Role-play is basically writing and acting a believable role in a particular setting, much like characters from a movie or television show. Role-play is seeing the world through the eyes of your character rather than yourself.
When one is actively role-playing, they are considered in character (IC). When talking about real life, game mechanics, and so on, one is considered out of character (OOC).
For an in-depth guide to role-playing in regards to MMOs, please refer to the guide, How To Role Play - A Beginner's Guide
Role-playing can be divided into four classes: light, casual, moderate, and heavy. These are by no means the full spectrum and many role-players fall somewhere in between certain categories.
Freelance role-players, while not a "class" of RP, deserve mentioning as well. The term "freelance" refers to the role-players not affiliated with a particular RP group.
These are not considered "rules" but rather guides. Different linkshells may have slightly different stances on some of this material.
God mode is the act of making one's character beyond that of the norm in a way that promotes invincibility, immortality, extreme influence, or unnatural powers that interfere with the natural laws of Hydaelyn.
Meet our exemplars, AbsurdlyPowerfulMan, or APM, and UnfortunateGuy, or UG. That pretty much tells you all you need to know about them.
(APM is clearly god-moding. There is simply no means within the game for any player character to do that under any circumstances. And what if the world doesn't actually *have* a flaming core?)
(Still god mode. APM may very well be a Conjurer capable of tossing lightning bolts around, but UG might very well have survived the blast, depending upon how tough he is, or how resistant he is to lightning. Or maybe UG does, in fact, have tremendously fast reflexes that might allow him to dodge the bolt!)
(Yep, godmode again. APM cannot dictate what other people think or feel. Whether or not UG's feet actually do stink is, of course, another matter entirely.)
(Not godmode! At least, not if APM can actually toss a Thunder spell.)
Metagaming refers to knowing something Out-of-Character (OOC) and applying it as In-Character (IC) knowledge without any logical explanation. When stories are posted on the forums, they are all considered OOC knowledge unless somehow specified otherwise (such as newspaper clippings). This applies to other OOC sources as well. Don't use OOC tools to gain IC knowledge.
(Clearly metagaming. Out-of-Character, APM obviously knows how to make gunpowder. But, even assuming that sulfur, saltpeter, and gunpowder even *exist* In-Character, there is no way that APM would know that mixing them together would do anything, much less how much of each ingredient to use.)
(Not metagaming! OOC, APM still knows what gunpowder is, but his *character* doesn't have any idea... until he happens to see the stuff in action at the Alchemist's Guild! Let's hope he has the good sense to stand well clear of any open flames between here and the castle...)
(Metagaming. The only reason APG's player knows about the secret place is because UG posted on the forums about it! APG's character has no way of knowing about it, much less getting there *ahead* of him to set up an ambush.)
The Role-Play Coalition is a group of role-players for the Final Fantasy XIV universe. It consists of various RP linkshells, supporters of RP, and freelance RPers.
In FFXIV, the RPC's vote has named Besaid as the unofficial RP server.
Lindblum is the "overflow" RP server. This means if Besaid ever becomes overpopulated, this is the other server to go to until another solution is worked out.
This does not mean that RP will only be found on Besaid. Various light RP elements will no doubt be found on any of the game's servers, along with other RP groups who may want to push forward on their own. However, the vast majority of role-players will be found on the Role-Play Coalition's home choice due to the abundance of differing RP linkshells and styles. In addition, there will be more RP immersion on this server due to various interactions and large-scale events such as the "Epic" and "Eorzean Olympics."