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[F.A.Q] New Player Guide

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:20 pm
by Misha
Welcome to Toro!

We’re happy to have some new friends join us; to help you get in we made this small guide to help you figure out how to get settled into the server. If you scroll ahead you can also find a F.A.Q to answer some questions we get often.

Getting Started
1. Register on the Toro forums
You’ll need to do this to post the whitelist application! Notably, by joining our server you’re agreeing to Toro League’s Game Rules and Terms of Use.

Members must be at least 13, and we try not to accept players under 16. There is a chance we will make an exception if you seem like a good fit for the server, and may be more lenient the closer you are to 16.

1b. Join the Discord (Optional)
While you are not required to join, it’s something we recommend as the majority of the community, as well as various useful information, is on there!

2. Fill out the application!
We generally recommend saving drafts or writing it somewhere else (wordpad, microsoft word, google docs, etc.) and then pasting over when you're ready to submit! This is because there's been cases of it breaking when posting, and it will be saved. This can save you the trouble of having to rewrite it again if that happens!


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[b]-Player Questions-[/b]
Minecraft Username:
Discord Username: (If applicable! To help us contact you if we need to)
Where did you hear about us: (If it was from a friend it helps to say which one)
Tell us a little about yourself:

[b]-Roleplay Questions-[/b]
[ Please use your own words. ]
What is roleplaying?
What is meta-gaming?
What is power-gaming / god-modding?
What is retroactive continuity?
What is the difference between in-character (IC) and out-of-character (OOC)?
Do you have previous experience playing on a RP server? (This won’t affect your acceptance)

[b]-General Character Questions-[/b]
[There is a one full paragraph (at least 5 sentences) minimum for the appearance, biography, and personality. This is for each of these parts and not put together. Your first character must come from a region that isn't Toro.]
Full name:
Starter Pixelmon: [ Any naturally level 5 Pokemon! No Legendaries/Mythicals ]
Skin: (Please include a screenshot of the front and back or the skin itself.)

[b]-Open Response Questions-[/b]
-Write in third person!-
[size=50][Respond to at least 2 of the 3 scenarios. There is a one full paragraph (at least 5 sentences) minimum for each of the scenarios you choose, and responses must be written in third person and formatted like RP instead of a description. Like: ' Steve focuses on the girl with a gasp and asks, " How can I help? " ' other than ' Steve would answer the call to help the cat!  Feel free to make responses for the NPC in order to meet this requirement.][/size]

You find yourself standing in a bustling town. Suddenly, a small girl runs up to you, her eyes seeming to glisten with fresh tears as her bottom lip quivers. “Please!” She cries out to you, “You must help me! My poor Meowth is stuck in a tree!” She points to a nearby tree as more tears spill out of her eyes and down her cheeks. How does your character respond?

After arriving in Toro a cheerful woman walks up to you, a clipboard in her hand. “Hello and welcome to Toro! I would like to ask where you came from and why you came, as well as where you plan to go. All for for statistical reasons of course.” she asked with a bright smile as she held a pen to her clipboard. How does your character respond?

You are walking along the road when your eyes lock onto a trainer's in the distance. At that moment, you both freeze in place. You see a glimmer in the trainer's eyes as he reaches for his Pixelball. "Go, Rattata! Show this chump what we've been training for!" the trainer shouts as he swiftly releases his chosen partner in the vacant space that separates the two of you. How does your character respond?
• If you’re unsure of a term, please feel free to look at other accepted threads to try and get the idea! Powergaming is one that gets messed up a lot, you might also know it as “auto-hitting”; if you’re searching it up outside of apps, try finding it in the context of RP! Just make sure you use your own words to describe it, or when providing examples.
• For appearance, biography, and personality, there is a one full paragraph (at least 5 sentences) for each section. This means they must each be 5 sentences, not 5 sentences when combined. Biography also needs to include where they are from (we generally recommend one of the regions featured in a core game) and why they came to Toro.
• We like to avoid fashion that might feel too ‘modern’. Examples would include but not be limited to headphones- which do not exist- or hoodies, which just don't tend to fit what we're looking for! If you need help we have some skins you can use as a base, and a thread dedicated to helping new players with skins, that can be found [HERE].
• Open Response only requires you to fill out two of the three scenarios, there is a full paragraph (at least 5 sentences) minimum for each one. We do not roleplay in script style here so you should write Open Responses with proper grammar, dialogue between quotes, and write in third person. Feel free to make responses for the NPC in order to meet the length requirement. Note: Responses on the server do NOT need to be this long, this is just so we can make sure you can write in a way that meshes with the server!

3. Post it to the Whitelist Applications forum and wait!

Please try to have patience with us. We generally respond within 48 hours if not sooner. We do not deny people, but we may ask for changes in order to accept you- or ask you to reapply if you are too young. Once you’ve been accepted we’ll whitelist you and make a post stating you’ve been accepted on the thread.

I got accepted. What do I do now?
You can get on the server and start your adventure! Some staff members can help replace your starter to the one you put on your application if needed; they are willing to change size, nature, and gender, as well as your ability to a non-HA one.

In case you aren't exactly sure what there is to do, here's a few things. Of course there's much more, but it's just some basic things in no particular order.

● Explore Towns
● Establish & work towards your character's dream job
● Get a home and decorate it.
● Meet with a Professor for a secondary starter & a Pokedex! [Players: KC or Rosy]
● Capture & train Pokemon
● Find the fun easter eggs around the map
● Make friends!

You can also ask around if you have any questions or can’t find what you’re looking for, we’re happy to help!


Outside of roleplay, our community interacts with each other on Discord the most; a large number announcements and a lot of information is posted there! It’s incredibly active and a good place to speak with others- whether it be to find some rp, discuss your characters, or to talk about whatever! This also means any questions or problems will be brought to our attention faster there. We highly recommend joining to better enjoy our server!

