EARNING GP: The Story Advancing Your Story Central to Bleach Gotei are Growth Points, abbreviated GP. There are numerous ways of earning GP, all of them linked to developing and telling your character’s story. The various methods, along with other useful and tangentially related information, will be covered here.
GP Gain What is GP? GP, or Growth Points, is the currency your character earns by participating in threads and advancing their story. This currency can then be spent on stats and skills. As Bleach Gotei is first and foremost a collaborative storytelling effort, a large portion of GP is earned by simply posting in threads. However, a significant portion of a character’s total GP pool will be comprised of Base GP, which is—for most characters—a rough indication of the stage in which that character’s story currently is. As a character’s story develops, players will be eligible to request Milestones in order to increase their Base GP (for information on Milestones, see below).
Keep in mind that Base GP and non-Base GP is valued the same; the only difference is that Base GP can only be earned via Milestones. All characters start with 1,500 Base GP.
Claiming GP Writing posts does not automatically place GP in a character’s GP pool; in order to spend GP earned by posting, threads must first be completed, and then be claimed. This is to ensure that a character’s GP gain can be tracked and audited in the interests of fair play. In order to claim, simply post in your application thread with links to the threads in question along with the amount of GP being claimed. Feel free to include any relevant information that might be of assistance, but most important is that an updated GP total is provided every time you claim. It is very easy for staff to keep track of (and if necessary, correct) GP expenditure, but it is significantly more difficult to see where all the GP comes from, and a clear progression of steadily increasing Total GP is as straightforward and accessible as can be. Staff will confirm your claim, check for inaccuracies, and approve the claim, leaving you free to spend it as you please.
Note! It is imperative that RP posts include, at the very least, a word count (Bleach Gotei has a built-in word-counter that is considered “official”).
GP Rates The standard rate at which posting earns GP is 1 GP per 50 words. This number is calculated on a per-thread basis and is always rounded down. You can not claim threads before they are finished.
There are, however, a number of different rates (some of which for specific thread types, outlined below) depending on what is being posted—or how. The rates are as follows:
Standard Rate: 1 GP per 50 words Solo Rate: 1 GP per 75 words Associated NPC Rate: 1 GP per 100 words Unassociated NPC Rate: 1 GP per 200 words (claimable by any of your characters)
The rule regarding Associated/Unassociated NPC rates is whether or not that NPC is strongly linked to your character or not, and if so, only that character can claim GP written as the NPC. Retired characters earn GP as if they were Unassociated NPCs if the player so wishes.
Thread Types Different Ways to Tell Stories Not all thread types will be optimal or even appropriate for telling a character’s story at certain points. Furthermore, the flow of time in a collective storytelling effort such as Bleach Gotei is not always straightforward or obvious, and as such, there are several different thread types recognized as “standard”.
Group Threads are the most common, defined simply as threads that have more than one participant. Posts in Group Threads earn GP at the standard rate.
Solo Threads are less common, defined as threads that have only one participant. Solo Threads earn GP at the solo rate.
Turn Back the Pendulum Threads, often referred to as simply Pendulum Threads, are threads which take place in the past—often as a way of retroactively expanding existing relationships, or illuminating parts of a character’s origins. The GP rate in Pendulum Threads is dependent on the amount of participants.
Alternate Universe (AU) Threads take place in alternate universes, and are most commonly used to explore what-if scenarios. Large-scale site events, such as the traditional Halloween threads, are AU Threads. The GP rate in AU Threads is dependent on the amount of participants, but note that AU threads cannot be used when requesting Milestones.
Note! It is mandatory to include an Adults Only (AO) tag in the thread title for sexually explicit or excessively violent content in order to forewarn readers who may be sensitive to these things. In-character content is not censored on Bleach Gotei, but we ask that players are considerate of others’ preferences, leaving them the option to avoid content they might find disagreeable.
Open and Closed Threads All threads, unless stated otherwise, are considered Closed. This means that unless your character is explicitly invited, you are not allowed to participate in that thread. It is recommended that the opening post of Closed thread includes a list of people who are invited to participate for the sake of clarity.
However, threads can be set to Open, meaning anyone is free to participate in them regardless of invitation. Note that it is considered good practice (but not mandatory) to contact the participants of an Open thread before joining.
Participating in a Closed thread without an invitation is considered a thread invasion, which, while technically permitted, is subject to certain conditions. The uninvited participant must be prepared to justify—using only in-character reasons—his or her participation if the invited participants decide to appeal the invasion.
An invasion appeal is made in the Requests board and should include the names of the uninvited and invited participants, a link to the thread, and why they feel the invasion is illegitimate.
The invader may then respond with their justification and reasoning, and staff will determine whether or not the invasion is legitimate. If it is not legitimate, the offending post will be stricken and the thread will be able to continue undisturbed.
