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Giovenith (the player): Mentor FAQ + Vanity page

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Giovenith

P2TM Roleplay Mentor
Fantasy Tech Roleplayer
Modern Tech Roleplayer

Nicknames:
Gio
Giov
Giokins
Miss Gio
Lady Beatnik
Dragon

DOB: December 8, 1996
Gender: Female (Cis)
Orientation: Hetero
Personality Type: INTP

Religion: Atheist/Antitheist

Political:
• Equity feminist (aka, "anti-SJW feminism")
• Pro-LGBT+

Link8 Values
Socialist (75.6% Equality/24.4% Markets)
Peaceful (33.0% Nation/67.0% World)
Liberal (69.6% Liberty/30.4% Authority)
Revolutionary (9.8% Tradition/90.2% Progress)
"Libertarian Socialist"

LinkPolitical Compass
Economic: -6.13
Social: -6.41

LinkSocial Attitude
Progressivism 95
Socialism 56.25
Tenderness 56.25

"Your test scores indicate that you are an
open-minded ultra-progressive; this is the political
profile one might associate with a university professor.
It appears that you are skeptical towards religion, and
have a generally optimistic attitude towards humanity
in general. Your attitudes towards economics appear
neither committedly capitalist nor socialist, and combined
with your social attitudes this creates the picture of
someone who would generally be described as a liberal."

Links:
LinkBlog
LinkDeviantArt
LinkGoodReads

~
"Tomorrow, we settle this like children."
-Jhonen Vasquez
~

I am Giovenith, commonly known as Gio, and here we have the page dedicated to both my person and to various resources you may find useful.

I've been a player here since February 8, 2012 and a P2TM Mentor since February 6, 2017, and I still have no clue what I'm doing. But that's okay, because it just means we'll have to figure things out together!


















 




 
FAQ


I want to get started in RP! How do I do that?

Well that's a pretty big question that can't be summarily answered here, but there are tons of great resources to help you along right here on NS.

Book of the Multiverse²: The basics of RolePlay.

The Multiverse Compendium: Additional tips.

Welcome to P2TM!: An introduction to the Portal To The Universe RP community.

The Traveller's Cafe: A place to get advice from your fellow RPers. This is the current link as of August 2017, but please make sure to check the Portal To The Multiverse subforum for future iterations.

What can you help me with?

I am a primarily Modern Tech and Fantasy Tech player. I specialize in the genres of Fantasy (High or Contemporary), Comedy, Slice Of Life, Mythology, and Horror/Thriller.

I can best help you with various subjects related to Character Development, such as background, psychological state of mind, and relationship building. I can also help you formulate Story Arcs and Worldbuild, and if this page is anything to do by, I'm at least somewhat competent with Factbooks. As a Mentor, I can also be called upon to help mediate disputes between players and find common ground.

The franchises I have most experience playing in are My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (yes, I am brony trash), Sailor Moon, and Invader Zim. As mentioned above, I am also reasonably knowledgeable in mythology and can handle playing deity characters without losing my mind.

I am not the person to go to with anything involving War or Military! I'll dress your soldiers up in buttoned suits and make them all shoot kitchen knives out of guns.

How can I best contact you?

Telegrams are the best and fastest way to directly contact me with questions or help. I generally don't do vanity searches very often, so unlike some Mentors, I'm not likely to show up if you just type in my nation name in a post. So yes, if you need me for anything, please hit me up with a TG and I'll get to you as soon as possible!

If you have access to the official NationStates Mentor Discord server, you can also often find me there.

Where's a good place I can go to make some friends?

The Restaurant at the End of the Multiverse: The great big thread for all of P2TM. Please make sure the link is recent.

The Madhouse: A great little group where you can make friends and casually discuss RP matters of all sorts. Join today!

What are some proofs of your skill?

If you put any stock into the Best of P2TM Awards, I've got:

2013 Novelist Award (Best Writer)
2015 Best Role Player - Life-Based
2015 Most Original Character
2016 Community Choice Award For Favorite OP/GM
2016 Best Horror/Thriller Single Post

If not, well then I guess you'll just have to take my Minty name's word for it.