Re: New Player Guide

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:37 pm
by Misha

If you have any questions not addressed, feel free to ask them! You can put them in the Community Discussion forum, Support and Feedback forum, or in the Toro Discord.

What is Toro?
Toro is a modded roleplay server based around an original region called Toro. It takes place in an alternate Pokemon universe before modern times in what we describe as a ‘retro-cool’ setting; before Flatscreen TVs, Cellphones, Headphones, Music Players, DVDs, and Computers - outside of typical Pokemon use of course!

Toro is also a progressive server & country, so wearing anything beyond a suit 24/7 is totally acceptable (just no hoodies and headphones please), and people are accepting of all, regardless of gender, race, sexuality and such! and the Diamonds who produces music with similar lyrics is one thing, referencing something like

What do you mean by serious roleplay?
It means our focus is on creating to develop characters and stories with a group. This server is not a survival server or creative one. You may not build anywhere, you can’t mine wherever, and you can’t build homes as you like. If you’re seeking a RPG Pixelmon server where you can make your own Pokéballs, craft your own rare candies, or catch legendary Pokemon- or just a place to mess with mods- this isn’t the place for that. If you like the idea of making a story with us, we’ll be happy to have more people to have fun with!

Can I build in this server?
You can rent and decorate a home in one of the towns by talking to their mayor(s) OOCly or ICly! You can view a little bit of information about towns and their homes here. Otherwise, if you're interested in building anywhere else, or want to build something from scratch, you can ask a GM about it! Though, unless it's something like a small camp or a tent, it might not be accepted without good RP reason and time put into the server.

Note, you must follow the rules of the town or location you’re allowed to build in. Generally, you’re not allowed to change the exterior of your home too much, if at all, without asking permission. Gardens and yards are okay to decorate as you wish with small things, but building a structure- such as a shed or gazebo- would require approval.

What is the batting scene like in Toro?
While the main focus is RPing, we do have plenty of opportunities for people interested in training up and battling with their Pokemon! Including 8 player-run gyms, we also have the Elite Four, a Champion spot to compete for, a Battle Tower, plenty of tournaments, and more! In addition we allow you to increase your IVs to the max for free so you can focus more on roleplay than breeding.

Despite having all that for battling, it is meant as something to allow you to also enjoy the mechanical aspects of your Pokemon on top of roleplay. Only certain mythicals are catchable after lots of roleplay- and have likely been altered to better fit- and legendaries are out of the question.

What is the writing style like?
We do not expect paragraphs upon paragraphs- with it being Minecraft there are limits and we want to make sure players don’t hold each other up. However, this server focuses on serious roleplay so there's a substantial amount of reading and writing. Communication and working as a community is heavily stressed too. We don’t have an issue with mistakes in writing and don’t mind if something is less than perfect, as long as there’s an effort being made to write your best in a legible manner during both your application and roleplay.

What is the community like?
Toro is a close-knit community; we do not have hundreds of players, but we have a large number of active staff and players often ready to help out and make new friends. Everything is handled in a more personal way and we do our best to make sure staff aren’t above players.

Do I have to pay real money for anything?
We won’t try to sell you stuff or make you pay for services or content as we believe they should be available to everyone- this isn’t an option either. The only thing you get through donations are things you could otherwise get through roleplay, participating in the community, and other things that provide no real benefit. This server is a labour of love and all we want is to have more people to create stories with.

Are the event / characters / groups from Pokemon games canon here?
This universe is set apart from official Pokemon lore so characters like Professor Oak, Ash Ketchum, and Giovanni, don’t exist here. Similarly, any groups like Team Rocket or Team Skull do not exist either! This takes place before any events that may happen in the game. For any other questions about differences in lore please check the Discord’s #lore-questions channel and / or ask the Lore Team.

Can you expand on the level of technology?
Technology in Toro is a rather tricky topic. Toro has PCs, but they're solely for Pokemon management rather than the PCs we have IRL, and we don't have the Cell Phones, just as an example. The technology is comparable to the 1950’s-1970’s eras of America/Canada in the real world. While we may have something that doesn’t QUITE fit that, such as the Pokemon technology, we are generally keeping this aesthetic for the server. The most important thing to remember is if you’re even a little unsure it never hurts to ask someone else like a Staff Member.

Where can I find (Pixelmon / Object)?
We encourage players to ICly ask other characters if they’re looking for a specific Pixelmon or object. There are many nesting areas for Pixelmon on specific areas of the map, but we encourage players to ICly ask other characters or to explore! Be sure to check the Aurelia Department store!

Does Toro have an evil team?
Toro's "evil team" currently would be The Order of 1000 Arms, an extremist religious group. The organization believes that Legendary Pokemon are just regular Pokemon with too much power, and that the only God is Arceus. In accordance with these beliefs, they seek to stop Legendary Pokemon from threatening the world with their power and attacks - by whatever means necessary.

Is it okay to reference real life (shows, music, history, etc.)?
While we might reference elements from more modern culture, such as having parodies of current shows, mangas, and bands, we ask that you do this sparingly and within reason. If there are any references, it’s to be assumed they’re different and what they do is possible and fits within the world.

Having a band called Primarina and the Diamonds who have music with similar lyrics to reference the real life Marina and the Diamond (but not as electronic) wouldn’t be an issue. However trying to meme with Doge or Undertale in character, as well as using more modern slang, will break immersion so it is not appreciated though; do not do that.

With history, geography, cultures, etc. we ask for additional caution to avoid it. If you think it’s something that may be relevant to roleplay in any way, we ask that you consult Lore Team