Hello there, fellow writers (and roleplayers)! The-Hardyest-RPC is hoping to make a list of awesome roleplays on Tumblr, and they need your help!
If you know of a roleplay that focuses on writing (a para-based roleplay) and that provides opportunities for writers to think outside of the box, send Hardy a message and tell them about it!
We’ll post a link to the list Hardy compiles for those interested in getting into roleplaying on Tumblr, but be advised: roleplaying is as fun and challenging as it is addictive! While it is a great way to start (and continue) writing and to meet other writers, it can be an extremely time-consuming activity. You have been warned!
Seriously, though, roleplays are a fantastic venue for writers. You can stretch your writing muscles and try out new styles, genres, and characters. They are interactive, so feedback is constant and focused on keeping you challenged creatively, and they encourage small bursts of writing, which can be perfect for writers looking to hone their craft.
Thank you all for your assistance! We hope you’re as excited as we are to check out the roleplays on the list!
I am a fan of role-playing. I think it is a wonderful way to hone skills and continuously write, since other role-players will hold you responsible for keeping up your end of the story.
I am for it, though the other admins may have different perspectives.
What’s my opinion of a group of people who like writing forming a community of writers?
Yeah. I’m for it.
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1019, THE ISLANDS OF BRITANNIA WERE A COUNTRY WITH AN UNGOVERNED MAGIC.
The Kings of generations past and one particular Queen in the present have not been tolerant of wizarding folk, the strange people who have proved to be like smoke, mysterious and impossible to catch. No one save the wizards themselves know quite how powerful magic is, what it can do, or how it works. Misapprehension runs wild, and where it goes, fear follows.
From those in London plotting the overthrow of those demonic devil worshipers known as Wizardkind to the magical haven of Hogsmeade where a counter-debate is taking place, one aimed at uniting magical being and beast under one banner, there are many caught up in this time of chaos and glory.
At the center are four magical prodigies who have united their talents for the sole purpose of educating young witches and wizards far from prying eyes. This is the story of Hogwarts. The castle is half built and young friends met on the four would-be educators’ travels have been invited to attend as the school’s first students. Dreams have at last come to fruition.
So how could it have gone so wrong?
How could such friendships fail?
The Founding is an advanced Harry Potter Founder’s Era Roleplay with accurate historical events leading to the invasion of England by William the Conqueror and J.K.R. canon, including the legend of the Deathly Hallows. You can find the plot here, open characters here, and our faq here. We’ve also reopened in the last week, meaning new ships, new plots and hopefully your application!
All-American-RPH’s Administrator Boot Camp - Day 1: Finding Plot Inspiration
This is the first in a series of “boot camp” guides I will be posting over the next couple of weeks. Provided that I have time, I plan to publish one per day. Tomorrow’s guide - Finding a Twist.
I often receive messages from people asking me if I can give them ideas for their roleplays. To be honest, these are probably pretty darn high on the list of questions I don’t enjoy to receive, and here’s why:
No one should be telling you what kind of roleplay to make. Perhaps it sounds a little bit backwards, but for your roleplay to be successful, you have to come up with a plot you love, not a plot someone else said they love. If you don’t love your plot, you’re not going to have the motivation to even get it off the ground, and you certainly won’t have the dedication to keep it running for very long. This is just a fact; you have to love your roleplay, so you have to love your plot; therefore, perhaps a more accurate title for this guide would be: “How to Find a Plot You Love.”
Oh. My. God.
polkadot—afro asked: My question is, why do people look so down on OC’s in a canon-verse? I mean, I’m just as nit-picky a lot of other readers and writers are, but I often don’t see the problem in it. Sometimes you can get a really really well-done and dynamic OC. Hasn’t every character anyone has ever thought up, from Star Wars to Sherlock Holmes, start off as nothing more than an OC?
This article titled The Cold Shoulder Given to Original Characters is geared toward Harry Potter fan fiction, but we think it pretty well answers your question. In it, HPFFHelp says:
Why don’t people trust original characters? Well, there’s an easy answer to that: they’re new, and people don’t like newness.
We read fanfiction to get more of the old, and even if people enjoy reading AU or Crossover fanfiction, there is a limit to their suspension of disbelief; there is an invisible line that authors dare not cross, lest they lose the reader entirely in their quest for uniqueness.
