LESSONS EVERY ROLEPLAYER SHOULD LEARN
These are merely some tips and opinions of mine based on the many years I’ve been roleplaying. You do not have to agree with these or follow them.
1. KNOW YOUR CHARACTER
This is probably the most important piece of advice I can give. Roleplay is all about the character, how they act and react in the plot or setting they’re thrown into. And until you can understand your character inside and out I have come to find out it makes roleplaying all the harder to do when you’re not only trying to figure out the plot and interact with others and be active but also trying to figure out your character as well.
Below I’ve linked you all to some helpful sites and tools for you to get to know your character to the best of your abilities as a writer:
Now there are many more resources out there for you, those are just some I saw and thought would be helpful. If you don’t think these help or aren’t enough I encourage you to look for some more, as there are literally hundreds of aids.
2. REMEMBER THAT THIS IS JUST A GAME/HOBBY
Something I’ve come across many times in my time of roleplaying is that people often forget that this is not what we are doing for a living. That we are all doing this because it’s something we enjoy doing and have fun with. The moment you stop treating it like that and hounding people to reply to you or getting angry when someone doesn’t want to do something with you or doesn’t respond to you right away or countless other things - you have turned this into something that it wasn’t meant to.
To me at least, roleplaying is an escape from the real world. There’s nothing wrong with that but the moment you try to turn it into your whole life and expect your partners to as well, you’re only making things harder on yourself. So what if someone takes a week to reply to you? Pushing things and replies on people can leave you a stale head space and a stale plot. Let things develop at whatever speed they happen. You may go through periods of time where you and your partner take a few days to a week to reply and there may be periods where you replies are taking less than an hour. Just let things happen the way they do because at the end of the day this is a hobby and there are no requirements for anyone here.
3. CRITICIZE ONLY WHEN ASKED AND DO SO KINDLY
There’s always room for improvement and everyone knows it. And there will be times when you might have some advice or criticism for someone. When those times come don’t just message someone and be all “Hey, so I think you should change this, this, and this it’ll really make your writing so much better.” because most likely that’ll upset anyone. Especially if they didn’t ask for it.
However, if someone does ask for criticism of something they wrote, remember to do so kindly. That’s something someone poured their heart into most likely and they most definitely don’t want their work to be ripped to shreds because it’ll discourage them from ever continuing that piece or improving it. These are people behind these computer screens, people with feelings always remember that. That being said that doesn’t mean tell them everything they wrote was great and perfect, but don’t over do the criticism sprinkle in some compliments into whatever it is you’re saying.
4. BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS OR TECHNIQUES
Everyone roleplays differently, that’s pretty obvious. There are those who prefer forum roleplay and those who prefer chatroom roleplaying or tumblr roleplaying. It’s important to remember no style is better than another. Just like 1x1s aren’t any better than group roleplays and vice versa. Forum roleplaying is not better than tumblr rping. It’s all about comfort levels for everyone. Like many of us here we’re comfortable with roleplaying here on tumblr, we understand the format and how it works. But never be afraid to try a new style. If there’s a forum roleplay that you really like and connect with try it out, ask the thread admin how things work around there. There’s a chance there’s a tutorial for it and you’ll catch on in no time.
That being said, if someone is new to your style of roleplaying be patient and most importantly do not force them to conform to your style. If they want to adapt and learn the way you roleplay that’s fine, but if they want to incorporate some of their own techniques into the mix be open to it!
This goes for ideas as well. If you tend to roleplay supernatural plots but someone really wants to incorporate more of a town aspect into the plot, don’t shut them down immediately. Brainstorm a way to combine both ideas into one that both of you are happy with.
5. HAVE FUN
Next to knowing your character I would say this is also really important. We’re all roleplaying to have fun and of course improve our writing along the way, but at the core of all of this is fun. It’s also important to remember what’s fun for you may not be fun for someone else and that is okay. So again don’t make anyone do something they don’t really want to do and don’t get upset with them for wanting to do other things. Just move on and find someone who wants to roleplay that plot or ship out with you, I promise you there will be someone out there who will be just as excited and in love with the plot as you are.
And that’s really it, remember to be open, kind, and that every single one of us are human beings with feelings and just want to have fun at the end of the day. If you remember that every time you log into an account your roleplaying experience will be fun and creative and exciting as you develop these characters of yours.