement has risen up to try and create a better understanding for themselves, as well as lycanthropy, which has now been given the time and examination into the viral strain that causes those infected to shift under the full moon. It's nothing new to the populace, but in the growing years' acceptance of those living in the supernatural community is becoming widely met normalcy rather than toleration.

As such, this new age of thinking, it has come to attention that a police force is needed to provide something of a safety net between the growing population of those that go bump in the night. RPIT was funded and is run strictly by the humans that demanded policing of the preternatural community in a changing world of uncertainty. Vampires, lycanthropes, mermaids or known as merrow within our setting and some new twists on species give the options for further creativity and development for our players. A chance to increase your rank, strength, and power to withstand the player driven plot we have here.

Welcome to Sinsomnia, a setting that is based on the Anita Blake Vampire Hunting book series. It is an AU - 'Alternate Universe' where we do not have any canon characters as per author request, but the general theme is changed to encompass some details of the book series. If you haven't read them, that is perfectly fine. Our world is made to come comprehensible and based on real time ratio of 1:1, meaning its day to day setting. We make the plot as we go, nothing is concrete which makes it easy to jump right into writing. Our guides help you every step of the way.

You will find many a helpful member, great staff and a variety of ways to get involved in Sinsomnia. Events that are out staff create to drag your characters through the supernatural world, a points store to purchase upgrades in powers and ranks, along with contests that give further chances to winning something extraordinary. Come in, join the fray and have fun. Feel free to check out the Archive News for our monthly Newsletters on updates, plot events and happenings within the Sinsomnia.

Important Events 2016

In March of 2016 the preternatural community suffered the loss of those in power, rank, and leadership. New York was recently struck by a Dark Cult Coven of witches that took out first the Master of the City and all the Vampires Masters afterward, leaving a drain of power from the city and drawing off the BloodLine Masters for the remaining Kiss member to stay afloat. For one group so large, it was a blow that left the other groups out in the open and vulnerable to attack. How this Coven was so quick and decisive in the act to take out so many, made the other supernatural groups vulnerable for a second strike to occur, taking out the Lycanthrope leaders and ranking Alphas. A mystery as to why just them if they were so powerful and cunning to wipe them off like that... Yet, those of lesser power were left to defend themselves. A plea to the surrounding cities for those that could spare Alpha's and Masters in the wake of their loss brings forth a new floodgate of those seeking a life within New York.

The Coven is quiet, vanished for now without a trace as investigations from the new RPIT police force building up and some way to control the rogue population that scattered to the winds upon this upheaval of power. Change is in the air, a new Master of the City as come to plant a foot down and take the reigns as those of the few groups of New York build up their ranks once more. Healing begins with now a shadow looming over them... is this over or will there be more to come? In the world of the supernatural, anything is possible.

The massacre of the alphas and masters in the city took place in March of 2016

2017 Board Wide Plot - Darkest Wish

Darkest wish Plot

Things seem to be settled within the city. Bears have moved in to join the population of the super community, leaders are have been chosen and Alpha's are finally filling in ranks that were lost in what's known as the 2016 Massacre. A new Master of the City has taken up resident and the power vacuum from the Dark Coven is being filled in. Its all too quiet...

Each group is recouping, and each has their own little problems to deal with. Don't expect things to stay silent for long... after all, the Dark Coven has not been caught, nor does anyone know what they were up to with killing every powerful super they could get their hands on. Whispers are of some unknown Dark force, a dread hanging over the city that keeps unrest... All will be revealed within the months to come as Darkness patiently stalks the shadows.

2017-2018 Board Wide Plot - Hellgates

Hellgates Plot

The city had a demon on the lose, granting wishes and stealing their souls. Putting him down was not easy, for by the time he had run amuck in the city, he had his cohort of Light - Talia and leader of the Dark Coven that freed him, cast a spell to put all in the city asleep but a select few able to break free, while the spell opened the Hellgates. It required the live souls of those he granted wishes to as a ground focus... while he was thwarted and presumed killed in the act after our rescuers stopped the spell... the Gates were already half way open by this time. The veil was thinned and now whats leaking out is not good just for the city, but the entire world! It seems the essence of the even deadly sins are leaking out to cause mayhem within New York! Watch out for parts of the city to just go banana's with the powerful hell magic leaking through.

