WELCOME TO AFTERHOUR MAYHEM
We're glad you're thinking about joining us! Here's everything you need to know to get started!FIRST THINGS FIRST
You'll want to read the rules
, of course - and maybe check out the other important links over there in the sidebar to get a rough idea of what's going on and which characters are taken and such. Don't be afraid to ask questions or just hang around and get to know people in the cbox! Guests are welcome!CHOOSING A CHARACTER
So if you've checked everything out and you're pretty sure you want to join, your next step is choosing a character. That can be pretty daunting on a panfandom that accepts characters from just about every canon - but remember that we do not have a character limit and you are welcome to as many characters as you can keep up with (keeping in mind on our characters-per-fandom limits and such)! So it's really more a matter of choosing you you want to app first
. You can use our Taken Canons
or Wanted Canons
lists to help you decide - or you're even welcome to try out potential new characters in our ICC
for a few days before deciding who to reserve. Original characters are also welcome! Really, it's a matter of deciding which character you have the most muse for and who seems to fit the setting the best (the ICC's good for figuring that out).CREATING AN ACCOUNT
If anyone's unfamiliar with how jcink works, we have a detailed guide to the basic things you need to know right here
. But basically, when you're first joining the thing you need to remember is to create your OOC account first. This will be your main account - the one you'll use to post in activity checks and other OOC topics. It'll also allow you to link all your character accounts to it so you can switch easily between them. So essentially, first you'll want to register with whatever name you go by OOCly, and then
create a sub-account for your character. Then you're good to go!APPLYING FOR A CHARACTER
Once you've settled on a choice, you just need to fill out an application and wait to be accepted. Applying on a brand new site you're unfamiliar with can be daunting when you're unsure of the expectations - we've all been there, but don't worry about it! All we expect here is decent writing and grammar, and a promisingly accurate portrayal of the character in question. There are two things we really
look for when we're looking over an application: one is a detailed personality section that shows an in-depth understanding of the character, and the second is that the character's list of flaws balances out their abilities. We're a site that's really big on character development - fight scenes happen and they're fun, but ultimately a character's powers don't matter anywhere near as much as their potential for plots. And a flawed, complex character has the most potential! Keep that in mind!SO I'M ACCEPTED - NOW WHAT?
Good question! AM's boards are pretty widespread, which leaves a lot of different opportunities open and a question of where to start and how to get involved. Most characters will be brought to our world through rifts, or holes in space and time - so if you like, you can just choose a location to have your character be dropped off in. You can never fail with an initial "Where am I and how did I get here?" thread!
But if you'd rather timeskip that, go right ahead. Maybe you have a different idea for an open thread you'd like to toss out. If not, try asking around in the cbox and see who's interested in threading with you! Maybe use the ICC to decide which characters yours clicks with. Or hit up people's plot pages and create one of your own! It's an excellent way of getting to know the current characters a little better and see who catches your interest.
If you need some ideas for how to get involved, here
is a link to our current largest subplot, here
is a link to the board where you can skim through the other smaller plots going on, and here
is a link to the current states of our various locations.