What is your stance on R/D as it pertains to RP?

This is a complicated issue that I empathize with many roleplayers' frustrations over. It would be great if there was an Opt-out feature, but we have to understand that while it's easy to conceive of such a feature in our heads it's another thing entirely to think of not only how to encode but how to enforce it. Nothing on NationStates can be done without coding, and the NS code doesn't recognize "raiding" — it's simply another use of the Delegate feature, raiding only exists in how we humans view certain uses of said feature. There isn't a feature that can make the code magically recognize a legitimate regional election from a raid.

That isn't to say I'm just giving you yet another flippant response of, "Password protect, no Delegate controls, done!" I understand that passwords stifle region growth and some Founders depend on their Delegates to help them handle the work. What I am saying though is that if roleplayers want change, they're going to have to knock it off with the "WE WANT AN OPT-OUT!" foot-stamping, imagining some simple symbol or check mark that will make their region unraidable. That literally isn't possible. We're going to have let that one go and think outside the box for other solutions, and some have proposed some really good ones!

If you really want to make a change, you're going to have to offer doable ideas, not just demand that someone else come up with ideas for you. And sometimes, when putting those ideas to the test, we find out that they're not as solid as we thought they were and have to scrap them. Don't give up hope! Whoever Thomas Edison stole the lightbulb from didn't simply learn how to make a lightbulb, he learned a hundred ways not to make one first!

Useful goodies for RPers



An example of a pretty lady you
can make with Erté Elegance

LinkTerrible Writing Advice, a very funny YouTube series about common cliches and amateur mistakes in various genres. An NS user in particular may find help/amusement from LinkEvil Empires, LinkFantasy Races, and LinkAlien Invasions.

LinkOnline character counter, NS forum posts cannot exceed 60,000 characters and signatures 800. This handy site will not only count characters, but words, whitespace, and percentage of word use.

LinkPrevent accidental browser close, sometimes while typing a post we accidentally tap the red X and lose everything. Keeping this site open in a tab, you will be asked for confirmation before closing out.

Link1001 Fonts, free fonts for non-commercial use. Able to create vectors, and downloadable for personal computer use.

LinkGoddess Dress Up, for those who can't draw and don't want to risk potential copyright issues from looking around on Google images, doll creators can be very helpful. This one is good for creating a Goddess character.

LinkEpic Angel Dress Up, for female angel or valkyrie characters.

LinkSnow Queen/King Dress Up, Frozen-themed, but capable of making beautiful kings and queens of all kinds of colors and themes.

LinkRomain de Tirtoff/Erté Elegance, for a detailed, elegant lady.


Viewpoints


★ Warning, here be controversy! ★

General

Link"The Good Ol' Days", or "Why I Don't 'Hate Humanity.'"
LinkExamination Is Not Apologetic | Question Everything
LinkBernie Sanders is NOT a Moron
LinkANTI SJWs WHO ACT LIKE SJWs
LinkAcknowledging reality isn't "white guilt"
LinkThe Death of Nuance, how SJWs killed it
LinkAnti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America
LinkShame is like penicillin, it becomes ineffective over time
LinkThe Backfire Effect
LinkList of fallacies

Religion

LinkIron Chariots Wiki, the counter-apologetics wiki
LinkOn secular vs. religious morality
LinkFoundational Falsehoods of Creationism
LinkHow Everything Disproves Noah's Flood
LinkRefuting the Irrefutable Proof of God
LinkAtheist Debates Project, highlights:
LinkBut that's the Old Testament!
LinkAppeals to Personal Experience
LinkDivine Hiddeness
LinkJesus' Sermon on the Mount
LinkThe Exodus
LinkAbraham and Isaac
LinkYou're not an atheist, you're an agnostic!
LinkProfessing atheist?
LinkThe Masked Arab, an ex-Muslim atheist, discussing Islam both from a rationalist dissection and as it relates to terrorism. Respectful but brutally honest. Arguments available in both English and Arabic. (Link"Y PPL NO BASH MUSLIMS MOAR?!")
LinkLess religion positively correlates with social advancement
LinkDice in a cup: Demonstrating existence LinkPart 2 LinkPart 3

