Hello everyone! So, with the new forums I decided it’d be a good idea to bring this thread over. I know we have a lot of newer RPers and new RPers to come in the future. This thread is to help people know how to Roleplay and how this specific community works. I’ve been on this Subforum pretty much since it began on the old forums so I think I can give some useful tips and advice for how to RP/SG here, along with the help of some others. I compiled a lot of information from other amazing RPers to create this guide so special thanks to @AwesomeAnon @TheBluGeek and @SnowyKcnomre and so many others!

HOW TO RP/SG – The Basics (Pretty much all written by AwesomeAnon but I added a few things here and there)

We’ve all experienced the feeling where you just can’t figure out what’s going on when you are here in the Roleplaying and Story Games section. In fact, if you’re reading this, you still may not. I was once in that position, but after a while I figured it out. Here’s a tutorial I have created to help all the new users understand what is going on here in the RP and SG section. Without further ado, here is the tutorial!


There are a lot of terms we use in this part of the forums, and they can be confusing. Here are some of them:

RP: Short for roleplay

SG: Short for story game

FCs: Short for faceclaims

ORP/OOC/OC: Saying something out of the roleplay as you, not your character. So when I use ORP, I am speaking as AwesomeAnon, not as my character. (ORP = Out Of RP) (OOC = Out Of Character) ORP is most commonly used in this section but both are acceptable.

Approachable: Someone can come and talk to your character.

Dead RP: An RP that people have lost interested in and have stopped posting on.

Godmod(ding): This is when someone controls someone else’s character or the RP in general without permission. This is frowned upon in our community because it makes roleplaying less enjoyable. It can also sometimes be defined as when people make characters that are extremely overpowered.


Reserving is something widely appreciated by the owner(s) of the RPs/SGs. When you reserve, you are telling the creator that you want to be in the RP/SG and will sign up as soon as possible. Reserving is easy and all you really need to do is post a comment saying “Reserve”.

Also, if there are specific roles, it is always a good idea to say which role you want to reserve for, especially if there is only a limited amount of spots available for each role E.g “Reserve for a male vampire and a female mermaid.”

Even if you are already ready to sign up, you should still always post on the signup thread to notify the owner that you are planning/already signed up.

You doing this helps the owner know you are actually going to participate and are not a troll.


Both roleplays and story games start with the signups. These are threads that have “Sign ups” in the title so you know it is a sign up. They have a description of the roleplay or story game, the prompt or plot. They also have a sign up form, which could be a Google Form or a form that you copy and paste and write in the answers, then repost on the thread. You talk about their bio, or biography, personality, etc. You also include a face claim, a link or image of what you want your character to look like. Here is an example:


And here would be that same form, filled out in case anyone didn’t understand what I meant when I said writing in the answers and reposting it on the thread. It would be the same on a Google Form because you will still fill out the answers.

Username: AwesomeAnon
Character Name: Violet Goldberry
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Bio: Violet had a happy, typical, and sometimes even boring life with her twin sister, Theresa. But when they were ten, their world was completely changed when their parents got divorced. Since then they have been going from one house to the other. Eventually, the sisters got through it but it has made an impact on them.
Personality: Violet is sweet and positive. She is very optimistic and she likes to try and make other people feel better. You can usually find her with a smile on her face. She usually supports other people to the best of her ability and will always be there to help someone.
Face claim:
Other: N/A

Lastly, before you signup for an RP/SG, make sure the sign ups are open. Sometimes people will close the signups after they start the RP. Some will remain open after they start and you can still jump in. But you have to make sure they are open before signing up.


Once you’ve signed up for an RP or an SG, your character will be put into something called the Faceclaims. A faceclaim is what you want your character to look like. Different RPs/SGs have different rules on whether the FC needs to be real or not. A Faceclaim is usually a link to a picture. However, the Faceclaimsare a Google Slides, a Google Form etc created by the owner of an RP/ SG. It shows all the characters in the RP/SG and their traits. You can see who else is in the RP or SG.

