Masterlist of Questions
Since the latest event for When the Smoke Clears is a Truth Night, I thought I would make a list of some questions to ask the characters while they can only tell the truth.
How to take a hiatus without being a fartbag.
This is a simply guide of how to take a hiatus from a roleplay group and make it easiest on the admins. Which in turn, helps you keep your characters.
I find that, when writing bios, it’s really helpful to look at a list or a chart like the one above. Picking two or three traits from each chart and building a character based around them will give you a really interesting bio, because they will serve as a reminder that characters need depth and dimension.
Independent and clever.
Independent, clever, pretentious, and stubborn.
The first combination doesn’t come with any flaws, whereas the second will provide a more dynamic character.
These are basically what I’ve seen people have problems with or complain about, etc., that are very general.
Settings (Gear Menu)
- Turn off “browse tags in safe mode” under Dashboard
- Turn on both reply functions under your blog
- Turn on at least the first Ask function under your blog (Anon asks are up to you)
- Turn on Submissions under your blog (turn off Video if you want to avoid the worst of the virus spam)
- If using dashes in your url, check to make sure an RPer isn’t using the url without dashes
- If using a personal OOC tag, check the tags to make sure no one else is already using it
- Put up a background page with all the information people might need to RP with you (step back and think what questions a new partner might have and answer all of them)
- Download Xkit (if you have Firefox/Chrome/Safari). (If you use a different browser, Tumblr Savior is available for blocking stuff you don’t want to see)
- First and Foremost: Ask questions. Almost any RPer will be glad to answer questions or direct a new RPer to where they can find answers.
- Follow people you want to RP with, but don’t expect everyone to follow you back, a lot of people already have tons of blogs they’re following
- Read people’s Background/About pages and their Rules before trying to RP with them.
- Send people memes (that they could do for strangers), like and reblog their posts, reply to stuff when you can—get them to recognize your url
- If you’re not too shy, ask if they’d like to RP. Always try to have at least a basic idea for a plot so you’re giving them something to work with
- If you’re too shy, try sending in memes that would make starters (like AU memes)
How to cut your posts
When you let a gif convo or a para go for a while without cutting your posts it can get messy fast and annoy your fellow roleplayers who have to scroll through the endless dash just to get to the end of the post. It’s like the RP equivalent of the color is the sky post. No fun. So here’s how to cut your posts.
How to get rid of grey boxes
I say “grey boxes” the way Gerard Argent says “mountain ash” and so do many others. This is how to make your gifs appear instead of those pesky little gray boxes.
So you’ve decided to start roleplaying but aren’t sure how to go about replies? Let me help you.
Sometimes you can do it just fine, sometimes you might have trouble writing a lot. And that’s okay, even if the other has seven paragraphs, it’s okay for you to have just two. We all know it’s hard, sometimes, to think up a great reply. So don’t stress too much, roleplay is about having fun. Don’t get intimidated by the length of the replies the other gives you.
Don’t. Your character doesn’t know how the other will react unless they can see the future or read minds. Even then, you as the mun won’t know how the other muse will react unless told so by the other mun.
Some have more than one muse and wants to use more than one of them and that’s okay! But don’t write out an entire scene or conversation or interaction as if the other won’t at all butt in. You don’t know if they will so try to keep it short for each of your muses. Perhaps they could say a sentence each? Do just one action each?
Witty characters are what I, in my own opinion, write best and enjoy most; even though I do like to try as wide a range of different characters as possible in order to develop myself as a writer. Being witty is not an easy task, especially if it’s not a gift you were born with. Often the result is varying, to a degree where I end up either loving or hating what I’ve written.
The guide begins with an introduction to wit and different types of it. If you think you already have that part covered, feel free to scroll to the ending where I share some pointers on how to go about writing a witty character or witty dialogue.
A compilation of guides to help a beginner get into the roleplaying on Tumblr.
Guide by RPedia
- What Is Roleplaying?
- Why Would I Roleplay?
Guide by Vector Sigma
- OOC vs. IC
- Roleplaying Styles
- Don’t be shy
Guide by myself
Themes for your character’s blog
Guide by posthelpers
- How do you reblog as text?
- How do you cut posts?
- How do I keep my character consistent?
- What is plotting and how do I do it?
- What do I do if I want a ship to happen?
Guide by fangirl-gifs
- How to get your starters replied to
Other things to keep in mind
RP Sins - Guide by RPedia
- Don’t assume relationships.
- Don’t force Roleplay styles on others.
- Don’t walk off/leave on a roleplay.
- Keep the IRL Drama out of RP.
- Show respect to fellow roleplayers.
Guide - Rationalizeroleplay
- Always read the Character Bios’/about me pages/info
- Do not hold a Player responsible for how their Character treats yours.
Guide by Evanhelps
- How to reply on the mobile app