Heyo! A lot of the time I hear people saying that they want to get into roleplaying, but don’t know where to start! So… why not make a guide?
Please note that this is from my personal experience, this won’t apply to everyone ^^
#1: Look for a Roleplay
This is probably the easiest step. Joining a roleplay after it starts is a lot more challenging for beginners, so joining a new RP is the way to go. To find one, scroll through the New Ideas Thread or look at new Sign-ups that are open. Make sure to find a roleplay your interested in- whether that be realistic, fantasy, or even a specific fandom, there’s something for everyone!
#2: Reserve & Create a Character
‘Reserving’ basically let’s the RP creator know you want to join, and will create a character sometime in the future. This is useful for any RPs that require groupings (dorm rooms, teams, etc.) and just in general to let the owner know people are interested.
After reserving, you can get started on creating your character! Try and make your character simple- things like disabilities, mental illness and abuse can be very hard to portray if you haven’t experienced it yourself, especially if your a beginner. Build from your own life! And make sure to keep general character creation rules in mind- no overpowered or perfect characters. Nobody likes a Mary Sue.
#3: Let the RPing begin!
After everyone has created their character, the owner can let the RP start. They will usually make a beginning post detailing the setting and, sometimes, the enticing event- what kicks off the plot. After this, people can start posting. A typical RP post will look something like this-
Actions are normal. “Talking is in quotations.” Thoughts are in italic.
@(Whoever you’re interacting with)
You can also add things like your location, the character you’re interacting with, and your characters mood. In general, when you’re going to start interacting with a character, or ‘approach’ them, you want to ask their owner on the RP’s chat thread first, so your post doesn’t overlap with anyone else’s.
Well, that’s it! Its 12 a.m. so the quality is probably lackluster on this guide, but I hope you liked it nonetheless ^^