2018 Board Wide Plot - The Veil and Sins

The hellgates are closed, the Veil sealed but what is leaking out over the entire world is known to man as the Seven Deadly Sins. Not the demons themselves but in fact the essence of them in cloud like winds that move along the earth to affect places and parts of the world with their deadliness. Pride has struck and now Lust is hovering in Manhattan. More is expected to come along in the year but just how much can the world take of this before destruction happens? Some say we are living in the end of times, the end is neigh while those of more knowledge are in the works to fix this and send them back where they belong. Yet whenever a Sin passes over the area... things get indeed.... deadly. As such... the Bears, Foxes and Rats were turned into Lions, Leopards or Wolves as they were so disorganized during the unleashing of the Hellgates. A witch cast them to be more united which broke up many of the species but united them in the same way. New York has gone through many changes... what will come next?

Q: I’ve never read the Anita Blake novels can I still join?
A: Most definitely! We’re an alternate universe sit so there's no need to be familiar with canon and our guides cover anything you need to know.

Q: Can I make a fey?
A: While there were mentions of fey in the AB books we aren’t allowing them on the site like they were in the books. We do, however, have a yokai character type which allows you to make almost anything.

Q: How steadfast are you sticking to the books?
A: For the most part, we use most of the lore from the books most of our species are canon and the laws in the AB universe still apply here. If you’re familiar with the series and don’t see something you were expecting to see in the guide feel free to come to the staff and we’ll be happy to explain why it isn’t there or why we aren’t holding to that rule.

Q: How long does is take for a character app to be approved?
A: Not long at all, as soon as you’ve activated your account and a staff member is around we generally get to it within 24 hours, but if you need validating, drop us a line in the discord server and we'll get you approved.

Q: I think I’m done with my character application, where do I post it?
A: Click here scroll down to where you picked up your template. You will then go Here to our WIPS, click on new post and post it there under your OOC.

Q: Can I change the application template to fit me, like a free-form app?
A: Unfortunately, no. It confuses other members that might use yours as an example and our powers sections tend to be tricky for the newly joining. We want to keep all our applications consistent.

Q: Can I make a character that is a Yokai or Wanderer as my first?
A: Unfortunately, no again on this one. We have these listed as special species that have to be won or “bought” with points. This means if you decide to join up and you’re around long enough to participate in plots and challenges you’ll be eligible to grab one.

Q: I have a pretty powerful character can I bring them over?
A: You can, but, they will most like be stripped of anything that makes them an alpha/master and you’ll have to work your way up to being that powerful. You can buy powers and status though our points system though.

Q: Can I bring canon characters from the Anita Blake/Merry Gentry series?
A: No, we aren’t accepting canon characters. We don’t accept any kind of characters that have in some likeliness to any in the novels, we respect Laurell far too much to butcher her characters.

Q: Who is on the staff and how can we can get in touch with them?
A: As a rule there's always someone floating around in the discord (we're all on different timezones) But they are Samantha, Sakaira, Gian Avur, Jo-jo.

Q: I want to join and make a character that is an alpha or leader as my first. Can I do that? Do you do "leader" auditions or anything?
A: "Leader" positions are generally taken because of how important they are for a group to function and stay active. On the off-chance we have one open up, it will be offered to existing and established members first. We realize some people may find this alienating, but we operate under a loyalty and activity reward system - every active player has an equal chance at titles and positions, but it is something you earn by playing.

Sinsomnia had four creators but two are still members of staff currently. Between them there should always be someone on to bother! If you find yourself needing the one that happens to be busy, though, don't fret! There are a few ways to get in touch with us. Below you'll find our different areas of expertise and some contact information. As always you can use the Private Message (PM) system if you like that best.

The admins

Samantha

Specializes in: Humans, Werelions, Vampires, and Wanderers

Sam is a 23 year old female from bumfuck nowhere who spends her free time being chased around by serial killers and making work for Renoir. She has three dogs, Harry Potter-themed tattoos, and houses a family of raccoon gangsters outside of her front door. Her taste in TV shows leaves something to be desired, according to Renoir, but everyone forgives her because she's super fast at writing literally everything.

