A 'godmod' is a roleplayer who dominates the RPG with 'godlike' actions, regardless of other roleplayers. Godmodding is against the rules of the ACN chat, and it is possible for moderators to kick / ban you for doing so.
There are many factors that a godmod can be identified by. Some of which, if not all, are:
- Performing actions that are generally impossible, to preserve the godmodder's characters or plot.
- Controlling other roleplayer's actions, by either pretending to be them, or performing actions without letting the victim reply with their reaction.
- Killing off another roleplayer's character(s) without their permission. This is another form of example 2.
If you can think of any further examples, feel free to edit this section.
Examples of Godmodding
Here are some examples to explain the factors in the above section ('Identification').
Example 1: Impossible actions.
Background: Roleplayer A is playing a character called Doctor Death, who is trying to take over the world. Roleplayer B is playing Captain Amazing, who is trying to stop Doctor Death from taking over the world.
Doctor Death: *evil laugh* Mwahaha, you will never stop me, Captain Amazing! I am invinsible!
Captain Amazing: Oh yeah? Eat lead! *shoots Doctor Death in the chest*
Doctor Death: *dodges bullet*
'''Roleplayer A is a godmod, because he has performed an impossible action. Dodging a bullet is impossible, and Roleplayer A has only done so to preserve his character and/or plot, thus making him a godmod.'''
Example 2: Controlling roleplayer's actions.
Background: Roleplayer A is playing a jungle tribesman called Katakoma, who is trying to trap the explorer Jimmy, who is played by Roleplayer B. We find Jimmy exploring the jungle that Katakoma's tribe lives in.
Jimmy: Wow! *pushes past several bushes and plants* This jungle sure is big!
Katakoma: *picks up lots of leaves and twigs and quickly digs a large hole in the ground in front of where Jimmy is walking, makes a trap over the hole*
Katakoma: *Jimmy falls into the trap* Mwahaha!
In this instance, Roleplayer A is the godmod, because he has controlled Roleplayer B's character. By saying that Roleplayer B's character succumbs to his trap, Roleplayer A has controlled Roleplayer B's actions, hence being marked a godmod.
Example 3: Killing off another roleplayer's character.
Background: Roleplayer A is a monster hunter called Cortez, exploring a strange world in search of the dreaded Machina, which is a cruel robot-monster played by Roleplayer B. Cortez: *walks through valley, looking around for Machina*
Machina: *suddenly pounces on Cortez and rips him to shreds*
''Roleplayer B is the godmod here. He has killed of Roleplayer A's character, completely without warning or permission, thus making him a godmod.'''
Example 4: The combination of two godmodders in one room.
Occasionally, two roleplayers will godmod against each other. In this situation, the only way to bring the RPG to civil understandings is to have both godmodders kicked, if not banned.
Background: Godmodder A is a robot-mecha, whom is battling Godmodder B for territory. Godmodder B is a man in a giant mech suit, battling Godmodder A for the same territory.
Godmod A: *jumps on Godmod B's back and strangles him to death*
Godmod B: *dodges Godmod A and shoots him before he can come into contact*
Godmod A: *body temporarily dismantles to dodge the bullets and puts itself together again*
'Masada:' MASADA KICK! *bans Godmod A & B*
Controversy & Misinterpretation
Godmods are a much hated figure in any roleplay environment. In some cases, the godmod will complain that his/her actions were not godmodding at all and were merely misenterpreted (def.: misunderstood, taken the wrong way). Repeat offenders often repeatedly godmod so that their character is not killed off, due to the unanimous decision of other roleplayers, that their character is a nuisance, etc., and would be better off killed. The godmod usually pleads the victim card, and claims that the decision is 'unfair' on them and they deserve 'equal rights' to the other roleplayers. In most cases, roleplayers agree that godmods are not equal to roleplayers who play by the rules, and are in fact of lesser rights due to their annoyance factor, and that godmodding is an unwelcome factor of roleplaying.
Sometimes, however, godmodding is necessary, as explained in the following section.
Accepted Forms of Godmodding
In some instances, godmodding is an accepted action. Mostly if the godmodding is used in a non-harmful manner, or it is accepted by most/all of the other roleplayers.
Example 5: Harmless godmodding
Background: Roleplayer A plays many citizens of a fairy village, which is getting a new statue. Roleplayer B is going to put the statue in the village.
Roleplayer B: *lifts statue and puts it in centre of village*
Roleplayer B could be called a godmod, as one person lifting a statue is impossible. However, since everyone else in the RPG accepts / agrees with the action, it ceases to be godmodding and rather an unrealistic action, which is absolutely fine in most RPG environments.
In conclusion, godmodding is generally an anti-social action, and is pretty much pointless; as it annoys other roleplayers, and roleplaying is all about participating with other people. Therefore, it's a better idea to discuss the situation with the other roleplayers, and express how you disagree with what's going on; instead of godmodding to get your own way. Plus, if you godmod, you are inviting people to ridicule / expunge you from a group.