I would just like to say "Well done"! In all my years of RPing, this is one of the best introductions to the fine points of RP for beginners (and a little humour never hurts as well) that I've seen. Understanding that this was not intended to be the Big Book of Everything You'll Ever Need to Know About RPing In and Out of Middle Earth (and by the way, that title is for sale should any of you ever decide you would wish to write that book), it covers all the basics that a new player might want to think about when starting a character. Hey, even after all my years RPing, there were points in there that I said "hmm, thats a new take on that. Hadn't thought of it that way before." So thank you very much for an excellent post.