Credit to ManureTheBear for writing this
So, you want to be an e-fedder?
You’ve seen the sigs and read the comments, you’ve read the posts related to PWC, you’re a BTB-guy with aspirations of shoot-fighting glory or we’ve relentlessly PM’ed you until you cracked. Whatever the reasons, here you are at the gilded gates of PWC. No doubt you have many questions, but all will be revealed, in time...
What is an e-fed?
This forum’s e-fed is called Premier Wrestling Circuit (PWC). The regular shows are called “Vortex”, with various “PPV’s” at certain junctures. It is a fantasy-based, written wrestling show posted for our enjoyment. PWC is a competitive fed, meaning that the results are NOT scripted. Members whose fantasy characters get pitted against each other on the following show’s card each submit a piece of writing called a role-play (RP) to compete. Based off that, a match is written, featuring the two (or more) characters.
Who runs the show?
These are the guys who put in a lot of extra work – creating storylines and cards, judging RP’s and writing up the shows themselves. The current creative team consists of Daiko (a.k.a. Gary Oak), C3K, HollywoodNightmare and The Fourth Wall.
Regular members (this means you!) are encouraged to assist them wherever they can by pitching their ideas and suggestions, be it for spots, feuds, asking some earnest advice regarding the result of a match, or even helping by guest-writing some of the matches. The keywords are mutual respect and trust – the regular members trust the creative team to not bury their characters and to give them a show to mark out for and the creative team trusts the rest of the roster to refrain from backstage politics and tantrums.
Creating a character...
The sky’s the limit! Check out the OP for specific details on applying. What you’ll need to do in your application, essentially, is tell us who your wrestler is, how he looks like and what moves he does. You will also need to supply a sample RP for the application – this is just to see if you have the basics of RP’ing under your belt.
Be original! Make the character your own. Character changes are allowed, but it’s not a bad idea to make a character and gimmick that you’ll be comfortable writing for a long time.
When creating a character, don’t throw realism out the window. Yes, you are only limited by your imagination, but you have to consider the nature of the other characters in the fed. For example, you can’t apply as a real zombie, but an emotionless and pale man with an undead fixation will probably make the cut.
This goes for the move-set as well. Don’t expect creative to okay a 400-pound giant to do a 450 splash – Bam Bam Bigelow is not a member of PWC. By the same logic, don’t give a flying midget a gorilla press gutbuster as a finisher. It’s all about balance. Remember, it’s not your move-set that will win matches, but your RP’s.
PLEASE consult the “ban-list” in the OP when designing your character. Certain finishers, character reps and theme songs are already in use by other posters.
What is an RP and how do I write one?
An RP is the regular member’s main contribution to the fed. Periodically, a Vortex or PPV thread will be created, containing the card and the deadline for the RP’s to be submitted.
Typically, an RP is a little story featuring your character. Narratives and interview-promos are commonplace in PWC. It’s also not unheard of to provide script-like comments like including a camera in the RP.
How you write is up to you. The best way for a noob to get a good feel for RP’ing is to simply read other RP’s in the fed. As a rule of thumb, don’t forget to mention your opponent in your RP, or why your character should win. Length is also up to you, but an RP of 500 words is generally considered too short to be a match-winner, while 6000 could get boring really quickly.
When reading the RP’s, you’ll notice that they’re also formatted in a certain way. While not set in stone, usual PWC formatting includes ways to distinguish dialogue, be it by dialogue assignment or by using different colours.
Lastly, a big no-no is to simply respond to your opponent’s RP. Blatantly responding to an RP means plagiarising and if you’re caught doing this, your character will get punished. In short, if your opponent submits his RP earlier than you, you are not allowed to steal his ideas.
PWC is not PG, so feel free to express yourself and use themes and motifs that are challenging. Having said that, if a character drops more than twenty f-bombs in a promo, creative will spot it as a crutch, making up for a lack of creativity on the writer’s part. PWC also accommodates serious and humorous writers equally, so play to your strengths as a writer.
How do things happen in PWC?
So you know what PWC is and you know what an RP is and you know who calls the shots... Now this is how PWC functions:
Creative sorts out angles, feuds and the like. Keeping that in mind, they release a card (with a deadline) for the next Vortex or PPV. Normally this process doesn't take longer than a day or two.
This is where you come in. Your main job is to submit an RP in the match-thread. That’s it. A show’s deadline is usually between a week and two weeks after the card is released, that way everybody can have enough time to write an RP.
The next step is creative deciding the outcomes of the scheduled matches, actually writing the matches, as well as adding additional segments to the show. This process is subject to creative’s real-life time constraints, but typically takes one or two weeks.
If you’re a new writer, struggling, or just looking to improve, feedback on your RP is a good way to get better, but also to get a feel of what the PWC fans want. (Wrestling is about the buys, after all...) Regulars usually give each other feedback in the match thread, as well as predictions before the show is posted and reviews afterwards.
While PWC is still in its first calendar year, the proposed “cycle” is that between each PPV, there will be four episodes of Vortex.
Deadlines and no-shows!
Deadlines for RP’s are there to ensure fairness. At PWC, we understand that real life gets priority over a hobby, but RP’ers should remember that the more extensions the creative team grants, the longer the wait is going to be. Be sure to ask creative for an extension if you know time-management will be a factor the moment you’ll see a collision. Also be sure to ask for time off (if you’re going to have longer commitments) BEFORE the cards are released.
The worst thing an RP’er can do is no-show (not submit an RP for his match). Shooting hard on every member of creative and calling them a faggot is exponentially better than no-showing! No-showing means that there’s a ton of uncertainty surrounding the show and the planned programme for your character probably has to get altered. As a rule, a no-show means that your character loses his match, simple as that. Under certain circumstances (like death and even then, preferably your own!), creative will find a way around the no-show, but in most cases (“Oh, I forgot!” or “Didn’t feel like it!”) your character will get jobbed out and made to look weak. Posters who no-show repeatedly are shown the door – it’s the only way to keep things running smoothly. It’s hard enough for people to write an entertaining show every few weeks without last-minute changes.
Have fun and don’t take things too seriously. If you didn't love wrestling, you probably wouldn't have been on WF anyway.