Adding forward slashes around a word or phrase, then, is a way to put emphasis on the enclosed text. For example, Joe could say to Jack: In order to tell the players around you what your character is thinking while still making it clear that the dialogue is internal and wouldn't naturally be heard, a player would enclose the dialogue in tildes.
For example, Jack could be thinking: If someone types "-ic-" or any basic variant thereof, it signals that player is beginning to roleplay and any text to follow will be from the point of view of whichever character is being played.
These symbols are official and established, but they aren't as widely recognized as the common symbols.
This, of course, makes it difficult to emphasize certain words or tones in the words of your roleplay.
To indicate your character's speech, simply type what you want him/her to say and submit it to the game with no other markings.
To make your character announce he is pregnant, for example, you could type: Sometimes you might want to make it clear that your character is speaking only loud enough for his neighbor to hear or so loud that everyone in the room would hear whether they liked it or not.
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Roleplaying Symbols are the text mark-up characters used to help communicate during a role-playing game.