LGBT+

LinkAre People Born Gay? Yes.
LinkThe doctors have spoken: conversion therapy doesn't work and is harmful
LinkMe on "BUT MUH CHROMOSOMES-!!"
The biological reality of transgenderism:
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v378/n6552/abs/378068a0.html
http://press.endocrine.org/doi/abs/10.1210/jcem.85.5.6564
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0018506X06001462
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09513590400018231#.Vw8YkfkrLIU
http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/131/12/3132
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811909003176
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/253/5023/1034
http://www.hawaii.edu/PCSS/biblio/articles/2010to2014/2013-transsexuality.html
The American Psychological Association on treating transgenderism

Gender Equality

LinkUnchained At Last | Child And Forced Marriage Is An Issue In America
LinkAn actual "crazy" woman on "crazy women"
LinkBlind auditions of orchestra players lead to more women being accepted
LinkGiving Feminism a Bad Name | Equity feminists give feminism a good name
LinkChristina H. Sommers' "Factual Feminist" series
LinkWhy people dislike modern feminism | The problem with "intersectionality"
    ○ LinkEuropean Journal of Social Psychology says intersectionalism makes people less empathetic, not more
    ○ Me on "privilege" (further reading: LinkBulverism)
    ○ Me on "patriarchy"
    ○ Me on "rape culture"
LinkMore porn is correlated with less sexual assault and misogyny
LinkDo you actually listen? | Twisting words in the gender discussion
LinkShe's a liberal, by the way.
LinkWhy Some People Have Issues With Men: Misandry

Misc.

LinkToday I Found Out, YouTube "fun fact" series.
LinkThe Cynical Historian, history and historical movie reviews.
LinkSociopath World, the blog of M.E. Thomas, exploring life with ASPD from a non-demonized perspective.
Link15 Historical Complaints About Young People Ruining Everything, "Damn those hooligans, with their waltz, and their chess, and their earliest recorded form of the French language! *waves cane*"
LinkIn case you win the lottery
Link5 Ways To Spot An Army D0uchebag, "This guy’s in the ARMY. He shoots GUNS. He throws grenades. He’s trained to kill, motherf-cker. What you don’t know is that his specific trade involves counting socks or fixing jammed photocopiers. But whatever, check out that sweet army tattoo on his forearm that he got two weeks before graduating basic training. This man is hard as f-ck."

Quotes


“But it is the mark of all movements, however well-intentioned, that their pioneers tend, by much lashing of themselves into excitement, to lose sight of the obvious.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers
“Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”
― C.S. Lewis
“Most reject the more repugnant or indefensible dogmas while still holding onto some core belief. Many believers will proudly describe themselves as "reasonable" or "rational" based on how little of their religion they still embrace versus how much they now reject. I think it's funny when people realize that the less you believe the more reasonable you are, but they stop before they reach the logical conclusion.”
― Aron Ra
“I am a men's liberationist (or "masculist") when men's liberation is defined as equal opportunity and equal responsibility for both sexes. I am a feminist when feminism favors equal opportunities and responsibilities for both sexes. I oppose both movements when either says our sex is THE oppressed sex, therefore, "we deserve rights." That's not gender liberation but gender entitlement. Ultimately, I am in favor of neither a women's movement nor a men's movement but a gender transition movement.”
― Warren Farrell

“Color directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.”
― Wassily Kandinsky
“I'm such a nobody.”
― Vincent van Gogh
“I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.”
― Mark Twain
“It is a well known fact that reality has liberal bias.”
― Stephen Colbert
“A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.”
― Thomas Hardy
“The First Amendment contradicts the First Commandment.”
― Aron Ra
“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
― Oscar Wilde
“Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.”
― Mark Twain
“I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where the two mutually inspire each other to live - if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.”
― Hayao Miyazaki
“The rule seemed to be that a great woman must either die unwed ... or find a still greater man to marry her. ... The great man, on the other hand, could marry where he liked, not being restricted to great women; indeed, it was often found sweet and commendable in him to choose a woman of no sort of greatness at all.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers
“Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers
“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”
― Mark Twain

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