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By the hands of the Gods, you have been plucked from your time and from your world, dropped into the box. Only the box is a world of its own.

We are a mass crossover based on the concept of Pandora's Box. Characters from nearly any fandom can be played here. Because of the endless character possibilities, we are canon only here at Pandora. Take a peek at our rules and plot information before starting your new life in Pandora.

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New Player's Guide

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    New Player's Guide

    New to Pandora and not sure what to start? It's entirely understandable! We're a large site with quite a bit going on, but we hope this guide can help make the process of getting started as easy as possible for you. As always, though, feel free to contact a staff member with any questions or concerns!

    Getting Started


    REQUIRED READING
    1. The Rules. Like other roleplay forums, this should be everybody's first stop on Pandora. Many of these rules are unique to the forum and we do enforce each and every one of them, so be sure to familiarize yourself with them.
    2. The Plot. The reason you're all here, right? This is where you can find basic information regarding the premise of the forum as well as any newly updated plot information.
    3. Activity Guidelines. Though we cover activity in our rules, you can find more information about our activity expectations here, including activity checks and character caps.
    4. Life in Pandora. Now we're getting down to the details of Pandora's setting. Find out just how life in Pandora works!

    RECOMMENDED READING
    • Frequently Asked Questions. I'm sure some of you still have questions, so head over to the FAQ. If you still have questions after that, you're always free to contact a staff member.
    • The Story Hub. If you have any interest in running a complex, large-scale plot in Pandora, then learning about our Story Hubs will be necessary!

     
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    Ariah` EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!
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    Creating Your Character


    Decide on a Character


    Have you officially decided to join the ranks of Pandora? Wonderful! We're excited to have you! The first thing you'll need to do now is choose a character. We realize how intimidating this process can sometimes be due to the number of characters there are to choose from, but there are a few things you can do to help make the process a little bit easier.

    • Our canon list will tell you which characters are already taken on the site and give you an idea of what kinds of characters there are to plot with already.
    • There are tons of wanted ads made by eager players. You can always browse through those to see if any of them suit you.
    • Finally, even just popping into the cbox and saying hi can be helpful. Our community is always eager to help new members decide on a character!

    Register Your OOC Account


    Here at Pandora, we use subaccounts. Every player is required to have an OOC account, the name of which will be whatever alias you use on the site. Register that account and head right over to our OOC Accounts thread so that a staff member can place you in the correct membergroup!

    Create Your Character Account


    So, you've decided on your character. The next thing you want to do is create your character's subaccount. Subaccounts will allow you to quickly and easily switch from one account to another without having to login and logout. Check out our Subaccounts Guide for more information!

    Reserve Your Character


    Stop by our Reservations to reserve your character. Each character reservation lasts seven days. During that period of time, you will have first dibs on the character. This means that a new player cannot come along and steal the character from right under you before you have finished the application. If the character's reservation expires, then it is possible for someone else to grab the character. Keep an eye on your reservation and we recommend renewing your reservation on the day it expires! Keep in mind that you will only be allowed four reservations (roughly one month) to complete your application.

    Fill Out An Application


    Once you're ready to fill out an application, head over to our Templates & Guidelines. In order to be accepted, you must copy and paste the form's code into a new topic within the Registration forum and fill it out in its entirety. You are allowed to put up an in progress application in the appropriate subforum, but you must reply to the thread when you have completed it. Otherwise, you run the risk of the application going unnoticed by staff.
     
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    After Acceptance


    Choose Your Town (or none at all)


    The first thing you want to do is join one of the usergroups for accepted characters. These are based off of the towns, or are simply left as vagabond (for those characters who choose not to settle in/near any particular town). You can select your usergroup here (viewable only by character accounts)! Please make sure to select only one usergroup. You can find detailed information about each town in our Lorebook.

    Post in the Sign-Ups


    Once you know where your character will be living, you should post in the sign-ups. Our sign-ups forum contains both government and regular jobs along with housing and college sign-ups for your characters. These are organized by town.

    Introductions


    Stop by and say hello in our Introductions section. Tell us a little bit about yourself. We want to get to know who we are writing with!

    Jump Right In - Start or Join an Open Thread

    • Check out the Open Threads list and see if any of those threads interest you.
    • Create an open thread. Just make sure that it is properly tagged as "open" using the thread prefixes.

    Character Tools

    • Plotters. These are very useful tools when trying to find new plots for your characters or simply trying to find somebody to write a thread with. Stop by and write up your own plotter, or browse those already in the forum.
    • Brainstorming. You can find and post about thread and plot ideas here!
    • Character Directory. Another useful tool, you can post a very wide variety of things here. It can be used for trackers, extended character information, relationship information, headcanons, etc.
    • Wanted Ads. Looking for more characters from your fandom? Or perhaps you are looking for a specific type of character for a specific type of thread.

    Visit the Graphics Requests Forum


    Looking for some pretty graphics to decorate your shiny new account with? Head over to the Graphics Requests and request from some of the talent people within. Or perhaps you are somebody willing to offer your skill. In that case, you are free to open a graphics shop of your own within the same forum.

     
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    Bored?


    • Apply For Awards. We have a wide variety of cute trophies and other awards for members to win. Check out the trophies thread and see what you already qualify for, or what you'd like to work toward!
    • Hop Into Our Discord Server. An extra off-site chat service with multiple channels where group chatting and plotting has never been quite so easy!
    • Play Some Forum Games. There is always something going on in the games forum, IC and OOC games alike!
    • Peruse our IC and OOC Groups. With an abundance of IC and OOC groups to join, there is endless opportunity for everybody. OOC Groups, IC Organizations, Town Plotting Groups, and Story Hubs can be found here!
    • Check Out the Activity Showcase. This weekly showcase lays out the past week's updates, just in case you missed something fun and new!

     
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