Starting off RPs: The official thread will be posted by the owner of the RP. It should be obvious on whether a thread is a Signup thread or an Official Thread because it should have it in the title. Now, the RPing begins. The owner of the RP tells you where and when you are starting. For example, if it was a high school RP, the owner could say, “All the characters are arriving at school on their first day of school.” Then everyone starts posting from there on the Official Thread. (Read RP section for more!)

Starting off SGs: The official thread will be posted by the owner of the SG. All you have to do is read it and have your character made a choice. (Read SG section for more!)


Now, you can get to the actual RPing! When you are RPing, you are posting about your character, their actions, their thoughts, and what they see/hear/touch etc, and what they feel. Many RPers have different styles of posting. Present tense, past tense, first person, and third person are all commonly used and all acceptable. Here are some examples of ways people use:



She walked into the school, excited and nervous all at the same time. It would be okay though, since she had her sister with her no matter what.



I walk into the school, excited and nervous all at the same time. It would be okay though, since I had my sister with me no matter what.

Violet walked into the school, excited and nervous all at the same time. It would be okay though, since she had her sister with her no matter what.


Obviously there are several more ways to do this, but these are the three most common here on the forums. As the RP goes on, people will start to approach your character and you will have conversations. If you want people to know your character is approachable, just do this: ORP: Approachable! You can control multiple characters at once too.

Another important thing to remember when roleplaying with other characters
is having something for their characters to respond to. It is so boring when you are roleplaying with someone and they aren’t trying to carry on the conversation and are just saying Yes or No.

Some tips to make it easier for the people you are interacting with to respond is by asking some sort of question (preferably a question that isn’t completely a yes or no question), or do some surprising, bold, big, different or interesting action that their character(s) can react to. Also making your posts detailed makes them much more entertaining to read and respond to.


Story Games are very different than roleplays, in fact, they live in opposite worlds. The signup process is the same as RPs, and SGs have Faceclaims as well. But other than that, they are completely different. In an SG, the creator of the SG will write chapters. It will be the prompt that plays out with your characters. At the end of the chapters, you have your character make a choice.
Here is a quick example:

Violet looked around and brushed some of her hair behind her ear. She wondered who to talk to. She saw two girls. One had long, black hair and was reading. The other had bouncy platinum blonde hair and was using her phone.

Theresa stood behind Violet. She wanted to get out of her comfort zone and not be stuck to her sister’s side. On one hand, she could walk away from her sister, but on the other hand, she could stay with her.

Julie pulled her long brown hair into a ponytail. She checked her phone for a minute and then walked out of the hallway to the library. After reading for a bit, she decided to do something else. She could go anywhere in the school.

@ Violet’sCreator Who should Violet talk to?
@ Theresa’sCreator Should Theresa leave or stay with her sister?
@ Julie’sCreator What should Julie do now?

At this point, you will PM your choices to the owner of the SG or Fill out a form depending on what the owner tells you to, so they can start writing the next chapter based on your choices. It is based on the situation they get put in by the creator of the SG. The SG will continue with the creator writing chapters until it comes to an end.

Here is a quote that can help you remember the difference: “An SG is more like Episode, while RP is just free-styling on the go.”


Creating an RP/SG is fun and helps our community, but it isn’t always best to just start a Roleplay out of nowhere.

First off, from a lot of older RPers that have been in this community since practically the beginning, a lot of us suggest joining one or more RPs/SGs before creating one to get a feel of how we like to run things in the Subforum.

Also, we wanna keep this Subforum clean and organized and that means not having unused RP threads. So, we ask, that before you start your own RP/SG that you stop by the New Ideas Thread which is pinned at the top of this Subforum. Post your idea(s) there and see how many people would be interested in joining. You should only start an RP after getting a decent amount of interests. If you don’t, than you can always check back later when people are less busy. Or maybe, you can come up with a new idea that’ll pique more people’s interest.

When posting an idea and/or a Roleplay always be specific with your plot and explain to people how the RP would work and everything they’d need to know before signing up. Even if your RP is based off a really popular story/book/movie/etc you should still explain the plot, because maybe not everyone has heard of it.

