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Character Entry Guide
This page details how to submit new characters into the database. Character pages are unique to VGG; they are not found on BGG or RPGG. This is due to the unique and intimate ways in which the video game medium enables the player to interact with the characters. While, characters are featured prominently within pen-and-paper RPGs, these games tend be more open-ended and flexible than video games, which gives the players greater leeway and liberties with the characters and world - hence why they are absent from RPGGeek.
We want to include as many video game characters in the database as possible without overwhelming it or effecting its usability. To accomplish this we include only noteworthy characters, such as quest givers or enemies, while avoiding filler and background characters. Our guidelines were also created around the idea of "one character entry" for each "individual character", ignoring outside influences such as abilities, costumes changes, and transformations.
Other Important Pages:
Over the years we have held several special character tournaments: Main Character Tournament Page
What is Accepted?
Character submissions can be a bit tricky to understand at first, due in so small part to the sheer variety and diversity of quirky characters out there. The chart below roughly details what we do and don't accept. There are also certain character types with special rules attached to them - see further down for more information.
What is Not Accepted?
Special Character Rules
Many character types exist that pose a dilemma when it comes to submitting them. For management purposes and consistency we have tried to lay out clear and precise guidelines for each of these tricky character types.
† SPECIAL EXCEPTION: A generic character may get it's own page when it meets the following 3 requirements:
• Is part of a long running series or franchise (at least 3 unique games; ideally more). Remakes and remasters do not count.
Create a Character Entry
The key thing to remember about character entries is that characters are submitted based on the individual - ignoring appearance, abilities, alternate names, etc. To word it another way, characters are grouped or separated based on whether or not they are the same person/thing/entity.
Add Character Link on a Game Page
The character submission form looks like the picture below.
The Create Character Window
The name the character is best known by. Some characters are known by more than one name or nickname or they may have had their name changed for a release outside their country of origin. Always use the name the character is best known by for the Primary Name and list any others in the Note to Admin box to be added as alternative names.
If two unrelated characters share the same name, add parentheses with the name of the game they appear in.
Note: The "primary name" is what will appear on the character entry and in searches. The character "Nickname" (see versions below) is what will be displayed on the character section of a game page.
The description provided for a character should be of reasonable length (i.e. not a sentence long) and preferably describe the characters appearance, personality or motivations without giving away any key plot points. Videos are not generally allowed in description boxes; character entries are a rare exception. It is best to use a video that has been approved through Geekmod.
Copy and paste the code below into the description box:
Create a Character Release Version
Directly below the "character creation window" is the "character version window" (labeled Appearance Information). It has mandatory fields for the characters name (labeled Nickname), Category (a.k.a. character type, see below), and the game(s) that they appear in. Every character entry will contain one or more character versions.
What Gets a Version?
The following are instances in which a version should be created:
What Does Not Get a Version?
The following are instances in which a version should NOT be created:
The Create Character Version Window
The nickname used for a version should be the name the character is best known by in the game linked to that version. If a character appears in a large number of games, the general practice is to add parentheses with the name of the game linked to that version.
Example: Dizzy (Dizzy)
Note: The "primary name" (see 'create character' above) is what will appear on the character entry and in searches. The character "Nickname" is what will be displayed on the character section of a game page.
Category (Character Type)
A character type (labeled "Category") defines the role or purpose of the character within a video game. In some instances a character may fit more than one "character type" due to any number of circumstances. Perhaps their role changes over the course of the game or with fighting games for example, you can play as the character (Player Character) or against that same character (Boss). Feel free to add as many character types as need be.
The Character Category Window
A description is not mandatory, but always appreciated.
Currently, one version is allowed for every game a character appears in. There should never be two games linked to a single version. In unique instances where a single named character can appear alongside another of itself within the same game (e.g. a fighting game where regular Mario can fight against Dr. Mario) two versions are created for that one game.
How to Add a Version to an Existing Character
Every character should have at least one version attached to it. Note: you may come across characters with no versions. These are from the very early days of VGG (early 2010) before characters had versions. Please report any you find to an admin.
To add a version to a character that already exists in the database you must first go to that character's entry. Directly under the description box is where the Character Versions are listed. Click on the 'Add Version' link. You will be taken to the create character version page.
Character Versions Listed on a Character Page
Select the appropriate name from the drop-down menu, type in the appropriate nickname for this version, select which character type (Category) it is, and in which video game this specific version appears. If the character has an image in the character gallery that fits you can choose it as a 'Rep Image'. Click Save and you are done.
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