She can be contacted by PM or via PM on Discord.

Sakaira

Specializes in: Werewolves, Wereleopards, Merrow, and Yokai

Sakaira is a 31 year old woman from Canada....eh. She has a kid who is five and she's married (which is like having another kid). She's a banker that paints and is always thinking forwards. She's open for any questions and here to help. She's got the plots, ideas, twists, and is full of encouragement. There's always a way and she will make it happen. She's up for being contacted anytime!

She can be contacted by PM or via her Skype: angela.takenouchi

The moderators

Below are our Moderators and Admins that have specific tasks assigned to them. Issues and problems are not solved by our Moderators. Any and all conflicts should be brought to an Admin. All approvals are handled by Admins at this includes Board creation, Character approvals, Awards, points/store, changes to member status, Yokai and Wanderers.

Gian Avur

Specializes in: Site Maintenance, Contests, Creative, Validating

Gian Avur is a 35 year old woman from the UK; she has three children and she is married as well. She is a stay at home mother and is the sort of person who is both highly organised but terribly spontaneous as well. She'll happily plot and thread with you and has lots of time for people who need help or ideas. She also codes and makes graphics, although she insists on her amateur status in respect of both, and is always willing to help with making somethig pretty.

She can be contacted by PM or on discord.

Jo-Jo

Specializes in: Site Maintenance, Contests, Creative, Validating

Jo is a GMT based 24 year old writing addict with 13 years worth of RP experience (but don't tell her original site that she lied about her age just so she could be on there) Jo usually can be found in an airport, or packing the car for the next adventure. She's always up for plots, for fun, and pretty much anything!

She can be contacted by PM or on discord

Reconigtion for Co-Creation

Jenguin

Created and wrote the original lycanthrope guides and several other guides. We want to thank her for her writing and all the work she put into for Sinsomnia.

Renoir

Created and wrote the Vampire, Merrow, and Yokai guides, as well as coding the site. We want to thank her for her writing and all the work she put into for Sinsomnia.

Why Donate?

There are a couple of different costs associated with running the site and keeping it smooth. We'd like to offer premium jcink status to our members. The total for that is $79.99 a year and gets us a higher rating. The PG-13 rating jumps to an R rating and allows us to have more mature content on the boards. It also removes those pesky ads.

We also pay for our custom domain. It's a domain name purchase and it's like $15.00 a year. All these little things go into making the site a little bit smoother, nicer looking, and such. As you can see they aren't overwhelming yearly fees but when they all come do at once it can be a chunk of change.

Other expenses include things like commissioning our completely custom skin.

Donation Tiers

We don't expect you to donate for nothing, though! Below are some incentives to get you in the giving mood if you want to help us out.

  • $1 - $5 – 15 points + supporter award
  • $6 - $9 – 20 points + supporter award + VIP group on discord 1 month
  • $10 – 25 points + supporter award + VIP group on discord 2 months + sub-board
  • $15 – 30 points + supporter award + VIP group on discord 2 months + single character plot
  • $20 – 35 points + supporter award + VIP group on discord 2 months + double character plot (your character and someone else’s)
  • $25 – 40 points + supporter award + VIP group on discord 3 months + small group plot (three characters)
  • $35 – 45 points + magical item + alpha wanderer roulette or voucher + super supporter award + VIP group on discord 4 months
  • $40 - 50 points + super supporter award + VIP group on discord 4 months + group plot (large group, can be species or just random characters; no more than 10 characters) with prizes
  • $45 - 55 points + super supporter award + VIP group on discord 4 months + plot character roulette
  • $50 – 60 points + Hardcore Sinner Supporter award + VIP group on discord 5 months + banned species token + help plot the next Board Wide Plot
  • $80 – 80 points + Hardcore Sinner Supporter award + VIP group on discord for one year + extra alpha/master slot + panwere roulette (or exisiting character) (limit 3 on-site) + TBA
  • How to donate

    We accept money through Paypal at sinsomnia.rpg@gmail.com (you can also click the button below to donate). When you are donating remember to attach your username and to let a member of staff know just so they can be on the look out.

    this guide was written for sinsomina ©2016

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