Q: Can I create a roleplay with a limited number of accepted players (whom I have already contacted about it)? Would this be a private or group RP?
A: That would be considered a group RP and would need to be placed in the appropriate forum for its plot. A private RP is always just two players.
While that can't be considered to be a private RP, you are allowed to limit the number of players you are accepting to a set number to match the cast of characters needed for your game (if you choose to make it a small cast).
Q: Where can I find cool real-life pictures for my characters?
A: You can find tons of great pictures on DeviantArt, Google, stock photo websites, etc. Try googling movie characters you've seen, or actors you like. Usually, that'll show pictures of them in a variety of movies and you might come across something that fits your character. Just search for any keyword that might provide some good pictures of models or actors – you're bound to find something. If not, try asking other members how they find their pictures and they might be able to help you out.
Q: Where can I go for help and critique about my RP idea before posting it up?
Q: How does an RP reach the Hall of Fame?
A: An RP goes to the Hall of Fame upon its completion - as in the story, or the chapter reaches the conclusion that the GM had in mind. But the threads will not move their on their own- To do so, you need to contact a staff member and inform them that your RP has been completed and it will be moved to the Hall, granting all of the participants of the RP a “Master Gamer” award.
There is also a special badge given to ongoing series of RPs that have finished more than one chapter. You can learn more by contacting a staff member.
Q: I'm working on collecting information for my new roleplay such as settings, pictures, etc – where can I post this stuff until I can make it an RP?
You can post it in the RP's OOC thread, make a thread about it in the writing section
, or you can create a social group
– it's up to you.
Q: Is there a way for me to predict the number of players that will join my roleplay?
You can write out a few paragraphs describing the roleplays you'd like to create and place it in RPG Requests and Recruitment
for an interest check to see who might be interested.
Q: What is god-modding in an RP?
A: When people say they don't like god-moding, they're usually referring to:
- Characters that act invincible i.e when it is impossible for any other player or character to damage or defeat this particular person. This could be because the character has a ridiculous amount of stamina, health, defense, etc. or because they never allow themselves to be hit. It can be extremely boring when characters don't have weaknesses or don't allow themselves to be beaten on occasion, especially if they act superior to all other players while they do so. They tend to be the lone swordsmen who fight an army of one-hundred without taking a single scratch... and things like that.
- Players that control characters other than their own. It's more commonly referred to as 'power-playing', but people will sometimes mix the phrases or include this definition under 'god-modding'. So yeah, dictating a character's reaction (when that character isn't yours) can often be looked down upon. For example, if you swing a punch and decide that it knocked the other player unconscious, it is likely to annoy that other player. If the rules of a roleplay don't specifically say that they allow players to control other's characters, you should refrain from doing so at all.
- Another idea for this can be a political figure of sort, who controls the whole setting of the game and won't allow you to get near him/her, just because another NPCs had been placed there conveniently to protect him/her. If it's reasonable within the plot it may still be excused though...
Q: How do I get started on creating a roleplay?
A: First, post in the Out of Character area - the story, settings, plot, character sheet, rules, etc. Then let people join or talk about it. This also becomes extremely useful after you start the role play. Why is that? People won’t have to private message back and forth or interrupt the role play with OOC comments. They’ll have a place already made to discuss and ask questions about what is going on.
Make sure to always post a bit of story and history about your roleplay, along with a goal to be solved or attained. That way people will feel that they can accomplish something throughout your roleplay. Another useful tip is to always provide that extra content, images, cool art that you might have made. That kind of stuff can go a long way when drawing people in.
Q: How much control does the GM have and how much freedom do the players have?
A: The game master is in charge of creating the RP, recruiting for the RP, keeping the roleplay moving as well as directing the game down the path intended for the plot. The GM has the task of maintaining order and as such they have total authority over their RP and are expected to use it wisely.
Any player who is interested in signing up or any player that is already signed up has right to ask the GM questions or discuss things with the GM in order to foster a better understanding of what the GM's intentions are for their game. You may offer ideas to the GM as long as you are respectable while doing so and as long as you realize that the GM's WORD IS LAW and that they do NOT have to change parts of the story or the entire plot just because you don't agree with it. Remember, it is their game after all, not yours. If they make a decision that you don't like then you need to be able to accept it and move on. You should be able to handle these types of situations when they arise.
While no GM has the right to be a tyrant in their game, the staff will always support the GM's decisions as long as the GM is acting fairly towards other members. If you feel that the GM is abusing the powers that they have as GM and that they are doing harm to the roleplay then please feel free to contact one of the roleplay moderators. Before contacting a RP Moderator make sure that you have a solid case, that you have your facts straight and that you are able to direct the mod you contact to the complaint in question. If you can't present your case in a respectable manner, and you can't provide facts other than a simple statement that you don't like the way the GM is handling things, then you should just live with it the way it is because it is probably not that big of a deal.
Use your creativity! That's why you are writing anyhow and RP'ing is a perfect way to unleash that creativity. If you get stuck, there is no harm in asking the GM for help or to ask others to brainstorm with you. The GM should be receptive to ideas and should be acting in the best interest of all the players and for the story. If you feel that you have respectfully approached them to present your ideas and they aren't willing to listen, then you probably shouldn't or wouldn't want to be in one of their RP's anyhow and would be better off starting your own RP.
If you do not agree with the GM, DO NOT ARGUE with them as it will get you absolutely no where. The staff can not stress enough how important this is. You are a guest in their game. Work with them and if you can't and feel that you have exhausted all other options then do not cause drama for the game, the GM, or the forum. Your best option is to respectfully drop out of the game with no further incidents, or contact a staff member.