There’s a ton of good advice to writers of OCs in that article as well.
The same blog has another article called The Warm Embrace of Familiarity wherein they explain why they prefer Canon characters over OCs and describe some measures that can be taken by a fan fiction writer or RPer to believably incorporate Canon into their OCs, presumably to cushion the blow of “newness”.
Thank you for your question!
Do any of our followers have opinions on this subject that they’d be willing to share?
First off, there’s a great article by J.C. Hewitt called Dear John: How do you write a role-playing character biography? that we highly recommend for writing rp bios.
For our part, we think bios should be straightfoward enough to entice a rper, but open-ended enough to leave plenty of room for the rper to make his or her own assertions about the character.
There are a ton of other ways to bulk up a bio. Let us know if you need more!
Anyone else have any suggestions? Hit us up in our ask box and we’ll add yours to the list.
Thank you for your question!
Do they ever.
RPGs (Role-Playing Games) have seized the common story and twisted it in every possible direction. With all the wringing, they’ve managed to squeeze out a slew of useful plot types. Let’s explore those now.
Each short plot description starts with the title (in bold) of the plot pattern. After a hyphen the main characters to be found in the plot are given, separated by commas.
- Supplication - Persecutor, Suppliant, a Power in Authority
- Deliverance - Unfortunates, Threatener, Rescuer
- Revenge - Avenger, Criminal
- Vengeance by Family upon Family - Avenging Kinsman, Guilty Kinsman, Relative
- Pursuit - Fugitive from Punishment, Pursuer
- Victim of Cruelty or Misfortune - Unfortunates, Master or Unlucky Person
- Disaster - Vanquished Power, Victorious Power or Messenger
- Revolt - Tyrant, Conspirator(s)
- Daring Enterprise - Bold Leader, Goal, Adversary
- Abduction - Abductor, Abducted, Guardian
- Enigma - Interrogator, Seeker, Problem
- Obtaining - Two or more Opposing Parties, Object, maybe an Arbitrator
- Familial Hatred - Two Family Members who hate each other
- Familial Rivalry - Preferred Kinsman, Rejected Kinsman, Object
- Murderous Adultery - Two Adulterers, the Betrayed
- Madness - Madman, Victim
- Fatal Imprudence - Imprudent person, Victim or lost object
- Involuntary Crimes of Love - Lover, Beloved, Revealer
- Kinsman Kills Unrecognised Kinsman - Killer, Unrecognised Victim, Revealer
- Self Sacrifice for an Ideal - Hero, Ideal, Person or Thing Sacrificed
- Self Sacrifice for Kindred - Hero, Kinsman, Person or Thing Sacrificed
- All Sacrificed for Passion - Lover, Object of Passion, Person or Thing Sacrificed
- Sacrifice of Loved Ones - Hero, Beloved Victim, Need for Sacrifice
- Rivalry Between Superior and Inferior - Superior, Inferior, Object
- Adultery - Deceived Spouse, Two Adulterers
- Crimes of Love - Lover, Beloved, theme of Dissolution
- Discovery of Dishonor of a Loved One - Discoverer, Guilty One
- Obstacles to Love - Two Lovers, Obstacle
- An Enemy Loved - Beloved Enemy, Lover, Hater
- Ambition - An Ambitious Person, Coveted Thing, Adversary
- Conflict with a God - Mortal, Immortal
- Mistaken Jealousy - Jealous One, Object of Jealousy, Supposed Accomplice, Author of Mistake
- Faulty Judgment - Mistaken One, Victim of Mistake, Author of Mistake, Guilty Person
- Remorse - Culprit, Victim, Interrogator
- Recovery of a Lost One - Seeker, One Found
- Loss of Loved Ones - Kinsman Slain, Kinsman Witness, Executioner (x)
What did we tell you? Awesome, right? Each of these plot types conjure a very clear idea in your head of the action in the narrative, and each represents a time-tested yet very flexible plot. Combine a few by making one into the main plot and some others into minor plots, and you’ve got yourself a pretty sweet story.
For examples of each type of plot, visit this site and look for the heading Sample Plots.