2. Character Control

Created by Captain Daenelia Bradley on Thu Oct 17th, 2013 @ 8:30am

Character control

Many RPGs have strict limits on what you can write beyond your own character's actions. Steamhawke takes a much more relaxed approach to character control, which relies more on common sense than on strict rules.

You have full control over the development of your own player character, e.g. establishing their skills and personality. However, you can mention what other characters are doing and you can write dialogue for them. Generally, it is a good idea to invite other writers into your stories if you are using their characters, so that they can see what you are writing and change anything so that it suits their character better. You can also choose to only include NPCs in your stories.

It is perfectly okay to collaborate on stories that don't feature your character.


Steamhawke is not exactly a regular RP site. We consider the site to be a collaborative writing group. That means that we have no strict rules about not using other characters or not writing dialogue for others, or even moving other characters.

Generally we drag people into posts that their characters are involved in, and we expect people to use common sense and treat other characters with the same respect as their own. If in doubt, just let the other writer look it over and discuss what is right or wrong about it. In most cases, using common sense is the best way to go.


NPCs can come in many shapes and forms in Steamhawke. There are the NPCs that have a Nova bio page, there are NPCs that are only mentioned and may have a Steamhawke Wiki page and there are random characters that serve a specific purpose for one post.

NPCs are free for everyone to help develop further.

The story leaders may at some point pick up a second or third player character to help the story and guide the plot.

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