Out of character

Out Of Character (OOC) is a role-playing term, referring to words or actions made by the player or the avatar but not by the character. It is opposed to in character.

As the distinction of player and character is a key of the role-play, mixing up both level of speech or actions is frowned on by the community.

Thus sometimes out of character talk is necessary:

  • tagging the dialogue, either
    • pre-pending OOC:
    • surround the text by brackets: [ ... ]
    • surround the text by parenthesis: (( ... ))
  • using Instant Message (IM) which are secret between the sender and the receiver.

It is usually recommended to keep OOC talk to the minimum.

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