After you get the Signups thread up and running you have to put together FCs, often answer people’s questions and so forth. It is always good to give people a decent amount of time to create characters. Creating good and interesting characters can’t be done in only 3 days, especially with our busy lives.

Then comes the Official Thread. It is your job to keep the RP afloat. You need to watch the Roleplay and make sure people don’t take it over and ruin your vision.

Here are a few tips to keeping your RP from dying:

  1. If the action is dying, you can always do a time skip to another more important event (though before timeskipping it is highly reccommended you warn everyone so they can finish up their conversations. You also don’t want to have too many timeskips and have a decent amount of time between each timeskip)

  2. Plan. It is always good to have a somewhat specific plan in where you want the RP to go. If you leave everything up to the people RPing, things can go wrong and it’ll eventually die. - But don’t overplan either. If you set up everything in one specific way and give the RPers no freedom then it is probably better to do an SG.

  3. Post your RP at a good time, when you know people aren’t as busy. We all have lives outside of roleplaying and people can’t Roleplay all the time. If you post your thread at a time when people are less busy they will continue posting, thus, the thread will die slower

Of course, you can’t always prevent a thread from dying. Sometimes, it is just the time to say goodbye because people have lost interest or it just isn’t working out. That is okay! Don’t get discouraged or upset if your RP dies before you want it to. It has happened to pretty much everyone.

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A GUIDE TO MARY SUES (Written mostly by TheBluGeek and a little bit from Snowykcnomre)

What is a Mary Sue?
A Mary Sue (or Gary Stu for males) is a perfect character. They have no flaws, no weakness, and are absolutely perfection! These characters are generally frowned upon as they don’t bring a lot to the RP/SG except a perfect being.

How can I spot a Mary Sue?
Usually a Mary Sue’s sign-up form may look something like this:

Username: TheBluGeek
Character’s Name: Julia Strone
Age: 15
Species: 1/2 Angel, 1/4 Demon, 1/4 Human
Bio: Julia was born to an angel and a half-human, half-demon being. She was raised with love and care and everything went her way. She was very popular in school and got great grades. Everyone wanted to be her friend and she loved everything no matter how small or how big they were. She spread love everywhere and soon began to become famous. She met the love of her life later on and they are engaged now.
Personality: Julia is extremely popular and loving. She cares for everything and everyone and they all love her in return. She enjoys donating to the poor and those in need and often wants to get others to pitch in and help as well.
Powers: Julia has the power of flight, telekinesis, darkness, light, speed, teleportation, shape-shifting and more that will be later discovered and activated.
Weaknesses/Flaws: Julia has none.

Do you see why this is a Mary Sue? This character is way too perfect!!!

How can I avoid making a Mary Sue?
It’s actually quite easy to avoid making one of these pesky perfect beings! Here are some tips to use:

  1. While the bio does not have to have anything bad happen it is good to perhaps use a small incident such as an injury when your character was younger as a way to implement a flaw.

  2. Your personality can be perfect as well but I suggest adding a flaw in there such as they care too much about everyone or that they have anger issues.

  3. Make sure they have some type of weakness so they are not too powerful.

  4. Try to make sure their powers are not too OP such as insta-kill and such!

  5. Suggested by Cam Boulder Having a TOO tragic past can also be a Mary Sue trait! If you want to have disaster try not to make it so that its super dark and horrifying… if you do make sure to do research in cases such as mental illnesses and such!

  6. A Mary Sue often does have flaws. However, these flaws are crafted in such an annoying way that it makes you want to pull your hair out reading them. For example, say my character is this sweet, loving, and humble (but beautiful) girl who is extremely selfless to the point of fault. She puts everyone’s desires over hers, which is great, but when that is the only flaw she has… Oh god, help me.

  7. Mary Sues are often is OP as hell (they got these amazing kickass powers) but the writer always seems to “conveniently” forget Mary Sue is kickass. One of the most annoying things about her is when Mary Sue has awesome karate skills but somehow is always desperately helpless.