Request Types Milestones Requests that encompass arcs that tell your character’s story. These arcs typically span across multiple threads and indicate your character undergoing some measure of personal growth and development across their story.
Upon completing a story arc of some sort, players may request a Milestone to be reviewed by staff. While reviewing your request, staff will take into consideration the content of your threads, the overall story and your writing quality, as well as how persuasive the request is.
When you request a Milestone you are requesting an increase to your Base GP. This means that when you request your first Milestone, your Base GP at the time will be whatever value was awarded to your application. The higher your Base GP the more difficult it will become to gain more Base GP as the scrutiny of your request becomes increasingly strict.
The Character Life-Cycle A roadmap to when to request a Milestone, and a suggestion for how much GP to ask for. The following brackets are the general categories we see characters fall into as they progress through their story. These are by no means hard lines you must fall into, but rather merely a suggestion for when experience teaches us most people look to make certain moves.
Any person familiar with Bleach will have an idea of what you mean when you say a 'Captain level character'. That is to say that the broad stroke by which you classify a character comes with a certain set of expectations that help you identify how far along they are in their story.
Recruit 1,500 BGP -This is the starting point from which all Characters begin -Characters of this level are little more than a list of traits and physical characteristics and are in the process of becoming more. -We expect a Character is transitioning from what is essentially an NPC and into a dynamic force in our game. -We expect to see the rudimentary creation of relationships. -Characters should be seeking out to prove some of the things they claimed in their Application; show us that the traits you claimed to have, that the psychology and motives you described are how this character actually works in practice.
Fifth Seat 1,600 - 2,000 BGP Average 0-1 Masteries -Relationships begin to expand and offer additional connections and depth. -Characters should be fully 'alive' and begin to see their ideas challenged. -The introduction of antagonistic figures, or becoming one for someone else. -The formation of 'the first major hurdle' in your character's development -While definitely ambitious, this range may include the pursuit of Second Power.
Fourth Seat 2,100 - 2,500 BGP Average 1-2 Masteries -Additional relationships and the growth of existing ones. -Characters should have a handful of allies and/or antagonists. -Crystallizing your character emotionally and mentally in the face of their first major hurdle; this may include the pursuit of Second Power. -The major conflict and theme of the characters early life is likely present, if only subconsciously.
Third Seat 2,600 - 3,000 BGP Average 2-3 Masteries -We expect tangible progress towards the conflicts and goals that occur in your characters life. -Existing relationships continue to deepen, possibly exposing one or two true, allies or antagonists. -While not necessary, we may see the conflict present in your character transition from the subconscious theme it had been, to a very real awareness. -Should be armed with a Second Power, although some characters may still be working on it.
Lieutenant 3,100 - 5,000 BGP Average 3-4 Masteries -The introduction and setup for your character's fundamental crisis; this is essentially the footwork for Prestige. -Many of the investments from earlier relationships are beginning to pay significant dividends, and your character will be able to gauge their own growth in the context of other growing characters. -A true sense of identity should be evident; your character is now a significant 'distance' from what was on their application. -Characters may also be learning that what they wanted, and what they need, may not overlap. -While perhaps ambitious, this is an area that may include the leap to Prestige.
Captain 5,1000 - 7,000 BGP Average 4-5 Masteries -A fundamental change is on the horizon for your character and their story is heading towards a conflict that should be readily apparent. -Relationships are becoming recurring, and are yielding a 'second generation' of contacts that will help challenge your character. -This is a common area to make the leap to Prestige.
Captain Commander 7,100 - 9,000 BGP Prestige level character, 5-7 Masteries -Characters have faced the fundamental conflict that has guided them this far. -The original Application is nothing but a fond memory; they are a different person in most facets of their personality. -The 'fundamental question' of a character, as the only true test left for them to face, and it begins to bubble to the surface. -While not necessary, the culmination of the character's story towards either their breaking point, or their inner peace, takes shape. -There will be obscure aspects of a character's personality, morality, and emotional well-being that now become the focus rather than broad details.
And Beyond 9,000+ BGP -In general, the only major hurdle we 'expect' at this level is to tackle that character's fundamental question; that one, underlying thing that had plagued them their entire lives at one level or another. But, if resolving that is not in the cards, or if the player simply wishes to save it for another time, you can continue requesting additional BGP for the arcs that you are able to complete. Just be warned! Nothing at this level could even be remotely viewed as 'easy GP'
Legendary Challenges Combat focused threads that lead to significant character development in a short time span. A Legendary challenge is graded by a threads 'wow' factor, general fight aesthetics, the character development and the quality of writing present in the relevant thread.
These requests are graded like Masteries in that they get increasingly harder to acquire as you request more of them. That is to say, your first LC will be far easier to get than your fifth. This is to help keep the epicness of these fights in line with character power and growth.
Character Expiration Character Death The most obvious end to a character is death.
