So you’ve decided to add a Phae to your Horse Art Roleplaying Game stable? Awesome! Welcome to the game! First, let’s do some essentials:
- Join the group on DeviantArt – this will make sure you receive the group’s general announcements and be able to submit designs and classifieds.
- You don’t need to join any HARPG groups to have a HARPG type Phae, though you are welcome to if you want!
- Read the entirety of this page & all the information under the Welcome page!
- Make sure you have read the How to get a Phae page especially! That has information on how to get a design.
What is the Horse Art Roleplaying Game?
The Horse Art Roleplaying Game has existed in the horse community for a long time on DeviantArt. Its goal is to create competitions (such as jumping, dressage, cross country, halter, etc) for horse-like species to compete in and win prizes.
A Horse Art Roleplaying Game (or HARPG) type Phae is a subtype of the Elaphaea species that is specifically for use in HARPG play. As part of the Realm of Elaphaea group, HARPG Phae can participate in stable life, training and competitions while being awarded for their achievements via the Championship Point System. In this way, HARPG Phae do not have to be associated with or registered with any HARPG group other than the Realm of Elaphaea group to participate in competitions common to the genre. They participate in the HARPG Championship Point System, which rewards Phae for their achievements in competitions, active stable lives and training images.
For more info on HARPG Phae, check out their breed sheet:
Character Creation Process
1. Get a Design
Make sure to go read the How to get a Phae page to find out how to get a Phae design. That is the starting point of all character creation in Elaphaea.
2. Starting Point
Every Phae needs a reference to be entered into shows and bred. These can also be used to keep track of their achievements and goals:
- Create their visual reference. This can be commissioned or drawn yourself.
- Copy and paste the form below into your Phae’s profile. You may add more, but must include all fields listed below somewhere.
- Fill in the blanks with your Phae’s information.
Easy peasy, right?! If you need help, just note the group and someone will help you out. HARPG type Phae are strictly nonmagical mounts. Though some leeway for storytelling is allowed, they have the approximate intelligence of a horse.
1. Character Reference
Open up your art program, grab your pens and pencils, or contact your favorite artist and create a drawing of your Phae! You can customize their build, mane/tail style and antler shape, but their colors, markings and ears, mane, and tail type must reflect their accepted design. Some appearance options are restricted and can only be applied with a Bacon or Token purchase – a staff member will let you know if you’ve accidentally added a rare trait in the next step.
When you’re happy with the image, upload it to DeviantArt and put the profile form shown below into the artist comments.
2. Profile Form
Name: (and nickname, if they have one)
Height: (if they are uncommon/freakishly tall, please list that here, if not, please put normal, if fawn or under the age of 10, please format as “Predicted height”)
Design Sheet: (link to approved design sheet)
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Personality: (include strengths, weaknesses, relationships, must include up to three traits)
Appearance: (include trinkets, scars, etc.)
History: (a minimum of three sentences are needed to count!)
Mane type: (if they have an uncommon or rare mane, please list that here, if not, please put normal)
Tail type: (if they have an uncommon tail, please list that here, if not, please put normal)
Ear type: (if they have uncommon ears, please list that here, if not, please put normal)
Height type: (if they have uncommon or rare height, please list that here, if not, please put normal)
Token or Bacon Purchases:
(please list any token or bacon purchases you wish to apply to your character or have already applied to your character here)
3. Fill out the Profile
On your Phae’s design, there will be a section with “Phenotype” and “Genotype”. Copy and paste those parts into the corresponding blanks on your profile section.
Additionally, be sure to note if your character has any uncommon or rare species traits in the “Mane type,” “Tail type,” and “Ear type” sections. If your Phae does not have any of these, you should just write “normal” or “none.”
After your character’s information is all done, submit the deviation to DeviantArt and then submit it to the Realm of Elaphaea group under the appropriate HARPG References folder.
3. Wait for profile acceptance
After you submit your character profile, the HARPG mod team will review your character and give you any feedback or updates that they might need. Remember a mod is here to help and they are just doing their jobs! Everyone should be polite and courteous throughout the character acceptance process.
Once your profile is accepted, you can start using your new HARPG Phae!
4. What’s next?
Now you’re eligible to start showing, roleplaying and drawing your Phae! Yay! Continue reading the webpages listed under this category to see what you can do with your Phae!