  8. You want an easy way to make sure your character is not a Mary Sue? Don’t self-insert. What I find most common (and I’m guilty of doing this when I first began writing), Mary Sues (or Gary Sues) are made by beginners who want to be the main character with all these things happening to them and then… well… they kind of create an idealized version of themselves. If you really want to self-insert without creating a Mary Sue, you will have to be brutally honest with yourself. Asking others to be honest about their opinion of you may also help. All and all, basically destroy every last bit of your ego and self-worth.

  9. If you want to save your self-worth without creating a Mary Sue, try to come up with an original character not based on yourself. If you’re having a problem coming up with ideas, observe from real life! Many artists will tell you to observe from real life when you start out drawing. The same applies to writing. It is okay to base your characters off of real life relatives, friends, acquaintances, etc. Now, that doesn’t mean you should create exact replicas (although I suppose if it fits your story, no one has to know it’s an insert for someone in real life). We still want to use our creativity, right? But creativity works best with structure.

  10. One else bit: for the sake of everyone’s sanity, try to stay away from cliches. Keep in mind cliches and tropes are not the same thing. Tropes are plots, characters, and elements of a story that are recognizable. Cliches are predictable and overly used tropes that readers groan in boredom at. Now, cliches do tend to be subjective, so my best advice for you is to create the story you want to create. Take inspiration from the real life and the world of books, TV shows, and movies. When using tropes, figure out ways to diverge the trope. Create plot twists. Make it unique. Just don’t put all your mental effort into creating a cliche-less story.


@Cam will be posting this information below soon, so please read it! :slight_smile:

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We really hope this helped anyone who needed help with figuring out what everything meant and how to do what we do here on the forums.

Also, if you think we forgot anything important, please tell me so I can add it and if you have any question, please ask!


Dream school: rp (signups and general chat here!)
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What are roleplays?
ZOMBIES Reimagined | Sign Up Thread
I need help whit this app
~ Snare ~ Sign Ups ~ CLOSING SOON!
Monster Slaying Academy || Sign-Ups || Faceclaims /CLOSED/o
A New User's Guide To The Forums!
It’s Complicated - Roleplay
ROLEPLAY: The Secret of our town
MATES || RP || Official Thread
Fairy Tale-d Two: The Return of a Legend || Sign-ups
Oak Hills Academy - RP SIGNUPS
Introduction- Iove
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Champagne, cocaine, gasoline - plotting gallery

Thank you for making this, we have been needing it for a while. It’s good to see we have it back

Also, @Ryan, @Jeremy, could any of you please pin this thread?


The issue of portraying abuse and other sensitive and serious topics in role plays

Hello everyone, I’m here to claim my position as the Adult™ of the community and call all of you to action concerning an issue that has been plaguing our community for a while now. And yes, I say plaguing because that is what this is, a plague, a phenomenon that nestled in here and is spreading throughout all of our community, causing damage everywhere it goes. This is not a jab to any particular roleplayer so please do not feel offended if you feel like this is directed to you. I am simply writing this because, as one of the eldest people in here, I consider myself to have more experience and expertise at dealing with these things, and I fear for the youngest ones who might grow up with all the wrong ideas in their head, leading them to have an unhealthy mindset in the future.

The situation is simple, roleplayers have been discussing serious topics in an insensitive manner and this had got to stop. The situation is nothing new, I remember that in my very first roleplay, more than a year ago, there was this character who began cutting herself at one point of the roleplay. I’m not going to say any names and I don’t want you guys to go looking for this RP, but I will say that that scene affected me a great deal. I was going through a dark period of my life and I had just began cutting again after almost a year of being clean, and the post didn’t help my situation. The image just wouldn’t leave my head, and I am not an impressionable twelve year old. In fact, at seventeen I prided myself in being hard to disturb and it is difficult for anyone to really leave me thinking about anything, much less give me an image that won’t leave my head. The fact that this issue has been around for so long has made me think about a way to stop it, and the only way we can stop it is being conscious of that issue and help each other as a community, calling each other out if needed, learning and teaching how to portray issues properly, and making things better in general for everyone.

