Art: Meddlesome Allagan!

I haven’t forgotten that I wanted to color some of the requested pieces from Inktober of last year. I’ve just been very slow about it!

I’m messing around with a new waterpaint style – just exploring and having fun with it. But here’s a disgruntled Midgardsormr taking a chomp out of Amon’s sensitive ear!

FFXIV Role Play – Creating a RP Character Profile and Linking it in Search Info

Whether you’ve already rolled a character and ready to jump into the world of RP in FFXIV… or if you’re just taking your first steps into exploring new character development, creating a character profile is important.

Just the act of thinking through and filling out a profile is helpful for fleshing out your RP character in ways you might not have already considered. This is also very helpful in connecting with other RP players by providing them all the information about your character they need to know in one place.

Once you have this profile page, wherever you decide to put it (I’ll get into that later), you can then link it in your FFXIV Search Info within the game (more on that later, too).

Find A Template

You can make up your own profile template if you are so inclined, but it might be easiest to use an existing one to start out. You can always edit the template to cut whatever isn’t relevant to your character or add to it later if you want to expand on it.

Here’s some samples of templates to get you started. Feel free to Google “RP Character Profile Template” for more, though!

Choose a Platform

The platform where you post your profile is completely up to you. This might be determined by what social media platforms you prefer or the ease of use and access. I’ll list a few that I’ve seen, along with some samples.

FFXIV Roleplayers Wiki

Since I already noted this site in the templates section, I may as well talk about the FFXIV Roleplayers Wiki. This site has been around for as long as I can remember and hosts quite a selection of RP profiles to view. You can select from specially created templates provided on the wiki or create a page from scratch. The templates often look really nice and have interesting sections on things such as relationships, music, stories and more.

The one downside to using this site is that to get the most out of the templates and formatting, you have to have a bit of a grasp on the Wiki markup language. But if you don’t mind a little coding, this is a nice place to keep your profile.

Tumblr

If you’re a Tumblr user, you can create your profile as a post on your blog. This tends to be the foundation of the most-used template that I’ve seen going around on that site. Tumblr is easy to use and your post will be easy to update should you need to. Also, good use of tagging will help to promote your character’s profile to other RPers on Tumblr.

The downside is that the URL for a Tumblr post is too long and convoluted to use as a quick link in your FFXIV Search Info. You can always use a URL shortener if you want, or you can create a static page version on your Tumblr for a shorter URL. I’ve done that here.

Here’s some samples of character profile posts on Tumblr for you to see.

Carrd

Creating a free site at Carrd is also a popular option for many RP profiles and RP functions/events/groups/locations. I’ve never personally worked with the platform, but seeing how many people use it, it must be fairly easy to jump into.

I’m going to post a few samples of Carrds that friends have made – I hope they don’t mind! These were just very good examples!

  • Character Profile – See how they placed all social media links there, and grouped info by AU
  • Tavern Page – Includes RP info, event info and a menu
  • RP Group – Read about who they are and how to get involved if interested

Another plus is that the URLs for Carrds are pretty short, so linking them in Search Info isn’t a problem!

Google Docs/Sites

If you have far too much to organize about your character, you can always go with the tried and true Google Docs. Most folks are pretty comfortable using Google Docs – it’s functional even if it’s not pretty. However, the downside is, again, a very long URL for linking – a URL shortener will be needed. You’ll also have to make sure you have sharing permissions open so that folks can see your doc.

Though I’ve personally never tried Google Sites before, that’s another option. It seems easy to use and you can set a custom URL for your site, so that helps with the URL length issues. It’s more fancy than a Google Doc, so if Google is your preference, that might be a way to go.

Add the RP Profile to Your FFXIV Search Info

Now that you’ve got a public profile on the net (and hopefully a short URL), it’s time to put it in your character’s Search Info for everyone to see.

To Write a Search Comment:

  1. Click the letter O on your keyboard.
  2. Right-click your name and select Edit Search Info.
  3. Type your information in the Search Comment box. Note that you only have a limited number of characters.

And there you have it! Other RPers can now find a link to your character’s RP profile in game!

You can view other players search comments through search itself.

To View Someone’s Search Comment:

  1. In the Social menu, select Player Search.
  2. Click Search Conditions.
  3. Enter the character’s first name if you have a specific character in mind. Another good option is to toggle the RP flag and just search for people who are currently looking for RP.
  4. Click Execute.
  5. If someone has a search comment, you’ll see a talk bubble with three dots next to their name in the list.
  6. Right-click the name and select View Search Info. Their comment will show at the bottom of their search info box.

Now get out there and make yourself a profile. Or if you have one, make sure it’s linked in your search info!