On Bleach Gotei the actual, unwilling death of a character at the hands of another is a very rare occurrence. In addition to inflicting a Fatal wound, the attacker must submit a Death Request. Death Requests mean that a character can die, even if unwilling. This prevents characters from escaping the consequences of dangerous actions, such as picking a fight with someone who has every reason to kill them, just by saying “I don’t want my character to die.” As a community, we sacrifice some of our freedoms by playing together in a single cohesive world; none of us are an island. This includes the risk of death.
Death, though, should be something that adds to stories instead than taking away from them. In approving or denying a Death Request, the Staff is mainly concerned with whether the killing is justified. Does the attacker have a good enough motive for it to make sense? Are there any out-of-character factors in play? Could the victim have acted differently earlier in the thread to avoid death? If anything seems unfair or unwarranted, the request will be denied and the victim will be allowed to escape with their life intact.
Keep in mind, though, that just as out-of-character factors shouldn't be used to justify death, they shouldn't be used to avoid it. If you stop posting in a thread where your character's life is at risk because you don't want your character to die, your opponent will be well within their rights to submit a death request, and staff would be well within their rights to approve it.
Remember that the world of Bleach is one marked by millennia-old conflict. Death is something that makes the entire world run and we do not try to pretend otherwise.
The death request form is below.
Name of Victim: Who is in danger of dying? Name of Attacker: Who is causing that danger? Thread Link: Where is it happening? Summary: Why is this character being killed? Does the other player want their character to die? Explanations go here.
Once a character has died you have the following options.
Firstly, should you choose to begin an adventure with a brand new character you will be able to transfer 20% of the deceased character’s Total GP (not counting the GP from their original application) to a new one on top of the value of the application. If this character is connected to the deceased character—if they are resurrected or reborn in some way—this value increases to 40%. The new character's Base GP is determined by adding the application GP to half of what was transferred.
This option is only available if a death request has been filed—writing your character's death in a solo thread doesn't contribute to the stories of others, and isn't a good enough reason to grant GP.
While there is no maximum that can be transferred, a new character cannot start with more than 7500 GP, combining the transfer with GP gained from the character's application. This applies to transfers from death as well as from retirement. Additionally, the transfer does not need to occur at character creation; any time before the new character's first GP claim is fine.
Character Retirement This option exists for those who have "completed" their character and wish to tie their story up neatly.
By nature this option is the most obvious for a Transcendental. They have reached their zenith and it's time for them to move on to the world filled with their peers. This means they're no longer an active force in the world. Although they can still be played they will not acquire GP or anything else to that effect. A retired character's account will also be preserved and not converted to another character.
The benefit of retirement over death is a carryover of 40% of their Total GP (not counting the GP from their original application). This will be added to the value of their new starting Base GP from their application. Retirement is permanent.
While Transcendentals may take this option at their leisure, all other character types (even Broken Transcendentals) must fill out the following request.
[b]Character Name:[/b] [b]Character Class:[/b] Normal, Prestige, (Broken) Transcendental [b]Reason for Retirement:[/b] Where is your character going? Why will they be isolated from the world? What will they spend their life doing? Retired characters do not die, they do not stop living, they simply start a new life that will rarely involve the other characters of Bleach Gotei. You need to provide these circumstances and reasons.
Changing Races The world of Bleach Gotei centers around death and the transition from one race to another. Whether you're a human that has somehow retained their memories upon becoming a soul in the Rukongai, or a Hollow that was purified and retained knowledge of their past lives, there are a handful of ways that you can become a difference race from the one you started as. We have a few rules to govern this process.
The first is that you must write a new application for the character and post it for approval. This application will be subject to the same rules and standards as any other and must include all of your current powers and releases, even if you do not intend for your character to be able to use them right away. This application will not be graded.
Once this application is approved, your character will begin with the standard 1,500 Base GP. Your Total GP, with that 1,500 GP subtracted, will be divided up into halves and awarded back in 50% increments whenever you post a request for it, up to once every four weeks. You can simply use the Milestone template for this, explaining what your character has been up to since the last request. When all is said and done, your Base GP and non-Base GP will return to their previous, exact amounts.
Masteries in Universal skills or "similar" racial skills, such as Hadō to Cero or even Kaidō to Regeneration, will also come back if you explain your characters process for discovering how their knowledge extends to these new Racial skills as well.
Although there is a substantial short-term loss as your character adjusts to their transformed soul and body, the end result will be great gains in GP through writing threads and Milestones. By the time the process has returned your regular GP and Masteries, your character will have gone through a grand and wholly unique adventure and be that much more powerful for it.
Last Edit: Jul 3, 2017 8:17:14 GMT -5 by Genki Ogawa: Corrected 30% to 20% Death, per rule change last fall
Welcome to Bleach Gotei, an alternate universe Bleach RP!
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