I need to remind you guys that even though the forums are for people who are thirteen years old or more, there are underage users around, I myself became acquainted with some, and there is absolutely no way I want these children to be around something so dangerous as the incorrect portrayals of serious topics. I’m sure some of you remember that time we had a nine-year-old around the forums, do you? I want all of you to think back to when you were nine, I want you to try to understand how your nine-year-old brain would react at something like domestic abuse portrayed as something that doesn’t matter that much, or how some characters abuse of substances like drugs or alcohol like it’s nothing, or how there are victims of sexual assault that can just “get over it” as if nothing had happened. I want you to imagine your nine year old self being told that these real problems are nothing, I dare you to act as if they were nothing.

Now, to you, thirteen-year-olds, I understand, you are teenagers now, you feel mature enough to deal with this. Newsflash: you are not. Your brain is not fully developed, even my brain isn’t fully developed yet! Your brain finishes developing at twenty one years old. That’s right, twenty one, you still have eight years to go so get off your high horse. Yes, you may have critical thinking skills, but just like any other skill it takes time and practice to develop. You are not born knowing anything, and just like you can’t tell that Twilight is bad literature if you’ve never read anything else, you can’t tell if how a situation is being handled is good or bad if you don’t have enough information about it. Harold Bloom, in his essay The Standard of Taste said that experience is proportional to the capability one has to judge anything, therefore only a man with experience in tasting wines can tell that there is a key at the bottom of the jar. Some of you are like those who are simply tasting wine for the first time, or who are not accustomed to drinking wine, so you probably won’t notice what’s really in the wine. Meanwhile, an experienced taster will immediately notice something off about it. I don’t want you guys to swallow that key only because you don’t have experience, so I’m trying to help you identify what should be wrong in our community.

“But Cam, it’s responsibility of the parents to keep their children away of inappropriate content” NO. Parents cannot be hovering over their children all the time! They have their lives and the most they can do is teach us and guide us, not force us to leave in a way or another. There’s a reason I was reading very graphic smut and bullshit that romanticised abusive relationships at thirteen. “You what?! Then why are you doing this?” Because I want you to grow up better than I did, I want you to stay away from dangerous relationships and I want you to be able to identify what should be and what shouldn’t. After all, one of the reasons I got abused was the fact that I kept a friendship with some idiot because of how idealised it seemed in those crappy fanfics.

This is part of my personal story so you can skip it if you want:

the boy who sexually abused of me was my friend. Why? Just because. He is an asshole, sleeping around, a huge liar, tricking girls into giving him things, he didn’t care about his friends and constantly disrespected them and leaving them after finding someone “better”, disrespectful of his parents. But he was also a great actor who could get you to like him, he is smart (probably the smartest man I’ve ever met), loves literature, can teach you a lot of things, and knows how to have a good time. He reminded me of Harry Styles in After. But I didn’t see myself as Tessa, I thought I was Molly. For those of you who haven’t read After (please don’t ever read that crap, it was a huge mistake from my part) Molly is Harry’s friend, the girl he went to when he had troubles and vice versa. And somewhere in my thirteen year old brain that relationship seemed good! I couldn’t tell that Harry was the ass he is, just like I couldn’t tell that my “friend” was with me because he wanted to have sex all those years later.

It is our job as a community to keep this community safe for all of its users, and our duty as consumers to respect the PG-13 rating this site has got. This includes me, I know I swear a lot and I am working on toning it down.

Now, this doesn’t mean I want you people to stop writing about serious topics, that wouldn’t make sense since I have written about them lately. Writing about serious topics is not bad if it’s done properly, quite the opposite actually, it helps raise awareness. But doing it properly is not an easy task. Before I go any further I want to state that the topics I mean when I’m talking are all kinds of abuse (psychological, verbal, physical, domestic, substance, sexual, etc.) as well as mental health issues (depression, eating disorders, self-harm, ADHD, Anxiety, OCD, BPD, ASD, etc.), health issues and anything that may affect a person’s life in general. All of these topics are great to write about, they are interesting and it has to do with us, but that doesn’t mean everyone can use them as they please. There are steps to write this, and I had them illustrated in a flowchart but I couldn’t attach it so here you go:

  1. Why do you want to write it?
    To elicit sympathy for the character - do not write it
    To shock readers - do not write it
    It just feels right - do not write it
    As a plot point - go to question 2
    For cathartic purposes - go to question 3
    To raise awareness - go to question 4

  2. Is it absolutely necessary for the plot or can you get to that same point through other means?
    Yes - go to question 4
    No, but it would be harder - do not write it
    No, but- stop making excuses -do not write it
    No - do not write it

  3. Do you have to make it super detailed, graphic and possibly disturbing it to finish the cathartic process?
    No - write what is needed - go to question 7
    I need to tell someone - tell someone you trust, you can spare the details for others - go to question 7
    Yes, everyone needs to know - no they don’t and you don’t need to tell everything either, retelling the experiences, leaving them out for everyone, and having them there as a reminder can give you a hard time healing and may cause some unwanted flashbacks

  4. Does it have to do with a character or character development?
    No - then you probably don’t need it - do not write it
    Yes - go to question 5

  5. Do you have all the information to portray the situation properly?
    No - time for research!
    Yes - Everything? - Yes, Cam, stop nagging - go to question 6

  6. Can’t you make it implicit?
    No - improve your writing and try again
    Yes - make it implicit

Time to begin writing!

After writing what you want to write you will have to ask yourself a new set of questions.
(optional) get a proofreader! They can help you notice things you didn’t notice before!

  1. Do you want to publish that?
    Yes - go to question 8
    No - keep it to yourself

Revise it and make sure it portrays properly what you want to portray.

  1. Does it?
    Yes - go to question 9
    No - rewrite and try again

  2. Is what you are going to publish adequate for the platform you are going to publish it in?
    Yes - publish it!
    No - look for another platform

After publishing:

Be on the lookout for feedback and people’s reactions, if you get the feeling there is something wrong, act out!

Now, you may be annoyed because you have never written about these topics and you feel there is nothing wrong with what you have done. This may be true but this doesn’t mean you are not part of a community with a problem, so you have things to do as well. The first and more important: don’t be afraid to speak up! You may be new to the community and you may be afraid to talk to the living legends in here, don’t be! We are all dorks investing our time in fictional characters and stories! We are all equals. If you see there is something wrong I encourage you to call the person out, it doesn’t have to be in public but via a PM works too. Now, if you are going to say something don’t just stop at pointing out what’s wrong, help the others see how they can improve. If you are too shy to talk to them then you can always reach me and tell me about the issue, I’ll do my best to see it resolved. Now, if calling that person out didn’t work you have to talk to other members of the community, sometimes having a lot of people talk to you about the same subject is just what others need to see their mistakes. I don’t like the next step but sometimes it’s necessary, if the person won’t help and keeps damaging the community you can always report and/or block them, sometimes you have to pull the weeds out so the garden grows healthy.

I know this is a long thing to read so thank you if you read it all, I hope you understand the importance of what I’m saying here and that you will help me and all your fellow forumers to enjoy the Story Games and roleplaying section.

If you have any problem with what I just said, wish to add something or want to ask a question, go ahead, I hope I can read you soon.

Cam Boulder

DISCUSSION : RP / SG section rules
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Thank you! This is really helpful. :heart:


wow. all of the information of this page is actually really useful and valuable. im definetly bookmarking.
both of you guys information that applies to much larger topics than just RPs and would probably be really useful for storytelling as a whole.


Thanks, I’m actually working on a guide for sensitive topics in stories in general, so be on the lookout for it. :wink:


Could we have this pinned?


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I have a question, so the faceclaims needs to be from pintrest? it can’t be from other sites?

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They can be from other sites, there are many sites where you can find good faceclaims. The only restrictions would be for them to follow the forums guidelines (no nudity and that stuff), and to be according to what the owner of the RP said (no anime, only anime, and so on)
Why do you ask?


Thanks, I was thinking about copy right issues
Thought that could be a problem

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but posting WHERE? Im just lost at that part. im new.


On the official threads


okuuurtt . ok I get it


Good question. I’ll go edit the initial post to be more specific about that. Thank you!


YUPPP No problem! :grin:



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